My family tree has over 18,000
members so one can certainly get lost in the midst
of the many names involved but the searchbox will
help locate almost any name or location that I
managed to locate my dad's parents Luella
Coonfield and Frank Delbert Cochran on a few
census images, the one in 1930 included my daddy
at age 3 and then the four great grandparents were
also traced back a ways. Frank Delbert's parents
were Clora Jane Miller, a pipe smoker who could
read the ashes and Jacob Benjamin Cochran, a Civil
War Vet who had moved his family to Kansas in 1882
Jacob had been married and had
six daughters before he was widowed and met Clora.
I had heard that he had joined in the California
Gold Rush and sure enough, found him and his
brother in the California census, while I also
found his wife remaining in Ohio with the children
on another census, right next to his brother
Alexander Cochran. Most of them migrated into Iowa
Territory by 1870
Luella's parents were
Lattie Cedonia Little born in Kentucky and
Benjamin Wallace Coonfield of Indiana, but his
parents had migrated to Arkansas many years
I had found that Jacob Cochran was
born in 1822 Ohio to parents from Pennsylvania,
Martha Henderson and William Cochran, a son of
Alexander. Apparently William and Alexander were
the only two Cochrans in Guernsey Ohio at that
time. Clora Jane's parents were Mary Clara Parker
and James Madison Miller of Illinois, while Mary's
father was a Doctor Wanton Horatio Parker, so the
story is told that Mary would help the Indians
with medicine needs.
Benjamin's family of
Indiana were Benjamin Wylie Coonfield, another
Civil War Vet and Martha Frances Young and the
photos of this family indicate they mixed. The
Youngs and Coonfields go way back into 1800
Lattie Little's parents were Mary
Catherine Crigler and John Wright Little, a Civil
War Vet, both having family in early Kentucky
history books, pages I have copied into my
webpages. Catherine's parents were Nancy Catherine
Roby, (daughter of Reason Roby) and Abraham
Crigler. John's parents were Catherine G. Wright (
daughter of Catherine Weatherford) and Doctor
Hiram Lucius Little.
Hiram's parents were
Betsy Douglass and Jonas Little who were married
in 1798 Union County South Carolina. Hiram was
widowed young and moved to Texas with a very young
teen bride ( 14 !! ) and started a new family in
While the Criglers connect
to the historical Germanna Colony of Virginia and
the Millers connect to 1700 Rockingham Virginia
where Reverend Alexander Miller is written about
and buried, I find the story of Captain George
Little born 1733 Scotland so very awesome, as he
settled into Union County South Carolina, served
in the American Revolution, had ten children, and
moved into Kentucky in 1802 where he is mentioned
in several pages of the Kentucky Bios and Kentucky
Most of these families also
had a great grandfather who served in the American
My mother's side was a little
difficult to trace at first, since she was
orphaned at age 4, but it soon came to light. Her
parents were Alice Emma McClain and Cecil Earl
Fenn Carter but he did not use the name Fenn,
since his mother Anna Lou Stone had remarried a
few times. Cecil's death certificate was signed by
his brother Emmett Marvin Fenn who added the
parents names of Annie Stone and William Franklin
Fenn, so I ordered William's death certificate and
found his parents were Emily Harrell and John F.
Fenn of Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, and
census records show they were born in Georgia in
Anna Stone's family also came out of
Georgia into Macon, Alabama on the 1850 census,
Augustus Marvin Fenn and Mary Ann
Parents of Alice McClain were
Lorena Emma Bozeman born 1890 Ramer, Alabama and
Charles Allen McClain born 1886 Ramer. His parents
were Elizabeth Broadway and Josiah Marion McClain,
a Civil War Vet, but I never found a marriage
record. Elizabeth's parents were Mary Susan
Stephens and Abner Broadway. Lorena's parents were
Alice Lorena Stephens and John Thomas Bozeman of
Ramer, Alabama. The Bozeman lineage has been a
fascinating study of our ancestors in 1700 North
Carolina, living among the indians and fighting in
our War of Indiependence, before Peter sold his
Land Grant in 1826 and migrated into Hope Hull,
Montgomery County Alabama and beginning this new
legacy, where he lived amongst some of the most
historical families of our state.
Elizabeth Broadway had a sister, Rebecca
Lou Broadway who married Clopton Gibson and had a
son named Jason Gibson.
married Lorena's sister Ethel Mae Bozeman, and had
a daughter named Ruby Gibson.
When I talked
with Ruby and her sister Peggy, on the phone years
ago, she told me that Charlie McClain and Jason
Gibson had talked about being first cousins so
this gives a better confirmation to this research.
When I began researching my husband's
family tree, his cousin Clarence helped out a lot,
sending old photos and letters. Clarence had
studied a cemetery in Hope Hull where one of their
grandfathers was buried but it was also on
property once owned by my Bozeman ancestors.
My husband's parents were Mary Ella
Thornton and James Edgar Brooks, Jr. Mary's
parents were Bessie Mae Hood and Milton Elijah
Thornton. Milton's parents were Mary Angeline
Partridge and Charles Thornton of Georgia.
Bessie's parents were Ella Olivia Baxley and L.
Wesley Hood of Holtville Alabama and Ella's mother
was a Holt. The parents of James were Susie Mae
Cooper and James Edgar Brooks of Montgomery.
Susie's parents were Sarah Elizabeth Carter and
Levi Benjamin Cooper of Hope Hull, Alabama.
Sarah's parents were Mary Josephine
Hereford of Virginia and Thomas Randolph Carter, a
Civil War Vet, but he had been widowed from his
first marriage to Lacy Jane Bozeman. Parents of
Levi were Sarah F. Lee and Charner P. Cooper, both
from Chambers County Alabama until he moved after
serving in the Civil War.
Parents of James
Brooks came from Tennessee, Annie Clark Ballard
and John E. Brooks. John's parents were Roxanna
Permilia Smith and John Brooks. Parents of Annie
were Dora Craig and James C. Ballard, all with
rich Tennessee History of the early 1800s.
All of these families are linked within
this webpage where I have a little study on each of
them and on this page and for a
much longer list of documents that I have
collected click here and the
memorial I made for my husband is here and of course
the Family Tree Maker page.
My children and my
My daughter's mother in law
dad's sisters and cousin Stanley.
My Gibson and
Bozeman cousins in Montgomery AL
Jimmy Ray Bozeman
My cousin Wayne Bozeman who
is married to my husband's cousin.
Charlie's cousin Glenda Baxley who
introduced us to Coosa River and the many
patriotic men in this line.
Charlie's cousin Clarence who introduced me
to Hope Hull and his article in Alabama Cemetery
Preservation and their cousin D.J. Smith who has
the nice webpage on Rootsweb.
And many more
who corresponded by email when they viewed my
family tree webpages!