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


(57) 1874 Conference in St. George, Pres. Young calls Zemira to Springdale

By perusing Zemira’s diary, one thing that is noticeable is the number and kinds of meetings he attended.  A Conference was being held in the Tabernacle at St. George that year, the date being the 5th and 6th of April, 1874.  Since President Young was spending that winter in St. George, this conference was probably General Conference.  Other authorities were to be there also.  Zemira knew about this— it surely would have been announced—and he left Panguitch for St. George on April 1.

His attendance at that Conference started a chain of events which changed his and his family’s future life and brought many added responsibilities. He recorded the content of some of the speeches which were given.

On Sunday, 5 April, he wrote: “Attended a meeting at St. George.  Jos. A. Young preached on economy, oneness, and being masters, not slaves to our enemies in worldly matters.  George A. Smith preached on Progress, Temple, Economy, Naturalization, United Order.  PM Pres. Young exhibited a hat and said the material cost only 15 or 20 cents (United Order Hat).  He explained how to become independent of our enemies.  He had instructions read for the guidance of the people in temporal matters, as touching economy and self-sustenance.”

Zemira started home the next day after making arrangements for a copy of the By-laws of the United Order of St. George and rules and instruction for guidance of the people.  Pres. Young and his party were preaching and organizing the people into United Orders as they passed along through different communities on their way home to Salt Lake.  Instead of going on home immediately, Zemira attended the meeting at Kanarrah and at Parowan, and heard the same subjects.  On the 10th he wrote: “Attended meeting forenoon, afternoon, and evening.  Same subjects dwelt upon as before.  A great deal of practical knowledge was imparted.”  (He must have been deeply impressed.)

The next day, April 11, 1874, Zemira  “was requested by Pres. Young to move to Springdale on the Virgin River and take charge of that place.”  So he immediately started back to Panguitch, getting as far as the upper Bear Valley herd-house.  He reached home the next day and began getting things ready, preparing to move to Springdale.

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