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Howard Eager family genealogy

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0594

Scope and Contents

The book starts with a memo signed by John Eager Howard in 1810 with the story of his ancestors who came from England. The following pages contain his Family tree, with the names and birth/death dates of the Eager-Howard family from 1799-1895. It is unclear who continued to work on the book after Howard’s death in 1827. The content includes notes with peculiarities about the family’s history and an Index with the names of family members and corresponding pages.


  • Creation: 1799-1895

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Biographical / Historical

This hand written book traces the Genealogy of the Howard Eager Family from Baltimore. It was put together in 1810 by John Eager Howard (1752-1827), former U.S. Senator from Maryland (1976-1803), 5th Governor of Maryland (1788-1791) and colonel in the American Revolutionary War. After Howard's death, Howard County was named in his honor and a statue was installed at Washington Square, Baltimore.

Howard's paternal grandfather, Joshua Howard, came from England around 1667, right after the Monmouth Rebellion. Among their prominent decedents, Howard’s son George Howard was the 22nd Governor of Maryland (1831-1833), and another son, Benjamin Chew Howard, was an American congressman (1829 -1839) and the fifth reporter of decisions of the United States Supreme Court (1843 - 1861). His grandson Francis Key Howard (1826 - 1872) was the editor of the Baltimore Exchange, a Baltimore newspaper sympathetic to the Southern cause.


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