John Homer Cochran

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I became interested in genealogy about 1977 when my dad's sister, Margaret Wilson Cochran Landis, began taking me to the National Archive in Kansas City, Missouri. There we researched the Cochran and Rankin Clans and in 1984, Aunt Margaret, my dad and mom, my sister and my wife and I, along with our two children, went to Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland and to Kilsyth, Sterlingshire, Scotland to photograph the graves of our ancestors. I then began working on the family history of my wife's family - Click - McGuyer - Helm - Mayo - Lee - Purdy and more. This resulted in our trip to Tennessee to view the roadside memorial erected by the DAR to honor Mary Shirley McGuyer and her husband William McGuyer who were captured by the British in 1781, marched to a prison in Quebec, Canada where they had a child, Thomas, who survived the long hike back home after conclusion of the Revolutionary War.


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