Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
In the time of the colony the family name now generally known as Packard is found variously written in the public records as Packard, Packer, Pecker, Peckard and Peckerd, but however written it has reference to the surname Packard, whose earliest known representatives in this country was Samuel Packard.
(I) Samuel Packard, with his wife and child, came to New England from Windham, near Hingham, England, in the ship "Diligence," John Martin, master, one hundred and thirty-three passengers in all, in the year 1638, and settled first in Hingham, Mass. He removed from that place to West Bridgewater, and there was granted license to keep an ordinary, or house of public entertainment for travelers. He also served as constable of the town, hence must have been a man of consequence in the community, for that office in the time of the colony was one of dignity and importance.
The name of his wife does not appear in the published records, nor the date of death of either Samuel or his wife.
1. Elizabeth, married, in 1665, Thomas Alger, of Easton, Mass.
2. Samuel, married Elizabeth Lathrop.
3. Zaccheus (see post).
4. Thomas, no record of his marriage; had a son Joseph.
5. John, no record other than the mention of his birth.
6. Nathaniel, married a daughter of John Kingman.
7. Mary, married Richard Phillips, of Weymouth.
8. Hannah, married Thomas Randall.
9. Israel, was a trooper in 1671; no other record.
10. Jael, married John Smith.
11. Deborah, married Samuel Washburn.
12. Deliverance, married Thomas Washburn.
(II) Zaccheus, second son and third child of Samuel Packard, immigrant, was born in West Bridgewater, Mass., and died there Aug. 3, 1723. He married Sarah, second daughter and fifth child of John Howard, who came to this country from England and settled first in Duxbury, Mass., from whence John removed to the west parish in Bridgewater. James Howard went to Bermuda. It is said that when John Howard was a boy he lived in the family of Miles Standish. He was a man of great influence in the new plantation and one of the first military officers in Bridgewater. Previous to 1700 the name was generally written Haward, and John always so wrote it. He kept an ordinary as early as 1670, and died in 1700.
Zaccheus Packard & Sarah Howard had nine children, five of whom settled in the north parish of Bridgewter.
1. Israel, born April 27, 1680, married in 1703, Hannah ____.
2. Sarah, born Aug. 19, 1682, married July 27, 1704, Capt. Josiah Edson.
3. Jonathan, born Dec. 7, 1684, married Dec. 24, 1719, Susanna Hayward.
4. David (see post).
5. Solomon, born March 20, 1689, see sketch.
6. James, born June 2, 1691, died Nov. 24, 1765; married June 7, 1722, Jemima Keith, died May 1, 1782, daughter of Joseph Keith.
7. Zaccheus, born Sept. 4, 1693, died in 1775; married, 1725, Mercy Alden.
8. John, born Oct. 8, 1695, died June 3, 1738; married Lydia Thompson.
9. Captain Abiel, born April 29, 1699, died in 1766; was captain of militia, the largest land owner in the north parish, having at one time a thousand acres of land in one body, on which he settled seven of his sons; married Jan. 11, 1723, Sarah Ames.
(III) David, third son and fourth child of Zaccheus and Sarah (Howard) Packard, was born in West Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 11, 1687, died in the north parish Nov. 3, 1755.
He married Dec. 17, 1712, Hannah, youngest daughter and fifth child of John and Sarah (Willis) AMES. Her father, John Ames, was born in West Bridgewater March 24, 1647, and married, in 1672, Sarah Willis. His father, William Ames, of Braintree, Mass., came to America with his brother John from Bruton, Somersetshire, England, and settled, John in Bridgewater and William in Braintree, in 1640. They were sons of Richard Ames, of Bruton, England. William Ames married Hannah ____ and had six children. He died Jan. 11, 1654.
Children of David & Hannah (Ames) Packard:
1. David, born Sept. 25, 1713, died Oct. 28, 1805; married, June 30, 1736, Mehitable Richards, who died Nov. 22, 1767.
2. William, born Nov. 14, 1715, died Oct. 28, 1805; married Sept. 16, 1740, Sarah Richards, who died Jan. 4, 1806.
3. Hannah, born March 18, 1718, married Dec. 21, 1737, Samuel Brett.
4. Isaac, born June 2, 1720, died 1792; married March 28, 1745, Abigail Porter.
5. Mary, born June 8, 1722, married Sept. 16, 1740, Daniel Richards.
6. Ebenezer (see post).
7. Abiah, born May 2, 1727, died 1809; married Dec. 30, 1758, Phebe Paine.
8. Mehitable, born 1730, married Jan. 31, 1748, Simeon Brett.
9. Jane, born 1734, married Nov. 6, 1755, Matthew Kingman.
(IV) Ebenezer, fourth son and sixth child of David and Hannah (Ames) Packard, was born in North Bridgewater, Mass., Feb. 23, 1724, died June 20, 1803. On Feb. 25, 1746 he married Sarah Perkins, born in Ipswich, Mass. March 27, 1725, died in North Bridgewater March 12, 1810. Her father, Mark Perkins, went from Ipswich to North Bridgewater in 1741, and died there Dec. 20, 1756. He married Dorothy Whipple, who survived him and afterward married, May 1, 1782, Solomon Packard. Mark Perkins had eleven children, and five of them intermarried with the Packards.
1. Alice, born April 13, 1747, married May 14, 1769, Eliab Packard.
2. Ebenezer, March 4, 1749, married March 31, 1774, Mary Reynolds.
3. Eunice, born Dec. 13, 1750, married Sept. 11, 1780, William Jameson.
4. Jonas, born June 4, 1752, died Jan. 22, 1835; married Sept. 11, 1777, Mehitable Brett.
5. Adin, born Feb. 18, 1754, died Sept. 10, 1837; married Nov. 16, 1780, Keziah Phinney.
6. Matthew (see post).
7. Deacon Eliphalet, born Feb. 27, 1758, died Jan. 16, 1819; married Jan. 24, 1782, Lydia Barrell.
8. Captain Robert, born Jan. 29, 1760, died Feb. 10, 1844; married (first) Jan. 28, 1782, Ruth Barrell; married (second) Nov. 11, 1788, Sally Perkins, who died Jan. 17, 1856.
9. Joel, born Feb. 20, 1762, married Nov. 1, 1785, Harmony Kingman; settled in Dartmouth, Mass.
10. Lot, born March 10, 1763, removed to Maine; married, in 1791, Mary Nelson.
11. Joseph, died 1840; married Aug. 31, 1794, Susanna Bates.
(V) Matthew, third son and sixth child of Ebenezer and Sarah (Perkins) Packard, was born in North Bridgewater, Mass., April 10, 1756, died May 12, 1795. On April 17, 1781, he married Keziah, daughter of Luke and Rebecca (Packard) Perkins. Luke Perkins was a nephew of Mark Perkins, with whom he went from Ipswich to North Bridgewater in 1741. After the death of Matthew Packard, his widow came from N. Bridgewater and settled in the town of Minot, Maine, in the locality known as Perkin's ridge.
1. Nehemiah (see post).
2. Eliphalet (see post).
4. Abraham, born Feb. 21, 1788.
5. Keziah, born Jan. 1, 1791.
(VI) Nehemiah, son of Matthew and Keziah (Perkins) Packard, was born May 1, 1786, died April 3, 1853, closing a life of usefulness and honest effort. His business occupation was that of farmer and lumberman. He was an earnest member of the Congregational church.
He married (first), April 2, 1807, Chloe Snell, born May 26, 1781. After her death he married (second) Mrs. Anna Farrar.
Children, all of 1st wife:
1, Cyrus, born Jan. 31, 1809, died in infancy.
2. Cyrus Snell (see post).
3. Julia Ann, born July 13, 1812, married William Munroe, of Minot.
4. Mary, born Jan. 29, 1814, married Jacob H. Roak, of Minot.
5. Chloe, born July 11, 1816, married (first) Nathan A. Emery; (second) Levi Lyford.
6. Catherine, born July 30, 1818.
(VI) Eliphalet, son of Matthew and Keziah (Perkins) Packard, was born Jan. 1, 1791, died Oct. 18, 1875. He learned the trade of hat-making, and lived and worked first in Buckfield, Maine, then in Auburn, Maine, and later removed to Bedford, Mass., and died there at the age of eighty years.
He married, in 1814, Abigail Snell.
1. Betsey H., born April 4, 1815, married a Washburn.
2. Charles, born Oct. 14, 1818.
3. Laura A., born April 7, 1822.
4. Eliphalet Franklin, born Jan. 5, 1824.
(VII) Cyrus Snell, second son of Nehemiah and Chloe (Snell) Packard, was born Jan. 30, 1810, died Nov. 22, 1891. For many years he engaged in shoe-manufacturing at West Auburn, Maine, in partnership with Mr. Munroe and under the firm name of Packard & Munroe, a name well known in all trade circles in this state.
Mr. Packard married Jane Munroe, of Minot, and had a son, Henry M. Packard, born March 24, 1840 (see post).
(VII) Eliphalte Franklin, youngest child of Eliphalet and Abigail (Snell) Packard, was born Jan. 5, 1824, and was educated in the public schools of Auburn, Lewiston Falls Academy and Bowdoin College. Later on he became extensively engaged in the manufacutre of shoes, and carried on a successful business for about thirty-five years.
Mr. Packard married Anna M., daughter of Jacob Herrick.
1. Frank Herrick.
2. John Howard.
3. Edward Albert, now practicing physician in Boston, Mass.
4. Annie Elizabeth, living now in Boston.
5. George Harris, deceased.
(VIII) Henry M., son of Cyrus Snell and Jane (Munroe) Packard, was born March 24, 1840, and received his education in the public schools of Lewiston and the academy at Lewiston Falls. After leaving school he worked five years for the firm of James Munroe & Company, then engaged in a grocery business on his own account until 1865, when he became partner with James Munroe in shoe-manufacturing. In 1882 the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Packard removed to Auburn and acquired an interest in the business formerly conducted by the firm of J. O. Foss & Company, which firm soon after incorporated under the name of Foss-Packard Company. For nearly half a century Mr. Packard has been an active factor in the business life of the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, but his best success is that achieved during the more than twenty-five years of residence in Auburn, where he has been identified with the institutions of that city in many ways, and has furnished employment to hundreds of workmen annually.
Besides his connection with the Foss-Packard Company, he also is president of the First National Bank of Auburn.
On June 21, 1869, Mr. Packard married Augusta A., born Feb. 22, 1842, daughter of Loring and Mary (Littlefield) Gould, of Lisbon Falls.
Gertrude E. Packard, born July 29, 1872.
(VIII) Frank Herrick, eldest son of Eliphalet Franklin and Anna M. (Herrick) Packard, was born in Danville, Maine, now Auburn, Dec. 2, 1852, and was educated in Lewiston Falls Academy and Edward Little Institute. At the age of sixteen he began working in the shoe-factory of which his father was proprietor, later acquired an interest in the business and continued his connection with the establishment until about 1880. Soon afterward Cyrus I. Barker, his son, Alvarado D. Barker, and Mr. Packard erected the Avon mill, in Lewiston, for the manufacture of cottom quilts, and thus became identified with an industry which ranked third in size in its special linfe of manufacture in this country. His connection with this company still continues, and in 1907, by the erection of Avon mill No. 2, the plant took rank as second in size in America.
Mr. Packard has been instrumental in promoting the industrial interests of the city of Lewiston and its vicinity. For many years he has been president of the First National Bank of Lewiston, the strongest financial institution in the region. Mr. Packard is a member of Lewiston Lodge, B.P.O.E.
On May 5, 1875, Mr. Packard married Sarah Ida, daughter of Cyrus I. and Almira B. (Jewett) Barker, the latter a daughter of Daniel Jewett, of Denmark.
Cyrus Franklin Packard, born April 15, 1881; Bowdoin, '04. Married Winifred L. Holt, of Lewiston, Maine, a dauaghter of C. O. Holt, they have two children: Cyrus Franklin Jr. and George Victor.
(For early generations see Samuel Packard I.)
(III) Solomon, fifth son of Zaccheus and Sarah (Howard) Packard, was born March 20, 1689. He lived on the place afterward owned by the late Waldo Howard, and afterward occupied by Zina Howard.
He was married (first) Nov. 16, 1715, to Sarah, daughter of Samuel Lathrop. She died, and he married (second) Susannah, daughter of Samuel Kingman. She died, and he married (third) Oct. 5, 1760, Dorothy, widow of Mark Perkins, who died May 1, 1782.
Sarah, Jacob, Nathan (died young), Susanna, Nathan, Benjamin, Zebulon and Micah.
(IV) Jacob, eldsest son of Solomon and Sarah (Lathrop) Packard, was born Sept. 2, 1720, died Feb. 2, 1777. He was married Nov. 24, 1742, to Dorothy, daughter of Mark and Dorothy Perkins.
Jacob, Mark, Oliver, Asa, Hezekiah, Rhoda, Dorothy and Philbert.
(V) Hezekiah, fifth son of Jacob and Dorothy (Perkins) Packard, was born Dec. 6, 1761, in West Bridgewater, died April 25, 1849. At an early age he learned to play the fife, and at the age of fourteen he became a fifer in the revolutionary war. Upon leaving home, his mother said to him: "Hezekiah, remember praying will make three leave sinning, and sinning will make thee leave praying." These words had the right effect on him, and he was never known to use profane language during his absence from his father's house. The regiment to which he belonged was ordered to Cambridge, and he lived in a tent near Cambridgeport. He was in Colonel Sargent's regiment and they occupied several stations. They were ordered to Boston, and from there to Bunker Hill. In the spring of 1776 they were stationed at Castle William, and here they remained until June, when they were ordered to march to New York. They went to New London by land, and thence by water to New York, the regiment being stationed near Hurlgate. In the autumn of that year he was sick and sent to a hospital, where he suffered much from home-sickness as well as from disease. At the end of the year his term of service expired, and he returned to his home still feeble. His father died shortly after his return. After his return he followed the vocation of farming, but owing to an injury to his arm, he felt obliged to give up this calling, and having during a revival embraced religion, in 1780, in the spring of 1782 he began to think seriously of acquiring an education, and placed himself under the instruction of Rev. John Read, minister of the west parish. In a year he was fitted for college, which he entered at Cambridge, July, 1783. It was a hard struggle. He spent most of his vacations at college, where he taught a morning school for misses, took care of the college buildings, and taught school nine or ten weeks winters, to defray expenses. The first year after leaving college he kept a grammar school in Cambridge, and the next year he took charge of the library as assistant, and was one of three who prepared the first printed catalogue of the college library. In 1789 he was tutor in the mathematical department, which position he held for four years. In October, 1793, he was ordained over the church in Chelmsford, where he labored eight years, when he received an invitation to settle at Wiscasset, Maine, where he was installed Sept. 8, 1802, Professor Tappan, of Cambridge College, preaching the sermon. He remained there until the spring of 1830, when he removed to Middlesex Village, a remote part of his former parish in Chelmsford. He was there six years, when, in the fall of 1836, he dissolved his connection with that church and moved to Saco, Maine, Nov. 11 of the same year. During the remainder of his life he resided at Saco, Maine, Salem, Mass., and Brunswick, Maine, making occasional visits to his children. He was the originator of the Bible Society in Lincoln county, Maine.
He died April 25, 1849, and was buried at his request at Wiscasset, where he had labored twenty years before.
He was married, in 1794, to Mary, daughter of Rev. Alpheus Spring, of Kittery, Maine, who died Sept. 25, 1828.
Alpheus Spring, Charles, George, Hezekiah, Sarah, Mary, Joseph and William.
(VI) Charles, second son of Hezekiah and Mary (Spring) Packard, was born April 17, 1801, in Chelmsford, Mass., and went with his parents, while an infant, to Wiscasset, Maine. There he was fitted for college, as were his five brothers, under the tutelage of their father. At the early age of twelve years he entered Bowdoin, and was graduated in 1817, when he was sixteen years of age. After graducation he was for two years a private tutor in the family of Hon. Richard K. Gardner, and subsequently took up the study of law in the office of Hon. Benjamin Orr. For eleven years he engaged in the practice of his profession in Brunswick, Maine. Having determined to engagee in the ministry, he pursued the study of theology at Andover, Mass., and at Lane Seminary, in Ohio. His first parish was at Hamilton, in the last-named state, and subsequently he was stationed at Lancaster, Mass. His last pastorate was at Biddeford, Maine, where he died Feb. 17, 1864, much respected and beloved.
He was a man of imposing presence, of high ideals, and he led his flock like a shepherd.
He married Rebecca Prentiss Kent, daughter of Col. William Austin Kent, of Concord, N. H., and a sister of Governor Edward Kent, of Maine. She was born Feb. 17, 1808, in Concord, died March 21, 1905, at Brunswick, Maine.
Mary Caroline, Charles William, Charlotte Mellen, Edward Newman, George Thomas.
(VII) Charles William, second child of Rev. Charles and Rebecca Prentiss (Kent) Packard, was born March 7, 1833, in Brunswick, Maine, and was but a youth when his parents removed to Lancaster, Mass. He pursued his education in the public schools, and in the Academy of Lancaster, and began his medical studies at the age of nineteen years, in 1852, and the next year took a course of medical lectures at Bowdoin College. In the meantime he was a private pupil of the late Professor E. R. Peaslee, M. D., and continued under his instruction until his graduation from the New York Medical College in 1855. Immediatley after his graduation he became an assistant to Professor Peaslee, and was the latter's demonstrator of anatomy at Dartmouth in 1855. In 1856 he entered upon his duties as assistant physician of the Blackwell's Island Hospital, of New York, and after serving one year was appointed as assistant physician of the Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum. This continued one year, after which he resigned and became the deputy resident physician of the Charity Almshouse, Workhouse and Small Pox hospitals of Blackwell's Island, holding this positon two years, making in all four years' service on the island, the first year being without salary.
At this time the civil war created a great demand for surgeons, and Dr. Packard became a volunteer surgeon, deptailed to the large army hospital at Bedloe's Island, New York harbor. This service continued something more than a year, after which Dr. Packard accepted an invitation to become resident physician of St. Luke's Hospital, New York, the terms being advantageous. For two years, from Oct., 1863 to Oct. 1865, he filled this position, and in the following year was appointed attendant physician at St. Luke's Hospital, continuing in that positon for a period of twelve years, at the end of which time he was appointed one of the consulting physicians of the institution. His connection with St. Luke's Hospital has now continued for a period of forty-five years, and in the meantime he has attended to a large private practice. For many years he has been president of the medical board of St. Luke's Hospital, and has continued as consulting physician since 1878. He is also physician of the New England Society of New York, and for two years, from 1856 to 1858, was a medical inspector for the board of health of New York. In 1883 Bowdoin College conferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts,. and in 1887 Dartmouth gave him the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine.
Dr. Packard is identified with the leading medical organizationstions, including the New York Medical and Surgical Society, New York Academy of Medicine, New York County Medical Society, and the New York Pathological Society. While he has led a very busy life in the pursuit of an extensive practice and in the performance of the various duties devolving upon him in connection with hospital work, he has taken an interest in social matters, so far as his time would permit.
He is identified with the Century and Church clubs of New York and the Bowdoin Alumni Association. He has also been a member of the great Masonic fraternity, affiliating with Crescent Lodge, No. 402, A.F. and A. M. of New York City, and with Jerusalem Chapter R.A.M. On account of other matters, he took a demit, though he still cherishes the high principles peculiar to the order. He became a live member of the New England Society of New York in 1866. He is a member of St. Batholomew's (Protestant Episcopal) Church, of New York City, with his family. He gives no time to political matters and is independent of any party connection.
Dr. Packard married, Dec. 11, 1872, Elizabeth McLanathan, of New York City, a daughter of Samuel LcLanathan, of Lowell, Massachusetts.