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 Catherine J “Katie” <I>Rushmore</I> Packard

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Catherine J “Katie” Rushmore Packard

  • Birth 30 Apr 1853 Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Death 5 Jun 1895 Onondaga, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Leslie, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Section 2 Lot 290
  • Memorial ID 56932908

Catherine (sometimes called Kate or Katie) was born in Canadaigua, New York. Both her parents were born in New York State. Her father, Henry N. Rushmore, was a descendant of Quakers who had been in NY since before the Revolution, particularly in Hempstead. Catherine's mother, Harriet (Wiborn) Rushmore, had some Quaker ancestors from NY as well, and her Wyborn line goes back to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Catherine's father purchased land in Livingston County, Michigan in 1863, and the family was living there until about 1870 when they relocated to Onondaga, Ingham County, Michigan. Her father was a farmer in both NY and Michigan.

Catherine married William Henry Packard of Lansing as his 2nd wife at Onondaga, Ingham, Michigan 18 Dec 1872. They raised seven children and remained in the Lansing area for their entire lives. William Henry was the proprietor of the Everett House Hotel in Lansing as well as a farmer. It appears that the family split their time between the hotel and a farm in Windsor township.

Her cause of death was cancer. After she passed away, Henry Rushmore Packard, her oldest living child, was appointed guardian of the estates of George, Robert, Albert, and Jennie.

Catherine J. (Rushmore) Packard is buried in Section 2 of the cemetery with her parents, Henry and Harriet Wiborn Rushmore. Their three individual tombstones are very sunken and almost illegible, but there is a Rushmore monument for them that is in good condition.

She was the mother of seven children, all linked below.

Family Members



Wife of W.H. Packard (on front)
Catherine (on top of stone)





  • Created by: M.E. Packard
  • Added: 11 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56932908
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine J “Katie” Rushmore Packard (30 Apr 1853–5 Jun 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56932908, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Leslie, Ingham County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by M.E. Packard (contributor 47258537) .