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


(63) Zemira responsible for United Order dairy

Zemira’s diary resumed in May of 1875, at which time he was plowing and laying off land for planting corn, potatoes, and lucern.  His first job for the Order which he mentioned was to care for the Order’s dairy.  His responsibility was to build a house and a corral for the dairy, which was four miles east up the creek from town.  He chopped material and hauled it, and also hauled some lumber from the sawmill 7 ½ miles up the canyon east of town.  He dug a milk cellar and built a pigpen.  Later he was set apart for added work at the dairy, which included caring for the stockyard.

From various early histories we learn some of the duties of the families of the pioneers there in the United Order.  While Zemira was in charge of the dairy, some of his family and some other boys did the milking, and the women cared for the milk, and made butter. It was then delivered into town for the community meals, on the milk wagon driven by Joseph Allen.      

As one member mentioned the youngsters could do some other kinds of work included:  “We helped make tallow candles; we brought wood to boil soap.  At age four, we could wind yarn into a ball or stamp on wool to clean it in a home-made tub with home-made soap, and afterward pick the dry chunks of wool to pieces.  At seven we could card it into bats for quilts; at ten, card the bats into rolls for spinning; at eleven, knit socks; at twelve, spin; and at thirteen we could weave.”84

This was the environment in which Zemira and his family were now living.  He availed himself of the opportunity to study Spanish, and also to vote at elections.

84- History, Elvira P. Mills

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