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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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bly a son of Edward Brainthwaite, who married a
member of the Calvert family, MOTHER: probably
Ann, daughter of Francis Carter, chief clerk of His
Majesty's Rolls. BROTHER probably Robert
Brainthwaite of Carlingill, Westmoreland, En-
gland, who married Elizabeth, sister of Sir
Thomas Burton, of Brampton, England. COUSIN:
Leonard Calvert (ca. 1606-1647). MARRIED Elea-
nor Stephenson, a former servant brought to Vir-
ginia in 1645 by Edmund Plowden, from whom
she fled to Maryland. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCA-
TION literate; probably well educated. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION almost certainly a Catholic. SOCIAL
STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: probably Gent, on ar-
rival, certainly by 1638; called a "kinsman" by
Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore (1605- 1675),
in 1638. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: Indian trader,

1639. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE:

Assembly, present 1637/38. PROVINCIAL OFFICES.
Treasury Commission, 1643, Council, 1644 (no
record of service other than his oath taken on No-
vember 2, 1644). LOCAL OFFICES commander,
Kent Isle, 1638-1639/40, 1644/45; justice, Kent
County, 1639/40-1640; commander, St. Mary's
County, 1643-1644. MILITARY OFFICE: captain,
1640. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: by February
1649/50; size of estate unknown.

BRANDT, RANDOLPH (?-ca. 1698/99). IMMI-
GRATED: in 1674 as a free adult with his wife and
children, probably from Barbados. RESIDED: in
Charles County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. BROTH-
ERS Charles; Jacob. MARRIED Mary. CHILDREN.
SONS Jacob, Randolph; Charles; and Marcus, of
Barbados. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth, who married
Joseph Bullitt; Mary, who married James Latti-
more; Margaret, who married Francis Hammers-
ley; and Judith. NATURAL DAUGHTER: Anne, the
daughter of Susannah Skeens. PRIVATE CAREER.
EDUCATION literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION:
Catholic. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr. at
first appearance in the records; Gent, at death.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE placeman; planter; kept
books for Humphrey Warren, Jr. (1665-1695), son
of Humphrey Warren (ca. 1632-ca. 1670/71) in
the 1680s. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE

Lower House, Charles County, 1681-1682 (elected
to the 3rd session). LOCAL OFFICES: clerk, Charles
County, 1676-1682; deputy surveyor, Charles
County, 1679-1684. MILITARY SERVICE: captain,
by 1678. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION 500 acres of improved land in
Barbados (inherited from his father); probably
over 1,000 acres in Maryland. WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED will probated on February 10, 1698/99. PER-

SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £241.4.8 sterling, plus
9,055 pounds of tobacco (including 5 slaves and 3
servants). LAND: ca. 2,070 acres, plus 500 acres in
Barbados.

BRANNOCK (BRONNACK), JOHN (ca. 1669-
1741). BORN: ca. 1669; probably eldest son. NA-
TIVE: probably, if so probably second generation.
RESIDED: in Dorchester County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Edmond Brannock (?-ca.
1703), of Dorchester County, planter. BROTHERS:
Thomas (ca. 1674-1744/45), planter, who married
Frances; David (under 21 -years of age in 1701);
and Edmond (?-by 1718), who married Rebecca.
SISTERS: Mary; Jane, who married (first name un-
known) Jones; and Elizabeth. MARRIED by 1709
Margaret (?-1751), a Quaker, widow of Anthony
Lecompte (?-1705), of Dorchester County,
planter. CHILDREN. STEPSONS Nehemiah Le-
compte (ca. 1698-?); Anthony Lecompte (under
18-years of age in 1704/5). DAUGHTER: Ann, who
married first, Robert Spedden (?-1742), and sec-
ond, Joseph Pain. STEPDAUGHTER OR DAUGHTER:
Margaret, who married (first name unknown)
Matthews. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION, literate.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STA-
TUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., 1702. OCCUPATIONAL

PROFILE: sawyer, 1694; planter; attorney, admitted
to the following courts: Court of Appeals by 1715;
Dorchester County by 1717. ADDITIONAL COM-
MENTS: as an attorney of Dorchester County,
Brannock was accused of having forged a sum-
mons in the king's name, 1715. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Dorchester
County, 1716-1718, 1719-1721/22 (Laws 1),
1728-1731, 1732-1734, 1738, 1739-1740 (died
before the 3rd session). WEALTH DURING LIFE-
TIME. PERSONAL PROPERTY, sold 6 slaves, 1 man-
servant, livestock, and other personal property to
his brother Thomas to pay his debts, 1709. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: A petition was submitted to
the Lower House in 1732 by John Anderson, cor-
oner of Dorchester County, stating that John
Brannock, a member of the Lower House, had
been arrested and confined by him until Brannock
could appear in court to satisfy a person who had
recovered a judgment against him. Brannock was
alleged to have escaped from custody. After hear-
ing both parties, the House rejected Anderson 's
petition. In 1738 Brannock, again a member of the
Lower House, entered a complaint against Peter
Taylor (1680-ca. 1747/48), the sheriff of Dorches-
ter County, alleging that Edmund Jennings (?-
1756) had turned over to Taylor some bonds that
Brannock owed to Jennings. Brannock had offered

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