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.”

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 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.