John Eager Howard


Personal and Family Information

John was born on 25 Jun 1788 in Baltimore County, Maryland, the son of John Eager Howard and Margaret Oswald Chew.

He died on 18 Oct 1822 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Eager Howard


John Eager Howard


Margaret Oswald Chew


Benjamin Chew


Elizabeth Oswald



Birth25 JUN 1788
Place: Baltimore County, Maryland
Death18 OCT 1822
Place: Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Place: Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Age: 34
Address: Mercersburg, Church Hill Graveyard findagrave 16608453




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b. 25 Jun 1788 Philadelphia, PA

d. 18 Oct 1822 Mercersburg, PA

He was the eldest s/o Col John Eager Howard and Margaretta Chew and was suitor to Elizabeth "Bess" Caton prior to m. Cornelia Annabella Read, d/o Hon Jacob Read of SC at Drakie's Plantation, GA on 24 Dec 1820. In 1806 he graduated from Princeton.

Cornelia, his wife, died 24 Dec 1862 at her residence on Franklin Street in Baltimore in her 65th year. They had one son: John Eager Howard III b. 3 Sep 1821 d. 1862 in Boston. John Eager Howard, Jr. was a member of the Governor's Council in 1817, secretary of the Maryland Agricultural Society in 1818, and was elected a member of the MD Senate in the place of George Winchester during the later part of 1819. He was made Cornet of The Baltimore Light Dragoons on 3 May 1813 and then 3rd Lt on 9 Dec 1813 of the newly formed First Baltimore Horse Artillery.

The National Intelligencer posted on 19 Jan 1822: "Col John E Howard, Jr. was appointed by the Governor and Council of Maryland, to be Brig Gen of the 14th Brigade of the Maryland Militia in place of Gen Heath, deceased". His obituary in the newspapers just ten months later stated: "Brig Gen John E Howard, Jr., eldest son of our Revolutionary veteran of the same name, died at Mercersburg, PA, aged 34 years, of a fatal malady so prevalent at that place, where he had gone to attend his brother-in-law, the lamented, McHenry; both of them pride and ornament of their native city." He was buried at Church Hill Graveyard, Mercersburg, PA.

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