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    Permanent settlement by Americans occurred soon after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In 1809, William Blakely established a blacksmith shop on the west bank of the Ouachita River at a site called Blakelytown (later named Arkadelphia). Across the river to the east, John Hemphill began operating a salt factory, one of the state's earliest manufacturing concerns. By 1812, Jacob Barkman, often called the "Father of Clark County," opened traffic on the Ouachita River to New Orleans, Louisiana, first by pirogue and keelboat and, in 1830, by steamboat. Barkman's home served as the site of the first county court, the first post office, a stagecoach stop, a racetrack, and an ill-fated textile mill. Blakelytown's first general store opened in 1817, operated by J. S. T. Callaway. Jonathan O. Callaway is credited with having built the town's first hotel in 1843, and shortly thereafter, the Spence Hotel was constructed and became a well-known stopping place in the region. Moses Collins arrived in the county in 1830 and built a sawmill and a gristmill on Terre Noir Creek. A brickyard was established the same year.
    Among the county's noted settlers was Meriwether Lewis Randolph, grandson of Thomas Jefferson. Randolph, Arkansas's last territorial secretary, and his wife, a grandniece of Rachel Jackson (Andrew Jackson's wife), moved to southern Clark County in 1836. After his death in 1837, Randolph was buried on the grounds of his plantation near Gurdon.
    Clark County experienced only a few occasional skirmishes in the war. Although the county saw no major battles, the Union army briefly occupied Arkadelphia as General Frederick Steele's forces marched through the county on the way to Camden (Ouachita County) in March 1864. Harris Flanagin, an attorney and legislator who moved to the county in 1838, served as the state's Confederate governor during much of the Civil War.


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Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

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Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

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  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Court Clerk's Office
Clark County Courthouse Square
401 Clay St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Phone (870)246-4281
Fax (870)246-1419
County Clerk
Courthouse Square
401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923
Phone: (870) 246-4491
Fax: (870) 246-6505
Clark County Historical Association
P.O. Box 516
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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