Capt Jacob Conklin

Capt Jacob Conklin

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Death 8 Dec 1754 (aged 79)
Burial Wyandanch, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 20486725 · View Source
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Romance, adventure, and beauty have been contributed to central Long Island by the Half Way Hollow Hills, one of the most picturesque and attractive portions of Paumanok. A glance at the map of the old Town of Huntington will disclose the origin of the name. Just about half way between the Sound and the Atlantic Ocean is a pleasant wooded valley to which was given the name of Half Way Hollow. This delightful vale divided two groups of hills - Dix Hills on the north and Half Way Hollow Hills on the south. Many noted people have lived in the alluring southern uplands. The first of these was Jacob Conklin.
The distribution of the proceeds received from the sale of town lands is recorded in the Huntington records for 1713.
One of about 150 who had received allotments of land was Jacob Conklin, the son of Timothy Conklin and Martha Wickes of Huntington.Timothy, in turn, was the son of John Conckelyne, Sr.(who settled in Southold prior to removing to Huntington with son Timothy.)

The grand, hill-top residence built by Jacob in 1710 was the first home erected in the Wyandanch area and one of the oldest in the southern part of the town. This property is marked "Goshen Purchase 1706" on a map drawn by Silas Wood (1769-1847), the noted historian.
Jacob Conklin was born in Huntington about 1675. He died at his home in the Half Way Hollow Hills(now Wheatley Heights) in 1754. His wife was Hanna Platt of Huntington. One of their sons, Platt, married Phoebe Smith, and produced a son, Nathaniel Conklin (1768-1844). Nathaniel was a contemporary of Silas Wood, the historian, who no doubt knew him and visited at the Hills estate. "These early Conklins were unusually prosperous, owning lands both north and south in the Town, as well as vessels whose trade enriched their masters and share-holders." wrote Wood of the family.
In addition to his many business interests, Jacob also served as High Sheriff of Suffolk County from 1834-1839.
Four generations of the Conklins occupied the mansion in the hills. Later owners included General James J. Casey, a brother-in-law of General U. S. Grant, and the latter's son U. S. Grant, Jr. General Grant, while President, often found in visits to the old Conklin home the peace and quiet he desired.
Near-by were several fine springs of water, one of them containing medicinal qualities. The water of this spring was commercialized by the Colonial Mineral Springs Company, but the firm was not of long duration.
In 1918 while unoccupied, the home was destroyed by fire. On a near-by hill is the Conklin cemetery wherein rest the remains of Jacob Conklin and many of his descendants.


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  • Created by: Bill C
  • Added: 16 Jul 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 20486725
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Jacob Conklin (15 Mar 1675–8 Dec 1754), Find a Grave Memorial no. 20486725, citing Conklin Family Burying Grounds, Wyandanch, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Bill C (contributor 46853876) .