An American Family History

John Conklin


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
  • almanack

    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.

    Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.




    Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1693 – 1781) inherited a vast area granted by Charles II in colonial Virginia. This Northern Neck Proprietary was bounded by the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.

    Peter Burr, Jr. was the son of Peter and Abigail Burr. He was born on October 21, 1727 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

    In 1751 the Burr family, migrated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Virginia. They bought four hundred acres from Lord Fairfax and Peter, Sr. built a house on the old Warm Spring Road near Bardane in Jefferson County. It is an eight-room, two-story log house that is still standing.

    Peter's first wife was Mary Stewart. Mary was born on August 17, 1730 and died about 1773. She may have died of “milk fever" a short time after the birth of her seventh child.

    After she died, Peter married Jane Calhoun.

    Peter's first cousin was Aaron Burr. His association with his cousin and with George Washington's dismissed generals suggests that he did not share George Washington's values.

    Peter died on January 20 1795 in Berkeley County.

    Burr house
    Peter Burr House
    George Washington (February 22, 1731/32  – December 14, 1799) was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789–1797).


    Bauman & Dreisbach

    ©Roberta Tuller 2017