There is much written material about the Noah Packard who married Sophia Bundy and their descendants in "The Packard Legacy, Family History and Genealogy;" compiled and edited by Lowene Packard Saxton; copyright Sept. 1992; published by Saxton Press, 1809 Richmond St., Sacramento, CA 95825, L. of C. No. 92-85331. It has a note that the author would appreciate notification of any errors by writing to the above address or to Lowene Saxton, Editor, Saxton Press, 366 Quince St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103. I do not know if either of these addresses is still valid.
I do not know if any of the original printing of 225 books are still available or if there has been a later printing. It might be available at a genealogy book store. This is a book of 1070 pages: 833 pages of biographical material submitted by interested Packards; 182 pages of genealogical data organized by the editor; and a 55-page every name index.
The biographical information is fascinating reading. There are 18 pages about Noah Packard who married Sophia Bundy and many more pages about their descendants. (His father and one of his 5 sons were also named Noah.) There are many pictures in the biographical material.
Unfortunately there are many typographical errors and genealogical errors in the text. Some are obvious and some are obscure. Comparison of the genealogical data with other sources is essential.
The cited ancestry of the immigrant Packard couple to Massachusetts in 1638, Samuel and Elizabeth, is not in agreement with the conclusions of many of the current Packard descendants studying their ancestry using primary sources.
There are other errors propagated from earlier genealogies and errors introduced by faulty reading of earlier documents. The more recent data is likely to be the most accurate but even some of it may be mere hearsay.
Dick Packard, Littleton, Massachusetts
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