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William Cochran

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William Cochran

Posted: 969019200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993597858000
Surnames: COCHRAN
The following is from a book titled Frederick County Backgrounds. I'd like to make contact with anyone researching this family.


William Cochran, 1699-1785, the emigrant ancestor of the Cochran family settled in what is Delaware County, Pennsylvania, but in 1732 bought a tract of land in the ‘Manor of Carrollsburgh’ (“Carroll’s Delight”_ from Daniel Carroll of Dudington. When the hundred-year border dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland was finally settled by the Mason and Dixon Line, Cochran’s tract was in Liberty Twp., Adams County, Pennsylvania. He build a stone house in 1768 and in times of unrest and danger, particularly from the Indians, this Cochran home was used by the settlers in this locality as a place of refuge and served as a blockhouse as well.

William Cochran married Sarah Cochran, 1702-1785. They were both buried at Tom’s Creek Presbyterian Cemetery near Emmitsburg. The inscription from their tombstone reads: “Here Lyeth interred the bodies of William Cochran Who Departed this life December The 18th 1775, in the 78th year of His Age Also The body of Sarah Cochran The Wife of the above named Who departed this Life February 6th in the Year of our Lord 1785 In the 83rd year of her Age. Time was like me, the life possessed. And time shall be, when I shall rest.”

They were the parents of:
1. Andrew Cochran
2. 2. William Cochran, m. Rebecca Morrow (? May be the son of James}
3. 3. James Cochran, 1732-1810, m Jane Cochran, 1742-1815. This branch of the family remained at Carrollsburgh.
4. 4. John Cochran settled on the site of present day Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
5. – James Cochran, 1732-1810, s/o William and Sarah Cochran.

He lived on the family plantation in Liberty Twp., and was known as “James of Carrolsburgh’/ He married Jane Cochran, 1742, -1815. Children: -
1. William Cochran, b 1775, m 6/26/1805, Rebecca Morrow, 1779-1838, d/o John Morrow. They moved to Miami Co., Ohio.
2. 2. Malinda Cochran
3. 3. James Cochran

- John Cochran, s/o William and Sarah Cochran, m Eleanor Baird. Eleanor died 2/28/1791, aged 74 years, and was buried at the Cochran Family burial ground at Waynesboro, Pa.

1. John Cochran
2. 2. Jean Cochran Clark, m James Clark.
3. 3. Eleanor Cochran Junkin, m Joseph Junkin
4. 4. Mary Cochran Findley, M William Findley

John Cochran was a devout Covenanter, the Straightest and strictest sect among the Presbyterians. Their home was a ‘regular stop’ for the Rev. John Cuthebertson on his missionary journeys. Rev. Cuthbertson’s diary mentions John Cochran and his family many times during the period from 1751 to 1790. John Cochran was a pious and outstanding man- a pillar of the church. There is a story told of ‘old John Cochran’ and his strict observance of the Sabbath. It is said that the entire family often walked over the South Mountain on Sunday mornings to Marsh Creek (probably the Hill Church) for worship. The trip covered at least ten miles and the service lasted several hours. Doubtless they had to start early in the morning and would not reach home again until late in the evening. So strict was John in the observance of the Sabbath that his children were not permitted to pick huckleberries from the laden bushes as they passed.

According to the family tradition it was the custom of ‘old John Cochran’ to sit under the shade of a large walnut tr5ee that stood beside the little family graveyard and read his bible. He was often heard to say that he wished to be interred beneath this tree. As he requested his body was buried beneath the tree’s spreading branches.
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