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William Jefferson Packer

Male 1848 - 1905  (56 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Jefferson Packer was born on 26 Oct 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah (son of Jonathan Taylor Packer and Angelina Avilda Champlin); died on 30 Sep 1905 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1849, Utah
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1850, Utah

    Family/Spouse: Mary Ann Aldred. Mary was born on 3 Nov 1853 in England; died on 20 Feb 1907 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Maud Packer was born on 3 Oct 1876 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; died on 10 Apr 1959 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Jonathan Taylor PackerJonathan Taylor Packer was born on 26 Jul 1817 in Perry Township, Richland, Ohio (son of Moses Packer and Eve Williams); died on 29 Jan 1889 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Joined the LDS in 1836. [On Footings From the Past, citation details below.]

    TNH's common ancestor with Boyd K. Packer:

    Jonathan Taylor Packer (1817-1889) = Christina Petrina Sundby (1825-1892)
    Joseph Alma Packer (1859-1941) = Sarah Adeline Wight (1861-1934)
    Ira Wight Packer (1885-1958) = Emma Jensen (1888-1965)
    Boyd K. Packer (1924-2015)

    Jonathan married Angelina Avilda Champlin on 4 Jan 1840 in Adams County, Illinois. Angelina (daughter of William Sisson Champlin and Mary Ring) was born on 8 Jan 1820 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont; died on 7 Jan 1893 in Colonia, Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico; was buried in New Colonia Juarez Cemetery, Colonia Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Angelina Avilda ChamplinAngelina Avilda Champlin was born on 8 Jan 1820 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont (daughter of William Sisson Champlin and Mary Ring); died on 7 Jan 1893 in Colonia, Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico; was buried in New Colonia Juarez Cemetery, Colonia Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1818, Vermont

    Children:
    1. Alonzo Hamilton Packer was born on 14 Apr 1841 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died on 23 Mar 1917 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried on 25 Mar 1917 in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona.
    2. 1. William Jefferson Packer was born on 26 Oct 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; died on 30 Sep 1905 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Moses Packer was born in 1764 in Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvania (son of Aaron Packer); died on 10 Sep 1830 in Middlebury, Knox, Ohio.

    Notes:

    Both John A. Freestone and Donna Smith Packer give Moses Packer's mother as Ann Phipps, but Packer researcher Warren Packer says: "In a paper left by Jonathan Taylor Packer, the name of the mother of Moses Packer is given as Margaret. Descendants of Jesse Packer, a brother of Moses, say that the mother of Jesse was Mary Ann Phipps. Records show that Aaron Packer, father of Moses, married Ann Phipps; but we have not been able to find out with certainty the name of Moses' mother."

    *****

    There's a photograph of a man in a large top hat that is in wide circulation on the internet as an image of Moses Packer. Dozens of copies of it can be found attached to Moses Packer on ancestry.com, geni.com, etc. It also appears in at least one Packer family history volume published by a relative of TNH. Do a Google image search on "Moses Packer" and you'll find it immediately.

    Those who believe that this man is Moses Packer should contemplate the fact that the first photographic portraits of human beings were made in 1839. Moses Packer died in 1830.

    *****

    Common ancestor of TNH and Jeff Flake, former senator from Arizona and Ambassador-to-Turkey-designate, making then fifth cousins:

    Moses Packer (1764-1830) = Eve Williams (d. ~1837)
    William Hamilton Packer (1815-1875) = Sarah Briggs Allen (1835-1920)
    William Ezra Packer (1868-1932) = Emma Elizabeth Foutz (1869-1947)
    Joseph Alma Packer (1890-1954) = Blanche Standing (1892-1954)
    Wilma Packer (1915-1974) = Leon Almond Hock (1913-1973)
    Nerita Hock (b. 1937) = Dean Maeser Flake (b. 1931)
    Jeffry Lane Flake (b. 1962)

    Moses married Eve Williams about 1791 in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Eve (daughter of Abraham Williams and Sarah) died after 9 Jul 1837. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Eve Williams (daughter of Abraham Williams and Sarah); died after 9 Jul 1837.

    Notes:

    According to a spirit-duplicated document in the papers of Paul Leslie Crandall (d. 1987), probably written by Warren Packer, Eve Williams was "said to have lived in Fayette County, Pennsylvania at the time of her marriage to Moses Packer."

    Children:
    1. 2. Jonathan Taylor Packer was born on 26 Jul 1817 in Perry Township, Richland, Ohio; died on 29 Jan 1889 in Safford, Graham, Arizona; was buried in Safford Cemetery, Graham, Arizona.

  3. 6.  William Sisson Champlin was born on 17 Aug 1792 in West Green River, Vermont (son of Joseph Champlin and Mercy Sisson); died on 29 Jan 1861 in Lehi, Utah, Utah; was buried in Lehi, Utah, Utah.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 16 Apr 1794, West Green River, Vermont
    • Alternate birth: 16 Apr 1794, Shelburne, Chittenden, Vermont

    Notes:

    Note that no town called "West Green River" or "Green River" exists in New Hampshire. There is a river called the Green River in Vermont.

    Wikipedia page about the Haun's Mill massacre here.

    Posted to ancestry.com by "genealogy_man":

    1836. William Sisson CHAMPLIN (Mercy SISSON, William, William, Thomas, George, Richard) was born 16 Apr 1794 in Shelburne, Vermont. He died 29 Jan 1861 in Lehi, Utah, Utah.

    From Cheri Hardisty:

    William Sisson Champlin and his family joined the Mormon Church in the 1830's and migrated to Missouri. He was the son of Joseph Champlin of Westerly, Rhode Island, and Mercy Sisson of Stonington, CT.

    The Sissons settled in Independence, Missouri, and were driven out of that area along with the other Mormons. They subsequently located themselves in Clay County Missouri until the Mormons were driven out of there, and then located in Caldwell County, Missouri. Caldwell County was set up at that time by the government, as a county specifically for the Mormons to live in, in order to avoid further conflicts. However, there were some of the old settlers who remained in the county, and they were not happy to have the Mormons as neighbors. You see, Missouri was a slave state, and the Mormons were opposed to slavery. So the aim of the old settlers was to expel the Mormons from the state to ensure the state remained pro-slavery.

    William Sisson and his family lived at a place called Haun's Mill. It was a Mormon settlement, but not a very large one. The largest Mormon settlement in Caldwell County was Far West which had about 5,000 residents. The Mormons were aware of the rising hostilities against them, and as a result, the Prophet Joseph Smith counseled those at Haun's Mill to come to Far West for safety. It was October 30th, 1838. William and his family were concerned about having food to last them through the winter at Far West, and so in preparation to go there, they were digging up carrots that day. As they did so, the mob rode in on horseback, and a massacre ensued. A couple of days after the massacre, the Governor of Missouri, Governor Boggs, issued his famous "extermination order" which resulted in the Mormons fleeing to Illinois for safety. The extermination order called for the Mormons to be driven from the state, or exterminated if necessary. (After Joseph Smith was murdered in Illinois, Brigham Young took the reins of leadership of the church, and in 1847, the Mormons began their famous pioneer trek to Salt Lake City, an area which was not desirable to others, in hopes that at last they would be able to live in peace.)

    When the mob arrived at Haun's Mill, the women and children fled into the woods for safety, and the men ran into the blacksmith shop, and attempted to defend the settlement from that position. The blacksmith shop, however, was made of hewn logs, and there were cracks (the crack width being about 2") between the logs. The Mob came right up to the blacksmith shop and poked the barrels of their rifles through those cracks and opened fire on those inside. William Sisson Champlin was inside. And when the massacre was over, there were only two survivors from inside the blacksmith shop.

    William was a smart man. When he saw what was happening, he laid down on the floor, and as his comrades fell to the ground, dead, he pulled their bodies over the top of his own, and pretended he was dead. When the mob rushed into the blacksmith shop after opening fire, they saw that William had new boots on his feet, and they wanted those boots. He allowed them to take the boots, all the while pretending he was dead, and as a result, he lived, and for the rest of his days, he was known as "Old Possum". His wife and children who had fled into the woods also survived.

    William married Mary RING "Polly", daughter of Reuben RING and Anna, on 28 Mar 1816 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont. They had the following children:

    3724 F i
    Sarah CHAMPLIN.
    3725 M ii
    William Jefferson CHAMPLIN was born 1820.
    3726 M iii
    Joseph Albert CHAMPLIN was born 1825.
    3727 M iv
    Alonzo CHAMPLIN was born 1827.
    3728 F v
    Angelina Avilda CHAMPLIN was born 8 Jan 1828 in Hartland, Vinson, Vermont.
    + 3729 F vi
    Mary Jane CHAMPLIN was born 20 May 1830 and died 1 Nov 1906.
    3730 F vii
    Margaret Emma CHAMPLIN was born about 1833.

    William married Mary Ring on 28 Mar 1816 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont. Mary (daughter of Reuben French Ring and Nancy Reed) was born in 1794 in Old Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 3 Apr 1871 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Mary Ring was born in 1794 in Old Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts (daughter of Reuben French Ring and Nancy Reed); died on 3 Apr 1871 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 3 Apr 1871, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

    Notes:

    Sometimes recorded as Mary Polly Ring, or Mary "Polly" Ring.

    Deseret News, 12 April 1871:

    DIED. — At Brigham City, at the residence of Bro. J. T. Packer, from the effects of canker, Mary Champlin, aged 77 years, on the 3rd instant.

    Deceased was born at Old Salisbury, Essex county, Mass.; embraced the gospel with her husband at Brooklin, Susquehanna County, Penn., in 1832, while Martin Harris and his brother were preaching there. On their journey to the Far West they were stopped by a mob and survived the memorable scenes at "Haun's Mill." Of those who remained at the blacksmith shop, Bro. Champlin was the only one who escaped death, and was saved by the brethren falling on him. One of the mob, however, discovered him, and said "by h__l there is yet one man who is not killed, let us finish him;" while another said, "It is time we were off," which created a panic, and all fled. He guarded off the guns of the mob which, through the shop walls, were aimed at the little boy of Bro. Warren Smith, who was at last so brutally murdered by them. He subsequently lived in Nauvoo, Ill., was with the Saints in the general exodus from there and, with his family, reached Salt Lake Valley in 1849, and died ten years ago. Sister Champlin, the deceased, was without the sight of her eyes for the last five years of her life. The interment has just taken place to-day, at 3 p.m., and has been largely attended.

    Children:
    1. 3. Angelina Avilda Champlin was born on 8 Jan 1820 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont; died on 7 Jan 1893 in Colonia, Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico; was buried in New Colonia Juarez Cemetery, Colonia Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Aaron Packer was born about 1732 (son of Philip Packer and Anne Coates).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1732, Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvania

    Notes:

    Revolutionary War, enlisted 13 Mar 1776, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Captain John Reed's Company of the Fourth Battalion, commanded by Col. James Burd, Esq.

    "'On the 15th of June 1752, an item in the minutes of the Uwchlan Monthly Meeting complained about Aaron Packer imitating, singing and dancing in public for which he made acknowledgement.' The Pikeland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, tax list for 1756 has Aaron Packer as a single freeman. He is also on the tax lists for 1757 and 1758. Aaron continued to attend the Friends meetings four miles south in Uwchlan Township. We find 'on 7 March 1760 in the Uwchlan Monthly Meeting Aaron was disowned by the Society of Friends.' The record did not state why he was disowned -- could he have been singing and dancing again? In 1762 and 1763 Aaron paid taxes in Uwchlan." [On Footings From the Past: The Packers in England]

    Children:
    1. 4. Moses Packer was born in 1764 in Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvania; died on 10 Sep 1830 in Middlebury, Knox, Ohio.

  2. 10.  Abraham Williams

    Abraham married Sarah. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  3. 11.  Sarah
    Children:
    1. 5. Eve Williams died after 9 Jul 1837.

  4. 12.  Joseph Champlin was born in 1762 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut (son of Col. Joseph Champlin and Mary Noyes).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island

    Notes:

    Joseph Champlin and Mercy Sisson were first cousins once removed, he being a grandson of John Noyes and Mary Gallup, and her being a great-granddaughter of the same couple.

    Joseph married Mercy Sisson in 1790. Mercy (daughter of William Sisson and Mercy Noyes) was born on 15 Apr 1771 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  5. 13.  Mercy Sisson was born on 15 Apr 1771 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut (daughter of William Sisson and Mercy Noyes).

    Notes:

    Joseph Champlin and Mercy Sisson were first cousins once removed, he being a grandson of John Noyes and Mary Gallup, and her being a great-granddaughter of the same couple.

    Children:
    1. 6. William Sisson Champlin was born on 17 Aug 1792 in West Green River, Vermont; died on 29 Jan 1861 in Lehi, Utah, Utah; was buried in Lehi, Utah, Utah.

  6. 14.  Reuben French Ring was born on 8 Oct 1772 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts (son of David Ring and Molle Hadlock).

    Notes:

    The record of his birth in Massachusetts Town and Vital Records spells his first name "Ruben." The same source gives "Reuben" as the spelling for his son Reuben French Ring (b. 22 Jan 1801).

    It would be beneath the dignity of this important genealogical database to note that Reuben French Ring is the TNH ancestor whose name sounds most like something you might order in a New York City diner.

    Reuben married Nancy Reed. Nancy (daughter of Artemus Reed) was born before 1 Aug 1773; died in in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; was buried in Old Cemetery, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Nancy Reed was born before 1 Aug 1773 (daughter of Artemus Reed); died in in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; was buried in Old Cemetery, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 1 Aug 1773, Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Mary Ring, born 1794 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, died 1871 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, was the wife of William Sisson Champlin, born 1792 in "West Green River", Vermont, died 1861 in Lehi, Utah. Her father was Reuben French Ring, born 1772 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts. The identity and origin of her mother, called variously Nancy and Anna (the latter names being often interchangeable at the time) can, we believe, be teased out of various sources.

    A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., Penn'a (citation details below) says (p. 273) that the mother of the younger Reuben French Ring (b. 1801), son of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772), was named Nancy Reed, and (p. 54) that "The family [of the aforementioned Reuben French Ring's grandfather, David Ring] removed to Vermont before the sons French and David and their sisters, Anna (Mrs. Walter Adams) and Mary (Mrs. Wm. Champlin) came here. Mr. R's mother was a sister of Mrs. Jacob Tewkesbury. She died here and is buried in the Old Cemetery."

    Also according to A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co. (p. 26), Jacob Tewkesbury, who "came from Vermont", married as his second wife "Mary Reed of Brattleboro, Vt."; presumably this is the Mary Reed called in the above "Mrs. Jacob Tewkesbury", sister of the mother of Reuben French Ring (b. 1801), identified as Nancy Reed. Mary Reed being called "of Brattlesboro, Vt." fits with the statement, also in the above, that the family of David Ring, whose origins were in Essex County, Massachusetts, was in Vermont for a time, before sons French Ring and David Ring and daughters Anna Ring and Mary Ring came to Pennsylvania. "Jacob Tuxbury," who is recorded as born to Isaac and Judith Tuxbury in Amesbury, Essex county, Massachusetts on 17 Aug 1767, is said to have married Mary Reed in Brattleboro in 1792, and (according to his Find a Grave page) to have died 19 Feb 1842 in Gibson, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. The 1820 census of Waterford, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there. The 1830 census of Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there, on the same page as three other Tewkesburys and a Jefferson Ring. The 1840 census of Bridgewater, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania shows a Jacob Tewkesbury living there.

    The aforementioned Find a Grave page includes a photograph of the gravestone, at the Old Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, of Jacob Tewksbury who "died in 1842, aged 74 yrs", the latter being, if he did indeed die in Feb 1842, consonant with a birthdate of 17 Aug 1767. The Find a Grave page also says that he was married to Mary Reed Tewksbury, and links to her Find a Grave page, which says she was born 1 Aug 1773 in Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died 18 Aug 1863 in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, was buried in the Old Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (the same place that A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co. says Nancy Reed, wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was buried), and that her father was named Artemis.

    The above establishes to a reasonable degree of probability that Nancy, wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was, as asserted in A History of Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., a sister of Mary, wife of Jacob Tewksbury (b. 1767).

    The town records of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts show a Molly Reed and an Anna Reed, both daughters of "Artemus Reed and w.", baptized 1 Aug 1773, corresponding to Find a Grave's birth information for Mary Reed Tewksbury. (Mary and Molly being often names as interchangeable as Anna and Nancy.) The town records of Lexington, next door to Lincoln, show the baptism of an "Artemus Reed" on 1 Mar 1747, no parents given.

    An "Artemus Rud" is listed in the 1800 census as living in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont, the same place where William Sisson Champlin married Artemus Reed's granddaughter Mary Ring sixteen years later. The ideas that Mary Ring's father Artemus Reed was a "Green Mountain Boy", and that he was the Artemis Reed of the "Massachusetts Line" who died a pensioner in Brooke County, Virginia in 1826 -- ideas promulgated in various online sources and DAR pedigrees -- can probably be dismissed. (Of course, our Artemus Reed was certainly of the right age to have fought in the Revolution.) Our Artemus was also not a child of William Reed (b. 1720) and Abigail Stone (b. 1719), whose children are fully documented.

    William Sisson Champlin, born in Vermont of emigrés from Rhode Island and Connecticut, married Mary Ring of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, daughter of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) of Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts and Nancy (also Anna) Reed of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, on 28 Mar 1816 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont, following which, according to the Deseret News obituary of Mary (Ring) Champlin, they removed to Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania sometime before 1832, at which time and place they "embraced the gospel" and emigrated westward with other early converts to Mormonism.

    Taken together these facts form a good circumstantial case that the wife of Reuben French Ring (b. 1772) was Nancy (also called Anna) Reed, daughter of Artemas Reed of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, and that her family, along with the Rings and the Tewksburys, were part of a kinship network that moved from eastern Massachusetts to Vermont in the late 1700s, and then on to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.

    Children:
    1. 7. Mary Ring was born in 1794 in Old Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died on 3 Apr 1871 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah.
    2. Reuben French Ring was born on 22 Jan 1801 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died in in Hop Bottom, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.