Col. Henry Conklin settled in Fond du Lac County in 1841.
He was born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co. NY ca. 1794. He operated
steamboats on the Hudson River, before migrating west to Wisconsin.
He purchased a farm in Section 7 of the township of Empire, and at one
time owned most of the mills in and around Fond du Lac, including one at
Oakfield. His Mountain Mill was operated 1841-42 and was considered
one of the best in the state.
He is credited with bringing the first sheep into the county.
He married Mary Ann Hewitt, in NY, possibly served in the
War of 1812
Their children include:
Henry Hewitt Conklin, 1819-1884
Robert Conklin, 1825 - ?; married in May 1852 to Sarah Tallmadge
William Davies Conklin, b. 1831; died 23 Nov 1897; married Mary E.
Theodore Conklin, married 15 Sept 1864? to Alice Wood?; died 26 Nov.
James Conklin, died 31 Dec. 1892/3
Mary Conklin, born 27 June 1827; died 12 Aug 1903. married B. F. Moore
Fannie Conklin, born 8 May 1833, died 3/4 Dec 1905
Records indicate Col Conklin died on 10 Apr, 1867 at age 67, although
his tombstone says 4 Apr, 1862.
His wife Mary Ann died 25/26 Jan, 1878/79?
*** Incidents and Anecdotes
of Early Days and History of Business in the City and County of Fond du
Lac From Early Times to the Present, by A.T. Glaze, 1905
*** History of Fond du Lac
County. WI, published by Western Historical Company 1880
research of Tracy Reinhardt
*** The History of Fond du
Lac County, As Told by its Place-Names, by Ruth Shaw Worthing, 1976