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Claggett Family History -- English Origins

Our original (known) Clagett ancestor is Robert Clagett of Kent, England. Born about 1490, his great-grandson 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 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.