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


(24) 1845 - Opposition grows more intense, 14-yr-old Zemira persecuted along with saints of Morley settlement

Along with the strength and growth of the Church, opposition against the Saints grew ever stronger and more intense, and persecutions from the mob flared up. Mormons living in surrounding communities were threatened and harassed, with resultant destruction of much property.

September 10, 1845, an armed mob entered Morley settlement, or Yelrome as it was sometimes called. This is where Zemira was living with his uncle and his Draper grandparents. And it was a tragic day, for any men seen were pursued as they fled for safety to wherever they could hide. The enemy set fire to the haystacks and the houses and everything that would burn, as the women and children tried frantically to save what they could. The ruthless mob showed no mercy to old, young, or sick. The Saints watched helplessly as their belongings were destroyed before their eyes, and only heaps of ashes remained, and their cattle taken possession of and driven away. The mob also burned all the houses on the south side of the brook. 41

Brigham Young promptly requested that every man in Nauvoo who had a team go to the Morley Settlement and surrounding areas immediately and help President Hancock in removing the sick, the women and children and the goods and grain to Nauvoo. In all probability, Zemira and his grandparents were amongst those homeless Saints who were taken to Nauvoo.  William was 70, Lydia 69, and Zemira would have been 14.

41- Cordelia Morley’s History -Yelrome burned

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