Palmer
   The Palmer Coat of Arms is silver on two black bars three trefoils, and at the top a greyhound. The Crest is a black greyhound sejant. The Family Motto, "Palma virtuti," translates as: The palm is for virtue. The family was first found in Yorkshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. From the Middle English and Old French palmer or paumer, taken from palme meaning "palm tree." Palmer or Parmer was often a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey. Palmer can also be a geographical German surname for someone living among the pussy willows or palms, from the Middle High German palme, balme, meaning "pussy willow" or "palm tree."
   Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Palmer, who arrived in Plymouth in 1621 aboard the " Fortune;" Frances Palmer, who arrived in Plymouth in 1623 aboard the "Anne and the Little James. But our lineage to the Palmer family can be traced back to Vermont.

Drawings of Parley "Pearl" Palmer and his wife, Herma, date unknown (Click on the images to enlarge).

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Name: Parley Palmer
Age: 33
Birthplace: Vermont
Home in 1860: Cherry Creek, Chautauqua, New York
Estimated Birth Year: 1827
Post Office: Cherry Creek
Occupation: Day laborer
Value of Real Estate: --
Value of Personal Estate: 150
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SOURCE INFORMATION: United States Federal Census. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC. Census Place: Cherry Creek, Chautauqua, New York; Roll: M653_731; Page: 157; Image: 159.
   Our lineage to the Palmer family can be traced back to PARLEY "PEARL" PALMER was born in 1827 in Vermont. In the 1860 census, he was a day laborer living in Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County, New York, with $150 to his name. He lives with his wife, HERMA (age 31), and children BENJAMIN PALMER (age 17), Olwen (age 12), John (age 10), Clarance (age 8), Minna (age 4), and Mary (age 2). There's not much else in the public record about this family. A "Polay Palmer" served as a Private in Unit 12 of the Veteran Reserve Corps (United States National Archives: Civil War Service Records, Provo, UT, USA; Box: 636; Extraction 30; Record 2267), but nothing else is known.
   "Pearl" Palmer died on 5 Jun 1871, in his mid-forties. His descendants would remain in the Chatauqua area for generations, including the next ancestor in our line, BENJAMIN F. PALMER (1848 - 1920).

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Name:   Benjamin Palmer
Age:   32
Birth year:   <1848>
Birthplace:   New York
Occupation:   Farm Laborer
Marital Status:   Single
Home in 1880:   Hanover, Chautauqua, New York
Father's birthplace:   New York
Mother's birthplace:   Vermont
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Name:   Benjamin Palmer
Age:   44
Estimated birth year:   <1848>
Birthplace:   New York
Occupation:   Farmer
Marital Status:   Married (Sidnay Ann)
Home in 1892:   Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York
Page:   10
Roll:   V14_274
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Arkwright District (Page 10 of 12)
SOURCE INFORMATION: US Census Records. Index created from United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1880; Census Place: Hanover, Chautauqua, New York; Roll: T9_816; Family History Film: 1254816; Page: 433.1000; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 0087; New York State Census Collection [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Microfilmed copies of the originals can be found at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, as well as the Family History Library.

   BENJAMIN F. PALMER grew into a poor but literate farmer in Chatauqua County, New York. In the 1880 census, he's a 32 year-old single male living in Hanover, the head of a household featuring his sister Almina ("Minna") Langus (age 25), niece Cosa Langus (5 months), and boarders Bessy Callin (age 20), Henry Callin (age 4), Frank Callin (5 months), William Percy (age 57), George C. Percy (age 32), and Lewis Percy (age 14)

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Name: Benjamin F Palmer
Age in 1900: 53
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1900: Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York
Occupation: Farmer
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Name:   Benjamin Palmer
Age in 1910:   62
Birthplace:   New York
Home in 1910:   Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York
Occupation:   Farmer - Dairy Farm
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SOURCE INFORMATION: 1900 & 1910 US Census Records. Index created from United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1900: Census Place: Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York; Roll: T623 1013; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 73. 1910: Census Place: Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York; Roll: T624_929; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 17.

   Benjamin really hit it off with the Percy's, and in 1883 he married a woman named SIDNAY ANN (1892 State Census) or EMMA A. PURCY (1858 - 1930), daughter of WILLIAM F. PERCY (b. 16 Feb 1822 in Swanton, Franklin, Vermont; d. 9 Sep 1892 in Brant, Erie, New York) and FANNIE HOLIDAY (Sep 1826 - 23 Mar 1901). By the time of 1892 state census, Benjamin had moved to Arkwright. In the 1900 census, they lived with Emma's mother, FANNY PERCY (b. May 1826), and the following children:

CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN PALMER AND EMMA ANN PERCY

  • HENRY PALMER was born in 1876. He appears on the 1892 New York State census, but has left home by the 1900 Federal Census.
  • FRANK PALMER was born 2 Feb 1882 (1880, according to the 1892 State Census). He married FLORA D. (b. 1886) and had a son, Albert B. (1907-1974). Frank died on 28 Feb 1959.
  • GEORGE P. PALMER was born in May of 1883 (1882, according to the 1892 State Census) and married KATIE LUTGEN (b. 1893).
  • EARNEST RAYMOND PALMER was born on June of 1884 in Chautauqua County, New York. He married CLARA BELLE NICKERSON around 1912, and they lived in Charlotte, Chautauqua County, New York. Sometime before 1930 they moved back to Leon in Cattaraugus County. Clara's parents don't appear on the 1930 census, so maybe Ernest and Clara took over their farm. Family listed below.
  • See the only known photo of Earnest and Clara Belle here.
  • ROBERT D. PALMER was born in April of 1886. He isn't listed on the 1892 Census, however. He married ROSINA C. (b. 1899) and had a son, Benjamin F., in 1919. He and Rosina live with his mother Emma and brother Clarence in Arkwright in the 1920 census.
  • ROSA B. PALMER was born in July of 1889. (Rosa Pearl in 1892 State Census)
  • CLARENCE DELLMORE PALMER was born on 20 March of 1894, and was tall with light blue eyes and light hair, according to his World War I draft registration card.

  • Nickerson
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    Name: Earnest Palmer
    Status: Natural born citizen
    Occupation: Farmer
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 20,243 rolls. Washington, D.C.
       They had a son, EARNEST RAYMOND PALMER, born in New York state on June 12, 1884. He was a general laborer who married CLARA BELLE NICKERSON around 1912.
       Earnest's World War One Registration card lists him as a medium sized, blue eyed, brown haired farmer.
       They lived in Charlotte, Chautauqua County, New York, and are remembered as being very religious... and very superstitious. According to daughter-in-law ELAINE PALMER (wife of their son ARLAND E. PALMER), "Ernie" was the "kindest man in the world," and would "give anyone, anytime, the shirt off his back." He also loved to sing. Clara Belle (referred to as "Mrs. Palmer" by her daughter-in-law, even to this day) never spoke much, and grew heavier later in life from "havin' so many kids."
       Earnest and Clara Belle had the following children:

    CHILDREN OF EARNEST PALMER AND CLARA BELLE NICKERSON

  • BERTHA M. PALMER was born on 13 Jul 1913 in Leon, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.
  • RUBY PEARL PALMER was born on 31 Mar 1915 in Arkwright, Chautauqua, New York, United States.
  • RAYMOND LAWRENCE PALMER was born on 15 Jul 1917 in Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York. He married PAULINE VIRGINIA ANDERSON (b. 27 Oct 1924 in New Albion, Cattaraugus Co., NY). Family listed below. He died in August of 1981.
  • DELEPHINE EMMA PALMER was born on 12 Aug 1919 in Charlotte, Chautauqua, New York. She married Edward F Lorenc (9 Apr 1920 - 6 Aug 1991). Delephine died on 7 Jun 1981 in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York.
  • MYRTLE ALDEAN PALMER was born on 30 Sep 1921 in Charlotte, Chautauqua, New York, United States. On 2 Nov 1941 she married Harold Leonard Johnson (b. 6 Mar 1910 in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, United States; Death: 11 Sep 1999 in Lincoln, Placer, California, United States). She died in Sep 1990 in Corona, Riverside, California, United States.
  • ORLAND ERNEST PALMER was born on 12 Mar 1924 in Leon, New York. On 1 Feb 1943, Orland enlisted in the army, declaring himself to be 5'7", 152 pounds, and single male working in the packing industry. Orland died on 4 Jun 1988.
  • GENEVIEVE L. PALMER was born in 1918.
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    Name:   Earnest Palmer
    Age:   35
    Birthplace:   New York
    Home in 1920:   Charlotte, Chautauqua, New York
    Occupation:   Road Laborer
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    Name:   Earnest R. Palmer
    Age:   45
    Birthplace:   New York
    Home in 1930:   Leon, Cattaraugus, New York
    Occupation:   Farm Laborer
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    SOURCE INFORMATION: US Census Records. Index created from United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1920; Charlotte, Chautauqua, New York; Roll: T625_1090; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 110; Image: 459. 1930; Census Place: Leon, Cattaraugus, New York; Roll: 1409; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 29; Image: 881.0.

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