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Barbara Brook (Dent)

Also Known As: "Barbara /Brook", "Barbara /Brooke/", "Madame Barbry Brooke"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. Thomas Dent; Thomas Dent; Rebecca Dent and Rebecca Dent
Wife of Hon. Colonel Thomas Brooke, Jr. and Thomas Brooke, Sr
Mother of Sarah E Brooke; Elinor Tasker; Thomas Brooke, III; Lucy Hodgkin; Elizabeth Beall and 5 others
Sister of Major William Peter Dent; Thomas Dent; Margaret Howard; Peter Dent and George Dent
Half sister of Thomas Addison and Anne Brooke

Occupation: 2nd wife
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About Barbara Brook (Dent)

Col. Thomas Brooke, (1659-1730/31) of "Brookefield", President of the Council in Maryland and acting Governor.

Thomas, was the son of Maj. Thomas Brooke, Esq. (1632-1676) and his second wife Eleanor Hatton (1642-1725).

Thomas was born near Nottingham, Calvert Co., Maryland on January 2, 1660. He was commissioned Major of the Militia and promoted to Colonel.

Thomas was one of the Justices for Calvert County. Thomas was a justice of the peace for Calvert County in 1679-1681; 1685-1689. Thomas was a vestryman of St. Paul’s Parish, Calvert County. He was removed from his justiceship probably due to his opposition to the revolution Protestant Associators in 1689. He was nominated by Charles Calvert (1637-1715), 3rd Lord Baltimore to become a member of the first royal Council, commonly known as the Upper House, on August 26, 1691. He was probably appointed in an effort to mollify the proprietor after his loss of the colony.

Thomas served as a member of the Council of Maryland from 1692-1707. He took the oath of office as a justice of the Provincial Court on May 1, 1694. He was appointed Deputy Secretary of Maryland the following year, and in 1699 was Commissary General of the Province.

Thomas was dismissed from all offices by Gov. John Seymour (1649-1709) in 1708 as a result of close Catholic ties-his brothers were Jesuits and Col. Henry Darnall, Sr. (1645-1711) was his stepfather-and for poor Council attendance, although his attendance had been very regular prior to Seymour’s governorship. Brooke was reappointed to the same position after the colony reverted to proprietary control, and served from 1715-1722. In 1720 he was elected President of the Council, and acting Governor of Maryland from the departure of Gov. John Hart until the arrival of Governor Charles Calvert. The reason for his second dismissal from the Council in 1722, is unclear. Unlike his parents and brothers, he was a member of the Church of England and reared his family in that faith. He was one of the first vestryman of St. Paul's Parish.

Thomas resided at "Brookefield", his estate on Mattaponi Creek near the Patuxent River, which he inherited from his father. The land was formerly in Calvert County, but became Prince George's County when it was formed. In addition to "Brookefield", Col. Brooke also laid out several other tracts of land in Calvert County including: "The Gore", laid out on June 10, 1680; "Brookes Chance", on July 13, 1680; "Addition to Brooke Chance", on June 10, 1685; "Hogg Pen", on June 12, 1685; "Addition to Brookefield", on March 29, 1688; "The Grove Landing", on July 10, 1688; "The Forrest", on Sep. 5, 1694; "Dan" on September 6, 1694; "Brookes Discovery", on Dec. 10, 1695; and "The Prospect", on Dec. 11, 1695. At the time of his death on January 7, 1730 at “Brookefield”, Thomas had amassed over 7,000 acres (28 km²) of land, in which a majority was heavily mortgaged. His estate value was listed at 1,374 pounds, including proceeds of the sale of land, and 36 slaves.

Marriages

In about 1680 he married Anne Unknown, who by some authorities said to have been Anne Baker and others Anne Addison. He had by her four children: Thomas, Eleanor, Sarah, and Priscilla. Little is known about his first wife Anne, beyond the fact that she was living in 1687 when she signed a deed with her husband to Henry Lowe. Anne died in about 1684.

Colonel Brooke's second wife was Barbara Dent (daughter of Thomas Dent of St. Mary's County and Rebecca (Wilkinson) Dent, the daughter of The Reverend William Wilkinson. Barbara Dent was born in 1676, after her father's death, and is therefore not named in his will. However, her mother conveyed land to trustees for her benefit on Nov. 20, 1676. The deed was confirmed June 6, 1704, by Barbara's mother and the latter's second husband, Colonel John Addison. In the deed of confirmation it says that Barbara "is now married to the Hon. Thomas Brooke Esq." Thomas Brooke and Barbara Dent were married before Jan 4, 1699, as they signed a deed together on that date. They had ten children: Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Baker, Thomas, Jane, Rebecca, Mary, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Barbara Dent died at the age of 78.

Thomas Brooke was frequently Justice of Calvert County and, in Nov of 1683, was appointed one of the Commissioners for laying out towns and ports in the county. In 1695, his estate of "Brookefield" was in the newly formed county called Prince George. He was a member of the Council of Maryland from 1692 until 1707 when he was dismissed for non-attendance. He was reappointed in 1715, and served until 1724. He took the oath of office as Justice of the Provincial Court on May 1, 1694, was Deputy Secretary of Maryland in 1695, and was commissioned on June 26, 1701, as Commissary General of the Province. In 1720, Colonel Brooke was president of the Council, and served as acting Governor of Maryland upon the departure of Governor John Hart until the arrival of Governor Charles Calvert.

Governors of Maryland

Colonial

L. Calvert • Greene • Stone • Fendall • P. Calvert • C. Calvert, 3rd Baron • Wharton • Notley • C. Calvert, 3rd Baron • B. Calvert • Joseph • Coode • Neh. Blakiston • Copley • Lawrence • Andros • Greenberry • Andros • Lawrence • Nicholson • Nat. Blakiston • Tench • Seymour • Lloyd • Hart • Brooke • C. Calvert, 5th Baron • B.L. Calvert • Ogle • C. Calvert, 5th Baron • Ogle • Bladen • Ogle • Tasker • Sharpe • Eden

Statehood

Johnson • T. Lee • Paca • Smallwood • J. Howard • Plater • Brice • T. Lee • Stone • Henry • Ogle • Mercer • R. Bowie • Wright • E. Lloyd • R. Bowie • Winder • Ridgely • C. Goldsborough • Sprigg • Stevens • Kent • Martin • T. Carroll • Martin • G. Howard • J. Thomas • Veazey • Grason • F. Thomas • Pratt • P. Thomas • Lowe • Ligon • Hicks • Bradford • Swann • O. Bowie • Whyte • Groome • J. Carroll • Hamilton • McLane • H. Lloyd • Jackson • Brown • Lowndes • Smith • Warfield • Crothers • P. Goldsborough • Harrington • Ritchie • Nice • O'Conor • Lane • McKeldin • Tawes • Agnew • Mandel • Hughes • Schaefer • Glendening • Ehrlich • O'Malley

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Col. Thomas Brooke, (1659-1730/31) of "Brookefield", President of the Council in Maryland and acting Governor.

Thomas, was the son of Maj. Thomas Brooke, Esq. (1632-1676) and his second wife Eleanor Hatton (1642-1725).

Thomas was born near Nottingham, Calvert Co., Maryland on January 2, 1660. He was commissioned Major of the Militia and promoted to Colonel.

Thomas was one of the Justices for Calvert County. Thomas was a justice of the peace for Calvert County in 1679-1681; 1685-1689. Thomas was a vestryman of St. Paul’s Parish, Calvert County. He was removed from his justiceship probably due to his opposition to the revolution Protestant Associators in 1689. He was nominated by Charles Calvert (1637-1715), 3rd Lord Baltimore to become a member of the first royal Council, commonly known as the Upper House, on August 26, 1691. He was probably appointed in an effort to mollify the proprietor after his loss of the colony.

Thomas served as a member of the Council of Maryland from 1692-1707. He took the oath of office as a justice of the Provincial Court on May 1, 1694. He was appointed Deputy Secretary of Maryland the following year, and in 1699 was Commissary General of the Province.

Thomas was dismissed from all offices by Gov. John Seymour (1649-1709) in 1708 as a result of close Catholic ties-his brothers were Jesuits and Col. Henry Darnall, Sr. (1645-1711) was his stepfather-and for poor Council attendance, although his attendance had been very regular prior to Seymour’s governorship. Brooke was reappointed to the same position after the colony reverted to proprietary control, and served from 1715-1722. In 1720 he was elected President of the Council, and acting Governor of Maryland from the departure of Gov. John Hart until the arrival of Governor Charles Calvert. The reason for his second dismissal from the Council in 1722, is unclear. Unlike his parents and brothers, he was a member of the Church of England and reared his family in that faith. He was one of the first vestryman of St. Paul's Parish.

Thomas resided at "Brookefield", his estate on Mattaponi Creek near the Patuxent River, which he inherited from his father. The land was formerly in Calvert County, but became Prince George's County when it was formed. In addition to "Brookefield", Col. Brooke also laid out several other tracts of land in Calvert County including: "The Gore", laid out on June 10, 1680; "Brookes Chance", on July 13, 1680; "Addition to Brooke Chance", on June 10, 1685; "Hogg Pen", on June 12, 1685; "Addition to Brookefield", on March 29, 1688; "The Grove Landing", on July 10, 1688; "The Forrest", on Sep. 5, 1694; "Dan" on September 6, 1694; "Brookes Discovery", on Dec. 10, 1695; and "The Prospect", on Dec. 11, 1695. At the time of his death on January 7, 1730 at “Brookefield”, Thomas had amassed over 7,000 acres (28 km²) of land, in which a majority was heavily mortgaged. His estate value was listed at 1,374 pounds, including proceeds of the sale of land, and 36 slaves.

Marriages

In about 1680 he married Anne Unknown, who by some authorities said to have been Anne Baker and others Anne Addison. He had by her four children: Thomas, Eleanor, Sarah, and Priscilla. Little is known about his first wife Anne, beyond the fact that she was living in 1687 when she signed a deed with her husband to Henry Lowe. Anne died in about 1684.

Colonel Brooke's second wife was Barbara Dent (daughter of Thomas Dent of St. Mary's County and Rebecca (Wilkinson) Dent, the daughter of The Reverend William Wilkinson. Barbara Dent was born in 1676, after her father's death, and is therefore not named in his will. However, her mother conveyed land to trustees for her benefit on Nov. 20, 1676. The deed was confirmed June 6, 1704, by Barbara's mother and the latter's second husband, Colonel John Addison. In the deed of confirmation it says that Barbara "is now married to the Hon. Thomas Brooke Esq." Thomas Brooke and Barbara Dent were married before Jan 4, 1699, as they signed a deed together on that date. They had ten children: Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Baker, Thomas, Jane, Rebecca, Mary, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Barbara Dent died at the age of 78.

Thomas Brooke was frequently Justice of Calvert County and, in Nov of 1683, was appointed one of the Commissioners for laying out towns and ports in the county. In 1695, his estate of "Brookefield" was in the newly formed county called Prince George. He was a member of the Council of Maryland from 1692 until 1707 when he was dismissed for non-attendance. He was reappointed in 1715, and served until 1724. He took the oath of office as Justice of the Provincial Court on May 1, 1694, was Deputy Secretary of Maryland in 1695, and was commissioned on June 26, 1701, as Commissary General of the Province. In 1720, Colonel Brooke was president of the Council, and served as acting Governor of Maryland upon the departure of Governor John Hart until the arrival of Governor Charles Calvert.

Governors of Maryland

Colonial

L. Calvert • Greene • Stone • Fendall • P. Calvert • C. Calvert, 3rd Baron • Wharton • Notley • C. Calvert, 3rd Baron • B. Calvert • Joseph • Coode • Neh. Blakiston • Copley • Lawrence • Andros • Greenberry • Andros • Lawrence • Nicholson • Nat. Blakiston • Tench • Seymour • Lloyd • Hart • Brooke • C. Calvert, 5th Baron • B.L. Calvert • Ogle • C. Calvert, 5th Baron • Ogle • Bladen • Ogle • Tasker • Sharpe • Eden

Statehood

Johnson • T. Lee • Paca • Smallwood • J. Howard • Plater • Brice • T. Lee • Stone • Henry • Ogle • Mercer • R. Bowie • Wright • E. Lloyd • R. Bowie • Winder • Ridgely • C. Goldsborough • Sprigg • Stevens • Kent • Martin • T. Carroll • Martin • G. Howard • J. Thomas • Veazey • Grason • F. Thomas • Pratt • P. Thomas • Lowe • Ligon • Hicks • Bradford • Swann • O. Bowie • Whyte • Groome • J. Carroll • Hamilton • McLane • H. Lloyd • Jackson • Brown • Lowndes • Smith • Warfield • Crothers • P. Goldsborough • Harrington • Ritchie • Nice • O'Conor • Lane • McKeldin • Tawes • Agnew • Mandel • Hughes • Schaefer • Glendening • Ehrlich • O'Malley

Barbara Dent2 was born in early autumn 1676, after her father, Thomas, had died. She was an infant when her mother married John Addison. Her mother put in trust with Barbara’s uncle William HATTON, 200 acres for her until she turned sixteen years. It was terminated in 1704 as she was by then married to Thomas Brooke.[43 ] Barbara became the second wife of Thomas Brooke sometime before January 1699. There were four children for Barbara to raise from his first marriage, and she had eleven of her own. See Brooke Line.

After her step-father’s death, Barbara’s mother came to live with her, and the Brookes acquired most of Rebecca’s wealth.[44 ] It was swallowed up in the debts Thomas incurred.

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Barbara Brook (Dent)'s Timeline

1660
1660
1669
1669
St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
1683
1683
Age 14
Anne Arundel, Maryland
1683
Age 14
Brookefield, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
1699
1699
Age 30
Prince George's, Maryland
1699
Age 30
1709
1709
Age 40
1754
June 26, 1754
Age 85
Prince George's County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
1761
1761
Age 85
Brookfield Manor, Prince George County, Maryland, United States
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