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

Contact: denianek@gmail.com

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


(4) George Palmer and Phebe Draper marry

An older photo of Phebe Draper from Sarah Collinwood’s book, 
"Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper", p. 10 c. 

Very shortly after he was honorably released*, George Jr. Palmer returned to Cramahe and in 1815 married his childhood neighbor, Phebe Draper, who was probably his childhood sweetheart.  While living in Crammie, they were blessed with a daughter Lovina and a son Asahel. 

They soon moved to the nearby town of Haldimand in the same County and while there had another son whom they named William George.

Phebe’s Uncle Thomas Draper lived 100 miles east of Cramahe, at Loughborough (Low’-bro) in Frontenac County. That area is described as a land with many lakes, lush foliage, and rich soil; a pleasant and beautiful place to live.  So, perhaps for that reason, Zemira’s parents and other relatives moved there.  And that’s where their last four children were born, Eliza, Lydia Elizabeth, Zemira and Rhoda.6 Looking at a map of Frontenac County, we see it is literally dotted with lakes.

So now George and Phebe Palmer and her Draper relatives lived on the same tract of land, or nearby, as they traded, bought or sold lots. They had the association of cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents with whom they could share experiences, and help each other with the work of clearing the new land, building homes, and supporting each other at all times.

*He had been serving in a British regiment during the War of 1812, the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment. (See entry #5 on this blog.) 
6- 25 March 1823 Census, Loughborough Township, Frontenac Co., Midland District, Upper Canada. Palmers and Drapers were neighbors in Canada.


Necia said...

"Shortly after he was released" from what?

Connie H said...

My daughter sent me this link. It's a wonderful website! Thank you so much for sharing. I am a decedent through Sally Knight and Zemira.


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