Newsletter of
The Maryland State Archives
Vol. 16, No. 14
July 22, 2002

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of the plats to the courts through (known as Plato) reduces the     production and handling costs of cumbersome oversized materials that, in their electronic form, will not fade and are easily indexed and read. 

     Scott MacGlashan, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County, recommended to the Archives that it explore the possibility of posting right-of-way plats made by the State Highway Administration directly to for the use of the courts, thus saving the expense of  the State Highway Administration having to file these first with the courts, who in turn would have to transfer them to the Archives for scanning and posting  on-line. 

    The Archives and the State Highway Administration met to discuss the feasibility of placing these plats directly on-line for ease of access and printing by  the public, as well as reducing the overhead costs of recordation.  It was recognized immediately that this would be more direct, reduce the amount of time it takes to place these plats among the public records accessible at each of the courts, and result generally in better service to the public.  Our     counsel advised that the law would need to be amended to permit this, and promptly furnished a draft which was reviewed by the Archives, the clerks, and the State Highway Administration.  Specifically, the authority for the Archives to be concerned about the care and preservation of court records relating to land, and the requirement for the Archives to maintain security copies is found in Real Property Article, 3-303.  Under Real Property Article 3-304, each clerk is required by law to provide the Archives with any plat recorded under the requirements of Real Property Article 3-108, but there is ambiguity with regard to plats recorded under Real Property Article 3-109, the SHA plat section of the law, hence our reason for our recommendations for the change in the law. 

by Robert Barnes 

5. Kittamaquund, first wife of Giles Brent .

Giles Brent served as Governor during Leonard Calvert's absence from Maryland in 1644. His first wife was Kittamaquund, or Kittamquna, later called Mary, possibly born c. 1625/30, daughter of the Emperor of the Piscataway Indians. She was probably the mother of his son Giles, born 1652 and died 1679. 

Her father, Kittamaquund ("Big Beaver"), was a tapac or great chief of the Piscataways at the time the first English settlers arrived in Maryland. By 1639, Father Andrew White had established a mission at the tribal capital, Piscataway, also known as Kittamaquindi, from the name of Kittamaquund, its tapac. On July 5, 1640, Father White in a public ceremony baptized and gave Christian names to the great chief, his wife, and daughter, and then married the chief and his wife. The governor and several of the colonial officers attended this ceremony. 

Kittamaquund sent his daughter, newly named Mary, to live in Governor Calvert's household, where her guardianship was shared by Margaret Brent, the sister of Giles Brent. By 1650, the Brents, no longer enjoying the favor of Lord Baltimore, "turned to new strategies to advance their interests." Giles married Mary
Kittamaquund, the Piscataway Indian, perhaps hoping to gain land or power from her influential father, and moved with her to Virginia in 1650. (Chester Horton Brent. The Brent Family. Rutland [VT]: Tuttle Publishing Co, 1946). 

The marriage of Mary Kittamaquund and Giles 
Brent probably took place around 1650 and was 
over by 1655, when he married his second wife, Frances Whitgreaves Harrison.   During their 

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