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Re: Cockburn's of Islay, Scotland
Posted by: Andy Coburn Date: February 16, 2002 at 16:27:30
In Reply to: Cockburn's of Islay, Scotland by Andrea Webb of 467

I was born Alexander Cockburn, but legally changed my name to Coburn just after I graduated College. That said, I am looking into my family history, and this is all that I know: My Grandfather was born James Lowrie Cockburn in Scotland in 1875. I had always thought he was born in Edinburgh, but I can't be certain of this. The other facts are accurate, because I have his passport from 1922 when he travelled to Europe from Hawaii. He emigrated to Honolulu in 1902 or 1903 and went to work for the Bishop Trust Company. Rose to director of the Bank. Retired early and moved to California where he died in 1955 (approx). He married an Eliza V. King who was born in Victoria B.C. in 1882. Adopted two children, my father, Ranald and my aunt Evelyn. He had a brother in Edinburgh, Alexander (for whom I was named), but I have no information about him. This is all that I know. I do own a book, written in 1888 which is a Cockburn geneology. Maybe there's something in it that would help you. There's nothing for me, so I'm thinking that my Cockburn comes from a black-sheep branch of the tree. Hope some of this helps.

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