When Samuel Cochran was born on 31 December 1897, in Georgia, United States, his father, Abraham Lincoln Cochran, was 22 and his mother, Nancy Elizabeth Grogan, was 20. He died in 1898, at the age of 1.
After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
Scottish: habitational name from lands in the parish of Paisley, near Glasgow. The place name is of uncertain derivation, perhaps from Welsh coch ‘red’, although this etymology is not supported by the early spelling Coueran.