When Matilda Clarke was born on 19 March 1826, in County Down, Ireland, her father, James Clarke, was 27 and her mother, Margaret Johnston, was 25. She married Gideon P. Bell on 1 January 1851, in Menard, Randolph, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Menard, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Mason, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died in 1914, in Union, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in White Cemetery, Union, Tennessee, United States.
English and Irish: variant of Clark .
History: This name was brought independently to New England by many bearers from the 17th century onward. Nicholas Clarke was one of the founders of Hartford, CT (coming from Cambridge, MA with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.