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


(51) Background of the Muddy Mission, Zemira in Panaca

A bit of background concerning that area is helpful.  In 1862 the first Mormons were exploring the Meadow Valley country.  They asked the local Indians where they could find the best place to find feed for their animals, and were told to go to Shoal Creek.  There they found the whole face of the land was covered with beautiful green grass, so heavy and stood four to eight feet high.  It was said that a man riding into the grass on horseback could hardly be seen.  The explorers settled on Shoal Creek and founded the town of Hebron, and later Enterprise.  And it was in 1864 when Edward Bunker settled at Clover Valley, later called Panaca, an Indian name meaning minerals.  To the east were Pinto and Pine Valley.  (See Map 10)

In about 1869 a mining camp named Pioche, named for a man by that name, became a great mining camp, providing a market for the settlers’ goods.  There were many Indians living on Shoal Creek and they were all friendly with the white people.  They named the chief of this band of Paiute Indians Moroni, and he was very proud of this name.  Trouble commenced in 1870 with the Navajo Indians all through that country, who were there for the purpose of making off with horses.  They didn’t have much success, so soon went back to their land across the Colorado River.79

From the maps of this area we see Spring Valley, Panaca, and Pioche are all fairly close together. (See Map 10) Dry Valley was 12 miles from Panaca.

Zemira and both of his wives lived first at Panaca, and each had children born in there and at other nearby areas where they lived—Sally’s were Emma born at Panaca 30 June 1867, and Newel Knight born at Eagle Valley 9 July 1870.  Caroline’s George Edwin 29 Oct 1866, and Daniel Whitmore 18 Mar 1869, both in Panaca, and Almeda Eve 20 Mar 1872 in Dry Valley.

79- Orson W. Huntsman, A Brief history of Shoal Creek, Hebron and Enterprise  

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