A fine Queen Anne figured maple high chest of drawers featuring a history of ownership by John Cochran (b.1745) of New Boston, New Hampshire. The high chest is in excellent condition, retaining an undisturbed surface, the original brass hardware and original turned drop pendants. The high chest is accompanied by several 18th and early 19th century documents related to John Cochran and his family.
Tell me more: This fine Queen Anne figured maple highboy descended in the family of John Cochran (1745-1805) of New Boston, New Hampshire. It is accompanied by several documents relating to the Cochran family, including: An Indenture for the apprenticeship of Ephriam Andras to James Cochran, to “learn, teach or cause to be taught… the Trade or Mystery of a husbandman”, dated 1784; a Deed for one half of a Pew in the New Boston Meeting House, dated 1796 and signed by Martha Cochran, John Cochran and Nathaniel Cochran; and a Land Deed signed by John Cochran, dated 1798.
The history of the Cochran family is found in the “History of New Boston, New Hampshire” by Elliott C. Cogswell, published in Boston in 1864. On page 363 the arrival of the Cochran family in America is reported as follows:
“Nathaniel Cochran.— His father’s name was John, and was born in Ireland. He married Lilly Killgore, and came to America in the year 1717. They landed at Brunswick, in the State of Maine, where Bowdoin College now stands. He was, by way of distinction, called John ” The Man.” Their children were as follows: James, Joseph, Thomas, Nathaniel, Samuel, Elizabeth, and Susannah. James, when sixteen years of age, was a soldier in the King’s service, and was taken prisoner by two Indians, on the Sheepscot River in Maine; and on the second night after his capture he killed them both while they were sleeping; he brought their scalps and guns to Boston April 3, 1725. For this act of bravery he received as a reward twenty pounds, lawful money, and a discharge from the service one year before the term of his enlistment expired, and was ever after called ” Indian Jemmy.” He subsequently removed to Pennsylvania. Nathaniel was born in Ireland in the year 1714, was three years old when his father brought him to America. He married Miss Jael Martin, and came from Londonderry to New Boston, it is thought, about 1755.