the war, sharing its successes and defeats. He was present at
the capture of Fort Frontenac, and afterwards passed up the
hikes as far as Dctrctit.
He left the military service in 17G1, an<l m.irried, at Sche-
nectady, N. Y., Catherine Wasson, a niece of Dr. Matthew
Thornton, the surgeon of his regiment and afterwards signer of
the Declaration of Indcjx'ndence. She was then twenty-four
years of age, aiul was a woman of tnarked chai-acter. She was
]»atriotic, resolute, energetic, and had a fine education. She
was descended from men who had ncjbly l>attled and sulYered at
the siege of Londonderry, Ireland, and was well fitted to be
tlie wife of the gallant soldier. In 1762 he removed to Clierry
Valley, N, Y., where he lived till his death. He engaged in
farming and building. In 176'2 he purchased a farm ever since
known as the Clyde farm, and now (1882) is owned and lived
upon by his great-grandson. Dr. James-D. Clyde.
But the storm of the Revolution was gathering blackness,
and the patriotic sons of America were being called to battle
and sacrifice. When the news of Bunker Hill reached Clierry
Valley, a company was formed, July 13, 1775, with Samuel
Clyde, cajitain, and John Campbell, Jr., lieutenant.
In the fall of 177o he was commissioned captain l>y the Con-
gress of New York. He was appointed adjutant of the regiment
of which Nicholas Herkimer was colonel. Subsequently a regi-
ment was formed, of which Ebenezer Cox was colonel, Samuel
Campbell was lieutenant-colonel, and Samuel Clyde was major.
It was this regiment whicdi stood the brunt of the terrible battle
of Oriskany, in August, 1777.
Major Clyde was struck with a clul)bed musket and knocked
down, but he wrested it from his assailant, and it is now in the
possession of Dr. James-D. Clyde. On Nov. 11, 1778, was the
massacre at Cherry Valley. Early on the morning of that fatal
day a signal-gun from the fort cause<l Major Clyde to hasten there
to learn tlie news. Before lie could return, his house was sur-
rounded by tories and Indians. Mrs. Clyde, seeing the approach
of the enemy, lied with her eight children into the thickest of the
forest. There she remained for twenty-four liours, wet with
rain, and chilled with the cold, without food, and no shelter save
as they cowered in the storm V)eneath a sheltering log. All per-
ishable proi)erty was l>urned or carried away. The ne.xt day Mrs.
Clyde an<l children were taken to the fort, and all survived the
He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel and colonel in 1778-
81. He was a member of the Committee of Safety from the
beginning to the close of the war, which had control of the
county. He was a member of the legislature in 1777. He served
as sheriff of Montgomery Co. in 1785, and held this place several
384 GENEALOGIES : HON. GEORGE-CLINTON CLYDE-t.
lu all these various positions, civil and military, his duties were
discliarged with marked ability. He closed his honorable and
eventful life at the " Clyde farm," Nov. 30, 1790. His wife sur-
vived liim many years. Children, b. Cherry Valley, N. Y. : —
39. Agnes'', b. Nov. 1, 176'2 ; m. Schermerliorn.
30. Anna^, b. Oct. 25, 1764 ; m. John Thornton, whose son,
Wm.-A. Thornton, was a brigadier-general in the Regular Army
in our civil war, in charge of ordnance department, etc., at Gov-
ernor's Island, N. Y.
31. Jennie^ b. Dec. 26, 1766; m. Schermerhorn.
33. Catherine^ b. July, 1768 ; m. Lester Holt.
33. Matthew^ b. Sept. 16, 1770; m. Jennie Clark; sons,
Steuben^ Thornton'', William*, Joseph*. Steuben and Thornton
each had sons in civil war. Thornton's two sons were killed.
34. George^, b. Oct. 4, 1772; m. Martha Campbell. His
sons were George-Clinton*, Jefferson-Newton*, Lafayette*, and
Hon. George-Clinton Clyde*, the eldest of these, was b. in
Cherry Valley, April 25, 1802; was admitted to the bar of the
supreme court in 1824, and in 1825 located at Burlington, N. Y.,
and had a successful law business; was county clerk in 1835. In
1829 he m. Catherine Dorr, of Chntham, Columbia Co., and to
that i)lace he removed in 1S39. For four years he was a judge
of the court of common pleas, and in 1846 was a member of
the New Yoi'k Constitutional Convention. He was twelve years
in Columl>ia Co. In 1852 he returned to the beautiful valley
where he was born, " to spend his days, and finally to sleep with
his fathers." He was a wise counselor, ]»atriotic citizen, firm
friend, rnd an honest man. He d. Dec. 21, 1868, leaving a wife
and an adojjted son, who still reside in Cherry Valley. Having
no children of tlieir own, they adopted two orphan children of
Lafayette, his brother. Dr. James-D. Clyde^ and sister, Mrs. R.-
B. Doubleday", of Binghamton, N. Y. Dr. J.-D. Clyde"^ is pro-
prietor of the "Cly<lefarm" in Cherry Valley; was a soldier in
the late war, enlisting as ])rivate in 1861, leaving the service
as ca])tain at the close in 1865.
35. Joseph^ b. Sept. 14, 1774; m. Margaret Camjibell; ch. :
DeWitt-Clinton*, Samuel*, Ilt-nry*, John-Wells*, and Joseph*, who
was a meml)ei- of the Constitutional Convention of 1821.
30. Kstlier^ b. Feb. 14, 1778; m. Horace l^ipley ; 4 ch. :
Julia*, George-C.*, Horace,* Catherine*.
37. John''  (Josej.h-, DanieP). He was b. Sei>t. 9, 1763 ;
m. Phebe Wilson, of Pelham. He was a soldier of the Revolu-
tion from Windham, and, with David Campbell, was with that
porti(m of Washington's army encam]>ed some five miles back
of Newburgh, N. Y. By a curious coincidence his son, James-
C, fifty years later, selected a fanning ])ropei'ty on which this
portion of the army encamjied. One of the old Kevolut ionaiy
bake-ovens used by them was <jn liis farm, and the ground
GENEALOGIES : JAMES CLOYD^. 385
U8(.'(l by the troo|)s on pjiradc, the temple wliere the army wor-
sliipjied, and other l)uiUlin<jjs used by the tro<jps were on his
and the adjoining farm. Mr. Cly<le lived in Windham on the
farm now owned by Joseph-C. Armstrong. He had 1:5 cliiidren ;
8 died in infancy. Children: —
38. l)aniel-Wilson\ b. March 8, 1795 ; m. Oet. 7, 18:i4, Anna-
McQuesten Burns, of Bradford. He owned the farm and Ituilt
the house now owned by Joseph-C. Aiinstiong ; sold and lived
for many years in the east part of Windham. He d. Dec. 10,
185li; she (1. Oct. 1(1, istjl, ae. 63.
1. James-Perkins^, d. in infancy.
2. Vlu'be-E.», (1. a\ 1!> yrs.
8. William^, d. in infancy.
4. Adnah^, b. 1830; il ee. 1.5 yrs.
5. .Tolin-Burns^ b. 1832; d. of sunstroke at Joseph Clyde's, July 15, 1868,
6. Mary-Ann", b. 1835; li. at Mortonvillc, N. Y., July 4, 1862, ae. 27 yrs.
7. Lucy'', b. Jan. 12, 1837; lives in relliaui.
8. Benjaniin-Darlini,'', b. ls41; d. at Mortonville, N. Y., July 2, 1862,
fe. 21 yrs.
39. James CloyiP, b. Sept. 6, 1797 ; m. June 20, 1S2'J, Han-
nah, dan. of David Campbell. She d. June, 1861, in her 57tli
yr. He m. 'id, Aug. 14, 1862, Jane, dau. of Henry and Isabel
Campbell. He went to New W^indsor, Orange Co., New York,
in 1828, where he lived till Nov. 14, 1868, when he returned to
Windham. The "Town Farm" was bought of the town, and on
that he lived till his death, Sept. 29, 1877, ae. 80 yrs. His widow
still lives in town. This family spells its name Gloyd.
CHILDREN, BY KIKST WIFK.
1. Warren^ b. July 2, 1823; architect; d. Dec. 17, 1852, at Washington-
ville, Oran,u;c Co., N. Y.
2. Ma^y■^ b. March 23, 1825; ni. Elemuel Pembleton about 1848; d.
1870, at Cra^vf()rd, N. J. ; 3 ch. : Mary-Hannah'% m. James Gray;
Emily"; and Carrie-Aiirelia^, dec, m. Stuart Taylor. The others
res. at San Francisco, Cal.
3. Thomas% b. Jan. 1, 1829; architect; m. 1854, Mary-E. Foster, of Riv-
erhead, Lonp: Island; ch : Mary-L.'^, Josephine-F.'', Annie", John-
F.f', and Jennie"; res. Minneapolis, Minn.
4. William"'. 1). Jan. 27, 1831; m. 1S56. Mary-J. Tuthill; d. March, 1864,
at Washinirtonvillc, N. Y. ; ch. : Warren-T.", Edwin-C"; lost 3
ch. young. He was a cleriryman.
5. David-C.\ b. Dec. 3, 1833; a brave soldier; d. June, 1862, of wounds
and exposure received at Battle of Williamsburg, Va. ; was lieut.
in Eighty-seventh Regiment N. Y. Vols. Business, architect.
6. Jane-E.&, b. Feb 3, 1^40; m. 1865, Rev. S.-G. Gale; res. Faribault,
Minn. ; ch. : Lottie**, Samuel**, James'*, Clinton**, Sylvauus**, Ma-
bel'', and Jolin'*.
7. James-C.^ b. April 3, 1842; m. April 3, 1866, Thalia-A. Richey, of
Charlottesville, N. Y. ; lawyer; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Avas lieut.
in Eighty-seventh Regt. N. Y. Vols ; was severely wounded and
discharged; admitted to the bar May, 1864; ch. : Juliette**, Mary-
F.6, Paul*, Horner^ Genevieve**, Thalia** and Madeline'*^
386 GENEALOGIES : JOHN CLOYD^,
40. Phebe-W.S b. Jan. 3, 1800 ; in. Oct. 16, 1821, Solomon
Hunt, of Chelmsford, Mass., now Lowell.
1. John'', is ;i Baptist ministei" at Plainfield, Oliio.
2. Hirara\ m. Lucy Hill; res. Merrimack, N. H. ; ;5 ch.
3. Phebe% m. Edsou Perry, of Plainfield, Vt. ; res. in Ohio.
4. Sarah«, m. Stephen Emery ; she is dec. ; one son, George^.
41. John Cloyd*, b. Sept. -29, 1807; m. Mary-A. Gushing, of
Hingham, Mass. ; an intelligent and respected citizen of Pelham ;
1. John-F.^, b. Boston, June 16, 1834; served as quartermaster in Twen-
ty-sixth Regt. Mass. Vols. ; m. Jane Foss, of Saco, Me. ; m. 2d,
Elizabeth Deering, Saco : 4 ch. : Martha-H.", Edith-Amanda", Eu-
gene'% and Mary-L.*' ; res. Merrimac, Mass.
2. George-C.^, b. Boston, Dec. 3, 1836; res. Pelham.
3. Amanda-M.^, b. Lowell, Jan. 25, 1840; d. young.
4. Calvin^, b. Lowell, June 15, 1842 : d. young.
5. M. -Amanda'', b. Lowell, May 20, 1844; teacher; I'es. Pelham.
6. Horace^, b. Aug. 6, 1847 ; d. young.
42. Eliza-Ann*, b. Oct. 5, 1817; m. Daniel-F. Quimby, of
Washington, Vt. Children : James-C.^ Phebe-Ann^
43. Joseph^  (Joseph'-, DanieP). He was b. in Wind-
ham Feb. 1:2, 1766; m. March 17, 1797, Elizabeth, dau. of Sam-
uel and Elizabeth (Gilmore) Wilson ; b. April 'J, 1766, and d. Dec.
27, 18B9. He lived on what is known as the Joseph Clyde farm,
about a mile and a half southwest of the meeting-house. He d.
Aug. 16, 1858, m. 87 yrs. 6 mos. 4 days. Ch. b. in Windham: —
44. Jose})li'*, b. Oct. 16, 1798; lived upon the homestead;
late in life he m. June 12, 1851, Mrs. Lucinda-Amaiula Howe, of
Nashua. She d. April 14, 1882 ; one ch. : Lucinda^ d. Dec. 28,
1853, ae. 9 mos. 3 days. He was thrown from his wagon, striking
his head against the stone steps at Bartley's store, and killed,
Ajjril 16, 1870. He was the last representative of the Clyde
family in Windham. His steii-dau<::hter, Aldusta-J. Howe, d.
March 3, ISGI, a^. 17 yrs. 3 mos. 9 days.
45. Betscy-Gilinore'*, b. June 16, l.sOl ; m. Dec. 5, 1850, Jon-
athan-P>. Morse, of Chester, b. Jan. 15, 1800; d. April 10, 1872.
In 1881, with mental powers but slightly impaired, she remem-
bered vividly much of the history of our pcojde. She res. in
Cliester, and'd. April 6, 1882.
4(>. Samuel- Wils()n\ b. Aug. 1, 1803 ; m. April 22, 1851, llan-
nah-J. Bowies, of Hudson ; left Windham, April, 1851 ; went to
Di-acut, afterwards to Hudson, wliere he res. till his deatli, Oct.
1. llaiiiiali-Elizabeth'', b. June 10, 1854; in. lOlmcr Blodgett; no eh.; res.
2. Margaret -Jane'', b. June 27, 1K57; ui. E/.ra Marliii, of Hudson; 2 ch. :
3. Guorge-'Wilsoa^ b. Oct. 24, 1865; res. Iludsou.
^O^ ^. X
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GENEALOGIES: JOHN CLYDE3. 387
47. Hiram^ b. Dec. 10, 1807 ; d. Jan. 12, 1874; ni. Sept. 2,
1839, Mary-R. Wanlwell, of Salem, Mass., who d. Sept. 20,
1876. He rem. to Ohio in 1839; farmer; res. Chillicuthe ; they
d. in Saline Co., Mo.
1. .lane-E.^ b. Feb. 1, 1841 ; res. Cliillicothe.
2. Joseph'', b. Feb. 2, 1843; ni. Mars^iiret Jones ; res. Salt Sprinjfs, Mo.;
3. Elizal)eth-G.^ b. July 18, 184r>; m. William-C. Hoflinan; res. Mar-
shall, Saline Co., Mo. ; 3 ch.
4. Marj - \.\ b. Nov. 30, 1847; res. Chillicothe.
5. Sam"uel-W.". b. May G, IS.'iO; ni. Caroline Orton ; res. Chillicothe; 2 ch.
48. Margaret^ h. April 20, 1811 ; m. Dec. 25, 1838, James-C.
Evans. (See Evans faniilv.)
49. John'^  (Iliii^di-, Danit'l^), b. about 1762. He m.
Mehitable SargLMit. IK- live<l at the O.-A. Simpson farm till about
1818, when he sold it to Jesse Simjtson, and removed to the farm
now occupied by his sf)n, Charles Clyde, in Derry, N. H., where
he died. Children : —
50. Jane\ b. Aug. 2(3, 1805; ra. Samuel Hall; res. in
Charlestown, Mass.; d. Jan. 23, 1840. No ch.
51. Margaret*, b. Feb. 25, 1808; m. April 9, 1826, John
Clark, who was b. Dec. 3, 1790. Res. in Dracut, Mass.; d. Jan.
1. Mary-Jane^, b. March 10, 1827; m. Henry Packard; d. May 9, 1852.
2. Jaiues-Otis^ b. Jan. 17, 1829; res. Manchester, N. H.
3. .John-S.^ b. Nov. 10, 1834; d. 1834.
4. George-M.5, b. April 12, 1841 ; res. Dracut.
53. SamueP, b. March 27, 1810; m. Julia Wilson, of
Moreau, N. Y., where he res. and d. Jan. 20, 1834; she res. with
her son Samuel in Hartford, Ct.
53. Peter-Sargent^ b. Nov. 19, 1812; m. and res. in Ando-
ver, Ct.; 3 ch. : Sarah-Jane^ Milton^ Addie.''
54. Milton-A.S b. A])ril 1, 1815. Milton-A. Clyde was a
great railroad contractor. He was b. on the O.-A. Simpson place
in South Windham, April 1, 1815; d. in Sjtringfield, Mass.,
Jan. 24, 1875. He was emjthatically a self-made man, and worked
his way to success and a handsome fortune by unremitting energy
and pluck. His early life was almost entirely destitute of edu-
cational privileges, and his success was due to his force of
character and native integrity, which characterizAMl him during
his long life of business activity.
When young he learned the stone-mason's trade, and went
to Massachusetts in 1838, when the Western Railroad was being
built, and was enijdoyed in laying stone along the line of the
road, where he developed a rare business tact, and soon formed
a partnership with his employer, Capt. Horace Stone, which
388 GENEALOGIES : MILTON-A. CLYDE-i.
was continued many years. The firm of Stone & Clyde took
numerous small contracts for stone-Avork on the road west of
Sjtringtield, and, on the completion of the road to Albany, Mr.
Clyde located in Springfield, and contracted to fill an old
meadow east of Main Street, where the Boston & Albany
freight-yard and side-tracks are now located. Stone & Clyde
then took a contract for grading on tJie Hartford & Spring-
field Railroad, and in 1843 they contracted for the stone-
work on that railroad. Mr. Clyde was connected with the
building of the Niagara Falls & Buffalo Railroad. In 1853-4
he built the Hampshire & Hampden Railroad from Westfield
About this time he became associated with Sidney Dillon,
now president of the Union Pacific Railroad, under the firm
name of Dillon, Clyde & Co., and from that time till his death
Mr. Clyde was the working manager. This firm was one of the
greatest contracting companies in the United States.
One of their earlier operations — a most profitable one, too —
Avas the "great, fill" on the Lake Shore Railroad between
Cleveland, 0., and Erie, Pa. Afterwards they were engaged in
similar operations on the New Jersey Central Railroad. The
firm of Dillon, Clyde & Co. were also heavy contractors on the
still unfinished portion of the Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad
between Waterbury and Fishkill, on which they were engaged
for several years. Some years ago Mr. Cly<le built the first
Hartford reservoir, and recently the firm of Dillon, Clyde & Co.
built the Connecticut Valley road from Hai-tford to Saybrook.
They also built the Rockville branch of the Providence & Fishkill
road and the SjU'ingfield & Providence Railroad from Providence
to Pascoag, R. I., in Avhich Mr. Clyde was a dii-ector.
But the great work of Mr. Clyde's life was the tunneling and
building of the famous underground railroad in New York Cit)^
for the New York tfe New Haven, New York Central & Hmlson
River, and the Harlem Railroads, from the Graiid Central dei»ot
at Forty-second Street, to the north end of Manhattan Island, a
distance of some eight miles. The greater part of the excavation
was made through solid rock, of width sufticient to accommodate
the tracks of all the roads, and from twenty to forty or fifty feet
Tlie contract price for this great work was $5,300,000'' while
the extras swelled the sum to $6,000,000. The success of this
enterprise was very largely due to Mr. Clyde's wttnderful execu-
tive ability, which was ever tlie marked feature of his life. It
was a coMiinon remark among contractors, that Mr. Clyde could
do a job chea|)er than any otlier man in the Uniteil States.
Of an iron constitution, he spared neither himself nor his men
in carrying out his enterprises.
Wliile superintending tliis work lie took a severe cohl, wliich
prostrated him with congestion of tlie spine, which terminated
GENEALOGIES: JOSEPH CLYDE8. 389
fatally. While engasfed ujion a contract on tlic F.ill Jiivcr
Riiilroatl (now Old Colony), Ik* met the lady wliom he niairicd
four years later.
He married Caroline-Valentine Read, of Fall River, Mass., Jan.
30,1848. She was b. at Fall River, Mareh 20, lH'2i), and was the
danirhter of Josi'|>li-K. and Syhil-Valentine Read. She now res.
in Springfield, Mass.
1. A son^ b. Fall River, Jiilv 10, 1S4;»; d. .Iiilv 10, 18-t;».
2. Evelyn-Louis.-', h. Fall Hivt-r, .Tiily 2!», 185'/; ni. Nov. Ifi, 1874, .Tamcs-
D. (Jill, who kt'i'ps an art store and res. iu Spriiij^lleld ; cue cb. :
Jaincs-Milton'% b. Aug. 24, 1875.
3. Caroliiie-Miunie', b. Fall River, Sept. 8, 1854; d. at Springfield, Aug.
4. Harriet-Frances'', b. in Fall River, Aug. 29, 1857; m. Dec. 15, 1880,
Charles-L. Long, a lawyer, and res. in Springfield ; a son, b. Oct.
55. Charles*, b. July 18, 1818; m. June 16, 1842, Abigail-A.
Winkley, of Strafford, N. II. ; farmer and fruit-grower ; res. Derry.
1. Martha-J.5, b. June 15, 184.3; m. 1867, Eben "Woodbury ; res. Derry.
2. Maria-A.^ b. Aug. 11, 1846.
3. Charles-M.s, b. Feb. 19, 1850; ra. May 4, 1882, Mary-Jane Crowell;
4. Paul-T.5, b. Aug. Ml, 1852.
5. Benjamiu-F.5, i,. peb. 27, 1859.
56. Sarah-Marcia^ b. Feb. 23, 1820 ; m. George-W. Black,
of Putney, Vt.; she d. at Bellows Falls, April 23, 1861. No
57. Joseph^  (Hugh-, DanieP). He was b. in "Windham,
Sept. 28, 1773 ; Feb. 8, 1803, he m. Mehitable Griffin, b. June
17, 1781 ; his uncle, John Clyde-, gave him his property for
taking care of him in his old age. This was part of the original
Clyde homestead, now known as the York or Armstrong ]tlace.
He was a farmer and carpenter. Subsequently sold this farm,
and, in the fall of 1819, removed to Hancock; afterwards to
Nelson, Gilsum, Alstead, and Marlow, where he d. Nov. 1(», 1850 ;
she d. July 6, 1848 ; ch., 4 d. in infancy : —
58. William^ 1.. Feb. 4, 1808 ; m.* Susannah Whittemore, of
Hancock, b. July 28, 1807 ; d. Jan. 9, 1838. He m. 2d, April 16,
1839, Harriet Pierce, of New Paris, Ind., b. June 10, 1820.
1. William-H.\ b. Julv31. 1828 ; ra. Sarah Baglcv : res. Washington. N. H.
2. Wallace-B.\ b. Aug. 22. 1831; d. Sept. 19, 1831.
3. Edwin-W.', b. April 13, 1836; d. July 29, 1838.
4. Rebecca^ b. Julv 3, 1841; d. July 3,"l841.
5. Allen\ b. Julv 21. 1842.
6. Melissa-J.-^ b. Mav 16, 1845; d. Sept. 1845.
7. Jane-M.5, b. Sept, 29, 1847 ; d. Feb. 6, 1848.|
390 GENEALOGIES : CLYDE ; COCHRAN.
8. Sophronia^, b. May 29, 184U ; m. Mitchell McCloud.
9. Eben-H.5, b. Oct. (3, 1851.
■10. Mary-E.^ b. May 22, 1854.
59. Dorothy-SA b. Sept. 14, 1810; d. April 14, 1812.
60. Dorothy" b. May 3, 1813 ; m. June 7, 1844, Eben-K.
Hills, of Alstead, N. H., and d. July 6, 1870 ; he d. Oct. 31,
1871; ch.: George-E.^ b. Sept. 26, 1852; m. Annie Musson, of
Nashua ; res. Alstead, N. H.
61. Harriet-G.*, b. April 10, 1815 ; in. Dec. 24, 1835, Luther
Pierce, of Dublin, who d. May 24, 1845. She ra. 2d, Daniel Rhorer,
of New Paris, Ind.
1. Sarali-A.5, b. April 16, 1837 ; dec.
2. George-W.8, b. Aug. 21, 1840.
3. Sarah-J.5, b. Feb. 24, 1842.
4. Lucy-A.^ b. June, 1844.
5. Mary-E 5, b. Oct. 6, 1848.
6. Catherine^, b. July 24, 1850.
7. William-F.^ b. July 14, 1854.
63. Theodore^ b. Nov. 7, 1817 ; lives in Brentwood.
63. Joseph\ b. March 14, 1820; res. in Marlow, and a
jjroininent and much respected citizen ; ni. May 23, 1843, Mary-
A. Knight, of Marlow, b. Jan. 14, 1821.
1. George-W.^ b. Sept. 18, 1840; m. Sept. 16, 1874, Felicia-L. Sliepard-
sou, of Marlow; b. Aug. 15, 1848; re.s. Marlow.
2. Melbu^n-G.^ b, April 25, 1851 ; drowned Dec. 31, 18G2.
COCHRAN, OR COCHRANE, FAMILY.
1, John Cochran^ was the first of the name in town, and was
the ancestor of the Windham Cochrans. He was b. in London-
derry, Ireland, in 1704, and was the son of John and Elizabeth
(Arwin) Cochran, of that city. His father seems to have ])ar-
tici])ated with the heroic Scotch residents in the gallant defense
of that pla(!e against King James the Second, in 1G88-85) ; but
lie never came to America, and d. in Ireland, se. 45 yrs., and cir-
cumstances seem to justify the assertion that he d. previous to
his son's emigration.
In 1710 the first settlers came to Londonderry. Not long
after this John Cochran came, and soon after settled in the
east part of what is now Windham on the farm owned by his
great-grandson, William-I). Cochran. He built a house, and
worked at clearing up his land, meanwhile living ;ilone for four
years. During this period he returned twice to Ireland to visit
GENEALOGIES: JOHN COCHRANi. 391
J)iiring the tiiiH' lie liad been in Aiiierica lit- often visited the
family of Justice McKeen, whose wife, Janet Cochran, was his
aunt. His stay with this family was proloni^ed and very agree-
able, for Jennie McKeen was very beautiful in the eyes of the
solitary owner and occu|»ant of a house in the wiMerness.
During his last visit to his native city of Londonderry, Ireland,
where he was gladly welcomed by his mother, the following
conversation occurred, as related by Mrs. J6nnie (McKeen)
Cochran to lier granddaughter.
He had not remained at home long, liowever, before he showed
signs of uneasiness, and said he must return to America. This
his mother strongly ojjposed, and said : " Ye maun stay at
harae, Joan, and not be brakin' my lieart by ganging awa',"
He replied : " I muH go. I have promised to marry a daugh-
ter of Justice McKeen, and I must go back." The statement
undoubtedly astonished his mother, but she soon broke the
silence by sayinLj: '^ Weel, Joan, if ye are about marrying one
of Justice McKeen's daughters, ye may gang ! " And "gang"
He returned to Londonderry and married his cousin, Jennie
McKeen, in June, 1734.
Justice James McKeen, William Adams, and James Wilson
jointly owned a hirge tract of land in what is now Wintlhara.
On that portion belonging to Justice McKeen, young Cochran was
located, and there with his youtliful wife he settled and they made
their home. It has been in the possession of the family since the
first settlement. His house was reared about fifty rods north-
east of the present house, near a spring whose clear and s])ark-
ling water has for more than a century and a half been used by
him or his descendants. The hill east of and near his house
was called Camp Hill, where his camj) was first ])itched, accord-
ing to tradition. His second house was built close by. Here he
made his clearing in the wilderness, and here the earth gave
forth her increase for his sup])ort. Where now are smiling fields
whose even surface is free from stones, and where grass can be
cut by the mower, was then full of rocks and covered by forest
trees of ancient growth. Other settlements were springing \\\<
in the township. He was some six miles distant from his father-
in-law McKeen. His relatives, Peter, John, Andrew, and Wil-
liam Cochran, had homes in the township of Londonderry, but
distant from him. By frugality, hard work, and a correct life, he
prospered and was respected. His name first appears on the
records as moderator of a special town-meeting in 174'2. He
was captain (but not the first one) of the first military company
formed in town, and was known as "Captain John." He pos-
sessed force of character, and was held in general esteem. He
d. Feb. 26, 178s, in his 84th year. She d. Ai»ril 16, 1790, in