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Clarksville was originally part of a large land tract deeded by to Dartmouth College in 1789. To raise cash for the college, portions of the land were purchased by two Dartmouth graduates, Joseph Murdock of Norwich, Vermont, and Benjamin Clark of Boston. The land was cleared for settlement by the Clark family. In 1853, the town was incorporated as Clarksville, but remained known as Dartmouth College Grant until 1872.

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Modern town borders of Clarksville in Coös County, New Hampshire.


 

Contents

Historical Data

Clarksville, NH prints a town report annually.  Many of these are available online at archive.org These reports list the town budget, business, school report and vital records.

Town Histories

Vital Records

Clarksville Town Office; 408 NH Route 145; Clarksville, NH 03592 

Older records were kept at

Stewartstown Town Office; PO Box 119; West Stewartstown, NH 03597

A small 52 page booklet by C.E. Tewksbury titled, "The Vital Statistics of Stewartstown, N. H. from Dec 1770 to Jan. 1 1888 includes all the vital records recorded in that town during those dates. Mr. Tewksbury was the town clerk and compiled as complete a list as he could. Stewartstown had the local hospital which serviced the town of Clarksville, so many births and deaths were recorded within. This booklet is available at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society Circulating Library. A copy is also available at the Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint, Route 2, Randolph, NH 03593. The booklet was also reprinted by Higginson Book Co, Salem, Massachusetts

Obituaries

The Colebrook Public Library stores obituaries of former local area residents, including those that have at one time resided in Clarksville.  These are not online, but are available for viewing at the library.

Probate Records

No probate records are kept in the town.  The county seat and courthouse is in Lancaster, Coos County, NH.

City Directories

Maps

Cemeteries

Perry Cemetery, West Road

Young Cemetery, Route 145

Old County Road Cemetery (In 2007 this cemetery had a stone placed to mark its location. The stones were destroyed during winter road maintenance.)

Private cemeteries/ Single family plots:

(Keezer family) Strawberry Hill, old Benjamin Young Farm, Route 145

Chappell, Route 145

LeFefebvre, Route 145

Other: an incomplete list of Coos County Cemeteries can also be found on Find-A-Grave.

Local cemetery inscriptions are listed in several books by author Nancy L. Dodge;
Northern New Hampshire Graveyards and Cemeteries Higginson Books, Salem, Massachusetts 1985.
Settlement and cemeteries in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom:
including indexed transcriptions from Gravesites in Canaan, Lemington, Bloomfield, Brunswick, and Maidstone, Vermont, and in Hereford, Quebec
Higginson Books, Salem, Massachusetts 1986

Dodge's books are available at the Randolph New Hampshire Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, Route 2, Randolph, NH 03593 and the Colebrook Public Library, Main Street, Colebrook, NH 03576

Churches

Clarksville has no organized church within its bounds.

Town Records

Clarksville Town Office; 408 NH Route 145; Clarksville, NH 03592

Coos County Courthouse; 55 School Street; Lancaster, New Hampshire 03584

Land Records

Coos County Registry of Deeds, 55 School Street, Lancaster, NH 03584

Newspapers

There are two local newspapers that write about the town of Clarksville and its residents: The News and Sentinel and The Colebrook Chronicle. Although not digitalized, the Colebrook, New Hampshire library extracts obituaries from both papers and has those on file.

Libraries and Historical Societies

The town does not have its own library or historical society. Local services are found at:

Alice M. Ward Memorial Library 27 Park Street, Canaan, VT 05903
Bremer Pond Memorial Library, 12 School Street, Pittsburg, NH 03592
Colebrook Public Library, 126 Main Street, Colebrook, NH 03576
Dennis Joos Memorial Library, 1526 South Main Street, West Stewartstown, NH 03597

Pittsburg Historical Society, Main Street, Pittsburg, NH 03592

References

Adjacent towns: Coos County: Pittsburg, Stewartstown. Vermont: Canaan

An area that was absorbed by Canaan, VT was Norfolk, VT also known as the Gore.

Unincorporated places: Coos County: Dix's GrantAtkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant, Dixville


 

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