Rebecca Smalley Clark

8 February 1832–30 December 1891 (Age 59)
Connecticut, United States

The Life of Rebecca Smalley

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.

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James Gorham Peck
Rebecca Smalley Clark
Marriage: 14 December 1854
Charles S. Peck
Martha E. Peck
James S. Peck
Dr Frederick Whittlesey Peck

Spouse and Children

14 December 1854
New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Daniel Clark





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World Events (7)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 14

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Slavery is Abolished

Age 16

In 1840, the American Anti-Slavery Society split and slavery started being outlawed in the state. In Canterbury, Connecticut, Prudence Crandall started a school for young African American girls. The people got mad and Crandall was taken to court. The case was lost and that was the beginning of many other cases that would be lost, but it was also the start of having slavery abolished.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klērikos, a derivative of klēros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites ( see Levy ) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca Peck in household of James G Peck, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rebeca S Peck in household of James G Peck, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Rebecca Clarke in household of Dan Clarke, "United States Census, 1850"

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