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Thomas Brooke, Jr.

Also Known As: "Colonel"
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Birthplace: St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland
Death: Died in Province of Maryland
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Son of Thomas Brooke and Eleanor Mary Brooke (Hatton)
Husband of Barbara Brooke and Anne Brooke
Father of Priscilla Gantt; Baker Brooke; Jane Contee; Mary Sim; Nathaniel Brooke and 9 others
Brother of Mary Darnall; Clement Brooke and Eleanor Brooke
Half brother of Eleanor Simpson; Edward Darnall, Sr.; Mary Ridgely; Philip Darnall; Anne Darnall and 5 others

Occupation: Colonel, "of Brookefield"
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http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc5000/sc5094/000500/html/sm566.html Maryland State Archives Brooke, Thomas ( 1659 - 1731 ) Wife: 1. Ann, 2. by 1689, Barbara, daughter of Thomas Dent and Rebecca Dent Addsion. Parents: Thomas Brook (SM#565) and Ellinor Brooke Darnall, daughter of Richard Hatton and Margaret Hatton Banks. Grandparents: Robert and Mary Brooke. Siblings: Robert, Ignatius, Matthew, Clement, Elinor, Mary. Children (wife #1): Thomas (m. Lucy Smith); (divison amongst wives unknown): Elinor (m. 1. John Tasker, 2. Charles Sewell), Sarah (m. 1. William Dent, 2. Philip Lee), Priscilla (m. Thomas Gantt), Jane (m. Alexander Contee), Rebecca (m. John Howard), Mary (m. Patrick Sim), Elizabeth (m. George Beale), Lucy (m. Thomas Hodgkin), Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Baker, Thomas. Moved to Prince Georges County between 1697 and 1708. Offices prior to 1708: Local Offices: justice of peace (Calvert County), 1679-1681, 1685-1689; St. Pauls Parish Vestry (Calvert County), 1693-1697. Provincial Offices: Council, 1691-1708; Upper House, 1692-1693, 1694-1697, 1698-1700, 1701-1704, 1704-1707; justice, Provincial Court, 1693-1694; deputy secretary, 1694-1696; commissary general, 1699-1706; Burgess (Prince Georges County), 1708.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paxson/southern/brooke.html#Thomas2Brooke Thomas Brooke3, b. ca. 1659; d. 1730/1; m (1) Ann __; m (2) Barbara DENT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Brooke,_Sr. Col. Thomas Brooke, Jr., Hon. (1659-1730/31) of "Brookefield", Thomas married 1) Ann ? 2) Barbara Dent (1676–1754), daughter of Col. Thomas Dent, Sr., Gent. (1630–1676) and Rebecca Wilkinson (1633–1726).

http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc4000/sc4040/000100/html/sm183.html Brooke, Barbara Dent Husband: by 1689, Thomas Brooke. Parents: Thomas Dent and Rebecca Dent Addison, daughter of Rev. William Wilkinson. Siblings: William, Thomas, Peter, George, Margaret. Children (division amongst wives unknown): Eleanor, Sarah, Elizabeth, Priscilla, Jane, Rebecca, Mary, Lucy, Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Baker, Thomas (2).

\http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Brooke,_Jr. (14 children) • Baker Brooke 1680 • Benjamin Brooke, Sr. (1680–1727), who married Eleanor Bowie (1709–1790), who married secondly, Mr. Skinner. Eleanor was the daughter of John Bowie, Sr., Gent. (ca. 1688-1752) and Mary Mullikin • Eleanor Brooke (b. 1683 - d.1756), who 1st married John Seawall, son of Colonel Thomas Seawall (b. 1712-d.1790) and Mary Rwbbeca Hansford. 2) Charles Seawall (b.1735- d. 1742) son of Major Nicholas Lowe Seawall (b. 1712- d. 1790) and Susanna Burgess (b. 1713- d. 1790) • Elizabeth Brooke (1683–1748), who married Col. George Beale (1695–1780), son of Col. Ninian Beale, Sr. (b.1625- d.1717) and Ruth Moore (d.ca. 1717). • Jane Brooke (b.1685- d. 1779), who married Alexander Contee (1693–1740), son of Dr. Peter Contee (d. 1714) and his first wife, Catherine. • John Brooke (1687 - 1727) • Lucy Brooke (b. 1687), who married Thomas Hodgkin. He was a planter in Prince George Co. Md. • Mary Brooke (1689–1758), who married Dr. Patrick Sim (d. 1740). • Nathaniel Brooke (1689 - 1780) • Priscilla Brooke (1690–1760), who married Hon. Thomas Gantt, Jr., Gent. (d. 1763), son of Edward Gantt and Ann Baker. • Rebecca Brooke (b. 1692-d.1768), who married Capt. John Howard (ca. 1691-1741), son of Edmond Howard (1659–1712) and Margaret Dent (1662–1712) • Sarah Brooke (1694-1732)1 married Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Hon., Esq. (1681–1744), son of Col. Richard Lee II, Esq. (1647–1715) and Laetitia Corbin (ca. 1657-1706). • Thomas Brooke III (1696-1744/45), who married Lucy Smith (1688–1770), daughter of Col. Walter Smith, Sr. (b. 1676- d.1711) and Rachel Hall (b.1671–d.1730). • Thomas Brooke (b. 1717; d. 1768), unmarried. <Maryland Genealogies, Vol. 1, Pg.100>

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.

References

1658-1758 Charles County MD Families "The first 100 years": Wills, Court, Church, Land, Inventories & Accounts Brook Family Genealogy Maryland State Archives: St. Mary's City Men's Career Files MSA SC 5094 Brooke Thomas (1659-1731)

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 -------------------- 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

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 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.

[edit] Marriages In about 1680 he married Anne ?, who by some authorities said to have been Anne Baker and others Anne Addison. He had by her six children, and she died in about 1684.

Dent Family Coat of Arms Thomas married as his second wife, Barbara Dent (1676-1754). Barbara was born in 1676 in St. Mary’s Co., Maryland, and died June 26, 1754 in Calvert Co., Maryland.

Barbara was the daughter of Col. Thomas Dent, Sr., Gent. (1630-1676) and Rebecca Wilkinson (1633-1726).


[edit] Children By first wife Ann:

Elinor Brooke (b. abt. 1680 - aft. 1742), who married 1) John Tasker, son of Col. Thomas Tasker (d. 1700) and Rebecca (Isaacs) Brooke (d. 1700). 2) Charles Sewall, son of Maj. Nicholas Sewall (ca. 1655-1737). Thomas Brooke III (1683-1744/45), who married Lucy Smith (1688-1770), daughter of Col. Walter Smith, Sr. (ca. 1676-1711) and Rachel Hall (1671-1730). Sarah Brooke (1684-1724), who married 1) Col. William Dent, Sr., Gent. (1660-1705). 2) Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Hon., Esq. (1681-1744), son of Col. Richard Lee II, Esq. (1647-1715) and Laetitia Corbin (ca. 1657-1706).

By second wife Barbara:

Priscilla Brooke (1685-1760), who married Hon. Thomas Gantt, Jr., Gent. (d. 1763), son of Edward Gantt and Ann Baker. Nathaniel Brooke (1689 - bef. 1730) John Brooke (1690 - bef. 1730) Baker Brooke (b.1694) Benjamin Brooke, Sr. (1694-1727), who married Eleanor Bowie (1709-1790), who married secondly, Mr. Skinner. Eleanor was the daughter of John Bowie, Sr., Gent. (ca. 1688-1752) and Mary Mullikan. Elizabeth Brooke (1699-1748), who married Col. George Beall (1695-1780), son of Col. Ninian Beall, Sr. (ca. 1625-1717) and Ruth Moore (d.ca. 1700). Jane Brooke (1702/03-1779), who married Alexander Contee (1693-1740), son of Dr. Peter Contee (d. 1714) and his first wife, Catherine. Rebecca Brooke (b. bet. 1700-1709; d. 1768), who married Capt. John Howard (ca. 1691-1741), son of Edmond Howard (1659-1712) and Margaret Dent (1662-1712). Mary Brooke (1702-1758), who married Dr. Patrick Sim (d. 1740). Lucy Brooke (b. 1708), who married Thomas Hodgkin.

[edit] Ancestry Henry Darnall, Sr. (1645-1711) of "Woodyard" Thomas Jr., was the son of Maj. Thomas Brooke, Sr., Esq. (1632-1676) and his second wife Eleanor Hatton (1642-1725). After the death of Maj. Thomas Brooke, Sr., Esq. (1632-1676), Eleanor married Col. Henry Darnall, Sr. (1645-1711) of "Woodyard" and “Darnall’s Delight”, making Col. Thomas Brooke, Jr., Hon. (1660-1730), the stepson of Col. Darnall and the half brother of Henry Darnall II, Esq. (d. 1737).

Eleanor was the daughter of Hon. Richard Hatton, Sr. (1605-1648) and Margaret (ca. 1610), who married secondly, Capt. Richard Banks, Sr. (ca. 1612-1667).

Thomas Sr., was the son of Gov. Robert Brooke, Sr., Esq. (1602-1655) and his first wife, Mary Baker (1602-1634).

Mary was the daughter of Thomas Baker II and Mary Engham.

Robert Sr., was the son of Hon. Thomas Brooke (1561-1612) and [Susan Foster (ca. 1570-1612).

Susan was the daughter of Sir Thomas (Forster) Foster V (1548-1612) of “Etherstone”, Hertford, England, and his wife, Susan Foster (1548-1625), co-heiress with her sister Constance.

Thomas was the son of Richard Brooke, Sr., Gent., Esq. (1519-1594) and Elizabeth Twyne (1523-1599).

Richard was the son of Robert Brooke (d. 1593).

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Hon. Colonel Thomas Brooke, Jr.'s Timeline

1659
1659
St. Mary's County, Province of Maryland
1683
1683
Age 24
Brookefield, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
1684
1684
Age 25
1685
1685
Age 26
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
1687
1687
Age 28
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland
1699
1699
Age 40
Prince George's County, Province of Maryland
1699
Age 40
1700
1700
Age 41
1709
1709
Age 50
1731
January 7, 1731
Age 72
Province of Maryland