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


(61) Land in Zions Canyon, hauled lumber for St. George Temple, moved to Orderville

Here, part of his diary is missing, September 3, 1874, to May 5, 1876.  To fill in that gap there are three paragraphs from a history written by his daughter Sarah Arletta Palmer Cox which supply some information we otherwise wouldn’t have.

“In the spring of 1873, I think it was, we moved to Springdale, in Washington County, where we lived for 3 years.  My sister Laura was born here in 1875.

“My father was put in as Presiding Elder of Springdale then succeeded by Evan M. Green in the early part of 1875.  This settlement as well as the other settlements in Dixie attempted to live the United Order but did not make a success of it.  While living here my father hauled lumber from Mt. Trumble for use in the building of the St.  George Temple.  He owned land in Zions Canyon where he raised corn and had an apple orchard.  He sold this land after he went to Orderville.

“In Jan. 1876, father and my half-brother, James W. visited Orderville in Longvale, where the people were organized in the United Order.  On returning they moved the family to Orderville and joined the United Order.  Later father moved Aunt Sally and family to the Order.  He had married Sally before he did my mother.  My father turned into the Order about $1600 worth of property, and he and his family worked faithfully in the Order.”

So at this point, Zemira and his family were living in the Order at Orderville, Utah.  

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