Thomas Hair Cockran, 1802

Thomas Hair Cochran

Born 1802 in Armagh, Ireland

Parents – Samuel Cochran and Elizabeth

Married – Rachel Ellis, about 1823, probably in Ireland?


Elizabeth Hare 1825 in Armagh, Ireland

Agnes Cochran Hair 1828 in Armagh, Ireland

Mary Jane Cochrain 1830 in Armagh, Ireland

Samuel Arthur Hair 1831 in Armagh, Ireland

Mary Hair 1832 in Dalry, Scotland

Rachel Hair 1834 in Dalry, Scotland

Samuel Hair 1838 in Dalry, Scotland

Helen Hair 1842 in Dailly?, Scotland

Died 1854 in Dalry, Scotland


See the Chronicles of the Cochrans


Thomas Cochran Hair

Contributed By Allen Hair · 2013-04-14 23:53:33 GMT+0000 (UTC) · 1 Comments
(Copied from my sister Margarette Hair Hanson’s notes)
Our paternal surname should be Cochran instead of Hair. I have proved this to my own satisfaction by talking with several different people who knew our paternal progenitor when they lived in Scotland.

The name was changed, Thomas Hair, or his brother, over a very simple matter we would think today, but I am told it was a serious offense, and may have meant a prison term had the family remained in Ireland.

Following is the story as told to me:
My great grandfather Thomas Cochran was working on a large estate in Ireland owned by the king, or someone of nobility. One day by accident or by his own choice he killed a hare on the estate. This was considered very serious so the family packed up during the
night and crossed the channel into Scotland. As some of the children were born in Ireland and some in Scotland I presume, from these dates of birth, this move was made about 1830.

The following is taken from “Chronicles of the Cochrans” by Ida C. Haughton who lives in Columbus Ohio:

The name Chochrans is derived from two gallic words, which together signify the war of war, the battle cry, viz: cog., un., to war or to fight, whence co-gai-che, adj., warlike: ran, genitive raid, a war, a loud cry, a shriek. It has various spellings, which being afterwards represented by the proper letters of modem Goelic, gives Cochran, or rane, or rain.

The reason for taking the name of cochran, (or-rane, or-rain) is not known beyond the fact that they are all born fighters, and are to be found enrolled with soldiery or military from earliest mention down to the present time.

Some who have not achieved distinction by means of arms have done so by strategy and forensic ability. The name, to my way of thinking, as to its general meaning or significance, is very appropriate to the families I have known intimately.

The first known of the name is Waldenus-Coveran or Cochran, a witness to the charter of date wed. twenty days after the feast of St. Hilary in 1262. The next of the name on record is William of Chochran, who signed submission to King Edward the First, in the Ragman Roll of 1296. John of Chochran, the next on record in 1346. Glasmus Goscelimus, or casmus de Cochran, next appears in 1367. He is styled Casmus de Cowran, and is succeeded by his son, William, who is probably the one who received a ratification of the barony ofCochrane from King Robert the Second, on Sept. 22, 1389.
He was succeeded by his son and heir, Robert Cochrane, who was succeeded by a son John. In the Paisley rental book of 1460, there are various entries of the assessment of John Cochran, than living at Lincliff, whence William Cochrane of that Ilk, dated his will
in 1603. It would appear, therefore, that Lincliff was their residence before the building of Cochrane Place. John Cochran was succeeded by his son John, who was seized in the

lands of Cochrane and Corseford in 1489. In 1509 he obtained a license under the Privy Seal, to sell or mortgage all his lands of Nether-Cochrane in Renfrewshire, and of Pitfour in Perthshire. In 1519 he sold the harony of Easter-Cochrane, which included Nether-Cochrane, to James Beaton, Archbishop of Glasgow. Crawford mentions this deed as being among the Dundonald charters in 1710, and that it carried the seal of John Cochrane which showed three boars heads erased, and circumscribed Sigillum-Johannis-De-
Cochrane. John served heir to his father. May 12, 1530. It was in “Cochrane” castle that Sir John made his escape in 1685 after the Argyle insurrection.

Thank you so much for this information Allan! from Dawn Hair


The 1851 Scotland Census has Thomas, Rachael, Mary, Samuel and Hellen and two lodgers living in Dalry, Ayreshire, Scotland. Thomas, Samuel ant the lodgers were ironstone miners.

According to one account on, Thomas and his wife were baptized after listening to one talk by an LDS missionary:

…The history of James Wilson, a brother of William, indicates that Thomas [Wilson, nephew of Thomas Hair Cochran] went to Scotland before the rest of the family, presumably to find out something about conditions there. His wife’s sister and her husband, Rachel Ellis and Thomas Hair, induced him to come because he would be able to better himself. He came ahead several weeks and got a job at the mines as a ‘pathead’ man. This meant taking cars off the cage. He took a house and then sent for the family. (Thomas Hair and family resided in Kilgramie, which is located five miles from Girvan and one mile from New Daily, now just plan Daily, in the parish of New Daily, Ayrshire, Scotland.)

…While working in the mines, Thomas heard of the Mormons. One Joseph Smith had a letter delivered to him by an angel, and he started a religion, he was told. Some time later, Elder James McNaughton was sent from Glasgow to labor in the west of Scotland. He came to preach in the neighborhood about a mile from the Wilson home. William went with his aunt and uncle to hear him. They were converted by the first sermon. The uncle and aunt, Thomas and Rachel Ellis Hair, were baptized. William was not because his father objected.

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