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


(20) 1841 - 1844 Saints prospered, enjoyed relative peace

We need not think the lives of those early Saints was one big round of persecution, and of being driven from one place to another, for apparently it was not so. Wherever the Saints were they tended to have music—singing or dancing. We read from Father Morley’s history that the Latter-day Saints at the Morley settlement enjoyed peace during 1841 and a fair degree of material prosperity resulted from their labors. There were dances and social affairs to add to the interest of life. The young folks would gather in the evening, clear brush and rubbish away, and make merriment in dancing, playing games, and having spelling matches. Amos Cox and Sam Gifford played the violins at the dances.

During that second year more land was cleared. Typical of Mormons, they built a schoolhouse. They had good vegetable gardens and farms. They had no fruit except the wild fruits; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and plums which were abundant. In the fall they gathered the wild walnuts, butternuts and hickory nuts and stored them for winter. One youngster said, “We would spend some of the long winter evenings cracking nuts, and not a few jokes with them.”37

37- Cordelia Morley’s History - Entertainment of Saints, cracking nuts and jokes

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