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


(75) Zemira set apart as Presiding Priest of Orderville Cotton Farm Branch, family moves to farm

After Zemira got back to the farm from Orderville he was busy fixing up the place, and the four children of Caroline moved into the cellar with him on January 5th. Then five days later he took his wife Sally who was living at Leeds, to stay with her mother until after the baby was born, explaining it this way:  “Took my wife & her little children to her mothers at Clara to stay until we are better situated here.”

Sunday, January 20, 1878 he said:  “Ex. Bishop Gaudy Hogan pay’d us a visit.  Held meeting in the cellar—this being the first publick services held at this place, we dedicated our land improvements, ourselves, & our labors to God and the building up of His Kingdom.”

(Zemira mentions in a letter to his sister, Lovina, in the middle of 1879, that all of his boys were with him except Alma, his oldest.  So he would be having the help of his sons with all the work which he mentions being involved in.  Pioneer children were not left to be idle, but were kept busy with the many varied tasks of daily living, according to age and capabilities.)

He was given another responsibility on the 2nd of February, 1878. stating: “Attended Priesthood meeting at St. George, was set apart as Presiding Priest at the Orderville Cotton Farm Branch of the Washington Ward, under the hand of Pres. J.D.T. McAllister & his councillors T. J. Jones & Henry Eyring.”  (Perhaps similar to a Branch President.)

Sally’s last child Chloe was born February 1, 1878.  Three days later Zemira sent Susan, Caroline’s 15-year-old daughter, to Santa Clara to “tend upon my wife during her confinement.”  By his two wives Zemira had fathered twenty children, four of these died in infancy.

A month later, after he had done more fixing on the cellar, such as adding on, putting in windows, putting floor in the west room, Zemira went to Santa Clara and took his wife and family back home with him.  It was much more practical to have Sally and her children with him at the farm, rather than to have to travel back and forth to Leeds.

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