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This name is found under many
COCHRAN spellings in the early records of
New England, some of which are
still retained by members of the family, including
Cofran, Cofren and Cochrane. The name originated
in Ayrshire, Scotland, and the ancestors of those in
America have been traced to the village of Ayr, in
that county.

( I ) Deacon John Cochran, the first of whom
record is here known, was a resident of northern
Ireland, and was a forerunner of the original colon-
ists that came in several vessels to American shores
from the vicinity of Londonderry, Ireland, late in
the year of 1718, and settled Londonderry, New
Hampshire, in the spring of 1719. His name is
found with numerous others on a petition to the
general court of Massachusetts for a grant of land,
bearing date of March 26, 1718. He had sons. James
and John.

(II) James, elder son of Deacon John Cochran,
settled in the town of Pembroke, New Hampshire,
about 1750. His sous were: Joseph, William,
James, Samuel and John.

(III) Major James, third son of James (1)
Cochran, was born 1743, and died January 23, 1815,
in Pembroke. He married Mary McDaniel, who
was born in 1744. and died June 23, 1822, having
survived her husband seven and one-half years.
Their children were: James, Sally, Nehemiah, Mary,
I >aniel, Jennie, John, Patty, Robert and Nancy.

(IV)" Nehemiah, second son and third child of
Major James (2) and Mary (McDaniel) Cochran,
was born March 7, 1772, and died November 2r,
[832, in Pembroke. He was married November 25,
17(13. to Joanna Norris, who was born February 23,
1 777. Their children were: Sally, Polly, James,
Norris, John, Joanna, Dolly Doc, Mehitablc, Peame,
Thomas, Nancy, Lucy, Ann and Jeremiah.

(\ I Dolly Doe, daughter of Nehemiah and
Joanna (Norris) Cochran, born March 6, rSos, be-
came the wife of Mathew Gault (see Gault, IV).

"This family of Barct, Barret or
BARRETT Barrett, as 'the name is variously

spelt, is of a very ancient and re-
spectable account in this Kingdom. The ancestor
of it is recorded in the Battle Abbey roll, as one
of those who came over with William, Duke of
Normandy, and was at the fatal battle of Hastings
in 1066. His descendants spread themselves over

almost every part of Britain and Ireland." — Has-
ted's History of Kent.

This family was among the early ones of Massa-
chusetts, as well as in New Hampshire and Ver-
mont, and has spread over a large extent of the
United States. It has borne an honorable part in
the development of the industries and institutions
of the nation, and the stern character of the Puri-
tans has been imparted to many of their descend

(I) Thomas Barrett, the emigrant ancestor of
a numerous family, was one of three of the many
who early emigrated to New England. He lived a
few years in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he was
made a freeman in 1645, and thence removed, about
1660, to Chelmsford, where he died October 6, 166S.
Margaret, his widow, survived him nearly thirteen
years, dying July 8, 1681. Their children included:
John, Thomas, Mary and Joseph.

(II) John, eldest child of Thomas and Margaret
Barrett, was born about 1630, probably in England,
and was a grantee of land in Chelmsford in 1679. He
was a lieutenant in the military service, mill owner
and proprietor of a large tract of land, and was
evidently an important man in his town. His wife
was Sarah, whose maiden name is not of record. He
died May 9, 1706. His children were: John, Jona-
than, Lydia, Samuel, Mary, Margaret, Joseph and

(III) Jonathan, second son and child of John
and Sarah Barrett, was a native of Chelmsford and
probably passed his life in that town. The records
shows that be married Sarah Learned, daughter of
Isaac and Mary (Stevens) Learned. She was born
t Ictober 3. 1663, and died January II, 1695. He was
married (second), June 26, [696, to Abigail Weston,
who died October 19, 170(1. He married (third)
Abigail (Wilson) Hildreth. widow of Joseph Hil-
dreth. His children were: Hannah, Mary. Jonathan,
Deliverance, Experience, Rachael, Bridget, Benja
min and John.

(IV) Benjamin, eldest son and eighth child of
Jonathan Barrett, and youngest child of his second
wife, Abigail Weston, was born February 14, 1 705.
in Chelmsford and was a soldier in the Louisburg
Expedition in 1745. He died. November 13, 1745.
in that service or immediately after his return.
His wife Elizabeth Farner. was bom March 27,
1712, in Billerica, Massachusetts, daughter of Ed-
ward and Mary (Richardson) Farner. Their club

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dren were: Elizabeth (died young), Benjamin,
Ruth, Mary, Lydia, Christopher and Elizabeth.

(V) Christopher, youngest son and sixth child
of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Farner) Barrett, was
born February 6, 1739, in Chelmsford and resided
in that town. He was married September 6, 1764, to
Mary Clark, and their children were: Zebulon, Ben
jamin, John, Sybel, Ebenezer, .Mary, William and
Samuel." (Mention of Benjamin and descendants
appears in this articli 1.

(VI) Zebulon, eldest child of Christopher and
Mary (Clark) Barrett, was born February 9, 1776,
in Chelmsford. He resided for some time in Ashby,
Massachusetts, and passed his last days in Stod-
dard, New Hampshire, where he died.

(VII) Luther, son of Zebulon Barrett, was born
in Ashby, March 14. 1708, and settled in Stoddard,
Xew Hampshire. He married, January 25, 1821,
Mary (.rem, ni" Chelsea, daughter of Linsford and
Julia (Ingraham) Green. She was born in 1803.

(VIII) William Allen, son of Luther and Mary
(Green) Barrett, was born in Stoddard. July 15,
1826. He began the activities of life as a farmer
and was later employed at the glass factory in his
native town. He acquired a" knowledge of brick-
making in Rutland. Vermont, and Plaistow, New
Hampshire, and in 1857 established himself in that
business in Keene, bis plant being located on Rox-
luiry street. Early in the Civil war period he en-
listed as a private in Company G, Fourteenth Regi-
ment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, which
was first assigned to guard duty at the National
Capital. It was afterwards ordered to the Depart-
ment of the Gulf under General Butler, participat-
ing in the important military operations around
New Orleans, and wa finallly sent to Virginia,
where it took part in the famous Shenandoah Val-
ley campaign under General Sheridan. The Four-
teenth Regiment was mustered out in 1865 with
an honorable record for long and continuous active
service in the field. Returning to Keene, Mr. Bar-
rett resumed the manufacture of brick at his Rox-
bury street yard, but in [868 removed to lower Main
street, where he continued to transact an extensive
and profitable business for the succeeding thirty
years, or until [898, when he retired. His death
occurred in Keene, September 7. 1904. and In- n
moval fn m the business circles, where he was held
in (lie higlust esteem, was deeply regretted h> bis
associates. lie married Maria Freidenburgh and
had a Family of -i\ children: Ida L., Frank A..
! red. Eugene, Charles L, Kate M. and May L.

i]\i Fred. Eugene, second son and third child
of William A. and Maria (Freidenburgh) Barrett,
was born in Keene. March 4, 1857. Having con
eluded bis attendance al* the public schools he
MM. iid tlie emploj oi In- father, but withdrew three
years later to accept a clerkship in the grocery Store
of John M. Farnam and was subsequently em-
pli iyed hi I hi inn Inn 1 1 1 rade by W. and T. J.
French. About the year [881 be entered thi
ernment service as a clerk in the Keene postoffice;
was advanced to the position of assistant postmaster
two years later, retaining it for eight years; ami in
.\:is appointed postmaster by President Harri-
son, 111 which capacity lie s, rved with unquestion
atisfaction until the expirati in of bis term in
1895 From the latter year to the present time be
has devoted bis time and energies exclusively to
the management of the L. J. Colony Chair Com-
pany, one of the important industrial enterprises of
Keene. and that concern has profited in no small
measure from his business ability.

1 1 a number of years Mr. Barrett was con-
nected with the Xew Hampshire National Guard
and rose from the ranks to the command of Com-
pany 11. Second Regiment. He served with credit
in Keene's common council two years, was a mem-
ber of the board of aldermen for the same length
of time, and in politics is a Republican. In the
Masonic Order be is far advanced, having served
as worshipful master of the Lodge of the Temple;
as king in Cheshire Chapter, Royal Arch; as thrice
illustrious master of St. John's Council, Royal and
Select Masters; and as eminent commander of
Hugh de Payne Commandery, Knights Templar.
He is a charter member of the Roaring Brook
Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and 1 f tlu' Country Club.
On June 5. 1895, he married Fanny Blake Colony,
of Keene, whose line of descent is as follows:

1 1 ) John Colony, a native of Kilkenny. Ireland,
emigrated to Xew England in 17.30. settling in

(II) Timothy, son of John Colony, was born in
Keene, April =;, 1764, and died there August 29,

(III) Joshua Durant, son of Timothj Colony,
was born in Keene, December 21, 1804. lie married
Frances Seamans Blake. He died March 28, 1801.

(IV) < iscar L., son of Joshua D. and Frances S
(Blake) Colony, was born in Keene. August 28,
1840, and is still living. His wife was before mar-
riage Emma Frances Lewis, and their daughter,
Fannie B., married Frederick E. Barrett, as pre-
via usly mentioned. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett have two
daughters, Phyllis B., born April [9, 190.2, and
Frances M., born September _>_>, 1904.

(VI) Benjamin (2), second son and child of
Christopher Barrett, was born May 2~, 1707, in
Chelmsford, and lived many years in Vershire,
Winn in. Late m life he had a home a few 3
wib In, -on William in Lisbon. Xew Hampshire,
and died ill 1801. at the home of his daughter Mary
(Barrett) Smith, in Woodbury, Vermont. He mar-
ried \1111a Lovell, and their children were: Hen
jamin, G< rgi Diantha, Jerusha, Luanda, Cynthia
.id William, 'file second daughter married M
Thurston Conant, and the third was the wife of
Harrison Smith.

i\lli Benjamin (3), eldest child of Benjamin
( _• ) and Anna (Lovell) Barrett, was bom in No
vember, t8oo, probably in Vershire, Vermont. He
resided for several years in Lisbon. New 1 Limp
shire, and seven of his children were born there.
He removed thence to Woodbury. Vermont, 1 1
lliug on a farm on the border of that town ad
joining Hardwick. He engaged in clearing land

anil lumbering, and died from injuries received
while felling trees in the woods, his death occurring
February 18 [854, on the anniversary of his mar
riage. He was married February 18. 1820, to
\ enath Ordway, who was born in April. 1800.
probably in Chester, Vermont. She survived him
ami died in Woodbury, 'flic following is :i brief ac

count of their children; Benjamin was killed in the
Civil war, while serving as a soldier; James re-
ceives extended mention in the next paragraph;
Edson lived and died in Woodbury, Vermont;
Henrj dud while a prisoner in Libby Prison in
Virginia; Sally married a Goodwin, from whim she
subsenuently separate,!, and died iii Vermont; l.y

man lived and died in W [bury; George was liv-
ing it last account in Bradford, Vermont; 1 evi

died at Algiers, Louisiana, while serving as a ol

1I1, 1 . I'liiiner reside, iii Peacham. Vermont; and
Charles resides in Woodbury, same state; Elvira,



the youngest, is the wife of Frederic Osier, and lives
in Rutland, Vermont.

l\ III) James, son of Benjamin (3) and Asenath
(Ordway) Barrett, was born September 26, 18-7.
in Lisbon. New Hampshire, and resided for a time
in Woodbury, Vermont, whence he removed to
Weare, New Hampshire. He gave his life for his
native land as a result of the Civil war. He en-
listed June 14, 1S62, in Company B, Ninth Regi-
ment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and was
sent to the front at Falmouth, Virginia. Here he
contracted disease from which he died there Jan-
uary 13, 1S63. He had several brothers in the same
service who survived and returned to Vermont.
The records of his enlistment gives his age at the time
of enlistment as thirty-five years. He was married,
in 1849, to Mary P. Tuttle, daughter of Timothy
Tuttle, and they had four sons, namely: Charles H.,
J. Frank, George W. and James Levi. The eldest
is mentioned below ; the second died July 30, 1905 ;
the third, of Rumford Falls, Maine, and the fourth
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(IX) Charles Henry Barrett, florist, son of
James and Mary P. (Tuttle) Barrett, was born in
Weare. New Hampshire, October 4, 1850. He was
educated in the public schools at Weare. and in 1866
went to Concord, where he learned the barber's
trade, and became one of the proprietors of the
well known Eagle barber shop. For twenty-five
years he was engaged in this line, and for a short
time was in the clothing business in Boston, Massa-
chusetts, being there during the big fire (1872).
In 1898 Mr. Barrett disposed of his interests in the
Eagle barber shop, and was one of twelve men who
funned the Concord-Alaska Mining Company for
the purpose of mining gold in Alaska. Mr. Barrett
went to Alaska and remained two years, but met
with indifferent success, though the mine his com-
pany worked has since been reported as one of
the best in the territory. Returning to Concord in
1900 he formed a partnership with Frank Main,
florist, which continued until March 9, 1907, when
Mr. Barrett became sole owner of the business.
Mr. Barrett became a member of White Mountain
Lodge, No. 5. Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
January 24, 1884; of Penacook Encampment, May
1.3. 1884, and later of the Grand Canton Wildey and
of' Fidelity Rebekah Lodge, all of Concord and the
Royal Arcanum. He was a member of Kearsarge
Steam Fire Engine Company for over twelve years
and it- clerk for two years. He married, November
jo [877, Ida G., daughter of Lorenzo Slack, of
Lebanon, New Hampshire. ' They had one son,
Harry C, born November 22, 1881, who is an _ ex-
pert stenographer holding a responsible position
with the Boston & Maine Railroad Company in Con-
cord. Mrs. Barrett is a distant relative of the late
Senator Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts. She
is a teacher of vocal music and for many years has
sung in the churches of Concord.
(Second Family.)
James Barrett was born in England,
BARRETT about 1615; the date of his coming
to America is not given, but he was
an inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts, in
1643. and later lived in Maiden. He married Anna
Fosdick, daughter of Stephen Fosdick, a carpenter
of Charlestown.

ill) James (2), son of James (1) and Anna
(Fosdick) Barrett, was born April 6, 1644. probably
in Charlestown. He followed the carpenter's trade
in Maiden, January n, 1671 ; he married Dorcas

Green, and died about 1679; inventory of widow
(1C02) £119.

(III) Deacon Jonathan, son of James and Dorcas
(Green) Barrett, was born in 167S; he lived both in
Reading and Maiden, Massachusetts ; he married
(first), Abigail Tuttle, of Boston, in 1698; she
died in October, 1715. Fie married (second), Re-
becca Brown, wdio survived him. His will was
dated and proved in 1749.

(IV) Joseph, son of Deacon Jonathan Barrett,
lived in Charlestown and was taxed there until
1798; no date of his birth is given. April 27, 1739,
lie married Phebe Waite, daughter of Samuel and
Anna (Lynch) Waite, of Maiden.

(V) Joseph (2) son of Joseph and Phebe
(Waite) Barrett, married Sprague, daughter of
Phineas Sprague, a Revolutionary soldier of Mai-
den. They had three sons — Peter, Jonathan and
Joseph; and two daughters.

(VI) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) and Sprague
Barrett, was born April 19, 1778 (probably in Read-
ing, Massachusetts). He became a resident of
Windsor, Vermont, and later of Claremont, New
Hampshire, where he died July 19, 1836. He mar-
ried Lucy Daman, born March 31, 1789, died April
7, 1872. There is no date of marriage, and the name
of one child only is given — Lucy, who married Wil-
liam Rossiter (See Rossiter. VII).

The Ball family is among the oldest in
BALL this country, and also among the most

widespread. Its representatives were
scattered all along the Atlantic coast in the early
English colonies, being prominent not only in Mas-
sachusetts but in Virginia, where one of its daugh-
ters became the mother of the immortal George
Washington. Its representatives are scattered
through America today, and are found honorably
connected with every line of worthy endeavor, and
are contributors to the social, moral and material
welfare of the communities in which they reside as
a rule. In 1613, a coat-of-arms was conferred upon
one Richard Ball, of Northamptonshire, England,
and a similar coat was borne by the Ball families
of New England and Virginia. Between 1635 and
1640 six sons of William Ball, of Wiltshire, Eng-
land, came to America. The eldest of these, Ailing
Ball, settled in New Haven, Connecticut. The
sixth son, William, was also at New Haven for a
time, and became extensively engaged in trade,
especially in furs and tobacco, and made frequent
trips to America and London, being both an ex-
porter and importer. He was the ancestor of Mary
Ball, the wife of Augustine Washington. She was
left a widow while her children were very small,
but was a strong and resolute character and to her
is due much of that we honor in the character of the
first president.

(I) John Ball, of Wiltshire, England, settled
in Watertown, Massachusetts, but it is impossible
to fix the time of his arrival in this country. He is
first of record at Watertown, when he was ad-
mitted freeman in 1650. He died November I,
1655. One record says he was buried October 1,
No mention of his wife is found, but he had sons,
Nathaniel and John, and probably other children.

(II) John (2), was undoubtedly born in Eng-
land, about 1620, and came to this country presum-
ably with his father. He was a tailor by occupation,
and resided for many years in Watertown. He also
owned a farm there which he purchased of John
Lawrence, and sold it October 21, 1665, to William



Perry. About that time hi d to Lancaster,

Massachusetts, where he was killed bj the Indians,
together with his wife and infant child, September
10, 1675. His estate was administered bj hi
John, of Watertown. February 1. [768. He (tirst)
■ married Elizabeth Peirce, daughter of John and
Elizabeth Peirce, of Watertown. She was the
mother of four children: John, Alary, Esther and
Abigail. She was insane in 1660, and probablj had
been for some time, and gave much annoyance to
her family and neighbors. She died before 1665,
and he was married (second), October 3. 1665, to
Elizabeth Fox, probably a daughter of Thomas Fox,
of Concord, and afterwards of Watertown. Their
son Joseph was born 1670, and was probably mur-
dered by the Indians.

(Ill) John (3), eldest son of John (2) and
Elizabeth ( Peirce) Ball, was born 1O44, in Water-
town, in which town lie lived, and was a weaver by
occupation. He died there May 8, 1722. lie served
as tithingman of Watertown, and was evidently a
man of standing and intelligence. He was married
October 17, 1665, to Sarah Bullard, who was prob-
ably a daughter of George and Beatrice Bullard,
of Watertown. George Bullard was one of the
three earli r settlers of that name in Watertown.
There is a persistent tradition in the family of Bul-
lard that there were eight brothers who came early
and at about the same time to America, namely :
Robert, Benjamin, Jonathan, William, John, [saac,
Nathaniel and George. Of these Robert. Benjamin
and George settled in Watertown. The last named
was born 1608, and was admitted freeman 111 1641,
in Watertown, where he died January 14, [689. His
first wife Beatrice was the mother of his children.
The births of only three are recorded, but it is
presumed that he had others. His second wife was
widow Mary Marblehead. About 1660 he settled
at Watertown Farms, which is now Weston. The
list of his children is supposed to include : Mary,
Jacob, Sarah, Jonathan and Johanna. The first,
second and fourth are of record.

(IV) Jonathan, fourth son and fifth child of
John (3) and Sarah (Bullard) Ball, was born in
March 29, 1680. He resided in Lancaster. Ma
chusetts, where lie died about 1727. He was mar-
ried January 5, 1710, to Sarah Whitney, who
born in Sudbury, Massachusetts, May jo. [688,
daughter of Eleazer and Dorothy ( Ros- ) Whitney.
Their children were: Sarah, Jonathan, Phineas,
Thankful, Daniel and Susannah, and all found
homes with relatives, According to the Watertown
records there were other children born at Lau-
ra -Ur.

(V) Phineas, second son and third child of
Jonathan and Sarah (Whitney) Ball, was born
about 1718, in Watertown, and was but a child at
the time of his father's death. In 1741 he married
Martha Bixhy (intention of marriage recorded at
Lancaster, May 27, 1741). He settled in Ilolden,
Mas achu e lived many years, and
where five children were horn to him, namely:
Daniel, Jemima. Aimer. Elijah and Benjamin.

(\l) Elijah, third -on and fourth child of
Phineas and Martha (Bixby) Mall, was born March
2. 1748, in Ilolden. Via achu etts, an was a sol-
dier of the Revolution, lie was with John Putnam
on the unfortunate retreat from Long Island in
1770, and attained the rank of first lieutenant. He
lived at Boylston, Ma , where his thir-

teen children were born and died there November
10, 1834. He was married October 18, 1770, to Re-

becca (Sawyer) Moor, who was born Novi
26, 1754, in Lancaster, daughter of Levi and Re-
becca (Sawyer) Moor. She duel October 13,
I heir children were: Elijah, Abigail, Amasiah. Levi,
Reuben, Rebecca, Micaros, Nabby, Patty, J
Phineas, Lucinda and Manassah Sawyer.

( VII) Manassah Sawyer, youngest .-on of Elijah
and Rebecca S. (Moore) Ball, was born December
28. 1800, in Boylston. He inherited the homestead
of bis father, who bad been a well-to-do farmer. At
the time when the farm came into his hands it was
fallow and heavily mortgaged. He tilled hi- acres
by day and hunted wild game or burned charcoal
by night, thus leading the strenuous life so common
to our forefathers. He died December 13, 1870.
He was married April 13, 1S33, to Clarissa Andrews,
daughter of Robert and Lucy (Hall) Andr<
She was born October 20. 1802. and was a direct
descendant of Governor Simon Bradstreet and his
wife Ann Dudley, the latter a daughter of Gov-
ernor Thomas Dudley (see Dudley). Their chil-
dren were: Phineas, Caroline Maria, Albert (nicu-
tioned below), and Alonzo.

(VIII) Phineas, eldest child of Manassah and
Caroline (Andrews) Ball, was born January [8,
1824, in Boylston, Massachusetts, and is worthy
of more than casual mention. In his youth he as-
sisted his father 111 the labor required in farming.
Although physically frail he possessed great en. 1
He attended the brief terms of the district -chool
until sixteen years of age. Two terms of six week-
each in 1841-2 at Josiah Bride's English boarding
school closed his schooling. In the winter of 1840
he spent some weeks with his uncle, who taught
him surveying. Equipped with an old compass, 'nee
the property of his great-grandfather, Phineas Hall
practiced surveying as opportunity offered, but until
his employment by the Nashua and Worcester rail-
road, 1847, he had seen no surveying done by men
of experience. He taught several terms of school
and finally settled in Worcester. In April. 1S10.
he became associated with Elbridge Boyden, under
the firm of Boyden & Ball, architects and engineers.

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