Then they settled in Bridgewater, Massachsuetts about 1664 where he was appointed Constable. He was an active member of the town, being Collector of Minister's Rates in 1670, Surveyor of Highways in 1672, and Constable again in 1674. Samuel purchased land in Bridgewater before August 1662. George Packard & Mary Wither, moved to Hingham MA 1638 on ship "Diligent", m. He was licensed to keep an "ordinary" (tavern) in 1671. From Samuel (1) PACKARD(2346) was born about 1612 in Windham, England.(2347) History of North Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement To The Present Time With Family Registers. Published by the author, Boston, 1866 "Samuel Packard, wife and child, came from Windham, near Hingham, England, in the ship""Diligence," of Ipswich, John Martin, master. He first settled in Hingham, Mass, in 1638; from thence he removed to West Bridgewater. All of this name who have gone from the Bridgewaters were probably descendants of his, and, in fact, nearly all of the name in this country can be traced to that place. Bartlett, Ruth Packard and Packard, Daniel A., Jr., THE ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF DANIEL PACKARD, 1783-1853, FOUNDER OF BEAR HILL FARM, ROCKLAND, ME (1981-1982). In 1667 he served on the committee to lay out streets at Bridgewater. There have been a variety of ways in which the name has been written; namely, Pecker, Packer, Peckard, Peckerd; but the usual and proper name is Packard." The above is basically reflected as the same in Mitchell's History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Baltimore 1970, Gateway Press. Lincoln, George, History of Town of Hingham, MA, p 104-105. He was made constable in 1664, and licensed to operate a Tavern--Hotel in 1670.
(2350) Records show Samuel owned a grant of land in 1638 at Hingham. AFN:4T85-MM, STATES BORN STONHAM ASPAL, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND. Bridgewater was taken from Duxbury and deeded to Miles Standish, Constant Southworth and Samuel Nash in 1649.
It is expedient to remember that not all who recorded names in the registers were good spellers nor highly educated. Submitted by Dorothy Hadlock 80 North Main, Salt Lake City, UT. 7 Apr/Nov 1684 Bridgewater, Plymouth Co MA"; another page says "Samuel Packard b. George Packard & Mary Wither, moved to Hingham MA 1638 on ship "Diligent", m.
ARSC - "Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists", 5th Edition, F. There have been a variety of ways in which the name has been written; namely, Packer, Paccard, Peckard, Peckerd; but the usual and proper name is Packard.
SOURCE REFERENCES: AFBSE - "Ames Family of Bruton, Somerset, England", Faber K. AGOSD -"American Genealogist", July 1976, "Oliver Silverthorn's Descendents. Also, because his children were not christened at birth, I believe he was either away from the proper clergy, or church of his belief. Elizabeth Stream, moved Boston or Hingham 1638 on ship "Diligent", d. HESB says "Samuel Packard came from Windham (near Hingham) England to Hingham MA on ship "Diligent" 1638, moved to West Bridgewater, d.
SOURCE: The following reference list applies to all abbreviations contained in the notes of this database, and was started by the Call family of California. ATTFA - "About Towne", Newsletter of Towne Family Assn. Some people reason Mary is the older, because she married nine years before Elizabeth, but other references, list Elizabeth as the first born.