Ripley, New York
New Topographical Atlas of Chautauqua County, New York. Philadelphia: William Stewart, 1867, 65.
In 1804, Alexander Cochran, an emigrant from Ireland, purchased the first track of land from the Holland Land Company in Ripley, New York, located in Chautauqua County on Lake Erie. He and his three brothers farmed for aliving and their families continued to farm the same land in Ripley for the next 200 years.
In the mid-19th century, the Cochrans were raising a variety of crops, but seem to have focused primarily on sheep. This continued until 1875, when cattle, milking, and butter production became much more prominent. In 1982, the Cochrans were producing dairy products and keeping fields for hay. Today the Cochrans are raising Holstein cows and have vineyards on their farm.
View and print a larger version of this map from the Harvest of History curriculum.
Keywords: Butter, Chautauqua, Dairy, Milk, Western New York, Sheep, Ripley, Hay, Century Farmers, Cochran Family, Map, Dairy Cow, 19th Century