Mary Palmer

4 November 1763–21 September 1852 (Age 88)
Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Mary

Mary Palmer was born on 4 November 1763, in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States as the daughter of Philip Palmer. She married David Lanning on 13 September 1788. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 21 September 1852, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 88.

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David Lanning
Mary Palmer
Marriage: 13 September 1788
Ralph Lanning
William Lanning
Susan Lanning
Elizabeth Lanning

Spouse and Children

13 September 1788
Pennington, Hopewell, Hunterdon, New Jersey




    Susan Lanning


    Elizabeth Lanning


Parents and Siblings

    Philip Palmer




World Events (8)


Age 12

"During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the ""Ten Crucial Days"" and remembered by the famous phrase ""the times that try men's souls"". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time."

Age 13

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1787 · New Jersey Plan

Age 24

"Also referred to as the Small State Plan, the New Jersey Plan was an important piece of legislation that William Paterson presented during the Constitutional Convention. The plan was created because states with smaller populations were concerned about their representation in the United States government. The New Jersey plan proposed, among other things, that each state would have one equal vote. This was in contrast to the Virginia Plan, which suggested that appointment for Congress should be proportional to state population. The Connecticut Compromise merged the two plans, allowing for two ""houses"" of congress: one with proportional representation, and the other with equal power from each state (as the New Jersey Plan had suggested)."

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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  • Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing: "old Hunterdon County" New By Eli Field Cooley, William Scudder Cooley

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