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July 16, 2004



"None is truly great, but he that is truly good."

Excepting Uncle Bob, there have been few famous Packwoods (though George Packwood should be more famous than he is). This coat of arms site is fair on geography but lousy on history.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were Lords of the manor of Packwood, some say before the Norman Conquest in England in 1066 A.D.

Packwood House is a lovely place, and noted for its "religious emblematic horticulture", but my family were never lords of the manor. The Featherston family, whose crest looks a bit more legitimate, owned the place since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century meant the Benedictines lost the property. There is also the somewhat confusing fact of Packwood Hall, a manor house a short distance from Packwood House.

For the benefit of future googlers of Packwood family history and genealogy, further Packwood lore should include the Packwood House Museum of Lewisburg, PA, the community of Packwood, WA and the life of George Horatio Packwood of Maitland, FL. Also noteworthy are New Zealand artist Don Packwood and Christian musical artist Anthony Packwood. Samuel Packwood, burned at the stake by Shawnee indians in 1770, certainly rates a mention.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 16, 2004 08:50 AM

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Are those golf club heads or geology hammers on the crest? ;-)

Posted by: Varenius at July 16, 2004 06:40 PM

Heh you going to use this as a logo on the site.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 16, 2004 07:08 PM

Heh. They get the Donovan coat wrong - there is a motto, "Vir Super Hostem" (A man above his enemies, or somesuch). And they miss Wild Bill Donovan as a famous Donovan.

On the mother's side, Meriwether, they get the crest right, but their who/where is whacked. And while a Meriwether through his mother, you'd think Meriwether Lewis (2nd cousin, 6 times removed) would have rated a mention!

Worth swiping the coat graphics, though!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 17, 2004 11:37 AM

I was told they were picks. I like the idea of geology hammers... very useful for archaeological purposes!

Posted by: Flea at July 18, 2004 11:18 PM

I am Don's niece, his youngest brother is my father. It's nice to see him get some recognition.. And the attached atrticle on Geogre is very interesting as if I have my line correct I am directly descended from him

Posted by: Dana Packwood at September 28, 2004 04:43 AM