Packard descendants out there!

I spy a Packard! The magnifying glass and hand come from a Getty image, used under fair use. The Packard is Barnabas Packard III, the last Barnabas!

In my attempt to get more people to write for this blog, I sent a flurry of messages, some of which were emails and others which were on other forums, earlier this year. [1] Here I take from a couple of messages  to me from Packard descendants. I’ll let them speak for themselves in the reprinted messages. Some parts of the emails are revised for formatting purposes. No personal information like email addresses and phone numbers is shown. The last two generations are not noted.

Ms. Blue writes to me on May 22, 2018:

Hi Burkely,

Thanks for reaching out. I always love meeting new people that are searching their family lines! So have you ever used Family Search? and do you have Packard’s from Massachusetts?

Ms. Lyons writes to me on May 21, 2018:

I checked and I do have Packard connections, but a very long time ago! The closest I could find was at my great-grandfather, Jonathan Taylor (1825-1890), being a 5th cousin to Benjamin Winslow Packard. Benjamin Winslow’s line was Samuel/Zaccheus/Zaccheus/Simeon/Zenas/Benjamin Alden. So your line and my my line diverged way, way back at Zaccheus Sr, between his 2 sons Zaccheus Jr. and John, who were born, respectively, in 1693 and 1695. So we are related, some sort of distant cousin. On that basis, hello from my branch of the family! Best regards, Sylvia

“Angelwings” writes to me on May 20, 2018:

My husband is of Packard ancestry but I really can’t tell you too much as his parents passed when he was young so we are trying to put pieces together as well. I really don’t have much info at all except that he has found some distant cousins. Good Luck with your ongoing research

“Spiderlily” writes to me on  May 21, 2018:

Yes, my great grandmother was a Packard born in Quincy. Her father was Josiah Vose Packard, s. of Josiah Vose, s. of James. I’ve had difficulty going back further than that.

Ms. Deras writes to me on May 20, 2018:

Interesting name. I haven’t seen it before.
Your blog is very interesting.
You are quite prolific!

My Packard ancestry has been filled in since I posted on WikiTree (I wish there were three of me) [on]

Samuel PACKARD (1610 – 1684) 7th great-grandfather Zaccheus PACKARD (1651 – 1723) son of Samuel PACKARD Abiel PACKARD Capt (1699 – 1774) son of Zaccheus PACKARD Joshua PACKARD Sr (1730 – 1808) son of Abiel PACKARD Capt Joshua PACKARD II (1759 – 1835) son of Joshua PACKARD Sr Joshua PACKARD III (1793 – 1857) son of Joshua PACKARD II Edwin Henry PACKARD (1839 – 1914) son of Joshua PACKARD III Ruth PACKARD (1896 – 1969) daughter of Edwin Henry PACKARD

So we are both Zaccheus’ descendants…Along with, likely, thousands and thousands of  others.

I am currently breaking bricks in the tree of Harriet Hall, my 2nd g-grandmother, wife of Joshua Packard III. A long brick walled ancestor.

I use Genetic (DNA) Genealogy, after getting stumped by so many brick walls with straight genealogical research.

I also authored a blog when I was working as a kitchen designer pre-2012.
I really don’t have any interest in doing that again.
I’m just too busy working on the tree.

I’ll certainly bookmark your blog though, and I’d appreciate it if you’d sign me up to get notices.

Ray writes to me on May 19, 2018:

Yes [I have a Packard connection]. Her [my wife’s 8th great-grandfather’s] line goes through his grandson Joseph Packard (1689-1760), who is a 6th GGF, then John Packard (1741-1794) 5th GGF, then his daughter Mary “Molly” Packard (1767-1846), her 4th GGM

Mr. Hawkins writes to me on May 19, 2018:

Hi Burkely,
Thanks for so kindly reaching out to me. I looked at your blog. It’s very well done!

Sorry to say I don’t have anything of interest to share right now. Thank you again for asking.

Ms. Lenker writes to me on May 19, 2018:

You have impressive credentials. I can see how you would enjoy research. My credentials consist of wife, mother and raising two successful children. I married at 18, so never continued my education. I wanted to be a nurse, but got sidetracked early in life.

Most, if not all, of the attached file is on line, but I have yet to find out how to create the enclosed file. This is what ruined my interest in this project. We may be related somewhere down the line. Please keep my personal info off the the Internet. It’s already on Ancestry, and that’s okay. I don’t want it on any social media. [2]

Mr. Butler writes to me on May 18, 2018:


I indeed have listed amount my ancestors Samuel Packard, though the Ensign’s father rather than the ensign himself.  I descended, twice,  through the daughter – sister Mary Packard.  (I found a surprising number of people twice on my family tree, Mary included.)

I was very much into both genealogy and the web once upon a time.  My favored software was and remains MacFamilyTree, which automatically generated the page in question.  Although my interest in genealogy has faded, the web pages remain up, thus I get occasional e-mails from people who share a distant ancestor.

A few remain favorite stories.  One person wanted to know how I learned the date of death of a War of 1812 veteran.  It turned out a letter had been written from his ancestor to a sister who was my ancestor saying father had died.  That letter had been kept in the family.

I’m afraid I have no similar interesting information about any Packards.  It seems my father was related to much of old Hingham.  The Butlers seem to have moved from Hingham to Brockton to Abington to Rockland.  I’m now in Plymouth.  My father chased genealogy the old fashioned way, through legwork and old paper.  I used my computer, chasing trees through the internet.  I got lots of names and way back, but I had more enthusiasm than accurate double checking.  My trees spread wide, but should be taken with a grain of salt

I have visited your blog and may visit again, but I have nothing to contribute at this point.


[1] Emails to Packard descendants Mr. Redfurn, Ms. Rippetoe, Mr. Mykal (Michael) Yantis, Ms. Gilebarto, Mr. Kent, Ms. Martin-Chown, Mr. Humphrey, Ms. Verville, Ms. Hendrix, Ms. Gaquin, Mr. Waid, JHaight, Rich M, Mr. Arnold, Ms. Silva, Jacki, Ms. Erwin, Settimae, Ms. Destromp, Ms. Frost, Ms. Sypniewski, Don, Sharon, Mr. White, and a person whose name is not currently known.

[2] Posting a bit of this email does not count as having personal info. online. She also wrote on May 18 that “Moses Packard was my 10th great grandfather. I have Zaccheus  in my file and he was my 7th great grand uncle. I only have John’s name connected to his family, but no info about him.”