|Birth: ||Jul. 24, 1750|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1837|
Though born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Samuel Cochran moved to Cumberland County as a youth and took up farming there. When the Revolutionary War began, he joined the company of Sergeant Samuel Hay, 6th Pennsylvania Battalion, enlisting on 12 February 1776. The unit consisted largely of men recruited in Cumberland County. He fought at the battle of the Three Rivers, in Canada, and his brother James was killed there. Samuel reenlisted the following year, serving serving with the Seventh Pennsylvania Regiment, one of the units under the command of General Anthony Wayne. He fought in the battles of Paoli, Brandywine, and Germantown, and retreated with Washington's army to Valley Forge for the winter of 1777-78. After the war, he married Esther John(s), a Quaker woman from Chambersburg, in 1781 and they migrated to the frontier in western Pennsylvania where they carved out a farm in Fayette County. They had six sons before Esther died in 1802. Samuel married a second time, to the widow, Agnes McWhirter Robinson, and had one daughter by her. He outlived her as well.
Samuel was said to be an excellent farmer, a participant in local politics, and a man with a deep sense of social responsibility. He donated the land on which the first school in his community was built, and was active in the local Presbyterian Church. Most of his children remained in Fayette County. His son Mordecai established a very successful coke manufacturing industry which figured in the growth of the steel industry in nearby Pittsburgh. The Cochran name is still found in the region and the homes built by his descendants can still be seen.
Esther John Cochran (1749 - 1802)*
Agnes McWhirter Cochran (1761 - 1836)*
John Cochran (1786 - 1862)*
Created by: Joe Eckhardt
Record added: Dec 05, 2010
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