My Conklin Roots Pages -- Ananias Conklin
Our Oldest Immigrant Ancestor to American Soil Born about 1600
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Ananias Conklin, Jr., born Abt. 1600 in Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England; died October 01, 1657 in East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, USA. He married Mary Launder February 26, 1628/29 in St. Peter's Parish Church, Nottingham, England. Mary Launder, born 1614 in St. Peter's Parish, Nottingham, England; died in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Additional information about Ananias Conklin:
the book "The Conklings in America" (1913 - Ira Conklin) is online here.
This is an article titled Conklin Genealogy by Lawrence H. Conklin.
Honor Conklin's Page on Ananias on
(Essex Institute historical collections, Volume 31)
The New York genealogical and biographical record
A similar article to the one below is here

The Conklin Family (from

"Ananias Conklin, the immigrant ancestor, was born about 1600 in England. He was most probably the son of Ananias Conkling of Nottinghamshire. 'Ananias' is a name from the New Testament -- it was the name of the man that God sent to heal the sight of Paul of Tarsus -- and many of his descendants bore it. The Conklings were likely descendants of a family of Continental glass makers who had settled in England. He marred MARY LAUNDER as St. Peter's Parish Church in Nottingham, England, on 23 February 1630/1. On the marriage license he is described as 'of King's Swinford, County Stafford, glasse maker,' and Mary is listed as 'of the parish of St. Peter's, Nottingham, spinster.' Although the exact identity of her parents is presently unknown, the Launders were a leading burgher family in Nottingham. The couple had several children.

"He [Ananias] came to America with his brother John -- also a glass maker -- in the early 1630's, probably after the birth of his son Jeremiah, where they settled in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

"Ananias received a homelot from the town on June 25, 1638. He also received 10 acres of land 'wch was Kittans lot, he having exchanged it for another on Cap. Ann side' on the '27th day of the 11th month' of that year [January 1638/9]. The ten acre grant was for the purposes of constructing and running a glass factory with his brother. In addition to the land on which the glass works stood, Ananias acquired several parcels of land in the town: June 25, 1638, an acre for a house lot; August 19, 1639, an acre 'nere unto his dwelling house;' October 11, 1639, an additional acre; May 30, 1649, an additional four acres of meadow. He was admitted a member of the First Church of Salem on December 29, 1639, and was made a freeman of the Colony (and thereby of the town) on May 18, 1642.

"John and Ananias were the first to manufacture window glass and bottles in New England. Apparently, however, the glass works were not a moneyed success. This is not surprising, since there was very little call for glass products in the under-populated colonies. Houses at this time had very few windows, and those were usually covered with a heavy oiled paper instead of the more expensive glass. Similarly, there was not much demand for glass bottles which were considered luxury items. Finally, there was no export market, since it was cheaper to make better glass in Europe for consumption there.

"Colony records illustrate their predicament. The following entry appears in the journal of the General Court in Boston on December 1, 1641:
   'It was voted that if the towne of Salem lend the glass men 30L, they should be alowed it againe out of their next rate, & the glass men to repay it againe if the worke succeed, when they were able.'

"The situation had apparently not improved by February 27, 1642/3, when the town voted 'its promise...that the 8 pounds that hath been lent by the Court by the request of the towne to Ananias Concklyne and other poore people shall be repayd the Court at the next Indian Corne harvest.'

"Things were no better on October 1, 1645, when the following appeared in the journal:

  'Upon ye petition of John Conklin and Ananias Conkling (who have been implied about ye glass worke, wch ye undrtakrs have for ye three years neglected) yt they might be freed from their engagement to ye former undrtakrs & left free to joyne with such as will carry on ye works effectually, except ye former undrtakrs will forthwith do ye same, the Cort conceive it very expedient (in regard to ye public interest) to grant this petition, provided yt if any of ye prties interested shall (upon timely notice) shew cause at ye next Qurtr Cort, at Boston, where upon ye magistrates shall judge it equall yt ye cawse should have a furthr hearing yn ye full answere and determination of ye petition shalbe deferd to ye next Generall Corte, othrwise ye petitioners shalbe at liberty, according to their desire.'

"Ananias may have married a second time, probably around 1645, for the records of the First Church of Salem mention a Susan Conkling being admitted to membership on 'the seventh day of the twelfth month' (O.S.) of 1650.

"One of the last mentions of Ananias in the Salem records is the grant of four acres of meadow made to him on March 30, 1649. The last appears to be the 1650/1 church record noted above for his possible 2nd wife. Shortly thereafter, he removed to Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, first to Southold where his brother John had moved earlier. He held a home lot there in December 1652, but by July 5, 1653, he had acquired lots in East Hampton. On that date he received two grants between the lands of William Hedges and Thomas Osborne, at Norwest, a tract of land through which the Sag Harbor Turnpike runs. On April 3, 1655, he acquired an acre in the Eastern Plain 'in consideration of part of his addition yt he wants in his home lott.' A month later on May 24, he received an acre on the Great Plain between the lands of Richard and John Stratton. In July he was granted 'meadow at the North side of Hook Road.' And finally, on April 1, 1656, he received six acres in the Eastern Plain next to Benjamin Price.

"He may have had a third wife in East Hampton: Dorothy Rose, widow of Robert Rose. Dorothy may have been the mother of Ananias' youngest child, Hester.

"Ananias held several offices in East Hampton. He was elected fence viewer in 1653, 1656, and on April 7, 1657. He was an Assistant in 1654, and along with Lion Gardiner was appointed Surveyor of Chimneys on February 4, 1656; chimneys above the jambs were built of wooden slats and daubed with mortar as protection against fire, and care and frequent inspection was necessary.

"He died in East Hampton between April 7, 1657 when he was elected fence viewer, and October 5 1657, when his estate was inventoried. The following is a true inventory of his goods and estate on that date:

"One dwelling house and one and twenty acres of land; two cows, three working oxen; two yearlings and one calf; four goats and swine; about three acres of wheat, and about two acres of Indian corn, and one acre of peas at home lot; two beds and two bolsters and one rug; two iron pots and one pair of pot hooks; one brass kettle, and brass candlesticks; two pewter dishes, one pewter pot and one pewter salt-cellar, and one dripping pan; three wooden bowls and two barrels; one pounding tub, one churn, one linen wheel, one chest and one kneading trough; one pair of cobirons, one split, one pair of tongs, one pair of hatchets and one iron chain and hooks for a yoke; one scythe, two guns, one felling axe, one pair of fork tines and pair of well cords; one cart and wheels, and one stone hammer; six loads and a half of hay. The whole amount appraised by Mr. Robert Bond and William Mulford.

"As Ananias Conkling had the reputation of being a land getter, and it is known that some eleven allotments were made to him, it occurs to ask why the inventory of his estate does not show more land. The only answer to be given is that he probably had conveyed it to his children previous to his death, as his brother, John, afterwards did.

"His son Jeremiah was appointed administrator of his estate on November 27, 1657. That same day, he entered into the following agreement:

  'Agreement made the 27th day of November, 1657, between Thomas Baker, Mr. John Mulford, and John Hand, with the consent of the church, the one party, and Jeremyar Conklin, the administrator of Ananias Concklin, deceased, the other party, in the behalf of Esther Concklin, the daughter of the said Ananias, deceased, as followeth: That is to say that he the said Jeremyar Concklin should have L10 out of her portion [of the estate], being L30, she being young, for bringing up the said Hester one year and an half, and the rest of her portion to be four cows, and being put out to the halves, he to have the increase in case they did stand, and if they did not, then to allow that which is reasonable out of the principle for her bringing up till she were eighteen years old.' "

"Another version of this agreement reads: 'That is to say that the said Jeremiah Conkling shall have L30 for the faithful performance of his duties. Jeremiah has already received two oxen valued at L18, and Miller promised to pay Cornelius Conkling on February 1, 1659, 5 pounds, 18 shillings, and sixpence, and a like amount to Benjamin Conkling on February 1, 1660, both of them being the sons of Ananias, deceased. In addition to these legacies, he is to pay John Rose 5 shillings forthwith, to Thomas Rose 10 and 1 shillings, to my wife, being the daughter of Ananias, deceased, 5 shillings, and to Samuel, Mary and Jonathan Rose each 21 shillings."

"Hester/Esther Conkling received four cows valued of L20, and L10 worth of household articles, to wit: One bed and bolster, two iron pots, one pair of pot hooks, one brass kettle, one brass candlestick, two pewter platters, one pewter pot, one pewter salt-cellar, three wooden bowls, one churn, one pair of cobirons, one spit, one scythe, and one gun barrel."



Essex Institute historical collections, Volume 31
(Pages 43-53)


The early records of Salem, Mass., published among the collections of the Essex Institute, mention among its early settlers the names of Ananias and John Conkling, who seem to have arrived about the year 1638. They were recorded as " Glassemen " and evidently were the promoters of an industry for manufacturing window glass.

Besides granting Ananias one acre for a " House lot" " on the 25th day of the 4th Moneth, 1638," the Town also granted him at the same time a ten acre plot, on which was probably built the " Glasse-house " spoken of on the " 27th day of the 11th month," of that year. This is the origin of the historic " Glasse-house Field," from which have been taken at various times the many pieces of slag and window glass now preserved and accepted as corroborative proof that not only were the glass works a reality, but that they continued in actual operation for a number of years.

The name of Johnt Conkling does not appear until "The 14th day of the 7th Moneth, 1640," when he was "received an Inhabitant of Salem," and at the same time voted "five acres of ground neere the Glasse-house ;" also " halfe an acre of land for the said John Concline, neere the Glassehouse." There is no evidence of his relationship with Ananias, but the inference generally is drawn that they were brothers. John, at least, came from Nottinghamshire, England. The St. Peter's Parish Church in the County of Nottingham records his marriage with Elizabeth Allsiebrook, Jan. 24, 1625. That they were there in 1630 is evidenced by an inscription on the tombstone of their son John that may be seen in the Presbyterian Church yard at Southold, as follows :

" Here lyeth the body of Captain John Conkelyne,

born in Nottinghamshire in Englaude,

who departed this life the sixth day of April

att South Hold, Long Island, in the sixty fourth

year of his age. Anno Domini, 1694."

There is no question that Ananias and John were associated together as " Glassemen." There were also interested with them Lawrence Southwick and Obadiah Holmes,— possibly others,—but that the Conklings were the principals is evident by their application to the General Court in 1645, to be "Freed from their engagment" with their former associates " and left free to joyne with such as will carry on ye worke effectually." It is generally believed that the business was unsuccessful, nevertheless their enterprising spirit was commendable. A possible loss linancially was doubtless a gain historically, they being credited with having established the first glass works in New England, if not in all America.

A controversy on the subject of "The First Glass Works " was taken up and very ably conducted in behalf of Salem by the Hon. James Kimball, in an article published in the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, issue of January, 1879, in which article Mr. Kimball quoted to a considerable extent from the Town Records.

The advent of Ananias and John in Southold, Long Island, was probably during the year 1650, ten years after the foundation of the town. They both appear to have been residents and owners of land there in 1651, as shown by the Southold Town Records, copied and published in 1882. They were at Salem as late as the 30th of March, 1649, or the town would probably not have granted them the four acres apiece that the records have charged to their credit on that day; and then the records of the First Church of Salem tell us that " Jacob and Elizabeth, children of Sister Conklyne" were baptized there, Jan. 18, 1649. Jacob and Elizabeth were, without doubt, the children of John and his wife, Elizabeth, the latter having joined the church a short time previous, and they were both mentioned in the will of John, which will be spoken of again. So we find John1 at Southold with children as follows: John,2 born in England in 1630; Timothy, Jacob, Elizabeth, and probably Thomas and others.

The First Church of Salem, in 1639, records Ananias Concklin as a member, and about the same time Susan Concklin's name was added to the roll. Thus it would appear that Susan was the wife of Ananias, which must be true, as the records of the same church show that Lewis, a son of Ananias, was baptized on the 30th of April, 1643, and it is natural to presume that Susan was mother of the child. Subsequent events show that Ananias left Salem with at least the following named children: Jeremiah, born 1635, Benjamin, Lewis and Hester. He is also charged by the Rev. Chas. Wells Hayes, in his Genealogy of the Wells Family, with a son Cornelius who died at Salem, in 1668. Mr. Hayes may be right, but can evidence be produced as to the paternity ? The Records of Salem state the fact that Cornelius Concklin died there on the 21st of March, 1668, and that on the 30th of the 10th month, 1669, widow Mary Concklin married Robert Starr, who had previously deeded property to "Mary Concklin, my espoused wife." Starr was killed by the Indians in 1679, leaving his widow with four small children, all his own. It would seem that Cornelius died without issue and in all probability was a son of either Ananias or John.

Ananias and his family did not tarry long at Southold. A new settlement had been started at East Hampton, Long Island, but a few miles away, and he evidently saw better opportunities awaiting him there. The early records of Southold, which were only partially preserved, do not mention his name, except as his home lot and several other parcels of land are made boundary lines in the description of other properties. The dates agree that he and John came there about the same time.

The Town Records of East Hampton, which are also published in book form, first record Ananias on the 5th of July, 1653, when he is given two grants of land l>etween similar grants that are made to Thomas Osborn and Win, Hedges. Another grant is made to him in May, 1655, and in July of that year "It is agreed that Mr. Lion Gardiner, Thomas Chatfield, Ananias Concline and Win. Hedges shall have the medow att the north side of Hook Pond," etc.

The last grant to him was April 1, 1656, soon after which, his death occurred, as is shown by the following "Agreement made the 27th day of November, 1657, between Thomas Baker, Mr. John Mulford and John Hand, with the consent of the church, the one party, and Jeremyar Conklin, the administrator of Ananias Concklin, deceased, the other party, in the behalf of Hester Concklin, the daughter of the said Ananias, deceased, as followeth : That is to say that he the said Jeremyar Concklin should have £10 out of her portion, being £30, she being young, for bringing up the said Hester one year and an half, and the rest of her portion to be four cows, and being put out to the halves, he to have the increase in case they did stand, and if they did not, then to allow that which is reasonable out of the principle for her bringing up till she were eight [een] years old."

If Ananias was not a widower at his death, his wife must have soon followed him. Jeremiah was the eldest son (except possibly Cornelius who remained at Salem), thus becoming the administrator of his father's estate. During the following year, ltfo8, Jeremiah married Mary, a daughter of Lion Gardiner, one of the first settlers of Connecticut, and afterward "Lord of Gardiner's Island." He (Jeremiah) became a large land owner and a prominent man in the affairs of his town and county. His children were: Jeremiah, Ananias, Cornelius, David, Mary, and probably Lewis2. The latter, who may have been the son of Benjamin, was ancestor of the Hon. Roscoe Colliding.

Benjamin was evidently a very ambitious man. Besides possessing considerable land in the town of East Hampton, he made large purchases in the town of Southold. He married Hannah, daughter of John Mulford, one of the founders of East Hampton, and had sons, Ananias, John, Eliakim, probably Benjamin and possibly Lewis2. Lewis,1 the third son of Ananias, died at Amagansette, Long Island, Oct. 2, 1716, aged 74 years. Nothing authentic is known of his family.

From East Hampton vast numbers of Conklings trace their ancestry; among them the New Jersey families of that name, and many throughout the United States.

John1 Conkling prospered at Southold. He was one of the foremost and reliable men of the town. His dealings, as shown by the town records, were always within the strict lines of rectitude, and acquired for him, after ashort period, a larger ownership of the town's stock than was held by any other individual. Thus of the 44 shares that were represented in a distribution of land (previous to 1660) according to their custom, editor J. W. Case of the published town records says " John Conklin was the largest holder of shares in this second dividend, owning 8 shares."

In 1660, perhaps a little earlier, John1 became interested in the settlement at Huntington, Long Island. His son Timothy accompanied him and became a permanent settler there. Possibly another son was there, named Thomas, but he either died early, or started for newer fields, and may be the ancestor of many inquiring families. He evidently owned stock in the town, for on the 24th of December, 1667 at a town meeting "It was agreed that Samuel Titus, Thomas Conklyne and Richard Floyd shall take in six acres of land apeece on the west side of the West Neck, to make up that they take in the North Side of Timothy Conklynes lot, to make up their second division of land." No other mention is made of Thomas. He was hardly young enough to have been a grandson of either Ananias or John,1 at least cannot be accounted for such, therefore the natural conjecture is, that John1 was as his father, and that he either died or moved so far away as not to have been remembered in his father's will.

John1 did not settle permanently at Huntington until a little while before his death. He evidently was a widower for a considerable period during his old age, and having divided the bulk of his property among his children, he seems to have lived among them, going back and forth between Southold and Huntington. He was one of a committee of four from Huntington in Oct., 1673, to deal with the new Dutch Governor of New York after the surrender of the English in that year; and three years later was chosen on a committee as " Goodman Conklin " to secure a minister for Huntington. During the year previous to his death, Johnt deeded his Salem, Mass., property to his son John2 as follows :

" Southold, July 6, 1683. To all Christian people, Greeting, Know Yee that I, John Conkelin Sen'r for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto moving, have given granted hargained alineated and assigned unto John Concklin Jun'r my eldest son and his heirs forever. All those lands meadows, and grants of Lands and meadows and all other privileges and appurtenences given and granted to me when I was an Inhabitant of Salem in New England, and now by me alienated and otherwise disposed of unto my sd son John Conckline, to have and to hold to him and his heyrs and assigns in as good and ample right and property as they are or ever were mine without any the let or molestation of me the sd John Conckline Sen'r my heyrs and assigns.

In Witness whereoff I have hereunto set my hand the date above written and sealed with my seale.

John Conkelin.

Witnessed by us present at

signing, sealing and delivering, Benjamin Youngs Jacob Conckline." John's' death occurred at Huntington, February 23, 1684. His will was probated at a Court of Sessions held at Southampton, Long Island, during the following month, and reads as follows :

"The last Will and testament of John Conklin late of Huntington, deceased Feb'y ye 23d, 1683—4.

I John Conklin being in my right understanding and perfect memory do bequeath my soul to God, and my body to ye eailh, and my goods as followeth : Viz.—to


my son John I doo give ten shillings, and to my son Timothy I doo give fifteen pounds, out of that which I was to receive for my land which my son John sold for me at Oyster Ponds. Also I doo further by these presence convey all my meadow lying in ye Oyster Ponds Neck unto my son Jacob Conklin, to him and his heirs forever, he paying to Mr. Silvester four pounds and ten shillings. Also I doo give to Walter Noakes three pounds and all my wearing cloaths except my best coat. Also I doo give unto my grandchild, Rcbekah Hubert, one horse or mare. Also I doo give unto Mr. Eliphilet Jones twenty shillings, and I doo make my daughter Elizabeth Wood my whole and sole Executor.

John Conkxin."

It may be interesting to reproduce at this point an article written by Mr. J. W. Case, who personally copied the records of the town of Southold and edited their publication, in Vol. I of which, the article appeared as follows :

"The Ancestry of John' Conklin, or Conckelyne as formerly written, who came from Salem, Mass., to Southold, about the year 1650, has not been clearly ascertained. After his advent on Long Island he identified himself so boldly and so openly with every new enterprise, and to accomplish a purpose labored with such zeal and energy that he soon made himself the cynosure of the village, and his history is familiar to all.

" Wecannot accord to him the honor, often ascribed to him, of having been an associate of Parson Youngs in the settlement of Southold. But we willingly concede that when he did come, a strong pillar was added to the church, and that he gave Parson Youngs his cordial and hearty support. He had four acres of land set off to him at Salem, and was quite certainly domiciled there—as was his brother Ananias —till 1649. He came to Southold probably in 1650, as in 1651 we find him owning, and no doubt living upon, the lot next west of William Wells, and next east of Captain John Underhill, in the center of the village of Southold, opposite the homestead of Parson John Youngs. He made only a short stay in Southold, giving his house and lot to his son John,* and accepting probably the invitation of William Salmon, the proprietor of Hashamomack (according to tradition, a neighbor, when as boys together they lived side by side, at their old home in Nottinghamshire, England), to come into the solitudes of Hnshamomack, and take, as a gift, a farm of an extent to gratify his ambition, and give full employment to himself and his stirring sons. Some traces of the spot where his house stood yet remain—a pile of bricks and stones, and the indentation of the old cellar, indicate where his thatch-roofed cottage met the eye. The location of his home is further confirmed by the clearly defined position of John Corey's house (which was very near to John Conklin's) in the deed from Salmon to Benedict and others in October. 1649. Conklin's residence, like that of his neighbors, was pleasantly situated on the eastern border of the broad sheet of water then called ' Tom's Creek,' now known as 'Mill Creek,' about twenty rods southwesterly from the late residence of Albert Albertson, deceased. And their dividends and allottments of land for pasturage and cultivation consisted chiefly of that fertile section which lies between the Sound and Tom's Creek. Conklin's restless, active spirit soon tired of the quiet and monotony of this plantation, and he left it, and with his son Timothy removed to Huntington, where he spent the remainder of his days. He is supposed to have been born about 1600 and to have died about 1683. Mr. Piatt, in his centennial address at Huntington on the 4th of July, 1870. says, John' Conklin and his son Timothy came there as early as 1660; he is perhaps correct, although it seems singular that the Town, at a Town Meeting held 19 Nov., 1661, should have granted John Conckelyne, Sen'r, all such privileges as Oysterponds did afford to a second lott.

" We have no record or other document by which to fix the date accurately

" In an article by Mr. C. R. Street ou the Conklin family, published in the Bulletin, 9 Jan., 1874, he names five sons of John': John,* Jacob, Benjamin, Joseph and Timothy; in this he followed Mr. C. B. Moore in his Index. They probably possessed information in relation to the history of Joseph and Benjamin which I have not. After consulting all the sources of information within my reach, I find no satisfactory evidence that Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of John.' Might they not have been his grandsons? John* and Jacob lived and died in Hashamomack.

" From the two sons of John*—John1 and Joseph—and the five sons of Jacob—Jacob, Joseph, Samuel, Gideon and John—have sprung the numerous families of the mime still residing at Hashamomack and scattered all over the Town of Southold. And the descendants of John' have not only largely contributed to the population of the Town of Huntington, but are to be found in all parts of Long Island and in almost every section of the Union."

William Salmon, who id referred to in the foregoing article, came into possession of the Ilashamomack property, situated but a short distance east of Southold, through the death of his wife Katharine, who was the widow of Matthew Sinderland, an agent for James Farratof Boston, who was a Deputy for the Earl of Sterling (the possessor, by English title, of Long Island). Salmon afterward, in 1649, married Sarah Horton, and died in 1656, leaving his widow with six children, two of them by his former wife.

John Conkling, Jun'r and the widow Salmon were made administrators of the estate. .John,'2 being a single man, thought the better way to settle the estate was to marry the widow, and finding no objection on her part, he did so on the 2d of December, 1657. lie was afterward made guardian of the children and satisfactorily settled with them for their share of the estate. He was possibly more active than his father in public affairs, and many records of property transfers bear his name as a party at interest. He represented his town in various ways, and in 1690 was delegated by the County as its representative in Governor Leisler's Councils in New York City. There is no record of his leaving other children than John3 and Joseph, as credited by Mr. Case. His death occurred, as indicated by the inscription on his tombstone, as previously given.

Timothy became the ancestor of a horde of Conklings, who can trace their pedigree back to Huntington. Several of the family have been more or less prominent in state and county affairs. His sons were Timothy, the eldest, born in 1670, John, Thomas, Jacob and Cornelius.

Vast multitudes of the name trace their ancestry to Nicholas Concklin of Eastchester, Westchester County, N. Y., where he lived as early as 1691, at which time he was about thirty years of age. In the absence of proof it is fair to allow the claims of family tradition that he was born on Long Island, more than likely at Southold, and possibly a son of Captain John Conkelyne. Nicholas afterward moved to Rockland County, N. Y., where he owned a large tract of land. He had sons—Elias, Edmon, John, William, and Joshua.

John, the son of Nicholas, was the grandfather of Judge John Conkling of Sullivan County, N. Y., who was the first of his name to be sent to the legislature at Albany, in 1807, and several terms thereafter. Judge Conkling afterwards settled in Broome County, N. Y., where the town in which he lived was named in his honor.

No one of the family of Conklings, however, has attained that degree of eminence reached by the late Roscoe Conkling. His history as lawyer, politician, senator and statesman is known to all acquainted with the political and civil history of the nation. His father, Judge Alfred Conkling, who was born on Long Island near East Hampton, was in his time a noted jurist, well known throughout the state, and a prominent figure in Congress at Washington.

In the Revolutionary War but few families were better represented, for the cause of liberty. There were more than one hundred enlistments of the name from New York State alone, and many from New Jersey and New England. The records show that they were not all privates, but otherwise were well distributed in the various ranks up to and including that of Colonel. Thus the Conklings have a modest claim to the distinction of being classed with true and loyal Americans.

Additional Notes:

Ananias Conklin - Granted land in Salem, MA.

Died between 7 Apr and 05 Oct 1657 in East Hampton, Suffolk Co., New York, burial unknown.

Notes: Per Janet Campbell: Ananias and his brother John* came from England to Salem. They were Pilgrims and were given land to build a factory to make glass windows; they were glaziers. They left Salem, maybe your research told you why, and came to Southold, the north fork of LI then to Amagansett on the south fork. At one time there were so many Conklin's in Amagansett that it was refereed to as Conklinville. [*Per George Perry Conklin: John and Ananias are not proven to be brothers but the DNA study proves they are related. I have no idea why Ananias left Salem. There was talk on Rootsweb-conklin-L about him being a "freeman" or becoming a "freeman".]


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Notes for John Conklin/Concklyne:
John and his brother Ananias were glass-makers. They were early settlers of Salem, Mass. They seemed to arrive about the year 1638. They were granted land for a glass-house. Their business was eventually unsuccessful. In 1645, they asked the court to be free of from their agreement with their former associates. They are credited with having the first glass works in New England, if not in all America. John probably left Salem, Mass. late in April 1650, with his brother Ananias, Thomas Scudder and others, and was in Southold, N.Y. by May.


More: Notes for Ananias Conklin:
Ananias Conklin (born Abt. 1600 in Nottingham, England; died 1657 in East Hampton, NY.) and his brother John Conklin came to America in the 1630's and settled in Salem, MA. They were glass-makers by trade and made the first glass and bottles in New England. Ananias was granted, in 1638 a ten acre-plot for a glass factory. He was made a freeman in Salem on 18 May 1642. They left New England for Long Island probably in 1646, John settled in Southold, L.I. and Ananias in East Hampton, L.I.


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Ananias Conklin - Mary Launder, Spouse


Ananias Conklin - A Glass maker
Moved to America between July 3, 1637 and April 25, 1638.

Mary Launder (Or Lavender? 1st wife), 23 Feb 1630, St Peters, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. Born Mar 1613, died Before 1639, Probably Salem, Peabody, Essex, Ma


All Children:

1. Mary Conklin, born About 1631, Kingswinford, Dudley, Staffordshire, Eng, died Aft 1653, Ma

2. Jeremiah "Jeromy" Conklin, born About 1633, Probably In Kingswinford, Dudley, Staffordshire, Eng Or In Nottinghamshire, died 14 Mar 1712, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

3. Cornelius Conklin, born About 1636, Staffordshire, Nottingham, Eng , died 21 Mar 1668, Salem, Essex Co., Mass.

4. Benjamin Conklin, born About 1637, Salem, Peabody, Essex, Ma , died 3 Feb 1709, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

Ananias and Mary's Child in our line:

Benjamin Conklin - Hannah Mulford, Spouse


Married About 1668 NY, NY Hannah Mulford, born 1645, died 4 Feb 1712


All Children:

1. Mary Conklin, born About 1670, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 8 Sep 1742, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

2. Jane Conklin, born About 1671, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1712, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

3. Ananias Conklin, born About 1672, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 1 Mar 1740, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

4. John Conklin, born 14 Mar 1672, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 29 Apr 1746, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

5. Benjamin Conklin, born About 1678, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 20 Apr 1752, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

6. Mercy Conklin, born About 1681, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1705, Wainscott, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

7. Eliakim Conklin, born About 1683, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1749, Wainscott, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

8. Hannah Conklin, born About 1692, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1732, Wainscott, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

Ben/Hannah's Child in our Line:

Ananias Conklin - Hannah Ludlam, spouse


Ananias Conklin, born About 1672, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY, died 1 Mar 1739/40, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY


Married: About 1701 East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Hannah Ludlam, born About 1676, Southampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 10 Jun 1752, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY See Also


All Children:

1. Bethiah Conklin, born About 1701, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 11 Feb 1777, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

2. Henry Conklin, born About 1701, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 23 Sep 1750, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

3. Nathan Conklin, born About 1705, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 29 Dec 1788, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

4. Ananias Conklin, born About 1708, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1740, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

5. Samuel Conklin, born About 1710, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 30 Apr 1726, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

6. Lemuel Conklin, born About 1713, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1740, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

7. Benjamin Conklin, born About 1715, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

8. Hannah Conklin, born 25 Oct 1715, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 27 Aug 1749, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

9. Daniel Conklin, born About 1717, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 26 Oct 1800, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

10. Josiah Conklin, born About 1721, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Aft 1740, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY


Notes for Ananias CONKLIN:
FROM "New York City Wills, 1730-1744", page 434:
"In the name of God, Amen. I, ANANIAS CONKLING, of East Hampton, in Suffolk County, being in health. I leave to my wife Hannah 1 feather bed, a negro man, and 1/3 of household goods, and the use of that part of the house I now dwell in, and 1/3 of all lands and meadows, during her life. I leave to my son, Henry Conkling, all my houses and lands after my wife's decease, and all my right on Montauk and my Commonage; And he shall grind all the grain and bind all the firewood that my wife stands in need of. I leave to my daughter, Bethia Hicks, my great brass kettle and iron pot. To my daughter, Hannah Barnes, my warming pan. To my sons Ananias and Lemuel, 6 shillings each. To my son Nathan, €18. To my son Benjamin, €18. To my son Daniel, €18. To my son Josiah, €18. I make my son Nathan, executor.

Ananias/Hannah's Child in our line:

Henry Conklin - Mary Jones, spouse


Henry Conklin, born About 1701, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 23 Sep 1750, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY See Also

Married: 5 MAY 1724, Place: East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY: Mary Jones, born About 1704, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died UNKNOWN 


All Children:

1. Henry Conklin, born 20 Nov 1725, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died Sep 1770, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

2. Jedediah Conklin, born 12 Aug 1727, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 8 Apr 1819, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

3. Jane Conklin, born 18 Oct 1730, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

4. Edward Conklin, born 24 Jul 1732, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 7 Jun 1805, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

5. Mary Conklin, born 8 Nov 1734, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 18 Jan 1814, Preston, New London, Conn

6. Daniel Conklin, born 11 Mar 1737, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 25 Sep 1816, Rensselaerville, Saratoga, Co., NY

7. Lucretia Conklin, born About 1739, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died 10 Nov 1815, Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY

8. Elizabeth Conklin, born 21 May 1742, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died About 1818, Amagansett, Suffolk Co., LI, NY

9. Hannah Conklin, born 5 Nov 1744, East Hampton, Suffolk Co., LI, NY , died UNKNOWN

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Ceangleann - Gaelic
Caenglenn - Gaelic
Conghaillan - Gaelic
Conchlynne - Celtic/Belfast
Konkelan - Dutch
Also: Conckelyne, Conkelyne, Conckelen, Concelyne, Conckline, Conckloyne, Kancklyne, Cakylinen, Concklin, Conklyn, Conclin, Concline, Konklyn, Conculyn, Conkelin, Concklaine, Conckelaine, Conkline, Conklen, Conculin, Conclen, Conclan, Conklon, Coklan, Concklayne, Conkling (all descendants of Ananias added the "G" to Conklin after 1700).

Also see Conklin Mann, in "The Family of Conckelyne, Conklin, and Conkling in America," and "The Line of John Conckelyne of Southold and Huntington," published in The American Genealogist, Volume 21 (1944); pp 48-51; pp 210-215:

"...After considerable reading on the story of the Italian, Lorraine, and Norman glassmakers who came in a steady stream to England for several years following 1560, I venture a few opinions, which at best are mere guesses. My guess is that Conckelyne or Concklyne [or Concklayne and Conculyn] is an English corruption of a Continental name; that Ananias and John Conckelyne were of the second generation in England; that their forebears came from Italy, Lorraine, or Normandy, perhaps by way of Antwerp. The ending 'elyne' or 'lyne' does not establish the name as Norman, Flemish, or Scotch, as has been said. If, for instance, the great Venetian glassmaker Verzelini, could quickly become Verselyne in English parish records, there is no reason why a Florentine-Norman family such as Concini should not become Concelyne, Conckelyne, or Concklyne."


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A book with lot's of Conklin's

I am related to the Conkins of the Southern Adirondack area -- including Henry, who fought in the Civil War and wrote the book Through Poverty's Vale -- by a common ancestor, William Concklyne, born Abt. 1584 in Nottinghamshire , England; Ruth Hedges. Their children were John and Ananias

Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns.
Has an entire section called "The Conklins of Wilmurt [NY]"

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