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


(38) Sally Knight short history

Sally was the daughter of Newel Knight and Lydia Goldthwaite of Kirtland, Ohio.  Newel’s parents were Universalists living at Colesville, Broome County, N.Y., who became interested in Joseph Smith’s teachings, Newel having had the first miracle performed on him by the Prophet Joseph.

        Sally went through the struggles of the early pioneers.  Her folks had crossed the plains and were camping near Winter Quarters when the little family was called to suffer a great sorrow by the death of the husband and father.  He had been taken suddenly ill in the night with an acute pain in his side.  Everything was done for him that could be done, but with no relief.  He died and was buried in a rude coffin made from a wagon box.  This left the mother with 6 children, Sally being her oldest, and one more being born seven months after her husband’s passing, making a total of seven.

Sally’s widowed mother felt the task of getting their outfit ready to move the next spring was more than she could do, though her children helped in what ways they could.  They had a struggle to live from day to day, and had to stay on the plains for three years, until they could afford an adequate mode of travel.  They didn’t reach the Salt Lake Valley until October of 1850.  That winter she and her family built an adobe cabin in the Valley.  Sally was 14 at that time. 61

61- Dec. of G. Palmer & P. Draper, p. 447 - Sally’s background

Mormon Monument in Nebraska.

"A temporary settlement was established in northern Nebraska when a group of saints led by Newell Knight spent the winter with the Ponca tribe near the mouth of the Niobrara River. Knight and some others died during the winter and were buried at Niobrara. The survivors remained with the Poncas through the winter of 1846-47 and then returned to Winter Quarters to prepare for the westward trek." 

For more info on Newel Knight and the temporary settlement near the mouth of the Niobrara River see http://winterquarters.byu.edu/pages/Other.aspx

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