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


(69) 1877. Sally comes to Leeds, Caroline stays in Orderville - Pres. Young dies

Zemira’s wife Sally arrived in Leeds from Orderville, on the 6th of August, with her three youngest children Emma (10), Newel (7), and Joseph (3).  Now that his family was with him, they wasted no time in getting to work gathering peaches and drying them. 

Leeds was a very good area for peaches and grapes, and a couple of weeks later they made an arrangement to take Brother McMullin’s orchard to dry on shares. That meant that they had a whole orchard of peaches to pick and to dry, and for doing so they would receive a certain amount of the dried fruit.  It may have been half, as “dry on shares for half” was a common arrangement.

Zemira’s wife, Caroline, and her five unmarried children stayed in their home at Orderville.  She was expecting another baby in December, nevertheless she kept busy.  In the history of Caroline’s daughter, Arletta, who was married by then, she had written one short paragraph mentioning this particular time:

“Mother with others returned to Springdale that fall to dry fruit on shares for the Order. Father and Aunt Sally also worked at Leeds drying grapes for the Order.”

Also Zemira commented on August 29, 1877,   “Our much esteemed Pres. (Brigham Young) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints died at 4 o’clock this afternoon at Salt Lake.”

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