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


(41) The Walker War 1853


It was in 1853, while Zemira’s family was living at Provo, that serious trouble with the Indians broke out, beginning at Payson, Utah, which is located in the Sanpete valley east of the Wasatch Mountains.  Old Chief Walker from the Sanpete Valley was the terror of the entire country, and “The Walker War brought terror to most of the settlements throughout Utah and lasted for several years . . . Pitiless and bloodthirsty, the smallest injury is avenged in deeds of blackest barbarity.  Even when the Indians were most peaceable, the settlers were never free from apprehension.  Scarcely a week passed that did not bring the tidings of scenes of blood and carnage enacted in some portion of the territory.  Cattle and horses were driven off, settlements burned, plundered, and people inhumanely massacred.

“The settlers began to build forts, and the smaller towns were evacuated by people moving to larger settlements for protection.  Forts were built to accommodate the horses and cattle.  Standing guard was the order of the day.  Every man was compelled to come at the beat of the drum each morning to answer roll call and report for duty . . . The men went in companies of not less than ten or twelve for wood, with mounted guards keeping a constant watch from lookout positions, while the company worked.  They had comparable guards for those who worked in the gardens.”63

This war was no light issue, and every man was expected to fight and/or assist in preparations for protections at the home front for their families.  In the book Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 1085, Zemira is described as:  “Teacher, Veteran Indian war, Took part in Echo Canyon trouble, Farmer.”   The word Veteran means a former member of the armed forces, which in regards to Zemira, refers to an Indian War— in which he would have been an active participant.

At this point no more information has been located about his participation in the Walker War.  And if it weren’t for the fact that more serious troubles were to confront them, the Saints could have rejoiced.

63- History of Our Pioneer Ancestors, History of Orville S. Cox, p. 71 – Walker War

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