Margaret Cochran

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Margaret Cochran was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Sarah. When she was five her home was attacked by Native Americans. Her father was killed and her mother kidnapped, never to be seen again. Margaret and her brother were not at home at the time of the attack, they lived with her uncle for the rest of her childhood.

In 1772, at 21 she married John. When the Revolutionary War started he enrolled in the First Company of Pennsylvania Artillery. On November 16, 1776 at Fort Washington the Continental Army was attacked by the British forces. John was killed during the action, Margaret took his place at the cannon continuing to fire until her arm, chest and jaw was hit by enemy fire.

She was captured and later released. After her release she went to Philadelphia, completely disabled from her wounds. She died in Highland Falls, New York in 1800, she was 48.

What you may know about Margaret Cochran Corbin is that she was the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service because she could no longer work due to the injuries she received.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray great sacrifice from Margaret Cochran and there were probably many before her who also sacrificed but were not recognized..... thankfully, she was and that set the precedent for others after her....

Aug 01, 2019 03:39 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That penson was well earned, it is so important to take care of our vets.

Aug 01, 2019 03:54 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Talk about a woman who stood by her man! Absolutely amazing. She earned every dime of that pension. Enjoy your day!

Aug 01, 2019 04:30 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A woman who stood up for her country, unlike some today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 01, 2019 04:33 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... what a courageous woman! We should all take our cue from her. I had no idea that military disability pensions went that far back in our history. And I love that the first veteran to receive one was a woman!

Aug 01, 2019 05:19 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful woman.  And she deserved to receive a military disability pension for her courage.  A

Aug 01, 2019 06:26 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - a brave and courageous women who was a true patriot.

Aug 01, 2019 06:30 AM #7
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Thanks for the history lesson. I love studying history.

Aug 01, 2019 07:08 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - that's quite a history lesson and another example of thw courage of those who came before us.  

Aug 01, 2019 07:08 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like she definitely deserved that pension.  Some people certainly go through a lot in their lives.

Aug 01, 2019 08:31 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I take my morning education lessons from you very seriously. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 01, 2019 12:57 PM #11
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for sharing this patriotic woman's story with us here.

Aug 01, 2019 01:12 PM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening James. What an amazing and incredible woman she was. Great read.....TY.

Aug 01, 2019 06:05 PM #13
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I've learned from tours of forts across this country,  that women picked up the arms and fought as valiantly as the men. 


Aug 03, 2019 05:21 AM #14
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