THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST

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Chapter 11

JOSEPH DUDLEY PACKARD

by Joy Whitney Stubbs

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oseph Dudley Packard had a unique place in the Nay family.[1] When John Nay, Jr. and Thankful Lucy Pine began their family life together about 1859 in Springville, Utah, John brought at least his three youngest sons from his marriage to Thirza into the home. His two girls, Matilda and Laura, were already married, and the two older boys,  Alonzo and William would soon be married (in 1861), but John Hyrum, 14, Joseph Brigham, 12 and Ormus, 9, were with John and Lucy (Thankful Lucy) until they were grown.  John’s baby girl, Angeline Relief, was living with her sister Matilda. Lucy had also been married before, and her “baby,” 7 year old  Dudley, as he was called[2], became the baby of the new “blended” family.

The role of youngest brother was not a new one to Dudley. His mother had already been married twice, and he had two older step-brothers, Orin Ephraim and William Henry Packard.[3] Lucy’s first marriage to Orren Packard,[4] a member of a prominent Springville pioneer family, involves a sad narrative. Orren had first married Matilda Stowell,[5] according to Richard Packard, a family historian. He continues:

They [Orren and Matilda] were then requested by Brigham Young to join a group of saints who had been sent to settle the Hobble Creek area of Utah Valley. They immediately left and arrived at Hobble Creek February 5, 1851, and set up camp with their tents and wagons. The town was soon called Springville and this was where their second son William Henry was born August 12, 1851. The delivery had not gone well in such primitive conditions and after the birth, Matilda was getting worse by the day. She knew that she was dying and asked her friend Lucy Pine to take care of her baby after she was gone. Matilda died on the 21st of August, leaving Orren with a two year old son and a new baby boy to take care of. The children were then farmed out to relatives. On November 9, 1851, Orren married Matilda’s close friend Thankful Lucy Pine and the family was once again reunited.[6]

A third baby boy, Joseph Dudley, was born to this new family on September 1, 1852.[7] Lucy’s father, Joseph Pine and her brother, Dudley Pine, may have been her inspiration for his name. But the sadness that began this union was not yet finished. Only two months after Dudley’s birth, his father Orren was killed in a tragic accident. In a roundabout way, he was a casualty of the Utah Indian wars that continued off and on until the end of the Black Hawk War. (See addendum to Chapter 2.) Because of the Indian troubles, a recommendation was made for the settlers to abandon their homes on farms and move into a new fort, built temporarily to house this influx of people into the town. To build the 10 foot high stockade, large amounts of timber were hauled by parties of men in heavily loaded wagons from Hobble Creek Canyon.  As one of these wagons tipped off the dugway, Orren was crushed by the load.[8] In a history of Springville’s first 50 years, Don Carlos Johnson describes the accident this way:

In the autumn a sad accident cast a gloom over the spirits of the settlers. As parties were returning from the canyon with timber for the stockade Orrin Packard was thrown from his wagon and run over by the heavy load. He was taken home, where he died in a few hours. The accident occurred on “Packard’s dugway” four miles east of town in Hobble Creek canyon, and has since been called by that name.[9]

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