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The story Tom Packard told and the reality

I know the above image is a bit blurry, but the message summarizes the family story about Joseph: that he was murdered, he worked for the railroad, had collected his pay and was talking down the railroad track, on his way home when an assailant hit him over the head, knocking him unconscious. He laid… Continue reading The story Tom Packard told and the reality

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Uncle Rob and the hotel business

In September 1970, Tom Packard of Plainfield, MA told Bob Mills about Robert “Uncle Rob” Byron Mills I, the foster father of RBM II (Bert), noting that Rob was "in Heath with Charles Packard before he died, even coming to Plainfield to stay with Tom and his family." But more can be said about Rob,… Continue reading Uncle Rob and the hotel business

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Hattie and Uncle Rob’s house? — A photographic mystery

When looking through my family history records, I stumbled across this photo. I asked my mom  what it was and we determined, based on thee story of Bert and Miriam putting up the photo of Hattie (and Uncle Rob?) when they came to visit, then taking it down  and putting it in the closet when… Continue reading Hattie and Uncle Rob’s house? — A photographic mystery

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The story of Harry Church and Mary Hammond

On May 12, 1880, Mary Emogene Hammond was born in Bolton, Warren County, New York. She would marry Harold "Harry" David Church on May 3, 1899 in Goshen, Hampshire, Massachusetts. She would then die on September 2, 1953 in East Derry, Rockingham, New Hampshire, with her husband dying in 1969. On Find A Grave, we… Continue reading The story of Harry Church and Mary Hammond

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Chaos erupts: Where was John Mills buried after all?

On this blog, I have accepted that John Rand Mills was buried in Chester Cemetery in Chester, Orange County, New York. I was not the one that put this in his bio, but rather put in by information from a previous researcher. When I requested a new photo of John's gravestone (and that of his… Continue reading Chaos erupts: Where was John Mills buried after all?

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Dora Mills in 1892: a black dress, ornate hat, and a parasol

With the above, it seems to make me doubt, once again, that Dora had red hair which I talked about previously on this blog. Perhaps Dora had some level of style that wasn't clear otherwise. It connects with my post about Dora and fashion in 1892: ...I’ve posted a photo, cropped and in different formats,… Continue reading Dora Mills in 1892: a black dress, ornate hat, and a parasol

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Looking at Dora and Cyrus’s marriage record

On our sister website, Packed with Packards!, I uploaded a copy of Dora and Cyrus's marriage certificate. In that post (Chapter XII: Cyrus, Dora, and the last of the Packards, link to when posted), I wrote that on November 21, 1881, Cyrus Winfield Packard married Dorothy “Dora” (or Dory) Ann Mills in Glens Falls, New… Continue reading Looking at Dora and Cyrus’s marriage record