Carroll Family Network

Members of Carroll family at one time claimed ownership of the matriarch of the Queen Family, upon whose status the freedom petitions rested. Various descendants of Charles Carroll and Mary Darnall were also involved in litigation opposite an enslaved family that claimed descent from a free white woman named Ann Wells.


1. There is often confusion about which of Benjamin Young's daughters married Robert Brent. A few sources like Henning and Downing identify Eleanor, while most point to Mary. An October 23, 1802 New York newspaper announced the marriage of Nelly Young to Thomas Fenwick in Washington, D.C., which confirms the genealogy in sources like Papenfuse and Morgan. However, a March 30, 1816 newspaper reported the death of Mary Fenwick, wife of Thomas Fenwick. Both Robert Brent and Thomas Fenwick appear in an 1820 tax list as heirs of Benjamin Young. See, "U.S. Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930" [database on-line]. (Provo, UT: 2014) and National Intelligencer, January 25, 1820. [back]


Margaret B. Downing. "The American Capitoline Hill and its Early Catholic Proprietors." The Catholic Historical Review vol. II (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1917), p. 282.

James Dudley Morgan, M.D. "Robert Brent, First Mayor of Washington City," Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C. vol. 2 (1899), pp. pp. 236-251.

George C. Henning. "The Mansion and Family of Notley Young," Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C. vol. 16 (1913), pp. 1-24.

Ronald Hoffman. Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500-1782 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), pp. 404-414.

Edward C. Papenfuse, et al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789. 2 Vols. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979, 1985), pp. 271, 929.

Kate Mason Rowland. The Life of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, 1737-1832 vol. II (New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1898), pp. 437-444, 446-447.