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Descendants of Thomas Packer

Generation No. 1

1. THOMAS1 PACKER was born Abt. 1460 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, and died Bet. 1499 - 1551 in Unknown. He married MARGARET KIBBLEWHITE Bet. 1493 - 1496 in Unknown. She was born Abt. 1462 in South Fawley, Berkshire, England, and died in Unknown.

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Much of what we know about the Packer family before 1850 comes from research done by Warren Packer from Evansville, Indiana. The following are excerpts from his letter to Richard Packer dated 27 Feb,1958.

Philip Packer arrived in Philadelphia on the Lion of Liverpool on 14 August 1683 as an indentured servant of Joseph Fisher. He had four years to serve and was to receive 50 acres of land but no money at the end of his indenture. The Fishers were from Stillgorin, near Dublin, Ireland but we think that Philip was from England. Two years later, 10 Sept 1685, Philip married in the house of Joseph Fisher in Philadelphia to Hannah Sessions, who was born 11 June 1665 in Oxfordshire, England. Her parents, James and Ann Sessions, were members of the Friends Meeting at Witney, Oxfordshire, before coming to America. The next record of Philip Packer that we find was 10 Sept, 1689 when he was a yeoman of Philadelphia County. He was appointed administrator of the estate of his mother in law, Ann Sessions.
The second wife of Philip Packer was Rebecca Jones, who came with her parents from Wales. She married 27 March, 1741. We do not know when Hannah died . We do know that Philip Jr. was Hannah's son.
Philip Packer Jr., was born 1686 in Pa. He married in 1724 in Chester Co., Pa. to Ann Coates, daughter. of Peter Coates. She was born in Ireland, and the family came to America as the result of the "war" against Protestants in Ireland. The Coates family was Antibaptist.
Philip Packer, Jr., lived in New Jersey and then moved to the head of Chester, in Maryland., for a short time, finally going to the vicinity of Yellow Springs in Chester Co. He died in Pikeland Twp., Chester Co. He was injured in the back in a sawmill accident and struck by a pitman (whatever that was) so that in later years he was feeble and walked with two staves. At one time he lived with his son James in Uwchland Twp. , Chester Co. near Downington. Later he lived with his son Moses, who was bound to support his father and mother. Ann live with her son Moses as a widow until he moved to York Co., Penn., at which time she went to live with her son James and died at the close of the Revolutionary War. Philip Packer, Jr., was connected with the Friends Society in Burlington Co., New Jersey, and later with the East Caln Monthly Meeting in Chester Co., Penn. Philip and Ann had five children, among whom was James.
James Packer was born in Middlesex Co., New Jersey, 4 Feb,1726 . James died at Howard , Centre Co., 10 Jan 1805, and is buried in the Old Packer cemetery near Howard. He married at East Caln Monthly Meeting of Friends in Chester Co., 1Jan, 1752 to Rose Mendenhall, who was born Chester Co., 4 August 1733 and died at Bald Eagle, Jun 1824; her parents were Aaron and Rose (Pierson) Mendenhall. From various records we find that James Packer went from New Providence Monthly Meeting to Gwynedd, 30 Nov , 1750 and from Gwynedd to Goshen. The tax lists of Chester Co. show that he was in Pikeland twp. 1765-1781. He was taxed in East Caln twp., 1767-1771. He evidently did not live in Pikeland, as he was taxed on property only and not on animals.
In 1794 he was taxed on a mill in Centre Co., Penn. In 1796 he was overseer of the poor in Bald Eagle twp., which at that time was in Centre Co. The tax records Centre co. show that in 1801 he was taxed on 50 acres and 1 horse; in 1802 on 250 acres; in 1803 on 200 acres, and again in 1804 on 200 acres. In 1808, Rose Packer was taxed on 265 acres, as she was in 1809 and 1810.
The land records of Centre Co. show that on 19 Dec 1796 James Packer, Sr. received of Thomas Johnston ( who was his son-in-law) and James Packer Jr., 34 pounds, 9 shillings, for part of the money due for a tract of land, 200 acres, mill, and sawmill. On 19 May 1800, James Packer, Sr., settled with Thomas Johnston for 200 acres, gristmill, and sawmill, with James Packer, Jr., present.
Among the thirteen children of James and Rose was James Jr. who was the father of Gov. William Fisher Packer and Aaron Packer. The birth record of Aaron is found in the Uwchland Monthly Meeting records as 5 November 1764. He married Hannah Johnston, who died 1804, age 40, and is buried in the Packer cemetery. In the 1801tax list of Centre Co., Aaron Packer was taxed on 20 acres and 1 cow. In 1802, Aaron Packer, a blacksmith, was taxed on 25 acres, as he was until 1804. We do not find any record of him after that time. Aaron and Hannah had six children, among whom was Jehu Packer.
Jehu Packer ( in some of the records as John ) was born 15 October 1792 in Chester Co., Penn., and died in Howard twp., 31 January 1852. He married Sarah Lowe or Dow, who was born in 1793 and died 15 February 1871, Dau. of Patrick Lowe or Dow. they are both buried in the Packer cemetery. His will is on file in Centre Co. I found him listed in 1830 census of Bald Eagle twp., Centre Co. as well as in the 1850 census of Howard twp. He and Sarah had twelve children among whom was Maria, born 25 September 1827.
Maria Packer , a daughter of Jehu and Sarah (Lowe or Dow) Packer. She was born 25 September 1827 and married Henry Glossner. I don't have their marriage date. It is not known for sure why Jared Packer was in the Glossner family. The brothers of Maria Packer Glossner were Job Way Packer, John Johnson Packer, Cornelius Lemborn Packer,James, William Nelson, All of these men lived much beyond 1850 and would not have left a son to be living in the household of their sister. In 1885 Reuben Glossner was appointed administrator of Henry Glossner, late of the Borough of Howard, Center co. with widow Maria.
In order to solve the mystery of why Jared or (Jairus) was given the name Packer rather than Glossner I wrote to his daughter Mrs. Guyer I received her reply today 28 Feb 1958. She said that her father was buried seventy years the fourth of January at Howard. . She said that he was killed and that he worked in the woods as a lumberman. She also stated that his mother gave him her maiden name which was Packer, for what reason she never heard. It might have been that he was born out of wedlock.

The above was in Family Tree Maker, CD Vol 1-1637.
Much more information was gathered from Family Tree Maker, CD Vol 4-2818.
The information on the line from Jehu down to Zella was researched and entered by Daniel Ellis Howe. Much of the info was taken from:
Linn's, History of Centre and Clinton Counties Pennsylvania, 1883.

The Packer information has also been checked against the information contained in a very fine book written by Donna Smith Packer titled "On Footings From The Past: The Packers in England".
Children of T
  i.   MARGARET2 PACKER, b. Abt. 1488, Unknown; d. Unknown.
  ii.   ROBERT PACKER, b. Abt. 1490, Unknown; d. Bef. 1525, Unknown.
  iii.   THOMAS PACKER, b. Abt. 1493, Unknown; d. Unknown; m. JOAN RIDDLER, Unknown; b. Abt. 1499, Unknown; d. Unknown.
2. iv.   JOHN PACKER, b. Abt. 1496, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England; d. 1557, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
  v.   KATHERINE PACKER, b. Abt. 1500, Unknown; d. Unknown.

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