An American Family History

Hannah Conklin West


Alternate spellings of Conklin: Canklin, Conklin, Conkling, Conklyn, Cunklin

Champaign County, Ohio was created March 1, 1805 from Greene and Franklin counties. On March 1, 1817 the present boundaries were established when Logan and Clark counties were formed.  An 1800 census counted 100 settlers.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Hannah Conklin West was born February 24, 1769 in a part of Frederick County, Virginia which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. Her father was Jacob Conklin.

Hannah married William West when she was 19 years old on February 12, 1788 in Jefferson County, Virginia. William was born on May 29, 1769 in Rock Creek, Frederick County, Maryland. His parents were John West and Rachel Perry.

Hannah and William's older children were born in Virginia:
Azubah West Davis Arney (1789, married Daniel Davis and Jacob Arney),
John W. West (1791, married Dorcas Darnall), and
William West (1796).

The family moved to Ohio about 1800 and were early settlers there.

Their younger children were born in Ohio:
Eleanor West Talbot (1805, married William Smith Talbot),
Stephen West (1805),
James West (1809, married Anna Conklin), and
Jacob West (1812, married Margaret Robinson).

William West appeared in the 1820 census of Jackson Township, Champaign County, Ohio. The household consisted of a man and a woman older than 45 (Hannah and William age 51, 2 boys between 10 and 15 (Stephen and James), and a boy under 10 (Jacob).

In 1830, they were still in Jackson Township. The household consisted of a man and a woman between 60 and 69, and a boy between 15 and 19.

Hannah died on March 1, 1839 when she was 70 years old and William followed soon after on August 23 of the same year. They both died in Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio.
The Jacob Conklin Family

  • John Conklin
  • David Conklin
  • Mary Conklin Lupton
  • Hannah Conklin West
  • Jacob Conklin
  • Henry Conklin
  • Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.


    The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

    In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

    The West Family Register: Important Lines Traced

    John West, of Bourbon County, Kentucky, was born about 1738 in Prince George's County, Maryland. He was the son of John West, and grandson of Joseph, the founder of the line. His mother was probably Frances. About 1758 he married Rachel Perry, daughter of James Perry, of Montgomery County, Maryland. . .

    The father of John West died in 1766. Even before his death John and Rachel had begun disposing of their land in Montgomery County, and in 1772 they sold part of The Joseph and also part of the tract called Resurvey on Arpos. The supposition is, that either they had moved away before this, or were on the point of doing so. On account of the very strong conviction among their descendants that they were Virginians there seems basis for believing that John and Rachel had gone to the western part of Virginia before their final removal to Kentucky.

    There may have gone there about the time of their first land sale in 1765. Moreover the birth of their last child recorded in the parish church at Rock Creek was in 1765. Probably the other children were born in Virginia. The fact that Henry West in the 1880 census gave the birthplace of his father Simeon, as Virginia (though he was born in Maryland) is evidence that the family was there at some time

    John West and Rachel attended the parish church on the edge of the present city of Washington, now commonly known as Rock Creek Church. Their four oldest children were baptized there, and it was the registry of their births in the books of this church that forged the final link connecting the Kentucky branch with the parent tree. . .

    The wills of John West and Rachel are filed in the courthouse at Paris, Kentucky. Neither one mentions their four oldest children. . . She died in Bourbon County in 1819 and John West died in 1791. They were the parents of:

    1. Reason West b. May 31, 1760
    2. Rebecca West b. Sept. 23, 1762
    3. Simoen West b. Dec. 23, 1763
    4. William West b. May 29, 1765
    5. Sarah West
    6. Margaret West
    7. Martha West
    8. John West
    9. Roger P. West

    Prince George's County, Maryland was created in 1696 from portions of Charles, and Calvert Counties. It was divided into six districts called hundreds: Mattapany, Patuxant, Collington, Mount Calvert, Piscattoway, and New Scotland. A part the county became Frederick County in 1748.

    Kentucky was originally a county in Virginia and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.


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    ©Roberta Tuller 2017

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