When Josiah Clark was born on 20 February 1704, in Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine, United States, his father, Elisha Clark, was 38 and his mother, Sarah Taylor, was 36. He married Patience Blackstone about 1730, in Dover Neck, Strafford, New Hampshire, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 12 August 1768, in his hometown, at the age of 64, and was buried in Newcastle, Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America.
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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