James Packer

10 October 1833–15 July 1892 (Age 58)
Perry Township, Richland, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of James

When James Packer was born on 10 October 1833, in Perry Township, Richland, Ohio, United States, his father, Nathan Williams Packer, was 22 and his mother, Elizabeth Taylor, was 20. He married Polly Mecham on 14 February 1854, in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. In 1869, his occupation is listed as railroad contractor. He died on 15 July 1892, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, at the age of 58, and was buried in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

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Family Time Line

James Packer
Polly Mecham
Marriage: 14 February 1854
Samuel Lewis Packer
James Packer Jr.
Elvira Elizabeth Packer
Orpha Maria Packer
Ossian Leonidas Packer
Anna Eliza Packer
Albert Taylor Packer
Wilford Packer
Polly Sameda Packer
Walter M Packer
Josiah George Packer

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 February 1854Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Texas pioneers seek independence from Mexico in 1835, achieving it in March 1836. Santa Anna defeated and forced to recognize independence of Texas. Spain and Vatican recognize Mexican republic in 1836.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 3
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    Age 20
    Santa Anna returns to Mexico and becomes president. Sells additional territory to United States under Gadsden Purchase.

    Name Meaning

    English: probably an occupational name for a wool packer, from an agent noun derivative of Middle English pakken ‘to pack’.German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an agent noun derivative of Middle Low German pak, German Pack ‘package’, hence an occupational name for a wholesale trader, especially in the wool trade, one who sold goods in large packages rather than broken down into smaller quantities, or alternatively one who rode or drove pack animals to transport goods.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Historical Sketch of James Packer

    PACKER, JAMES (son of Nathan W. Packer and Elizabeth Taylor). Born Oct. 10, 1833, Belmont Co., Ohio. Came to Utah 1850. Married Polly Mecham Feb. 14, 1854, Lehi, Utah (daughter of Moses Mecham and E …

    Sources (50)

    • Jas Packer, "United States Census, 1860"
    • James Packer in entry for James Packer, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • James Packer, "United States Census, 1870"

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