Lemuel Palmer

Brief Life History of Lemuel

When Lemuel Palmer was born on 1 August 1753, in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Sylvester Palmer, was 47 and his mother, Amy Waite, was 42. 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, in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 29.

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Lemuel Palmer
1753–1783
Deborah Wilbor
1744–
Marriage: 10 October 1776
Amey Palmer
1778–1857
Deborah Palmer
1780–1876

Sources (10)

  • Lemuel Palmer, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Lemuel, "Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953"
  • Lemuel Palmer, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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World Events (5)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.

1772 · The Gaspee Affair

On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

1776 · Rhode Island Declares Independence

Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, making it the first colony to do so officially.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English palmer(e) ‘palmer, pilgrim to the Holy Land’ (Anglo-Norman French palmer, Old French pa(l)mer, paum(i)er), so called from the palm branch carried by such pilgrims. The term was also used to denote an itinerant monk who traveled from shrine to shrine under a vow of poverty. This surname is also common in Ireland, where it has been recorded from the 13th century onward.

Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted for Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair (see Milford ), the name of an ecclesiastical family.

Swedish (mainly Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér (a derivative of Latin -erius) or -er (from German).

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

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