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

Contact: denianek@gmail.com

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


(50) Zemira part of Upper "Muddy Mission'

As stated, Zemira’s family had left Heber when he was called to Southern Utah in 1864-65, and located by direction of Stake President Erastus Snow at Meadow Valley.  We learn that this was a part of the “Muddy Mission,” called the Upper Muddy, being located at the northern part of the Muddy Wash which winds down southward through Nevada and empties into the Virgin River near Overton in the Lower Muddy Mission area. (See Map 10)

A brief history written by Arletta Palmer, Zemira’s and Caroline’s oldest daughter, sheds some enlightenment as to who and where they were living when they left Heber.  Sally’s son, Alma Zemira, adds more information, and Zemira’s diary is a prime source.

“In the winter of 1864 and 1865 before I was six we moved to Panaca, in what is now
Lincoln County, Nevada.  My father, in connection with others was called to settle this
section of country, which is situated near the head of the Muddy Creek.  At Panaca father
built a log cabin.  My brothers George Edwin and Daniel Whitmore were born here.  Next
we moved to Spring Valley, in the same section of the country, which was quite a town.
We did not remain there long. 

Father sold his lot in Spring Valley and moved to Dry Valley where there was good feed for his stock.  We lived in a dug-out for awhile, then father moved the log cabin we had at Panaca, to Dry Valley, a distance of 12 miles.  My sister Almeda Eve was born here.  My father’s brother, William (Palmer) and family who were also pioneers joined us at this place and lived here until we went to Panguitch.

We lived in Dry Valley about five years and then decided to move because of thieves among our stock, and also the settlements in this district (when the boundary line was drawn) were in Nevada and we did not care to settle permanently there so went to
Panguitch, where we lived one winter and I went to school.  I first went to school in
Panaca and then Eagle while the family were living at Dry Valley . . . My father
conducted a night school for his children after the work of the day was ended.”78     

78- Sarah Arletta Palmer Cox, A History of My Pioneer Ancestors

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