PALMER ANNEX

 

William Smith Palmer, Jr. Pedigree

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Origin of the surname “Palmer:”

 

 

Generation

 

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3   Ephriam Palmer

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1806/07 in New York State.  Resided at Davenport, Iowa.

 

1850 US Census: Ephriam Palmer, age 44 (b. NYS) and employed as a mason, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Lydia Palmer, age 36 (b. NYS); daughter, Almedia Palmer, age 17 (b. NYS); daughter, Mary Palmer, age 13 (b. NYS); and daughter, Josephine Palmer, age 8 (b. NYS).

 

1860 US Census: Ephraim Palmer, age 43 (b. NYS), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Lydia Palmer, age 45 (b. NYS); daughter, Almeda Palmer, age 27 (b. NYS); daughter, Phebe E. Palmer, age 7 (b. NYS); and son, William Palmer, age 5 (b. IA).

 

2. Wife: Lydia Gardner

 

Born about 1815 in New York State.  Perhaps the daughter of William Gardner (see generation 7 of the Gardner Annex), who, it’s said, moved west from LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York to Davenport, Iowa.

 

1865 NYS Census: Lydia Palmer, age 49 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), widow, and mother of 4, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included her daughter, Almedia Palmer, age 32 and son, William Palmer, age 10 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).  Of interest, Lydia next door neighbor was Lorenzo Palmer, age 49 (b. Saratoga Co., NY) and his family.

 

1870 US Census: Lydia Palmer, age 56 (b. NYS) and keeping house, was heading a household in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.  The household also included Milton Hunter, age 25 (b. MA) and employed as a restaurant keeper; Ella Hunter, age 18 (b. NYS) and "at home;" Almeda Palmer, age 37 (b. NYS) and "at home;" and William Palmer, age 16 (b. IA) and in school.

 

Of interest, residing next door to Lydia was the household headed by Isaac Palmer, age 52 (b. NYS) and employed as a carpenter.  That household also included Isaac's wife, Eliza Palmer, age 30 (b. OH).

 

1880 US Census: No record found; Lydia would have been about 66 years old.

 

3. Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. Almedia/Almeda Palmer: Born about 1832/33 in New York State.

 

b. Mary "Ella" Palmer: (photos) Born about 1837 in New York State. Perhaps married George Swan and resided at Davenport, Iowa.

 

c. Josephine Palmer: Born about 1842 in New York State.  Married (?) Tilford and resided at Davenport, Iowa.

 

d. Phebe E. Palmer "Ella": Born about 1853 in New York State.  Married Milton B. Hunter (b. abt 1845 in MA), who in 1870 was employed as a restaurant keeper.  Subsequently divorced.  Perhaps married George Swan and resided at Davenport, Iowa.

 

1880 US Census: Milton B. Hunter, age 37 (b. MA, as were his parents; divorced) and employed as an engineer, resided in the household headed by Walter S. McKay in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.

 

e. William Smith Palmer: See generation 3, below.

 

2   William Smith Palmer (photos) (more info)

 

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1.  Biographical notes:

 

Born 2 November 1854 at Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.  Died at home in Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York on Sunday, 4 February 1934, age 80; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  For 3 years after marriage resided at Davenport, Iowa.  Then moved to the LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York area, where he operated a farm until 1894, when he moved his family into the Village of Evans Mills and operated a meat market for the next 25 years.

 

1860 US Census: Resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1865 NYS Census: Resided with his widowed mother in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1870 US Census: Resided with his mother in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.

 

1880 US Census: No record found.

 

1892 NYS Census: No record found.

 

1900 US Census: William Palmer, age 45 (b. IA, parents b. Nov 1854 in NYS; m. 14 yrs) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 32 (b. Nov 1867 in NYS; m. 14 yrs); daughter, Bessie E. Palmer, age 6 (b. Apr 1894 in NYS); daughter, Josephine Palmer, age 4 (b. Sep 1895 in NYS); and son, Roy Palmer, age 4 (b. Sep 1895 in NYS).

 

1905 NYS Census: William S. Palmer, age 50, was heading a household on N. Main Street in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 37; daughter, Bessie E. Palmer, age 10; son, Roy B. Palmer, age 9; daughter, Josephine P. Palmer, age 9; and son, William B. Palmer, age 4; son, Charles B. Palmer, age 4.

 

1910 US Census: William S. Palmer, age 54 (b. IA), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 40 (b. NYS); son, Roy Palmer, age 14 (b. NYS); daughter, Josephine Palmer, age 14 (b. NYS); son, William Palmer, age 8 (b.  NYS); son, Ronney Palmer, age 6 (b. NYS); and daughter, Cecial Palmer, age 1 (b. NYS).

 

1915 NYS Census: William S. Palmers, age 60, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella L. Palmers, age 57; daughter, Bessie E. Palmers, age 21; son, Roy S. Palmers, age 19; daughter, Josephine I. Palmers, age 19; son, William B. Palmers, age 13; son, Booney S. Palmers, age 12; and daughter, Cecil A. Palmers, age 6.

 

1920 US Census: William S. Palmer, age 65 (b. IA) was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 51 (b. NYS); daughter, Bessie Palmer, age 24 (b. NYS); daughter, Josephine Palmer, age 23 (b. NYS); son, William S. Palmer, Jr., age 19 (b. NYS); son, Charles B. Palmer, age 16 (b. NYS); and daughter, Anna C. Palmer, age 10 (b. NYS).

 

1925 NYS Census: William S. Palmer, age 70, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 56; daughter, Josephine J. Palmer, age 29; and son, William D. Palmer, age 24.

 

1930 US Census: William Palmer, age 75 (b. IA), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Ella Palmer, age 61 (b. NYS); son, Roy Palmer, age 35 (b. NYS); son, William Palmer, Jr. (b. NYS); and daughter, Cecil Palmer, age 21 (b. NYS).

 

2.  Wife: Luella L. Beebe (photos) (more info)

"Ella"

 

Born 5 November 1868/67 at Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York, daughter of Sardes and Larinda (Robbins) Beebe of Evans Mills.  Died there at home on 7 March 1935, age 67; interred Evans Mills Cemetery.  Attended Evans Mills schools.  Married William Smith Palmer in the Village of Evans Mills.

 

3.  Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. Bessie "Bess" Elnora Palmer: (photos) Born April 1894 in New York State.

 

1920 US Census: Bessie Palmer, age 24, resided with her parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1925 NYS Census: Arthur P. Davenport, age 53, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Elnora Davenport, age 31.

 

1930 US Census: Arthur Davenport, age 56 (b. NYS), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Bessie Davenport, age 36 (b. NYS); and sister, Alice Davenport, age 61 (b. NYS) and single.

 

1940 US Census: Bessie Davenport, age 46 (b. NYS; completed 1 yr of HS) and widowed, resided in the household headed by her sister-in-law, Alice A. Davenport, age 74 (b. NYS; completed 4 yrs of HS) and single, at 139 LeRay Street in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Alice Yor.OUn e was heading er

 

Bessie married Arthur "Art" P. Davenport (photos) (more info) (b. 14 Nov 1872 in LeRay Twp., N.Y., d. Sunday, about Nov 1938, age 66, from complications of heart disease; interred Evans Mills Cemetery) (more info), son of Platt and Amelia (Potter) Davenport (who also had daughter, Alice Davenport) of Evans Mills, on 5 November 1924 at the First Presbyterian Church, Lowville, Lewis County, New York.  Arthur had a garage behind his home full of high tech (for the time) electric things like telephones.  Bess and Arthur resided at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York, where Arthur operated a feed mill for 40 years, retiring in 1930.  They also had a cottage on Point Vivian, which is south of Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River.  Bess and Arthur had no children.

 

b. Roy B. Palmer: "Sarge" (photos) (more info) Twin.  Born September 1895 in New York State.  Veteran of World War I; a victim of gas attacks, which affected his mental capacity.  Resided at Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York, where he operated the LeRay Hotel, called locally “The Palmer House.”

 

1920 US Census: Roy B. Palmer, age 23 (b. NYS), was heading a household in Philadelphia Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Leone L. Palmer, age 21.

 

1925 NYS Census: Roy B. Palmer, age 29, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Leone Palmer, age 27; and son, Richard A. Palmer, age 4.

 

1930 US Census: Roy Palmer, age 35, resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1940 US Census: Roy B. Palmer, age 43 (b. NYS; completed 1 yr of HS) and employed as proprietor of a hotel, was heading a household at 82 Main Street in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Lillian A. Palmer, age 38 (b. Canada), who had completed 4 years of high school.

 

Roy married Leone L. (?) and/or Lillian A. (?).  Roy and Leone had the following son:

 

(1. Richard "Dick" A. Palmer: Born about 1921 in New York State.  Played football for Stanford University, including a Rose Bowl appearance for which he was awarded the game ball.

 

c. Josephine "Joe" P./I./J. Palmer: (photos) Twin.  Born September 1895 in New York State.

 

1920 US Census: Josephine Palmer, age 23 (b. NYS), resided with her parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1930 US Census: Robert D. Howard, age 29 (b. MO), was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his "daughter," Josephine Howard, age 34 (b. NYS); and daughter, Barbara Jane Howard, age 2 (b. NYS).

 

1940 US Census: Robert Howard, age 39 (b. MO; completed 1 yr of college) and employed as a salesman (general merchandise), was heading a household at 124 Main Street in the Village of Antwerp, Antwerp Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Josephine Howard, age 44 (b. NYS; completed 1 yr of HS); and daughter, Barbara Howard, age 12 (b. NYS).

 

Of interest, Raymond Howard, age 26 (b. MO) and employed as a truck driver using his own truck, was boarding next door to the Robert Howard household in the Village of Antwerp.  In 1935 Raymond Howard had resided in McCredi Township, Callaway County, Missouri.  He had completed 1 years of college.

 

Josephine married Robert D. Howard and resided at Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York and had the following daughter:

 

(1. Barbara "Barb" Jane Howard: Resided in Felts Mills, Jefferson County, New York.  Borrowed the Palmer family Bible from Harriette Elcy (Slater) Palmer, and it was never returned.

 

d. William Smith Palmer, Jr.: See generation 2, below.

 

e. Charles Bonney Palmer "Bonney": (photos) Born about 1904 in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  By all accounts, was a drifter and never married.  Left home at an early age and traveled widely.  In 1934, when his father died, he reportedly resided in Tennessee.  In 1935, when his mother died, he reportedly resided at Hogansville, Georgia.  By one account, Bonney came into Evans Mills on the train, walked around a little while, and said: "It hasn't changed a bit," whereupon he got back on the train and left town.  By another account, one day Bonney arrived in Evans Mills on the train, got off, and walked past his brother, William, who asked him: "What are you doing here?"  Bonney replied he had come to see his parents.  William said to him: "Well then, you might as well get back on the train, because they died."  Without comment, Bonney turned around, got back on the train, and William never saw him again.

 

1905 NYS Census: Charles B. Palmer, age 4, resided with his parents on N. Main Street in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New  York.

 

1910 US Census: Ronney Palmer, age 6, resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1915 US Census: Booney S. Palmers, age 12 (b. NYS), resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1920 US Census: Charles B. Palmer, age 16, resided with his parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1925 NYS Census: No record found.

 

f. Cecile "Cecil" A. Palmer: (photos) (more info) Born 19 February 1909 in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died Monday, 9 October 2000, age 91, at the home of her sister-in-law, Beatrice (Ayerst) Randall, 19 West Church Street, Adams, Jefferson County; interred St. Mary's Cemetery, Evans Mills, Jefferson County.  Graduated 1926 from Evans Mills High School, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1930 US Census: Cecil Palmer, age 21, resided with her parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1940 US Census: Albert J. Ayerst, age 25 and employed as a laborer in a milk plant, was heading a household in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Cecil A. Ayerst, age 29 (b. NYS).

 

Married Albert J. Ayerst (more info) (b. 26 Sep 1915 at Brownville, Brownville Twp, Jefferson Co., d. Wednesday, 21 Apr 1999, age 83, at Genesis Health Care, Watertown, Jefferson Co.; interred St. Mary's Cem, Evans Mills), son of Everton and Charlotte (Cooke) Ayerst of Depauville (who also had daughter Bessie Ayerst of Chaumont, N.Y.), New York, on 31 December 1936 at the Roman Catholic Church (St. Michaels) in Antwerp, Jefferson County, where Albert was employed at the Borden milk products plant.  Albert was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific theater of operations.  Resided Route 11 near the Village of Adams Center, Jefferson County until Albert retired in 1977, then moved to Lakeland Florida until 1992/93, when Albert and Cecile moved back to Adams, New York to resided with Albert's sister, Beatrice.  No children.

 

g. Anna C. Palmer: Born about 1910 in New York State.

 

1   William Smith Palmer, Jr.:

   "Bill" (also seen: "S. Palmer" as a teenager)

 

Born 18 September 1900.  Died 26 January 1990.  Married Harriette Elcy Slater, descendant #3 of the Descendants of Martha Hazel-Mae (Cool)(Slater)(Finney) Smith on 17 July 1939.

 

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Other, still unidentified, Palmer names:

 

1. Gilbert Palmer: Born 17 March 1774.  Married Phebe (?) (b. 1 Feb 1774) and had the following children:

 

a. Harriet Palmer: Born 9 May 1797.

 

b. Nelson Palmer: Born 30 December 1798.

 

c. Simon Palmer: Born 6 May 1800.

 

d. Elam Palmer: Born 17 October 1802.

 

e. Melanthon Palmer: Born 17 November 1804.

 

f. Adeline/Adelin Palmer: Born 25 November 1806.

 

2. Elizabeth Palmer: Born 29 August 1782.  Perhaps had the following children:

 

a. Elizabeth Palmer: Born 24 January 1810.

 

b. Pamela Palmer: Born 28 April 1812.

 

c. Sarah Palmer: Born 11 April 1816.

 

d. Gilbert Palmer: Born 16 October 1820.

 

e. William Palmer: Born 14 November 1825.

 

3. James H. Palmer: (more info) Born 1844.  Died 1907; interred Quaker burying ground, LeRaysville.  Resided at Slocumville, Jefferson County, New York.  Served in the Civil War in Company C. 20th New York Cavalry.

 

4. Caleb Palmer: (more info) Died 6 January 1867, age 87 years, 11 months; interred Quaker Burying Ground, LeRaysville.  Married Patience (?) (d. 3 Apr 1861, age 75 yrs, 3 mo., 17 days).

 

5. Lorenzo Palmer: (more info) Born 1816.  Died 1897; interred Quaker Burying Ground, LeRaysville.  Married Pamelia (?) (d. 17 Jul 1890, age 77 years, 15 days; interred with Lorenzo.

 

1865 NYS Census: Lorenzo Palmer, age 49 (b. Saratoga Co., NY) and employed as a teamster, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Pemelia A. Palmer, age 46 (b. Saratoga Co., NY) and mother of 8; daughter, Mary J. Palmer, age 24 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and never married; son, James H. Palmer, age 21 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer (also had had a relationship with the US Army; son, Reuben E. Palmer, age 19 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer; son, Gideon H. Palmer, age 16 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and employed as a farmer; daughter, Candis N. Palmer, age 13 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); daughter, Judith I. Palmer; son, Milton A. Palmer, age 7 (b. Jefferson Co., NY); and daughter, Lucy A. Palmer, age 4 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

6. Lewis Palmer: Born about 1813 in Connecticut.

 

1860 US Census: Lewis, age 47, b. CT, and employed as a merchant, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included Juliet Palmer (age 46, b. CT); Elizabeth Palmer (age 17, b. NYS); William S. Palmer (age 16, b. NYS); John R. Palmer (age 14, b. NYS); Lola P. Palmer (age 9); Demster Yaffart (age 25, b. NYS, employed as a dry goods clerk); Mary O’Brian (age 20, b. Ireland, employed as a house servant).

 

1865 NYS Census: Lewis Palmer, age 50 (b. CT), widower, merchant, and father of 4, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his daughter, Elizabeth O. Palmer, age 22 (b. Jefferson Co., NY) and never married; son, William S. Palmer, age 20 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), employed as a clerk, and never married; son, John R. Palmer, age 18 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), employed as a clerk, and never married; and daughter, Ida J. Palmer, age 13 (b. Jefferson Co., NY).

 

Lewis Palmer married Juliet (?) (b. abt 1814) and had the following children:

 

a. Elizabeth Palmer: Born about 1843 in New York State.

 

b. William S. Palmer: Born about 1844 in New York State.

 

c. John R. Palmer: Born about 1846 in New York State.

 

d. Lola P. Palmer: Born about 1851 in New York State.

 

 

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