My great, great grandfather and great, great grandmother, William and Emma (Merrett) Cochrane had five children: Mary Jane (1836-1920), my grandmother, George A Cochrane (1838 – 1931) Emily Cochrane (1840 – 1911), Walter Cochrane (1843 – 1891) Emma Cochrane (1846 – 1931), Evalina (Blanche) Cochrane (1853 – 1920). Mary Jane married Abiathar Richards, Emma married Chester Jay Mallary, and Evaline (Blanche) married Herbert Jewell. I knew they had grown up in Brooklyn New York and were I was able to find them in some of the census, but in others they just seemed to disappear or to be in places that did not make much sense to me.
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I learned that when William Cochrane died in testate, her siblings agreed that Aunt Emily should receive the house at 124
Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, to either live in or sell. However, upon her death, the house should be sold and the proceeds split equally between her siblings or their heirs.
The two individuals that had been most puzzling to me were Emma and her husband Chester Mallory and George A. Cochrane. I was pretty sure that they were not in Brooklyn, even though the Mallorys were buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The will supplied the answer. The Mallorys had moved to Illinois and were living in Chicago with two daughters, Katherine and Florence. George A. Cochrane was living in Woburn, Massachusetts with his wife, Ella Brinkerhoff Cochrane and their three children: Grace, Charles and Ella. Once I had their locations, I was able to locate a variety of other information for them, such as the census, death records, etc.
So you see, when you have a will, there may be a way to get more information.