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


(37) Zemira marries Sally Knight in 1851

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Now back to Zemira Palmer’s story, much of which was taken from Sarah Collinwood’s book, Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper. Page numbers may be indicated for your convenience in reference.

“While at school in Salt Lake City, Zemira became acquainted with Sally Knight, who was very timid and bashful.  To show his interest in her he wrote an Acrostic (verses which rhyme, and the first letter of each line spells a name).  He had mistaken her first name as Martha, her cousin’s name.  Sally found the note and it worried her because she liked Zemira but was too bashful to inquire for whom the Acrostic was meant.  The mystery was solved much to the amusement of the school, and later Zemira wrote the following Acrostic to Sally–

Success to thee during life,
And may you be some good mans wife.
Long may you live with plenty blest
Like a fair queen enjoy the best
Young youth and age by friends caressed.    
(Which spelled the name Sally instead of Martha)60

“Zemira was a great social leader. He loved to dance the old Reels & Quadrilles, and made a fine figure on the floor, being straight as an arrow and moving with grace and ease.  He wore a mustache which he kept trimmed very neatly” See p. 863 (Sarah Arletta’s history).  “Sally was a young lady from Provo, Utah, with auburn hair, soft brown eyes flecked with yellow, who had a background that was all that a budding young man could desire.”  See p. 447 (Sally’s history).

At age 20, Zemira married Sally on her 15th birthday, December 1, 1851.  

60- Dec. of G. Palmer & P. Draper, p. 447 - Sally’s acrostic

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