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Descendants of John Cochran




Generation No. 1


1. John12 Cochran (John11, John10, Robert9, Alan8, John7, Robert6, William5, Gosiline4, John3, William2, Waldeve ? Walddemar1 de Cochrane) was born Abt. 1545 in Fernois, 2 miles east of Paisley, Scotland, and died in Carrikeel, Antrim, Ireland (Source: Family history from the original manuscript written by Robert Cochran dated 3 May 1730 housed in the collections of Presbyterian Hist. Socity of Philadelphia, PA. Death location in WFT Vol. 6 #799. ).

Notes for John Cochran:
Some researchers think the Cochran family can be traced back to the year 1389 in Renfrewshire Scotland when one William Cochran received ratification of his barony from King Robert of Scotland. In 1570 one of William's descendants left his home in Fernois, because of religious persecution and settled in Northern Ireland with his wife and three sons. "The Ancestry of Alexander Cochrane of Billerica and Malden, MA" by Walter Kendall Watkins, 1904, says that the Cochran name is very ancient, with the most prominent of the name being Waldevus de Cochran, whose son William was one of the Scotch barons who swore fealty to 'Edward I of England in 1296. In Robert Bruce's time, John de Cochran was of prominence and from him are descended the Cochranes of Barbachly (parish of Bathgate).
Researcher, Grace Cochran Bobrowski of Fargo, ND believes our direct line of COCHRANs can be traced back to Alan Cochran b. c1432. She used LDS information and page 118 of "A History of the County of Renfrew" by William M. Metcalfe 1905 as a source. She believes (we are lacking in real proof at this time) that the line starts with Alan Cochran to his son Robert, then to John, then another John, and another John, being the same John written about in Deaf Robert's genealogy.
The name COCHRAN originated in Ayrshire, Scotland. It can be found under many spellings, including Cofran, Cofren and Cochrane, to name a few. From "Chronicles of the Cochrans" by Ida Cochran Haughton, 1915, Vol 2, page 54 in the writings of L. A. Morrison, of Windham, NH, who had been on a tour of Ireland and Scotland, seeking his ancestor connections, he claimed the Cochrans were of no large group or clan. He claimed others had believed the Cochrans were associated with the Campbell Clan. Our Cochran's were in the Presbyterian congregation of Rev. James McGregor in Londonderry, Ireland.
The Old COCHRAN Manuscript, by Robert Cochran, which is in the library of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA., was thought to have been deposited by Dr. John Cochran, Surgeon-General in the War of the American Revolution. The original document was written in Ireland c1730, or possibly Pennsylvania, by Deaf Robert Cochran. This manuscript says John was the first Cochran of this Scottish group to go to Ireland. The first John COCHRAN was called John of Fernois, of Scotland. His son Hugh (the eldest) lived on the River Killough. The second son was John who went to sea and no further account was given of him. James the third son called "Old James of Maboy", was well written in the manuscript by his grandson, Robert (Deaf) COCHRAN. The Old Cochran Manuscript said: "Hugh and James having rescued their father, who was apprehended for debt, obliged them to leave Griblen. They went then to the foot of the Foughen waters and were protected by the Lord Askain, who employed them in their former business. This was in the year 1570 in the minority of James the Sixth, before the English Conquest in the North of Ireland. So the birth years of these sons listed below may indeed be later than they should be recorded here.

     
Children of John Cochran are:
2. i.   HUGH13 COCHRAN, b. Abt. 1573, Scotland.
  ii.   JOHN COCHRAN, b. Abt. 1574, Scotland.
  Notes for JOHN COCHRAN:
According to the old manuscript written by Deaf Robert Cochran, John went to sea and no further account can be given of him.


3. iii.   JAMES COCHRAN, b. Abt. 1575, Fernois, Paisley, Renfrenshire, Scotland; d. 1635, Carrikeel, Antrim, Ireland.


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