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


(67) Zemira appointed to United Order appraising committee

In the middle of December Zemira moved his family into a new shanty at the northeast corner of the square, and on Christmas day he was sick with a bad cold, and was unable to leave the house but once or twice, also having had an attack of pain in his bowels and side.

By the middle of February 1877, he was well enough to begin assisting the secretary to settle up the business accounts of the United Order. He was appointed one of the appraisers and from this time he served on the appraising committee.  For another month he continued to feed the teams until the time he was appointed to fill a Bro. Brown’s place on the executive committee, Bro. Brown having died the day before.  But he was released a few days later and appointed to take charge of feeding all the cows and hogs and chickens as well as the teams and stallions. Apparently he had proven very capable and diligent in caring for the animals. He had had much experience handling animals, and undoubtedly enjoyed working with them.

He was still on the appraising committee though, and they began to make an inventory of all the properties of the United Order.  He also appraised the property of brethren just joining the United Order, along with his duties of overseeing the feeding of the animals.

In April of that year, he writes, “Bros. John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Erastus Snow and Lorenzo Snow of the Twelve Apostles, Bishop Ward and Nuttall, and others arrived here as missionaries.” During that visit (20th) the settlements in that vicinity were organized into a Stake of Zion, and a High Council was appointed.  The Militia was also organized in his District.

He jotted down comments concerning their visit, among which he mentioned: “All of the Twelve Apostles (four) preached principally on the U. Order. Bro. O. Pratt said, there were two great points to become one in Spiritual and in temporal things.  We were already tolerably well united in Spiritual things, but we must become united in temporal things.  He compared the true Order as it would be with our Order here, that we might see what we lacked, saying we were nearer to it than any other settlement.”

“Bro. Lorenzo Snow said we were nearer the true order here than at his place (Brigham City). We must not however overreach ourselves by undertaking too much, if we have a high mountain to climb we must not attempt to go straight to the top in a given time, but give sufficient time for the weak to get up.”

Journal of Zemira Palmer for dates mentioned

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