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


(70) Zemira travels to Washington to investigate cotton enterprise

September 1876, Zemira’s boys, James W. and Jesse M. arrived from Orderville, also Orville Cox and his wife Mary. By this time James was 17, and Jesse 13.  Their help would be a big boost in gathering the peaches and drying them. Besides caring for peaches, they also gathered grapes, starting the latter part of September.  They even tore down an old lumber stable to get boards enough to dry the fruit on.

(Comment: Two sons of Orville Cox and Mary, mentioned above, married two of Zemira’s daughters—Amos Cox married Sarah Arletta in 1876. Theodore married Almeda Eve in 1887.)

Zemira was put in charge of investigating about a cotton enterprise in that locality.  On the 1st of October he went to Washington to learn if there were any good cotton lands near there that could be bought.  He spent a day or two with brethren there who showed him different plots of land which were for sale.  He visited the foreman of the “Brigham City Cotton Farm” (known also as Camp Lorenzo in honor of Lorenzo Snow) on the Virgin River near Washington, who gave him an account of their success in building dams, ditches, waste gates, etc. and in planting and raising cotton.

He learned that Bro. A. T. Angell, whose house his family was living in, had left the Order, and was returning to Leeds, and they probably would want to move back into their own house.  So his family moved out of the Angell’s house and moved down to Pres. Young’s house again.

From Zemira Palmer's diary for dates given.

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