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


(65) 1876, YMMIA organized in Orderville

Besides these things (activities, celebrations), Zemira recorded certain items of importance concerning Church activities and occurrences, and jotted down the teachings that impressed him, given by his leaders.

One of these events, which came to be a very important organization then, and still is, was the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, organized in Orderville on June 4th, 1876, by Bro. M. D. Young, son of Pres. B. Young.  Zemira attended the meetings held on two days.

Later in the month, President Brigham Young and others arrived.  Zemira attended their meetings also, mentioning the various speakers and said they “all gave excelent council & incouraged the people to go on in the United Order.”  He quoted President Young as saying:  “It is but a small thing to lay down our property, it is not really ours. There is but one thing we can truly call our own, and that is our will, that will never be taken from us, only those who are worthy of the second death.”  He strongly urged that we should never mention the wrongs of others but see to it that we do right ourselves.  Especially did he urge this upon the boys and girls. If mothers would treat the children of other women with the same kindness that they did their own, they would never quarrel.”

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