THOMAS PACKER (Born about 1460 in England)
+Margaret Kibblewhite (Born in Fawley, Berks in England)
Packer Generation No. 2
JOHN PACKER (THOMAS1) (born about 1496 in England)(wp 1557, Cheltenham, Glouc.)
+Agnes ?? (Burial: 12/26/1562, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England)
Packer Generation No. 3
WILLIAM PACKER (JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born about 1535 in Cheltenham) (Burial 5/27/1611, Twickenham, Middlesex, England)
+Elizabeth Bornwell (Born in Langley at Stevenage, Herts) (Burial: 5/27/1611, Twickenham, Middlesex, England)
Packer Generation No. 4
PHILIP PACKER (WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born before 11/20/1572 in Twickenham) (Chr. 11/20/1572) (Burial 2/15/1648/49, Westminister, Middlesex, England)
+Philippa Mylles July 13, 1613 in St. Catherine Creek. (Born before 2/26/1595/96 in Westminister, St. Margarets, Middlesex, England) (Chr. 2/26/1596) (Burial: 1667. Shaw cum Donnington, Berks, England)
Packer Generation No. 5
PHILIP PACKER (PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born 1656 in London, England, and died 1739 in Burlington, NJ)
+Rebecca Jones (daughter of Daniel Jones and Mary ??)
+Hannah Sessions (daughter of James Sessions and Ann?)(Died before 8/10/1689 in Pensaucken, NJ) (cgr 6/11/1665 Milton under Wychwood, Ox, died by 8/10/1689)
Packer Generation No. 6
PHILIP PACKER (PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born 1686 in Pensaucken, NJ, and died 1764 in Pikeland, PA.)
+Ann Coates (married 1724 in Pikeland, PA, daughter of PETER COATES). (She was born 1699 in Dublin, Ireland, and died 1785 in age 86)
Packer Generation No. 7
AARON PACKER (PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born Bet. 1728 - 1732 in Uwcklan, PA) Found in 1790 Census, York Co., PA
+Mary Phipps (married Bef. 1772, daughter of NATHAN PHIPPS)(Born Abt. 1743 in Province of Maine)
Packer Generation No. 8
JESSE PACKER (AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born in Eastern Cumberland Co.,
PA. (Found in 1850 census, Howard Twp., Centre Co., PA)
+Catherine Williams (Born in Ireland)
Jesse P. Packer (Born 1799, Germany-died 9/9/1874, Howard Twp.., Centre Co., PA)
Packer Generation No. 9
JESSE P. PACKER (JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born 1799 in Germany- died 9/9/1874 in Howard Twp, Centre Co., PA.)
+Sarah Linnes Swisher (married before 1850)(daughter of Joseph Swisher and Elizabeth Linnes) (Born between 1807-1808 in Germany and died 9/2/1884)
Packer Generation No. 10
MICHAEL PACKER (JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born 7/1823-died after 1898)
+SARAH ?? April 26, 1850 in Howard Twp., Centre Co., PA.
JOHN PACKER (JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (Born 8/16/1831/1832-7/29/1907)
+Sarah Ann Hellman (Born 11/23/1833-5/9/1876)
+MARY ELIZABETH DIETZ (1847-1927)
CHARITY A. PACKER (JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (8/16/1840 in Howard Twp., Centre Co., PA and died after 1910
+Ezekiel Confer (son of Philip Confer and Margaret Wants)(Born 6/30/1839 in Howard Twp., Centre Co., PA)
From Commemorative Biographical Record, Page 391-392.
EZEKIEL CONFAIR, a prominent lumber dealer and agriculturist residing on the Canada Road, in Boggs township, Centre County, is a man of marked influence in that locality. He is connected either by descent or marriage with a number of well-known families of this section, and is himself a native of Howard Township, Centre County, having been born there June 30, 1839.
On the paternal side the first ancestor to settle in this locality was his grandfather, Philip Confair, a native of Germany who came at an early day with his wife, Elizabeth, who was born in Ireland, passing their last years in Centre County. Their son, Philip, Jr., was born there and became by occupation an agriculturist in Howard township, engaging also quite extensively in tar burning. He was active in local affairs as a Democrat, and was a leading member of the Disciple Church, as was also his wife, Margaret Wants, a native of Centre county, and a daughter of John and Margaret Wants. She died December 30, 1888, aged seventy-four, and on December 2, 1890, at the advanced age of ninety years, he followed her to the unseen world. To ethics estimable couple fourteen children were born: Samuel (deceased), who married and had one child; Mary (deceased), who married George B. Lucas of Howard Township, Centre County; Michael, a farmer in Howard Township; Philip, a farmer in Curtin township, Centre county; Henry, a farmer and lumberman in Clearfield County; Philinda, widow of Henry Handless, and a resident of Clearfield County; Ezekiel, our subject; Margaret, who died when fifteen months old; Lavina (deceased), formerly the wife of John Mann, of Clinton County; Emeline (deceased), who married Henry Antis, of Centre County; Franklin, a farmer in Howard Township, Centre County; Nicholas, now residing at the old homestead; and Elizabeth, wife of William Unguard, of Watsontown, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Ezekiel Confair's early life was spent at the old homestead, and the public schools of the locality furnished the foundation of a good practical education. On December 8, 1859, he was united in marriage with Miss Charity Packer, and soon after established his home upon a rented farm in the same township, belonging to Hiram Baker. Three years later he rented a farm in that township from Gov. Packer, and after four years there he moved to Boss township, where, after occupying and renting property for five years, he purchased (in 1873) his present estate, a fine farm of 158 acres. In July, 1865, he was drafted, but paid $300 to the government for a substitute. Socially, he is a leading member of the Grange at Milesburg, and in religious faith, since the age of thirteen he has been connected with the U.B. Church, with which his wife united when sixteen years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Confair have had thirteen children, whose names with dates of birth are as follows: John R., August 20, 1860, died September 12, same year; Martha J., May 4, 1862, married Robert B. Lucas, a farmer and lumberman of Boggs township, Centre County; William H., December 26, 1863, died September 12, 1864; Ira, January 1, 1865, is engaged in the lumber business in Boggs township; George W., July 22, 1866, is a farmer in the same locality; James T., October 13, 1868, is a farmer in Curtin Township, Centre County; Jerome A., August 21, 1871, is engaged in lumbering in Curtin township; Jessie P., December 12, 1873, is at home; a daughter, April 11, 1875, died unnamed; Emma L., June 4, 1876, married John Watson, a farmer of Boggs Township, Centre County; Irvin M. L., September 17, 1877, Nancy E., June 15, 1879, and Edward N., January 9, 1882, are at home.
Mrs. Confair was born in Howard Township, Centre County, a daughter of Jesse P. Packer, a native of Germany. The first ancestor of the Packer family of whom we have record was Aaron Packer, Mrs. Confair's great-grandfather, who married Mary Phipps, a native of the Province of Maine, and a sister of Sir. William Phipps, who figured prominently in the history of Massachusetts, and was Governor of that State in the latter part of the seventeenth century. He followed the sea for some time, and was knighted by King James on account of his search for sunken treasure. Having gone to London and obtained an audience of the King, he told him of vast wealth lying beneath certain waters. The king listened attentively, and approving the plan outlined for the recovery of the prize, he appointed Sir William Phipps captain of the "Rose Algier," a vessel carrying eighteen guns and ninety-five men. Thus equipped, Sir William sailed from England on his quest. The estate of the Phipps family in England is now in litigation, and Mrs. Confair, as one of the heirs, is entitled to a large fortune. Jesse Packer, Mrs. Confair's grandfather, was a native of Germany, and his wife Catherine Williams was born in Ireland. Jesse Packer was a leading man of his day in this section, and followed the calling of civil engineer.
Jesse P. Packer, the father of Mrs. Confair, was born in Chester County, PA, and was there married to Sarah Swisher, who was born in the Fatherland and accompanied her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth (Linnes) Swisher, to this country, where they remained, their last days being spent in Centre County. Jesse P. Packer became prominent among the agriculturists of Howard township, Centre County, where he died September 9, 1874, at the age of seventy-five. His wife passed away December 2, 1884, aged seventy-seven years. Ten children were born to them, their names and dates of birth being as follows: Michael, July 1823, Joseph, November 25, 1826, a farmer, Nancy, August 11, 1828 wife of James P. Haines, a lumberman, and John, August 16, 1831, a farmer by occupation, all reside in Howard Township, Centre County; Catherine, August 29, 1834, married James Packer, of Curtin Township; Rowland, June 27, 1837, was drowned at the age of fourteen; Charity A., August 16, 1840, married Mr. Confair; Jane, July 30, 1843, resides at Howard, and Susan T., August 8, 1846, married Ira Packer, a farmer in McLeod County, Minnesota.
Packer Generation No. 11
SUSAN HELLMAN PACKER (JOHN10, JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (4/7/1856-5/3/1909)
+John Adam Dietz (7/11/1859-8/16/1932)
MARTHA JANE CONFER (CHARITY A.10 PACKER, JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (5/4/1862-1/5/1942)
+Robert Barker Lucas (son of Charles Lucas and Hannah McBride)(7/6/1856-7/1934)
GEORGE W. CONFER (CHARITY A.10 PACKER, JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (7/22/1865-died after 1/8/1942)
+Sara Jennie Nyman
JAMES THOMAS CONFER (CHARITY A.10 PACKER, JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (10/13/1868-4/3/1929)
+Minerva Caroline Lucas (daughter of James Lucas and Caroline Dunlap) (4/10/1869-4/6/1928)
Packer Generation No. 12
EMMA ELIZABETH DIETZ (SUSAN HELLMAN11 PACKER, JOHN10, JESSE P.9, JESSE8, AARON7, PHILIP6, PHILIP5, PHILIP4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, THOMAS1) (7/29/1887-12/27/1973)
+Howard David Boone (4/4/1889-9/11/1964)