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


(25) Advised to move to Nauvoo, Ebenezer and Phebe leave Green Plains

          Residents of the various villages living in the surrounding counties and outlying areas were advised to move to Nauvoo for protection, and many, including Ebenezer and Phebe who were in Green Plains, did so.  Also new converts were still arriving in Nauvoo, many of whom were penniless. There were thousands of poverty-stricken homeless families crowding into the city.

For several years the leading Brethren had considered the necessity of removing the Saints from Illinois to a place of safety far beyond reach of their enemies.  They had appealed to the U.S. Government for assistance, but had received no response. Now, when the bitter strife between the Mormons and their enemies was becoming more hostile and threatening, they knew that now in Nauvoo the Saints were not safe and they would again have to go through the same heart-breaking experience of leaving their homes.

In September of 1845 the Council of the Twelve Apostles met with a committee of non-Mormons, and at this meeting they agreed to leave the state the next spring, and in October the non-Mormons agreed to allow them to leave peacefully.42

So now that the decision to leave was definite, preparations to move got underway. Along with preparing to make the trek west, the Saints increased their work on the Temple, and finally it was finished enough so that by December 10, 1845 it was opened to perform endowments. The Saints, anxious to receive this great blessing in the Temple before leaving, flocked there, and work was performed both day and night, when possible. Some of our Draper people were among those who performed their Temple work. Phebe received her endowments December 24, 1845. 

42- The Restored Church, pp. 215-16 - Saints offer to move by spring; mob agrees  

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