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 Henry C Cochran

Henry C Cochran

Sharon, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death Apr 1850 (aged 41–42)
Belgrade, Newton County, Texas, USA
Burial Belgrade, Newton County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 54795276 · View Source
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In Glimpses of Newton Co it says, "In the year 1832 three Cochran brothers, together with Col Lewis' family came down the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana where the Cochran family had settled after migrating from Mass. They entered the Mississippi River at Cairo, Ill and thence on to Baton Rouge, La and Alexandria, La. Then they went overland to Salem, Tx, already an important settlement on the Sabine River. Henry Cochran was single, but his two brothers, Nathaniel and Joseph, were companied by their families. Joseph Sidney Cochran was married to Elizabeth Lewis, one of Col Samuel S. Lewis' daughters. Col Lewis settled in Zavalla, Tx, but the 3 Cochran's each preempted a league of land in what was then a part of the Mexican Province of Texas and later became Newton Co.

At Salem, Henry met Martha Percival, a school teacher from South Sandwich, MA

Henry Cochran and Martha Percival were married April 9, 1837 at the Suddeth home in Salem, Jasper County.

Children with Martha Percival:

Abigail Percival Cochran b. 1838
Mahatable Cochran b. 1839
Sarah Cochran b. 1845

Henry and Martha later moved to Newton County onto Henry's league of land. Here their three daughters were born, Abigail Percival in 1838; Mahatabel in 1839; and Sarah in 1845.

While living here Henry died, leaving no will, so probate court divided the Henry Cochran league among the widow and three daughters, giving Martha one-half and the girls the other half. The court also appointed an old family friend, George Swift, as guardian of the girls.

Newton County was originally part of the Spanish "Atascosito District" and under Mexican rule it became "Liberty District." In 1835, the present county was part of what was known as "Municipality of Bevil" or Bevil's District. After Texas's independence, the district was divided into Liberty, Jefferson and Jasper counties. At that time Jasper county included the land between the Neches and the Sabine rivers, but in 1846 Jasper county was cut in half, and Newton county was created from the eastern half.


In the May installment of "Early Families of Jasper County" it mentions Henry Cochran. He was young, of good family, a skilled carpenter and builder ,and moderately well-educated. He was a good citizen to have in any community. information about the matter, Henry Cochran may have been the first of several Cochran brothers or relatives who came to Texas near the end of the colonial period, but he is the only one of them whose name is included in the Mexican Census of 1835. Because he died before the first United States census was made in Texas in 1850, there is no record of where he was born, but he probably came from one of the Midwestern states - Illinois, Indiana, or Ohio.

In 1837, he was living in the home of Col. Samuel S. Lewis while engaged in a building project on that gentleman's plantation, and this may or may not indicate a former acquaintance. Henry Cochran's grant of land adjoins Stephen H. Everitt on the southeast and lies today across the county line between the communities of Bon Ami and Bleakwood, but he seems to have lived in or near Belgrade rather than on his land. He was the first coroner for Jasper County, so far as there is any record (1841), and was elected to that same office in Newton County after it as organized, an office he held until his death in 1849.

First to Arrive Series The Kirbyville Banner, June 2, 1971 DATE 3 FEB 2001

{Biography by: Terry Lee Cochran}

Henry b 1808 died in Apr 1850 he is listed on the 1850 Newton Co TX Mortality Schedule as follows

1850 Mortality Schedule Newton Co TX
Year: 1850 County: NEWTON CO.
State: TX Age: 42
Gender: M
Month of Death: APR
State of Birth: OH
ID#: MRT197_61233
Occupation: COOPER
Cause of Death: CONSUMPTION

Henry C. Cochran is certified by the Texas State Genealogy Society, as a "First Texas Family" of The Republic Of Texas
and by the Son's Of The Republic Of Texas, as a "Citizen Of The Republic".




  • Maintained by: Carol Cochran Richardson
  • Originally Created by: Terry Lee Cochran
  • Added: 11 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54795276
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henry C Cochran (8 Apr 1808–Apr 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54795276, citing Old Belgrade Cemetery, Belgrade, Newton County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Carol Cochran Richardson (contributor 47408920) .