William Palmer

Brief Life History of William

When William Palmer was born on 1 January 1821, in Brighton, Somerset, Maine, United States, his father, Dudley Palmer, was 45 and his mother, Mary Jewell, was 28. He married Emily Jones Russell on 9 May 1847, in Brighton, Somerset, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 9 daughters. He lived in Mayfield Township, Somerset, Maine, United States in 1860 and Maine, United States in 1870. He died on 4 December 1880, at the age of 59.

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William Palmer
Emily Jones Russell
Marriage: 9 May 1847
Lucy A. Palmer
Lenora Palmer
Cordelia Palmer
Sarah Elizabeth Palmer
Clara E. Palmer
Martha J. Palmer
Emma Palmer
William Palmer
Ellen Walker Palmer
Charles Palmer
Walter Palmer
Mabel F Palmer
George W Palmer
William Palmer

Sources (21)

  • William Palmer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm Palmer in entry for Emma Palmer, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"
  • Wm Palmer, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.


Historical Boundaries: 1832: Somerset, Maine, United States

1838 · The Aroostook War

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."

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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