Samuel Wadsworth states that Charles Rice was the first settler here. It may have been William Banks.
Charles Rice came to Packersfield after service in the Revolution, building a house at D-4-1. He sold that place to William Barker in 1786 and bought this property in 1791. The deed specifies: “the same farm on which William Banks now lives together with all buildings.” He sold the farm to John Newcomb in 1803 and the place remained in the Newcomb family until it was abandoned in the 1890’s.