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


(79) 1878. Making molasses, tending bee hives

In November, after Zemira recovered from his illness, it was time to make molasses.  And he had trouble, trouble, trouble getting it done.  He went to Washington and got a cane mill to grind cane.  Then it started to rain until the 9th and they started grinding cane but the mill broke down.  He tried to grind cane with another man’s mill until he borrowed one on November 18, then it broke down.  He tried to mend it but couldn’t, so went to St. George for a mill and a man to run it.  Then on November 27, 28, and 29, he finally made molasses.  It was worth the trouble and effort though!

It’s amazing how versatile and resourceful the Pioneer men were.  They figured out how to do the tasks that needed to be done, and if they needed something they didn’t have, often they could make it.  They apparently couldn’t fix everything, such as the broken molasses mill.  One unusual work Zemira did was with honey bees.  He speaks of making his own hives for his bees, and tending them, dividing his bees to create more hives, at one time stating he took 50 lbs. of honey from them, which is about 5 gallons.

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