Cochranism delineated or, A description of, and specific for a religious hydrophobia, 1819

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Ephraim Stinchfield, a Free Baptist preacher from Gray-New Gloucester, wrote a description of opponents of the Free Baptists, specifically Jacob Cochran and his followers, known as Cochranites, who were active in York and Cumberland counties.

He comments on two Cochran adherents in Portland being taken to jail for disturbing the peace and states that several complaints were issued against Jacob Cochran, who was required to post bonds in anticipation of a court hearing. He warned others that Cochran was a fraud.

Stinchfield describes several Cochranite meetings he attended, his efforts to tell people the "truth" about Cochran, and Cochran's behavior.

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  • Title: Cochranism delineated or, A description of, and specific for a religious hydrophobia, 1819
  • Creator: Ephraim Stinchfield
  • Creation Date: 1819
  • Subject Date: 1819
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 44, Box 1/1
  • Collection: Ephraim Stinchfield papers
  • Object Type: Text

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