Laura J. Palmer

1841–8 November 1918 (Age 77)
Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of Laura J.

When Laura J. Palmer was born in 1841, in Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States, her father, Henry Palmer, was 36 and her mother, Anne Danforth, was 41. She married Phelman Harriman on 8 January 1870, in Concord, Essex, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Littleton, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States in 1860 and Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, United States in 1900. She died on 8 November 1918, at the age of 77, and was buried in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, United States.

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Family Time Line

Phelman Harriman
Laura J. Palmer
Marriage: 8 January 1870
Wilber E Harriman
Lyman Maurice Harriman
Evangeline "Eva" Mabel Harriman
Fred Palmer Harriman

Spouse and Children

8 January 1870
Concord, Essex, Vermont, United States



    Lyman Maurice Harriman


    Evangeline "Eva" Mabel Harriman


    Fred Palmer Harriman


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World Events (8)

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

Age 1

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Laura Herriman in household of Phelman Herriman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Laura J Palmer in household of Henry Palmer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Laura J Palmer in entry for Harriman and Felt, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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