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


(73) Building up cotton farm in Leeds

Zemira took seriously the responsibility which was placed upon his willing and capable shoulders.  He recorded, November 13, “Having been appointed to take charge of cotton farm, I, in company with Bp. Hogan started for that place. Took dinner at the camp.”

Zemira apparently camped at the cotton farm part of the time while working there, as he mentions returning to camp, or eating at camp, or staying there, which would have been much more practical for him than traveling each day to and from Leeds.  On our modern highway Leeds is 10 miles from Washington. (He probably traveled by horseback much of the time.)  The cotton farm was on the south side of the river, which meant he would have to cross the river some place when going to town and back.

He mentioned they had 58 acres under cultivation, and also they were trading for more cotton land.  Since the land was virgin land, unbroken, unworked, it necessitated the making of roads, of hauling rock and timber for the roads and the dams.  Then there was the work of grubbing brush from the new land and making ditches so it could be watered.

They started working in earnest, though his time, of necessity, was divided between doing tasks at the farm, of building a home for himself and family to live in at the farm, and attending meetings.  Getting the water down the ditch was a priority, but it was a challenge, taking several days because the land was so dry, and there were “gopher holes innumerable.”  And as for building his house, it would have been a big job to dig the cellar, then he had to make roads to go find and haul rock for it, etc.  It’s more than probable that he had help with all of the various tasks, but he doesn’t say so. At least he had help with building the house, for he mentions that his friend, “Bro. H. P. Iverson, began laying up cellar wall.”

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