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William Smith Palmer, Sr. Pedigree

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Origin of the surname “Palmer:”

 

 

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3   Ephriam Palmer

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1806/07 in New York State.  Died before 1865 in Jefferson County, New York.  In 1840 resided in Saratoga County, New York, and by 1850 resided in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Moved his family to Iowa by 1854, but by 1860 had moved his family back to LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

1840 US Census: Ephraim Palmer was heading a household in Galway Township, Saratoga County, New York.  The household included 1 male, age 30 to 40; 1 female under age 5; 1 female age 5 to 10; and 1 female age 20 to 30.  Of interest, the households headed by Benjamin Palmer, Reuben Palmer, and Caleb Palmer were enumerated beside Ephraim Palmer on the same census page.

 

1850 US Census: Ephraim 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).

 

1855 NYS Census: No record found; likely resided in Iowa.

 

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 January 1814 in New York State; daughter of Sylvanus, Jr. and Mary (Finch) Gardner, who, before 1808, moved from Columbia County, New York to Jefferson County, New York (see generation 6 of the Gardner Annex).  Died 9 August 1909, age 95, at Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; has a gravestone engraved Lydia Gardner (b. 1814, d. 1909) beside the larger, Tilford gravestone for her daughter, Josephine and son-in-law, Eugene Tilford, in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.  Lydia met and married Ephraim Palmer in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  In the early 1850's they moved their family to Iowa, but by 1860 had returned to LeRay Township.

 

1865 NYS Census: Lydia Palmer, age 49 (b. Jefferson Co., NY), widowed, 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's 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.

 

1900 US Census: Lydia Gardner, age 86 (b. Jan 1814 in NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, who had had 5 children, 3 of whom were still alive, resided in the household headed by her son-in-law, Eugene Tilford, age 70 (b. NYS) at 1061 Tiemant? Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.

 

3. Children: (order uncertain)

 

a. Almedia/Almeda Palmer: Born about 1832/33 in New York State.  In 1870 was age 37, single, and resided with her widowed mother; perhaps never married.

 

b. Mary Palmer: (photos) Born about 1837 in New York State. 

 

c. Josephine M. Palmer: Born 23 May 1842 in Saratoga County, New York (per IA old age pension application).  Died 1944; interred Oakdale Memorial Gardners, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.

 

1880 US Census: Eugene S. Tilford, age 50 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a painter, was heading a household in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife, Josephine Tilford, age 38 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS); and boarder, Nellie Griffin, age 20 (b. GA; parents b. NYS) and employed teaching school.

 

1885 IA Census: Eugene S. Tilford, age 55 (b. NYS) and employed as a painter, was heading a household at 524 E. 9th Street in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife, Josephine Tilford, age 42 (b. NYS).

 

1895 IA Census: E. S. Tilford, age 65 (b. NYS), was heading a household in Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife, Josephine Tilford, age 52 (b. NYS).

 

1900 US Census: Eugene Tilford, age 70 (b. Oct 1829 in NYS; parents b. NYS) and employed as a painter, was heading a household at 1061 Fremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife of 30 years, Josephina M. Tilford, age 58 (b. May 1842 in NYS; parents b. NYS), who had had no children; and mother-in-law, Lydia Gardner, age 86 (b. Jan 1814 in NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, who had had 5 children, 3 of whom were still alive.

 

1905 IA Census: Josephine M. Tilford, age 62 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), resided at 1061 Fremont Avenue, Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  She had resided in Iowa for 50 years.

 

1910 US Census: Josephine Tilford, age 67 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, with her own income, was heading a household at 1061 Tremont Avenue in Davenport City, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included her brother-in-law, George Swan, age 70 (b. MA; parents b. MA), who had been married twice, present marriage for 33 years, and a retired railroad clerk; and sister, Ella Swan, age 57 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who had been married once for 33 years and had had 2 children, both still alive.

 

1915 IA Census: Josephine M. Tilford, age 73 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, was a resident of 1061 Tremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  However, she was spending the winter in New York.  Her residence was valued at $2,500.

 

1920 US Census: Josephine Tillford, age 77 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, resided in the household headed by her nephew, George P. Swan, age 42 (b. IA; father b. MA; mother b. NYS) at 207 Magnolin Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.

 

1930 US Census: Josephine Tilford, age 87 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), widowed, and not employed, was heading a household at 1131 Fremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  Age at 1st marriage not recorded.  Her residence was valued at $5,000.  The household also included her sister, Ella Swan, age 77 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), widowed, and not employed.

 

1940 US Census: Josephine Tilford, age 97 (b. NYS) and widowed, resided in the household headed by her nephew, Eugene Swan, age 65 (b. MI) at 1131 Tremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  She had completed 8th grade.

 

Josephine Palmer married Eugene S. Tilford (b. Oct 1829 in NYS, d. 28 Oct 1909 at Davenport, Scott Co., IA; interred with Josephine) about 1870 and resided at Davenport, Iowa.  No children.

 

d. Phoebe Ella Palmer "Ella": Born 19 September 1852/53 in Oneida/Saratoga County, New York (per record of her 1st marriage).

 

1870 US Census: George Swan, age 30 (b. MA) and employed as a depot yard master, was heading a household in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  His real estate was valued at $3,500, and his personal property was valued at $600.  The household also included his wife, Mary Swan, age 32 (b. NYS).

 

1880 US Census: G. B. Swan, age 40 (b. MA; parents b. MA) and employed as a railroad yard master, was heading a household at 1224 Island Street in Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife, Ella Swan, age 26 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS); son, Eugene Swan, age 6 (b. MI; father b. MA; mother b. NYS); and son, George Swan, age 3 (b. IA; father b. MA; mother b. NYS).

 

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.

 

1895 IA Census: Geo B. Swan, age 55 (b. MA), was heading a household in Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife, Ella P. Swan, age 45 (b. NYS); son, Eugene Swan, age 21 (b. MI); and son, Geo Swan, age 17 (b. Scott Co., IA).

 

1900 US Census: George B. Swan, age 60 (b. Sep 1839 in MA; parents b. MA) and employed as a railroad yard master, was heading a household at 1040 Fremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife of 24 years, Ella P. Swan, age 46 (b. Sep 1853 in NYS; parents b. NYS), who had had 2 children, both still alive.

 

1905 IA Census: Ella P. Swan, age 52 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) resided at 1061 Fremont Avenue in the City of Davenport, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  She had resided in the US for 52 years, and in Iowa for 51 years.

 

1910 US Census: George Swan, age 70 (b. MA; parents b. MA) and a retired railroad clerk, resided in the household headed by his sister-in-law, Josephine Tilford, age 67 (b. NY) and widowed (no record of children), at 1061 Fremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  George had been married twice; 33 years in present marriage.  The household also included his wife (Josepine's sister), Ella Swan, age 57 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who had been married once for 33 years and had had 2 children, both still alive.

 

1920 US Census: Ellie Swan, age 66 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), married, and not employed, was heading a single-person household at 1127 North 9th Street West in the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa.

 

1930 US Census: Ella Swan, age 77 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, resided in the household headed by her sister, Josephine Tilford, age 87 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed, at 1131 Fremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, New York.  Neither were employed outside the home.

 

1940 US Census: Phoebe Swan, age 87 (b. NYS) and widowed, resided in the household headed by her son, Eugene Swan, age 65 (b. MI) at 1131 Tremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.

 

At age 17 Ella Palmer of Deerfield, Lenawee County, Michigan, married Milton B. Hunter (b. abt 1845 in MA), age 26 and employed as a farmer, on 7 May 1871 in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.  In 1870 Milton was employed as a restaurant keeper.  Subsequently divorced; no know children.

 

Phoebe (Palmer) Hunter married, as his 2nd wife, George Barrows Swan (b. 6 Sep 1839 in MA, d. 17 Aug 1916, age 76, at Davenport, Scott Co., IA), son of Daniel (b. abt 1803 in MA) and Ella (Palmer) Swan (b. abt 1818 in MA), about 1877 and resided at Davenport, Iowa.  George had married (1st) Mary L. Rogers (b. abt 1838 in NYS) on 5 December 1867 in Scott County, Iowa and perhaps had the following son: (note: not clear, since birth records indicate mother as Ella Palmer, though birth was, apparently, well before George's marriage to Ella; birth was also well after his marriage to Mary Rogers):

 

(1. Eugene Palmer Swan: Born about 1875 in Deerfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan.

 

1895 IA Census: Jennie Marinan, age 21 and single, resided with her parents in Scott County, Iowa.

 

1900 US Census: Eugene P. Swan, age 26 (b. Aug 1873 in MI; parents b. MA) and employed as Chief Clerk for a railroad company, was heading a household at 731 16th Street in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife of 4 years, Jennie Swan, age 26 (b. Mar 1874 in IL; parents b. Ireland), who had had 1 child, still alive; and son, Eugene H. Swan, age 1 (b. Jun 1898 in IL).

 

1910 US Census: Eugene P. Swan, age 36 (b. MI; father b. MA; mother b. MI) and employed as a traveling agent for the railroad, was heading a household on Woodward Avenue in the City of Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.  He had been married once.  The household also included his wife of 13 years, Jennie A. Swan, age 36 (b. IA; parents b. Ireland), who had been married once and had had 2 children, both still alive; son, Eugene H. Swan, age 12 (b. IL; father b. MI; mother b. IA); and boarder [brother-in-law?, though not in the household headed by Jennie's father in 1885 and 1895], Duncan L. Marenau/Marinan, age 28 (b. IA; father b. Ireland), single and employed as a salesman for a hardware store.

 

1920 US Census: Eugene Swan, age 46 (b. MI; father b. MA; mother b. NYS) and employed as a solicitor for a state bank, was heading a household in the Clawson Subdivision of Royal Oak Township, Oakland County, Michigan.  The household also included his wife, Jennie Swan, age 45 (b. IA; parents b. Ireland); and son, Eugene H. Swan, age 21 (b. IL; father b. MI; mother b. IA), single, and employed as a clerical worker for the Edson Company.

 

1930 US Census: Eugene P. Swan, age 56 (b. MI; father b. NYS; mother b. MI) and employed as an automobile salesman, was heading a household at 2013 Clawson Avenue in the City of Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan.  He married 1st at age 23?, and his residence was valued at $8,000.  The household also included his wife, Jennie A. Swan, age 56 (b. IA; parents b. Irish Free State), who married 1st at age 23?.

 

1940 US Census: Eugene Swan, age 65 (b. MI) and employed as a County Clerk, was heading a household at 1131 Tremont Avenue in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  He had completed 4 years of high school, and his residence was valued at $4,000.  The household also included his wife, Jennie Swan, age 63 (b. IA), who had completed 4 years of high school; mother, Phoebe Swan, age 87 (b. NYS) and widowed, who had completed 8th grade; and aunt, Josephine Tilford, age 97 (b. NYS) and widowed, who had completed 8th grade.  On 1 April 1935 they resided in the same city.

 

At age 23 Eugene P. Swan married Jennie Agnes Gertrude Marinan (b. Mar 1874 at Davenport, IA), age 23, daughter of Cornelius (b. Ireland) and Jennie (Lawler) Marinan (b. Ireland), on 8 July 1896 at Davenport, Scott County, Iowa and had the following children:

 

(a. Eugene H. Swan: Born June 1898 in Illinois.

 

(b. Child: Born after 5 June 1900, but was alive and not in his parents' household on 22 April 1910 or in subsequent census years.  Perhaps institutionalized.

 

George B. and Phoebe Ella (Palmer)(Hunter) Swan had the following son:

 

(2. George Palmer Swan: Born July 1876 in Scott County, Iowa.

 

1900 US Census: Geo P. Swan, age 23 (b. Jul 1876 in IA; parents b. NYS) and employed as a clerk, was heading a household at 1015 Perry? Street in Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.  The household also included his wife of 8 months, Eva Swan, age 21 (b. Feb 1879 in IA; father b. IA; mother b. OH), who had had no children.

 

1910 US Census: No record found.

 

1915 IA Census: (2 records, almost the same) George P. Swan, age 38 (b. IA; father b. MA; mother b. MI), married, and employed as Chief Clerk in the insurance industry, resided at 1525/1529 Route 31, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  He had completed 4 years of high school.  

 

1918 WWI Draft Registration: George Palmer Swan, age 41 (b. 22 Jul 1877) and employed as a clerk for the Royal Union Life Insurance Company, resided with his wife, Eva R. Swan, at 1525 Route 31, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

 

1920 US Census: George P. Swan, age 42 (b. IA; father b. MA; mother b. NYS) and employed as a bank clerk, was heading a household at 207 Magnolin Avenue in the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  The household also included his wife, Eva R. Swan, age 40 (b. IN; parents b. OH); mother, Helen B. Swan, age 66 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS) and widowed; and aunt, Josephine Tillford, age 77 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS).

 

1930 US Census: George P. Swan, age 53 (b. IA; father b. MA; mother b. MI) and employed as assistant cashier for a bank, was heading a household at 4287 S. Dalton Avenue in Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, California.  He married 1st at age 21.  The household also included his wife, Eva R. Swan, age 50 (b. IA; parents b. OH), who married 1st at age 19.

 

1940 US Census: No record found.

 

At age 23 George P. Swan married Eva R. Rigby (b. Feb 1879 in IN/Davenport, IA), age 21, daughter of E. T. and M. A. (McCone) Rigby, on 11 October 1899 at Davenport City, Davenport Township, Scott County, Iowa.

 

e. William Smith Palmer, I: See generation 2, below.

 

2   William Smith Palmer, I (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.  Moved with his parents from Iowa to LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York, where he met and married Ella Beebe.  For 3 years after marriage resided at Davenport, Iowa.  Then moved back 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. Nov 1854 in IA, parents b. 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; parents b. NYS; m. 14 yrs) and mother of 3, all of whom were still alive; 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; parents b. NYS) and employed as a butcher in a retail meat market, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife of 25 years, Ella Palmer, age 40 (b. NYS; parents b. NYS), who had had 7 children, 6 of whom were still alive; daughter, Bessie E. Palmer, age 15 (b. NYS); son, Roy Palmer, age 14 (b. NYS); daughter, Josephine Palmer, age 14 (b. NYS); son, William Palmer, age 8 (b.  NYS); son, Bonney Palmer, age 6 (b. NYS); and daughter, Cecial Palmer, age 1 (b. NYS).

 

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

 

1920 US Census: William S. Palmer, age 65 (b. IA), and employed as a meat cutter in a grocery and meat store 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 21 (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) and not employed, 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 Lucinda/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 LeRay Township, Jefferson County, 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/Whitney House, referred to locally as “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.

 

At age 24 Roy Palmer, while employed as a painter, married Leone Lemark, age 21 and employed as a school teacher at Deferiet, New York, daughter of Peter and Minnie (Montondo) Lamark, on 30 October 1919 (license issued same day); divorced 1928 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Roy and Leone had the following son:

 

(1. Richard "Dick" A. Palmer: (photos) 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.

 

At age 36, when employed as proprietor of a hotel at Evans Mills, New York, Roy B. Palmer married (2nd) Lillian A. Harps, age 35, daughter of Henry (b. Canada) and Alvina (Salmon) Harps (b. Canada), on 22 April 1932 (license issued 21 Apr 1932) at Hammond, St. Lawrence County, New York, with Justice of the Peace, William B. Moore officiating.

 

c. Josephine "Joe" Irene 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 B. Palmer: 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 (photos) (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 B. Palmer:

   "Bill" (also seen: "S. Palmer" as a teenager and "William S. Palmer, Jr." as a young adult)

 

    also known as (aka): William Smith Palmer, Sr.*

 

* Note: It appears from the 1905 and 1915 New York State Censuses that this William Palmer was named William B. Palmer at birth.  However, as a teenager he was referred to as S. Palmer, and by the time of the 1920 and 1930 US Censuses, when he still resided with his parents, he was known as William S. Palmer, Jr. and William Palmer, Jr., respectively.  Assuming the early records are correct, it seems likely he and/or his parents felt a mistake had been made in not initially naming him William S. Palmer, Jr., so they began doing so by at least 1920.  When he married in 1939 he was referred to as William S. Palmer.  From this history one might expect that if he named a son after himself, that son's name would be William S. Palmer, III, but not so.  He did name his first son William Smith Palmer, but with suffix "Jr."  At that point he (William B. Palmer) began referring to himself as William Smith Palmer, Sr., which he continued to do, formally and informally, for the remainder of his life.  William B. Palmer's daughter, Diantha (Palmer) Kinney, recalled her father being angered when he saw his name written (in his opinion incorrectly) in the family Bible, at which time he changed the Bible entry.  Diantha did not see the original Bible entry or the change, and, unfortunately, the Bible in question was loaned to a cousin, who refused to return it.

 

William B. Palmer, aka William Smith Palmer, Sr., was born 18/16 September 1900 in Jefferson County, New York.  He died 26 January 1990 at Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York; interred there in New Evans Mills Cemetery.  Married Harriette Elcy Slater, descendant #3 of the Descendants of Martha Hazel-Mae (Cool)(Slater)(Finney) Smith on 17 July 1939.

 

See Harriette's Page for More Info

 

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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.

 

7. Mildred B. Palmer: (more info) In 1964 worked in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

 

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