From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 741-742


Calvin Conklin, section 10, Salem Township, is a son of David and grandson of Isaac Conklin, early settlers of Salem Township.  His uncle, James Conklin, was the first of the family to settle in Steuben County.  The family was originally from Dutchess County, N. Y., Isaac moving from that county to Cayuga County, and thence with his family to Richland County, Ohio, where he was one of the first settlers.  Isaac Conklin reared a family of seven children, the most of whom grew to man and womanhood in Ohio.  His wife died there and he subsequently made his home with his sons.  About 1842 he came to Steuben County with his youngest son, James, who settled on section 10, Salem Township, which is now a part of Calvin's farm.  In 1860 he moved to Kansas where he died a few years later.  David Conklin came to Steuben County in September, 1844, and settled on the northeast quarter of section 15, Salem Township, eighty acres of which is owned by his son Calvin, and eighty acres by his son Ensign, and John Cary.  David Conklin was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., in 1803.  He married Polly Van Vleet, who died in Ohio.  Their children were seven in number, five of whom are living-- Ensign, of Salem Township; Elizabeth, in Kansas; Calvin; William, of Wauseon, Fulton Co., Ohio; Cynthia, wife of Michael Clink, of Salem Township.  In 1874 Mr. Conklin went to Fulton County, Ohio, where he died in 1881.  Calvin Conklin was born in Crawford County, Ohio, in 1832, and was twelve years of age when he came with his father to Indiana.  He married Lydia Ann, daughter of Dr. Jacob Boss, of Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Ind.  They have one son-- Roscoe, born Sept. 9, 1864; married Eva Davis, a native of Mill Grove Township, born in 1866, daughter of James Davis.  Mr. Conklin owns 160 acres of land, eighty acres on section 10, and eighty on section 15.  He is one of the enterprising farmers of the township, and a representative and influential citizen.


Submitted by Kim Davoli