John Palmer

about 1730–19 May 1793 (Age 63)
Soham, Cambridgeshire, England

The Life of John

John Palmer was born about 1730, in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England as the son of John Palmer and Elisabeth. He married Hannah Palmer in 1760, in Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Westminster, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom in 1720. He died on 19 May 1793, in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 63, and was buried in Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom.

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John Palmer
Hannah Palmer
Marriage: 1760
John Palmer
Hannah Palmer
Mary Palmer
Isaac Palmer
Emily Palmer
Jane Palmer
Walter Palmer

Spouse and Children

Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom



    Hannah Palmer



    Isaac Palmer


    Emily Palmer


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    John Palmer






World Events (6)

1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 22

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.
1754 · Seven Years' War

Age 24

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.
1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 40

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

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)

  • John Palmer in entry for Jane Palmer, "England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950"
  • John Palmer, "England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912"
  • John Palmer in entry for Thomas Palmer, "England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912"

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