Cochrane's migrating from Northern Ireland to Liverpool, England

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Researching the COCHRANE family who migrated from Northern Ireland to Liverpool. My great great grandfather was William Cochrane and he was a Blacksmith and his father was a Tinsmith, born 1857 in Liverpool. The UK census a bit hit and miss, and Cochrane has been spelt in so in many ways, it has been impossible to find William in the Census prior to 1881 or a birth record for him.  His father was also William, according to his marriage record.
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Good Afternoon Zoe


My name is Avalon Davis and trying to find out information about my Great Grandad Robert Edward Cochrane. Unfortunately the family don't know much  and the relatives that can help have passed.

Robert Edward Cochrane, we think was born on the 6/61888 or 1890 in Ireland. The family think in County Down, Ireland but not sure. He died they think on 17/11/1952 in South Africa.Again not 100% sure.

He married Anna Margaretha Hattingh and had 6 children, Mona Ellias Cochrane, Eileen Cochrane, Dorothy Cochrane, Robert Edward Cochrane, George Edward Cochrane and Cecil Cochrane.

The family think after Robert left Anna he had another relationship with a lady called Maud Gertrude (we think Rogers)and had a daughter Colleen Dawn Cochrane

Any help or advise would be much appreciated.


Kind Regards,

Avalon Davis
Hi Avalon,

I have hit a dead end with my branch of Cochrane’s. There is speculation that family our surname might even had been Coleraine. Names were often incorrectly enumerated and transcribed and along with illiteracy, makes it extremely difficult to trace our family tree any further than William born 1857.  Hope you can dig up some records for your family.  Check all the shipping lists, there should be a record of Robert migrating to South Africa.

All the best.


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