|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1708|
New London County
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1761|
New Hampshire, USA
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Isaac Clark died of the small pox, Jan. 16, 1761, at Keene, NH.
FATHER: Isaac Clark
MOTHER: Miriam Tracy
WIFE: Susanna Geer (m. July 8, 1736, Preston, CT)
Esther born, May 4, 1739
Susanna born, Feb. 11, 1741
Reuben born, c. 1742. Died, Aug. 3, 1745.
Miriam born, Jun. 24, 1744
Dolle born, Feb. 11, 1746
Azzubah born, Apr. 4, 1749
Sarah born, Jun. 10, 1751
Isaac born, Sep. 7, 1753. Died, Oct. 17, 1744
Huldah born, Dec. 7, 1747
SOURCE: Vital Records of Keene, Cheshire Co., NH
THE OLD GRAVEYARD AT ASH SWAMP: At a meeting of the proprietors held February 23, 1762, it was voted that the neck of land where Isaac Clark and Amos Foster were buried be appropriated and set apart for a burying place for the town. This land had been used for a burying place for some years before 1762, but at this time it was set apart from the common land, by the original proprietors, to be forever kept as a burying place.
In 1746, when Isaac Clark's wife was a girl, about one hundred Indians appeared in the town and killed a number of the inhabitants (this was the time they surrounded Nathan Blake's barn, making him prisoner and taking him to Canada). Mrs. Clark was at a barn some fifty rods distant; leaving it, she espied an Indian near her, who threw away his gun and advanced to make her his prisoner, thinking it an easy task to catch a white squaw. She gathered up her clothes around her waist and started for the fort (near the Dr. Adams place, where Mr. Lemuel Hayward now lives). She, animated by cheers from her friends, outran her pursuer, who skulked back for his gun. Isaac Clark and wife were buried in this old burying-place, but in what grave no man can tell, as the marble that marked the spot has entirely disappeared.
SOURCE BOOK: "History of Cheshire & Sullivan Counties, NH." by D. Hamilton Hurd. (1886). Page #82.
THE ASH SWAMP YARD: At a proprietors' meeting February 23, 1761, it was "voted upon the Fourth article that the neck of Common Land where Isaac Clark and Amos Foster were buried be appropriated and set apart for a burying place for the town." Thus Keene's oldest existing burying ground came into being. Clark and Fosters wife were victims of a severe smallpox epidemic that spread through the settlement at that time. They were buried on a forest knoll near Ash Swamp Brook, and the town acquired the land for its second burying ground. Clark and Foster were among the original proprietors and they and some of Keene's first settlers were buried there, the town being only 27 years old when this yard was started. This small yard can be found north of West Street, just east of White Brook. Most of the old slate markers are gone and there is one stone on which the date 1761 is barely legible. The Ash Swamp Yard has been treated kindly, and is cared for along with the other Keene cemeteries. On May 30, 1900, the Daughters of the American Revolution rededicated the grounds and placed a memorial boulder there. The yard is officially closed and is kept as a memorial.
SOURCE BOOK: "Upper Ashuelot, A History of Keene, New Hampshire," by the Keene History Committee. (1968). Page #605.
Ash Swamp Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Melody Edwards
Record added: Jun 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19757200