Minerva Palmer

23 August 1814–2 April 1873 (Age 58)
Elbridge, Elbridge, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Minerva

When Minerva Palmer was born on 23 August 1814, in Elbridge, Elbridge, Onondaga, New York, United States, her father, David Palmer, was 32 and her mother, Damaris Sabrina Wheeler, was 31. She married Peter Curtis on 30 September 1833. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Van Buren Township, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1850. She died on 2 April 1873, in Hillsdale, Rock Island, Illinois, United States, at the age of 58.

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Peter Curtis
Minerva Palmer
Marriage: 30 September 1833
Oscar Peter Curtis
William R Curtis
Edwin Palmer Curtis
Prudence Eliza Curtis
George Jay Curtis

Spouse and Children

    Peter Curtis



30 September 1833


    Oscar Peter Curtis


    William R Curtis


    Edwin Palmer Curtis


    Prudence Eliza Curtis


    George Jay Curtis


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 4

Illinois is the 21st state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 5

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 16

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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)

  • Minerva Curtice in household of Peter Curtice, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Minerva Palmer in entry for Prudence Eliza Bell, "Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960"
  • Minerva Palmer in entry for W. R. Curtis, "Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960"

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