Colonel Gerard Fowke

Col Gerard Fowke was born in Stafford County, England, son of Roger Fowke of Gunston Hall, Stafford County and Mary Bailey of Lea Hall, Stafford County. He was a "Gentleman of the Bed Chamber to Charles I, and a colonel in the Royal Army.

He came to America and married Ann (Thorowgood) Chandler, widow of Col. Chandler of Port Tobacco. She was the daughter of Adam Thorowgood. They settled in Virginia and had a son, Gerard.

Gerard Sr. was known for his hot temper. In 1661, charges were made against him and others for having injured and insulted the king of the Potomac Indians, Wahonganocke. He was ordered to pay him "100 arms length of roanoke a piece, or match coats instead, at 20 arms length to every coat." In another instance, he was ordered to pay 10,000 pounds of Tobacco for permitting a murderer to escape, who had been "bound to his custody by Wahonganocke." For high misdemeanor in illegally imprisoning Wahonganocke, he and others were charged 15,000 pounds of tobacco and that they could hold no public or military office. However, 1660, he was Lieutenant of Colonel of Troops for Westmoreland County, and in 1663, Fowke was elected Burgess from Westmoreland.

He and his family moved to Port Tobacco Creek, Charles County, Maryland in 1664. He was elected to the Maryland Assembly as Burgess for Charles County in 1665, and served as Justice for the county in 1667.

Colonel Fowke died in 1669.

Colonel Gerard Fowke

Col Gerard Fowke (Gerard1) was born in Virginia in 1662. He married first, Mary Lomax, and second, Sarah Burdette (1662-1734). He and Sarah had two daughters:

  • Anne, who married Robert Alexander, and
  • Frances Fowke, born February 2, 1691, who married Dr. Gustavus Brown.


A History of Chapman and Alexander Families, by Sigismunda Mary Frances Chapman, Berryville, VA, 1939.

Virginia Genealogies, by Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden, 1891, 3rd printing by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD

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