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


(43) Zemira's military activity

In searching records to ascertain Zemira’s military activity, Zemira was found listed as a Sergeant on a Nauvoo Legion Military Record of Provo, Utah County, of September 1857.69  Also, related later in this history on page 27, in a newspaper clipping he was called Captain Zemira Palmer.  This was in July of 1860 shortly after the Walker War was over. Without anything more definite, this seems to indicate that Zemira had been actively engaged as a Sergeant and also a Captain of a Military company in some war.  Zemira did have a sword, a cavalry sword, to be used by a mounted soldier.  Some of his descendants have seen it and wondered about it. (The sword is now in possession of Zemira’s great-grandson Kevin Palmer of Mesa, Arizona.)

As previously mentioned, on page 19 above, Zemira was one of the guards at Echo Canyon.  Quoting Geneva Heaton Pace, from p. 863 of Sarah Collinwood’s book, we read:  “During his stay at Provo Valley he was numbered among the men who kept Johnston’s army from coming into Salt Lake Valley.  On this cold trip he wore a shirt made from a pair of old blankets.” 

69- FHL film #048557, p. 4040 – Zemira Sgt. Nauvoo Legion, Provo City, Utah Co.

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