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Anc. Thomas Cochran, Colrain, MA, Benn. VT, Londderry NH
Posted by: Bill Lundy (ID *****5321) Date: September 25, 2002 at 14:06:17
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As I was exploring the Cochran name in the Family Tree Maker Forum, I was impressed by John Mickle and Janice Castleman’s knowledge concerning the origin and descendants of that name. I am wondering if you can add any information to this query. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.

My ancestor, John LeGalley(Legally), married Margaret M. Wilson (da. James Wilson and Rosanna Cochran) ca. April 8, 1807 in Colrain, Franklin County, Massachusetts. Before that time, in 1806 he began acquiring land in that region. I can find no prior record of John LeGalley. By 1814 he had sold the lands that he had acquired. John LeGalley appears on an 1819 Tax list for Sandusky Twp, Huron Co OH noted “dead” or “dec’d”. (More about the reason for death in the following document.)

His orphaned son, William, age 6 or 7, was taken in by Pardon Wilson, the brother of Margaret M. Wilson. His orphaned son, James, age 3 or 4, was taken by a guardian. James married Mary Harter on October 29, 1840, in Miami, Ohio. We know nothing more about James.

I am descended from William LeGalley. More of this story, and a partial genealogy of the Rosanna Cochran family, will be found in the following document which is a compilation of some of the research that I have done concerning the Cochrans and others. It seems the Cochran, Wilson and McGee families settled first in and helped establish Londonderry, New Hampshire, having arrived in this country from Londonderry in Ireland. They later moved on to Vermont and finally, the area of Colrain, Massachusetts. Perhaps you have some record of these families.

Thank you for whatever help you can give. William Lundy
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From A History of Colrain by Lois McClellan Patrie
974.42, H2P, V28C
GS SLC
THOMAS COCHRAN is mentioned in the town records before 1742, although he is not mentioned in the land records until 1751/2, when he bought an 8 acre homelot in the northern part of town from John Cochran of Deerfield, which he soon sold. Thomas is said at that time to be of "Pelham". In 1777 he bought 32 acres bordering on Green River from Robert Riddle of Bernardston. His will, drawn Sept. 13, 1785 and probated Feb. 7, 1786, fixes his death between those two dates. It provided that his real estate be divided between Samuel and Rosanna Wilson. To his son Robert he bequeathed his wearing apparel and 6 shillings sterling.. To his daughter, Agnes Torrance were left 4 sheep. Thomas Torrance signed her receipt, as was customary. To his son Thomas he left 6 shillings sterling. His granddaughter Esther Cochran received " 2 gowens, 1 chest with draws. 1 great wheel and 1 Dutch wheele." Her father Robert signed her receipt. His wife's name appears to have been Margaret ----. We know nothing further about her.
Children of Thomas and Margaret (----) Cochran:
1 - SAMUEL, b. July 1, 1764.
*** Rosanna, m. James Wilson, 2nd int. July 2, 1782.
*** Patience, b. July 1, 1764; twin of Samuel, d. young.
*** Agnes, m. Thomas Torrance of Belchertown, Oct. 9, 1766.
*** Robert, father of Esther.
*** John, b. Aug. 5, 1759, prob. d. young.
*** Thomas Jr.
*** Martha, m. ---- Risdell.

II - SAMUEL COCHRAN, d. Freemont, Ohio, 1825; m. Jan. 5, 1785, Margaret
Green. Lived Bennington, Vt. and Bakersfield, Vt.

Children of Samuel and Margaret (Green) Cochran:
*** Minerva, b. Cambridge, Apr. 10, 1787; m. ? Smith.
*** Elizabeth, m. ---- Johnson.
*** Cynthia, b. Cambridge, Feb. 4, 1789.
*** Henry, b. Bakersfield, Vt., May 31, 1795; removed to Sandusky, O.
*** Frances, b. Bakersfield, Oct. 24, 1798; m. ---- Courtright.
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From A History of Colrain
JAMES WILSON 2ND, b. abt. 1757; m. poss. Colrain, July 2, 1782, Rosana Cochran, dau. Thomas and Margaret. James is mentioned Colrain census of 1790, 1-3-5. (1 white male over 16, 3 white males under 16, 5 white females over 16) Microfilm 193,740 - SLC.
Rosanna apparently died before 1809 as James is shown in Colrain Marriage Records as having married Agnes D. Wilson of Shelburn, MA Nov. 20, 1809.
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From "The Fire Lands Pioneer" June, 1882, p. 162 concerning Norwalk, Ohio residents.

Pardon Wilson was born in Colerain, Massachusetts, in 1790. When still a young man he removed to Ontario County, N.Y., and some five years after he walked all the way out to Ohio, arriving first at Huron and soon after going to Sandusky County, not far from Fremont, then called Lower Sandusky. In 1818, his parents, with a large family of children, came on from Massachusetts, and together they settled upon a tract of government land and began the hard work of clearing and farming. But the next year a most fatal sickness broke out in the settlement. As a result of that epidemic, fourteen of the Wilson family died within the short space of one or two months.
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John LeGalley appears on 1819 Tax list for Sandusky Twp, Huron Co OH noted “dead” or “dec’d”.
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The Cochran name appears in censuses from 1820 on in that area of Ohio.


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