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Endress M. CONKLIN -- Retired farmer; born in Scottsburg, Livingston Co NY, Aug 27 1840; received a common school education.

John Conklin, his paternal grandfather, was born in New Jersey, December 28, 1772 & died at Scottsburg, Livingston Co NY, Oct 4, 1850; Laney (Wilhelm) Conklin, his paternal grandmother, was born in New Jersey, Oct 5, 1776 & died June 14, 1838. Franklin Cary, his maternal grandfather, was born in NY & died Aug 1, 1816. Priscilla (Tubbs),his maternal grandmother, was born in Livingston Co & died in 1870. His father, Philip H Conklin, was born near Sparta NY, Aug 31, 1814 & died in Scottsburg in that state, Aug 31, 1882; Martha Cary, the mother was born in the same county July 7, 1816 & died at Scottsburg in 1888.

Mr Conklin came to Elmwood in May, 1861. He enlisted in Company F, 77th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving 2 years. He bore a part in the siege of Vicksburg & the Red River Campaign. After the war he located on a farm & has followed the occupation of a farmer until 1895.

Mr Conklin was married to Emeline Conklin in Elmwood, March 9, 1875. She was born in Livingston Co. NY on Mar 3, 1834, the daughter of Jacob & Susan (Coller) Conklin, natives of New Jersey; her father was born Nov 30, 1801, her mother March 12, 1806.

Mrs Conklin is a member of the Methodist Church. Mr Conklin is a Republican

-- from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & History of Peoria County, edited by David McCulloch, Vol II Chicago & Peoria; Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1902.

Contributed by Robbie Dreeson of Rochester NY

"A lot of Sparta, Scottsburg familes moved to Peoria IL. Some stayed and some returned to NY." reports Robbie.