I was looking to do a “quick” armorial and thought I would investigate the name Packer. Unfortunately, my normal first two point of reference, Burke’s General Armory & the Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms, were not too productive (see below):
At a whim I thought I would try to identify C R Packer, a grantee of Arms in 1888. The details gleaned from a variety of sources are:
Charles Rose Packer was born in 1864 in Streatham, London. The eldest son of Charles Packer, a jeweller, of Kilravock House. He was baptised 15 April 1864 at St James’, Westminster. His mother was Elizabeth Farr Rose (daughter of William Farr Rose and Elizabeth Gold). Elizabeth died in 1870 aged about 37. His father died in 1881 aged about 71.
His immediate family was:
Brother: George Cowper Rose Packer b. 1866 d.1891 unmarried Link to entry in the London Gazette
Sister: Maria Emma Rose Packer b.1869
Cousin: Mary Ann Packer b.1844 (The 1891 Census shows Mary & Maria living at Kilravock House.)
The 1891 Census has Charles residing in New Buckenham, Norfolk and listed as “Living on own means”. The household staff consisted of a housekeeper, a secretary, a butler, a housemaid and a cook. The census return records him as being married but I have been unable to find any marriage details or identify his wife.
Charles died 15th October 1897 at Hollington House, Hollington, Sussex. It would appear that he had sold his New Buckenham property. The executors for his estate were Frederick William Everett, gentleman (his secretary in the 1891 census), and George Stevens, solicitor. Link to entry in the London Gazette
Next step: There are few more references I have to look into to see if I can locate details of Charles’ blazon. If time permits I will try to see if his sister, Maria, married. She could be a possible heraldic heiress if Charles’ grant included descendants of his father.