An American Family History

John Conklin


The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.


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


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

John Conklin was born on March 14, 1756 in a part of Frederick County Virginia which is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. His father was Jacob Conklin.

He married Miriam Burr on June 24, 1793 in Frederick County. Moses Hoge performed the ceremony. Her parents were Peter Burr, Jr. and Mary Stewart.

A 1798 court record indicates that they had at least one son, Jacob Conklin, born about 1794. Due to the wording of the court document, it would appear that Miriam died before 1798.

The first store in Mad River Township, Champaign County, Ohio was kept by John Conklin, who dealt in dry goods and groceries.

The Jacob Conklin Family

  • John Conklin
  • David Conklin
  • Mary Conklin Lupton
  • Hannah Conklin West
  • Jacob Conklin
  • Henry Conklin
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    Milk sickness which is also known as tremetol poisoning. It is characterized by trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain and affects individuals who eat dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot. Although rare today, milk sickness claimed thousands of lives in the early 1800s.

    Moses Hoge

    Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.