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


(83) Zemira dies in Orderville, 1880

Though his diary ended in 1879, records show that Zemira lived for another year, also that he died at Orderville, not at Washington. The Orderville census June 1880 lists him and Sally and their children who were still at home.

The publication, To Commemorate the Orderville United Order, by Anna P. Seaman, p. 11, includes this sentence which is so typical of Zemira:   “On July 24, 1880, at the Pioneer Day celebration, Zemira was Marshall of the Day.”

His daughter Arletta supplies some interesting information. From her history we read:

“Father worked on the cotton farm near Washington, Wash. Co., Utah. The cotton which was raised was taken to the Cotton Factory nearby and the people received cloth for it, which was turned into the common store, each one receiving their portion of cloth for their own use.

“Later father was called back to Orderville to work.  The climate did not agree with him as  did the Dixie climate.  He also had stomach trouble caused, he thought, from a hurt which happened when he was a young man in California.  He was dragged quite a distance over rough country while riding a bronco horse on the range.  He died at Orderville, Oct. 22, 1880, and was buried there.  My mother had died there three years before.” 

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