Father of Nellie Bly.
Her father, Michael Cochran, born about 1810, started out as a laborer and mill worker before buying the local mill and most of the land surrounding his family farmhouse. He later became a merchant, postmaster, and associate justice at Cochran's Mills (which was named after him) in Pennsylvania. Michael married twice. He had 10 children with his first wife, Catherine Murphy, and 5 more children, including Elizabeth, with his second wife, Mary Jane Kennedy. Michael Cochran's father had immigrated from County Londonderry, Ireland, in the 1790s.
"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M44X-YL5 : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran, Plum Creek, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; citing dwelling , family 162, NARA microfilm publication , roll .
"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXRG-46V : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran, 1860.
"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZLD-CS9 : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran, Pennsylvania, United States; citing p. , family 127, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000552799
"Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZ79-B44 : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran in entry for Jefferson Cochran, 1899.
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