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


(74) 1877. Zemira loses Caroline and new baby

The winter of 1877 brought a great sorrow to Zemira, for he wrote: “December 16, 1877, Sunday, at 10 o’clock received a telegram from Orderville Stating my wife, Caroline, was very sick and a child just born was dead.  Started for Orderville immediately on horseback, got as far as Rockville.  Stayed overnight with Amy Draper, my aunt.

“17-Reached Orderville, found my wife dead.  She had died the day before at 10 p.m.                       18-Stormy day.  At 4:30 pm I attended the funeral of my wife, her babe who lived only three hours and was buried on the 13th was exhumed and placed by her side.”

Of this occasion, Almeda Eve, 5 year old daughter of Caroline said, “I remember seeing Mother laid out for burial on some boards, and Father standing by her with his handkerchief in his hand and tears running down his face.”85

What a sad time for both the husband and the children. It may have brought back memories to Zemira of when he was only 2 ½ years of age his father had died, leaving his mother to care for her small children, and remembering the struggles which followed.  And he most assuredly would have been considering how he was to care for his own motherless grief-stricken young children.

He remained at Orderville for 12 days, attended the funeral and took care of certain responsibilities, then loaded his wagon and returned to Leeds. He left Caroline’s youngest daughter, Laura Lovina, age 2, there in Orderville with a Sister Petersen, and took the other four youngest with him– Susan Louisa (14), George Edwin (11), Daniel Whitmore (9), and Almeda Eve (5). The oldest daughter, Arletta was 17 years old and was married.  In her history she wrote about her mother’s death:  “I was working at the cotton farm when she died.  Circumstances did not permit my coming to her funeral, for which I felt very badly.”

Sally, being left at Leeds, being much concerned after several days of Zemira’s absence, had started to travel to Orderville with her children, and had gotten as far as Cottonwood Springs before she met him on the way home on the 30th.  She turned around and came back to the farm with him.  She was expecting her twelfth child within a month.  What a devoted woman she was!

85- History of Our Pioneer Ancestors, History of Almeda Eve Palmer Cox, p. 37   

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