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

William; Humphrey; and Charles. SISTERS: Susan;
Elizabeth; and Frances. MARRIED first, in 1627
Mary (?-1634), daughter of Thomas Baker, Esq.,
barrister; granddaughter of Sir Thomas Engham,
of Goodneston, Kent, England. MARRIED second,
in 1635 Mary (?-1663), daughter of Roger Main-
waring, the dean of Worcester and bishop of St.
David's. CHILDREN. SONS: Baker Brooke (1628-
1678/79), who married Anne, daughter of Leon-
ard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647); Thomas Brooke
(1632-1676), who married Elinor (1642-1725),
daughter of Richard Hatton; Charles Brooke
(1636-1671); Roger (1637-1700), who married
first, Dorothy, daughter of James Neale (CA. 1615-
1684), and second, Mary Wolseley, grandaughter
of Sir Thomas Wolseley; Robert (1639-1667), who
married Elizabeth, daughter of William Thomp-
son; John (1640-1677), who married Rebecca
Isaac; William (1643-?); Francis (1648-1671); Ba-
sil (?-1651, died in infancy); and Henry (1655-
1672). DAUGHTERS: Mary (1630-by 1650); Bar-
bara (1634-by 1650); Mary (1642-?); Ann (1645-
?), who married Christopher Beans; and Elizabeth
(1655-?), who married Richard Smith (?-1714),
son of Richard Smith (?-ca. 1690). PRIVATE CA-
REER. EDUCATION: B.A., Wadham College, Oxford
University, 1620; M.A., 1624. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
in exchange for an agreement to transport forty
persons to Maryland, Brooke was to receive from
Cecilius Calvert a manor of 2,000 acres for every
ten persons; he arrived with a Council commis-
sion; brought twenty-eight servants with him; he
established a very prominent political family, the
first to have third and fourth generations members
holding provincial offices. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: called "minister" in 1634; planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper House,

1650-1650/51 (did not serve); Parliamentary
Commission, 1652-1653. OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: Council, 1649-1654; justice, Provincial
Court, 1650-1654. LOCAL OFFICE: commander,
Charles County, 1650-1654. STANDS ON PUBLIC/-
PRIVATE ISSUES: Brooke's cooperation with the
Bennett-Claiborne Puritan faction from 1652 to
1654 brought him the displeasure of Lord
Baltimore and the loss of his proprietary offices.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST

ELECTION: 8,000 acres. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
on July 20, 1655. LAND: 8,000 acres.

BROOKE, THOMAS (1632-1676). BORN: in
1632 in England; second son. IMMIGRATED: in
1650 as a minor with father and siblings. RESIDED:
in Calvert County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-

THER: Robert Brooke (1602-1655). MOTHER: Mary
(?-1635), daughter of Thomas Baker, Esq., barris-
ter; granddaughter of Sir Thomas Engham, of
Goodneston, Kent, England. STEPMOTHER: Mary
Main waring (?-1663). BROTHER Baker Brooke
(1628-1678/79). HALF BROTHERS: Charles Brooke
(1636-1671); Roger (1637-1700); Robert (1639-
1667); John (1640-1677); William (1643-?); Fran-
cis (1648-1671); Basil (?-1651, died in infancy);
and Henry (1655-1672). SISTERS: Mary (1630-by
1650); Barbara (1634-by 1650). HALF SISTERS:
Mary (1642-?); Ann (1645-?); and Elizabeth
(1655-?), who married Richard Smith (?-1714),
son of Richard Smith (?-ca. 1690). MARRIED Eli-
nor (1642-1725), daughter of Richard Hatton and
wife Margaret; niece of Thomas Hatton (?-
1654/55). She subsequently married Henry Dar-
nall ca. 1645-1711). Her brothers were William
Hatton (?-1712); Richard. Her sisters were Mary,
who married Zachary Wade (ca. 1627-1678);
Elizabeth, who married first, Luke Gardiner
(1622-1674), and second, Clement Hill (?-1708);
and Barbara, who married James Johnson (?-?).
CHILDREN. SONS: Thomas Brooke (ca. 1659-
1730/31), who married first, Ann, and second,
Barbara (1676-1754), daughter of Thomas Dent
(ca. 1630-1676); Robert (1663-1714), a Jesuit
priest; Ignatius (1670-1751), a Jesuit priest; Mat-
thew (1672-1703), a Jesuit priest; and Clement
(1676-1737), who married Jane, daughter of Nich-
olas Sewall (ca. 1655-1737). DAUGHTERS: Elinor,
who married first, Philip Darnall (1671-1705), son
of Henry Darnall (ca. 1645-1711), and second,
William Digges, son of William Digges (ca. 1650-
1697); Mary, who married first, James Bowling
(1636-1693), second, Benjamin Hall (1667- 1721),
and third, Henry Witham. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate; he probably had considerable
schooling. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: raised as a
Protestant but converted to Roman Catholicism.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: second genera-
tion provincial officeholder; father and brother
served on the Council and another brother was a
burgess. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Calvert County, 1663-1664, 1666, 1671-1674/75
(Accounts 2; Laws 4), 1676 (Accounts 1; died be-
fore the 2nd session). LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Cal-
vert County, 1661-1666, 1667-1668, 1669/70-
1674, 1675/76-1676 (quorum, 1669/70-1674,
1675/76-1676); sheriff, Calvert County, 1666-
1667, 1668-1669. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,
1658; major, 1660/61. WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 3,000 acres (in-
herited 2,000 acres from his father). WEALTH AT

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