791. Dr. Ira F.8 PACKARD (Benjamin7, Elijah6, Zachariah5, Nathaniel4, Samuel3, George2, Moses1) was born in Royalton, Windsor County, VT on 7 June 1808.(1639) Ira died on 2 August 1900 at 92 years of age.

He married Emily M. HIBBARD 27 Apr 1829 in New York. Emily was born on 23 April 1811 in Clarence, Niagara County, NY.(1640) Emily died on 2 April 1889 in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI, at 77 years of age.(1641)

A biographical sketch of Ira F. Packard is contained in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of St. Joseph County, Michigan", 1889, pages 187-189. Excerpts follow:

"When he was fifteen years old he was deprived of a father's care by death, and was thrown upon his own resources in completing his education and obtaining a living. In the spring of 1824 young Packard repaired to Boston, Mass. and took a position in the wholesale and retail store of Kittridge & Wyman, dealers in West India goods. He continued through the summer and fall with this firm, then returned home to attend the winter term of school in his native town."

"In the spring of the year 1825, our subject entered the service of the whale ship 'Alexander', and upon the long voyage which followed gathered much information in regard to a seafaring life and the world in general. The ship returned to New Bedford in the month of July following, with a cargo of oil and bone, and Mr. Packard subsequently made upon her several other short voyages. The fall of 1828 found him in Philadelphia, Pa., where he was engaged for a brief time in the Pottsville mines as the employee of Aaron Burr, and which were in charge of his nephew George. In February, 1829, he migrated to Allegany County, N.Y., settling in the town of Pike, which was the home of a brother, and where he sojourned a brief time; then going to Cattaraugus County, he established himself in the mercantile business. On the 27th of April, 1829, he was married to Miss Emily M., daughter of Col. Araunah Hibbard."

"This business venture of Mr. Packard not proving a bonanza, he closed out, and going into Erie County, Pa., engaged in the grocery and provision trade upon the present site of the custom house there. Here he was again doomed to disappointment, the cholera breaking out and all the business being suspended for the time. Not being possessed of capital by which he could lay idle, he was compelled to close out his business. He then returned to Yorkshire and engaged as clerk with Messrs. A. & W. Hibbard."

"In the spring of 1836 our subject commenced the study of medicine and surgery under the instruction of Dr. Bela H. Colegrove, of Sardinia, Erie Co., N.Y., with whom he continued for a period of three years. In the meantime he attended medical lectures in the Western College of Physicians and Surgeons at Fairfield. Upon completing his studies he removed to the town of Sherman, now Sturgis, this county, of which he has since been a resident."

"Having secured a lucrative practice, Dr. Packard followed his profession continuously until the spring of 1850, when his close application to his duties began to have a perceptible effect upon his health. He now decided upon a trip to California and accordingly spent the summer following in the gold fields of the New Eldorado. He was successful in the mines, obtaining a reasonable recompense for his time and trouble. He returned to Sturgis in the spring of 1851, and practically retired from practice, although occasionally treating the old friends who were unwilling to give their cases into new and strange hands."

"Since withdrawing from his profession Dr. Packard has been identified with various business enterprises in the city, serving as a Director of the National Bank."

Ira Packard's first three children were born in New York between 1830 and 1838. The third of these, Franklin S., is known to have been born in Yorkshire, Cattaraugus Co, NY where Ira's older brother, Benjamin, lived during the same period. Ira Packard appears in the 1840 census for Cattaraugus County, near his brother, Benjamin. Benjamin's son, Lyman, also became a physician and moved to Sturgis, MI. Ira Packard and many members of his family, as well as his nephew Lyman and his family, are buried at Oaklawn Cemetary in Sturgis.

Dr. Ira F. PACKARD and Emily M. HIBBARD had the following children:

child + 969 i. Dr. Nelson I.9 PACKARD < was born on 8 April 1830.(1642)

child 970 ii. Homer H. PACKARD < was born in New York on 10 August 1832.(1643) Homer is deceased. He married Sarah C. STILLMAN < 9 Dec 1858.(1644) Sarah was born in 1838 in CN. Sarah is deceased. She was listed in 1860 in the Federal census in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 22).(1645) She was listed in 1870 in the Federal census in Ashland, Saunders County, NE(age 32).(1646)

Homer was a Druggist. In 1860 the Federal census listed Homer as head of household in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 27).(1647) In 1870 the Federal census listed Homer as head of household in Ashland, Saunders County, NE(age 38).(1648)

child 971 iii. Emily M. PACKARD < was born in New York on 6 November 1834.(1649) Emily died after 1900. She married Henry S. CHURCH < 1855, in MI. Henry was born in September 1831 in New York. Henry died after 1900. In 1870 the Federal census listed Henry as head of household in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 39).(1650) On 15 June 1900 the Federal census listed Henry as head of household in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 68, born in September 1831).(1651)

She was listed in 1870 in the Federal census in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 36).(1652) She was listed on 15 June 1900 in the Federal census in Sturgis, St Joseph County, MI(age 65, born Nov 1834 in NY).(1653)

child + 972 iv. Franklin S. PACKARD was born on 10 February 1838.(1654)

child + 973 v. Lucina M. PACKARD was born on 26 January 1843.(1655)

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