James D. Cochran (b.12/2/1828, d.10/6/1877), his wife Matilda Christy (b.2/13/1823, d.5/30/1917), and their ten children came to Winfield in 1870 from Ottumwa, Iowa. They brought with them three teams of mules, two teams of oxen and $8,000. They first operated a hauling business. They camped at Island Park before homesteading bottom land northeast of town on Timber Creek, Two of their sons settled the hills just to the east and south, William's land is the site of the original buildings of the Winfield Slate Hospital and Training Center. Cumbernauld Village is now on Jethro's land.
The Cochran-Horton Family
William Jasper (Jap) Cochran (b.3/17/1851, d.10/5/1925) married Isabelle Stark (b.12/26/1858, d.5/19/1949) from Buffalo, Missouri on 7/2/1876 in Winfield, They operated a grocery store at 10th and Main. He was a County Commissioner when the original stone courthouse was built on East Ninth. They had seven children:
Stella Leone (b.9/29/1878, d.8/1923) married Dailey Houser, Clara C. (b,8/28/1881, d.9/8/1951) married Arthur Appling, William Grover (b. 1/3/1885, d.10/5/1952) married Clara Schofield, Margaret Ethel (b.3/l/1887, d.3/l/1961) married Solomon Horton, Benjamin Hilton (b.10/12/1890, d.5/20/1910) married Alma Jones, Helen Bell (b.7/22/1893, d,10/2/1894) died in infancy, Harold Oscar (b.4/14/1897, d.2/10/1975) married Harriett Parsons, then Sarah Shay.
Margaret Ethel was married to Solomon Horton (b.11/30/1884, d.6/23/1921) at her parents home south of Wilmot 1/31/1909. Solomon's parents were John Ransom Horton (b.1/1850, d.5/7/1911) and Clara Etta Ogden (b.1/28/1854, d.7/20/1917) from Summum, Illinois. They moved to Winfield in 1904 and farmed south of town. Only the four youngest of ten children came with them: Solomon, the twins Charles (C.J. or Chub) (b.3/20/1888, d.7/2/1972) (married Georgia Kelsey) and Minnie Belle (b.3/20/1888, d.10/1968) (married Charles "Chot" Brant), and Cordelia Mae (b.1/9/1893, d.12/12/1985) (married Merle DuLaney).
Solomon graduated from High School in Illinois and had a teaching certificate but was too young to teach in Kansas so he turned to farming. He burned to death in a tragic fire at their home near Floral on 6/23/1921. Ethel ran a grocery store at Floral from 1928-1932 before moving into Winfield where she died an her 74th birthday. Solomon and Ethel had five children:
Lawrence Cochran Horton (b. 8/2/1911) married Thelma Lucille Parsons (see Jacobus-Parsons history) on 11/5/1938 at Newkirk, Oklahoma. He graduated from Winfield High in 1930 and was a car salesman. Lucille graduated from Mulvane High in 1930 and William Newton School of Nursing in 1937. They had two children, both born in Winfield. Anita Kay (b.9/13/1939) graduated from Winfield High in 1957. She married Charles Robert (Bob) Bradbury on 10/12/1957 (see Bradbury History). Donald Keith (b.7/24/42) graduated from High School in California in 1960. He lives in Los Angeles and has three children. In 1973, Lawrence and Lucille retired and returned to Winfield to pursue his woodworking hobby.
Donald Delos Horton (b.2/21/1914) retired as a Lt, Colonel in the Air Force. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
William Harold (Shorty) Horton (b.10/l/1917, d.5/7/ 1977) married Virginia Brister. He worked in the oil field. They had three children; William Harold Jr. (Pete), Carol Frances killed in a car wreck in Winfield in 1962), and Cynthia (married Larry Gillen).
Margaret Ethel Horton (b.7/20/1919) married Arthur Thomas and lives in Sedan, Kansas, They had one son and two daughters.
Frances Ruth Horton (b.1/11/1922) married Marlin Reese and lives in Topeka, Kansas. They had one son and one daughter.
Submitted by Anita Kay Bradbury
Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, pg 233.
The Cochran's of Cowley County are descendants of John A, Cochran and Elizabeth (Jordan) Cochran, Elizabeth Jordan's farther immigrated to America from Scotland and located in Virginia. They were Scotch Irish descent. She was called Lizzie and married John Cochran in Indiana in 1855. Elizabeth died near Eatonville, KS and was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas.
John and Elizabeth Jordan
John Cochran was born in Illinois and was in Company F 116th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He died in 1916 at his home in Dexter, Kansas and was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery west of Dexter.
Their descendants were: Alfred P, Cochran, James, Julia, Jennie Nellie and John W. Cochran. My grandfather was Alfred P. Cochran. He married Minnie Cecelia Caster. Grandfather Cochran came to Cowley County in 1879 with his parents, from Illinois. In 1880 he received a teaching certificate and taught second term school at Prairie Ridge School in 1882, He also taught at Rose Valley and at Union Ridge. He is buried at Prairie Ridge, also.
Minnie (Caster) Cochran, my grandmother, was from Iowa and died in Winfield, Kansas, She was buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery- Their children: Floyd C. Cochran married Edna Shinn, they lived in Dexter, and had six children. Anna Grace married William Radcliff, their children, Helen Brazel and Lucille Guthrie. Radcliffs were ranchers at Dexter. Frank R, Cochran married Ann Hoogshagen, they had four sons and resided at Geuda Springs and Frank was a barber in Arkansas City. Their sons are Hal, Fred Cochran, Roy and Howard Cochran. Forrest A. Cochran married Minnie and resided in Hutchinson, Fines S. Cochran married Ethel Kingsbury and they had one son, Elmer Dean Cochran, they resided at Dexter and Ethel Cochran was a beautician and had her own beauty shop. Fines (Dink) Cochran died June 16, 1954, buried in Highland Cemetery, Winfield.
Fay F. Cochran married Sarah Opal Yeager, They had three daughters, Rita Sue, Donna and Karen. Fay owned the Motor Inn Garage at Dexter and Sarah Opal Cochran (Busby) was a teacher in the Winfield School System and at Atlanta. They are buried in the Dexter Cemetery.
Farlan John Cochran married Fay York and they had four daughters, Farlan (Tug) and family reside in Bellflower, California.
The Cochran descendants have contributed in many ways to the communities in Cowley County, Hello! to all our friends and neighbors throughout the years.
Submitted by Rita Sue (Cochran) Davis, Wichita, Kansas
Scanned out of the Cowley County Heritage book, page 143.
Tom & Carolyn Ward, Columbus, KS