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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: John Hughes Cochran papers, 1859-1986

Series 2: John Hughes Cochran family papers, 1880s-1986

Series 3: Family histories, 1878-2004

Series 4: Ledgers and tax roll, 1857-1930

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1860s-1980s

Southern Methodist University

John Hughes Cochran family papers

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Collection Summary

Collector: Cochran, John H., 1838-1928
Title: John Hughes Cochran family papers
Dates: 1857-2004
Abstract: John Hughes Cochran was a Texas politician, rancher, and early settler of Dallas County. His family papers document early Dallas and Texas history, and include ledgers, correspondence, family histories, and photographs.
Identification: MSS 121
Quantity: 7 boxes (8 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

John Hughes Cochran was born in Columbia, Tennessee in 1838, and moved to Dallas County, Texas as a small child. His mother organized the first Methodist Church in Dallas County in 1854, known as Cochran Chapel. After earning a degree from McKenzie College in 1859, Cochran joined the Texas Rangers and worked on the census in Young County. When Texas entered the Civil War, he enlisted with the Sixth Texas Cavalry. Cochran served as Dallas County tax assessor in the 1860s before he was elected to the Texas legislature in 1873, where he eventually served as speaker of the House. He continued his public service career as Dallas postmaster in 1887 before moving to Nolan County in 1894.

In his later years, John Hughes Cochran was a rancher and county judge in Nolan County. He also wrote a history of Dallas County that was published by the Dallas Historical Society in 1928, the same year he died.

John Hughes Cochran and his wife, Martha, had six children: William Roland, James A., George Washington, Martha Elizabeth, John Hughes, and Eliza Harris.

George Washington “Jack” Cochran married Georgia Hawkins and they had one son, James Roland Cochran. James married Woodrow “Woodie” Sheridan, the daughter of Ney and Ava Sheridan. James and Woodie Cochran had four children: James Sheridan, Victoria Ann, Georgia Cornelia, and Alice Louise.

Sources:

Handbook of Texas Online, Brian Hart, "Cochran, John Hughes," accessed December 11, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fco05.

James R. and Woodie Sheridan Cochran family history article from Sweetwater Report, 1986 April 20, Box 3, Folder 11

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Scope and Contents Note

The majority of this collection contains John Hughes Cochran’s papers. Correspondence, documents, and photographs tell the story of his life as a Dallas County official, postmaster, Texas legislator, rancher, and writer. A good portion of the collection features the Sheridan family, which was collected by Laura Sheridan. Her historical writings on Nolan County are included in the third series.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: John Hughes Cochran papers, 1859-1986
Series 2: John Hughes Cochran family papers, 1880s-1986
Series 3: Family histories, 1878-2004
Series 4: Ledgers and tax roll, 1857-1930
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1860s-1980s

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Cochran, John Hughes
Cochran family
Sheridan family
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Rangers
Subjects
Texas -– Genealogy
Texas -– Politics and government -- 1865-1950
Places
Dallas (Tex.)
Nolan County (Tex.)
Occupations
Postmasters –- Texas -- Dallas
Legislators -- Texas
Document Types
Family histories
Correspondence
Speeches
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Hughes Cochran family papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, James S. Cochran, Victoria Gilkerson, and Cornelia Williams, 2017.

Processing Information

The family organized the collection into binders and mylar sleeves. Materials were removed from binders and placed in acid free folders by the archivist. Photographs were also removed from the family scrapbook and placed in mylar sleeves, with the empty scrapbook placed in box 7X. Partial inventories from the family are located in appropriate boxes.

Processed by Cynthia Franco, 2017.

Finding aid written and encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: John Hughes Cochran papers, 1859-1986
2 boxes

This series contains correspondence and documents regarding John Hughes Cochran’s military, political, civil, and ranch careers. Also included are manuscript copies of his speeches, and his manuscript for The History of Dallas County published in 1928.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1859-1899
2 Correspondence, 1918-1923
4-6 Correspondence, 1924
7 Correspondence, 1927-1928
8 Dallas political and civic correspondence, 1878-1890
9 Dallas political and civic correspondence, 1892-1893
10 Dallas political and civic correspondence, 1894
11 Dallas political and civic correspondence, 1895-1896
12 Texas Rangers and pension, 1860-1927
13 Texas Rangers, 1893-1930
14-17 Texas legislature, 1870s-1890s
18 Texas legislature clippings
19-20 Dallas post office, 1885-1886
Box Folder
2 1-2 Dallas post office, 1887-1888
3 Dallas post office, 1888-1892
4-6 Dallas County [includes deed signed by Sam Houston]
7 Fraternal Mystic Circle, 1892-1894
8 Nolan County, 1897-1900
9 Nolan County, 1909-1927
10 Nolan County clippings
11 Cochran ranch, 1902-1930s
12 Cochran ranch, 1925-1986
13-15 Speeches
16 History of Dallas County - manuscript
17 History of Dallas County – clippings

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Series 2: John Hughes Cochran family papers, 1880s-1986
3 boxes

These three boxes contain the family papers of John Hughes Cochran. Included are his sons William Roland and John Thomas, as well as his son George Washington “Jack” Cochran’s wife Georgia Hawkins, and their descendants.
Box Folder
2 18 William Roland Cochran - correspondence, 1883-1888
19 William Roland Cochran – University of Texas school writings, 1886-1888
Box Folder
3 1 William Roland Cochran – University of Texas school materials, 1886-1888
2 John Thomas Cochran papers, 1904-1923
3 Georgia Hawkins Cochran papers, 1933-1981
4 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – birth certificates of children
5 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – Order of the Eastern Star, Sweetwater Chapter, 1926-1980
6 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – correspondence, 1908-1967
7 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – address books, cards
8 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – travel postcards and ephemera
9 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – clippings
10 George W. Cochran hunting license, 1929
11 James R. and Woodie Sheridan Cochran family history article from Sweetwater Reporter, 1986 April 20 [photocopy]
12-13 Recipes and First Christian Church cookbook, 1921
14 Family greeting cards
28 Sheridan family greeting cards
Box Folder
7X 6 Laura Sheridan’s sheet music
Family newspaper clippings

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Series 3: Family histories, 1878-2004
1 box

This series contains genealogy and family histories. Most of the information was collected by Laura Sheridan.
Box Folder
3 15 Cochran family, 1890s-1981
16 Hough and Marshall families, 1939
17-18 Hawkins family, 1878-1986
19 G.W. and Georgia Hawkins Cochran, 1901-1975
20 Hollingsworth family, 1970s-2004
21 Hollingsworth family and First Christian Church Grapeland, Texas, 1971-2001
22 Cochran and Sheridan family
23 Sheridan family, Houston County, Texas, 1939-1990
24 Ney Sheridan, 1954-1970s
25 Laura Sheridan, 1957-1991
26 Laura Sheridan – writings on Nolan County courthouse, 1975
27 Laura Sheridan – manuscripts and clippings, 1975-1994
Box Items
7X “The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Cochran” [broadside]

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Series 4: Ledgers and tax roll, 1857-1930
1 box

This box contains ledgers from John Hughes Cochran’s occupations as Dallas County tax assessor, rancher, and postmaster.
Box Folder
4 1 Young County, 1857-1868 – Includes cash sales of Cochran Bros, cattle purchases, entries for Charles Goodnight, and Parker Johnson.
2 Weigher certificates, 1875-1876 – A Dallas cotton receipt book.
3 Dallas Post Master, 1885-1889 – This letterbook contains letters to the United States Postmaster, and a temporary roster.
4 School trustees’ record – This volume contains 1895 entries for Graham, Texas, and for Nolan County from 1895-1899. Included are speeches, minutes, and a scholastic census for 1898.
5 Nolan County notary book, 1905-1919
6 Nolan County ledger 1907-1917 – This cotton and lumber ledger names include H.C. Mauzy, Mrs. L.C. Everett, A.J. Alexander, Parsons, and Boatright.
7 Blackwell and Sweetwater, Nolan County ledger, 1927-1930
8 Dallas tax roll, 1865

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Series 5: Photographs, circa 1860s-1980s
3 boxes

This series contains ambrotypes, tintypes, negatives, and photographs of various members of the John Hughes Cochran family. All oversize photographs are in box 7X.
Box Folder
5 1-2 Cochran family photographs from scrapbook [scrapbook in box 7X]
3 Rolled panoramic photographs, 1886-circa 1910s
4 Cased ambrotype and tintype photographs, undated
Box Folder
6 1 Tintypes
2 John Hughes Cochran
3 John Hughes Cochran – Texas legislature
Box Folder
7X 1 John Hughes Cochran
2 Martha Cochran [2 photographs including one rolled]
3 John Thomas Cochran
Box Folder
6 4 Tom Cochran [John Thomas Cochran]
Box Folder
7X 4 Unidentified couple
5 Group photograph
Box Folder
6 5 W.R. Willie Cochran
6 Hawkins family
7-8 Georgia Hawkins Cochran
9 Georgia Hawkins Cochran – Order of the Eastern Star, 1942
10-11 Georgia Hawkins Cochran family
12 George W. [Jack] and Georgia Hawkins Cochran
13-14 James R. Cochran
15 Cochran ranch
16 Cochran family
17 Nancy Cochran family - negatives
18 Hollingsworth family
19 Ney Sheridan
20 Ava Hollingsworth Sheridan
21 Sheridan family – 19th century photographs
22-23 Sheridan family – 20th century photographs
24 Laura Sheridan
25-27 Photographs
28-29 Unidentified photographs

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