Ann Eleanor Cochran

9 February 1794–15 December 1864 (Age 70)
Menallen Township, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Ann Eleanor

When Ann Eleanor Cochran was born on 9 February 1794, in Menallen Township, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Thomas C Cochran, was 34 and her mother, Margaret Lavina Knox, was 32. She married William Sterrett McKnight on 6 June 1809, in Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in New London Township, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1860. She died on 15 December 1864, in New London, Henry, Iowa, United States, at the age of 70.

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William Sterrett McKnight
Ann Eleanor Cochran
Marriage: 6 June 1809
Thomas Cochran McKnight
James McKnight
Joseph C. McKnight
Mary Eleanor McKnight
Margaret Knox McKnight
Eliza Jane McKnight
William Elliot McKnight
Samuel John McKnight

Spouse and Children

6 June 1809
Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 18

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 25

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Ellen Mc Knight, "United States Census, 1860"
  • The Sterrett Genealogy by T. Woods Sterrett, pg 37, 70

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