Charles Cochran Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 11/1981. Last revised 01/2020

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. Note: Archives staff cannot copy and mail these materials in large quantities.   

EXTENT: 2.29 linear feet

DATE: 1733 - 1977

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 2007 [GSU discs 008-04 to 008-09]. Not online.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Charles Cochran Collection contains genealogical material for families settled in the Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia. The families covered in this collection include Bageant, Clark, Clowser, Cochran, Cooper, Hottel, Keller, Lauck, McFarland, Milhorn, Rosenberger, and Yeakley. The Collection also includes photographs, tintypes, and albumin prints collected by Cochran. Additionally, there are six papers written by Shenandoah University professor Warren Hofstra concerning colonial history and the American Civil War, 1861-1865, in the Lower Shenandoah Valley.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Charles Henry Allen Cochran (1925-1990), son of Walter Smith Cochran (1886-1973) and Gertie Pearl McFarland (1884-1957), was born in Frederick County, Virginia. He graduated from Handley High School in Winchester in 1943 and joined the United States Navy during World War II. Later he was vice president of marketing for Sechran Electronics, Inc. of Lititz, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hayfield, Virginia.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Obituary, The Winchester Star, Dec. 21, 1990.

CITE AS: Charles Cochran Collection, 459 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Babb Family—genealogical material, 10 leaves, typescript; 1 page, typescript; 17 leaves, manuscript

Bageant Family (4 folders) — genealogical material, unnumbered items

Baldwin Family—genealogical material, 2 leaves, manuscript

Carlyle, John—letters and will, 1741-1761, 43 leaves, typescript; 2 pages, printed

"Cartmell Family Quarterly," 1979-1981, not digitized (folder contains the following):  
1979—issues #1, #2
1980—issues #3, #4, #5
1981—issues #6, #7, #8, #9

 “Cartmell Family Quarterly,” 1982-1985, not digitized (folder contains the following): 
1982—issues #10, #11, #12, #13
1983—issues #14, #15, #16, #17
1984—issues #18, #19, #20, #21
1985—issue #21

Cartmell Pioneers, 52 pages, bound, not digitized

Clowser Family—genealogical material/notes, 36 leaves, typescript/manuscript


Cochran, Martha—obituary (Mrs. William), in memoriam, 2 leaves, printed

Cochran, William—life insurance policy from Northwestern Mutual Life, 1 item, printed; 14 leaves, printed form/manuscript

"Cochran, William, of Winchester and Frederick County and His Children," 71 leaves, typescript

Cochran Lodge #271—Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, The Plains, VA, 29 leaves, printed, not digitized

Cochran and related families -  5 folders contain the following: notes used to compile “William Cochran of Winchester and Frederick County and His Children,” unnumbered items 


Cooper Family, unnumbered items

Cothren/Cochran(e) —newsletter The Family Connection of the Cothren Cochran(e) Surname (and other related spellings), vol. 1, no. 1, Spring 1988, 1 item, 38 pages, not digitized

Crismore Family, 4 leaves, typescript; 7 leaves of notes, manuscripts

Frederick County land records, including cadastral index—maps of Greater Frederick County, VA, prepared by Galtjo L. Geertsema, surveyor, c. 1980s, 39 leaves, typescript/manuscript, not digitized

Frederick County, VA (folder contains the following):
Order books, 1743-1781 (abstracts), 56 leaves, unnumbered, typescript
Minute book, 1782-1786 (abstract), 1 leaf, typescript, photocopy

Hawkins Family—Bible records: 2 leaves, printed, 4 pages, manuscript on printed form

Hawkins Family Memorabilia; 26 items, manuscript/newsprint

Hottel Family; unnumbered items, typescript/manuscript

Jones (Gabriel) Family, 7 leaves, typescript, photocopy; 7 leaves, manuscript;1 leaf, manuscript, photocopy. Original letters filed in Ann Cary Randolph Jones Papers

Keller Family; unnumbered items, typescript/manuscript

Lamp Family; 16 items, typescript/manuscript

Lauck Brothers of Winchester, VA—notes (used to prepare following item), unnumbered items

Lauck Brothers - Peter, Simon, and Abraham of Winchester, VA, 1 item, 21 leaves, typescript


"The McFarlands of Frederick County, Virginia"; 1 item, 22 leaves, typescript

McFarland Family—notes (2 folders); unnumbered items

Mercer, Captain George, 1733-1784; 13 leaves, manuscript

Milhorn Family; 56 leaves, manuscript/typescript

Mt. Olive E.U.B. Church—history; 4 leaves, manuscript

Rosenberger Family; 8 leaves, typescript/manuscript

"Rosenberger, Jacob: Son of Erasmus Rosenberger and His Descendants," by Fietta Rosenberger,

1 item (57 leaves), typescript

Stokes, William J.—probated February 24, 1898; 2 items, manuscript

Washington Family; 1 leaf, manuscript

Book, Washington, DC, 1 volume (248 pages), illustrated book, not digitized

Winchester Fire Department—souvenir booklet; 1 item, printed

Yeakley Family—Bible records; 2 pages, manuscript on printed form; 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Yeakley Family—notes; unnumbered items

Yeakley, Miss Mary Jane—an acrostic to a friend; 1 leaf, manuscript


Bethel Grange #576—application for membership (folder contains the following):
187_   3 items, 1871 1 item, 1875 2 items, 1876 8 items, 1877 2 items, 1878 3 items, 1879 5 items, 1880 8 items, 1881 1 item, 1882 7 items, 1885 1 item

Bethel Grange #576, organized April 30, 1873 - minutes, resolutions, etc., folder contains the following:
Bethel Concerns 6 pages, manuscript
reports 11 pages, manuscript
Resolutions, 2 items
Secretary’s Report, 2 pages

Bethel Grange #576—dimit card (withdrawal from membership), 3 items, manuscript on printed form

Tax receipts, 1833-1920, 17 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Toll road receipts, 1881-1920, 36 items, manuscript/manuscript printed on form

Account Books of Henry Cochran, Round Hill (folder contains the following):
Cash Book 1867-1880—lists of incoming expenses, 1 volume, manuscript
Day Book 1867-1901—includes expenses, accounts of money, and crop reports, 1 volume, manuscript
Cash Book 1880-1885, lists income/expenses, 1 volume, manuscript
Account Book 1867-1903—lists debits and credits of customers, 1 volume, manuscript

BOX 6: Articles by Warren Hofstra (not digitized)

"The Debatable Ground”: Sectionalism and Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia," by Warren R. Hofstra, 1990, paper presented at "Uplands Archeology in the East, Symposium IV," James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA, 25 pages, typescript

"Land, Ethnicity, and Community at the Opequon Settlement, Virginia, 1730-1800," by Warren R. Hofstra, article in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 98, No. 3, July 1990
13 pages, typescript

"Opequon Inventories, Frederick County, Virginia, 1749-1796," by Warren R. Hofstra, article in Ulster Folklife, Volume 35, pages 42-71, 1989, 15 pages, typescript

"Rural Community and Urban Culture in Ulster—Settled Areas of the Eighteenth Century Virginia Backcountry," by Warren R. Hofstra and Robert B. Mitchell, 1990, paper presented at the Eighth Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, East Tennessee State University,  25 pages, typescript

Shenandoah Valley settlers—"'A Parcel of Barbarians and an Uncouth Set of People'— Settlers and Settlements of the Shenandoah Valley," by Warren R. Hofstra, 1989, paper presented at the conference, "George Washington and the Virginia Backcountry," Shenandoah University, Winchester, 45 pages, typescript

Shenandoah University—endowed local history professorship, 45 pages, typescript



Certificate—membership of Charles Cochran in Navy League, July 1972

Will—Henry Cochran, January 1, 1920

PHOTOGRAPHS:  Photographs belonging to this collection may be viewed through PastPerfect, which is available at