Elizabeth (Shaw) (King) Cochran (1827-1900) was my maternal 3rd-great grandmother. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records
Elizabeth was born October 29, 1829 in Fayette County, Indiana
1.1. Birth Certificate
The State of Indiana did not require birth certificates until 1907, so no birth certificate for Elizabeth is available.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
If a Elizabeth's birth was mentioned in a local newspaper, it has been lost to time.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible record for the Shaw family that would record the birth of Elizabeth. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one will be found.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of any baptismal record for Elizabeth, nor do I know the church affiliation of the Shaw family.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Elizabeth was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
I have not been able to locate a marriage record for Elizabeth and Daniel King. They were married December 5, 1847 in Madison County, Indiana1. After Daniel's death, Elizabeth married William H. Cochran, circa 1876, in Madison County, Indiana. Likewise, I have not been able to locate a marriage record for them. The courthouse in Madison County, Indiana suffered a fire in 1880 and early marriage records were lost.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of Elizabeth and Daniel's nuptials or Elizabeth and William's nuptials.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
Elizabeth and Daniel's 25th wedding anniversary would have been December 5, 1872. Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of their anniversary.
Elizabeth passed away prior to being married for 25 years to William.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication that Elizabeth and Daniel or Elizabeth and William were ever divorced. Will need to search court records in Madison County, Indiana in order to complete an exhaustive search.
1.3. Death Certificate
Elizabeth died October 10, 1900 in Frankton, Madison County, Indiana2. Her cause of death was typhoid fever.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspapers to see if I can locate a copy of Elizabeth's obituary or death record.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Will need to search the local historical society to see if they have funeral home records that might shed some light on Elizabeth's funeral. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Elizabeth was buried in the Howard Cemetery, Pipe Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana. There was no marker found for her in a search of the cemetery.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1900 Federal Census
On June 13, 1900, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Cochran household in Frankton, Madison County, Indiana7, as Elizabeth Cochran, wife, born October 1827, age 70, married 20 years. She was the mother of 10 children, 6 of whom were living. She was born in Ohio and her father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in Kentucky. She could read.
2.1.2. 1880 Federal Census
On June 28, 1880, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Wm. H. Cochran household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana4, as Elizabeth Cochran, wife, age 50, keeping house. She was born in Indiana and her father was born in Ohio and mother born in Kentucky.
2.1.3. 1870 Federal Census
On September 12, 1870, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Daniel King household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana6, as Elizabeth King, age 39, keeping house, born in Indiana.
2.1.4. 1860 Federal Census
On July 31, 1860, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Daniel King household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana5, as Elizabeth King, age 31, born in Indiana, cannot read and write.
2.1.5. 1850 Federal Census
On August 21, 1850, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Daniel King household in Jackson Township, Madison County, Indiana3, as Elizabeth King, age 20, born in Tennessee.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Shaw or King families.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service for Elizabeth's father or husbands that would have made her eligible for a pension.
3.3. Service Records
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records will need to be thoroughly searched in Madison County, Indiana to see what records might mention Elizabeth and husbands Daniel and William. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Plat maps of Madison County, Indiana will need to be searched to see what information that can be gleaned that might be relevant for my search.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available for research on Elizabeth include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. Sandra Freeman, "John William Wright - Ellen King family group sheet,", compiled [n.d.] (Alexandria, Indiana).
2. Ancestry.com. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900-2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.
3. Daniel King household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Jackson Township, Madison County, Indiana, dwelling 274, family 274; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 158, page 97.
4. Wm. H. Cochran household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana, USA, page 58, ED 21, SD 3, dwelling 451, family 453; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 293.
5. Daniel King household, 1860 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Monroe Twp., page 145, dwelling 1025, family 1023; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 277.
6. Daniel King household, 1870 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Monroe Twp., page 35, dwelling 255, family 249; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 336.
7. William Cochran household, 1900 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Frankton, ED 102, SD 67, sheet 10, dwelling 313, family 324; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 386.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.