When Rebecca Smalley Clark was born on 8 February 1832, in Connecticut, United States, her father, Daniel Clark, was 26 and her mother, Mary Whittlesey, was 22. She married James Gorham Peck on 14 December 1854, in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States in 1850. She died on 30 December 1891, in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, 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 .
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