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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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BRO BIOGRAPHIES

Edward Gantt(?-by 1783), Fielder Gantt (?-1807),
Sarah Smith, who married Joseph Hall (ca. 1701-
?), Tabitha Smith (ca. 1690-1769), who married
Thomas Sheredine (1699-17 52), and probably Ann
Gantt, who married John Brome (1703- 1748). Her
brothers were Thomas Gantt, Jr. (?-1808); John
(1740-?); and Dr. Edward (1741-1837), who died
in Kentucky. Her half brother was Erasmus Gantt
(?-?). Her half sister was Sarah, who married in
1799 Osborn Sprigg (ca. 1741-1815). Her first
cousins were Dr. Thomas Gantt (?-ca. 1802); Ann
Gantt, who married Thomas Harwood III (by
1757-by 1805); and Upton Sheredine ( 1740- 1800).
CHILDREN. SON: Frederick Thomas (1770-?).
DAUGHTER: Sarah (1772-1849), who married Sam-
uel Harper. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, liter-
ate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, St. Paul's
Parish, Prince George's County. ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: in 1745 Dr. Brooke wrote to the presi-
dent of His Majesty's Council, complaining that
the lord proprietor unduly favored the Catholics
in the province. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: physi-
cian; he was a well-known proponent of inocula-
tion as a means of preventing smallpox. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Conventions,

Prince George's County, 2nd, 1774, 4th, 1775
(elected, but did not attend), 5th, 1775. STANDS
ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: prior to 1771 he
made voyages to England for "the good of the
country." In his will written in 1771 he requested
that the General Assembly and Provincial Court
become his trustees because the personal expendi-
tures involved in these trips, as well as other fam-
ily expenses, exceeded the value of his land.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 322 acres in Prince George's County (a
dwelling plantation inherited from his father).

WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: On July 13, 1783, in

Prince George's County. PERSONAL PROPERTY:
TEV, £1,476.0.5 current money (including 16
slaves, medical instruments, and medicines); FB,
£1,386.1.0. LAND: 322 acres in Prince George's
County, his dwelling plantation. ADDITIONAL
COMMENTS: he stated in his will that if all of his
legatees died, his estate was to become a college
endowment.

BROOKE, RICHARD (1736-1788) BORN in
1736 in Prince George's County; third son. NA-
TIVE: fifth generation. RESIDED at "Fair Hill,"
Frederick County (later became part of Montgom-
ery County). FAMILY BACKGROUND. FATHER

James Brooke (1705-1784). MOTHER: Deborah,
eldest daughter of Richard Snowden and wife El-
iza Coale (1692-ca. 1713). HALF AUNTS: Margaret

Snowden (1726-1793), who married John Contee
(1722-ca. 1796); Anne Snowden, who married
Henry Wright Crabb (1722/23-1764). BROTHERS:
James (1730/31-1767), who married Hannah Jan-
ney; Roger (1734-1790), who married Mary Mat-
thews; Basil (1738-1794), who married Elizabeth
Hopkins; and Thomas (1744/45-1789). SISTER:
Elizabeth (1740/41-?), who married Thomas
Pleasants. FIRST COUSINS: Richard Bennett Car-
michael (1753-1824); Richard Thomas (ca. 1728-
1806); Evan Thomas (1738/39-1826); Elizabeth
Brooke Carmichael, who married John Lambert
Wilmer (1747-1799); and Elizabeth Beall, who
married John Bracco (?-1794). MARRIED in 1758
Jane Lynn (?-1774). CHILDREN. SON: Roger (?-by
1791). DAUGHTER: Ann (1773-by 1816), who mar-
ried ca. 1789 William Hammond Dorsey (1764-ca.

1819). PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RE-
LIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Quaker; the Brooke family
had been Catholic, but Richard's father became a
Protestant. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: probably a
planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:
Conventions, Frederick County, 1st, 1774, 2nd-
3rd, 1774, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775. LOCAL OFFICES:
Committee of Observation, Frederick County,
elected 1775; commissioner of tax, Montgomery
County, 1777-at least 1779, 1782-at least 1785;
purchasing agent, Montgomery County, commis-
sioned 1779. MILITARY SERVICE: colonel, Revolu-
tionary War. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £628.16.6,
including 13 slaves and 32 oz. plate, 1783. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: 4,999 acres in Frederick and
Montgomery counties (2,495 acres were a gift
from his father). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: received
one-sixth of his father's real estate by bequest,
1784. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: will probated on
June 11, 1788, in Montgomery County; buried at
"Fair Hill," Frederick County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, £2,607.4.2 current money (including
21 slaves); FB, £1,789.7.4. LAND: 4,579 acres in
Frederick and Montgomery counties.

BROOKE, ROBERT (1602-1655). BORN: in 1602
in London, England; third son. IMMIGRATED: in
1650 as a free adult with his wife and ten children.
RESIDED: in Calvert County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Thomas Brooke (1561-1612),
who was a barrister at the Inner Temple, and who
served as an M.P. for Whitchurch, England, from
1604 to 1611. MOTHER. Susan, daughter of Sir
Thomas Foster, a judge of Common Pleas; sister
of Sir Robert Foster, a justice of the King's
Bench. BROTHERS: Thomas (1599-1665); Richard;

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