On this date in 1832 William Harper Cochran was born in Scotland. He is my 2X great grandfather and I thought I had discovered another ancestor from Scotland. Wrong, he was born in Scotland, Green County Indiana. His daughter, Mary Catherine, was born in 1856 in Scott County Indiana. In 1880 at Decatur Illinois she married John Pope Keith. They are the grandparents of the nine Keith siblings, Leonard, Lawrence, Katie, Thelma, Doyle, Lydia, Ruth and Peggy.
William was not born in Scotland, but his ancestors were close. They were Irish. His great grandfather Glass Cochran was born in 1716 in Ulster Ireland. Both parents died before he was 10 years old. He was raised by relatives whom immigrated to the U.S. in 1835. They settled in Litchfield New Hampshire. At age 23 Glass moved to a new town of Blandford, Mass. (est. 1737.) He married Sarah Hamilton and they had 8 children. They lived near a large pond which became known as “Cochran Pond.” It can still be found by that name on Google. He gave each of his sons a farm and they settled around him. He died there at age 80.
His son, Amos Glass married and had 14 children and moved to Franklin county Ohio. He served in Strong’s regiment of Ohio volunteers in the War of 1812. Afterwards they moved to Knox county Ind. where he died in 1825, age 61.
Amos’ son John Alexander was child number 4 of 14. He married Elizabeth Seaton and they had 7 children. Elizabeth died as her youngest child, William Harper Cochran, was an infant. After she died he married Elizabeth Overman and had 6 more children. They lived in Taylor township of Green County Indiana where John served as Justice of the Peace, John moved to Christian county Illinois in his later years and died there in 1866 at age 71.
William Harper Cochran lived in Indiana and Illinois. He worked as a mechanic and fought in the Civil War for 4 years as a Sgt. with the 41st Illinois Infantry. He moved to Kansas about 1885 and died in Caldwell Kansas in 1917 at age 84. Thank you for your service William and Happy Birthday!