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Thomas Brooke (b. June 23, 1632, d. Bef. December 29, 1676)Thomas Brooke (son of Robert Brooke and Mary Baker) was born June 23, 1632 in Battel, County of Sussex, England, and died Bef. December 29, 1676 in Brookfield Manor, Calvert County, Maryland.He married Eleanor Hatton on Abt. 1658 in Calvert County, Maryland, daughter of Richard Hatton and Margaret Banks.
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Thomas Brooke, Mayor, of Battle Creek, Calvert County, Maryland, was born at Battel, England, 23 Jun 1632, and arrived in Maryland with his father, 30 Jun 1650, and emigrated with his father, step-mother, and nine siblings to Calvert County.He established himself within his manorial domain with great courtly dignity, known as Manor of Brooke Place, de la Brooke, Brooke Manor of Calvert County and St Marys County, Maryland.In 1633, Major Thomas Brook received "Brookfield" of many thousands of acres, on westside of Patuxent and "Brooke" on Mattaponi Creek.Marked by a stone with his intiials TB, this is where the town TB (Prince Georges County, Maryland) took its name.Thomas was commissioned a Captain in the Calvert County militia 15 June 1658, the year Oliver Cromwell died and the Commonwealth began to unravel. During the unrest at the time of the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy, he was promoted to Major on 11 Feb 1660.In 1667 he served in an expedition against the Native Americans. Three decades later he was a member of a commission sent to treat with the Piscattaways.Because of racist and dishonest dealings on the part of the English settlers, the Native Americans finally decided to leave St. Marys County and Maryland, a move the Protestant Governor did nothing to discourage. After they left he realized belatedly that their leaving severed Marylands connection to the lucrative fur trade. He sent Thomas Brooke and several others to woo them back, but it was too little, too late.He was also a Member of the Assembly during 1663-1666 and 1671-1676.Thomas was High Sheriff of Calvert County in 1666-1667 and 1668-1669, and was the Presiding Justice of the County Court from 1667 until his death, excepting the year he served as High Sheriff.He was elected to the Lower House of the Maryland legislature and served four terms in Annapolis: 1663-64, 1666, 1671-74/5, and 1676, dying before the beginning of the second session that year.In 1667 he was named to a commission from Maryland to confer with Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, regarding the over-production of tobacco, which was depressing prices. As tobacco was a medium of exchange more common than coins, in addition to being the main cash crop, the economic ramifications were serious.
The earliest Special Warrant to Thomas for land was for 1,000 acres on 14 Aug 1663.The first land surveyed to Thomas in St. Marys County was 150 acre Brookes Neck on 3 Aug 1666.At the time of his first election Thomas owned 3,000 acres, of which 2,000 had been given to him by his father.
Thomas was a Roman Catholic.He married about 1658, Eleanor Hatton, daughter of Richard and Margaret Hatton, and niece of Honorable Thomas Hatton, Secretary of the Province.They established a pious Catholic family.Three of their sons became Jesuit priests.Thomas probably had considerable schooling. He was raised a Protestant, but converted to Roman Catholicism.The family belonged to what was sometimes referred to as the Court Circle in St. Marys City.They were wealthy, and that brought political and social prominence.
Thomas signed his will 25 Oct 1676, and died before 29 Dec 1676 when it was probated.He left part of Delabrook Manor to his wife Elinor during her life, then it was to go to their son Thomas.Young Thomas also got part of Brookefield when he turned 21. Son Robert got the rest of Delabrook Manor and Brookefield. Ignatius received 700 acres of the larger Brook Grove and also Crossoloths and The Wedge.Matthew was given the remaining 300 acres of Brooke Grove and 500 acre Brookes Content.He was given 50 acre Grove Landing jointly with Ignatius.Clement was given Poplar Neck, with the provision that if he died before age 21 it should go to Thomass daughter Elinor.Daughter Mary was also remembered, as were Thomass brothers Baker and Roger, Clement Hill, and two god-sons Baker Jr. and Thomas Gardiner.He bequeathed two hogsheads of tobacco each to Michael Foster and Henry Carew, priests, because he said, I am Roman Catholic and desire good Prayers of the church for my Soul.His estate was valued at 95,910 pounds of tobacco, the preferred medium of exchange.It included ten slaves, ten indentured servants, and 7,742 acres.
Elinor married for a second time Henry Darnall, who was born about 1645. Like her first husband, Henry also served in the Maryland legislature. Henrys first wife, whose name is not known, had been a Catholic.They had five children, who Elinor helped raise.Henrys son Philip married Elinors daughter Elinor Brooke. Henry died in 1711.
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Record Change: December 06, 2003
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Marriage: Abt. 1658, Calvert County, Maryland.
Children of Thomas Brooke and Eleanor Hatton are:
- +Robert Brooke, b. October 24, 1663, Maryland, d. July 18, 1714, Calvert County, Maryland.