Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Lot 37

Brookeville, Montgomery County, Maryland
Owned by Richard Thomas Jr., 1794-1821; Roger B. Thomas, 1821-1823


Lot 37 lies in the eastern portion of Market Street in Brookeville, Maryland. In 1814, the lot was owned by Richard Thomas Jr., the founder of the town.1 Thomas did not live on the lot and instead built a single-family home to house the family of the miller who operated his mill immediately across the street.2 In 1823, two years after Thomas's death, his son Roger and several family members submitted a Deed of Partition to the Montgomery County Court in which they divided their father's real estate equally amongst themselves. Under this agreement, Roger took ownership of both the miller's house on lot 37 and the mill itself.3

Above: The Bready family, who operated Thomas's mill in the late nineteenth century, stands in front of the miller's house which stood on lot 37.

Kyle Bacon, DAR Research Fellow, 2012; Megan O'Hern, 2014. 


  1. Plat of Brookeville, likely copy of original by Richard Thomas, c. 1800 [MSA SC 6023-1-2].
  2. MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF THE TAX (Assessment Record), 1813 Tax Assessment (District 4), Lots and Houses in Brookeville, MdHR 20,115-3-1 [MSA C1110-3, 01/18/14/019]. The values stated in tax assessments do not necessarily represent true property values, and likely understate values significantly.
  3. MONTGOMERY COUNTY COURT (Land Records) November 3, 1823, Deed of Partition amongst the children of Richard Thomas Jr. Liber X, p. 120 [MSA CE 148-25].

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