Places with ‘Packard’ in the name across the U.S.

Packard Road in Plainfield, MA. Photo taken by Bob Mills. As he described it in July or August 1980, Packard Road connects “Cummington to Plainfield over steep hills. It is mostly a gravel road with lots of ferns, rocks, and trees, but nothing else but a few random farmhouses. Only Plainfield has a few restored old homes – the area is rather poverty-stricken.”

In my searching, I discovered a number of places across the U.S., which have Packard in the name, apart from the image above and Packard Cemetery.

Let’s start with Packard Rocks, Rhode Island. We know, as stated in Rhode Island History (Jan. 1942 edition, p 22) that the 500-acre farm that Captain Samuel Packard, the person who tried to illegally capture African to serve as his slaves, bought in 1800s, “extended from Packard’s Rocks in the Narragansett Bay to the Fish Pond at the Head of Narrow River.” This isn’t much of a surprise since this Samuel Packard was buried in Rhode Island like his wife Abigail. Other books confirm the location of Packard’s Rocks, sometimes called Packard Rocks, although none told the history of the place.  [1] Even the GNIS entry lists nothing on the origin of the name! But, based on what was stated earlier, it was likely given its name because it was once part of a farm owned by Samuel Packard. While I couldn’t find land records using an official government site, and an unofficial one, for Rhode Island, I did find its location, and a map showing a Packard Road in the region in 1900, highlighting the road with a yellow square:

This is document 99999924, a plat recorded on January 1, 1900 if the North Kingston Town Clerk website is accurate on this date.

I looked through the land evidences too (since the probate and town records cannot be accessed unless you are at a Family History Library), but since the indexes are spotty, I couldn’t find anything without going through the whole book.

With that, we move onto the next one: a historical Packard post office. It fulfilled this role in 1892, 1901, and 1902, according to the GNIS. Further information is not known at this time. The final place I’ll focus on is Packard, Michigan. It is presently a populated community place, and has some scattered mentions in books. But nothing notes its origin, unfortunately. But, we can say it had that name by at least 1901 as a railroad station was there. There is a lot of false drops in the search results, so it is hard to search for completely accurately.

That’s all for this week. Until next week!


[1] Roger B. Williams, Bedrock Geology of the Wickford Quadrangle, Rhode Island, U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey Bulletin 1158-C (Government Printing Office: Washington, 1964), p 24; William Richard Keefer and Max Lorain Troyer, Geology of the Shotgun Butte Area, Fremont County, Wyoming, p C-11; George Emerson Moore, Bedrock Geology of the Coventry Center Quadrangle, Rhode Island, Issue 1158, p C-11, T. Nelson Dale, “A Contribution to the Geology of Rhode Island,” The American Journal of Science, Vol. 157 (1884): 283; Newport Natural History Society, “List of Minerals and Rocks Occurring in the Vicinity of Newport,” Proceedings of the Newport Natural History Society, Issues 1-5, p 30.

Massachusetts tax inventory and two Packards

This post reprints a post on my sister blog, History Hermann, about a new Massachusetts tax inventory, with some changes, like eliminating the part about the hists.

Recently, Dick Eastman, wrote about a new online database titled “1771 Massachusetts Tax Inventory” which also includes Maine since it was, then, “the Province of Massachusetts Bay.” This database, as he describes it, has the names of nearly “38,000 individuals who resided in 152 Massachusetts towns in 1771” and data such as the “type and value of real estate and buildings, as well as tabulation of livestock and farm commodities produced” and it further has features allowing you to “browse the data by selecting items to view and “drilling down” through totals for counties and towns to the holdings of individual taxpayers.” Furthermore, there is an “interactive map [that] helps you locate towns and counties in the state” which is based “upon a map of Massachusetts drawn in 1792 and scanned from the Harvard University map collection.” Using this, I went to the database and searched for the Packards, which is the focus of this blog.

There were over 40 Packards listed, many of whom were living in Bridgewater.

Of these, I focused on two in particular: Barnabas and Zechariah, both subjects of my family history, as noted on Packed with Packards! Barnabas was described as a resident of Bridgewater who owned a dwelling house, half a gristmill, 8 acres of pasture for  4 cows, 3 acres which were tilled, 4 acres of upland mowing land, 3 acres of fresh meadow while producing 26 bushels of grain a year, 2 barrels of cider a year, 2.5 tons of hay from the upland area a year, and 2 tons of hay from the fresh meadow area a year. It also said that Barnabas had 1 horse, 6 goats and sheep, 1 swine, did not own a servant, had 26 pounds lent at interest, and had a property worth only 13 pounds! This meant that in total Barnabas owned 18 acres and was doing moderately well, but was not in the gentry of the Massachusetts colony, as one would expect for the Packards:

Then there’s Zechariah Packard, who was a slaveowner. He had a different situation. He was also living in Bridgewater. While he had one dwelling house, he had 5 acres of pasture for 6 cows, 6 tilled acres, 4 acres of upland mowed land, 3.8. acres of fresh meadow, while producing 71 bushels of grain, 2 tons of hay from his upland mowed land, and 8 tons of hay from his fresh meadow land. Additionally, he had 1 horse, 4 oxen, 6 goats & sheep, and 3 swine, along with one servant “for life” (a slave), with his real estate worth 14 pounds. He was definitely doing better than Barnabas, owning 18.8. acres compared to Barnabas’s 18, but was still not the most prosperous in the colony of Massachusetts.

Then there’s the interactive map (from 1792 but still can be used to find towns noted in the 1771 database itself) Using the available features, one is able to focus on Plymouth county:

From there, you can focus on Bridgewater, in the northwest corner of the county.

This is a good resource, on the whole of learning more about Massachusetts and one’s ancestors, without question.

Chapter II: Escaping the throes of persecution

This is the 4th 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.” Below is the 2nd chapter of that history  titled “Escaping the throes of persecution.” This has been updated to include helpful comments by Dale Cook, most recently on November 4, 2019, to remove the sentence “while Samuel’s appointment as a constable in 1664 and 1674, a licensed innkeeper in in 1671, and among “Bridgewater’s proprietors” in 1682 cannot be proven” along with some other minor changes.

It was June 1638. [11]  Newlyweds Samuel Packard, possibly 25 years old, and his wife Elizabeth, possibly 23 years old, brought their young daughter, Mary, on a ship to a new land. They were among 133 passengers, on the 350-ton ship, the HMS Diligent, mainly from Suffolk County’s Hingham, England (“Old Hingham”), destined for Hingham, Massachusetts (“New Hingham”), with John Martin as the Master and Captain of the ship. [12] These passengers comprised nineteen families, twelve of whom were from Old Hingham. Reportedly, there were about twenty servants in total, who served a number of the families, including ancestors of Abraham Lincoln, but not the Packards. [13] On August 10, after making a perilous journey from which a few passengers died and stops in the Carney Islands and Caribbean, before heading north, the Diligent arrived in the eight-year-old city of Boston. [14] Early American historian Alan Taylor, who notes that about 14,000 Puritans participated in the “Great Migration” from England to New England from approximately 1630 to 1630, describes that the journey across the Atlantic from England was extremely perilous for these new colonists to say the least:

Emigration across the Atlantic in a small and crowded wooden ship was…a daunting prospect. Battling the prevailing Atlantic winds and currents, the slow-moving vessels usually took eight to twelve weeks to cross. Few of the Puritans, who were mostly artisans and farmers [like the Packards], or their wives and children had to travel by ship. On board the standard vessel, about one hundred passengers [in this case 133] shared the cold, damp, and cramped hold with their property…The emigrants consumed barreled water, salt meat, and hard bread, a fare that worsened as the voyage proceeded…Only in relatively calm weather…could the passengers partake of the fresh air and distant views from the deck…Close quarters and proximity to death gave a new intensity to the daily prayers…of the passengers [15]

When they arrived in the city of Boston, recently established as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, an English colony answerable to the British Crown with John Winthrop as the governor. The city had major fishing and whaling industries, gaining great wealth and power in the region. Samuel and Elizabeth were unlike other emigrants from England: they were “skilled and prosperous people” who usually stayed at home rather than going across the Atlantic, which would assist them in the northern hilly land with dense forests, “sharp slopes, stony soils, and a short growing season,” reinforced by their Puritan faith. [16] This faith, while it didn’t help them become rich like those who emigrated to the Chesapeake Bay region, was the well from which “increasing commercialism of New England” sprung since land was cheap and plentiful but little labor was available, so many farmers had to “rely on their own families or the labor” needed to maintain their “especially demanding farms.”

The Packards, among the hundreds on the ship were not coming to Massachusetts for new opportunities. The passengers, comprised of working-class folks like shoemakers and millers, a number of ministers, and gentry, were mostly Puritans, or more specifically, East Anglians. [17] Historical context helps gain a better perspective of who these colonists were and why they had traveled the seas. In early modern England, church and state were united, with the law demanding that all support the Church of England, also called the Anglican Church, which was headed by the English monarch since its creation in the 1530s. The monarchy used the church to promote religious and political conformity, creating a hierarchical social order, but there were certain “devout reformers” called Puritans (originally as an epithet) which wanted to change the Anglican Church and larger society, feeling that the Protestant Reformation was incomplete within England. [18]

Even with this goal, they were divided on the details, with some, called “Separatists” who wanted to withdraw and form their own independent congregations. They did agree on the disdain of medieval Catholicism, seeking to recover the “original, pure, and simple church of Jesus Christ and his apostles,” stripping away church ceremony and formulaic prayers, engaging in moral living, reading the bible, and “devout prayer.” Satirized by Ben Jonson as “Zeal-of-the Land Busy” character, their beliefs appealed to residents in England’s most “commercialized area,” specifically in East Anglia, Sussex, and London, with most belonging to the “middling sort,” those who were small propertyholders such as skilled artisans, shopkeepers, and farmers. The Packards, who were among this mix of people, felt their salvation by working hard in their occupation was proved by God, including “a strict code of personal discipline and morality,” with their rhetoric depicting England as a place which was “awash of thieves, drunks, idlers, prostitutes, and blasphemers.” While this zeal made them unpopular, as most English people “preferred Anglicanism,” it also alarmed English kings who wanted “unquestioning loyalty.” As the latter recognized the “subversive potential” of the insistence of Puritanism on “spiritual equality to all ungodly men,” they tried to accommodate the Puritans until King Charles I who hoped to “reconcile English Catholics” while bishops favoring the British crown dismissed Puritan preachers who “balked at conducting high church liturgy” and prosecuted numerous “Puritan laypeople.” [19] Any attempt for redress was eliminated when Charles I dissolved Parliament in 1629, ruling arbitrarily for next 11 years.

Since many Puritans refused to conform to the wishes of the King, his loyal Archbishop, and other authorities of the Anglican church, they began to think of journeying across the Atlantic to a new land. While past colonies in the region, specifically one in Maine from 1607-1608, had been a failure, promotional literature by Captain John Smith, of “Jamestown fame” appealed to those Puritans angry with their “Anglican rulers,” especially those who were Separatists. [20] As the years went by, new colonies expanded from coastal areas into the interior since they could not resist the allure of gaining “larger tracts of land for farming,” with 20,000 inhabitants by 1660. The Puritans believed that “religion and profit jump together,” meaning that they felt, as mainly small property holders, that they would feel the next economic pinch, also burdened by new taxes and increasing crime. As they had to “divest themselves of much of the property they had so painstakingly accumulated” to emigrate, which was painful for them since they “cherished property as their security,” they sought a new land which had no “profitable plantation crop,” and attained a longer-lived, healthier, and more sex-balanced population than other areas. With land grants within towns were granted to those men who banded together, colonists cut clearings in forests, chopped firewood, built barns and houses, constructed mills, and much more by “hand labor” which was demanding. With the raising a “medley of small crops” like beans, potatoes, maize, rye, wheat, and garden plants, the tending of farms was much work, leading to a population of short-lived indentured servants in an economy which had few, if any enslaved laborers, and family units where couples came together after the marriage was approved by the Puritan parents of the spouse and groom. [21] To finish up this summary of the history, the Puritans unlike their counterparts back in England and in the rest of the English-speaking colonies had more access to preaching, while they also rejected any form of religious liberty.

The Packard family story ties into this history. In 1633, migration from Hingham, England to the future site of “New Hingham” had begun with a group aboard the Elizabeth Bonaventure. Robert Peck, reverend of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, fled with half of his congregation, likely all of the 133 people on the Diligent, embarking from Ipswitch, England. [22] Most of the passengers, including Samuel and Elizabeth, settled in “New Hingham,” a very wooded, fishery-based, agricultural town, by the water, similar to Plymouth, with the town’s population doubling after their arrival. The town, within the Plymouth Bay Colony, with 10-20 houses, some ships docked, and a few craftsmen as evidenced by a representation by a local artist in a soon-to-be-opened museum at the Hingham Historical Society.

The Packards were not the first, but were part of a considerable wave of new settlers, living in crudely and quickly built houses. “New Hingham,” founded in 1635 by Peter Hobart and a “group of Puritans,” was the removal town of “Old Hingham” “physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually” to New England. [23] With the town established, Hobart and Reverend Robert Peck became powerful individuals, a significant point since many families in “New Hingham” were part of their Church. [24] Samuel helped build, reportedly, numerous houses and lodgings across the colony as he fulfilled his vow with Elizabeth. They would grow up in a very traditional society with about 5.5% of the women remaining single throughout their lives, and an established division of tasks along gender lines. [25]

By the 1640s, as one genealogist, Dale Cook, writes, Samuel and his family were in Hingham, where they stayed from 1638 to 1654. [26] Others say that Samuel was a proprietor in Hingham (in 1638), that the family eventually moved to Weymouth where he was appointed a selectman, staying there from 1654 to 1664, and eventually moved to Bridgewater. During this time period, of living in Hingham, eight children were reportedly born: Samuel (d. 1697), Israel (d. 1699), Hannah (d. 1727), Deborah (d. 1725), Zaccheus (d. 1723), and Deliverance (d. 1708), while only two children would have been born in Weymouth: John (d. 1741) and Nathaniel (1655-1736). [27] There  were two other children: Thomas and Jaell.  As Dale Cook noted below, Jaell was one of their daughters and was a “Biblical name – that of the wife of Heber, a Kenite. Jael fulfilled the prophecy of judge and prophetess Deborah by killing Sisera, leader of the Canaanite army [Judges Chapter 4].”  These two individuals were clearly children of Samuel and Elizabeth.

The Packards were part of a society in Hingham but the growing colony in New England. Iron was imported into Hingham while “timber, planke, and mast” was exported into Boston for shipping and “cedar and pine board” was exported to other towns. By the 1640s, most of the “free colonists” in New England were “better fed, clothed, and housed” than their “common contemporaries” back in the “mother country” of England, with certain Puritans feeling that the settling of New England was a waste of time and resources, with effort better spent “at home.” [28] Residents participated directly in “King Philip’s War” in 1676. The Packards did participate when they were living in Bridgewater, 20-23 miles away. Samuel Packard Jr., Samuel’s son, was a sergeant and John Packard, also his son, was a soldier. The claim that his son, Israel was killed in action is erroneous. [29] Still, there was clear participation in King Phillip’s War. In one record transcription, it shows Israel Packard agreeing to serve “as a trooper” for the town of Bridgewater in May 1671. [30] It is also clear that it is clear that Samuel owned the “Nipenicket” farm near Bridgewater.


[11] Some sources claim that the sailing started from Gravesend on April 28, 1638 (ex: “Genealogical Guide to the Early Soldiers of America,” The Spirit of ’76 , Vol. 6, no. 3, Nov. 1899, p. 86, another genealogical book edited by William Richard Cutter, a book by Samuel Deane and a book by the Colonial Dames of America and the “Gilman Family History”) but these specific sources have not been examined independently at the current time. Sometimes their last name is spelled Packer or Parker, among many other spellings.

[12] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Vol. I (Boston: Little Brown &Company, 1860), 489-490; “Genealogical Gleanings in England,” New England Genealogical Register, Vol. L (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1998, reprint), p. 131; Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings in England Vol. II (Boston: New England Genealogical Society, 1901), 1122; Henry Whittemore, Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of those of the First Generation (Baltimore: Clearfield Publishing, 1967), 284, 308, 374, 396, 426; James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Vol. IV (Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1862), 202; Hingham, MA, History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, Vol. III (Hingham, MA: University Press, 1893), 114; Solomon Lincoln, History of the town of Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Hingham, MA: Caleb Gill, Jr. and Farmer and Brown, 1827), 46-48; Ezra S. Stearns, History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, from the Grant of Dorchester Canada to Present Time (Ashburnham, MA, 1887), 841; Meredith Bright Colket and Keith M. Sheldon, Founders of Early American Families: Immigrants from Europe 1607-1657 (Cleveland, OH: General Court of Order of Founders and Patriots of America, ca. 1985), 235; William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), 119, 122; Ted Clarke, Hingham: Four Centuries of History (London: The History Press, 2015), 9-10; Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Boston: Kidder & Wright, 1840), 253, 366, 329; Samuel G. Drake, Result of Researchers Among the British Archives (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1860), 78-81; Roger Thompson, Mobility and Migration: East Anglican Founders of New England, 1639-1640 (Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994), xi; Charles B. Packard, The Crepe Myrtle (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2009), 12; Lee A. Whitters, “A Diligent Effort,” Dartmouth Medicine, Winter 2007; “Historical Timeline,” accessed Aug. 1, 2017.

[13] Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary Vol. I, 29, 142, 145; Whittemore, 284; Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary Vol. IV, 116, 133, 230, 233, 341; John J. Waters Jr., The Otis Family in Provincial and Revolutionary Massachusetts (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968), 13; “Genealogical Guide to the Early Soldiers of America,” The Spirit of ’76, Vol. 6, no. 3, Nov. 1899, p. 50; James Elton Bell and Frances Jean Bell, Sir Robert Bell and His Early Virginia Colony Descendants (Tuscon, AZ: Wheatmark, 2008), 44; Mitchell, 115; Drake, 79-81; Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff, John Beal of Hingham, and one line of his descendants (Boston: 1865), 1; “Folsom History,” accessed August 1, 2017.

[14] Carolyn St. John Elliott Battles and James Bruce Battles, A Puritan Family’s Journey: From Hingham to Hingham and onto Sanbornton, New Hampshire: The Ancestors of Marion Gilmon Elliott (Carolyn St. John Elliott Battles, 2013), 30; Packard, 12; “Daniel Cushing’s Record of Early Settlers,” accessed August 1, 2017.

[15] Alan Taylor, American Colonies: The Settling of North America (New York: Penguin Books, 2001), 168-169.

[16] Ibid, 159-160, 168-169.

[17] Savage, 145, 353; Whittemore, 398; Stearns, 606, 661; Battles and Battles, 29; Waters Jr., 15; Mary Gant Bell, Dixon Family History (Mary Gant Bell, 2007), 309; Ira G. Peck, A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Joseph Peck (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1868), 14; “Passenger List of the Diligent 1638,” accessed August 1, 2007; Clarke, 11-16, to give a few sources.

[18] Alan Taylor, American Colonies, 160.

[19] Ibid, 161-162, 164.

[20] Ibid, 165.

[21] Ibid, 166-167, 169-170, 170-174, 179, 181, 185-186. During this process, two sets of parents “negotiated a property settlement to provide the new couple with the land, tools, and livestock to commence a farm or trade.” The region, as Taylor notes in page 176, depended on a “trading system that serviced the wealthier slave-based economy of the West Indies.”

[22] Battles & Battles, 29-30; Bell & Bell, 6; History of the town of Hingham, Massachusetts, Vol. II, Part 2 (Hingham, MA, 1893), p. 2-3, 36; Peck, 13; Brian E. Aiguier, “The History of the Hingham Police Department,” accessed Aug. 1, 2017.

[23] Waters Jr., 11-14; Thompson, 23, 108, 141, 200, 206, 221, 261-262; Richard Caldwell, A Tour of Hingham (East Weymouth, MA, 1974), 1, 33, 70, 78; Clarke, 16, 20-24. Those living in “old Hingham” told the British House of Commons that “most of the able Inhabitants have forsaken their dwellings and have gone severall ways for their peace and quiett and the town is now left and like in the misery by reason of the meanness of the [remaining] Inhabitants.”

[24] Ibid, 17-18; Peck, 25-26; Clarke, 28. The Diary of William Bentley Vol. III Jan. 1803-December 1810 (Salem, MA: The Essex Institute, 1911), 282; Thompson, 189; John Winthrop, Winthrop’s Journal: “History of New England” 1630-1649 (ed. James Kendall Hosmer, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908), 229-232, 245, 289, 321, 330; Packard, 12-13. “Hobart’s Diary” is within the Diary of William Bentley, found in 1807, when before it was a record that was within the Hobart family. There is also Hobart’s Journal, but this is a different record.

[25] Carol F. Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1998), 204-5, 339.

[26] See “Samuel Packard Family,” Plymouth Colony Pages, Early Bridgewater Families, 2011. As one Packard family member once said, “almost all of the Packards in America descend from Samuel & Elizabeth Packard who came to America in 1638.”

[27] Some cite different dates, saying that Zaccheus was born in 1643, John in 1655, and Deliverance in 1652. Looking through existing town records of Hingham shows no Packards born in the town. When I said that, I was referring to town records on Family Search, but as Dale Cook noted, “the baptisms of Packard children Hingham are found in the journal of Rev. Peter Hobart, who was Pastor there while Samuel and his family lived in that town,” a journal published in NEHGR (New England Historical and Genealogical Register) in 1967. See my comment below for more.  In researching at the Hingham Historical Society in July 2017, no direct links to the Packards could be found, with only tangential links in Vol. II of the History of the Town of Hingham by George Lincoln (p. 195, 398) and a short mention in Vol. I on pages 104 to 105. Nothing else is known currently. See Find A Grave entry for Col. Thomas Packard, Sr. as well.

[28] James E. McWilliams, Building the Bay Colony: Local Economy and Culture in Early Massachusetts (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007), 48, 67, 74; Taylor, American Colonies, x, 168.

[29] William Hubbard, The History of the Indian Wars in New England (Danbury: Stiles Nichols, 1803), vii, 62-3, 67, 122, 135; Pansy Modesitt Gleason, “Gilman Family History,” Indiana Magazine of History, 1941, Vol. 37, Issue 4, pp. 405-407; Mitchell, 39-41 (from 1897 reprint). During this conflict, five houses in Hingham were apparently burned. Samuel and his sons were reportedly soldiers, part of a company led by Capt. Benjamin Church which captured 17 indigenous people and plundered along the way. On the town’s website, it says that in the town, founded in 1622 as Wessagusset, was boosted by the arrival of 100 settlers from Weymouth, England, in 1635. The town was later incorporated into the Massachusetts Bay colony and becoming a “fishing and agricultural community.” There is an extreme lack of records when it comes to Weymouth. Nothing is available from Family Search’s Family History Library, and records held by the town do not date back to the 17th century. Even the varied genealogy pages for the area, as shown here, here, and here, are lackluster

[30] Bridgewater, “Town Records 1656-1808 Vol. 1-4,” p. 60. Also see here and here. The verification of these claims is hard because at the time no newspapers of Bridgewater were published or still survive.

Looking at Samuel Packard and John Washburn

In my family history, I wrote multiple chapters on Samuel Packard, including one that specifically focused on his will. I plan to expand on those writings here and talk about John Washburn, the second husband of Elizabeth (who was first married to Samuel Packard). Below is a synopsis of what I wrote about Samuel Packard, for starters:

Samuel Packard (d. 1684) (also spelled Packer, Packerde, Packeard, and varied other spellings) married Elizabeth (died aft. 1702) and had 11 children (with the last name of Packard)…After Moses reportedly died in 1606, his 26-year-old son, George P., took of [over] his estate. He married Mary Whither (1574-1672), and had seven children…[including] Samuel (?-1684)…While the Packards had often lived in Suffolk County, Samuel moved to Norfolk County, which was north of Suffolk, at a date not yet known. While there he met his wife Elizabeth…The Packards, among the hundreds on the ship were not coming to Massachusetts for new opportunities…The Packards were not the first, but were part of a considerable wave of new settlers, living in crudely and quickly built houses…The Packards were part of a society in Hingham but [part of] the growing colony in New England…On December 4, 1662, he [Samuel] was noted as a purchaser of land and landowner in Bridgewater…In the 1670s, Samuel continued to expand his land holdings…In the years before Samuel’s death in 1684, he continued to acquire land as his children went their separate ways…If he was a small-scale farmer, he was a strange one indeed, because he owned 339 acres of land at his death. Samuel’s many acres of land…was concentrated mainly in Bridgewater…He dispensed 41 pounds, ten shilling to Elizabeth [his wife], his five daughters…and his grandchildren…On March 3, 1685, John Field and John Ames, Jr., said that Samuel Packard desired Thomas Washburn or Washbourne to be another executor. Samuel Packard, Sr. would be dead by November 7, 1684.

The above is further proven through SAMUEL PACKARD’S WILL extracts and Samuell Packer will and inventory 1684, the latter of which comes from the original record. From this, one can try to map his land holdings, a helpful visualization to the best of my ability as some places can’t be found:

Comes from this map. This shows West Meadow but not bulls hole,land near mark laythorpe’s land, near Satuckett pond (which may be “Saughtuckett Pond”), Poor Meadow, or the SE side of river. He apparently had a farm named Nitpicket.

Map overlap, using this map and Google Maps, seems to say that he was living somewhere between Charles St and Howard St in West Bridgewater.

As for John Washburn, the following is noted in my family history:

Likely in late 1684, Samuel’s wife, Elizabeth, would marry a man named John Washburn Jr. who had been living in Bridgewater for years…On October 30, 1686, John Washburn, Jr. would write his will. Other than grants to his children, undoubtedly from a previous marriage, he would give Elizabeth one bed, one booster, one pillow, one pair of sheets, and one blanket for starters. He would also give her one coverlet, two chests, six baskets of Indian corn, one bushel of barley, and two pounds, two shillings, which he had already given to her at the time. Like Samuel, John Washburn owned numerous farm tools and supplies, such as Indian corn, rye, scythes, iron wedges, chains, hoes, pitchforks, cart, wheels, whipand saws. He also mirrored Samuel in his show of status not with brass, iron, and pewter spoons, his bees wax or ammunition, but through table cloths, napkins, and five beds, to name a few possessions…On October 27, 1694, almost eight years after John’s death, she would sell land given to her by Samuel. It would be a 20-acre tract called “Satuckett Pond” or “Sehucket Pond” given to her by Samuel in his will…saying explicitly that Samuel was her first husband as she sold the land to “an Indian” living in Bridgewater named Sam James. The land agreement would be signed by Samuel’s son of the same name, Samuel Packard, Jr., along with Thomas Washburn and Edward Fobes…It is not a coincidence that this Samuel Packard and Thomas Washburn were executors of Samuel Packard, Sr.’s estate. Years later, in April 1702, Elizabeth, again a “widow,” would sign a document about John Washburn’s heirs, receiving some rights.

But there is more in John Washburn’s will and inventory in 1686 than what is is noted above. He (called John Sr. in the rest of this paragraph) gave his son John four (unreadable) “upland” acres where he had already built a structure, which sat the easterly side of his land, a lot of meadow in Coster’s Kitchen (an area also partially owned by certain Packards), two lots of meadow above Gwat? Island (which one?). He was also given a cow of John Sr.’s brother Philip to provide for him, certain rights in “undivided lands,” a lot of meadow near John Ames, along with dividing land with his other children. As for John Sr’s son Joseph, he gave him 20 acres in “Satucket Pond” (seemingly Robbins Pond) and a lot on “Black Brooke,” while he gave his other son Samuel 34 acres on which he already has built a structure, land on Poor Meadow River (really a brook?), and a lot of meadow in Coster’s Kitchen. He also gave his son Jonathan fifty acres of land which sat on the “South Brooke,” his son Benjamin 50 acres which was formerly his father’s lot in Coster’s Kitchen along with a young horse and a cow, among other farm animals. He later said that James, his younger son, would get certain land, noted his “dwelling house” apparently sitting in Coster’s Kitchen, his two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth), his land on Satucket River and Bear Swamp.

Likely none of these children are the sons or daughters of Elizabeth, but of John Sr’s previous wife. Even the other varied records can’t solve that genealogical dilemma or find out what rivers are referred to.

For now, that’s all that can be said, but this adds more info about the Packard family (and related families) without a doubt.