An American Family History

David Conklin

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,
and, under a just God cannot retain it."
― Abraham Lincoln

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


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


West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.

David Conklin was born on July 18, 1760 in a part of Frederick County, Virginia that is now Jefferson County, West Virginia. His father was Jacob Conklin.

Ath the time of the 1810 census, there was a David Conklin household in Frederick County, Virginia. The household consisted of a man and a woman over 45 and a girl and a boy under 10. They enslaved one person.

The Farmer's Repository of April 17, 1812 listed David Conklin as having unclaimed letters at the post office in Charlestown, Virginia, on the March 31, 1812.

In 1822 Elizabeth F. Wilson bought land from David Conklin in Jefferson County.

In 1830 the David Conklin household in Jefferson County, Virginia consisted of a man and a woman between 70 and 79 and a girl between 15 and 19. They enslaved a boy under 10. The next household was the Mary Conklin household.

There was also a David Conklin who was an early settler of Champaign County, Ohio. The first house in Urbana Township was built by David Conklin.
The Jacob Conklin Family

  • John Conklin
  • David Conklin
  • Mary Conklin Lupton
  • Hannah Conklin West
  • Jacob Conklin
  • Henry Conklin
  • The New River flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia .In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles (1732-1815) was captured by Shawnee warriors near Blacksburg and taken to Ohio. She escaped and made her way home by following the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.



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