~ Readfield, Maine Old Family Series ~
Readfield (Winthrop) 1790 U.S. Census included
Joshua Sr. 1-0-2-0-0
Joshua Jr. 1-0-0-0-0
This photo, taken before 1909, is one the Packard
houses on Kents Hill.
It is located on route Route 17, just west of Palmeter
Ridge Road intersection. and referred to as Dick Wilson's house in the
Joshua, Sr. was the fourth generation in America
(Abiel, Zaccheus, Samuel) His G-Grandfather, Samuel, migrated to Massachusetts
in 1638. Ninety four years later, in July 1730, Joshua was born in
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass. In January of 1755 Joshua married to Mehitable
Alden, a direct Mayflower descendent of John Alden. Joshua and Mehitable
moved north to Maine before 1790, and settled in Kents Hill, which was
still part of Winthrop at that time. Their four sons, though all grown
and three married by that time, all came with them. The Packard men were
carpenters, and according to Reflections of Readfield, at least four houses
on Kents Hill are thought to have been built by them including the Ed Wills,
Lee Gorden, Dick Wilson and Wheelock houses.
Mehitable (Alden) Packard was born 4-27-1732 in
Titcut, Barnstable, Mass. Though we do not know her exact date of death,
we can estimate between 1790-1796 between her inclusion on the 1790 census,
and Joshua’s second marriage to Miss Esther Gibson. We do not
know where Joshua, Mehitable or Esther are buried, though the Kents Hill
Cemetery which was established before 1808, and many members of the Packard
family are buried there. Several fieldstones mark graves, in the
old section of this cemetery, which is located across the road from the
Torsey Memorial Methodist Church.
Children of Joshua and Mehitable Packard were:
1. Caleb b.3-5-1758 Bridgewater, Mass. m. Lydia Ford, daughter of Nathaniel
Ford, Sr. and Eunice (Rogers) Ford. d.12-30-1833 ae70 yrs.
and buried in Kents Hill cemetery.
2. Joshua, Jr. b.8-27-1759 Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass. m.between 1790-1793
Phebe Ford, daughter of Nathaniel Ford, Sr. & Eunice (Rogers) Ford.
Joshua, Jr. d.4-1-1835 and Phebe d.7-1825 both are buried in Kents Hill
3. Ralph b.9-13-1861 Brockton, Mass. Was married when 1790 census taken,
though do not know name of wife at this time. Ralph d.4-18-1809 Deeded
land for the Kents Hill Cemetery to the town of Readfield in 1808 only
16 months before his own death. There is no gravestone bearing his name
in the cemetery, but there are many fieldstones marking graves in the old
4. Lebbeus b.5-19-1754 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass. d.1831 No further
information at this time.
5. Mehitable b.9-6-1768 Brockton, Mass. d.2-14-1839. We assume she
was the second female living in the household when 1790 census was taken.
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