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


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Zemira’s work at the Cotton Missions was a very significant sector of his life and that of his family.  At first it was at Springdale, Utah, 4 miles west of the entrance to Zion Canyon.  At that time it was a very isolated town on the Virgin River, except for a few other small settlements nearby— Rockville (called Pocketville), Shonesburg, and Grafton (which at that time was called Adventure), colonized for the purpose of raising cotton.  However, Zemira was called there in the capacity of serving in the United Order, being the presiding Priest.

His calling to care for the cotton farm near Washington, however, carried much more responsibility and had much greater success.  His diligence, resourcefulness and persistence in conquering the obstacles of establishing this farm, and of successfully raising cotton are impressive. Due to illness, he died at the premature age of 49.

To the end Zemira was obedient to his inspired Church leaders, steadfast and true to his testimony and his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ — truly a man of Integrity.  He is worthy of emulation, and of honor, respect and love from his numerous posterity.  May we be worthy of his trust and love.

(Lenna Cox Wilcock)

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