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Michael Cochran (1810 - 1871)

Michael Cochran
Born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1859 [location unknown]
Died at age 61 in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Oct 2009
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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.[1]


  • Find A Grave memorial page for Judge Michael Cochran (10 May 1810–19 Jul 1871), Find A Grave: Memorial #87793895, citing Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA.

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran, 1860.

"United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch ( : 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 ( : accessed 09 Feb 2014), Michael Cochran in entry for Jefferson Cochran, 1899.

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Cochran-1348 and Cochran-3 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same date and place of birth, same children as listed at FAG, details match daughter’s wikipedia page
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