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


(26) Mob violence too great, first group of Saints leaves Nauvoo Feb. 4, 1846 for Rocky Mountains

The enemy, however, did not honor their promise to allow the Saints to leave Nauvoo peacefully during the spring. Threats of mob violence had become so great and persecution so intense that the Saints knew they could stay longer only at the peril of their lives. So on February 7, 1846, just two months after the Temple had opened its doors, they were closed.

On February 4 the first group of Saints, ill-prepared due to the urgency, had left the city in freezing stormy weather, being ferried across the mighty Mississippi River. Nine babies were born during the stormy night of that terrible expulsion, with little shelter from the fierce cold wind and snow. Two temporary camps were made six or seven miles into Iowa, called Sugar Creek, and Montrose. Other wagons followed in the ensuing days.43 (See Map 6)

Brigham Young was acutely aware of the indigent condition of the Saints in Nauvoo. How could they survive with so little food and supplies, and no money to buy more? How could they make a journey halfway across the continent, without more wagons, tents, horses, oxen, and other provisions? It was a long way to the unbroken western territory.

Another problem weighed on Brigham’s mind. When they reached the western borders of Iowa, and crossed the Missouri river, they would be camping and traveling illegally on Indian territory, and their situation would be fraught with much danger. They were forced to start without these two problems being solved—starting on an uncertain trek to—where? The only answer at that time was, “God knows.”  What faith these outstanding leaders and Saints had in the continuing guidance of their Lord and Savior.

43- Truth Restored, p. 81 - Saints flee from Nauvoo

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