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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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to pay the fees due to Taylor, and in fact had
payed him some tobacco, but Taylor incarcerated
him anyway to the great detriment of Brannock's
person and fortune. The Lower House repri-
manded both Taylor and his undersheriff for their
tactics in collecting debts before any demands had
been made by the obligators on the bonds, term-
ing their treatment of many debtors in Dorchester
County, including Brannock, "illegal, cruel and
inhuman." LAND AT FIRST ELECTION. 118 acres
in Dorchester County (by patent). ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: Prior to his first election to office,
Brannock had purchased and /or patented 1,048
acres in Dorchester County in his own right, and
1,200 acres in partnership with John Lecompte(ca.
1662-1705) between 1691 and 1706. He sold 400
acres of this land in 1706, and he sold all but 118
acres of the remainder of his land, including the
tract patented with Lecompte to his brother,
Thomas, to pay his large number of debts in 1709.

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST

ELECTION AND DEATH, patented 100 acres in
Dorchester County, 1732. Henry Hill obtained the
118-acre tract in Dorchester County as a result of
a court judgment in his favor for a debt Brannock
owed him, 1734. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: be-
tween April 8 and May 27, 1741, in Dorchester
County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £409.3.2 cur-
rent money (including books). His inventory also
listed 7 slaves, 1 manservant, and other personal
property, but these had been sold to Brannock's
brother in 1709. They were repurchased by Bran-
nock's widow in 1742. FB, estate overpaid
£103.11.6. LAND: 100 acres in Dorchester County,
however, Brannock made bequests of 400 addi-
tional acres, even though they were among the
tracts he had sold to his brother in 1709 to pay his
debts. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In 1742 Bran-
nock's widow bought back at least 530 acres of
the Dorchester County land her husband had sold
his brother, Thomas, in 1709. Brannock and his
brother may have had an unwritten agreement
concerning the land, which provided for John's
heirs to regain possession of it after his debts were
paid.

BRENT, FULKE (?-1656). BORN: in the late
1590s in Gloucestershire, England; probably old-
est son. IMMIGRATED: in 1638 as a free adult. RE-
SIDED: in St. Mary's County; returned to England,
ca. 1642. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard
Brent, of Stoke and Addington, England, the sher-
iff of Gloucestershire, England, in 1614. MOTHER
Elizabeth, daughter of Giles Reed, Lord of Tusbu-
rie and Witten. BROTHERS: Giles Brent (1600-ca.

1671/72); George (1602-1671), who married Ma-
rianna, daughter of Sir John Peyton, of Dodding-
ton, England; Richard; William; and Edward (?-
1625). SISTERS: Margaret (1601-1671); Mary (?-
1658); Catherine; Elizabeth; Eleanor; Jane; and
Anne. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; en-
tered Oxford University, 1613; Middle Temple,
London, England, 1615. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: high
status on arrival; Mr. on first appearance in Mary-
land records; returned to England temporarily in
1638/39 and returned with his sisters. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE probably a planter. PUBLIC CA-
REER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Assembly, special
writ 1638/39, 1640-1641 (attended only the 2nd
session), 1641/42. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: in
1656; size of estate unknown.

BRENT, GEORGE (?-1782). BORN: of age by
1776. RESIDED: west of Licking Creek, Fort Fred-
erick Hundred, Frederick County (later became
part of Washington County). FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. May have been related to the Brent fam-
ily of Virginia. MARRIED Charity, who subse-
quently married in 1783 John Read (Ried).
CHILDREN. SON: Thomas. DAUGHTER: Elizabeth,
who married by 1803 (first name unknown) Gray-
ham. PRIVATE CAREER. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:

probably a planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE
SERVICE: Conventions, Frederick County, 7th-8th,
1776 (did not attend the 8th Convention). LOCAL
. OFFICES: justice, Frederick County, 1773-at least
1775; Committee of Observation, Frederick
County, 1775. MILITARY SERVICE: referred to as
an American officer who was out of the army in
1781. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. SIGNIFICANT
CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION

AND DEATH: purchased more than 100 acres in
Washington County, 1779. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED: administration bond dated June 27, 1782, in
Washington County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£1,050.9.10 current money (including 12 slaves,
considerable livestock, and 20 oz. plate); FB,
£808.3.11. LAND: ca. 386 acres.

BRENT, GILES (1600-ca. 1671/72). BORN in
1600 in Gloucestershire, England; probably sec-
ond son. IMMIGRATED: in 1638 as a free adult.
RESIDED: in St. Mary's and Kent counties; moved
to Stafford County, Virginia, ca. 1649. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Richard Brent, of Stoke
and Addington, England, the sheriff of Glouces-
tershire, England, in 1614. MOTHER: Elizabeth,
daughter of Giles Reed, Lord of Tusburie and
Witten. BROTHERS: Fulke Brent (?-1656); George

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