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Clarksville was formed from Cuba on May 11, 1835.  It is located on the west border of the county, south of the center.

The first settlement was made a little south of the center, in 1822, by John and Horation Slayton from Warsaw, Wyoming county.  James McDougal, from Steuben county, settled a little east of the center and Jabez Survey near the same place, in 1827.  The first child born was Joseph P. Slayton in 1826.  The first marriage was Van Rensselaer Delivan and Harriet Palmer in 1827.   The first death was Mrs. Sally Olds in 1831.  The first school was taught by Mariah McDougal, east of the center in 1827.  Daniel S. Carpenter kept the first inn, near the center in 1828.  Samuel King erected the first sawmill on Dodge Creek in 1832.  The first religious meeting (Methodist Episcopal) was held at the house of Nelson Hoyt, in 1828, by Rev. Mr. Cole, from Friendship.   The first church (Baptist) was organized by Rev. Holden E. Presser in 1842.  [Source: J.H.French, Gazetteer of State of New York, 1860]

Hamilton Child's 1875 Gazetteer, Clarksville

Early Settlers of Clarksville

Cities, Villages and Hamlets

West Clarksville hamlet near the center of the town

North Clarksville former hamlet in the north part of the town

Germantown - located in the northwest corner of the town

Obi - hamlet near the town south line

Town Historian
Sharon Robinson
Box 16
West Clarksville, NY 14786
Telephone: 585-968-1340
Town Clerk

Janice Dennis
Box 69
West Clarksville, NY 14786
Telephone: 585-968-2031



Note: All cemeteries, except #23-7 have been recorded by the Rushford Town Clerk.
  • Clarksville Cemetery - code #14-1; (Town 2, Range 2HC, lot 28), N.Y. Rte. 305
  • Cemetery - code #14-2; (lot 22), County Road 1
  • Congdon Cemetery - code #14-3; (lot 29), County Road 40
  • not named, 13 graves - code #14-4; (lot 13), New Weatherby Hill Road

*code #s refer to the Allegany County Cemetery Index card file at the Allegany County Historical Society and LDS Family History Library microfilm. See Western New York Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. II, No. 1


    • Cemetery Records of the Town of Clarksville and West Clarksville Cemetery, microfilm available through FHCs.
    • West Clarksville Sesquincentennial, 1835-1985, available through FHCs

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