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This surname may have earlier been written "Hanselpacker," "Hanselbecker," "Henselpecker," or other similar variations. This spelling of the surname may reflect the immigrant's given name and/or his father's given name, which may have been Hansel or Hans (Anglicized as John).

The family was probably of German descent.

Some Hanselpackers (with variant spellings of the surname, and not necessarily from Bergen County) were United Empire Loyalists and apparently relocated to Nova Scotia after the Revolution on parcels of land granted to them. Conrad Handlespike had 350 acres in Digby Township in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia which had been granted in 1784 and escheated in 1800. William Hanselspiker had 100 acres (a grant) in Digby Township in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia in 1801. (Gilroy, Marion, Loyalists and Land Settlement in Nova Scotia, 1937, pp. 15 and 33.)

Conrad Handlespiker, was listed in the 18 July 1784 Muster Roll for Digby, as a discharged officer or private, with a family of 5. His lot was apparently located on Queen Street (U). Both Conrad and William Handlespiker were listed in the 1 Apr 1795 Tax Assessment Roll for the Town of Digby.
And in the Trinity Parish of Digby, a list of residents September 21, 1789 (compiled for defraying incidental expenses, comprising Sexton's salary), includes: Conrad Handlespiker, now spelled Handspiker. Digby County Funerals: June 24, 1809, Conrad Handlespiker, Mount Pleasant, of old age. (Wilson, Isaiah W., Geography and History of the County of Digby, 1900, p, 74, 396, 455)

The pre-Revolutionary-era ancestor of William J. Packer (b. 10 Jan 1795; m. Margaret (Peggy) Michlor/Mickler) may have built the oldest section of the Packer House on Ewing Avenue in Franklin Lakes, Bergen County, NJ, which incorporates sections built probably at three different times. The oldest section is built of stone laid with clay and straw mortar and has hand-hewn laths. Its methods of construction denote a building date in the early 1700s.


Johannes Packer


Johannes Packer, married Lena -?-.

The following items probably refer to this John/Johannes Packer or another relative by the same name (this or another John Packer was married to a woman whose given name was Eva).

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. III, p. 199)...30 March 1751...lease executed to John Picker, 100 acres at Romopock for 3 years at 0.10.0 a year.
----- (Vol. III, p. 284)...24 March 1755...lease for land at Romopock executed : No. 162 to Johannes Bocker of 195 acres, 1.0.0
----- Vol. III, p. 284)...24 March 1755...lease for land at Romopock executed : No. 166 to Johanes Hansilbacker of 90.9 acres, 0.10.0
----- (Vol. III, p. 403, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Johanes Hensilbacker, lot no. 166, 90.0 acres at 20 s, 9 August 1763.
----- (Vol. III, p. 404, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Johanes Bachker, lot no. 156, 200 acres at 40 s, 13 August 1763.

A John Packer is listed in the 1779 Franklin Township (Bergen Co., NJ) Rateables with 90 acres and 8 horses and cattle.

Children of Johannes Packer & Lena



----- (possibly) Michel Hensselbecker (Michael Packer), baptized 11 Jan 1761 Ramapo Lutheran Church (no mother's name in bp. records) (wit: Johannis Theise and his wife)

----- Elizabeth Packer, married Abraham G. Ackerman, son of Gerrid D. Ackerman & Magdalena Van Voorhees. He was bp. 3 Sep 1759 Paramus Reformed Dutch Church.


Jury Packer

Jury Packer (Jurie; George), married -?- (possibly a Wanamaker?).

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- Vol. III, p. 271)...22 August 1754...lease for land at Romopock executed : No. 154 to Jarrie Backer of 100 acres, 0.10.0
----- (Vol. III, p. 404, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Jurie Bachker, lot no. 154, 100 acres at 20 s, 13 August 1763.

Children of Jury Packer



----- Maria Becker, baptized 27Aug 1757 Ramapo Lutheran Church (father's name in bp. record is Georg Becker; no mother's name in bp. record) (wit: Conraht Wannemacher and his wife).

----- Daughter Becker, baptized 23 Nov 1761 Ramapo Lutheran Church (no mother's name in bp. record) (wit: Wilhelm Wannamacher and his wife).


Jacob Packer

Jacob Packer, married Elisabeth -?-.

Jacob Becker and his wife wit. bp. 11 Sep 1757 Ramapo Lutheran Church of Maria, dau. of Mathes Barbaro.

The following items may apply to this Jacob Packer, although the name is spelled "Backer" and "Baker." From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. III, p. 271)...22 August 1754...lease for land at Romopock executed : No. 152 to Jacob Backer for 140 acres, 0.15.0
----- (Vol. III, p. 348)...26 March 1761...Board executed a lease for lands at Romopock , No. 228 to Jacob Baker and Iwne Backer of 65.77 acres at 7 s Y. money per annum for 3 years from 24th of March inst.
----- (Vol. III, p. 403, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to Jacob Baker, lot 213, 86 acres at 30 s, 9 August 1763.

Children of Jacob Packer



----- Maria Pecker, bp. 20 May 1759 Paramus Reformed Dutch Church (wit: Hannes and Marytje Vanblerkom)

----- Philippus Pecker, bp. 20 Dec 1761 Paramus Reformed Dutch Church (wit: Philippus Hofman)


William Henselbacker

William Henselbaker, married Cathrina -?- (possibly Stier/Sturr?).

From The Minutes of the Board of Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey from 1725 to 1744, Perth Amboy (Re: Ramapo Tract; paraphrased unless in quotes)
----- (Vol. III, p. 404, chart)...19 August 1763...Board executed lease at Romopock to William Henselbacker, lot no. 217, 140 acres at 30 s, 12 August 1763.

Children of William Henselbacker & Cathrina



----- (probably) Magdalena Hensselbecker, baptized 6 Nov 1768 Ramapo Lutheran Church (no mother's name in bp. record) (wit: Conrath Hensselbecker and Elizabeth Storr).

----- Margretha Henselbacker (Margaret), baptized 14 July 1771 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Philip Henselback, Margretha Stor).

----- William Henselbacker, b. 22 Dec 1772; baptized 3 Jan 1773 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Michel Stor, Dorothe). He may possibly be the William Packer who married Sally Ackerman, daughter of James L. Ackerman and Cathlyntje Post. If so, he died 26 Jan 1843 at Preakness and was buried in the Preakness Churchyard.

----- Cathrina Henselbacker (Catherine), b. 14 Nov 1774; baptized 4 Dec 1774 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: John Rose, Cathrina).

----- Jacob Henselbaker, b. 10 Oct 1776; baptized 10 Nov 1776 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Jacob Stor, Margreth).


Philip Henselbacker

Philip Henselbacker , married Margretha -?- (possibly Stier/Sturr). She may possibly have been a daughter of Conrad Sturr.

Children of Philip Henselbacker & Margretha



----- John Henselbacker, bp. 15 Aug 1773 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Johannis Henselba--, eva)


Packer, Conrad


Conrad Packer is listed, a single man, in the 1779 Franklin Township Rateables.


Conrad Hanselbacker

Conrad Hanselbacker, married Anna -?-.

Children of Conrad Henselbacker & Anna -?-:



----- (probably) Johan Wilhelm Henselbekker, baptized 13 May 1770 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Wilhelm Henselbekker & uxor); d. 2 June 1770.

----- John Henselbacker, bp. 5 Jan 1772 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Johannes Henselbecker, eva).

----- Elizabeth Henselbacker, bp. 30 Jan 1774 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Pitter -,
Margreth -).

----- Child Henselbaker, bp. 10 Nov 1776 Ramapo Lutheran Church (wit: Michel Stor, Dorothe).


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