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General General John B. Cochran (b. September 18, 1781, d. September 19, 1864)General John B. Cochran (son of William Cochran, Jr. and Elizabeth Boothe)104, 105 was born September 18, 1781 in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania106, 107, and died September 19, 1864 in Sprigg Township, Adams Co., Ohio108, 109.He married Tamer Howard on 1809 in Aberdeen, Brown Co., Ohio110, daughter of Cyrus Howard and Millie Booth.
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General John B. Cochran, one of the most distinguished early settlers of Brown County. He was only 13 years old when his father William Cochran Jr. along with his mother Elizabeth came down the Ohio River, landing at Limestone [Maysville, Kentucky] settling near Little Washington. As a small boy, he traveled to Ft. Washington, now [Cincinnati], and saw corn growing on what is now Fourth Street. He lived with his family on their settement near the East Fork of Eagle Creek, Brown County, Ohio. He left home at an early age and worked at the Kanawah Salt Works, near Point Pleasant, West Virginia on the Ohio River. At age 18 he became overseer of the Salt Works. In those days, salt was one of necessities of life. John is said to have shipped the first barge load of salt down the Ohio River to Louisville, Kentucky.
He returned to Brown County in 1806 and purchased a farm from Nathaniel Beasley, located 6 miles North-East of Aberdeen on the East Fork of Eagle Creek, in what is now Huntington Township, where he resided for the greater part of his life.
In1809 he marrried Tamer Howard, daughter of Cyrus Howard and Milly Boose of Aberdeen, Ohio. She was an esteemed member of the Christain Church. Her father Cyrus Howard ran the ferry from Aberdeen across the Ohio River to Limestone.
In 1833 John Cochran bought another farm on Eagle Creek, which was owned by Frank Schwallie in 1883 five miles East of Ripley and adjacent to his present farm. This farm is located on Flaugher Hill Road and was owned by John Miller in 1991.
General Cochran served in the War of 1812 as Deputy Sargent in the Commissary Department in Washington D.C. Being very interested in the Military, he passed through all grades from Captain to the rank of Brigader General. After returning from the War, he entered politics and was elected in 1824 as Representive to the State Legisture. He was re-elected in 1826, 1827 and 1828. In 1829 he was elected as State Senator from both Brown and Adams Counties and re-elected in 1830.
General Cochran had little education attending school only three months, but was self taught, learning to read from all books he could obtain. He was known as a man of strong mind and remarkable in the power of memory. In his recollection of dates, he was seldom found to be in error. He carefully cultivated his memory in his early business transactions by imprinting facts on his mind, becoming marked for his tenacity from which he could remember anything he read or heard.
He was a Mason, and assisted in organizing the first Masonic Lodge in Brown County. In his business pursuits, he meet with great secess and died in possession of considerable wealth. In his old age he resided in Catlin, Illinois for two years, with realatives but returned to brown County to live with his son, Colonel John Cochran. His death occured at the residence of his daughter, Elizabeth Shelton, wife of William Shelton in Adams County, Ohio.
General Cochran and his wife Tamer are buried in the Ebenezer Methodist Cemetary in Brown County, Ohio. John andTamer had thirteen children, all of who are accounted for.
More About General John B. Cochran and Tamer Howard:
Marriage: 1809, Aberdeen, Brown Co., Ohio.110
Children of General John B. Cochran and Tamer Howard are:
- +Col. John William Cochran Sr., b. 1812, Eagle Creek, Huntington Township, Brown Co., Ohio110, 111, d. February 27, 1877, Eagle Creek, Huntington Township, Brown Co., Ohio112, 113.