From Samuel to Cyrus: A fresh look at the History of the Packard Family

One of the graphics used in my family history.

Over the past year, I’ve put together a family history. I created two versions. One of them is aimed at the general public (with the title of this post) and the other is just for circulation among my family members. Today, I am publishing the version that is for the general public. The other includes personally identifiable information and would pertain to a certain lineage off the Packard family to another family, as this blog is about the Packard family, not that family. As a result, that family history will not be posted on this blog. But there are still significant avenues to explore! As they always say, genealogy is never over (that’s why I created this blog). This is, as William Hermann commented below, “quite an accomplishment.”

Here is the link to the family history I worked on. In connection with my last post, it does talk a bit about Theophilus Packard (see page 45 where he is called “Theophilus D” Packard and “Theophilus Packard” and “Rev. Theophilus Packard” on page 58), but my recent post expands upon that.

And yes, it was prepared in August, but I’ve just tweaked it a bit before posting it on here.

The following is the outline of the chapters within the family history (I wish I had been able to hot link them in the PDF so you could go to a specific chapter, but I haven’t figured out how to that yet unfortunately):

Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………..pages 3 to 4
Family tree chart for reference……………………………………………page 5 and 6
Chapter I: The Packards in good ‘ole England……………………………pages 6 to 8
Chapter II: Escaping the throes of persecution……………………………pages 9 to 15
Chapter III: The Packards in Bridgewater………………………………..pages 16 to 20
Chapter IV: Samuel, the Bridgewater yeoman…………………………….pages 21 to 26
Chapter V: The children of Samuel and Elizabeth……………………….pages 27 to 32
Chapter VI: Zaccheus and Sarah’s family………………………………..pages 33 to 43
Chapter VII: The family of John and Lydia………………………………pages 44 to 51
Chapter VIII: Barnabas I and Sarah’s family………………………….…pages 52 to 58
Chapter IX: Barnabas, Mary, and Plainfield……………………………..pages 59 to 64
Chapter X: The last Barnabas, Ruth Snow, and Cameron, Missouri……..pages 65 to 70
Chapter XI: The Civil War, William, Rachel, and Massachusetts….………pages 71 to 81
Chapter XII: Cyrus, Dora, and the last of the Packards……..……………pages 82 to 92
Concluding remarks and photographs…………………………………….pages 93 to 95

Below are some graphics I included in my family history but can be used by others with my permission (just email me at bhermann@mail.com or comment below here) since I’m always interested in those researching the Packard family!

Photo from World’s End, could like what Bear’s Cove looked like when Samuel Packard landed in Hingham on the Diligent.

Another photo from World’s End

Yet another photo from World’s End

Final photo from World’s End

Marriage certificate of Cyrus Packard and Clementina Cheney. From a family history submitted to the Plainfield Historical Society.

Card about admin of Henry C Packard’s estate

What the Hingham shoreline would have looked like.

Family of Barnabas Packard 1850

Family of Barnabas Packard 1860

Barnabas Packard (I think) in agriculture schedule of census.

Charles E Packard Admin

Cyrus W Packard admin (1)

Cyrus W Packard admin (2)

The old barn attached to this house, in Plainfield, was previously owned by Packards from what I was told.

Plainfield Town Hall at the present.

Graphic that I created building on a local history of Plainfield.

Dawes Cemetery (1)

Dawes Cemetery (2)

Dawes Cemetery (3)

Sometime in the 1870s, a better picture of the Packard family at this time is in my family history.

Packard Rd, via Google Streetview

Packard Rd, via Google Streetview

Part of a family genealogy held by the Plainfield Historical Society

Part 1 of a family genealogical story from which my grandfather likely cribbed for his Packard family history

Part 2 of a family genealogical story from which my grandfather likely cribbed for his Packard family history

Part 3 of a family genealogical story from which my grandfather likely cribbed for his Packard family history

Town of Bridgewater noting the birth of one of the Barnabas Packards.

A Packard story in family history held by Plainfield Historical Society.

A Packard story in family history held by Plainfield Historical Society. Note that they called it “West Hill Farm.” It was Tom Packard’s farm.

From a family bible, within the genealogy held by the Plainfield Historical Society. Do not use this to prove dates and places of these generations however, as the person who wrote this was NOT alive when the events in the 1600s or 1700s happened. Still, its a guide to other records.

From a family bible, within the genealogy held by the Plainfield Historical Society. This shows that the person who wrote this died sometime in the 20th century.

Final page of a family bible, within the genealogy held by the Plainfield Historical Society. I had other pictures but they were blurry and didn’t turn out well unfortunately.

Letter by genealogist, within Packard family history held by Plainfield Historical Society.

Letter by genealogist, within Packard family history held by Plainfield Historical Society.

Tom Packard’s barn. I believe this comes from an image on the Plainfield Historical Society’s website

Ruth Snow and Charles Packard

West Hill Cemetery. Photo now up on Find A Grave since they approved this as one of the cemetery’s photos.

Thomas T. and Harold C. Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Olive Martha Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Barnabas Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Rachel May Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Barnabas Packard gravestone (another photo) at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Mary Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

Polly N Packard gravestone at West Hill Cemetery. Photo by me.

William Packard and Lucy Stetson Packard.

Also, here are documents from Richard Packard, who is on Find A Grave. I would say that you need to contact him first before using these (bio of Samuel Packard and Noah Packard). However, that last time I tried to email him, the emails bounced back. As a result, please just use these as a guide to find more sources. After all, they are heavily reliant on family genealogies and are hence skewed as a result. Other than that, I don’t have anything else to share here since they are either pictures of pages in books or photos of myself and my immediate family (which went with me in this family history hunt across Western MA).

I look forward to your comments as always.

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