Genealogical history of Hudson and Bergen counties, New Jersey

The Conklin Family of Bergen County

The Conklin Family are scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties, most, if not all, of them being descended from John Conklyne, of Nottinghamshire, England, and his wife, Elizabeth Allseabrook (married in 1625), who came to America in 1638 and settled at Salem, Mass., where he and his brother, Ananias, established the first glass works in America. They moved to Southold, L. I., about 1650. From thence John removed to Huntington, L. I., where he died in 1683, aged about eighty-three years. His brother, Ananias, settled at Easthampton, L. I. His descendants spell the name Conkling, of whom the last Senator Roscoe Conkling was one. John’s descendants spell the name Conklin. His grandson, Nicholas became one of the purchasers of the “Kakiate” patent of many thousand acres in Rockland County, N. Y., and settled at Haverstraw in 1711. He left several children, among whom were John, Edmund, Elias, William and Joshua. Of these, John, born at Eastchester, N. Y., about 1700, married, January 1, 1720, Gertrude, daughter of John de Pew, and settled at Haverstraw. Edmund married Barbara, daughter of John Hogencamp. Joseph Conklin, Rebecca Hyer, his wife, and Samuel Conklin and Jannetie Hyer, his wife, settled at Haverstraw, N. Y., in 1709. Matthias Conklin, probably a brother of Nicholas, above mentioned, left his home at Phillips Manor in Westchester County, N. Y., early in 1719, and went to Hackensack, where on the 27th of September of that year he married Sophia Mabie, daughter of Casparus Mabie, the first immigrant of that name. Matthias bought from Henry Ludlow and settled on a large farm on the west side of the Hudson River in Bergen County, N. J., a little south of the present New York State line, bounded south by the Riker farm, north by the Gesner farm, east by the Hudson River, and west by the “Ludlow Ditch.” His sons were Jacob, Abraham, and Casparus, of where Jacob inherited the bulk of his father’s lands. He married Hester Lawrence and had issue Delifrens, Barent, Maria, John, Elizabeth, David, and Jacob. Abraham, his brother, married Margaretta, daughter of William Bell, and left a family of nine children, while Casparus, who married Mynote Martling, left six children.

The descendants of the above spread rapidly over Rockland County, N. Y., and Bergen County, N. J.

Source: Harvey, Cornelius Burnham, Editor; Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, New York: The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900.

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