John L. Cochran Jr.

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Electoral District Fourth Ward

Judge of the County Court
Albemarle County

Biographical Information

Date of birth August 22, 1827
Date of death March 16, 1900

John L. Cochran, Jr. (August 22, 1827 − March 16, 1900) was an attorney and a member of the Charlottesville City Council from 1889 to 1900. After the close of the war he was made Judge of the County Court.

Judge of the County Court

Charlottesville Town Council (1871-1889)

Charlottesville City Council (1889-1900)



John Lewis Cochran was the eldest of eight brothers, six of whom grew to manhood and served in the Confederate States Army.

He was educated entirely in Virginia and was a graduate of the University of Virginia.

He was born August 22nd, 1827, the son of John Cochran and his wife Margaret Lynn Lewis, and was reared in Charlottesville. After graduating he began the practice of law here. He was for some years editor of the Charlottesville Advocate, and was early elected Commonwealth's Attorney. After the close of the war he was made Judge of the County Court, and in this capacity had charge of the organizing and building of the Miller School near Crozet.

He married (August 27th, 1868) Mrs. Alary James Massie of Chillicothe, Ohio, to which union three children were born John Lewis Cochran of Denver, Colorado, Mary Massie Cochran (Mrs. Lee Thurman of Columbus, Ohio) deceased, and William Lynn Cochran, who died upon reaching manhood.

Through his father, Judge Cochran was the descendant of the families of Moffett and McDowell, and through his mother, of the Prestons and Lewises, all names well and honorably known in the history of America as soldiers, statesmen and patriots.

Judge Cochran was always, to the end of his life, interested in everything pertaining to the uplift and growth of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. He was a Mason and held prominent offices in the organization. Late in life he was confirmed in the Episcopal church by Bishop Whittle. He died March 16th, 1900, mourned by the entire community, for he was beloved and admired by all who knew him.

John Lewis Cochran volunteered at the first call to arms and entered the Confederate service as First-Lieutenant, Albemarle Rifles, Company B, Nineteenth Virginia Regiment of which R. T. W. Duke was captain. He succeeded to the captaincy when Captain Duke was promoted, and as such was with the company in several campaigns until he was elected Judge Advocate of Longstreet's Corps, in which capacity he served until the end of the war.

By reference to letters, written on the field and in camp, we find he was present at the following battles and skirmishes: Fairfax Court House; Fredericksburg, December, 1862; The Maryland Campaign, under Captain Duke; Chancellorsville, May, 1863; Spotsylvania C. H., May 13th, 1864; Cold Harbor, second fight, June 3rd, 1864; and "The Crater" at Petersburg, July 1864. His military court was for many months stationed at various places in the southwestern part of the State, and in east Tennessee at Russellville, Jonesboro, Morristown and Bristol ; but from June, 1864, until the end, between Richmond and Petersburg.


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