Family tree chart for reference

This is the 2nd in a series of articles which serializes my family history, which I wrote in November 2017, titled “From Samuel to Cyrus: A fresh look at the History of the Packard Family.” This has been updated thanks to helpful comments from Dale Cook.

Below is the “family tree chart for reference (progenitors underlined)” section from that history:

Generation 1 (in England): Richard Packard and Katherine who reportedly had four children: Thomas, Jane, Margaret and John, all with the last name of Packard.
Generation 2 (in England): John who (as claimed by family lore) married Joan Bryde and had one son named Moses (with the last name of Packard).
Generation 3 (in England): Moses who married Joan and had 1 son, named
George P. Packard. No other information is known.
Generation 4 (in England): George P. who married Mary Whither and had 7 children: Frances, John, George, Margaret, Samuel, Nathan, and Mary.
Generation 5 (started in England, came to English America in 1638): Samuel Packard (d. 1684) (also spelled Packer, Packerde, Packeard, and varied other spellings) married Elizabeth (died aft. 1702) [maiden name is not Stream] and had 14 children (with the last name of Packard): Mary (d. 1697) Samuel (d. 1697), Israel (d. 1699), Hannah (d. 1727), Deborah (d. 1725), Zaccheus (d. 1723), Deliverance (d. 1708), John (d. 1741), Nathaniel (d. 1726), and Elizabeth (d. 1729). As Dale Cook noted, there were three other daughters of Samuel and Elizabeth: Jael, Jane, and Abigail.
Generation 6 (in Bridgewater, MA, within English America): Zaccheus Packard (d. 1723) married Sarah Howard (d. 1703) and had 9 children (with the last name of Packard): Israel (d. 1725), Sarah (d. 1754), Jonathan (1684-1746), David (d. 1755), Solomon (d. 1782), James (d. 1765), Zaccheus II (d. 1775), John (1695-1738), and Abiel (1699-1774)
Generation 7 (in Bridgewater, MA, within English America): John Packard (1695-1738) married Lydia Thompson (1703-1789) and had 6 children (all with the last name of Packard): Lydia (d. 1762), Abel (1729-1804), Abigail (b. 1733), John (1725-1807), Barnabas I (1738-1824), and Abiah (birth and death dates not
Generation 8 (in Bridgewater and Cummington, MA, within English America): Barnabas Packard I (1738-1824) married Sarah Ford (1739-1813) and had 7 children (all with the last name of Packard): Barnabas II (1764-1847), Polly (1766-1846), Pollicarpus “Carpus” (1768-1836), Bartimeas (1769-1854), Cyrus (1771-1825), John Ford (1776-1849), and Philander (1778-1861)
Generation 9 (in Bridgewater, Cummington, and Plainfield, MA, within English America, then the US):
Barnabas Packard II (1764-1847) married Mary Nash (1767-1837) and had 8 children (all with the last name of Packard): Achsah (1790-1791), Sally (1792-1868),
Barnabas III (1795-1871), Patty (d. 1797), Ruby (1799-1871), Norton (1802-1898), Milton (1805-1875), and Roswell (b. 1808)
Generation 10 (in Cummington, Windsor, and Plainfield, MA):
Barnabas Packard III (1795-1871) who married Ruth Snow (1799-1879) and 10 children (all with the last name of Packard): Polly Neth (1819-1868), Cynthia Cordelia (1820-1863), William Henry (1822-1896), Patty Martha (1824-1903), Irene (b. 1826), Mary Jane (b. 1828), Roswell Clifford (1831-1919), Ossmus (1834-1907), Charles Edwin (1838-1933), and Harrison Clark (1840-1899).
Generation 11 (in Plainfield, Windsor, and Cummington, MA):
William Henry Packard (1822-1896) married Rachel Bartlett Tillson (1825-1881) and had 10 children (all with the last name of Packard): Alice Cornelia (b. 1850), Welcome Tillson (1850-1888), Cyrus Winfield (1852-1924), William Luther (1854-1941),
Joseph A. (b. 1855), Benjamin Franklin “Frank” (b. 1858), Fred R. (1860-1884), Mary M. (1862-1887), Charles (1866-1924), and Henry Clark (1866-1924). William Henry later married a woman named Mary Ann Dyer in 1887, six years after Rachel’s death.
Generation 12 (in Plainfield, Windsor, and Cummington, MA): Cyrus Winfield Packard (1852-1924) who first married Nellie Mason (1861-1881) who died in childbirth, married Dorothy “Dora” Ann Mills (1849-1895) and had 7 children (all with the last name of Packard): John Henry (1882-1950), Margaret Alice (1885-1976), Joseph Winfield (1885-1910), Charles Edward (1887-1960), Marion Estelle (1889-1965), Robert Barnabas (1891-1956), and Mabel Hattie (1892-1961).
After her death, Cyrus would marry a third time to Clemenina Cheney (1874-1926) and would have 5 children (all with the last name of Packard): Olive Martha (1896-1969), Herbert Miles (1898-1966), Rachel May (1900-1933), Thomas “Tom” Theodore (1902-1974), and Harold Cyrus (1907-1975).
There are other generations beyond this, which are noted in specific chapters, but this is a good guide to the rest of this book. [2] Take note: the first three generations listed are based on family lore and sketchy records. Their conclusions could be incorrect. As one Packard descendant, Richard Packard, told me on Find A Grave, “anything beyond George is pure speculation as many have searched and found no original proof records.” He also sent me a narrative involving Samuel Packard and other Packards.
[2] The Packard family file at the Cummington Historical Museum notes the following: Cummington sent 11 to fight in revolutionary war; they had an original land deed involving John Packard; lands were bought and sold in Cummington by Abel Packard (1772, 1773); Adam Packard (1795, 1811); the Adam Packard tavern reportedly started in 1803 reportedly, became legislative rep. on state level; people wrote about Packard family lineage in letters to the Cummington Historical Society in 1982, 1983, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2005; Hope Packard was part of Ashfield Historical Society in 1974; the Old Bridgewater Historical Society has Packard family index which was compiled by Alan D. Packard in Kansas (Sep. 1982); Barnabas Packard’s house was still standing in 1987; Abel Packard wills and land records within file; R.R. Packard had relationship with Bisbee family; and probate of Abel Packard within the file.

7 thoughts on “Family tree chart for reference

    • Perhaps it is. This was only a rough estimation of the generations and obviously does not include everyone in every single generation. As I’m mainly doing family history stuff on familysearch now rather than ancestry, I’ll make sure the information there (and here) is fully updated.


  1. For those new to genealogy I would note that the family trees on FamilySearch are no better than those on Ancestry or Geni – all are user provided and not vetted. On all three you can find trees showing “Elizabeth Stream” as the wife of immigrant Samuel Packard, which shows how unreliable individually contributed family trees can be, and, of course, the majority are undocumented.. The strengths of FamilySearch and Ancestry are the images of contemporary records and some published works (also a strength of AmericanAncestors) which are the primary things that I utilize on genealogy sites.


    • You are right that is generally the case. I don’t believe the tree on Family Search shows an Elizabeth Stream and if it did, I could easily go in their and change it. I actually like Family Search better because it is more collaborative. I had a little scuffle with a person who put some bad sources (in my view) on the Samuel Packard page on Family Search, but I did add a number of sources noting this blog, so perhaps that is a positive. As for this post, it originally was meant as a guide for a family history I gave to relatives and it was written when I first was beginning this family history quest, in earnest, back in 2016. So, perhaps it needs to be revisited again. I do not, personally, have access to American Ancestors, but I use local libraries to get access to HeritageQuest (library version of Ancestry), along with using other sources like, websites of state archives, Chronicling America (part of Library of Congress), or (its only about $75 a year for a subscription, which is about $6.25 a month, or 20 cents a day, which is pretty reasonable)


      • Revisiting earlier work is a never-ending process. New information from genealogical scholars is constantly appearing in the scholarly journals and other major publications. New resources are constantly going online at FamilySearch, Ancestry, and AmericanAncestors. I currently have fifteen items in my database “to do” list, all concerning improvements to the information in the database. The “to do” item that I am currently working on is reviewing the current GSMD Five Generations publications for new and revised information that was not present in the last such review several years ago. I do that only in part for my nineteen Mayflower ancestral lines. Most of that review is for those in my database who are not necessarily ancestors, but who are of major interest to me, such as the 1,803 descendants of Samuel Packard in my database. It is an ongoing process but needed if one wants to have reliable information.


      • That is true. I, by default, have become the family historian for my mom and dad’s side of the family, so there’s a bit of a burden in that sense. Yes, I’ll agree it is a never-ending process. Glad to hear about your efforts for improvement of your resources. I probably should go through my posts as well. On Feb 8, my last queued post will be published, so then its open season to go back and revise previous posts.


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