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


(52) Zemira, Sally at Panguitch

On January 1, 1872, Zemira started a daily diary.  He was 40 years old, and was living at Dry Valley, in Lincoln County, Nevada (which at that time was in Utah territory).

A careful study of his diary indicates that by 1872 his wife Sally and her children were living in Panguitch, but no mention of when or why. Three entries from his journal suggest this: 

May 29, 1872- At home, my boys, Alma and James arrived from Panguitch. 
July 20,  1872- Nooned at Red Creek, left 10 sacks of flour to be sent to Panguitch, to my family.
Oct. 27, 1872, Wrote letter to my wife at Panguitch.

There were at least three other Pioneer families whom the Palmers would surely have known who had lived in the Panaca area and later had moved to Panguitch, so the Palmers had friends already living in Panguitch.  Andrew Peter Schow and wife, as a young couple moved to Panaca in 1867, then when difficulties with the Indians and the miners became a problem, they moved to Panguitch. Morgan and Elizabeth Richards moved their family to Panaca from Long Valley (probably Mt. Carmel when Indians drove them out before their crops were harvested.)  They built five rock stores in Panaca, and then moved to Panguitch in 1870.  Thomas and Suzanna Heaps had been called by Brigham Young to help settle Toquerville.  Later they moved to Lincoln County and assisted in settling Spring Valley and Panaca, and after the Black Hawk War they moved to Panguitch, later settling in Escalante. (See History of Garfield County)

Zemira’s oldest son, Alma Zemira, had already gone to Panguitch.  There very probably were other relatives or friends who lived at Panguitch, at that time, also.  Quoting from Alma Zemira’s autobiography:  “At 14 years of age I with my parents moved to Panaca Nevada, and in all of this time was helping my Father to make a living for the Family and Building up a new Country, helping to grub Brush and Kill the snakes off and done a little at all kinds of work. At about 20 years of age I started out for myself in life, went to Panguitch, Utah and there obtained some land and started to farm for myself, and there got married and got a little home started.”80

Alma, born at Provo in 1853 would by this time have been a robust strong lad about 19 or 20 years of age, tried and trained through rugged years of pioneer life, and he had undoubtedly carried a big share of responsibility while helping his father.  Zemira’s next oldest son was James, born 1860, making him 12 or 13, barely in his teens, and now he was also in Panguitch, so Zemira’s best helpers were gone.

His loved ones in Panguitch were very dear to him, and it is evident from his diary that he kept in touch with them, such as writing to his wife at Panguitch, and writing to their son Alma and receiving letters from him.  

80- Autobiography of Alma Zemira Palmer

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