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


(32) Mormon Battalion reaches San Diego

Monument to the Mormon Battalion in Presidio Park above Old Town San Diego. 

January 29, 1847, they reached San Diego on the Pacific Ocean. That was the end of their march, but since the soldiers were enlisted for one year’s service, they still had six months left to serve. California was now in the hands of the United States, so the Battalion men served as occupation troops in making secure the conquest was achieved.  While serving garrison duty in San Diego, San Luis Rey, and Los Angeles, many of them helped build houses, burned brick, dug wells, and significantly contributed to the building of the communities.  On July 16, 1847, at the end of their year’s enlistment, the battalion members were discharged at Ciudad de Los Angeles.55 (See Map8)

According to one unidentified officer, Zemira had proven to be an able and obedient aide, quote:   “The following names Zemira Palmer (among others), have been sent to me as having served as servants to officers in the Mormon Battalion, and as they were mostly too young to be received as soldiers, are entitled to much praise for their youthful patriotism and bravery.”56

In a history written by his daughter Sarah Arletta Palmer Cox, “while the Battalion stayed in California Zemira worked as a bartender in San Bernardino, where he worked nights and went to school in the day, where he had a Spanish teacher.”

55- Concise History of Mormon Battalion, p. 298 – Soldiers are discharged
56- Ibid, p. 125 -  Zemira and other orderlies praised for bravery.

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