the People of
The stories of Brookeville's residents paint a colorful portrait of life in early America. In 1814, Brookeville was a bustling country town home to many people of all walks of life. Even though rich and well-connected Quakers founded the town, Brookeville quickly grew into a diverse mosaic of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and races.
Click on the topics below to read about the people who made history in Brookeville.
Men and women of every profession and socioeconomic status lived in Brookeville. Everyone from wealthy industrialists to skilled craftsmen, common laborers, and factory workers made their homes and livelihoods in the town. Read to learn more about work in the busy market town.
Friends from Brookeville and Sandy Spring collectively owned over two hundred slaves, many of whom would eventually be freed by their anti-slavery Quaker owners. Read to discover what is known about some of those who are too-often forgotten in Brookeville's history.
Brookeville is well-known today for receiving President James Madison after the British attack on Washington, D.C., but the town was also the refuge for hundreds of fleeing civilians and soldiers. Read about the many wanderers who found their way to Brookeville during the burning of Washington and the local Quakers who came to their aid.
Brookeville was originally a kinship town. Richard Thomas Jr., the
town's founder, initially sold most of the lots in Brookeville to
members of his extended family. Investigate the family ties which
bound Brookeville's founders together and click on highlighted
names to read more.
Biographies of Brookeville Residents
Wealthy community leader
Hostess to the President
Homemaker and diarist
Carpenter and farmer
Land surveyor and industrialist
Quaker Elder and homemaker
Colonel in the Revolutionary War
Farmhand and laborer
Wealthy lawyer and politician
Farmer, laborer, and slave owner
Revolutionary War veteran
Methodist minister and carpenter
Inventor and industrialist
Brookeville mill owner
African American minister
African American leader
Seamstress and tailor
Town constable and shoemaker
Wealthy Quaker landowner
Laborer and tenant farmer
Wealthy land and slave owner
Middle class tenant farmer
Free Brookeville resident
Former slave and laborer
Struggled with mental illness