About Ensign Samuel Packard, Sr.
- Birth: baptized Sep 17 1612 - Stonham Aspall, Suffolk, England
- Death: Nov 7 1684 - Bridgewater,Plymouth,Massachusetts
- Parents: George Packard, Mary Wither
- Wife: Elizabeth
- Children: 14 - Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel, Hannah, Israel, Jael, Deborah, Zaccheus, Jane, Abigail, Deliverance, Thomas, John, Nathaniel
Samuel Packard with his wife, Elizabeth, and a daughter left Ipswich on the Ship Diligent on June 1638. They arrived in Boston Harbor on August 10, 1638. They immediately went to Hingham. They were in Hingham in 1652, when his daughter Deliverance was baptised. The family then moved to Weymouth where Samuel was a Selectman from 1654 to 1664 and some of his children were born in Weymouth. Then they settled in Bridgewater, Massachsuetts about 1664 where he was appointed Constable. Samuel purchased land in Bridgewater before August 1662. He was Collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in 1672, and Constable again in 1674. In 1671 Samuel was licensed to keep an ordinary (tavern) which he had in 1670. Since Samuel signed with a mark, this suggests that he could not write. This may be why some early records show the name as Packer.
Samuel (1) PACKARD(2346) was born about 1612 in Windham, England.(2347) History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County,Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement To The Present Time With Family Registers. By Bradford Kingman. Published by the author,
"Samuel Packard, wife and child, came from Windham, near Hingham, England, in the ship""Diligence," of Ipswich, John Martin, master.There were 133 passengers. He first settled in Hingham, Mass, in
1638; from thence he removed to West Bridgewater. He was a constable and tavern-keeper. All of this name who have gone from the Bridgewaters were probably descendants of his, and, in fact, nearly
all of the name in this country can be traced to that place. There have been a variety of ways in which the name has been written; namely, Pecker, Packer, Peckard, Peckerd; but the usual and proper
name is Packard."
The above is basically reflected as the same in Mitchell's History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Baltimore 1970, Gateway Press.
He emigrated in 1638 from Hingham MA.(103) (2348) (2349) He died on 11 Jul 1684 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, MA. (2350)
Records show Samuel owned a grant of land in 1638 at Hingham. He removed with his wife, Elizabeth, about 1660 from Hingham to Bridgewater, Mass. with their twelve children, Elizabeth, Samuel Jr., Zaccheus, Thomas, John, Nathaniel, Mary, Hannah, Israel, Jael, Deborah, and Deliverance.
That he first lived in Hingham and lastly in Bridgewater is generally recognized, but most accounts have him moving directly from the former to the later. However, he moved from Hingham to Weymouth, where he was a Selectman from 1654 to 1664 and at least two of his children were born. He was still in Hingham in 1652 when his daughter, Deliverance, was baptized, but must have moved soon thereafter.
Samuel was not an original proprietor of Bridgewater, who were all from Duxbury, but he purchased land from them before August 1662, when he was appointed to a group to lay out highways. He was an active member of the town, being Collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in 1672, and Constable again in 1674. He was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (tavern) in 1671. He died there 7 November 1684, and his will, dated 29 October 1684
In 1667 he served on the committee to lay out streets at Bridgewater. He was made constable in 1664, and licensed to operate a Tavern--Hotel in 1670.
In 1682 he with four sons was named amoung 80 Proprietors of Bridgewater. Bridgewater was taken from Duxbury and deeded to Miles Standish, Constant Southworth and Samuel Nash in 1649.
All of Samuel's sons are said to have served as soilders in the Indian Wars of 1675 and 1676. There is a discrepancy in the records for Samuel's death date. Some show it to be 7 April 1684, however his last 'Will' was dated 29 October 1684. Others list his death date as 7 November 1684. Elizabeth remarried after Samuel's death, to John Washburn, 1685/6.
1. Mass. 13 2. Mass. 20 3. Savage p. 327 4. N.E. Reg. Vol. 59 p. 107 5. Mass. B 28, p. 253 6. Hist. of Bridgewater, MA 7. Mass. B 28, p. 253 8. F, F, H., #126? 9. Submitted by Dorothy Hadlock 80 North Main, Salt Lake City, UT.
Bowling, Alice Christine, THE ANCESTORS AND FAMILY OF JOHN LAWSON PACKARD, Box 353, Stanfield, OR 97875.
Mitchell, Edward C., History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Family Register, 1970.
Kingman, Bradford, History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, from its First Settlement to the Present Time with Registers, Boston, published by the Author, 1866 , pg 585.
Bartlett, Ruth Packard and Packard, Daniel A., Jr., THE ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL PACKARD, 1783-1853, FOUNDER OF BEAR HILL FARM, ROCKLAND, ME (1981-1982).
Lincoln, George, History of Town of Hingham, MA, p 104-105.
Colonial Families of America, published 1940, New York, Vol. 19, contains printed version of Samuel's will.
ANCESTRAL FILE VER 3.04, SAYS BORN SUFFOLKSHIRE, ENGLAND--NO FILE #.
AFN:4T85-MM, STATES BORN STONHAM ASPAL, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND.
LDS Ancestral File says "Samuel Packard, b. 1604/1605 Wymondham, Suffolk, England, p. George Packard & Mary Wither, Chr 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Parish, Aspal, Suffolk Co England, m. Elizabeth Stream ca 1635 England, d. 7 Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, MA"; file lists ch. Joseph, not on any other lists of their children.
PIEMF says "Samuel Paccard b. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal Parish, Suffolk England, p. George Paccard & Mary Wither, m. Elizabeth Stream in England, d. 7 Apr/Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA"; another page says "Samuel Packard b. ca 1604/05 Wymondham, Suffolk England, bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal Parish, Suffolk England, p. George Packard & Mary Wither, moved to Hingham MA 1638 on ship "Diligent", m. Elizabeth Stream, moved to Weymouth 1653, moved to Bridgewater 1663, d. 7 Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA".
PIEMD says "Samuel Packard b. 1612 England, chr. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal Parish, Suffolk England, m. Elizabeth Stream, moved Boston or Hingham 1638 on ship "Diligent", d. 7 Apr 1684 Bridgewater MA".
HESB says "Samuel Packard came from Windham (near Hingham) England to Hingham MA on ship "Diligent" 1638, moved to West Bridgewater, d. ca 1684"
PAFA says "Samuel Packard bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, England, p. George Packard & Mary ?, immigrated 1638 from Windham (near Hingham, Norfolk England) to Hingham, Plymouth Colony, served under Capt. Benj. Church in King Philip's War, m. Elizabeth ?, will 1684, d. 7 Nov 1684/5".
PLLPS says "Samuel Packard chr. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, Suffolk England, p. George Packard & Mary Wither, m. Elizabeth Stream ca 1632, d. 7 Apr 1684, bur. Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA".
SPBM says "Samuel Packard bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, Suffolk England, m. Elizabeth ?, came to Boston 10 Aug 1638 on ship 'Diligent' from Ipswich, lived Hingham MA & Weymouth MA & Bridgewater MA, d. 7 Nov 1684 Bridgewater MA". Parents: George PACKARD and Mary WITHER.
Children were: Mary (2) PACKARD , Ensign Samuel (2) PACKARD Ensign, Thomas (2) PACKARD, Elizabeth (2) PACKARD, Nathaniel (2) PACKARD, Deborah (2) PACKARD, Abigal PACKARD, Jael (2) PACKARD, John (2) PACKARD, Jane PACKARD, Israel (2) PACKARD, Deliverance PACKARD, Zaccheus 2 PACKARD, Hannah (2) PACKARD.
Poem by Mrs. Nethiah Hayward Thayer
The Packards have gathered from near and far.
Father and mother and dear grandmama.
From Samuel we came, his name honored be.
A more goodly race not often you'll see.
The lineal descent oft puzzled us sore.
For Packards and Howards were mixed o'er and o'er.
Now 'tis not Howard, Packard, and Jones.
But Packards with Porter, Glover, and Holmes
Goodly the race is that answers the call
To the name of Packard. B.W. and all.
We honor the fathers who fought, bled, and died.
No less, we honor these here by our side.
Davis and Moses and Winslow, we know.
Direct are from Samuel, who faced the foe;
Liberty, Wallace, Fred, and Josiah.
Martin and Robert. Ben and Uriah.
George A. -- from the Heights all ready for fun.
Andrew and Elmer, we know every one;
They are here from the East, here from the West:
They are known unto us as good, better, and best.
And DeWitt is here, and Caleb near by;
They are Brockton's jewels, we all testify;
Horace the doctor, and Ransom the strong.
Henry B. and Fred come marching along.
Simeon the aged, and Franklin his son.
Willard and Edmund -- but we are done.
Name after name comes to mind.
To speak of them all no space we could find.
One word for the girls, the good Packard girls;
We seem them to-day with crimps and with curls.
The name they have lost, but loyal are still,
And never were known to do what was ill.
Adaline is here, well known to the fold
As our sweetest singer in times now old:
Josiah's daughter we see here to-day.
Her pills and her pellets all cast away.
Our history fails to mention the name
Of Samuel's wife, who has little fame;
We honor her too. She clothed and she fed.
Twelve children to her their daily prayers said.
Their old-fashioned names not all of us know,
But they were trained the right way to go.
Years passed away, the race multipled,
From coast to coast the Packards abide.
Our fathers are gone, their places we fill.
The acres they left we have them to till.
They left us the school, gave us Church and State;
These we will cherish, whatever our fate.
We bless our dear fathers, yes, every one;
Filial the heart of each daughter and son.
We meet here to-day glad praises to sing--
Praises to God, our Maker and King!
This poem was from a past Packard Celebration.
Samuel Packard (GeorgeA) baptized 17-Sep-1612 Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, England; died 07-Nov-1684 Bridgewater.
He married Elizabeth; born probably Suffolk, England; died after 27-Oct-1694. She married 2nd after 07-Nov-1684 (1st husband's death) and before 27-Oct-1686 (2nd husband's will as his 2nd wife John Washburn; baptized 26-Nov-1620 Bengeworth, Worcester, England; died 12-Nov-1686 Bridgewater. This marriage is confirmed by a 27-Oct-1694 deed from Elizabeth. Note: There is no evidence to support the often repeated conjecture that her surname was "Stream." Elizabeth's surmane does not appear in any records and Stream was not a usual surname in East Anglia.
Samuel, his wife and their eldest child came on the Diligent, which sailed from Ipswich, England Jun-1638 and arrived in Boston 10-Aug-1638, under Master John Martin and carrying about 100 passengers. The family was said on the passenger list to be "from Windham" in Norfolk. This is undoubtedly an error for Wymondham. Many of the early settlers of Hingham in the Bay Colony came from Hingham, Norfolk, England. Some of those settlers or their families have documented ties to Wymondham, Norfolk, which is about five miles east of Hingham, Norfolk, and about ten miles southwest of the shire town of Norfolk. There seems to be no record of Samuel or his family in Wymondham so that may have been just a gathering place for some of the Diligent passengers.
The Packards settled first in Hingham, and about 1654 removed to Weymouth where Samuel was Selectman 1654-64. The family removed to Bridgewater about 1664. Samuel had purchased land from the original proprietors there by 1662 when he was named in a list of land owners. He was a constable in 1664 and 1674, surveyor of highways in 1667 and 1672, and collector of Minister's Rates in 1671. He was licensed to keep an "ordinary" 08-Mar-1671, and was assesed a 20s. fine for selling liquor to the Indians, but was freed from paying that fine in 1673. He was allotted ten acres of woodland in 1686.
In his will dated 29-Oct-1684 Samuel named his wife Elizabeth Packard; eldest son Samuel Packard; sons Zaccheus Packard, John Packard and Nathaniel Packard; grandchild Israel Alger; daughters Mary Phillips wife of Richard Phillips, Hannah Randall wife of Thomas Randall, Jael Smith wife of John Smith, Deborah Washburn wife of Samuel Washburn and Deliverance Washburn wife of Thomas Washburn; grandchild Deliverance Alger; and grandchildren Samuel Packard, Daniel Packard son of Samuel Packard, Israel Packard son of Zaccheus Packard and Caleb Phillips son of Caleb Phillips [Bowman's published transcription of the will reads "son of Caleb Phillips," but he was the son of Richard Phillips]. It named wife Elizabeth Packard and son Samuel Packard as executors, and James Keith and William Brett as overseers. The will was signed by mark and witnessed by John Field, John Ames Jr. and Shadrack Wilbore. On 03-Mar-1684/85 the first two witnesses testified that when Samuel signed and sealed his will he declared that he intended Thomas Washburn to be a joint executor with the two executors named in the will, which the court allowed. The inventory of Samuel's estate was dated 07-Nov-1684, mentioned no real estate and totalled £133, 6s., 6d. as appraised by Mark Lathrop and John Field on 11-Nov-1684. Samuel Packard Jr. swore to the inventory at court in Plymouth on 05-Mar-1684/85.
2 i Mary born about 1637 probably England.
3 ii Elizabeth baptized 19-Jul-1646 Hingham.
4 iii Samuel baptized 19-Jul-1646 Hingham.
5 iv Hannah baptized 19-Jul-1646 Hingham.
6 v Israel baptized 19-Jul-1646 Hingham; named a militia trooper 1671; no further record. It is often supposed that he was killed in King Philip's War, but this is belied by the claim that no one from Bridgewater died in that war.
7 vi Jael born about 1647 probably Hingham.
8 vii Deborah born about 1648 probably Hingham.
9 viii Zaccheus baptized 20-Apr-1651 Hingham.
ix Jane baptized 20-Apr-1651 Hingham; probably died young.
x Abigail baptized 20-Apr-1651 Hingham; probably died young.
10 xi Deliverance baptized 11-Jun-1652 Hingham.
11 xii Thomas2 born about 1653 probably Hingham.
12 xiii John2 born 20-Jul-1655 Weymouth.
13 xiv Nathaniel2 born about 1657 probably Weymouth.
Samuel Packard of Wymondham, Norfolk sailed from Ipswich, with wife and child, in June 1638, on the "Diligent", arriving in Boston on 10 August. He went to Hingham until about 654 when he removed to Weymouth, where he was a Selectman from 1654 to 1664. He then removed to Bridgewater where he was appointed Constable in 1664, Collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in 1672, and again Constable in 1674. In 1671 he received the first license to keep an 'ordinary'. Will dated 29 Oct. 1684.
References: C.E. Banks, Planters of the Commonwealth; E.W. Pierce, Civil Mil, and Professional lists, NEHGR, XLVI, 187; Weymouth VR; NEHGR, III, 71; NEHGR, IX, 314
!SOURCE: Personal records database of:
Richard Glen Packard
10348 E. Boulder
Apache Jct., AZ. 85220
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!SOURCE: Charlote Fike Packard, The Packards of America, typescript, LDS film #0547231.
Library of Congress Control Number: 96658732 Type of Material: Serial (Periodical, Newspaper, etc.)Main Title: Packard's progress : Packard and Allied Families newsletter and information exchange.Serial Key Title: Packard's ProgressAbbreviated Title: Packard's prog.Published/Created: Torrance, Calif. : J.P. Schlerf, 1987-Related Names: Packard & Allied Families Association.Description: v. : ill. ; 28 cm.Vol. 1 (spring issue 1987)-Current Frequency: QuarterlyISSN: 0892-0257Cancel/Invalid LCCN:sn 87000930 Notes: Title from caption.Issues for <Feb. 1991-> published: Olathe, Kan. : Alan D. Packard; <Aug. & Nov. issue 1998-> published: Littleton, MA. : Packard and Allied Families Association.Latest issue consulted: Vol. 39 (Aug. & Nov. issue 1998).Issued by: Packard & Allied Families Association.SERBIB/SERLOC merged recordSubjects: Packard family--Periodicals.LC Classification: CS71 .P12aDewey Class No.: 929 11Other System No.: (OCoLC)ocm15604706 Repro./Stock No.: Packard's Progress, c/o Richard F. Packard, Sr., 51Colonial Dr., Littleton, MA 01460-1613Serial Record Entry:Packard's progress. 96-658732Quality Code: nsdp lc______________________________CALL NUMBER: CS71 .P12aCopy 1Unbound issues-- Request in: Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room (Madison LM133)-- Status: Not Charged-- Older Receipts: v.1-v.5 (1987:spring-1988:spring), v.7-v.8(1988:autumn-1988:winter), v.10-v.14(1989:summer-1990:summer), v.17-v.19(1991:Feb.-1991:Aug.)v.21-v.23 (1992:Feb.-1992:Aug.), v.25-v.31(1993:Feb.-1994:Aug.), 1996:Feb., 1997:Nov.-1998:Nov.v.32 (1996:Feb.),v.36-v.39 (1998:Feb.-1998:Aug./Nov.)
!SOURCE: The following reference list applies to all abbreviations contained
in the notes of this database, and was started by the Call family of
AFBSE - "Ames Family of Bruton, Somerset, England", Faber K. Ames.
AGOSD -"American Genealogist", July 1976, "Oliver Silverthorn's Descendents.
ARSC - "Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists", 5th Edition, F. L. Weis & W. L
ATTFA - "About Towne", Newsletter of Towne Family Assn.
BJF - Betty Jane Frederick.
BSWA - Barbara Sue West Addington.
BRODCO - "Birth Records of Defiance County OH, 1867-1908", F. E. Harter.
CFP- Charlotte Fike Packard, Eight generations from Samuel Packard, LDS Film #0547231.
CFUSA - "Colonial Families of the USA", G. N. Mackenzie.
CODCO - Cemeteries of Defiance Co OH", H. H. Rulman for Defiance Chapter OGS.
CTWEM - "Comments on the Two Wives of Experience Mitchell of Plymouth MA", Threlfall.
DRW - Donald Robert White, private communication.
DWAJFB - "Descendents of William Ames", chart by James F. Blauer in Huntington Beach Library.
EEAGE- "Edsons in England and America and Genealogy of the Edsons", J. B. Edson.
EFHG - "Edson Family History and Genealogy", Carroll Andrew Edson.
EMOTCO - "Early Marriages of Trumbull Co OH 1800-1865", Winnagle, TCC OGS.
EMPCO - "Early Marriages Paulding County OH 1839-1902", R. Keck.
FCOBRI - Fulton County OH birth records index.
FCOMRI - Fulton County OH marriage records index.
FCM - "Fulton County Marriages 1864-1925", Wauseon NSDARSE.
FF - "Fulton Footprints", Newsletter of FCC OGS.
FFIA - "Fobes Family in America", Lawrence Fobes.
FJGFH - "Fluhart-Jewell Genealogy & Family History", D. J. Sublette.
GDFSNE - "Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England", James Savage.
HAGMP - "History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters", Leon C. Hills.
HBNFT - Historical and Biographical Notes of the Family of Towne", Henry Town,
HBBGRI - Henry B. Baldwin Genealogical Records Index.
HESB - "History of Early Settlement of Bridgewater", Nahum Mitchell.
HGSH - Hawley family Genealogy by Sarah Heftalen( ? ), distant cousin of H. H. Hawley.
HITH - "Honey in the Heart", Maxine Kaiser Russell.
HNBPCM - "History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA", Bradford Kingman.
HOFCO - "History of Fulton County OH".
HONB - "History of North Bridgewater".
HOTAMCO - History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties OH 1882".
HRLM - Helen Rae Lindahl MacKain.
KAQOE - "Kings and Queens of England", Eric R. Delderfield. KGB - Kathileen Grime Baer.
KMCL - Karen Marie Call Layton.
KTLR - Karen (Mrs. Thomas L.) Rath.
LDS DJS - LDS lineage by Donald J. Sublette.
LDS DL - LDS llneage by Dottie Ladman.
LDS FH - LDS lineage by Fances Holmes.
LDS HG - LDS lineage by Harold Goucher (Vol 8426202).
LDS JVV - LDS lineage by Joan Van Voorhis (Vol 7804603).
LDS MEM - LDS lineage by Max Edward McKee.
LDS PIA - LDS lineage by Phyllis Irene Atkinson (Vol 8317104).
LDS RH - LDS lineage by Raymond Huffman (Vol 8404702).
LDS RRH - LDS lineage by Ruth R. Hodge (Vol 8310409).
LDS WS - LDS lineage by Wilma Shaffer.
MBAD - "Mayflower Births and Deaths", Susan E. Roser.
MFIPFC - "Mayflower Families in Progress - Francis Cooke", Wakefield et al.
MGSH - Marie Hawley family tree (unpublished?).
MJGAS - Margaret Johnson, letter to George A. Schooley, 1979.
MJR - Michael J. Raffin, Hillside IL, Prodigy # MVRS13A. MLHC - Myrtle Loretta Harris Call.
MROTCO- "Marriage Records of Trumbull County OH 1803-1828".
NJCR - Nedra Jean Call Rettig.
PAFA -"Packard's Progress", newsletter of Packard & Allied Families of America.
PASG - Phoebe Ann Sanders Glaze, N. Hollywood CA.
PIEMF - Packard Information from Ellen McDonald (Family Record Sheets).
PIEMD - Packard Information from Ellen McDonald (Descendents Notes).
PLLPS - The Packard Legacy", Lowene Packard Saxton. 929.273 P121s. Film #1697890 item 1.
RLHH - Rohonna Lvnn Hawkins Heffelfinoer.
RWFG - "Richard Washburn Family Genealogy", Ada C. Haight, 1937.
SFTWCL - Shelly Family Tree found in Wayne Co OH Library.
SFYOWCOM - "75 Years of Wayne County OH Marriages, 1813-1888", R.G. Smith.
SOTMC - "Signers of the Mayflower Compact", A. A. Haxton.
SPBM - "Samuel Packard of Bridgewater MA & His Family", Karle S. Packard, PAFA Feb 1991.
SPWGEB - "Samuel Packard's Will" (and notes) by George Ernest Bowman.
TCOBAFR - "Trumbull County OH Bible & Family Records", Ruth Allen for TCC OGS.
TCOCI - "Trumbull County OH Cemetery Inscriptions 1800 - 1930", Trumbull Co OGS.
TCOEM - "Trumbull County OH Early Marriages 1800-1865".
TIFCO - "Tombstone Inscriptions Fulton County Ohio", Fulton Co Ch OGS.
UMP - Unidentified pages located in Mitchell vertical files, Huntington Beach Library.
VRBM - "Vital Records of Bridgewater MA to the Year 1850" - New England Historic Genealogical Society.
WFIA - "Washburn Family in America", Brenton P. Washburne, 1983.
WCOMRI - Williams County OS marriage records index.
!BIOGRAPHY: Reprinted from Packard's Progress, Vol. 17, February 1991.
Samuel Packard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and His Family, by Karle S. Packard
Samuel Packard, long considered the progenitor of most of the Packards in the
United States, was one of the early settlers of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
The Packard family was one of the leading families in that area, and
descendants who can be traced to this source have spread throughout the
country. The earliest published source for an account of this family is that
by Nahum Mitchell in 1840 in History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
Unfortunately, Mitchell's account has numerous errors, many of which have been
accepted uncritically by subsequent authors, and these later authors have
introduced additional errors, thereby compounding the confusion. The writings
have not been at what is now considered an acceptable level of genealogical
scholarship. The result is that there is no reliable and comprehensive account
of the early generations of the Packard family in America. This situation was
articulated in a recent letter from Barbara Rice in the August 1990 issue of
Packard's Progress, decrying the contradictions found in various sources. To
partially remedy this situation, this brief summary of the known facts, with
probable conclusions, is offered here.
II. Samuel Packard's Ancestry
As a result of the research of Brig. J. John Packard of London we can now be
reasonably sure that our Samuel Packard was the third son of George and Mary
(Wyther) Packard, baptized 17 September 1612 in Stonham Aspal, Suffolk,
England. This conclusion is presumptive, but is based on the fact that no
other Samuel Packard of an appropriate age has been found in East Anglia, and
this Samuel is not present in later English records, an indication that he
went to America. Our Samuel is next found in the record of Daniel Cushing, the
town clerk of Hingham, Massachusetts, where he is listed among those arriving
10 August 1638 at Boston on the Diligent of Ipswich, which left Ipswich in
June.2 He came with wife, Elizabeth, and a child, and was said to be "from
Windham" (Wymondham) in Norfolk. This group of colonists settled in Hingham
and we find further records of Samuel and his family there. Why and for how
long Samuel was in Wymondham or its vicinity we do not know, nor has there
been any success in finding some record of him there despite many attempts,
but it is no longer reasonable to infer, because he was "from Wymondham," that
this locality is likely to be the chief source of information on his early
life in England.
III. Samuel Packard's Wife
One major issue is the maiden surname of Samuel's wife, Elizabeth, which
does not appear in any of the known records. Efforts have been made to find a
marriage record for Samuel in both Suffolk and Norfolk parish registers, but
In the very recent past someone has suggested that her maiden surname might
have been Stream, and, unfortunately, this has been accepted uncritically by
some, without any supporting evidence. Brig. J. J. Packard has pointed out
that Stream is a name that is unusual for East Anglia. At the present state of
our knowledge, Elizabeth's maiden surname must be considered as unknown. Some
day a record of their marriage may be found, or a probate record might provide
sufficient evidence of her name.
IV. Residences in Massachusetts
A second issue is where and when Samuel and his family lived in Massachusetts.
That he first lived in Hingham and lastly in Bridgewater is generally
recognized, but most accounts have him moving directly from the former to the
latter. However, he moved from Hingham to Weymouth, where he was a Selectman
from 1654 to 1664 and where at least two of his children were born.3 He was
still in Hingham in 1652 when his daughter, Deliverance, was baptized, but
must have moved soon thereafter. In 1664 Samuel was appointed Constable in
Bridgewater, so he must have moved there by that time.4 Samuel was not one of
the original proprietors of Bridgewater, who were all from Duxbury, but he
purchased land from them before August 1662, when he was appointed to a group
to lay out highways.5 He was an active member of the town, being Collector of
Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in 1672, and Constable again in
1674. He was licensed to keep an "ordinary" in 1671.4 He died there 7 November
1684, and his will, dated 29 October 1684, was signed by mark, helping to
explain why the common misspelling of his name as Packer was not corrected
V. Samuel and Elizabeth's Children and Their Birth Order
Another major issue is the number, birth order, and approximate birth dates
of the children of Samuel and Elizabeth. The traditional number of children
found in the published accounts has been twelve, but, in fact, we can account
for fourteen, as shown below. The birth order and birth dates for the children
in these accounts are widely variant and often obviously incorrect. The first
common error to be corrected is the identity of the first child, born in
England, but whose baptism has not yet been found. The name of this child does
not appear in any of the early records, but there has arisen an unfounded
practice of using the name Elizabeth, presumably because that was the mother's
name. This must be incorrect as it leads to obvious contradictions, and the
only reasonable conclusion is that the first child was Mary. This is based on
the following argument:
1. The earliest baptism we have for this family is that of Elizabeth, Samuel,
Hannah and Israel on 19 July 1646 in Hingham.
2. If Elizabeth were baptized in England it is unlikely that she would be
baptized again, and even more unlikely that a baby would be brought on such a
dangerous voyage without baptism.
3. Mary was not among those being baptized on the above date, but she was
there and probably about nine years old as she was married and a mother eleven
years later. Therefore, she must have been baptized earlier and that in
4. Mary was married about 1656, or nine years before Elizabeth; and
therefore, probably the older of the two. In fact, she had five children by
the time Elizabeth was married.
Assuming that the order listed in the baptismal record is in order of age,
and using the common two year birth interval, we can establish a probable
birth order and approximate birth dates for the first five children as:
1. Mary b. England, ca 1637
2. Elizabeth b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1639
3. Samuel b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1641
4. Hannah b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1645
5. Israel b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1645.
The next baptisms we have are those of Zaccheus, Jane and Abigail on 20 April
1651 and that of Deliverance on 11 July 1652.S Jane and Abigail are always
omitted from accounts of the family, suggesting that they died young. It is
likely that they were twins and too weak to survive. Before listing these four
children, however, we must consider the other children and what we know about
them. In particular, Samuel Packard's will lists five (surviving) daughters as
Mary, Hannah, Jael, Deborah and Deliverance, thus implying that Jael and
Deborah were older than Deliverance. Furthermore, since Jael had her second
marriage in 1672, and her first probably about 1665, she would have to be born
before 1652. This leads to the following listing:
6. Jael b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1647
7. Deborah b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1648
8. Zaccheus b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1650
9. Jane b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1651
10. Abigail b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1651
11. Deliverance b. Hingham, Mass., ca 1652.
The remaining children are Thomas, John and Nathaniel, the latter to
being named in that order in Samuel's will and Thomas not named. Of all the
children, John is the only one whose recorded birth date has been found, being
20 July 1655 (because July was the fifth month in the Julian calendar this has
been given, mistakenly, as May). While the placement of Thomas is arbitrary,
we can complete a logical listing of the children as:
12. Thomas b. Hingham, Mass.; ca 1653
13. John b. Weymouth, Mass., 20 July 1655
14. Nathaniel b. Weymouth, Mass., ca 1657
Some accounts place the births of some of these children in Bridgewater,
which is clearly in error. The above birth dates are, with one exception,
approximate and subject to future correction. They are, however, consistent
with all known facts.
VI. Marriage Dates of Samuel and Elizabeth's Children
The marriages of these children are as follows, with the approximate dates'
based on the birth dates of their firstborn:
1. Mary m. Richard Phillips ca 1656 in Weymouth
2. Elizabeth m. Thomas Alger 14 November 1665 in Taunton
3. Samuel m. Elizabeth Lathrop ca 1675
4. Hannah m. (l) Clement Briggs ca 1667
(2) Thomas Randall ca 1671
5. Israel no known marriage
6. Jael m. (l)?Jones ca 1665
(2) John Smith 15 November 1672 in Taunton
7. Deborah m.Samuel Washburn ca 1676
8. Zaccheus m. Sarah Howard ca 1678
9. Jane prob. died young
10. Abigail prob. died young
11. Deliverance m. Thomas Washburn ca 1680
12. Thomas m. ?? (had son Joseph)
13. John m. Judith Winslow 12 April 1688 in Taunton
14. Nathaniel m. Lydia Smith ca 1682
Israel is not found in the records after he was named a Trooper in 1671. It
is often supposed that he was killed in King Philip's War, but this is belied
by the claim that no one from Bridgewater died in that war. The record on
Thomas is similarly scant, and he is often confused with Thomas Packer, a
British surgeon who lived in New Hampshire.
VII. The Packard Surname
A few words about confusion of names are in order since much erroneous
information has appeared in this regard. The name Packard appears in English
records as early as the beginning of the fourteenth century and is probably of
Anglo-Saxon (Old Teutonic) origin. It is not a derivation of Pickard as
claimed by some, nor is it related to Packer as is concluded by many because
of the early misspelling of Samuel Packard's name. The name Packard was well
established in East Anglia long before Samuel's birth, and while the spelling
varies as Paccard, Paccarde, etc., it is unquestionably a unique surname.
It is hoped that this summary of the known facts regarding Samuel Packard and
his family will serve to clear up some of the confusion created by existing
published accounts and to focus further research where it is needed.
l. Stonham Aspal Parish Register Transcript, LDS film 991989. [Also Packard,
Brig. Joseph John, The Packards, London, England, 1987.]
2. "Daniel Cushing's Record," The New England Historical and Genealogical
Register, Vol. X p. 25; Banks, C. E., The Planters of the Commonwealth,
Boston, 1930, p. 194.
3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XLVI, p. 187.
4. Peirce, E. W., Civil, Military and Professional Lists of Plymouth and Rhode
Boston, 1881, p. 40 et seq.
5.Town Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 1656-1683; Taunton, 1988, p. 31.
6. Bowman, G. E., "Samuel Packard's Will," The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XV,
7. "The Hobart Journal," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
Vol. CXXI, p. 19.
8. Ibid., pp. 24-25.
9. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XII, p. 349.
10. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol.IX, p. 314.
11. Vital Records of Taunton, Massachusetts to the year 1850, Boston, 1928-29,
Vol. II, p. 356.
12. Ibid., p. 349.
13. Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater,
Reprinted, Baltimore, 1970, p. 40.
Reprinted from Packard's Progress, Vol. 19, August 1991.
!BIOGRAPHY: Samuel Packard
1612 - 1684
By Richard G. Packard, Mesa, AZ (AzPack@aol.com)
Primogeniture, America and an Ordinary
Samuel was born and raised on a farm called "Coleman's" in the village of
Stonham Aspal in Suffolk County England. Because he was the fourth son and not
the first born son and heir to his father's farm, from birth he was destined
to be landless. After his marriage to Elizabeth and the birth of his first
child, Mary, in England, he remedied his landlessness by traveling to Ipswich
and boarding the ship Diligent bound for Boston. In 1638 America there was
land for the taking. He first settled in Hingham at the south end of Boston
Harbor with all the Diligent immigrants. Later he moved to Weymouth and
finally he settled at Bridgewater where he became a prominent citizen.
Samuel Packard was probably born in the early part of September, 1612, at
home on his father's farm in Stonham Aspal. He was christened on the 17th of
September at the local parish church of St. Mary and St. Lambert in Stonham
Aspal, Suffolk, England.
The house in which Samuel was born and raised still stands and is known today
by the local folk as the "Red House," because of its distinctive red brick. In
times past and during Samuel's time, the house and adjoining farm were known
as "Coleman's" in a rural area called Whitsungrene. The original house has
been remodeled over the years, being added on to with various additions.
Samuel was the sixth child and fourth son of George and Mary Wyther Packard.
Their children were; Frances, John, George, George (again), Margaret, Samuel,
Nathan and Mary. Their third child, George, died as an infant. All of the
others were raised to adulthood. All of them were probably born in the farm
house located on Mickfield Road just north of Stonham Aspal.
George was a yeoman farmer in the mid-Suffolk area of East Anglia, where, if
he was successful in his farming, he could at least hope his oldest son John
would become part of the landed gentry class of English society. Samuel,
however, was the fourth son, and the customary practice of primogeniture
predestined him from birth to be landless. The English practice of
primogeniture was surely one of the main reasons Samuel decided to immigrate
to New England in America. He probably saw it as the only, or maybe best way
for him to become a successful farmer and land owner like his father before
From his birth Samuel was born into an area of England called East Anglia,
which was steeped in unrest and troubled times. When the Church of England
broke from Rome and was brought under secular control, it caused a lot of
religious unrest amongst the people all over England, but especially those in
East Anglia who aligned themselves with Puritan values. They didn't much care
for the example the monarchy set in religious affairs and their own private
During this time books were being widely published on all sorts of topics in
plain English instead of the traditional Latin of scholars. A whole new world
of knowledge and understanding was opening up for those who could read. An
education in the basics of reading and writing English, was fast become the
norm, not the exception, for the middle classes of society. This educational
enlightenment through reading, caused them to view the world quite differently
from their long held traditional views. All this tended to cause a lot of
intellectual and religious unrest, as well as a profound distrust of
In the early 1600s these problems were compounded as England suffered through
a series of intense economic depressions which led to the "Great Migration" to
America during the 1630s and 40s. This dissatisfaction with government was so
strong that in the 1640s the monarchy was overthrown and King Charles was
murdered. All of the above mentioned unrest leading up to this event over many
years must have prompted Samuel to take action.
In about 1635 at the age of 23, Samuel married a woman named Elizabeth. Over
the years much has been said by various Packard researchers about Elizabeth's
surname and ancestry. Some have assumed it to be Stream, but that surname is
not an East Anglia name. No original records have been found to prove the
validity of her surname, so at present it still remains a mystery.
A couple of years later a daughter named Mary was born to this union and the
family started to grow. The birth of a first child is a time of great
contemplation and reflection for many young fathers and I'm sure Samuel was no
different. This very troubled and unsettled time in England caused Samuel to
consider drastic measures, as he pondered the future of his young family and
securing its future well being. He decided to venture into the virtual unknown
and sail off to America.
Many of the passengers on the ship Diligent were followers of Peter Hobart, a
local minister who had preached in the town of Haverhill before heading off to
America himself in 1635. All of the passengers slowly gathered in the central
town of Wymondham, before heading as a group to the port of Ipswich and
boarding the Diligent. The passengers came from all over East Anglia,
gathering for various reasons, but what they all had in common was a
dissatisfaction with the direction their lives were headed at that time.
The Diligent sailed from the port town of Ipswich (the county seat of
Suffolk) in June of 1638 with 133 passengers on board and John Martin as
master of the ship. The small sailing vessel (probably a two masted brig, or
three masted bark), took roughly two months to cross the north Atlantic to New
England, landing in Boston harbor August 10th. After landing, all of the
passengers traveled to the south end of Massachusetts Bay and settled at the
town of Bear Cove. The large population of East Anglians moving into town
didn't much care for the name of the town and soon had it changed to Hingham,
an East Anglia name more to suitable to their liking.
Being a farmer's son in England, I'm sure Samuel first ventured into that
occupation in Hingham, owning for the first time his very own land in a
pristine new country. Making a living at farming at this time and place would
have been a struggle for sure with the constant clearing of trees and rocks
from the soil. It would have been hard work from sun up to sundown. Add to
that the unpredictable weather of New England and it must have been difficult.
Samuel lived in Hingham until 1653 with the next eleven of his children born
In 1654 the family moved a few miles west to the town of Weymouth, where
Samuel was a Selectman (city councilman) for that town from 1654 to 1664. He
may have sold the old farm in Hingham and started a new one in Weymouth, or
was commuting to the old farm in Hingham. In either case he probably built a
new larger home for his now large and growing family in Weymouth. The last two
of his fourteen children were born here, as well as the marriage of his oldest
daughter, Mary, to Richard Phillips of Weymouth.
In 1662 he purchased some land in Bridgewater in Plymouth County, roughly
twenty miles to the south. That same year he was appointed to a group which
decided the route of highways in the area. In 1664 the family moved south to
Bridgewater as he was appointed Constable of Bridgewater in that year. He was
not one of the original settlers of Bridgewater, but soon became a prominent
citizen. He was a collector of "Minister's Rates" (or a tax collector) in 1670.
In 1671 he was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (a tavern) in Bridgewater. He
was a surveyor of highways in 1672 and the Constable again in 1674. Besides
tending to a small family farm which was typical for most people, the managing
of his ordinary I'm sure was his principal business until his death.
Samuel and Elizabeth's children and their approximate dates of birth were;
Mary 1637, Elizabeth 1639, Samuel 1641, Hannah 1643, Israel 1645, Jael 1647,
Deborah 1648, Zaccheus 1650, Jane (twin) 1651, Abigail (twin) 1651,
Deliverance 1652, Thomas 1653, John 1655 and Nathaniel 1657.
Samuel died in Bridgewater 7 November 1684 at the age of 72. His will is
dated 29 October 1684, so he must have known he didn't have long to live from
a lingering illness or old age. Elizabeth remarried ten years later in 1694 to
John Washburn. She died later that same year on, 27 October 1694.
We owe much to Samuel and Elizabeth, who gathered their courage to venture
into the virtual unknown to better themselves and their family's lot in life.
They leave their scions a lasting legacy of courage in "fighting hard" to
achieve the goals they set in life. For rearing a large and noble family and
for years of public service to their chosen community. It speaks volumes about
their lives, despite the fact they left no written record of themselves.
Samuel Packard and the English Origins of the Packard Family, by Karle S.
Samuel Packard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and His Family, by Karle S.
The English Yeoman in the Tudor and Earl Age, by Mildred Campbell.
Vexed and Troubled Englishmen: 1590-1642, by Carl Bridenbaugh.
Hingham, Massachusetts, 1631-1661: An East Anglian Oligarchy in the New
World, by John J. Waters.
Migration from East Anglia to New England before 1660, by N. C. P. Tyack.
BIOGRAPHY: Samuel, wife Elizabeth and child, Elizabeth, came from Wymondham,
near Hingham, England, in the ship "Diligence", (Diligent) of Ipswich, John
Martin, master. There were 133 passangers who sailed in June* of 1638,
landing in Boston 10 August 1638. He first settled in Hingham, MA, in 1638,
then to Weymouth and from thence he removed to West Bridgewater. He was a
constable and tevern-keeper. All of this name who have gone from the
Bridgewaters were surely descendants of his, and, in fact, nearly all of the
name in this country can be traced to that place.
There has been some question regarding the name of Samuel's first child, and
the order of birth of some of the others. Some people reason Mary is the
older, because she married nine years before Elizabeth, but other references,
list Elizabeth as the first born. Also, because his children were not
christened at birth, I believe he was either away from the proper clergy, or
church of his belief.
There have been a variety of ways in which the name has been written; namely,
Packer, Paccard, Peckard, Peckerd; but the usual and proper name is Packard.
It is expedient to remember that not all who recorded names in the registers
were good spellers nor highly educated. Many wrote as they heard, writing the
name phonetically. Thus the deviations in spelling of the same name.
Records show Samuel owned a grant of land in 1638 at Hingham. He removed with
his wife, Elizabeth, about 1660 from Hingham to Bridgewater, Mass. with their
twelve children, Elizabeth, Samuel Jr., Zaccheus, Thomas, John, Nathaniel,
Mary, Hannah, Israel, Jael, Deborah, and Deliverance.
That he first lived in Hingham and lastly in Bridgewater is generally
recognized, but most accounts have him moving directly from the former to the
later. However, he moved from Hingham to Weymouth, where he was a Selectman
from 1654 to 1664 and at least two of his children were born. He was still in
Hingham in 1652 when his daughter, Deliverance, was baptized, but must have
moved soon thereafter.
Samuel was not an original proprietor of Bridgewater, who were all from
Duxbury, but he purchased land from them before August 1662, when he was
appointed to a group to lay out highways. He was an active member of the
town, being Collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in
1672, and Constable again in 1674. He was licensed to keep an "ordinary"
(tavern) in 1671. He died there 7 November 1684, and his will, dated 29
October 1684, was signed by mark, helping to explain why the common
misspelling of his name as Packer was not corrected earlier.
Karle assumes Samuel could not write, because he signed his will by mark,
however keep in mind that his family's prominence in Stonham Asphal was such
that at least the sons of George Packard would have been taught by the vicar,
as was the custom of the time. Students went to school from dawn until
mid-afternoon, learning all subjects of the day, including Latin and Greek. I
believe Samuel was schooled to the limit of the vicar, and the reason for his
mark, was due to ill health or poor eye sight near the time of his death.
In 1667 he served on the committee to lay out streets at Bridgewater. He was
made constable in 1664, and licensed to operate a Tavern--Hotel in 1670. In
1682 he with four sons was named among 80 Proprietors of Bridgewater.
Bridgewater was taken from Duxbury and deeded to Miles Standish, Constant
Southworth and Samuel Nash in 1649.
All of Samuel's sons are said to have served as soilders in the Indian Wars of
1675 and 1676.
There is a discrepancy in the records for Samuel's death date. Some show it
to be 7 April 1684, however his last 'Will' was dated 29 October 1684. Others
list his death date as 7 November 1684.
Elizabeth remarried after Samuel's death, to John Washburn, 1685/6.
(Taken from the book "The Packard Legacy", by Lowene Packard Saxton, with some
corrections by me.)
- The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks, pp. 191-4.
1. Mass. 13
2. Mass. 20
3. Savage p. 327
4. N.E. Reg. Vol. 59 p. 107
5. Mass. B 28, p. 253
6. Hist. of Bridgewater, MA
7. Mass. B 28, p. 253
8. F, F, H., #126?
9. Submitted by Dorothy Hadlock 80 North Main, Salt Lake City, UT.
Bowling, Alice Christine, THE ANCESTORS AND FAMILY OF JOHN LAWSON PACKARD, Box
353, Stanfield, OR 97875.
Mitchell, Edward C., History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Family
Kingman, Bradford, History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County,
Massachusetts, from its First Settlement to the Present Time with Registers,
Boston, published by the Author, 1866 , pg 585.
Bartlett, Ruth Packard and Packard, Daniel A., Jr., THE ANCESTORS AND
DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL PACKARD, 1783-1853, FOUNDER OF BEAR HILL FARM, ROCKLAND,
Lincoln, George, History of Town of Hingham, MA, p 104-105.
Colonial Families of America, published 1940, New York, Vol. 19, contains
printed version of Samuel's will.
ANCESTRAL FILE VER 3.04, SAYS BORN SUFFOLKSHIRE, ENGLAND--NO FILE #.
AFN:4T85-MM, states born STONHAM ASPAL, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND.
LDS Ancestral File says "Samuel Packard, b. 1604/1605 Wymondham, Suffolk,
England, p. George Packard & Mary Wither, Chr 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Parish,
Aspal, Suffolk Co England, m. Elizabeth Stream ca 1635 England, d. 7 Nov 1684
Bridgewater, Plymouth Co, MA"; file lists ch. Joseph, not on any other lists
of their children.
PIEMF says "Samuel Paccard b. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal Parish, Suffolk
England, p. George Paccard & Mary Wither, m. Elizabeth Stream in England, d. 7
Apr/Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA"; another page says "Samuel Packard b.
ca 1604/05 Wymondham, Suffolk England, bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal Parish,
Suffolk England, p. George Packard & Mary Wither, moved to Hingham MA 1638 on
ship "Diligent", m. Elizabeth Stream, moved to Weymouth 1653, moved to
Bridgewater 1663, d. 7 Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA".
PIEMD says "Samuel Packard b. 1612 England, chr. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal
Parish, Suffolk England, m. Elizabeth Stream, moved Boston or Hingham 1638 on
ship "Diligent", d. 7 Apr 1684 Bridgewater MA".
HESB says "Samuel Packard came from Windham (near Hingham) England to Hingham
MA on ship "Diligent" 1638, moved to West Bridgewater, d. ca 1684"
PAFA says "Samuel Packard bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, England, p. George
Packard & Mary ?, immigrated 1638 from Windham (near Hingham, Norfolk England)
to Hingham, Plymouth Colony, served under Capt. Benj. Church in King Philip's
War, m. Elizabeth ?, will 1684, d. 7 Nov 1684/5".
PLLPS says "Samuel Packard chr. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, Suffolk England, p.
George Packard & Mary Wither, m. Elizabeth Stream ca 1632, d. 7 Apr 1684, bur.
Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA".
SPBM says "Samuel Packard bap. 17 Sep 1612 Stonham Aspal, Suffolk England, m.
Elizabeth ?, came to Boston 10 Aug 1638 on ship 'Diligent' from Ipswich, lived
Hingham MA & Weymouth MA & Bridgewater MA, d. 7 Nov 1684 Bridgewater MA".
DEATH: Bridgewater vital records.
DILIGENT, of Ipswich, John Martin, Master. She sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, in June and arrived August 10 at Boston, with about one hundred passengers, principally from Hingham, Norfolk, destined for Hingham, Massachusetts.
Name From Destination
Rev. Robert Peck of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Joseph Peck of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Edward Gilman of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Mary Gilman
John Folsom of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Mary Folsom
Mrs. Christian Chamberlain of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Henry Chamberlain of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Stephen Gates of Norwich, Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Annie Gates
George Knights of Barrow, Norfolk Hingham
Thomas Cooper of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Francis James of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Elizabeth James
Matthew Hawke of Cambridge, England Hingham
Mrs. Margaret Hawke
Matthew Cushing of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Nazareth Cushing
John Tufts of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Robert Skoulding of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
John Fearing of Cambridge, England Hingham
Philip James of Hingham, county Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Jane James
Stephen Paine of Great Ellingham, Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Rose Paine
John Sutton of Attleborough, Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton
John Sutton, Jr.
Stephen Lincoln of Wymondham, Norfolk Hingham
Stephen Lincoln, Jr.
Samuel Packer of Wymondham, Norfolk
Mrs. Elizabeth Packer
Henry Smith of Hempnall, Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Judith Smith
Bozoun Allen of King's Lynn, Norfolk Hingham
Mrs. Anne Allen
William Ripley of Wymondham, Norfolk Hingham
Thomas Sucklin of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
Richard Baxter of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
William Pitts of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
Edward Mitchell of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
James Buck of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
John Morfield of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
Thomas Lincoln of Hingham, Norfolk Hingham
Jeremiah Moore of Wymondham, Norfolk Hingham
And about 20 servants
Birth: unknown, England Death: Nov. 7, 1684
Samuel and Elizabeth Packard are the progenitors of most of the 'Packard's in the USA. There have been questions surrounding the accuracy of published information, going back to Packard history first presented in 1840. This biography accepts as fact the probable conclusions presented by Karle S. Packard in Packard's Progress, Vol. 17 [Feb. 1991], pp. 9-12.
Samuel was the third son of George and Mary (Wyther) Packard, baptized 17 Sep 1612 in Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, England.
Samuel married Elizabeth (surname unknown) in England. No record of the marriage has been found.
Samuel arrived at Boston 10 Aug 1638. The ship was the "Diligent". He came with his wife Elizabeth Packard and "a child". The child is probably Mary.
The Packard family first lived in Hingham. About 1654, they moved to Weymouth, where Samuel served as a Selectman for 2 years. About 1664, they moved to Bridgewater, where Samuel spent the rest of his life and served the community in many posts.
Samuel and Elizabeth had fourteen children. Packard's Progress makes the case for the birth order of these children and their approximate birth years, based on a study of the baptismal records, marriages, and wills. Only the birth of John was officially recorded. The first 12 children were born in Hingham. John and Nathaniel were born in Weymouth. None were born in Bridgewater. Mary - @1637 Elizabeth - @1639 Samuel - @1641 Hannah - @1643 Israel - @1645 Jael - @1647 Deborah - @1648 Zaccheus - @1650 Jane - @1651 Abigail - @1651 Deliverance - @1652 Thomas - @1653 John - 20 July 1655 Nathaniel - @1657
Samuel's will was dated 29 Oct 1684. He died on 7 Nov 1684 in Bridgewater, Plymouth county, Plymouth Colony. His place of burial is not known.
Spouse: Elizabeth Washburn* Children: Mary Elizabeth Packard Phillips (1636 - 1697)* Samuel Packard (1638 - 1697)* Deborah Packard Washburn (1648 - ____)* Zaccheus Packard (1651 - 1723)* Thomas Packard (1654 - 1723)* John Packard (1655 - 1741)* Deliverence Packard Washburn (1662 - 1708)* Elizabeth Packard (1668 - 1729)*
- Calculated relationship
Created by: Chip5610 Record added: Sep 17, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 42083351
Came to New England with his wife and one child aboard the "Diligent" from Norfolk England (Wyndham) in 1638. Settled in Hingham, Plymouth colony.) His will is dated 1684 showing he died after that time. He (and probably his sons) served under Capt'n Benjamin Church in King Philip's war in 1675-76