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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

DEATH. DIED: will probated on December 29,
1676. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, 95,910 pounds
of tobacco (including 10 slaves and 10 servants).
LAND: 7,742 acres.

BROOKE, THOMAS (ca. 1659-1730/31). BORN:
ca. 1659 in Calvert County; eldest son. NATIVE
third generation. RESIDED, in Calvert County;
Prince George's County after 1695. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Thomas Brooke (1632-1676),
son of Robert Brooke (1602-1655). STEPFATHER.
Henry Da mail (ca. 1645-1711). MOTHER: Elinor
(1642-1725), daughter of Richard Hatton and
wife Margaret. UNCLES: Baker Brooke (1628-
1678/79); Charles Brooke (1636-1671); William
Hatton (?-1712); Zachary Wade (ca. 1627-1678);
Luke Gardiner (1622-1674); Clement Hill (?-
1708); and James Johnson (?-?). BROTHERS: Ro-
bert (1663-1714); Ignatius (1670-1751); Matthew
(1672-1703); and Clement (1676-1737). STEP-
BROTHER Philip Darnall (1671-1705). HALF
BROTHER: Henry Darnall (1682-1759). SISTERS:
Mary, who married second, Benjamin Hall (1667-
1721); Elinor. HALF SISTERS: Mary Darnall (1678-
1742); Ann Darnall (1680-1749); Elizabeth Dar-
nall (?-1704). FIRST COUSIN: Richard Gardiner (?-
1687). MARRIED first, Ann. MARRIED second, Bar-
bara (1676-1754), daughter of Thomas Dent (ca.
1630-1676); stepdaughter of John Addison (?-ca.
1705/6). Her brothers were William Dent (ca.
1660-1704); Thomas; Peter Dent (ca. 1665-
1710/11); and George (?-by 1703). Her half
brother was Thomas Addison (1679-1727). Her
sister was Margaret. CHILDREN. SON: Thomas
Brooke (1683-1744), who married in 1706 Lucy,
daughter of Walter Smith (?-171 1); Nathaniel;
John; Benjamin; Baker; and Thomas (1717-1768),
who never married. DAUGHTERS: Elinor, who mar-
ried first, in 1705 John Tasker, son of Thomas
Tasker (?-1700), and second, Charles Sewall, son
of Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-1737); Sarah (?-
1724), who married first, William Dent (ca. 1660-
1704), and second, Philip Lee (ca. 1681-1744);
Priscilla, who married Thomas Gantt (?-1765);
Jane (?-1779), who married Alexander Contee (ca.
1691-1740); Rebecca (?-1763), who married John
Howard (?-1742); Mary (?-1758), who married
Dr. Patrick Sim (?-1740); Elizabeth (1699-1748),
who married George Beale (1695-1780), son of
Ninian Beale (ca. 1625-1717/18); and Lucy, who
married Thomas Hodgkin. PRIVATE CAREER. EDU-
CATION: literate. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: proba-
bly raised as a Catholic, but an Anglican by 1691.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: first third gener-
ation provincial officeholder in colony; Esq., by

1691. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Upper House,

1692-1693, 1694-1697, 1697/98-1700, 1701-
1704, 1704-1707; Lower House, Prince George's
County, 1708 A (absent the entire session); Upper
House, 1716-1718, 1719-1721/22, 1722 (dis-
missed by the 2nd session). OTHER PROVINCIAL
OFFICES: Council, 1691-1708, 1715/16-1722,
(president, 1715/16-1722; last attended on Octo-
ber 20, 1722; discharged); justice, Provincial
Court, 1693-1694; deputy secretary, 1694-1696;
commissary general, 1699-1706, 1722-1727; sur-
veyor general, 1720. LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Cal-
vert County, 1685-1689 (quorum, 1686-1689); St.
Paul's Parish Vestry, Calvert County, 1693-1697.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: probably
opposed the revolution of Protestant Associators
in 1689, when he was removed from his justice-
ship; nominated by Lord Baltimore to become a
member of the first royal Council in 1690, and he
was probably appointed in an effort to mollify the
proprietor after his loss of the colony; dismissed
from all offices by Gov. John Seymour in 1708 as
a result of close Catholic ties — his three brothers
were Jesuits and Henry Darnall (ca. 1645-1711)
was his stepfather — and for poor Council atten-
dance, although his attendance had been very reg-
ular prior to Seymour's governorship; he was re-
stored to the Council after the colony reverted to
proprietary control in 1715; the precise reason for
his second dismissal from the Council in 1722 is
unclear. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION: at least 6,011 acres in 1689;
9,517 acres by 1696; 7,393 acres in 1706. WEALTH
AT DEATH. DIED: on January 7, 1730/31. PER-
SONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,374.0.0 (including
proceeds of the sale of land; and 36 slaves, 17 of
whom were mortgaged); FB, estate overpaid
£355.3.0; LAND: most of his acreage was heavily
mortgaged at the time of his death.

BROOKE, THOMAS (1683-1744). BORN in
1683 in Calvert County; first son. NATIVE: fourth
generation. RESIDED: in Calvert County; "Brook-
field," Prince George's County, after 1695. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Thomas Brooke (ca.
1659-1730/31). MOTHER: Ann. STEPMOTHER: Bar-
bara (1676-1754), daughter of Thomas Dent (ca.
1630-1676); sister of William Dent (ca. 1660-
1704). HALF BROTHERS: Nathaniel; John; Benja-
min; Baker; and Thomas (1717-1768), who never
married. SISTERS: Elinor, who married first, John
Tasker (?-1711), son of Thomas Tasker (?-1700),
and second, Charles Sewall, son of Nicholas Se-
wall ca. 1655-1737); Sarah (?-1724), who married

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