Parentage of John Conklin of New York

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John Conklin is widely said to have been the son of Ananias Conklin (Conklin-72) and to have been born in Nottinghamshire, England with no evidence to support the statement and quite a lot of indications that suggest that he was more likely a Dutch settler than an English one.

I only got involved with the family because there were various errors thrown up around it on my county list, but I'm very bad when it comes to rabbit holes.

I've written an up to date view of these two Conklin families and the possible origins of the English side. It's at Space:Conklin_Families_of_America . If anyone can add further to this, please do so.

As far as this John Conklin is concerned the most significant thing is the y-DNA study, the results of which are publicly available at family tree DNA. Numerous descendants of this John Conklin have tested and show good matches to each other. 

None of these descendants match with the descendants of Ananias Conklin who have tested, nor with the descendants of Ananias' possible brother, John (Conklin-705), who do match one to the other.

The degree of the mismatch is so large and so uniform that the inescapable conclusion is that this John Conklin was not only not the son of Ananias Conklin, he was not even remotely related to him.

In my opinion he needs to be disconnected from this incorrect heritage. The ability to do that lies with the New Netherland Settlers Project.

WikiTree profile: John Conklin
in The Tree House by Derrick Watson G2G6 Mach 3 (34.6k points)
I concur with your conclusions about John of Rye.

Less sure about the parentage of the other John and Ananias.

jillaine for PGM

I have disconnected the parents from John Conklin of Rye. cool

For future reference on other PPP profiles, note that the profile manager is supposed to be able to edit the parents, spouses, and children of a PPP profile. This capability is not reserved to the Project leadership.

Thanks for making the disconnect Ellen, I've modified the text in his bio to match.
I agree, nice work. I am descended of about a half-dozen Conklins in Suffolk and Nassau County, New York. [[Conklin-2295]] The records are also very conflicted in those counties prior to 1800 - probably because of the multiple similar names and dates, from different branches. Thanks, I need to get busy on that line now!

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Hi my name is Deborah Conklin and I am the granddaughter of John Conklin from Midvale,N.J.My father was Robert Conklin and his mother was Blanche DeGraw born 05/13/1905 in Orange County Sterling NY.I have the birth record from New York State and I do believe her mother was Lilly Van Tassel and her father was William De Graw. We also are related to Charles, Ira, Mary,and Olivia Conklin. Please email me if you have any information on this John Conklin. Thank You Deborah Conklin Clark

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