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Captain James PACKER

Captain James PACKER

Male 1681 - 1765  (~ 83 years)

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  • Name James PACKER 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born Sep 1681 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Apr 1765 
    Person ID I5166  The Turses
    Last Modified 4 Jul 2015 

    Family Elizabeth SPRINGER 
    +1. Elizabeth PACKER
     2. Samuel PACKER
     3. Molly PACKER
     4. Thankful PACKER
     5. Rebecca PACKER
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3759  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Captain James Packer had a controversy about the title to a portion of his estate with the town of Groton, as well as that with the Noank Indians. In 1735 a compromise was effected by commissioners appointed by the General Assembly. This was an occasion of great local interest, and on Aug. 5. 1735, when the commissioners — Major Timothy Pierce, Mr. West of Lebanon and Sheriff Huntington of Windham — left New London on their way to view the contested premises, they were accompanied from New London by 40 mounted men from the town and found their train constantly increasing as they proceeded, by farmers from Groton Ferry, Poquonock and other places, while on the ground a large assembly had already convened. The neighboring farmhouses of Smith, Burrows, Niles, Fish, Palmer, Park and Packer were filled to overflowing with guests. No such turnout of the yeomanry of the land, of a like nature, is recorded in these parts.

      At this time, the place of crossing the Mystic River was called Packer's Ferry, and was so called both in the town records and in newspapers until the building of the bridge across the river in 1818. Capt. James Packer's house was situated a few rods from the West Mystic depot. Capt. James met death by fire, being burned in his own barn. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S705] William A. Ashbey Bio Sketch, (J. H. Beers & Co 1905, Chicago).