Zemira Palmer is my third-great grandfather. In 2010 I was given tons of information about him by two angel cousins. With their permission I share it all!! - Deniane Kartchner

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Sally Knight Palmer

Sally Knight Palmer

Zemira's Wives

The photos of Zemira's two wives were contributed by Lucile Brubaker

and her mother, Lenna Cox Wilcock. Thanks!

Caroline Jacques Palmer

Caroline Jacques Palmer


Unless otherwise noted, the main source for this blog (including the introduction) is a history titled “ZEMIRA PALMER, 1831 – 1880, His Life and Family in Early L.D.S. Church History.” This history was prepared by Lenna Cox Wilcock and sent to Deniane Kartchner via email by Lenna's daughter, Lucile Brubaker, with Lenna and Lucile's permission to post on this blog with the stipulation it be used for family history purposes only and not for financial gain. Lenna and Lucile are descendants of Zemira Palmer through his wife Caroline Jacques.

I have posted the history in segments exactly as Lenna wrote them (with the exception of adding details needed to help the sections stand alone).


Zemira Palmer was born the year after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints was organized in Fayette, New York. Living amongst the earliest “Mormon” converts, his entire life and that of his family was inextricably inter-woven with that of the early Saints.

The faith of the Palmer and Draper families, as with all the Saints, was severely tried and tested as they were swept along in the turbulent stream of Mormonism in its desperate struggle for survival while defending their freedom to worship their God as they chose. As Utah Pioneers they contributed greatly in making the desert blossom as a rose in the rugged western American frontier.

One month before his death, in a letter to his sister Zemira made the following statement, and by living according to what it expresses, he was worthy to gain the great reward of which it speaks:

“. . . There is one thing which seems to be true, the Lord is fulfilling His promises. He has said by the mouths of His prophets that He would send judgments on the wicked & trials on the faithful, so that everyone that can be shaken, will be, and those who cannot be shaken, shall gain the great reward of eternal life & supreme happiness.”1

1- Excerpt from letter written by Zemira Palmer to his sister Lovina Palmer Munroe Sept. 18, 1880.

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Zemira Palmer History on this blog


(11) Palmers knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and Patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr.

Although much of the basic information about our early pioneer ancestors was procured from Church and civic records, and from histories of other pioneers, which enabled us to determine when and where the Palmer and Draper people were living, it was from Church history and conditions and happenings in the country which give a broader view of their environment and probable activities.

Living in the midst of the Saints in Kirtland, they would have known the Prophet Joseph Smith and other spiritual leaders personally, and been instructed and tutored by them. They were also able to experience the joy of a people united in a holy purpose, as they tried to live in literal obedience to the true gospel of Christ.

Here they began the construction of a Temple, wherein sacred keys would be given to the Prophet, and where the Saints could be instructed and receive the blessings of an endowment. All who could, helped in some way with constructing the Temple.

Zemira’s mother, Phebe, was given a patriarchal blessing at Kirtland by Joseph Smith Sr. March 28, 1836 (the day after the dedication of the Temple), promising her that if she were faithful and wise she would be blessed to have a companion who would be a man of God. Also that she would be able to raise her children right.12

12- Phebe Draper Palmer’s patriarchal blessing March 28, 1836.

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Lucile Brubaker (and her mother Lenna Cox Wilcock) are also contributing to this blog.