T. J. Packard was the son of the Rev. Joseph Packard, D.D. (1812-1902) and his wife Rosina Jones (1814-1891). The Rev. Joseph Packard was a prominent clergyman who knew many of Virginia’s foremost citizens, including Gen. Robert E. Lee, Dr. Orlando Fairfax, and the Cazenove family. Rosina (Jones) Packard was the daughter of Gen. Walter Jones of Washington, D.C. and the sister of Walter Jones (1811-1829), who was also a UVa student.
Thomas Jones Packard attended the University of Virginia in sessions 49-50 (1872-1874) and graduated in 1874 with a B.Litt. He attended the Theological Seminary of Virginia from 1877-1880, graduating with an L.L.B. and D.D. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1905 from the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (1873).
Packard was an Episcopal priest and served as rector of Christ Church (now Old Christ Church), Mt. Laurel, Halifax Co., VA; churches in Croome, Prince George’s Co., MD and West River, MD; and lastly, was rector of Christ Church of Rockville, MD until his death. He was the Assistant Secretary of the House of Bishops of the United States, and also was an archdeacon and “member of the standing committee of the [Episcopal] Diocese of Washington.” Packard was also “appointed by the General Convention on the Commission to suggest Marginal Reading for the Revised Version.” Packard was the editor of his father’s autobiography, Recollections of a Long Life (Washington, D.C., 1902).
Thomas Jones Packard married twice, first on 3 Jun. 1885 to Mattie Cunningham, the daughter of John Wilson Cunningham and his wife, Martha Helen Somerville. Thomas and Mattie Packard had five children: John Cunningham, Joseph Jr., Helen, Catherine Lee, and Mattie Packard. Secondly, Packard married Harriot Rowland Gardner (1869-1939) on 11 Nov. 1902, in Howard Co., MD. Thomas Jones Packard died in Rockland, MD, and is buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, VA.
- Delta Kappa Epsilon. Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Warren, Aldice G., ed. New York, Delta Kappa Epsilon Council, 1910. Accessed via books.google.com.
- Groves, Joseph A. The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina. Atlanta, GA, The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co., 1901. Accessed via books.google.com.
- Kinsolving, Arthur Barksdale. The story of a southern school: the Episcopal High School of Virginia. Baltimore, MD, Norman Remmington Co., 1922. Accessed via books.google.com.
- Packard, Thomas J., ed. Recollections of a long life. Washington, D.C., Bryon S. Adams, 1902. Accessed via books.google.com.
- Tombstone of Thomas Jones Packard and Harriot Rowland Gardner Packard, Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA. Findagrave.com (Accessed 5/4/2011)
- University of Virginia. Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia. Third series: January, 1912, v. 5, n. 1. Accessed via books.google.com.