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John Conkin (abt. 1776 - 1862)

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John Conkin
Born about in Southwest Territory, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 5 May 1811 in Sullivan, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sullivan, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 15 Jan 2020 | Created 13 Jan 2020
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John Conkin was born in 1776. On May 5, 1811, in Sullivan county, Tennessee, John married as his second wife Hannah Mae "Mary" Jackson, born 1794 (per 1850 census).

John enlisted as a Private, on November 13, 1814, in Captain Waddle's company of the Tennessee Militia, in support of the Americans, in the War of 1812. He was discharged on May 18, 1815, and received for his service, a Bounty Land Grant #11058, for 80 acres, in 1855.

John is found at the age of 74 years, on the United States Census of 1850, living in Sullivan county, Tennessee, with his 56 year old wife Mary "Polly" Jackson and their son Jonathan. [1]

Living near his household is John's 40 year old son, from his first marriage, John Conkin and his wife Sarah Watts and family; and his 33 year old son, from his second marriage, Hagen Conkin and his wife Barbary Molten and their family. [2]

John died July 29, 1862, in Sullivan county, Tennessee. His widow made her declaration of a Widow for pension, in March, 1866 and brought with her, as witnesses, her daughter-in-law, "Barbary Conkin" and Rebecca/Rachel Bragg. Under the Act of February 14, 1871, in Washington county, Tennessee, her claim, based on her husband's military service, during the War of 1812, was rejected February 2, 1872. [3]


  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Jonathan Conkin in household of Jno Conkin, Sullivan county, part of, Sullivan, Tennessee, United States; citing family 1111, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)

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