John W Conklin

1831–1894 (Age 63)
Orange, New York, United States

The Life of John W

When John W Conklin was born in 1831, in Orange, New York, United States, his father, Charles Peter Conklin, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Weymer, was 25. He married Catherine Ann Van Valen in 1857, in Bergen, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Western, Oneida, New York, United States for about 10 years and Harrington Township, Bergen, New Jersey, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1894, in Alpine, Bergen, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 63.

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John W Conklin
Catherine Ann Van Valen
Marriage: 1857
Charles Conklin
David Conklin
Kathryn Conklin
John Conklin
Asa Conklin
Sarah Conklin
Lillian Conklin

Spouse and Children

Bergen, New Jersey, United States


    Charles Conklin


    David Conklin


    Kathryn Conklin


    John Conklin



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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 2

The Camden & Amboy railroad was completed in 1833. It made transportation between New York City and Philadelphia possible within a 7-hour time-frame. This advancement led to dozens of other companies opening railroad lines during the 1800's.

Age 30

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Most likely of Dutch origin (the name is found in the 18th century in the Hudson Valley), or possibly a variant of Irish Coughlin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Conklin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John W Conklin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Conklin in household of Nathaniel Conklin, "New York, State Census, 1865"

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