Cocagne, Jean Baptiste
Cocagne, Jean Baptiste a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Rosibres, France, October 1, 1821. He received a careful Roman Catholic training; emigrated with his parents to Cape Vincent, Jefferson County, N.Y., in 1831, and was there apprenticed to a Protestant family, in which he experienced religion. After uniting with the Methodists, receiving license to exhort, and supporting himself during a four-year course at Gouverneur and Fairfield seminaries, he entered the Black River Conference in 1846. In 1851 he had charge of the French mission in New York city; in 1852 was transferred to the Michigan Conference to take charge of the French mission in Detroit, and in 1856 received a retransfer to the Black River Conference. He sailed November 1, 1856, for a visit to his native land, in the steamer Lyonnaise, which was wrecked on the following Sabbath night, and he was drowned.
Mr. Cocagne was kind, frank, generous, and ardent. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1857, page 365; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.