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History Another Side Of Cochran Family History

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  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Another Side Of Cochran Family History


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  2. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,365

    from Burton, MI

    Pretty cool!
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  3. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,977


    Looks like the harder you push or pull on the handle of the Speednut, the tighter it grips the fastener. Just like the pipe wrench. Pretty cool. And it's not vanity. It's story-telling/story sharing. . Thanks for your generosity. Bet you get some of those wrenches pretty soon.
  4. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,565


    We'd all like to believe that all of our ancestors were wonderful people that did no wrong. Most of my ancestors were farmers, cousin did some genealogical research on our family (my mothers) and found that one was a Mormon missionary that went back to England in the late 1800's to recruit, another was in Ft Madison state prison in Iowa (no idea what for) and other family members may have been (note "may have") involved in illegal liquor during the depression. My great uncle that was in the slammer was a neat guy, eked out a living on a farm in eastern Minnesota and had successful and interesting children. None of my family ever patented a tool (at least to my knowledge) and evidently my great uncle never found a hacksaw blade to break out of prison:)
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  5. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    My dad always claimed that he was descended from Kentucky horse thieves. He may have been kidding. I'm not entirely sure. K6
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 9,650


    It's not vanity, stop it. My great, great grand uncle was George Mason. Yes, that George Mason from our Nation's founding fathers. I recently learned that the knowledge of such combined with $1.83 will get me a large coffee at the Speedway gas station. Just sayin...
  7. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    I consider moonshiners to be patriots. Seriously.


    Genetics are so fascinating. I can literally follow my family tree and show you at least one guy from every generation that was absolutely fascinated by the automobile. From James Cochran and his Speed Nut for Fords to Frank Cochran and his outlaw hot rods to Gary Cochran and his success on the drag strip from the 50's to the 70's to my dad who was as obsessed as I am.
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 53,352


    The pipe wrench, huh? Wow. That's something. Seriously...I used one last night.
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  9. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 791

    from New Jersey

    Thats NUTS dude. I wish I had that kind of information about my families history. I really need to do one of those websites. Its amazing that your family has such deep roots in everything related to what you do yourself.
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  10. Speedwrench
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,032


    My only claim to fame is that a cousin was the inventor/designer of record of the M-16.

    Also related to the two Harrison presidents of the United States.
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  11. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,977


    My mother's cousin designed the Methodist's logo. And I'm a Baptist, so big whoop.
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  12. I like those speed wrenches. I don't crank on them like my Chinese Craftsman wrenches, although I'm sure they would be fine and stronger. The guy I bought them from re-peened the rivet-ish fastener on them and hard coated them with some sort of clear finish. Pretty cool 25 dollar investment.

    On another note, my great, great grandfather is Samuel Ellison, a Union Civil War hero of note that settled in Arizona. His wife was Emma Holliday/Ellison. Her brother ? James "Doc'" Holliday, who when visiting and thereby residing in Arizona, would soon visit the OK Corral in Tombstone. Nuts the diversions of the ole' family tree.
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  13. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    My Grandfather was an engineer at Sioux Tools. Here's one of the patents he held for a DA:

    Patent of Grandpas.png
  14. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,884


    Agree with Jocko, stop with the apologies. And don't stop with the family history. It seems to me that the founder of Ryan's World has a pretty long topic leash, but especially when filling in your hot rod provenance.

    You know, this explains a lot. Not just any set of genes could come up with Atomic. Pretty fucking cool.
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  15. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
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    Dude- that is way cool. No reason to not sprinkle in some family history/lore now and then to spice it up. We are all preachin' and spreadin' the gospel here in this space you created for us.

    From what I gathered- "once removed" means a generation. So, your Dad's first cousin would be your first cousin, once removed. Your Dad's cousins kids would be your second cousins.

    I use wikitree for my genealogy stuff- it's free, and they have a cool deal where you can plug in someone "famous" and see if you are related. You can check and see how related you are to Kevin Bacon too.

    Here is a patent by my relative for the micrometer:

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  16. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 9,143


    No one in my family is famous or infamous. On the other hand, my wife's great,great... grandfather was minister on the Mayflower and her uncle co-invented the microchip and started this little company called Intel. He was a really great guy, now gone.

    Ryan, your essay about Frank might be the best I've read in 12 years on the HAMB. History is fascinating,black sheep and all.
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  17. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 4,215

    from SW Wyoming

    Awesome stuff, Ryan. I love old tools and fasteners, and won't report you for the post. Way cool stuff, yes indeed.
  18. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 22,772


    Yeah man!!!
    I use micrometers every day at work.... ;)
  19. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,301


    :D Hi Ryan.Don`t lay off the family stuff.It`s way too cool.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  20. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
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    It's amazing how technology has allowed us to dig into our past.

    My aunt got bit hard by the research bug, and has been sharing results with the family. The first nugget was my grandmother on my mother's side being a direct descendant of Pocahontas' sister. We were all "um, yeah that's cool." Then she came at us with info that puts my grandfather in Jesse James lineage (the bank robbing one, not the car building one) and that one was a much bigger shock. My 12 year old son was very excited about that one, and I had to sit him down and do a bit of research about ol' JJ so he knew just who he was idolizing. Mr. James was not a particularly nice fella.

    I assume that if you dig enough, all of us have some hoodlum of some sort in our past. I for one have been fascinated by your findings, especially those that correlate with the birth of hotrodding. If we are willing to admit it, this go fast thing was all born out of nefarious need at some point.
  21. 57tailgater
    Joined: Nov 22, 2008
    Posts: 797

    from Georgia

    That is some neat schtuff for sure. I'd be hanging some of those patents/drawings/ads up for some serious garage art. Those old drawings are just too cool.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  22. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 7,071

    A Boner

    Was he a Stoner?
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  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 17,380

    from oregon

    So, @Ryan I don't recall the connection to Gary C.
    Inquiring minds want to know.
  24. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 23,977


    cody parr and val cochran.jpg Any relation to Val Cochran? Val is the guy in the cowboy hat.
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  25. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    It’s pretty distant and I got nothing interesting to add to his legend.

    Never heard of him, but there are really only two cochran family trees in the US from 1890 until now, so there’s a good chance I’m somehow related.
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  26. Speedwrench
    Joined: Nov 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,032


    Yes, but not that kind.
  27. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,358

    from Minnesota

    Cool stuff.
    Nobody in my family's past has ever done anything remarkable. We strive to go unnoticed.
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  28. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 6,125


    How can cool tools not be a relevant subject on here?! Would love to have one those "Speedwrenches. Another great one and it's not braggin' if you can do it.
  29. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,228

    from Berry, AL

    My namesake only goes back as far as my Great Grandpa. Nobody has yet to find any info on him other than his wife and two kids. Don't know where he came from or none of his relatives, the trail just ends. Not even sure where he was buried, there are two possibilities, but neither are marked. So, nobody famous on that side of the family.

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