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What might have confused you is a plurality of men named Abiel Packard and women named Sarah Ames in this family. Josiah was indeed the son of an earlier Abiel Packard whose first wife was an earlier Sarah Ames. This ancestral couple was married 11-Jan-1722/23 [MD 16:187; Bridgewater VR 2:33, 273]. Their son Josiah was born 02-Oct-1723 [MD 14:48; Bridgewater VR 1:244] and baptized in the First Church in Bridgewater between 10-May-1724 and 14-Jun-1724 [West Bridgewater VR 84].
Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants; Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project Administrator of http://plymouthcolony.nethttp://plymouthcolony.net