As far as I can tell, it was my cousin Kenneth Miller, also a descendant of Calvin Aldrich, who put all the Chamberlain-Coates-Aldrich pieces together.
Samuel and Esther (Hammond) Chamberlain m. Mar. 23, 1726-7 in Newton, MA and had two children whose births were registered there, namely Ann, b. 31 August 1729, and Samuel, b. 16 April 1732.They then moved to Woodstock, Connecticut and had a few more children, Esther, b. 5 September 1733, Elisha, 16 April 1736, and Lydia, b. May 1745 that I am certain of, and perhaps a few more.(I do not have access to Woodstock, VR, but Huldah(p. 69) and Edmund (pp. 74, 79), and Stephen (p. 93) appear on the same pages as Esther and Samuel Chamberlain, according to the Barbour's index transcription online.
Ann married John Coates (See NEHGR, Vol. 111, pp 105-107).He was "possibly" John 4, (John 3, John 2, Thomas the immigrant who lived in Lynn, Massachusetts).Ann and John had five children in Woodstock, of which one was Chloe, another was a stillborn child, and a third was named Esther.I do not have the names of the other two.
John Coates died in Woodstock, 21 September 1756, leaving Ann a widow at 27.The descendants of this marriage may have wondered where Ann spent her last days, but in that era, lots of mothers got "lost" and their deaths went unrecorded.They were able to follow their Chamberlain line back to Newton.
At 31, Ann was young enough to *appear* to be marrying for the first time when she began to have children registered in Douglas with Edward.With Samuel and Esther appearing to be married with two children in Newton, (apparently) no one in the Aldrich camp thought to look for more Chamberlain children in Woodstock, where Samuel's parents lived.There was no reason to do so once Samuel and Esther were found in Newton.
For many years, Kenny was one of those who thought that Ann Chamberlain was the mother of *all* of the children of Edward 5 (Edward 4, David 3, Jacob 2, George 1), including Calvin, and that the other Edward Aldriches were (a) one who was married to Dinah and (b) another who married his cousin Elisabeth Aldrich.It didn't help that Edward 4 was having children with Ann Chamberlain at the same time that Edward, Jr. was having children with Elisabeth, making them appear in the books to be contemporaries of each other rather than father and son.
Years ago, Kenny hired a researcher in Connecticut who found a probate document signed by both Edward Aldrich and his wife Ann as the widow of John Coates.Dated 1770, it was not helpful in establishing the date of Ann's marriage to Edward.At that time, Kenny did not have access to books of transcriptions of Vital Records, much less computerized ones.
We put our heads together and Kenny remembered a document which had Jira and Calvin as brothers, and another which had Rue and John as brothers.Then I found a reference to the Rix manuscript online.
One does not have to be an obstetrician to figure out that no matter what the Douglas VR transcription book says, Jiry (b. Jan 1762) is NOT the brother of Rue (b. Sept 1762).Similarly, it could hardly be that Calvin, born 20 September 1772, and Jethrow, b. June 3, 1773, were both sons of Ann, but according to Rix, they were.
At any rate, Edward and Ann (Chamberlain) Aldrich were both widowed when they married, and I believe that Kenny Miller was the first one to realize that John Coates' widow and Edward Aldrich's second wife were the same person.
Given that the Aldriches are like spaghetti (with a few meatballs thrown in for grins) it wasn't a bad piece of work on Kenny's part.