Florence, You have satisfied my deepest genealogical quest, which is the ancestry of Lt. Col. Cochran, my fourth great grandfather. Evidence for his being "the" Col. Cochran includes a daybook kept by him during the Revolutionary period, also used by his daughter's husband. I descend from his daughter Sally (Sarah), b. 1763 in Colrain, MA. Cochran's first two daughters were born there, and are recorded in that town's vital records. They and his other children's dates are recorded in Col. Cochran's hand in his bible, which is in deep storage at the museum in Bennington, VT.
In "The Gibson Papers", several volumes mention Cochran, and one, The "History of Washington Academy and Bench and Bar of Washington County, New York", gives a somewhat detailed history of his military campaigns, and an extensive bibliography documenting the career.This volume also lists his family and some of their marriages, although it is incorrect about Sally/Sarah's whereabouts. Col. Cochran was an original member of the New York State Society of the Cincinncati, and the Society in Washington D.C. has a book which includes a brief written portrait of him. One of his descendants is James Jones, author of The Thin Red Line, and From Here to Eternity, and you'll find an ancecdotal account of one his escapades on the James Jones Society website. (There are several versions of this adventure, but all have the same gist.) Another of my sources was a professional genealogist in Vermont whom I hired to do a little legwork. There is Enormous confusion about the two Roberts and Marys who lived in Vermont, and even some historians are not clear, but an examination of the military records makes no doubt that the one who married Mary Miller and died in 1812 is "the" guy. Lt. Col. Cochran actually lived the remainder of his life (after the Revolution) in New York State, which gave him bounty land of 3,000 acres for his service. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info on his family. I am very, very, very interested in communicating with you about your knowledge. Thanks so much for posting.