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


(55) Pioneers at Muddy Mission released, Zemira moves entire family to Panguitch

It was sometime during this period that the problem of the state boundary line arose between Nevada and Utah.  Silver and gold mines had previously been located in various areas, and it seemed that Nevada wanted them.  They made a new survey and claimed much land, which included all of the Muddy Mission.  The Saints on the Lower Muddy (Overton, St. Joseph and St. Thomas) were released by President Young in 1870 and advised to return to Utah, many of them settling in Long Valley, later establishing the town of Orderville. 

The ones on the Upper Muddy were also released, but many remained and met the higher taxes. Zemira stayed for awhile, but finally, after having lived a total of 8 years in Nevada, he decided to leave and move the rest of his family to Panguitch, Utah. It wasn’t just a simple decision; he had given it a good try, and had been diligent, but it had been a struggle, which required working through many difficulties.

He had made a contract with the Meadow Valley Mining Co. to haul a certain amount of wood, and had to finish that contract.  From the latter part of April until 20 November, approximately half of his days were spent hauling or cording wood.  Alma may have helped him complete the contract.  At least, his diary tells that Alma came from Panguitch 10 October, and Zemira finished cording and measured up, having finished his second contract with the Meadow Valley Mining Co. November 20.  He recorded that he paid his 1873 taxes amounting to $56, on November 17.

He started moving his family November 24, 1873, and they arrived in Panguitch on the 29th.  He then obtained a cabin of Bishop Sevy, and moved some of his family in on December 1.  So at that time he could be with all of his family again, which was a blessing indeed! 

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