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Samuel Packard (b. Bef. September 17, 1612, d. November 07, 1684)Samuel Packard was born Bef. September 17, 1612 in Stonham, Aspal, Suffolk, England, and died November 07, 1684 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.He married Elizabeth Stream.
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Samuel, his wife and their eldest child came on the Diligent, which sailed from Ipswich, England in Jun 1638, and arrived in Boston 10 Aug 1638, under Master John Martin.There were 133 passengers aboard and the same year they settled in Hingham, Massachusetts.Samuel was among those granted land in Hingham in the years from 1635 to 1640.The Packards came to New England with Reverend Robert Peck's company, which also included the Stephen Gates family.Rev. Peck came from the Hingham, Norfolk area of England and had been convicted as far back as 1615 of teaching the Puritan scruples against the requirement to kneel when entering church and of saying it is superstition to bow at the name of Jesus.Peck was suspended in 1636, but he continued to hold secret services for select parishoners.Only the threat of summons before the draconian Court of High Commission in London drove the elderly minister and his devoted followers into exile in 1638.Some fellow villagers had already moved to New England and settled in 1635 at Bear Cove on the south shore of Massachusetts Bay.That year Bear Cove was renamed Hingham.The New Hingham would prove as independent and ornery as Old Hingham.The church retained its presbyterian bias among its congregationalist neighbors and fiercely asserted its local rights in the 1645 militia case, creating a constitutional crisis in the colony.About 200 people came with the Peck company, depleting Hingham by about a third of its residents.The family was said on the passenger list to be "from Windham" (Wyndmondham) in Norfolk [Planters 194].There is no record of Samuel or his family there so that may have been just a gathering place for some of the Diligent passengers.They settled first in Hingham, then removed to Weymouth where Samuel was Selectman 1654-64.The family later removed to Bridgewater.Samuel had purchased land from the original proprietors there by 1662 when he was appointed to a group to lay out highways.He was a Constable in 1664, collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, surveyor of highways in 1672, and again Constable 1674.He was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (innkeeper) in 1671, having a tavern and hotel.In March of 1671-2 a Samuel Packard (maybe the son) was fined one pound by the Plymouth Colony Court for "selling liquor and cyder to the Indians".[3/5:128]He and his sons were soldiers in King Philip's War under Captain Benjamin Church. On 1 Jul 1684 a Samuel, possibly his son, was on the grand jury that found Robert Trayes, a negro, guilty of shooting Daniel Standlake of Scituate in the leg.Standlake's shattered leg had to be amputated from which he subsequently died.Trayes was let off with a fine as the shooting was found to be an accident (or "misadventure" as stated in the records).[3/6:1412]
In his will [MD 15:253-256] dated 29 Oct 1684, Samuel named his wife Elizabeth Packard; eldest son Samuel Packard; sons Zaccheus Packard, John Packard and Nathaniel Packard; grandchild Israel Alger; daughters Mary Phillips wife of Richard Phillips, Hannah Randall wife of Thomas Randall, Jael Smith wife of John Smith, Deborah Washburn wife of Samuel Washburn and Deliverance Washburn wife of Thomas Washburn; grandchild Deliverance Alger; and grandchildren Samuel Packard, Daniel Packard son of Samuel Packard, Israel Packard son of Zaccheus Packard and Caleb Phillips son of Caleb Phillips.It named wife Elizabeth Packard and son Samuel Packard as executors, and James Keith and William Brett as overseers.The will was signed by mark and witnessed by John Field, John Ames Jr. and Shadrack Wilbore.On 03 Mar 1684/85, the first two witnesses testified that when Samuel signed and sealed his will he declared that he intended Thomas Washburn to be a joint executor with the two executors named in the will, which the court allowed.The inventory of Samuel's estate was dated 07 Nov 1684, mentioned no real estate and totalled Ð133, 6s., 6d. as appraised by Mark Lathrop and John Field on 11 Nov 1684.Samuel Packard Jr. swore to the inventory at court in Plymouth on 05 Mar 1684/85.
The Packard children are:
-Mary born about 1637, probably Suffolk, England.
-Elizabeth baptized 19 Jul 1646, in Hingham.
-Samuel baptized 19 Jul 1646, in Hingham.
-Hannah baptized 19 Jul 1646, in Hingham; died 20 Apr 1727. She married first about 1667, Clement Briggs; born 1 Jan 1642/3, Weymouth; son of Clement, a fellmonger of Southwark who came on the Fortune in 1621, by his second wife. She married second about 1671 Thomas Randall.
-Israel baptized 19 Jul 1646, in Hingham; named a militia trooper in 1671; and has no further record.It is often supposed that he was killed in King Philip's War, but this is belied by the claim that no one from Bridgewater died in that war.
-Jael born about 1647, probably in Hingham.
-Deborah born about 1648, probably in Hingham.
-Zaccheus baptized 20 Apr 1651, in Hingham.
-Jane baptized 20 Apr 1651, in Hingham; and probably died young.
-Abigail baptized 20 Apr 1651, in Hingham; and probably died young.
-Deliverance baptized 11 Jun 1652, in Hingham.
-Thomas born about 1653, probably in Hingham.
-John born 20 Jul 1655 in Weymouth.
-Nathaniel born about 1657, probably in Weymouth.
The surname Packard is French. It means the descendant of Bacard (combat, strong).(Source: New Dictionary of American Family Names by Elsdon C. Smith. New York: Gramercy Publishing Company, 1988). Samuel's parents were George born 1575 in Whisun Green, Stoneham, England, and Mary Wyther, born 13 Jan 1573/74 in Woolpit, Stonham, Suffolk, England. Samuel's fourth great-grandfather is his oldest known ancestor, Richard, born in 1410 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.The name Packard appears in English records as early as the beginning of the fourteenth century. The name was well established in East Anglia long before Samuel's birth.
More About Samuel Packard:
Christening: September 17, 1612, Stonham, Aspal, Suffolk, England.
Record Change: February 05, 2004
Children of Samuel Packard and Elizabeth Stream are:
- +Deborah Packard, b. Abt. 1649, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, d. Aft. July 01, 1725, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.