Vol. IX. Biddeford, Me., Werdnesday, Oct. 12, 1892. No. 230.
TWO STRANGE GODS.
Two venerable citizens of Saco who have outlived by considerable the Bible limit of three score years and ten, but whose memories are accurate and whose faculties are well preserved, recounted for the Journal last night how, in the years when they were boys or young men, many of the good citizens of staid old Saco went chasing after strange Gods and strange religions.
Vol. IX. Biddeford, Me., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1892. No. 236.
MORE ABOUT COCHRAN.
A Biddeford man who does not pretend to tell where Jacob Cochran died tells the Journal some interesting facts about his burial which he can vouch for.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Dec. 22, 1893. No. ?
FIRST OF A SERIES.
Following is the first of a series of articles which Joel M. Marshall, Esq., of Buxton is to furnish the Journal upon the subject of Cochranism.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Dec. 28, 1893. No. ?
Jacob Cochrane was born on the ninth day of July, 1782, at Enfield, N. H., and was the fifth child and third son of Jacob Cochrane and his wife Rachel (Webster) Cochrane of Alenstown. Jacob Cochrane Sr., and Rachel Webster were married February 15, 1773. Jacob was married to Abigail Colcord of Enfield, date not given. The family consisted of Jacob Sr., wife and eight children. Jacob, Sr., was the proprietor of a good farm and was a well to do farmer. At that time and that place the children received about six weeks' schooling in a year. This is on authority of a Mrs. Andrews, a relative from Enfield, in a letter dated May 7, 1888. She negatives the statement that Jacob ever taught school, or that he was ever in the army. The youth of that period who could qualify himself for teaching school in that short period of time each year, must have been endowed with rare powers of concentration or else we are driven to the conclusion that examinations for such position was not conducted on the exhaustive system of the present time.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Jan. 10, 1894. No. ?
THE COCHRANE CRAZE.
The summer of 1816 was long held in remembrance by the older men of our day, as the cold season, there was a black frost every month of the year. Farmers with a few exceptions lost their entire crop of corn, which was killed by the frost and rotted in the field. There were two adjoining farms bordering on Saco river in the town of Buxton where the vapor from the river saved the crop of corn of the owners. Mr. Stephen Palmer and Mr. Emery, who supplied their neighbors the following year with seed corn. From this circumstance this part of the town has ever since been known as Egypt.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Jan. 16, 1895. No. ?
A year or so ago the Journal published a series of very interesting articles on Jacob Cochrane and Cochranism which were written by Joel M. Marshall of Buxton, who has in his possession more accurate facts in relation to that subject than any other in these parts
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, February 1, 1895. No. ?
The earlier meetings of Cochrane which he led in person, were generally free from that boisterous, exciting and alarming character which become the drawing feature of those later on. The latter were the meetings of his followers for the most part.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Feb. 14, 1895. No. ?
Some idea of the magnitude of these Cochrane gatherings may be had from descriptions of them given by some persons who were there. The late Jabez Haley of Hollis who came to Salmon Falls in the spring of 1817, and commenced working for Col. Isaac Lane, speaks of one meeting in particular, held at the old Hollis town house on Brigadier hill at the junction of the old Alfred road and the Union Falls road, a large unpainted, airy and dismal looking building.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, March 13, 1895. No. ?
When Cochrane with his acute penetration had become convinced of the credulity of the people who assembled under his banner and had committed themselves fully to the alurring drama of his promised reform, he entered with new zeal upon a scheme of Jesuitry, which had no modern prototype in the reported instances of modern proselyting. He had hitherto so shaped his conduct in a debased imitation of the apostolic mission of Paul, that he might have quoted his language" "Though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more; and unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to the weak I became as the weak, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some; and this I do for the gospel's sake that I might be a partaker with you."
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Jan. 31, 1896. No. ?
When a little more than two years ago I commenced to write something about the Cochrane crusade together with a brief sketch of the dramatis personae, I estimated that what I might have to say on the matter would be contained in six of seven columns-and-a-half articles in the Weekly Journal. Seven articles have been furnished, and much remains to be said, and in some respects the most important awaits revision and publication, which I promise all the Journal readers who have acquired an interest in these papers, shall be forthcoming without delay, and be continued until completion, so far as my agency can govern them. Inasmuch as the public has been from time to time treated to several erroneous and conflicting statements about the locality of his home during the busy years of his history-making, the manner of his living, and the duration of his personal engagement in this religious tournament, I regard it as part of my engagement to set forth the facts of these as they have been verified to me since my last, and it is refreshing to find them in harmony with my previous opinion.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Feb. 2, 1896. No. ?
BOLTED FROM COURT.
The May term of the Supreme Judicial court for the county of York was held on the 19th day of May, 1819, at York -- that old town and former city, so full of traditional and historical reminiscences of early Maine, where Fernando Gorges in 1641 laid the foundation of the first city on American soil. Associate Justice Hon. Samuel Putnam of Boston presided. The grand jury from the different parts of the county were there, including the following gentlemen: William T. Gerrish, Kittery, forma; Joseph Butler, Sanford; Paul Chadbourne, Waterboro; Malcom Davis, Biddeford; Joshua Dennett, Hollis; Reuben _______, South Berwick; Alonzo Fish, Wells; Alpheus Hanscomb, Eliot; Josiah J___se, Buxton; Isaac Killham, Wells; William Knapp, Parsonfield; John Libby, Berwick; Isaac Mitchell, Limington; Tridtram Ricker, Shapleigh; William Roberts, York; Jere Roberts, Lyman; John Rollins, Lebanon; John F. Scammon, Saco; Joseph Sewall, York; Andrew Smith, Arundel.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Mar. 13, 1896. No. ?
IN STATE PRISON.
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, May 8, 1896. No. ?
IN YEARS GONE BY.
"I have heard about a society called Cochranites," said George, "can you tell anything about them, uncle Harry?"
Vol. ? Biddeford, Maine, Nov. 18, 1896. No. ?
END OF COCHRANE.
Last spring when I sent to the Journal the last of the series on Jacob Cochrane I felt reasonably certain that the Journal readers had read all they cared to on this matter, when they had followed him through his crusades to his four years of incarceration and his release, and turned again on the cold charities of the world a homeless wanderer. But a few weeks ago someone in the columns of another county paper had presented another view of this man, and one not in harmony with the parts as they had been presented to me. I feel it incumbent on me to finish the matter I had commenced and give the details relating to his death and place of burial and so forth, as they have been told to me by eye witnesses and contemporaries. I do not know the precise day of the death of Cochrane and will not attempt to give it. I think it was about 1840, and have been told by one living member of the fraternity that he died at East Kingston, Connecticut. One of the faithful sisters attended him in his last sickness and soothed him in his last hours.