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


(35) Zemira settles at Willow Creek (Draper), 1849-1850

The 1850 U.S. Census provides us with the following information:   “Zemira, age 19, born Canada . . . At Willow Creek, (known later as Draper) a counselor to Bishop Uncle Wm Draper.”  The Bishop’s other counselor was his brother, Zemira Draper whose wife was Amy Terry.  These were the beloved uncle and aunt of our Zemira Palmer.

Just one year before that, the town of Draper didn’t even exist.  This is how it came to be: In 1849, Zemira’s mother and stepfather, Ebenezer Brown, came to Utah from California.  Willow Creek was a pleasant cove located at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley.  It was found and settled by Ebenezer Brown.  Then his two sons by his first wife joined him there and they built cabins and tilled the soil. Soon, Ebenezer’s wife Phebe, and his sons’ wives and children joined them.  Others located there, and it became a thriving community which they later called Draperville in honor of the first Bishop, William Draper Jr.59      

In 1852 Zemira’s grandfather, William Draper Sr. also came to live at Draper. With the close family ties that existed in the Draper family, it was undoubtedly a joy in their lives to be re-united with their loved ones in this one little town of Draperville. Their individual histories reveal that they were still staunch and faithful in their Church and active in the community.

59- Ebenezer Brown & Descendants, p. 7 - Ebenezer Brown settles Draper

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