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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

SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Mr., 1742. OC-
CUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER.
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House, Calvert
County, 1740-1741 (elected to the 1st session to
fill vacancy), 1742-1744, 1745, 1745/46-1748.
LOCAL OFFICES: sheriff, Calvert County, in office
1725; justice, Calvert County, 1731 -at least 1736
(quorum, 1734-at least 1736); land commissioner,
Calvert County, period of service unknown;
trustee and visitor of a school, Calvert County,
period of service unknown. MILITARY SERVICE:
colonel, period of service unknown. WEALTH DUR-
ING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION inher-
ited part of his father's dwelling plantation and 1
other tract both of unspecified acreage, 1738/39.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: ca. September 1748 in
Calvert County. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,
£73.12.4 sterling, £1,520.11.3 current money; FB,
estate overpaid £116.4.4 sterling, £1,255.17.2 cur-
rent money.

BROOKE, BAKER (1628-1678/79). BORN: in
1628 in England; first son. IMMIGRATED: in 1650
as a young adult with his father and siblings. RE-
SIDED: in Calvert County. FAMILY BACKGROUND.
FATHER: Robert Brooke (1602-1655). MOTHER:
Mary (?-1634), daughter of Thomas Baker, Esq., a
barrister; granddaughter of Sir Thomas Engham,
of Goodneston, Kent, England. STEPMOTHER:
Mary Main waring (?-1663). BROTHER: Thomas
Brooke (1632-1676). HALF BROTHERS: Charles
Brooke (1636-1671); Roger (1637-1700); Robert
(1639-1667); John (1640-1677); William (1643-?);
Francis (1648-1671); Basil (?-1651, died in in-
fancy); 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). MAR-
RIED in 1664 Anne, daughter of Leonard Calvert
(ca. 1606-1647); niece of Cecilius Calvert, 2nd
Lord Baltimore (1605-1675). She subsequently
married both Henry Brent (?-1693) and Richard
Marsham (?-1713). Her brother was William Cal-
vert (ca. 1642/43-1682). CHILDREN. SONS: Baker
(?-1698), who married Catherine; Charles (?-
1698); and Leonard (?-1718), who married Ann,
daughter of William Boreman (ca. 1630-1709).
DAUGHTER: Mary (?-1763), who married Raphael
Neale (1683-1743), son of Anthony Neale. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate; he probably
had considerable schooling. RELIGIOUS AFFILIA-
TION: Protestant, but he converted to Roman Ca-
tholicism, probably at the time of his marriage.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: he was Mary-

land's first second generation councilor; his earli-
est offices came soon after his father's death; his
religious conversion and marriage to the propri-
etor's niece reestablished the family as one of the
most powerful in the colony. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SER-
VICE: Upper House, special writ 1658, 1659/60,
1661, 1662, 1663-1664, 1666, 1669, 1671-1674/75
(Accounts 1, 2; Laws 1, 2), 1676-1678 (died be-
fore the 3rd session). OTHER PROVINCIAL OF-
FICES: Council, 1658-1678/79; justice, Provincial
Court, 1658-1678/79; deputy governor, 1669-
1670; surveyor general, 1671-1678/79. WEALTH

DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION:
owned 2,100 acres and controlled 4,000 acres of
deceased father's land. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED:
will probated in March 1678/79. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, 135,126 pounds of tobacco (equiva-
lent to £709.8.2) (including 2 slaves, 5 servants,
and books); FB, 109,582 pounds of tobacco.
LAND: over 3,500 acres.

BROOKE, CHARLES (1636-1671). BORN: in
1636 in England; third son. IMMIGRATED, in 1650
as a minor with his father and siblings. RESIDED:
in Calvert County. FAMILY BACKGROUND. FA-
THER: Robert Brooke (1602- 1655). MOTHER: Mary
(?-1663), daughter of Roger Main waring, the dean
of Worcester and bishop of St. David's. BROTH-
ERS: Roger (1637-1700); Robert (1639-1667);
John (1640-1677); William (1643-?); Francis
(1648-1671); Basil (?-1651, died in infancy); and
Henry (1655-1672). HALF BROTHERS. Baker
Brooke (1628-1678/79); Thomas Brooke (1632-
1676). SISTERS: Mary (1642-?); Ann (1645-?); and
Elizabeth (1655-?), who married Richard Smith
(?-1714), son of Richard Smith (?-ca. 1690). HALF
SISTERS: Mary (1630-by 1650); Barbara (1634-by
1650). MARRIED never. CHILDREN. Died without
progeny. PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate;
probably attended Harvard College and headed
the class in 1651. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: proba-
bly a Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES:
second generation provincial officeholder; member
of a very prominent political family. OCCUPA-
TIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC CAREER. LEGIS-
LATIVE SERVICE. Lower House, Calvert County,
1671 (died before the 3rd session). LOCAL OF-
FICES: justice, Calvert County, 1661-1665, 1671
(quorum, 1664-?); sheriff, Calvert County, 1665-
1666; keeper of weights and measures, Calvert
County, 1671. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: over 5,000 acres. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: will probated on December 15,
1671. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, 24,278 pounds

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