When Martha Jane Rupert Clark was born on 14 September 1859, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Alexander Armstrong Clark, was 30 and her mother, Catherine Rupert, was 30. She lived in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860. She died on 19 March 1861, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 1, and was buried in Elderton, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.
English: from Middle English clerk, clark ‘clerk, cleric, writer’ (Old French clerc; see Clerc ). The original sense was ‘man in a religious order, cleric, clergyman’. As all writing and secretarial work in medieval Christian Europe was normally done by members of the clergy, the term clerk came to mean ‘scholar, secretary, recorder, or penman’ as well as ‘cleric’. As a surname, it was particularly common for one who had taken only minor holy orders. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established.
Irish (Westmeath, Mayo): in Ireland the English surname was frequently adopted, partly by translation for Ó Cléirigh; see Cleary .
Americanized form of Dutch De Klerk or Flemish De Clerck or of variants of these names, and possibly also of French Clerc . Compare Clerk 2 and De Clark .