Contributed & transcribed by: Carol Lackey

JOHN BOYD COCANOUR, superintendent of the Merced county hospital, is one
of the venerable pioneers of California. He was born in Lancaster
county, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1813, a son of John aud Mary (Boyd)
Cocanour, the former a native of Germany, and the latter of
Pennsylvania. Mr. Cocanour is the only child of his parents. At the
early age of eleven years he went to New Orleans, and in 1832 to Fort
Wayne, Indiana; there he worked at the carpenter's trade until 1850, and
in that year came to California via Panama, landing in San Francisco
August 12. He spent a very short time in the mines, and soon embarked in
the live-stock business on the Merced and San Joaquin rivers. He kept
from 8,000 to 10,000 head of cattle on the vast range, but sold his
cattle in 1872, and turned his attention to agriculture.

In 1865 he was one of the stockholders of the Merced Woolen Mill, and
was one of the prime movers of the enterprise; the other gentlemen
interested in it were Albert Ingalsbee, P. D. Wigginton, William Nelson
and I. Jacobs. He was also an active worker in the interests of the
Madera Flume in Fresno county. He is a man of broad public spirit, and
has spent big energies to aid in the development of the resources of the

  Mr. Cocanour was married in 1877 to Miss Mary E. Mitchell, a native of
Kentucky, and
they are the parents of three children: Mary Alma, John Roy and Joe
Cleveland. Mr. Cocanour held the office of county Supervisor for a
period of fourteen years. He is a charter member of Willow Lodge, No.
121, I. O. O. F. He joined the Grand Lodge in Fort Wayne in 1841, and
has been a member of the body since that time. He is one of Merced's
most highly honored and respected citizens.

Facsimile Reproduction
Memorial and Biographical History
Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras,
Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties

The Guild McHenry Museum of Art and History
Modesto, California - 1980