country of origin; Ireland
area in New Zealand; Hokianga
source; Waldo Heap Collection
Dennis Browne Cochrane came from County Mayo, Ireland to the Hokianga in 1831. His parents were Thomas Cochrane and Sarah Gale. In 1837 he signed the Petition to King William. He was listed as being a sawyer at ?Rahurahu? in 1838. He married Sarah Teraroa or Takatowi of Te Whata, and their daughter Jane was born in 1838 in Mangamuka. He died in 1877 in the Hokianga aged 96. He had been in New Zealand for 46 years
Jane Cochrane later became the 2nd wife of James R Clendon and Clendon House (well worth a visit) has a photo of the gentleman.
New Zealand Herald 11 September 1877
One of our few very old settlers, Mr D. B.Cochrane, has passed away at the rip old age of 96. He arrived in Hokianga in the year 1831, and has resided in or near Herds point ever since. He was wonderfully hale and hearty to within the last few months, but lately his sight and hearing have been failing, and he at last died very suddenly on the morning of Wednesday the 26th August.