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Col. Robert Cochran

Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 2 Aug 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jul 2001 11:01PM GMT
Surnames: COCHRAN, MILLER
Col. Cochran of the American Revoltuion, spouse Mary Miller, is included in the Gibson Papers, Vol. 4, about the history of the Bench and Bar of Washington County. Anyone with a connection to him?

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 31 Dec 2004 7:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: cochran
Hi! Is this the Robert Cochran that was a general in the revolutionary war? Had a son named Seth? His father was John and he was a British soldier? would like more info. on your Robert Cochran. cmcochran@hotmail.com

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 31 Dec 2004 7:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: cochran
Hi! Is this the Robert Cochran that was a general in the revolutionary war? Had a son named Seth? His father was John and he was a British soldier? would like more info. on your Robert Cochran. cmcochran@hotmail.com

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 29 Jun 2005 8:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry, this is not your Cochran. This one had no child named Seth. Perhaps you are thinking of another Robert who lived during this period, primarily in Vermont, whose wife was also a Mary, but NOT Mary Miller. There was yet another Robert Cochran in the Revolution, one from a southern state, who was also an officer. Messages to him and to Lt. Col. Cochran, wife Mary Miller, of New England, from George Washington can be found on the internet, a government history site, but sadly I can't remember the address.

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 3 Jul 2005 9:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Nancy,

The three Robert Cochrans you referred to were cousins (2nd & 3rd I think). Capt Robert Cochran of South Carolina who "commanded the armed cruiser "Notre Dame" " married Mary Elliott in 1763. He was born in New Hampshire 1736 the son of Thomas Cochran b 1702/3 Londoonderry, Ulster, Ireland died in New Boston, Hillsborough, NH and his wife Jennette Adams. Thomas was the son of James and Letitia Moore Patten Cochran, son of Peter Cochran and Christian Wallace, son of James and Elinor Simpson Cochran.

Robert Cochran born 1734 died in NY in 1812 who married Mary Miller was the son of Robert Cochran b abt 1699 Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland died Londonderry, Rockingham, NH and his second wife Abigail Annis. This Robert was the son of John Ro Cochran and Jean Cochran, the son of Peter and Christian Wallace Cochran, the son of James and Elinor Simpson Cochran.

The third was Robert Cochran born 1740/41 in Pelham, Hampshire, MA died Sept 20, 1807 in VT m 1) Mary Gilmore and 2)Thankful (said to be a Rice). This Robert was the son of Thomas Cochran b 1712 Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland died 1786 Colrain, MA and his wife Margaret Unknown. Thomas was the son of John and Lilly Kilgore/Kingour Cochran, son of John and Agnes Smith Cochran, the son of James and Elinor Simpson Cochran.
Robert and Mary Gilmore had children Thomas, Sarah, Esther and John and Robert and Thankful had Robert, Seth, Mary, Martha, Abner and Solomon that I found in the VT vital records, which also show "Col. Robert Cochran" died Sept 20, 1807, age 67, of Dysentery.

None of the Roberts are my direct line, but would be interested in how you sorted through the information to determine the Robert who married Mary Miller to be The Col. Robert?

Florence (Cochran) Westrope

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Nancy Horn (View posts)
Posted: 4 Jul 2005 1:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Florence, You have satisfied my deepest genealogical quest, which is the ancestry of Lt. Col. Cochran, my fourth great grandfather. Evidence for his being "the" Col. Cochran includes a daybook kept by him during the Revolutionary period, also used by his daughter's husband. I descend from his daughter Sally (Sarah), b. 1763 in Colrain, MA. Cochran's first two daughters were born there, and are recorded in that town's vital records. They and his other children's dates are recorded in Col. Cochran's hand in his bible, which is in deep storage at the museum in Bennington, VT.
In "The Gibson Papers", several volumes mention Cochran, and one, The "History of Washington Academy and Bench and Bar of Washington County, New York", gives a somewhat detailed history of his military campaigns, and an extensive bibliography documenting the career.This volume also lists his family and some of their marriages, although it is incorrect about Sally/Sarah's whereabouts. Col. Cochran was an original member of the New York State Society of the Cincinncati, and the Society in Washington D.C. has a book which includes a brief written portrait of him. One of his descendants is James Jones, author of The Thin Red Line, and From Here to Eternity, and you'll find an ancecdotal account of one his escapades on the James Jones Society website. (There are several versions of this adventure, but all have the same gist.) Another of my sources was a professional genealogist in Vermont whom I hired to do a little legwork. There is Enormous confusion about the two Roberts and Marys who lived in Vermont, and even some historians are not clear, but an examination of the military records makes no doubt that the one who married Mary Miller and died in 1812 is "the" guy. Lt. Col. Cochran actually lived the remainder of his life (after the Revolution) in New York State, which gave him bounty land of 3,000 acres for his service. Please email me at norhn@aol.com for more info on his family. I am very, very, very interested in communicating with you about your knowledge. Thanks so much for posting.

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Posted: 4 Jul 2005 1:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you, Nancy. It appears that whoever recorded Robert Cochran's death in 1807 in the Vermont Vital Records was also confused over who the "real" Col. Robert Cochran was.

Florence

Re: Col. Robert Cochran

Nancy Horn (View posts)
Posted: 4 Jul 2005 3:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Florence, What are the sources for your extensive family tree?
Thanks, Nancy
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