I am looking for more information on my Great Grandfather, William Brooke Cochran, b. 1864 & d. 1937.

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He may have been born in Centralia, IL or maybe around Maries County, MO.   He left his family and moved to Oklahoma about 1905. I would like to find out who his parents were and any info on them.  I also would like to know if he had another wife and family before the ones listed in his profile. Her name would be Elizabeth (?), the children: Cleveland Cochran b. 1880, Brooks Cochran b. 1886,  Lizabeth Cochran b.? & Archie Cochran b.?  However, because of their ages in relation to his, instead of his children these may have been his siblings.
WikiTree profile: William Cochran
in Genealogy Help by Betty Spencer G2G Crew (730 points)

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Here is a W B Cochran living in Maries Co., Missouri, 1900 / born 1864, Missouri (birthplace is often inaccurate).  With what looks like wife #2 in his profile.  And son Brooks born 1886 along with other children.

Do you know where his parents were from?  This is the record attached to him at Ancestry.  

1900 United States Federal Census


Name W B Cochran
Age 36
Birth Date Jan 1864
Birthplace Missouri
Home in 1900 South Jefferson, Maries, Missouri
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Head
Marital Status Married
Spouse's Name Bertha Cochran
Marriage Year 1891
Years Married 9
Father's Birthplace Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace Kentucky
Household Members
Name Age
W B Cochran 36
Bertha Cochran 27
Brooks Cochran 14
Bola Cochran 8
Willie Cochran 5
Laura Cochran 1
Mabel Hoppie 10

Didn't see this record @ FamilySearch.com (not in the first 6 pages anyway). 

by Mary Cole G2G6 Pilot (102k points)
edited by Mary Cole

This is also on familysearch in case you need a subscription for the other file.

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3ZG-SYQ : accessed 27 November 2016), W B Cochran, North & South Jefferson Townships, Maries, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 78, sheet 14A, family 249, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,874.

Thank you for researching this.  Yes, he is my G Grandfather.  This information confirms much of what I questioned. Your help is apprciated.
Thanks so much for your help.
You are welcome!
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I went to ancestry.com and find a grave and even familysearch and I stayed on this for over 4 hours and I will give you what I have but It is up to you to tell me if this is correct or not.

William Brooke Cochran Born 1864 and died 1937 and on ancestry.com it has this:

William Brooklyn Cochran born 1 Jan 1864 and died 8 March 1937 Antlers, Pushmataha, Oklahoma.

Wife is Louisa Adline "Lula" Breeden- born 1875 - died 1972.

I think maybe this is his father - William Brooks Cochran - born 20 March 1838 - Petty Twp, Lawrence Co, Illinois. died 5 May 1877 Lawrence Co, Ill. Parents Thomas Cochran 1802 - 1863 and Mary Dickens 1806 -1850 His children are:

James Cochran - B. 1860; John Cochran - b. 1860;  Jane Juanita Cochran - b. 1862;  William Brooklyn Cochran - b. 1864 Died 1937; Julia Ann Cochran - b. 1869 - died 1923;

Sarah Elizabeth Cochran b.1871 - 1907; Bert Cochran - b. 1873;  Isaac Cochran - b. 1875;  Archie Cochran - b. 1879

I don't know if this is right since I didn't have a lot of info, however let me know if this isn't and I will research it again.

1920 Myrick, Johnston, OK Census

William B. Cochran - age 56 born 1864;  wife -Lula - age 39;  Hattie - age 22; Edgar - age 17; Alford - age 15;  Gurta - age 13;  Charles - age 8;  Willie C - age 5.

I found this also don't know if it is in your family; William B. Cochran - B. Nov 1840 - died Oct 18, 1914 Kansas; --Wife Charlotte M Clugston Cochran -b. 1843 and died 1941. they did not have children that I could find.

If you need more help then please let me know.Nancy
by Nancy Turney G2G6 Mach 2 (27.0k points)
I can see that you put a lot of time into this and it has been very helpful. You have tied in some important facts.  I still have a few things to try to find, but I will keep looking.  If I still am unable to find what I am looking for, I may accept your kind offer to assist me further. Thanks for your time and effort, it is much appreciated.

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