IIPHEBE DRAPER PALMER BROWN 1797-1879
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Phebe Draper Palmer Brown
Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, the daughter of William and Lydia Lothrop Draper, was born in Rome, Oneida County, New York, October 9, 1797. The Drapers originally came from England to America in 1645, locating near Boston. The family spread through the New England States. In 1800, Thomas Draper and wife moved to Canada. His son, William Draper Sr., left New York and settled in Pennsylvania.
When Phebe was ten years old her family moved to Ontario, Canada. The family stayed in Canada where Phebe married George Palmer IV in 1815 in Cramahe Township, Newcastle District, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada, when she was eighteen years old.
In 1832 Eleazer Miller, a LDS missionary, introduced the gospel to the Draper family. When Brigham Young came to Canada the following year, he baptized Phebe [Phebe was the first to be baptized in the Draper family and in her own family]. Her husband had not joined before he died on December 4, 1833, leaving her with five small children [Eliza had died in a fire in 1832 and Rhoda wasn't born yet]. To them were born seven children, Lovina Palmer, Osahel Palmer, William Palmer, Eliza Palmer, Lydia Palmer, Zemira Palmer, and Rhoda Palmer. They joined the Church in 1833 and gathered with the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio.
Children of Phebe Draper Palmer and George Palmer
[Phebe traveled in the Seventies Camp with her brother Zemira Draper's family and father William Draper's family and daughter Lovina Palmer Munro's family. (Church History Vo. 3, page 92/93, 140, and Vol. 4 page 14). Her travels can be plotted by the births of Lovina's children which she wrote in her family record. Lovina's Record (can be found in the book "Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper" by Sarah Palmer Collinwood, p. 36b):
William Munro was born Upper Canada, Louborough, December 2, 1835
In the year 1836 [in Kirtland, Ohio], Joseph Smith, Sr., gave her a blessing of comfort and promise. He told her if she was faithful and wise she would be blessed with a companion who would be a man of God, and that she would be able to bring up her family right; that she would have good, happy days.
She suffered the hardships of the Saints, being driven from Kirtland to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the one promise of her blessing was fulfilled by her marriage to on August 26 or 28,1842 at Pleasantville, Pike County, Illinois. The marriage was performed by her brother, William Draper, as was the marriage of her son William George Palmer and Susan Draper. [No children are known to have been born to Phebe from this marriage], Ebenezer's first wife, Ann Weaver, died on June 24, 1842, leaving him with a family of four children. They were driven from their comfortable homes in Illinois. They had moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois at the direction of the church. They found no peace and were driven into the wilderness, where they were camping in the year1846 on their way to the Rocky Mountains.
When Captain James Allen required that Brigham Young make a call for 500 men to join the U.S. Army to fight the Mexican War, Ebenezer and Phebe answered the call, taking her son Zemira Palmer with her. Their combined remaining eleven children were left with Ebenezer's oldest daughter, 21 year old Harriet Brown Stratton and her husband Oliver Stratton, while Ebenezer and Phebe went with the Mormon Battalion. Ebenezer was a 2nd Sergeant with Company "A" while Phebe was chosen to be a cook, nurse, laundresses. She was a kind-hearted woman and throughout the entire journey many of the burdens of the soldiers were lightened by her sympathy.
At Santa Fe, New Mexico there was a lot of sickness and many soldiers were sent to meet their families in the Salt Lake Valley under the leadership of of Company "C". They continued on but new leadership of the Battalion, poor medical help, rough terrain, lack of water, and inadequate clothing made the rest of the march unbearable.
Phebe was one of the women selected to make the trip to San Diego, California, which they reached on January 29, 1847, and because they were without funds, they reenlisted for another year. Ebenezer was not mustered out of service until March 14, 1848, their first enlistment had been for twelve months.
Phebe, with her husband and son Zemira, traveled north where they participated in the search for gold in and around Sutter's Fort, Sacramento, California. The three of them helped wash gold on the American River. Brigham Young called them to Utah. With the aid of the gold nuggets they had found, they did so, and began their journey to join the Saints who had gathered in Utah. Phebe rode a mule (whose name was Ginny), all the way from California to Utah. They were reunited with their children in the fall of 1849.
In 1849, Ebenezer settled in South Willow Creek, later renamed Draper (after Phebe's brother, William Draper). Phebe moved from Salt Lake in the spring of 1850 with the children, they being the first family to settle in Draper. It is possible that common schools began before 1852 in the South Willow Creek settlement, but no documentary evidence has been established. Tradition indicates that "Phebe Brown, wife of Ebenezer Brown, kept school ‘for the little ones in summer time’ but we are not told when or where her school was held." (One Hundredth Anniversary of the Draper Ward, p. 12) Her teaching could have been between 1849 and 1852 when the school/meetinghouse was finished.
In the winter of 1850, Ebenezer and his wife Phebe welcomed Phebe’s brother as they settled in South Willow Creek. William Draper was then called to preside as bishop of Draper, Utah. By 1852 twenty families had settled in South Willow Creek, making food rather scarce. Many settlers were forced to live on sego-lily bulbs, chokecherries and other wild fruits and plants found in the canyons and foothills of the settlement. These foods didn’t always supply the needed nourishment. A majority of the pioneers had emigrated from parts of the world where 30 to 40 inches of rain fell annually. Until coming to the desert in Utah Territory with its insufficient rainfall, no one had taken time to think about irrigation. Snow captured in the mountains made irrigation water plentiful in the spring and early summer, but it diminished by mid-July and into the fall months as mountain snow melted to give up the cold, clear water to canyon streams rushing to the valley floor. The reduced streams caused irrigation problems, so that thirsty, wilting gardens and lost harvests forced the pioneers to develop ditch systems and flood-irrigation methods still used in parts of Draper to this day.
With Phebe's approval, Ebenezer answered his call to practice the principle of polygamy. On May 19, 1853, her husband married Elsie Samantha Pulsipher, and on October 29, 1854, he married Mary Elizabeth Wright. In 1870, Mary died and on April 29, 1877, Samantha died, each leaving a large family of children, which Phebe took care of, Phebe also raised the children from Ebenezer's first wife, Ann Weaver, making four families she had reared. She acted as first postmistress of Draper and held a responsible position in the Relief Society. She was a well read woman and had a fair education for that time. Her dedication to the Church never wavered. She was active in the Relief Society and was well known for her compassion for others.
Ebenezer Brown died in 1878. Phebe lived in Draper until her death on February 28, 1879, being 81 years of age...
Children of Phebe Draper Palmer Brown and George Palmer IV:
In "A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War" Sergeant Daniel Tyler states that Zemira served the Mormon Battalion as a servant to Colonel James Allen until Allen's death. He then served Dr. George B. Sanderson from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe; then served Lieutenant Lorenzo Clark until the corps were discharged in San Diego.
After the disbanding of the Battalion in Los Angeles, Zemira helped his parents pan gold in order to get an outfit and enough provisions to join the Saints in Utah.. According to Lois Palmer Allen, Zemira returned to Salt Lake with other young men of the Battalion not with Ebenezer Brown and his mother.
On December 1, 1851 Zemira married Sally Knight, daughter of Newel Knight and Lydia Goldthwaite Knight. They were the parents of twelve or fourteen children, Alma Zemira Palmer, Emma Palmer, Newell Palmer, Lydia Palmer, Phebe Palmer, James Palmer, William Palmer, George Palmer, Asael Palmer, Jesse Milo Palmer, Mary Palmer, Martha Palmer, Joseph Palmer, and Chloe Palmer. In his later years he was called to live in the United Order in southern Utah where he served as one of the leaders. Sally died in 1916 in Orderville, Kane, Utah
On March 30, 1856 he married (2) Caroline Jacques, they had eight children. Caroline died in 1877 in Orderville, Kane, Utah.
Zemira died at the age of 49 years in Orderville, Utah on October 22, 1880.
The following information has been contributed to this website "at the behest of my mother-in-law, Lois Palmer Allen, I am forwarding the family groups of Phebe Draper and her son Zemira Palmer. There are differences and she has included her notes.
FIRST HUSBAND of Phebe Draper Palmer Brown
George Palmer Jr
DRAPER on 8 April 1815.
George is the third son of George Palmer and Hannah Wilkinson Palmer. He is called the younger and Junior when in the same documents shown with his father, George Palmer (Sr), in Cramahe Township records. The Cramahe Baptist Church record gave his father, George Palmer, accepted on July 7, 1798, & his mother, Hannah Palmer, was baptised in that same Baptist Church in Sept. 1801. George is counted with his parents, his brothers: Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, William, Wilkinson, Isaac & Annis and his sisters Charity, Phebe, & Rebecca on the Cramahe Township
Census records every year, until he joins the Military for three years, 1812-1815. Then he recieves promise of 100 acres for his service to King George the 4th, & on Patent by Nov 23, 1820 & Grant by 12 December 1820, when he sells his 100 acres in Lot 9, concession 4.
He shows as the first son to leave the home at Cramahe to serve King George the 4th in the War with the Americans in the Glengarry Light Infantry Fencible Regiment for three years, 1812 to 1815. America calls it War of 1812 Near the end of his Military, he is stationed at his hometown of Cramahe during Feb. March and discharged April 2, 1815, with some cash on hand and a promise of land.
He is now 21 and he did marry Phebe Draper on the 8 April 1815, one week after his official release. They had known each other since her father, William Draper (Sr) moved his family into Cramahe before 1809, and they lived by his parents, George Palmer III & Hannah Wilkinson; only two lots from Phebe's grandfather Thomas Draper II. George Palmer's older brother, Joshua Palmer had married Phebe's aunt Lucretia Draper the year before. (FHL Film 183,370, Bk D, NV).!5/2000, a great SOURCE was purchased which brought us George Palmer Jr, his parents, brothers and sisters: It is DISTRICT CLERKS of the PEACE for Cramahe and Haldimand Townships in Upper Canada, MUNICIPAL RECORDS/ PAO- Province Archive Ontario, RG 21, Newcastle District, CENSUS & ASSESSMENTS OF Cramahe & Haldimand Townships in Northumberland County, Upper Canada. Archives of Ontario, 77 Grenville St, Unit 300,
TORONTO, Canada M7 A2 R9, or M4S 1B3, No FHLC LISTINGS by May so purchased these great records, second only to land records. They tell what, who, when & where the members of George PALMER Jr's FAMILY lived, their religion, native of Canada, British Origin, and much more.
These are early EXCELLENT RECORDS not found on FHLC LISTINGS, THEREFORE PURCHASED by the Wesley Palmer Family Organization (since June l926 2000. They have been read and tell us dates, Lot and concession numbers where the head of the household lived, the ages & number of persons in the home. Some years their religion and nationality. 1848 & 1850, George's brothers Joshua Palmer & Elijah Palmer, the two sons who still lived there gave NATIVE OF CANADA, BRITISH ORIGIN; they tell us that George Palmer Jr has moved into Haldimand by 1821, 1822, and removed again from there before 25 Apr 1823. They remove to LOUGHBOROUGH TWP IN FRONTENAC COUNTY, UPPER CANADA, where his brother, Joshua and wife Lucretia Draper Palmer also come to live during years of l825 to 1835. They all live on 300 acres of the property of Thomas Draper Jr., s/o Thomas Draper Sr, who had also come to live & die here.
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Yes, their parent George Palmer Sr, was from Twyford, Leicestershire, England, mother Hannah also, and she died by June 1832. George Sr. died between 4 and 21 of DEC 1833, although he shows as assessed in 1834. The l835
Census shows NO GEORGE PALMER nor HANNAH PALMER.
1819 Census of Cramahe, George Palmer Jr, wife, l son, l dau under 16, with 4 acres cultivated, 96 not.
Apr 1820 #l36 George Palmer Jr (IV), wife (Phebe), l female (Lovina b.20 Jul 1816), 1 male (Asahel b.26 Jan 1819), Cramahe Twp. Also seen are his bros Joshua #l34 & Elijah #137, their father #61 George Sr, with wife [Hannah], l male & l female over 16, 2 males under 16, living on Lot 30, lst Concession.
In search of prime records made by George Palmer, the Wesley Palmer Family made 2 trips into Canada. First in 1948, then in June 1955, which proved to bring original copies of two Grants from the Kings to George, his father, and a grant to George Palmer, called Jr and the younger. These two grants can also be read from the above Book pages 30 b,c,d,& e. George Palmer Sr shows on Patent of 200 acres after he had cultivated, cleared brush, built a cabin of round logs, and paid his fees by 1799. George Palmer Junior's land of 100 acres for his service during 1812-1815, was held as Servitude (read at the bottom of his Land grant). It shows on the Patent pg.18, not until 23 Nov, 1820, when he had done very little with his land. This is the date he got the 100 acres in his name, had paid fees. (FHL Film 197743, dated 23 Nov l820) Now he could do whatever he wished with his property.
The Land Deed, called memorial #766, shows that George Palmer, Yeoman on 14 Dec 1820, of Cramahe Twp, for only 75 pounds sells his one hundred acres in Lot #9, 4th Concession to George Drewry, yeoman of Cramahe Township; witnessed by William Draper (his father-in-law), (FHL FILM 197,799, pg.l67/8 Cramahe Twp, Northumberland, Ontario).
!George Palmer Jr (IV) was not a farmer, but a Cobler like his great grandfather William Preston, who lived in [Rearsby] Leicester, England; also as told by his wife Phebe's younger brother, Zemira Draper, who gave that he learned the shoemaking business from his uncle, George Palmer Jr.
His younger brother Isaac's Patriarchal Blessing given Mar 25, 1852, at Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, gave his parents as George and Hannah Palmer; that Isaac Palmer was born 24 May 1806 at Cramahe. This uncle cared for George [& Phebe Palmer's] daughter Rhoda Palmer and took her to Utah while George's widow [now married to ], Phebe Draper Palmer (Brown) was in the military for the United States, The Mormon Battalion 1847-49. (copy of Isaac's Blessing from his direct descendants, Mellani Phelps 1992 & Janell Palmer Reeve in l998),1828 Militia record of Northumberland County, we find five Palmers, brothers of George Jr, listed there: Elijah age 36, Sgt, 4th Company, William age 28, 6th Company, Wilkinson age 25, Isaac age 23 and a David age 21, in 3rd Company, (could this be Annis, and he used David, not caring for his name?).
Apr 1821 George Palmer had moved his family from Cramahe to HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP, we see on census & assessment of HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, our George Palmer Jr with wife, 1 son and 1 dau under l6, assessed for 2 horses, no land. l822 Census gave George Palmer Jr. with wife, 2 sons (Wm Geo was b. 25 Aug 1821), at HALDIMAND Township.
A Letter written on 25 Apr 1823, by the Census Taker to his Supervisor explains why the report showed less numbers than the year before. He sent a list of 18 family names, which gave George Palmer Junior with five in his family, along with the other seventeen families, had all moved out of Haldimand before that Census of 1823 was taken. (Municipal Records films 2,3 & 4).
We find George & Phebe Palmer with their first three children have moved into LOUGHBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, FRONTENAC COUNTY, MIDLAND DISTRICT, which the map shows is over 100 kilometers east from Haldimand and near the big city of Kingston. We believe they removed and lived on the 300 acres of land which was owned by Phebe's uncle, Thomas Draper Jr. Here her parents, William & Lydia Lathrop Draper had also moved earlier, and her two sisters, Lydia Draper [married Frederick Matthew Van Leuven on Feb 14, 1808] & Fanny Draper were married [his brother John Van Leuven] on 23 Jan 1824 and her brother William Draper Jr [married Elizabeth Staker] on 11 June 1827 at Diocese of Kingston, obtained from St. George's Church Diocese of Ontartio at 90 Johnson St, Kingston, Ont. K7L 1X7 & in Register Bk 97l,3 V2 pp 29-34). It is very possible that George Palmer [IV] found work in Kingston, and/or sold shoes and other leather items there. Here their Eliza Palmer was born 31 May 1824, then Lydia Elizabeth Palmer. on 15 Oct 1826 and Zemira Palmer was born on 9 Aug l831, all in LOUGHBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada.
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It is said that their Eliza died here in a fire in this forest and lakes area in l832. Then their last child Rhoda Palmer was born on 15 March 1834, (Allred Book and her story tell her family that she was born after her father had died). This was the time and place for them to be, for soon the missionaries came to Kingston area. A Church History record states on l833 Brigham Young with other missionaries had organized a branch at Loughborough. Phebe attended the preaching and on 17 Feb l833 she was baptised, very likely at this branch.
Such a record may some day show names of those who were baptised there, which included her two brothers, her father William Draper Sr, and her two sisters, that we know they were baptized in Canada.
It is told that George Palmer Jr didn't join the Church, but greatgrandson Wesley Palmer tells he would have had it been explained to his understanding. We do know that he lived only a short time after Phebe was baptized at the Branch that the missionaries had formed in this area. We also read that his Bro. Johsua Palmer's family shows on the Census of l839 that his religion was Mormon. A talk Aug. 2002 by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley told of his grandparent, Hinckley, age 38 years, who had died in Canada (near this place) from the smallpox epidemic and wonders if it might have been the same epidemic that took George Palmer at only 38 years of age.
George Palmer Jr died either 4 or 8 Dec l833, as given by two descendants of his son William George Palmer. Phebe soon gave birth to her seventh child, Rhoda Palmer on 15 March 1834. Phebe was only 36 years old and George was only 38 & 1/2 years old when he died. Their daughter, Lovina Palmer, had married to Henry I. Munro there in Loughborough on 3 March l834. She remained there for the birth her lst child [William Charles Munro born December 2, 1835], then they show with her mother, Phebe Palmer, at Kirtland, Ohio, by 6 Mar 1838, her Patriarchal Blessing date. Also Munroe is listed with Kirtland Camp to travel to Missouri. Phebe & most of her Drapers never go to Missouri, but travel across Illinois to Pleasantvale, Pike, Illinois. Munro & brother Asahel Munro, at Sangamon County, IL; but by 2/1845 Munro's are with mother in Bear Creek settlement, Hancock Co., IL.
Search for data while George & Phebe were in Loughborough, Debra sent the Encyclopedia of Ontario, Vol.II, Places in Ontario, Page 575 speaks of churches and schools, I quote: "There was a large number of Mormons in early LOUGHBOROUGH, partly as a result of the visit of the Mormon Leader, Brigham Young in 1833. The first school in Loughborough opened in 1819 by George Rutledge, the first teacher". One ROBT BJERKE, PHD saw & took notes from a VOLUME-MSS, Education, General, kept by George Rutledge, date 1819, it may have other census record than just 1819 & death records, school records, etc.
!A letter to the Local Glenburne Family History brought only dates of much later time than 1834/35 when the Drapers left Canada. Perhaps with her great UNCLE THOMAS DRAPER Jr who we find in Kirtland, Ohio, with the camp who have traveled and reached Edgar County, IL on 7th of April 1838. He is found in Ross Twp, Pike County, Illinois Census of 1840.
Lois & Ben Allen Visit 6/l964 at the courthouse in Pittsfield, Pike county, IL, where brother William George Palmer shows married to Susan Draper Feb l824 and his mother Mrs. Phebe Draper Palmer married Ebenezer Brown 28 Aug, l828.
1838, Sept 6, We find George's Phebe with her brother Zemira Draper, with a Camp going to Missouri, but the Drapers stop at EDGAR County,IL.& go west to Pike. By June 1840 census, we find Phebe Palmer and her parents Wm & Lydia Lathrop Draper, their sons Wm Jr., Zemira, Alfred and Marvin, Wm Sr's brother Thomas Draper Jr all are living in Pike County, IL. at a place they called Pleasantvale Preinct. Only the Draper Book gave that William Jr was in the trials of the Missouri period of those years just before this date, but not Phebe. We next find her listed in the early records of Hancock County, IL, but lived in Bear Creek settlement by 1844, and when daughter Lovina & Henry Munroe show in attendance at that place in Feb. 1845 conference (VanLueven Bk [-- Lydia Draper and Fannie Draper had married Van Leuven brothers]).
!In Cramahe we note houses made of round logs, then houses with additional fireplaces added, frame houses, etc, their acreage cultivated and uncultivated, saw mills, blacksmiths, etc., animals on farms, amount assessed, Religion- long list of Churches, the Nationality-ours gave Natives of England, not Scotland or Ireland, but British Origin was marked for Joshua and Elijah, who were still living there in Cramahe for the 1848, l851 even l861 record, and their children as natives of Canada. The area was named Colborne Village, all in Cramahe Township, Nothumberland Co. today-Ontario.
!The Drapers are there also from 1804-1817, Thomas leaves Cramahe and goes to live with son, Thomas Draper Jr. & died at Loughborough, but probably buried near his wife, Lydia Rogers Draper who had died 1807 at Richmond
Township, Lennox & Addington County, Canada at her son's place, Thomas Draper Jr.
1808-1811 George Palmer Jr with his parents, George & Hannah Palmer Sr.
1812-1815 George Jr is away to be in the War with the Americans.
1816-1818 Census show George Jr with wife only.
1819, April Census he with wife, one female & one male under l6, 4 acres cultivated and 96 uncultivated. Shown on Patent record by 23 Nov.1820.
1820, George Palmer Jr, wife, & one female, 1 son, 4 acres cultivated, 96 not. George sells his Bounty Land of 100 acres in Lot 9, concession 4 in Dec 1820.
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1821 George Palmer Jr HALDIMAND TWP, Northumberland County, no land, 2 horses 1821 Charles Draper, by himself in HALDIMAND TWP, Northumberland County. This Charles has been given as son of Wm and his grandfather Thomas's son, but he said that he is the son of Thomas Draper Jr. & (Miss Brown).
1822, George Palmer Jr, wife, 2 sons, l dau under l6, HALDIMAND TWP,
1823, 25 April a letter from the Census Taker, named l8 families had moved out of Haldimand Township, George Palmer June with 5, was listed there.
1823 Total of l,019 persons in the township of CRAMAHE, where still lived his parents, George & Hannah Wilkinson Palmer Sr & their children.
Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte, gave: Crandall a Baptist missionary preacher obtained grant 1796 of Lot 28, 2nd conc, Cramahe, 1798 organized church. Cramahe Clerks' membership record gave his father, George Sr joined that Baptist Church on 7 July, 1798, & his mother-Hannah bapt Sept/Oct 1801. Lydia Lathrop Draper, Phebe's mother joined that same church on 25 July 1818.
Writes Lt Col. M.E.S. Laws, Brighton, Sussex, Engl (WO12/10800;WO25/579) and record copied at Queens Park, Toronto, tells of George service in the War in Ontario from Vault, No.1.470 Land Grant-Deed, drew half of Lot 9, 4th concession, Cramahe, 100 acres, dated 5 Nov. 1815; Memorial #766 when he sells that land to George Drewry 15 Dec 1820 on oath of William Draper, his father-i-l FHL Film #197799, p.l67.in 1820.
Other Ordinances:Bapt:2 Feb 1957 by Elizabeth Palmer Tingey or Rudger Palmer's record; B: 21 Jun 1881 SG; E: 22 Jun 1881 SG, by gd son, Zemira Palmer, 11 Feb 1957; SP:15 Feb 1958 Logan & 22 Aug 1978 Ogden, from Archives copy by Elizabeth P. Tingey to Sarah P. Collinwood. SPC after much research & trip into Canada, used 1881 temple dates for B:& E:& SP:14 Jun 1983 SL.
"Places in Ontario" gave "The lst school in Loughborough was opened in 1819 by George RUTLEDGE, who was the First Teacher. A School house was built in Sydnham in 1858, but the Township had a large number of free schools long before Legislation calling for their establishmenbt, which was passed in 1870". George & Phebe's older children
may have attended that school? 1999 a Robert Bjerke, PHD told of his notes from a volume, MSS EDUCATION, GENERAL, kept by GEORGE RUTLEDGE, SCHOOLMASTER IN LOUGHBOROUGH, DATED 1819,(you find)
Born 9 Oct 1797 as she gave in her Patriarchal Blessing at Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio on 28 Mar 1836; also on 24 Dec 1845 in the First Nauvoo Temple Endowment record-(FHL Film 1033997) and as was written in her Family Bible Record. She is the first child of William Draper Sr & Lydia Lathrop. (FHLC Book THE DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE
PALMER & PHEBE DRAPER, Bk 929.273 P182c, & by 200l in Film 1,321,355, item 1).
Married on 8th of April 1815-(date in 1844 when Phebe chose to be baptised for her husband, George Palmer, (read FHL Film #183,379, NV, F#1750704); & Municipal records of George Palmer Jr of them in Cramahe, Northumberland.
TIME LINE FOR PHEBE DRAPER l797 to 1815- SEQUENCE of EVENTS
1797, Jan 7- Phebe's mother, Lydia Lathrop, signed her name to a deed when she sold her share of her father, Isaac Lathrop's land, and that same day, or next day, she married William Draper Senior, at Rome, Oneida, New York. Her family are Lucy b.1767, Jabez b.1769 d.1778, her brother Isaac Lathop b.l765, & sister Mary (Molly) b.1771, who had md Henry Lockwood & our Lydia born 1775 did sell their father's estate that day. (Land deed in Norwich, New London, Connecticut FHL Film #005,038, p.240 to 247 & other pages).
1797, 9 Oct.- Phebe Draper gave she was born at Rome, Oneida, New York to William & Lydia Lathrop Draper (Sr). (see her Patriarchal Blessing 3/28/1836)
1797-1800 -THOMAS DRAPER Sr & LYDIA ROGERS, Phebe's grandparents, removed from Oneida, New York to Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, with part or all of their eleven children, namely Thomas Jr b. 1769, Lydia, b.l772, Wm l774, Carr l776, Mercy l778, Patience l78l, Olive 1783, md lst Peter Henry, left him & md Samuel Harris, Mary 1786, Clark 1791 (also called David Clark, Joel 1794/95 & his twin sister, Lucretia, who married Joshua Palmer before Apr 4, 1815, the older brother of George Palmer Jr, at Cramahe Township.
1803 - The first Census was taken of those living in Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, Newcastle District, Ontario, Canada, where the family of GEORGE PALMER SR & HANNAH WILKINSON had obtained a King's grant of 200 acres in Lot 31, Concession 2, was listed with 5 sons, namely Joshua, Elijah, George Junr, Elisha & William, and 3 daughters, who we believe are Charity, who married Caleb Benedict, Phebe, & Rebecca who md George Pomeroy.
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Two lots from them were the family of THOMAS DRAPER Sr, who began work and did buy 75 acres of Lot 34, in 2nd concession, at Cramahe, Northumberland County. Research in Municipal Records searched by Lois & Roy Elmer show there were other sons named Wilkinson, Isaac, David &/or Annis Palmer.
1804 - #30 THOMAS DRAPER did get title to his 75 acres in Cramahe. 1805- #26. 1806 #24, 1807 #19 Thomas Draper, wife Lydia ROGERS, with two sons & one female, Lucretia, twin with her brother, Joel Draper; #25 George PALMER wife-HANNAH WILKINSON, 7 sons, one over l6-Joshua, & 3 females; both families living near each other; and total persons in Cramahe township-371.
1807 - word came to Rome for son William Draper to come to Canada to visit his mother, Lydia Rogers Draper, who was very ill & wished William to come visit before she died at Richmond Township, Lennox & Addington County,
Ontario where the amenities were better, near Kingston, Canada at her first child's home, Thomas Draper Jr. It is told an Indian guide was sent to direct William to his brother Thomas Jr's home in the forest area. The map shows the trail they would follow from Rome, N.Y. across the St Lawrence River over the ice by sleigh.
1807 -William Draper Sr took his family and did arrive safely with his wife, Lydia Lathrop & 4 daughters including Phebe the eldest child & nephew, Charles the son of his older brother Thomas Draper Jr by his lst wife.
1807 - Feb 27 to April, several dates have been given as the death date of Lydia Rogers Draper, Phebe's grandmother, after they arrived & did visit her at Richmond Township. This no doubt became her buriel place in Richmond on her son's land. Here at Richmond Township, Lennox & Addington, Midland District, Phebe's first bro. Wm Draper Jr. said he was born on 24 Apr 1807
1808 -Phebe with her parents moved to her grandfather, #11 Thomas Draper Sr's land, Lot 33 in Cramahe Township, over 100 miles WEST to Northumberland County, Newcastle District, where Thomas had ten acres cultivated, 2 oxen, l cow, a house of round logs, as did all those early pioneers in that Township.
1809 Census shows William is on his father's 75 acres in Concession 2, with wife, 4 daughters, Phebe, Mary, Lucretia, Fanny & two sons, Wm Jr. & Charles.
1809, 7 Oct - 5th dau, Lydia Draper, Phebe's last sister, is born in Cramahe, followed by her 4 brothers: Zemira 1812; Marvin 1814, Alfred Roger 1815, & Carson 18l7/1820, the last two are given as possibly born in Haldimand Twp, but same Northumberland County.
1810- #4-Wm Draper Sr. 1813 #32 William Draper, with 9 in household, l cow.
1813- #30 Thomas, #32 William Draper, 9 in his family; #31 Carr Draper unmd.
1814, #71 Wm Draper 6 in family, 2 horses 2 cows, 200 acres.
TIME LINE OF GEORGE PALMER JUNIOR and PHEBE DRAPER & THEIR 7 CHILDREN
1815, Apr 2 - George Palmer Junior is stationed at Cramahe Township, his home town from Feb, Mar, and on 2 April released from his 3 years service for his King George IV with some cash and a promise of 100 acres of land. He and Phebe were married on MARCH 8, 1815, at Cramahe, possibly by the Baptist Preacher, Reuben Crandell. Phebe's mother, Lydda (Lydia) Draper shows as member in 1818; and George's father 7 July 1798 & mother Hannah baptised 1801.
1816 Cramahe Census, we see, #71-George Palmer Jr. with wife, who we know as our Phebe Draper,(another proof of their marriage as she gave) (MUNICIPAL Records, RG 21, PAO-Province of Ontario, Cramahe Twp MS-16, Reels 2-9); #70 George Palmer Sr, son Joshua who shows married & in his own house, he had married Phebe's aunt, Lucretia dau of Thomas & Lydia Rogers Draper. Also seen is father, Wm Draper with a 2 story house, an additional fireplace, his bros Carr, Clark and Joel.
l8l6, 20 July - George & Phebe's first child, Lovina Palmer, is born at Cramahe Twp, Northumberland County, Newcastle District, Ontario.
18l9, 26 Jan - their first son whom they name Asahel Palmer, was born at Cramahe, Northumberland, Upper Canada.
1819, 9 Feb -a Census taken at Loughborough Township, where uncle Thomas & Mary (called Hannah) Mosier Draper Jr., lived, gave Thomas over 60, son Thomas 16 & Wm under l6 (this Wm as Draper is son of her lst husb, Carey), daus Viny, Mary, Ruth & Anne Draper. (claims to be only census taken, you find more).
1820 Census- we find George Palmer Jr. with wife, Phebe, one male & l female child; her father-in-law #61 George
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Palmer Sr, his sons, Elijah md Funela, Joshua. wife Lucretia Draper; & sons William, Wilkinson, Isaac & Annis; & Phebe's uncles, Carr & Clark Draper, sons of Thomas Draper Sr.
Neither George Palmer Junr, nor his father-in-law, William Draper, were farmers. George Palmer Jr. was a cobbler, like his great grandfather William Preston; ALSO Zemira Draper, gave that he had learned the shoemaking trade from George Palmer Jr, his brother-in-law.
1820, November, husband George had done very little cultivating as they called it, and is listed on the PATENT records with 100 acres property in his name. By Dec 1820, George has sold his 100 acres to George Drewrey for only 95 pounds. George & Phebe move from Cramahe into Haldimand Township by 1821.
1821, 25 Aug- Their 2nd son William George Palmer was born while they live in Haldimand, Northumberland County, Newcastle District & seen on Census.
1822- Haldimand Census showed George Palmer had wife, 2 sons, l daughter, no land here, assessed with two horses.
1823, 8 Feb-Phebe's sister, Lucretia Draper did marry John Boyle at Cape Vincent, Jefferson, New York; He born l797, Ireland & died 22 Dec l869, Lucretia died 24 Oct l887, both at Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan,
1823, 25 April, the Census taker wrote on his report of Haldimand Township record that George Palmer Junr moved out, as did l7 other families; Also Phebe's parents, William & Lydia Draper's family had moved. Research tells they all moved to LOUGHBOROUGH where they lived on the 300 acres that Thomas Draper Jr, (& Mary Mosier, his wife) had purchased in Frontenac County, Midland District, Ontario, Canada, where by 23 Jan 1824 sister Fanny Adelia Draper had md John Van Leuven Jr, at Kingston, Frontenac County.
1824, May 31 - George & Phebe's daughter, ELIZA PALMER was born, and it is given that she also died in 1832, both events at LOUGHBOROUGH Township in Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada.
1826, Oct 5, -dau Lydia Elizabeth Palmer was born at Loughborough Township.
1831, 9 Aug -3rd son, ZEMIRA PALMER was born in Loughborough, as he wrote.
1833, 17 Feb - Phebe Draper Palmer joins the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, while they lived at Loughborough where a Branch was organized. In a short time after she was baptized, her husband, George Palmer Jr, died [4 Dec 1833] there in Loughborough Township. Recent articles have spoken of smallpox epidemic, and this may be the reason for much sorrow. George was only 38 1/2 years of age; and Phebe only 36 in Oct, with six children to care for, and expecting her seventh child soon.
1834, 15 March - Rhoda Palmer, their last child, was born at Loughborough. Rhoda gave her father died before she was born (The Allred Book 929.273Al57a Vol.l) This daughter was left 7/l846 with her granduncle, ISSAC & ANN WAMSLEY PALMER while her mother, Phebe Palmer (Brown) & her son Zemira Palmer were in the War with Mexico, The Mormon Battalion March of 1846-1847, 2000 miles.
PHEBE DRAPER PALMER AS A WIDOW for eight and one half years.
1835 - Mrs. Phebe Palmer spent the rest of her days caring for her children. Daughter, Lovina Palmer had md Henry Munroe & their lst child b. 2 Dec 1835 in Loughborough, Canada, are found with the Drapers in Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, (now shows as Lake County, Ohio.
1836, 28 March, Mrs. Phebe PALMER received her PATRIARCHAL BLESSING while in Kirtland from Joseph Smith Sr. Surely the Drapers participated in the marvelous events of the Kirtland TEMPLE DEDICATION. A Willian Draper was made a Priest by D.C. Smith at Kirtland according to Church History.
1836, March 6th - Draper men at the meeting of Seventies held in Kirtland for Kirtland Camp. A constitution formed. The names of the persons & number in their respective families who subscribed to the foregoing constitution, are Frederick (Lydia) M. Vanleuven-6; Zemira Draper-6 which included Phebe Draper Palmer, her Wm George, Lydia, Zemira & Rhoda Palmer; Thomas Draper Jr & family, John & Fanny Draper Vanleuven Jr-9; Phebe's dau. Lovina & Henry Munroe-3; William DRAPER, Sen-2, Phebe's father. (pgs 90-93, History of the Church Vol.III, by Joseph Smith, Himself, 1967).
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1838, Sep 8 - Kirtland Camp left Kirtland & had crossed the Illinois line in the morning of the 8th into EDGAR COUNTY, IL, came through Paris, the county seat. Dissatisfaction in Camp, some had rather been left in Kirtland.
Among the number were Aaron Cheney, Nathan Cheney, William Draper, Thomas Draper Jr, Henry Munroe, Phebe's daug. Lovina & Husband Henry Munroe & child; Zemira Draper, which included Phebe Palmer & four children; Alfred Draper, Phebe's brother, and Cornelius Vanleuven left the camp. (pg l37 & l38, Vol.3, History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by Joseph Smith, Himself
l838, Sept l0th, we read more about the Camp, who have arrived in Edgar County, Ilinois, 494 miles from Kirtland, on their way to join the saints in Missouri, but the above named and others drop out and remain in Illinois. Zemira Draper married Ellen Agnes Bradshaw in 1838, in what has been given as Eager County, but I find only Edgar County named in Illinois.
The map shows they crossed the state of Illinois, almost straight across, not into Missouri. They found and named a place, Pleasant Vale in Pike County, Illinois, where they lived for a time, & ZEMIRA DRAPER & his first wife, Ellen BRADSHAW gave birth to a son, she & baby died the day of the birth. They no doubt missed the atrocities to the saints in Missouri.
1840- June U.S. Census of Pleasant Vale Precinct, Pike Co.,IL. shows the Drapers with PHEBE DRAPER PALMER called Farmer & Parmer on early Census record read & copied by Lois Allen, are living together. Phebe Palmer with 3 children in her household (WM GEO, LYDIA & RHODA) next to her brother Zemira Draper with his parents & her son Zemira PALMER; also there are her brothers, Alfred R. Draper, William Draper; Marvin and uncle Thomas & Mary Mosier DRAPER Jr. in Ross Twp close by and Thomas died in Pike County, IL, in 1841.
1842, June 24- Susan DRAPER married William George PALMER, and the marriage performed by his uncle, Wm DRAPER Jr minister. (As copied in l964 from license and certificates of Wm & his mother Mrs. Phebe Palmer. Now we know where & when our Drapers left Canada, lived in Kirtland, Ohio, then Pike, IL.
1842 - Phebe is seen on an LDS record as P.D.PALMER (Phebe Draper) along with her married son, ASEL (Asahel) & wife Evaline Parmer on LDS WARD MEMBERSHIP of Nauvoo, & he shows PART TAX (Sources: micro fiche #6031,596, Vol.33, by Susan E. Black & Palmers in Book with letter P 289.309/P697e). Evaline seen in LDS Book Vol. 8, with letter C, 289.3 Ea85m, pp 994/5, Ref:NLM, 057 & pg 104 Palmer LDS-33, 010 & pg.028 Nauvoo 1836-1846 church record Nauvoo) Son Asahel shows living in Sangamon Co, IL, by 2nd child's birth on 6 July 1848.
MRS. PHEBE DRAPER PALMER married 2nd, to , no children.1842, Aug 28 - here at Pleasant Vale, Pike, IL. Mrs.Phebe Palmer md Ebenezer Brown (License & Certificate xerox obtained l964 by personal visit) Phebe had helped care for his ill wife, Ann Weaver. Soon, Browns, & Drapers accept the Prophet Joseph Smith's message to gather with the Saints in Hancock County, IL. They settle at Bear Creek, Hancock Co. IL; her bro. Zemira Draper & 2nd wife Amy Terry, his parents Wm & Lydia Draper and Zemira Palmer lived at Morley settlement in Hancock County, closer to Carthage than City of Nauvoo, but close to Phebe at Bear Creek Branch.
1844, 8 April, Phebe goes to the Nauvoo Temple and is baptised for her deceased husband, George Palmer. This gives every evidence that she was married on that day & month, but in the YEAR of 1815 at Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, in Ontario, Canada, then called Newcastle District.
1845, Feb 10- a Conference was held by the BEAR CREEK Branch, where Phebe, her daus Phebe & Rhoda as Browns, but should have been written as Palmers; her dau. Lovina Palmer & husband Henry Munroe listed there. Ebenezer Brown councillor. (read in Call #929.273/V234v, The VanLuvan Book in SLC FH Center
1845 Dec 24, Phebe goes to lst Nauvoo temple, along with her 2nd husband, Ebenezer Brown, where they have their endowment, she is listed as Phebe Draper. Followed the next day by her parents, then bros Zemira & William. All were soon forced to leave Hancock County, Illinois and start for safety again
1846, 18 Feb - descendants have given that Phebe's mother, Lydia Lathrop Draper, died at or near Montrose, Lee Co, Iowa, possibly late as Sept 1846. Zemira Draper remained with his mother and cared for her until her death.
1846, Phebe with Brown at Mount Pisgah when they hear of the government who asked for 500 men to fight in the war with Mexico. Daughter, Lydia E. has met and married Anthony Bruno and remains at Hamburg, Fremont, Iowa.
Henry and Lovina are in Bluff City, Freemont, Iowa, until his death there. Brown joins Company A and Phebe is one of the four women who went the entire March of over 2000 miles to California from Canesville, now Council Bluffs.
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Her son Zemira PALMER joins as an orderly to the officers; and dau Rhoda Palmer is left in the care of her grand uncle, Issac Palmer who had married Ann Wamsley (mother of 4 Wamsley sons & a dau near Rhoda's age); & Isaac & Ann's sons, Journal & Isaac Palmer, a camp full, who show by 1850 in Great Salt Lake.
1847-1849 Mormon Battalion in California, Phebe named as one of the four or five women who made the entire March with the Mormon Battalion Military, only battalion with a name rather than a number. They are at Sutter's Mill with when gold is discovered. They pan for gold after work at that place and go to Great Salt Lake, and Draper, Utah, at age 53, (that was old for that generation) What a great lady. She runs the Post Office in Draperville, cares for his young wives who die young, then she cares for their children.
1850 - United States Census shows Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, age 53 at Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, p.131, #610 with [Joseph] Gurnsey Brown age 26, & Ebenezer's 3 children. Most censuses were taken more than once in a year and from Ward records.
1850, 4 Nov-Son Asahel Palmer age 30, with wife, Evaline age 28, Phebe age 7, Emaline age 2, & baby Earoin, who must have died soon never seen again. This was the only year that Asahel's family were shown in Dekalb County, IL
1851, Jan lst- Phebe's daughter, Rhoda was married to Joseph Anderson ALLRED. She the seventh child and born after George, her father, had died.
1851, MAY 12 - Another Census taken while Brown visited in Iron County, Utah, Ebenezer Brown age 49, Phebe age 52, b. N.Y. [Joseph] Guersey Brown age 25 , Harriet Brown age 23, Mormon Brown age 20 & John Brown age l5, Her Family Record written by her, only 1/2 page found, a xerox copy in poss. and can be seen on page 10c in her Book quoted above & now in FHL Film No. l321,355. By 5/1997, an ADDENDUM with NEW RECORDS of her DRAPERS & PALMERS in Cramahe, Ontario, Canada, has been given the same call number as her Book, 929.273 Pl82c, Supp(lement) added under same call number, but it should have read ADDENDUM, with INDEX of those SURNAMES FOUND by 1995-1999 has been added to the book on shelves. l999 a FILM was made of Lois P.Allen's Supplement by SLC Family History Library & given FHL Film #2,055,478, which gave the names of eight sons, possible 9, last son was Annis Palmer [Annis David Palmer] found from the Municipal records of George & Hannah Wilkinson Palmer Sr, and their 3 or 4 daughters at Cramahe township, Northumberland County, Newcastle District, Ontario, Canada.
!5/2000 the Wesley Palmer Family Organization purchased for $288.24, 9 rolls of Municipal Records of Newcastle District, including Northumberland & Durham counties & Cramahe Township and the others shown on maps. They contain Census and Assessments taken every year from 1803 through 1840/l, deposited in Mesa Family History Center under M-24l3 through M-2421. We did read & searched them for Palmers & Drapers. You search & find any others you need.
2003 The Drapers are being searched by Joy & Roy which will show Phebe's correct ancestry-Wm Draper Sr, Thomas Draper Sr & Lydia Rogers. Our Thomas Draper whose parents were in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts.
Our Thomas & Lydia lived in several states before going to Ontario Province at Cramahe Township, Northumberland & Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.
!1924, Oct l - visits with Phebe's grandchildren & records of all facts known by them, Wesley's researchers & temple workers had the sealing of Phebe Draper to her husband George Palmer Jr. done on OCTOBER 1st, 1924 in the SALT LAKE TEMPLE, and their seven children sealed to them that day. Research of 2003/4 did let us know that Phebe with Asahel, Wm George, Lydia, Zemira and Rhoda, had the support of her Draper family; that she remains close by them; that they all choose to join the other Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, from 1835 to 1838, then to Edgar County, to Pike County, Il. to settlements in and around Nauvoo, Hancock, IL.
July 13, 1846 The first of the volunteer companies of the Mormon Battalion was enlisted in response to a request delivered to Brigham Young two weeks earlier by Capt. James Allen of United States Army. The Battalion left from Fort Leavenworth [Kansas}on July 20, and arrived in San Diego, CA on Jan 29, l847, yet an article reads: Feb 19, The Battalion left Tucson, (Arizona), suffered from overmarching & want of food and water.
A marvelous Pageant A RAM IN THE THICKET by Kevin E. Palmer & mother, Wanda West Palmer was given for Phebe's 200 year anniversary, with story of his grandfather, Preston Palmer who visits his grandmother, Sally Knight wife of Zemira Palmer. It was done in story, action and music of the Mormon Battalion, entitled Ram in a Thicket. A great production and should be a church play some day.
2000/2002 Kevin Palmer did work much to have a Peek or place to show for our Phebe, but Clinton signed a proclamation that sealed up all Government areas as prohibitive for such. But the scouts do visit a place near Maricopa Wells, where a plaque was placed that reads Dec 25, 1846, The Mormon Battalion spent Christmas Day
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here; that the Indians told them of a route to the coast that was a short cut; that they arrived in January 1847 at San Diego, California. Phebe Draper Palmer Brown with husband Ebenezer and son Zemira Palmer were there. They find work at Sutter's Hill and Gold is discovered, where they also pan for gold after work hours
1850, Phebe's brother William Draper Jr is the first Presiding Elder for Draper, where also her father WILLIAM DRAPER Sr. lived, blessed many souls, died and is buried there 24 Dec 1854. One record shows that HER SON, Zemira Palmer & his Uncle ZEMIRA DRAPER, were couselors to Wm Draper Jr at Willow Creek, later called Draperville, then Draper Utah.
19 Jan 1853 Phebe at Salt Lake 9th Ward, Liberty Stake, when Rhody Ann Palmer, dau of Ann & Isaac Palmer, was blessed by Bishop Seth Taft, at the Sacrament Meeting as seen in the Minutes of that day. Liberty Stake in (F#0026,
851, p.201 & SL 9th Historical Record Film #LR 6093 2 or 6093 ll). [Joseph] Gurnsey Brown named and Phebe was there to support her b-i-l, Isaac Palmer for that event. Isaac had brought to Great SL Phebe's own daughter, Rhoda, then named their daughter Rhoda Ann after Phebe's Rhoda. 1854, Dec 24 - Her father William Draper Sr died there at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah. He blessed many homes with his presence and lifted many downhearted spirits with his love for them. He was buried in the Draper City Cemetery, It reads:PATRIARCH & PIONEER born 9/6/1776 (he gave 1774) His descendants have placed a very impressive headstone over his grave.
Following is a quote from a Draper resident "Brown was appointed Postmaster, but Phebe was the POSTMISTRESS in their new adobe home at 12661 S. 1000 E. or Fort Street then. She said her piece at town meetings when needed.
A remarkable Christian woman, she visited the sick, helped the needy and took clothing and vittles to those who had lost their homes in fire, storm or whatever cause, and Ebenezer would help rebuild the home when weather set in.
The homeless would find a temporary home with the Browns. Phebe walked many blocks to help others when she heard of their need and visited the widows and their children to be assured their wants were cared for, although the rough pioneer exterior showed outwardly, her heart was warm and loving within".
1860 Census of Draper, territory of Utah: Ebenezer Brown 58, farmer, Phebe 63, both born New York; Mary age 23, wife; Samantha age 23 wife & 4 of their children; and others, Phebe outlived them and cared for their children also (FHL film 805,313).
1870 Census of Willow Creek Ward, Draperville, Ut, Phebe age 74, her daughter Lovina age 54.
1878, Dec 18, a letters saved that were written to Phebe at Draperville by her son Zemira; quote "sorry to hear you are so very sick, ashamed to think I have not written to you oftener: tells of his love for her, of his desire to come to visit her if he were well enough to ride that far on horseback in winter. So pressed with much work in the Cotton Farm and fruit trees to be planted. The heading reads: Orderville Cotton Farm, which he said was a little above Washington, Washington County, Territory of Utah. Called Orderville United Order, but not at the town of Orderville. He asked that she write him again and he would try to come soon.
Jan 30, l879, he writes: Dear Mother, your letter of the 3rd inst did not come to hand until the 25th. Very glad to hear from you & Lovina, but sorry to learn you were still suffering severely. I hope it will not last long. (heading Orderville Cotton Farm, original copy came after the Book was printed. So guard it well for your collection of Zemira's short life span. (from Sarah's searches, not Lovina's copying) Mother, Phebe died February 28, l879, at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah; and her son Zemira died on 22 Oct 1880. Death & burial: Tomstone at Draper, Utah, a new stone laid 1999, reads: PHEBE DRAPER PALMER BROWN, next line, OCT 9, 1797, next line-died February 28, 1879, last two lines, First Woman settler in Draper, Mormon Battalion Trek. It was a 2000 mile March, the longest in history of the U.S. Military Battalions, only one with a name, rather than a number. Thanks to Beverly Thompson for her work & picture of that new stone, or was it taken by Lucile.
Birth: Her Family Bible Record, xerox copy, gave born 9 Oct 1797, & FHL Book p.10c in Book "The Descendants of George Palmer & Phebe Draper"- 929.273 P182c; Her birth also seen in her Patriarchal Blessing dated Mar 28, 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga (Lake), Ohio; Endowment record in NV-Film #1033997. Phebe is the first child born to her parents, William & Lydia Lathrop Draper.
Marr:We believe 8 Apr 1815-(date in 1844 Phebe choose to be baptised for her husband, George Palmer, See Film #183,379, NV, F#1750704, & Municipal records
Death & Burial:Tombstone at Draper, Utah, did read Phoebe born l799, but a new stone laid l999, reads: PHEBE DRAPER PALMER BROWN, next line October 9, 1797, next line February 28, 1879, last two lines, First Woman settler in Draper, Mormon Battalion Trek, it should have read March, a US Military Battalion, only one with a Name rather than a Number.
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Census 1816 Household #71-George Palmer Jr. with wife, in MUNICIPAL Records, RG 21, PAO-Province of Ontario, Cramahe Township MS-16, Reel 2 M2414 & M2415
Her Family Record written by her, only one page found, a xerox copy in poss. and can be seen on page 10c of The Book quoted above & now in FHL Film No. l,321,355. By 5/1997, an ADDENDUM with NEW RECORDS of her DRAPERS & PALMERS in Cramahe, Ontario, Canada, has been given the same call number as her Book, 929.273 Pl82c-SUPPL, but should have read ADDENDUM. INDEX of those SURNAMES FOUND by 1995-1999 has been added to the book on shelves. l999 a FILM has been made & given number FHL Film #2,055,478.
Her husband George, by whom she had 7 children, was dismissed from Military April 2, 1815, was stationed at Cramahe, his home town, from Feb, Mar, and on 2 Apr 1815 he was released from his 3 years service, and they were married soon, on the 8th of April, 1815, probably by the Baptist Preacher, Reuben Crandell who didn't write, but the clerks did, but no marriages found in FHL Film #897919 of Baptist Church at Wicklow; or Film #8033,490, Baptist Church in Cramahe, Canada, which showed George Jr's father, George Palmer accepted by the brethern on 7 July l798, and his mother, Hannah Palmer shows baptised 29 Sept or Oct l80l; and baptisms of Phebe's mother as Lydda Draper, bapt 25 July 1818 at that Baptist Church.
Phebe was taken into Canada in early 1807 when her parents, she, Charles (not her brother, but a cousin, son of Thomas Jr. Draper), her 3 sisters Mary, Lucretia, & Fanny went to visit grandmother, Lydia Rogers Draper, who was ill. These grandparents, Thomas & Lydia Rogers Draper went to Cramahe by 1803 bought land, and he lived there until l8l8. LYDIA ROGERS DRAPER was in RICHMOND TWP, LENNOX & ADDINGTON County, Midland District for her illness, better amenities, where she died between Feb & Apr 1807, this place was where her eldest child Thomas Draper Jr owned land until l824/5.
Phebe's family remained there until her brother Wm Jr was born on 24 Apr 1807 at Richmond Twp; then Wm Sr too his family to live with his father, Thomas at CRAMAHE Township where her grandfather Thomas Draper's family of ten children, all born in U.S. had gone to live by 1804. Also where George & Hannah Palmer Sr's family had lived as early as 1793 and believed to be from Rutland County, Vermont, colonies in which became United States of America, where George Palmer Sr had petitioned for land, not obtained.
So it was that Phebe knew George Jr from 7 Oct 1809, when her sister Lydia Draper was born at Cramahe, Northumberland County. Their marriage must have been a fine spring wedding on the 8th of April 1815, at Cramahe, & Phebe shows that day & month when she takes herself long distance to Nauvoo from Bear Creek and she was baptized for her husband, George Palmer in 1844.
Their first two children, Lovina and Asahel, were born in Cramahe, while they lived on his newly acquired 100 acres, if there was a cabin built by winter time, otherwise they would be with his father, George Palmer Sr, who had a house made of round logs, as did all those early settlers there.
The census of Cramahe 1816 (taken every year l803 to 1834) shows that George & Phebe are in their own household, and the 1820 Census shows both George Palmer Jr & George Sr are with wives & children in separate households, also his brother, Joshua Palmer who married Phebe's aunt, Lucretia Draper, shows, as do Phebe's Drapers, Wm & Lydia Draper, her gdparents Thomas & Lydia Draper
George Palmer (Jr) sold his property in Cramahe and removed his family to HALDIMAND, the same Northumberland County in then Newcastle District, where also lived Phebe's father, Wm Draper, by 1819, & he had witnessed the deed for George to sell his 100 ACRES. By 1821 George had no land but was assessed with two horses. 1822 Census gave George & Phebe in Haldimand Twp with 2 sons and 1 daughter under 16; their son William George Palmer gave he was born in Aug 1821 at Haldimand Twp, Northumberland County. They may have lived with her parents, or with cousin Charles Draper who was also listed in Haldimand Township on that 1822 Census, nd in Northumberland County.
The Haldimand Township record by the Census Taker's written notice (xerox obtained), dated 25 April l823 to his Supervisor, shows names of l7 other families who, along with George Palmer Junr with five in his household, had moved out.
George & Phebe's Family removed to Loughborough Township in Frontenac County, Midland District, some 100 miles east, where her Uncle, Thomas Draper Jr, had 300 acres since 1818. Their last four children, Eliza, Lydia,
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Zemira & Rhoda were born at Loughborough Twp, Frontenac County, Midland District. Phebe heard of and attended meetings held at West LOUGHBOROUGH, when Brigham Young joined his brothers and organized another branch at West Loughboro in l833 the Prophet, with Sidney Rigdon visited Canada and made a number of converts. (From Church Historian's Off. Canadian Mission, copied from a Journal History of the Church, Quote:"The first branch of Canada in Brittish America was called Ernesttown Branch...of Dec 3l,l832, we batized 45 souls & organizaed the West Loughborough branches in 1833. Phebe Draper Palmer was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 17th of Feb 1833, the first of all her Drapers; but followed by brother Zemira Draper on the 19th, her father, William Sr, then her sisters Fanny & Lydia in March, and brother Wm Draper Jr. Could it not be possible that George and his bro. Joshua & wife Lucretia Draper Palmer may have also joined the church at that time. We find Joshua & Lucretia Palmer not showing on the yearly census of l824 to l834 in Cramahe, so feel sure they were here with his brother George and Lucretia's brother brother Thomas Draper Jr & wife Mary Mosier.
One record of Cramahe Township showed Joshua with ten in his family as Mormon.
As Phebe learned more of the principles of the gospel, she did make records to show her love and faith in her George Palmer and their children. Visits with Phebe's grandchildren & recording all facts known by them, Wesley's researchers & temple workers had the sealing of Phebe Draper to her husband George Palmer Jr. done on OCTOBER 1st, 1924 in the SALT LAKE TEMPLE, and their seven children were sealed to them that day. We feel sure George has joined the Church, that Phebe and George have been together, that together they have visited with their children & taught them of Christ & the great blessings of the temple.
!1834 & l835 records show us that Phebe Palmer with her children, Asahel, Wm George, Lydia, Zemira and Rhoda, have the support of her Draper family; that she remains close by them; that they all choose to leave Loughborough area in Canada and remove with them to be with the saints in Kirtland, Ohio.
On 28 MARCH 1836, at Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, Phebe recieved her Patriarchal Blessing. One record indicated it was given the day after the Kirtland Temple was dedicated. This gave her courage strength, advice and faith to go about blessing the lives of her six living children, which she did for the rest of their lives. She was a widow for eight and one half years following the early death of her dear husband, George Palmer. Her daughter Lovina & Henry Munro with their first child are found with Phebe also.
March 6 l838 through Sept 10, l838, we read from pages 90 thru 138 of the KIRTLAND CAMP ORGANIZED and the list of the men who signed up with the Camp, and those who did travel from Kirtland, Ohio, to EDGAR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, were Phebe's Drapers. Her brother Zemira gave 6 members of his group. We know that Phebe Palmer with four of her children, Wm George, Lydia, Zemira & Rhoda Palmer are in that Camp, and travel with her daughter Lovina & Henry Munroe; and other Drapers listed there including her parents, Wm & Lydia Draper, her brother Alfred Draper, her sisters Lydia Vanleuven & Fanny Vanleuven; and her uncle Thomas Draper Jr's family. The Draper Book implied that Phebe had gone to Missouri with her brother William, but now we know she did not go to MO.
The Draper Book was good, but did give the wrong Draper ancestry for Phebe, her father, William Draper's people, Wm is the son of Thomas Draper b. l744, who moved to Cramahe Twp, Northumberland County by 1804 in Newcastle District, Upper Canada, where he lived from l803 to l8l8, then went to live with his son, Thomas Draper Jr. in Loughborough, Frontenac County, and probably died there. His sons Carr, Clark & Joel remain for a time on their father's land in Cramahem then Clark goes to Kirtland, Lake, Ohio where he died June l84l; and his bro Thomas Jr
1840 Census of Pike County, IL, Phebe Parmer (Palmer), p.56, her house #148, age 43, son Wm George age 19, dau. Lydia E. l4, & dau Rhoda 6, son Zemira, age 9 was next door p.56/146 with Z(emira) Draper age 20/30, and her parents, William Sr & Lydia, ages between 60/70; p.l49 her bros: Wm p. 56/149 with 3 males, 1 female plus he and wife 30/40; bro Alfred R. age 20/30, wife, l male 0/5 & l female; bro Marvin Draper p.69 in film 007,645 age 20/30 with female; and uncle Thomas Draper Jr. age 71, wife 50/60, 3 sons-l 5/l0, l-l0/l5, l-l5/20, & l dau l0/l5, we believe she would be Susan, who married Wm George Palmer, Phebe's son on Feb 24, 1842, at Pleasantvalle, Pike, IL. Susan died soon, no child found.
The Nauvoo, IL. census shows Brown with Ann at Nauvoo, so he must have come later to Pleasantvalle, and where Phebe, as a neigbhor, assists in caring for his ill wife Ann, who died in June l842. Phebe married 8/28/1842 Ebenezer Brown, both her and son William George Palmer's marriages were performed by Phebe's brother Wm Draper Jr, minister of the Gospel, at Pleasantvalle, Pike, Ilinois. License & Certificate xerox obtained 1964 for both weddings and in LPA's possession.
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Phebe 1842 as P.D. Palmer along with her married son, ASEL (Asahel) and wife Evaline Parmer on LDS Ward membership of Nauvoo & 1842 part tax for Asahel Palmer, read micro fiche #6,031,596, Vol.33, by Susan E. Black. Evaline seen in LDS BOOK, Vol.8, with letter C, 289.3 Ea85m, pp 994/5, and Palmers in Book 289/P6797e. William George goes to Sycamore, Dekalb,IL. 1847, & Asahel shows living in Dekalb County, IL on 1850 Census. 8 Apr 1844, a most important day in Phebe's life, for she was baptised for her husband, George Palmer (Jr) to show her love & desire to be his wife in the eternities. She was determined to be known as the Wife of GEORGE PALMER (altho md to E.Brown 28 Aug 1842). She took herself some long distance from Bear Creek, Hancock, IL. to Nauvoo to perform this act, which revelation later gave that men must do for men. So on 21 & 22 of June 1881 her gdson, Alma Zemira Palmer, did travel from Arizona Territory to perform baptism & endowment for his grandfather, George Palmer & gave his birth 13 July 1795 & place as Canada.
Feb. 1845, we find Phebe, her daus Lydia & Rhoda as Browns, but should have read Palmer, & dau Lovina as (Sovinia) & husband Henry Munroe all living at BEAR CREEK, Hancock IL. a Map shows "Spokes of the Wheel" places settled by the saints in Hancock County, IL. The Branch President was her sister, Lydia's husband, Frederick Matthew Van Leuven. (read in Van Leuven Book pp l02-l04 929.273/V234v).
24th DECEMBER 1845, Phebe & Ebenezer Brown travel to Nauvoo & receive their endowment. She is NOT sealed to Brown that day. Letter from Nauvoo Restoration Inc. tell us that Phoebe never lived in Nauvoo, but E. Brown with his lst wife, Ann Weaver, were shown there. Our Phebe & others in Canada spell their name-Phebe 1846, Apr 24, A temporary settlement of westward-moving saints was established at Garden Grove, LOVINA MUNRO at Bigler Branch; other Permanent camps were established at Mount Pisgah, IA, on MAY 18; At Council Bluffs, IA, June 14, & Winter Quarters, Neb. 1846. Phebe sees her daughters, but they remain in Iowa, Dau. LYDIA Elizabeth md Anthony BRUNO, lived at McKissick's Grove, Madison Twp, Fremont, Iowa, first called Hamburg, IA, by them.
Phebe's brother-in-law, ISAAC PALMER, was at Winter Quarters, IA or they met along the trail. After E.Brown joins the Army and Phebe & Zemira Palmer are accepted, Isaac & wife Ann Wamsley Palmer, TAKE RHODA PALMER into their camp home, and later to Great Salt Lake while PHEBE & ZEMIRA from 7/1846 to 7/1849 are in The MORMON BATTALION, A U.S. MILITARY BATTALION in war with Mexico, and brought our final borders known, which separate US & Mexico. July 13, 1846 The first of the volunteer companies of the Mormon Battalion was enlisted in response to a request delivered to Brigham Young two weeks earlier by Capt. James Allen of United States Army. The Battalion left from Fort Leavenworth on July 20, and arrived in San Diago, CA on Jan 29, l847, yet an article reads: Feb 19, The Battalion left Tucson, (Arizona), suffered from overmarching & want of food and water.
2000/2002 Kevin Palmer did work much to have a mountain Peek named for Phebe in the area of Maricopa mountains, Arizona, but tells that Clinton signed proclamation that sealed up all Government areas as prohitive for such. She will be more pleased with that, than a Statue with Brown, or copies of The Brown Book, The Draper Book, or Faith of Phebe, which books do not give Phebe's events with her husband & their children. She had no children by Brown, but reared his four children, who were living with them when they get to GT Salt Lake.
1850, two Censuses were taken, one shows Browns in Great Salt Lake, then one shows them in IRON COUNTY on 5/12/1851, Phebe age 53, Ebenezer age 49, his 3 sons & one daughter with them. Phebe's brother William Draper Jr is the first Presiding Elder for Draper, where also her father WILLIAM DRAPER Sr. lived, blessed many souls, died and is buried there 24 Dec 1854. One record shows that HER SON, Zemira Palmer & his Uncle ZEMIRA DRAPER, were couselors to Wm Draper Jr at Willow Creek, later called Draperville, then Draper Utah. When did the Browns finally go to Draper?
19 Jan 1853 Phebe at Salt Lake 9th Ward, Liberty Stake, when Rhody Ann Palmer, dau of Ann & Isaac Palmer, was blessed by Bishop Seth Taft, at the Sacrament Meeting as seen in the Minutes of that day. Liberty Stake in (F#0026, 851, p.201 & SL 9th Historical Record Film #LR 6093 2 or 6093 ll). Gurnsey Brown named and Phebe was there to support her b-i-l, Isaac Palmer for that event. Isaac had brought to Great SL Phebe's own daughter, Rhoda, then named their daughter Rhoda Ann after Phebe's Rhoda.
Following is a quote from a Draper resident "Brown was appointed Postmaster, but Phebe was the POSTMISTRESS in their new adobe home at 12661 S. 1000 E. or Fort Street then. She said her piece at town meetings when needed. A remarkable Christian woman, she visited the sick, helped the needy and took clothing and vittles to those who had lost their homes in fire, storm or whatever cause, and Ebenezer would help rebuild the home when weather set in. The homeless would find a temporary home with the Browns. Phebe walked many blocks to help others when she
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heard of their need and visited the widows and their children to be assured their wants were cared for, although the rough pioneer exterior showed outwardly, her heart was warm and loving within".
!1860 Census of Draper, territory of Utah: Ebenezer Brown 58, farmer, Phebe 63, both born New York; Mary age 23, wife; Samantha age 23 wife & 4 of their children; and others, (FHL film 805,313) 1870 Census of Willow Creek Ward, Draperville, Ut, Phebe has her dau Lovina age 54, not rechecked for film number. Several letters saved written to Phebe at Draperville by her son Zemira, 1878; and he writes Jan. 30 1879, tells of his love for her, of his desire to come to visit her if he were well enough to ride that far in winter; that he writes from Orderville cotton farm, a place a little above Washington, Wasington County, Utah. She died February 28,l879, at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah; and son Zemira 22 Oct 1880.
Phebe outlived Brown, and his two young wives, and died on 28 Feb 1879, at Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah, and is buried there, with her corrected year of birth. Thanks Beverly Thompson for that. A great picture taken by Lucile Brubaker & sent copy to LPA, fall 1999. 4/2000 Kevin Palmer brought a fine picture of her tombstone, showing what was written about her.
Records of Loughborough are scarce and we need more good research to learn details of George & Phebe there. It is told that George didn't join the Church, but Wesley, his greattgrand son tells he would have had it been explained to his understanding. We DO KNOW THAT GEORGE LIVED ONLY A SHORT TIME AFTER PHEBE WAS BAPTIZED; That dau Eliza died from a fire in Loughborough sometime in 1832. Two descendants have told that George died on 4 or 8 of December l833, perhaps he died from the causes of that fire, or was it an epedemic? We do know that Phebe gave birth to her 7th & last child, Rhoda on 15 Mar 1834, who said her father died before she was born. Phebe was only 36 years old, & George 38 & 1/2 years. A talk by Pres.Hinckley spoke of his grandfather Hinckley dying in Canada from smallpox, did George Palmer also?
1854, 24 December, Phebe's father, William Draper (Sr) died at Draper, and Robt H. Jensen Jr writes about him, quote: "He blessed many homes with his presence and lifted many downhearted spirits with his love for them. He was buried in the Draper City Cemetery, where his descendants have placed a very imposing headstone over his grave". Tombstone reads William Draper Sen, Patriarch & Pioneer, born 9/6/1776 (he gave his birth as l774). He married Lydia Lathrop on/or just after 7 January 1797 and Phebe was born on the 9th of Oct l797, and she is their first born child. They reared for a time Charles Draper, Wm's bother, Thomas' son, but not their child. (he was sealed to his father 1998 & Miss Brown)
1860 Census Draper, Territory of Utah, Ebenezer Brown age 58, farmer, Phebe 63, both born N.Y. Mary age 23, Samantha age 23, (his 3rd & 4th wives) and 4 of their children. Phebe outlived them all and cared for his four children earlier after the March, then these little ones born and left after their mothers' early deaths. What a woman Phebe is and always lived by her PATRIARCHAL BLESSING. (Do read it for goodness of her life, as she lived it).
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The Faith of Phebe chronicles the life of Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, a unique pioneer woman who was baptized by Brigham Young in Canada during the early years of the Church. Beverly B. Thompson has taken her interest in the history of Phebe and the town of Draper, Utah to weave a compelling story around the life of the first woman to settle in Little Willow, a small village nestled in the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley which was later renamed Draper.
Using a novel format, the author helps you feel the challenges Phebe faced as a widow in Kirtland and Far West and the love that came to her in a blessing. Through the Nauvoo exodus, the Mormon Battalion march, gold discoveries and the trek back to the Salt Lake Valley she is by his side. One of only four women to stay with the Mormon Battalion until they reached San Diego, she faced the unbelievable hardships with courage and determination.
Phebe was a pioneer woman with great faith, fortitude and perseverance. In her eighty-two years she crossed the continent from Canada to Mexico, from New York to California and back to Utah. She traveled by foot, sleigh, wagon, horseback and mule. It appears that each mile and every task answered a call to go beyond her own comfort or personal desire. That same spirit that drove the efforts of her maternal Grandfather, the noted Reverend John Lathop (1584-1653) who fought for religious freedom in England, seemed to propel her through life. It was a life of devotion to God, family and her fellow man.
The faith of Phebe never wavered as she applied principles of the gospel to the challenges of life as she faced mob violence, thirst, hard work, starvation, polygamy, loneliness and death. As one of Brigham Young's early converts, she devotedly followed his direction and a Prophet of God.
Phebe's Story will help you realize the importance of prayer and faith in relying on the Lord and his chosen servants in all things.
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