When Joseph R Chalk was born in 1855, in Ohio, United States, his father, Ranson Robinson Chalk, was 36 and his mother, Caroline Jumper, was 29. He married JULIA C. SAVAGE on 1 November 1888, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States. He lived in Wyandotte, Kansas, United States in 1875 and Wyandotte Township, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States in 1880. He died on 29 May 1889, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, at the age of 34.
English (Hampshire and Wiltshire): habitational name from Bower Chalke or Broad Chalke (Wiltshire), or Chalk (Kent), or occasionally a topographic name from residence on or near a chalk down, from Old English cealc ‘chalk’, here ‘chalky soil’, or an Old English cealce ‘chalk down’.