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Claggett Family History -- English Origins

According to tradition the Clagett family is sprung from Norman stock, the progenitor of the race having landed in England with William the Conqueror in 1066 and participated in the Battle of Hastings.

The first known Clagett ancestor is Robert Clagett of Kent, England. Born about 1490, he had a son Richard Clagett, born about 1525-30. He married Margarete, a daughter of Sir Robert Godden; among their issue was a son George (1563-1638) of Canterbury and the manors of Windhill, in Minster, Isle of Thanet, and Quarington, in Mersham Co., Kent. George was a haberdasher, councillor, alderman, chamberlain, and three times Mayor of Canterbury. He married Ann Colbrand, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Colbrand.

Due to the large number of descendants, the line of descent below is abbreviated.

Line of Descent

name = Direct ancestor. Due to the large number of descendants, the line of descent below is abbreviated.

  1. Robert Claggett (1525-1593) m. Margarete Godden
    1. George Claggett (1563-1638) m. Ann Colbrand
      1. William (1603-1637)
      2. Nicholas (1609-1663) See below.
      3. Edward (1613-1670) m. Margaret Adams (See below)
        1. Thomas (1644-1703) m. Mary Nutter
          1. Richard (1678-1752) m. Deborah Dorsey
            1. Samuel (1717-1756) m. Elizabeth Gantt
    2. George (1611-1630)
    3. Martha (1613-___)

Thomas Claggett (1644-1703)

CAPTAIN THOMAS CLAGETT (b. 1644), son of col. Edward Clagett (b. 1613) of London, England and his wife Margaret Adams was born in London about 1644 and for a time was an officer in the British Navy.

He inherited landed estates in England but about 1670/2, immigrated to Maryland and settled in St. Leonard's town on St. Leonard's Creek, Calvert County. He was apparently possessed of considerable means as he at once purchased and received by royal grant a number of large tracts of land in the Province: Goodlington Manor on the Eastern Shore, Weston, eight hundred acres on the Western Branch of the Patuxent River, near Upper Marlborough, Greenland and Croome in what is now Prince George's County and an estate near St. Leonard's town.

His name frequently appears in the early archives of the colony, where he is invariably referred to as '"Captain Thomas Clagett, Gentleman." Thomas Clagett, immigrant, married

(1) Mary, widow of Richard Hooper of Calvert County. (Administration. Test. Pro. VI-23) Mary Clagett, relict and administratrix of Richard Hooper exhibits her account, October 1674 (Test Pro. VI, 289) (Inv. and Accts. 1. 1674- 1703, p. 80). Account of Mary Clagett, relict of Richard Hooper, late of Calvert County, deceased and admnx. of goods and chattels and debts of said deceased. Distribution: Funeral expenses, 1,000 pounds of tobacco. To Doctor, 1,550 pounds tobacco; to Mr. Richard Keene, 400 pounds to- bacco; To Henry Hooper, 100 pounds of tobacco—by Mary M. C. Clagett, October 7, 1674.

In 1677, May 10, a subpoena was issued *'to Sarah and Eleanor Hooper, infant daughters of Richard Hooper, deceased, by Thomas Clagett and Mary his wife, their guardians; Returned June 19, 1677 (Chancery C. D. 167).

In November 1688, the Sheriff of Calvert County, Michael Taney, was ordered to summon Sarah Whinfell (incorrectly spelled, apparently) and Eleanor Hooper, daughters and co-heirs of Richard Hooper de- ceased. Elisha Hall figured in this ... suggesting a Wingfield connection. (Chancery C. D. 167 Annap.)

2) Sarah (Chancery P. L. 849) proof of which is found in the deposition of Sarah Clagett in 1717, that she witnessed the marriage "...of Captain Richard Smith of Calvert County and the widow, Madam Johanna Lowther and attended the wedding reception." In the deposition she gave her age as fifty-five, proving the year of her birth as before given. The further fact that she was not the mother of Thomas Clagett's first children has also been shown.

Edward Claggett (1613-167?)

Edward Clagett was in 1660 the Commissioner for the militia of the city of London; in 1653-1673, Master, Drapers Company, and a member of the London Common Council. In 1664, he received confirmation of the Clagett arms, with the Godden quartering from Clarenceux, King of Arms (Ruler of London).

George Clagett

George Clagett lived in Canterbury and the manors of Windhill, in Minster, Isle of Thanet, and Quarington, in Mersham Co., Kent. He was a haberdasher, councillor, alderman, chamberlain and three times mayor of Canterbury. He was the first Clagett to emigrate to the American colonies.

Cenotaph of Thomas John Claggett in Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England.

George Clagett was great uncle of the Rev. Dr. William Clagett, preacher at Gray's Inn, theologian and prolific author; great uncle of Dr. Nicholas Clagett, archdeacon of Sudbury, theologian and author; Great-great uncle of the Right Rev. Dr. Nicholas Clagett, Bishop of St. David's and of Exeter, and ancestor of the Right Rev. Thomas Clagett, first Bishop of Maryland. George was Mayor of Caterbury in 1609, 1622, and 1632.

Nicholas Claggett (1610-1663)

Nicholas was born c. 1610. and in 1628 was entered as a student of Merton College, Oxford, where he proceeded B.A. in October 1681 (Wood, Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 460). Afterwards he migrated to Magdalen Hall, and commenced M.A. in June 1634, being then generally esteemed a very able moderator in philosophy (ib. i. 474). About 1636 he became vicar of Melbourne, Derbyshire, and about 1644 he was chosen lecturer or preacher at St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, where he was popular with"'the precise party." After the Restoration [of the English crown to the Stuart monarchy] he was ejected from the preachership for nonconformity. He died on 12 Sept. 1663, and was buried in the chancel of St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds (Addit. MS. 19165, f. 237).

Nicholas wrote: The Abuse of God's Grace; discovered in the Kinds, Causes, Punishments, Symptoms, Cures, Differences, Cautions, and other Practical Improvements thereof. Proposed as a seasonable check to the wanton Libertinisme of the present Age, Oxford, 1659, 4to. Dedicated to his honoured cousin William Clagot, and his dear consort the Lady Southcote.

By his wife Jane, who died at Bury St. Edmunds on 23 Aug. 1673, he had two sons who became eminent divines, viz., Dr. William Clagett (1646-___) [q. v.] and Dr. Nicholas Clagett (1650-1727) He was for sixty years "preacher" also at Medburn, Archdeacon of Sudbury. He died in 1727. His son Nicholas (1686-1746) (the third), who was also a distinguished divine, elected Bishop of St. David's in 1739.