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

Contact: denianek@gmail.com

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


(72) Children Alma Zemira, Mary, and Martha sealed to Zemira in St. George Temple

In October, Zemira’s oldest son, Alma, and wife Alzada and family came from Panguitch, also their daughter Lydia and husband John Kartchner stopped by.  They were on their way to Arizona as they had been called to go there on a mission.  The Kartchners had joined the Order at Orderville in November of 1876, and had a farm there 9 miles up the creek  (When they were still living there, just before moving to Leeds,  Zemira wrote of one of his grandchildren being sick at the Kartchner Farm and of himself and wife Sally going there to see it, and of finding the child better—June 17, 1877.)

While the two families were in the area, they took the opportunity of doing important work in the St. George Temple.  Quoting from Zemira’s journal: 1877, October 25, 26 - “In the Temple.  Had our son Alma Zemira, & two twin daughters Mary & Martha who were born before we had our Endowments, sealed to us.  This being according to the law of the Lord.  Our children bid us goodbye for how long we cannot tell, as we do not expect to see them again previous to their going to Ariz.”  

From Zemira Palmer's journal on dates mentioned.

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