The Calvert Family
The Calverts were from a Yorkshire farming background, but the 1st Baron rose to become Secretary of State to James I. He married well: his first wife Anne Mynne (1579-1622) was descended from King Edward III. George himself is descended from King Henry III and Edward I, both Plantagenets. Most American Calverts are descended from either Leonard Calvert (1610-47), George’s 2nd son and the first Governor of Maryland, or from Benedict Swingate Calvert (1724-88) the natural son of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore.
There are claims on the internet that Leonard Calvert (1550-1611) and his wife Alice Crossland (1552-1587) had as many as 11 children, but the only 3 for whom there is any contemporary documentary evidence are George himself (born 1579) who became 1st Lord Baltimore, Christopher (1580) who was sent to the same Protestant school, and Dorothy (about 1582). We would be pleased to hear of any proof of the parentage of Helen, Leonard, Thomas, Anne, Isabel, Samuel, Mary or John.
5th Baron Charles also had 2 sons by a French lady (Cecil Bressan) who lived in London. He made provision for both boys in his will, and gave them the Calvert surname. The younger son, Rev Augustus Bressan Calvert (1742-1812), still has living descendants in the UK and New Zealand:
Descendants of Augustus Bressan Calvert