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Dr Isabella Elizabeth <I>West</I> Cochran

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Dr Isabella Elizabeth West Cochran

  • Birth 12 Dec 1831 Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, USA
  • Death 25 Oct 1904 Wimberley, Hays County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Wimberley, Hays County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Cochran Section
  • Memorial ID 32433876

Isabella Elizabeth West was born 12 Dec, 1831 in The Mexican Province of Texas that later became Jasper Co., the family was there when the Mexican Province of Texas became The Republic Of Texas in 1836. The family later moved to the Bevil's Settlement in 1841, which was a loosely defined community of pre-Republic of Texas settlers who settled between the Neches and Sabine rivers on land that was eventually organized as Newton County Tx.

She married Martin Baty Cochran in Newton County Texas on 10 Oct, 1850. After her father, Levi West died in 1852 she received part of her father's land grant of 177 acres, they later moved along with her mother, Winnie Elizabeth "Bivens" West and brothers to the Luling area of Caldwell County Texas to farm and ranch.

Her husband and brothers served in the Civil War from Caldwell County in the years 1862 through 1865, as follows:
Martin B. Cochran, Corporal, CSA
Organization: 31st Texas Cavalry. This unit was also known as the Texas 1st Cavalry Regiment, Arizona Brigade. Martin enlisted in the unit in 1862. This unit fought in the Camden Expedition (March – May, 1864); at Poison Spring (April 18, 1864); Massard's Prairie, near Fort Smith [detachment] (July 27, 1864), and at Cabin Creek (September 19, 1864), Commanding: Colonel William P. Hardeman.

During this period women of the South began to organize their own volunteer groups such as the Ladies' Soldiers' Relief Society and the Association for the Relief of Maimed Soldiers. Some women set up their own private hospitals in homes and donated buildings. Isabella and the women of these organizations provided proper medical care for the wounded and ill soldiers of the Confederacy.

Also in those days before the Flexner report, medical training was not regulated. Isabella and many other doctors apprenticed, and were not licensed by the state to practice medicine in many southern and western states. They most likely would have learned to treat people informally through an apprenticeship.

Isabella was a country doctor who traveled throughout the 1870's, 1880's, and 1890's to remote areas of Texas by horse and buggy, delivering babies and attending to the medical needs of the settlers. Isabella was energetic and continued with her medical practice until just before she died in 1904 Her family has been traced back to two colonial Virginia Governor's. Lord Thomas West, provincial governor of Virginia (1556 – 1602), who saved Jamestown colony, and his son John West, Royal Governor of Virginia.

In June 1889, Martin Baty Cochran moved his wife, Isabella West Cochran and family to the Wimberley area of Hays County, Texas. In 1899 he filed his Confederate Pension application papers in Wimberley, Hays County, Texas.

Isabella practiced medicine in Wimberley from 1889 until her death on 25 Oct. 1904. Her mother was Dr. Winnie Elizabeth Bivens West from whom she learned to practice pioneer medicine.

Andrew Jackson Wimberley & Fannie B. Tanner Wimberley's children she most likely helped in birthing:

Amanda Letress Wimberley born in 1891
Walter Edwin Wimberley born in 1893
Lydia Ellen Wimberley Fulcher born in 1895
Jesse Jackson Wimberley born in 1897
Mabel Wimberley Vinyard born in 1898
Carrie Myrtle Wimberley born in 1900
Clara Fanny Wimberley Robinson born in 1902

As reference a book entitled" From Rattlesnakes to Road Agents, Rough Times on the Frio, written by Frances Bramlette "Cochran" Farris. Who was married to Isabella's son, William West "Doc" Cochran in Frio Cty, Texas. The book talks about Doctor Isabella Cochran from Wimberley, Texas in June 1889.

Isabella died in Wimberley on 25 Oct 1904 and is buried in the "Original Section" of the Wimberley Cemetery, Hays County Texas.

Death Information provided by Chuck West on 1/22/2011.. Isabella died on 25 Oct.1904 at 5 P.M. at Wimberley, Hays, Texas. She was 72 yrs.10 mos,25 days. Her cause of death was paralysis and heart failure, by William J.Pyland,MD.

She is buried right next to her granddaughter, Eula Lee "Cochran" Hunt and near her son Levi Newton Cochran, Sr. Also in the "Cochran Section" are buried her daughter, Laura Agnes "Cochran" Henson; granddaughter's, Ethel Touay "Cochran" Henderson, Julia Elizabeth "Cochran" Hacker and her grandson, John Martin Cochran.

After her death in Oct 1904 her husband Martin moved to Runnels county and lived with his son, Levi Newton Cochran, Sr. and his family. Martin died 09 Mar 1907 and was buried in the Truitt Cemetery in Winters, Runnels County Texas.

Soon after the 1910 census his son Levi packed up all the family's belongings and along with his children and grandchildren moved to Wimberley, Hays County Texas.

Children of Martin Baty COCHRAN and Isabella Elizabeth WEST are:

1. Horatio COCHRAN was born 1851 in Bon Weir, Newton, Tx.

2. Levi Newton COCHRAN was born 11 Feb 1853 in Caldwell Cty, Tx. and died 30 Dec 1934 in Hays County, Tx. He is buried in the "Original Section" of the Wimberley Cemetery, Wimberley, Tx.

3. Laura Agnes COCHRAN, Henson was born 15 Jul 1854 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx., and died 22 Dec 1935 in San Marcos, Hays, Tx. She is buried in the "Original Section" of the Wimberley Cemetery, Wimberley, Tx.

4. Sara A COCHRAN was born 1855 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx.

5. Tabitha COCHRAN, Jenkins was born Apr 1857 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx.

6. James Samuel "Jim" COCHRAN was born 4 Mar 1861 in Harwood, Caldwell, Tx. and died 4 Jan 1942 in Devine, Medina, Tx. He once lived in Wimberley, Tx. and as a Constable there he was a law enforcement officer.

7. William West "Doc" COCHRAN was born Aug 1863 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx. and died 26 Jan 1935 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.

8. Mary F COCHRAN was born 1865 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx.

9. Martin Baty COCHRAN, Jr. was born 1 Apr 1866 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx. and died 29 Apr 1932 in San Antonio,Tx.

10. John West COCHRAN was born 14 Jan 1872 in Lockhart, Caldwell, Tx. and died 14 Jul 1929 in San Antonio Tx.

Isabella was a "Country Doctor"... by Andrew Ayers Martin, M.D., J.D

A "special" grouping of honest, honorable, hard-working men and women, endeavoring bravely through such rude remedies as calomel, epicae and quinine, to combat fevers, malaria, pneumonia, diphtheria, and a longer and a more serious list of chronic diseases than the physician of the present has to meet, with all the sanitary precautions and appliances by which the task is lightened. In cases of confinement, broken limb or other surgical call, the country doctor had nothing at hand but the crudest instruments, assistance and accommodations; at times, while making long rounds through the wilds of the country, they would have to meet an emergency with no surgical instruments whatever, and despite their hard calling, which subjected them to travel at all hours and in all weathers, much of their work was pure benevolence, and they carried it through with Christian cheerfulness. Even their "pay eases" often subjected them to vexatious delays and uncertainties. In those times, as the present, moneyed citizens who could well afford to pay the doctor promptly, often placed their bill, if perchance they rendered one, at the bottom of the pile. Notwithstanding, they never wearied at unprofitable tasks and received, as one of their rewards, a whole-souled
affection which even the parson sometimes failed to earn.

{Biography by Terry Lee Cochran}

17 Feb 2011, TSGS files and records including the First Family of Texas have been moved to the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin University at Nacgodoches.

Isabella's connection to Wimberley Family, Wimberley, Texas, as folllows:

Comment made by William Burrel Cochran Our two families were merged by these two marriages.

"John Martin Cochran and James Hezekiah 'Hez' Cochran were the sons of Levi Newton Cochran, Sr., and Margaret "Maggie" Jane Brown Cochran.

John and James married two of Andrew Jackson Wimberley's daughters, Mellie Mae and Amanda Letress.

John married Mellie Mae Wimberley and James married Amanda Letress Wimberley.

John and James grandparents were Martin Baty Cochran, Sr., and Isabella Elizabeth West Cochran who are certified as a "First Texas Family" by the Texas State Genealogy Society.

I'm very proud to say that Andrew Jackson Wimberley and Fanny B. Tanner Wimberley were my grandparents." By William Burrel Cochran

Isabella Elizabeth West and her husband, Corp. Martin Baty Cochran Sr./CSA are a "First Texas Family" of The Republic Of Texas, certified by the Texas State Genealogical Society on 13 April, 2009. Isabella and Martin were also certified by The Son's Of The Republic of Texas, as a "Citizen Of The Republic of Texas" on 10 August, 2010 and certified by The Daughters Of The Republic of Texas on 05 March, 2013.

This find a grave memorial, biography and certified TXSGS and application will be kept at the University Of Texas, History Dept for viewing by researcher's of the founding families of Texas. Also approved application will be kept for research by the Son's Of The Republic Of Texas, as Cochran's a founding Texas family. Submitted by Terry Lee Cochran, gg Grandson.

Isabella Elizabeth West Cochran was probably the most important woman buried in the Wimberley Cemetery. She was ahead of her time in working in a profession once reserved to men only and in coming to the aide of women and families. We all admire her Lynn Pollak, Wimberley, Texas.

Dr. Isabella Elizabeth West was DRT Approved 05 March 2013 by DRT membership of Helen Dean Roberts Adair, DRT#30203-S, Ancestor Isabella Elizabeth West, certified by the Daughters Of The Republic of Texas (DRT).

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"Wife of Corp. Martin Baty Cochran, CSA" and "Country Doctor" on front side of headstone. "First Texas Family" and "Citizen Of The Republic of Texas" on back side of headstone; also with a Son's Of The Republic of Texas bronze grave medallion attached to the backside of headstone.

Gravesite Details Headstone was made by the Stockdale Monument Co and paid for by donations from several of her decendants..
  • Created by: Terry Lee Cochran
  • Added: 27 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32433876
  • Terry Lee Cochran
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Isabella Elizabeth West Cochran (12 Dec 1831–25 Oct 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32433876, citing Wimberley Cemetery, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Terry Lee Cochran (contributor 47078942) .