I'm not related to the PEARL or HOWARD name, but have a history of Montgomery County, Maryland, 1879, which mentions Col. John Eager HOWARD. Page 59 states, speaking of the Revolutionary War battles:
"Their deeds of prowess, from the battle of Camden, where, under the command of Colonel Otho H. Williams of Montgomery County, General Smallwood and Colonel John Eager HOWARD, including the bloody struggles of Cowpens, Guilford Court House, Ninety-Six, Eutaw Springs, and the Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which took place on the 19th of October, 1781, nobly exemplifying the fact that from the Heights of Brooklyn to the cotton fields of the Carolinas, the Maryland Line maintained their reputation for discipline and valor, worthy to be enrolled on monuments of marble and bronze. They were not mercenary soldiers, but farmers, merchants, and mechanics, who pledged their fortunes and lives to the cause of Liberty."
I find in the 1860 census for Frederick Co., MD, Mechanicstown District, 9 August 1860:
John Howard, 33, b. VA, farmer
Sarah Howard, 29, b. MD, wife
William Howard, 11, b. MD
Mary Howard, 9, b. MD
Charles Howard, 8, b. MD
Joseph Howard, 6, b. MD
Samuel Howard, 4, b. MD
Rosilla Howard, 2, b. MD
Cassandera Howard, 5 mo., b. March 1859
Then in the 1870 census, Washington Co., MD, Harpers Ferry, they are:
John Howard, age 48, day laborer, b. MD
Sarah Howard, age 41, wife, b. MD
Rozilla Howard, 11, b. MD
David Howard, 7, b. MD
Fran E. Howard, 3, b. MD (female)
Elenera Howard, 1, b. MD (female)
In the 1880 census, they are still in Washington Co., MD, but in the Sharpsburg district, and they now have several more children, while the oldest are out of the house and probably married:
John Howard, 53, b. VA, laborer
Sarah Howard, wife, 48, b. MD, parents born MD
David Howard, 16, b. MD
Fannie Howard, 13, b. MD
Ellen Howard, 11, b. MD
Hattie Howard, 10, b. MD
Maggie Howard, 8, b. MD
Emma Howard, 4, b. PA
In all, it appears they had 13 children, or perhaps more. I don't find any PEARL families in Maryland in 1860, not with that spelling. In 1870, there are several, including a George PEARL who could be the right age to be a brother to Sarah Pearl Howard.
I hope this helps you.
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