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Re: White woman of the Genesee
Posted by: Catherine Angell (ID *****3165) Date: January 30, 2004 at 18:49:48
In Reply to: White woman of the Genesee by alexis godat of 353

Hi Alexis,

Thank you for posting your message. I donít have any information to help you, but Iím hoping you might be able to help us figure something out. My cousins and I have heard over the years of a distant family connection to Mary Jemison, but we havenít been able to learn much about it.

A cousin shared some notes she had on the obituary of Jane McShea of Greece (Monroe County), NY. Iím not sure when Jane McShea died, but the obituary said she was born in 1851. It said she was the daughter of Jane Jemison and John McShea, and that she was a descendant of Mary Jemison through her mother.

It also said that she was the great granddaughter of Moses Cochrane, the first settler of Carthage (now part of Rochester). Moses Cochrane died in 1834, and he is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester.

Information about the Cochrane family that was passed down to me states that Moses Cochraneís daughter Margaret married a Jemison. Unfortunately, I donít have any documentation about this, and I donít know the first name of the Jemison she married. I suspect, however, that Margaret was the mother of Jane Jemsion, and the grandmother of Jane McShea. Our ancestor was one of Margaret Cochrane Jemisonís brothers.

Do you have any information about a Cochrane connection to Mary Jemisonís family? Thanks for any help you might be able to give us. Have a great semester at Geneseo!


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