City Directories and History: Dr. Rihcard P. Clark was a graduate of the S.C. Medical College of Charleston in 1838 and married Sarah Adaline Priester in 1845. According to the survey report in 1985, the contractor was Mathias Miller who constructed the original section of the house in circa 1850. The 1850 census shows the builder to be M.W. Miller, a local Newberry carpenter/contractor, identified by R&R’s S.C. Artisans Database, as one of Newberry’s prolific builders.
Mr. Thomas H. Pope of Newberry, now President of the South Carolina State Bar Association, relates that from older members of his family he had often heard a legend about the origin of this name. It is said that members of the Palmetto Regiment stopped here on their way home from the Mexican War. The pleasing area reminded them so much of a place in Mexico they had liked that they named Jalapa after that town. Incidentally, because of their ferocity in battle General Scott is said to have named this group of soldiers from South Carolina “The Tigers.”
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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