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


(84) Letter from Sally Palmer to Zemira's sister about his death

Letters are a prime source of information.  We are fortunate indeed to have access to several written in this particular time period.  Only from this source did we learn some of his activities in Orderville.

Perhaps the most meaningful and poignant letter is the following one, written by Zemira’ s wife, Sally, to his sister, Lovina P. Munro, after Zemira’s death.  She could never have known of the powerful emotions which accompanies her words.  The faith and integrity of our stalwart forbears evidenced in their lives, engenders faith, strength and determination when facing our own challenges.

Orderville 21 Nov. 1880

Dear Sister (Lovina)
I sit down to write a few lines to you   we are all well at present but we have had hard times lately for which I ought to have written before now but it seemed as though I could not.  
Jimmy’s wife was taken sick about 4 O’clock with a pain in her stomach and went in to fits & died about one O’clock on the 10 Oct  
& on the 21 of the same month Zemira was taken sick about 11 O’clock    he came home & took some stuff that most always cures him & went back to work again but in an hour he came back & went and got his book & set down his time which closed his affairs here in his life     he was so sick that he commenced to vomit    the pain was in his stomach & all we could do for him & the elders prayrs & anointing several times all done no good    he died about 20 minutes to 4 O’clock next day    this has always been his desire not to suffer long   when he had to go that he might not suffer long & he got it       & since he died Emma has been sick for a good while & I have had my hands full  
there was none of the boys home when he died but they came home in about two hours after Jimmy came home when his wife died & he takes his fathers place & is so good to me     he has been fixing up the house for winter     & living in the Order as we do here is the greatest blessing of any thing I ever got into    there is no more care than there was before only his loss is all I have to mourn  
& when I consider & see how his dream was literally fulfilled to the end of his life & his anxiety to go was so great & a dream that he had a little while before he died, all shows me that he was to go    & it showed Mary Ann’s death also & Emma’s sickness & my trouble & it all that the hand of the lord was in it all but we can’t see for why.  You have heard him tell that dream about crossing that river it was his life & the rapids was on the other side & right to the shore and it was next to the end of his life     it was the hardest trial he ever saw was the last year of his life.  Well what I have passed through helps me to stand what I do now.  Well write often & I will answer. 
Sally Palmer

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