CHARLES CARROLL OF ANNAPOLIS 1702 – 1782
Charles Carroll of Annapolis (1702-1782) returned home from his European studies in 1722 to become the legal heir of the Settler. Like his father, he never gave up hope of overcoming the religious intolerance of Maryland penal laws which kept Catholics from publicly holding public office, practicing law, voting and providing education for their children. In defense of their beliefs, Catholics zealously guarded their fortunes by marrying into other Catholic families and sending their children abroad to study. It was during this time, 1726-1727, that he began courting Elizabeth Brooke, his future wife. Carroll began construction of his monumental brick house adjacent to that of his widowed mother and sisters. It is this structure that formed the foundation for what is today known as the Charles Carroll House. Later, his son would build a passage (or hyphen) connecting the two homes.