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


(76) Daughter Almeda's description of Zemira

Almeda said of her father:  “He wore a beard, was very particular about his personal appearance, and was of average build.  My father was a very strict man. When he spoke to us he wanted us to be moving right now.  I remember while at the cotton farm, he taught school to the youngsters at night.  I also remember while there, I had a very bad toe.  I had stubbed it and had torn the nail loose from the roots.  It developed proud flesh under the nail and they had to pull the nail off to get at the proud flesh to cure it.  I remember I thought it would just about kill me to have this done, but just one word from Father and I was quiet.”86

She also said her father fixed shoes, and had a little work table where he kept his needles, awls, thread, beeswax, soles, leather, scissors, shoe forms, hammer, tacks and such.  The neighbor youngsters were curious about his things and wanted to get into them.  He warned them to leave them alone.  One warning was all they received.  And if any picked up one of his things, he would rap them sharply on the hand.  That proved to be sufficient for each child thus treated.  A comment from the Palmer book by Sarah Collinwood reads:  “He was thoroughly honest in all his dealings, and taught his children these principles.”87

86- Ibid, p. 37
87- History of Our Pioneer Ancestors, History of Zemira Palmer, p. 81

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