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Col Thomas Brooke, Jr

Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Death 7 Jan 1730 (aged 70–71)
Naylor, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Burial Nottingham, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
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from the "Maryland Historical Magazine," Volume 1, page 185 & written by the Maryland Historical Society:

Maryland historical magazine, Vol 1 by Maryland Historical Society, page 185:

10. Col. Thomas Brooke5 (Thomas4, Robert3, Thomas2, Richard1) of Brookfield, Prince George's County, was born about 1659 and died, according to family record, 7 Jan 1730/1.

He was frequently justice of Calvert County, and in November 1683 was appointed one of the Commissioners for laying out towns and ports in the County. In 1695 his estate of Brookfield was included in the newly formed county of Prince George's. He was a member of the Council of Maryland from 6 Apr 1692 (Md. ARch. viii, 306) until 1707 when he was dismissed for non-attendance, but was reappointed in 1715 and served until 1724 (MS. U. H. Journals). He took the oath of office as Justice of the Provincial Court 1 May 1694 (Md. Arch. xx, 53), and was commissioned, 26 Jun 1701, Commissary General of the Province (Test. Proc., Lib. 19, fol. 74). In 1720 he was President of the Council and Acting Governor of Maryland from the departure of Gov. John Hart until the arrival of Gov. Charles Calvert (MS. U. H. Journals; Perry's Church in Maryland, p. 121).

Col. Brooke was twice married. His first wife, Anne, whose parentage is unknown, was living in 1687 when she joined her husband in a deed to Henry Lowe and Susanna his wife "late relict of John Darnall Esq." and to Clement Hill, of part of De la Brooke Manor (Prov. Court, Lib. E. I. no. 10, fol. 265).

His second wife was Barbara, daughter of Thomas Dent of St. Mary's County and Rebecca his wife, daughter of the Rev. William Wilkinson. Barbara Dent was born in 1676, after her father's death, and is therefore not named in his will, but her mother conveys land to trustees for her benefit, 20 Nov 1676, and this deed is confirmed, 6 Jun 1704, by Barbara's mother and the latter's second husband, Col. John Addison (Charles Co., Lib. 21, fol. 116, 121). In the deed of confirmation it is recited that Barbara "is now married to the Hon. Thomas Brooke Esq."

The marriage took place before 4 Jan 1699, when Col. Thomas Brooke and Barbara his wife execute a deed together (Pr. Geo. Co., Lib. A., fol. 210).

The will of Col. Thomas Brooke is dated 30 Nov 1730, and was proved 25 Jan 1730/1. His wife Barbara survived him, and died in 1754. Her will, dated 24 Feb 1748/9, was proved 26 Jun 1754. Several of Col. Brooke's children are not mentioned in his will, but were provided for by deeds executed in their father's life time.

Col. Thomas Brooke and Ann his first wife had issue:

17. i. Thomas Brooke6, b. 1683; d. 1744.

ii. Eleanor Brooke, mar. 1. John Tasker (d. 1711), 2. Charles Sewall (d. 1742).

iii. Sarah Brooke, d. 1724; mar. Philip Lee.

iv. Priscilla Brooke, mar. Thomas Gantt.

By his second wife, Barbara Dent, Col. Thomas Brooke had issue:

i. Nathaniel Brooke

ii. John Broke.

iii. Benjamin Brooke.

iv. Baker Brooke.

v. Thomas Brooke, b. 1717; d. 1768, unmarried.

vi. Jane Brooke, d. 1779; mar. abt 1720, Alexander Contee of Prince George's Co., who died 24 Dec. 1740.

vii. Rebecca Brooke, d. 1763; mar. John Howard of Charles Co., who d. 1742.

viii. Mary Brooke, d. 1758; mar. Dr. Patrick Sim of Prince George's Co., who d. 24 Oct 1740. Her grandson Thomas Sim Lee, was Governor of Maryland 1779-82, and 1792-94.

ix. Elizabeth Brooke, mar. Col. George Beall (b. 1695; d. 1780).

x. Lucy Brooke, mar. Thomas Hodgkin.

The order of birth is uncertain. The fact that Col. Thomas Brooke had two sons named Thomas is attested by his will.

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