Robert Brooke Sr.

Robert Brooke Sr.

Hampshire, England
Death 20 Jul 1655 (aged 53)
Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Burial Saint Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 17908266 View Source
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The photo is also for another home that Robert built.

Robert Brooke, Esq. was the son of Thomas and Susan Foster Brooke, he resided at Whitchurch, Hampshire, England. He graduated on July 6, 1620 at Wadham College, Oxford, England; B.A. He was graduated on April 20, 1624 at Wadham College, Oxford, England; M.A.

His first marriage was to Mary Baker on February 25, 1626 or 1627 on Shrove Monday (Carnival Monday) in London. The documented children were:

Baker Brooke,(1628–1679), who married Anne Calvert (1644–1714), daughter of Gov. Leonard Calvert (1606–1647), 1st Governor of Maryland and Anne Brent.

Mary Brooke (1630-ca. 1650), who died young in England.

Maj. Thomas Brooke, Sr., Esq. (1632–1676), who married Eleanor Hatton (1642–1725), daughter of Hon. Richard Hatton, Sr. (1605–1648) and Margaret (ca. 1610).

Barbara Brooke (1634-ca. 1650), who died young in England.

After the death of Mary Baker in 1634, he married Mary Mainwaring (1611–63) on May 11, 1635 in England.

The following children were born to them:

Charles Brooke (1636–1671), never married.

Roger Brooke (1637–1700), who married:

1. Dorothy Neale, daughter of Capt. James Neale (ca. 1615-1684) and Anna Maria Gill
2. Mary Wolseley, daughter of Walter Wolseley and Mary Beauchamp.

Robert Brooke (1639–1667), who married Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of William Thompson and Mary Bretton.

John Brooke (1640–1677), who married Rebecca Isaacs.

Mary Brooke (1642).

William Brooke (1643).

Ann Brooke (1645), who married Christopher Beanes (ca. 1650-1696).

Francis Brooke (1648–1671), never married.

Basil Brooke (d. 1651), who died in infancy.

Henry Brooke (1655–1672), never married.

Eliza Brooke (1655), who married Capt. Richard Smith, Jr. (ca. 1660-1714), son of Lt. Richard Smith, Sr., Gent. ( 1690) and his wife, Eleanor.

He immigrated on June 30, 1650 to Charles Co., MD. He resided in 1650 at 'Brooke Place Manor', Charles Co., MD. He and Mary Mainwaring were members of Council on July 22, 1650 at Maryland. He was Acting Governor in 1652 in Maryland. He was President of Council in 1652 at Maryland.

When the Puritans ascended in 1652, under the Cromwellian Government, Robert was made head of Provisional Council of Maryland. He served in this capacity from March 29 to July 3, 1652. He was one of the five commissioners making up this Council, which was the government of Maryland. During this period, he served as the Council's President, which was equal to being Lieutenant-General or Governor of the Province. Robert's cooperation with the Bennett-Claiborne Puritan faction from 1652-1654 brought him the displeasure of Lord Baltimore and the loss of his proprietary offices.

He established Calvert County's original jail in 1654 in the town of Battle Town on Battle Creek. Robert Brooke named Battle Creek in memory of his first wife, Mary Baker, whose family had lived at Battle or Battle in Sussex, England, the site of the Battle of Hastings.

Robert was listed in the 1634 Visitation of Hampshire, England, with the following arms, "Checky or and azure on a bend gules a lion passant". Crest: "A demi-lion rampant erased or". The family was also entitled to quarter their arms with that of Twyne, described as "Sable a fesse embattled argent, in chief two estoiles of the last".

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Brooke Sr. (3 Jun 1602–20 Jul 1655), Find a Grave Memorial ID 17908266, citing Brooke Place Manor Cemetery, Saint Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by C (contributor 46588217) .