Ancestors of Charles E. Conklin
was born on 14 Apr 1846 in Troy, Orleans County, Vermont.
After spending most of hischildhood and youth in the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada,
immigrated in 1863 to Michigan.
, daughter of
were married by John Emmons, minister, on 11 Oct 1868in Leighton, Allegan County, Michigan.
He was a stone mason. He died on 30 Mar 1908 in Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan, of ascites.
He was buried on 1 Apr 1908 in Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan.
11 Oct 1868Charles E. Conklin, 23, of Heath, miller, b Troy, VT, and Mina Lemoin, of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, b Ohio, were married atLeighton by John Emmons, minister. Witnesses were Gerit Smith and Mary E. Byles, both of Leighton.(Marriage record, Vol. 4, p 19, Allegan County Clerk)1870 Census, Heath Twp, P. O. Hamilton, Allegan, MI, p 9/186, dwelling 70, family 66Charles Conklin, 24, stone mason, real estate $300, personal estate $300, b VT, with Lemina, 24, keeping house, b OH.1877, 1878 Charles Conklin was a constable of Heath Township.(
History of Allegan and Barry Counties
, 1880, p 243)1880 Census, Health Twp, Allegan, MI, p 175, dwelling 2, family 2Chas. Conklin, 34, stone mason, he and his parents b VT, with wife Mina, housekeeping, b OH, her father b MA, her mother b VT,with son Reuben, 2, b MI, his father b VT, his mother b OH.1882-1887, 1890, 1895-1909The name Charles E. Conklin appears in the Boston City Directories, showing that from 1882-1884 he boarded at 2 BowditchCourt, from 1885-1896 he boarded or roomed at 59 Pynchon, from 1897-1901 he roomed at 1241 Columbus Avenue, and in 1902-1909 a Charles Conklin had a house at Squantum.When I first found these listings I thought they were for the Charles E. Conklin described in this record (my great grandfather), butI later found that his brother Edward D. Conklin had a son whom he named Charles E. (perhaps after his brother). Descendants of Edward's son Charles report that he lived in Squantum at one time.The occupation of the Charles E. Conklin who lived in the Boston area was shown as car driver or hack driver until 1890. Startingin 1895 he was shown as having a stable, first at 59 Pynchon, and later at 1233 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury. The Pynchon Streetaddress was the location of the stable of Edward D. Conklin, who died in 1894.Probably all these mentions of Charles E. Conklin refer to Edward's son, but we have no proof that none refers to the Charles whowent to Michigan. It's not impossible that the Michigan Charles sometimes traveled to Boston to work with his brother, perhapsbecause of the shortage of employment opportunities in Allegan County.1900 Census, Otsego, Allegan, MI, dwelling 204, family 208Charles Conklin, husband, b Apr 1847, 53, married 32 years, b VT, his parents' birthplaces unknown, mason, unemployed 4months, in household of Mina Conklin, b Apr 1849, 51, married 32 years, has had 3 children, 2 now living, b OH, her father b MA,her mother b VT, with son Rubin, b May 1878, 22, single, b MI, his father b VT, his mother b OH, back tender, paper mill, nounemployment, daughter Bell, b Aug 1880, 19, single, b MI, her father b VT, her mother b OH, dressmaker, no unemployment, withboarder Harry Lince, b Aug 1877, 22, single, b MI, parents' birthplaces unknown, laborer, chair factory, no unemployment. All in thehousehold can read and write.
Both his parents' names from O.J. Lemoin's family record, called the Red Book; His mother's name from his death record.
Date and place from his obituary in
, 2 Apr 1908, p 1, or 15 Apr 1846 according to his age at death; Year (as 1843)from the 1851 Census.
The date of his arrival in Michigan from his obituary.
Marriage record, Allegan County Clerk, Vol. 4, p 19.
Allegan County vital records, originals on microfilm, LDS Library; His obituary in the
Place from his gravestone, seen 1979; Date and place from his obituary.