Selected content about the Packards from Grandpa Don Plefka (Harry Ronald Cecora)

This is quoted from his posts on the Packard family line and Packard family mysteries. It has been quoted here in relevant sections and is used here under the fair use exception to US copyright law.

The Packard family line

The surname Packard is French. It means the descendant of Bacard (combat, strong).(Source: New Dictionary of American Family Names by Elsdon C. Smith. New York: Gramercy Publishing Company, 1988). The name Packard appears in English records as early as the beginning of the fourteenth century. The name was well established in East Anglia long before Samuel’s birth…In early Norman records is found Ralph, Engeram, Richard, Peter, Geoffrey, and Walter Picard in Normandy from 1180-1196. Then we find a Robert Pichard in England circa 1198; and a John Pikert circa 1274. How and if these early Picards/Pikerts relate to later generations is not known…Richard G. Packard of Mesa, AZ, said “Almost all of the Packards in America descend from Samuel and Elizabeth Packard who came to America in 1638″… George Packard Married Mary Wither (1574 – 1652) and were the parents of Samuel Packard. George Packard (1579?-1623) was a yeoman farmer. He had a farm called “Colman’s” in Whitsungrene (Whitsun Green), England. Colmans is now called “Red House.” George Packard married Mary Wyther, daughter of Thomas Wither (d. 1595) and Margaret — his wife. Mary Wither was baptized in 1574 in Woolpit, and died August 19, 1652. Stonham Aspal is in the diocese of Norwich in Norfolk County, England. The will of George Packard was dated December 1, 1623, and he was buried December 14, 1623 in Stonham, Suffolk County, England. Mary’s will was dated August 11, 1649 and was proven on August 19, 1652. She mentions her daughters, Mary, Frances Standley; her sons, John and George; and her grandchildren Mary Standley and Margaret Smyth…Richard Packard has given permission for me to publish these photos There is substantial documentation of the Packard Families of Massachusetts. The book “Mayflower Families – Through Five Generations” lists many of them but does not go beyond the mid 1700’s. US census reports do not list individual family members by name until the mid 1800’s. The Document “Early English Packards” lists records of wills and court documents and parish records back to the year 1311. In his document titled “Samuel Packard 1612 – 1684″ Richard states that Samuel was the fourth son and as such would not have inherited land. That was rectified by going to the American colonies where land was there for the taking…Samuel Packard (1612-1684) married Elizabeth (Family unknown) (1614 – 1694) in about 1635 at Stonham, Aspal Parish, Suffolk, England. With their two year old daughter Mary they emigrated to Plymouth Massachusetts Colony in 1638 on the ship Diligent from Ipswich, England, where, according to an article by Karle S. Packard, they were the parents of 13 additional children. 11 were born in Hingham, Mass. and 2 in Weymouth, Mass. before they relocated to Bridgewater, Mass. According to Karl S. Packard…Samuel and his sons were soldiers in King Philip’s War, a bloody conflict with the native Americans, under Captain Benjamin Church.”

Packard Family Mysteries

“I have given that name [the American Dark Ages] to the period between 1800 and 1849 because the records of the US Census only gives the name of the head of the household and the number of people, male or female, free or slave, in various age groups. The names of wives and children were not recorded. There were no civil birth records or death records. This dearth of information makes research into the lives of people who lived in this era very difficult, if not impossible. Both Shepard L Packard, on my mother’s side, and Eliza S Hunt, on my Father’s side were born and led their early lives during these “Dark Ages”.”

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