Conkling, Cyrus

Born: 1817-11-22 New York

Died: 1894-04-24

Flourished: 1852 to 1865 Rock Island County, Illinois

At the time of the 1850 census, Cyrus Conkling was a clothier in Otsego County, New York. He and his wife, Nancy, relocated to Rock Island in 1852 and he took up farming. Five years later, Conkling was one of a group of people who had settled on the island of Rock Island and sought to establish pre-emption claims there. In 1860, he owned personal property valued at $800. Politically, he was a Democrat.

The Past and Present of Rock Island County, Ill. (Chicago: H. F. Kett, 1877), 456; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Springfield, Otsego County, NY, 58; The Daily Times (Davenport, IA), 1 September 1910, 6:3; Rock Island Morning Argus (IL), 11 May 1857, 2:5; D. W. Flagler, A History of the Rock Island Arsenal (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1877), 63-65; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Ward 4, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL, 274; Illinois, U.S., State Census Collection, 1825-1865, 3 July 1865, Edgington, Rock Island County, 134 (Lehi, UT: Operations, 2008); Gravestone, Andalusia Cemetery, Rock Island County, IL.