Immigrants Samuel and Elizabeth Packard
On August 10, 1888, a large family gathering of Packard descendants met in Brockton, Massachusetts to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Samuel Packard’s (my eight times great-grandfather) arrival in Boston Harbor.
Now, 129 years after that reunion, and a total of 379 years since Samuel’s landing in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, I learned I, too, am a descendant of Samuel Packard.
Samuel Packard, his wife, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), and their eldest child, (perhaps named Mary), immigrated to Massachusetts in 1638. They sailed on the Diligent from Ipswich, England, arriving in Boston after a two-month journey across the ocean. Samuel was 25 at the time.
The Packards resided in Hingham and Weymouth, before settling in Bridgewater, Massachusetts in 1664. They raised fourteen children, including Zaccheus (my seven times great-grandfather). Zaccheus was born in Hingham in 1650.
In addition to farming, Samuel was a Selectman, a Constable, and collector of “Minister’s Rates” (a tax collector). In 1667 he served on the committee to lay out streets in Bridgewater.
In 1671, Samuel was licensed to keep an “ordinary” (a tavern). He was assessed a fine for selling liquor to Indians, but was later freed from that fine. [Although I have come across multiple sources that state Samuel operated a tavern, I have yet to corroborate this claim with an original source.]
Samuel was the sixth child of George and Mary (Wyther) Packard. With two older surviving brothers, it was unlikely he would inherit any land back in England, and presumptively immigrated to America seeking greater opportunities.
Although almost everyone living in the United States of America today has similar stories of immigrant ancestors, we, as a nation, are all too quick to condemn others who would come here today, yearning to live out the very same dream.
Has your family benefited from immigration to America? Do you believe our diverse population makes us stronger? Do you want to be part of the solution?
In Climbing My Family Tree, Parts 8-18, I highlight eleven different charities that support immigrants and children. Every charity listed boasts the highest rating possible as designated by Charity Navigator. Please consider pledging your support to these important organizations who are working so hard to make a positive change in our world.
Please go out of your way to be kind to immigrants and refugees.
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My Family Tree
- George Packard
- Samuel Packard
- Zaccheus Packard
- Abiel Packard
- Josiah Packard
- Susannah Packard Sturtevant
- Eliphalet Sturtevant
- William Pratt Sturtevant
- Pliny Wyman Sturtevant
- Electra Wyman Sturtevant
- Patricia Louise King
- Me (Alan deMeurers)
Running count of family immigrants = 64