For those searching early Packard families in MA, be aware that there are errors in existing genealogies, such as Nahum Mitchell's History of Bridgewater. The Joseph who marries Abigail Alger is a descendant of Samuel 1 through Samuel 2:
Joseph Packard4 (Joseph3-Mary Willis), Samuel2, Samuel1]married Abigail Alger: Among their children are: Daniel, Anna, Elijah, Abigail, Bethiah, Martha & Job. ( The childrens' baptismal dates are all recorded in West Bridgewater VR, pp 84-85, as found in First Church Records of Bridgewater, later the First Church in West Bridgewater.) Most of this family removed from Easton, MA to Buckfield MA, where they are mentioned frequently.
Joseph Packard4 (Joseph3-Susannah Mitchell)John2, Samuel1)married Sarah Johnson, and while their children were unrecorded in Bridgewater, numerous records and deeds show their children to be at least:
Temperance E (Elizabeth) who married John Bruce (dies Hardwick MA)
Winslow who married Abigail Moore dies Wilmington VT
Timothy who married Betty Fairchild - dies Monson MA
Susanna(h)who married Theophilus Foster dies Wilmington VT
Sara (recorded as dying young in Brookfield - perhaps an error?)
Sara who marries Zephaniah Swift & removes to Derby CT - Dies Derby CT.
This Joseph and several family members lived in Bridgewater, Brookfield, Pelham, Wilmington VT, New Salem, Monson MA. Joseph Senior dies in 1800 after moving to New Salem and his wife Sarah dies in 1815. Numerous deeds and records support their migration and family members.
If you are researching these families, I'll be glad to share any information I have. Of course any information you have would be welcome as well!
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