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


(15) Pike County, Draper/Palmer family avoids Boggs' extermination order

The area of Pike County was known to have very fertile soil, and it was an ideal place for these industrious people to settle.  The very title of Pleasantvale indicates its character, and we suppose that they had thriving farms–that is, if they could procure seeds for crops for both themselves and their animals. In those days folks kept animals not only for work and transportation, but so they had their milk, cheese, eggs, meat, and butter. By raising grains and vegetables, and gathering the local wild fruits and berries, they would have enjoyed a very healthful and satisfying existence.

We learn from William Jrs.’s own autobiography he was not part of Kirtland Camp and wasn’t in Pleasantvale until 1840.  The Prophet Joseph Smith had called him on a mission to go take charge of a Branch of the Church, and he had gone to Missouri in the spring (before the camp was organized). He was among those expelled from the Far West area during the dreadful extermination in the fall of 1838. He ended up in Pleasantvale with his Draper relatives on their farms, where they are shown on the 1840 Census of Pleasantvale, Pike County, Illinois.29  In 1841 William Jr. was living at Green Plains, Hancock County, Illinois.

By dropping out from the Kirtland Camp and going to Illinois, the William Draper Sr. group avoided one of the most disastrous and cruel occurrences at that time—that of Governor Boggs’ wicked extermination order. However, within a few years their group was definitely in the midst of its aftermath.

29- The Mormon Drapers, pp.63-65 – Wm. Jr. came later

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