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


(60) Pioneer life in Springdale

On May 17, which was a Sunday, Zemira recorded that he was writing a letter for Asa, who dictated it to his brothers and sisters in Panguitch.  Asa was George Asahel, age 12, who apparently was staying with his father there in Springdale for a while.  Then the last of May, one month after settling in Springdale, Zemira made a trip to Manti for a load of flour.  Manti was known as “the granary of Utah.” He left his 12-year-old son George Asahel at Red Creek near Kanarrah with a Bro. Silas Smith “until he could get company home, his mother still living in Panguitch.”  Simply put, that means the boy had to find his own way to Panguitch where Sally was still living.

On the way back from Manti, Zemira stopped at Panguitch and moved the rest of his family to Springdale, this being his wife Sally and her children.

Upon reaching home, having been gone nearly a month he wrote: “Went up to my farm, found one stand of bees had ceased to work.  Wheat and potatoes full of weeds and suffering for water. Brought the bees home, took one slat out of the working hive with honey and bees on it, and put it in the other to revive them.”  He didn’t let these problems bother him, but took care of his bees and got right to work weeding and watering his farm and planting corn.82

A few of Zemira’s tasks there were:  mending road, also water ditch; cutting barley; cutting wheat; plowing corn; getting a load of firewood; hauling rock for spring-house; building spring-house; getting some green corn to dry; cutting lucern; drying fruit.  They didn’t work on Sundays. August 9, 1874, he recorded: “Sunday went to meeting.  This is my birthday, being 43 years old.”

Each of his wives had five children still living at home, and each gave birth to another child while living in Springdale. Pioneer life was always filled with daily tasks, and each was expected to do his or her share according to capability.  Caroline’s oldest daughter, Arletta, was 15 and would be a great help, and her two boys, Edwin (8), and Daniel (6), would help at whatever they could.  But it would be Sally’s 14- year-old James and his 12-year-old brother Asahel who probably worked alongside their father throughout that summer in Springdale.  And it was a busy summer (Sally’s son Joseph, her eleventh child was born there November 20, 1874, and Caroline’s seventh child Laura Lovina, was born 6 May, 1875).

82- Zemira’s Diary, June 23, 26, 30

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