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Anne Brent

Birthplace: Admington (present Shipston-on-Stour), Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in St Marys City, St Marys County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Brent, Lord of Stoke and Admington and Elizabeth Brent
Wife of Hon. Leonard Calvert, 1st Prov. Gov. of Maryland
Mother of William Calvert; Ann Marsham and Charles Calvert
Sister of Mary Pearsall; William Brent; Richard Brent; Margaret Brent; George Brent and 6 others

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About Anne Brent

From the Wikipedia page on Leonard Calvert:

Leonard Calvert married Ann Brent, daughter of Richard Brent. Later in 1643, Ann gave birth to a son, William Calvert and in 1644 a daughter. Leonard Calvert returned to Maryland in 1644 with his wife and child, but was soon forced to flee to Virginia. He returned at the head of an armed force in 1646 and reasserted proprietarial rule.

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  • Richard Brent, Esq., Sheriff of Gloucestershire1
  • M, b. circa 1573
  • Father Richard Brent1 b. c 1548, d. 1587
  • Mother Mary Hugford1 b. c 1551
  • Richard Brent, Esq., Sheriff of Gloucestershire was born circa 1573 at of Admington, Gloucestershire, England.1 He married Elizabeth Reade, daughter of Giles Reade, Esq., Sheriff of Gloucestershire & Worcestershire and Katherine Greville, in 1594; They had 6 sons (Fulk; Richard; Col. Giles, Esq;William; Edward; & George) & 7 daughters (Margaret; Mary; Catherine, a nun; Elizabeth, a nun; Eleanor, a nun; Jane; & 'Anne').1 Richard Brent, Esq., Sheriff of Gloucestershire was buried on 1 May 1652 at St. Mary's, Ilmington, Gloucestershire, England.1 His estate was probated on 21 May 1652.1
  • Family Elizabeth Reade b. c 1572, d. c 16 May 1631
  • Citations
  • 1.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 305.
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From Melissa Thompson Alexander's page on Anne Brent:

•ID: I22348

•Name: Anne * BRENT

•Sex: F

•Birth: BET 1612 AND 1622 in Admington, Gloucestershire, England 1

•Death: ABT 1645


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The woman credited with being his wife, Anne Brent, claimed Royal ancestry but primarily Spanish and despised French rather than English and therefore somewhat less “clout” than the Ladies Baltimore. Anne’s forebears included no less than:

  • Alfonso V of Leon
  • Alfonso VI of Leon
  • Sancho II of Castile
  • Alfonso VII of Leon
  • Alfonso IX of Leon
  • Louis VIII of France
  • Louis IX of France
  • Edward I of England

Posted by Marguerite on October 10, 1998 at 11:54:25: (

In Reply to: Katherine Brent posted by Marguerite Atteberry Emmons on May 25, 1998 at 10:15:12:

According to Charles Brashear, the Katherine Brent married to Richard Marsham and the subject of these messages is NOT the daughter of Giles Brent and Mary Kittamaquond but in records is stated to have "been in service" in England before her marriage to Richard. Therefore, she was born in England and came as a young woman to the colonies where she married Richard Marsham.

The whole "Giles Brent" connection seems to have been a fabrication of someone who entered it into the LDS database. Another reason to be wary of that format. Thanks for all the input into this query.

Father: Richard * BRENT b: 1573 in Larke Stoke, Gloucestershire, England

Mother: Elizabeth * REED b: ABT 1578 in of Tusburie, England

Marriage 1 Leonard * CALVERT b: 1606 in London, England

•Married: 1642

•Note: George Calvert , writes: ..."I have not any proof of Leonard's marriage to Ann. The belief has long been that Leonard Calvert did mar a "Brent", and many of us continue to show "Ann Brent" as being his wife. Actually, he probably married one of Ann's cousins, since there is written evidence that Ann was sitll using her maiden name (Brent) long after Leonard's death.


1. William * CALVERT b: 1642 in MD or Yorkshire, England

2. Ann CALVERT b: 1644 in Yorkshire, England


1.Paul Tobler e-mail

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Anne Brent's Timeline

February 10, 1612
Admington (present Shipston-on-Stour), Warwickshire, England
August 7, 1637
Age 25
Age 29
England, (Present UK)
April 11, 1643
Age 31
St Marys City, MD, USA

April 21 (April 11 Julian Calendar, Monday), Mid-Atlantic: In Maryland Colony, Governor Leonard Calvert's brother-in-law Giles Brent, Deputy Governor of Maryland, is appointed to act on behalf of the Governor in his absence during his coming trip to England. While Governor Calvert consults in London with his brother Lord Cecil Calvert, Second Baron Baltimore, and begins his married life with Anne Brent, Captain Richard Ingle (age 34) brings his ship to St. Mary’s City on the Potomac River with a pro-Parliamentarian crew. While in port, Captain Ingle offends Acting Governor Brent by making disloyal comments about King Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland; Acting Governor Brent orders him arrested. Captain Ingle escapes imprisonment while at the docks and sails his ship away from St. Mary’s City. While in Parliamentarian-held London, the Governor (age 37), with the approval of his brother second Lord Baltimore Cecil Calvert, will agree to accept non-conformists from England and its other colonies.

September 1644
Age 32
St Marys City, MD, USA

September, Mid-Atlantic: In Maryland Colony, English Governor Leonard Calvert returns to St. Mary’s City (with wife Anne Brent and child William Calvert in tow), only to find that the colony, while under his brother-in-law Deputy Governor Giles Brent, has in effect declared war against the Parliamentarians. Parliamentarian Captain Richard Ingle and Virginia Colonial Counselor William Claiborne, further, have teamed up to foment a Parliamentarian uprising on Kent Island after Parliament commissions Claiborne as a Major General of Militia.
According to Lois Green Carr's "Margaret Brent - A Brief History" in the Maryland State Archives:

During the weeks after his return but before Ingle attacked, the court records show Leonard Calvert in bitter conflict with Giles Brent. Indeed, not long before Ingle's raid, the Governor ordered the St. Mary's County sheriff to "arrest the Body of Giles Brent Esq, and keepe him in safe custody in the house of John Cook in St Georges hundred, untill I shall call him to make answer to severall crimes agst the dignity & dominion of the right horle the Lord Proprietary of this Province." On the other hand, a few days later, Brent was sitting as a justice again. (Archives 4: 301 (quote), 302.)

Age 31
Probably Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, England

Presuming a June 1643 marriage, and pregnancy immediately afterward, the likely birth of William Calvert would have been in March 1644. William Calvert was an infant at the time of his parents departure for America, likely around July 1644.

June 23, 1645
Age 33
Yorkshire, England

Anne Brent, Ann's mother, may have been pregnant when she accompanied Leonard back to the New World. Almost immediately upon arriving in Maryland, Leonard and his government were forced to flee in the face of an attack by Richard Ingle at the start of the Plundering Time. Somehow, the children survived, so it is likely that Anne escaped with her husband, children in tow. However, for some reason, Anne didn't live long after fleeing Maryland, and appeared to have preceded her husband in death.

Final note by Ben M. Angel: there were only two children known (officially recorded) to have been born to Leonard Calvert and Anne Brent. There probably wasn't time enough for more than two children to be born. The likelihood of a third child named Charles to have been born is very unlikely. But then again, death in childbirth was not uncommon in this age, and there are very few records related to Anne's life. Would welcome seeing proof confirming Charles' birth, following Ann's.

Age 32
St Marys City, St Marys County, Province of Maryland
September 2, 1994
Age 33
September 16, 1994
Age 33