Lemuel Palmer

1 August 1753–May 1783 (Age 29)
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Lemuel

When Lemuel Palmer was born on 1 August 1753, in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Sylvester Palmer, was 47 and his mother, Amy Waite, was 41. He married Deborah Wilbor on 10 October 1776, in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died in May 1783, at the age of 29.

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Lemuel Palmer
Deborah Wilbor
Marriage: 10 October 1776
Almy Palmer
Deborah Palmer

Spouse and Children

10 October 1776
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 23

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 23

Rhode Island was first to declare its independence from Britain on May 4, 1776.
1780 · French Occupy Newport

Age 27

During 1780 to 1781, over 12,000 French troops occupy Newport, Rhode Island.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English, Old French palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey, but there was a vigorous trade in false souvenirs, and the term also came to be applied to a cleric who sold indulgences.2 Swedish (Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér, from Latin -erius ‘descendant of’.3 Irish: when not truly of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair ( see Milford ) perhaps because they were from an ecclesiastical family.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Lemuel Palmer, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"
  • Lemuel Palmer in entry for Deborah Palmer Gifford, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Lemuel Palmer in entry for Deborah Palmer, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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