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Full text of "Volume no. 1 of Palmer records. Proceedings, or memorial volume of the first Palmer family re-union held at Stonington, Conn., August 10 & 11, 1881, the ancestral home of Walter Palmer, the pilgrim of 1629. Being also a part of the genealogical, biographical, and historical records of the family, as contained in the several addresses, etc. delivered on the occasion of the re-union"

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Palmer Records 





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Being also a part of, the Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical Records of the 

Family, as contained in the several Addresses, etc., delivered 

on the occasion of the Re-Union. 


Kill TED BY 


Jamaica, L. J.. X. Y.. LJox iS&. 
I'utjlibh.:*! 1., li«'iuKiA-s L\Niox-AitGua, 1861. Copyrighted by Noves F. I'almek. 


It is customary to dedicate a book to some person or principle. If this work 
deserves a like mention among the customs of book making, it should be dedicated, 

As regards its personality, 



the Editor and Manager of one of Brooklyn's best evening daily newspapers. 

For had it not been for his co-operation, this volume would have been an imag- 
inary one to the Author. 

As regards its principle, 



in hopes of eliciting interest in a subject very much neglected in America — the pre- 
nervation of genealogical and historical family records. 


The illustrations in this volume are hv Edward Rierstadt. Esq., Nos. 5S and 60 
Keade Street, New York City, and under a new process called artotype, being a repro- 
duction of a photograph in printer's ink. 

The method of grouping pictures on a page enables the comparatively cheap 
reproduction of many illustrations in works of this class. 

Where only one likeness appears on a page is noticed the most faithful use of 
this method, if from a large negative. 

In the illustration of this volume it has not been possible to insert but a few of 
the many pictures kindly sent to us. As a matter of justice, the officers of the Re- 
Union and those who were engaged in the entertainment have been " displayed " to 
the best advantage, and at the same time not absorb the printer's or binder's share 
of the expenses. Those illustrations that are larger than the groups were specially 
contributed for the purpose. 




The first Re-Union of the Palmer family was held Aug. 10, 
II, i SS i , at Stonington, Conn., the ancestral home of Walter 
Palmer, the pilgrim from England to America in 1629. 

The gathering was a spontaneous success, and beyond the 
most sanguine hopes of its management. At least three thous- 
and descendants participated. But the larger proportion of the 
family were not present on the occasion, for want of address 
and proper notification. This volume is prepared to bring 
the Re-Union to them so far as the printer can do it, and. at 
the same time, furnish a memorial of the Re-Union to those 
who enjoyed its gathering. 

Had more time been permitted, this offering to the family 

would have been more worthy of the event, and more perfect in 

its arrangement. 

Fraternally yours, 

Jamaica, L. I., N. Y., Box 1S8. 

The Germ of the Re-Union 

On May 20th, 1879, Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville, Ct., 

addressed a letter to the writer, in regard to Palmer Genealogy. 
A correspondence was kept up, until a complete record was de- 
veloped of the branch of Walter Palmer's family, to which he 
belonged. On October 6th, 1SS0, Elisha H. attended a Re- 
Union of the Turners and Comstocks at Niantic, and became 
impressed with the idea that a Re-Union of the Palmers would 
be an interesting event. He called to see the writer, February, 
i88i,and, upon learning that we could send imitations from 
" Palmer Genealogical Record " to over four thousand, concluded 
to organize a Re-Union. On Feb. 2d, 18S1, he addressed us a 
letter wherein he says: " I expected to have written you before 
this, " when I left your place. I have been waiting to see the 
" Stonington folks, to see what encouragement I would get from 
"them with regard to the family Re-Union. " :: " ' * * I went 
" to sec somecf the Palmers you gave me the names of in New 
" York. * "' " As soon as I can get to Stonington and ar- 
" range about the Re-Union, I shall want to get up a circular to 
" send to all the Palmer descendants. We will furnish you with 
" the circulars and stamps, and get you to send to all you have 
"a record of." On the 25th of Feb., Elisha II. again wrote. 
" If it would not be too much trouble, would like to have you 
" write some of the prominent men of the Palmers, and see what 
" they thought of having a farnily gathering in Stonington. 
" We would have to hold it two days, in order to get much good 
" out of it." 

Correspondence was kept up, and from responses to letters to 
prominent Palmers, it soon became evident that the Re- Union 
would be largely attended. It was, therefore, decided to organ- 
ize, which was done the following April. 



1653. Palmer Re-Union. 188 i. 

At a preliminary meeting of the Re-Union of the Palmer 
Family, held pursuant to notice in the Baptist Vestry on Wed- 
nesday, April 6th, 1881, 

Rev. A. G. Palmer was chosen Moderator, 
and Hon. Elisha H. Palmer, Clerk. 

Upon motion of Ira H. Palmer, it was 

Voted, That the matter of permanent organization and ap- 
pointment of committees be deferred till the next meeting. 

Voted, That while this effort is primarily for the descendants 
of Walter Palmer, who settled in Stonington, Ct., in 1653, the 
invitation is extended to all of the Palmer Family to 
participate in the proposed Re-Union. 

Meeting adjourned to same place Wednesday, April 20th. 

E. H. Palmer, Clerk. 

Present at above meeting : Hon. E. H. Palmer. Montville. 
Ct. ; Rev. A. G. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. ; Amos N. Palmer. 
Norwich, Ct. (deaf man) : Ira H. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. : H. 
Clay Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

At an adjourned meeting of the PALMER FAMILY RE-UNION 
held in the Baptist Vestry, April 20. 1SS1, 

Rev. A. G. Paemek, Moderator, 
and H. CLAY PALMER, Clerk. 

The matter of permanent organization was discussed, result- 
ing in the choice of officers, as follows : 

President — Hon. Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville. Ct. 

Vice-Presidents — Rev. A. G. Palmer, of Stonington. Ct. ; Alex- 
ander S. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. ; Alexander Palmer, of Ston- 
ington, Ct. ; William L. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. ; Noyes S. 
Palmer of Stonington, Ct. ; Thomas W. Palmer, of Stoning- 
ton. Ct. ; Amos Allen Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. : Rev. Roswell 
C. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. ; Dr. L. X. Palmer, of Brooklyn, 


N. Y.; Albert M. Palmer, of New York City; William Pitt 
Palmer, of New York Citv : R. P. Palmer of Xorth Stonington, 
Ct. ; Robert Palmer, of Xoank. Ct.; B. P. Palmer, of Boston. 
Mass.; Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica. L. L: Ex-Gov. John C 
Palmer, of Illinois; Charles Palmer, of Albany, X. Y. : C. T. 
H. Palmer, of Oakland. Cal. ; Jerome Palmer. 'of Preston. Ct. : 
Amos X. Palmer, of Norwich, Ct. ; Hon. R. A. Wheeler, oi Ston- 
ington, Ct ; C. P. Dixon, of New York City; Dr. J. II. Trum- 
bull, of Hartford. Ct. : Rev. H. Clay Trumbull, of Philadel- 
phia, Pa.: Rev. William Clift, of Mystic Bridge; Henry P. 
Noyes, of Mvstic Bridge; Rev. J. Randall Hoe*;, of New 
Rochelle, X. Y. ; Porter^C. Bliss, of Xew York City. 
Treasurer — H. Clay Palmer, of Stonington, Conn. 
Secretary of Record— Alex. S. Palmer. Jr.. of Stonington. Ct. 
Corresponding Secretary — Ira H. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. 
Executive Committee — Henry M. Paimer. of Stonington. Ct. : 
James E. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. : Edwin T. Palmer, of 
Stonington. Ct.; Theodore D. Palmer, of Stonington. Ct.: Eugene 
Palmer, of Stonington. Ct. ; Miss Emma W. Palmer, of Ston- 
ington, Ct.: Miss Sara A. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. : John D. 
Palmer, of Greenville, X. J.: William R. Palmer, of Xew York 
City; Courtland Palmer, of Xew York City: Eambert E. Palm- 
er, 'of Chicago. 111.: Nathan F. Dixon, of Westerly. R. I.: 
Jesse L. Moss. Jr.. of Westerly. R. I.: Mrs. Elizabeth P. Soper. 
of Stonington, Ct. ; Miss Emily A. Wheeler, of Stonington. 
Ct. ; Mrs. Dr. Stanton, of Stonington. Ct. : Miss Hannah Stan- 
ton, of Stonington. Ct. : Miss Grace Stanton, of Stonington. 
Ct. ; Mrs. Maria S. Chesebro. of Stonington. Ct. ; J. Warren 
Stanton, of Stonington. Ct. : Nathaniel P. Stanton, of Stoning- 
ton, Ct. ; Wiliiam Bradford, of Xew York City; Charles Haw- 
kins, of Xew York City: Mrs. M.J. Pitkin, of Xew York City : 
Miss Elizabeth Van 'Tine, of Xew York City; Miss Eliza 
Palmer, of Stonington. Ct. 

Voted, That Auxiliary Committees be appointed at the next 

Voted, That the Palmer Re-Union be held at Stonington. 
Ct., on the ioth day of August next. 

Voted, That the Hon. Richard A. Wheeler be invited to de- 
liver the Genealogical Address of the descendants of Walter 

Voted, That William Pitt Palmer. Esq., 'of Xew York City. 
be invited to deliver a poem on the occasion. That Noyes h. 
Palmer, of Jamaica, be invited to deliver an address on 
,l Palmer Families." 


Voted, That the officers elected at this meeting be officially 
notified by the Corresponding Secretary. 
Adjourned until April 27, 1S81. 
• Attest : H. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 

Form of letters of Notification sent by the Corresponding 
Secretary to the various officials and committees elected at the 
meeting of April 20th : 

Elisha H,Palmer, 1653— 1881. v A. S. Palmer, Jr., 

V e President. V e Sec. of Record. 

II. Clay Palmer. PALMER RE - UNION, I. H. Palmer. 
V e Treasurer. Y e Cor. Secretary. 



STONINGTON, Ct., April 23d, 1S81. 
DEAR SIR: — At a meeting of the resident descendants of 
Walter Palmer, held at Stonington, April 20th, you was unani- 
mously elected as one of the of the PALMER RE- 
UNION to be held August roth. 

It will be gratifying to us all to have your co-operation with 
the Re-Union, which bids fair to be large and pleasant. 

The resident will doubtless relieve those more 

remote of the details of preparation. 
Very truly, yours, 

I. H. Palmer, Cor. Secretary. 

STONINGTON, Ct., April 2J, 1 88 I. 
Pursuant to adjournment April 20th. a meeting was held this 
day in the Baptist Vestry. 

Hon. E. H. Palmer, as Moderator, 
and I. H. Palmer, Clerk. 
Minutes of the last meeting read and approved. 
Voted, That a committee of three be appointed to consider 
the subject of a suitable memorial to be erected to the memory 
of Walter Palmer by his descendants, and to report upon the 
matter at some future meeting. 

Voted, That Wm. L. Palmer, James E. Palmer and H. Clay 
Palmer be that committee. 

Voted, That Henry W. Palmer and Noyes F. Palmer be a 
committee on Invitation for New York City ; Arthur T. Pal- 


mer, for Boston, Mass.; Edwin A. Palmer and John S. Palmer. 
for Cleveland. Ohio : Lambert L. Palmer for Chicago, 111., and 
that the)' be authorized to add to their members. 

Voted, That a committee of Xoyes F. Palmer, with the Cor- 
responding Secretary, to get up a suitable invitation card for 
notification of the Re-Union. 

Adjourned three weeks from date. 

Attest : I. H. Palmer, Clerk. 

Stoxixgtox, Ct., May n; iSSi. 
An adjourned meeting of the PALMER Re-Uxk>x was held 
this date at the Baptist Vestry. 

Hon. E. H. Pal.MER. as Moderator, 
and II. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 
Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 
Committee on " Memorial to Walter Palmer " not ready to 

Sundry letters received by the Corresponding Secretary from 

non-resident descendants of Walter Palmer were read to the 

meeting, the tenor of them showing an interest in the Re-Union. 

Voted, That Mrs. Palmer Knapp. of Brooklyn, and Miss Sara 

A. Palmer, of Stonington, be the Musical Committee. 

Voted, That invitation to the Re-Union be sent out prior to 
the ioth June. 

Meeting adjourned to June 1st. 

Attest: H. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 

Stoxixgtox, Ct., June i. iSSi. 
Pursuant to adjournment a meeting of the PALMER RE-Ux*IOX 
was held in the vestry of the Baptist Church. 

ELISHA H. Palmer, as Moderator. 

and H. CLAY PALMER as Clerk. 
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 
The Memorial Committee not ready with a report. 
Voted. That the President, E. H. Palmer, with Edwin T. 
Palmer, be a Finance Committee. 

Voted, That the form of invitation shown the meeting by I. 
H. Palmer be procured and issued soon as practicable. 

Remarks were made by persons present upon the general 
subject of the Re-Union. 


Voted, That the Re-Union be held two days — August ioth at 
Stonington Borough, and August iith at Wequctequock. 

Voted, That after the next meeting that the meetings be 
held weekly until the Re-Union. 

Adjourned to June 22d. 

Attest : Clerk. 

Stonington, Ct., June 29, 18S1. 

An adjourned meeting of the Palmer RE-UNION was held 
at the Baptist Vestry this date. 

E. H. Palmer, Moderator. 

Ira H. Palmer was chosen Clerk. 

The minutes of the last meeting read and approved. 

The Memorial Committee represented by H. C. Palmer were 
not read\- to report any definite action. 

I. H. Palmer, of Committee on Invitation, reported that the 
invitations were being sent out as rapidly as possible. 

Col. Edwin Palmer, of Norwich. Conn., being present, gave 
the meeting his connection with Thomas Palmer of 1633. 

Voted, That Col. Edwin Palmer be a committee to invite 
members of the Thomas Palmer family to join the Re-Union. 

Various letters received by the Corresponding Secretary were 
read to the meeting. 

The following letter to Gen. U. S. Grant, a descendant of 
Walter Palmer, written by the Corresponding Secretary, was 
read by him and approved by the meeting. 

Stonington Ct., June — , 1881. 
Ex-President Grant : 

Dear Sir: — Allow rne to state most briefly for your con- 
venience the gist of what you received herewith in a few dis- 
tinct heads, as follows: 

First — Walter Palmer, a puritan of Nottinghamshire. Eng- 
land, came to Stonington. Conn., in 1653 and was one of the 
first settlers of the town. 

Second — His descendants number many thousands and are 
scattered from Maine to California, over six thousand " Palmers" 
being recorded by a Genealogian. 

Third — It is an honor and a pleasure, sir, for us to be able to 
state the facts that you are a descendant of the said Walter 
Palmer in the eighth generation. 


Fourth — His descendants are to have a Palmer Re-Union at 
Stonington. Conn., on August ioth and nth of this year. 

Fifth — The date of the Re-Union is the anniversary com- 
memoration of the " Battle of Stonington " in the \Yar of 
1812, our victory over the same nation that bore our worthy 

Sixth — You are specially invited to honor the occasion with 
your presence, and grant a thousand or more " Palmers" whom 
we trust will there and here assemble an opportunity to pay 
their respects to you, a kinsman. 

Seventh — Your acceptance will allow us the pleasure of ar- 
ranging to place at your disposal at that time in the Grand 
Central Depot, N. Y„ the palace car " Palmer" to bring you 

Eighth — A solicitous and appreciative array of Walter 
Palmer's descendants await the early intimation that you will 
endeavor to join us on that day in the social and paternal 
festivities of a real Anglo-American re-union. 

(Signed) Ira H. Palmer, Corresponding Secretary. 

Meeting adjourned to July 13. 

I. H. Palmer, Clerk. 

Stonington. Ct., July 13, 1881. 

An adjourned meeting of the Palmer RE-UNION held in the 
Baptist vestry this date. 

E. H. PALMER, Moderator, 
and I. H. Palmer, Clerk. 

Voted, That the President, with John C. Palmer, of Norwich, 
Ct., and Edwin T. Palmer, be a committee on Transportation. 

Voted, That John C. Palmer, of Norwich, Ct.. and B. P. 
Palmer, of Boston, be added to the Invitation Committee. 

Voted, That the two following committees be blended as 
one committee. Programme— Mrs. A. G. Palmer, Miss Grace 
Stanton, Miss Emily Wheeler. A. A. Palmer with the Corre- 
sponding Secretary be the Programme Committee : also Mrs. R. 
T. Loper, Jr., with authority to enlarge. Committee on Ar- 
rangemants — Thomas W. Palmer, Edwin T. Palmer. Dr. C. E. 
Brayton, I. A. Palmer and James E. Palmer, with authority to 

Voted, That Col. Edwin Palmer, of Norwich, and New- 
comb, of New London, be added to the Finance Committee. 

Dr. C. E. Brayton having tendered to the Re-Union the use of 
his new hall till after August 1 ith, it was 


Voted. That the thanks of the Palmer Re-Union be tendered 
to Dr. C. E. Braxton for so acceptable an expression of his kind- 
ness and good-will. 

Voted, That Rev. A. G. Palmer deliver the Address of Wel- 
come on August ioth. 

Voted, That the following-named gentlemen be invited to 
respond to name as follows : 

" Cheseborough " Rev. Amor Cheseborough. 

" Stanton " Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

" Miner " Ex-Gov. Miner. 

" Xoyes " Rev. Gurdon Xoyes. 

" Denison " Rev. F. Denison. 

Voted, That Miss Grace Stanton, Mrs. John Chesebro, Miss 
Emily Wheeler, Miss Sara Palmer, Mrs. R. T. Loper. Jr., and 
Miss Emma W. Palmer be the Floral Committee. 

The Corresponding Secretary stated to the meeting that he 
had used the column of the Mirror for the good of the Re- 
Union and for the purpose of creating a favorable sentiment in 
the community toward the Re-Union, and had made anarrange- 
ment with Editor Anderson to have the use of one column of 
Re-Union matter per week, with the agreement to take ico 
copies of the Mirror at 5 cents each— S5.00 per week. Upon 
motion of Judge Wheeler, it was 

Voted, That the Corresponding Secretary be and hereby is 
authorized to make arrangements as stated, or what shall be for 
the best interests of the Re-Union. 

Voted. That the President be authorized to appoint and add 
to existing committees proper persons he may select from Xew 
London, Montville and Norwich. 

The President stated to the meeting that since we last met. 
one of our number who had met with us — a Vice-President, the 
Rev. Roswell C. Palmer — had passed away. Whereupon it was 

Voted, That the Corresponding Secretary draw up suitable 
resolution to the memory of our departed friend and co-worker 
of the Palmer Re-Union, and the same placed upon our records. 

Voted, That when we again meet it shall be at Brayton Hall. 
Meeting adjourned to July 20, 1SS1. 

Attest : I. H. Palmer, Clerk. 


STONINGTON, CT., July 20, iSSl. 
Meeting called to order. 

Hon. E. H. Palmer. Moderator, 

and H. C. Palmer. Clerk. pro tan. 

Minutes of last meeting read and approved. 

Resolution upon the death of Roswell C. Palmer read bv 
the Corresponding Secretary, and ordered upon our records; 
also to be inserted in the " Mirror." 

Upon motion of Mrs. A. G. Palmer, the programme as re- 
ported on was laid upon the table to be taken up as the firs! 
business of the next meeting. 

Voted. That Mrs. F. Chesebro, Miss Brayton, I. II. Palmer. 
and H. C. Palmer be added to the Floral and Decorating Com- 

Voted. That H. C. Palmer. Xoyes F. Palmer and Mrs. I. H. 
Palmer be added to the Musical Committee. 

Ex- Alderman Josiah Palmer, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was present 
and made a very encouraging report of the interest in the Re- 
union among the non-resident descendants. 

Meeting adjourned to July 27. 1SS1. 

Attest: H. Clay Palmer, Clerk pro tan. 

Stonixgton, Ct., July 27, 1SS1. 

Pursuant to adjournment meeting was called to order. 
Hon. E. H. PALMER. Moderator 
and H. C. PALMER, Clerk. 

Minutes last meeting read and approved. 

Programme as read from the committee was approved, sub- 
ject to necessary additions and arrangement. 

After some discussion upon the subject, it was 

Voted, That the balance of the programme be left to the dis- 
cretion of the committee. 

Voted, That the caterer, Mr. L. A. Tillinghast, be arranged 
with according to his letter or proposition. 

Voted. That the Committee of Arrangements appoint a sub- 

Adjourned to August 3. 

Attest: II. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 


STONINGTON, CT., August 3, 1S81. 

An adjourned meeting of the Palmer R.E-UNION was held this 

ELISHA H. Palmer, Moderator, 
and H. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 

Minutes of last meeting read and approved. 

Report of Committee on Arrangements, made by I. H. Pal- 
mer, he having been to Boston to arrange for the tents, and to 
Providence to see the caterer, about fire-works and electric 
lights. After a verbal report on each, the following was : 

Voted, That Prof. Blank's proposition to furnish fire-works 
for the evening of the 10th for S50 and the expense of trans- 
portation be accepted. 

Voted, That the Corresponding Secretary offer the Fulton 
Electric Light Company of New York the sum of $50 for the 
use of three electric lights on the evening of the icth. we to 
furnish engine power and transportation of the machine from 

Voted, That Miss Sara A. Palmer be a special committee to 
see Mr. Robert Palmer and secure the Xoank Brass Band for 
two days and one evening — 10th and 11th of August. 

Voted, That Frank A. Palmer, of Westerly, be added to the 
Musical Committee. 

Voted, That Mr. Tissington, of the Union Square Theatre, 
be appointed a Musical Director of the Re-Union. 

Voted, Thanks to Mr. F. A. Palmer for the hymn ''Battle 
Hymn of the Republic " composed by him; it to be left in 
hands of Musical Committee. 

Voted, Thanks to Rev. A. G. Palmer and Miss Sara A. 
Palmer for hymns composed by them. 

Voted, That H. F. Palmer, of Norwich, be added to the 
Decoration Committee. 

The Corresponding Secretary read the following correspond- 
ence with the Borough authorities : 

STONINGTON, Ct., July 50, 1SS1. 
To tfic Hon. Warden and Burgesses of Stonington : 

GENTLEMEN: — I deem it proper to state to your Honorable 
Body that a Re-Union of the Palmer Family is to be held within 
the limits of the borough on August 10th and nth, and that 
we have good reason to suppose there will be a large gathering 
of person-: attending— very many from other States. Will also 


mention that Gen. Grant has promised us one day of his pres- 
ence, probably the loth. 

The assemblage of so large a number of persons on that oc- 
casion, and nearly all of them strangers, it may not be out of 
place to thus inform you. The invited guests will, of course, 
appreciate good order and kindness on the part of the borough. 
Very truly yours, 

I. H. Palmer, Cor. Secretary. 

Stonington, Ct., July 30, 1SS1. 
To the Cor. Secretary of Palmer Re- Union, Stonington : 

We, the Warden and Burgesses of the Borough of Stoning- 
ton, in meeting assembled this date, are in receipt of your favor 
of same date, informing us of the proposed " Palmer Re-Union " 
to be held August 10, 1SS1, within the borough limits. After 
consideration of the matter, the following was passed by this 
body as its expression of good-will and feeling toward your Re- 
Union : 

Voted, That the courtesies of the Borough of Stonington be 
and are hereby extended to the members of the " Palmer Re- 
Union " and to their illustrious guest, Ex-President Grant, and 
others on the days of August 10th and 1 ith. 

Attest : J. S. Anderson, Clerk. 

Whereupon it was 

Voted, That the expression of good feeling on the part of 
the Borough authorities, as evidenced by their vote of July 30. 
calls from us reciprocal thanks, which we express, by a special 
invitation, to that Honorable Body to occupy seats on the Re- 
Union platform. 

Meeting adjourned to Monday August 8, at 10 A. M. 

Attest : H. Clay Palmer, Clerk. 

Literature of the Press 


[from the new york tribune.] 
A grand Re-Union of the Palmer family is to be held in Ston- 
ington. Conn., on the ioth and I ith of August, the anniversary 
of the battle of Stonington in the War of 1812. The Palmer 
family in this country is said to number now between 6,000 and 
7,000, the various members of it being scattered over the East 
and West, but the majority residing in Xew-England and this 
State. The Re-Union is intended to bring as many of them as 
possible together and to make them acquainted. Walter Pal- 
mer, the original ancestor of the greater portion of the present 
generation, came to this country in 1629 with John Endicott. 
having charge of six ships filled with Puritans. After making 
his home in several of the New England settlements, he finally. 
in 1653, settled in Stonington. at the old homestead on Wequet- 
equock Cove, where the Re-Union is to be held. His blood lias 
flowed in the veins of one of our Presidents, and of the Govern- 
ors of four different States' of the Union. Among the clergy- 
men and the doctors of the country are also several descendants 
of Walter Palmer. Probably no other family in the United 
States can count so many descendants from one ancestor as that 
of the Palmers. Xoyes'h\ Palmer, of Jamaica. Eong Island, has 
been engaged for some time in collecting the genealogical record 
of the family. In this record, it appears that the name of Palmer 
was derived from an episode which occurred during the cru- 
sades. Those who returned from the holy wars brought back.. 
as a token and remembrance of their pilgrimage, palm leaves. 
In the~minds of the early Christians they soon became known 
as palm-bearers, and this designation became perverted into the 
word "palmers." a name which the family subsequently as- 
sumed. In 1621 William Palmer, the first of the family, came 
to this country. This was a year after the Mayjlozvir brought 
her first cargo of pilgrims to America. William Palmer settled 
in Salem. Alas--., and from him a great many of the Palmers of 
New England descended in a direct line. Walter Palmer fol- 
lowed in 1629, and, after his final settlement at the spot where 
the city of Stonington now stands, died in 1661, leaving twelve 
children, from whom have sprung descendants numbering at the 


present time over 6,000 persons. Nearly all the records of these 
have been preserved by Noyes F. Palmer, and such of them as 
are not known to him will receive invitations to the family jubi- 
lee upon sending their addresses to him at Post Office box No. 
188, Jamaica, Long Island. Gen. Grant has accepted an invita- 
tion to be present on one of the days of the Re-Union. E. H. 
Palmer and Noyes F. Palmer have taken the initiative in ar- 
ranging for the festival, but E. H. Palmer will have charge of the 
arrangements. The first day's exercises will consist of historical 
addresses, poems, music, and a general acquiring of acquaintance. 
Judge R.A.Wheeler, of Stonington, will deliver the address; 
Mr. William Pitt Palmer will recite the principal poem, and the 
Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., the father of A. M. Palmer, manager ot 
the Union Square Theatre, is also expected to contribute a 
poem. On the second day a grand " tent meeting " is to be held 
at the homestead. 


A few days ago the Cuion-.lrgus published a short notice 
of a proposed reunion of the " Palmer Family" at Stonington, 
Conn., in August next. A glance at the Brooklyn City Direct- 
ory reveals hundreds of families bearing that name, and for these 
people, to whom the matter must be of warm interest, and to 
those outside likely to be reached by these columns, the follow- 
ing facts have been supplied by Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica. 
L. I., who has been for several years at work upon the Palmer 
genealogy. The reunion is to be held at Stonington on the 10th 
and 1 ith of Augnst, the date of the battle of Stonington in the 
war of 1 81 2. In " Palmer's Genealogical Record " are recorded 
over six thousand descendants of Walter Palmer, who settled in 
Stonington in 1653, and as he is the original ancestor of the larger 
portion of the present generation, it is fitting and appropriate 
that the family gathering should be held at the place designated. 
The blood of Walter, the Puritan of 1629, has flowed in the 
veins of one of our chief magistrates and General of the ami}-. 
The same blood has warmed the hearts of Governors in four 
different States, also the Speaker of the House of Representa- 
tives, and in Assemblies of at least five States are among its 
honors. In the professions of Divinity and Medicine, and among 
inventors and patentees, are also numbered many descendants 
of Walter Palmer. 

The descendants have migrated chiefly to the East and West. 
Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York seem to hold the 
greater part, while a few are seen to be settled as far west as 
Nebraska, Michigan and Arkansas. Amoncrthe direct descend- 


ants locally are found Dr. Lucius X. Palmer, Lorin Palmer, and 
William Pitt Palmer, the poet. In the record referred to by 
Xoyes F. Palmer, from 1629 to rSSl, are gleaned a few notes 
of interest as follows :" Traditionary evidences state that the 
name Palmer was derived during the epoch of the Crusades : that 
those who returned from the Holy Land brought back, as a token 
of their pilgrimage, palm leaves. The perversion became palm 
bearers, and finally palmers. The first Palmer pilgrim to this 
country came in the vessel Fortune in 1621. the following year 
after the Mayfloxvcr, and was named William Palmer, and settled 
at Salem, Mass. From him many Xew Lnglanders are descended. 
In 1629, then followed Walter Palmer, who came with John En- 
dicott, he having charge of six ships filled with freemen from 
England, bound to the Western Continent. Thus any Palmer 
who can trace their lineage to Connecticut or Massachusetts 
are in all probability descendants oi those two early settlers. 

After various removals from place to place, Walter Palmer 
settled on the site of Pawcatuck, now Stonington. and was ap- 
pointed "constable" in 165S. He was almost a giant in 
physique, weighing over 300 pounds, and standing six feet 
high. He died at Stonington in 1661. leaving twelve children, 
Grace, John. Hannah. Elihu, Xchemiah. Moses. Benjamin, 
Gershom, Jonas, Elizabeth. Rebecca and William. From these 
children have sprung over 6,000 Palmers, whose records are pre- 
served except in a few instances. The family -'jubilee " is to be 
held on the " Old Homestead " in Stonington. and the following 
is the outline of the proposed proceedings : The first day's ex- 
ercises will consist of historical addresses, poems, music and gen- 
eral acquiring of acquaintance. The second day a large " tent " 
meeting will be held at the Homesread. where stands the ruins 
perhaps of one of the oldest dwelling-houses of stone on the 
continent, with its old " Balm of Gilead " trees still growing, un- 
der whose branches have passed ten generations. 

The Re-Union is in charge of E. H. Palmer, President ; II. Clay 
Palmer, Treasurer; I. H. Palmer, Corresponding Secretary : A. 
S. Palmer, Secretary of Record, and Xoyes F. Palmer, Com- 
mittee on Invitations. The latter gentleman invites ail of the 
family name to send him their addresses to box iSS, Jamaica, 
L. I., in order to secure a card of invitation and further partic- 
ulars in regard to transportation, etc. Messrs. E. 1 1, and Xoyes 
I 4 '. Palmer are the primal movers in this affair, and from present 
indications it promises to be an unqualified success. It is ex- 
pected that Judge R. A. Wheeler, of Stonington, will deliver the 
first address, and Mr. William Pitt Palmer the principal poem. 
while Rev. A. G. Palmer, father of A. M. Palmer, the well-known 


theatrical manager, of New York, is expected to write a poem 
for the occasion. Any genealogy of the family will be thank- 
fully received by Mr. Xoyes F. Palmer, at Jamaica. 


I am a palmer, as you see, 

Which of my life much part have spent, 
In many a far and fayre countrie. 

As pilgrims do, of good intent. — Sir Walter Scott. 

A family re-union which is expected to arouse much interest 
the coming month is that of the Palmers. The representatives 
of the family arc widely scattered in many States of this coun- 
try, and there has never been a gathering of them together. 
Very many of the families can trace their descent to Walter 
Palmer, the Puritan, who settled in Pawcatuck. now Stonington, 
Connecticut, in 1653. Largely through the efforts of Elisha H. 
Palmer, a wealthy manufacturer of Montville, Ct., the Re-Un- 
ion to take place at Stonington, Ct.. August 10th and 1 ith, has 
been arranged. This date is chosen from the fact that it is the 
anniversary of the battle of Stonington in the War of 1S12, the 
chief event in the history of this quiet New England town. 

The Palmers were among the earliest settlers of this country. 
While none of the name came over in the Mavfloxvcr in 1620. 
William Palmer came in the Fortune, in the following year, from 
Nottinghamshire. England, and landed in Salem, Mas?. His 
descendants are chiefly in Rhode Island. Most of the present 
representatives of the name are descendants of three of the early 
immigrants. The most numerous branch is that descended 
from Walter Palmer. He came to thiscountry in 1629. landing 
at Salem. After living at Charleston and Rehoboth. Mass.. he 
went to Stonington in 1653. He was made constable of the 
town in 1658, being physically a large man. his weight being 30x3 
pounds. He left twelve children at the time of his death in 
1661. .Most of his descendants are found in Connecticut and 
New York. A branch of the family in Norwich, Ct., is de- 
scended from Thomas Palmer, who came from Ipswich. England. 
in 1633, and the descendants of William Palmer, who settled in 
Hampton, X. H., in 1638, are numerous in that State, Vermont, 
and northern Xew York. 

Among the descendants of Walter Palmer, in the eighth gen- 
eration is General Grant. The well-known representatives of the 
Palmer name at present arc General John M. Palmer, ex-Gov- 
ernor of Illinois; Dr. John W. Palmer, of Baltimore, the poet 
and magazine writer, author of several books : the Rev. Dr. Ray 
Palmer, Secretary of the Congregational Union, who is best 


known as a poet and hymn writer, author of '"' My Faith Looks 
up to Thee ;" Erastus D. Palmer, the well-known sculptor, whose 
" White Captive" is perhaps the best work of a native Amer- 
ican sculptor; George YV. Palmer, member of Congress from 
1859 to * S63 ; Frank YV. Palmer, founder of the Intcr-Occan, of 
Chicago; General Joseph Palmer, of Massachusetts: William 
Pitt Palmer, the venerable poet of this city; and A. M. Palmer, 
of Union Square Theatre. Most of these trace their lineage 
back to Walter Palmer. 

Among his descendants in the female lines are ex-Governor 
Miner, of Connecticut; Dr. J. Hammond Trumbull, of Hartford; 
and the Rev. Frederick Denison. 

Among the best-known bearers of the name in England are 
Sir Roundell Palmer, Baron Shelbourne, the distinguished states- 
man, and Dr. Edward H. Palmer. Professor of Arabic at Cam- 
bridge University, one of the most learned Oriental scholars in 
the world, and whose books are undisputed authority. 

The origin of the family name is not lost in the mists of an- 
tiquity. The Crusaders in their marches to Jerusalem in the 
Middle Ages, from the time of Peter the Hermit to the close of 
the Fourteenth Century, had many followers who sought to see 
the tomb of Christ from sacred motives. Many of these pil- 
grims on their return wore palm leaves in their hats or carried 
staves made from palm branches. They thus came to be called 
Palmers, or bearers of the palm. Some were also distinguished 
by the scallop shell, worn twisted in their hat band. The name 
soon passed into literature. Shakespeare frequently uses the 
word, as these quotations show : " My sceptre for a palmer"s 
walking staff." '' Where do the palmers lodge, I beseech you ?" 
In Spencer's " Farie Oueene " we find the following description 
of an aged pilgrim : 

" Him als accompanyd upon the way, 

A comely palmer, clad in black attire ; 
Of ripest years and hieres all hoarie gray, 

That with a statle his feeble limbs did stire 
Lest his long way his aged iimbs should tire." 

The distinction between a palmer and a pilgrim gradually grew 
up, and Sir Walter Scott, in his antiquarian researches, states 
that the pilgrim was one who visited a shrine and then returned 
home, while the palmer visited shrine after shrine, going from 
place to place and living on alms. As these palmers settled 
down, their surname was assumed from what they had been, as 
in the case of most common surnames. The family motto 
relates to the palm as the reward of noble service. It is Pal- 
mam qui meruit ferat — " Let him who has won it bear the palm." 


A tastefully gotten up invitation to the coming Re-Un fon has 
been sent to each representatives of the family whose address 
could be learned by Mr. Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, L. I. Mr. 
Noyes F. Palmer has been the leading spirit in arousing the fam- 
ily interest which has led to this Re-Union. He has been engaged 
for twenty years in collecting and collating material relating to 
the genealogical history of the Palmers, and- has already secured 
more or less information relating to upwards of 7,000 of the name. 
and has traced main- branches oi the family successfull}". The 
result of his researches will be published shortly. 

The plan of the Re-Union was devised by him and E. H. 
Palmer, of Montville. Ct.. who is President of the Re-Union. The 
other officers in charge of the matter are A. S. Palmer, Jr., Secre- 
tary of Record ; H. Clay Palmer. Treasurer. Ira H. Palmer, Corre- 
sponding Secretary, and Noyes F. Palmer, Committee on Invita- 
tions. The back of the invitations bears the name " Walter 
Palmer," ancestor of the majority of those who represent the 
names, and the dates 1653 and 1SS1. Palm leaves and the fam- 
ilymotto, together with the date of the Re-Union, are also delin- 
eated. The invitation proper begins with a quotation from 
Shakespeare. It is ornamented with an engraving of the old 
homestead of Walter Palmer, at Stonington. a solid-looking 
house with eaves near the ground, and an old-fashioned well 
sweep and Balm of Giiead trees in front. It stands on Wequet- 
equock Cove. The vessel in which the Puritan ancestors crossed 
the ocean is also depicted, and the dates at which Walter Palmer 
established himself at different places — Charlestown. 1629; See- 
konk, 1643, and Pawcatuck snow Stonington), 1633. 

It is expected that the exercises will be largely social, but 
arrangements have been made for speaking, reading of poems. 
and music. The first meeting will be held in the Congregational 
Church, if its capacity is not exceeded. Otherwise the meeting 
will be on the green adjoining. Judge R. A. Wheeler, of Ston- 
ington, will make the leading historical jj^dress: Different 
branches of the family will be spoken for by various clergymen. 
doctors and lawyers. William Pitt Palmer, who is seventy-six 
years of age, has promised to write a poem for the occasion, which 
will be read. The Rev. A. G. Palmer, father of .Messrs. A. M. 
and \V. R. Palmer, of the Union Square Theatre, will read a 
poem which he has written for the day. Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp, 
of this city, whose maiden name was Palmer, and whose musical 
abilities are well known, is expected to sing several solos. 

A homestead meeting under a tent provided for the purpose 
at the old Palmer house on Wequetequock Cove, one of the old- 


est houses in the country, will be the feature of the second day, 
August II. A delightful family Re-Union is expected. 

The arrangements for transportation have been well made. 
All of the railroads in the State will furnish tickets at half fare 
to all who have the invitations to the Re-Union. The same 
arrangement has been made with the Stonington line of steamers 
from Xew York. It is also hoped to arrange for a special excur- 
sion steamer from Xew York, in which those who secure their 
passage can hold their state-rooms and secure their meals while 
at Stonington. If a sufficient number of persons will arrange 
to go by this from Xew York, Brooklyn and vicinity, the boat 
will be provided. 

General Grant has been especially invited to attend the Re- 
Union, and it is hoped he will accept. The number of represen- 
tatives of the name Palmer in Brooklyn, as shown by the Direc- 
tor}', is 123 ; in Xew York the number is more than twice as 
great. It is expected that these will be well represented in Ston- 
ington, August 10 and 11. Invitations can be secured by 
addressing Xoyes F. Palmer, Jamaica, L. I. 

[from the stonington mirror.] 

New York City, July 27, 18S1. 
Ira H. Palmer, Esq. : 

DEAR SIR — In answer to yours of July 21st, in regard to the 
Palmer Re-Union, I will say that I shall be very glad to attend 
at Stonington for one of the days mentioned, if it is possible for 
me to do so at that time. 

Yours, truly, U. S. Grant. 

There was a good deal of disappointment at the absence of 
Gen. Grant, who is a direct descendant of Walter Palmer's oldest 
daughter, and who had promised to be present a part of one day 
at least. Arrangements had been made for a special train to 
bring him from Xew York to Stonington. He was compelled 
to be absent, however, on account of the death of his brother. 
On Monday Mr. Ira II. Palmer received the following dispatch 
in response to one which he sent to the ex-President on Saturday : 

New York, August S, 1SS1. 
To Ira II. Palmer : 

Domestic reasons will prevent my attending the Palmer 
Re-Union. U. S. Grant. 

This dispatch was read by Ira H. Palmer just before the close 
of the morning exercises. 


If possible, the Re-Union grounds will be lighted with three 
electric lights; arrangements to that effect are being made. To 
do so will require much special effort, but it is hoped the obsta- 
cles can be overcome. 

The caterer tables will be 200 feet long, and covered bv can- 
vas. On Monday morning work will commence on the Re-Union 
lot, and everything to be in order on Tuesday. 

All Palmers, or descendants of Walter Palmer, without regard 
to family name, that have been omitted in the issuance of invita- 
tions to the Re-Union, will please consider themselves hereby 
invited, and, upon application to the committee at Brayton Hail, 
can receive one. It should be distinctly understood that the 
management does not intentionally omit the inviting of any 
descendant of the patriarchal Walter Palmer. 

To the descendants of co-progenitors of ancestral families of 
this town, we say : 

The subject of family re-unions is becoming popular in this 
country, and being laudable, and of a beneficial nature, is really 
entitled to consideration by those persons having an interest in 
them respectively. The Palmer Re-Union has from its inception 
and recent growth been the subject of study upon the part of 
the management, to introduce moral and interesting features, and 
as far as possible remaining blind to the experiences or plan of 
any former re-union. Any future family re-union wili therefore 
have the benefit of our experience as regards defect and lost 
opportunities, and we trust a criticising public will treat us 

[from the providence journal.] 

Stonington is to have a good time, in a good way, and for a 
good purpose. The knightly Palmers, by the thousand, under 
the banner of "Pa/wan qui meruit ferat" with detachments of 
the Stantons, Chesebroughs, Minars, Xoyeses, Denisons, and the 
like, are to assemble on the 10th and nth of August, to recall 
the deeds of the fathers and the history of the town. Walter 
Palmer, a prince in physique as in sterling character, measuring 
six feet and some inches, came from England and settled first in 
Charlestown, Mass., in 1629, afterwards in Seekonk in 1643, and 
finally at Stonington in 1653. Having lived on both sides of 
Rhode Island, and being well acquainted with Roger Williams 
and John Clarke, he became almost a Rhode Islander. Rhode 
Island, therefore, will gladly claim stock in the grand Re-Union 
and festive celebration, taking along a few clams to be spiced 
with nutmegs. 

The 10th of August also signalizes the spunky battle of Stem- 


ington, which occurred in iS 14. when Commodore Hardy's bomb- 
brig. Despatch, got her despatch in having her hull handsomely 
perforated and severely splintered by cannon played by Stoning- 
ton volunteers. Doubtless some of the Palmer braves will 
" shoulder crutch, and show how fields are won." The celebra- 
tions are to be in tents, halls, and open fields, and all the doors 
of Stonington will be ajar. The order embraces processions, ora- 
tions, poems, annals, incidents, songs, toasts and feasts, to all of 
which efforts the descendants of Walter Palmer are fully equal, 
and so Stonington, for once, will get socially and intellectually 
stirred to her heart. 

General Grant, who is a palm from the stalwart palm-root, Wal- 
ter Palmer, will be present one of the gala days, probably the 10th, 
coming from Xew York and returning in the splendid palace car 
" Palmer," and he will unquestionably find a more encouraging 
reception at Stonington than he found in the Wilderness of Vir- 
ginia. And multitudes of people will say, ,l When he doth ride 
abroad, may we be there to see." 

Such re-unions and patriotic celebrations have in them a large 
residuum of positive good : they increase our sacred love of 
home; they hallow the memories of our deserving ancestors ; 
they purify and quicken our bond of brotherhood, and deepen 
and strengthen our love of country, and our devotion to all our 
republican institutions. The Palmers are to be congratulated on 
the spirit, enterprise and order manifest in the arrangement made 
for this great gathering. F. D. 


The Palmer family of this county, of which Irving H. Palmer, 
Esq., is a worthy member, is descended from the old stock, and 
have been invited to attend the Re-Union. 


We glean from the press, the great interest awakened all over 
the country in the coming Re-Union of the Palmer family, at 
Stonington. Ct., on the 10th and 1 1 th of August next. It prom- 
ises to be the greatest event in this section for many years, and 
will only be eclipsed by the Groton Centennial that follows in 
September. About three thousand invitations have been sent 
out, and the responses being daily received are numerous and 
full of appreciative expressions. 

[from cooley's weekly.] 

The Palmer Re-Union, which is to take place at Stonington, 
August iothand nth, 18S1, is assuming quite large proportions. 


Permit me to say a few words concerning it in your paper, which 
circulates so extensively. I will only venture (as Hon. Richard 
A. Wheeler is to give a genealogical record of the Walter Pal- 
mer families) that Walter Palmer came to this country from 
England in 1629 and was sworn a freeman in the Massachusetts 
colony, May, 163 1. He removed in the year 1642 to Rehobeth, 
Plymouth colony. Here he purchased large tracts of land and 
filled various town offices. The next we hear of him he is in 
Connecticut purchasing land of Gov. Haynes. The possession 
was given July, 1653. In 1635 he had one thousand one hun- 
dred and ninty-one acres. His lands were situated on the shore 
of Wequetequock cove in Stonington. where we propose to 
have appropriate services on the 1 Ith of August, near the house 
he built, a part of which is now standing, and also near where 
his remains were laid. His descendants are very numerous and 
reside mostly in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and 
New York States, and a few in almost every State in the Union. 
Noyes F. Pa.'mer, of Jamaica, Long Island, X. Y., has gathered 
the lineage of nearly six thousand Palmers. There will be over 
five thousand invitations sent out. There are other Palmers 
that came over soon after Walter, and to whose descendants we 
extend a cordial invitation to participate in our Re-Union. 
Walter Palmer brought with him his daughter Grace (his wife 
having died in England). She married Thomas Miner in 1634. 
by whom she had twelve children. From one of these Hon. 
Richard A. Wheeler has accurately traced the lineage of Genera; 
Grant. He will be invited to attend. There have been several 
meetings, at which officers and committees have been chosen to 
to carry out a programme for the occasion. At the next, to be 
held in Stonington, in the vestry of Doctor Palmer's church, a: 
2 P. M., the 29th inst. (Wednesday*, it is desirable to finish as far 
as practicable the arrangements that will make the Re-Union a 
complete success. To this end all Palmers in New Londor. 
County and vicinity that feel a special interest in the matter are 
requested to attend. Any further information can be obtained 
by addressing Ira H. Palmer, of Stonington, the corresponding 
secretary, or the subscriber, E. H. PALMER, President. 

MOST ville, Conn. j June 24, 1881. 

[from the mystic press.] 

Interest is growing in the Palmer Re-Union, which will take 
place in this village, August 10th and 11th. Correspondence is 
almost daily received from members of the family, who are 
deeply interested in the affair. The treasurer visited Mr. Noyes 
F. Palmer (one of the vice-presidents) at his residence at Jamaica. 
L. I., last week. Mr. P. is very pleasantly situated only eight 


miles from Long Island City, at Maple Grove Cemetery, a large 
tract of ground containing nearly one hundred acres. Mr. P. 
acts in the capacity of superintendent and civil engineer of the 
same. The corporation was opened about five years ago. and 
has at the present time some tour hundred lot owners from 
Brooklyn, New York, and the surrounding villages. Among 
some of the most remarkable features of the cemetery are the 
chapel and superintendent's lodge, built of stone, with steep 
French roofs. In the chapel building there is a chapel hall for 
the accommodation of funerals; also waiting rooms, and office 
of the superintendent. The lodge is situated at the main en- 
trance, and is as convenient as pretty in design. Mr. P. has been 
for the past twenty years writing up the genealogy of the 
descendants of Walter Palmer, and has to-day some six thou- 
sand names of the family. 


The position occupied by the family in the modern world pre- 
sents many points of interest to science ; and anthropologists 
will therefore not need to have their attention called to the ap- 
proaching " Re-Union of the Palmer Family," which is to take 
place at Stonington, next month, and to which General Grant 
has received an invitation. The letter sent to him calls his at- 
tention to the fact that he is one of the descendants of Walter 
Palmer, who was one of the " first settlers " at Stonington : that 
his co-descendants number "main- thousands." scattered "from 
Maine to California : " that they propose to have a " Paimer-Re- 
Union," on the ioth and nth of August, at Stonington; that 
the ex-President is therefore specially invited to allow a thous- 
and or more " Palmers " on those days to pay their respects to 
him as a kinsman : that the palace car " Palmer " will be placed 
at his disposal for the occasion : and that " a solicitous and ap- 
preciative array " of his co-descendants are longing to have him 
join them on that day in " tiie social and fraternal festivities of 
a real Anglo-American Re-Union." The invitation bears the 
well-known motto : Pa I mam qui meruit fcrat. Communal re- 
unions of this kind are peculiar, we believe, to the United States, 
and have become of late years a noticeable feature of sociai life 
here. In older countries, where the family exists as a sort of 
private corporation, such meetings of the entire body of the de- 
scendant of a common ancestor are unknown, and would prob- 
ably be considered undesirable, as calculated to bring together 
•n an enforced and unpleasant intercourse people widely sepa- 
rated by birth, wealth, social position and breeding. It would, 
perhaps, also be urged that these re-unions would be chiefly 


useful and profitable to such members of the family as had been 
unsuccessful in their struggle with the world, and needed ex- 
ternal support and recognition, and would therefore be likely to 
"run" the re-union in their own interest. None of these ob- 
jections — to judge by the growing popularity of the custom — 
seem to be applicable to the circumstances of this country, and 
such re-unions afford interesting proof of the survival of a 
primitive sentiment which carries us back to the times when the 
Aryan or Pelasgian ancestors of " the Palmers " and other fam- 
ilies gathered together not once in two hundred years, but three 
times a day, for purposes of commensal enjoyment. Thus far on 
all like occasions perfect harmony has prevailed, and the rigid 
exclusion of " politics " has greatly tended to promote this end. 
General Grant will, we presume, recollect that he is invited sim- 
ply as a co-descendant " Palmer," and refrain from saying any- 
thing of a political nature calculated to eclipse the gayety oi 
the Re-Union or to stir up passions, which, even in the most 
closely united families, often produce such unhappy conse- 

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Stonington^ Conn., June i, 1881. 

A Re-Union of the " Palmer Family " 
is to take place at Stonington, Conn., on the 10th 
and nth days of Auguft, 1881, (the anniverfary 
of the battle of Stonington, in the war of 1812). 

You are moft cordially invited to participate 
in the re-union and feftivities in connection there r- 
with, which it is hoped will be pleafant to all who 

Walter Palmer came to Stonington in 1653, 
and was one of the firft fettlers of the town. His 
defcendants number thoufands and the gathering 
of them together on the 10th of Auguft is for their. 
Ibcial acquaintance and enjoyment. 

May we have the pleafure of your attendance % 
Truly yours 

E. H. Palmer, President. 
A. S. Palmer, Jr., Secretary of Record. 

H. Clay Palmer, Treasurer. 
Ira H. Palmer, Corresponding Secretary. 

Noyes F. Palmer, Committee on Invitation. 

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Invitations to the number of six thousand, were executed 
by the New York Graphic from a design by H. Clay Palmer, 
of Stonington, Ct. There was a first edition of three thousand 
printed on light paper, with typographical errors, and it was not 
intended to use many of them, but it became necessary to send 
out the whole six thousand. Of this number, about one thou- 
sand envelopes were directed at Stonington, Ct., by Correspond- 
ing Secretary Ira H. Palmer, from lists prepared there. 
The other five thousand envelopes were directed at Jamaica, 
L. I., X. Y., from " Palmer Genealogical Directory" by Noyes F. 
Palmer : some eleven hundred of the latter envelopes were 
mailed from Stonington. 

1 he limited time to mail these invitations, did not permit of 
ail being sent to names coming only a few days before the date 
jI the Re-Union. No one was intentionally slighted. 


Responses to Invitations, 


[brief extracts from letters.] 

Note. — Hundreds of other letters besides those following were received, equally 
interesting, but space will not allow of their insertion in this volume. In mam 
cases but brief extracts have been made even of those selected to appear. 

Captain A. S. Palmer, writes from Illinois : " I went into the 
navy in 1839, resigned after the Mexican war. I want a memor 
ial invitation, on account of the name Palmer." 

Dr. George C. Palmer, of Kalamazoo, Mich., writes: " It wil! 
give me great pleasure to be in Stonington." 

Attorney Jewett Palmer, of Marietta, O., writes: ' ; I do nor 
see how I can stay away." 

C. P. Palmer, of Winsted, Ct., says : " Will endeavor to be 
present. " 

John Palmer, of Warwick, N. Y., says : " I intend to meet 
with you." Note. — He will bring and show deeds, relics, etc 
of interest belonging to Palmers. 

Mrs. E. A. Abbe, of Mass. , says : " Hope to be in Stonington 
at Re-Union." 

Lawyer Palmer, of Cortland, N. Y. . writes: "I intend to be 
present at the Re-Union. * * * ." 

Mrs. Lucy Palmer Marshall, of Mass. , writes : ; ' Please accept 
thanks for your beautifully gotten up invitation card for the 
Palmer Re-Union. Shall attend. '" * * ." 

E. A. Palmer, of Indiana, writes: ''Wish the participators a 
hearty good time, and many returns of the day." 

T. W. Russell, of Hartford, writes: " Having had most pleas- 
ant relations with members of the family for twenty-five years 
as a son by adoption, I very naturally feel an interest in th< 
proposed gathering, and shall be pleased to be one with you a! 
said meeting." 



S. L. Palmer, of C. &: N. \V. Railway, writes : " Am in posses- 
sion of a genealogy that dates back several hundred years of 
the Palmer family." 

An aged Palmer from Jewett City says: " Am an old, feeble 
man. " * * My daughter may attend and represent the 
family. Wish you all a pleasant and enjoyable time." 

A descendant in the Green Mountain State writes: "To 
those inland as far as Vermont, a vision of the open sea would 
be more wonderful than a vision of the mountains. - * * 
1 predict a joyful occasion." 

Prof. Daniel C. Eaton, of Yale College, writes : " Anything I 
can do to help the Re-Union, will be a pleasure to me." 

A descendant writing from Fayetteville, N. Y. , says : "I 
hope and expect to meet you in person next week, as will sev- 
eral from this place, and aid as far as possible to make this occa- 
sion a great success." 

A re-unionist writes before coming: " Hope the gathering of 
the many descendants of one of the most noted families in this 
glorious old commonwealth, may be every way satisfactory to 
all concerned." He further writes : " I married one of the very 
best Palmer girls ever raised in Eastern Connecticut." 

Colonel Wessel, of Litchfield County, writes : I came down 
from Walter straight as a string, and the Palmers are a stock 
one need not be ashamed of, either." 

L. A. Palmer, of Honeoye Falls, N. Y., sends the following : 
"A kindly greeting to you all 
Gathered in this memorial hall : 
A kinship to you I would claim, 
By virtues of your honored name. — 
A name that's known through ail the land 
From Western plain to Eastern strand. 
" Survival of the fittest," then, 

Gives us the chance to live 'mong men ; 
To live for God, for truth, for right, 
And keep our ancient name stiil bright ; 
For I could never strike the lyre 
To degenerate son of honored sire. 
My best respects to all I give. 
And may we each so faithful live, 

That when on earth our time shall cease, 
And we from labor have release, 
Be this the meed that we have won — .^ 
A consciousness of duty done." 


J. L. Moss, Jr., of Westerly, writes : " It will give great pleas- 
ure to some of our family to attend the Palmer Re-Union. 
With best wishes, etc." 

Mr. A. M. Palmer cables from London, England, to his father. 
Rev. Dr. Palmer of Stonington. expressing his regret at not 
being able to return from Europe in time to be present at the 
Palmer Re-Union, and sends his greetings to the members of 
the Palmer family, who may be present on the tenth. 

L. H. Palmer, agent Fall River line steamers, says : "Al- 
though I can claim no relationship to the descendants of your 
patriarchal " Walter." yet the fact, that my father was a genuine 
importation from England during this century, is sufficient for 
me to join in a Palmer family Re-Union." 

Ex-Governor Minor states: " I shall be with you, etc." His 
maternal ancestor was Grace Palmer, eldest daughter of 

Stockbridge (Mass.^ descendants write : " Many thanks for 
the very enticing invitations to the Palmer Re-Union, which 
we accept with unfeigned pleasure. * - '■•' Chaucer has 
told us the Palmers lodge " all over creation," and that means 
Stonington to every home-bound Palmer." 

Rev. A. S. Chesebro' writes : " I shall be happy to be present 
and to represent William Chesebro'. who with Walter Palmer 
and their fellow planters laid the foundation of society in our 
beloved native town, long ago." 

Rev. Gurdon W. Xoyes writes : 

"The Re-Union you propose is well suited to keep alive the 
laudable family pride to cement old friendships, and form new- 
ones, and in every way to profit the mind and heart. Meeting 
as you do, near my birthplace, and where my youth was passed. 
recalling attention to my worth}' and much revered ancestor, 
Rev. James Xoyes, it would give me special satisfaction to be 
there, and share with you in the reminisences, jubilations, and 
outlooks, of that occasion, etc." 

Amos Palmer Barber, of Rahway, X. J., writes: "Shall be 
happy to be present. Am a direct descendant from Walter." 

B. G. Palmer, of Middleton, X. Y., writes : " Shall be one of 
the happy family." 

R. II. Palmer writes: " Am very much interested in the Re- 
Union, as are all of our family." 

Rev. Frederick Denison writes: " My response to the call of 


" Denison " will be short, since brevity will be the soul of wit, 
in your great gathering. * * ." 
As to a poem : 

" Responsive to your favors shown, 
If I may haply touch the string-, 
In filial strains I fain would sing-, 
The merits of our Mother Town." 

[932— From Alvak Palmer.] 

Home, South Byron, Fon du Lac Co., Wis. 

Stonington was my birthplace, June 7th. 1S01. the place 
where my eyes first caught the light on this mundane sphere. 
Oh ! friend, don't doubt the great happiness it would afford my 
declining years to visit the place made sacred to me, and min- 
gle with those of kindred blood. Xo doubt it will be a " feast 
of fat things " to those in attendance. May the God of our 
fathers and of all good be present, and direct the assemblage 
to His honor and the happiness of all present. My best 
regards for all who are congregated on that festal day. 

And now to yourself receive my hearty good wishes, and also 
to all associated with you. 

[1335 — From Andrew Palmer.] 

Janesville, Wis. 

Nothing could be more agreeable to my wishes than to be 
present and join with you in the Re-Union and festivities about 
to take place at the old Walter Palmer homestead. 

While as descendants of a race largely composed of men 
noted for their brave and devout pilgrimages to the sacred 
shrine of the Redeemer, it would ill comport with a due regard 
for our own self-respect to base, upon that ground alone, a 
claim to the respectful consideration of others. History still 
verifies the fact that, among the six thousand or more names 
already upon the record as descendants of the earlier Palmer 
emigrants to this country, is a worthy array of able and distin- 
guished divines, and members of the different secular profes- 
sions, including many names that have elevated the callings 
they have severally chosen, and from among whom have been 
taken some of the wisest and most equitable of our law-makers 
and chief magistrates. And while it is also a noteworthy fact, 
and one of no ordinary significance, that the name by which 
W'e arc known is barely second in numerical force to any by 
which the English-speaking race is designated, and embraces 
among those who have borne it some of the ablest jurists and 
state counsellors of the old world, rare indeed are the cases in 
which it is to be found upon the records of our criminal courts. 


or among the hungry herd of office seekers and official spoils- 
men, so degrading to the moral condition of this people, and so 
imminent in its bodings of an early and ignominious termina- 
tion of our national greatness and glory. 

Assuring you, that while I deeply regret my inability to join 
with you in the festivities of the occasion, it is only in person 
that I shall be absent, as my heart and every good wish will be 
with you throughout the entire period of the gathering. 

[From Mrs. Frances Palmer Brown.] 

Elmira, N. Y. 

My father, Nathaniel Palmer, received an invitation to the 
Re-Union of the " Palmer Family " at Stcnington. Ct. It 
being quite a task, at his time of life, to write letters, he sent me 
the invitation and wished me to write for him thanking vou for 
the invitation. 

About twelve years ago, a daughter of John Palmer came to 
Brockport from Madison Count}*, bringing with her a gold- 
headed cane which had been her father's, and was to be hand- 
ed down to each John Palmer in his line. She said it was given 
to a John Palmer away back by one of the " Georges of Eng- 
land," for meritorious conduct. I saw the cane, and I believe 
she said it had been in the family two hundred and fifty years. 

[From B. Frank Palmer.] 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Your esteemed invitation to the Palmer Family Re-Union is 
at hand ; and in accepting it I must beg you to allow me to add 
to my acceptance the last line found in that of General Grant 
— u I will be with you in thought, if not in person." 

It is not probable that our English cousins — Sir Roundell 
Palmer, Baron Selbourne. Prof. Edward H. Palmer of Cambridge, 
or others of the line — can well come so far, across the ocean, to 
be present on the occasion ; and yet you expect the ablest one 
of all the Palmer crusaders, not excepting Peter the Hermit, in 
the person of Ulysses S. Grant, whose " line," whether dating 
from the root of the genealogical tree or from the trunk of some 
sturdy old sheltering oak in the " wilderness " of Virginia, we 
are more than honored in honoring, and more than justly proud 
in boasting of, genealogically. 

I will, if required by the record, ignore all others of the line 
(ten thousand strong), for three hundred years : and then 'plac- 
ing General Grant in his true position as the Patriot-warrior), 
still claim for the family in which he is descended a name equal 
to the best on two continents. England would not a^k of her 
most illustrious family, in three hundred years, more than one 


Wellington. America will not ask of any one family a more 
distinguishing honor than the Palmer line presents in Ulysses 
S. Grant. There are others in the line, who even in the pres- 
ence of the great captain (whose deeds must, for a time, obscure 
all lesser names in patriotic warfare), stand forth ready to hon- 
orably contend for the palm, with our transatlantic cousin, in 
all the avenues of art, invention, science and literature : and 
covet a warfare in the science of peace, in which it is hoped both 
will excel. The names of many honored descendants of Walter 
Palmer will appear, and in honoring them, I claim, for one, the 
Spartan epitaph (^little changed) — " Walter had many a worthier 
son than he." 

[1212 — From A. S. Chesebrough.] 

Durham, Ct. 
There are some of the descendants of the first settler, as you 
know, who have changed the spelling of their name to Cliesehro. 
The original William always wrote his name in full, and so 
do a large portion of his descendants, most of whom are not 
now residing in Stonington. May I ask you to see that in your 
programme for the Re-Union, and in any history of it you may 
publish, you will be particular and spell the name in full. We 
do not fancy this bob-tailed spelling. 

[900 — From Fanny Cheseboro.] 

Stontxgtox, Ct. 

Dr. Nathan Palmer owned the farm and house now occupied 
by Joseph Chesebro, Sr., in the immediate neighborhood of the 
place where Walter Palmer built his home. 

The land was never sold until my father bought it, after the 
death of his uncle, Denison Palmer. 

The house, now owned by my uncle. Denison Palmer Chese- 
bro, in Stonington Boro., also belonged to Dr. Nathan Palmer, 
originally. A part of my father's house, which has always been 
a Palmer homestead, is more than a hundred and fifty years 

[676 — From Couktland Palmer.] 

No. 151 East iSth Street, New York. 
As I belong to the Stonington branch, I presume you need 
no statistics. 

I shall attend the meeting on 10th August, unless absolutely 

[1201 — From Rev. Frederic Denison.] 

No. 28 South Court St., Providence, R. I. 
Please accept, in behalf of the palm-bearing family, my special 
thanks for the kind invitation sent me, to attend your grand 


family Re-Union, of August loth and nth, of the current 

As my great-grandmother, Bridget (Palmer) Gallup, wife of 
Deacon Benadam Gallup, of Groton, Ct.. was a lineal descend- 
ant of Walter Palmer. I naturally feel the pulse and pride of 
the palm-wearers; and since "blood will tell," even to the 
" third and fourth generation," I shall count it a pleasure ami 
an honor to " put in an appearance," if possible, on the occa- 
sion of the great family festival. 

[617 — From Ge.v. George W. Palmer.] 

137 East 124th St., New York. 

I gladly accept the kind invitation to be present at the Re- 

XJnion of the Palmer Family on the 10th and uthprox., at 

Stonington, and desire to convey my thanks for your courtesy. 

I shall endeavor to be present with my wife, and join in the 

festivities of the occasion. 

[1050 — From Madame de Giveryille.] 

St. Louts. 

I have gathered some items respecting the Palmers from 
American and English sources : " There have been about sixty 
families at a time in England of this very surname, differing in 
their armes, and no wise related but by marriage. The 
paternal coate is 2 bans gules, each charged with 3 tre- 
foils of the field. Most one in chief, a greyhound — convent 
table. The crest is a demi-panther or demi-leopard : argent- 
spotted azure, fire issuing from his ears and mouth and hold- 
ing in his paws a holly-bough with leaves and berries proper." 
" The family, whose patriarch, William le Palmer, was a cru- 
sader under Richard Cceur de Leon, was from a remote period 
established in the county of Sussex, but a branch of it settled 
in Marston as early as 1559." A descendant of the crusader. 
Thomas Palmer, came to Boston, married Abigail Hutchinson. 
and had two sons, Thomas and Eliakim, and a daughter Sarah. 
who married Mr. Lewis. My grandfather, who was six feet two 
inches, was said to have derived his stature from the Palmers. 

You will notice the name was originally le Palmer, as in France: 
the family bearing the name le Pelerin ('the pilgrim) have in 
their armes three scallop shells, and tradition tells their pilgrim- 
age to the Holy Land. The palm is also an emblem of the fol- 
lowers of Christ, and is attributed to the Christian martyrs. 

[204 — From Edwin Palmer.] 

Norwich, Ct. 
I am not a descendant of Walter, but of Thomas of Rowley ; 
and yet, as your committee are kindly inviting all Palmers to 


the Re-Union, I feel at liberty to accept, and shall probably be 
present. "Palmers all our fathers were," even if there were 
some thirty different original ancestors for those who bear the 
name in New England alone, making it thus an impossibility 
for Walter to be appropriated, much as we may desire to do so, 
by more than half of us. at the most. But from whomsoever 
sprung, we are all coming, for you design, of course, the Re- 
Union, although given under the auspices of Walter's descend- 
ants, to be a PALMER Re-Union, do you not ? And therefore, 
you ask to join you in this " gathering of the clan," those who 
look back to William, passenger in the Fortune. 1 62 1, the oldest 
of us all ; and to the other Williams; to John of Charlestown. 
1634, and to the eight other Johns; to Henry, to Edward, to 
George, to Barnabas; to Nicholas of Windsor; to Thomas of 
Rowley ; and the rest. 

[717 — FromELiHU J. Palmer.] 

Carbondale, III. 

The tradition talked into me by my grandmother and grand- 
father, and confirmed by the " big ha' Bible " which they read, 
and orally by my father, was that three brothers left old Eng- 
land about the same time, previous to 16SS, and I think before 
the restoration of the Stuarts. That one of them settled in New 
England, one in the Middle States, perhaps Pennsylvania, and 
one in what was once called the northern neck of Virginia. I 
am a descendant of the last, and am able to trace my lineage 
directly to him with but little trouble. The traits of the family 
are well interpreted as far we are concerned by the motto — " Pal- 
mam qui meruit" etc., for my grandfather followed Washington 
for seven years in the Revolution. My father followed Har- 
rison, 1 812. 

And may the " returned Crusader descendants " give a' good 
account of themselves on the 10th and nth prox., is the wish 
and hope of one of them. 

[1029 — From Henry Palmer Ensign.] 

Mobile, Ala. 

To one who entertains such high veneration for the historic 
annals of a family whose lineage dates so far back as that to 
which we belong, the occasion suggested would be fruitful of 
pleasure and gratification. The reminiscences, which such, a re- 
Union will necessarily call up, put into imperishable record 
a nd transmitted to futurity, revivified and modernized, will be 
treasured by all the participants with an intensity of affection 
grandly commensurate with the object in view. 

i'he place of rendezvous, too, made by the hand-marks in 


peace, and the blood in war. of those whose scions we are proud 
to be to-day, will add the glamour of their legendary testimony 
to the happiness that awaits those whose good fortune it may 
be to give the inspiration of their presence. 

[1014 — From Rev. Edward Palmer.] 

Barnwell. S. C. 

I cannot refrain from saying that I am proud of the name of 
Palmer, and happy in belonging to a lineage of such import- 
ance, as to justify the remarkable "Union" proposed. If it i; 
not too late, I will write to express my regret at not being able 
to make one of your favored number. One-third of the way 
among the "nineties," and feeble in strength, and at a distance 
so remote, I do not feel that it would be practicable or prudent 
to mingle in such a vast concourse as will swell your numbers. 

But I send my hearty congratulations to you all, and wish the 
■richest pleasures and the happiest results from the grand 
" Union." Still more, I heartily echo the Palmer Family Motto : 
"Let him, who has won it, bear the palm." May the emblem 
11 Never get less." 

[From Francis A. Palmer.] 

New York City, N. Y. 
Dear Sir — It will afford me much pleasure to accept your 
kind invitation to meet the Palmer family at Stonington. 

[970 — Frdm Benjamin Fish.] 

New York. 
I regret very much that I can only be with you in spirit on 
the occasion, for it is a matter of pride with me that some 01 
my ancestry sprung from the good old tree. And even if there 
ran in my veins no drop of Palmer blood, I should still corn- 
template with the rarest interest a gathering which cannot fail 
to awaken anew the most honored memories belonging to my 
birthplace and early home, since no history of old Stonington 
can begin or end without the name of Palmer. 

[S97 — From George H. Palmer.] 
My father (the late Edmund Palmer) was born in East Had- 
dam, Ct., in the year 1809. Often have I heard him in most 
affectionate terms tell of the old homestead. The pleasure of 
visiting his birthplace has so far been denied me. 

[876 — From Prof. Asaph Hall.] 

Washington, D. C. 
My great-grandfather, on my mother's side, was Andrew 
Palmer of Stonington, Ct. I knew but little of him, but had 


been told that he had a brother Robert, who was a privateer 
during the Revolutionary War. My grandfather, Robert Palmer, 
was born in Stonington. and when about 21 years old he moved 
to Goshen. Ct., where he married and had nine children, my 
mother, Hannah C, being the oldest. She was born August, 
1S04, and died in Goshen, March, 1SS0. My uncle, Andrew 
Palmer, now about seventy-three years old. is living in Goshen. 
The next brother, Robert, is in California ; and the other, Lem- 
uel, is in Michigan. A younger brother, James, was killed in the 
Civil War; and all the rest of the generation are dead. 

I should be very glad to attend the Re-Union of the Palmer 
family, but probably it will not be possible for me to do so. 

[SSo— From John B. Palmer.] 

Concord, N. H. 
As I cannot be present on the occasion, I desire to say that 
in heart I shall be with you all, in all your works and undertak- 
ings, and that, as long as life lasts, my doors will be opened 
wide (as they always have been) to all who bear the name 
of Palmer. 

[6S6— From Jas. D. Palmer.] 

Havana, N. Y. 
With regret I inform you that I cannot meet at Stonington, 
August 10th and 1 ith, and participate in the Re-Union. I don't 
know as I am a descendant of Walter Palmer. My grandfather, 
Dan'l Palmer, once lived in Massachusetts; had sixty acres of 
land near the place Gen. Putnam rode down the stone steps. 

[564 — From J. C. Palmer.] 

Ouincv, III. 
The occasion will doubtless be one of great interest to all 
participants, and, circumstances favoring, I should be delighted 
to be present. 

[993 — From John H. Palmer.] 

Salem, Roanoke Co., Va. 

It would afford me very great pleasure to visit the home of 
our ancestors, and mingle with the happy company upon this 
pleasing occasion ; to take by the hand the many we have 
never seen, but who are of the same blood and of the same 
honored name. 

Please accept, on your own behalf, and of all who may be 
present, my regrets in not being permitted to be with you 
'circumstances will not admit of my absence from home at this 
lime), and my earnest desire that this may be an occasion of 
Vjreat rejoicing, the promotion of happy and enduring acquain- 
tances, long to be remembered. 


[971 — From L. W. Ken yon. J 

Goshen, Ct. 
Accept my sincere thanks for your kind invitation for August 
loth and 1 ith. It is with much regret that I find myself unable 
to attend, although to participate in the exercises on such an 
occasion would give me very great pleasure. 

[1234 — From Isabel Grant Meredith.] 
My grandfather, the late Billings Grant, was the second son 
of Dr. Minor Grant, who was a native of Stonington, a surgeon 
in Washington's army, and a sister of whom married a Palmer. 
and, I think, settled in Stonington. The families of Hewett 
and Wheeler, of Stonington, were also related by marriage to 
my grandfather. My mother, Mrs. Julia Grant Dowe, now liv- 
ing with me, is the eldest daughter of Billings Grant. His only 
other surviving child is Mrs. Lyman W. Crane, of Stafford 
Springs, Ct. 

[933 — From Roswell Randall. J 

Clinton, Mich. 

I regret very much that circumstances forbid my attendance 
at the Waiter Palmer Re Union. What a numerous progeny 
that Walter has at this time ! The living members at this time 
number many thousands, after 22S years. Jacob went down 
into Egypt with seventy souls, and the Israelites that came up 
out of Pharaoh's realm have been estimated at six millions. 
Perhaps after the same length of time, the descendants of Wal- 
ter may number up in the millions. The Palmers are a law- 
abiding people. It is presumed that a search of the records of 
all the jails, penitentiaries and prisons of the country would 
find very few Palmers among them. Fifty or sixty years ago 
the Palmers had not become famous, but they are coming to the 
front ; they can now rank among their number, governors, gen- 
erals, statesmen, college professors, eminent divines, etc., etc. 
In Stonington and Voluntown, Ct., the Palmers and Randalls 
intermarried, living in the same locality. Subsequently a por- 
tion of them emigrated to Lenox, Madison Co., and to Bridge- 
water, Oneida Co., N. Y. 

In these localities they intermarried still more, but the spirit 
of emigration has scattered them over all the Western and 
Northwestern States. 

They may be found in all professions, in all pursuits, in all 

Through my paternal grandmother I am grafted into the 
family tree. 

Let the old tree continue to flourish and extend ; planted on 


the shore of the Atlantic, its branches have spread over the 
Rocky Mountains, and taken root on the Pacific coast. 

Long may the name in honor shine, 

From Eastern to the Western brine ; 
And Walter's fame strike deep and high, 

While circling ages onward fly. 

[855 — From Mary Dana Shindler.] 

No. 5 Waverly Place. New York. 

My great-grandfather was pastor of a church in Falmouth, I 
think, and my grandfather. Job Palmer, went to South Carolina 
in early life and settled there. He lived to be 97 years of age, 
and died from influenza— not from old age. He had two sons 
who were clergymen, my father. Rev. Benj. M. Palmer. D. D., 
for more than twenty-five years pastor of the largest Congrega- 
tional church in Charleston, and indeed, in the whole South ; 
and Rev. Edward Palmer, now 95 years of age and still preach- 
ing. My uncle Edward has two sons in the ministry, the well- 
known and celebrated Dr. B. M. Palmer of New Orleans, and 
Edward, settled in Alabama. My aunt Sarah (Mrs. Axson), 
has also a son in the ministry, and one a physician in New- 
Orleans. I suppose I belong to you, and mean to be present 
at the Re-Union. 

[195 — From Geo. D. Stanton.] 

It may be safely asserted that none of the offspring of the 
Pilgrim Fathers can lay claim to more merited eminence in the 
varied fields of theory, law, physic, the art and science of war. 
and statesmanship, than the descendants of that sturdy old 
pioneer settler of my boyhood home, Walter Palmer: 

[From Lucretia P. Spencer.] 

Dover, Del. 

As the traveler halting for his noonday meal looks back upon 
what he has accomplished, and marks well his successes and 
their causes, also his failures and their causes — the one to copy 
in the future and the other to avoid — he also looks ahead, 
searching eagerly for the most direct path for the goal of his 
ambition. In like manner would it not be well at our family 
gathering to note well the successes and failures, and their causes, 
for our future benefit ; and earnestly encourage among our mem- 
bers to religiously labor for the high ambition of attaining per- 
fect physical, mental and moral growth. 

[6S5 — From Mrs. George Sherman.] 


My father and two brothers and two sisters arc buried at 
Wequetequock, in the old burying ground. I suppose my 


grandfather lived there, and perhaps in the old Walter Palmer 
house. I have in my possession his old Bible which he bought 
the same day he was drowned. 

[931— From HCLDAH P. Safford.] 

_ 1 deeply regret that I am not young enough to accept your 
kind invitation to the Palmer Re-Union, at Stoningtom the 
place of my birth, and where my forefathers have been educated 
and spent the best of their days, and where our ancestors have 
fought for their freedom and obtained liberty, and left for ua 
a free and glorious country. It makes me 'feel voung again 
when I think of my birthplace and home, and were f fifteen 
years younger I would be with you at your gathering I am 
the youngest and last one left of twelve' of my father's farmh- 
and am in my ninety-sixth year, and do not feel' quite as nimble 
as once: but if I live to see the 10th and nth of this month, my 
heart and mind will be with you, and that it will be a gloried 
meeting of the Palmers is the' wish of your aged friend* 

[646 — From Thomas R. Palmer.] 

Otisville. X. V. 
My grandfather's family consisted of five sons— Sam uei. 
Aaron, Stephen, John and Daniel— all of which arc dead, i 
could enumerate their descendants, but they are legion. I am 
a son of Stephen, and am in my seventy-second year; have not 
been able to get my coat on unassisted for a year and a half, 
but I shall try and attend the Re-Union of the Palmer familv 
August 10th and nth. 

[103— From IE Clay Trl .mulll.J 

Xo. 725 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. 

Returning from a journey which has included Euroue, Asia. 
Africa and America. I find here your invitation to attend the 
Palmer Re-Union in Stoningtcn next month, and I take pleas- 
ure in accepting it. 

All the world over, there is no place to a man like his child- 
hood's home for its permanently impressive associations, and i 
shall be glad to revive my many memories of my native place 
by a return to it on this noteworthy occasion. 

[^97 — From Theodore J. Palmer.] 

Xew York. 

I shall take great pleasure in being present at the •' Palmer 
Re-Union " on the 10th ol August, and hope the affair will be 
a great success. 


[1275 — From William Pitt Palmer.] 

Freveburg, Me. 
Your favor of 13th ult. was forwarded me here by my son, 
two days since. He found it at my old place of business, from 
which ill health banished me some three years ago. My physi- 
cian willed that I should try the air of the mountains for one Sum- 
mer at least, and I am here accordingly. And just to think that 
I cannot join you and my other kindred, nine days hence, to 
honor the memory of our common ancestor at the house by 
Wequetequock, where his long pilgrimage found a peaceful and 
honored repose ! I regret exceedingly that I cannot be with 
yon on an occasion so interesting. I should feel myself over- 
paid, if permitted to occupy the humblest seat among all my 
kindred. The poem which the papers accord to me, I should 
be delighted to prepare with ail my might, if only the fates had 
left me some little tuneful ability. To prove my filial interest 
in the Re-Union, I have sent to the care of Doctor H. G. 
Palmer, as my representative, a small volume of verses, which 
perhaps may fill a little chink in the memorials of the celebra- 
tion. It is but a trifle at best. 

[1232 — From Mrs. Alice S. Wheeler and Mrs. Elizaeeth Easton.] 

The undersigned, great-granddaughters of General Joseph 
Palmer, of Revolutionary- memory, and granddaughters of 
Joseph Pearce Palmer, his son, would be pleased to meet the 
various branches who will be present at your gathering, should 
you think proper to send an invitation. 

[919 — From J. B. Wood.] 

Warwick, X. Y. 

I have a sort of historical record from which I briefly copy. 
The Palmers of Rockland County are but one branch of the 
family from New England, and is of English origin. (Gives ref- 
erence to New York genealogical record and biographical, un- 
der the name of Palmer.) John Palmer, as early as 1750, lived 
near New City, Rockland Count}-; had three sons John, 
Joseph and Jonathan. 

John Palmer, Jr., continued near New City; his children's 
names are John, Sarah, Joseph, Barbara, Jonathan, Elizabeth, 
Mary, Catrina and Rebecca. 

John Palmer, third, removed to Warwick ; his children are 
fravid, Uriel, Annie, Sarah, Maria, Hannah, Rebecca and Eliza- 
beth. Maria and Elizabeth are the only ones living. This 
family came from City Island, as is known by old deeds in their 


[10S6 — From Grace B. Wilgus.] 

Buffalo, N. Y. 
Have received an invitation to the Palmer Re-Union. Am 
a descendant of Walter Palmer in the straight line. Was borr. 
at Stonington. on a farm deeded to my grandfather. Xathanie! 
Palmer, by Joseph Xoyes, February- ioth. 1772, and for forty 
years lived on the farm, and in the borough of Stonington. 
My brother, Luke Palmer, of Burlington, Iowa, and all of our 
nephews and neices. I hope, have not been overlooked. Am 
proud of my 'ancestry' and the old family name of Palmer. 
Regret that I cannot be with you at this gathering, but believe 
me heartily in spirit with the occasion. 


t 633.] " PALM AM QUI MERUIT FERA T." | 1 8S 1 . 

Walter Palmer Re-Union, 


STONINGTON, CT., AUGUST io and ii, iSSi. 



10:30 A. M. 

MUSIC, ------ Band. 



ADDRESS OF WELCOME, - - Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D. 


Introduction of President Elisha H. Palmer, Esq. 



A KT K K- X O O >» . 

MUSIC— "Home, Sweet Home." 
HISTORICAL ADDRESS, - - - Judge R. A. Wheeler. 

POEM, .... Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D. 

"PALMER FAMILIES." - - Xoyes F. Palmer, ok Jamaica, L. I. 

TENTH OF AUGUST— Anniversary Battle ok Stontngton ; Short 

Address by Ex-Warden Williams. 
MUSIC— "Old Hundred," - - - Band and Audience. 


7:30 o'clock. 

MUSIC— "America," - - - Band and Audience. 

POEM, - Rev. Frederick Dentson. 


Impromptu Speeches uk Five Minutes by Non-Resident Descendants of 

Walter Palmer. 

MUSIC— "Auld Lang Syne," - - - Band and Audience. 

Fireworks by Prof. Blank, ok Providence. 

AUGUST 1 1 th. 
Palmer Excursion Train to Wequetequock Dry Bridge, Leaving the 

Re-Unton Grounds at 11:30 A. M. Prompt. 

Marching, Music "Battle Hymn of the Republic, " ti» Walter Palmer's 

Homestead She, thence to the Ancient Wequetequock Burying 

Ground, where Appropriate Services will be Held. 

MUSIC— "Sweet Bye and Bye." 

Return to Stonington at 3:30 P. M. 

Responses by Descendants of Ancestral Families ok Stoning ton, Ct. 

Clam-Bake on the Re-Union Grounds. 

Evening and Closing Exercises to be Announced from the Platform. 




When morning came upon Stonington the town was full of 
Palmers. By four o'clock the previous day no hotel accommo- 
dations could be obtained, and Palmers lodged upon the hos- 
pitality of the residents of the borough. At a preliminary 
meeting on the 9th, resolutions were adopted by the Re-Union 
Palmers from various sections of the country, to pay a regular 
fee to all who furnished accommodations, and the enthusiasm 
soon became contagious and all seemed to join in endeavoring 
to lodge the Palmers. The crowds that wended their way or. 
-the morning following to the grounds, were evidence that a 
host of people had been furnished a temporary abiding place. 
The saying among all was, " Where did the Palmers lodge /" 

A large tent with open sides had been erected in the western 
part of the town near the railway station, and only a few blocks 
from the Hotel Wadawanuck. and here the public exercises 
were held. Seats were provided for over a thousand persons, 
and all were occupied before the exercises began. The tent 
was furnished by R. M. Vale, of Boston, on the lot between the 
Hotel Wadawanuck and the upper depot. We may say here 
that many thanks are due Mrs. Charles P. Williams of this place 
for her kindness in giving the use of the grounds to the Re-Union 
Committee. The exercises opened at 10:30 A. M., the tent being 
crowded. Not only Palmers, but a large number of borough- 
ites joined in the festivities with a right good will. Music by 
the Xoank Brass Band, A. L. Spicer, leader, was followed by- 
prayer by the Rev. E. B. Palmer. D. L). ; the band played again. 
and Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., delivered the Address of Welcome, 
and after more music came the introduction of Hon. Elisha H- 
Palmer, of Montville. Ct., the president of the Re-Union. 

The afternoon session opened with the singing of " Home. 
Sweet Home," by the audience, with band accompaniment. 


)yn.\i;c R. A. Wheeler was then presented to his assembled kins- 
men and read an extended sketch of Walter Palmer and his 
family, which was full of interest and well received. After 
more music by the band, the Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of 
the borough, delivered a poem prepared for the occasion in his 
usual able manner, its deliver}' occupying a half hour. The 
band again assisted, and an interesting paper on the Battle 
of Stonington was read by Ex-Warden Ephraim Williams, of 
Stonington, the anniversary of which was celebrated by the 
Palmer Re-Union. Me closed by repeating the following verse : 

Soon you will cross the unknown sea. 
And reach the heavenly haven if pure vou be. 
' Palmer and friends who have gone before, 

Bid kindly welcome to that peaceful shore. 
So should we who here remain. 
Toil on, in faith " that to die is-gain." 

The afternoon exercises closed with the singing of " Old Hun- 
dred" by the audience. 

The evening meeting opened with prayer by Rev. E. Barne- 
bas Palmer, of Boston, with singing " The Palmers' Hymn." 
composed by -Miss Sara A. Palmer, of Stonington, to the tune 
of "America." Rev. Frederick Denison, of Providence, R. I., 
then recited an original poem. This was followed by an 
address on Palmer Families, by Xoyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica. 
N.Y. After this were short, stirring impromptu speeches by 
Ex-Gov. Win. T. Minor. Francis A. Palmer. Esq., of New 
^ ork, Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, who presided temporarily, and 

In regard to the exercises on the first day, the Rev. Fred. 
Denison wrote to the Providence Press: 

" The Palmer Re-Union is a big thing. The Palmers are here 
by the thousand, from Penobscot Bay, Puget Sound, the Gulf 
of California, and the palmy shores of the Gulf of Mexico. One 
might as well think of numbering the children of Israel. They 
press upon the borough of Stonington like the ground-swell of 
the Atlantic. They are here in houses, halls, tents, car.-, car- 
riages and steamboats. The -rand pavilion and caterers' tent- 


make a beautiful cantoinment in full view from the railroad 
station on the north margin of the borough. The town never 
before looked so beautiful and lively. The celebration is a 
double one ; it recalls the marvelous evolution of the ancient 
Palmer stock, and repeats the memory of the gallant defense 
of Stonington in 1S14. 

" The arrangements, not few or unlaborious, for this monster 
Re-Union were made by some of the spirited tribe, particularly 
the Hon. E. H. Palmer, of Montville, Ct., president of the oc- 
casion ; Ira H. Palmer, corresponding secretary; H. Clay Pal- 
mer, treasurer, both of Stonington ; Noyes F. Palmer, family 
genealogist, of Jamaica, L. I., N. V.; and the Rev. A._G, Palmer, 
D. D., poet, preacher and orator, of Stonington. Of course 
these leaders had their lieutenants, and their correspondence 
reached over all the country. In short, it is the biggest family 
gathering probably that has taken place in Connecticut, if not 
in New England. Of course the newspapers of the country 
have duly noticed the plan and purpose of this pilgrimage of 
the Palmers to their ancestral shrine, and the columns of the 
Stonington Mirror have overflowed with the fullness of even 
the preliminary proceedings." 

The opening prayer and various addresses of the first day 



Great and holy God, we thank Thee for Thy mercies unto 
our fathers, and for Thy blessings to us, their children. We ren- 
der thanksgiving to Thee, that Thy bountiful providence has 
attended us through the generations of the past, and brought 
so many of us here to greet each other in this fraternal hour. 
We acknowledge Thy goodness in the cheer of this bright and 
sunny day, and for the transparent air that refreshes us with its 
breeze. 'We pray for Thy blessing upon us in this great family 
gathering. Direct us in all the services and festivities of this 
joyful occasion. Forgive us our many transgressions in Thy 
hoi}- sight. We acknowledge our sins before Thee, and we 


would not forget, at this time, that the hand of chastisement is 
upon us, as a nation. We humbly beseech Thee, that Thou 
ivouldst look upon our Chief Magistrate, the President of these 
United States, and restore him again to perfect soundness of 
body. Grant to bless the means used for his recovery. May 
Divine wisdom guide those who attend him, that no mistakes 
may occur, and may it please Thee to raise him up to be a 
blessing to this nation and to the world. Command Thy bless- 
ing upon us for the years to come. May we and our children 
give heed to Thy word, so that, living in Thy fear, we may con. 
linue to share Thy mercies. So guide and direct us, all 
through the vicissitudes of this life, that at last we ma}- form a 
part of the great family on high, redeemed through the ever- 
lasting covenant by Jesus Christ, our Lord. And to Thee, the 
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, shall be praise forever. 



Ladies and gentlemen, descendants of Walter Palmer, all 
who bear the Palmer name, and in whose veins flows the Palmer 
blood. The pleasant duty has been assigned me of welcoming 
you to this town, the last home of Walter Palmer, to which he 
removed in 1653, and where he died in 1661. While not in- 
sensible to the honor of this trust, and by no means disinclined 
to the service, still I could have wished that it might have been 
committed to lips better able to embody in befitting words, 
the worthy aims and generous impulses of those with whom 
this enterprise orignated, and in answer to whose call you are 
here in such imposing and gratifying numbers to-day. 

It had long been felt by many of the Palmer name, and es- 
pecially by the descendants of Walter Palmer in this town and 
in towns adjoining, that a family gathering of this kind was 
very much to be desired, to be held either in this village, or 
in some place more central and convenient to the largest num- 
ber of those supposed to be interested in such a movement. 
And so the matter had been discussed again and again, in ail 


the phases of its desirableness and possibility, but always with- 
out any decisive conclusion, or any definite conception of what 
was wanted, certainly with but very imperfect ideas of how it 
was to be accomplished, and what the proprieties of the case 
demanded; but just at this point of chaotic indecision and in- 
action, where so many splendid schemes collapse and fail, ami 
so many beautiful day dreams vanish into nothingness, the 
Hon. E. H. Palmer, of Montville, Ct., came to the front, and 
by his splendid physique, build, height, manner and spirit, and. 
above all, by his intense self-reliance and personality, was at 
once recognized as a Palmer of the Palmers, every way worthy 
of this service and as one who could be safely trusted and fol- 
lowed therein — indeed as the long-looked-for man for the 

Some three months since he said to two or three person^ 
whom he chanced to meet on our streets that he wished to 
bring about, this Summer, a Re-Union of the descendants 
of Walter Palmer. Me said that he held last year at Nian- 
tic a re-union of the two branches of his own family, the 
Palmers and Turners, with so much pleasure and interest, 
that his appetite was sharpened for a more sumptuous and nu- 
merously attended feast. He wanted to know who the 
Palmers were, who he was himself, and where the Palmers 
lived, and he knew of no better way to settle these questions 
than to have a re-union of the household in a general Pal- 
mer council, for shaking hands and mutual recognition and 
acquaintance. All this was said with that simple straightfor- 
ward positiveness peculiar to men of strong "purpose and self- 
reliance — men who, in the successful handling of secular in- 
terests, have come to believe in themselves, and to assume that 
what needs to be done, ought to be done, and what ought to 
be done can be done. 

Weil, we listened, if not with suppressed incredulity, yet with 
silent admiration for the sanguine faith of our new leader, and 
we at once yielded ourselves to his guidance, became his dis- 
ciples, and awaited orders. We said, " If you will take us, we 
will take you ; if you will lead, we will follow, and we will see 
what will come of it." i doubt if the soldiers of Bonaparte, or 


Washington, or Grant, or Sherman, had a more enthusiastic 

confidence in the ability of their leaders than we had in ours : 
but when I tell you that the significant "we" was limited to 
two or three very unpretentious and uninfluential persons, you 
will see how exceedingly unpromising was the outlook for the 
success of the enterprise. We comforted ourselves, however, 
with the thought that if we had but a small assembly, we 
might at least have a pleasant one, and it might be the be- 
ginning and nucleus of something better for the future, perhaps 
for another year. So the first meeting was appointed, and 
duly advertised to be held in the lecture-room of the First 
Baptist Church for taking the preliminary steps toward' inaugu- 
rating a re-union of the descendants oi Walter Palmer, to be 
held at such time and place as, after consultation, might seem 
befitting. When the day came, five persons attended. At the 
adjourned meeting, a week after, for a permanent organization. 
only the same persons were present ; we, however, organized 
and modestly voted ourselves into office, no one dissenting. 
But we proceeded orderly, and gravel}' too, for we were not in- 
sensible to the importance of the work we were handling. Of 
course, this beginning was so small as to seem to ourselves al- 
most like presumption, and I do not wonder that those who 
looked on, thought the affair was "all talk." and must fail from 
sheer feebleness. But they did not know our leader, and did 
not take into the account that he was a Palmer of the old, una- 
dulterated stock and that if we were weak in faith and purpose 
and resources, he was not ; so he said to us, " This small begin- 
ning does not discourage me in the least. A few will have to 
handle this matter and put it in motion, anyhow. In fact, a 
few are better than many ; they will all have to work, and can 
work to better advantage because there will be less waste of 
time and strength from conflicting interests and counsels." He 
*aid everything had to grow, and growth took time. The mo- 
mentum would be slow at first. A train did not start off at full 
speed of sixty miles an hour. We should, by and by, get this 
He-Union under such headway that we should have to " put 
on the brakes, or be carried past the station from the pressure 
of the heavily loaded cars in the rear. The Palmers were a 


heavy train, and besides we must remember they were on an 
ascending grade." We knew this was sound logic and good 
preaching; and I am glad to see that his strong Palmer good 
sense and grit and courage have been so abundantly confirmed 
and rewarded, as the surroundings of this morning, and t\\\< 
great gathering indicate. 

It is but just to say that he has been vigorously sustained by 
his lieutenants, and if his disciples have been few, they have 
been the more abundantly earnest. Ira H. Palmer, correspond- 
ing secretary, and H. C. Palmer, treasurer, with a select num- 
ber of women, if few. yet very honorable, have rendered timeh 
and efficient aid. The amount of correspondence which Mr. 
Ira H. Palmer has so successfully handled is simply wonderful 
and indicates an ability of dispatch in work of this kind of grea: 
practical value. Mr. Xoyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, L. I., ha.< 
also brought to the work his long experience in the field of gene- 
alogical research and his rich treasure of the Walter Palme: 
literature, which he has been for years accumulating, and the 
whole movement has been cheered and quickened by his un- 
flagging energy and never-wavering enthusiasm. If any man 
living can tell " where the Palmers lodge " that man is Xoyc- 
F. Palmer. He knows where the}' lodge by hundreds and thous- 
ands. If in his physique somewhat below the old Palmer type, 
for there were giants among the Palmers in olden times, yet 
he has somewhere stored away resources of vital force ami 
endurance well nigh exhaustless. making him superior to weari- 
ness, and almost incapable of fatigue. 

It seems needful to refer to these details of our preliminary 
work that you may the more readily sympathize with the diffi- 
culties with which we had to contend, and so be prepared to 
make due allowance for any want of completeness or fullness 
of preparation for the demands of this occasion, and especial y 
that you may know under whose leadership the campaign ha- 
been so courageously conducted. And now, having according 
to our best wisdom brought it thus far, we take great pleasure 
in laying our assumed responsibilities at your feet and in com- 
mitting the future of this Re-Union to the wisdom of you* 
counsels and decisions. Our own proud desire has been and f- 


that it may become a permanent organization and go down 
through the generations to come.. binding the Palmers together 
as one great family; one in culture and literature and not less 
one in social, moral and religious progress. And now it only re. 
mains that I should say with the blunt honesty and warm-hearted- 
ness of the olden times : Friends, we are glad to see you, and are 
proud to recognize all who bear the Palmer name, and in whose 
veins flows the Palmer blood, as our own kith and kin, and as 
belonging to the great Palmer family so widely scattered over 
this continent, that constitutes so positive a factor in our 
national life and that from the War of the Revolution through 
eacn succeeding conflict has contributed so heroically to the 
national defense, integrity and perpetuity. We welcome you 
to the old town, as rugged in its history as in its rocks and hills, 
and in its more marked epochs, as sublime and grand as the 
storm-driven waves that dash and break upon its rocky shore. 
It is the soil that Walter Palmer and his compeers, the Chese- 
broughs, the Minors, the Stantons, the Xoyeses, and others 
broke up from a wilderness state and made into homes for them- 
selves and their children. You are here from every part of 
the land, especially from the West, to which many of the Palmers 
from this town early removed, and laid there the foundation for 
that golden prosperity in wealth and liberal culture and also in 
social and religious relations for which the family is now as 
distinguished as any other family in the land, and which we arc 
proud to see so fully represented here to-day." 

And now. if any still ask, in the quotation from Shakespeare. 
M Where do the Palmers lodge. I pray you," the answer from the 
four thousand invitations sent out by the Secretary of the Pal- 
mer Re-Union is', " They lodge even where on this broad conti- 
nent, from Maine and the Canadason the north, to Oregon and 
California on the west, sweeping the Southwestern States and 
Territories, back by the Carolinas and Virginia to the old camp- 
ground in Stonington where we are met in council to-day." 

And so we welcome you to the very soil which " the old giant." 
•is Walter has been not unfitly called, broke and worked with 
his own hands for the support of himself and his numerous 
old-time family. You will find not a few objects of interest. 


chief among which will be the site of the Walter Palmer home- 
stead at Wequetequock, and the old burying-ground where his 
huge grave will be shown you, and where most, if not all, his 
children were buried. 

It is a rough looking, neglected old place, but it is where the 
"rude forefathers " sleep, and I am sure its hallowed associ- 
ations will commend it in all its barreness to your profoundest 
regards, and will justify your pilgrimage to this shrine of our 
earliest family, life and death. 

And now with another hearty welcome to all that may be 
enjoyable on this memorable occasion, and especially to our 
ocean views, cool sea breezes and the fruitfulness of the sea if 
not of the land, I close with the earnest prayer for the prosper- 
ity and unity of the great Palmer Household in this world and 
for a final re-union in the world to come. 



Great-grandfathers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and cousins. 
I bid you a good morning. If ever I was thankful for any one- 
thing it is that at this time I see the beginning of the end of 
this Re-Union. I have seen it in the papers that I was to take 
charge of the Re-Union, so I have felt that I was, to some ex- 
tent, responsible for it. Thank God, the obstacles that arose 
in our path have all been overcome, and now I am only troubled 
to know where the Palmers will lodge to-night. Daniel Webster 
once said, in one of his great speeches, or rather in a speech 
which he expected to deliver, that some previous speaker had 
stolen his thunder. I expected to give an account of the Re- 
Union from its inception down to the present time. But the 
Doctor has done that and left me nothing to say. It is a wise 
thing that Providence never lets us see into the future. If I had 
foreseen the trouble and anxiety that was to attend the prep- 
aration of this gathering, perhaps I should never have gone in- 
to it. It is the same in moral movements. If Jefferson Davis 
could have looked ahead, he never would have attempted to 



establish a republican form of government on a platform of 
slaver}'. What man ever stood in the position I do to-day — pres- 
ident of this family ? Never was there such a gathering on the 
globe — perhaps that is saying too much, but it is safe to say- 
that never was there such a gathering in the United States. 
How do you suppose I was chosen ? If they had chosen a pres- 
ident as they do delegates to political conventions, do you sup- 
pose I ever would have been the man ? [Cries of yes ! yes !] A 
man from a little country town in the backwoods? I told you 
I couldn't make a speech. Some men are born great, some 
achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. 
I have had greatness thrust upon me. I consider it a greater 
honor to be president of this Re-Union than to be president of 
the United States. I should have told General Grant the same 
thing if he had been here. I want to encourage the young 
Palmers— I want them to multiply and replenish the earth. 
What makes great men ? I say there are better men in this 
Re-Union for senators and representatives than some who are 
there now. If these men were in Congress it would give them 
the chance to develop their ability. I should have been in 
Congress long ago if I had only received votes enough. [Mr. 
Palmer has for years been the Prohibition candidate for Con- 
gress in his district.] It is the circumstances that surround a 
man that makes him great. Because Grant has been President, 
and general of the army, it does not prove that there are not 
other Palmers who would have been just as great under favor- 
ing circumstances. What would he have amounted to if he had 
never left his tanner)-? If there had never been a rebellion, 
Grant would never have been heard of. The speaker then re- 
ferred to the sculptor Palmer as having achieved success by 
circumstances. His talent was first discovered by his taking 
to a jeweler, to have reproduced in gold, a likeness of his wife 
which he had cut out of a cameo with a jack knife. He was 
simply a rude farmer when this circumstance opened to him a 
new career in which he had become famous. Take the great 
men of the country in the past — Washington, Jefferson, Madison. 
Webster, and others — and the)- to-day have scarcely a descendant 
who is known to the country. I have heard it said that \\ cb- 


ster had not a single living descendant. But the great family 
of Walter Palmer never was more flourishing or bore more fruit 
than to-day. One Palmer descendant was President for two 
terms, and we could have stood him for a third term. When 
I first came to Stonington and published a notice in the Mirror 
that we would have a family Re-Union. I supposed that others 
felt as I did. This is the nest of the Palmers, and I supposed 
that by advertising we could get up a good re-union. At our 
first meeting there were four men present and one of those was 
deaf, and. I had to tell him going over on the cars what we did 
at the meeting. At the next meeting I supposed there would 
be more, but I believe there were less. Then somebody said, if 
you can enlist the ladies of Stonington, the Re-Union will be a 
success. We did enlist them, and they are entitled to a large 
share of the credit of this successful demonstration. After all 
I have passed through, I don't regret that I have got you here. 
If I had been called upon at a political convention— Republican. 
Democratic, Prohibition or Greenback — with any platform un- 
der me but one of boards only, I could have made a speech. 


(Brief Biography.) 
The subject of this brief sketch is a grandson of Rev. Reuben 
Palmer, and a son of Gideon Palmer, the oldest of a family of 
eleven, and was born the 23d day of June, 1S14, in the town oi 
Montville, New London County, State of Connecticut. He re- 
ceived a common school education, and attended Bacon Acad- 
emy, in Colchester, two years. It was intended by his father t>- 
give him a college education, but sickness prevented. His father 
being a manufacturer of different commodities, his son became 
such, and carried on the same business, which was mostly the 
manufacturing of linseed oil and paints. The first of his going 
away from home was to oversee the building and starting ma- 
chinery for the purpose of manufacturing cotton-seed oil in the 
city of Richmond. Virginia, which was done to the satisfaction ol 
his employer. He was eighteen years old at this time. He vva 

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the manufacturer of the first cotton-seed oil that was made in 
this country, which is now one of the great industries of the 
South. About this time there was more important business to 
attend to, and he was united in marriage to Miss Ellis Loornis, 
Thanksgiving day. Nov. 30, 1837. The following Spring he 
went to Rockwell. Illinois, with his father, to erect a steam saw- 
mill, and sawed the first plank to construct the canal locks at 
the terminus of the canal near Losee. Was taken sick with 
fever and ague in the Fall, and had to return home. In 184c, 
went to Norwich, and carried on the wholesale business in oils, 
paints, etc., for three years. In the year 1845, g ot U P machinery 
for the manufacturing of cotton rope, and went to Houston, 
Texas, and started it for other parties. On his return from 
Texas the oil business was given up, and it was changed into 
cotton manufacturing of different kinds of goods, and improved 
by him until 1876, when three of his sons bought the property 
and commenced the manufacturing of bedding comforters, and 
are doing a large business. It is on the same place where his 
grandfather built the dam about one hundred years ago. 

In politics he was identified with the anti-slavery movement 
at first, and voted that ticket. In 1854, was elected represent- 
ative of his town ; voted for the Maine Liquor Law, which was 
the most important question before the Legislature that session. 
At the formation of the Republican party he joined that— it be- 
ing more in accordance with his views— and was elected again 
by that party to represent them in the Legislature of 1864. 
His experience in the first Legislature enabled him to be in- 
strumental in getting a flowage law passed, which has been a 
great benefit to manufacturers of the State. He was elected 
to represent his district in the State Senate in 1876. 

He has been a total abstainer from all that intoxicates, also 
from all forms that tobacco is made use of, from his youth up. 
He is and has been an earnest and persistent advocate of temp- 
trance and moral reform, both in private and public, and is 
known throughout the State among the temperance peopie as 
■such. For the last six years has been the Prohibition candidate 
for Congress in his district. Feeling the need of a higher edu- 
cation himself, he has taken an active part in trying to elevate 


its standard in his own town, for the benefit of his neighbors' 
children as well as his own. Being of the Baptist denomina- 
tion, he has always done his part in sustaining the church in his 
society. Never refusing a favor to any one that was practicable 
to grant ; never refused to give to the poor or to alleviate the 
the sufferings of the afflicted. He was with and of the people 
— not bigoted or lifted up above them — but genial, easy to ap- 
proach, social, and an enjoyable companion. In short. Mr. 
Palmer has been an active representative man in all the depart- 
ments of life that go to make up good society. His generation 
will owe him a debt of gratitude for the effort and sacrifice he 
he has made to elevate them to a higher plane of usefulness. 

It is but appropriate to add he was the active organizer and 
promoter of the first Palmer Re-Union held in America. 



We meet an old-time family 

From places far and wide ; 
To answer to our pedigree 

With loyalty and pride. 

Chorus • 

Our fathers shall not be forgot. 

Their memory we'll enshrine. 
And cherish in our latest thought 

The days of " Auld Lang Syne." 
The days of Auld Lang Syne so dear 

With gladness we review ; 
And pledge our children year by year 

This service to renew. 

We come from North, and South, and Last, 

And from the distant West, 
To mingle in this household feast 

With eagerness and zest. 



We're pilgrims all both great and small. 

In faith and purpose true : 
Obedient to the heavenly call 

To see the conflict through. 


With Palms in hand we'll firmly stand, . 

As in the days of old. 
When Palmers swept the Holy Land 

With conquering legions bold. 


And when our pilgrimage is o'er. 
And fought the last campaign. 

In triumph on the golden shore 
We'll wave our Palms again. 



A.G. Palmer, D. D. 


Walter Palmer, whose descendants have met here to-day for 
a family Re-Union, was of English origin, and came to tins 
country and joined the early settlers of Charlestown, Mass. 
How and when he came is not certainly known. It had been 
supposed by some that he was one of the Dorchester company, 
which, forming a connection with the grantees of the Edmond, 
Lord Sheffield Patent, came over in 1624, and settled at Cape- 
Ann, Mass., and remained there about two years. But their bus- 
iness operations proving unprofitable, they abandoned the place 
and moved to ?\aumkeag, now Salem, Mass., where the most 
of them remained until they were joined by other English 
emigrants that soon followed them. Others have thought that 
he might have been connected with a still earlier patent, issued 
by the great Council of Plymouth to Robert Georges, who wa^ 
subsequently appointed by them Lieutenant-General of New 


England. In 1623, he crossed -the ocean to establish a colony, 
and thereby secure the benefits of his patent. After vainlv en- 
deavoring for a year or more to promote the success of his col- 
ony, and no supplies reaching him, he returned home, leaving 
his interests to the care and management of his agents. Robert 
Georges died soon after his return, and his interests in the pat- 
ent descended to his eldest brother, John Georges who, in 1628. 
leased the territory embraced in it to John Oldham and John 
Dorrill. But they encountered so much opposition in this coun- 
try and in England that they abandoned the lease, but not with- 
out a serious and protracted controversey. Most of the grantees 
under Georges' patent united with the planters at Salem, but 
some of them sought a home within the limits of the patent. 
where they remained until their lands and dwelling were 
claimed by the next comers. It is not probable that Walter 
Palmer was associated with* any of the grantees under these 
patents. The Plymouth Council, which was incorporated by 
King James I., November 3d, 1620. had no other source of rev- 
enue than the sale of patents : so in order to increase their 
profits they sold on the 19th day of March, 1628, the territory 
embraced in all these patents over again to the Massachusetts 
company. In September following, John Endicott reached 
New England in the good ship Abigail, commanded by Captain 
Henry Gauden. bringing with him the other five associate 
grantees under the last patent from the Plymouth Council. 
Pending these proceedings, and while the grantees were great- 
ly cmbarassed by the conflict of titles under so many patents- 
King Charles the First on the 4th day of March, 1629, granted 
to the " associates " and others as a body corporate and pol- 
itic a royal charter, which was regarded by some as in confirm 
ation of the patents of the old Plymouth Council. Abraham 
Palmer, an older brother of our Walter, was a merchant in Lon- 
don at the time, and one of the associates," and gave fifty 
pounds in aid of the object of the charter. In the early Spring 
of 1629, there arrived in Salam, Mass.. Ralph Sprague and his 
brothers, Richard and William Sprague, who soon after, wit!: 
three or four others, by the consent and approbation of Gov- 
ernor Endicott, journeyed through the woods some twelve 


miles, and came to a place on the north side of the Charles 
river, called by the Indians Mishawum, where they found an 
Englishman of the Georges patent living in a thatched house. 
He was a smith, by the name of Thomas Walford. who was 
the pioneer settler and inhabitant of Charlestown. Mass. Two 
of the four men who accompanied the Spragues through the wil- 
derness to Mishawum, were Abraham and Walter Palmer. The 
following is a record of their hrst proceeding: '* The inhabitants 
that first settled in this place and brought it into the denomina- 
tion of an English town, were anno 1629, as follows, viz: Ralph 
Sprague, Richard Sprague. William Sprague, William Springer, 
John Meech, Simon Hoyt, Abraham Palmer, Walter Palmer. 
Nicholas Stowses. John Stickline, Thomas Walford, smith. 
that lived here alone. Walter Palmer built the first dwelling 
house in Charlestown. He was assigned two acres for a home 
lot and subsequently had more liberal grants. Walter Palmer, 
whose inclination tended to farming and stock raising, soon 
found his possessions inadequate to his business. Notwith- 
standing which, he continued to live in Charlestown until 1643, 
when he removed his habitation to the Plymouth colony. Dur- 
ing his residence in Charlestown. Walter Palmer formed the 
acquaintance of William Chesebrough, who then resided in Bos- 
ton and Braintree. The friendship of these men was of no or- 
dinary character. It continued through life. They resided 
near each other in Rehoboth, and their houses in Stonington 
were within hailing distance of each other, on the east and west 
banks of Wequetequock Cove. Walter Palmer was a man of 
note in the Massachusetts colony. He was admitted a freeman 
there May iSth, 163 1, and held various local offices. In 1643, 
Walter Palmer and his friend. William Chesebrough, concluded to 
remove to the Plymouth colony, and with others, joined in the 
organization of the town of Rehoboth as an independent town- 
ship, which was to continue as such until they should subject 
themselves to some other government. Such an organization. 
largely composed of strangers, and situated in a remote part of 
the colony, was not very well calculated to secure their approval. 
It does not appear that they intended to run this new town- 
ship wholly as an independent organization, for as scon as the 


preliminary steps necessary for its formation were taken, they 
elected and sent representatives- or deputies to the general 
court of Plymouth ; and such was the confidence placed in Wai- 
ter Palmer by his fellow-townsmen, that they honored him with 
the first election as deputy, and subsequently re-elected him to 
that office ; and also conferred upon him repeatedly the office 
of selectman and other local offices. 

The younger Governor YVinthrop, of Boston, acting under a 
commission of the general court of Massachusetts, commenced 
the settlement of New London, Connecticut, in 1645, and urged 
William Chesebrough to join him in organizing the new town. 
Mr. Chesebrough visited the place during the year, but finding 
the place unsuitable to his expectations, did not conclude to 
settle there. On his way home he re-examined our town, and 
selected a place for his future residence ; and on which he 
erected a dwelling house, and removed his family there during 
the year 1649, supposing that his new home was within the ju- 
risdiction of Massachusetts. Connecticut assumed jurisdiction 
over this town, as well as New London, which superseded Mr. 
Winthrop's commission, though Massachusetts afterwards as- 
serted her claims, and maintained them so far as this town was 
concerned. Mr. Chesebrough was almost immediately sum- 
moned by the general court of Connecticut to repair to Captain 
Mason, of Saybrook, or some other magistrates upon the Con- 
necticut river, to give an account to him, or them, of what he 
was doing alone in the wilderness. Mr. Chesebrough at first 
disregarded this order, claiming that his new home was within 
the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, but subsequently acting un- 
der the advice and assurance of Mr. Winthrop, and other friends. 
at New London, he so far yielded to the colony of Connection. 
as to appear at the general court at Hartford, in March, 1651 
and in answer to their summons, said that he was not engaged 
in any unlawful trade with the Indians, and also assured them 
that his religious sentiments were in accordance with those of 
the general court. That it was not his intention to remain 
alone, and lead a solitary life in the wilderness, but that he 
should endeavor to induce a suitable number of his triends to 
join him and establish a new township. On hearing his stat--- 


ment the court relented so far as to reluctantly permit him to 
remain, on condition that he would give bonds not to engage 
in any unlawful trade with the Indians, and furnish to the 
court before the next Winter the names of such persons as he- 
might induce to settle with and around him at Wequetequock- 
The planters at New London were friendly with Chesebrough, 
and did not want him to remove, unless he came there to live. 
for they did not like the idea of a new township in this region. 
After repeated conferences with him. they engaged that if he 
would put himself on the footing of an inhabitant of that place 
they would confirm his title to his lands on which he then lived 
at Wequetequock. To this proposition he acceded, but the 
townsmen of Xew London soon discovered that they were mak- 
ing pledges that they could not fulfil, for the then boundaries 
of that town did not extend but three miles on each side of the 
river Thames. However, on request, the general court extend- 
ed the eastern boundary of Xew London to Pawcatuck river. 
and then Xew London gave to Mr. Chesebrough a home lot 
over there which he never occupied. In January. 1652, the 
town of Xew London redeemed its promise to him, and gave a 
grant of confirmation to Mr. Chesebrough and his sons of all 
the land they claimed in Stonington. Previous to the agree- 
ment of the general court with Mr. Chesebrough. and the con- 
firmation of his land to him and his sons. Thomas Stanton, in 
1650, procured of the general court a license to erect a trading 
house at Pawcatuck. with the exclusive right of trade in that 
region for three years. He immediately built and occupied the 
trading house, but did not bring his family to Stonington until 
165S. Thomas Miner, a former resident of Charlestown, Mass., 
and then of Hingham. came to Xew London in 1645, received 
a home lot there, and built a house on it the same year. He 
continued to reside there until 1652, when he came to this place 
and took up a tract of land cast of and adjoining Wequetequock 
Cove, and during that year and the next erected a house there- 
on. On the 30th day of June, 1652, the town of Xew London 
granted a tract of three hundred acres of land to Governor 
Haynes for a farm lying together on the east side of the We- 
quetequock »Cove. When Walter Palmer (yielding to there- 


quest of his old friend, Chesebrough, to join him in settling the 
new township) came here and purchased this tract of land of 
Governor Haynes, but before he took his deed he found it cov- 
ered and embraced the house and lands of Thomas Miner. So 
he and the governor entered into a written agreement that 
Palmer should give £ ioo for the place in such cattle as Mr. 
Haynes should select out of Palmer's stock. If any disagree- 
ment should arise as to the price of the stock, it should be de- 
cided by indifferent persons. This contract recognized the title 
to the house and lands occupied by Mr. Miner, and was dated 
July 15, 1653. Mr. Miner was selected to put Mr. Palmer in 
possession of the land purchased of Governor Haynes. and did so 
by a written instrument, embodying therein a conveyance of his 
own land and dwelling house (included in the boundaries of the 
Haynes land) to Mr. Palmer, reserving the right, however, to 
occupy his said house until he could build another at Mistuxet, 
now Ouiambaug. The western boundary of Gov. Haynes' 
land sold to Walter Palmer, including the house and lot of 
Thomas Miner, rested on the cove and the rivulet that enters the 
cove. The other grants and purchases of land to, and by Wai- 
ter Palmer, lay south of this purchase, and on the eastern slope 
of Togwcnk, crossing Auguilla brook, and embracing the large 
farms of the late Colonel William and Dudley Randalls, in ali, 
some 1200 acres. Mr. Thomas Miner built his new house at 
Mistuxet, in 1652-3 and 4. Captain George Denison and fam- 
ily joined the new settlement in 1654, erecting his house near 
Pequotsepos brook. Captain John Gallup and Robert Park, with 
their families, came the same year and settled near Mystic river. 
The new settlement being composed of men of note, progressed 
as rapidly as could be expected under the circumstances. Mr. 
Chesebrough was now surrounded by a sufficient number of 
inhabitants to claim corporate power from the general court. 
The first local name that the settlement received was Mystic 
and Pawcatuck. Mystic embracing the territory between Mys- 
tic river on the west and Stony brook on the east. Pawcatuck 
embracing the territory between the Pawcatuck river on the 
east and Stony brook on the west. It being understood by the 
planters here, as a condition precedent to the new settlement. 



that as soon as a suitable number had joined them they should 
be incorporated as a new town. So in 1654, they applied to 
the general court for corporate powers. But no sooner made 
than it was opposed by New London, embracing Groton. and 
defeated. The planters did not rest satisfied with their 
defeat, and resolved to agitate the matter until they succeeded 
sooner or later. They were of the independent Puritan stamp. 
and ready to make any sacrifice in defence of the right to wor- 
ship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. 
But to be taxed for a minister at Xew London, some twelve miles 
away, with two rivers to cross to get there, and no fern- boats. 
was a little too much for their Puritanism. So they were de- 
termined to have a town and a church of their own ; and they 
continued to ask for them of the general court, but were de- 
nied as often as they applied. In the early part of 1657. the 
Rev. William Thompson came here to reside, and preached to 
planters a part of the time, and the rest of the time tc the 
Pequot Indians. He was employed by the commissioners of 
the United Colonies, who were acting as the agents of the Xew 
London Missionary Society. The first religious services were 
held at the dwelling house of Walter Palmer, March 22. 1657. 
Services were subsequently held at the dwelling houses of the 
planters, whose efforts were continued with unremitting deter- 
mination to break loose from Xew London, and organize for 
themselves a new town and church. They remembered that 
Massachusetts had previously claimed a part or all of the Pequot 
territory, embracing Groton, Stonington and a part of Westerly ; 
so they sought the friendship of Massachusetts in their contest, 
and in October, the planters joined by the Rev. Mr. Thompson, 
prepared a memorial to the Massachusetts general court, com- 
plaining of the course pursued against them by the general 
court of Connecticut. Massachusetts notified Connecticut, who 
appointed a committee to confer with the planters here, and 
bring the contest to an issue, if possible. What was done in the 
premises cannot now be ascertained, for no records of their 
proceedings have been preserved. In May. 1658. Walter Palmer. 
William Clie^ebrough, and Thomas Stanton, in behalf of the 
planters, petitioned the Massachusetts general court a<rain. 


stating that some of them were settled here by Governor 
Winthrop in 1649, by virtue of a commission from that court, 
notwithstanding which, they had been called to account for 
their doings under their authority, and asking for relief from 
such interferences from the Connecticut authorities, and also for 
confirmation of their lands. But this was denied them, accom- 
panied, however, by a suggestion that the whole matter in dis- 
pute be referred to the commissioners of the United Colonies, 
and meantime to order their own affairs by common agreement, 
until provision be made in their behalf. Following out these 
suggestions, Walter Palmer and his associate planters assembled 
on the 30th day of June, 1658, and formed a compact called by 
them " The Association of Pawcatuck People," which was organ- 
ized for municipal purposes only, and Avas established by them 
not in defiance of the laws of either colon}', but with a firm 
purpose to maintain it until some provision inadequate to their 
wants should be made for them. The question in dispute be- 
tween the Massachusetts and Connecticut colonies as to juris 
diction was referred to the commissioners of the United Col- 
onies, who, in 1658, rendered a decision that all of the Pcquot 
territory west of Mystic river belonged to Connecticut, and all 
the territory east of it, including Stonington and North Stoning- 
ton and a part of the town of Westerly, belonged to Massachu- 
setts. At the next session of the Massachusetts general court, 
after this decision was rendered, they passed an act that the En- 
glish plantation between Mystic and Pawtucket rivers should be 
named Southerntown, and belong to the county of Suffolk, ?vlass., 
and appointed Walter Palmer and others to manage the pruden- 
tial affairs thereof, until the court take further order. Walter 
Palmer was appointed constable, and the bounds of the plantation 
were extended into the country northward eight miles. Thus, 
after a severe and protracted struggle, they succedded in ob- 
taining a local government. It should be borne in mind that 
the Massachusetts general court did not create or even organ- 
ize a new township, but simply declared that the English plan- 
tation between Mystic and Pawcatuck rivers should be called 
Southerntown. They recognized in part the local association 
of the people, and extended and confirmed their bounds. Dur- 


ing the years 1659, 1660 and 1661, several town meetings were 
held for the purpose of building and locating a meeting house, 
which was raised May 15th. 1661, and was so far completed as 
to be ready for use in September of that year, when the com- 
missioners of the United Colonies being in town attended wor- 
ship there, and were addressed by that stern old warrior states- 
man, Captain John Mason. Walter Palmer, whose history we 
have been tracing since he arrived in New England, in 1629, was 
born in England as early as i5S5.and was, at the time of which 
we write, an old man ripening for the grave. The rough exposure 
of pioneer life had at last begun to tell upon his health and 
strength, which was so much impaired that as " the November 
days had come, the saddest of the year." he was gathered not 
to his fathers, but laid to rest in what is now known as the old 
Wequetequock burial place, dying November 10th, 1661. 

Of his family it may be said that he was married in England 
long before he came to this country. His oldest daughter, 
Grace, of whom it is said that she was of the same age of her 
husband, Thomas Miner, was born in 1608. She came to this 
country with her father and family, went with him to Charles- 
town, and joined the church there June 1st, 1632, and was mar- 
ried to Thomas Miner, April 23d, 1634. They resided in 
Charlestown, Mass.. until 1636, where their son John was born 
and baptized. Soon after which they removed their habitation 
to Hingham, Mass., where four of their children were born and 
baptized as follows : Clement Miner, baptized March 4th. 163S ; 
Thomas Miner, baptized May 10th, 1640; Ephraim Miner, bap- 
tized May 1st, 1642; Joseph Miner, baptized August 25th. 1644. 
In 1645, they left Hingham and joined the first planters of 
New London, and received a grant of 'a home lot, built a house 
thereon, and continued to live there until 1652, when he came 
to Stonington and took up a tract of land on the east side of 
Wequetequock Cove, and erected a dwelling house thereon the 
same year. April 5th, 1652, the town of Pequot. now New 
London, granted to Governor John Haynes, of Hartford, three 
hundred acres of land, which was located by the grant, east of 
Chesebrough's land, and laid out by Governor Haynes on the 
east side of, and adjoining Wequetequock Cove, overlapping 


Thomas Miner's land. Walter Palmer was then living at Reho- 
both, and being anxious to locate himself near his old friend 
Chesebrough, entered into negotiations with Governor Haynes 
for the purchase of this land. The bargain was made sometime 
before the deed was executed. In fact, Governor Haynes gave 
Thomas Miner a written authority to put Walter Palmer in 
possession of this land, February 15th. 1653, which he did May 
30th, 1653. But the conveyance of Haynes to Palmer was not 
executed until July 15th. 1653. When Thomas Miner put 
Walter Palmer into possession he conveyed to him in the same 
instrument his said land and new dwelling house, which Palmer 
occupied that year, though Miner continued to live there until 
he built his new house at. Ouiambaug. 

William Palmer was born on the other side of the ocean, and 
came with his father's family to this country ; lived with them 
in Charlestown, Mass., but did not go down to the Plymouth 
colony with him. He was admitted freeman in Massachusetts 
colony in 1639, and was admitted to the church there March 
28th, 1641. He remained with his brother John in Charlestown 
after his father removed to Plymouth, and continued to reside 
there until after his father's death, when soon after he sold the 
land that his father gave him in Rehoboth.and came to Stoning- 
ton and stayed with his brother-in-law, Thomas Miner, from June 
1 8th, 1664, to April 29, 1665, when he left him and went over 
to Killingworth, Ct., and received an allotment of land in the 
settlement of that town. He continued to reside there during 
the rest of his days. But the time of his death is not known ; 
nor is it certain that he ever married. His brother, Gershom 
Palmer, under date of March 27th. 1697. executed the following 
instrument : " Know all men by these presents, that while as 
my brother, William Palmer, deceased, did give and bequeath 
unto me his house and all his lands in Killingworth, forever. I 
settling one of my sons thereon, and in compliance to my de- 
ceased brother's will, I do order my eldest son, Gershom Palmer. 
to settle in said house upon said land. I, the said Gershom 
Palmer, Senior, do give and bequeath the aforesaid house and 
land, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belong- 
ing to my eldest son, Gershom Palmer, to him forever, accord- 


ing to the tenor of the will of my brother, William Palmer, de- 
ceased." This renders it certain that he left no wife or children. 
Whether he was ever married is not so clear. If he married it 
must have been late in life, or, what is more probable he, like 
his brother John, lived and died a bachelor. 

3. John Palmer, born 161 5. came with his father and family to 
this country in 1629. He was admitted a freeman of the Massa- 
chusetts colony in 1639, admitted to the church October 23d, 
1640, died August 24th, 1677, aged 62 years. He left a will 
giving the bulk of his property to his brother Jonas, and sister 
Elizabeth. He was never married. 

4. Jonas Palmer, was a son of the first wife, came with his fath- 
er and family to this country in 1629, lived in Charlestown until 
1657, when he married Elizabeth Grissill, and moved to Reho- 
both, where he remained the rest of his days. They had six 
children. He married a second wife, Abigail Titus. 

5. Elizabeth Palmer, one of the first wife's children, came to 
this country with her father and family in 1629, married first 
Thomas Sloan, and second a Mr. Chapman, but no children by 
either husband have been traced. 

In the old church record of Roxbury, Mass., the following 
appears: Rebecca Short came in the year 1632, and married 
Walter Palmer, a godly man of Charlestown church, which they 
joined June 1st, 1633. The children of this union were: 

6. Hannah Palmer, baptized in Charlestown, June 15th. 1634, 
came with her father to Stonington via Rehoboth, and married 
first Thomas Hewitt, April 26th, 1659, by whom she had two 
children, Thomas and Benjamin Hewitt. For her second hus- 
band she married Roger Sterry, December 27th, i67i,by whom 
she had two children. For her third husband she married John 
Fish. An interesting jointure between them is still preserved 
on our old town records. 

7. Elihu Palmer, baptized in Charlestown church, January 25th. 
1636, came with his father to Stonington and died September 
5th, 1665. It is not probable tiiat he left any children, fur the 
reason that he left a will in which he gave his property to his 
nephews. His will was lost in the burning of New London, 
September 6th, 1 78 I, and the only knowledge we have of it :s 


from a deed on the Stonington record, where lands were set to 
his executors and vested in his nephews. If he had children 
surviving him, or living at the date of his will, they would have 
been the subjects of his bounty, but dying at the age of 29 and 
leaving such a will, is proof well nigh positive that no children 
survived him. 

8. Nehemiah Palmer, born November 23d, 1637, came to Ston- 
ington with his father from Charlestown via Rehoboth, and 
married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Lord Stan- 
ton, November 20th, 1662, and had seven children. He was a 
prominent man in church and state. 

9. Moses Palmer, born April 6th, 1640, also came to Stonington 

with his father's family, and married Dorothy , and had five 

children. He was deacon of the first church, and a prominent 
man in town affairs. 

10. Benjamin Palmer, born in Charlestown, Mass., M*ay 30th, 
1642, came to Stonington via Rehoboth with his father's family, 
joined the church and became a large land holder. He married 
and brought his wife home August loth, 16S1, just 200 years 
ago to-day. The fact of this marriage appears in Thomas Min- 
er's diary. But who she was and where she came from, does 
not appear. He died April 10th, 17 16, aged 74 years. In Feb- 
ruary, before he died, he gave a deed of his lands to two of his 
nephews, on condition that they should take care of him through 
life, and at his death give him a Christian burial. I regard this 
fact beyond doubt that he left no offspring. 

1 1. Gershom Palmer was born at Rehoboth, and came with his 
father to Stonington ; married first Ann Denison, daughter of 
Captain George and Ann Borodel Denison, November 2eth. 
1667. They had ten children. For his second wife he rnarrieJ 
Elizabeth, the widow of Major Samuel Mason. They made 
and recorded a jointure, which appears at large on the Stoning- 
ton land records. He was a deacon of the Stonington fir.-: 
church and held various positions of trust in civil affairs. 

12. Rebecca Palmer, born in Rehoboth, came with her father- 
family to Stonington, and married Elisha Chesebrough, son o'\ 
William and Ann Stevenson Chesebrough, April 20th, 1665, and 
had one child, Elihu, born December 3d, 1668. Elisha Chese- 


brough died April ist, 1670, and his widow, Rebecca, married 
for her second husband, John Baldwin, of New London, July 
24th, 1672. They had five children. 

Walter Palmer was a Puritan of the Puritans. In England 
he had been denied the right to worship God according to the 
dictates of his conscience, and in order to escape the perse- 
cutions that were sure to follow his refusal to adopt all of 
Queen Elizabeth's forms of worship, " He sought a faith's pure 
shrine." The Puritans, while in the old country, did not design 
to establish a separate church. They only sought to reform 
and purify the church of England, and hence they were de- 
risively called Puritans. But, seeing the utter impossibility of 
accomplishing their object, they left their native land to seek a 
home beyond " the dark, cold, heaving sea," preferring a log 
cabin in the primeval forests of New England, where they 
might live, and move, and have their being unchained by eccle- 
siastical machinery, to a home in affluent old England, where 
eveiy religious utterance must conform to the legal standard. 
They had even antagonized the pilgrims, mainly because they 
had favored a separate church, wholly independent of the 
church of England. But when the Puritans had reached New- 
England, they united with the pilgrims " in establishing in- 
dependent churches." First at Salem, then at Charlestown, 
Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester and elsewhere, as the new settle- 
ments progressed. It was with the Charlestown church that 
Walter Palmer united, in 1633, and with which he sustained 
such relations until he removed to Plymouth colony, where he 
attended and united with Mr. Samuel Newman's church. There 
was no church here regularly organized until nearly thirteen 
years after his death. But it is evident, from what we can learn 
of him for the eight years that he resided here, that he was em- 
inently a religious man, and so were his sons, three of whom 
became deacons of the first church. The first religious services 
in Stonington were held at his dwelling house, March 22d, 
1G57. During the two years services of the Rev. Zachariah 
Bridgden in this town, he lived with the the family of Mr. Palmer, 
and died while residing there, April 24th, 1662. The valley of 
Wequetequock was peculiarly adapted to the wants and neces- 

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sitics of the first comers. The marsh lands bordering oil the 
cove furnished hay for their cattle until upland could be broken 
up and reduced to cultivation. The waters of the cove pro- 
duced an abundance of shell and floating fish. The grand 
primeval forests were alive with game, from a rabbit to a bear, 
and from a robin to an eagle. So that a home here in those 
"way back" times was not entirly destitute of luxuries, much 
less of the necessities of life. Suppose we summon up our hero, 
Walter Palmer, our grand old ancestor, from the vasty deep, 
and let us have a talk with him about the times in which he 
lived, and what has happened since his departure almost 220 
years ago. Well, grandfather, what think you of all these chil- 
dren's children's great-grandchildren, or whatever else is great 
and grand about them ? Mark, please, the difference between 
our cultivated fields, our villages and rural homes, when con- 
trasted with your old wilderness fireside. The stones that gave 
this town its name after you had left, the same old cove with 
its flowing tides, the same sun and moon and star lit heaven- 
are there; but all else, how changed! Freedom to worship 
God is now written in the organic law of our land, and no slave 
can breathe the air of these United States. The land you came 
to settle under a monarchical form of government has broken 
its chains, and has become the " land of the free, and the. home 
of the brave." The flickering, dissolving vapor that used to rise 
from Grandmother Palmer's tea kettle over at Wequetequock 
when she was preparing your morning and evening oblations 
has long since been utilized, and become the grand motive 
power of the civilized world. The winds that wafted the fleets 
of your day over the ocean have become a secondary power. 
Water power that moved the machinery of your time has lost 
its prestige, by being reduced to steam by the application o! 
heat. The lightning's lurid flash that spangled through the 
rifted clouds, and gleamed around and through your forest 
home, has been bottled up and learned to go of errands. 
When you wished to send a letter to the Plymouth or old Bay 
colonies, it had to be done by a courier or post-rider, now the 
same information can travel by steam over iron rails, or it in ; ; 
hurry you can have your thoughts put on a wire, and as quicK 


as a flash of lightning they can be read by your descendants at 
Rehoboth and Charlestown, or flashed beneath the sea. telling 
your relatives in England that your descendants in America 
are having a grand re-union in Stonington to-day, and ere the 
benediction shall have closed these proceedings, receive their 
congratulations in reply. Well, Grandfather Palmer, perhaps 
you would like to know the part your descendants have acted 
in the grand drama of human events, since the grave clods 
closed over your remains? Taken as a whole they have worth- 
ily and well performed their part. The unyielding thirst for 
power in the church of England, that forced the dissenters of 
your day to cross the ocean to breathe an air untainted with 
usurped power ; in the years that followed, sought to break 
down and overthrow what of freedom the old charters con- 
tained. The struggle for power on the part of England, and 
for civil and religious liberty on the part of the colonies cul- 
minated in the war of the Revolution, 1 15 years after your de- 
parture. The little colon)- of Connecticut that you helped to 
settle performed prodigies of valor in that mighty struggle. 
Some of your descendants and their neighbors here rushed to 
Boston to assist the descendants of your friends in Charlestown 
and elsewhere, to beat back the cohorts of England, and there 
on a hill, upon the east side of which you built your first house, 
immortalized themselves in the battle of Bunker Hill. The 
colony of your loved Connecticut, with a population at that 
time of 238,000 inhabitants, sent to the battlefields of the Rev- 
olution 32,000 men. They were at Bunker Hill, at Newport, 
R. I., at Brooklyn, New York and White Plains. They were 
at Bemis Heights, and Saratoga. They were with Mad An- 
thony Wayne at the storming of Stony Point, and they suffered 
and starved at Valley Forge. They were at Brandywine and 
Monmouth, and finally at Yorktown, where the old British lion 
growled a reluctant consent that the colonies should be free and 
independent States. Perhaps, Grandfather Palmer, you may 
like to know if any of your descendants have been honored 
with promotions. Three of your sons were deacons in the old 
church here, and represented this town in the general court. 
Others down the ages have acted well their part. Some have 



chosen 'the profession of {he law, of medicine and the ministry, 
and have risen to positions of eminence. Some of your blood 
has coursed the veins, of governors of Connecticut and Illinois, 
members of Congress, diplomatic servants and judges of our 
highest courts, State senators and representatives. When the 
last grand struggle for human rights prevaded this mighty 
nation from the circumference to the centre, your descendants 
and the colonies you helped to found earned a record of undy- 
ing fame. Far away from your old home here, in one of the 
mighty States of the West some of your blood in its transmis- 
sions was coursing in the veins of a modest unassuming man. 
The Rebellion found him in the humbler walks of life; but the 
country's demand for a successful leader brought him to the front 
and elevated him to the position of lientenant-general of our 
armies, and to the presidency of the United States. And final- 
ly, Grandfather Palmer, we will take the liberty to congratulate 
you, and ourselves, too, that this mighty leader is your descend- 
ant and our distinguished relative. And now we will all unite 
in honoring the name of Ulysses S. Grant, the noblest, grand- 
est soldier of the civilized world. 



I sing the hero who from England came 

To inscribe upon this rock-bound coast his name, 

And plant upon this barren soil the tree 

Of civil and religious liberty. 

By industry the wilderness to clear, 

And carve out for himself a fortune here ; 

Providing timely for the distant need 

Of his large household, with parental heed 

That when increased in numbers, more or less, 

They might, through coming years, these lands possess. 

Or hence, removing, find some richer soil 

To stimulate and compensate their toil, 

Spreading abroad, as now, on every side, 

From the Atlantic to the Pacific's tide, 

A stalwart, sturdy, vigorous, numerous clan, 


Descendants from the loins of one brave man, 
Walter Palmer by name, our grand old sire, 
Puritan pioneer of Nottinghamshire. 

And so, in sixteen hundred twenty-nine, 
Begins the Anglo-Yankee Palmer line ; 
Back of that date we have no means to go — 
And if we had, we should not care to know 
His English ancestry, or small or great. 
Of lordly wealth, or poor and mean estate, 
High born, low born, or of middle birth. 
Merchant, mechanic, tiller of the earth — 
It matters not to us — enough that we 
Arc branches of this old ancestral tree ; 
The toughened fibre of a hardy stock. 
Rooted amid the gravel, grit and rock 
Of this old town, fruitful the years along, 
Swelling a census twice six thousand strong; 
A goodly company, as all may see. 
And worthy of so proud a pedigree. 
In social, civil and religious life. 
The rank and hie of even' righteous strife ; 
Loyal in politics, and without guile, 
Palmers in name and life — man's highest style. 

I pause a moment here, simply to state, 
Judge Wheeler favored sixteen twenty-eight, 

At one time, as perhaps the the truer score, 

That marks the Palmer epoch on this shore: 

Well, either way — we shall endorse his showing — 

For what the Judge don't know is not worth knowing; 

I mean in genealogies and dates, 

Births, marriages, and wills, and old estates ; 

When born, when died, when married, tins one. that, 

Threading his winding pathway, to get at 

The lineage of every stem and shoot 

That ever sprang from Walter Palmer root ; 

Gleaning from mouldy tome and dusty shelf 

More about Walter than he knew himself. 

The good old man, I dare say, never deemed 

Himself a great man. never even dreamed 

That in the nineteenth century, eighty-one, 

From him would rise a portly judge and son, 

In build and girth and brain, worthy to be 

High priest and scribe of his long pedigree, 


Able in rugged Anglo-Saxon prose 

His history to search out and disclose, 

By sharp analysis and acumen, 

Both fact and fable with impartial pen, 

A splendid proof of Darwin's famous plan, 

Survival of the fittest, brute or man. 

But these statistics — this and that and t'other — 

To poets are an everlasting pother ; 

Just when you think you have the thing all right. 

With words and phrases compact, wedged in tight. 

And suited, by their harmony and jingle, 

The ears of groundlings to delight and tingle, 

Then some loose screw, of place or name or date, 

Will work disorder, wild and desperate, 

And with reckless, impious intrusion, 

Tear into shreds your finely wrought illusion, 

And tax your jaded and exhausted brain 

To build your airy castles o'er again. 

I don't believe old Homer could have written 

His Iliad or Odyssey, if smitten 

In his sublime poetical conceptions 

By critical historical corrections ; 

I think the grand old singer would have faltered, 

Had every third page needed to be altered 

To meet some chronological decision 

In genealogy, some last revision, 

Cutting his lines in every shape and angle, 

Mixing his numbers in a hopeless tangle. 

All right for history ; but he who sings 

Must be allowed, sometimes, to stretch his wings. 

And soar into the upper regions where, 

It is reported, no staticians are. 

Pardon this episode. Who could have thought 
That such a crowd could be together brought 
As, on this festal day, we proudly see, 
Descendants of this brave old family. 
Physicians, lawyers, clergymen and squires, 
' Downy-lipped scions and gray-headed sires ; 
Fair matrons, glowing with maternal pride, 
Their fair daughters, blushing at their side : 
With children full of fun and frolic free, 
As Walter's dozen, less one, used to be. 


Roaming the woods of Wcquetequock all o'er, 
Or wading knee-deep on the cove's low shore : 
At night, with childhood"s weariness opprest, 
Folded with prayerful tenderness to rest. 

But to return, as scattering preachers say. 
When they have drifted from their text away ; 
As soon as Walter Palmer touched the shore 
And looked New England's rising Athens o'er, 
The hub and centre of the universe, 
Where heresies, in embryo perverse, 
E'en then were taking root, he left the place 
And westward turned his honest English face ; 
Passed on to Charlestown, just across the water, 
And found a home there for himself and daughter — 
For he was wifeless, and the young girl Grace, 
For some years held the mother's vacant place. 
But now, like most men of the widower sort, 
He sought a wife and took Rebecca Short ; 
For even our old hero found this his life 
A lonely pilgrimage without a wife. 

Pray, who a treasure ever lost as yet, 

Without an effort to find it or get 

A duplicate ? and with such earnest haste, 

As well befits a sanctioned good taste ; 

For who has laid one good wife in the earth 

Knows best how much one like her may be worth. 

So Walter Palmer, as he left behind 

His early love in England, felt inclined, 

Perhaps divinely moved, to seek another 

Wife for himself, and for his child a mother. 

But who Rebecca Short was, we don't know ; 

We hope that genealogy will show 

Though short by name, she was not short of brains ; 

For in our Palmer arteries and veins, 

Rebecca Short's blood courses strong and free, 

In throbbing pulses of vitality ; 

So that we know not, at this distant day, 

Whether the Short or Palmer blood holds sway ; 

For if, perchance, the Palmer was not strongest, 

The Short infusion may hold out the longest ; 

But the presumption is we are a mixture, 

The Short and Palmer in an equal fixture, 


Held in vital, permanent transfusion. 

Two branches in one stream, without confusion, 

Together flowing onward to the sea 

Of universal immortality. 

Well, Walter found Rebecca in Charlestown, 

Neatly attired in simple, homespun gown — 

Perhaps at Shawmut, a suburb of that day, 

But now a crowded avenue and way; 

Its Indian name the land of flowers and beauty, 

A fitting home for maiden love and duty — 

Doing her household service timely well; 

Bringing to-market what she had to sell; 

Chatting with Walter in his humble store, 

Talking in confidence home matters o'er; 

She, modesty itself, with downcast eyes, 

Listening to his paternal, sage replies 

To her inquiries, and with chastened air, 

From underneath her shining braids of hair, 

Flashing her beauty on his rugged face, 

Its hard lines softened by her maiden grace ; 

Till words and smiles and blushes interblending, 

Had then, as now, the same delicious ending — 

A wedding and a little village party, 

A simple marriage, rustic, honest, hearty, 

The Puritanic ritual severe 

In its simplicity and Godly fear; 

Hands joined, and mutual pledges asked and given, 

Of constancy, beneath the eye of Heaven ; 

The scriptures read, the prayer of blessing, then, 

The benediction and the grave amen. 

So Walter Palmer led his village bride 
Homeward — young Grace in silence at his side. 
With languid step and saddened, tearful eye, 
Breathing a silent prayer that she might die ; 
For though a lost wife might allow another, 
Alas, for her, there could be but one mother. 
And though Rebecca Short might be all right, 
And very sweet, as in her father's sight, 
Yet how could she, her mother's eldest daughter, 
Her mother in the churchyard, o'er the water. 
Her spirit face, all sweetly undefiled, 
Smiling in brightness o'er her weeping child, 
To this young stranger-wife be reconciled? 

of the re-union. 

But time is sorrow's healer and refiner, 
And in due time Grace married Thomas Miner ; 
And this old household into two was riven 
By interblended griefs and joys from Heaven. 

So true it is that sorrow's dark suspense 
Oft heralds in some radiant providence ; 
And that the surest way to brighten sorrow 
Is from another light and joy to borrow ; 
And that the sweetest way to heal a grief 
Is in the balm of love to seek relief. 

Ah, well, the prayer-book has it right, I trow — 
As the beginning was, so is the now ; 
Love is a light on night and cloud descending, 
And so will ever be, " world without ending." 

In the old church-yard, just across the tide 
Of Wequetequock, sleep they, side by side ; 
A huge, unchiseled stone covers the place 
Where Thomas Miner rests, with his wife Grace. 

So Walter Palmer lived the years in peace 

At Charlestown, and of wealth had some increase. 

Just what he did, of course we cannot know, 

Or how his little into much did grow ; 

Whether he tilled the earth, worked with his hands, 

Or speculated lightly in new lands ; 

Bought corner lots for less and sold for more, 

And thus increased his capital and store ; 

Dickered with Indians and gave them trash, 

Gewgaws and beads for lands, in place of cash, 

As in the Puritanic creed the might 

To cheat an Indian made the thing all right ; 

Or, if they might thereby from fear be freed, 

To shoot an Indian was a saintly deed. 

Were they not heathen, aliens from the Lord, 

To be consumed by His avenging sword? 

Slaughtered before the open face of Heaven, 

Fit only from their homes to be outdriven ; 

As Perizite and Jebusite of old 

Gave place to Israel, the chosen fold ; 

Or, as our thinly-scattered western tribes 

Before the surging and on-rushing tides 



Of civil life are trampled in the dust. 
To gratify the insatiate greed and lust 
Of gold and power ; so, at this early day. 
The red men melted from their homes away. 

But Walter Palmer, though in morals rude. 

It may be, and in worldly matters shrewd, 

And, with an eye to the main chance, and quick 

To close a bargain tightly; yet no trick, 

From Puritanic saintliness and grace. 

In his transactions was allowed a place. 

He kept his word, paid all his honest debts 

The last farthing, with his small assets; 

If aught was over that, with honest care, 

He put aside for a wet day, with prayer. 

No pious double-dealing o'n his name 

Has left a blot, to cause his children shame ; 

And may his children to the latest day 

His footsteps follow, in the same bright way. 

In sixteen forty-three, from discontent, 

Or hope of gain, no matter what intent, 

He to Rehoboth came and pitched his tent. 

Purchased new lands, organized a town, 

And, as its chief man, gained fair renown, 

Was sent up yearly to the general court, 

As counselor of wise and grave report ; 

Was constable in sixteen fifty-two. 

But, having worked the Seekonk problem through, 

And gained by honest deal and interchanges 

What could be made within the narrow ranges 

Of a young trade that could not be extended. 

He sagely thought his mission there was ended ; 

And so he pulled up stakes, sold out his chattel, 

His block-house, lands, farming tools and cattle. 

And once more moving with the setting sun. 

By trail or sail, landed in Stonington, 

At Wequetequock, upon the eastern shore, 

And struck his pilgrim staff, to rove no more; 

Built him a house, like the rude hut you see 

Engraved upon our missive heraldy;' 

Made that his final home; there lived and died 

Was buried there, and from thence glorified, 

Where yet his ashes sleep, a sacred trust, 

Waiting the resurrection of the just. 

Of the re-union. 85 

But we must hasten on our lengthened way. 
Unsaid a thousand things we'd like to say; 
Some dry and humorous, and some sedate, 
The light and shade in mingled aggregate, 
Customs and manners, which to our chaste sense 
Of fitness might beseem to need defense ; 
But though grotesque and rude, they yet were free 
From sham and shoddy and hypocrisy. 

Better to work, they thought, a hard, cold soil, 

With stalwart industry and patient toil. 

And from reluctant nature conquer wealth, 

At least a competence, with honest health 

And a good conscience, than with godless pride 

The higher places of the earth to ride ; 

Better content, with hard-earned moderate gains, 

Than rapid increase, soiled with guilty stains; 

Better the farmer's rustic, plodding life, 

Than aristocracy, with waste and strife ; 

Better to hold the plough and drive the spade, 

Than, in low, wanton idleness degrade 

Your higher manhood, till your name shall rot 

In infamy — a loathsome stain and blot — 

Like many a modern swell, whose putrid breath 

Is social poison, malaria and death. 

So Walter Palmer thought, and stretched his line 

North, from the little Narragansett's brine, 

Full fifteen miles, until his purchase struck, 

The wooded heights of old Pauchunganuc 

Hill — not Pendleton — that name it never knew 

Till late, and now but as a post-mark due 

To local influences, a shallow game — 

To cancel out an honored Indian name; 

Let these old names be kept, and let them stand 

The crude memorials of a people grand, 

Even in their language, with its " tucks and nocks,' 

As obdurate and stubborn as their rocks ; 

As guttural, too, as " honk" of goose or fowl 

In Spring or Autumn, or the panther's growl ; 

No matter how obscure, we can checkmate them 

As long as we have Trumbull to translate them ; 

We hope he'll give us a translation true, 

Of Wequetequock and Pauchunganuc, too. 


To this hill country, wooded region high, * 
Old Walter Palmer early turned his eye : 
His stalwart sons must have more land to till, 
And so he sent them up to hold this hill. 

With brawny arms and hands of royal brown 
They felled the trees and cut the forests down ; 
Tore out the roots and stumps, thrust in the plow. 
And walled the fields in, as you see them now ; 
Their houses, barns, and churches without steeple, 
The rude, rough symbols of a sturdy people. 

Hail ! old Pauchunganuc, land of my birth, 

Thy airy heights o'ersweeping wide the sea, 

To me the dearest spot on earth, 

Home of a proud and noble ancestry ; 

I never may forget, where'er I roam, 

The beauties of my childhood's Highland home. 

Ichabod Palmer, fourth from Walter down, 
The tallest, strongest man of all the town : 
Who, when denied the use of boat or paddle, 
.With nothing but his trusty horse and saddle, 
Dashed through the waves of Narragansett Bay, 
And took from Newport Betty Noyes away, 
Despite parental strategy and ire ; 
I glory in the young man's blood and fire, 
For you must know he was my great grandsire, 
Lived on this hill, in old baronial pride. 
Long years with Betty Noyes, his rescued bride, 
And up there still they slumber side by side. 
An incident of more dramatic glow 
New England's history can nowhere show: 
Which inspiration, through some genius yet, 
In wealth of chaste and classic gold shall set. 

The first religious service in the town, 
Was held at Walter Palmer's, half way down 
The narrow cove, wide opening to the bay, 
The site of which remains unchanged to-day. 
The sermon, rude and somewhat incomplete 
In structure, doubtless, was yet very sweet, 
And though from first to twenty-fifthly long, 
Was orthodox and comfortincr and strong. 


And so, in rustic style, life wore away — 
Days, weeks, and months and years went flitting by, 
The evening shade and morning twilight gray, 
Darkened and lightened then as now the sky, 
Six day's of toil, and Sabbath's quiet reign, 
They rested, worshipped, and then toiled again. 

Children were born, and infancy's glad smile, 
With childhood's ringing laugh and sportive glee, 
Boyhood and girlhood's bounding, joyous style, 
And young folks brimming o'er with jollity, 
Softening the staid severities of age, 
Make this arcadian life a cheerful page. 

Given the story of Ann Borodel, 

Or of Rebecca Short, so rich and rare. 

Or Betty Noyes, and let the poets tell 

Of form and face and eyes and golden hair, 

Of early buried loves across the ocean. 

Of second loves, romantic with devotion : 

And Stonington will have its heroine, 

Embalmed in light of poesy divine, 

A face of girlhood, whose transcendant sheen, 

Old Plymouth's beauty shall as far outshine ; 

As our own Palmer girls excel in grace 

Of form and classic comeliness of face. 

Hail to this brave old town ! Old Britain's pride 
Once cowered beneath her rude and rough defence ; 
Her eighteen-pounders riddled Hardy's side, 
And taught him that our boys had pluck and sense. 
Leaving his anchor grappled in the bay, 
He slunk between the night and morn away. 

Hail to this rough old town, her ocean shore, 
Bays, inlets, rivers, sparkling brooks and streams, 
Her waves now breaking with a deafening roar 
Upon the rocks, now flashing neath the beams 
Of moon and star, while evening's freshening breeze 
Floats up, with grateful coolness mid her trees! 

Hail to the grand old town, long may she be 
What she has been, and is. with rich increase, 
And fruitfulness in full maturity, 
Of social, civil and religious peace, 


In all that makes men wise and great and good. 
The highest culture of the Palmer blood ! 

For from this grand old stock has come a race 
Of royal men in dignity and grace, 
Of high renown and of distinguished worth, 
Princes by right of culture, as of birth. 

Among the noblest artists of this land 

Is Palmer, whose creations chaste and grand, 

In bronze and marble, to the latest age, 

Will be his kindred's richest heritage ; 

His Faith, a maiden gazing at the cross, 

The world beneath her feet, as worthless dross, 

With face aglow, and eye of love intent, 

Of truth and purity the embodiment — 

Who that has seen it, has not felt the thrill 

Of art, the soul with ecstacy to fill ? 

Who that has seen it, has not felt the power 

Of art to intensify devotions hour? 

Yet with so many garlands proudly won 

His radiant, dazzling course seems but begun — 

May Autumn's sere and ripening glories be 

His crown of fame for immortality. 

William Pitt Palmer, whose resplendent fame 
As poet and banker we need but name; 
Who, but for the infirmities of age, 
Had with his presence graced to-day this stage, 
And by his flowing numbers, chaste and terse, 
Becharmed us with the rhythm of his verse ; 
We'll wreathe his brow for generations late, 
And crown him Palmer poet laureate. 

Let these suffice. They do but indicate 
A brilliant galaxy, whose aggregate 
Swells to a towering monument of fame, 
Proud and enduring as the Palmer name. 

Divines are here and statesmen eloquent, 

And last and chief our soldier President, 

Combining in himself the major key 

Of Palmer force and Minor modesty. 

The cool, courageous push and stubbornness, 

That rebel dash was powerless to repress ; 


That gave us Donaldson, mid snow and sleet. 

And canceled from our arms the word defeat ; 

And never faltered till the citadel 

Of Southern anarchy at Richmond fell. 

And Lee, with dignity of mein and word. 

Gave up to U. S. Grant his vanquished sword. 

And the old flag — the stars and stripes once more 

Floated an undivided nation o'er; 

And Southern breezes nestled in each fold. 

As trustingly as in the clays of old ; 

And kissed the shreds, all loyally and true, 

As lovers reconciled are wont to do. 

From the rough blasts that sweep our inland seas, 

And Minnesota's fertilizing snows. 
To South Carolina's superheated breeze. 

And Georgian airs fragrant with orange blows. 
He left his country, one from sea to sea. 
The broad domain of man and liberty. 

All hail the nation, from behind the cloud. 
That late enwrapped us in its sable fold. 

The sun bright streaming through the rifted shroud, 
Pours down a wealth of flashing light and gold, 

While mere}-, with a sheltering hand and shield. 

Covers our martyr President, Garfield. 

Long may he live .all bravely to dispense 
Its high and grave behests with pious care, 

With an unshrinking trust in Providence, 

To guard against each deadly foe and snare ; 

The nation consecrated by his blood. 

Or North or South to loyalty and God. 

And now to duty, what though life be brief, 
A fleeting cloud, a shade, the morning dew, 

And generations fade as fades the leaf, 

Yet life is always young when just and true. 

Our grand old sire gave God his highest powers. 

Did his work well, like him let us do ours. 



(Brief Biography.) 

Rev: A. G. Palmer, D. D., the pastor of the first Baptist 
Church, Stonington, Ct., was born in North Stonington, May 
nth, 1 8 1 3. His father, Luther Palmer, Esq., was an enter- 
prising and thrifty farmer and a prominent man in the com- 
munity. The early life of the son was devoted to farming in 
the Summer, and to study during the Winter in the common 
school. At the age of nine years he experienced religion, and 
this shaped his entire life. He made a public profession at the 
age of sixteen, and soon after began to preach and entered 
upon a course of classical study for the ministry. His first pas- 
torate was at Westerly, R. I., beginning in 1837 and ending in 
1843, six years of successful labor in the church, in that time 
increasing its membership from thirty to three hundred. 

In 1843, ne was settled at Stonington. After a very success- 
ful term of nine years he accepted a call from the First Baptist 
Church, Syracuse, N. Y.. where he remained until 1S55, when 
he received and accepted a call from the Baptist Church in 
Bridgeport, Ct. He labored there for three years, and in 1858 
accepted a call from the Baptist Church at Wakefield, R. I., 
and in 1861 returned to Stonington, in response to an earnest 
call from the church where he had formerly labored. His pas- 
torates have all been productive of great good, and have left 
their impress upon the churches with which he has labored. 
Dr. Palmer stands deservedly high in his profession, both as to 
character and ability. His action in speaking is easy, fervent 
and impressive, moving others by the intensity of his vivid con- 
victions, thereby exerting a powerful influence over his audi- 
ence. In all of his intercourse with his fellow citizens he sus- 
tains the character of a Christian gentleman, favoring even' 
practical reform with unflinching devotion for the right. His 
ability and culture were early recognized by Madison University, 
which conferred upon him the honorary title of D. D. 

Dr. Palmer has become distinguished as a poet, writing some 
very fine poems and memorial sonnets of exquisite tenderness 
and beaut)-. In his bi-centennial poem at the Old Road Church, 

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in 1874, alluding to the place and scenes of his childhood, he 
speaks of his old — old home as follows : 

" Hail ! old Pauchunganuc, land of my birth. 
Thy airy heights o'ersweeping wide the sea ; 
To me thou art the dearest spot on earth. 
Home of a proud and noble ancestry ; 
I never may forget, where'er I roam. 
The beauties of mv childhood's Highland home." 

Dr. Palmer descends from the Puritan, Walter Palmer, as 
follows : 

Walter Palmer and wife. Rebecca Short ; Gcrshom Palmer 
and wife, Anna Denison : Ichabod Palmer and wife, Hannah 
Palmer; Ichabod Palmer and wife, Elizabeth Noyes ; Elias 
Sanford Palmer and wife, Phebe Palmer; Luther Palmer and 
wife, Sarah Kenyon ; Rev. Albert Gallatin Palmer, D. D. 

He thus stands connected with some of the most distin- 
guished families of Connecticut and Rhode Island — from Capt. 
George Denison and Lady Ann Borodel, Mr. Thomas Stanton, 
the Interpreter General of New England, the Rev. James 
Noyes, Governor William Brenton and Governor Peleg Sanford, 
of Newport, and Joshua Kenyon, of Westerly, Rhode Island. 


Battle of Stomngtox. 
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen : It seems peculiarly 
appropriate that on this day, the 10th of August, so many de- 
scendants of Walter Palmer, one of the first settlers of this 
town, should meet together for pleasant intercourse, to become 
acquainted with each other as members of one great family, to 
visit the place where he lived and was buried, and to be brought 
nearer in thought to the difficulties and dangers encountered 
by those who crossed the ocean to make their abode in this 
country — then a wilderness, except here and there a spot scan- 
tily cultivated by the Indian — and contrast our town to-day, 
with its public roads and well-tilled fields, its pleasant villages, 
busy manufactories and manifold industries, with the time 


when your hard}' ancestor settled in Stonington. And it is tit- 
ting that, as you trace the history of this town from that time 
clown to the present, you shall call up a just pride that you arc 
the descendants of one who filled a conspicuous place in the 
developments of its resources, and who, with others, in the 
forming of our town democracies, founded the principle of self- 
government, which resulted in the establishment of the civil 
and religious liberty we now possess. They came here to es- 
cape a strong government, and worship in their own way, and 
with good intent — not always gently or wisely impressed that 
way upon all — but they laid the foundation of their civil and 
religious polity, taken as a whole, broader than they dreamed, 
and their hatred of the form and oppressions of a kingly rule. 
their gropings, often dimly for the rights of man, their persecu- 
tions and retaliations for conscience sake, both alike too fre- 
quently cruel and unjust, worked on through successive gener- 
ations, and out of their experiments and struggles and endur- 
ances our model republic arose. And a generation had hardly 
elapsed when the power from whom these colonies had wrested 
their independence, proclaimed that " Britannia ruled the waves," 
and their right to board our ships, and impress seamen into 
their service on suspicion that they owed allegiance to the 
crown ; and out of the contest, to maintain the sovereignty of 
our flag wherever it waved, whether on sea or on land, the in- 
cident to which I have been requested to call your attention 
arose. And so I think you should give more than a passing 
thought to this incident, as well as to the long train of events 
and actions preceding ; for the day which you have selected for 
the Re-Ujiion of the Palmer Family is a day commemorative 
of brave deeds done on the loth of August, 1814; and among 
the heroes who in that hastily constructed fort down by yon- 
der breakwater, with only two or three guns, and poorly pro- 
vided with the munitions of war, drove the English from our 
shores, the blood of Walter Palmer, in different channels of de- 
scent, bore nobly its part. In diverting your attention some- 
what from the legitimate purposes for which you have assem- 
bled — namely, the well-deserved and proper glorification of the 
Palmer family, to the not less proper recognition of the day, as 


commemorative of the defence of Stonington on the 10th of 
August, 1S14- — I trust I shall be pardoned for intruding, and 
perhaps, adding to the general glorification, by giving some ex- 
tracts of the occurrences on that memorial day, taken from an 
account that was furnished August 29th, 1S14, for publication 
in the Connecticut Gazette, by the magistrates, warden and 
burgesses of the borough of Stonington : 

On Tuesday afternoon of the 9th inst.. anchored off our 
harbor, the frigate Pactolit's, the Terror, a bomb ship, and the 
brig Dispatch, of twenty guns. A flag was discovered to leave 
the frigate and row towards the town. The impropriety of 
suffering them to come on shore was suggested, and a boat was 
immediately obtained. Captain Amos Palmer, William Lord, 
Esq., and S. A. Hough, of the detachment here, were selected, 
and the flag of the enemy met by ours, when we received the 
following unexpected and short notice : 

" His Britannic Majesty's Ship - Pactolus,' j 

9th of August, 1 8 14, half past 5 o'clock P. M. \ 
Not wishing to destroy the unoffending inhabitants residing 
in the town of Stonington, one hour is given them, front the 
receipt of this, to remove out of the town. 

F. M. Hardy. 
Captain of H. B. M. Ship Ramilies. 
For the inhabitants of the town of Stonington." 

From the date of tin's communication, it will appear that 
Commodore Hardy was himself on board of the Pactolus to di- 
rect the attack, the Ramilies then lying at anchor at the west 
end of Fisher's Island. The people assembled in great num- 
bers to hear what was the word from the enemy, when the 
above was read aloud. It was exclaimed from old and young, 
we will defend. And during the short hour granted us, expresses 
were sent to General Gushing, at Xew London, and to Colo- 
nel William Randall of Stonington, commanding the Thirtieth 
Regiment of State militia. The detachment stationed here un- 
der Lieutenant Hough was embodied ; Captain Potter, residing 
within the borough, gave orders to assemble all the officers and 
men under Ids command that could be immediately collected. 
The ammunition for our two eighteen-poundcrs and four-pound- 
ers was collected at the little breastwork erected by ourselves. 
The citizens of the borough assisted by two stranger-, from 
Massachuetts manned the guns. One course of discourage- 
ment, on!)', seemed to prevail, which was the deficiency of am- 


munition. Such guards of musketry as were in our power to 
place, were stationed at different points on the shores. 

About 8 o'clock in the evening they commenced by the fire 
of a shell from the bomb ship, which we immediately returned 
by a shot from our eighteen-pounder. The attack from the 
ship was immediately succeeded by one from three launches 
and four barges surrounding the point, throwing rockets and 
shot into the village. We defended the town until about 1 1 
o'clock, and had it not been for our spirited resistance, a landing, 
no doubt, would have been effected. Their shells and rockets 
having been prevented from spreading the destruction intended, 
they ceased firing them about 12 o'clock. At daylight a fire 
of rockets and shot from the launches and barges again com- 
menced, which was spiritedly returned from our artillery taken 
from the breastwork, in open view of the enemy, and exposed 
to their shot on the end of the point ; and they were compelled 
to recede, when our guns were taken back to the breastwork 
or fort. About 8 o'clock the brig Dispatch hauled within had 
a mile of our breastwork and opened a well-directed and ani- 
mated fire. Her fire was returned with a spirit and courage 
rarely to be equalled, and the brig was compelled to cut her 
cable and retire out of the reach of our shot. Our ammunition 
having been expended, she kept up a constant fire for two hours 
or more without having it in our power to return a shot — dur- 
ing which time we are confident, had there been a supply of 
ammunition, she would have been taught the use and meaning 
of her name. 

William Lord, ) , T . . . 

Alexander G. Smith, \ Magistrates. 

Joseph Smith, Warden. 

Amos Palmer, ~\ 

Amos Denison, 

George Hubbard, \ Burgesses. 

Thomas Ash, 

Reuben Chesebrough, J 

I also ask your attention to portions of a letter to the Secre- 
tary of War from Captain Amos Palmer, a lineal descendant 0.' 
Walter, chairman of the committee of citizens which had been 
entrusted with the preparation for the defence, and noticed in 
Pease and Nile's Gazette, as "distinguished for his integrity, his 
republican principles and his patriotism," who died at Stoning- 
ton, March 4, 1816, aged sixty-nine years : 


Stoningtox Borough, August 21, 181 5. 
To the Honorable William H. Crawford, Secretary of War : 

Sir — The former Secretary of War put into my hands, as 
Chairman of the Committee of Defense, the two eighteen- 
pounders and all the munitions of war that were here belong- 
ing to the general government, to be used for the defense of 
the town. As there is no military office here, it becomes my 
duty to inform you of the use we have made of them. On the 
9th of August, last year, the Raniilies, 74. the Pactolus, 44, the 
Terror, bomb ship, and the Dispatch, gun brig, anchored off the 
harbor. Commodore Hardy sent off a boat with a flag : we 
met him with another from the shore, when the officer of the 
flag handed me a note from Commodore Hardy, informing that 
one hour was given the unoffending inhabitants before the town 
would be destroyed. We returned to the shore, where all the 
male inhabitants were collected, when I sent the note aboard ; 
they all exclaimed they would defend the place to the last ex- 
tremity. We repaired to a small batten- that we had hove up. 
nailed our colors to the flag-staff, others lined the shore with 
their muskets. At about seven in the evening they put off five 
barges and a large launch, carrying from thirty-two to nine 
pound carronade in their bows, opened fire from their ships, 
and sent their boats to land under cover of their fire. 
We let them come within small grape distance, when we 
opened upon them with our two eighteen-pounders with round 
and grape shot. They soon retreated out of grape distance 
and attempted a landing on the east side of the village. We 
dragged a six-pounder that we had mounted, from the fort, and 
met them with grape, and all our muskets opened fire on them. 
so that the\- were willing to retreat a second time. They con- 
tinued their fire until eleven at night. The next morning at 
seven o'clock the brig Dispatch anchored within pistol-shot of 
our batter)-, and sent five barges and two large launches to land 
under cover of their whole tire (being joined by the Nimrod, 
20-gun brig). We opened fire on them, when they retreated 
and came round the east side of the town. We dragged over 
one of our eighteen-pounders. put in it round shot and about 
fifty pounds of grape, and tore one of their barges into pieces. 
They retreated out of grape distance and we turned our fire 
upon the brig, and expended all our cartridges but five, which 
we reserved for the boats if they made another attempt to land. 
After the third express to New London some field ammunition 
arrived. We then turned our cannon on the brig and she soon 
cut her cable. The whole fleet then weighed and anchored 
nearly out of reach of shot, and continued there and the next 

9 6 


day to bombard the town. They set the buildings on fire in 
more than twenty places and we as often put them out. In 
the three days' bombardment they sent on shore sixty tons of 
metal, and strange to say, wounded only one man. since dead. 
Since peace the officers of the Dispatch brig have been on shore 
here; they admit they had twenty-one killed and fifty badh 
wounded, and that if we could have continued our fire any 
longer they should have struck, for they were in a sinking con- 
dition, and the wind blew directly into the harbor; but while 
\ve were waiting for our ammunition it changed to the north 
and enabled them to get away. All the shot suitable for the 
cannon we have reserved, and have now more eighteen-pound 
shot than was sent us by Government. We have put the two 
cannon in the arsenal, and housed all the munitions of war. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant. 

Amos Palmer. 

The Gazette also says : " The following is a list of the vol- 
unteers of those who so bravely stood the brunt of the attack 
of Stonington Point :" 


Capt. George Fellows, 
Capt. William Potter, 
Dr. William Lord, 
Lieut. H. G. Lewis, 
Ensign D. Frink, 
John Miner, 
Isaac Miner, 
Asa Lee, 

Gurdon Trumbull, 
Allen G. Smith, 
Amos Denison, Jr. 
Stanton Gallup, 
Thomas Wilcox, 
Luke Palmer, 
William G. Bush, 
George Palmer. 


Simeon Hale}-, 
Jeremiah Haley, 
Fred. Haley, 
Frederick Denison, 
Ebenezer Denison, 
Isaac Denison. 

Jesse Deans, 
Deane Gallup, 
Jeremiah Holmes, 
Nathaniel Gift, 
Jedediah Reed, 


Alfred White, 
Frank Daniels, 

Ebenezer Morgan, 
Giles Morgan. 



Major Simeon Smith, Capt. Noah Lester, 

Major N. Frink, (formerly of the army), 

Lambert Williams. 

Capt. Leonard and Mr. Dunham. 

It is related that the first men that took station in the batten' 
were four: William Lord, Asa Lee, George Fellows and Amos 
Denison, Jr. Just before six o'clock on the 9th.. volunteers from 
Mystic — Jeremiah Holmes, Jeremiah Haley, Ebenezer Denison, 
and Nathaniel Clift — reached the place on foot, and ran imme- 
diately to help to operate the gun in the battery. 

The battery being small but few could work in it, and it was 
operated, probably, by less than a dozen men at a time. It is 
said that the colors on the flag-staff were shot through nine 
times, and a fence near by was pierced by sixty-three balls. 

I also give the muster roll of the 8th Company of Infantry 
under the command of Capt. William Potter in the 30th reg- 
iment of Connecticut militia in service of the United States, at 
Stonington, commanded by Lieut. Col. Win. Randall, from the 
9th of August, when last mustered, to the 27th of August, 1 8 14 : 






Capt. William Potter. 



-1 — 
-/ • 

Lieut. Horatio G. Sevin 

" 9> 


Ensign Daniel Finch, 

" 9' 




Francis Amv, 

" 19. 



Charles H. Smith, 

44 9» - 

" ' 


Peleg Hancox, 

" 22, 



Gurdon Trumbull. 

" 9> 



Corporals : 

Azariah Stanton, Jr., 

" 16, 



Junia Chesebrough, 

" 9- 



Joshua Swan, Jr., 

" 22, 



Privates : 

Phineas Wilcox. 

u 9> 



Hamilton White. 

" 9. 



Henry Wilcox, 

" 9. 



Latham Wilcox, 

" 9. 


2 7- 



Samuel Burtch, 
Jonathan Palmer, 
Andrew P. Stanton, 
James Stanton, 
Thomas Breed, 
Amos Loper, 
Samuel Bottum, Jr.. 
Benjamin Merritt, 
Elisha Chesebrough. Jr., 
Christopher Wheeler, 
Amos Hancox, 
Zebadian Palmer. 
Nathaniel Waldron, 
Thomas Spencer, 
Nathaniel M. Pendleton, 
Simon Carew, 
Elisha Faxon, Jr., 
Ebenezer Halpin, 
Asa Wilcox, Jr., 
Warren Palmer, 
Joseph Bailey, Jr., 

(Waiter to Capt. 
Nathaniel Lewis, 

Aug. 9, 
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" 9> 
" 9- 
" 9> 
" 9. 
" 9. 
" 9. 
" 9. 
" 9. 
" 9. 
" 9, 
" 15, 
" 19. 
" 20, 
" 22, 
" 22, 
" 22, 
" 22, 
" 22, 

M 9, 
William Potter. 
Aug. o. 

Aug. 27. 

(Waiter to Lieut. G. L 













Those under date of expiration of service, August 25, were 
ordered at that date for service at New London. 

It was never known here how much the English suffered in 
killed and wounded. Captain Alexander S. Palmer told mc 
last evening that in 1828, when on a sailing voyage to the Shet- 
land Islands, he met an English naval officer, Captain Austin. 
who was a lieutenant on board the Ramilies, who told him that 
there were about forty killed on the barge, spoken of in Mr. 
Amos Palmer's letter as blown to pieces, and that one shot which 
entered the brig Dispatch swept between her decks and killed 
fourteen outright. My informant is one of three brothers 
Nathaniel and Theodore, now deceased, who were accomplished 
ship-masters ; in fact, no family in this country, or any other. 
ever produced three more able. Capt. Nathaniel, the eldest. 
was among the first explorers south of Cape Horn, and discov- 
ered the land now known as Palmer's land ; was the projector, 
and commanded the first clipper ship ever built, which was im- 


mediately followed by so many that ^>ur merchant marine 'at 
one time was the admiration of all nations ; and the three broth- 
ers commanded some of the finest packet ships between New 
York and Liverpool, and afterwards renowned clippers in the 
East India trade. An account of their voyages and explora- 
tions, if fully written out, would read like a romance. I hope 
I shall be pardoned this digression, but I want to show you 
that the Palmers were bold cruisers on sea, as well as brave 
crusaders on land. It will thus be seen, ladies and gentlemen, 
that the defense of Stonington was an exploit of which you 
may feel proud, in that the blood inherited by so many, prom- 
inent in that affair, flows in your veins. A more brilliant en- 
gagement did not take place during the war of 1S12, and no- 
where was the loss and damage to the enemy so dispropor- 
tionate to the harm they inflicted, for the popular ballad of that 

time said : 

" They killed a goose, they killed a hen, 
Three hogs they wounded in a pen ; 
But we bored their ships through and through, 
And killed and wounded of their crew 
So many, that they bade adieu 
To the gallant boys of Stonington." 

The anniversary of that day has often been observed in a 
homely way — by processions, illuminations, firing of the historic 
old guns, and festivities suitable to the occasion — while the par- 
ticipants in that gallant defense were on the stage of action : 
but they, with few exceptions, have overcome li the last enemy," 
and now sleep the sleep that knows no waking till the resurrec- 
tion morning ; and familiy re-unions of this character, held on the 
commemorative day, will tend to keep alive in a social, quiet, but 
not less effective way, the memory of those patriots who fought 
bravely and successfully for their country- and their homes : and 
so many meeting together from various parts of the land who 
were before unknown to each other, though the offspring of 
one progenitor, will enlarge and strengthen the bond of friend- 
ship and family pride ; patriotism, affection for kindred and ven- 
eration for the past, will be fostered and perpetuated ; and we 
shall all more truly feel that we are, indeed, members of one 
family, have a common heritage in our country's prosperity and 


partakers in her history. And you Palmers or pilgrims should 
bear in mind that you are but sojourners here, as all your fath- 
ers were, and that, as time rolls on, one after another of you 
will be numbered with the ancestors ; and that your posterities, 
when they meet, as I have no doubt they will, in pursuance of 
the custom you have this day inaugurated, will lookback to the 
record you will have left, as you now are looking back to that 
of your ancestry. And may each of you, wherever you may 
lodge, whatever may be your position in life, do your duty well 
and live in the hearts of many generations of children, with 
whom your memory shall be as enduring and fragrant in good 
works as are to-day the virtues of those ancestors, whose mem- 
ory and history- you have now assembled to commemorate and 

" Soon you will cross the unknown sea 

And reach the heavenly haven, if pure you be ; 

Palmers and friends who have gone before, 

Bid kindly welcome to that peaceful shore ; 

So should we who here remain 

Toil on, in faith, ' that to die is gain.' " 


To the call of the great State of Texas, the venerable Dr. 
Eugene Palmer responded as follows : 

I fear that I shall not be able to make myself heard through- 
out this large pavilion, for nature has gifted me with a voice 
not strong enough even to blow my own trumpet ; and now you 
call on me to blow the trumpet for the great empire State of 
Texas. Already has Texas been twice called to the front, and 
twice been more ably represented in the cause of this Palmer 
Re-Union than any other State represented on the flag of the 
nation. I refer to that gifted daughter of song, the poetess. 
Mrs. Shindler, of Nacogdoches, who has given you a history of 
the most brilliant and distinguished branch of the Palmar fam- 
ily, which your genealogist had overlooked. Besides herself. 
this branch includes the Rev. Dr. Palmer of New Cleans, who, 


if he were here to-dny, that gifted orator would electrify this as- 
sembly from centre to circumference ; he would " make a rat- 
tling among the dry bones." 

Again, she has recited before you her beautiful original 
poems, and told you something else that you did not know be- 
fore, for you never believed that the Muses have sometimes 
come down from the hill tops of Pernassus, to cull the rich 
wild flowers that bloom on the prairies of Texas. Your secre- 
tary did not put down my name last evening among the speak- 
ers for to-day, and I am playing my role without a' rehearsal. 
Yesterday 1 sustained the role of two characters in the play — 
both of them tramps — for in my haste to join the Stonington 
boat my trunk was left, and having no means to make my toi- 
let, I " came to the feast without a wedding garment." That 
of the other tramp was the prodigal son, who had wandered to 
a far country, and had come back to his birth-place ; but, unlike 
that prodigal son. I had not wasted my substance in riotous liv- 
ing, but in my sympathies with a cause which I believed to be 
just. " For where your treasure is, there will your heart be 



A gathering clan to-day 
From near and far away, 

We pilgrims haste 
To give the honor due 
To him, both strong and true, 
Who built his home anew 

'Midst rocks and waste. 

" God and my strong right awn 
Shall shield me from all harm," 
Our brave sire cried ; 
"Across the trackless sea 

I flee from tyranny, 

, To strike for liberty 

Whate'er betide." 


Now we, his children, here 
His memory revere 

With hearts aglow ; 
As Palmers true and tried 
We'll bravely stem the tide. 
However deep and wide, 

Of wrong and woe. 

A widely scattered band 
We'll bear throughout the land 

Hearts pure within ; 
Our glory e'er shall be 
That all the world may see 
" Who bears the palm must be 

Worthy to win !" 

God of our father dear, 
Bow down to us Thine ear. 

Accept our prayer ; 
Thy mercies we implore, 
On us Thy blessing pour. 
Our name be evermore 

Thy hallowed care. 




Preserve, O Lord, within our heart of hearts, the memory of 
this auspicious day. May it lodge therein as a special token 
of Thy grace and favor. And as the " lines of influence " and 
ties of blood and kindred from all the past " intersect the pres- 
ent, and reach forward into all the future," may this external 
union of palm with palm form an inexhaustible font of tender 
feeling and sympathy. Bless Thou the hour, this moment now 
arrived, in which we in one rapture strive, with lip and heart, 
to tell our gratitude for Thy protecting care. 

And now, what offering, what memorial can our sincerity 


present, that would acceptable be to Thee, better than those 
trophies of the soul, achieved, 

" As Thy unerring precepts teach, 

Upon the internal conquests made by each, 

Palmam qui meruit feral. 

Breathe Thou the bosom of this internal relation, 

With this day's vital undulation. 

That all who do this name inherit 

May conscious be of Thy moving spirit." 

To us, it is a source of solemn joy : to us, a hymn of prayer. 
and prayer of thanksgiving, that we inherit and enjoy a name 
consecrated by the triumphal entry of the blessed Jesus into 
Jerusalem ; a name associated with the hosannas that were 
sung, and palm branches that were spread before Him that 
came in the name of the Highest. A name achieved by our 
remote ancestral originals, when they returned from their long 
pilgrimage with the palm, bearing palm in the palm of their 

Gracious in Thy sight be this assembly, and service of the 
palmbearing branches — hallowed by its aim ! 

With emotions of devout reverence for Thee, with feelings of 
profound respect for the ancestral palm-tree, in whose name 
and under whose branches we are gathered in sun and shade, 
the banner of our joy 

" We now unfold and wait. 

That strength of love our souls may elevate." 



On taking the chair the evening of the 10th, General George 
W. Palmer said in substance : 

Palmers and kinsfolk: To say that I feel flattered and proud 
by being called upon to preside for a time over this great fam- 
ily gathering, is but a feeble expression of the sentiments I ex- 
perience at this moment. Unexpected and undeserved as this 
honor is, I shall, nevertheless, treasure its pleasing memory in 


my heart of hearts through life, and leave the record of it as a 
rich legacy to my children. 

From the Elast and the West, the North and the South, the 
Palmers and their relatives have gathered to the number of 
over three thousand, and to-night present a spectacle, as a fam- 
ily re-union, such as was never witnessed before in this or any 
other country. When a boy, at Christmas time, I remember 
the gatherings at my grandfather's house of his eleven living 
children, with many grandchildren, and I thought he was the 
greatest man on earth to be able to preside over so large a fam- 
ily. But now I am at the head of a larger table than anybody's 
grandfather ever presided over, and I am proud of it. 

I must not detain you by even attempting to make a speech. 
You have been fed upon poetry and history and eloquence, and 
the feast is not yet over. Still it has occurred to me that before 
we separate for the night some business ought to be done and 
participated in by all the Palmers and their relations. At all 
events steps should be taken to perpetuate and nationalize these 
family re-unions, and I hope resolutions will be offered and 
and passed to that end. I await your further pleasure. 


(Brief Biography.) 
Born in the town of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York. 
June 7th, 1835. His parents were farmers, and his early educa- 
tion was only what could be obtained at a district school and 
close application at home. At the age of fifteen he com- 
menced teaching school in his native town, and taught four 
consecutive Winters, in the meantime attending the Academy 
at Westfield, an adjoining town in the same county, during the 
Spring and Fall terms. He had prepared to enter Williams' 
College two years in advance, but illness prevented. On his 
recovery he commenced the study of law with Judge Marvin 
of his native county. He entered the Law University in 1855. 
was examined and admitted to practice law in all the Courts of 
the States in [856, and in 1857, was graduated at the Law Uni- 
versity at Albany, receiving the degree of L.L. B. He then 


continued practice in the town of Westfield, in partnership with 
Austin Smith, and was married September 1st, 1858, to Miss 
Sarah E. Keyes. the daughter of a prominent Baptist minister. 
He gained a considerable reputation as a lawyer and advocate. 
During the campaign of Abraham Lincoln, in i860, he took a 
prominent place as a campaign speaker, and was captain of the 
first company, and commander of battalion of Wide- Awakes 
formed in that locality. The arduous labors of this canvass, 
added to his professional duties, again caused a serious illness. 

In the Winter of i86l,he was appointed assistant clerk in the 
New York State Senate. Soon after Sumpter was fired upon, 
though still in poor health, he went to Washington and assisted 
in the defense of the bridges leading from Virginia to Washing- 
ton. He was soon afterward appointed in the War Department, 
and for two years served in the Quartermaster-General's office 
under Secretaries of War Cameron and Stanton. He assisted 
in organizing the Provost Marshal's department, and soon after 
its organization was appointed Captain and Provost Marshal 
of the 31st District of New York. In this position, Secretary 
Stanton said of him : " I have one honest and able Provost Mar- 
shal in Captain Palmer."' He held this position until the 1st 
of December, 1S64, when he went to Albany with Governor 
Fenton, who made him his Military Secretary, which position 
he held until the Spring following, when he was appointed Com- 
missar)' General of Ordnance of the State of Xew York, with the 
rank of Brigadier General; and in the early part of 1808, he was 
also clothed with the duties of Ouartermaster-Generai of the 
State, which position had formerly been held by Generals Edwin 
A. Merritt and Chester A. Arthur. 

In January, 1S69, he resumed the practice of his profession 
ill the city of Xew York, but soon left it to assume the duties 
of Appraiser of the Port of Xew York, to which position he wu.-> 
appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. As 
Appraiser of the Port, Secretary Boutwell said of him that he 
was one of the best revenue officials in the Government. 

In 1 87 1, he again resumed the practice of his profession, hut 
continued to take considerable interest, and actively participa- 
ted in t!ie National and State political contests, attending near- 


ly all of the important Republican National and State conven- 
tions from the birth of that party. Early in 1879, ne received 
the appointment of Deputy Collector of Customs at the Port 
of New York, in charge of the Law Department, which position 
he still holds. 

Collector's Office, Custom House, New York. ) 
7th Division — Law Department. \ 

The care of all suits brought against the Collector; the in- 
vestigation of attempts to defraud the revenue ; the enforcement 
of Fines, Penalties, and Forfeitures, and all legal proceedings 
connected therewith: the custody and sale of all goods seized 
by the Revenue Officers: the taking and cancellation of bonds, 
and the prosecution of those whose conditions have been vio- 
lated ; the supervision of all Exports entitled to Drawback of 
Internal Revenue, and Customs duties on articles manufactured 
from foreign materials; the ascertaining and certifying such 
duties ; the charge of all export entry-papers for the benefit of 
Drawback, and officers' returns thereon, and of Certificates in 
proof of the landing of such exports abroad ; the approval and 
registry of Powers of Attorney; the custody of the archives 
and records ; the reception, recording, and disposal of all Pro- 
tests and Appeals ; and the correspondence growing out of or 
connected with the above matters. 

George W. Wright, Chief Clerk. 

GEORGE W. Palmer, Deputy Collector in Charge. 

His genealogy will be particularly given in the second voi- 
ume of this work, when published. 

[Written for the Palmer Re-Union, in Stonington, Ct., and delivered on the evening 
of August ioth.J 



Whatever scenes of beauty we behold, 

Through viewing all the circle of the earth, 

A grace unequalled and a charm untold 

Will bind us to the spot that gave us birth. 

A mystic chord, undying in the breast, 
Is vibrant to the very name of home ; 


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A mother ever matchless stands confest. 
Her angel presence ours, where'er we roam. 

So, Mother-Town, we reverent turn to thee 

Full-crowned with honors, won by Christian sires; 

Thy templed hills thy home, by singing sea. 
Where, as of old, thou guarded virtue's fires. 

Endowed of Heaven, our fathers were the peers 

Of Britian's princes, the inheritors 
Of kingly truths and rights : unknowing fears 

Of men when flamed the fatherland with wars. 

But full to hold their heritage from God, 

Commissioned by their faith the world to bless. 

They turned, as exiles, from their loved abode 
To build for truth in this hoar wilderness. 

Faith sped the axe and plow, the scythe and flail ; 

Love sang to cradle, distaff, wheel and loom ; 
The word of God, the chosen coat-of-mail 

To shield the bosom and adorn the home. 

'Twas thus the Christian planting was begun 

By Stanton, Chesebrough, Palmer, Mason, Noyes. 

Main, Miner, Gallup, Wheeler, Denison. 

And kindred souls, of whom the Lord made choice. 

Of freedom's grand republic yet to be, 

Here was the opening promise and the type — 

The humble town — league of equality — 
The germ prophetic of the cluster 'ripe. 

Faith's drum-beat called the people to their prayer, 
^ O'er hearth-stones hung the ready, trustv swords'; 
Charged firelocks sentinelled the pulpit stairs, 
And banners blazed with patriotic words. 


Hence spurned our Mother England's tax on tea, 
Swift stamped the Stamp Act underneath her feet ; 

Set on her brow the cap of liberty, 

And vowed oppression's every 'step to meet. 


Here, as from Boston's North Church, streamed the lights 

Along the hills to rally minute men ; 
Heaven-leagued, defensive of unaliened rights. 

Here marched to battle Gideon's host again. 

To Trenton. Valley Forge and Yorktown's plain. 

Our mother sent her "Sons of Liberty ;" 
And braves to man our guns upon the main. 

Who fired their shots for rigrht and victorv. 

The blood of Ledyard and his hero-band 
By traitor Arnold spilt on Groton Heights, 

Refired her soul and nerved her hand. 
To do or die, to win our countrv's rights. 


Alike prepared, when fell another blow 

Upon our sailors, striking down their right, 

Her children rose to beard the lion-foe 

Again, and prove their manhood and their might. 

From yonder waves the royal ships bore down, 

With great-mouthed, bull-dog boast and swelling jibs 

But met such iron-thunder from this town. 

As sent them reeling back with splintered ribs. 

Such was her Spartan purpose ne'er to yield. 
And such the telling, gallant victory won. 

That e'en to-day, on England's battered shield. 
Are read the scars received at Stonington. 

Within her bosom martyr children sleep. 

Wrapped in our country's fame as in her love : 

While others far-off fields of battle keep 

Their names, as stars, in freedom's banner wove. 


She finds fair writ on Scripture's radiant leaf. 
That harvest songs belong to those who plant ; 

And hence she sings to-day our nation's chief — 
Her blood beats in the veins of General Grant. 


Palmam qui meruit ferat — full she saith 
To him as victor both in field and state. 

Repeating glad a grateful nation's breath. 
While still upon him highest honors wait. 

And welcome now, as knightly pilgrims, come 
The Palmers, each with fitting palm in hand. 

To bless with tribute their ancestral home, 
And hear anew their mother's high command. 

Firm guardian of the common welfare still, 
With pulsing heart, by valley, crag and shore. 

As faithful, loving mother ever will, 

She sits and counts her jewel children o'er. 


Here let the Muse of History thoughtful pause. 
Here measure doctrines by the fruit they bear ; 

In justice's well-poised scale obtain the cause 
Why this once savage wild now blooms so fair. 

The word of God, enthroned in human breasts, 
Transmits all things, e'en evil into good ; 

Pronounces just, beneficent behests. 
And builds the empire of our brotherhood. 

The desert waste is cheered by Hermon's dew ; 

The wilderness takes up redemption's strain ; 
The Rose of Sharon blooms where briars grew ; 

And freedom's host swells out the grand refrain, 

O, favored land elect, Heaven-blessed and free, 

Hold fast thy homes, thy churches, schools and law: 

Thy bulwark 'gainst home-bred conspiracy. 
And ages 'gainst malignant foreign wars. 


In vision let another century glide, 

Our land by virtues, learning, arts combined. 

Shall win new lustre and augment with pride. 
The peaceful trophies that exalt mankind. 



Her temples and her halls of state she'll build 
On mountain ranges nearer to the sun ; 

Her bounds, with cedars, palms and olives filled, 
From Arctic North to Tropic South shall run. 

And in that opulent, abounding year. 
Supreme in majesty and wide renown, 

The regent of this Western hemisphere, 

She'll not forget our worthy' Mother-Town. 

To be an actor on so vast a stage. 

To play in such grand scene a vital part, 

May well our reverential thought engage, 
And with a pure devotion thrill the heart. 


Devout we gaze on monuments and urns, 

And spill the legends on the moss-rolled stones ; 

Affection's tender flame within us burns ; 
The heart a tie unutterable owns. 

Our honored ancestors here silent rest ; 

On every breeze endearing memories throng ; 
The hills are with their thousand stories blest. 

And every vale repeats its hallowed song. 

The man without a country and a home. 

How like a bird, smit by fierce tempest's sweep 

At sea, mid angry clouds and hungry foam, 
To panting fall and perish in the deep. 

O, Mother-Town, thou grandest sacred dust ; 

And, not in heartless words, this prayer is made 
That, when is finished all our earthly trust. 

With father's ashes may our own be laid. 

And then — that gathering in the bright beyond, 
That great re-union on the better shore, 

Where life and love shall have perfected bond, 
And fellowships unfold forevermore. 



Thus, kin and friends, fulfilling my small part. 
With yours, I lay my simple offering down, ■ 

Though less than yours in worth, not less in heart, 
A thankful tribute to our Mother-Town. 


(Brief Biography.) 

Rev. Frederic Denison.son of Isaac and Levina(Fish)Denison, 
and great-grandson of Deacon Benadam and Bridget (Palmer) 
Gallup, was born in Stonington, Ct., Sept. 28, 1S19: trained on 
a farm, in common schools and at Bacon Academy; learned the 
carpenter trade; became a school teacher; united with the 
Third (now Union) Baptist Church in Groton ; was licensed to 
preach ; studied in the Connecticut Literary Institution ; grad- 
uated at Brown University in 1S47; became pastor of First 
Baptist Church in Westerly, R. I., of Central Baptist Church 
in Norwich, Ct., of Central Falls Baptist Church in Rhode Is- 
land ; entered the United States army as chaplain and served 
three years during the Rebellion ; settled again as pastor in Wes- 
terly, in New Haven, Ct., in Woonsocket and in Providence, 
R. I.; married, January 12, 1848, Amy Randall Manton, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Shadrach Manton of Providence, and has one daugh- 
ter, Fredrica, living ; has written various volumes of prose, his- 
tory, biography and narratives, and small works of poetry ; is 
a large contributor to periodicals, secular and religious; is cor- 
responding member of the Rhode Island and Wisconsin His- 
torical Societies; is now Historical Registrar of the Baptists of 
Rhode Island, and was a leading associate editor of the recent 
" Cyclopedia of Representative Men of Rhode Island." 




Mr. President: We are assembled to do honor and homage 
to the memory of Walter Palmer, a pilgrim from the Old World 
to the new, and the original ancestor of a long line of genera- 
tions. Over two centuries ago, Walter Palmer made the We- 
quetequock Cove his abiding place, and now we, of the later 
generations, have returned to this ancestral spot, like pilgrims 
from afar, to view with our own eyes many places made sacred 
by the reminiscences of our grandfathers and mothers. 

Our name, Palmer, it has been said, is " derived from pilgrim- 
ages, and is not last in the mists of antiquity. The crusaders, 
in their marches to Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, from the 
time of Peter the Hermit to the close of the fourteenth century, 
had many followers, who sought to see the tomb of Christ from 
sacred motives. Many of these pilgrims on their return wore 
palm leaves in their hats, or carried staves made from palm 
branches. They thus came to be called Palm-ers or bearers of 
the palm. Some were also distinguished by the scallop shell 
worn twisted in their hat band." 

The name soon passed into literature. Shakespeare frequent- 
ly uses the word : " My scepter for a Palmer's walking staff ;" 
and also, " Where do the Palmers lodge, I do beseech you ?" 

In Spencer's Faerie Queene, he alludes to an aged pilgrim : 

" Him als accompanyd upon the Way, 
A comely Palmer, clad in black attire ; 
Of ripest years, and hairs all hoarie gray. 
That with a staff his feeble limbs did stire, 
Lest his long way, his aged limbs should tire." 

Sir Walter Scott wrote : 

" I am a Palmer, as you see, 

Which of my life much part have spent 
In many a far and fayre countrie, 
As pilgrims do, of good intent." 


In a work on " Our English Surnames," byChas. W. Bardlcy, 
Esq., is an account of the derivation of the name Palmer, as 
follows: ''The various religious wanderings of solitary recluses, 
though belonging to a system long faded from our English life, 
find a perpetual epitaph in the directories of to-day. Thus we 
have still our pilgrims, or ' peteriris,' as the Xormans termed 
them. We meet with Palmers any day in the streets of our 
.large towns; names distinctly relating the manner in which 
their owners have derived their titles. The Pilgrim may have 
but visited the shrine of St. Thomas, of Canterbury. The Pal- 
mer, as liis name proves, had, forlorn and weary, battled against 
all difficulties, and trod the path that led to the Holy Sep- 

' The faded palm branch in his hand. 
Showed pilgrim from the Holy Land.' " 

The name Palmer has been associated with Palm and Pales- 
tine for ages, and has been engrafted into Holy Writ. The se- 
lection of palm branches by the pilgrims to the Holy Land had 
great significance ; a characteristic of a palm tree is, that if 
bent or twisted out of shape, when released will regain its 
normal shape. So with truth crushed to earth, will rise 
again. The palm tree is mentioned in the Sacred Songs of Sol- 
omon : "This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts 
to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I 
will take hold of the boughs thereof." 

In 92d Psalm, referring to the return of Babylonish captives 
to the Land of Promise, in 12th verse, we find : "The righteous 
shall flourish like the palm tree ; he shall grow like a cedar in 

When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, it is 
recorded in John xii : "When they heard that Jesus was com- 
ing to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went forth 
to meet him, and cried, Hosanna ! Blessed is the King of Israel 
that cometh in the name of the Lord." 

Again, in John's Revalations, chapter vii, verse 9th : "After, 
I beheld, and lo ! a great multitude, which no man could num- 
ber, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongue, stood 


before the throne, and before the Lord, clothed with white robes 
and palms in their hands." 

We therefore find in sacred and profane literature mention of 
palms and palm bearers. 

In the Old World, the name Palmer applied to families of diff- 
erent paternity, and different nationalities, and only in modern 
times do we find it signifying any one family. 

In ancient times there was even a difference between a Pil- 
grim and a Palmer. Bailey, in "Clark's Introduction to Her- 
aldry," thus defines the difference: "A Pilgrim had some dwell- 
ing place, a Palmer none; a Pilgrim travelled to some certain 
place, the Palmer to all ; the Pilgrim must go at his own charge, 
the Palmer must profess poverty whether real or wilful. The 
Pilgrim might give over his profession, but the Palmer might 

That the name applied to many different families in Europe 
is evident from the fact, that Burke's " Encyclopedia of Her- 
aldry " describes forty-five coats-of-arms, under the name of 

Not so with the family name in America. Here we have no 
coats-of-arms to confuse us and create caste in society. (Every 
Palmer in America wears his own " coat," rather than that of 
his grandfather.) 

In America we have but a few Palmer ancestors, and we of 
to-day have made a journey, liken unto a pilgrimage, to pay re- 
spect to one of them — Walter Palmer, who came to America 
soon after the Mayfloxver pilgrims, and whose descendants arc. 
perhaps, more numerous than that of any other pilgrim Palmer. 

The intermarriages of Palmers have so commingled posterity 
that nearly all of the name are more or less related. Among the 
original stocks have been gathered from records : 

1st. Wm. Palmer, who came from Nottinghamshire, England, 
in ship Fortune, second vessel after the Mayflotver/m 162 r. 
He sailed from Plymouth. England, and landed at Plymouth, 
Massachusetts Bay Colony ; what was his abiding place is now 
known as Duxbury, Mass. 

2d. Walter Palmer and Abraham Palmer, brothers, who came 
from Nottinghamshire, England, in 1629, along with John En- 


dicott, in charge of " six ships with 400 persons, men, women 
and children," landed at Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Col- 
ony. Walter Palmer was one of the original founders of Charles- 
town, 1629, of Rehoboth, 1643, and of Southerton, now called 
Stonington, 1653. 

3d. Thomas Palmer, in ship Expectation, 1635 ; from Brad- 
ford, England, and the founder of the town of Rowley, Mass. 

4th. John Palmer, in ship Elizabeth, 1634 or '35 ; settled in 
Hingham, Mass. 

I think Thomas and John (3 and 4) were brothers. Some of 
his descendants on Long Island, X. Y., where John lived. 

5th. Barnabas Palmer, from Belfast, Ireland, 1740; settled in 
Rochester, N. H. 

6th. Edward Palmer, from England to Boston, Nov. 12, 

7th. Lieut. Wm. Palmer, made freeman at Yarmouth, June 
7, 1638: settled on Long Island, and died there. 

8th. Wm. Palmer, who went to Virginia. Descendants 
throughout the South. 

9th. John Palmer, in ship Providence, of Scarborough, Eng- 
land, in 1684 : settled in Pennsylvania, and from whom are de- 
scended vast numbers of Quaker Palmers. 

10th. Joseph Palmer, from Higher Abbottsrow, Devonshire, 
England, in ship Wilmington, to Boston, Mass., November 2d, 
1746. Descendants in Massachusetts. 

nth. Thomas Palmer, from Kelso, Scotland, 1790. Descend- 
ants in Philadelphia, Penn. 

1 2th. Matthew Palmer, from Nottinghamshire, England, about 
1720 landed in New York City. Descendants in Dutchess Co., 
N. Y. and Saratoga Co., N. Y. 

13th. Capt. Wm. J. Palmer, from London, England, about 
1 8 1 2 ; settled in Galliopolis, Ohio. 

There are some few later stocks, but whose descendants are 
not as yet very numerous, so far as known. 

The larger proportion of the Palmers of America are de- 
scended from four of these individuals — namely, Wm. Palmer, 
of Duxbury, Mass.: Walter Palmer, of Stonington, Ct.; Thomas 
Palmer, of Rowley, Mass.; John Palmer, of Hingham, Mass. 


These four may be called the Palmer patriarchs of New 

The intermarriages of Palmers have been so numerous, that 
all the living descendants are more or less mixed in their rela- 
tionship to the ancient stocks, and it is no more than proper 
to say that a Re-Union of Palmers will embrace these different 

Tradition has transplanted from generation to generation 
many reminiscences, but one very important one is, that the 
Palmers are descended from three brothers. I presume this 
sprang from the brotherhood between Walter and Abraham, 
and from the many cotemporaneous Wm. Palmers, rather than 
from the fact that there really were three brothers. Records 
show two other brothers besides Walter and Abraham, that 
were original ancestors, but not brothers to Walter and Abra- 
ham ; their names were John and Thomas, who came from 
England about 1631 or '52; John settled on the Georges River 
in Maine, and Thomas in Newtown, Mass. 

This Re-Union of the Palmer Family has special application 
to the direct lineal descendants of Walter Palmer, rather than 
to other stocks of the same name. We have already had a 
very able and interesting historical address by Judge Richard 
A. Wheeier, in regard to Walter, therefore it is not necessary 
for us to repeat. 

But many are present who may ask the question. " Are we 
descendants of Walter Palmer?" We will give you from one 
of our books, called " Branches and Places," the name and place 
of residence of some one original ancestor who was a descend- 
ant of Walter, and whose descendants branched out of the local- 
ities where he and his children lived into various sections of the 
country. It must be remembered that this list of " Branches 
and Places " does not give the name of all the descendants who 
may have lived in these various localities, but rather the name 
of some one original ancestor, from whom there are still other 
branches and places connected therewith. 




Ashford, Ct.: Gen. Nathan, Benjamin, Dr. Joseph. Ansonia, 
Ct.: Albert L. Andover, Ct.: The Skinners, the Foxes. 
Ackworth, Ct. : Philander. Albany, N. Y. : Chas. L. Ich- 
abod, Luther M., Byron O. Aroca, N. Y.: Ira, S. H. 
Auburn, N. Y. : Denison. Agawam, N. Y. : Samuel. 
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Alonzo B., Russel D. AtJie?is, Ga. : 
Geo. H. 

Branford, Ct. : William, Obadiah, Michael, Solomon, Benja- 
min, John, Samuel, Stephen, Joseph, Abraham, Nathaniel. 
Timothy (and over a thousand more). Berlin, Ct.: Col. 
Chas. D. Buck/and, Ct.: The Clarks. Bridgewater, Ct.: 
Jonathan. Brooklyn, N. Y: Dr. L. N., Wm. Pitt., the 
Clarks, the Cutlers, James. Bridgewater, N. Y.: Jonathan, 
the Lambs, Elias, Rev. Belia, David, Asa. Brooklyn, Mich.: 
Priscilla, the Colgroves, the Randalls, the Austins, the 
Ides, the Websters. Boivery Bay, N. Y: Wm. E. Bur- 
lington, N. Y.: Gen. Nathan, Stephen, William, Benjamin. 
Brookfield, N. Y.: Gen. Noyes, Benjamin. Brighton, N. Y.: 
The Barneses. Berlin, N. Y.: Gideon, Joseph B. Boston, 
Mass.: Lewis M., Jonathan. Bath, Me.: Asa. Benning- 
ton, Vt.: Seth. Busti, N. Y: Whitman, Amos. Buckland 
Corners, N. Y.: Sidney E. Blackinton, Mass.: David, Mary 
B. Buffalo, N. Y.: The Wilguses, the Sheldons, the But- 
lers, the Pecks. Burlington, la.: Luke. Bronson, Fla.: 
The Simmons. Batavia, III.: Chas. A. Brockport, N. Y.: 
Humphrey, Nathaniel. Bethlehem, Ct.: Sheldon, Samuel, 
Isaac. Brown Co.\ N. Y.: Stephen. Bradford, Pa.: The 

Charlestown, Mass.: Elihu, Nehemiah. Coventry, Ct.: Rev. 
Eliott. Columbus, Ct.: The Littles. Columbus, N. K.- 
Elijah, Grant Billings. Colchester, X. Y: Richard. Horace, 
Seth, Hiram. Canterbury, A T . Y: James B. Clockville, 
N. Y: The Chapmans. the Randalls. Columbus, O.: 
The Grows. Columbus, N. Y.: Benjamin, Asahael, Stephen. 


Amos. Cayuga, X. Y.: Dr. Noyes. Corning, X. Y.: Olive, 
Luther A. Cardiff, X. Y.: Avory F. Castleton, X. Y.: 
James. Chatham, X. Y.: Ephraim. Compton, N. Y.: Sam- 
uel. Clarendon, If.: David. Chicago, III.: Loomis T., 
Charles, the Durlands, Chas. T., Joseph, the Noyeses, the 
Hilands, Herman C. Castleton, If.: David, Allen, the 
Crarys. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Sidney. Clarkson, X. Y: 
Joel B., Russell. Cincinnatus, X. Y.: Charles. Compton, 
N. H.: Dudley. Chesterfield, Ct.: Elisha C, Joshua. Can- 
astota, X. Y.: Joseph, Hannah S. Catskill, X. Y.: Hiland. 
Collingzi'ood, A 7 . K: Avory R. Carboudale. III.: Elihu J. 
Cuba, X. Y.: The Medburys, Joseph. Clarkson, N. Y.: 
Dea. Joel. Covington. Ct.: Christopher. Coeymans Hol- 
low, X. Y.: William W. Coxsackie, X. Y.: Lewis. Jon- 
athan B. 

Daxielsoxyille, Ct.: Edwin L. Dallas City, Pa.: Amos T. 
Decatur, Xa.: Mar} - E. Dover, X. J.: Stephen J., Ezekiel, 
Charles. Dutchess Co., X. Y.: Daniel, Aaron, Joseph. 
Des Moines, III.: Albert S. Delevan, III.: O. B. Danville. 
III.: Dr. Asa A., Judge Norman D., E. H. Dancsbnrgh, X. 
Y.: Caleb, Ira. Davokins Mills, O.: Isaac. Detroit, Mich.: 
Nathan H , Thomas. George T., Nehemiah, Nathan C. 
Friend. Decatur, III.: Ambrose \V\, the Ewings. Delhi. 
X. Y.: Ezekiel, Joseph. Shubal, Urban. Durand, III.: 
Geo. W. 

•EXETER. R. I.: Uriah, Amos. Extter, Ct.: Ezra, Rosweil, Rev. 
Phineas, Rev. Gershom, the Havens, the Shermans, the 
Whites. Exeter, X. Y.: Gen. Noyes. Elder Christopher, 
Humphrey, Gershom. Michael, George, Abel. East New 
York, X. Y.: Noyes G., George W. Eau Clair, Wis.: 
Camillus Noyes. Euclid, X. Y.: Gideon, Nathaniel. Ev- 
ans Mills, X. Y.: John R. Eaton, X. Y: Ephraim. East 
Haddam, Ct.: Edward, Levi. East Killingly, Ct.: The 
Lewises. East Hartford, Ct.: The Atwoods, the Lewises, 
the Wilcoxs. 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ct.: Dr. Noyes. Eayetteville, X. Y: Jerome, 
Charles, Gilford. Denison. Falls Ullage, Ct.: Theodore H. 
Fitchville, 0.: Preston. Fort Concho, Tex.: Lieut. Geo. 



H. Fair Haven, Ct.: Henry. Fairfield, O.: E. S. Five 
Corners, X. Y; Tne Hunts. 
GRISWOLD, Ct.: Benjamin, Alvah, the Larkhams. the YVil- 
coxs, the Clarks, Asher, Amos F., the Holmes. Green- 
ville, Ct.: Myron, Charles, Alfred, Chauncey. Groton. Ct.; 
Mary A. Gor/iam, N. ¥.: James. Galway, III.: George 
Denison. Great Harrington, Mass.: Billings. Green Springs, 
O.: Ura H. Green Co., X. Y.: Jonathan, Gideon. Grape- 
ville, X. V.: Egbert, M. Goshen, Ct.: H. D., Robert, Addi- 
son. Grand Rapids, Mich.: The Walkers. Gloversville. 
X. Y.: T. R., Levi H. Greenwich, Ct.: Jonathan, Benja- 
min, Stephen. Goshen, Ct.: The Halls, Robert, Samuel, 
Joseph. Guilford. Ct.: Charles. Greenville, X V. : 
Gideon, Epenetus, Wm. R., Jonathan. Geneva, X. K.- 
HOPE Valley, R. I.: The Chapmans. Hampden Junction, 
O.: A. F. Hebron, Ct.: Horatio, Elliott, James. Hart- 
ford, Ct.: David, Josiah C. Hopkinton, Ct.: Lydia X. 
Homer, X. ¥.: The Randalls, the Kinnes. Havana, X. 
Y.: Daniel, Zinney, John D. 
JEWETT City, Ct.: Lewis, Benj. W. Jamaica, X. Y: Xoyes 
F. Jamestown, X. Y: John D. Jackson, Mich.: Geo. L. 
Jackson, O.: YV. H. Junction City, Kan.: The Roses. 
Kalamazoo, Mich.: Dr. Geo. C. Kawkins City, Kan.: Albert 
J. Kansas City, M. 0.: Albert YV., S. C. Kecne, X. H.: 
Charles. Kenanee, III.: Grove Xoyes, Aaron. 
LISBON, Ct.: Benj. H. Lakeville, Ct.: Edward A. Lenox, X. 
Y.: Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Joseph, Stephen W., Huldah, 
the Shermans, the Chapmans. the Randalls. Leroy,X. ¥.: 
Elisha, Tyler, Rev. Roswell C, the Cooks. LyndonvilL, 
X. Y.: Jas. M. Lynn, Mass.: Gershom, the Breeds. Laug- 
don. Mass.: Benjamin. Little Falls, X. Y.: C. J. Lebanon, 
Ct.: Amos. Litchfield, Ct.: Elnathan, Samuel, Simeon. 
Lockland, O.: S. C. Little Compton, R. I.: Isaac, John^ 
Job. Lyons, la.: The Kinskems. Lincoln, III.: Joseph. 
Lockport, X. K.--Chas. N. Lynn, Ct.: Prudence, the Cadys. 
Liberty, Mich.: Benjamin. Lcoui, Mich.: Frank, Theodore. 
Logansport, III.: Amos. Lebanon, O.: Clayton. Liudley 


N. Y.: Leonard. Lafayette, N. Y.; Denison. Lockport, 
III.: Walter A. 

MONTVILLE, Ct.: Rev. Reuben, Gideon, Samuel. Elisha H., 
the Lambs, the Turners, the Landpheres, the Warners. 
Mansfield, Ct.: Dea. Amasa. Miatius, Ct.: Abraham. Man- 
liness, N. V.: Sandford. Metrisstrip, N. V.: The Gallups. 
Middletown, N. Y.: B. G. Montgomery, N. Y.: Romeyn. 
Mamaroneck, N. Y.: Richard C. Memphis, Tenn.: William, 
Horace. Minneapolis, Minn.: The Woodwards. Momence, 
III.: The Randalls. McAvory, Md.: The Lewises. Man- 
chester, Mich.: Rev. Wm. L., the Calhouns. Memphis, 
Mich.: The Ides. Marietta, O.: Jewett. Middletown, 
R. I.: TAhd.. Mobile, Ala.: The Ensigns. Mecca, O.: 
Nathan. Moscow, N. Y.: Abel. Madison, O.: Isaac, 
Noyes, Walter, Erastus, Cullen, the Brooks. Morgan Park, 
III.: H. A. Mystic River, Ct.: The Langworthys. Mew- 
cayua, III.: Albert. Monmouth, III.: William, Henry D. 
Monononie, Wis.: Stephen R. Modena, N. Y.: Samuel. 
" Debby." Mystic Bridge, Ct.: The Browns, the Moredocks, 
the Bromleys. 

New London, Ct.: Solomon, Benjamin, the Lewises, the Wea- 
vers, the Newcombs. New Briton, Ct:. Henry F. Nor. 
zvich, Ct.: William, Allen, Rev. Wm. S., Joseph, Arthur, 
Chas. H., Rev. Wm. B., John C, Jonathan, Leland, the 
Clarks, the Baileys. Nortvich Falls, Ct.: Amos N., Abel. 
Niantic, Ct.: John B., Sybil A., Henry F. North Branford, 
Ct.: Joel, John, Albert H. New York City, N. Y: Court- 
land, A. M., W. H., Lowell M., the Drapers (and many more). 
Norvell, Mich.: Stephen W., Huldah, Sylvanus B., Andrew 
J., Jno. J., the Austins, Joshua C, the Coles, William, the 
Randalls. Napoleon. Mich.: Martin, Harry M. Napoleon, 
0.: Hubbard, Elmer H. New Leslie, N. Y.: Benjamin. 
Newtown, N. Y.: Samuel. Nine Partners, N. Y.: Abra- 
ham, Rev. Henry, Rev. Asa, Rev. Eleazor. New Marl- 
borough, Mass.: Henry, Nathan, Hattie L. North Stoning- 
ton, Ct.: Stephen M., the Coutes. North Bridgzvater, N. K.- 
Asa, Chauncey. Noank, Ct.: Robert M., the Spicers. North 
Bradford, Ct.: Dea. Joel. North East, Pa.: The Noyeses, 


the Sheffields. New Orleans, La.: Rev. B. M., H. F. 
Newark, N. J.: F. A., Lydia, Wm. E., Thomas G. 
New Leslie, Midi.: Benjamin. North Thatford, Wis.: 
Henry. Newbem, S. C: Gershom. North Fayette. Me.: 
Henry K., Thos. F. North Manchester, Ct.: The Bissells. 
Naragansett, R. I.: Ziber. Henry E., Warren. Norfolk, Ct.: 
Elias, Silas A. Norwichtown, Ct.: The Shermans. New 
Milford, Ct.: Arthur H. 

ONEIDA, N. Y.: L. C, the Chapmans, the Gibbs, the Gallups. 
Ottawa, Kan.: Hiram, Charles, Porter, Calvin. Otis, Mass.; 
Lazarus, Calvin. Otis, N. V.: Ransome. Onion River. 
Vt.: Silas. Otsego, N. Y.: Joseph. Orange. A r . /.: J as. G. 

Pendleton Hill, Ct.: Lieut. Ichabod, Stephen, Julius, Lu- 
ther, Robert, Amos B., the Greens, the Chapmans, Row- 
land. Plainfield, Ct.: Roswell, Walter, Henry C, Dr. 
Isaac. Portland, Ct.: Rev. Elliott, Geo. S. Preston, Ct.: 
Rev. Gershom, Rev. Reuben, Emma T., Jonathan, Joseph, 
Jedediah, Jesse, Timothy. Paris, N. Y: Amos, the Ran- 
dalls. Perryville, N. Y: Franklyn, the Maines, the Ran- 
dalls. Parma, N. Y.: Samuel B., Cavlin B. Providence, 
R. I.: Reginald, Samuel, William H., the Shermans, the 
Havens, the Lewises, the Stantons, the Denisons. Peaeham, 
Vt.: Nathan. Pecawonica, III.: Russell, Roswell. Pontiac. 
III.: Geo. R., the Randalls, the Thomases. Philadelphia, 
Pa.: B. Frank, the Chesebroughs, the Simpsons, the Grants 
(and hundreds more). Pontiac, Mich.: Charles H. Paw 
Paw, III.: E. H., Amos. Pompey,N.Y.: Avery F. Ports- 
mouth, Va.: Benjamin. Panama, N. Y: Andrew ]., C. S. 
Plainfield, N. Y.: Vose. Paincsville, O.: Noyes, Isaac, 
Erastus. Pequonic Bridge, Ct.: The Brownes. Perry, N. 
Y: The Chapins. Palmer, O.: Joseph. 

Rehoboth, Mass.: Gershom, Jonas, William (and many later 
generations). Rochester, N. Y: Eunice, Azariah, Justus. 
Richfield Springs, N. Y.: Esquire, Laton. Racine, JTis.: 
A.lbert R. Republic, O.: Calvin G. Roxbury, Mass.: John. 
Rutland, Vt.: The Burtons. Romney, N. LI.: Dudley. 
Rockford, III.: H. H. Rutland Co., Vt.: David, James. 
Reedsburgh, Wis.: O. W. Ransomeville, N. Y.: Christo- 


pher, Reuben, Gen. W. S. Romeo, Mich.: Amos. Rock- 
villc, R. I.: Josiah. Rome, III.: Ephraim. Rochcllc, III.: 
John, Stephen. Rome, X. Y.: The Cadys, the Pres- 
StoninGTOX, Ct.: Walter. Nehemiah, Dea. Gershom. Lieut. 
Joseph, Col. Jonathan, Benj., Moses, William, Denison, 
Andrew, Asa, Nathan, Dr. Nathan, Gen. Noyes, Benjamin. 
Gilbert, Polly, the Chesebroughs, the Chesebros', the Chese- 
boros, the Miners, the Stantons, the Denisons, the Hewitts, 
the Coates, the Sloans, Ichabod, Thomas, Rev. Christopher, 
Roswell, Geo., Elder Christopher, Zebulon, Luke, Noyes, 
Dr. Joseph, Samuel, Refus. Stephen, Asahael, David, En- 
sign, Moses, Eliphalet, Daniel, Israel, Amos, Henry, Sax- 
ton, Varnum Bates, Col. Elias S., Rev. A. G., Capt. Nat., 
Capt. Alexander S., the Wheelers, the Churchills, the Halls, 
the Williams (and thousands of others who migrated from 
Stonington to New York State, to Wisconsin, to Michigan, 
and various sections of the country). Suffield, Ct.: Rev. 
Thomas R. Scotland, Ct.: Wm. F., Ephraim, Rev. Levi. 
Stephen, Nathaniel, Nathan, the Lewises. San Francisco, 
Cal.: George, Chas. E. Oakland, Cal.: The Mathews. 
Salamanca, X. Y.: Wm. C. Syracuse, N. V.: Stewart B., 
Jonathan, the Jordans, the Coates, the Saffords. Sand- 
wich, III.: Alex. H. 5. Coventry, Ct.: Asa. Sheriville, 0.: 
Levi. Stamford, Ct.: Wm. C, Orrin, Jas. R., Abijah, the 
Minors. 5. Woodstock, Ct.: Ira G. Sutton, X. H.: Rev. 
Christopher, Joseph. Spencer, X. Y.: Capt. Louis, Ezekiel, 
John H. St. Clair, Mich.: Titus. S.Bryon. Wis.: Alvah. 
Savannah, Ga.: Samuel, Herbert A. Salem, Mass.: Job. 
Salem, Va.: John H. Stillwater, X. Y.: George, Ashabel, 
Justina, Henry, Charles, Edward. Spcncerport, X. K.- 
Nelson. Saratoga, X. Y.: Josiah. Sag Harbor, X. Y.: 
Lucius. Sharon, X. Y.: Silas. Seneca Falls, X. }'.; Jef- 
ferson V., Wilbur. Sharon, Mich.; The Coles. St. Johns, 
Mich.: John O. Springfield, Mass.: Samuel. Stoekbridge, 
Mass.: Henry Dwight, F. A., the Pitkins. South Kings- 
ton, R. I.: The Shermans, the Aliens, Henry E. Stoning- 
ton, III.: Elijah. Spaulding, la.: George G. Spencer, X. 


Y.: Joseph, Christopher, J. H., Louis F. Stedman, N. Y: 
Gen. Noyes, Andrew J. 

TULLV, N. V.: Prentice B., Andrew J. 

UNIONVILLE, Ct.: Emily A. Utica,N.Y.: Chauncey, Walter, 
A. J., Luther, the Abbotts. Ulysses, Neb.: The Smiths. 

VOLUNTOWN, Ct.: Nehemiah, Benjamin, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha. 
Joseph, Gershom, Rev. Jesse, Roswell, the Lewises, the 
Cases. Vernon, Ct.: Elliott. Ver?ion r O.: Gilbert. Ver- 
montville, Mich.: The Harringtons. Victor, N. Y.: Dr. J. 
W., the Moffits. 

WlNDOM, Ct.: Samuel, Rev. John, Rev. Gershom, Levi. 
Waverly, X. Y: The Clarks. Willetts, N. Y: Gershom- 
Wyomi?ig, N. Y.: The Randalls, Amos. Wethersfield, Ct.: 
Isaac, John, Rev. Jesse. Westbury, Ct.: Walter. West 
Hartford, Ct.: Orlando. Windsor, Ct.: The Grants, the 
Minors. Wiiliviantic, Ct.: Rev. Stephen. Warsaw, R. I.: 
Charles. Westerly, R. I.: Dr. Luther A., Rev. Reuben, 
Col. Elias S., Ichabod, Hiram, Denison, the Maines, the 
Perrins. West Cornwall, Vt.: Rev. Wm. S. West field, 
Mass.: Rev. Squire, Rev. Eldah, John C. Walhalla, S. 
C: Jesse, B. Washington, D. C: The Spencers, the Halls. 
Woodstock, Ct.: David, Gershom, Hezekiah, the De Lands, 
the Pellets. Woodstock, Vt.: Walter. Waltham, Mass.: 
The Banks. Waits field, Mass.: Wm. Warren, O.: E. A. 
West Mecca, O.: Nathaniel W. West Cambridge, Mass.: 
John. Windsor, Ct.: Nicholas. West Winfield, N. Y.: 
Vose, Walter. Washington, O.: F. M. Water town, N. K.- 
Reuben, Amasa. Warren, N. Y.: Urban, Abel, Shubal. 
Worcester, Mass.: The Baldwins. White Salina, Wash. 
Ter.: Cornelius J. Ware House Point, Ct.: Epaphroetus, 
F. E. 

Zanesville, O.: Eliakein. 

[NOTE. — This memorandum of " Places where Descendants of 
Walter Palmer have Lived " is not complete. Since its prep- 
aration, just before the Re-Union, over twelve hundred records, 
letters, etc., have been received, which, when studied, will more 
than double the Palmer Records]. 




Among generals and army officers there have been : 

Gen. Joseph Palmer, of Boston Tea Ship notoriety. An in- 
mate friend of President John Ouincy Adams, and who served 
during the Revolution. 

Gen. Joseph Pease Palmer, of Guiliford, Vt, and Watertow n, 
N. Y. ; among whose descendants are the celebrated Haw- 
thornes and Putnams of literary fame. 

Gen. Nathan Palmer. Born in Stonington, Ct. ; died in Bur- 
lington, Otsego Co.. N. Y. 

Gen. Noyes Palmer, of 1812. Died in Brookfield, N. Y., in 

Gen. and President U. S. Grant. A descendant from Walter 
Palmer's daughter Grace. 

Gen. J. Newton Palmer, of Washington, D. C. 

Gen. W. S. Palmer, of Ransomeville, N. Y. 

Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, of New York City, N. Y. 

Gen. Jos. N. Palmer, New Haven, Ct. 

Gen. W\ H. Wessells, Litchfield, Ct. 

Gen. Wm. J. Palmer, President of the Denver and Rio 
Grande Company. 

Col. Thos. Palmer, Ulster Co., N. Y. 

Col. Elias Sandford Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Col. Chas. D. Palmer, Berlin, Ct. 

Col. Edwin Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Col. Geo. W. Palmer, Chicago, 111. 

Col. Jonathan Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Capt. S. G. Palmer, Ripley, O. 

Capt. Stephen W. Palmer, Lennox, N. Y. 

Capt. Geo. W. Palmer, Durand, 111. 

First Lieut. Geo. H. Palmer, Fort Concho, Tex. 

Lieut. Ichabod Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Lieut. David Palmer, commission signed by Gov. Alden 

Lieut. Palmer Tilton, Baltimore, Md. 
(And many more.) 





A. M. Palmer, of Newark Conference. 

A. R. Palmer, Collingwood, N. Y. 

A. J. Palmer, of New York Conference. 

Abel Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Asa H. Palmer, Dutchess Co., N. Y. 

A. G. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

A. M. Palmer, Phillipsburgh, N. J. 

A. F. Palmer, Cronomer Valley, N. Y. 

Albert DeF. Palmer, Lawrence, Mass. 

A. M. Palmer, New Milford. Ct. 
Aaron Palmer, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

Burton Palmer, Saratoga, Col. 

B. M. Palmer, Charleston, S. C. 
Benj. M. Palmer, New Orleans, La. 

B. D. Palmer, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 
Benj. Wood Palmer, Upton, Mass. 
Braman, Isaac, Georgetown, Mass. 
Benj. D. Palmer, Mt. Horeb, N. J. 

Charles Ray Palmer, Bridgewater, N. Y. 

C. A. Lamb, Ypsillanti, Mich. Grandson of Rev. Reuben, 
and still preaching in Michigan (1881), aged 83. 

Chester Palmer. Died in 1856. 

Christopher Palmer, Stonington, Ct. Died in 1805. 

Charles Palmer, Meriden, Ct. 

Cook, H., Essex Co., N. Y. 

C. W. Palmer, Sandusky, O. 

David Palmer, Vermont. 

Denison, Fred., Providence, R. I. 

David Palmer, Carlisle, Mass. A celebrated scholar and 

writer of sacred songs. 
David Palmer, of Townsend, Mass. 
David Henry Palmer, Penn Yan, Penn. 
Elliott Palmer, West Stafford, Ct. 
Elisha Palmer. " The Blind Preacher." 
Elliott Palmer, Portland, Ct. 



Eleazer Palmer. Died in 1852. 

Edmund Barnabas Palmer, Rochester, N. H. 

Edward Palmer, South Carolina. Still preaching (1881), 

aged 95 years. 
Edward Stanton Palmer. Fort Hill, Me. 
Edward C. Palmer, Barnwell, S. C. 
Elliott Palmer, Portland. Me. 

Frank K. Palmer, Liberty, Mo. 

Frederick K. Palmer, Clay Co., Miss. A missionary. 

Fred. Palmer, Lonesdale, R. I. 

F. G. Rossitter, Omra, Wis. 

Frank Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

F. A. Palmer, Booth Bay, Me. 

Frank Herbert Palmer, North Scituate. R. I. 

Gershom Palmer, Exeter, R. I. Died in 1868, aged 94. 

Gershom Palmer, Preston, Ct. Author of sacred songs. 

Gurdon C. Noyes, Connecticut. 

Geo. Rutledge Palmer, Illinois. Illinois M. E. Conf. 

Henry Clay Trumbull, Connecticut. 

Henry Palmer, Bradford, Orange Co., Vt. 

Jesse Palmer, Wethersfield, N. Y. 

John Palmer, Windham, Ct. 

John Cotton Rossitter, Wisconsin. 

Joseph P. Palmer, Norton, Mass. 

John Palmer, Scotland, Ct. 

L. E. Palmer, Almond, Wis. 

Levi Palmer, Scotland, Ct. 

Marcus Palmer, Lindonville, O. Died in 1880, aged 86. 

Melvin Palmer, Fostoria, O. 

Miner, Noyes W., Trenton, N. J. 

Nelson Palmer, Albany, N. Y. 

Reuben Palmer, Montville, Ct. Past 80 at death. 

Ray Palmer, Newark, N. J. 

Roswell Palmer, Exeter, R. I. Died in 1824. 

Stephen Palmer, North Stonington, Ct. 

Solomon Palmer, New York. 



Streeter, Randall, Connecticut. 
S. C. Palmer, Lockland, O. 
Thomas R. Palmer, Suffield, Ct. 
Urban D. Palmer, Warren, N. Y. 
Wait Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 
Wm. L. Palmer, Manchester, Mich. 
Wm. B. Palmer. Jefferson City, Mo. 
Wm. H. Palmer, Bridgwater, N. Y. 
Wm. L. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
Walter Palmer, New York City, N. Y. 
Samuel Wood, Boneman, N. H. 
Wm. B. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 


Asa Rice Palmer, Danville, Ct. 

A. B. Palmer, Ann Arbor, Mich. Professor. 

C. Allen, Vernon, N. J. 

A. H. Palmer, Brooklyn, Penn. 
Arthur H. Palmer, New Milford, Ct. 
Brayton, Chas. E., Stonington, Ct. 

B. Frank Palmer, Philadelphia, Penn. Inventor and man- 
ufacturer of artificial limbs. 

Benjamin Palmer, Langdon, N. H. 

C. A. Palmer, Princeton, 111. 
Charles Palmer, Fayetteville, N. Y. 
Charles N. Palmer, Lockport, N. Y. 
C. P. Palmer, Detroit, Mich. 
Corydon Palmer, Warren, O. 

C. Adelaide Palmer (Miss), Boston, Mass. 

David Crary, Hartford, Ct. 

Daloss Palmer, New York City, N. Y. 

E. L. Palmer, Noble, III. 

Enos Palmer, Bennington, Vt. 

Eugene Palmer, New York City, X. Y. 

E. B. Palmer, Detroit, Mich. 


Frederick Palmer, Boston, Mass. 

George M. Palmer, New York City, N. Y. 
George C. Palmer, Kalamazoo, Mich. Professor. 
Gideon S. Palmer, Washington, D. C. 
George B. Palmer, E. Hamilton, N. Y. 
Gustavus Palmer, Waterville, Me. 

H. C. Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Henry Palmer, Janesville, Wis. 
Harris Palmer, Hubbartstown, Ct. 
Henry Clay Palmer, Rome, X. Y. 
H. C. Palmer, Albany, X. Y. 

Isaac Palmer, Plainfield, Ct. 
Isaac Palmer, X. Fayette, X. Y. 
Ira F. Palmer, Onarga, 111. 
Ide, Henry H., Brooklyn, X. Y. 
Irving Stanton, Baltic, Ct. 
Isaac Palmer, X. Anson, Me. 
Isaac Palmer, Meridan, O. 

John K. Palmer, Boston, Mass. 

Joseph Palmer, Stonington, Ct. Will dated 1790, and 

from whom many Dr. Joseph Palmers are descended. 
Joseph W. Palmer, Boston, Mass. 
J. F. Palmer, Mobile, 111. 
Joseph Palmer, Ashford, Ct. 
James G. Palmer, Xew Brunswick, X. J. 
John Kingsley Palmer, Cambridge, Mass. 
J. B. Xoyes, Detroit, Mich. 
J. W. Palmer, Victor, X. Y. 
J. M. Rose, W. Whitfield, X. Y. 
J. W. Palmer, Burnside, Penn. 

Luther A. Palmer, Brooklyn, X. Y. 

Lewis M. Palmer, Providence, R. I. 

L. Curtis Palmer, Chicago, 111. 

Miner, O. E., Xoank, Ct. 

Nathan Palmer, Stonington, Ct. Born in 171 1. 

Noyes Palmer, Union Springs, N. V\ Died in 1863. 


Nathan Palmer, New York City, N. Y. 
N. C. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
N. Palmer, Butternuts, N. Y. 

Owen A. Palmer, W. Farmington, O. 
Orrin Palmer, Beaver, Penn. 

Samuel Palmer, Pound Ridge, N. Y. 
Samuel Palmer, Holegates, O. 
Stewart B. Palmer, Syracuse, N. Y. 
Stanton, Geo. D., Stonington, Ct. 

William H. Palmer, Providence, R. I. 
Walter B., Utica, N. Y. 

Prof. Geo. H. Williams, Ann Arbor University, Mich. 
Prof. A. B. Palmer, Ann Arbor University, Mich. 
Prof. Daniel C. Eaton, Yale College, New Haven, Ct. 
Prof. Jas. H. Palmer, Yonkers, N. Y. 
Prof. Asaph Hall, Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C. 

The discoverer of the " Satellites of Mars." 
Erastus Dow Palmer, the sculptor, Albany, N. Y. 
Prof. Jos. Palmer, Fredonia Academy, Fredonia, N..Y. 
Prof. Edward Palmer, Louisville, Ky. 

Gov. Wni. A. Palmer, of Vermont. 
Gov. John M. Palmer, of Illinois. 
Gov. Wm. T. Minor, of Stamford, Ct. 
Gov. Pendleton, of Ohio. 
Gov. L. B. Loomis, of New London, Ct. 

Judge Walter Palmer, of Windsor, Vt. 
Judge William Palmer, of Gardner, Me. 
Judge Gilbert Palmer, of Ohio. 
Judge David Davis, of Illinois. 
Judge Richard A. Wheeler, of Stonington, Ct. 



Judge Norman D. Palmer, of Danville, 111. 
Judge Beriah Palmer, of Saratoga Co., N. Y. 
Judge Daniel Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. 
Judge William Palmer, of New Hampshire. 


Capt. Nat. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. Celebrated for hav- 
ing acquaintances in nearly every harbor on the globe. 

Capt. Roswell Saltonstall Palmer, of Stonington ; died in 
1844. Celebrated during the War of 18 12 as the Priva- 
teer Captain. 

Capt. Amos Palmer, died in Stonington, 1876. 

Capt. Nathan Palmer, born in Stonington, 1763. 

Capt. Sandford Palmer, born in Stonington, and died in 
Oswego Co., N. Y., 1828. 

Capt. Sandford Palmer, of Fayetteville, N. Y. Died in 

Capt. Alex. S. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Capt. Wm. S. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Capt. Henry Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 

Capt. Israel Palmer, Sterling, Mass. 

Capt. David Palmer, Grafton, Vt. 

Capt. Christopher, Stonington, Ct. 


Dr. John W. Palmer, of Baltimore, Md. The author of 

sacred songs. 
Rev. Ray Palmer, of Newark, N. J. Author of " My Faith 

Looks up to Thee," and many other sacred hymns. 
Wm. Pitt Palmer, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of Stonington, Ct. 
B. Frank Palmer, LL. D., of Philadelphia, Penn. 
Sara A. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 
Frank Averell Palmer, Stonington, Ct. 
Rev. Fred. Denison, Providence, R. I. 

Augustus H. Palmer, Utica, N. Y. Fire and Burglar Alarm. 
John Palmer, who introduced the first Mail Coaches of Great 



Britain, and which system has been extended into all civil- 
ized countries. His family received a pension from the En- 
glish Government of $250,000, for improving the system 
of mail deliveries. 

Chas. H. Palmer, of New York City. The inventor of the Gat- 
ling Revolving Cannon, now a standard weapon of warfare 
among various nations. The inventor of the Palmer Sew- 
ing Machine,, and various mechanical contrivances. 

Newtown W. Palmer, of New York City. 

Moses G. Palmer. 

Wm. Palmer, Hopkinton, R. I. 

Noyes G. Palmer, East New York, N. Y. Inventor of a Rotary 
Engine, a Flying Machine, a Magazine Rifle, etc. 
Hundreds of Palmer inventors could be enumerated. By 

reference to Patent Office reports, the name will be noticed 

in the various departments. 


John Palmer, Sheriff of Richmond Co., N. Y., in 1683 ; member 
of New York Government Council, and one of the original 
patentees of Brookhaven, N. Y., in 1686. 

Col. Thos. Palmer, of Ulster Co., N. Y. Surrogate of Saratoga 
Co., 1873. 

Thos. Palmer, Controller of New York City, in 1698. 

Elisha Grow, son of Lois Palmer and Elisha Grow. Speaker 
of the House of Representatives, Washington, from Ohio. 

Frank VV. Palmer, the founder of the Chicago paper, "Inter 

Geo. W. Palmer, Congressman, of New York City. 

Lorin Palmer, one of Commissioners of Brooklyn Board of City- 
Works, and Editor of Union- Argus. 

Fred. A. Palmer, Auditor, Newark, N. J. 

John C. Palmer, Speaker of the House, Connecticut. 

Secretary of Interior, Usher, under Lincoln (a Palmer de- 

J. L. Palmer, Little Rock, Ark. 

Geo. W. Palmer, Tax Collector, New Lots, L. I., N. Y. 

Thos. W. Palmer, Senator, Detroit, Mich. 



Potter Palmer, of Chicago, 111. 

Courtlandt Palmer, of New York City. 

Chas. H. Palmer, of Pontiac, Mich. 

Oliver H. Palmer, of Mutual Life Insurance Co., New York- 

Francis A. Palmer, President of National Broadway Bank, 
New York City. 

Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville, Ct. 

Chauncey Palmer, Utica, N. Y. Phoenix iron works. 


Mrs. Phebe Palmer, of New York City. Author of sacred songs, 
and known as an evangelist who traveled over the world. 
Her " meetings for holiness," held even- Monday in New 
York City, for a period of a quarter of a century, were at- 
tended by clergymen and laymen far and near. 

Mrs. Phebe Palmer Randall was celebrated as a practicing 
physician and surgeon. 

Mrs. Henrietta Palmer, of Michigan, was a physician as well. 

Mrs. Mary Dana Shindler, authoress of sacred songs, " Flee as 
a Bird to your Mountains," " Sparkling and Bright," " I am 
a Pilgrim and a Stranger," etc. Daughter of Rev. B. M. 

Mrs. Jos. F. Knapp, daughter of the well-known Mrs. Phebe 
Palmer. Sunday-school Superintendent, and composer of 
music for the same. 

Miss Charlotte Walker, the accomplished vocalist, New York- 

Isabella Grant Meredith, of literary fame. (Mrs. Col. Meredith.) 


Nehemiah, son of Walter, lived to be past 80. Rev. Ger- 
shom, to the ripe age of 94. Rev. Reuben, of Montville, So ; 
Prudence, his wife, past 90. Dea. Stephen died in 185 1, aged 
82. Capt. Stephen W., and Huldah. his wife, passed sixty-four 
years of married life together before his death in 1879, aged 


84; she is still living (1SS1), aged S3. Thomas, of Hillsdale, 
N. Y., aged 93. Edwin lived to be 89, and his wife, Anna, to 
93. Assenith Main was 92, and, if not deceased, is one of the 
oldest Palmers now living. Dr. Benjamin lived to be So. Ger- 
shom, and his wife, Dolly, were husband and wife for sixty- 
years, and both were past So at their death. Nathaniel, now 
living in Deny, N. H., is 88. Rev. C. A. Lamb is still preach- 
ing at the age of 83, in Michigan. Rev. Christopher lived to 
be 89, his wife, Debby, was aged 101 at her death. Rev. Ed- 
ward, of Barnwell, S. C, is preaching at the ripe age of 93. 
Huldah P. Stafford, of Syracuse, N. Y., is living at the age of 
97. Jared, of Thetford, Vt., living, aged 86. Ashabel, lives 
at Stillwater, N, Y., aged 88. O. B. Palmer lives at Delevan, 
111., aged 84. Barna died in Lisbon, N. Y., aged 95. Thomas, 
of Hillsdale, lived to be 93. Debby, of Moneda, N. Y., lived 
to be 93. Oliver, died in Grapeville, in 1S77, aged 90. Amos, 
of Exeter, R. I., died 1820, aged 97. Thomas, of Dover, N. Y., 
died in 1830, aged 92. Capt. John Palmer died at Canterbury, 
N. H., October, 1846, aged 102 years and 5 months. Susan 
Kenny Palmer lived to be 102 years of age. Jonathan died in 
1804, aged 104 years. 


Walter Palmer, the original ancestor, had a family of twelve 

Grace, his daughter, who married Thos. Miner, had a family 
of twelve. 

Gershom Palmer and Ann Denison had but ten. 

Three brothers— Jonathan, Daniel, and Nehemiah— had 
united families of twenty-nine children. 

Mercy Palmer and John Breed kept up the " breed " by hav- 
ing ten children. 

Dea. Joseph and Mary had eleven. 

Nehemiah and Submit Palmer had ten. 

Daniel and Mary but nine, while his brother Dr. Nathan Pal- 
mer and Phebe Billings had thirteen children. 

Ichabod Palmer and " Betty Noyes " had a family of nine 
children, although Ichabod was only 47 at his death. 


Rev. Gershom Palmer and Dolly Brown were blessed with 
eleven children. 

His brother, " Dea. Joe.," and Elizabeth had twelve. 

Denison and Marian had a family to provide for of eleven 

Richard C. and Susan Palmer, of Mamaroneck, N. Y., during a 
married life of fifty-five years, were blessed with twelve children. 

Alvah and Harriet Palmer were parents to thirteen children. 

Rev. Reuben and Lucretia Palmer had a family of seventeen 
children, sixteen of whom grew up to mature years. 

Elijah and Lucretia were blessed with ten. 

One of the most prolific of Palmer families have been fam- 
ilies of "Joseph" Palmer. 

The first Joe. was son of Nehemiah (son of Walter), and this 
Joe. 1st was one of six; married Frances Prentice, and were 
parents to eight children ; among them Joseph 2d (or Dea. Joe.), 
his marriage with Mary Palmer produced eleven children ; 
among them Joe. 3d, who married Catherine Coates, and they 
were parents to twelve children ; among them Joe. 4th. These 
Joe. Palmers have scattered the Palmer name throughont Con- 
necticut, New York, Michigan, and Ohio. 

David Palmer, of Stonington, had eleven children, whose de- 
scendants are a large proportion of the inhabitants of the State 
of Vermont. 

Joseph Palmer and Susan Kenny were parents to ten chil- 
dren. Nevertheless, he lived to be past eighty, and his widow 
lived to the remarkable age of one hundred and two. 

Reuben Palmer and Lucretia Tyler were blessed with sixteen 
children, and neither died until past 80, while Lucretia out- 
lived her husband some ten years, to the age of 91. 

Lois Palmer, sister to Reuben, married Abel Palmer, and 
they had a family of thirteen children — both past 80 at death. 

Col. Elias Sandford and Phebe Palmer were blessed with 
twelve children. 

Amos Palmer and wife had the care and responsibility of 
sixteen children, and so well did they perform their parental 
duties that four out of ten boys became influential clergymen. 
and several others were physicians. 



Roswell Palmer and three wives bore families of fifteen chil- 

Asher Palmer, of Griswold, Ct., had the care of sixteen chil- 

Luther Palmer had a family of thirteen, and so well did he 
provide for them that nine sons became either clergymen or 
physicians, second to but few. The poem delivered to-day was 
by one of these sons, the Rev. A. G. Palmer, of Stonington. 

Gideon Palmer and Mercy Turner were parents to eleven chil- 
dren, one of whom is the worthy President of this Palmer Re- 
Union, Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville. 

Lois Palmer and Elisha Grow brought up to manhood and 
womanhood a family of seventeen children, one of whom be- 
came Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Jas. Palmer and Agnes Boland were blessed with twelve 

Stephen W. and Huldah Palmer had a family of twelve. 
Nine of whom are living whose united weight is 1945 pounds, or 
an average weight of 216 pounds each. The widow, Huldah, is 
living, aged 85, and has great-grandchildren aged 15 years.* 
Four of these heavy-weight Palmers were present at this gath- 


Let me take advantage of this occasion to ask all Palmers, 
or their maternal descendants, to send family records. Conceit 
must be excused when we add, send records of families ; for 
the Palmers are a prolific family. Send biographical sketches ; 
for the Palmers are respected in society, including Presidents of 
the United States, Secretaries in the Cabinets, Judges, Gov- 
ernors, Reverends, Doctors, Congressmen, etc. Send sketches 
of business prosperity, for on the average the Palmers are well- 
to-do in this world 's comforts. Send photographs to be inserted 
in the record, to let the younger generations see that their 
a?icestors have been good-looking people. 

* Note. — See illustration of Chas. H. Palmer, N. G. P., etc., where appear 
living representatives of four generations — to wit. : Huldah, Neyes G., Noyes F., 
and Albert W. 



The voluminous character of the records will make it neces- 
sary to publish more than one book. Volume No. 1., Palmer 
Record of Re-Union held at Stonington, Ct., August 10th and 
nth, 1881, consisting of the historical and biographical ad- 
dresses delivered, with photographic illustrations of individuals, 
etc., and the account of the various proceedings, with brief 
sketches of individuals present on the occasion. Volume No. 
2, Palmer Genealogical Record, of at least 10,000 descendants, 
giving families, relationship, dates, places and ages. Volume 
No. 3, Palmer Biographical and Historical Record, with photo- 
graphic illustrations of individuals. 

These various volumes will be duly announced by a pro- 
spectus of contents which will be mailed to all whose address 
we may have. 

A work of this character is never actually completed, nor 
more than approximately correct in all its details, as its com- 
pilation is not one of personal researches alone, but a revision 
of letters, records, etc., sent by correspondents. Corrections 
are often beyond our knowledge, and errors are multi- 
plied, subject to the corrections of older descendants 
having more accurate information than previous corres- 

The publication of the Palmer Records before this Re-Union 
would have been a blunder, as from its publicity have sprung 
records all over the land. Letters to the number of over one 
thousand have been received during the last three months, 
and from these a mass of records are yet to be studied and 

We have often been asked why this record was started, and 
when. It may not be out of place just here to make an ex- 

During a college vacation at Ann Arbor, Mich., in i860, the 
writer passed three months with Grandmother Huldah Palmer, 
wife of Capt. Stephen W. Palmer, born in Stonington. Both 
these grandparents are descendants of Walter Palmer, in the 
following; lines : 




Stephen W., Stephen \V., Huldah, Huldah, 

Stephen, Prudence, Elijah, Lucretia, 

Joseph, Ichabod 3d, Joseph 3d, Gershom, 

Dr. " Joe," Ichabod 2d, Joseph 2d (Dea.), Geo. (" Snip"), 
Geo. (" Snip"), Ichabod 1st, Joseph 1st (Lieut.). Gershom, 
Gershom, Gershom, Nehemiah, Walter. 

Walter. Walter. Walter. 

Not only was Grandmother Huldah a Palmer before she mar- 
ried a Palmer, but her mother, Lucretia, was a Palmer before 
marriage to a Palmer ; and the same was true of Stephen W.'s 
mother, Prudence. 

These marriages of Palmer women to Palmer men inter- 
locked and confused relationship so much that we endeavored 
to find out some of these mysteries of genealogy. As a pas- 
time for twenty years this work finally grew to be work and 
study. For twenty years this problem of relationship continued 
unsolved, and not until about four weeks before this Re-Union 
did its solution develop. A letter with records from Ashabel 
Palmer, an old gentleman aged 83, of Stillwater, N. Y., gave 
us the connecting link. We may add that this link joined to 
the Waiter Palmer branch over two thousand descendants, 
among them our venerable President of this Re-Union, Elisha 
H. Palmer, of Montville. Another very important branch 
was discovered recently to be part of the Walter Palmer 
lineage, and are termed the Branford Palmers. This evidence 
embraces the pedigree of some twelve hundred descendants. 
It has long been a mystery whether Walter Palmer's son Wil- 
liam ever married or had any descendants. Before the publi- 
cation of Vol. 2, the Genealogical Records, I think the evi- 
dence will be developed that William did marry and had de- 
scendants, among them two sons — Michael, born about 1642. and 
Obadiah, born October, 1649; that these sons migrated from 
Stonington to Branford, Ct., about 1662, and are progenitors of 
the Palmers of that locality. 

Now, before closing, please permit a few suggestions. Mem- 
bers of the family, please send for a regular printed blank to 
write family records upon. A systematic arrangement of 


records affords easy study. All information not called for on a 
record blank, please send on a separate sheet, written in ink, 
on one side of the page, with a margin on the left of the paper, 
and do not forget to sign name and address at the last. A few- 
postage stamps will be a good hint that you want an answer, 
and will pay for it as well. 


(Brief Biography.) 
Noyes F. Palmer is a descendant of the pilgrim, Walter 
Palmer, in several lines of pedigree, of which one is as fol- 
lows : 

I. Walter Palmer, born 1598, in England, married 2d, Re- 
bekah Short. Children — John 2, Grace 3, Jonas 4, William 3, 
Hannah 6, Elihu 7, Nehemiah 8, Moses 9, Benj. 10, Gershom 
11, Rebekah 12, Elizabeth 13. 

8. Nehemiah Palmer, married Hannah Stanton. Children 

Lieut. Joseph 16, Elihu 17, Jonathan 18, Daniel 19, Nehemiah 
20, Hannah 21. 

16. Lieut. Joseph Palmer, married Frances Prentice. Chil- 
dren— Dea. Joseph 35, Hannah 36, Benjamin sy, Sarah 3S, 
Jonathan 39. 

35. Dea. Joseph Palmer, married Mary Palmer. Children — 
Sarah 58, Mary 59, Joseph 60, Francis 61, Amos 62, Moses 6?, 
Hannah 64, Phoebe 65. 

60. Joseph Palmer, married Catherine Coates. Children- 
Joseph 92, William 93. Phebe 94, Capt. Amos 95, Phebe 96, 
Elijah 97, Elisha 98, Jonathan 99, Hannah 100, Benj. 101, 
David 102, Thomas 103. 

97. Elijah Palmer, married Lucretia Palmer, and 2d, Miss 
Powell. Children— Gershom 165, Dolly 166, Rebekah 167, 
Phebe 168, Joseph 169, Elisha 170, Lydia 171, Benj. 172, Jesse 
173, Huldah 174. 

174. Huldah Palmer, married Stephen W. Palmer. Children 
— Chas. H. 352, Lucretia, 353, Sylvenus B. 354, Wm. L. 355, 

CEO. W P*L»ga. 


Noyes G. 356, Henrietta 357, Miraetta 358, Andrew 359. 
Priscilla 360, Martin 361, Geo. W. 362, John Jay 363. 

356. Noyes G. Palmer, married 1st, Emeline E. Fink, 2d, 
Annie Forbell, 3d, Mrs. Willis Ackerman. Children by first. 
Noyes Fink 1885, William 1886, Julia 18S7 ; by second, Huldah 
1888; by third, Arthur Willis 1889. 

1885. Noyes F. Palmer, born in Dunkirk, N. Y., June 30, 
1845, married first, Rachel Tice, September 18, 1866; married 
second, Clara M. Johnson, Sept. 16, 1880. Children by .first. 
Albert W. 2445, Saidee Emeline 2446; by second, William 
Walter 2447. 

Noyes F. received usual common school education up to the 
age of fourteen. Attended Fredonia Academy, 1859 and i860, 
preparatory to a course of studies as civil engineer at Ann Ar- 
bor University, Mich., completed in 1865. Has been identified 
with Cypress Hills Cemetery, L. I., N. Y., as Assistant Super- 
intendent and Surveyor ; with Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Pater- 
son, N. J., as Superintendent and Surveyor for a number of 
years ; and, at present Superintendent and Surveyor of the Ma- 
ple Grove Cemetery, near Jamaica, L. I., N. Y. 


(Brief Biography.) 

Chas. H. Palmer, Ex-Regent of the University of Michigan, 
and for several years Principal of the Romeo Branch of the 
same University, and previously Principal of the Fredonia Acad- 
emy, Fredonia, Chautauqua Co., N. Y. A graduate of Union 
College, New York. 

Mr. Chas. H. Palmer was born in Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., 
June 4th, 1874, of parents Stephen W. and Huldah — the latter 
were both of Connecticut (Stonington and Voluntown), and 
are part of the Walter Palmer branch of the family. 

Mr. Palmer has for a long period been connected with the 
copper, iron and railroad interests of Lake Superior. 




"God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. "- 
Gal. vi, 14. 


Yes, we'll rally round the cross, friends, 
Round the sacred cross. 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus : 
We will count the world but loss, friends, 
All the world but dross, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus. 

CHORUS — Hosanna forever, 

The Saviour we praise. 

In loud swelling chorus 
Our voices will raise ; 

While we rally round the cross, friend; 

Around the sacred cross, 

Shouting the worthy name of Jesus. 


Look ye to the cross, friends, 
Look ye. now and live, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus ; 
Seek the wounded Christ, friends, 
He'll your sins forgive, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus, 

CHORUS — Hosanna, etc. 


Many loved have gone before, friends, 
To the other shore. 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus; 
O'er the river now they wait, friends. 
To see us safely o'er, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus. 

CHORUS — Hosanna, etc. 


Come and welcome to the cross, friends, 
Join our sacred host, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus ; 


Christ will save if you believe, friends, 
And save the uttermost, 
Shouting the worthy name of Jesus. 

CHORUS — Hosanna, etc. 


O, what joy now swells in each kindred heart, 

As we come from homes away — 
Come back to the land of the loved and lost, 

Our tribute of love to pay. 
With what joy do we greet returning sons, 

And clasp each welcoming hand. 
As pilgrims we come to the dear, dear spot, 

A large and a happy band. 

We sing the deeds of the, honored and brave, 

Of those who have gone before, 
Whose names are enrolled on fame's bright page, 

Who wait on the " evergreen shore." 
What joy will burst on our raptured sight. 

To greet the friends passed away, 
Have ever their smiles and their converse sweet, 

In homes of glorified day. 


(Brief Biography.) 
Rev. William Ledyard Palmer was born in Lenox, Madison 
Co., N. Y., January 21, 1820. His mother was Huldah Palmer, 
daughter of Lucretia Palmer, who was a daughter of Gershorn 
Palmer, a brother of Dr. Joseph Palmer. William Ledyard 
Palmer's father was a son of Prudence Palmer, whose father was 
Ichabod Palmer, and a brother to Col. Elias Palmer. William 
Ledyard Palmer, was converted when eleven years old, and 
united with the Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Mich., on January 
21, 1838. He removed from Lenox, N. Y., to Michigan with his 
father in September, 1836. He attended the academy in Fre- 
donia, N. Y., of which his brother, Chas. H. Palmer, A. M., was 


then principal, in the Summers of 1839, 4° an ^ 4 1 - an( J fol- 
lowed teaching until the Spring of 1S50. He then commenced 
preaching, and was licensed to preach by the Baptist Church, in 
Adrian, Mich. He was called to settle as pastor over the 
Baptist Church in Clockville, in the Summer of 1850. and was 
ordained at Clockville, in January, 185 1. In the Fall of this year, 
he entered the senior class of the Academic Department of Mad- 
ison University, Hamilton, N.Y., and graduated from the College 
Department in August, 1856. During a few months of the first 
of the year 1857 he supplied the pulpit of the Eighteenth Street 
Baptist Church, in Washington, D. C, and returning to Ham- 
ilton, he graduated from the Theological Department of Madison 
University, in August, 1859, receiving from the University the 
degree of A. M., and writing the hymn which was sung by the 
graduating ciass on the stage on the Commencement day. Mr. 
Palmer settled in Poultney, October, 1859, anc ^ remained with 
that church until the Summer of 1865. He commenced to 
labor in the Baptist Church in Cornwall, Vt., January, 1866, 
and remained there until January, 1870, when he accepted a 
call to the Baptist Church in Middletown Springs, Vt., where 
he remained until the death of his father, which took place at 
Norvell, Mich., May 24, 1879, w hen he preferred a settlement 
near his mother, and commenced labor with the Baptist Church, 
Manchester, Mich., August, 1879, where he now resides. 


(Brief Biography.) 

Noyes Grant Palmer was born February 24, 1822, in the 
town of Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y. 

In 1836, his father moved from Lenox to Jackson Co., Mich., 
with a family of ten children, the subject of this sketch being 
one of them. Before Noyes G. was sixteen years old, he 
began teaching school, and continued to teach for part of each 
succeeding year, to get means to support himself while acquir- 
ing a classical education. His father " gave him his time," as 
the saying is, at the age of eighteen years, and he returned to 



the State of New York in' 1840, and has resided therein ever 

He commenced the study of law with Risley & Matteson, 
at Dunkirk, Chautauqua Co., in 1842, and soon after was di- 
rected to another profession. The part of the State in which 
he was located was literally swarming with law students, while 
there were very few civil engineers. He chose the latter pro- 
fession and has followed it, with slight interruptions, to the 
present time. 

We find him at two different periods of his life editor and 
proprietor of a newspaper. At another time, two-thirds owner 
of a large manufacturing establishment, in the western part of 
the State; and for the sale of their goods building a merchant 
boat on Lake Erie— he, as captain, taking it through the Erie 
and Beaver Canal to the Ohio river, trading from Pittsburg to 
Cairo, thereon ; to Nashville, up the Cumberland, and from St. 
Louis to Natches, on the Mississippi. At another time, half 
owner of a free bank with fifty thousand dollars capital, in his 
native State. 

In 1845, ne prepared a prospectus of a plan for foretelling 
changes of the weather ; which plan was identical with the sys- 
tem adopted by the U. S. Government since the Rebellion. In 
addition to the meteorological observation on land, he proposed 
stations at sea, that we might predict changes probable from 
that direction. In 1848, his proposals were submitted to Prof. 
Henry, of the Smithsonian Institute, and to Congress. His 
letters from Prof. Henry and Congressmen show that the 
then novel proposition was ahead of philosophers of that 

In 1849, ne settled down as Engineer and Superintendent of 
Cypress Hills Cemetery, on Long Island, and occupied the posi- 
tion for twenty-six years. His abilities and close attention to 
the lot proprietors gave that institution nearly all the success 
and popularity it ever had, and since his connection with it has 
been severed it has been going to ruin. 

He is now located at East New York, Kings Co., N. Y., active 
and ready for any engineering the age may require. 



(Brief Biography,) 
Geo. W. Palmer, seventh son of Stephen W. and Huldah 
Palmer, was born in Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 51, 1S35, 
and was "an infant in arms" when the family moved to the 
State of Michigan, in 1836. He grew up in the latter State ; was 
educated there ; was a school teacher, a railroad agent, clerk 
and merchant there. Sold out and came back to the State of 
New York, A. D. i860; settled in Kings Co., L. I., and has 
resided there to this date ; soon after removing to Long Island, 
he engaged in school teaching again, and also became a suc- 
cessful insurance agent ; was elected Collector of Taxes for the 
Town of New Lots, in 1869, and by strict attention and efficient 
performance of the duties of the office, has given such general 
satisfaction that the people re-elected him to the same office at 
every election thereto since. 


(Tune— "We are Tenting To-Night.") 

We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

As in the days of yore ; 
Our fathers met, their fires around. 

Upon this cold, bleak shore. 


Many are the hearts that are waiting to-night. 

Waiting on the golden strand : 
Many are the voices calling us away 

To join their holy band. 
Tenting to-night, tenting to-night, 

Tenting on the old camp ground. 

We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

From homes afar and near ; 
Our hearts are filled with peace profound, 

From olden memories dear. 



We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

Our souls with love aglow ; 
Our grandsire's praises to resound, 

His sturdy virtues show. 


We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

Our voices full of cheer ; 
Our songs shall through the air resound 

Witih notes of gladness clear. 


We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

We may not here remain ; 
But, when another year comes round, 

We hope to meet again. 


We are tenting to-night on the old camp ground, 

But soon our tenting's o'er; 
We'll meet the throne of light around 

Upon the radiant shore. ■ 






The exercises on the 1 ith commenced as early as eight o'clock, 
not to say anything of the social gatherings in the hotels and 
various places even earlier. After a few preliminary matters 
were attended to, it was announced that the Palmers would 
make a pilgrimage to the old homestead and ancient burial 
ground of Walter Palmer. A press correspondent very aptly 
said : 

" The Palmers then took an extra train of cars and carriages 
and moved on to YVequetequock, where, with great satisfaction, 
the pilgrims visited the site of Walter Palmer's house, securing 
relics — pieces of the front doorstep, bits of the chimney and 
sprigs from a tree — and then passed in procession to the an- 
cient burying-ground ' where the rude forefathers sleep,' es- 
pecially the remains of Walter Palmer, over which rests a 
long and massive native granite slab. Here hymns were sung, 
prayer was offered and a benediction was pronounced. These 
services were very touching and deeply impressive. The host 
then returned to the borough and re-entered the pavilion, where 
speeches were again in order, relieved by spirited singing. Dr. 
Stanton, of Stonington, responded to the name and families of 
Stanton ; the Rev. F. Denison, of Providence, R. I., responded 
for the Denisons ; the Rev. Amos Chesebrough responded for 
the Chesebroughs ; the Rev. E. B. Palmer, of New Jersey, re- 
plied for the Palmers ; Mrs. Mary Dana Shindler, of Texas, the 
famed poetess and singer, was introduced, and spoke happily 
and sang sweetly. The great audience joined her in singing 
'Sparkling and Bright,' and also 'I'm a Pilgrim, I'm a 

"Then came the dinner — a clam bake truly — got up by a true 
Rhode Islander ; and a feast it was. 


"After dinner came family speeches, full of wit and wisdom, 
from the president, the Hon. E. H. Palmer ; Benjamin F. Chap- 
man, of New York; G. T. Palmer, of Arkansas; Irving H. Pal- 
mer, of New York ; Dr. C. Palmer, of Ohio ; the Rev. James 
S. Palmer, of Maine. 

" Again Mrs. Shindler, of Texas, was called out, and spoke of 
the Palmers of the South, and then repeated her beautiful poem, 
' Passing Under the Rod.' 

" Speeches were then resumed — from Cornelius B. Palmer, of 
Sing Sing, N. Y. ; the Rev. Wm. L. Palmer, of Michigan, who 
spoke and then sang an original song in the measure of the 
battle hymn. A choir of Palmers then sang ' America,' the 
whole assembly joining, and shaking the vast pavilion. Then 
Dr. A. G. Palmer led in another sacred song. Speeches were 
again called out — from E. H. Palmer, of Illinois, and Dr. Eu- 
gene Palmer, of Texas. Again came hymns and song. Next 
came a tasteful and pithy speech from Mrs. Isabella G. Mere- 
dith. Votes of thanks were passed to various generous and 
helpful citizens of Stonington. Francis A. Palmer, bank presi- 
dent, invited the vast Palmer tribe to meet next year in New 
York City, at his expense. All united in singing, ' There's a 
land that is fairer than day.' A general vote of thanks to 
assistants and speakers was passed, and prayer by the Rev. Wm. 
L. Palmer, and fitting words by the president, closed the first 
Palmer Re-Union. The singing of the beautiful hymn, ' Sweet 
Bye-and-Bye,' by the audience, was affecting ; many an eye 
moistened, and one by one the singers' voices hushed through 
emotion. It was a moment long to be remembered by those 
present. After the benediction the assemblage separated, with 
the feeling that such scenes are productive of great good, and 
tend to the awakening of the finer feelings of man, and a fit prep- 
aration for that real separation that awaits us all." 

There were many miscellaneous proceedings on the second 
day that were not especially noted, and are alluded to in the 
newspaper reports which appear hereafter. The various ad- 
dresses, proceedings, etc., of the second day, with sketches of 
some of the individuals participating, follow. 




Walter Palmer settled in Stonington, in 1653, on the borders 
of an inlet from the Sound, just above Stonington. This inlet 
runs back a mile or so, and was called after the Indian name 
Wequetequock. On either side of this inlet, or cove, land was 
level and fertile, and more easily developed. As the name 
Stonington implies, the country abounds in stones — not mere 
boulders, but solid large rock formations. Where these rock 
formations are few, there land has been cultivated. The enclo 
sures of farms are nearly always stone walls. It is not difficult 
to understand why Walter Palmer should have selected the low 
lands of the cove for his habitation. The old house stood with- 
in about one quarter of a mile from the head of the inlet, on a 
knoll. The old foundation stones are yet partly standing in 
the cellar hole, where hands placed them two and a quarter cen- 
turies before. No part of the building is standing. A rod or so 
from the house there is an immense rock that it would need a lad- 
der to surmount. Near the house stood the well, and from which 
water was drank on the occasion of the Re-Union. The burial 
ground is at the head of the cove, on the east side, and formerly 
extended down nearer to the edge than where its stone wall now 
marks its eastern line. Tradition says that an Indian died in the 
employ of Walter, and was buried on his land. From this 
burial grew the custom of using the grounds as a burial spot — 
now sacred to the memories of Palmer descendants all over 
the land. In i828-'29, a stone wall was placed around the ground, 
which stands there yet, with steps and gate on the east side 
fronting towards the cove waters. Later, the east line was 
changed to grade a road on the east bank of the cove, and there- 
fore many graves were "shut out" and graded over. No records 
can be found of the burials, only as they may be deciphered 
from ye olde fashioned English nomenclature found among the 
headstones, many of which are passed all reading. There seems 
to have been a clustering of families in burying — the Stantons, 
the Miners, the Chesebroughs and the Palmers are grouped to- 
gether. This custom, perhaps, was continued until want of space 


surrounding each group made it necessary to go elsewhere. The 
exact burial spot of Walter Palmer is not fully known, as no in- 
scription is found to corroborate any testimony. The grave sup- 
posed to be his is located about the centre of the ground, and is 
covered with a huge, long, hog-back stone, to prevent wolves or 
evil-disposed persons from disturbing the grave. This stone is 
six feet eleven inches in length — which, testimony of old people 
say, was the statue of Walter Palmer. By the side of this stone 
is the legible headstone of Walter's favorite son, " Nehemiah Pal- 
mer, died February 17, 17 17, aged 81 years." All of the inscrip- 
tions on these time-effaced grave-marks that we could find time 
to study out, are as follows : 

Nehemiah Palmer, died Feb. 17th, 17 17, aged 81 years. 

Benj. Palmer, Capt., died April 10th, 1716, aged 74 years. 

Rev. James Noyes, died Dec. 30th, 1712.* 

Thomas Stanton, died April nth, 171 8, aged 80 years. 

Robert Stanton, died Oct. 24th, 1724, aged 71 years. 

Capt. Thomas Noyes, died June 26th, 1755, aged 76 

Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Noyes, died Oct. 23d, 1762, aged 
J 7 years. 

Dorothy, wife of Rev. James Noyes, died Jan. 19th, 1742, 
aged 91 years. 

Joseph Palmer, Jr., died May 26th, 1760, aged 41 years. 

Walter Palmer, died Nov. 1st, 1785, aged 69 years. 

Mercy Palmer, died Dec. 25th, 1785, aged 71 years. 

Walter Palmer, died Feb. nth, 1726, aged 43 years. 

Prudence, daughter of Ichabod Palmer, died Dec. 1st, 17 16, 
aged 22 years. 

Elias, son of Ichabod Palmer, died March 13th, 1738, aged 
24 years. 

Capt. Nathan Palmer, died Feb. 12th, 1791. 

Sarah P., wife of Capt. Nathan Palmer, died Aug. 4, 1784, 
aged 40 years. 

Dr. Nathan Palmer, died March 28th. 1795, aged 84 years. 

Phebe, wife of Dr. Nathan Palmer, died April 3d, 1792, aged 
78 years. 

* Note. — One of the original incorporators of Vale College. 


Hannah Palmer, died March ;th, 1834, aged 79 years ; wife of 
Capt. Andrew Palmer. 

Lemuel Palmer, died May 14th, 1S50, aged 82 years. 

Abigal, wife of Lemuel Palmer, died Jan. 22d, 1832, aged 54 

James Palmer, died June 20th, 1794, aged 74 years. 

Hannah, wife of James Palmer, died Oct. 4th, 18 14, aged 85 

John D. Palmer, died Jan. 6th, 1850, aged 47 years. 

Zebediah Palmer, son to Noyes and Sarah Palmer, died Sept. 
20th, 1790, aged 27 years. 

Alan Palmer, son to Noyes and Sarah Palmer, died a pris- 
oner in New York, in Jan., 1778, aged 19. 

Capt. John Palmer, his brother, died Jan. 21st, 1778, aged 32 

Noyes Palmer, died Nov. 20th, 1783, aged 52 years. 

Capt. Joseph Palmer, died Oct. 16th, 1822, aged 80 years. 

Lydia, wife of Capt. Joseph Palmer, died Aug. 8th, iSoi,aged 
62 years. 

Thomas Minor, died 1690, aged 83 years. 

Many of these are not literal copies, as most of them are old 
style, with Scriptural verses and characters cut in the stone. 
Some show coats-of-arms, hour-glasses, angels' wings and head. 
Nearly all the grave-stones are old-fashioned slabs, imported 
from Wales and other localities nearer home. The peculiar blue- 
stone headstones are least affected by time, while most of the 
later American marble stones are more decayed. 

The area of about two acres within the burial ground is lit- 
erally jam full of mounds, which one stumbles over in wending 
their way; no paths nor spaces to walk upon, and if there ever 
were any, they have long since been used for graves. Few inter- 
ments have taken place within this ancestral city of the dead 
for a long period ; so the spot may be said to have been neg- 
lected and disused for over a hundred years. On our first visit 
to this spot, some two months before the Re-Union, we found 
the area devoted to graves was one of the most desolate and 
v/oe-begone places our eye ever beheld — a mass of briars and 
weeds, that prevented any free access to the grounds. 


A few days before the Re-Union some of this was cleared up. 
Perhaps it would not be unwise to suggest that a small fund be 
raised by Palmer descendants, the interest to be applied in some 
ordinary care of this ancestral graveyard. 



Mr. Chairman and Cousins — For by that endearing name I 
wish now and hereafter to call you, without counting the link 
in the chain that binds us to our great and noble progenitor, 
Walter Palmer. This is a fit and proper place for us to meet 
and organize the first Re-Union of the descendants of a worthy 
sire, so near to the old homestead, on the slope just above the 
waters of Wequetequock Cove, which we visited to-day, where 
nothing remains but the cellar wall, the old well, the large flat 
stone in front of the door, on which we were so delighted to 
stand, and on which our distinguished sire so often trod ; and 
in sight of the old well-preserved burying-ground of two hundred 
and fifty years ago, on more elevated ground, and half a mile 
away, and in which we saw no new-made graves within half a 
century in which we live. 

Comparing them with to-day, what a contrast ! That old 
homestead, on its thousand acre farm, filled by the parents and 
a dozen children — a community by itself — a happy family, hearty, 
healthy, laborious and free from vice. 

Look at the palatial residences amid the giddy allurements 
of to-day — houses occupied by the parents and a child or two, 
or none, and all run by servants. In warm weather fresh air is 
needed to breathe ; the house is closed ; family and servants at 
Long Branch, Coney Island, Saratoga, abroad in Europe, around 
the world on a pleasure trip ; the facilities for travel enable 
them to be continually on the " go." A continuing panorama 
is passing before our eyes ; a never-ending strain upon every 
muscle and nerve. 

Look at the old " burying-ground " where Walter Palmer 
lies, and whose grave is covered over its entire length by a tri- 
angular stone, seven feet long and shaped like the roof of a 


house, to keep the wolves from digging down to and eating up 
his body. Contrast it with the cemeteries of to-day, with their 
expensive mausoleums and monuments piercing the very 

Give me the humble cottage, with contentment and happiness. 
Give me the old burying-ground, with its simple mound and 

My friends, why this great concourse of people here to-day? 
Hundreds, nay, thousands of the descendants of Walter Palmer 
assembled here under these vast tents ? 

It is the love of home implanted in every human heart ; the 
place of our birth, the home of our parents and grandparents ; 
and distance often lends enchantment to the view. And nat- 
ural history teaches us that this wonderful instinct to find the 
spot where life began pervades the whole animal kingdom ; 
hence, the fish of the sea will flow through the ocean to the 
little streams where their life began ; and birds will sweep 
through the air back to the place where they were born ; and 
beasts of the forest will seek out and find their native birth- 

We have come here because we could' not help it ; that tie of 
kindred, that instinct of nature planted in every living creature, 
led us cheerfully here, and we all rejoice at the opportunity of 
seeing and conversing with each other, and forming so many 
new and valuable acquaintances. For one, I can truthfully say 
that I have never spent two days of my life more happily and 

Here we meet the child, the parents, the grandparents, com- 
ing from all parts of our Union ; joy and gladness are seen in 
every face ; mirth and song fills the air we breathe ; and in 
the instructive and interesting historical and genealogical ad- 
dresses delivered on this occasion, we rejoice to know that the 
descendants of Walter Palmer are not unknown to fame and 
history. The learned profession and the civil and military lists 
are filled with his descendants. 

I hope to live and meet you again and again at future Re- 
Unions of the Palmers. 

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(Brief Biography.) 

B. Franklin Chapman was born in Clockville, Madison Co., 
N. Y., March 24, 1S17. His father, the late Col. Stephen Chap- 
man, and his mother,' Keturah Palmer, were born in Stonington, 
Ct., and emigrated with a large number of families from that 
locality in 1812 ; most of them settled on "Palmer Hill," in the 
town of Lenox, but Col. Chapman located in Clockville. He 
and the late Joshua A. Spencer were mechanics, but were em- 
ployed quite extensively in " pettifogging " cases, and soon 
became adepts in their profession, and finally entered the law 
office of Gen. J. S. Spencer as students, and were admitted to 
the bar in 1822. 

Col. Cha"pmah was a strong, vigorous, energetic man, full of 
enterprise, liberal and confiding. Through his efforts the first 
post-office was established in Clockville, in 18 14, and he was 
appointed the first postmaster, an office which he held (with a 
brief interval) until he resigned in 1S47. He reared a family of 
twelve children ; five of them survived him, and are still living — 
Noyes P. Chapman, Wm. H. Chapman, Man' Ann, wife of 
Conrad G. Moot, Augustine, wife of Clinton L. Colton, and 
Benjamin F. Chapman, the subject of this biography, who, from 
youth up, has ever been familiarly known as " Frank Chapman." 

He was born with an active brain and strong muscle — a leader 
among the boys ; whatever was to be done he did it first and 
took the consequences afterwards. Much of the mischief in 
and out of schoolhouse was laid on him, and he generally got 
the lickings and never grumbled. 

On the death of his brother, Stephen, in 1 83 1 , who had pre- 
viously been admitted to the bar, his father decided to educate 
and make a lawyer of him. He assisted his father in making 
surveys, and idolized a compass. 

In the Fall of 1834, he entered Stockbridge Academy ; the 
next Spring he entered the new Hudson River Seminary, where 
he was under the mathematical instruction of Prof. Ostrander. 
In the Fall of 1835, ne went to Manlius Academy, and applied 
himself to the study of languages, and the next Spring he fol- 


lowed his teacher, Mr. Bushaus, in opening Fayetteville Acad- 
emy, where he remained until he entered the sophomore class 
in Hamilton College, at Clinton. August, 1836. In the junior 
year he was one of the prize speakers, and was graduated in 
July, 1839, with one of the five honors — the Philosophical Ora- 

He then entered the law office of his father, and in January, 
1841, was admitted to the bar, and subsequently to the District, 
Circuit and Supreme Courts of the United States. By his in- 
domitable industry and perseverance he acquired a large practice. 
and soon became one of the leading members of the bar of 
Madison County. 

He married Miss Huldah Wilcox, daughter of Dea. Alanson 
Wilcox, Nov. 10, 1S41 ; they had three children — Elmer, who 
died at the age of two years ; Mattie, who married Capt. Charles 
E. Remick, of Hardwick, Vt.. who was then engaged in busi- 
ness in Boston, and subsequently was with the firm of E. S. 
Jeffray & Co., New York, and now is established in business in 
Oneida, N. Y. ; Stephen, who studied law with his father, then 
entered and was graduated from the Albany Law School, and 
was admitted to the bar in May, 1874, and is now in company 
with his father. 

In April, 1880, he left the old homestead where he and his 
children were born, and with his entire family moved into his 
new home in Oneida. In politics he is a pronounced Democrat, 
■ and has ever been one of the influential Democratic orators in 
Central New York. In early life he was connected with schools. 
holding various town offices, such as School Inspector, Commis- 
sioner, Town Superintendent, Supervisor ; also District Attorney 
and Postmaster. In 1861, at the breaking out of the Rebellion. 
Mr. Chapman led off with the first war speech in the country, 
and no patriot ever worked harder than he during this long and 
memorable struggle. 

He has had large experience as a surveyor and engineer, and 
his services have been sought for by the most eminent lawyers 
in Central New York, in suits involving the title to real estate 
and water powers. 

To-day he stands erect and has the vigor and step of youth ; 




a constant and hard worker, enjoying, as he ever has, good health, 
blessed with a constitution capable of great endurance, endowed 
with a vigorous mind, entertaining and instructive in his con- 
versation, interspersed with mirth and anecdote. 

Amid all the tumults of life he has found time to devote to 
literary works ; he has a model library, and for years has been 
accustomed to deliver popular lectures on various subjects, and 
among them, " Washington and its Defences," " Harper's Fer- 
ry," and especially his late and popular lecture on " Salem 
Witchcraft," which has been received with great favor through 
out the country. 

The Jackson Citizen (Mich.), in speaking of it, says : " Mr. 
Chapman is a lawyer of superior ability, and his word-pictures 
of that terrible delusion were as vivid as the closest acquaint- 
ance could make them. The audience seemed to be com- 
pletely fascinated by his eloquence, and were swayed at his 
will as he described in graphic language those terrible scenes 
through which the people of Salem passed in that fated period. 

[The foregoing biography is copied from the " History of 
Madison and Chenango Counties," pages 734, 735, by James H. 
Smith; accompanied by a fine steel engraving; 1880.] 


(Brief Biography.) 

The subject of our sketch was present at the Re-Union, with 
his family. His remarks, or impromptu address, was short, and 
not reported, and instead we give biographical sketch. 

Palmer, Francis Ashbury, of New York City, President of 
the National Broadway Bank, was born in the town of Bedford, 
Westchester County, N. Y., on the 26th of November, 1S12. 
His ancestors, who were from England, came to America in the 
early part of the seventeenth century, shortly after the arrival 
of the " pilgrim fathers," settled at Greenwich, Ct., at a place 
which was subsequently known as Palmers' Hill. They were 
respectable and sturdy people, with sincere religious convictions, 

156 Palmer record 

and taking up land in the New World, soon prospered. The 
first mention of this family occurs in the records of the First 
Congregational Church in Greenwich, as early as 1674, although 
family tradition points to a much earlier date as that of its 
arrival in New England. During the Revolution, the Palmer 
family were staunch patriots, and labored hard with their fellow- 
colonists to achieve freedom and independence, several of them 
serving in the Continental Army. At the close of the Revolution- 
ary War, Stephen Palmer, the grandfather of the subject of this 
sketch, removed from New England to New York, establishing 
himself at Bedford, in Westchester County, where he built the 
Palmer Homestead, of which the family still fondly retain pos- 
session. Mr. Palmer passed his boyhood in his native place 
and obtained his education at the old village academy, which 
was then presided over by Prof. Samuel Holmes. In 1831, he 
came to the city of New York, and, entering the grocery busi- 
ness as a clerk, subsequently became proprietor of a store, and 
finally became a prosperous merchant. Perceiving the great 
need existing in New York for a cheap method of transporting 
passengers within the city limits, he invested a portion of his 
capital in founding a line of omnibuses which, proving success- 
ful, led to the establishment of other lines, and eventually be- 
came a source of great profit. On the 9th of August, 1849, Mr - 
Palmer, in company with several other prominent business men. 
organized the Broadway Bank, personally holding a large por- 
tion of the stock. On the incorporation of the bank, Mr. Pal- 
mer was made president, and has since then held this responsi- 
ble position, being to-day the senior bank president of the city. 
Under his wise and careful management the Broadway Bank has 
prospered, and has attained a status second to no other finan- 
cial institution in the city. It possesses to-day a capital of 
$1,000,000, and is in a most flourishing condition. He joined 
with several others, and in 1851 founded the Broadway Savings 
Bank, of which subsequently he became treasurer and vice- 
president. He has been a director in several other successful 
financial institutions in this city. 

More than fifty years ago, Mr. Palmer connected himself with 
the Presbyterian Church in Bedford. On the 22d of March. 


1 88 1, this congregation celebrated its two hundreth anniversary, 
which was attended, among others, by the living members of the 
Palmer family — most of them for several generations have re- 
ceived their religious training in its bosom. For many years 
Mr. Palmer has been a member of the Broadway Tabernacle 
Church (Congregational ), presided over at the present time by the 
Rev. Dr. William M. Taylor. Mr. Palmer is a consistent tem- 
perance man, and during along and active career has never used 
intoxicating beverages of any kind, and does not provide them 
at his table. To-day, in the full posession of health, with a clear 
intellect, a bright eye, and a degree of bodily vigor that would 
put to the blush many much younger men, he is a living example 
of the preservative power of habits of temperance and a well- 
occupied, useful life. His tastes are quiet and domestic, and 
his habits simple and unostentatious. He has never taken any 
active part in politics, but at the opening of the Civil War joined 
the Union Glee Club immediately upon its organization, and in 
common with the patriotic merchants of New York did all that 
was possible to strengthen the power of the Federal Govern- 
ment, and sustain its armies in the field. His interest in busi- 
ness affairs continued unabated, and he is present even' day at 
his post of duty in the bank, carefully superintending the details 
of its large financial transactions and guarding with fidelity 
the interests of its stockholders. 



Mr. President — It has given me much pleasure to be present 
with you on this occasion, to join with you in commemorating 
the virtues and services of Walter Palmer, one of the first set- 
tlers of Stonington. While listening to the recital of those 
virtues and services, I have felt the Palmer blood coursing more 
rapidly through my veins, and have almost believed that an 
inch had been added to my stature. 

But while according to Walter Palmer and the others of the 
Pilgrim Fathers ail praise, that with their sturdy bravery and in- 
dependence they came to this Western land and laid here the 


foundations of empire, let us not forget to render the due meed 
of praise to the wife of Walter Palmer, and the wives, mothers 
and sisters of the other Pilgrim Fathers. The Pilgrim Mothers 
ought not to be neglected and entirely passed by on such an 
occasion as this. So far, I have not been able to find from the 
addresses and proceedings here, that Walter Palmer had a 
wife ; yet I know that he had, for his history informs us that 
his daughter, Grace, married Thos. Minor, my first ancestor in 
the United States, as a representative of the female portion of 
the Palmer family. I propose to render to woman the honor 
to which she is entitled. 

The wife, mother and sister, equally with the husband, 
father and brother, encountered all the perils of a long and 
tempestuous passage across the stormy Atlantic, and with them 
all the discomforts of an unhospitable climate, and a sterile, 
rock-bound territory ; brave and unmurmuring, they guarded 
their log cabin, in the absence of the men, against the attacks 
of wild beasts, and themselves against the tomahawks and 
scalping knives of the savage Indians. No hardship was en- 
countered by the Pilgrim Fathers that was not, without com- 
plaint or murmur, shared by the Pilgrim Mothers. 

It was by the training and example of the mothers that their 
children was fitted to become founders of empire. No power 
is more potent, no influence greater, than that of woman — 
directly or indirectly she governs the world. 

All honor, then, to the Pilgrim Mothers, as well as to the 
Pilgrim Fathers J Together they laid the foundation, deep and 
broad, of a Government which we believe and hope will last 

Re-unions of this character and anniversaries of the first settle- 
ments of towns are always interesting socially. They are bene- 
ficial, besides — always on these occasions a great mass of facts, 
resting mainly on tradition, are brought together and collated 
by the local historian, and laid away for future use, when the 
history of the State is to be written. We learn, too, of the first 
settlers of our State, of their inner and public life. How they 
selected a place in some convenient locality, which 
was divided into home lots, on which the rude cabin, 



. strong enough to withstand hostile attacks, and compact _. 
to keep out the cold blasts of Winter, was erected ; and outside 
these home lots were the common fields, which, included in 
certain territorial limits, became the town. 

We learn how they or their children again took up their line of 
march and formed new settlements and established new towns. 

In our State, the first settlers formed our towns which, with 
us, performed the same duties and held the same relation to the 
State as counties in most of the other States of the Union. 
Our towns, as such, are represented in the town branch of the 
Legislature; they levy all taxes, take care of their own poor, 
build and repair their highways, and educate their citizens' 
And, in my judgment, under this system, more of wisdom 
has ever been found, and less of peculation and dishonesty, 
than under the system in the other States which impose these 
duties on counties. From behind the ramparts of these muni- 
cipalities the great principles of civil and religious liberty and 
popular education have been, now for more than two hundred 
years, successfully defended and maintained. Citizens of Con- 
necticut, guard well these ramparts; see to it that they are still 
preserved. Then shall our motto, " Qui transtulit sustinet" 
be true forever. 


(Tune— " Battle Hymn of the Republic") 
We come to pay a tribute to the founder of our race. 
To gallant Walter Palmer, stately Palm and full of grace : 
I o reach the land of promise, toward these shores he set his face, 
His name is marching on. 

CHORUS— Glory, glory hallelujah, 
Glory, glory hallelujah, 
Glory, glory hallelujah, 
His name is marching on. 

And now, in holy purpose, we are here from east and west, 
r rom north and south, are gathered round his place of final rest, 
lo recount his many virtues, daring deeds and valor blest, 
His name is marching on. 



He left his home and kindred, like the patriarch of old, 
To gain our glorious heritage, of freedom's wealth untold. 
And faith by far more precious than was Ophir's finest gold. 
His name is marching on. 


Then hail, all hail, our grand-sire, for in him we claim a part. 
May his memory ever flourish, and be green in every heart : 
His name be unforgotten till the last of kin depart, ' 
Then we'll all go marching on. 

CHORUS— Glory, glory hallelujah. 
Glory, glory hallelujah. 
Glory, glory hallelujah. 
Then we'll going marching on. 



No costly, sculptured walls were thine, 

No high-built, stately room. 
Where gilded mirrors proudly shine. 

Amid their draperied gloom. 

No pompous name has told thy praise, 

On fallen beauty decked ; 
No child of song has woke thy lays, 

On famous pencil sketched. 

No ; thine was but a simple frame, 

Well-reared by honest toil, 
Beside this stream of Indian name. 

Where first was turned the soil. 

An humble roof and simple stone. 

To mark an entrance there ; 
Afar from other homes, and lone — 

Protected by God's care. 

That brought this Palmer o'er deep seas 
And through the trackless wild ; 

And blessed him well with goods increased. 
And many a happy child. 


That made this desert bud and bloom, 

And lightened every care ; 
In time they farther sought for room, 

And planted homesteads there. 

Till towns and states have circling grown, 

As forest depths gave way ; 
His race, a legion, meet and own 

And praise that power to-day. 

August u, 1881. 



This Re-Union is of double interest to me — it opens on a day 
which is the anniversary of a very important event in the his- 
tory of my existence. Fifty-one years to-day I made another 
addition to the Palmer family, and I have never regretted the 
occurrence, and to-day am happy to meet so many of this ex- 
tensive family. 

Most of you were born and have lived among the rocks and 
hills of the East. I believe I am the only full-blooded sucker 
in the company, 

My branch of the Palmers seemed to catch the pioneer spirit, 
first removing East and then West. 

My father was born in South Coventry, Ct., in 1783, and died 
in Danville, 111., in 1861, aged 79 years. 

He was one of the early settlers of Eastern Illinois, moving 
there in 1825. 

My father's younger brother also removed to this State at 
same time, and at time of overland emigration to Oregon, he 
took his three sons and three daughters to that far western 
State, where he left them, the first representatives of the Pal- 
mer family on the Pacific coast. Before leaving home to attend 
this meeting, I was accosted on the street by one of our citizens 
with the remark, " The original Palmers were, I understand, 
transported." I replied, " England done a good job for Amer- 
ica.'* In looking over the list of the old stock, I find the names 


of Abel, Moses, Elisha, Elijah, Ichabod. Nathaniel, Hannah and 

Huldah, but no Cain or Jesebel. What do you think of that ? 

I am no speaker, but I would close by saying, Our great 

State of Illinois would welcome any and all of the Palmers 

has a good and rich soil, which would bring forth an abundance 
under the hand of such a people. May this not be our last 
happy assembly. 



Mr. President, and my sisters, and my cousins, and my 
aunts — I put on my spectacles to view this grand spectacle. 
I see, Mr. President, where these Palmers have dined, " but 
where do they lodge, I beseech you?" I have the honor on 
this occasion to represent the Palmers in Sing Sing (laughter). 
My good friend, Xoyes F.. who has lived so long on Jamaica 
(I mean Jamaica Plains), has told you I am from outside the 
walls. I am pleased to say there are several very good Palmers 
outside the walls, but I have no personal knowledge of any inside 
(applausei. The Palmers are a sharp set ; they all go in under 
the name of Smith. I am glad to be present on this happy oc- 
casion. I regret that a circumstance so mournful has prevented 
General Grant from attending. I thought the General would 
be glad to see a man from Sing Sing. That's the reason I came. 
I went myself to see the General once, with the Army of the 

Mr. President, are these modern Palmers that I see before me ? 
Palmers without cowl or staff ? Have they been on a pilgrim- 
age to the shrine at YVequetequock ? No longer, then, they 
side as Wilfred of Ivanhoe in the lists of Templeton. No 
longer cross lance with Lord Marmion on Flodden Field. They 
are children of a newer civilization. Monk Knights of a later 
crusade — a crusade as representatives of the principle of civil 
and religious liberty. Mr. President, it is not an unknown name. 
It was heard in the city of the Little Monk. It came up over 
the walls of Geneva ; it echoed among the crags and peaks of 
Switzerland ; it whistled amid the camp-fires of those soldiers 


that rallied around the standard of stern old Oliver ; it sounded 
as a death knell on the ear of the last of the house of Stuart as 
he stepped from Whitehall to a scaffold. Lotuslikc it crossed 
the broad Atlantic, on a Mayflower^ and planted itself deep with 
Carver and Standish at Plymouth, and Walter Palmer at We- 

Mr. President, since it has become generally known that I 
came from Sing Sing. I am surprised to find after two days 
hunting among all these Palmers, any one of them that owns 
relationship with me. I might say, in justification of my re- 
spectability, that I am a descendant of aline of Richard's father, 
grandfather, great-grandfather, dating back to 1770. when an 
ancestor bought four hundred acres of land in the manor of 
Courtland. Westchester Co., N. Y. What I want Xoyes F. to 
do is to tell me where this ancestor came from — hardly from the 
poorhouse, as he would not have had six hundred pounds to 
pay for the land, as stated in the deed. 

Like our friend Ex-Governor Minor, I am a ladies' man. and 
I would here speak a good word for them. The mothers of all 
these Palmers were women of another name and lineage ; and 
a cross blood has sometimes had good results. The neutral 
ground of the Revolution — good old Westchester — has been 
rendered famous not only in history, but by the magic pen of 
Fenimore Cooper. Tradition has, in connection with these 
scenes, the name of Elizabeth Hunter. She married a Palmer; 
she was my great-grandmother. 

Mr. President, time forbids my making any extended remarks. 
if I expect to get back to Sing Sing before locking-np time. 1 
may, like my friend from Courtland, Judge Palmer, invite you 
all to come to Sing Sing (laughter). Thanking you for the 
courtesy of an invitation to address you, and for your courteous 
attention, I say good-bye. 



(Brief Biography.) 

Cornelius B. Palmer, of Sing Sing, N. Y,, third son of Rich- 
ard R. and Rachel Palmer, born in the Ninth Ward in the city 
of New York, July 1st, 1840. When about twelve years of age, 
his father retiring from business, removed to a country place in 
the vicinity of Sing Sing, N. Y., his former home, and that oi 
his ancestry. The subject of this sketch attended the old acad- 
emy at Canandaigua, N. Y., and subsequently prepared at Fort 
Edward Institute, N. Y.. for Sophomore Class at College. At- 
tended course at Law Department, L T nion University, and 
read law in office of N. H. Baker. District Attorney, Westches- 
ter Co.; was admitted to the bar, July 10th, 1861, ten days ovei 
twenty-one years of age. For seven years connected with the 
Internal Revenue successively as Clerk, Deputy Collector, and 
Acting Collector of Tenth Collection District, X. Y. Is now a 
practicing lawyer, having an office at Sing Sing. His grand- 
parents all lived to a very old age. His grandmother. Catherine 
Doris, died in 1870, at the age of 92, leaving her surviving six 
children, fifty-three grandchildren, sixty-two great-grandchildren 
and one great-great-grandchild. 

R. R. Palmer, his father, died suddenly in 1877, at the age 
of sixty-eight, while spending a Summer in the State of Maine. 
This branch of the family are presumably of Quaker origin. 



Mr. President — I am happy to be with you to-day as a mem- 
ber of the Palmer family, and I thank God that I am a Palmer. 
and a descendant of the great and noble Walter Palmer, in whose 
name we have met in family re-union. I hope this pleasant 
Re-Union will be kept up annually as long as time shall last. 
and while I live you may rely upon seeing me. I trust this 
Re-Union will not adjourn until a sufficient amount is raised to 


erect a monument over him. We are all proud to honor to-day 
Walter Palmer. I have much more I would like to say upon 
this occasion, but am too feeble. 


(Brief Biography.) 

Josiah Lee Palmer was born in Gahvay, Saratoga Co., N. Y., 
May nth, 1817. Married May nth, 1847, to Sarah Eddy, 
daughter of Dr. John Eddy, Lockport, N. Y. 

Emigrated to Chicago, and engaged in mercantile business. 
Came to Arkansas in 1859 ! was engaged in planting and hotel 
business until after the war. In 1874, was appointed Assistant 
Auditor of State, which piace he still holds. For four years he 
has been Acting Insurance Commissioner of State. He was 
the first one to inaugurate the Christian Temperance Union 
in that State, and held for three years the presidency of the 



I am very glad that it has fallen to my lot to share in the 
festivities of this great family gathering. The occasion is in. 
deed one of great interest. For myself I wish to thank the 
gentlemen of the committee, who have labored so perseveringly 
amid so many discouragements, that they have brought us thus 
together under circumstances so agreeable. And I can but 
acknowledge my obligation to them in leading me to think a 
little more closely of, and to appreciate a little more highly 
the Palmer name. 

It is often asked, "What is there in a name?" Sometimes 
there is much of significancy, and then again but little. A 
friend of mine was going up the Catskill Mountains, and a pas- 
senger was inquiring why the mountains were called the Cats- 
kills. The stage-driver, somewhat annoyed at what seemed to 
him "a foolish question, replied, impatiently: "Why, everything 
has to have a name ; you might just as well ask why the Hudson 


came to be called the Hudson." Now, there are a great main- 
names that seem to have no more reason for their existence, 
in fact, than the beautiful river that treads its way down that 
charming valley had. in the fancy of the ignorant stage-driver. 
It was needful that they should be called something, and that 
is about all can be said of it. There is often, however, a mean- 
ing in names that makes their study very suggestive. 

The family name which we bear has an origin which speaks 
of two things most highly to be prized ; for the name, Palmer, 
suggests two grand ideas — they are of Reverence and Triumph. 
Whatever may be our judgment of the Crusaders (and there is 
much in their history that we cannot approve'), they did have 
boundless reverence for holy things and holy places. I have 
sometimes thought that we. in this age, might be their pupils 
with some degree of advantage. We live in times not over- 
stocked with this grace. It was reverence for the Holy Land, 
especially for the Holy Sepulchre of our crucified Lord, that gave 
the world the first Palmers. Then, too, that idea of triumph is 
a most exalted one. The bearer of the palm must needs be a 
victor. He must be a man of courage. He must love truth 
and bravely battle for it. He must know how to meet difficul- 
ties and master the situation. Yesterday, as we were making 
our way up to the old homestead and grove of our noble grand- 
sire, as I noted the huge stone fences enclosing the small fields. 
and saw about me enough remaining to build others equally 
great, as I observed the surface of this hard, unpromising soil. 
and imagined what it must have been more than two centuries 
ago, in its untamed state, with all the dangers of the primeval 
forests added thereto, I thought what a brave heart the "old 
patriarch" must have had in him. What magnificent courage it 
must have required to make a home and extort a living out of 
such surroundings. 

Indeed, in a sense which we can hardly realize, the men of 
those times must have been brave men, and good old W T alter 
must have been a veritable " palm-bearer" to have triumphed 
over such obstacles. I have also been somewhat surprised to 
see how the idea of the Palmer or palm-bearer links itself with 
our world's history, running on even to its close, mounting up 


to the grandest and holiest triumph of the Redeemer's King- 
dom. In the interesting genealogical account given us last 
evening, our secretary alluded to that beautiful passage in the 
Revelation which describes the entire throng of the redeemed 
standing " before the Throne and before the Lamb, clothed 
with white robes, and palms in their hands." Why, did you 
ever think of it, the whole vast throng of the redeemed are to 
be Palmers at last. All these Denisons and Minors and Chese- 
broughs, with those of all other names, sharing in the blessed 
work of the Redeemer, are to come over to our family and re- 
joice in being palm-bearers — Palmers in the highest and best 
sense, through the victor}- of the all-conquering Christ. It is 
my prayer that this indeed may be the case with all in the joy- 
ous sense in which Christ gives the victory over sin in every 

May God grant that those of us who bear this noble name 
may appreciate its worth, and catching the inspiration of its 
birth, live to know the exalted triumph of which it is in origin 
and history the symbol. 



O home of my childhood, sweet memories of thee. 
Come floating around like the breeze o'er the sea ; 
And fresh to my mind each loved scene appears. 
Not dimmed by the distance or faded by years. 

The hills and the valleys, where once I was young. 
The woodland and thicket where the nightingale sung; 
There the love of a father and mother I knew. 
Kind brothers and sisters and friends that were true. 

The old village church where we used to repair, 
And worship our maker in accents of prayer ; 
While each joined in singing sweet anthems of praise, 
To him who preserved us and lengthened our days. 

But time, the destroyer, has been on the track. 
Has taken the loved ones, and ne'er brought them back : 
Side by side in a churchyard where the last sunbeams play, 
A father and mother lie mouldering awav. 


Those brothers and sisters, ah ! the tale must be told, 
Not one now remains on the homestead of old : 
• And the stranger treads carelessly, making his hay, 
In the field by the brook where we once used to play- 
But we look for a time to be gathered again. 
In a world free from sorrow, temptation and pain ; 
Where sweet-sounding echoes shall fill all the place. 
To Him who redeemed us and saved us by grace. 

Honeoye Falls, N. Y., Sept. ioth, 1881. 



Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen — It would be exceed- 
ingly inappropriate for me, after the numerous, able and elo- 
quent addresses with which you have been entertained during 
the past two days, to further tire your perhaps wearied patience 
with anything but a very brief response for the Stanton family. 
which I have been honored to represent on this occasion. 

The Stantons, in common with the Denisons, Miners, and 
Chesebroughs, have become so interwoven by marriage with the 
descendants of Walter Palmer, that we cannot but feel a just 
pride in the fair fame of your family name, and we most heart- 
ily congratulate you for your enviable and honorable record — 
whether it bo in the school of science, in the halls of legislation. 
on the field of battle, in the forum, and last, and by no means 
least, in the newspaper editor's sanctum sanctorum. We com- 
mend the laudable spirit which prompted your pilgrimage to 
your ancestral home, and we congratulate you on the unrivalled 
success which has crowned your praiseworthy enterprise. 

As this is a Palmer Re-Union, you will not expect, nor will 
you care to hear anything concerning the history of Thomas 
Stanton, the Indian interpreter and pioneer associate of Walter 
Palmer ; but this much I may state, that in his capacity as 
Indian interpreter for the colonies, and in his duties as medi- 
ator in the differences often occurring between the settlers and 
the natives he had, necessarily, frequent occasion to visit the 
habitations of the latter in this then rugged wilderness, by 


which he became familiar with the most desirable localities for 
settlements, and thus paved the way for those hardy pioneers. 
Stanton was first on the ground at Pawcatuck as an Indian 
trader, immediately followed by Chesebrough, and subsequent- 
ly by Miner, Palmer, Denison and others. They wisely selected 
the rich meadow-lands adjoining the bays and coves of our 
coast, as suitable pasture fields for their herds and flocks, and 
it is not impossible that they may have had an eye to the " suc- 
culent and festive clam," for which we descendants have inher- 
ited an undisguised affection, and with which you have very 
properly decided to close this festive occasion. 

Permit me again to congratulate you on your happy success 
in the union of hearts and of hands, and to wish you, one and 
all, a safe return to your respective homes. 

h. clay palmer, of stonington, ct. 

1 88 1. To cash paid as follows (bills) : 
August, Treasurer's expenses to New York and 

Jamaica $20 00 

June, " Graphic," bill for invitations 50 00 

July, N. F. Palmer, postage bill to date 39 5° 

Aug. 10, Bill of fireworks 65 00 

" Bill for clams (on acct. of caterer) 27 00 

" Bill for calcium lights 47 55 

4< Schofield's bills, clams (for caterer) 41 30 

Freight and express bills 46 32 

Anderson, on account of printing bill .... 50 00 

Charles E. Randalls, on acct. of labor bill 56 15 
E. T. Palmer, bills as follows : 
Atwood Mfg. Co., wood (for caterer) $5 00 

Police $4, ice bill for caterer, $4 8 00 

R. R. fares bill, for Noank Band.. . . 3 60 
Bill for dinners " " " ... 5 60 

Utter's printing bill 1 50 23 yo 

J. S. Anderson, balance on printing 30 20 

Bills for empty boxes for seats 3 45 

Bill of S. O. Durgan, board for tent man. 8 00 

Bill of Thomas Capron, for use of boat. . . 3 00 

Chas. E. Randalls, bill of labor in full. ... 65 30 



To C. P. Trumball's bill, express wagon $ 

Thomas H. Hinckley, police duty two days 

and nights 

Orchestra leader Williams, of New York. 

Palmer & Co., register book 

Of labor 

Noank Brass Band 

Printing dinner tickets 

Printing signs 

For team for hauling boards 

N. H. Gates, for bill of lumber 

Telegraph bills 

"Graphic" bill, balance due on acct. N. F. P 
I. H. P., postage expenses to New York 

Boston, and Providence 

Badges, etc 

Envelopes and postage stamps, N. F. P. . 
Balance to account 



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" 21, 

Aug. 8, 

" 8, 

" 10, 

" 10, 

" 10, 

" 11, 

" 11, 

" 12, 

" 12, 

" 12, 

" 12, 

" 12. 

" 12, 

" 12, 

" 12, 

" 12, 


By cash from E. H. Palmer. 

to N. F. P 

Noyes . 

Postal order from Pele< 

Cash from E. H. P 

col'ct'd from Re-unionists by H. C. P. 
" C. D. Prescott. 

" N. F. P 

for dinner tickets by H. C. P. . 

" I. H. P.. 

"Col. G. W. Palmer, I. H. P. 

11 rent of tent, I. H. P 

" Ed. T. Palmer, I. H. P 

collected, A. M. Palmer, N. Y 

Dr. Eugene Palmer, Tex. 
William Butler, Boston . . 

A friend 

A friend 

Asher Chapman 
























5 ') 
























1 10 




























By balance account 




F. A. Palmer, of New York City $50 00 

M. G. Palmer, Portland, Me 25 00 

B. F. Chapman, Oneida, N. Y 10 00 

B. R. Palmer, Oneida, N. Y 10 00 

Robert Palmer, Noank, Ct 20 00 

E. A. Palmer, Lansingburg, N. Y 2 00 

Gidden Palmer 5 OO 

Luther Palmer, Brookfield, Mass 10 OO 

Peter A. Palmer, Lansingburg 5 °° 

Chas. L. Palmer, Albany, N. Y 5 00 

\Vm. A. Grant, Boston 5 00 

Prof. D. L. Eaton, Yale College 5 00 

Simeon Palmer, Boston 5 OO 

Mrs. Phcebe Palmer 5 OO 

Sarah N. Maise, Westerly 5 OO 

Allen Palmer ' 5 OO 

Miss F. Chesebro, Stonington 1 00 

G. C. Morse $ 00 

J. L. Palmer, Little Rock 5 OO 

A. B. Gardiner I OO 

H. H. Palmer, Portland 5 OO 

S. T, Palmer, Chicago 5 OO 

Wm. A. Woodward 1 00 

VVm. H. Palmer, N. Y 5 00 

R. P. Palmer.' 6 00 

J. J. Palmer 2 00 

C. H. Palmer, Norwich 2 OO 

H. J. Palmer 1 00 

J. M. Languerthy I OO 

Nehemiah Palmer, Boston 5 °° 

J. E. Palmer, Mich 5 °° 

J. Palmer 1 00 

A. M. Palmer 5 °° 

Alex. Palmer I 00 

Gen. G. \V. Palmer 5 °° 

A. D. Palmer, Stonington 10 00 

H. M. Palmer, Stonington 10 00 

Noyes S. Palmer, Stonington 10 00 

Courtland P. Palmer, N. Y 10 00 

D. P. Chesebro 5 00 

A. M. Palmer, N. Y 25 00 

Asher Chapman 25 00 

Dr. Eugene Palmer, Texas 10 OO 


Wm. Butler, Boston $ 5 00 

Two friends 10 00 

Clarence P. Lewis 2 00 

A lady 1 00 

A. L. Lebanon I 00 

A. A. Muts 1 00 

R. Wm. H. Palmer, Manchester 5 00 

R. B. Palmer, Butternuts, N. Y 1 00 

Two ladies 2 00 

A. F. Chesebro, Philadelphia 3 00 

Cornelius Palmer 5 00 

E. H. Palmer 5 00 

J. L. Hutchingson 1 00 

B. H. Palmer ; . . . . 1 00 

B. L. Palmer 2 00 

B. G. Palmer ' 1 00 

D. M. Palmer ....[.. 25 

J. R. Palmer t 00 

L. W. R 1 00 

H. B. Palmer 1 co 

A. W. Hewitt 1 00 

H. L. Palmer 1 00 

E. L. Palmer I 00 

Dr. J. F. Noyes 1 00 

M. V. Palmer 50 

W. C. Palmer • 2 00 

J. W. D ..." ! 00 

J. S. Palmer 5 00 

A. Cook 1 00 

F. W. Palmer 5 co 

Bardick ' : . . . . 1 00 

G. W. Palmer 5 00 

Chesebro I 00 

N. F. Palmer 5 00 


(Brief Biography.) 

H. Clay Palmer, Treasurer of the Re-Union, was born in Ston- 

ington, November 17, 1852 ; his father is Amos A. Palmer, a son 
of Allen Palmer, and a grandson of Noyes Palmer, who was 

born and resided in the same place ; his mother was Emma 

Chesebro, daughter of Ezra Chesebro ; her mother was Sally 

Palmer, daughter of Denison Palmer, of his native place ; both 


branches of the family being direct descendants of Walter Pal- 
mer. After finishing his studies, he entered the office of Clif- 
ton A. Hall, one of the first architects of Providence, R. I., 
where he served his time perfecting himself as an architect, the 
profession he now follows. In 1878-79 he was Tax Collector 
for the Town of Stonington, and has since been the Collector 
of the Borough and Ninth School District ; of the latter he also 
served five years as its Clerk and Treasurer. 

At the time of the Re-Union, August 10th, he was one of 
the five who first met to organize the first meeting, and was 
anxious and active in the grand success of the same. 



The last speaker on the afternoon of August nth was Presi- 
dent E. H. Palmer, and as he arose and for a moment remained 
silent, a hushed stillness pervaded the entire assemblage. The 
realization of the moment was pictured upon every countenance, 
and falteringly the speaker, in a subdued manner, spoke in sub- 
stance as follows : 

Friends — The hour that I have most dreaded, and to which 
I have almost shuddered when thinking of its approach, is at 
hand. From the inception of this grand Re-Union of the Pal- 
mer Family up to the present moment, I have looked only to its 
growth and progress from day to day. But now we are soon to 
separate, probably never to meet again. Some one of us, e'er 
another Re-Union will occur — some one of this assemblage, yes, 
perhaps many of you now before me — will have passed away. I, 
too, may be of that number, and never again have the pleasure 
of standing, as I do to-day (the head of this great family) in an- 
other Re-Union. The solemnity of this hour cannot be evaded. 
It is upon us, and we must meet it. To say good-bye to 
you all is to breathe a choking utterance. To think that many 
faces now before me, so bright and joyous for the past two days, 
so full of real hope and spirit, may never be gazed upon by me 
again, affects me to sadness. So, with thanks to you all for 


kindness and manifestations of friendship during our Re-Union. 
never to be forgotten, I will, in a spirit of hope for the future, 
bid you each and all good-bye. 



Where, where will be the birds that sing, 

A hundred years to come ? 
The flowers that now in beauty spring, 
A hundred years to come? 
The rosy cheek, the lofty brow, 
The hearts that beat so gaily now ; 
Where, where will be our hopes and fears, 
Joys, pleasant smiles, and sorrow's tears, 
A hundred years to come? 

Who'll press for gold this crowded street, 

A hundred years to come ? 
Who'll tread your aisles with willing feet, 
A hundred years to come ? 
Pale, trembling age and firy youth, 
And childhood with its brow of truth ; 
The rich, the poor, on land and sea, 
Where will the mighty millions be, 
A hundred years to come? 

We all within our graves shall sleep, 

A hundred years to come ! 
No living soul for us will weep, 

A hundred years to come ! 
But other men our lands will till, 
And others then our homes will fill ; 
And other birds will sing as gay, 
And bright the sunshine as to day, 
A hundred years to come. 


(Brief Biography.) 
Ira H. Palmer, the Corresponding Secretary of the late Pal- 
mer Re-Union, was born at Mystic Bridge, in the town of Ston- 
ington, Ct., April iSth, 1836, of parents Benjamin F. and Eliza 
Hart Palmer. At the age of twelve, he moved to the borough 


of Stonington, and became a clerk in the drug store of his 
brother, Franklin A. Palmer. He subsequently became the 
agent of the " Harnder Express Company," and for many years 
continued as such. Then follows some six years of banking and 
railroad experience. 

In 1869, he became connected with an extensive quarry in 
Westerly, R. I., and during the last two years of his term was 
the manager. 

The subject of our sketch built and managed a railroad con- 
necting the quarries of Westerly with the Stonington Railroad. 
Mr. Palmer is naturally of a quick turn of mind, very zealous, 
and hardly without a peer in the projecting of any new work. 
It has been remarked of him, that he is always " ten years in 
advance of the age." 

In 1862, he purchased the well-known Wadawanuch Hotel, 
at Stonington, Ct. ''then a Female Seminary), and opened 
it as a first-class hotel. For three years he managed it with 
practical assistants, and in 1865 sold it to its present owners. 

Mr. Palmer managed the first steamer ever run to Watch 
Hill from Stonington— it was the Dashing Wave, owned by 
Capt. R. F. Loper, and run in connection with the Wadawa- 
nuch House. 

His connection with the Palmer Re-Union is still fresh on 
the minds of all. From curiosity solely he attended the first 
meeting held at the Baptist Vestry, and was one of the five 
Palmers present. He at once grasped the idea of a Family 
Re-Union, and at that meeting infused spirit and encourage- 
ment into the four others present. Has been blessed with four 
sons, three of whom are living — the eldest, Arthur Trumbuil 
Palmer, is in the wholesale department of Jordan, Marsh & Co., 
Boston, Mass. ; the second, Henry Robinson Palmer, the well- 
known juvenile editor of the Palmer Vidette ; Frank Trumbuil 
Palmer being the youngest son. 

Mr. Palmer, in addition to being a decendant of Walter 
Palmer, is by the maternal line a direct descendant of Roger 
Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence ; 
and to the Sherman side Mr. Palmer gives greatly the credit 
of any enterprise and tact he may possess. 



After the proceedings on the evening of the last day were 
over, many wended their way homeward by trains, boats and 
carriages, so that the numbers became greatly reduced. 

A social meeting took place at Palmer headquarters, " Bray- 
ton Hall," that was one of the most enjoyable occasions of the 
whole Re-Union services, and developed the fact that more 
real entertainment comes from a commingling socially than 
from public speaking, weary and tiresome to a large audience. 
At the social gathering individual introduction elicited for the 
first time real relationship, and a flood of reminiscences seemed 
to flow from groups of Palmers. Latent talent sprang up that 
had been dormant during the day services. The singing by 
Miss Lottie Walker, of New York City, was the finest musical 
entertainment of the whole Re-Union, and had this sweet singer 
appeared on the platform while the thousands could have 
listened to her trained voice, the enthusiasm would have been 
contagious, and well merited. 

By this social meeting it soon became known that many emi- 
nent men and women had sat meekly listening at the services 
during the two days that ought to have been on the platform, 
while many on the platform would have enjoyed exchanging 
places with them. If these lines meet the eyes of many who 
thus humbly " hid their light under the bushel," they must re- 
ceive the apology of the officers of the Re-Union that no slight 
was intended, and that only a want of social acquaintance pre- 
vented their occupying their proper position. The register list 
reveals many of these individuals. 


Miscellaneous Matters. 

[To THE LADIES. — An apology is due to the Palmer ladies. 
whose efforts undoubtedly made the Re-Union a success. The 
interest first created in favor of the gathering emenated mostly 
through their influence and persuasion. The social meeting of the 
last evening developed this fact. Out of respect to their sex, a 
few allusions are made, accompanied by brief sketches and photo- 
graphic illustration. Had more time been given to the prepara- 
tion of this publication, a more extensive and appropriate 
showing would have been given to the part taken by the 
mothers of the Palmer decendants.] 


The Re-Union proceedings were continuous in their charac- 
ter ; for when not in regular order, as per programme, some 
other services were being held, and none were more interesting, 
nor more like a " Love Feast " than the singing of original 
hymns, etc., by Mary Dana Shindler, of Texas. So popular 
were these songs that the audience joined in, and the singing 
sendee was kept up spontaneously. 

Mrs. Shindler is a daughter of the late Rev. Dr. B. M. Pal- 
mer, of Charleston, S. C. ; born in 1810; married, in 1848, to 
Rev. Robert D. Shindler, who died in 1874. Mrs. Shindler 
resides with her son, Robert C. Shindler, in Nacogdoches, Tex. 

Mrs. Shindler has contributed extensively in prose and 
poetry, and particularly in songs, to the various publications of 
the country for half a century. Among them have been pub- 
lished three musical works — "The Northern, Southern, and 
Western Harps ;" a controversial work, entitled " Letters to 
Relatives and Friends ; " a volume of poems, called " The 
Parted Family." Two works for seamen's libraries, published 
by the Harpers, and entitled "The Young Sailor." and 



'■' Forecastle Tone ; " two song books, " The Temperance 
Lyre," and the " Greenback Labor Song Book ; " a volume on 
Spiritualism, entitled "A Southerner Among the Spirits," pub- 
lished recently by Colby & Rich, of Boston, Mass.; and 
several long serials which have appeared in the literary jour- 

The old and familiar Sunday-School song, " I'm a Pilgrim 
and a Stranger," was sung by Mrs. Shindler very appropriate]) 
as she was a pilgrim and a stranger among the Re-Unionists : 
but many old people were present who joined in the singino- of 
a song familiar to them in younger days. The effect of hear- 
ing its author sing it was an inspiration of respect and venera- 

The following old but well-known poem by Mrs. Shindler is 
published by request : 


" And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you -nto 'he bond 
of the covenant."— Ezk. xx, 37. 

I saw the young Bride, in her beauty and pride, 

Bedeck'd in her snowy array, 
And the bright flush of joy mantled high on her cheek, 

While the future look'd blooming and gay ; 
And with woman's devotion she laid her fond heart, 

At the shrine of idolatrous love, 
And she fasten'd her hopes to this perishing earth 

By the chain which her tenderness wove. 
But I saw when those heart-strings were bleeding and torn. 

And the chain had been severed in two, 
She had changed her white robes for the sables of grief 

And her bloom for the paleness of woe. 
But the Healer was there, pouring balm on her heart, 

And wiping the tears from her eyes, 
And he strengthen'd the chain he had broken in twain, 

And fasten'd it firm to the skies. 
There had whisper'd a voice— 'twas the voice of her God, 
I love thee, I love thee— pass tinder the rod ! 

I saw the young Mother in tenderness bend 

O'er the couch of her slumbering bov, 
And she kiss'd the soft lips as they murmured her name, 

While the dreamer lay smiling in joy. 

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Oh, sweet as a rose-bud encircled with dew, 

When its fragrance is flung on the air, 
So fresh and so bright to that mother he seem'd 

As he* lay in his innocence there. 
But I saw when she gazed on the same lovely form. 

Pale as marble, and silent, and cold ; 
But paler and colder her beautiful boy, 

And the tale of her sorrow was told. 
But the Healer was there, who had stricken her heart, 

And taken her treasure away, 
To allure her to Heaven he has placed it on high, 

And the mourner will sweetly obey. 
There had whisper'd a voice, 'twas the voice of her God, 
I love thee, I love thee — pass under the rod ! 

I saw the fond Brother with glances of love 

Gazing down on a gentle young girl, 
And she hung on his arm while the whispering wind 

Freely played with each clustering curl. 
Oh, he lov'd the soft tones of her silvery voice, 

Let her use it in sadness or glee, 
And he clasp'd his brave arms round her delicate form 

As she sat on her brother's knee. 
But I saw when he gazed on her death-stricken face 

And she breathed not a word in his ear, 
And he clasp'd his brave arms round an icy-cold form, 

And he moisten'd her cheek with a tear. 
But the Healer was there, and he said to him thus : 

"Grieve not for thy sister's short life," 
And he gave to his arms still another fair girl, 

And he made her his own cherish'd wife. 
There had whisper'd a voice, 'twas the voice of his God, 
I love thee, I love thee — pass u?ider the rod ! 

I saw a proud father and mother who lean'd 

On the arms of a dear, gifted son, 
And a star in the future grew bright to their gaze, 

As they saw the high place he had won ; 
And the fast-coming evening of life promis'd fair, 

And its pathway grew smooth to their feet ; 
And the starlight of love glimmer'd bright at the end, 

And the whispers of fancy were sweet. 
But I saw when they stood bending low o'er the grave 

Where their hearts' dearest hope had been laid, 
And the star had gone down in the darkness of night, 

And the joy from their bosoms had fled. 


But the Healer was there, and his arms were around, 

And he led them with tenderest care. 
And he show'd them a star in the bright upper world, 

'Twas their star shining brilliantly there ! 
They had each heard a voice, 'twas the voice of their God, 
. I love thee, I love thee — PASS UNDER THE ROD ! 


This lad) r took an active part in the exercises of the Re- 
Union, and her pithy and extemporaneous remarks from the 
platform being lost to the reporter, we append a brief sketch 
instead, and also, by permission of the authoress, the poem 
" Borodel." 

The subject of this sketch is a descendant of Walter Palmer. 
through his daughter Grace Minor, and of Mathew Grant 
(1630), through his grandson, Josiah Grant, who moved from 
Windsor to Stonington, Ct.. in 1695-96, and in the same year 
married Rebecca, daughter of Ephraim, and granddaughter of 
Grace Minor. 

Mrs. Meredith is the daughter of Julia Elizabeth Grant, and 
Joseph Clark Dowe, M. D., and the great-granddaughter of 
Minor Grant, M. D., who served as Army Surgeon under Wash- 
ington in the Revolution. 

She is a native of New England, having been born in Staf- 
ford, Tolland Co., Ct. While very young, her parents removed 
to Milwaukee, Wis., where all of her childhood and much of 
her youth were spent. Her playground was that " Beautiful 
Shore " which travelers have likened for lovliness to the Bay 
of Naples, and the great lake whose sapphire waters laved the 
strand was by turns her playmate and her teacher. 

She began early to contribute stories, poems and articles to 
the press ; is the author of the " Papillon Papers," published in 
the New York Evening j\ I ail \ of " Sweet Briars," a volume first 
published serially in the Christian Leader; of stories and poems 
which have appeared in the Christian Union, the Old and New, 
the Galaxy, Scribners, and other magazines; of the operatta 
" Bo-peep," etc., etc. She has contributed New York corre- 


spondence for several journals under the signature of Papillon, 
and served editorally on the staff of a Washington, D. C, paper. 
Since her marriage, she has made her home principally in 
the Metropolis. 


Daughter of Captain George Denison and Lady Anne Borodel ; born, 1657. 


Two centuries have won largess 
Of August shine and April shower 

And Winter's bleak and biting stress, 

Since blossomed in the wilderness 
A maiden like a wilding flower, 

Of whom the legends little tell 

Save that her name was Borodel. 

If she were fair they have not told, 

Of haughty mood, or winsome ways; 
Or, if beneath her wimple's fold 
Her tresses shone like threads of gold 

In plaits demure, or curly maze. 
We only know a damosel 
Once lived, whose name was Borodel. 

And had she eyes of blue or brown ? 

And were her lips of witching pout ? 
Did she glance side-long, and look down 
And knit her brows in mimic frown, 

And gallants lure — their woes to flout ? 
Had she the triumphs of a belle, 
Whom we must know as Borodel ? 

I wonder much how fared this maid 
In that wild home, in those rude days, 

When painfully the fathers prayed, 

And judged, and banished undismayed 
Their brethren to the desert's maze. 

Did Calvin's doom of terror fell 

Shake the sad soul of Borodel? 

Clad, or in homespun, or brocade. 

With petticoat of paduasoy, 
As maiden sweet, and matron staid, 


I'm fain to think she ever made 

Her household's best delight and joy. 
It needs not musty scroll to tell 
That leal was gentle Borodel. 

And here she lived and loved apace, 
The child of loyal Lady Anne : 

Here, meekly filled a daughter's place ; 

Here, ruled her house with seemly grace, 
As gentle dame and puritan ; 

Till wended sadly up yon fell 

The funeral train of Borodel. 

Of late we thronged * in pious quest 

Where tangled briars net the mounds; 
From Texan pampas came the guest, 
From the vast prairies of the West, 

From Norombega's snow-wreath'd bounds 
We sought her grave, ah, who may tell 
Where slumbers Lady Borodel ? 

Two hundred years a-gone ! A faint, 

Fair vision grows before my een 
As of a non-conformist saint 
In garb sad-colored, prim and quaint, 

Dove-eyed, with still and holy mein ; 
But, meek or proud, the old, old spell 
Of silence thralls thee, Borodel. 

I wot thy life was — woman's doom, 

Something enjoyed, and much foreborne ; 

Thy garland, braided shorn and bloom, 

Thy chequer'd days half shine, half gloom, 
Until death found thee overworn. 

Brave heart and patient, rest thee well, 

God's peace enfold thee, Borodel. 

* Note. — This lady was an ancestress of many of the pilgrims from near and far 
who met together at Stonington, Ct., August ioth, 1S81, to celebrate the Palmer 
Family Re-Union. Although, as the verses show, the writer has been able to gather 
but few facts with regard to her history — even the place of her grave being un- 
known. One other date of interest has been gleaned from the American Genealogist — 
namely, that of her marriage with Samuel Stanton, June 15th, 1GS0. 




Miss Sara A. Palmer is the only surviving daughter of Rev. 
Dr. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct. She is a young lady of many 
personal attractions and decided traits of character. Her kind- 
ly disposition, happy conversational powers, cultured and well- 
stored mind, make her an enjoyable companion, and win the 
profound respect and esteem of many chosen friends, not 
less from among the lowly than the refined classes of society. 
She is a very successful Sabbath-school teacher, and a genial 
auxiliary to her father in all parish and missionary work. Her 
abilities, as illustrated in poems furnished for various periodicals, 
-and especially her hymn for the loth of August, 1876, and for 
the grand Palmer Re-Union, 1881 (found in this volume), have 
the promise of a brightening literary future. 

It is sufficient to say, that Miss Palmer is every way worthy 
of the grand old family to which she belongs, and is fully en- 
titled to the place they have so proudly assigned her. 

We cannot resist the temptation to digress from the scope of 
this volume, and therefore select one of Miss Sara's very able 
poems, in reference to a sad event contemporaneous almost 
with our happy Re-Union. 


"Though dead, he speaketh." 

As I sit in the little village church, 

Darkened with signs of woe, 
To my heart comes faintly the preacher's voice, 

With its tremulous accents low ; 
And I hear not the pleading words of prayer, 

That come through the falling tears ; 
While the notes of song they strive to raise 

Fall on unheeding ears. 

For my thoughts have flown to that distant grave 

By the lakeside in the West, 
Where now they are laying our noble dead 

In his peaceful, final rest. 
I think of the Nation bowed in grief, 

A million hearts as one, 


A whole world shuddering at the thought 

Of this basest deed e'er done ; 
Of our country, washed on every shore 

By a whelming wave of woe, 
Baptized in sorrow, for what wise end 

No one but God may know. 
And I pray that the Nation may be led, 

Through this way so dark and cold, 
By " pillar of fire," or " pillar of cloud," 

As was Israel of old. 

Then suddenly the preacher's words 

Call back my wandering heart : 
" Though dead, he speaketh yet," he saith, 

" And bids us act our part ; 
His life so true and strong and brave, 

So full of godly trust, 
So earnest in the cause of truth, 

So free from earthly rust, 
Shall shine forever on our land, 

A glowing, guiding light, 
To lead us on to nobler deeds, 

And bolder blows for right." 

To God, who knows our every need, 

In silence, let us pray, 
Unmurmuring while we tearful ask 
For strength to bear this day. 

Sara A. Palmer. 
Stonington, Sept. 26, 1881. 



Mrs. M. J. Pitkin, daughter of Paul S. and Hannah E. Palmer. 
was a native of Stockbridge. When nine years of age, her pa- 
rents placed her under the watchful care and love of her uncle 
and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith, of Stonington, to attend 
the school of the Misses Sheffield and Stanton. After three 
years in this school she entered the Williams Academy, in Stock- 
bridge, under the instruction of the loved teacher and poet, E. 
W. B. Canning. A few years later, her parents put her in the 
care of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pitt Palmer, of New 


York, and through their advice attended the well-known school 
of Mrs. Mulligan and Miss Roberts, for one year. She then re- 
turned to her home, where she remained until after her mar- 
riage to James F. Pitkin, of New York City (son of Capt. John 
Pitkin, of East Hartford, a descendant of Governor Pitkin, of 
Connecticut, where she resided for fifteen years, until after the 
death of her husband, when she returned to the old homestead 
(in Stockbridge) "'mid Berkshire Hills," where she now resides 
with her mother and brother. 


Mrs. Henry Smith, of Stonington, oldest of the eight children 
of Lemuel and Abigail Davis Palmer (all of whom were born 
at their homestead within one mile of Walter Palmer's, at We- 
quetequock); born in September, 1797 ; named for her mother, 
familiarly known and loved as " dear Aunt Abbie." Was mar- 
ried in 182$ to Henry Smith (son of Col. Joseph Smith), one of 
nature's noblemen, kind, genial and refined. Mrs. Smith is an 
active member of the Congregational Church, is " never weary in 
well-doing," and a valued member of society. Her home for 
fifty-seven years, corner of Church and Main streets, and where 
she now resides with her daughter and her husband, Mr. and 
Mrs. C. S. Hull, is noted, as it always has been, for its un- 
bounded hospitality. 


Mrs. Paul S. Palmer, fourth child, born December 6th, 1804, 
was named Hannah Ells Palmer for her aunt, Mrs. Samuel Pal- 
mer, daughter of the beloved clergyman, " Priest Ells," of Ston- 
ington. Was married on February 15th, 1824, to her cousin, Paul 
S. Palmer, formerly of Stonington. From there she went to 
her beautiful home in the Berkshire Hills (known as the Judge 
Bacon place, and bought of him by Roswell S. P.), and where- 
she has lived fifty-seven years. The mother of nine children, 
three only are living — W. H. Palmer, the eldest son, lives near 
her ; M. V. Palmer Pitkin, and the youngest son, William Pitt 


Palmer, who inherits the homestead, live with her there, and 
rise up daily to " call her blessed." Is a member of the Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church, and dearly loved by all. " tier 
standing in society second to none." 


Mrs. Henry Rhodes, fifth child of Matilda B. Palmer ; born 
1806; was married in 1S29 to Henry Woodbridge Rhodes, a 
merchant of Stonington (son of Simeon Rhodes). He left 
merchandise, and with his wife and four children went to live 
in Trenton, N. Y., where four youngest were born. 

The mother of eight children, her home was proverbially one 
of love — the centre of all refinement, and people of marque 
in that region gathered around them. Four of her children 
are living, and settled in beautiful homes near her, where she 
can enjoy their society. 

She is a member of Congregational Church, and altogether 


Mrs. Aldin Palmer, sixth child of Henry D. Palmer ; born 
1809; was married in i832toMaj. Aldin Palmer, son of Thomas 
Palmer and brother of Dr. Eugene P., of Texas (of Re-Union 
fame). She was the happy mother of eight children (seven are 
living), and the pleasures of their home are well known by many 
who were attracted to the " house on the hill " by the welcome 
they were sure to receive, and which always made the place 
and the hour warm. She is a member of the First Congrega- 
tional Church in S. ; charitable to the last degree, and an orna- 
ment to the society in which she moves. 


The subject of this sketch, Miss Fanny Cheseboro', is the 
eldest of twin daughters, who were natives of Westerly, R. I. 

In early infancy she was adopted by relatives — Mr. and Mrs. 
Joseph Cheseboro', of Stonington, Ct., where the first years of 


her childhood were spent. Later, the family removed to the 
old homestead, a farm of green meadows and rocky pastures in 
the vicinage of YVequetequock, originally owned by Mr. Chese- 
boro's great-grandfather, Dr. Nathan Palmer, who was the first 
regular physician in the town of Stonington. 

Miss Cheseboro' was graduated at the State Normal School, 
at New Britian. Ct. She taught for several years in the public 
schools of Connecticut, and contributed occasional articles to 
the New York Independent and other periodicals of the day. 

In 1864, she went to Boston and devoted herself for a season 
to^the study of art, under Theodore Rabuske, a Polish gentle- 
man, who was eminent in his profession. 

Several years later. Miss Cheseboro' became a regular con- 
tributor to a journal published in Buffalo. 

A season of ill-health supervening, forced her pen to lie idle, 
but within the last two years she has recovered sufficiently to 
be able to resume her active labors as a teacher and a writer. 

On the maternal side (her own mother was Fanny Bliven, 
nee States) Miss Cheseboro' is descended from several of the 
early settlers of Stonington — being seventh in descent from 
William Chesebrough, the first settler of the town, through 
his son Elisha, who married a granddaughter of George Deni- 
son and Anne Borodel. 

Her grandfather's mother, Esther (daughter of James Noyes 
and his wife, Margaret [Woodbum] Noyes), was a lineal de- 
scendant of Rev. James Noyes, the first settled minister of the 
town of Stonington. 

Her claims to Palmer descent come through her grandmother, 
Fanny (Chesebrough ) States, whose mother was Phebe Palmer, 
a daughter of Capt. Andrew Palmer, by his first marriage. 

Capt. Palmer owned the " Mill House," as it was called — a 
large, low house adjoining the mill at the head of Wequete- 
quock Cove. 

He married for his second wife a sister of Lemuel Palmer, 
Esq., of Stonington. 

Capt. Palmer was lost at sea. 



(Brief Ancestry and Biography.) 
John Palmer and Martha Brown, the oldest ancestors that 
we can refer to, lived at New City, Rockland Co., N. V.. as early 
as 1750, and tradition says that he came from Minefords (City 
Island) or vicinity, and was of English ancestry. John Palmer, 
Jr., born near New City, married Sarah Hubbard, born at Hakiat, 
dates unknown. John Palmer 3d, born Sept. 13. 1769, married 
Hannah Onderdonk, and moved to Warwick, Orange Co., N. Y., 
in 1807. Their children were David, Uriel, Anna, Sarah Maria, 
Rebecca, Hannah and Elizabeth. Maria Palmer was born Aug. 
8th, 1809, and was married to James B. Wood on Dec. 18th, 1836, 
He continues to live near Warwick, and was seventy-two years 
old August 8th, 1 88 1 ; has three sons living — Andrew, farmer, 
living at home ; Enos S., Principal of Valatia Graded School, Col- 
umbia Co., N. Y. ; and Charles, a farmer, residing near the vil- 
lage of Warwick, County of Orange, N. V. 


(Brief Ancestry and Biography.) 
The Wood family are of English origin. Israel Wood, only- 
son of the Earl of Warwick, came to America in company with 
the Duke of York, in 1664, and settled in town of Brookhaven. 
L. I. Married, and had three sons. Israel, the eldest, married 
a lady by the name of Oldfield, in Kings County, and settled 
in Flatbush ; built the first house on Brooklyn Heights, and 
mill at Red Hook. Had four sons and one daughter. Moved 
to W'arwick, Orange Co. ; purchased several large tracts of land — 
drowned lands, Wickham's pond, and a large one near Warwick; 
Settled upon this, and gave the part he occupied to his son Dan- 
iel, who married a Miss Schofield ; had eight sons and one daugh- 
ter. His third son, John Wood, married Mary Benedict ; lived 
near Warwick ; had two sons. The eldest, James B. Wood, Jr., 
born Feb. 6th, 1810; farmer by occupation. Married Maria 
Palmer, December iSth, 1836; has three sons — Andrew, Enos S. 
(teacher), and Charles. Lives near Warwick ; has held public 
stations, and is nearly ~2 years old. 


8 9 


(Brief Biography.) 

Mrs. Appelman is a native of Stonington, Ct. When very 
young she married Capt. Wm. H. Appelman. of Mystic, going 
with him to California, via Cape Horn, in a clipper ship, com- 
manded by Capt. Gardner, of Middle Haddam, Ct. The 
young wife made her first home in a zinc house, in Sacramento. 
In that city her eldest son was born, and the family passed 
through strange experiences of flood and fire. 

Eventually they removed to Mendocino, in the northern part 
of the State, and some years later returned to Mystic, where she 
has ever since resided. 

Her two younger children were born in Connecticut. Some 
time in the year 1878, her husband sailed in the vessel Charles 
Shearer, bound for the South Shetland Islands, in pursuit of seal. 
Capt. Appelman was accompanied by his eldest son, William. 
and his nephew, Frederick Appelman. The son himself had 
commanded a vessel for some years previous to this voyage with 
his. father. Capt. Appelman stopped at some island where they 
expected to secure seal, and leaving a portion of his crew with 
supplies for a certain time, went on, intending to stop on his way 
back for the men and the fruit of their toil. That was the last 
that was ever known of the vessel Charles Shearer and its last 
accompanying crew. The sailors who were left behind managed 
to subsist until the opportunity occurred for their return in an- 
other vessel. 

The owners appealed to the Government, praying that a ves- 
sel might be sent to search for the missing vessel, as it was be- 
lieved that there was a possibility of her being detained by the 
ice, near the dangerous ground so often sought by adventurous 

The answer was, in substance, that the United States had at 
that time no vessel which was properly equipped to make the 
effort with any hope of success. Four years have passed aw ax- 
since the Charles Shearer sailed, and no whisper of her fate- 
has reached the waiting wives and mothers at home. 

Mrs. Appelman derives her Palmer descent from her grand- 


mother, Eunice (Palmer) Stanton, a daughter of James and 
Hannah Palmer, of Stonington. 

She has been prominent in the temperance movement, and 
was one of the delegates at the late convention in Washington, 
D. C. Her father, the late Andrew Palmer Stanton, of Ston- 
ington, was a lineal descendant of the famous Interpreter Gen- 
eral of colonial times, Thomas Stanton. 


Among the mementoes of the Re-Union, are the signatures 
written upon cards and given to the writer as the Palmers 
passed in at the gate. The crowds that flocked through the 
entrance to the grounds became so numerous that this auto- 
graph feature was abandoned, and the list is of but a small pro- 
portion of the many that passed in. It is somewhat interest- 
ing, as showing various family representatives at the gathering. 

In addition to this autograph list the writer has over eighteen 
hundred other signatures, received during a period of twenty- 
years' correspondence with members of the family, in "Palmer 
Autograph Album." 

Allen Palmer, Castleton, Vt. Miss Alida E. Palmer, Canter- 

Alex. Palmer, Stonington, Ct. bury, Ct. 

Alfred Palmer, Genesee, Ct. Mrs. Geo. A. Avery, N. Ston- 

A. G. Palmer, Rev. LL. D., ington, Ct. 

Stonington, Ct. Addie Palmer, Potter Hill. R. I. 

Abel F. Palmer, Westerly, R.I. Mrs. E. B. Abbe, Westfield, 
Fred. J. Allen, Auburn. N. Y. Mass. 

Amos N. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Adee, 
A. B. Palmer, Maiden, Ct. New York City, N. Y. 

Mrs. Geo. P. Ash, Stonington, A. S. Palmer, Danielsoriville, 

Ct. Ct. 

Arabella Palmer, Salina. Ct. Mrs. Ella M. Palmer, Daniel- 

Arthur W. Palmer, New York sonville, Ct. 

City, N. Y. A. E. Palmer, Flatbush, L. I. 

Mr. and Mrs. Amos S. Palmer, N. Y. 

Hopkinton, R. I. Sarah H. Alexander, Norwich. 

Alanson Palmer, Astoria, N. Y. Ct. 

Thos. \V. Avery, N. Stoning- Anna Palmer Ludington, Fair 

ton, Ct. Haven, Ct. 


I 9 I 

Avery, Providence, 
Anderson,- Stoning- 

A. P. 

R. I. 
Katie E. 

ton, Ct. 
Benj. F. Ash, Stonington, Ct. 

Alice L. Palmer, Canterburv, 

A. H. Palmer, Dr., Brooklyn, 

A. S. Palmer, Iroquois, 111. 

Miscellaneous A (no address). — Mrs. Alden Palmer, 
Adaline and Geo. \V. Smith. Alonzo A. Smith, A. D. Palmer, 
Louis N. Appelman, Abel Palmer. Allen S. Palmer, Arthur W. 
Palmer, Miss Katie Ash, Jonathan Allen, Miss Helen M. Awe, 
Nellie Adell, Elizabeth Avery, E. D. Avery, Mr. afid Mrs. S. 
W. Ashley, Geo. W. Ashley, A. Palmer, Mrs. A. H. Palmer. 


Byron R. Palmer, Favetteville, 
N. Y. 

William Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Jas. B. Bales, Preston, Ct. 

Lena Brown, Noank, Ct. 

J. F. Billings, Morgantown, 

Geo. Biglow, New Haven, Ct. 

Margaret Brown, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Nellie Brown, Noank, Ct. 

J. S. Bull, New York City, 
N. Y. 

Herman Brown, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Gilbert Billings, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Betsev A. Palmer, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Ellen Brown, N. Stonington, 

Mrs. David Brown, Noank, Ct. 

Miss H. P. Babcock, Westerly, Sidney Bradford, London, 

R.I. Eng. 

Edith Y. Babcock, Westerly, Atwood R. Brayton, Stoning- 

R. I. 

Adelaide H. Brayton, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Frances A. Brayton, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Mrs. C. O. Bent, S. Gardiner, 

V. R. Ball, Noank, Ct. 

Dr. Chas. E. Brayton, Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Burdick, 
Franklyn, Ct. 

Mrs. Cornelia Palmer Bissell, 
N. Manchester, Ct. 

Mrs. G. Brown, Noank, Ct. 

Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Palmer, 
Greenville, Ct. 

ton, Ct. 
A. G. Billings, Griswold, Ct. 
Lottie P. Babcock, Westerly, 

Geo. E. Brayton, Stonington, 

Chas. S. Brown, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, 

Amanda Ball, Noank, Ct. 
Maria S. Bromley, Rockland, 

Lydia W. Brown, Mystic 

Bridge, Ct. 
John D. Brown and family, 

Stonington, Ct. 



Nelson A. Brown and family, 

N. Stonington, Ct. 
J. E. Bush, New London, Ct. 
Nellie Burdick, Potter Hill, 
* R. I. 
Calipha Brown, N. Stonington, 

Mary L. Barber, Exeter, R. I. 
W. O. Berjamin, New Lon- 
don, Ct. 
Sarah P. Burdick, Ashaway, 

R. I. 
H. E. Burdick, Ashaway, R. I. 
Cornelia Brown, Jewett Citv, 

Arthur Boardman, Lancaster, 

Walter Boardman, Lancaster, 


Win. Brown. Noank, Ct. 

Fred. Brown, Providence, R.I. 

Wm. W. Butler, Savbrook, 

Sarah T. Bell, Norwich, Ct. 

Edwin J. Bates, Norwich, Ct. 

Robert P. Bissell. N. Manches- 
ter, Ct. 

Warden H. Benjamin, Wester- 
ly, R. I. 

M. L. Browning, Uncasville, 

Mrs. Abbie L. Bates, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Mrs. and Mr. Geo. Burdick, 
Morgan, Ct 

Mary E. Benjamin, New Lon- 
don, Ct. 

Imogene Bales, Noank, Ct. 

Miscellaneous B (xo address). — F. P. Babcock, Lizzie 
A. Babcock, N. P. Brown, Edith V. Babcock, B. Palmer and 
wife, Chas. Benjamin. Ollie Babcock, Harry H. Babcock, Mary 
Benjamin, Sarah A. Brayton, Mrs. William Bolles, Mr. and Mrs. 
C. W. Burdick. Mrs. E. E. Babcock, Georgia Birthiar, E. Benja- 
min, A S. Burdick, Michael Burke, Cynthia B. Benjamin. Wm. 
C. Benjamin, Burrows S. Palmer, C. A. Babcock, Nellie G. Bel- 
liard, F. Belliard and wife, Mrs. S. M. Brayton, Carrie E. Both- 
une, Ammie L. Babcock. Ed. J. Brown, F. R. Brown, Smith 
Burrows, Mrs. M. D. Brown, Mrs. C. H. Babcock. Mrs. H. H. 
Brown, Lillie Brayton, B. G. Palmer, R. S. Bromley, Barkley 
Palmer, Jedediah Brown, Mrs. Smith Browning. 

Charlotte M. Palmer, New 
York City, N. Y. 

D. P. Chesebrough, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

R. Emma Chesebrough, Phil- 
adelphia, Pa. 

Mrs. E. A. P. Carpenter, Flor- 
ida, N. Y. 

Sarah B. Cook, Preston City, Ct. 

Charles Palmer, Gloversville, 
N. Y, 

John F. Chesebrough, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Elias J. Palmer, S. Norwalk, 

C. S. Palmer, Winstead, Ct. 

Fannie D. Cranston, Norwich. 

Chas. E. Cauikins, Preston, Ct. 

Chas. Palmer, Newark, N. J. 

L. Chesebrough and wife, Wil- 
Jimantic, Ct, 



Mrs. Dyer L. Chesebrough, 

Norwich, Ct. 
C. H. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
Chas. L Palmer, \V e b s t e r, 

Chas. E. Chase, Mystic Bridge, 

C. R. Palmer, Brooklyn, Pa. 
Dr. Corydon, Palmer, Warren, 

C. A. Palmer, Rockville, R.I. 
Dr. C. Palmer, Providence, 

Mrs. Walter Chesebro', Noank, 

Fanny Cheseboro, Stonington, 

C. B. A. Palmer, Vernon, Vt. 

Nellie F. Cornell, Rochester, 
N. Y. 

Clara H. Chase, Stonington, 

E. B. Cox. Troy, N.Y. 

C. S. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Adrin Cook, Norwich, Ct. 

E. G. Cook, Norwich, Ct. 

Ed. E. Chesebrough, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

Mrs. Clara R. Palmer, Noank, 

Rev. A. S. Chesebrough, Dur- 
ham, Ct. 

C. B. Palmer, Sing Sing, N. Y. 

C. J. Cook, Preston City, Ct. 

Rebecca Comstock, Newport, 
R. I. 

Clark C. Palmer, Jewett City, Calvin B. Palmer, Voluntown, 


J. N. Crandall, St. Louis, Mo. 

F. Chesebrough, Philadelphia, 

Chas. L. Palmer, Albany, N.Y. 

Chas. P. Palmer, Niantic R. I. 

Chauncey W. Palmer, Green- 
ville, Ohio. 

Caleb W. Palmer, Troy, N.Y. 

Mrs. Engene Chesebrough, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Chas. W. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Jane E. Crandall, Stonington, 

Arthur H. Chapan, Pendleton 

Hill, Ct. 
Chas. W. Palmer, New Haven, 
- Ct. 
C. H. Palmer, Tarrytown, N.Y. 

B. F. Chapman, Oneida, N. Y. 
Chas. H. Palmer, Westerly, 

R. I. 

C. R. Palmer, Brooklyn, Pa. 

Miscellaneous C (no address). — Mrs. J. P. Collins, Mrs. 
Geo. A. Chase, Lorenzo Crouch, Joseph G. Chesebro', Jessie 
Palmer Clayton, Edwin C. Chesebrough, Helena Chase, Gussie 
Chase, M. Carrington, Miss S. S. Cluster, Ellie C. Carrington, 
Mrs. Alfred Clark, Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Palmer, Joel S. Crouch, 
C. D. Palmer, Sarah J. Chaffee, Mrs. A. H. Chapman, Mary 
Agnes' Crandall, Thos. Clark and son. Arthur D. Chase, P. H. 
L. Chesebrough, Mrs. Wm. F. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. B. 
Palmer and daughter, Lillie W. Carrington, Ada L. Crandall. 


Chas. M. Davis, Stonington, Mrs. Chas. Davis, Boston, Mass, 
Ct. W. J. Dickinson, Norwich, Ct. 

Hattie Davis, Boston, Mass. A. P. Davis, Jewett City, Ct. 


Mrs. M. L. P. Downin_ 

idence, R. I. 
G. M. Downing, Providence, 

R. I. 
Chas. Davison, Norwich, Ct. 
David P. Palmer, New Haven, 

Sarah A. Davison, Mystic 

Bridge, Ct. 
Dwight Palmer, Stonington, 111. 
Darrance Palmer, Stonington, 


", Prov 

Dr. Deloss Palmer and wife. 

New York City, N. V. 
Mrs. J. A. Douglass, Niantic, 

R. I. 
Rev. F. Denison, Providence, 

R. I. 
W. C. Dewey, Palmer, Mass. 
Mrs. E. A. P. Davis, Jewett 

City, Ct. 
Ella Douglass, Niantic, R. I. 
L. P. DeLand, N. Brookfield, 


Miscellaneous D (no address).— David Palmer, Walter 
H. Davis, Nellie Davis, Thos. Davis, A. B. Davis, Denison Pal- 
mer, A. M. Davis, Rev. A. Darrow, Chas. H. J. Douglass 
Nathan N. Denison, S. H. Dewey, Dwight A. Palmer, Fred 
A Davis, Y. M. Dickson. 


Ellen J. Palmer, Branford, Ct. 
Mrs. Emily J. Palmer, Jewett 

City, Ct. 
Elmer E. Palmer, Gilbertsville, 

N. Y. 
Mrs. Elizabeth Easton, Boston, 

Eugene A. Palmer, Belmont, 

N. Y. 
Ella E. Palmer, Rockville, R. I. 
Emily E. Palmer, Potter Hill, 

R. I. 
Dr. E. Palmer, Houston, Tex. 
Fidelia Palmer Eaton, Fayette- 

ville, N. Y. 
Mary E. Easton, Boston, Mass. 
Edwin E. Palmer, Mystic, Ct. 
Rev. Elliott Palmer, Portland, 

Edwin Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
Mrs. E. H. Palmer, Montville, 


E. A. Palmer, Montville, Ct. 

E. P. Palmer Turner. Norwich, 

S. L. Edwards, Westerly, R. I. 

Rev. E. B. Palmer and wife. 
Boston, Mass. 

S. J. Edwards, Westerly, R. I. 

Hattie Palmer Edward's, Wes- 
terly, R. I. 

Emma H. Palmer, Richmond, 

Rev. E. B. Palmer, Bridgeton, 

Emma E. Palmer, Winsted. 

Emma C. Palmer, New Lon- 
don, Ct. 

Prof. Daniel C. Eaton, New 
Haven, Ct. 

Eugene J. Palmer, Rockville, 
R. I. 

Etta Palmer, Potter Hill, Ct. 

Miscellaneous E (no address).— Emma Palmer, Robert 
Eldred, Eunice Palmer, Eugene Palmer, E. Palmer, E. L. Pal- 
mer, Mrs. Eunice Ward Palmer. 



Miss Frank E. Palmer, Canter- 
bur)'. Ct. 

Fletcher Rateneur, Thetford, 

Flora Palmer, Niantic, R. I. 

Frank A. Palmer, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Frank H. Palmer, Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

Maria L. Faxon, Stonington, 

James D. Fish, New York City, 

N. Y. 
Samuel Fletcher, Thetford, Vt. 
Miss Fannie Palmer, Bran ford, 

Miss Fannie Palmer, New York 

City, N. Y-. 
James B. Fowler, New York 

City, N. Y. 
Frank A. Palmer,Newark, N. J. 
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. C. For- 

sythe, Mystic, Ct. 
Friend Palmer, Detroit, Mich. 

Miscellaneous F (no address). — Frances M. Palmer, L. 
D. Fairbrother, Mrs. F. C. Palmer, Frank L. Palmer, Frank Pal- 
mer, Juliet S. Fenney, F. N. Palmer. 


Henry S. Palmer, Rockville, 

Ray G. Haling, Fitchburgh, 

R. R. Hoes, New Rochelle, 

N. Y. 
Bessie Hancox, Stonington, 

Geo. L. Hunt, Hoboken, N. J. 
John Hood, Stonington, Ct. 
Edward Havens, Providence, 

R. I. 
Mrs. L. T. Hakes, Norwich, Ct. 
Mrs. E. S. Henry, Rockville, 

John Hutchins, Fayetteville 

N. Y. 
Geo. E. Hanron, New London, 

P. Hopkins, Noose Neck Hill, 

R. I. 
Mrs. C. F. Hull, Providence, 

N. W. Howell, Jr., Brooklyn, 

W. H. Hobart, Stonington, Ct. 

Mrs. Bertrand Healy, N. Hart- 
ford, Ct. 

Man- E. Hill, Norwich, Ct. 

Lewis E. Hill, Norwich. Ct. 

Fred. L. Hill, Norwich, Ct. 

C. E. Hammond, Stonington, 

John Hammond, Stonington, 

Fred. F. Huntley, Lynn, Ct. 

Martha E. Huntley, Lynn,Ct. 

Mary T. Howard, Norwich, Ct. 

C. F. Howard, Norwich, Ct. 

Mrs. Thos. H. Hinckley, Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Miss H. Hinckley, Stonington, 

C. H. Hinckes, Stonington, Ct. 

C. \V. Hinckes, Stonington, Ct. 

Annie E. Hoey, Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

Jas. B. Hoey, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

L. \V. Hayes, Stonington, Ct. 

C. A. Hewett, Stonington, Ct. 

Chas. E. Hewett, N. "Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 



Mrs. Denison Hewett, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Annie M. Hewett, Norwich, 

Mrs. and Mr. E. A. Hewett, 
Norwich, Ct. 

Kate A. N. Hewett, Stoning- 
ton, Ct, 

Fannie D. Hewett, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Geo. Hewett, Unionville, Ct. 

Maggie H. Hewett, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Dudley R. Hewett, Stonington, 

Jennie M. Hewett, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Amos G. Hewett, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Denison Hewett, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Hattie R. Palmer, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Horace Palmer, Westerly, R. I. 

Henry Clay Palmer, Green- 
ville, Ct. 

Hannah Palmer, Plainfield, Ct. 

H. J. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

H. G. Palmer, Stonington, 

H. Clay Palmer, Stonington, 

Harriet E. Palmer, Westerly, 

R. I. 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer, 

Greenville, Ct. 
H. F. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
H. W. Palmer, New York City, 

N. Y. 
H. H. Palmer, Rockford, 111. 
Henrv L. Palmer, Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
Henrv R. Palmer, Stonington. 

H. W. Palmer, N. Danville, Yt. 
Henrietta Palmer, Potter Hill, 

Helen Palmer, Amherst, Mass. 
Henry C. Palmer, Potter Hill, 

R. I. 
Henry C. H. Palmer, Sing Sing, 

N. Y. 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Palmer, 

Fair Haven, Ct. 
H. C. Palmer, Mystic, Ct. 
Mrs. H.J. Palmer, Nowich. Ct. 
Hannah Palmer, Mystic, Ct. 
Miss Hannah Palmer, Mystic, 

Howard S. Palmer, Mystic, Ct. 

Miscellaneous H (no address).— John P. Hoxie, Mrs. J. 
H. Hunter, Miss Maria Hautor, A. C. Hand, Frank Hawkins, 
Miss Fanny Haley, Chas. E. Holmes, Mrs. J. Holmes, Mrs. John 
Hill, CO. P. Plammond, Louisa A. Hewett, Alden Hewett, Rich- 
ard B. Hewitt, Mary E. Hewitt, Mrs. Lucy A. Hewitt, Mr. and 
Mrs. G. L. Hewitt, E. Hewitt and family, Mrs. H. M. Palmer, H. 
T. Palmer, Henry Palmer. 

Ida Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Miscellaneous I (no ADDRESS). — Isabella Palmer, Mrs. Ira 
Palmer, Ida II. Palmer, Irving H. Palmer. 



J. B. Palmer, N. Stonington, 

John S. Palmer, Stonington, 

John M. Palmer, Rockville, 

R. I. 
James B. Palmer, Canterbury', 

James M. Palmer, Cambridge, 

J. Cathburt Palmer, Brooklyn, 

E. D., N. Y. 
John H. Palmer, Brooklyn, E. 

D., N. Y. 
Julia \Y. Palmer, Pendleton 

Hill, Ct. 
J. L. Palmer, Little Rock, Ark. 
John Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 
Joseph Palmer, Potter Hill, 

R. I. 
Josiah Palmer, Rockville, R. I. 
Airs. Josiah Palmer, Rockville, 


Mrs. J. J. Palmer, Norwich. Ct. 

Jay Palmer, East New York, 
N. Y. 

Josiah Palmer, Brooklyn. N. Y. 

J. D. Palmer, Jersey City, N. J. 

Mrs. John B. Palmer, Prov- 
idence, R. I. 

Mrs. James Palmer, Jewett 
City, Ct. 

Mrs. John M. Palmer, Rock- 
ville, N. J. 

Joseph R. Palmer, New Jersev, 

J. Albert Palmer, N. Cranford, 

Justus Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

J. S. Palmer, Providence, R. I. 

J. J. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

J. P. Palmer, Boston, Mass. 

Julius Palmer, Providence, 
R. I. 

Mrs. J. M. Langsworth, Mystic, 

Miscellaneous J (no address). — Mrs. J^ C. Palmer, Jennie 
ilmer, Col. Jeremiah P 
Palmer, John J. Palmer. 

Lucy G. Palmer, Plainfield, Ct. 

Libbie Palmer, Niantic, R. I. 

Lucian W. Palmer, Providence, 
R. I. 

L. M. Palmer, Spencerport, 
N. Y. 

Louis N. B. Palmer, Norwich, 

Dr. L. A. Palmer, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Mrs. Dr. L. A. Palmer, Wes- 
terly, R. I. 

L. H. Palmer, Gloversville, 
N. Y. 

L. N. Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Lewis A. Palmer, Boston, 

Lizzie Palmer, Hopkinton, 

Lizzie Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I. 

Lucy W. Palmer, Stonington, 

Louisa S. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

Lavinia S. Palmer, New Lon- 
don, Ct. 

L. A. Palmer, New York, N. Y. 

Mrs. Wm. A. Lewis, New 
York, N. Y. 

Mrs. Wm. H. Larkham, Can- 
terbury, Ct. 


Mrs. Carrie E. Larkham, Can- Rev. R. M. Luther, Philadel- 

terbury, Ct. phia, Pa. 

\V. H. Larkham, Canterbury, Lucy C. Palmer, Amherst, 

Ct. Mass. 

Mrs. B. F. Latham, Noank, Ct. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Lyons, 

B. F. Latham, Noank, Ct. Jewett City, Ct. 

Russell Lewis, Norwich, Ct. Lorin Palmer, Brooklyn, 

A. N. Lewis, Westerly, R. I. N. Y. 

Miscellaneous L (no address). — Lizzie M. Palmer, F. B. 
Loomis, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis, Jas. M. Lee, Mary Palmer 
Lee, R. F. Loper, Jr., Dr. B. K. Land, Elizabeth Palmer Loper, 
F. Loper, Jr., Alex. Palmer Loper, Cornelia J. Lee. Mrs. Russell 
Lewis, Lucy A. Palmer, Mrs. L. W. Palmer, Effie L. Lamb, E. 
Lamb, Lizzie Lamb and family, M. P. Lewis, E. A. Landphere, 
Lucy A. Landphere, Francis Landphere. 


Col. J. H. Meredith and wife, Isabella Grant Meredith, New 
New York City, N. Y. York City, N. Y. 

Rev. H. H. Mead (no address). 


Noyes Grant Palmer, East Nellie M. Palmer, Mystic, Ct. 

New York, N. Y. Nettie H. Palmer, Hopkinton 
Dr. N. Palmer, New York City, City, R. I. 

N. Y. Chas. S. Noyes, Stonington, 
Nehemiah Palmer, Unionville, Ct. 

Ct. Mrs. S. Noyes, Stonington, Ct. 

Nellie Palmer, Canterbury, Ct. Harriet E. Noyes, Mystic 
N. B. Palmer, Woodville, Bridge, Ct. 

R. I. • Dr. Jas. F. Noyes, Detroit, 
N. G. Palmer, Lebanon, Ct. Mich. 

Nelson Palmer, Spencerport, Jas. Newcomb, New London, 

N. Y. Ct. 

Miscellaneous N (no address). — Mr. and Mrs. Nathan 
Palmer, Nellie Palmer, Noyes S. Palmer. 


O. Palmer, Stamford, Ct. Mrs. Oscar Palmer and son 

(no address). 



Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Prescott, Peter A. Palmer, Lansing- 
Rome, N. Y. burgh, N. Y. 

J. F. Pomeroy, Newark, N. J. Peter P. Palmer, R. I. 

Asa Perkins, Groton, Ct. Miss Phebe Palmer, Pendleton 

Dr. Thos. Wells Perrv, Prov- Hill, Ct. 

idence, R. I. P. G. Palmer, Niantic. R. I. 

Mrs. Phebe Palmer, Pendleton Harry Palmer Powers, Pitts- 
Hill, Ct. ford, Vt. 

Miscellaneous P (no address). — S. L. Pelletts, Miss A. P. 
Pelletts, Mrs. Stephen C. Parker, James Parker, L. H. Potter, 
L. S. Prosser, Bessie Perry. 

Robert L. Palmer, Bridgeport, L. Reafield, New York City, 

Ct. N. Y. 

Robert Palmer, Jr., and wife, A. J. Rice, Norwich, Ct. 

Noank, Ct. Ella J. Rice, Norwich, Ct. 

R. T. Palmer, New London, Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Richards, 

Ct. Preston, Ct. 

Robbie Palmer, Niantic, R. I. Sabina L. Rockwell, Groton, 

T. B. Robinson, Fayetteville, Ct. 

N. Y. Robert S. Renz, Bridgeport.Ct. 

Sophie P. Robinson, Fayette- Robert J. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

ville, N. Y. Henry S. Richmond, Brooklyn, 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray, Scotland, Ct. 

Ct. E. P. Randall, Bridgeport, Ct. 

Miscellaneous R (no address).— C. D. Rice, R. Heber 
Palmer, Dr. Jas. M. Rose, B. A. Palmer Rose, Robert Palmer, 
R. B. Palmer, R. P. Palmer, David F. Roach, Mary Palmer 
Rogers, Lizzie C. Rice, Winset Rogers, Mrs. D. T. Richards, 
Mrs. O. P. Ricker. 

S. L. Palmer, Levena, 111. Samuel F. Palmer, Plainfield, 

Stephen Palmer, Pleasantville, Ct. 

N. Y. Simeon Palmer, Stonington, 

Simeon Palmer, Boston, Mass. Ct. 

Stephen Palmer, Manchester, Sarah A. Palmer, Stonington, 

N. Y. Ct. 

S. E. Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I. Susan Palmer, Hopkinston 

SabraDeBell Palmer, Amherst, . City, R. I. 

Mass. S. Palmer, Rockford, 111. 



Sarah H. Palmer, Jewett City, 

Samuel K. Stedman, Westerly, 

Hattie M. Stedman, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Cornelia E. Sesson, Binghamp- 
ton, N. Y. 

Lucy Swinburne, Newport, R.I. 

Alice H. Spicer, Noank, Ct. 

Mrs. S. A. Saunders, Green- 
ville, Ct. 

Gracie Spencer, Mystic Bridge, 

Mrs. H. P. Spencer, Mystic 
Bridge, Ct. 

Miss Lena W. Stetson, Green- 
wich, Ct. 

Dr. Geo. D. Stanton, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Mrs. A. P. Stanton, Stonin"ton, 

Wm. C. Stanton, Westerly, 
R. I. 

Edna G. Stetson, Greenville, 

Mrs. H. W. Stetson, Greenville, 

Mrs. Hannah Smith, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Joseph E. Smith, Stonington, 

B. A. Smith, Jewett City, 

Mary Smith, Stonington. Ct. 

Charlotte A. Smith, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Mrs. D. H. Smith, Stonington, 

Mrs. Geo. Sherman, Norwich- 
town, Ct. 

Peleg A. Sherman, Providence. 
R. I. 

Mary Dana Shindler, Texas. 

Miscellaneous S (xo address).— Miss Mary Stanton, Mis, 
Jennie Slack, Mrs. F. Stanton, Mrs. Chas. T. Stanton, Grace 
Stanton, Henry L. Stanton, T. J. Sawyer, Louisa C. Sawyer, Mrs. 
T. J. Sawyer, Anna Sawyer, Henlen F. Sawyer, Mrs. Statts, D. 
W. Stevens, Mrs. Levi Spicer, Silas Spicer,' Miss Spicer, A. L. 
Story, Mrs. A. L. Story, James Palmer Story, Welcome A. Smith. 
Mary A. Smith, Joseph Smith, James Smith, Sarah Palmer, 
Sarah E. Palmer, Mrs. Samuel Palmer, Susie A. Palmer. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Turner 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Lida Palmer Turner, Norwich 

M. C. Palmer, Norwich, Ct. 

William Turner, New York 
City, N. Y. 

Mrs. John Turner, Norwich, Ct. 

Mrs. H. Tuttle, E. Marion, 

Lila Thompson, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 

Samuel Thompson, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Nellie Thompson, N. Stonine- 
ton, Ct. 

Fannie Thompson, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct. 

Theodore Palmer, Falls Vil- 
lage, Ct. 

Mrs. Geo. E. Tripp, E. Mystic 
Bridge, Ct. 

Geo. Tuttle, E. Marion, L. I.' 

J. A. Thurber, Syracuse, N. V. 



Mrs. E. C. Palmer Thurbcr, J. Hammond Trumbull, Hart- 
Syracuse, N. Y. ford, Ct. 

Theodore J. Palmer, Hacken- M. B.Trumbull, Stonington, Ct. 

sack, N. J. Mrs. H. Clay Trumbull, Phil- 

H. Clay Trumbull, Philadel- adelphia. Pa. 

phia, Pa. Isaac Tourtelots, Norwich, Ct. 

Miscellaneous T (no address). — Geo. A. Thompson, T. R. 
Palmer, J. R. Taylor, John Taylor, Lucy A. Tabor, Mrs. Towne. 

Vashti H. Palmer,. Boston, Miss J. A. P. Van Velsor, Green- 
Mass, point, N. Y. 

Mrs. J. A. P. Van Velsor, Green- E. W. Vars. 
point, N. Y. 


Wm. A. Wadsworth, Union- Walter Palmer, Hoboken, X. f. 

ville, Ct. 
Wm. D. Palmer, New York 

City, N. Y. 
Walter Palmer, Philadelphia, 

Wm. F. Palmer, E. Haddam, 

Wm. C. Palmer, Stamford, Ct. 
Walter L. Palmer, Plainfield, 


Miss Margaret Walker, New- 
York City, N. Y. 

Miss Jessie Walker, Rome. 
N. Y. 

Julia A. Weaver, New London, 

Frank A. Weaver, New Lon- 
don, Ct. 

Stephen S. Wrav, New York 
City, N. Y. 

Wm. H. Palmer, Brooklyn, Mrs. B. F. William, Mystic 

N. Y 

Bridge, Ct. 

Wm. R. Palmer, New York D. P. William, Manchester, 

City, N. Y. 
Wm. R. Palmer, Boston, Mass. 
Mrs. R. Palmer, Boston, Mass. 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. Palmer, 

Colchester, Ct. 
Mrs. Wm. H. Palmer, Stoning- 

ton, Ct. 
Wm. L. Palmer, New York 

City, N. Y. 
Wm. Wells, Westerly, R. I. 
E. H. Wells. Woodstock, Ct. 
Robert T. Walker, Rome, N.Y. 
Rev. W. C. Walker, Andover, 


S. M. William, Groton. Ct. 
Mrs. Allen M. Wheeler, N. 

Stonington, Ct. 
Allen U. Palmer, Stonington, 

Mrs. Ephraim Wheeler, N. 

Stonington, Ct. 
Mrs. Alice S. Wheeler, Boston. 

Richard A. Wheeler, Stoning- 
ton, Ct. 
Mrs. Richard A. Wheeler, 

Stonington, Ct. 


Delia A. Wheeler, Stonington, Mrs. W. Wessells, Litchfield, 

Ct. Ct. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Wheeler, Jennie A. Wolf, Mystic Bridge, 

Stonington. Ct. Ct. 

Hattie A. Wheeler, Stoning- Miss M. A. Whiteley, Nor- 
ton. Ct. wich, Ct. 

Benj. P. Wheeler, Stonington, Wm. H. Palmer, Genesee. 

Ct. N. Y. 

L. W. Wessells, Litchfield, Rev. Wm. L. Palmer, Man- 

Ct. Chester, Mich. 

Miscellaneous W (no address). — Mrs. Williams. Willie H. 
Williams, Mrs. John A. Williams. Mrs. C. P. Williams, John P. 
Williams. Mrs. M. P. Williams, J. H. Wilcox and wife. Lucy 
Palmer Wheeler, Emily Wheeler, Robt. Wheeler, W. W. Palmer. 
Mrs. C. B. Wilcox. W. A. Wadsworth, Eva Whitler, M. A. Wells 
A. J. Wiley, E. A. Palmer Wadsworth, Grace Wheeler, Mrs. 
Henry Ward. H. B. Ward, S. L. Ward. Edward D. Ward. W. L. 
Palmer, W. E. Palmer, W. H. Palmer and wife, Walter Palmer, 
W. M. Palmer, W. W. Palmer, Wm. L. Palmer, Walter Palmer, Jr. 

Y and Z 

Sallie P. York. Mrs. Lydia Zerk. 

Clayton Palmer Zerk. Wm. C. Zerk. 



Perhaps the most interesting feature, to a disinterested person. 
was the collection of Palmers about the register in Brayton Hall 
(the use of which apartment was kindly tendered the Re-Union- 
ists by Dr. Brayton). Here people from all parts of the Union 
gathered in squads in the pursuit of familiar names and in search 
of old-time acquaintances. Brayton Hall was the scene of many 
a happy meeting on both days. 

C. B. Palmer, Sing Sing, N. Y.: W. H. Palmer, Brooklyn, 
N. Y.; Robert L. Palmer, Sing Sing, N. Y.; C. H. Palmer, Tarry- 
town, N. Y.; Geo. E. Palmer, Tarrytown, X. Y.; Mrs. Mary Dana 
Shindler, Nacogdoches, Tex.; Mrs John S. Bull, New York ; 
Stephen Wray, New York ; L. H. Palmer, Gloversville, N. Y.: 
Charles Palmer, Gloversville, N. Y.; Guy C. Palmer, New Hart- 


ford, N. Y.; Geo. W. Palmer, N. Bridgewater, N. V.; T. B. Pal- 
mer, Butternuts. N. V.; Dr. N. Palmer, Butternuts, N. Y.; Orrin 
Palmer, Stamford. Ct.: David P. Palmer, New Haven. Ct.; Chas. 
J. Palmer. S. Norwalk. Ct.: Halsey S. Palmer, Gilbertsville. Ct.: 
Elaner Palmer, Gilbertsville, Ct.; James G. Palmer, New Bruns- 
wick, N. J.; Clara M. Palmer, New Brunswick, N. J.; Gen. Geo.W. 
Palmer, New York, N. Y.: Mrs. Sarah E. Palmer, New York, 
N. Y.; Col. and Mrs. T. J. Meredith, New York, N. Y.; Wm. 
Chauncey Palmer, Stamford, Ct.: Joseph Palmer, Potter Hill, 
R. I.; Henrietta Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.: Samuel E. Palmer, 
Potter Hill, R. I.; Addie Palmer, Potter Hill. R. I.; Etta Pal- 
mer, Potter Hill, R. I.: George C. Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.; 
Henry C. Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.; Emily E. Palmer, Potter 
Hill, R. L; Lizzie A. Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.: Daniel M. 
Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.: Nellie J. Burdick, Potter Hill. R. I.: 
Robert Walker, Rome, N. Y.; Jessie Walker, Fairfield. N. 
Y.; Charlotte Walker, New York, N. Y.: Margaret Walker, 
New York, N. Y.; Wm. H. Palmer, New Haven, Ct.; George 
M. Palmer, Elvria, 0.; Geo. L. Palmer and wife, Potter Hill, 
R. I.; Lydia S. Palmer, Potter Hill, R. I.; John Palmer, War- 
wick, R. I.; Mrs. C. A. Palmer Bissell. N. Manchester, Ct.; Robt. 
Palmer Bissell, N. Manchester, Ct.; Mrs. C. A. Palmer Car- 
penter, Florida, N. Y.; Mrs. C. L. Palmer Smith, Potter Hill, 
R. I.; Miss Sadie F. Carpenter, Florida, N. Y.; Mrs. J. A. Palmer 
Van Valsor, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Miss Van Valsor, Brooklyn, N. Y.; 
Arthur W. Palmer, New York, N. Y.; Mrs. J. A. Clayton, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y.; Willie F. Cornell, Rochester, N. Y.; Nellie F. 
Bullard, North Hamlin, N. Y.; J. S. Palmer, Providence, 
R. I.; Julius Palmer, Providence, R. I.; B. R. Palmer, Fav- 
etteville, N. Y.: Mrs. Franklin Eaton, Fayetteville, N. Y.; 
Mrs. Sophie Robinson, Fayetteville, N. Y.; T. B. Robinson, 
Fayetteville, N. Y.; J. N. Hutchins, Fayetteville, N. Y.: Jas. N. 
Hutchins, Fayetteville, N. Y.; Lauren Redfield, New York, 
N.Y.; Ray Greene Huling, Fitchburg, Mass.; Geo. W. Palmer, 
New York, N. Y.; Rev. Dr. N. W. Miner, Trenton, N. J.; Mrs. 
Dr. N. W. Miner, Trenton, N. J.; Miss Kate E. Miner, Tren- 
ton, N. J.; Dr. L. M. Palmer, R. I. Hospital, Providence. R. I.: 
Edward Havens, Providence, R. I.; Caleb W. Palmer, Troy, 
N. Y.; Alanson Palmer, Astoria, N. Y.; E. R. Palmer, New 
Brunswick, N. J.: Wilbur M. Palmer, Flatbush, L. I.; Dr. J. B. 
Noyes, Detroit, Mich.; A. E. Palmer, Tribune, Flatbush, L. 1.; 
P. A. Sherman, Providence, R. I.; S. K. Stedman, Westerly, 
R. I.; Lorin Palmer, Brooklyn Argus, Brooklyn, N. Y.: Mary 
Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Sophia Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.; 
Henry Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Chas. H. Palmer, Westerly, 


R. I.; Justus Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.: G. G. Palmer, Richmond. 
Va.; Emma H. Palmer, Richmond, Va.: Henry C. H. Palmer, 
Sing Sing. X. V.; Stephen Palmer, Pleasantvilfe, N. Y.: Joseph 
Cutler and wife, Brooklyn, X. Y.; Eliza T. P. Prescott. Rome, 
N. Y.; Fidelia VV. P. Cady, Syracuse, X. Y.: O. D. Prescott, 
Rome, X. Y.; A. C. Burdick.'Ashawav. R. I.; J. R. Palmer, 
New Brunswick, X. J.; E. B. Palmer, Bridgeton, X. J.; H. H. 
Palmer, Rockford, 111.; S. D. Palmer, Rockford, 111.; Louise S. 
Prosser, Proyidence, R. I.: Sarah P. Burdick. Ashaway, R. I.; 
Dr. A. H. Palmer, Brooklyn. Pa.; Gideon Palmer, New York- 
City, X. Y.; Mary L. Barber, Exeter. R. I.: VV. H. Palmer, 
Cortland, X. Y.; J. T. Palmer. Rockyille, R. I.: Benj. G. Palmer. 
Middletown. X. Y.; Jay Palmer, East Xew York. L. I.; L. R. 
Case, wife and child, Xorwich, Ct.; Rev. \Y. C. Walker and 
wife, Andover, Ct.: Theodore H. Palmer. Falls Village, Ct. 
Calyin I. Cook and wife, Preston, Ct.; Ansel C. Marshall. Am- 
herst. Mass.: Lucy C. P. Marshall, Amherst, Mass.; Marvin L. 
P. Downing. Proyidence, R. L; Josiah Palmer. Brooklyn, X. Y.: 
Noyes G. Palmer, Xew York City, X. Y.; C. A. Grav and 
wife, Potter Hill, R. I.: YVm. H. Palmer, Catskill. X. Y.: 
Elizabeth Palmer, Catskill, X. Y.: Sabra De B. Palmer. Am- 
herst, Mass.; Helen Palmer, Amherst, Mass.: Mrs. E. C. 
Abbe, Westfield, Mass.; W. H. Palmer, Le Roy, X. Y.; 
Xelson Palmer, Spencerport, X. Y.; L. M. Palmer, Spencerport, 
N. Y.; H. L. P. Spencer, Dover, Del.: Henry W. Palmer. X. 
Danville, Yt.; E. H. Palmer, Danville, 111.; Rev. Elliott Palmer. 
Portland, Ct.; Louisa P. Chapin, Perry, X. Y.; YVm. Ledyard 
Palmer, Manchester, Mich.; Mrs. Lucv'L. Ward, Mystic Bridge, 
Ct.: L. W. Wessells, Litchfield, Ct.; 'Mary M. Wessells, Litch- 
field, Ct.; Pardon Hopkins. Moose Xeck. R. I.; Edwin C. Chese- 
bro, Philadelphia, Pa.: Samuel Fletcher, Thetford. Vt.: Kath- 
erine Fletcher, Thetford, Yt.: W. D. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.: 
C. S. Palmer. Stoneham, Mass.: Robert E. Green, Westmore- 
land, X. H.; Walter Palmer. West Winfield, X. Y.; Miss Alice 
Palmer, Mitchell, X. Y.; Miss H. Maria Palmer, Woodville. 
R. L; Betsey A. Palmer, Woodville, R. I.; Mrs. I. M. Palmer. 
Rockville, R. I.; I. M. Palmer, Rockville, R. I.; D. R. Hewitt. 
Stonington, Ct.; G. M. Palmer, Portland, Me.; Miss Fannie D. 
Hewitt, Stonington, Ct.: X. B. Palmer, Hopkinton, R. I.: Amos 
S. Palmer and wife, Hopkinton. R. I.; Ada E. Palmer, Hopkin- 
ton, R. I.; Susan E. Palmer. Hopkinton, R. I.; Xettie H. Pal- 
mer, Hopkinton. R. I.; Lizzie S. Palmer, Hopkinton, R. I.; 
Mary S. Palmer, Hopkinton, R. I.: Alex. S. Palmer, Stonington, 
Ct.; Moses H. Main, Hope Valley, R. I.: Mrs. M. H. Main, 
Hope Valley, R. I.; Silas E. Main, Hope Valley, R. I.: Chas. 


A. Palmer, Rockville, R. L; Joseph Smith, Potter Hill, R. I.; 
Sarah B. Cook, Preston City, Ct.: VVm. C. York and wife, X. 
Stonington, Ct.; C. P. York, N. Stonington, Ct.: Wm. T. Miner 
and wife, Watch Hill, R. I.; C. W. Miner, Watch Hill. R. I.; 
Emma C. Miner, Watch Hill, R. I.; Mrs. Arthur Palmer, Brook- 
lyn, Pa.; P. G. Palmer, Niantic, R. I.; Libbie Palmer. Xiantic, 
R. I.; May E. Palmer, Xiantic, R. I.; Flora Palmer, Xiantic, 
R. I.; Robbie Palmer, Xiantic, R. I.; Charlie Palmer, Xiantic, 
R. I.; Mrs. John Collins, Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. Asher Chapman, 
Pendleton Hill, Ct.; Mrs. E. E. Babcock, Westerly, R. I.; Mrs. 
C. W. Burdick, Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. John F. Chesebro, Ston- 
ington, Ct.; Mrs. Frank Chesebro, Stonington, Ct.; Hannie Bab- 
cock, Westerly, R. I.; Lottie P. Babcock, Westerly, R. I.; Den 
ison Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Hettie I. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; 
Albert M. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.: Lula Palmer, Stonington, 
Ct.; Frederic Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Xannie Palmer. Ston- 
ington, Ct.; M. L. Browning, Waterford, Ct.; Simeon Palmer, 
Boston, Mass.; Mrs. Geo. Hewitt. Waterford. Ct.: Caroline E. 
Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; James McLee, Bay City, Mich.: Mary 
L. McLee, Bay City, Mich.; Howie McLee, Bay City, Mich.; 
Frank McLee, Bay City, Mich.; Caroline E. Hammond, Ston- 
ington, Ct.; Walter W. Hammond, Stonington, Ct.; W. W. 
Hammond, Bay City, Mich.; Joseph H. Palmer. Stonington, 
Ct.: Frank E. Hammond. Stonington, Ct.; Carrie E. Hammond, 
Stonington, Ct.; Charles O. B. Hammond. Stonington, Ct.; Louis 
E. Hammond, BavCitv, Mich.: E. M. Palmer, Mystic, Ct.: Fred. E. 
Palmer, Mystic, Ct.; H. S. Palmer, Mystic, Ct.: Nellie M. Palmer, 
Mystic, Ct': Wm. W. Palmer. Mystic, Ct.; Mary E. Palmer. Mys- 
tic, Ct.; Howard Palmer, Mystic, Ct.; Horace Palmer, Mystic, 
Ct.; W. L. Palmer, Cromwell, R. I.: Xathan Palmer, wife and 
son, Cromwell, R. I.; W. E. Palmer, wife and family, Cromwell, 
R. I.; Eli Hewitt and wife. Windham, Ct.: Mary A. Hewitt. 
Windham, Ct.; G. D. Hewitt and wife, Xorwich, Ct.: J. H. Wil- 
cox and wife, Xew London, Ct.; Miss C. B. Wilcox, New Lon- 
don, Ct.: F. Williams and wife, Mystic Bridge, Ct.; Miss H. E. 
Noyes, .Mystic Bridge, Ct.: X. S. Xoyes, Mystic Bridge, Ct.; 
Walter Boardman, Lancaster, Pa.; Arthur Boardman, Lancas- 
ter, Pa.; Arthur Billings, Griswold, Ct.; J. A. Billings, Morgan- 
town, Kan.: Mrs. Alice S. Wheeler, Boston, Mass.; Samuel Pal- 
mer, Springfield, Mass.; Xettie F. Palmer, Springfield, Mass.; 
Stephen Palmer, Manchester, Mass.; E. M. Miner, Groton, Ct.:. 
Sabrina L. Rockwell, Groton. Ct.; Mrs. Walter I. Chesebro, 
Noank, Ct.; Addie E. Spicer, Xoank. Ct.; Alice H. Spicer, 
Noank, Ct.; James M. Palmer, Cambridge, Mass.; Jonathan P. 
Palmer, Boston, Mass.; Louis A. Palmer, Boston, Mass.; Ezra 


Wheeler, N. Stonington, Ct.: Hattie A. Wheeler, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct.; Mary H. Wheeler, N. Stonington. Ct.; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Easton, Boston, Mass.; Miss M. Eizzie Easton, Boston, Mass.; 
Nannie J. Moredoc, Mystic Bridge, Ct.: Abbie M. Moredoc. 
Mystic Bridge, Ct.; Mary Healy. Hartford. Ct.: Mrs. John B. 
Palmer, Providence, R. I.; Miss Laila B. Palmer. Providence, 
R. I.; Mrs. John B. Palmer, Providence, R. I.: Miss Lucy A. 
Palmer, Providence, R. I.; Daniel Cady Eaton. New Haven, 
Ct.; Henry L. Douglass, Westerly. R.'l.: C. H. J. Douglass, 
Ann Arbor, Mich.; Henry Palmer and wife, Fair Haven, Ct.; 
Annie P. Ludington, Fair Haven, Ct.; George Palmer, Bran- 
ford, Ct.; Ellen J. Palmer, Branford, Ct.; Fannie Palmer. Bran- 
ford, Ct.; Allen P. Palmer, Castleton, Vt.: H. P. Powers, Little- 
ford, Vt.; L. W. Palmer, Providence, R. I.; Miss Jennie C. Pal- 
mer, Providence, R. I.; Ira A. Thurbur, Syracuse, N. Y.; Mrs. 
E. C. Thurbur, Syracuse, N. Y.; C. L. Palmer, Webster, Mass.; 
Maria P. Hull, Providence, R. I.: Adelaide H. Lambertscn, 
Goshen, Ct.; J. A. Palmer, N. Branford. Ct.; Mrs. H. M. P. 
Russell. New Haven, Ct.; Mrs. M. E. Huntley, Old Lyme, Ct.; 
Walter Potter Palmer and wife, Plainfield, Ct.; Samuel Palmer 
and wife, Plainfield, Ct.: Samuel F. Palmer, Plainfield, Ct.; Susie 
A. Palmer, Plainfield, Ct.: George A. Palmer, Plainfield, Ct.: 
Walter L. Palmer, Plainfield, Ct.; Ella F. Palmer, Plainfield. Ct.: 
Lydia C. Dorrance, Plainfield, Ct.; Henry Dorrance, Plainfield, 
Ct.; Col. Edwin Palmer, Norwich, Ct.: Rev. Frank Palmer, Nor- 
wich, Ct.; C. L. Brown and wife, N. Stonington, Ct.; Fannie 
Chesebro, Stonington, Ct.; J. L. Palmer, Little Rock. Ark.: 
Gilbert Billings, N. Stonington, Ct.; Mary A. Billings, N. Ston- 
ington, Ct.; Abbie L. Cutts, N. Stonington, Ct.; Miss Denison 
Harnott, N. Stonington, Ct.; Sarah M. Main. N. Stonington. 
Ct.; Rebecca Comstock, Newport, R. L; Lucy Sanborne, New- 
port, R. I.; Mrs. Vashti H. Palmer, Boston, Mass.; Mrs. George 
Sherman, Norwichtown, Ct.; Charles Wilberforce Denison. a 
grandson of Joseph Palmer, Norwichtown, Ct.; John P. Wil- 
liams and wife, N. Stonington, Ct.; Allen Wheeler and wife, N. 
Stonington, Ct.: Delia Wheeler. N. Stonington, Ct.; Geo. W. 
Palmer, Galesburg, 111.; A. G. Palmer, East Haddam, Ct.; Ma- 
tilda S. Palmer, East Haddam, Ct.; Wm. F. Palmer, East Had- 
dam, Ct.; Dr. Wm. H. Palmer, wife and children, Providence. 
R. I.; Wm. R. Palmer and wife, Gt. Barrington, Mass.; Mrs. 
Nancy P. Gray, Potter Hill, R. I.; Mrs. S. P. Sisson, Potter 
Hill, R. I.; Mrs. A. P. Mowry, Providence, R. I.: Phebe Palmer, 
Pendleton Hill, Ct.; Julia W. Palmer, Pendleton Hill, Ct.; J. 
P. Potter, Westerly, R. I.; Amelia Potter, Westerly, R. I.: Sarah 
P. York, Wellesville, N. Y.; J. C. Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.; 


Gertrude E. Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.: S. L. Palmer. Seneca, 111.: 
K. E. Palmer, Wataga, 111.: Denison Hewitt, N. Stoning- 
ton, Ct.; Mrs. J. A. Williams, New Britain, Ct.: Fremont D. 
Palmer, Norwich, Ct.; Mrs. Cynthice Benjamin. Mystic River, 
Ct.; Wm. C. Benjamin and wife. Mystic River, Ct.: Geo. D. 
Palmer, Griswold. Ct.; Mrs. Clark YV. Reynolds, Jewett City, 
Ct.; Edwin Benjamin. Preston, Ct.: Mary E. Benjamin. Pres- 
ton, Ct.; C. YV. Palmer, New Haven. Ct.; YV. V. Gould and 
wife, Norwich. Ct.; Mrs. YV. F. Clark, Brooklyn, N. Y.; M. I. 
Lewis, Norwich. Ct.: C. J. Lewis, Norwich, Ct.; James L. Case, 
Norwich, Ct.: Sarah C. Case, Norwich. Ct.; R. P. Palmer and 
wife, Pauchnegeruc Hill, Ct.; Sarah Palmer. Pauchnegeruc Hill, 
Ct.; Jettie R. Palmer, Pauchnegeruc Hill. Ct.; Silas Spicer, No- 
ank, Ct.; F. A. Palmer, Newark. N. J.; E. A. Palmer, Belmont, 
N. Y., A. A. Smith, Lebanon, Ct.; Maria S. Bromley, Rockville, 
Ct.; Lydia M. Brown. Mystic Bridge. Ct.: Maro V. Palmer, 
Windsor Locks, Ct.; Geo. YV. Palmer, Pawtucket, R. I.: Weeden 
H. Berry, Westerly, R. I.; Mrs. Delia A. Berry, Westerly. R. I.; 
Hattie E. Berry, Westerly, R. I.; Saxton Berry, Westerly, R. I.: 
Leman Berry, Westerly, R. I.: Mrs. C. Crandall Walker, Rome, 
N. Y.; Mrs. C. M. Robinson. Auburn. N. Y.: W. O. Benjamin, 
New London, Ct.: Mary E. Benjamin, New London, Ct.: Dr. 
Delos Palmer, New York, N. Y.; Dr. Eugene Palmer, New York, 
N. Y.; Corydon Palmer, D. D. S., Warren, O.: Calvin B. Palmer, 
Yoluntown, Ct.; A. S. Palmer and wife. Onarga, 111.: C. J. Pal- 
mer and wife, Seneca Falls, N. Y.; Herbert I. Palmer and wife, 
Norwich, Ct.: Mrs. J. C. Palmer, Norwich. Ct.; C. M. Davis, 
Stonington, Ct.; Fred. I. Allen. Auburn, N. Y.; A. B. Palmer 
and wife, Maiden, Mass.: Miss G. Nowiin. Brooklyn, N. Y.: Miss 
M. Clark, Lyme, Ct.; Mrs. Lizzie Lamb, Noank, Ct.: Mrs. Carrie 
Latham, Noank, Ct.; Thomas Clark. North Stonington. Ct.: 
YY 7 ilford A. Clark, North Stonington, Ct.; Amos G. Hewitt, 
North Stonington. Ct.; C. E. Hewitt, North Stonington, Ct.; 
Grant M. Hewitt, Lowell, Mass.; Mrs. D. O. Allen, Lynn, Mass.; 
Fred. Denison, Providence, R. I.; A. R. M. Denison, Providence, 
R. I.; Fred. Denison, Providence, R. I.; Emily D. Noyes. Mystic 
Bridge, Ct.; Henry B. Noves, Mystic Bridge, Ct.: Ellen M. Noyes, 
Mystic Bridge, Ct.; H.B. Noyes, Jr., Mystic Bridge, Ct.: N. P. 
Palmer, Thompsonville, Ct.; Lewis A. Palmer, Boston, Mass.; 
M. G. Palmer, Portland. Me.; C. H. Babcock, Westerly, R. L; 
A. H. ttabcock, Westerlv, R. I.; Annie L. Babcock. Westerly. 
R. I.; Edith Y. Babcock, Westerly, R. I.; Henrv H. Babcock, 
Westerly, R. I.; Mrs. W. R. Wells. Ashaway, R. I.: Mrs. J. P. 
Spicer, Noank, Ct.: Frank A. YVeaver, New London, Ct.; Julia 
E. W'eaver, New London, Ct.; Mary Benjamin, New London, 


Ct.; H. F. Palmer and wife, Norwich, Ct.: George S. Palmer and 
wife. Montville, Ct.: F. C. Palmer and wife, Montville, Ct.; E. 
L. Palmer and wife, Montville, Ct.: E. A. Palmer and wife, 
Montville, Ct.: E. H. Palmer and wife, Montville, Ct.: Mrs. J. 
S. Latimer, Montville, Ct.; Mrs. Alice M. Mitchell, Montville, 
Ct.; Noyes F. Palmer, Jamaica, L. I.; Ira H. Palmer, Stoning- 
ton, Ct.; Rev. Dr. A. G. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Judge R. A. 
Wheeler, Stonington. Ct.; Rev. Fred. Denison, Providence. R. I.; 
B. F. Chaoman, Oneida, N. Y.; Charles R. Palmer, Noank, Ct.: 
Wm. H Palmer, Mamaroneck, Ct.: E. A. Stillman, Westerly, 
R. I.; Mrs. E. A. Stillman, Westerly, R. I.; Miss Sadie S. Still- 
man, Westerly, R. I.: T. J. Palmer. Hackensack, N. J.; Frank 
L. Palmer, New London, Ct.; I. E. Palmer. Middletown, Ct.: 
W. W. Butler, Boston, Mass.; Lottie E. Palmer, Sing Sing, 
N. Y.; Mamie Grant, Sing Sing, N. Y; James Newcombe, New 
London, Ct.; Wm. A. Wadsworth, Unionville, Ct.; Mrs. E. A. P. 
Wadsworth, Unionville, Ct ; Mrs. J. F. Bushnell,.Savbrook. Ct.: 
Mrs. E. H. Palmer, New York, N. Y.; Cornelia P. Bolles, Boston, 
Mass.; Emerson P. Turner, Norwich, Ct.; Col. Geo. W. Palmer, 
Chicago, 111.; W. C. Dewy, Palmer, Mass.: F. C. Palmer and wife, 
Palmer, Mass.; Lida P. Turner, Norwich, Ct.; Vinnie S. Pal- 
mer, New London, Ct.; H. Palmer, East Greenwich, R. I.: 
Annie J. Palmer, New York City, N. Y.; Tyler R. Palmer, 
Worcester, Ct.; John E. Bushnell, Old Saybrook, Ct.; Arabella 
P. Latimer, Montville, Ct.; A. L. Spicer, Noank, Ct.; Chas. R. 
Palmer, Noank, Ct.; L. N. Palmer, Jr., Brooklyn, Mass.; Wen- 
dell E. Turner and wife, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Miss Jeannette P. 
Stanton, Monson, Mass.; H.Clay Palmer, Monson, Mass.; Min- 
nie Palmer, Stockbridge, Mass.; H. P. Palmer and wife. Cats- 
kill, N. Y.; Wm. S. Palmer, Catskill, N. Y.; Priscella Palmer, 
Catskill, N. Y.; Susette Palmer, Catskill. N. Y.; Byron Palme-, 
Leeds, N. Y.; Simpson Palmer, Leeds, N.Y.; Atwood R. Bray- 
ton, Stonington, Ct.: Mrs. A. R. Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; Sarah 
A. Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; Frances A. Brayton, Stonington, 
Ct.; H. Adelaide Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; Atwood W. Brayton, 
Stonington, Ct.; George E. Brayton. Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. E. 
Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; Edward B. Cox, Troy, N. Y.; Emily 
Dickinson, Troy. N. Y.; Dr. Chas. E. Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; 
M. Lilian Brayton, Stonington, Ct.; Simeon Palmer and wife, 
Stonington, Ct.; Chas. O. B. Palmer and wife, Stonington, Ct.: 
John Hammond and wife, Stonington, Ct.; Joseph Hammond, 
Stonington, Ct.; Frank Hammond. Stonington, Ct.; Carrie 
Hammond, Stonington, Ct.; Walter Hammond and wife, Ston- 
ington, Ct.; A. Allen Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; John Palmer, 
Stonington, Ct.; Clarence Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Capt. 



A. S. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Alexander Palmer, Jr., 
Stonington, Ct.; Capt. Wm. L. Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; T. D. 
Palmer and wife, Stonington, Ct.; R. F. Loper and wife, Ston- 
ington, Ct.; Win. Letchford, New Orleans, La.: Nathan Pal- 
mer, Stonington, Ct.; Denison Palmer, Stonington, Ct.; Grove 
White and wife, Stonington, Ct.; Rev. A. C. Palmer and wife, 
Stonington, Ct.; Emma Palmer. Stonington, Ct.; Sarah Pal- 
mer, Stonington, Ct.; Dr. G. D. Stanton and wife, Stonington, 
Ct.; James E. Palmer, Wequetequock Cove, Ct.; J. W. Brad- 
ford, Voluntown, Ct.; Mrs. Margaret Collins, Stonington, Ct.; 
Mrs. Emma Chesebro, Stonington, Ct.; Capt. J. E. Smith. Ston- 
ington, Ct.; Nathan G. Smith, Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. C. York, 
Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. John F. Trumbull, Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. 

B. F. Palmer, Stonington. Ct.; Mrs. Maria Faxon, Stonington, 
Ct.; Mrs. Lucy Woodbridge, Stonington, Ct.; Mrs. Maria Fax- 
on, Stonington, Ct.; Geo. VV. Mathews and wife, Stonington, 
Ct.; Miss Caddie Smith, Stonington, Ct.; Miss Minnie Trum- 
bull, Stonington, Ct.; Chas. P. Palmer and wife, Stonington, 
Ct.; Courtland Palmer, New York City, N. Y.; Ex-Lieut. Gov. 
F, B. Loomis, New London. Ct.; Frank H. Palmer, Brooklyn, 
N. Y.; Robert Palmer, Bozrah, Ct. 



Is it the palm, the cocoa-palm, 

On the Indian sea, by the isles of balm, 

Or is it a ship in the breezeless calm \ 

A ship whose keel is of palm beneath, 
Whose ribs of palm have a palm-bark sheath, 
And a rudder of palm it steereth with. 

Branches of palm are its spars and rails, 

Fibres of palm are its woven sails, 

And the rope is of palm that idly trails ! 

What does the good ship bear so well ? 
The cocoanut with its stony shell, 
And the milky sap of its inner cell. 

What are its jars, so smooth and fine. 

But hollowed nuts, filled with oil and wine, 

And the cabbage that ripens under the Line : 


Who smokes his nargileh cool and calm ? 

The master, whose cunning and skill could charm 

Cargo and ship from the bounteous palm. 

In the cabin he sits on a palm-mat soft, 
From a beaker of palm his drink is quaffed, 
And a palm-thatch shields from the sun aloft ! 

His dress is woven of palmy strands, 

And he holds a palm-leaf scroll in his hands, 

Traced with the Prophet's wise commands ! 

The turban folded about his head 

Was daintily wrought of the palm-leaf braid, 

And the fan that cools him of palm was made. 

Of threads of palm was the carpet spun 
Whereon he kneels when the day is done, 
And the foreheads of Islam are bowed as one. 

To him the palm is a gift divine, 
Wherein all uses of man combine — 
House and raiment, and food and wine ! 

And, in the hour of his great release. 
His need of the palm shall only cease 
With the shroud wherein he lieth in peace. 

" Allah il Allah !" he sings his psalm. 

On the Indian sea, by the isles of balm ; 
14 Thanks to Allah who gives the palm !" 



Capt. Alexander S. Palmer was born at the site of his present 
home (called Pine -Point) at Stonington, January 26th, 1806. 
When an infant his parents moved into the borough of Stoning- 
ton, and there he remained until June 21st, 1821, when he started 
on his first voyage in the brig Alabama Packet, Capt. Wm. A. 
Fanning, bound on a sealing voyage to the South Shetlands. 
His education was confined to the common schools. After leav- 
ing school he was placed in a lawyer's office, but could not stand 
the confinement. 


After coming home in the Alabama Packet, made two coast- 
ing voyages to Philadelphia in the schooner Alonso, Capt. R. 
F. Loper; then sailed to the West Indies in the brig Thetis, Capt. 
Savage. On return, went to Carthagena in the schooner Cadet, 
Capt. N. B. Palmer. July 5th. 1824. From Carthagena sailed to 
Chagris, carrying part of General Bolivar's army, who was assist- 
ing the Peruvians drive out the Spanish from Chagris; carried 
Spanish prisoners to St. Gago. Cuba. On the return voyage to 
New York, November. 1824, was wrecked at Long Branch: 
schooner a total loss. Then made seven voyages in the brig Tam- 
pico, Capt. N. B. Palmer, to the Spanish Main; 1826, he took 
command of the brig Tampico, and made two voyages. Then 
commanded respectively, the schooner Penguin, Sept. 5th, 1827, 
and ship Charles Adams, Sept 1st, 1831, on whaling and sealing 
voyages to Cape Horn, South Shetland and Falkland Islands ; 
sailed from Stonington. Next commanded ship Louisville 
(1834), on voyages to New Orleans and Liverpool; sailed from 
New York. Next commanded ship Shakespeare (1838), from 
New York to New Orleans; then ship Garrick (1839 anc ^ 1840), 
from New York to Liverpool ; also ship Southerner {\ 841). Then 
commanded ship Hoqua (1845), from New York to China, being 
the second ship to enter the port of Shanghai, after this port 
was opened to commerce. He brought to this country the first 
Shanghai fowl. His last voyage, in 1847, was made to Liverpool 
from New York, in ship Southerner. Was married in June, 1837, 
to Priscilla Denison Dixon, daughter of the Hon. Nathan F. 
Dixon. His first vote was cast for General Jackson, at his first 
election. Always has been a democrat in politics ; has represent- 
ed the town and district, as representative and senator, five times 
— namely: Representative, in years of 1857, 1858 and 1875; 
senator, in years of 1876 and 1877. 



Of Palmers famous on the sea. 

The wide world owns Nathaniel B. — 

In story and familiar chat 

For euphony styled " Captain Nat." — 


Pure-blooded son of Stonington, 
In seamanship excelled by none, 
Of ardent, broad and sunny soul, 
Bold sealman nigh the southern pole ; 
Polite, prompt, generous and brave, 
The very man to rule the wave. 

Far voyaging he struck the strand 
Now blazed on charts as Palmer Land- 
Vast rocks and bergs — alive with seal, 
And swore his crew to ne'er reveal 
The wild, storm-lashed Antarctic shore. 
That they of furs might gain the more. 

He sped his keel, and speedy made 
In sealing trips a thriving trade ; 
But once while on the island's rim, 
He spied on the horizon's brim 
A ship-of-war, with pennants free, 
On bearing to the coast alee. 
Slow beating up by tack and tack, 
And feeling out the dangerous track. 

From jutting crag high on the strand 
He sharp surveyed, with glass in hand. 
The laboring ship until he found 
That she was on discovery bound, 
Intent possessive right to claim 
In some far foreign sovereign's name. 

He read old Russia's yellow field, 
With horseman on its crimson shield. 
From main-top waving in the clouds, 
And sailors watching from the shrouds, 
And knew the Russian officer 
With all on board were now astir. 
Prepared, with bunting spread to suit, 
To fire a national salute, 
And take possession of the isle 
In ceremonious, royal style, 
And win a badge of heraldry 
By this their grand discovery. 

He slyly then his anchor tripped, 
Out from his rocky harbor slipped, 
Each man of his brave crew on deck 


Obedient to his word and beck, 
And bearing down upon the ship. 
With speaking-trumpet at his lip, 
Cried, " Ho ! do you a port prefer, * 
And wish to have a pilot, sir ?" 

How quick that ship was brought in stays, 
And faded out the flag displays ; 
How sore, chopfallen and chagrined, 
As veering off before the wind. 
The Russian magnate, while he bowed 
To Captain Nat., vehement vowed : 
" I'd like to see that earthly bound 
That Yankee Palmers never found." 
August, 1SS1. 


(Brief Biography.) 
Col. Jonathan Palmer, deceased, of the third generation, was a 
gentleman of considerable distinction: not only as a military man, 
in which he was very active, but as a citizen he was very popular, 
holding during his lifetime some very important Government 
positions. His commission, as Collector of the Port of Ston- 
ington, dated at Philadelphia, A. D. 1791, signed by George 
Washington, President, and Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of 
State ; also his commission as Naval Officer of Stonington, 
signed by Mathew Griswold, Governor of the State of Connec- 
ticut, and his commission from Timothy Pickering, Postmaster- 
General, as Postmaster of Stonington, dated at Philadelphia, 
A. D. 1792. He was highly esteemed, not only by his own 
citizens but by those who occupied high places in the land. 
He died at the age of sixty-four, loved and respected by the 
entire community. 

Jonathan Palmer, son of Col. Jonathan, of the fourth genera- 
tion, and the last of the name, was born at Stonington, in 1793. 
After obtaining an education, he taught school at Westerly, 
R. I., for a short time, after which he established himself in busi- 
ness at that place. During this period the attack was made on 


Stonington by the British fleet, in 1814, in which he took a very 
active part in defence of his native town. He was the man 
who, when the British shot down the flag, climbed the pole and 
nailed it fast in the face of the combined fire of the fleet ; he also 
brought a keg of powder that had been hidden in a garden 
some distance oft", which was used with good effect in driv- 
ing off the fleet. His mother, during this time, was engaged 
in making cartridges of her carpets and flannel skirts in the old 
mansion at the upper end of the town. You will see from this 
that he came from fighting stock, and strongly inherited the 
patriotic feeling of his parents. For some years he was en- 
gaged in a seafaring life ; at one time he had charge of a fleet 
of three vessels on a sealing voyage to the South Seas. After 
this he engaged in shipping produce to Philadelphia, and finally 
settled there as a merchant, about 1S26. Mr. Palmer's career 
as a merchant was a long and successful one. At one time he 
was largely engaged in the shipping business between Philadel- 
phia and Boston, being the proprietor of a line of barks doing 
business between the two cities and other ports of the country. 
He remained in business for over half a century, and retired at 
a good old age with a name untarnished, and with the good 
will and affection of all who knew him. 



Though not a Palmer by name, yet as a descendant he par- 
ticipated in the Re-Union, and was one of those to whom many 
thanks are due for his efforts to entertain the " Re-Unionists." 
The headquarters were at Brayton Hall, which he freely gave 
for the purpose. 

Charles E. Brayton was born in Stonington, Ct., February 
nth, 185 1 ; son of Atwood R. and Sally M. Davis Brayton, 
the tenth child. Was educated at the common and private 
schools of the town, and also in Providence ; began the study of 
medicine with Dr. Win. Hyde, in (868, at Stonington, and 
graduated in March, 1873, at College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons, New York City. Began practice with Dr. Hyde in 


April, 1873, and succeeded (ajt his death, September 2;, 1873,) 
to his practice, and lias been engaged in a good practice since 
that time. In August, 1880, commenced the building, Bray ton 



Lucien Webster Palmer, Superintendent X. Y. & X. E. R. R., 
was born in Castleton. Vt., Sept. 1st, 1839. 

His father, Allan Palmer, was a farmer in good circumstances. 
His mother, Ruth Webster, was a sister of the late Horace 
Webster, LL.D., President of the New York Free College 
for over a quarter of a century. His father and mother were 
both well educated, and the parents of six children — three sons 
and three daughters. 

Two of the sons died at an early age, leaving the subject of 
this brief sketch as the only surviving son. His education was 
received at Castleton Seminary. Having no taste for the life 
of a farmer, he set out in 1861 to make his own way in the 
world. Going to Springfield, Mass., he first commenced work in 
the United States Armoiy, but disliking the favoritism prac- 
ticed by many of the subordinate officers in that institution, he 
went to Providence, R. I. Here he worked in the Armory of 
the Providence Tool Company for about three years. 
preparing himself for a better position by spending his evenings 
in study. He went through a commercial college, taking up 
various branches that might be of use to him. At the expiration 
of this time he accepted a position as book-keeper in a wholesale 
house, where he remained one year. 

Having made the acquaintance of the manager of the Provi- 
dence and Worcester Railroad, he was offered a position as clerk 
in his office, which he accepted. In this position he was entrust- 
ed with many important duties, which he discharged with such 
ability and fidelity that his promotion was rapid. He was soon 
appointed freight agent of the road and placed in full charge of 
that department. The position was a difficult one. in which 
several men had been unsuccessful. This was an opportunity 


to succeed where others had failed, and bringing to the business 
all the energy at his command, he soon had the department 
thoroughly organized. 

The ability and economy with which he managed this business 
caused him to receive an offer of the position of Superintendent 
of the Passumpsic Railroad, in 1872. Soon after taking this posi- 
tion it became apparent that the fractious and erratic disposition 
of the president of the road would cause much annoyance, and 
after some months spent in ineffectual efforts to ascertain what 
general policy the president intended to pursue, he decided to 
follow such a course as would be creditable to himself, whether 
satisfactory to the president or not. Knowing this would not 
harmonize matters, although sustained by the board of directors. 
he tendered his resignation, to take effect at the close of the 

Immediately on learning this the managers of the Providence. 
& Worcester Railroad sent to know if he would return to his 
old position as freight agent, at an increase of salary. Accept- 
ing this offer he returned to his former position, but in a few 
months he was sought out by the late General Burnside as a 
fitting man to adjust some serious difficulties upon the Cairo 
& Vincennes Raiiroad, of which he was president. 

This being a temporary service he obtained leave of absence 
for two months, and started upon the difficult mission. The 
required service was so well performed that some six weeks 
after, when General Burnside reached Cairo, he desired him to 
take the office of General Superintendent of the road. 

At this time a lawsuit had been commenced, to place the 
road in the hands of receivers, and after some hesitation the 
offer was accepted upon the representation that there was no 
possible chance for the suit to succeed. It did succeed, how- 
ever, and at the expiration of about two years he found him- 
self out of business. Returning to Providence he was soon 
offered and accepted a position in the freight department of 
the New York & New England Railroad, as contracting agent, 
where he remained until by consolidation the road required other 
superintendents, when he was appointed superintendent of the 
Providence division, where he still remains. 


In the year 1S63 he was married to Jennie C. Greene, a direct 
descendant from the same family as Gen. Nathaniel Greene, 
and has two sons — Harry L., aged sixteen years, and Ernest 
W., aged ten years. 



Dr. James G. Palmer, a very efficient co-worker at the Re- 
Union, was born at Mt. Horeb, Somerset Co., N. J., November 
15th, 1850. His father, Benjamin D., was a Methodist Episco- 
pal minister, and owing to the itinerant system of that Church, 
his place of abode was frequently changing. As a consequence, 
James attended school in various parts of the State. 

When about sixteen years of age, he became imbued with 
the desire to become a dentist, and soon entered the office of 
Dr. S. R. Osmun, of Hackettstown, N. J. From there he went 
to New York City, where he entered the office of Dr. R. M. 
Streeter, then of 22 West 35th street, with whom he remained 
about four years. During this time he matriculated at the 
Medical Department, N. Y. University, but subsequently grad- 
uated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, in Phil- 

In 1876 he located in New Brunswick, N. J., where, as the 
junior partner of the firm of Hull & Palmer, he is conducting 
successfully a large practice. 


^.This worthy son of Berkshire Hills, Mass., was prevented by 
sickness from attending the Re-Union, and occupying the 
chosen position among the poets on that occasion. It is no 
more than proper that some notice be taken of his absence : 
for, had he been present, he would have received a large share 
of the notice of the pilgrim Palmers at the Re-Union. 

Wm. Pitt is a direct descendant from Walter in the paternal 
line, as follows : 1st. Walter ; 2d. Nehemiah ; 3d. Justice Daniel : 


4th. Dr. Nathan; 5th. Andrew; 6th. Roswell Saltonstall; 7th. 
Wm. Pitt Palmer. 

Wm Pitt Palmer, son of Roswell S. and Desire Palmer, was 
born in that part of the Old Stockbridge Mission (called South 
Lee in the present century), on Feb. 22, 1805. He was a far- 
mer boy until fifteen, when he was sent to the academy of the 
Rev. Jared Curtis, and thence to Williams College, where he 
graduated, A. B., Sept., 182S. At his father's desire he entered 
the law office of Sedgwick & Field, New York, but ultimately 
yielded to his own preference of a profession, and became a 
pupil of Prof. Joseph M. Smith, M. D., New York. He was 
not long after induced to become a professor himself in a fa- 
mous high school on the Hudson. After some years he was 
prevailed upon to return to the city and join an old and pater- 
nal friend in the " ranks of business." For well-nigh a half 
century he remained therein, to the satisfaction of all his ju-.t 
wishes and expectations, until the infirmities of age at length 
dismissed him from the desk to the easy-chair. As was natural, 
the change seems to have been as agreeable as it was necessary, 
his only regret being that it did not take place earlier than at 
three score and fifteen years, so that he might have better and 
longer enjoyed the blessings of a happy home. In his retire- 
ment he still keeps his pen from resting, and last year published 
a volume of poems — " Echoes of Half a Century" — which a 
great critic confidently declared " will live." Be that as it may, 
some of them have been widely popular — such as " Light," " The 
Smack in School," " Dame Salisbury's Pudding," " Loves Sec- 
ond Sight," etc. — and seem to possess a promising vitality. We 
insert a few poems : 


Still, still around, though faint and slow. 
With weary feet and shoulders galled 

Yet loth to leave my task and go 

The long, dark way before I'm called. 

Like yEsop's hoary fagot slave, 

Who cried for Death to end his pain, 

I too, if heard, should humbly crave 
His help to lift my pack again. 


With sands so few, and cares so prest, 

I fain recall what Pascal said : 
There will be time enough for rest, 

When the green turf is o'er me spread. 

Well, yes, my friend. I'm still around, 
In spite of fortune's cruel blows : 

The weed, you know, oft holds its ground, 
In presence even of the rose ! 

Death seems to spurn or quite forget, 
At times, the meanest thing that crawls ; 

The while his dart strikes down the pet 
Adonis of imperial halls. 

Your blurted question doubtless grew 
From wonder, bluntly unconcealed, 

That earth had not yet snatched from view 
This laggard to the Potter's field. 

Am / to quarrel with the fate 

That spares me, howsoe'er abhorred, 

And, with my own hand, antedate 
The severing of " the silver cord ?" 

I'm always fain my friend to please 

In aught that conscience may condone ; 

But life is life, and its surcease 
The All-disposer leaves to none. 

If I had made myself, be sure 

Some traits of worth should stand so clear, 
That even you might still endure, 

Perhaps, my longer presence here : 

For you should see me give their due 
To friend and foe, whate'er it be ; 

And inly feel my debt to you 

Was always less than yours to me. 

But let that pass — the world is wide, 
With room for all and courses meet — 

The broad highroad for flaunting pride, 
The close, shy path for humble feet : 

So we may go our several ways, 
Good strangers, near or far apart ; 

For though the sky be full of days, 
Not one shall brin^ us heart to heart. 



To you I leave the shining goal 
So often won with honor wreckeo 

I fail, yet failing, will console 
My loss with unlost self-respect. 

And so my simple faith shall rest 
In this fond hope, as aye before ; 

That some, though few, who knew me best. 
Will sigh, when I am " 'round no more." 


Friend ! though to careless, common sight. 
A kind word, like the widow's mite, 

Seem but a worthless thing ; 
In all the social marts of love 
Its purchase-power is worlds above 

The coffers of a king ! 



The mead took on a tender green, 
Faint bloom about the hedge was seen 
And every day new plants appear ; 
The air was soft, the sky so clear ! 
I knew not how my eyes were spelled. 
Nor how that was which I beheld. 

And aye the grove more shadowy grew, 
As birds their vernal homes renew : 
Whence stole to me, from all sides round, 
Their descant of melodious sound ; 
I knew not how my ears were spelled, 
Nor how that was which I beheld. 

Now gushed and revelled everywhere, 
Life, color, music, dulcet air ; 
And all in such sweet union met, 
That each, the while, seemed lovlier yet • 
I knew not how my sense was spelled, 
Nor how that was which I beheld. 

Then mused I, is 't a soul awakes, 
Which all things thus so vital makes ; 
And zl'M its presence manifest 
In thousand forms by Flora drest? 
I knew not how my sense was spelled, 
Nor how that was which I beheld. 


* A new creation it must be ! 

Loose dust becomes a blade, a tree, 
The tree a beast, the beast a man 
Complete in action, shape and plan ; 
I knew not how my sense was spelled, 
Nor how that was which I beheld. 

As thus I stood in wildered thought, 
With pulsing bosom passion-fraught, 
A charming maiden near me stole, 
And captive took my sense and soul ; 
I knew not how my heart was spelled, 
Not how that was which I beheld. 

The greenwood veiled us from the day ; 
It is the Spring ! Love's own sweet May ! 
And now I saw, in this new birth. 
That men become as gods on earth ; 
And well I knew, each doubt dispelled. 
How all was so as I beheld ! 


Far through the dim, lone vistas of the night, 
As eye to eye, thy form and face appear, 

Love's inward vision needs no outward light, 
No magic glass to bring the absent near. 

Seas roll between us. Lo, the palm-tree throws 
Its shadow southward from yon moonlit hill ; 

And stars that never on my boyhood rose, 
Are round me now, and yet I see thee still ! 

Alone thou sighest on the beaconed steep, 
While sports thy sister by the waves alone ; 

Why dost thou gaze so fondly o'er the deep ? 
Ah, blush not, love, the tender truth to own ! 

I see thee sink upon thy bended knees, 
Yet not as one who bows in mute despair ; 

Nor need I listen to the tell-tale breeze, 

To learn whose name is oftenest in thy prayer. 

Thy cheek is wet — was that a falling gem 

1 From the pearled braid that binds thy golden curls? 

* Note. — Written before Darwin was born. 

f Supposed soliloquy of a young sailor of the North, looking homeward, or rather 
Urvevjard. from far Southern seas. — Wm. Pitt Palmer. 


No, never shone from jewelled diadem 
A gem so bright as beauty's liquid pearls. 

Thou turn'st away — though fair the moonlit main. 
No sail appears, thy yearning heart to thrill ; 

One long, last gaze, and on the night again 
Thy casement closes, yet I see thee still ! 

On thy sweet face, as in a magic glass, 

I see the shapes that haunt thy slumbering eyes : 

What smiles of joy, when Hope's gay visions pass ! 
AY hat pictured woe, when Fear's dark phantoms rise 

Why dost thou wake, while yet the East is dark, 
To hold sad commune with the wind and surge ? 

T'was but a dream that wrecked thy lover's bark , 
Only a dream that sang his ocean dirge ! 

Even now that bark, before the homeward gale. 
Flies like a bird that seeks her callow nest : 

Soon shall thine eyes behold its furling sail. 
Soon thy fond bosom to my own be prest ! 

I could not fail to hold my course aright, 

Though every orb were quenched in yon blue sea ; 

Love's inward vision needs no outward light, 
Star of my soul, no cynosure but thee ! 


Wilbur Merton Palmer, of the city staff of the New York 
Tribune, was born in Winterton, Sullivan Co.,-N. Y., October 
6, 1850. He is the second son of Daniel W. Palmer, a farmer. 
Upon leaving the public school, he prepared for college at the 
Hudson River Institute, Claverack, N. Y., of which the Rev. 
Dr. Fleck was principal. Graduating here, in 1869, he entered 
Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Ct., as a freshman, in the 
same year. Both before and in his college course he spent con- 
siderable time in teaching school. He was graduated with the 
degree of Bachelor of Arts at Wesleyan, in 1S73, and received 
the degree of .Master of Arts three years later. Upon leaving 
college he resumed teaching, intending to follow it as a profes- 
sion. In successive years he was principal of graded and high 


schools at Richville, N. Y., Scarsdale, N. Y., and Southington, Ct. 
After two years' service in the latter town he resigned teaching; 
in 1878, and turned his attention to journalism. He joined 
the city staff of the Tribune, with which his brother, Mr. A. E. 
Palmer, was connected, and has since been in the service of 
that newspaper. His home is in Flatbush, L. I. 


Mr. Archie Emerson Palmer, whose portrait is presented to 
the readers of this volume, is at present a member of the edito- 
rial staff of the New York Tribune. He is twenty-nine years of 
age, having been born on the 13th day of January, 1853. He 
is the youngest son of Mr. Daniel W. Palmer, of Flatbush, 
L. I., and his native place was Winterton, Sullivan Co., N. Y., 
a small hamlet on the line of the New York, Ontario and 
Western Railroad. His early years were spent on his father's 
farm, and he attended district schools where very good facili- 
ties for obtaining an education were furnished. At the begin- 
ning of 1868, when just entering his fifteenth year, he accom- 
panied his older brother. Wilbur M. (a sketch of whom appears 
herewith), to the Hudson River Institute, at Claverack, Colum- 
bia County, N. Y. He continued to attend this institution 
during the greater part of the two following years, and left it 
at the close of trie Spring term, in 1870, after completing his 
preparation for college. In the Fall of that year he entered 
Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Ct., where his brother 
(previously mentioned) had already been matriculated. The 
subject of this sketch was a painstaking and faithful student 
throughout his college course, giving especial attention to the 
classics. He was graduated as third in a class of thirty-six. 
While in college he took two prizes in Greek, and prizes in 
Mental Philosophy, Geology and Moral Science. He was a 
member of the Greek Letter Society, Alpha Delta Phi, and also 
of the Phi Beta Kappa. In his senior year in college he taught 
in the higher department of the graded school in Haddam, Ct., 
a village a, few miles from Middletown. He was graduated as 
Bachelor of Arts, and three years later received the degree of 


Master of Arts. Before leaving college, Mr. Palmer had de- 
cided upon journalism as his profession, and on Oct. 9, 1874, 
he joined the city staff of the Tribune as a reporter. He re- 
mained connected with that journal in this capacity — being for 
the greater part of the time in charge of the Brooklyn depart- 
ment — until May 29, 1SS0, when he was promoted to be the 
assistant night city editor, which position he still holds. Mr. 
Palmer was married on Sept. 26, 1876, to Miss Mattie Leavens, 
the oldest daughter of Mr. John Leavens, of Brooklyn, by 
whom he had one son, born on August 20, 1877. ^ rs - Palmer 
died on January 9, 1880, after a three-months' illness. On 
October 12, 1S81, Mr. Palmer was married to Mrs. Rebecca L. 
Trail, of Brooklyn. His only child, Bert Leavens Palmer, 
died January 24, 1882. Mr. Palmer's present address is No. 
2S0 Monroe Street, Brooklyn. 


(Brief Biography.) 

Judge Richard A. Wheeler, the subject of the following no- 
tice, was born Jan. 29. 18 17. He is the son of Richard Wheeler 
and Mary Hewitt Wheeler. 

His mother was from one of the best families of North Ston- 
ington. His father was an industrious, thrifty farmer, and so 
his boyhood was under the discipline of the typical " New Eng- 
land home," which has furnished some of the best specimens 
of American manhood. 

The period of his minority was divided between the indus- 
tries of the farm during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, and 
the educational culture of the common school for the Winter. 

The range of studies in these " seminaries" at that time was 
very limited — W r ebster's Spelling Book, Daboll's Arithmetic. 
Morse's Geography, Murray's English Grammar, and Murray's 
English Reader, being the exclusive text books. 

But the teaching and discipline were often severe, and the 
scholarship had a corresponding value of thoroughness and 
solidity for all practical ends. Judge Wheeler's industrious use 
and improvement of the common school is seen in the fact that 


this rudimental education has been equal to all the varied posi- 
tions of responsibility he has, during his opening and ripening 
manhood, filled with so much credit to himself, with honor to his 
town, and to the full satisfaction of his friends and fellow- 

Early called to important civil trusts, he has attained to a 
degree of legal culture that gives to his counsel great weight 
and value, and often render his rulings decisive and final. 

In genealogical lore Judge Wheeler has no rival, and few, if 
any, equals. His researches here are thorough and fearless, dis- 
pelling many a beautiful tradition, but fixing the plain, prosaic 
truth by figures and data that will not lie. 

His discourse at the late Palmer Re-Union, at Stonington — a 
masterly grouping of events, scattered over a period of two hun- 
dred and fifty years — held the attention of a large and promis- 
cuous crowd to its close. 

Judge Wheeler has been twice married — first to Miss Frances 
Mary Avery, of North Stonington, Jan. 12, 1843, an ^ second to 
Miss Lucy A. Noyes, of Stonington, Nov. 5, 1856. 

He is descended from the following New England families — 
Wheeler, Park, Thompson, Payson, Tilestone, Elliott, Burrows, 
Culver, Latham, Hubbard, Gore, Draper, Denison, Prentiss, 
Gallup, Lake, Stanton, Burch, Fanning, Burd, Chaplin, Hewitt, 
Lord, Borodel, Short, Palmer, and others. 

In 1838, when twenty-one years old. he was chosen one of the 
Society Committee of the Road Church, and has held that office 
for forty-three years, to the present time. 

He was chosen Selectman in 1847 an d '48 ; Representative to 
the Legislature, 185 1 ; Sheriff of New London County, i860 ; 
re-elected in 1863, '66 and '69, and holding the office until 1S72, 
when he declined re-election. 

In the Spring of 1864, he was chosen Judge of Probate, and 
by successive re-elections has held the office until the present 

During the Spring of 1 881, he was unanimously chosen Presi- 
dent of the Groton Monument Association, in Connecticut, which 
office he held during the reconstruction of the monument and 
improvements upon the surrounding grounds. He was one of 



the Vice-Presidents of the Groton Heights Centennial Commit- 
tee, Chairman of the Historical Committee thereof, a member 
of the Committee of Admission of Members: also one of the 
Committee of the New London County Historical Society, and 
a member of the Committee of Reception during the celebra- 
tion on the 6th of September, [881. 

Judge Wheeler has written the History of the First Congrega- 
tional Church of Stonington. a book of 300 pages; also an his- 
torical sketch of the three first Congregational Churches in New- 
London County, a historical sketch of the Pequot Indians, 
and a sketch of the Mystic Valley. 

Judge Wheeler also wrote the history of the towns of Ston- 
ington and North Stonington, for the New London County 
History, recently published. 

He has collected a large amount of genealogical material of 
some twelve to fifteen of the earliest families of the town of 
Stonington, for future publication. 

The above are the principal events of Judge Wheeler's active 
and varied life. He has a fine physique, an open countenance, 
pleasing address, and genial manners. Besides, he has an in- 
exhaustible fund of genealogical anecdote, can tell a good story 
of olden or modern times, and excite and enjoy an honest. 
hearty laugh. 

The proverb, " a prophet is not without honor save in his 
own country," is not applicable to Judge Wheeler, for nowhere 
is he more popular than among his own town men, and by none 
more highly esteemed than by his own immediate neighbors.— 
From New Lo?idon County History. 



[This gentleman had been expected to deliver an address at 
the Re-Union, and made preparation for the same, but was 
prevented coming by circumstances beyond his control. We 


prevailed upon him to send us the substance of his intended 
address, and he kindly sent them. J 

Philadelphia, August 9, 1881. 

Hon. E. II. Palmer. Pres't, Noyes F. Palmer, Esq., and Ira 'H. 
Palmer. Esq., Committee of Invitation of the Palmer Family 
Re-Union, August 10, 1881 : 

Gentlemen — When you first invited me to the festivities of 
the Re-Union, I was in doubt as to my having any claim to a 
seat among the six thousand Palmers found in the line of the 
honored and honorable Walter, whose " ship came in " to Charles- 
town, Mass., from Nottinghamshire, England, in 1629. 

Not liking to appear by an act of your courtesy only, if I 
-had no right there, I spent a few moments in writing to Noyes 
F., the family historiographer, asking a few questions ; and his 
reply to them, just received, leaves me in no doubt as to the 
direct line. 

John Palmer was the father of Joseph 2d ; Benjamin was the 
son of Joseph, and the father of Benjamin Franklin (or B. 

Joseph was a small boy when (in 1767) the family removed 
to New Hampshire, where he was found aiding, with his little 
hands, in forming the first " Palmers' Lodge" in the ''vast wil- 
derness," when the fathers pitched their " camp " in the now 
beautiful and noted vale of Camptown, or Campton. Joseph 
there married one of the best of Christian women, Martha Tay- 
lor. They lived a quiet, useful life ; and the records of Camp- 
ton show them to have been among the most esteemed of the 
intelligent citizens. They rest in the Campton Cemetery, near 
the beautiful spot from which, in a long lifetime, 

" Their sober wishes never learned to stray — 
Where, during a period of more than 'three score and ten,' 
Along the cool, sequestered vale of life, 
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way." 

There Benjamin was born, in 1790. With a fair education 
(finished at the Holmes Plymouth Academy), Benjamin, when 
a young man, taught throughout Grafton County, district and 


singing schools in the Winter, and engaged generally from 
Spring to Fall in the pursuit of a farmer, in the beautiful valley 
about the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Beebe's rivers. 
AJittle distance from there runs the Palmer brook, along which 
I first went fishing. Artists now seek a poetical nook in our 
old terraced homestead, to sketch the grandest of mountain 
views, looking through Thornton towards Franconia. 

Benjamin Palmer married Abigail Goodwin, and was the 
father of seven children, six of whom (foursonsand two daugh- 
ters) are now living, the youngest being fifty-three. Benjamin 
Franklin (the third son), you may count as a poor specimen of 
this Palmer family, who, at your request, presents here such 
thoughts as arise on the moment and demand expression. 
They are epitomized in a few sentences and rhymes, some of 
which were prepared by request, for the first centennial celebra- 
tion of the town of Campton, N. H., Sept. 12, 1867; but seem 
suited to the first Re-Union of the living thousands of the ancient 
Palmer line, now first assembled in solid phalanx since the re- 
turn of Peter the Hermit from Jerusalem with his victorious 
Christian army, bearing palms and singing psalms, in the elev- 
enth century. No person is the better for having a good fam- 
ily line, and none can safely boast of family name who has not 
added to its lustre. Such need not. But we cannot wish to 
repudiate a good name fairly won and inherited — the only leg- 
acy of a knightly and a Christian ancestry, whose heroic deeds 
illumined it through a period of near two hundred years, during 
eight crusades to the Holy Land; for the great crusader, Peter, 
inflicted the first great blow upon the intolerant infidels, rescued 
the Holy Sepulchre, and opened the highway to Christian lib- 

All that was gained by the pilgrim, Peter, and the Pilgrim 
Fathers, has been saved by his and their followers in the Old 
World and the New. May this liberty never suffer in the charge 
of their descendants. 

Of Walter Palmer and his Puritan band it may be said : 

" We read their history in a Nation's eyes." 


The intelligent forefathers displayed better than Royal arms ; 
and the ancient Palmer demesne, stretching from Wequetequock 
harbor to the crest of Mt. Washington, now presents a family 
shield on which our ancient motto is written in living lines, more 
potential than heraldic blazonry — Palmam qui meruit ferat. 

Descended in a more than Royal line — 

Ye pilgrim sons, your hopes, your joys are mine ; 

Let others boast heraldric fame and birth — 

Sons of the great who subsidize the earth ; 

But ye may boast (and none dispute your claim) 

An ancestry whose deeds transcend a name ; 

Whose earnest life-work gives example great. 

On the broad battle-grounds of Church and State. 

Our Fathers' faith caught Liberty's first beam, 
Which o'er world-conflicts shed its fitful gleam. 
And through Time's vistas led the onward way 
Of heaven-born freedom, to this glorious day. 
Triumph of faith sublime in souls intense — 
Unseen till angel voices called them hence — 
As we seeing the record, clear and bright, 
Their blazon glories in lines of lustrous light. 

Guard well the shrines where sleep the patriot sires — 
Whose great example my rapt strain inspires ; 
And monumental bust ye need not raise, 
Nor lettered pomp to consecrate their praise. 
The Spartan youth heard — starting for the field — 
" Bring back or be brought on an honored shield ; " 
The Pilgrim Matron to her heroes said, 
" Come with the honored living, or the honored dead ! 

And thus they came — when ceased war's thunder-peal 
That caused the pillars of the State to reel ; 
When great Ulysses, of our ancient line, 
Returned victorious in the cause divine ! 
Sheathing his sword he said — " Let us have peace," 
Let love fraternal in our land increase ; 
Their memory shall th' admiring world embalm — 
Then — " Let him who has won it bear the palm." 



how shall the muse, unaccustomed, indite 
A strain that befits so exalted a theme ? 

The " Nine " with charmed fingers an epic might write. 
Yet tell not the bliss of our goddess's dream. 

With tremulous heart, and with faltering hand, 
I waken the harp-string to Liberty's sound — 

Its numbers have thrilled where wave answers to strand. 
And mountain to valley re-echoes them round ! 

The bard and the druid have swept o'er its chord — 

The prophet and priest have bent over its tone — 
The psalmist hath tuned it to Faith's cheering word. 

And felt " hands of fire " directing his own. 
Old Jura hath listened, red Sinai hath spoken, 

And Palestine wakes at the Crusader's touch ; 
Greece, Sparta and Rome have, in phalanx unbroken. 

Marched forth to the music the soul loves so much ! 

It rings in sweet strains, to Germania's praise — 
O'er Poland and Hungary murmurs its sigh — 

Old Gallia flames with the fierce Marseillaise, 

And " God save the queen " rings through Albion's sky ! 

1 list to the strain that down Avon has rolled 
As Ocean's loud billows call back from afar — 

I hear the lone exile, as, weary and cold, 

He strikes to the numbers of " Erin go bragh ; " 

I hear Caledonia, vocal with strains, 

As Abbotsford answers to Ettrick's wild hill ; 
And Erin, through all of her sorrows, retains 

" The harp that through Tara's Halls " ever shall thrill ! 
I sigh for the rapturous music that rolled 

Along the sweet banks of the pure gurgling Ayr — 
For the harp, like the heart, of the poet is cold, 

And his eye rests no more on that " lingering star. " 

But now the New World feels the vibrations grand. 

That master-hands wake round the Puritan's Shrine ; 
And the refluent wave, from Columbia's strand 

Bears treasures as rich as the waifs of Lang Syne ! 
Her songs bless the land, and their life-cheering strains 

Have given new heart-beats of hope o'er the wave ; 
Then while Freedom wakes, or our Country remains, 

" The Star Spangled Banner " shall lead on the brave ! 


Her sons, 'midst the joys of the Orient may roam, 

And linger wher'er the " old Genii " have trod ; 
But the heart's inner chord still shall murmur " Sweet Home," 

And the pilgrim-foot haste to press Liberty's sod. 
Poor Howard Payne sounded the key-note sublime — 

And lo ! what a chorus of joy shakes the skies ; 
Like hoi)' bells ringing their joyfulest chime 

The pagans of freedom and glory arise ! 

Potential New England — the pride of the land — 

The nursery of Empire is trusted to thee ! 
The cradle of Liberty rocks by the strand — 

These, these are your shrines. O ye sons of the free ! 
Then guard ye the rock and the hallowed sod, 

On which your brave fathers — a prayer-loving band — 
First stepped from the Mayflower, worshipping God, 

For freedom they found and preserved in the land ! 

My Country! I view with a heart full of pride, 

The fame of thy sons and the vastness of thee ; 
Thy golden gate opes to Pacific's broad tide — 

Thy sons to the pole plough the disc of the sea ; 
And long as that gray shaft in grandeur sublime 

Shall tower o'er the graves where the patriots sleep ; 
Their names shall be traced on the pillar of Time, 

Where'er Freedom's angel her vigil shall keep ! 

And thou in each science and art shalt excel — 

Thus " good will toward man " o'er the earth will increase ; 
And where'er thy sails of the triumph shall tell. 

The angel of mercy will often say — " peace." 
Sail on ! let the starry flag kiss every sky ! 

Great ark of the Nations, thou'rt leading the van — 
Sail on ! where'er mortals for liberty sigh — 

Bear hope to the down trodden — Freedom to man ! 



Every well hath its spout, 

And the truth will leak out ; 
And our secret is known far and near ; 

So, the Tribes all around 

From the lakes to the sound, 
Are on hand for our free lunch and beer. 


The ravenous Bear — 

Over head in his lair — 
Grunjs across to the Dog in the sky. 

Even comets" appear, 

And, with shy look and queer, 
Whisk around us like fish round a fly. 

Hark! hear that uproar 

Joneses make at the door! 
Smiths, like rain, stand outside there and rap ; 

Just as if we could rent 

The North Pole for our tent,+ 
And keep the Atlantic on tap. 

To get in, many clans 

Will resort to low plans ; 
The Smiths forge our family armor; 

And the children of Jones, 

Having polished his bones, 
Try to palm off his ghost for a Palmer. 

And some will rely 

On their blue Palmer eye ; 
And some, of their curling sun-beams ; 

Trust them not, for alas ! 

The best eyes may be glass. 
And that curl may not grow where it streams. 

Then come to our aid. 
Lovely muse ! from thy shade. 
And distinguish our own from the rest. 
"There is only one way," 
So I hear the muse say, 
And sing this infallible test. 

" All family creatures 

Have family features— 
The impress of nature's own hand — 

As each tonic or bark 

Has its private trade-mark, 
And each whiskey is known by its brand." 

* Note. — Two comets were in sight at the time of the Re-Union, 
f The (.'inner was served in a large tent. 


" Some arc told everywhere. 

By the blush on their hair; 
Some by the nose, a la Roman or Greek ; 

And some are so plain 

They don't have to explain, 
Except when your own eyes are weak." 

" Does he act very shy, 

And grin his reply, 
And feel unimportant and meek ? 

Then put him right out ! 

He's a fraud, without doubt. 
For a Palmer is known by his clieek. 




Rev. P. C. Headley, in his life and campaigns of Gen. Grant, 
says that he " is of Scotch descent. More than a century ago 
his ancestor came to the shores of America, then comparatively 
a wilderness, and settled in Pennsylvania, while a brother who 
emigrated with him went on to Canada. By honest industry- 
our hardy pioneer supported his growing family upon his forest 
girdled clearing, until the Revolutionary war called him to its 
fields of strife. After bravely following the flag of the rising 
republic he returned with the dawn of peace to his home in 
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania." This statement is very 
far from being correct. Gen. Grant is a direct descendant of 
Matthew Grant, who was one of the original company who 
came in the Mary and John to Dorchester, Mass., in 1630. He 
came to Windsor, Ct., among the very earliest settlers of that 
town, where he became an active and prominent man, and ren- 
dered important service to the then new settlement. He con- 
tinued to reside at Windsor, until his death, which took place 
December 16th, 1S61. 

1. Matthew Grant married Priscilla , November 16th, 

1625. B >* the marriage there were four children, viz.: (2) 
Priscilla, (3; Samuel, (4) Tahan, and (5) John. Samuel Grant, 


No. 3, born Nov. 1 2th, 1631, married Mary Porter May 27th, 
1658. Their children were (6) Samuel, (7) John. (8) Matthew. 
(9) Josiah, (10) Nathaniel, ( I f) Mary, (12) Sarah, (13) Abigail. 
Samuel Grant, No. 6, born April 20th, 1659, married first Han- 
nah Filley, Dec. 6th, 1683, by whom he had one child, 1 141 Han- 
nah, who died young. Her mother died April 18th, 1686. He 
married for his second wife Grace Miner, April 11th, 1688. 
She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Booth) Miner, 
and granddaughter of Grace (Palmer) Miner, of Stonington, Ct. 
Grace Palmer was the daughter of Walter Palmer, and was 
married to Thomas Miner, April 23d, 1633. Samuel Grant. 
No. 6, had by his second wife, Grace Miner, eight children, viz.: 
(15) Hannah, (16) Samuel, (17) Noah, (18) Abigail, (19) Ephra- 
im, (20) Grace, (21) David, and (22) Ebenezer. Noah Grant. 
No. 17, born Dec. 16th, 1692, married Martha Huntington, of 
Norwich, Ct., June 12th, 1717. They had four children, viz: 
(23) Noah, (24) Adoniram. (25) Solomon, and (26) Martha. 
Noah Grant, No. 23, born July 12th, 17 18, married Susannah 
Delano, Nov. 8th, 1746. They had two sons, viz.: (27) Noah, 
(28) Peter. Noah Grant, No. 27, born June 20th, 1748, and mar- 
ried for his first wife Mrs. Anna Richardson, by whom he had two 
sons, (29) Peter, and (30) Solomon. After the death of his first 
wife, this Noah Grant, No. 29, moved to Pennsylvania from 
Coventry, Ct., about 1787, where he married Rachael Kelly in 
1791. By this marriage there were seven children, viz,: 1311 
Susan, (32) Jesse Root, 133) Margaret, (34) Noah, (35) Join 1 .. 
(36) Roswell, and (37) Rachael. Jesse Root Grant, No. 32. 
born in January, 1794, married Hannah Simpson, June 24th, 
1 82 1. She was born near Philadelphia, and moved with her 
father to Ohio, where she was married. Their children are Gen. 
Ulysses Simpson Grant, born April 27th, 1822, Samuel, Clara, 
Virginia, Orvil L., and Mary Frances Grant. Matthew Grant. 
his son Samuel, and grandson Samuel Grant, lived and died in 
the ancient town of Windsor. Noah Grant, son of Samuel 
Grant No. 6, was born in the same township, and lived there- 
until the town of Tolland was formed from a part of Windsor, 
when he became an inhabitant of the new town. Noah Grant, 
No. 24, removed to the adjoining town of Coventry about 1750 : 


and he and his brother Solomon joined the expedition against 
Crown Point in 1755 and were both killed the same year. 
Noah Grant, No. 27, served with distinction in the army of the 
Revolution, and after the close of the war went to Pennsylva- 
nia to reside. This is doubtless the ancestor of Gen. Grant, to 
whom Mr. Headley alludes as coming to America more than a 
century ago, and whose brother went on to Canada, which was 
wide of the mark. The direct line of descent of Gen. Grant 
from Walter Palmer, of Stonington, is as follows : 

1. Walter Palmer and first wife ; 2. Grace Palmer and 

husband Thomas Miner; 3. John Miner and wife Elizabeth 
Booth ; 4. Grace Miner and husband Samuel Grant : 5. Noah 
Grant and wife Martha Huntington; 6. Noah Grant and wife 
Susannah Delano ; 7. Noah Grant and wife Rachael Kelly ; 8. 
Jesse Root Grant and wife Hannah Simpson ; 6. Gen. U. S. 

Richard A. Wheeler. 

Stonington, May 14, 1881. 




I am proud of possessing this name, a name we should all 
feel honored in bearing, and a name we must all in our daily- 
walk and conversation, strive to honor more as time waves on. 

I well remember the account my father gave of his early 
struggles ; how, as a boy, renouncing his little patrimony in fa- 
vor of his needier sisters, he took passage by sloop to New 
York, since railroads then were a thing of the future. Employed 
by his brother Amos as a clerk in his hardware store, he rose 
by hard work and long work, through prudence and economy, 
until he was the head and master of his own warehouse, result- 
ing finally in the formation of a partnership controlling the 
largest hardware trade between the South and the North. Fail- 
ing in the crisis of 1837, he gathered what he could save from 
the wreck of his business. This he invested in New York real 


estate, he being one of the earliest citizens of the Metropolis 
of the New World, to perceive its coming growth and great- 

Such was my father, a fine type of the American man of 
energy, self-reliance, honesty and commercial foresight. 

I remember one day boasting to an aunt on my mother's 
side, of my pride in my father as a self-made man. She 
shrugged her shoulders and remarked : I do not wish to detract 
from the tribute you render to your father, but be assured that 
your gentle blood comes from your Knickerbocker descent 
through your Suydam mother. I had at that time taken but 
little interest in my genealogical tree on either side, but the 
good lady, my aunt, promised to send me the printed annals 
of her family, on the perusal of which I discovered that my 
maternal grandparent of some two hundred years ago was a 
worthy blacksmith. 

Well, I am glad he was a blacksmith, instead of some pirate 
freebooter in the times of William the Conqueror, but I am 
also glad that this Re-Union proves to me that my descent on 
my father's side, from Walter Palmer in 1629, is at least as an- 
cient and honorable as on that of my mother. 

But as old Ben Johnson wrote: 

" Titles are marks of honest men and wise ; 
The fool or knave who wears a title lies ; 
Those who on noble ancestry enlarge, 
Their debt produce instead of their discharge.' 1 

This is the point. As the French motto has it, " Noblesse 
oblige." By the records and traditions of the past of our 
great family we are bound to carry the name on to still higher 
glory. We are the descendants of the past, but the parents of 
the future. 

Those who can read the signs of the times, read in them that 
wonderful changes are pending in politics, science and religion. 
Old things are passing away and all things are becoming new. 
Let us as a family stand in the van of this onward-marching 
civilization, and welcome the morning breeze from the mountain 


tops, and hail the rising sun of a new epoch. As Tennyson 

" Ring out the days of sloth and crime, 
Ring in the Christ that is to be." 

And thus it is and thus only, in the words of George Eliot, 
that we shall " join the choir invisible of those immortal dead 
who live again in minds made better by their presence ;" thus 
it is that we shall have done our share in passing down to the 
children Palmers to come, the tendencies of a new, a happier, 
and a better era. 




I had some other friends in Stonington, and gave them part 
of my time, and I had to leave the meeting before it was ended 
to take my train. 

I was much interested in Mr. Wheeler's paper on Walter 
Palmer, and consider it a wonderfully fine production. 

I will add a few items in relation to Prudence Palmer, who 
was a daughter of Jonathan and Mercy Palmer, and was born 
March 31, 17 19. She married Ebenezer Cady, born at Canter- 
bury, April 19, 1 714. They had a family of seven sons and 
one daughter, mostly born at Lyme. About 1764 they re- 
moved to Canaan, Columbia Co., N. Y., where Mr. Cady died 
in 1779, his wife surviving him several years. It is recorded of 
the sons that most of them served in the war of the Revolution. 
Their descendants reside mostly in Columbia Co., and along 
the valley of the Mohawk, though many are scattered in dis- 
tant places. Among the more conspicuous descendants were 
Judge Daniel Cady, of the Court of Appeals of New York, and 
Brevet Major-General Amos B. Eaton, Commissary General of 
the U. S. Army, from 1864 to 1874. 


[Written for the Palmer Gathering, at Stonington, Ct., August 10 and 11, iSSi.l 



In the dim past of shadows and of dreams. 
Of loathsome superstitions, nameless crimes — 
The age of boor and serf, where lurid flames, 
Rank with the blood of martyrs, hide the beams 
Of the dimmed sun : roaming from land to land 
A homeless beggar, bearing in his hand 
A branch of palm — seeking from shrine to shrine 
If, haply, he may find his Mecca, Palestine; 

Behold our ancestor! A holy man, 
* As they accounted holiness. In skins. 

Like John, he clothed himself ; but then his pan- 
Taloons were wisps of straw wound round his shins." 
In faith abounding, innocent of work. 
Hating a Jew e'en as a Jew hates pork ; 
He of the world to come had firmest hope, 
But, in this sphere, took no account of soap. 

His washing, it was figurative; blood 
Was his chief cleanser; and a frequent dish — 
For famine stinted his supply of food — 
Was boiled, or raw, or roasted human flesh. 
He knew no prattle of a chlid, no wife ; 
His daily prayer was for eternal life, 
And to escape the clutches of the evil 
One whom he knew as Satan, or the Devil. 

To mortify his flesh was his delight, 
The ripened product of the age of faith — 
Knowing no wrong and ignorant of right, 
Obedience was his motto, unto death ; 
Or to the priest, or to the powers that be. 
His God the slaughtered Lamb of Calvary. 
Upon the darkness of his mental night 
No reason dawned, no science shed its light. 

But, in the baleful shadow of the cross 
That casts athwart the Lmiverse its gloom, 

* Note. — For an account of the wretched condition of the masses, in Europe in 
the age of "faith," see Dr. J.W. Draper's "Conflict between Religion and Science." 


Counting all earthly treasures but as dross, 
He took his cheerless journey to the tomb ; 
The tomb, as he believed, for all below. 
The yawning portal to eternal woe. 
His way beset with goblin and with ghost, 
And spirits of the damned forever lost. 

A wanderer, through long and weary years 

Seeking a Saviour's tomb in Palestine, 

He found refinement, manners; found ideas, 

And the keen blade of courteous Saladin ; 

And reason vanquished faith. No more he'll roam 

Bearing his palm branch, seeking Jesus' tomb ; 

No more, for life to come, will barter joys 

Of earth ; he has his home, his wife, his boys ! 

He sings no longer of a 4i shining shore " 

On neighboring planet, or on distant star, 

A grander music is the Atlantic's roar, 

Breaking in foam upon the harbor bar ; 

And dearer far than shining shore, or shrine 

Of saint or fabled God in Palestine, - 

The homestead, where the boundless prairie waves 

Its wealth of green, and stacks its golden sheaves. 

Or where the fisher's cot looks out to sea, 
Watching the offing for the home-bound sail, 
And the white lighthouse sends its welcome ray 
To cheer the sailor when the threatening gale 
Moans in the rigging, and the fog-bell tolls 
Its mournful requiem o'er departed souls. 
Whatever is his lot ; or if he be 
Fameless, or honored with the jlcur de lis* 

While he is free and owner of the soil 

He tills with his own hand, no blighting dread 

Of famine haunts him ; happy in his toil 

That those he loves are by his labor fed, 

The phantoms of his age of faith are gone. 

No goblin haunts his path, nor churchyards yawn 

With graves of gibbering ghosts, nor death-watch check 

His fleeting moments with their hurried tick. 

NOTE.— * I am told that the right to engrave the "fleur de lis " upon his coat of 
arms was, for some public service, conferred upon a member of the Palmer famiiy 
by Henry IV. 


He knows his rights, he is a man, is free. 
This earth, it is his heritage, his own. 
He bows to no one, save in courtesy; 
Yields no obedience to priest or throne, 
But only to the laws himself has made ; 
And as the poet Halleck truly said, 
" He never kneels except it be to pray, 
Nor even then except in his own zvay." 

Pity our ancestors, that in the night 

That lowered o'er Europe for a thousand years, 

Through the dark clouds there shone no ray of light 

From the deep firmament of blazing stars, 

Nor knew they that behind the clouds there shone: 

Brighter than star or the eternal sun, 

An orb of light, in whose celestial ray 

Their children's children should be ever free ! 

Honor our ancestors ! That we are free 
From loathsome superstition's foul embrace ; 
That we have equal right and liberty 
Each to enjoy his heritage in peace ; 
That we are sovereign and not subjects, make 
Aud unmake laws and rulers, for our sake ; 
That we call no man master, and our vote 
Is humbly sought for by our men of note 
(With hat in hand, and with exceeding grace 
Of manner, like all servants out of place). 

We owe to those who gave their lives that we 
Might know no shackles on our limbs, our lips 
No padlock, and our quivering flesh no stripes. 
And that we value this rich legacy. 
Ye hosts of the innumerable dead, 
If, haply, ye be gathered overhead. 
Dear spirits of our fathers ! hear our vow : 
That when our children, as we're gathered now, 

Shall stand here when a hundred years have fled, 

Through no neglect of ours shall they have lost 

The sacred rights that we inherited : 

But as we now, with honest pride may boast, 

The virtues of our fathers, they shall show 

No stain on our escutcheon, and shall know 

Our cherished motto in their day fulfilled : 

" Freedom for man, for woman, and for child ! " 


Literature of the Press after the Re-Union. 

[New York Tribune, August nth.] 



STONINGTON, Ct, Aug. io. — The visitor to this staid New- 
England town would be fully justified in addressing any one 
whom he might meet in the street to-day as " Mr. Palmer." 
The street urchins salute every passer with this title, and when 
one of a crowd of corner loungers near the post-office called out 
"Mr. Palmer!" this morning, not less than fifteen men turned 
toward the speaker. The Stonington brought a hundred mem- 
bers of the family last night, and the trains this morning were 
all crowded. " Palmer lemonade" is for sale on the street cor- 
ners, and the boot blacks will give you a " Palmer shine" for no 
more than the usual fee. The hotels and boarding-houses are 
crowded, and many persons slept last night on cots in the par- 
lor of the Hotel YYadawanuck. To-night it is expected that 
cots will be put up in the hotel hall and office, and perhaps on 
the broad veranda. One quotation from Shakespeare, " Where 
do the Palmers lodge, I beseech you?" has often been on the 
lips of the committee which has charge of entertaining visitors. 

All this is on account of the Re-Union of the Palmer family, 
which began to-day, and will be continued through to-morrow. 
This date was chosen because August 10, is the anniversary of 
the battle of Stonington, the principal event in the history of 
this quiet borough. Stonington's glory departed with the de- 
cline of the whale fishery business. Time was when thirty 
whalers were sent out from here each year. Every family had 
both a personal and pecuniary- interest in this business, and 
Stonington flourished and its people grew rich. But that era 
of prosperity passed. Later, visions of popularity as a summer 
resort dawned upon the people, but Stonington was over- 
shadowed by the nearness of Watch Hill, distant only a five 


miles' sail. This Re-Union was started by the Connecticut de- 
scendants of Walter Palmer, who settled in Stonington in 1653, 
and died here eight years later ; but much of its success is due 
to the efforts of Mr. Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, L. I., who 
has collected a large number of facts in connection with the 
genealogy of the various branches of the family. Mr. E. H. 
Palmer, of Montville, Ct., is the president of the Re-Union, Mr. 
A. S. Palmer, Jr., the secretary of record, Mr. H. Clay Palmer, 
the treasurer, and Mr. Ira H. Palmer, the corresponding sec- 
retary. Mr. Noyes F. Palmer, has served as the Committee on 
Invitation, and has sent out over 3000 invitations. 

The headquarters of the Re-Union are at Brayton Hall, just 
across the street from the shaded lawn of the YYadawanuck. 
A register has been kept here, and at three o'clock this afternoon 
about 400 names had been put down. These, however, do not 
represent more than one third the Palmers who are here. 
Among the names on the register are the following : General 
George W. Palmer and wife. Col. and Mrs. J. T. Meredith. 
A. W. Palmer, Lauren Redfield, Gideon Palmer, Dr. Corydon 
Palmer, Dr. Delos Palmer, Dr. Eugene Palmer, and Stephen 
W ray, of New York; W. H. Palmer, Mrs. J. A Palmer Van 
Valsor, Miss J. A. Palmer, Mrs. J. A. Palmer Clayton, Lorin 
Palmer, wife and two daughters, Justus Palmer, Joseph Cutter 
and wife, and Josiah Palmer, of Brooklyn ; George \V. Palmer. 
of East New York ; Alanson Palmer, of Astoria; Dr. James G. 
Palmer and wife, of New Brunswick, N. J.; and Jay Palmer, of 
East New York. Some names are registered from as distant 
points as Illinois and Texas. 

A large tent with open sides has been erected in the western 
part of the town near the railway station, and only a few blocks 
from the hotel YVadawanuck, and here the public exercises 
were held to-day. Seats were provided for over a thousand 
persons, and all were occupied before the exercises began. It 
was not until 11:20 A. M. that the Hon. E. H. Palmer rapped 
upon the desk and called the meeting to order. Upon the 
platform was seated a good number of ladies and gentlemen ail 
presumably bearing the name of Palmer, or descendants of per- 
sons bearing that name. Among them were the following : 
the Rev. A. G. Palmer. D. D., of Stonington : Mr. Ira H. Pal- 
mer, of Stonington ; ex-Governor \Y. T. Minor, of Stamford: 
ex-Lieutenant-Governor F. B. Loomis, of New London ; State 
Senator Alexander S. Palmer, of Stonington ; the Rev. Dr. E. 
B. Palmer, of Bridgeton, N. J.; the Rev. C B. Minor, of Tren- 
ton, N. J.; and Dr. Corydon Palmer: Judge R. A. Wheeler, of 
Stonington; Mr. Noyes F. Palmer ; Mr. Francis A. Palmer, of 


New York ; Mr. Lorin Palmer, of Brooklyn, and Mr. L. \V. 
Palmer, of Providence. 

After music by the Norwich City Band a prayer was offered 
by the Rev. Dr. E. B. Palmer. The chairman then introduced 
the Rev. Dr. A. G. Palmer, the father of Mr. A. M. Palmer, 
the well-known manager of the Union Square Theatre, who 
made an address of welcome. He said that great credit was 
due to Mr. Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville, who had been chief- 
ly instrumental in arranging the Re-Union, and hoped that one 
result of the Re-Union would be the permanent organization 
of the family. An address was also made by President E. H. 
Palmer. He was in the best of humor and was frequently ap- 

There was a good deal of disappointment at the absence of 
General Grant, who is a direct descendant of Walter Palmer's 
oldest daughter, and who had promised to be present a part of 
one day at least. Arrangements had been made for a special 
train to bring him from New York to Stonington. He was 
compelled to be absent, however, on account of the death of 
his brother. On Monday Mr. Ira H. Palmer received the fol- 
lowing dispatch in response to one which he sent to the ex- 
President on Saturday : 

New York, August S. 
To Ira H. Palmer : 

Domestic reasons will prevent my attending the Palmer Re-Union. 

U. S. Grant. 

This dispatch was read by Ira H. Palmer just before the 
close of the morning exercises. As the audience was dispers- 
ing, a bright little paper called The Palmer Vidette, found many 
buyers. It is announced as published monthly by Henry R. 
Palmer, a boy of thirteen, a son of Mr. Ira H. Palmer. It is 
devoted exclusively to the interests of the Palmer family. This 
number which is said to be " Volume 1, No. 1," contains a full 
report of the address delivered by the Rev. Dr. Palmer this 

The afternoon exercises were even more largely attended 
than those of this morning. They began with the playing of 
"Home, Sweet Home," by the band. Then came an interest- 
ing historical address by Judge R. A. Wheeler. This was de- 
voted mainly to an account of the life of Walter Palmer, whose 
origin is somewhat involved in obscurity. He came from 
Nottinghamshire, England, to Charlestown, Mass., in 1629, un- 
der a patent from the Plymouth Council. He was a widower 
with five children — Grace, William, John, Jonah, and Elizabeth. 
In Charlestown he married Rebecca Short, of Boston. There 


he remained until 1643, when he went to Rehoboth. in the 
Plymouth Colony. In 1653 he came to Stonington (then called 
Pawcatuck), where he lived during the rest of his life. He died 
November 10, 1661. While in Rehoboth he represented that 
town in the Colonial Court for two years. After he came to 
Stonington he took an active and prominent part in the affairs 
of the town. By his second wife he had seven children — Han- 
nah, Elihu, Nehemiah, Moses, Benjamin, Gershem and Rebecca. 
Judge Wheeler's address was listened to with close attention. 

After music a poem was read by the Rev. Dr. A. G. Palmer. 
who reviewed the deeds of the family at considerable length. 
This was followed by an address on " Palmer Families "by Mr. 
Noyes F. Palmer, who spoke of various branches of the family 
and of what has been accomplished by their members. 

A poem by the Rev. Frederick Denison. of Providence, 
opened the evening exercises, aud afterwards there were sever- 
al short speeches by non-resident descendants of Walter Palmer. 
The gathering partook somewhat of the character of an experi- 
ence meeting, and everybody was kept in the best of humor by 
the semi-personal character of some of the remarks. A display of 
fireworks closed the first day of the Re-Union. This was wit- 
nessed by a great throng of people. The most interesting 
pieces were those in honor of Washington, President Garfield, 
and others, and they were received with applause. 

To-morrow morning there will be an excursion by train to 
the Wequetequock Dry Bridge, and thence the descendants of 
the original Palmers will march to the site of the Waiter Palmer 
homestead and to the old Wequetequock Burying Ground, 
where Walter Palmer was buried. After the return of the ex- 
cursion train there will be a clambake on the Re-Union grounds 

[New York Tribune, Second Day.] 



STONINGTON, Ct., August 12. — Members of the numerous 
Palmer family continued to arrive in Stonington in large num- 


bers yesterday morning. The weather has been delightful for 
the last few days, and this has been no small element in the 
success of the Re-Union. That it has been a complete success 
is the opinion of nearly everyone of the thousands who have 
participated in it. Of course there are two or three growlers, 
who not being descendants of Walter Palmer, think that one 
branch of the family has been glorified to the exclusion of de- 
scendants of other Palmers who came to this country a few 
years after — and, in one case a few years before — the arrival of 
Walter. Wednesday was a busy day, and yesterday was equally 
so. Those who were fortunate enough to get good beds at 
night slept soundly. There has been considerable complaint 
about the. management of the Hotel Wadawanuck. Persons 
who engaged rooms there several days ago, found upon their 
arrival Tuesday and Wednesday that the rooms which they ex- 
pected had not been reserved. Then the force of cooks and 
waiters was entirely inadequate. The service in the dining- 
room was very slow, and some persons after waiting an hour or 
more were compelled to abandon the attempt to get a meal. 
The hotel proprietor seemed to fail wholly in endeavoring to 
comprehend the situation, and was as much surprised by the 
influx of guests, which he had had every reason to look for. as 
the steady-going people of Stonington have been by the crowds 
that have thronged the streets of their borough during the last 
few days. 

The crowd which gathered to see the fireworks Wednesday 
night was probably the largest that Stonington ever boasted of, 
and there was no hitch or failure in setting off the various 
pieces. The final one was a memorial of Walter Palmer. This 
contained a figure which may be supposed to represent Walter 
Palmer, with his name and the dates " 1653 — 1881." It was 
heartily applauded. At the evening meeting a few remarks 
were made by Mr. Francis A. Palmer, of the Broadway Na- 
tional Bank, New York, who a year or two ago purchased a 
church in Thirty-fourth street in order to establish a free church 
" for the people," and who more recently had a quarrel with 
the pastor whom he had engaged, the Rev. George J. Mingins. 
Mr. Palmer said at the close of his short speech that if a re- 
union of the family should be held in New York City he would 
see that all the visitors were entertained. It is probable that 
this offer will be accepted at no distant day. 

Yesterday morning about half-past 9 more than five hundred 
members of the family went by special train to view the site of 
the house in which their principal ancestor lived during a part 
of his residence in Pawcatuck (Stonington), and also the ancient 


Wequetequock Burying Ground, where he was buried. These 
are situated about two and a half miles from the center of the 
borough. A number also went out by carriage, and a few- 
walked. The burying ground is situated on a slope at the head 
of Wequetequock Cove, a few rods from where the Anguiila Riv- 
erlet flows into the Cove. Walter Palmer's estate, embracing 
about 1,200 acres, lay on the east side of the cove, and ex- 
tended from its upper end down to the ocean. The burying 
ground was set apart by him and originally bordered upon the 
Cove. Now, however, a road runs along the shore and is di- 
vided from the burial plot by a substantial stone fence. It is not 
an absolute certainty that Walter Palmer and his wife Rebekah 
are buried here ; but it is believed that his bones (^or what may 
remain of them) lie under a huge "hog back" stone. This 
stone is said to have been described in Walter's will, with the 
request that it be placed over his grave. There is no inscrip- 
tion or mark whatever upon the stone, which is 6 feet 1 1 in- 
ches in length — the reputed height of Walter Palmer, whose 
weight was 300 pounds — and must weigh at least half a ton. 
One reason why this is believed to be the grave of this ancestral 
Palmer is that a stone marking the burial spot of his son Xe- 
hemiah stands alongside of the stone already described. An- 
other of Walter Palmer's children, his oldest daughter, Grace, 
who married Thomas Minor, is also buried a rod or two away, 
together with her husband. A flat stone covers the common 
grave, bearing the figures " 1690." His son, Elihu, who died 
in 1665, is buried here, and the first wife of his son Gershem. 
The inscription upon the rude, lichen-covered stone which 
marks Nehemiah Palmer's grave is as follows: 

Here lyeth ye body 
of Nehemiah Palmer 
Esqr. Dyed Feb'ry 

the 17, 1717, in 

the 8 1 st year of 

his age. 

The burying ground is surrounded by a stone wall, which is 
dilapidated in parts. It has been much neglected, and evident- 
ly has been allowed to grow up to weeds and briars. These 
had recently been cut. but had not been raked up this morning, 
and many were the complaints of the ladies to whose skirts the 
briars clung with much persistence. After spending some time 
in viewing the interesting features of the ground the visitors 
gathered together around Walter Palmer's grave. Here two 
hymns written for the occasion were sung, and a prayer was 
offered and the benediction pronounced by the Rev. Dr. A. G. 


On their way to the burying-ground most of the visitors 
stopped to see the site of the old homestead. This is a few 
rods from the road, and marks the site of the second occupied 
by the original Walter. It is only a short distance from the 
Wequetequock Cove, which was the only highway to the sea 
two centuries ago. The cellar walls are in a dilapidated con- 
dition and are overgrown with weeds and thorns. A group of 
balm-of-Gilead trees stands near the spot. Nearly everyone 
carried away some relics in the shape of stones or walking- 
sticks or flowers. A few steps from the house in the direction 
of the Cove, is an old well at which Walter Palmer doubtless 
many times quenched his thirst when weary with toiling in the 
rocky fields of which much of his farm consisted. A pole and 
pail and a couple of glasses were provided here and all had an 
opportunity to drink from the clear, cold water. 

The party returned to Stonington about noon, and then 
there were a number of addresses in the tent by the represent- 
atives of various branches of the family. 

After the speeches had been concluded a clambake was 
served in the large tent. About 500 persons sat down at four 
large tables, and clams and clamshells were soon rapidly dis- 
appearing—the latter being tossed under the table. This prac- 
tically concluded the exercises of the re-union, although there 
was some speech-making afterward. The late afternoon and 
evening trains in both directions were crowded, and there was 
a large quota of Palmers who started for New York. The moon 
was shining in an unclouded sky, and the first hours of the trip 
promised to be very enjoyable. After the clambake and be- 
fore the hour when the Xarragansett started, a considerable 
number went over to Watch Hill and had a sea-bath. The sail 
is very delightful, and when wind and tide are favorable the 
trip can be made in twenty minutes. 

[New York Times, August 11, 1SS1.] 



Justly proud of its part in the bitter War of 18 12, the village 
of Stonington, Ct., has never failed to celebrate the anniver- 
sary of that loth of August when off its coast the brave, un- 


disciplined Continental cannonaders put to rout the heavy ships 
of Britain. The day is always a gala one, more generally ob- 
served and more enthusiastically hailed by local patriots 'than 
even Independence Day itself. And yesterday the old town 
surpassed every celebration recorded in the past. Never were its 
streets so filled, never did strangers so abound, and never was 
patriotic sentiment so earnestly displayed. The orders of the 
day were of greater scope than usual' embracing exercises in 
honor of that stern, conscientious old Puritan, Walter Palmer, 
the colleague of John Endicott and the virtuous founder of 
Stonington more than two and a quarter centuries ago. The 
descendants of this man and of his kinsman, William Palmer 
the first Pilgrim of the family name who reached America, as 
well as the descendants of divers other Palmers of ante-Revo- 
lutionary times, endeavored yesterday to do justice on so ap- 
propriate an occasion to memories long honored too modestly. 
When Walter Palmer died, in 1661, twelve children survived 
him ; now there are not less than 6,000 citizens of his adopted 
land who claim him as progenitor. These 6,000 persons were 
largely represented in Stonington yesterday. For more than 
a week past they had been gathering. Every train brought 
them in force, and the boats from New York during the past 
several days have received fully two-thirds of their^patronVe 
from this one source. The hotels were all filled with Palmers, 
and Palmers overran the private boarding-houses of the quiet 
town, and, indeed, the reign of Palmer extended even into the 
neighboring hamlets, accommodations being practically ex- 
hausted in Stonington before many more than half of the 
guests had been provided for. A family re-union on such a 
scale was never before attempted in New England. But its 
success renders certain the early gathering of the clans of Noves 
and Stanton and Minor and Denison and Chesebrough. and a 
half-hundred others who have reason for pride in historic ances- 
tors, and whose numbers are become almost countless. 

Stonington is a pretty town, with its cozy cottages, broad 
lawns, and fresh-faced maidens. It boasts two or three hotels 
more or less distant from first-class establishments. Liquid 
refreshments stronger than coffee are not served, and one of 
the Palmer family who so far forgot himself yesterday afternoon 
as to ask for a seltzer lemonade, almost completely stupefied 
the amiable clerk, and subjected himself to a severe reorimand 
on account of the terrible viciousness of his appetite. Bunting 
streaming from every building, and the inhabitants were out 
en masse to bid cordial greeting to their guests. On the streets 
everything was " Palmer." " Palmer avenue " stared the pedes- 


trians in the face from black-lettered signboards ; " Palmer bit- 
ters " were advertised at the village drug store ; a " Palmer 
Base-ball Club " played against another ragamuffin nine at the 
depot ; " Palmer lemonade " was dispensed on the street cor- 
ners, and the one bootblack of the place vociferously yelled : 
" Here's where ye git yer Palmer shine." The visitors during 
the early part of the day scattered about the town and learned 
of its historic attractions. The two old iS-pound guns that 
did duty on that eventful 10th of August, 67 years ago, were 
chief among the subjects of inspection. They stand down near 
the ocean, bright with new paint, with their lips kissing, and 
their wooden wagons only a little less well preserved than in 1S14. 
Up the street, a walk of a minute or two, is kept the banner 
that floated over the brave patriots of the " Point " in the his- 
toric fight. It is sadly tattered, and relic-hunters have had 
good chance to despoil its folds. The State Historical Society 
has vainly endeavored to have the borough transfer its title to 
the flag, and there is room to fear that the lack of effort to se- 
cure proper preservation may in the future be regretted. On 
the same street, and only a little distance removed from the 
house where the flag hangs, is the home of Miss Mary Howe, 
who, as a child of 14, witnessed the engagement of Yankee 
valor against British power; and she probably is better able to 
relate the story of that engagement than any other person now 
living. On the corner of the avenue in front of her residence 
stands a granite monument surmounted by one of the heavy 
shells thrown into the town by the English cannon. It is in- 
scribed as follows: 

: In Memory of : 

George Howf. Fei.lowes, 
I Who Nailed the Flag to the Mast. 

Tender memories of this hero are cherished in Stonington. 
A shell struck down the American flag, whereupon the brave 
young Fellowes, in the thickest of the fight, caught up the 
fallen banner and coolly nailed it to the mast. 

The morning had more than half passed before the family, in 
all its strength, gathered upon the tented grounds in the upper 
part of the village, within a stone's throw of the depot. A score 
or so of cozy canvas tents were grouped about the canvas pavil- 
ion set apart for the public meetings. Beyond stretched a beauti- 
ful lawn sloping down to a miniature lake. The small tents were 
all occupied for the most part by Palmer families from New 
York, bent on " roughing it." One of the tents served as a 


newspaper office, yesterday being the honored dav of birth of 
the Palmer Videttc, a journal " devoted to the interests of the 
Pa mers all over creation." Its founder is Henry Robinson 
palmer, a lad about 13 years old, residing in Stonington Ke 
is well supported, there being much pride aroused in the fact 
that the I aimers can claim the youngest editor in the country. 
Ine paper is to be published monthly and will print no news 
except such as is directly connected with the Palmer family 
nor will advertisements be accepted from persons outride the 
same circle. The leading article of the first issue advocates 
the adoption of August 10 as " Palmers' Day," to be celebrated 
annually. Prominent place is also given to the following start- 
ling announcement : to 

this country 5 " ^^ ^ Wec l uetec l uock ' is the man who introduced Pekin ducks into 

Not a few well-known names belong to the line of Palmer 
Gen. John M. Palmer, ex-Governor of Illinois, is a direct de- 
scendant of Walter, and this honor he shares with Gen. George 
W. Palmer of this city; Erastus D. Palmer, the sculptor; the 
Rev. Dr. Ray Palmer, author of " My faith looks up to Thee " 
and other popular hymns ; F. VV. Palmer, who established the 
Chicago Inter-Ocean- A. M. Palmer, of the Union Square 
Theatre ; Dr. J. W. Palmer, the Baltimore author; ex-Gov. VV. 
1. Minor, of Stamford: ex-Lieut.-Gov. F. B. Loomis, of New 
London; Capt. Aleck Palmer, of Stonington : United States 
Senator David Davis, of Illinois, and a host of others. But the 
crowning glory of all, in the Palmer view, is the relation borne 
by Gen. Grant, who in the eighth generation is descended from 
Walter "as straight as a string." When Walter Palmer came 
to New England he brought with him five children by a wife 
who had died. These children were Grace. William, John. Jo- 
nah and Elizabeth. Grace married Thomas Minor, the head 
of the great Minor (and Miner) family of the Eastern States, 
l^rom that union descended Gen. Grant. Weeks ago the Re- 
union having become assured, a pressing invitation was sent to 
the General to be present. He replied that he should be " very 
glad to attend if in any wise it was possible. The nalace car 
Farmer was chartered to carry him in a special train to 
Stonington, and every arrangement had been made bv those 
in charge to render the distinguished guest's stay among his 
kith and kin one of marked pleasure. All the forenoon yester- 
day the great majority of those present in the village were earn- 
est in their expectation of the ex-President. Every train ar- 
riving at the depot was besieged by crowds, who did not at- 


tempt to disavow their disappointment at the non-appearance 
of the one anticipated. At 1 1 o'clock the formal morning ses- 
sion of the Re-union opened and Gen. Grant had not yet come. 
On every face was written anxiety and every lip was ready to 
question, " Do you really think he will come?" Finally Mr. 
Ira H. Palmer, who has had charge of the 4,700 invitations is- 
sued, announced that he was in receipt of a dispatch from Gen. 
Grant. There was an instant hush. He read : 

Domestic reasons prevent my attending the Palmer Family Re-union. 

U. S. Grant. 

Continuing the morning session, Rev. E. B. Palmer, of Bridge- 
ton, N. J., said a prayer in behalf of the large family gathered 
under such novel circumstances. The address of welcome was 
delivered by the Rev. A. G. Palmer, Pastor of the First Baptist 
Church of Stonington. Following this address there was music 
by the Palmer Brass Band, each member of which boasts de- 
scent from the founder of Stonington or his Puritan brothers. 
The music was good, and so was the address by the Hon. E. 
H. Palmer, President of the day. In an intermission of two 
hours, fortunate visitors secured dinner. Some there were, how- 
ever, not of the fortunate. The afternoon exercises began at 
2 o'clock, with an elaborate sketch of Walter Palmer, and his 
movements from a date prior to his landing in New England 
up till the time of his death, in 1661. This address was made 
by Judge R. A. Wheeler, one of the first of Connecticut's local 
historians, and it was supplemented by a historical poem by 
the Rev. A. G. Palmer, recounting the achievements of those 
of the Palmer name. Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, L. I., pre- 
sented the story of the " Palmer Families," closely tracing the 
genealogy of the various branches of the family. A review by 
ex-Warden Williams of the battle of Stonington closed the 
afternoon exercises. In the evening there were oratory and 
song and fire-works. To-day an excursion is to be made, each 
Palmer carrying a palm leaf, to Walter Palmer's original home- 
stead site, and thence to the ancient Wequetequock burying- 
ground, where is the grave of the famous old Puritan and his 
twelve children. The Re-union register bears the names of the 
following New- Yorkers: Gen. George W. Palmer and wife. Dr. 
N. Palmer, Mrs. John S. Brull, Stephen Wray, Col. J. T. Mere- 
dith and wife, Charlotte Walker, Margaret Palmer, A. W. Pal- 
mer, Lauren Redfield, Gideon Palmer. The Brooklyn regis- 
trations were W. II. Palmer, Mrs. J. A. Palmer Van Valsor, 
Miss J. A. Palmer Clayton, Lorin Palmer and wife, May Palmer, 
Sophia Palmer, Justus Palmer, Joseph Cutler and wife, Josiah 


Palmer, Henry L. Palmer. George W. Palmer, and Jay Palmer 
represented East New York, and W. M. Palmer and Archie 
Palmer were present from Flatbush, with Alonson Parker, of 
Astoria. The Rev. R. Randall Hoes was a prominent guest, 
as also was Mrs. Mary Dana Shindler, aged 71, of Texas. She 
is a descendant of Walter, and is well known in literary circles 
as the author of " Flee as a bird to yon mountain," " I am a 
pilgrim and a stranger," and other hymns. The Palmer pres- 
ent from the furthest point west was J. L. Palmer, of Little 
Rock, Ark. 

[From Brooklyn Union-Argus, August II.] 



STONINGTON, Conn., August 10. — This is the only time and 
place where the size and capacity of the big Rockaway Hotel 
would be appreciated. From last evening until now the poor 
hotel clerk of the Wadawanuck House has grown feeble in re- 
peating " rooms all taken." The town is fairly overrun with 
Palmers who are pulling the door beljs of the private houses 
and begging for a night's lodging. To the credit of the Ston- 
ington people, though they be not, perhaps, invited to the 
jubilee, with few exceptions throw wide their doors to the wean- 
travel-stained descendants of the ancient Walter P. If that 
stately pilgrim is looking on to-day, he must smile to see how 
his descendants have for the first time become veritabic Pilgrims 
and all in a lump, so to speak. Many people will be forced to 
go out of town for the night to Watch Hill, Westley, Mystic. 
New London, or, perhaps worse, to the steamer Frances, which 
lies moored to the dock to receive the overplus, and it must be 
confessed in not a condition to suit the most fastidious. In 
fact, Stonington seems to have been taken possession of by a 
• surprise party, and is consequently wholly unable to cope with 
the incoming crowds. 

The exercises, which began this morning about eleven o'clock, 
were held in a large tent a few rods back of the Wadawanuck 
House, capable of holding over 1,200 people. It was fairly 
bulged out by the attendance of to-day, and it is not safe to 
predict its tension to-morrow. A score or so smaller tents are 


grouped around the big one. One of the tents serves as a news- 
paper office, to-day being the day of birth of the Palmer 
Vidette, a journal "devoted to the interests of the Palmers all over 
creation." Its founder is Henry Robinson Palmer, a lad but 
13 years old, residing in Stonington. He is well supported, 
there being much pride aroused in the facr that the Palmers can 
claim the youngest editor in the country. The paper is to be 
published monthly, and will print no news except such as is 
directly connected with the Palmer family ; nor will advertise- 
ments be accepted from persons outside the same circle. The 
leading article of the first issue advocates the adoption of 
August 10 as " Palmers' Day," to be celebrated annually. 

Very interesting indeed were the exercises. Rev. Dr. A. G. 
Palmer, in his address of welcome, served to engender a family 
feeling in the following fitting words : 

" We welcome you to the old town, as rugged in its history 
as in its rocks and hills ; and in its more marked epochs as sub- 
lime and grand as the storm-driven waves that dash and break 
upon the rocky shore. It is the soil that Walter Palmer and 
his compeers, the Chesebroughs, the Minors, the Stantons, the 
Noyeses, and others broke up from a wilderness state and made 
homes thereupon. You are here from every part of the land, 
especially from the West, to which many of the Palmers from 
this town early removed, and laid the foundation for that golden 
prosperity in wealth and liberal culture, and also in social and 
religious relations, for which the family is now as distinguished 
as any other family in the land, as records will show." 

If any man living can tell "where the Palmers lodge," that 
man is Mr. Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, L. I., whose admira- 
ble address on " Palmer Families " I sent you yesterday. So 
long were most of the addresses and papers that this evening 
the speeches were limited to five minutes each. 

The headquarters for registry at Brayton Hall contains seve- 
ral hundred names at present writing, and the cry is "still they 
come." A stroll through the town revealed a genuine local 
interest in the combined celebration of the Battle of Stoning- 
ton and the family re-union. Flags and bunting are seen at the 
corners of every street, while the ancient bombs, mounted on 
corner posts, which were thrown from the ship Terror on Au- 
gust 10, 1 8 14, and the two antiquated cannon at the south end 
of the town, muzzle to muzzle, serve to remind the Palmer 
tribe strongly of an animated time during that 10th of August 
long ago. Stonington is a very cool town despite its low level. 
It is located on a rocky peninsular, so that the breezes blow 
across it from both sides unobstructedly. 


The scenes on the street are verv amusing to the new comer 
The fresh arrival is hailed by the rustic gamin with " Hello 
Palmer, ' and the unwary arrival turns his head instanter as 
does everyone who does not think twice, and the laughter is 
audible at the involuntary "give away." People are here on a 
double purpose— to have a good time, and find out who they 
are if they can. Men don't stop for an introduction, but beo-in 
right away to plough up their family trees and compare roots 
and for the most part the would-be blood relations find them- 
selves only seven or eight generations apart. There are all 
kinds of Palmers represented— the sun-bronzed farmers with 
fists like leather, and well-dressed merchants with unsoiled palm 
while the ladies, too, are as widely divergent as Newport and 
New Utrecht. Despite the inconveniences experienced in lack 
of accommodations, the Re-union will prove of itself an event 
long to be remembered for its gathering of so many of a large 
family who have never before in the long run of years met and 
saw what manner of people they were. Taken altogether, they 
show their good stock, good breeding, and, more than all, good 
humor, and a disposition to take things easy, and not fret be- 
cause everything don't happen to run on a smooth basis. 

General Grant, who is a descendant, and had accepted an 
invitation to be present, telegraphed this morning to" Ira H. 
Palmer that ''domestic reasons would prevent his attending 
the Re-union." This is a great disappointment to evervonct 
The palace car " Palmer" had been chartered to bring him in a 
special tram to Stonington, and even" arrangement & had been 
made by those in charge to render the distinguished guest's 
stay among his kith and kin one of marked pleasure. 

The programme for to-morrow includes an excursion to 
Wequetequock Dry Bridge, marching with music of » Battle 
Hymn of the Republic " to Walter Palmer's homestead site. 
thence to the ancient Wequetequock burying-ground, where ap- 
propriate services will be held. On the return there will be an 
old-fashioned clam-bake, weather permitting. 

[From New York Herald, August n.] 



STONINGTON, August 10, iSSi.— The Palmers are a prolific- 
family. Of the assemblage of two thousand, at the family re- 


union to-day, all are direct descendants of sturdy Walter 
Palmer, who came from Nottinghamshire, England, in 1663, 
and settled near this place. A part of the old homestead and 
the burial ground in which he and his children lie are to be the 
objects of a pilgrimage by the Palmers to-morrow to Wequcte- 
quock Cove, a mile and a half east of Stonington. To-day the 
exercises were devoted to sounding the praises of the Palmers 
in prose and poem. Flags are flying on all the public and 
many private buildings, and there is a general attempt at decora- 
tion. The hotels are overflowing, and many have sought 
quarters in adjacent villages. A large tent was erected on the 
sweeping lawn of the famous old Loper mansion, near the de- 
pot, and there were numerous smaller tents and booths in 
the shade of trees. General Grant was expected, but early in 
the day he telegraphed that the funeral of his brother Orvil 
would prevent his attendance. 

Among the prominent members of the great Palmer family 
present were President Palmer, of the Broadway National Bank ; 
George W. Palmer, of New York : Alderman Palmer, of Brook- 
lyn ; Chauncey F. Palmer, of Utica : Noyes F. Palmer, of 
Jamaica, L. I., author of the Palmer Genealogy; ex-Governor 
Minor, of Stamford ; Professor Eaton, of Yale ; Professor 
Asaph Hall, of Washington, D. C. : Rev. E. B. Palmer, of 
Bridgeton, N. J.; Lorin Palmer, of the Brooklyn Union-Argus, 
and many others. All of the Eastern and Middle States are 
represented largely, and a score or more of Palmers are here 
from Western cities. 

The programmes of to-day's exercises bear the inscription, 
" Palmam qui meruit ferat,*' and every Palmer on the ground 
was decorated with a red badge. This forenoon the Rev. Dr. 
Palmer, of Stonington, delivered an address of welcome. This 
afternoon Judge Ralph Wheeler, of New London, gave an 
historical address, and Mr. Ephraim Williams, of Stoning- 
ton, an address on the defence of Stonington against 
the British in 18 13, to-day being the anniversary. A 
poem of an historical character was read by the Rev. Dr. 
Palmer, of Stonington. This evening there were impromptu 
speeches and an address on Palmer families by Noyes F. 
Palmer, and at a later hour there was a fine pyrotechnic dis- 
play with several set pieces. To-morrow the principal event 
will be the visit to the ancient Palmer homestead, but there 
will also be exercises extending into the evening. 


[From The Day, New London, Conn.] 



" Is this where you live, Cap'n ? Be you a Palmer ?" were 
the words that fell on the ear as a reporter of this paper strolled 
past the Wadawanuck Hotel, at Stonington, Wednesday morn- 
ing. The speaker was an urchin about six years old who had one 
of the crimson Re-union badges of the Palmers pinned upon his 
breast, nearly covering his entire jacket front. The crowds of 
visitors had but just commenced to roll into the place. It was 
not until after dinner that the people began to assemble in 
earnest. The cheerful, breezy old town of Stonington and the 
shipping in the harbor was gaily decked with bunting of all 
colors out of courtesy to the Palmers, and in respect to the 
memory of those who fought so bravely the battle of Stoning- 
ton Point in 18 14. The New York boats and the trains East 
and West were well filled with pilgrims. Street venders 
shouted themselves hoarse with Palmer cards, Re-union cigars, 
Palmer lemonade, Palmer ice cream, Palmer double-jointed pea- 
nuts, and Palmer Jackson balls and candy. The man with 
the magic mouse, the lifting machine and the blower, were 
each in their individual glory. Everybody seemed to grow in 
good humor as the jam on the streets increased. Long be- 
fore the afternoon services began it was evident that "there 
were not sufficient accommodations for one-half the visitors, 
and considerable fault-finding was the result. When it is con- 
sidered, however, that the weight of the arrangements fell on 
the shoulders of two or three men, one wonders how they 
could have done as well as they did. But the fact remained 
that " feed and lodgin'," as one of the Palmers expressed it. 
" wuz mighty sca'ce," as the day progressed. Several wearied 
with long journeys from distant States arrived weak, weary and 
dusty, to find that having sought and found the Palmer Mecca, 
the next object of their research must needs be a boarding 
place. But the distresses of the masses meant dollars to the 
ears of hotel men and restaurateurs. Food commanded 
fabulous figures. Ham sandwiches melted away like the morn- 
ing dew at a York shilling apiece, ice cream went at twenty 
cents per dish, and where it was possible to get a hotel dinner, 
$1.25 was the ruling price. On Thursday, the crowd was not 


so large, hence the people were more fairly used, but during 
both days the hotels at Westerly, Watch Hill. Mystic, and in 
the borough and also the steamer Francis, at the wharf, were 
filled to overflowing. The quotation which the Palmers have 
taken from Shakespeare : " Where do the Palmers lodge, I 
beseech you ?" had a thoroughly truthful as well as a poetical 
application, Wednesday night. 

The morning had more than half passed before the Palmer 
family, in all its strength, gathered upon the tented grounds on 
Loper Park, in the upper part of the village. A score or more 
of cozy canvas tents were grouped about the canvas pavilion, 
set apart for the public meetings. Beyond stretched a beauti- 
ful lawn, sloping down to a miniature lake. The small tents 
were all occupied for the most part by Palmer families from 
New York, bent on " roughing it." One of the tents served as 
a newspaper office, being the honored place of birth of the 
Palmer Vidette, a journal " devoted to the interests of the 
Palmers all over creation." Its founder is Henry Robinson 
Palmer, a lad but thirteen years old. residing in Stonington, 
and a son of Ira H. Palmer. He is well supported, there be- 
ing much pride aroused in the fact that the Palmers can claim 
the youngest editor in the country. 

The Palmer Re-union was started by the Connecticut de- 
scendants of Walter Palmer, who settled in Stonington in 1653, 
and died eight years later; but much of its success is due to 
the efforts of Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica. L. I., who has col- 
lected a large number of facts in connection with the genealogy 
of the various branches of the family. E. H. Palmer, of Mont- 
ville, was the President of the Re-union, A. S. Palmer, Jr., the 
Secretary of Record, H. Clay Palmer, Treasurer, and Ira H. 
Palmer, Corresponding Secretary. Noyes F. Palmer served as 
the Committee on Invitation, and sent out over four thousand 
invitations. Not a few well-known names belong to the line of 
Palmer. Gen. John M. Palmer, ex-Governor of Illinois, is a di- 
rect descendant of Walter, and this honor he shares with Gen. 
George W. Palmer, of New York ; Erastus D. Palmer, the sculp- 
tor ; Rev. Dr. Ray Palmer, author of " My faith looks up to 
thee," and other popular hymns: F. W. Palmer, who estab- 
lished the Chicago Inter-Ocean ; A. M. Palmer, of the Union 
Square Theatre; Dr. J. W. Palmer, the Baltimore author: ex- 
Gov. W. T. Minor, of Stamford ; ex-Lieut. Gov. F. B. Loomis. 
of New London; Capt. Aleck Palmer, of Stonington ; United 
States Senator David Davis, of Illinois, and a host of others. 
But the crowning glory of all, in the Palmer view, is the relation 
borne by Gen. Grant, who in the eighth generation is descended 
from Walter " as straight as a string." 


At 1 1.20 the exercises in the tent were begun by music by 
the Noank Brass Band, after which President E. H. Palmer 
called the assemblage to order and prayer was offered by the 
Rev. E. B. Palmer, of Bridgeton. X. J. An eloquent and cor- 
dial address of welcome was delivered by Rev. A. G. Palmer. 
1). D., of Stonington, in which he described the small beginnings 
of the movement for a Re-union, paying due honor to the grit 
and energy which had been displayed by Hon. E. H. Palmer in 
pushing the matter to a vigorous success. Hon. E. H. Palmer 
followed in a brief impromptu address, saying that he felt 
prouder to be President of the Palmer Re-union than he would 
to be President of the United States. 

The afternoon observances were much more largely attended 
than those of the morning. They began with the playing of 
" Home, Sweet Home," by the Band. Then came an interest- 
ing historical address by Judge R. A. Wheeler. This was de- 
voted mainly to an account of the life of Walter Palmer, whose 
origin is somewhat involved in obscurity. He came from Not- 
tinghamshire, England, to Charlestown, Mass., in 1629, under a 
patent from the Plymouth Council. He was a widower with 
five children — Grace. William. John, Jonah, and Elizabeth. In 
Charlestown he married Rebecca Short, of Boston. There he 
remained until 1643, when he went to Rehoboth. in the Ply- 
mouth Colony. In 1653 he came to Stonington (then called 
Pawcatuck). where he lived during the rest of his life. He died 
November 10, 1661. While in Rehoboth he represented that 
town in the Colonial Court for two years. After he came to 
Stonington he took an active and prominent part in the affairs 
of the town. By his second wife he had seven children — Han- 
nah, Elihu, Nehemiah, Moses, Benjamin, Gershom, and Rebecca. 
Judge Wheeler's address was listened to with close attention. 

A collection amounting to over $450 was then taken in a few 
moments to aid in defraying the expenses of the Re-union. 
which were over $900. The hat was passed again with good 
success, Thursday. After music, a poem was read by Rev. Dr. 
A. G. Palmer, who reviewed the deeds of the Palmer family at 
considerable length. This was followed by an address on " Pal- 
mer Families " by Noyes F. Palmer, who spoke of what has 
been accomplished by its members. 

A stirring poem by Rev. Frederick Denison, of Providence, 
opened the evening exercises, and afterward there were several 
short speeches by non-resident descendants of Walter Palmer. 
A fine display of fire-works closed the first day of the Re-union. 
This was witnessed by a great throng of people from Norwich, 
New London and neighboring towns. The most interesting 


pieces were those in honor of Washington, President Garfield, 
Grant, Bigelow, Walter Palmer and others, and they were re- 
ceived with applause. 

On Thursday morning an excursion train was run to We- 
quetequock dry bridge, where the family marched to the " Battie 
Hymn of the Republic " to Walter Palmer's Homestead, and 
thence to the ancient Wequetequock burying ground, where ap- 
propriate services were held. Remarks and responses by de- 
scendants of ancestral families of Stonington were in order as 
soon as the pilgrims returned from the excursion, which was not 
till late. The next exercise was the " including " of an old- 
fashioned clam bake on the Re-union grounds. A tent meet- 
ing and a general good time prolonged the exercises of the 
evening to a late hour. 

Hundreds of the Palmers still linger about Stonington, seem- 
ingly loth to. leave the place. It is certain that a family re- 
union on such a scale was never before attempted in New Eng- 
land. But its success renders sure the early gathering of the clans 
of Noyes and Minor and Denison and Chesebrough, and a half 
hundred others who have reason for pride in historic ancestors, 
and whose numbers are become almost countless. 

[From the Commercial Advertiser, Alig. 11.] 

THE Palmers very properly asserted themselves at Stonington. 
Yesterday the descendants of " worthy Walter Palmer," the 
first settler of the old Connecticut town, met and remembered 
him and his in prose, in verse, and in a royal good time, inter- 
woven with music and feasting. The occasion was one that 
will be remembered by thousands who know the worth and wis- 
dom of the Palmer blood as mingled in the progress of the coun- 
try since Connecticut was a colon)'. The absence of General 
Grant, who is a direct descendant of "worthy Walter," on account 
of recent domestic affliction, was the only disappointment of 
the hour. The celebration continues to-day, when, like the pil- 
grims of old, the families of the original settler will march in 
procession to the ancient homestead and to the "God's acre," in 
which their ancestors lie, to think of them with honor as they 
rest from their labors. 

[From the Sun.] 

The Palmers, who this week made their long-contemplated 
family pilgrimage to Stonington, the resting place of the first 
Palmer who ever journeyed to this country, certainly turned out 
in force. So many of a kind filled the city, and overflowed 


through the suburbs. They came from all parts of the United 
States — for these Palmers are sturdy travelers. It was a woman 
of the Palmer stock who wrote " I'm a pilgrim " and " Flee as a 
bird to you mountain.*' Family re-unions are contagious ; and 
now that the Palmers have successfully had theirs, we shall hear 
that others are going to do likewise. 


[BrIef Biography.] 

Geo. H. Palmer is a descendant of Walter Palmer — viz. : 
Walter, Gershom, Ichabod, Ichabod, jr., Elias Sandford, Elias 
S., Jr., Noyes, Geo. W., Geo. H. His father, Geo. W., was 
captain in the United States Army (calvary service), during the 
Rebellion. His ancestor, Elias S., was a colonel in the army, 
and his ancestor, Noyes, was Major-General ; so the family 
may be called a military one. 

Geo. H. went into the volunteer service from Illinois in April, 
1861, and served until the end of the war as captain. During 
the last year of the Rebellion he had command of a picked 
company of mounted men, and was engaged in fighting guer- 
illas in Kentucky and Tennessee. Since the war he has been 
in the Regular Arm)', and served on the plains and in the 
Southern States. His present rank is first lieutenant. He was 
born at Leonardsville, Madison County, N. V., April 16, 1841 : 
married Estelle J. Hoban, at Utica, X. Y., and have children — 
Geo. G., Mary Estelle, Ruth, H. Bruce, Edwin A. 


[From Anderson's Stonington Directory.] 


The claim of the Anglo race to the territory now embraced 
in Connecticut, originated in the discoveries of Sebastian Cabot 
in 1497, while he was in the employment of King Henry the 
Seventh of England. 

No apparent effort was made on the part of that Govern- 
ment to profit by Cabot's discoveries for more than a century, 
nor until 1606, when King James the First granted a Charter 
to Thomas Hanham and others, which included our State in 
its boundaries. But no permanent settlement took place under 
that Charter in Connecticut. Soon after the pilgrims left Eng- 
land for America, and before their arrival at Plymouth — to wit : 
on the 3d day of November, 1620 — King James the First, by let- 
ters patent under the Great Seal of England, incorporated forts- 
noblemen, knights and gentlemen by the name of the Council es- 
tablished at Plymouth in the County of Devon, for the planting. 
ruling and governing New England in America. The territory 
included in the patent extended from the 40th to the 48th de- 
gree of north latitude, and east and west from sea to sea. It 
was ordained by this patent that the country embraced in its 
boundaries should be called New England in America, and by 
that name have continuance forever. In 1629 the Council of 
Plymouth granted to its President, Robert, Earl of Warwick, the 
territory granted by him in March, 1631, to William Viscount 
Say and Seal and others as used for Connecticut : which grant 
the noble earl had confirmed to him by Charles the First. 
The territory now embraced in the town of Stonington was in- 
cluded in all the foregoing discoveries, grants, patents and char- 
ters. The Colony of Massachusetts having provided men and 
munitions of war for the conquest of the Pequot Indians in 1637, 
claimed an interest by right of conquest in all the lands held 
by the Pequots upon their overthrow, and preferred her claims 
to the Commissioners of United Colonies in 1646. Connecticut 
claimed all of it by patent, purchase and conquest. The Com- 
missioners held that unless Massachusetts could show better 
title she could not sustain her claims. This decision did not 
end the controversy, for during the next year (1647), the matter 
of jurisdiction was again brought by Massachusetts to the at- 
tention of the Commissioners, who again decided in favor of 

The first English settlement in Eastern Connecticut took 
place at the Nameaug, now New London, in 1645-6. The 


boundaries of that township extended four miles east and 
west of the Pequot River (Thames), and six miles from the 
sea northwardly. The first settlement in what is now Stoning- 
ton took place in 1649. William Chesebrough located himself 
at Wequetequock in the fall of that year. He was soon followed 
by Thomas Stanton and Walter Palmer. The forest homes of 
Chesebrough, Stanton and Palmer were outside the recognized 
jurisdiction of any township. He was summoned before the 
magistrates of Connecticut to give an account of his solitary life, 
in 1649-50. He did not respond before 165 1. when he ap- 
peared at Hartford, and after satisfying the magistrate of his 
good intentions he made an arrangement with the deputies of 
Pequot to become an inhabitant of that town if they would con- 
firm to him the lands he occupied at Wequetequock. So in or- 
der to give the town of Pequot jurisdiction over Mr. Chese- 
brough's new home in the wilderness, the General Court ex- 
tended the boundaries of that town eastward to Pawcatuck 
River. After this Mr. Chesebrough's land was confirmed to 
him by the town of Pequot, soon after 1650. The name of 
Mystic and Pawcatuck was applied to the territory lying be- 
tween the Mystic and Pawcatuck Rivers ; and under this name 
the inhabitants sought to become a township of themselves in 
1674. This object was frustrated by the opposition of the in- 
habitants of the Western part of the plantation, who outvoted 
them in town meeting when the matter came up for considera- 
tion. But notwithstanding the opposition that they encoun- 
tered, they still continued to agitate the question of dividing 
the town of Pequot on the line of the Mystic River. But all 
their efforts in that direction were unavailing. The Connecti- 
cut General Court zvould not allow them to form a new town- 
ship. So remembering the claims of Massachusetts based on 
the right of conquest, some of the planters in October, 1657. 
addressed a letter to the Massachusetts General Court, asking 
to be taken under that Government, and allowed the privilege 
of a township. In May, 1658, they presented another petition 
to that Court, asking again for corporate powers. The Court 
declined to take any action, suggesting, however, a reference of 
the matter to the Commissioners of the United Colonies, mean- 
time advising the planters to order their own affairs peaceably, 
and of common agreedeyit until some provision be made in their 
behalf. Following out this suggestion of the Massachusetts 
Court, the planters assembled on the 30th day of June, 1658, 
and formed a compact, called by them " the association of Paw- 
catuck people." Massachusetts sympathizing with, these plant- 
ers, and knowing the condition of affairs, esteemed it a good 


time to renew, and did renew her claim to a portion of the con- 
quered Pequot territory, and brought the matter again before 
the Commissioners of the United Colonies, and this time suc- 
cessfully, for in September, 1658. they rendered their decision, 
which was that all of the said conquered territory west of the 
Mystic River should belong to Connecticut, and all east of it 
should belong to Massachusetts. Immediately after this deci- 
sion became known to the planters, they petitioned the Massa- 
chusetts General Court for corporate powers, which were granted 
them, on the 19th day of October, 1658, in these words: "In 
answer to the petition of the inhabitants of Mystic and Pawca- 
tuck, the Court judgeth it meet to grant that the English plan- 
tation between Mystic and Pawcatuck be named Southington, 
and belong to the County of Suffolk, and order that all pruden- 
tial affairs thereof be managed by Capt. George Denison, Rob- 
ert Park, William Chesebrough, Thomas Stanton, Walter Pal- 
mer and Thomas Miner, till the Court take further order." 
Connecticut remonstrated but yielded reluctantly to the deci- 
sion in the premises. The town of Southerntown remained 
under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts till after the restoration 
of the monarchy in England, when King Charles II. granted 
a new charter to Connecticut in 1662, placing Southerntown 
in the limits of our State. Massachusetts gave up ail claim to 
our territory, and Connecticut again asserted jurisdiction, when 
the General in 1665 changed the name of the town to Mystic. 
In the year 1667 the General Court again changed the name to 
that of Stonington. At first these changes in the jurisdiction 
and names of the township produced contention and litigation 
which lasted for years, but finally subsided, and the town in- 
creased in population and wealth. That portion of the old 
town of Southerntown now embraced in the limits of the bor- 
ough of Stonington, was included in the Chesebrough land 
grants, and remained a pasture until 1750. when a new highway 
was laid out, from the town square northwardly to Preston. 
Previous to this the business of the town had been transacted 
at Pawcatuck, Tangwonk, Agreement Hill, and Mystic. But al- 
most immediately after this highway was established, business 
centered here, and the population increased very rapidly, so 
that by 1770, the village contained about five hundred inhabi- 
tants. The first meeting house was built in 1787, and the mon- 
ey to pay for the same was raised by a lottery. The village 

I was bombarded during the Revolutionary War, and again more 
formidably during the last war with England. The borough 

i was organized under a charter obtained of the General Assem- 

; bly in 1801. 




Vnto my sonne John, a yoake of three yeare old steares. and 
a horse; to my dau. Grace 20; to all my Grand Children 20s 
a piece — To my sonne Jonas, halfe the planting Lott at ye new 
meadow River, by Seaconck & ye Lott betweene John Butter- 
worths, according to the fouer score pound Estate, & the use of 
halfe ye housing & halfe of the whole Farme for fouer yeares — 
To my sonne William, the other halfe of ye same farme at Sea- 
conck foreuer. and to take Robert Martine or some oth r skill 
full man & to devide the houseing &: the whole farme in two 
equall p r ts & to take his owne & dispose of it as he pleaseth — 
I giue him, also, a Mare with her foale, two redd oxen, a pair 
of Steares of three yeare old a piece, fouer Cowes & a Muskett 
with all such things as are his owne allready — The other halfe 
of the farme at Seaconcke I give to my Sonne Gcrsham, for 
ever, after the tearme of fouer yeares — all the rest of my Land 
goods, and chattell vndisposed I leave vnto my wife, whome 
with my sonne Elihu, I make my full executor, to pay my 
debts, bring vp my Children & pay them theire portions as my 
Lands and Estate will beare : but, in case my wife marry againe, 
before my Children are brought vp & their portions payd, then, 
my three sonnes, Elihu, Nehemiah, & Moses to enter vpon the 
farme & Estate, and pay vnto their mother, 10^ p r annum during 
hir life & ye Land & Estate duely valued to be equally distributed 
among my Children, — Elyhu, Nehemiah, Moses, Benjamin. 
Gersham, Hannah, & Rebecca, with Consideration of the tenn 
pound yearely to be payd to theire mother out of ye Land — 
But if my wife pay their portions, according to her discretion 
& my three sonnes Elihu, Nehemiah, & Moses Possesse the 
Land, they shall give ^20 a piece out of the Land to my sonne 
Benjamine, besides his mothers portion, in 3 years after they 
are possesst of the Farme. 

Walter Palmer. 
In the prnce of 
William Cheesbrough, 
Samil Cheesbrough, 
Nathaniell Cheesbrough. 


Memorandum. — If Elihu, Nehemiah. or Moses decease before 
they have any years, Benjamine is to succede in theire pt of y e 
Farme & give to my dau. Elizabeth, two Cowes — 1 give my 
Executor s a yeares time for payment of these Legacies. 

Testified to, by three witnesses, on oath, before George Deni- 
son, Commissi". 


Approved by the Court on Petition of Lieut. Richard Cooke, 
in behalfe of y e Widow Palmer, relict of Walter and Elihu, 
theire sonne, on the oathes of Win.. Samuell & NathanU Chees- 
brough, 1 1 May 1662. 

Inventor}'' of the Goods & Chattells of Walter Palmer, now 
deceased, at Southertowne, in the Countie of Suffolke, as it was 
•taken the Last of Mrch 1662 by William Chesbrooke & Thomas 
Stanton of the same towne. 

Amt ;£ 1644.05s. 

One horse valued at £12, added by Elihu Palmer, as Execu- 
tor who deposed, 13 May 1662. 

— {From the Records of Suffolk Co., Mas?.~\ 


An invcntarie of the goodes & chatels of waiter Palmer Now 
deceased at Sothertwn in the Cowntie of Suffolke as it was ta- 
ken the Last of March 1662 by William Chisbroh & Thomas 
Stanton of the same towne. 

4 horses at £45 00 00 

5 mares at 66 oc 00 

4 cowltes at 30 00 00 

halfe a hors 06 00 00 

19 yeerlings at 38 00 00 

19 too yer owldes at .- 76 00 00 

1 8 two veer & vantag at 90 00 00 

4 Steeres & a bull at 29 00 00 

8 Oxen at 64 00 00 

23 Cowes at 115 00 co 

So Sheepe at 44 co 00 

wvn bull not seen at 03 00 00 

4 fatting hogs at 08 00 00 

3 younger hogs at I 10 00 

4 moi e swine at 4 05 00 

2olb of fetheres at I 00 00 

5olb of wool at 2 10 00 

9 gwnes 4 foling Peeses at 15 00 00 

3 sordes at or 10 00 

4 beds of furnyture at 14 00 OO 

3 beds of furnyture at 2$ 00 00 

4 Chiestes & y't in them 120000 

Pewter bras & other goods 20 00 00 

1 tabell & forme at , r 01 10 co 


plowgeares & Castes at .£30 00 00 

Lumber and toolles 22 00 00 

his apparell at 12 00 to 

Corne & have at 55 00 00 

Provision in the hows at 25 00 00 

1 boat at 07 00 co 

goods at New London, Seaconk & the duch 120 00 00 

howsing and Landes 661 00 00 

Totalis 1644 05 00 


Tho. Stanton. 
one horse more Added at iz£ at Seacunccke virte. 

[On the back of the inventory is the following :] 

13 may, 1662, at Generall Court, Elihu Palmer deposed as 
executor to his late father Palmer's will, deposed yt hairing 
added to this Inventory one horse at twelve pounds, is a true 
Inventory of his late father's Estate to his best knowledge that 
when he knowes more he will discover it. 

Edward Rawson, Secretv. 


This farm contains 231 acres, and is that portion of Walter 
Palmer's immense tract which he gave to his son Xehemiah. 
and upon which he built his house (now standing), and where 
he reared his family, the names of whom are given in another 
column. On this " Walter Palmer farm " is the ancient burying- 
ground, in which repose the dust of the early settlers (of Ston- 
ington) and of their children: also it is the very- spot where 
Walter first built his log-house as a temporary abode, on his 
arrival from Rehoboth (the excavation in the side hill can stii! 
be seen), consequently it is historic ground, and probably more 
so than any other of the original Palmer territory. 

The northern edge of the farm borders on the old mill pond 
and Anguilla brook, and at the head of the pond traces can be 
seen of the old saw-mill dam built by Walter and others. The 
grist mill, built some 220 years ago, is still in operation, and its 
appearance is the best evidence of its antiquity. 

The Stonington and Providence Railroad runs across the 
southern portion of the farm, and at that point is the tank- 

OF thf. re-uxiox. 26; 

house of the Railroad Co. supplied by water from a reservoir 
on the farm. Until within a few years all trains on the Ston- 
ington Railroad stopped there to " water." From the railroad 
track up the hill to the farm-house is only 600 feet. 

The farm is admirably adapted to grazing purposes, and 
many years ago it was purchased by a Mr. Baldwin for ten 
thousand dollars, and since that time it has been known as the 
" Baldwin farm." 

But a little while ago it was offered for sale, and Ira H. Pal- 
mer, of Stonington, seeing with others the desirability of secur- 
ing and retaining the large property, with its historic associa- 
tions, in the Palmer family, entered into negotiations for it, 
which were concluded in the early part of this month. The 
farm is now tenanted and will continue to be : improvements 
will gradually be made, and the descendants (who are very nu- 
merous) of Xehemiah Palmer, son of Walter, when they visit 
Stonington, will particularly be interested in this part of Wal- 
ter's domain. Although the house now standing has been oft 
times repaired, yet it is of the original shape and style as built 
by Nehemiah. The Re-unionists to Stonington last summer 
did not have this property pointed out to them, consequently 
knew nothing of its associations. We trust Walter's descend- 
ants will know more of it in the future. — From " Vidette." 


During the interval of the Re-union, and the publication of 
this volume, there have been deaths of some of the family. 
Such as we have learned of we insert a brief biography of. 

[From the American Grocer, December S, 1 58 1.] 


The subject of this sketch, who died at his late residence, 
213 Washington street, Jersey City, on Monday, the 5th inst., 
after a month's illness, was for forty-three years a resident of 
Jersey City, and for forty-two years a wholesale grocer in New 
York City. The deceased was born near Paterson, X. }., on 
the 2d January, 18 10. and was the son of Captain James M. W. 
Palmer, of the ship Marshall, and grandson of Brigade-Major 
Thomas Palmer, of the British Army, and Esther Woolsey, his 
wife, whose brother was the father of President Theodore D. 


Woolsey, of Vale 'College. Mr. Palmer came to New York 
when a boy, and in 1832 became a clerk for the old wholesale 
grocer}- house of Clark & Tallmadge, which firm he left in 1834 
to become, at the age of 24 years, one of the firm of Ream, 
Lyon & Palmer, wholesale grocers. In 1837 Mr. Beam retired 
from business with a competence, when Mr. Palmer associated 
himself with Mr. Samuel J. Berry, under the firm name of Ber- 
ry & Palmer, and so continued under that firm name for 28 
years, until 1865, when Mr. Berry also retired from business. 
Mr. Palmer then concluded to continue the business under the 
firm name of James \Y. Palmer & Sons, taking into partnership 
his sons, James W. Palmer, Jr., now of the firm of H. K. & F. 
B. Thurber & Co., and David W. Palmer, who during the war 
was an Assistant Adjutant-General in General Sherman's army. 
but died March, 22, 1873, widely known and highly respected. 
In 1876, the senior member of the firm retired from active bus- 
iness, and since then has occupied his time in attending to the 
affairs of the George M. Woolsey estate, of which, as executor 
and trustee, he has had the management for the past thirty- 
years. In early life Mr. Palmer was a very active member of 
the old Whig party, especially during the campaigns of Clay 
and Harrison, but of late years he has taken no special interest 
in any political organization. On December 6, 1841. at its 
first meeting, he was elected an incorporator and trustee of the 
Provident Institution for Savings of Jersey City; on December 
2, 1850, he was elected a Vice-President, and on January [5. 
185 1, a member of the Board of Investment, of which he was 
for many years the Chairman. In fact, so highly were his ser- 
vices appreciated that, in 1867, he was presented with a service 
of silver plate for his faithful labors, rendered gratuitously, as a 
member of the Board of Investment. After twenty-six years' 
service as Vice-President and member of the Investment Com- 
mittee, he resigned, December, [876. He was again elected 
Vice-President in December, 1879, which office he held at the 
time of his death, having served the Institution faithfully, wise- 
ly and gratuitously for ^y years. In all the relations of life he 
was faithful and conscientious, and although he only sought the 
friendship of those whose friendship was worth having, he was 
a warm friend to the needy and afflicted who came to him for 
comfort, assistance or advice. He was a kind father, a wise 
counsellor, a good citizen and an honest man. His funeral 
took place from his late residence on Wednesday afternoon, 7th 
inst. The remains will be taken to Goshen, N. V., to be buried 
by the side of his wife and children. 



PALMER — Feb. 15, 1881, Rev. Marcus Palmer, in his eighty- 
sixth year. 

The following is an abstract of a memorial discourse, preached 
by Rev. J. H. Walter, at the funeral services held at Olena, 
Huron County, on the 15th, the remains being conveyed to the 
family burial-ground at Fitchville. 

The same discourse was preached in the Presbyterian Church 
in that place, the Sunday previous. 

The deceased was a native, of Greenwich, Fairfield County, 
Conn.; born the 24th of April, 1795. He was the seventh in 
age of a family of fourteen, two younger brothers yet living at 

At the age of nineteen he united with the Congregational 
Church, and on the death of the father, the family removed to 
Huron County, Ohio. The deceased remained East with a 
brother, a physician, and studied medicine and graduated at 
the Medical College in New York City. In 1820 he was re- 
commended by Dr. Gardner Spring, pastor of the Brick Pres- 
byterian Church, New York, to the United Foreign Missionary 
Society, as a suitable person for a physician among the Indians 
west of the Mississippi. The appointment was made and ac- 
cepted, and Dr. Palmer set out from New York for Philadelphia, 
in one of the first steamboats ever built. Thence in company with 
about eight persons for the same mission, he crossed the Alle- 
gheny mountains with one of the long wagon-trains, to Pitts- 
burg; thence by flat-boats down the Ohio and Mississippi riv- 
ers to the mouth of the Arkansas, and up that river by poles 
and bushwhacking, to Little Rock ; thence to the Union Mission, 
now in Southern Kansas, among the Osage Indians. 

Here his work began, amid the difficulties and sufferings 
which attended the removal of the Indians westward. 

In 1824 Dr. Palmer was married to Miss Clarissa Johnson, 
then having care of the Mission School, and who, after twelve 
years, died on her way East, and was buried at Granville, Ohio. 




At the close of our volume, we are pained to note the close 
of Grandmother Palmer's earthly career. 

She was a remarkable woman in many ways. In physique 


large and portly, weighing in usual health 240 pounds, and sel- 
dom ill — the mother of twelve children, all but two grown up to 
manhood and womanhood, and whose average weight was 216 
pounds. She was a home mother, and during the period of a 
quarter of a century, left her house to visit her neighbor's but 
two or three times. I doubt if she beheld a locomotive more 
than two or three times, though hearing the whistle daily. She 
had a wonderful memory, and her mind was a store-house of 
information, which she kept daily refreshed by reading and 
study. She was strong-minded to that extent that few politi- 
cians in her neighborhood could out-talk her on the topics of 
the day. Four of her sons became active representatives in 
the Democratic party, in the various sections where they lived: 
but mother's advice and counsel was always held in high esteem 
by them. 

We have given, on page 136, a brief-mention that " Palmer 
Records" emanated from her influence, when we passed a three 
months' vacation with Grandmother. We outlined what Bible- 
records she had. and by gradual study she gave us the pedigree 
of over four hundred Palmers. This was the nucleus upon which 
was built the Record, now containing the lineage of over 10,000 
Palmers. She took an active interest in the work, and wrote 
hundreds of letters in a hand-writing almost like print — writing 
the letters slow and in the shape of type, rather than script 
penmanship. In one of her letters she writes: " I joined the 
Church in Lenox, in 18 19, a firm believer in Christ, as all my 
connections were, and most of them were members of the Bap- 
tist Church. Near my birth-place were high ledges of huge 
rocks, which mother said were rent asunder when Christ was 
crucified, which, in our infancy, created no little interest for the 
great God of Heaven and Earth. And the teachings of a 
Christian mother, endowed with a mother's kind heart, stamped 
the minds of her children impressions that will endure like the 
rock of ages." 

On page 138 will be noticed one of the lines of descent of 
Grandmother from Walter, and on page 137 another; and on 
page 139 her likeness, with that of her husband Stephen W., 
her four sons, Chas. W., Wm. L., Xoyes G. and Geo. W., with 
that of her grandson, Noyes F., and two of her grta {-grand- 
children, Albert W. and Saidee E. 

Our great regret is that she did not live to see some of the 
Record in print — a fond hope of hers for years. 

Grandmother Huldah was born December 28th, 1797, and 
died January 30th, 1882, aged 84 years and 1 month. 




Grandfather Stephen \Y. Palmer was born at Stonington, on 
November 22cl, 1793. and lived there until about 18 10, and 
moved into New York State — Lenox, Madison County. At the 
age of twenty, he married Huldah Palmer, who was " sweet 
sixteen " at that time. He joined the Masonic Fraternity in 
1 8 14; held important offices, and finally received the degree of 
Royal Arch, and took several honorary signs ; held a captain's 
commission in the Militia; was called out in 18 15. just before 
the War of 18 12 closed, and for services received a bounty of 
160 acres; moved to this land, situated near Napoleon, Jack- 
son Count}', Mich., in 1836; was elected Postmaster and Jus- 
tice of the Peace several times. He was a man of strong con- 
victions, stern and decided ; he had a marked influence in any 
matter requiring deliberation and judgment. His avocation as 
farmer was in the line of stock-cattle breeding, and in which 
he became known all over the State as owning the best breed 
of Durham cattle. 

He died March 23d, 1879, aged ^ years. His likeness ap- 
pears on page 139. 



PALMER — In Madison, August 28th, 1881, after a painful and 
protracted illness of over a year, Mr. Cullen Palmer, aged 69 

The deceased was one of Madison's most respected and in- 
fluential citizens. Having lived in Madison during the past 40 
years, he aided materially in the upbuilding of the town and 
society, and won to himself many friends and acquaintances. 
He was born in Concord, Ohio, in 18 12, was a son of Dr. Isaac 
Palmer, of that place, and a descendant of Walter Palmer, 
who came from Nottinghamshire, England, with the pilgrims, 
and settled in 1653 in Stonington, Conn. While living in Con- 
cord, the deceased, in company with Mr. Robert Murray, now 
of Mentor, bought and sold cattle quite extensively, buying 
them in that vicinity and driving them overland in large droves 
across the Allegheny Blue Ridge mountains to Philadelphia, 
where they were sold — the hardship and enterprise of the 
business being far different than now, when the herds of cattle 


arc transported by rail. While living in Madison, he devoted 
his energies to farming, buying and selling cattle for the Buffalo 
and home market. At the age of 52, soon after the death of his 
son, he united with the Congregational Church. During his 
sickness he bore his suffering with patience, and died trusting 
in Christ's mercy and his atoning blood. He leaves a wife, three- 
sons and a daughter, who deeply mourn his loss. 



WILLIAMS— Rev. George Palmer Williams, LL.D.. for forty 
years professor in Michigan University, died Sept. 4, 1881, at 
Ann Arbor, of general debility. 

Dr. Williams was a native of Woodstock, Vt., having been 
born April 13, 1802, and was a brother of the late Hon. Nor- 
man Williams, and whose mother was a daughter of Gershom 
Palmer. He graduated at Burlington in 1S25, and afterward 
at Andover Theological Seminar)', and in 1827 went west and 
became a tutor in Kenyon College, Gambier, O. From 1 S3 1 to 
1834 he was a professor of languages in the Western University 
of Pennsylvania at Pittsburg, and from 1834 to 1837 again at 
Kenyon College. In 1837 he received the first appointment to 
the place of instructor made by the board of regents of the 
Michigan University as principal of the Pontiac branch. July 
22, 1 841, he received the first appointment in the department 
of ancient languages to a professorship in the University proper. 
This position, however, he did not accept, but instead that of 
mathematics and natural sciences. In 1854 the department of 
physics was otherwise provided for, leaving him only mathe- 
matics. This, in 1863, he exchanged for physics, with which 
department he was connected as emeritus professor. Astron- 
omy, though not nominally in his professorship, he taught until 
1844, and great enthusiasm in the calculation of eclipses was 
annually awakened among the students. At the age of 45 he 
entered the ministry. He served at one time for more than a 
year as rector of St. Andrews Church, Ann Arbor, and by the 
donation of his salary relieved the church from debt. In 1S27 
he married Elizabeth Edson, of Randolph, Vt., who died in 
1850. In 1852 he married Mrs. Jane Richards. Some years 
ago the Alumni of Michigan University conceived the idea of 
raising an endowment fund, and the total amount subscribed 
was $27,374.46, the interest on which was paid Dr. Williams. 


William Brown Palmer, of Covington. Wyoming Co.. 
N. Y., died January 31, 1SS2. Was the oldest son of Uzziel 
and " Nabby " Palmer, and was born in Stonington, May 10. 
1795. Was a direct descendant from Rev. Wales Palmer.' He 
moved to New York State when a young man. 

Walter Palmer, of Winfield, X. Y.,died at that place Janu- 
ary, 1882. He was one of the most prominent citizens of the 
locality, and connected with the National Bank of Winfield. 

Mrs. Harriet N. Palmer, of Norwich, Conn., and wife of 
Col. Edwin Palmer, died October 31, 1881. 

GEO. W. PALMER, of Union Park, Conn., died November, 
1 88 1. He was for over twenty years Treasurer of the .Middle- 
sex Horse Railroad in Boston. Mass. His amiability and 
strict business habits won for him a high standing in society. 
The funeral was attended by the Handel and Hayden Musical 
Society, who furnished sacred music on the occasion. The re- 
mains were buried in Brandon, Conn. 

Capt. Gideon H. Palmer, of Newport, R. I., died in March, 
1 88 1, much respected and esteemed. 

William Walter Palmer (No. 2,447, page '39> died Feb- 
ruary 5, 1882, aged 1 year, 5 months and 4 days, infant son of 
Noyes F. and Clara M. Palmer. This little fellow had some- 
thing to do with the Re-union. He used to play around the 
room, and scatter the invitations being written to the Palmers. 
He used to spoil some of them, too. and blot them, as he sat 
upon our knee, when we were writing, and with his chubby 
hand reach out and try to help. He had something to do in 
putting sunshine in this book when we were weary in the task — 
a romp on the floor brought back our spirits. He used to help 
us by spilling the ink, breaking off the end of our lead pencils, 
and creep over our desk on the top of papers. In short, he- 
was company to us in many ways. Now he is in company with 
angels in heaven, and we in sorrow and sadness. 


[Likeness No. 6, page 177 ; Riography, page 165. J 

PALMER.— At Stock-bridge, March 13, Mrs. Hannah Palmer, 
aged 'jj years. 

" Dear, good Mrs. Palmer!" is the exclamation universally 
following the mention of the decease of this excellent lady, by 


our citizens. No woman has better deserved such testimony, 
and no monument that may rise above her place of rest can 
better commemorate her. No community can spare such mem- 
bers without sorrow, and a feeling of impoverishment. Mrs. 
Palmer was born in Stonington. Ct.. in the year 1804. Her 
bright and joyous girlhood ripened into the tempered vivacity 
which she brought with her to her adopted residence here, and 
radiated like sunshine from her home to all who were blessed 
with her acquaintance. In 1824, she married Mr. Paul S. Pal- 
mer, moved to this town and commenced a life-long career of 
love and usefulness. The family residence on the upland north 
of our village became proverbial for good cheer, hospitality and 
happiness. Her husband was an intelligent, courteous and in- 
dependent farmer, preaching by his own example the " dignity 
of labor." When Lord Morpeth visited our town in 1842, for 
larger knowledge of the modes of American life, he was taken 
to Mr. Palmer's as a place affording a most favorable specimen 
of the American farmer and domestic management. Nor did 
it fail of proper appreciation, of which the genial, lady-like mis- 
tress came in for a full share. Mrs. Palmer was the soul ot 
sympathy and helpfulness. Her charity knew no sectarianism, 
and "the blessing of Him that was ready to perish" was al- 
ways hers. The victims of misfortune found in her an invalu- 
able ally. All children loved her as a mother. Her words of 
kindness and deeds of beneficence brought cheer to the dis- 
tressed : her hand was ever efficacious to smooth the pillow of 
pain, and the remedials suggested by her rich experience often 
proved more efficacious than those of the physician. There 
could be no despondency when and where she was present. To 
her last days she could equally well entertain those of Jier own 
age and the gayest of the young. The natural of 
years was remarkably tempered by an inborn cheerfulness 
which prompted her, not to withdraw from social pleasures, but 
rather to promote them by a geniality which made her presence 
agreeable to old and young. Her well-stored mind, large ex- 
perience and interesting conversational powers rendered her a 
model guest and hostess. The death of her hasband, in 1875, 
dampened but could not subdue her inherent cheerfulness, while 
it brightened the Christian faith which dominated all her fac- 
ulties and enhanced her sympathy toward general humanity. 
A son and a widowed daughter, Mrs. Mar}' Palmer Pitkin, re- 
mained in her stricken home, whose loving devotion to her in 
her increasing years, augmented by that of another son's family, 
occupying the adjoining farm (three only surviving of nine 
children), and numerous grandchildren, all of whom almost 

of The re-union. 

worshipped her, rendered life still desirable and happy. Here, 
finally, after a brief illness, death overtook her, in full posses- 
sion of her mental powers, though at the ripe age of " years, 
and closed her eyes on earth to be opened on the glories of the 
better land. Such a life in any community is a golden exam- 
ple and a benediction, and the loss of it can only be recom- 
pensed by the assurance of eternal reward to the one who lived it. 

"She set as sets the morning star, that goes 
Not down behind the darkened west, nor hides 
Obscured among the tempests of the sky, 
But melts away into the light of I leaven.*' 
Stockbridge, March 25, 1682. 

Extract from a sermon preached by the Rev. Arthur Law- 
rence, rector of St. Paul's Church, in Stockbridge, March 19th. 

" We have laid this week out of our sight one of the sweetest 
and best of our number — one who for more than fifty years has 
been the centre and the sunlight of that best of all things on 
earth — a Christian home — one whose clear wisdom, whose 
gentle nature, whose loving heart have drawn to her the ten- 
der respect and tender affection of every one she knew. 
Was the tender smile which was ever on her lips inconsistent 
with an humble spirit ? Was the cheerfulness with which she 
welcomed those who turned to her — and never in vain — for 
sympathy or greetiug out of keeping with a heart that had been 
sanctified by suffering and acquainted with grief? 


[After the " business minutes " of the Re-union had been 
published in this volume it was discovered by the Secretary 
that several records had been omitted, and we insert, to keep 
the record complete. 

Palmer Re-UNION, Stonington, Conn., Aug. 10, 1881. 

[Part of omitted Minutes, page 20.] 

At a mass meeting of the " Palmer Re-union," held on the 
evening of this date, in the large tent on the Re-union grounds 
(Loper lot), Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, of New York, Acting Chair- 
man. Hon. C. D. Prescott, of Rome, N. Y., then moved: 

That whereas, the officers having charge of this grand Re- 
union have demonstrated their fitness for the respective offices 
they hold, and their eminent ability to plan and successfully 
carry out another re-union. 

Resolved, That such officers be and they hereby are elected 
and continued as the officers of the " Palmer Re-union Organi- 
zation " now formed, to hold until the next re-union, with full 
power to determine the time when and the place where the 
same shall be held, and to do all acts and things necessary and 
proper with reference thereto. 

The above motion being seconded, was carried unanimously. 

The thanks of the Re-union was voted separately to Hon. E.H. 
Palmer as President, Ira H. Palmer as Corresponding Secretary. 
and Noyes F. Palmer as Committee on Invitation, for their in- 
defatigable efforts in arranging and planning so effectively the 
interests of the Re-union. 

Adjourned to mass meeting, August nth, same place. 
From the Record. 

(Attest;, Ira H. Palmer, 

Acting Clerk. 


Palmer Re-union, Stonington, Aug. n, 1881. 
* * -::- * j}y those assembled at this time, and as Un- 
representative body of the " Palmer Re-union," the following 
was passed unanimously, Hon. E. H. Palmer, Chairman : 

Voted, That the " Palmer Re-union " does now adjourn, sub- 
ject to the call of the President. 

(Attest), Ira H. Palmer, 

Acting Clerk. 

[In addition, the proceedings of the business meetings, pre- 
liminary to the second Re-union is also inserted. Efforts have 
been made to perfect a " Palmer Re-union Association" that will 
perpetuate re-unions from time to time, and will provide ways 
and means for the expenses.] 





November 28th, 1S81, at 237 Broadway (Broadway National 
Bank), New York City. 

Meeting held pursuant to call of President of Re-union — 
E. H. Palmer. 

PRESENT — E. H. Palmer, Montville, Ct. ; Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, 
New York City; Francis A. Palmer, Esq., New Yoak City: 
Lorin Palmer, Esq., Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Courtlandt Palmer, 
Esq., New York City; James U. Palmer, Esq., Brooklyn, 
N. Y. ; B. Frank Chapman, Esq., Oneida, N. Y. ; Noyes F. 
Palmer, Jamaica, N. Y., and others. 

On motion of Francis A. Palmer, Esq., 

Voted, That E. H. Palmer, the President of the late Palmer 
Re-union, be called upon to preside. 


On motion of Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, 

Voted, That Noyes F. Palmer be Secretary pro tern. 

After general discussion as to the objects of the meeting, on 
motion of Courtlandt Palmer, Esq., it was 

Voted, That a permanent organization, for the purpose of per- 
petuating Palmer Family Re-unions, and for social and literary 
intercourse, be formed under the name of PALMER RE-UNION 

On motion of Gen. Geo. \V. Palmer, it was 

Voted, That E. H. Palmer, of Montville, Conn., be President 
of the Association. 

On motion of Lorin Palmer, Esq., it was 

Voted, That Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, of New York City, be 
First Vice-President of the Association. 

On motion of Noyes F. Palmer, it was 

Voted, That Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of Stonington, Conn.. 
be Second Vice-President of the Association. 

On motion of Courtlandt Palmer, Esq., it was 

Voted, That Francis A. Palmer, Esq., of New York City, be 
Treasurer of the Association. 

On motion of Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, it was 
Voted, That Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, N. Y., be Secre- 
tary of the Association. 

On motion of Lorin Palmer, it was 

Voted, That the five officers (President, First Vice-President, 
Second Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary) be an Execu- 
tive Committee, with power to appoint sub-committees. 

After general discussion as to the basis of control of the said 
Association, on motion of Courtlandt Palmer, it was 

Voted, That the Executive Committee prepare a certificate 
of membership to issue to members of the family (paternal or 
maternal j descendants ; that said certificate not to stipulate that 
it is obligatory for the recipient to pay for the same, but that 
the requirements necessary to obtain a certificate be set forth 
in the By-Laws of the Association, and not appear in the cer- 


On motion of Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, it was 

Voted, That the Executive Committee prepare a set of By- 
Laws, and report at the next meeting, said meeting to be called 
by the Secretary when the Executive Committee are prepared 
to report. 

On motion of Lorin Palmer, it was 

Voted, That Vice-Presidents be elected to represent different 
branches of the family in various sections, and that the Secre- 
tary prepare a list of the same, and report at the next meeting 
for approval. 

On motion of E. .H. Palmer, it was 

Voted, An expression of thanks to F. A. Palmer, Esq., for 
his courtesy in allowing the Association a temporary place of 

On motion of Lorin Palmer, it was 

] T oted, To adjourn, subject to call of the Secretary. 

I NOTE. — The minutes were amended by a subsequent meet- 
ing held at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, April 6. 18S2. At 
the latter meeting the report of Committee on Constitution, 
By-Laws, etc., was made and adopted.] 

Palmer Re-UNION, Stonington, Conn.. Jan., 1S82. 
Notice is hereby given tha: a business meeting of the " Pal- 
mer Re-union " will be held at Brayton Hall, January 30th. at 
7:30 o'clock, for the consideration of, and the acting upon 
measures appearing necessary — to create additional offices, if 
desired, and to fill the same. By order of 

E. H. Palmer, 

Ira H. Palmer, 

Cor. Sec'y and Acting Sec y of Record. 

[NOTE. — The proceedings of this informal meeting of Janu- 
ary 3, 1882, were superseded by the action of the Re-union 
meeting held at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, New York City, 
April 6, 1882.J 




[From Brooklyn Union-Argus, April i, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 1S82, New York Tribune. 
April 5, 1SS2, and other papers.] 

Palmer Family — Second Re-Union— Business Meeting. 
— A meeting of the members of the family, and officers of the 
late Re-union, is to be held in New York City, on the 'first 
Thursday in April (6th), at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, cor- 
ner Thirty-fourth street and Eighth avenue, at 8 P. M. ; the 
object of the meeting being to discuss the advisability of hold- 
ing stated re-unions and to perfect a permanent association to 
perpetuate the same. All members of the family (ladies as 
well) are particularly requested to attend and participate in this 
business meeting. You are specially invited to be present. 

(Signed) Elisha H. Palmer, Montville, Conn., 

President of Re-union. 

[From Stonington Mirror, March 25, 16S2.] 

PALMER Re-UNTON. — There will be a meeting of the Palmer 
Re-union, in New York City, at St. Paul's Evangelical Church. 
April 6th, at 3 o'clock P. M., for the consideration and transac- 
tion of business appearing necessary at that time. 

By order of E. H. Palmer, President. 

I. H. Palmer, Acting Secretary of Record. 

Stonington, Conn., March 22, 1882. 


New York, St. Paul's Evangelical Church. / 
250 W. Thirty- fourth street, April 6, 1882. \ 

Pursuant to published call, this meeting was held. 

Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville, Conn., President of Re-union, 
in the chair; Ira H. Palmer, of Stonington, Conn., Corre- 
sponding Secretary of Re-Union, Clerk. 

On motion of Rev. A. G. Palmer, of Stonington, Conn., 

Voted, That the Clerk read the call for the meeting. 

The Clerk read the same. 

The Chair directed the Clerk to read the minutes of the pre- 
vious meeting, held at Stonington, Conn., January 30, 1882 : 
and the same was read. 


Upon motion of Noycs F. Palmer, of Jamaica, 

Voted, That the minutes of the previous meeting be super- 
seded by the deliberations of the present meeting. 

The Chair then made a few remarks, and called upon Gen. 
Geo. W. Palmer, of New York City, who made an explanation 
in regard to the necessity of having a permanent association 
formed to assist the officers of the late Re-union in any future 
meeting of this character ; that the motion adopted at the close 
of the late Re-union stipulated that the officers may do such 
acts as are necessary to promote re-unions, and have proper 
regulations made to accomplish the same. 

Therefore, on motion of Benj. F. Chapman, of Oneida, N. Y., 

Voted, That the Palmer Re-union Association be formed. 

Proposed Constitution and By-Laws of the Palmer Re-union 
Association read by Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, and upon his motion, 
seconded by Rev. A. G. Palmer, 

Voted, That the same be adopted as a whole. 

On motion of Benj. F. Chapman, of Oneida, N. Y., 

Voted, That the date of August and November meetings be 
left to the discretion of the Board of Officers. 

On motion of Prof. Joseph H. Palmer, of Yonkers, N. Y., 

Voted, That there be no restrictions as to the age of appli- 
cants for certificate of membership. 

Amendments adopted, and the Constitution and By-Laws, as 
a whole. 

On motion of Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, 

Voted, That the officers of the Palmer Re-union Association 
be chosen. 

On motion of Gen. Geo. \V. Palmer, 

Voted, As President, Elisha H. Palmer, of Montville, Conn. 
Voted, As First Vice-President, Rev. A. G. Palmer, of Ston- 
ington, Conn. 

On motion of Noyes F. Palmer, 

Voted, As Second Vice-President, Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, of 
New York City. 

On motion of E. H. Palmer, 


Voted, As Third Vice-President, Robert Palmer, of Noank, 



Voted> As Treasurer, Francis A. Palmer, of New York City. 

Voted, As Chaplain, Rev. E. B. Palmer, D. D., of Brid^eton 
N. j. 

Voted, As Recording Secretary, Noyes F. Palmer, of Ja- 
maica, N. Y. 

Voted, As Corresponding Secretary, Ira H. Palmer, of Ston- 
ington, Conn. 

Voted, As Grand Marshal, F. C. Palmer, of Montville, Conn. 
• The questions of Life Membership and Honorary Member- 
ship were discussed, and deferred until the next Re-union. 

Dr. Corydon Palmer made an explanation in reference to 
coat-of-arms, and exhibited a large painting of one of the em- 
blems. Matter referred to Committee on Certificate. 

Committee on Certificate appointed by Chair— Gen. Geo. \V. 
Palmer and Noyes F. Palmer — with power to print in pamphlet 
form the Constitution and By-Laws, and have prepared a suita- 
ble form of Certificate of Membership, and to do such other 
acts as are necessary to perfect the Association. 

Literary Committee appointed by the Chair, with power to 
increase their number : Rev. A. G. Palmer, of Stonington, Conn., 
Chairman; Mrs. Isabella Grant Meredith, of New York City: 
Miss Sara A. Palmer, of Stonington, Conn. ; Mrs. Mary Palmer 
Pitkin, of Stockbridge, Mass. ; Arch. M. Palmer, of New York 
City; Prof. Joseph H. Palmer, of Yonkers, N.Y.; C. B. Palmer, 
of Sing Sing, N. Y. ; Noyes F. Palmer, of Jamaica, N. Y. ; 
Frank H. Palmer, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of Stonington, made a very happy 
address to the Palmer Family, welcoming them to meet at 
Stonington, at their next Re-union. 

Whereupon, it was 

Voted, To hold another Re-union at Stonington the coming 

Upon motion of Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, 

Voted, Thanks to the hospitality of Francis A. Palmer in 
tendering to the Palmers the use of the edifice in which the 
meeting was held. 

Adjourned subject to call of the President. 


Of the A T ame of the Association. 
SECTION i. The name of the Association shall be "Till-: 
Palmer Re-union Association," and its object shall be the 
perpetuation of the re-union of the Palmers and their paternal 
and maternal kindred through the Palmer lineage ; to collect 
and preserve information respecting the history of the family, 
and to promote social and literary intercourse among its mem- 

Of Members. 

Sec. i. Any descendent, paternal or maternal, of the Palmer 
lineage, of good moral character and in respectable standing 
in society, shall be eligible as a member. 

§ 2. Each member shall, immediately upon admission, sign 
the Roll of Membership (in person or by proxy) with full name 
and residence, which will entitle him or her to a voice in the 
proceedings of any meeting; but members shall not be entitled 
to vote upon any question unless they shall hold certificates 
of membership, in their own name, in the form prescribed. 

§ 3. Certificate members shall not be held liable for any greater 
amount than the sum voluntarily pledged by them to the Asso- 
ciation ; nor shall they be liable for any dues, assessments, or any 
indebtedness of the Association. 

§ 4. In case any indebtedness is created, by reason of the 
non-payment of pledged funds, a statement thereof shall im- 
mediately be prepared by the Treasurer and sent to each certifi- 
cate member, with the pro rata amount necessary to be con- 
tributed by each, to maintain the integrity of the Association. 

Of the Officers of the Association. 

SEC. 1. The officers of the Association shall be a President, 
a First, a Second and a Third Vice-President, a Chaplain, a 
Treasurer, a Grand Marshal, a Corresponding Secretary, and a 
Recording Secretary, who shall be elected by the certificate 
members at the close of each Re-union of the Association, at 
which time they shall be installed and hold thier offices until 
their successors are duly elected and qualified. 


§ 2. The election shall be by ballot in person or by proxy, and 
a plurality of votes shall constitute a choice. 

§ 3. The officers named in Section 1 of this Article shall 
constitute an Executive Committee, to be styled the "Board of 

§ 4. The President shall, when he is present, preside at all 
meetings of the Association, preserve order, put the question. 
and declare the decision. He, in conjunction with one of the 
Vice-Presidents, may call special meetings of the Association 
when they shall judge proper, and he shall call them when re- 
quired by the Board of Officers, or when requested in writing 
by any nine members holding certificates, specifying in such re- 
quest the object for which such meeting is desired. He shall 
appoint the time and place of all meetings, and shall sign 
orders on the Treasury from the Board of Officers, of which 
Board he shall be President. 

§ 5. The Vice-Presidents shall assist the President in presid- 
ing at the meetings. The duties specified in the preceding sec- 
tion shall, in case of the inability to act of the President, by 
reason of his absence or sickness, devolve on the first Vice- 
President, and, in the absence or sickness of both, on the Second 
Vice-President ; and so on, according to rank — only that, in re- 
gard to signing orders on the Treasurer, each shall have equal 
powers with the President. 

§ 6. The Treasurer shall have the custody of the money and 
other property of the Association. He shall keep regular ac- 
counts of receipts and disbursements in suitable books provided 
for that purpose, which shall be open at all reasonable times to 
the inspection of the members. He shall enter on his books 
each sum paid by him in consequenee of the recommendation 
or order of the Board of Officers, and preserve vouchers for all 
disbursements. He shall present a full report at each Re-union 
meeting of the financial condition of the Association, and at 
such other times as the Board of Officers may direct. 

§ 7. The Chaplain shall perform the religious duties at the 
meetings of the Association, and shall by his counsel and ad- 
vice promote harmony and good will among the members. 

§ 8. It shall be the duty of the Grand Marshal to supervise 
the details of the Re-unions of the Association, and he shall be 
ex officio a member of each and every general and special com- 

§ 9. The Corresponding Secretary shall have general super- 
vision over the correspondence of the Association; give notice 


of all meetings, whether stated or special, and publish the 
same in the newspapers when so directed by the Board of 
Officers ; in the absence of the Recording Secretary to act in 
that capacity, and make memorandum of all the proceedings, 
and forward the same to the Recording Secretary. 

§ 10. The Recording Secretary to assist the Corresponding 
Secretary, and in the absence of the Corresponding Secretary 
to act in that capacity. He shall keep a roll of the members 
of the Association, and have custody of all the journals, 
records and papers of the Association, and make entry therein 
of all proceedings of the Association ; and also act as Secretary 
of the Board of Officers. 

§ 11. The Board of Officers shall meet whenever they deem it 
expedient and the interests of the Association require. Special 
meetings may be called by either of the Secretaries under the 
direction of the President, or of the Vice-President acting in 
his stead, or of any three members of the Board of Officers. 
In addition to the general management and supervision of the 
affairs of the Association hereby delegated to them, the Board 
of Officers shall execute all such business as may from time to 
time be committed to them by any law or resolve of the Asso- 
ciation, and they shall report their proceedings at every 
Re-union of the Association ; but they shall not create any 
indebtedness not provided for by the funds of the Association 
or the funds pledged by certificate members. The presence of 
at least five members shall be necessary for the transaction of 

§ 12. In case of the death, resignation, or disability of the 
President (see Sec. 5, Art. III). As to other vacancies (see 

Of Committees. 

SEC. i. The Board of Officers shall constitute the Finance 
Committee and have charge of all the funds of the Association. 
All funds and money belonging to the Association shall 
stand in the name of the "The Palmer Re-Union Associa- 
tion." No money shall be disbursed except upon order of 
said Board to the Treasurer, signed by the President, and 
countersigned by the Recording Secretary. 

£ 2. There shall be appointed at each Re-union meeting 
when the officers of the Association are elected, a Committee 
of Installment, consisting of two certificate members, who 
shall present and install the officers elected for the ensuing 


§ 3. All committees (special, as well as standing) whose ap- 
pointment is not otherwise directed by the Constitution or By- 
Laws, or a resolution of the Association, shall be nominated 
by the President, and confirmed by the Board of Officers. 

Of Meetings. 

Sec. I. As the natural object of this Association will be 
greatly promoted by social intercourse among its members, the 
Board of Officers may, whenever in their judgment it is deemed 
expedient, appoint a time and place for the holding of a Re- 
union meeting, and a two-thirds vote shall be necessary for 
such action. But the General Re-Union of the Association 
and Palmer descendants shall take place at least once in five 
(5) years — the first having been in 1 881, the second to be 1886, 
the third 1S91, etc. — at Stonington, Conn., in the month of 
August, it being desirable that they be held on the loth and 
nth, but the Board shall have power to fix any other days in 
August for such Re-union. 

§ 2. Special meetings may be called as provided in Section 
4, Article 2, of this Constitution. Special meetings shall be 
competent for the transaction of any business which may come 
before them, except such business as by this Constitution or 
the By-Laws may be confined to Re-union meetings. 

§ 3. All business meetings of the Association shall be held 
at such hour and place as the President, or person acting as 
President for the time being, shall appoint. 

§ 4.' A quorum for the dispatch of business, except in cases 
where a larger number may be required for any special act by 
any Article of the Constitution, shall consist of such number 
of members as shall be prescribed by the By-Laws, but any 
number of members present at the time appointed for a stated 
meeting may, from time to time, adjourn such stated meeting. 

Of the Funds, etc. 

Sec. 1. The funds of the Association shall be under the con- 
trol of the Board of Officers, who shall have power to determine 
of the necessity of raising funds for the Association, and shall 
direct the manner of collecting the same; and if a surplus of 
funds be created at any time, such surplus shall remain in the 
Treasury of the Association, credited against future pro rata 
subscriptions of the members who may have contributed to 
such surplus. 



On the Mode of Altering the Constitution of the Association. 

Sec. 1. No alteration, appeal or amendment of any part 
of this Constitution shall take place unless the proposition for 
such alteration, repeal or amendment shall have been made at 
a previous stated meeting ; and such proposition shall not take 
effect unless there are present at least seventy-five members, 
three-fourths of whom shall vote in the affirmative, and the 
votes on such question shall be recorded by the Secretary, if 
required by five members present. 

§ 2. The By-Laws of this Association may be altered, re- 
pealed or amended, either at a stated meeting or a special 
meeting, when called, for the object of making such alteration, 
such object being expressed in the notice of said special meet- 
ing. The proposition for such alteration, repeal or amend- 
ment must have been made at a previous meeting. 


Sec. 1. The business meetings of the Association shall be 
held on the date of the Re-union, and immediately before 
the Re-union exercises commence, or they shall be held in 
November in each year, upon such day as fixed by the Board 
of Officers. 

§ 2. The Corresponding or Recording Secretary shall give at 
least ten days' notice, through the mails, to all members, of the 
time and place of all meetings, whether special or stated, and 
shall issue all invitations wherever Re-unions may be called by 
the Board of Officers. 

§ 3. At special meetings, the consent of two-thirds of the 
members present shall be necessary to constitute a vote. 

§ 4. Fifteen members shall be necessary to constitute a 
quorum, except in cases where a larger number may be re- 
quired by the Constitution or By-Laws for any special act. 

§ 5. At each meeting of the Association, immediately after 
the presiding officer shall have taken the chair, the minutes of 
the previous meeting shall be read by the Secretary, and passed 
upon by the Association. The next business in order shall be 
reports of officers and committes; then new business. 1 he 
same order shall obtain at each meeting of the Board of Of- 


§ 6. Any member having observations to make or resolu- 
tions to propose, shall rise in his place and address the Chair ; 
and all resolutions shall be submitted in writing and handed 
to the Secretary, and shall be by him entered on the minutes. 

§ 7. Certificates of membership, in form approved by the 
Board of Officers, shall be prepared by the Recording Secretary, 
signed by the President and the Treasurer, or any Vice- 
President, and countersigned and sealed by the Recording 
Secretary, and when issued shall not be transferable. 

§ 8. Whenever any question arises touching the eligibility 
of an applicant for membership, the same shall be submitted 
to and decided by the Board of Officers. 

§ 9. A seal bearing such device and legend as may be ap- 
proved by the Board of Officers shall be provided for the As- 
sociation, and until the same shall be prepared a common seal 
is hereby adopted. 

§ 10. A fee of one dollar shall be collected for each certifi- 
cate of membership issued, and paid into the General Fund of 
the Association. 

§ 11. The Recording Secretary, upon application to him, 
shall send to each descendant (paternal or maternal) of :he 
Palmer lineage, a certificate of membership, and a copy of the 
Constitution and By-Laws. 

§ 12. All bills for stationery, postage, etc., shall be paid by 
the Treasurer, on proper order, and when, in the judgment of 
the Board of Officers, the services of any officer of the Associa- 
tion deserve special compensation, the same shall be voted and 

§ 13. No topic connected with the party politics of the day 
or religious beliefs, shall ever be discussed at the meetings of 
the Association. 

§ 14. The Board of Officers shall appoint District Secretaries 
in such localities as are necessary to assist them. 

§ 15. The Board of Officers shall appoint such non-resident 
Vice-Presidents as deemed expedient. 

[Note. — At the next meeting of the Board of Officers of the Palmer Re-union 
Association will be adopted a form of certificates, to be issued to the family, also a 
list of non-resident Vice-Presidents, and of District Secretaries. Thereafter a 
pamphlet containing- the Constitution, By-laws, List of Officers, etc., will be issued 
to all Palmer descendants, paternal or maternal, whose address the Recording 
Secretary may have.] 

[Note. — This publication has been delayed to incorporate the foregoing matter 
in relation to Palmer Re-Union Association, and thus keep up a unity of records 
between the first and subsequent Re-unions. It is hoped that patient subscribers 
will accept this excuse for long delay.] 



A. E. Palmer, of New York City, Brief Biography 223 

Illustration (20) 222 

A. G. Palmer, Rev., D. D., Stonington, Conn., Address of Welcome 53 

Poem ;S 

Hymn " We Meet," 62 

Brief Biography 90 

Illustration 90 

Hymn for the Re-union, 

" Tenting " 144 

Alvah Palmer, South Byron, Wis., Letter. ... ." 37 

Alex. S. Palmer, Capt., Stonington, Conn , Brief Biography 210 

Illustration (13) 107 

Albert W. Palmer, Jamaica, X. V., Illustration 139 

\ No. 2445 ) 

■ lineage f a £ e '5 years 139 

Aldin Palmer, Mrs., Stonington, Conn., Brief Biography 1S6 

Illustration (7) 177 

Amos N. Palmer, Norwich Falls, Conn., Illustration (19) 107 

A. M. Palmer, New York City, Extract from Cablegram . 36 

Andrew Palmer, Janesville, Wis., Letter 37 

Appleman, Mrs. Lois Noyes, Stonington, Conn., Brief Biography 189 

" Illustration (t6) 177 

Appendix, Miscellaneous Matter 276 

A. S. Palmer, Capt., Extract from Letter 34 

Asa A. PalmeV, Gorham, N. 1L, Illustration (17") 107 

Autographs, list of, taken at the gate (alphabetically) 190 

Abbe, Mrs. E. B., Boston, Mass., Letter * 34 


Barbor, Amos Palmer, Rahway, X. J., Letter 36 

B. Frank Palmer, Philadelphia, Fa., Letter ' 38 

Address 226 

Poems (2) 229,230 

Illustration (20) 107 

B. G. Palmer, Middletown, N. Y., Extract from Letter 36 

Bissell, Mrs. C. A. Palmer, North Manchester, Conn., Illustration (ii) 177 

Bissell, Geo. Palmer, North Manchester, Conn., Illustration (7) 222 

Bolles, H. Eugene, Boston, Mass., Poem, " The Family Feature " 231 

Brayton, Dr. Chas. E.. Stonington, Conn., Brief Biography 214 

Illustration (14) t07 

Brown. Mrs. F. Palmer, Elmira, N. V., Extract from Letter 38 

Business Meetings in regard to Second Re-union 276 


Cady, Mrs. Eidelia Palmer, Rome, N. Y., Illustration (12) 177 

C. B. Palmer, Sing Sing, N. V., Brief Address 162 

Brief Biography 160 

Illustration (10) 10- 

Chas. H. Palmer, Pontiac, Mich., Brief Biography 130 

Illustration 13a 

Lineage (No. 352) 13S 

Chas. E. Palmer. Oakland, Cal., Illustration (S) 222 

Chas. L. Palmer, Webster, Mass., Illustration (17) 222 

Chapman, B. Frank, Oneida, N. V., Brief Address . 151 

Brief Biography 153 

Illustration 153 

Chesebrough, Rev. A. S., Extract from Letter 36 

Chesebrough, A. S., Philadelphia, Fa., Extract from Letter 39 

Cheseboro, Miss Fanny, Stonington, Conn., Letter 39 

Brief Biography 1S6 

Illustration (14) 177 

Courtlandt Palmer, New York City, Letter 30 

Illustration (12) 107 

Responsive Letter 235 

Culien Palmer, Madison, O., In Memoriam 271 

C. P. Palmer, Winsted, Conn., Letter 34 

Dedication of Volume. 

Denison, Rev. Frederick, Providence, R. I., Letters 36, ',0 

Poem, " Mother Town " 106 

Brief Biography in 

* " , Illustration (3) 107 

Easton, Mrs. Elizabeth, Boston, Mass., Letter : 47 

~E. A. Palmer, of Indiana, Letter 34 

Eaton, Prof. Daniel C, New Haven, Conn., Letter 237 

E. Barnebas Palmer, Rev., Boston, Mass., Prayer 102 

E. B. Palmer, Rev. D.D., Bridgeton, N. J., Prayer 52 

Address 165 

' " Illustration (16)...' 107 

Edwin Palmer, Norwich, Conn.. Letter 40 

Edward Palmer, Rev., Barnwell, S. C, Letter 42 

E. H. Palmer, Danville, 111., Brief Remarks 161 

Illustration (II) 107 

Elisha H. Palmer, Montville, Conn., (President of Re-union) Opening Address 5: 

" Closing " 173 

" Brief Biography. Cu 

Illustration 60 


Elihu J. Palmer, Carbondale, 111., Letter 41 

Elmer, Elizabeth Palmer, Rome, N. V., Illustration (15) 177 

Ensign, Henry Palmer, Mobile, Ala., Letter 41 

Eugene Palmer, Dr., Texas, Address 100 


Fish, Benjamin, New York City, Letter 42 

Francis A. Palmer, New York City, Letter 42 

" Brief Biography 155 

Illustration , 155 

Frank Averill Paimer, Hymn for the Re-union 159 

Friend Palmer, St. Clair, Mich., Illustration (10) 222 


Germ of the Re-union 9 

Geo. C. Palmer, Dr., Kalamazoo, Mich., Letter 34 

Geo. \V. Palmer, Gen., New York City, Letter 4° 

Address '..... 103 

Brief Biography 104 

Illustration (8) 107 

Geo. H . Palmer, Letter 4? 

Geo. S. Pajmer, Detroit, Mich., Illustration (6) 222 

Geo. W. Palmer, Fast New York, N. Y., Brief Biography 144 

" Illustration 139 

Lineage (No. 362) 139 

Geo. H. Palmer, Concordia, Kan., Illustration (17} 177 

Mrs. " I/lustration (18) 177 

Geo. H. Palmer, Lieut., Fort Concho, Texas, Illustration (20) T 77 

Brief Biography 260 

Mrs. " Illustration (19) 177 

Gershom Palmer, Rev., Exeter, R. I., Illustration (5) 222 

Lineage (No. 165) 13^ 

[Note. — By mistake the name was printed Ashbael instead of Gershom, on page 
with illustration]. 

de Givererville, Madame, St. Louis, Mo., Letter * 4° 

Geo. W. Palmer, Union Park, Conn., In Memoriam 273 


Hall, Prof. Asaph, Washington, D. C, Letter 42 

Harriet N. Palmer, Norwich, Conn., In Memoriam 273 

H. Clay Palmer, Stonington, Conn., Treasurer's Report 169 

Brief Biography 1 7 2 

" Illustration (5) 107 

Henry Palmer, Catskill, N. V., Illustration (13) 222 

H. II. Palmer, Rockford, 111., Illustration (2) 222 

Historical Sketch of Stonington, Conn 261 


Huldah Palmer (Widow of Stephen \Y.), Norvell, Mich., Illustration 139 

Lineage (No. 174).. 138 
" In Memoriam 269 


Illustrations, Explanation of 5 

In Memoriam 267 

Inscriptions on the grave-stones at " Wequetequock " U9 

Invitation, form of, Illustration 33 

" Number sent, etc 33 

Ira II. Palmer, Stonington, Conn., Brief Biography 174 

" " Illustration (6) 107 


J. C. Palmer, Quincy, 111., Letter }3 

James D. Palmer, Havana, N. Y., Letter'. 43 

James G. Palmer, D.D.S., New Brunswick, N. J., Brief Biography 21 7 

" " Illustration (15) 107 

James YVoolsey Palmer, Jersey City, N, J., In Memoriam 267 

Jewett Palmer, Marietta, O. , Illustration (3) 222 

Letter 3a 

J. Kingsley Palmer, M. D. (deceased), Cambridge, Mass., Illustration (16). . . . 222 

J. L. Palmer, Little Rock, Ark., Brief Remarks 164 

" Brief Biography 165 

Illustration (9) 170 

Jonathan Palmer, Col. (deceased), Brief Biography 213 

Jonathan Palmer, Capt. (deceased), Brief Biography 213 

Illustration (12) 222 

John B. Palmer, Concord, N. II., Letter 43 

John H. Palmer, Salem, Ya., Letter 43 

John Palmer, Warwick, N. Y., Letter 34 

Kenyon, L. W., Goshen, Conn., Letter 44 

L. A. Palmer, Iloneoye Falls, Conn., Poems 35, 167 

L. II. Palmer, Fall River, Mass., Extract from Letter 36 

Literature of the Press before the Re-union 21 

New York Tribune, New York City 21 

Brooklyn Union- Argus, Brooklyn, N. Y. 22 

Brooklyn Daily Times, Brooklyn, N. Y 24 

Stonington Mirror, Stonington, Conn 27 

Providence Journal, Providence, R. I 28 

Cortland Democrat, Cortland, N. Y .... 29 

Hope Valley Advertiser and Cooley's Weekly 20 

Mystic Press, Mystic, Conn 30 


New York Evening Post, New York City, N. Y 31 

L. \V. Palmer, Providence, R. I., Brief Biography ... . . . 215 

Illustration (4) 222 

Literature of the Press after the Re-union 24 1 

New York Tribune, Aug. 10, 1S81 241 

— — New York Tribune, " II, 1SS1 244 

New York Times, " II, 1SS1 247 

- Brooklyn Union-Argus, Aug. II, 1SS1 252 

New York Herald, " 11, 1SS1 254 

The Day, New London, Conn 250 


Marcus Palmer, Rev. , Fitchville, O. , In Memoriam 269 

Martha M. Palmer, St. Clair, Mich., Illustration (13) 177 

Meredith, Isabella Grant, New York City, Letter 44 

Brief Biography 1S0 

Illustration (3) 177 

Poem, " Borodel " 1&1 

Minutes, Preliminary Business Meetings II 

Appendix 276 

Second Re-union 276 

Milton Palmer, Catskill, N. Y., Illustration (9) 222 

Minor, Ex-Gov. W'm. T., Stamford, Conn., Brief Address 157 

Illustration (7) 107 

Letter 36 

Miscellaneous Matters, To the Ladies 177 

Moss, J. L. \V., Westerly, R. I., Extract from Letter 36 

Marshall, 'Mrs. Lucy Palmer, North Amherst, Mass., Letter 34 

Nathaniel Palmer, " Capt. Nat." Poem to a Palmer Pilot," by Rev. Fred. Denison 211 

Noyes, Rev. Gordon W. , Extract from Letter 30 

Noyes G. Palmer. East New York, Lineage (No. 356) 139 

Brie"f Biography 142 

Illustration 1 39 

Noyes F. Palmer, Jamaica, N. Y., Address J 12 

Some Original Stocks of the Family 114 

Alphabetical Arrangement of Places where some of the Walter Palmer 

descendants have lived 117 

Celebrated Palmer Army Officers 124 

Clergymen, Doctors 127 

Professors in Literature and Art 129 

Sea-Captains, Poets, Inventors, etc 13° 

Governors of States, and Judges 129 

Who Lived to Advanced Years 132 

Noted Palmer Women . ... 1 3 2 

Large Families 1 33 


About Family Records 136 

Noyes F. 1'almer, Jamaica, X. V., Lineage (No. 1SS5) 139 

Illustration 1 39 

Brief Biography 138 


Paul S. Palmer, Mrs., Stockbridge, Mass., Brief Biography . . 1S5 

" " Illustration (6). 177 

Obituary 273 

Palmer Re-union Association Constitution 2S3 

Officers . 2S1 

Pitkin, Mrs. M. V., Stockbridge, Mass., Illustration (4) 177 

" " Brief Biography 1S4 

" Pilgrimage " to Wequetequock Burial Ground 14S 

Preface 7 

Programme of Re-union Proceedings 49 

Proceedings, First day, August 10, 1SS1, Summary of 50 

Second day, " 11, " " 14b 

Palmer Re-union Association, Minutes of 2S0 

Constitution • • • - 2S3 

Bv-Laws 2S7 

Randall, Roswell, Clinton, Mich., Letter 44 

Register List of Names signed at " Brayton Hall " 202 

Resolutions, Vote of Thanks, etc., adopted at close of Re-union. . . .• 2S2 

Re-union Grounds, Tent, etc. (before the Assembly gathered), Illustration. ... i 

Response to Invitations, Miscellaneous 34 

Rhodes, Mrs. Henry, Stonington, Conn., Illustration (8) 

" " Brief BiogTaphy 

R. H. Palmer, Extract from Letter 3 6 

Russel, T. W., Hartford, Conn., Letter 34 


Sara A. Palmer, Miss, Stonington, Conn., Poem •" The Palmer Hymn " ioi 

" " Illustration (2) J 77 

" " Poem " Garfield " iSj 

" " Brief Biography 183 

Safford, Huldah Palmer, Mrs., Syracuse, N. Y.. Letter 4 f) 

" S " Poem, " Walter Palmer's Homestead " 1 ^° 

Saidee E. Palmer. Jamaica, N. Y., Illustration 130 

Genealogical assistant (age 13 years), No. 2446 Lineage. ... .... 1 39 

Shindler, Mary Dana, of Texas, Letter 45 

" Brief Biography *77 

" " Poem " Passing Under the Rod " I7 3 

" Illustration (1) '77 

Sherman, Mrs. Geo., Norwich Town, Conn., Letter ' 45 

Simeon Palmer, lioston, Mass., Poem, " The Palmer " 23S 

Illustration (\) --- 


Smith, Mrs. Henry, Stonington, Conn., Illustration (5) ... i~; 

" Brief Biography iS; 

Social Meeting, Evening after the close of the Re-union ito 

Spencer, H L., Poem, " Palmer Re-union " \f\ 

Spencer, Eucretia Palmer, Dover, Del., Letter ... 45 

Stanton, Dr. Geo. D., Stonington, Conn., Address, " Stanton Family" 16S 

Eetter .". ... 45 

" Illustration (1) X07 

Stonington, Conn., Historical Sketch of 261 

Stephen W. Palmer, Xorvill, Mich., In Memoriam 271 

' ' Illustration 1 3^ 

Brief Lineage, see page 137 

Stone, Rev. Hiram, Bantam Falls, Conn., Illustration (11) 222 


Title Page I 

Thos. R. Palmer, Otisville, N. V., Letter s . 46 

Theodore J. Palmer, New York City, Letter 46 

Theo. H. Palmer, Falls Village, Conn., Illustration (15) 222 

" The Palmer Tree," by J. G Whittier 209. 

Trumbull, H. Clay, Philadelphia, Pa., Letter 46 


Walter Palmer's " Will " and " Inventory "....• 264 

Farm at " Wequetequock " 256 

Walter Palmer, Winfield, X. Y., In Memoriam 273 

Wessells, Col., Litchfield, Conn., Letter 35 

Wequetequock Cove, Burial Ground and Homestead 146 

Wheeler, Judge R. A., Stonington, Conn., Historical Address 63 

Brief Biography 224 

• Illustration (4) 107 

Letter, " Palmers and Grants ". . . 233 

Wheeler, Airs. Alice, Boston, Mass., Letter 47 

Wilgiis, Grace B., Buffalo, N. Y., Letter 48 

Wilber M. Palmer, New York City, Brief Biography. . . . .' 222 

Illustration ( 10 l 222 

Williams, Prof. Geo. P., Ann Arbor, Mich.. In Memoriam 271 

William Brown Palmer, Covington, X. Y., In Memoriam 273 

William Walter Palmer, Jamaica, X. Y., In Memoriam 273 

Brief Lineage (Xo. 2447) ... . . 131,' 

Williams, Ephraim, Stonington, Conn., Address, " Battle of Stonington" 1S12 o: 

Illustration ( 2) 106 

Wm. L. Palmer, Rev., Manchester, Mich., Hymn 14a 

Brief Biography 14? 

Poem foi the Re-union. . . .. 141 

Brief Lineage (Xo. 355) iji 

Illustration 1 39 

Wm. Pitt Palmer, Brooklyn, X. Y., Letter 47 

Illustration (iS) 107 

Poem, " Are you 'Round Yet ? " 219 

" " Wonder " 220 

" " Love's Second Sight " 221 

Wm. H. Palmer, Catskill, X. Y., Illustration (14) 222 

Woodward, Mrs. A. Palmer, Minneapolis, Minn., Illustration fio) 177 

Wood, J. B., Warwick, X. Y., Letter 47 

Brief Biography iSii 

Illustration (17) 222 

Wood, Mrs. J. B. Palmer, Brief Biography ... 1S8 

Illustration (9).'. 177 


Page 12, 20th line from bottom of page, for " Soper " read " Loper." 

" 17,6th " " corresponding" read "corresponding. 

" 71, read " No. 1 " Grace. 

" 72, " " No. 2 " William. 

" 112, 10th line from top, for " last " read " lost." 

" 127, for " Doctors (M. D. and D. D.)" read " M. D. and D. D. S." 

" i3Qk, 5th line from bottom for " 1874 " read " 1S14." 

" 222, (5) Ashabel, should be Rev. Gershom, of Exeter, R. I. 

" 177, (9) should be Mrs. J. H. Wood. 

" 222, (17) " J. 15. Wood. 

" 2 35. " Courtland N.," read " Courtlandt." ' 

" 270, 7th line from bottom, "Chas. W.," read "Chas. H." 

[The writer will appreciate receiving from readers of this volume any corrections 
of errors discovered by them.] 



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NOTES F. PALMER, Recording Secretary. 

JAMAICA, L. I., X. V., Lock Box *20. 

PRICK, 81.00. 



ELISHA H. PALMER, - - - . Montville, Conn. 

Iprat Vice-President. 

Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., , Stonington, Conn. 

Second Vice-President. 

Gen. Geo. \V. Palmer. - - - New York, N. V. 

Third Vice-President. 

Robert Palmer. ...... Noank, Conn. 


Francis A. Palmer, - New York, N. Y. 


Rev. E. B. Palmer, - - - - Bridgeton, X. J. 

Qi'and Marshal. 
F. C. Palmer, ----- .Montville, Conn. 

Corresponding Secretary. 
Ira H. Palmer," - Stonington, Conn. 

Recording Secretary. 
No YES F. PALMER, ... - Jamaica, N. V. 


]S£en -resident Vice-Presidents 

Amos N. Palmer, Norwich Falls, Conn.; Andrew Palmer, 
Janesville, Wis.; Asa A. Palmer, Gorham, Mass.; Ashabel Pal- 
mer, Stillwater, X. Y.; Alex. S. Palmer, Capt., Stonington, 
Conn.; A. M. Palmer, Xew York City, N. Y.; A. G. Palmer, 
Terre Haute, Ind.; A. B. Palmer, Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich.; A. J. 
Palmer, Rev., Xew York City, X. Y.; Amos Allen Palmer, 
Stonington, Conn.; Albert Palmer, Rev., Boston, Mass.; Alan- 
son L. Palmer, Auburn, X. Y.; B. Frank Palmer, L.L. D., Phil- 
adelphia, Pa.; Chapman, Asher H., Pendleton Hill, Conn.: 
Chas. Palmer, Albany, X. Y.; Chas. H. Palmer, 41S W. 77th st., 
Xew York City, X. Y.; Chas. Ray Palmer, Rev. Dr., Bridgeport, 
Conn.; Clark, YVm. F. Brooklyn, X. Y.; Courtlandt Palmer. 
Xew York City, X. Y.; Chas. H. Palmer, Pontiac Mich.: C. A. 
Palmer, Dr., Princeton, 111.; Chauncey Palmer, Utica, X. Y .: 
Chesebrough, E. C, Market st. wharf, Philadelphia, Pa.; C. T. 
H. Palmer, Oakland, Cal.; Corydon Palmer, Dr., Warren, Ohio. 
Daloss Palmer, X. Y. City ; David C. Palmer, Reading, Pa.: 
Dixon, G. P., Xew York City, X. Y.; Elliott Palmer, Rev.. Port- 
land, Conn.; Eaton, Prof. Daniel C, Xew Haven, Conn.; E. H. 
Palmer, Danville, 111. : Edwin Palmer, Col., Xorwich, Conn.. 
Edward Palmer, Rev., Barnwell, S. C; Erastus D. Palmer, Al- 
bany, X. Y.; Edwin B. Palmer, Chicago, 111.; Friend Palmer. 
Detroit, Mich.; Gideon Palmer, Xew York City, X. Y.: Geo. C. 
Palmer, Dr., Kalamazoo, Mich.; Geo. W. Palmer, Plattsburgh. 
X. Y.; Geo. W. Palmer, East Xew York, X. Y.; Henry W. 
Palmer, Southfield, Mass.: Irving H. Palmer, Courtlandt, X. Y.: 
Israel Palmer, Ripley, Chaut. Co., X. Y.: J. Woolsey Palmer, 
New York City, X. Y.; James Palmer, Rev., Cambridge, Mass.: 
Josiah Palmer, Greenpoint. X. Y.; Jewett Palmer, Marietta. 
Ohio ; Joseph H. Palmer, Prof., Yonkers, X. Y.; John M. Pal- 
mer (Ex.-G.), Ouincy, 111.; Jas. U. Palmer, Brooklyn, X. Y.: 
James E. Palmer, Stonington, Conn.: John C. Palmer, Norwich, 
Conn.; J. H. Trumbull, Hartford. Conn.: Lorin Palmer, Brook- 
lyn, X. Y.: Lamb, Rev. C. A., Ypsillanti, Mich.; Lowell M. 
Palmer, Xew York City, X. Y.; Loomis T. Palmer, Chicago. 
111.: Lucian W. Palmer, Providence, R. I.: L. X. Palmer, Dr.. 


Brooklyn, N. Y.; Minor, Win, T. (Ex. G.), Stamford. Conn.; 
Noyes G. Palmer. East New York, X. Y.; 0. A. Palmer, Dr.. 
W. Farmington, Ohio ; Oliver H. Palmer, New York City. 
N. Y.: Peter A. Palmer, Lansingburgh, N. Y.; Potter Palmer, 
Chicago. Hi.; Robert N. Palmer, Poughkeepsie. N. Y.; R. P. 
Palmer, N. Stonington, Conn.; Solon Palmer, New York City, 
N. Y.; S. B. Palmer, Syracuse. X. Y.; Stanton, Dr. Geo. D., 
Stonington, Conn.; S. C. Palmer, Rev., Lockland. Ohio : Thos. 
R. Palmer, Rev., SufHeld, Conn.; Thos. W. Palmer, Chicago, 
111.; Thos. W. Palmer, Stonington, Conn.; Wm. Palmer, North- 
east, Erie Co., Pa.: Wm. L. Palmer, Stonington, Conn.; \\ 'heel- 
er, R. A., Judge, Stonington, Conn.; Wessels, L. \Y.. Gen.. 
Litchfield, Conn.; Wm. Pitt Palmer, Brooklyn, N. Y.: Wm. L. 
Palmer, Rev., Manchester, Mich.; Williams, Ephraim, Stoning- 
ton, Conn.; Walker, Robert" J., Oneida, N. Y.: Wood. J. B.. 
Warwick, N. Y.: Wm. H. Palmer. Catskill, N. Y. 

District Secretaries. 

Allen Palmer, Castleton, Vt.; Appelman, Mrs. Lois N., Mys- 
tic Bridge. Conn.; Ada R. Palmer, Chicopee Fall, Mass.: A. PL 
Palmer, Starkboro. Vt.; A. P. Palmer, Hazardville, Conn.: 
Albert Palmer, N. Branford, Conn.; Albert W. Palmer, Kansas 
City, Mo.; A. Craig Palmer, Albany, N. Y.; Arch. M. Palmer, 
New York City, N. Y.;. Bissell, Mrs. C. P., N. Manchester, 
Conn.: Benj. Palmer, Danville, Miss.; Barnebas, Palmer, Roch- 
ester, N. H.; B. D. Palmer, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; B. P. Palmer. 
Boston, Mass.; Bolles, Eugene, Boston, Mass.; Case, Miss Fan- 
nie M., Norwichtown, Conn.; C. L. Palmer, Chicago, 111.: C. B. 
Palmer, Sing Sing, N. Y.; Chester Palmer, Willoughby Lake. 
Ohio; Charles L. Palmer, Webster, Mass.; C. Albert Palmer, 
Philadelphia, Pa.; Chas. H. Palmer, La Crosse, Wis.: C. M. 
Palmer, Editor, Minneapolis, Minn.: Chapman, B. Frank, Onei- 
da, N. Y.; C. W. Palmer, New Haven, Conn.; C. T. Palmer, 
Faribault, Minn.; Delia Palmer, Milan, Ohio; David Palmer, 
Bridgewater, N. Y.: E. H. Palmer. Barlow, Ohio; Ensign, 
Henry P., Mobile, 111.; E. L. Palmer, Danielsonville, Conn.; F. 
B. Palmer, Prof., Fredonia, N. Y.; Frank Palmer. Norwich, 


Conn.; Frank II. Palmer, Brooklyn, X. Y.; Geo. H. Palmer. 
New Bedford. Conn.; Geo. Palmer, Branford. Conn.; Gidley Pal- 
mer, Grooms Corner. X. V.; Geo. S. Palmer, Detroit. Mich.: 
Geo. Palmer, Ashtabula. Ohio : Havens, Edward, Providence, 
R. I.; H. G. Palmer, Riverside, Iowa : H. II. Palmer, Rocktord. 
111.; H. F. Palmer, Norwich, Conn.; H. Beatrice Palmer. Fay- 
etteville, N. V.; Isabella Grant Meredith, New York City, X. V.; 
J. P. Palmer, Rockville. R. I.; J. Alonzo Palmer, New York 
City, N. Y.; J. YVm. Palmer. Washington. D. C; J. G. Palmer, 
New Brunswick. N. J.; L. M. Palmer, Mrs., Albany, X. Y.- 
Lynda Palmer, Xew York City, X. Y.; M. D. Palmer, James- 
town, X. Y.; M. G. Palmer, Portland, Me.: Mary Amanda Pal- 
mer, Carlisle, Mass.: X. B. Palmer, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Preston 
Palmer, Fitchville. Ohio: Pitkin, Mrs. M. P., Stockbridge, 
Mass.; Prescott, C. D., Rome, X. Y.; Powers, Harvey P.. Suth- 
erland Falls, Yt.: Robinson, Edwin, Brooklyn. Conn.; Reuben 
T. Palmer, Xew London, Conn. ; Sabra DeB. Palmer, Amherst, 
Mass.; Shindler, Mary Dana, Nacogdoches, Texas: Simon Pal- 
mer, Boston, Mass.; Timothy R. Palmer, X. Branford. Conn.; 
Ura H. Palmer, Green Springs, Ohio ; Van Yelsor, Mrs., Green 
point. E. D., X. Y.; Woodward, Abbie, E. A., Minneapolis 
Minn.; Walter, Palmer, Plainfield. Conn.; Wm. Palmer, Mon- 
mouth, 111.; Wilber M. Palmer, Xew York City, X. Y.; W. R. 
Palmer, Stamford, Conn. 


This supplement will contain principally the Addresses, Po- 
ems and proceedings in brief of the Second Re-Union of the 
Palmer family, held August 10, II, 12, 1SS2, at the same ances- 
tral homestead, Stonington, Conn. 

Vol. No. 1 was published last year, and was a memorial vol- 
ume of the First Re-Union, held at the same place, in August, 
1SS1, consisted 0^296 pages, with 74 artotype illustrations, with 
addresses, poems, genealogical, historical and biographical 
data pertaining to individuals participating in the First Re- 

It would be a repetition to make this supplement as exten- 
sive as the memorial volume of the First Re-Union, not to say 
anything of the extra expense and labor involved. It seems to 
us more appropriate to reproduce only the proceedings, ad 
dresses and poems in an economical publication, that more may 
subscribe for it. 

The first Re-Union was a novelty and was largely attended, 
surpassing the expectations of the most enthusiastic. The 
second Re-Union lacked this novelty, but was more of a Pal- 
mer Re-Union and more of a social success than the first, though 
not so largely attended by the public generally. 

The second Re-Union was held under the auspices of the 
Palmer Re-Union Association, duly organized, with appropriate 
Constitution and By-Laws, and proper officers, resident and non- 
resident. The main object of holding a second Re-Union so 
soon after the first was to ratify this organization. The foun- 
dation of the association is a Certificate of Membership granted 
at a nominal fee to any Palmer descendent, maternal or pater- 
nal, and upon which certificates an election of officers can take 
place to fill vacancies, and thus perpetuate the Re-Union man- 
agement under the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws. 
This organization was duly ratified at the second Re-Union. 
The Constitution provides that the general re-unions shall take 


place in Stonington, Ct., at least once in five years, in August. 
The first having been in iSSl, the next general Re-Union to be 
in 18S6, etc., etc. Auxiliary re-unions may be held at such 
time and place as the Board of Directors may determine. A 
copy of the Association pamphlet, containing the Constitution, 
By-Laws, etc., will be mailed by application of a Palmer de- 
scendent to the Rec. Secty. It is very much desired on the 
part of the officers of the association that their efforts to place 
the association in the front ranks of gatherings of this character 
will be duly co-operated with by members of the family by 
their procuring a certificate of membership. 

The Address and Poems. It is hardly necessary to allude, by 
way of introduction, to the addresses and poems delivered at 
the second Re-Union, for they are of such a literary character 
that little else seemed necessary in this publication. It is to be 
regretted, though, that some of the extemporaneous remarks 
were last to record, particularly that of Stiles T. Stanton, who, 
in behalf of the borough authorities of Stonington, gave a 
hearty welcome to the Palmer Re-Unionsts from various sections 
of the land. It is also to be regretted that, for want of oppor- 
tunity, the addresses of several well-known Palmers were 
missed, particularly that of N. B. Palmer, Esq.. of Pittsburgh, 
Pa., and Loomis T. Palmer, of Chicago, 111. We opine that 
like others of note, they were so much interested in the cere- 
monies they forgot to appear on the platform at the time. The 
fact that there was no lack of speakers is an evidecne of the in- 
terest created in the subject and the success of the Re-Union. 

The Tent, Grounds and Accommodations. The large tent 
seated about one thousand people, and was the scene of a con- 
tinual service for two days and evenings, and the third day un- 
til past noon. The caterer's Tent, under the capable manage- 
ment of Mr. Chaffee, assisted by H. F. Palmer and J. J. Pal- 
mer, of Norwich, afforded all the refreshments required, at rea- 
sonable rates— two very desirable advantages to be secured in 
such a gathering and quite an improvement over the manage- 
ment of the first Re-Union. Other tents were located on the 
grounds for the accommodation of President E. II. Palmer, the 


Recording Secretary, Xoyes F. Palmer, assisted by his son, Al- 
bert W., and other tents in abundance for those who could not 
find other accommodations. The Hotel Wadawanuck, located 
in Stonington, under the management of C. A. Lindsay, was 
all that first-class guests could ask for, and the hospitality of the 
residents of Stonington, in affording private lodgings, was no 
less a credit to them, and a means of accommodation to the 
kindred of many of them. 

The Rail Roads and Steamboats. Under the judicious man- 
agement of the President, assisted by H. F. Palmer, of Nor- 
wich, and Lucian W. Palmer (Supt. of the N. Y. N. E. R. R.), 
excursion tickets were secured at lower rates and the best of 
facilities given in return. The grounds being located adjacent 
to the Stonington depot, where trains came and went almost 
hourly from the East and West. The Stonington line of steam- 
boats, under the Presidency of Mr. Babcock, afforded great ad- 
vantages to the Re-Unionists, and the association manage- 
ment, by a system of excursion tickets at lower rates and also 
a rebate to the association. The spirit of co-operation mani- 
fested by the % railroad and steamboat companies and hotel man- 
agements of Stonington and connecting therewith, conduced 
largely to the success of these Re-Union gatherings. 

The Loan and Relic Exhibition, under the management of 
Isabella Grant Meredith, of N. Y. City, and Miss Emma W. 
Palmer, of Stonington, was a new feature introduced at this Re- 
Union. Nevertheless it was well received and interesting. It 
was held at the same old headquarters, tendered by Dr. Chas. 
E. Brayton. A description of the articles on exhibition, by 
the Secretary, Miss Emma W. Palmer, of Stonington, will be 
found in this supplement. 

The Concert by the Palmer Band of Whitfield. N. H.. under 
the directorship of its leader, Frank H. Palmer, assisted by sev- 
eral well-known Palmer artists, was one of the great surprises to 
the Palmers. That the concert was interesting and highly ap. 
predated was manifested by the large attendance for a whole 

The pilgrimage to the old Wequetequock Cove, where lived 


and died«and was buried Walter Palmer, the original ancestor 
of 1629, was a repetition of last year's excursion, by R. R. and 
by carriage, and otherwise, " horse, foot and dragoon." Relic 
hunters abounded, and so did the relics, even down to the bull- 
rushes of the swamp, now termed " Palmer Cat Tails." 

The Sojourn of Palmers to Watch Hill, Pawcatuck, Panchun- 
ganuc and other favorite resorts adjacent to Stonington left no 
lack of amusement and afforded no little pecuniary advantage 
to the places in question and to the commoncarriers thereto. 

The Fire Works, though not as elaborate as at the first Re- 
Union, were very fine, and a great crowd from the country 
around flocked to witness the display. An early shower ere 
the culminating pieces dampened the display and cooled the 
enthusiasm of the event very much. This reminds us of a say- 
ing of the President in a letter to us: "/ have arranged for 
everything but the iveather" 

In conclusion of this introduction : Some may read these 
lines who will remark :' " Of what consequence are these Re- 
unions?" We answer, perhaps of little consequence to any 
but Palmers or their kindred. To doubt that such gatherings 
have any latent influence in society would be to deny the be- 
nign influence of Parentage and Home — the nursery of mankind. 

That the Palmer Re-Union has become so popular in the 
family is no doubt owing to the fact that so many of the name 
can trace their lineage from the tenth generation of 1882, back 
to the first ancestor of 1629. While the first ancestor from 
EnglanoVto America, Walter Palmer, may not have been as cel- 
ebrated as George Washington, Daniel Webster or Thomas Jef- 
ferson, nevertheless, the sacred memories that cling around 
Mt. Vernon, Mansfield and Monticello, the homes of Washing- 
ton, Webster and Jefferson, are no more held in reverence with 
their descendants than is Stonington to the descendants of 
Walter Palmer. A strange fact coupled with this thought is 
that while the descendants of the latter, now number at least 
six thousand, very few, if any, of the same name live, of the 
three most distinguished statesmen of America. 

The Press-Second Re-Ui 



The Palmer family is to meet again at Stonington this Sum- 
mer. Last year the gathering was almost impromptu; now 
'there is a Palmer Re-Union Association, with a full list of offi- 
cers including a Treasurer, a Chaplain, and a Grand Marshal. 
The membership is open to any respectable descendant, "pater- 
nal or maternal," of the Palmer lineage, and there is nothing in 
the constitution to prevent the collateral descendants, of either 
sex, from being chosen to direct the Association ; but the pres- 
ent Board is wholly male and Palmer. The permanence of the 
spirit of re-union is greatly favored by the charms of Stonington 
and its vicinity as a seaside resort. The Western branches, who 
naturally seek the salt water in the heat of summer, will doubt- 
less time their flight to Newport, Westerly, Watch Hill, or New 
London, so as to have a share in the Palmer hand-shaking and 
picnicking. Moreover, the proceedings of last year have all 
been set down in a book of some 300 pages (Jamaica, L. I., X. 
Y.: Xoyes F. Palmer), where also are to be found artotype illus- 
trations of places and persons — ^a veritable portrait-gallery — 
brief biographies, much genealogical information, and even a 
necrology of Palmers deceased since the first meeting. There 
is an " alphabetical arrangement of places where some of the de- 
scendants of Walter Palmer have lived, "and a list of "celebrated 
Palmers." classified by occupation — as, General Grant among 
the Army officers, Senator David Davis among the judges. Gen- 
eral John M. Palmer and Senator Pendleton among State gov- 
ernors: Professor D. C. Eaton, the sculptor Palmer, the maker 
of Palmer's artificial limbs, the inventor of the Gatling gun, ex- 
Speake Galasha Grow — the wealthy, the long-lived, the large- 
family Palmers (twelve children was the example of the foun- 
der, Walter Palmerj and so forth. Grandmother Palmer" passed 
away in January. She wai the ultimate cause of the Record-, 
though her own habits were so far unsocial or ungaddi^h that 


" during the period of a quarter of a century she left her house- 
to visit her neighbors but two or three times." Her grandson 
doubts" if she beheld a locomotive more than two or three times, 
though hearing the whistle daily." She was brought up in the 
Baptist faith. "Near my birthplace," wrote this old lady, "were 
high ledges of huge rocks, which mother said were rent asunder 
when Christ was crucified, which in our infancy [circa 1800] cre- 
ated no little interest for the great God of Heaven and Earth." 
There is much else that is curious and instructive in this volume. 


One of the notable events of this section during the present 
week will be the Palmer re-union, which is to be held at Ston- 
ington commencing on Thursday and continuing for three days. 
The re-union last year far surpassed the expectations of its pro- 
jectors. It was largely attended and successful in every respect. 
That of the present year, however, promises to throw it com- 
pletely in the shade. During the last twelve months the offi- 
cers of the reunion association have made arrangements on a 
most complete and elaborate scale for the approaching meeting, 
and the responses that have been received from Palmers all 
over the country warrant the belief that the family gathering 
of the- present week will far surpass any event of the kind that 
has ever transpired in the United States. The large attendance 
that is promised will tax to the utmost not only the hotels of 
this section but the private hospitality of the people of Ston- 
ington. It is believed, however, that the arrangements that 
have been perfected will prove equal to the occasion, and that 
all who attend will be able to find comfortable quarters either 
in Stonington or its immediate vicinity. The literary pro- 
gramme for the occasion is quite elaborate, and cannot fail to 
prove of great interest. No doubt one of its most attractive- 
features will be the address of welcome by Capt. Stiles T. Stan- 

[stonington mirror, augcst 12, 1SS2.] 

The attendance at the second annual reunion of the Palmer 
family, now being held in this place, must be gratifying to the 
officers of the Palmer Re-Union Association, as well as to the 


members of the family generally. For several days, in fact 
during the entire week, indications of the great gathering have 
been manifest in the arrival of small parties of Palmers and the 
pitching of one monster tent and a large number of small ones 
on the lot northeast of the upper railroad station. On Wed- 
nesday evening the Palmer Band, of Whitefield, N. H. arrived 
here and took rooms at the Ocean Mouse. About ten o'clock, 
at the request of a number of the attending Palmers, they as- 
sembled in front of the family headquarters and rendered sev- 
eral selections in a manner which at once stamped them as mu- 
sicians of no mean order. 

Early Thursday morning the committees were astir perfect- 
ing the arrangements for the meetings. 


At eleven o'clock, A. M., the opening ceremonies were held in 
the large tent, President Elisha H. Palmer calling the meeting 
to order. A selection was acceptably rendered by the Palmer 
Band, after which Prayer was offered by Rev. Caleb A. Lamb, 
of Ypsillanti, Michigan, the chaplain of the re-union association, 
Rev. E. B. Palmer, of Bridgeton, X. J., being unable to attend. 
Mr. Lamb is a descendant of Walter Palmer, and although nine- 
ty-three years of age is apparently in good health. Mis great 
interest in the affairs of the association is attested by his pres- 
ence at the re-union, which rendered necessary a trip of several 
hundred miles. Mr. Stiles T. Stanton, of this place, was then 
introduced by the president and in a graceful address welcomed 
the Palmers, on behalf of the Wardens and Burgesses, to the 
hospitality of the borough. His remarks were at times of a 
humorous character, but bid the Palmer host a heart)' welcome. 
President E. H. Palmer responded briefly. 

The band then played a piece. It having been stated upon 
the street that the players were not all of Palmer descent, the 
leader, Mr. Frank H. Palmer, was called upon to testify to that 
fact. Gen. George W. Palmer, of Xew York, delivered an able- 
address, abounding in good points, and Mrs. Isabella Grant 
Meredith, also of that city read a graceful poem written by 


her for the occasion. The regular programme having been fin- 
ished, business relating to Friday's exercises was transacted. 


The attendance at the afternoon session was much greater 
than in the morning, the large tent being filled and surrounded 
by many people unable to procure seats within it. The exer- 
cises wereopened by the Hon. T. W. Palmer, of Detroit. Mich., 
who made an exceedingly happy address. Music by the Palm- 
er band with a cornet solo by Mr. F. H. Palmer of Whitefield, 
N. H., followed and was very heartily applauded. Miss Sara 
A. Palmer of this village then read a poem written for the oc- 
casion. It was one of the pleasantest features of the occasion, 
the subject, " The New Crusade " being treated with much 
freshness of thought and marked by the grace of expression 
which characterizes all her poems. Miss Palmer was very warm- 
ly received, after which C R. Palmer of Sing Sing, X. Y., spoke 
at some length on " The Modern Palm Rearers. " The Rev. 
A. G. Palmer contributed a beautiful love story in delightful 
verse and there was more music by the band. The President 
then presented the names of the members of the committee on 
finance and the programme for the following day was announced. 
One or two gentlemen spoke briefly relative to further arrange- 
ments for the celebration and the exercises closed with the 
Palmer Hymn written by Miss Sara A. Palmer and sung by ail 
the Palmers to the tune of '•America." 


In the evening, commencing at eight o'clock, a beautiful dis- 
play of fireworks took place on the re-union grounds under the 
direction of parties from Middletown. The number of specta- 
tors is thought to have been equal to that of last year, and the 
exhibition, although not quite so elaborate, reflected great cred- 
it upon the persons having it in charge. A number of set pieces 
were given, the largest and most beautiful being one gotten up 
for the occasion showing the words " Palmer Reunion, 1SS2. " 
About nine o'clock a slight shower dampened the spirits and 


jackets of the assembled multitude, but happily the display was 
nearly finished before the rain began to fall. 

The evening trains from the east and west came crowded 
and the extra trains at the conclusion of the exercises were Lit- 
erally packed with the returning excursionists. 

From opening to close the first day of the reunion was of a 
most pleasant character and a grand success. 


the reunion exercises were continued, but at the hour of going 
to pre^s we are unable to make a report of the meetings. Fri 
day's programme included a trip to the burial place of Walter 
Palmer at YVequetequock, a clambake, and a meeting in the big 
tent at which the following gentlemen spoke: J. U. Palmer- 
Brooklyn, N. Y. ; A. L. Palmer, Auburn, X. Y. ; L. T. Palmer, 
Chicago ; Courtlandt Palmer, Xew York ; Ephraim Williams, 
Stonington ; Dr. G. D. Stanton, Stonington : Prof. Joseph H. 
Palmer, Yonkers, X. Y. ; X. P. Palmer. Pittsburg, Pa. ; Wm. 
Pitt Palmer, C. B. Palmer, Sing Sing, X. Y. ; Robert Stanton, 
Frank Palmer, Norwich : Prof. A. B. Palmer, M. D., L.L. D., 
Michigan University ; Rev. Hiram Stone, B. Frank Chapman, 
Oneida, X. Y/ 


at Palmer Headquarters contained many articles of interest, 
including Walter's portmanteau and photographs of Col. Jona- 
than Palmer's family. 


The second gathering of the clans of the Palmer family began 
yesterday at Stonington. Conn. The success of the Re-Union 
of last year so far exceeded the expectations of those who set 
on foot the enterprise in fear and trembling, that they were en- 
couraged to go forward this year with the expectancy of even 
greater success. Last year about 1,500 Palmers nearly all of 
whom could trace their descent to the original Walter Palmer, 
who settled in Wequctequock, now Stonington, in 1650, assem- 


bled to revisit the home of their ancestor, and a thoroughly en- 
joyable family party was the result. 


Since that re-union the participants have united upon a per- 
manent footing and have formed the Palmer Re-Union Associ- 
ation, the object of which " shall be the perpetuation of the re- 
union of the Palmers and their paternal and maternal kindred 
through the Palmer lineage : to collect and preserve information 
respecting the history of the family, and to promote social and 
literary intercourse among its members." The constitution of 
the Association provides for re-union at least once in five years. 
This year however, it was deemed wise to appoint the second 
re-union, as so large a number of persons were unable to be 
present last year, and at least two-thirds of those present agreed 
to come again. 

The present meeting is held as the last was, upon' the anni- 
versary of the historical day in Stonington, that upon which its 
naval battle was fought. The Re-Union grounds are in the 
north part of the borough, near the railroad depot. Here all 
the public meetings are to be held in a large tent, and smaller 
tents upon the grounds are put up to accommodate the overflow 
from the hotels and boarding houses. It is expected that not 
less than three thousand persons will be in attendance in the 
three days that the exercises will continue. Ever)' possible pro- 
vision has been made by the Local Committee of Arrangements 
for the comfort and care of all those who attend. In addition 
to the hotels, of which there are several in Stonington and Watch 
Hill, as well as in New London and Westerly (accessible in a feu- 
minutes by rail), there are many private houses thrown open for 


The varied programme for each day has been provided. The 
first address was assigned to General George W. Palmer, of 
New York City. Various branches of the family and different 
localities are to be spoken of by their representatives, and poems 



and music will diversify the public exercises. Business connect- 
ed with the Association and its maintenance will be attended to. 
One feature of the gathering is to be a collection of relics and 
curiosities held by members of the family, and a curious and 
unique exhibition is promised by Mrs. Isabella Grant Meredith 
and Miss Emma \Y. Palmer who have supervised this feature. 
This Loan Exhibition is also designed to show the work's of 
Palmers by pen, pencil and chisel, and art work of all sorts. 
One evening will be devoted to a concert by a band composed 
altogether of Palmers, and an exhibition of fireworks will be 
given upon another. 


Since the re-union ©f last year a neat volume of 300 odd pages 
has been compiled by the indefatigable Secretary, Noyes F. 
Palmer, giving an account of the origin of the enterprise, the ad- 
dresses and features of the first gathering, and sketches of the 
most notable men there. It is embellished with artotype illus- 
trations of many of those who attended the exercises and con-' 
tributed to their success. It is the first of a series of Palmer 
books, the second to contain the genealogical lists of the vari- 
ous branches of the family, including already over 7,000 names. 
The first volume has met with much success in the family, 
•which is as large as a small city in itself. The present Re-Union 
is expected to intensify the interest in the family and all of its 


Not a few Palmers have been going to Stonington in the fort- 
night past in order to be on hand for the Re-Union, and Ston- 
ington bids fair to be the Palmer Summer Seaside Resort. 
Already apian has been broached to buy a large hotel and con- 
vert it into a Palmer House. * * * * There 
is a likelihood, however, that the gatherings of Palmers will be- 
come fixed facts in Stonington history. It is expected that the 
season which commenced yesterday and which will continue to- 
day and to-morrow will be a thoroughly successful affair. 



A bright hot summer sun rose into a deep azure sky, unob- 
scured by a single speck of cloud, over the old borough of Ston- 
ington on Thursday morning, as the descendants of the pioneer 
Palmers from far and near began gathering on the tented mead- 
ow for their second annual re-union. The large central pavilion 
with a seating capacity of about 1200 was conveniently arranged 
with .chairs and benches in amphitheatre form, fronting on a 
raised dais for the officers of the organization and speakers. 
To the left was the kitchen and dining pavilion and all around, 
smaller tents to the number of twenty-five "dotted the ground 
and gave the whole a decidedly sylvan and picturesque charac- 
ter. In the first of these smaller tents a register is kept where 
all who would might leave their autographs. Next was a tent 
in which Noyes F. Palmer issued certificates of membership to 
those of the family who desired them at the cost of $1. Then 
came the striped tent of the president, E. H. Palmer, of Mont- 
.ville, with the colors of the clan and the motto " Palman Qui 
Meruit Ferat, " in which he received and welcomed the arriving 
guests. " * * * Another tent contained Palmer fancy 
work, bric-a-brac and souvenirs, the work all done in the family 
and each article marked with its price which ranged all the 
way from ten cents to Si 00. 

Before the time announced for the commencement of the ex- 
ercises, 10:30 A. M., all the trains, regular and special were de- 
positing their freight of Palmers at the depots, but it was not 
until 11:15 that the committee of arrangements could arrange 
and accommodate the crowds that thronged to the main pavil- 
ion. The order of exercises opened with prayer by Rev. C. A. 
Lamb of Ypsillanti, Mich., age 93, after which the president in- 
troduced Capt. Stiles T. Stanton of Stonington who in behalf 
of the warden and burgesses extended a cordial welcome and 
the hospitalities of the burough to the great and prolific family 
whose heroic ancestor was so intimately identified with the lo- 
cality, whose ancient homestead can still be pointed out and 
whose bones still rest under the green turf he loved so well, and 
near the sounding sea whose heaving; billows sing; an eternal 


requiem. The address was received with unbounded applause 
and Capt. Stanton received a perfect ovation as he stepped 
down from the rostrum. 

President E. H. Palmer replied, acknowledging the courtesy 
with his usual happy bonhomie. The Palmer band of White- 
field, N. II., composed exclusively of scions of the race, gave 
some fine original selections, after which Gen. Geo. W. Palmer 
of New York, for the literary committee delivered a greeting to 
Palmers, relatives and friends which was in reality a cursory 
history of the origin, genealogy and peculiar characteristics of 
the family from the middle ages to the present day, elaborated 
by quotation and comment from ancient and modern history and 
drawing deep draughts of inspiration from Walter Scott's heroic 
novel, Ivanhoe, where the Lad}' Rowena accosts the Palmer 
with : " The defender of the absent has a right to favorable recep- 
tion from all who honor truth, honor and manhood " and where 
the Palmer himself asserts, in speaking of his brother warriors 
<l Second to none, sir. " The poem of Welcome was read by Is- 
abella Grant Meredith and elicited prolonged applause. 

Part of the opening stanza only is given below : 

Friends ! Kindred ! it hath been accorded me 
The grateful part, to greet and welcome ye, 
To this old city by the sounding sea. 
An honorable task-in days of yore. 

When came some way-worn l'almer to the Hall. 
The Chatelaine brought forth the choicest store ; 

Her pages flitted at his beck and call ; 
In gentle cares her bower-maidens strove. 
And pretty zeal displayed in deeds of love. 
While with her own fair hands, the noble dame 
Dispensed the manchet, as her rank became, 
And served her venerable guest in Christ His name. 

After Mrs. Meredith's poem the president asked for an ex- 
pression from the assemblage as to whether they would visit the 
home and grave of Walter Palmer in Wequetequock at a cost 
of twenty-five cents for the round trip. It was unanimously 
voted that they would. The president then said that this meet- 
ing was called mainly to ratify the constitution and by-laws in- 
formally adopted at the centennial celebration in Stonington 
last year and subsequently confirmed at a Palmer meeting in 
New York last winter. At the last named meeting it was vot- 


ed to continue the present officers until now and to hold an elec- 
tion for their successors at this re-union. The Palmers also vot- 
ed to accord the right of suffrage to men, women and children. 
All can vote who are accredited Palmers and who pay Si to 
Noyes F. Palmer, who is Recording Secretary, on the grounds. 
The president then appointed Senator Thos. W. Palmer, of De- 
troit : Loomis T. Palmer, of Chicago ; Courtlandt Palmer, of 
New York City; and Geo. W. Palmer, of New York, a finance 

This closed the forenoon exercises, and the concourse ad- 
journed to the hotels or to the dining pavilion where for lack 
of clams the)' were disappointed in the chowder, but the way 
cold ham and tongue disappeared from the groaning tables was 
absolutely startling, and it took considerable time to appease 
those appetites stimulated by the bracing salt sea air that swept 
refreshingly across the moor. At 2:50 P. M. the large tent was 
again filled, many having arrived in the interim. Hon. T. \Y. 
Palmer, of Detroit, Mich., opened with an address in behalf of 
the Palmers of Michigan, in which he carried them back to the 
fountain head, bringing down the house frequently by his sallies 
of humor as he caught on to some funny Palmer trait. F. H. 
Palmer's cornet solo was finely rendered and received with an ex- 
pressive encore. Miss Sara A. Palmer of Stonington read very 
effectively an excellent original poem on the Xew Crusade, and 
C. B. Palmer of Sing Sing, made an address on the Modern Palm. 
bear'ers, which was replete with interesting reminiscences and 
delivered in a masterly style of oratory. Rev. A. G. Palmer of 
Stonington read The Courtship of Betty Noyes and Ichabod 
Palmer, a historical epic written expressly for the occasion. 
Then the band gave the memorial hymn, a musical selection by 
the leader, and very creditable to his genius as a composer and 
arranger of music. Brief responses to family names were next 
in order. Some were brief and some were hot, but all of them 
were more of a puzzle to the reporter, as they meandered through 
the lines and angles of families, than the differential calculus. 
Richard A. Wheeler, of Stonington. mixed some Irish blood, 
from Cork, into the clan through the Celtic tribe of Fanning 


and proved himself one-fifth a Palmer. Rev. Mr. Stone, of Ban- 
tam, traced his family to Simeon Palmer, of Taunton, and claim- 
ed a quarter degree of blood relationship. Mr. Chapman, of 
Oneida, but not of the community, kne.v more about the Palm- 
ers than any Palmer on the ground and told what he knew in 
a graphic and humorous but very intricate style, and after he 
got through with 115 Palmers — father and son, sisters, cousins 
and aunts — the reporter put his fingers in his ears and stopped 
his reckoning. The president and Mr. Chapman then announced 
the following speakers for the exercises to-day, which they char- 
acterized as the grand love feast of the Palmers : J. U. Palmer, 
Brooklyn, N. V. ; A. L. Palmer, Auburn, X. Y. ; L. J. Palmer, 
Chicago: Courtlandt Palmer. New York: Eph. Williams. Ston- 
ington : Dr. G. D. Stanton, Stonington ; Jos. H. Palmer, Yon- 
kers, X. Y. ; X. B. Palmer, Pittsburg, -Pa. ; Win. Pitt Palmer, 
of Stockbridge, Mass.: Wm. C. Palmer, Sing Sing, X. Y. ; Rob- 
ert Stanton. Frank Palmer, Xorwich ; Prof. A. B. Palmer, M. D., 
L.L. D. Michigan University ; Rev. Hiram Stone, Loomis T. 
Palmer, Chicago, and B. Frank Chapman of Oneida. The Pal- 
mer Hymn, written for this re-union by Miss Sara A. Palmer 
of Stonington, was then sung by the whole audience, standing, 
to the accompaniment of the band, and was a brilliant finale to 
the exercises of the afternoon. This concluded the business 
portion of the day's doings, and at the request of an enterpris- 
ng photo man, the crowd left' the tent and posed outside for a 
quarter of an hour to have their pictures taken. It was inter- 
esting to see the girls saying prunes and prisms with their silent 
ips, as they struggled for good positions to give the machine a 
Joint blank shot at them. The president told all unlodged 
Palmers where they could procure beds or hammocks in We'st- 
rly and Xew London or under the A tents on the grounds. 
Ie also said that the concert to-morrow evening by the Palm- 
r band and vocal singers would be held in thelarge tent. Ad- 
mission 50 cents. The pyrotechnic display in the evening, com- 
mencing at 8 o'clock, was attended by large numbers from the 
djacent cities and villages, and was eminently successful, not- 


withstanding a moderately heavy shower threatened to throw 
a damper over the exhibition. 


On Friday morning the Palmers began gathering on their 
camping ground at an early hour. The air was cool and pleas. 
ant and a brisk westerly wind shook out the national and Pal- 
mer ensigns that floated bravely from the central pavilion. At 
10:30 A. M. the officers arrived and shortly after the large tent 
was filled to the extent of its seating capacity which is at least 
1000. The exercises opened with prayer, after which several 
speakers arose to respond to family names, tracing their origin. 
and descent from the Palmers. Ephraim Williams, of Stoning- 
ton, said that the descendants of the Palmers in the female line 
were superior in physical 'endowments to those who inherited 
the name through the male line. He said it was one of the in- 
stances where the gray mare proved to be the best horse. 
B. F. Chapman, of Oneida, is a Palmer enthusiast. He wenr 
back to the days when a Tudor or a Stuart abrogating despot- 
ic rights over their subjects, compelled by their tyranny the 
best blood of Britain to leave the land where there fathers lived 
and died, and seek in the untried and virgin soil the freedom 
which they were denied in the land of their nativity. The 
speaker eulogised the hard}" pioneer race, and claimed for them 
the development of the country which they adopted, and her 
progress through the centuries from an almost unknown and un- 
surveyed region to the highest pinnacle of power and civiliza- 
tion. In no other country has science, art. literature made such 
rapid strides, and in no other is the heaven born boon of civil 
and religious liberty enjoyed by its people to the fullest and 
most liberal extent. Several speakers whose names were an- 
nounced on the programme were compelled by business exigen- 
cies to leave without fulfiling their engagements. 

This closed the morning exercises, and the assemblage adjourn- 
ed from the pavilion, some to their hotels, others to the res- 
taurant tent and still others to the number of seventv- five tool: 



advantage of the special excursion train to Wequetequock. wlie*"* 
two hours were consumed in visiting the ancient homestead and 
venerated tomb of the noblest Palmer of them all — the great and 
glorious Walter — whose name has made a brilliant page in the his- 
tory of his adopted country. The old grist mill came in for its 
full share of admiration, and the party returned deeply impressed 
with the retrospective memories which the historic old spot 
awakened. The afternoon exercises did not commence until 
after 3 o'clock. 

The President introduced Dr. Eugene Palmer, of Texas, an old 
gentleman of 80, who gave interesting reminiscences of the fami- 
ly in the far southwest. H'e was followed by his grandson. Albeit 
G. Leoning, Esq., of X. Y. City who delivered a brief but eloquent 
laudatory address. Dr.Eugene Palmer was the furthest traveler to 
this re-union, except the Misses Nash — two beautiful girls whose 
maternal Palmer lineage is warmed by the hot blood of Castile 
and the dark liquid eyes and rich olive complexion, favors more 
the Andalusian than the Saxon extraction. The Misses Nash 
are orphans, natives of Mexico, and this is their first visit to their 
mother's land. Lawyer Palmer of Oneida, read from a deep 
mourning card a greeting sent by Mary Palmer Pitkin, who was 
the soul of the last re-union, to the officers and guests at this 
re-union and regretted that the recent death of her mother 
compelled her absence. Miss" Sara Palmer read in a very ef- 
fective manner a poem by her father. Rev. A. G. Palmer. Gen. 
George W. Palmer proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies 
whose efforts in collecting and exhibiting relics and souvenirs 
of the family were largely instrumental in making these re-unions 
the magnificent success they have been. The names of Mrs. 
Isabella Grant Meredith of New York, and Miss Emma \V. 
Palmer of Stonington, were deserving of especial honor. The 
resolution was adopted with enthusiasm. Gen. Geo. YV. Palmer 
offered a resolution of thanks to the president for the ability he 
displayed as a presiding officer and the herculean efforts he 
made to perfect this great family organization. The resolution 
was unanimously adopted. President E. H. Palmer gracefully 


returned thanks for the courtesy, and pledged his faith to con- 
tinue with all the ability he was possessed of to work for the 
organization which had so honored him. Rev. A. G. Palmer 
then presented the first prize, a beautiful gold-headed ebony 
cane, to Rev. Elliott Palmer, of North Coventry, as the oldest 
clergyman, bearing the name of Palmer, in attendance at the 
re-union. This presentation address was the feature of the 
day. The venerable gentleman said that the gift reminded 
him, by its strength and stiffness, of the character of the recipi- 
ent, who in the face of new creeds, new schisms and the assaults 
of infidelity, moved through life in the even tenor of his way, 
hewing to the line, according to the doctrine of Christ his Sav- 
ior, and yielding nothing to force nor flatter}', from the dis- 
ciples of Ingersoll. and others less open in their expressions, 
but for that reason more dangerous by their insidious heresies. 
He concluded by invoking the blessing of Christ on his 
friend and fellow minister, and as the two white-haired old men 
clasped hands in greeting their feelings overpowered them, and 
it was easy to discern that the vast audience was in sympathy 
with their emotions. Rev. Elliott Palmer replied in a very few 
words which were not half as expressive as his moistened cheeks 
and trembling hands. * * The concert in 

the evening began at'S P. M. The programme was good, ex- 
cellently rendered and received the applause it deserved from a 
very fair audience. To-day's programme will consist mainly of 
election of officers, reports of the old, and appointment and or- 
ganization of new committees. 





" Lorti thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst 
formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to ever- 
lasting thou art God," as the Psalmist says. Lord we render the 
thanksgiving for thy creating power and thy preserving mercy 
and for thy kind providence which has watched over us and per- 
mitted so many of us to meet and mingle our kindred greetings. 
We invoke thy divine blessing to rest upon us. and especially 
upon the association, its officers, and its managers: that kin- 
dred ties may be strengthened, so that we may feel that it is 
good that we have come together: Lord grant that we may all 
so live here upon earth as at last to be brought to participate 
in that glorious Re-Union, where high hills and deep water, 
arid broad lands should separate us no more, forever : 

In the name of Christ. Amen. 


[Note Illustration and Biography on pages 107 and 104— Vol. L] 

Palmers, Relatives, Friends : I am bidden by the Literary 
Committee, and others in authority, to extend to you a most 
cordial and hearty welcome. 

I greet you all ! Welcome, thrice welcome to this Re-union, 
ye Palmers of the East, ye Palmers of the West, ye Palmers of 
the North and ye Palmers from the regions where the Palm 


trees grow. Welcome friends and 'relatives — one and all of you 
descendants of Pilgrims, who brought order out of chaos on 
this continent, and assisted in spreading light where before there 
was darkness. Welcome every one to this historic field in the 
heart of classic New England, where the giant Walter Palmer 
and the sturdy William Palmer lent their strong arms and will- 
ing hearts toward practically illustrating that self reliant man- 
hood, which here in this very section of our noble land sowed 
the seeds that brought forth, a century later the tree of Liber- 
ty, under whose benignant and manifold branches we are this 
day enjoying peace, good will and happiness. 

Who is there among you that doubts the great share every 
one of the Palmers of old contributed toward establishing upon 
this soil that beacon light of freedom — resplendent in all its 
glories — which in this century of ours has become the day star 
of hope — the rock upon which mankind all over the world rests 
its unwavering faith for the welfare of the generations that are 
to come after us ? Xo battle-stained castles, no armored halls, 
no frowning towers mark the valleys where these ancestors of 
ours first planted the seeds of civilization. The sturdy Pilgrims 
of those days had already cast behind them the helmet and the 
lance of the middle ages. They had come to conquer new fields, 
but with weapons far more effective than those which for cen- 
turies have reddened the hiilsand dales, the rivers and lakes of 
the old world with the blood of man. They had come to build 
up, and not to destroy. They had come to infuse blood and 
not to shed it. Industry was their weapon. Civilization was 
their aim. 

The humble cabins were their castles, the free fields, domed 
by the glorious sky above, were their palatial halls. Thence 
rung forth in tones that were heard all over the colonies, those 
songs of toil and labor well performed, that one hundred and 
fifty years later brought out the first Battle Cry of Freedom. " 
and with it that matchless Declaration of Independence. 

"The rights of man *' were firmly planted in the soil by our 
forefathers by the aid of the ploughshare and the spindle, but 


where clanger threatened, they knew how to, and did wield 
the sword to victor} - , returning quietly to their homes, and re- 
suming the habiliments of labor, the ploughshare and the prun- 
ing-hook, when war was over. 

And yet — but not in this land, of toil, there must have been 
in the dim past, Palmers who devoted their entire lives to the 
profession of aims; but only — and let us be thankful for it — in 
behalf of a cause dear to us all. the Christian religion. ■ Not that 
can be traced directly, the line of genealogy to the ideal Palmer 
now in my mind. According to Sir Walter Scott, however, we 
read in his charming book " Ivanhoe " of a Palmer who had par- 
ticipated in the crusades of the middle ages, when religion was 
yet spread with the aid of the sword. We find in Ivanhoe, the 
Pilgrim Palmer upon his return from the Holy Land, imbued 
with all the sentiments of chivalry, truth and manhood, which 
should at least make us anxious to claim this heroic character 
as representative of one of our veritable ancestors. When in a 
conversation in regard to the courage displayed by various 
nationalities during the battles about the Holy Sepulchre, a 
Knight of the Temple claimed that the English warriors were 
second to others which the Knight mentioned, the Pilgrim Pal- 
mer arose and exclaimed : 

" Second. to none, sir! I say that the English chivalry were 
second to NONE who ever drew sword in defence of the Holy 
Land. I say besides, for I saw it, that King Richard himself, 
and five of his knights held a tournament after the taking of 
St. John D'Acre as challengers against all comers. I say that 
on that day each knight ran three courses, and cast to the ground 
three antagonists. The first in honor as in arms, in renown as 
in place, was the brave Richard r King of England. " 

When subsequently the Pilgrim Palmer spoke in behalf of 
the absent Knight of Ivanhoe. and pledged his honor that upon 
his return from Palestine, he also would be reach' to answer the 
challenge of the Knight Templar, the Lad}- Rovvena, seated up- 
on a throne and anxious to hear about Ivanhoe, the companion 
of her childhood, addressed Palmer saying : " The defender of 


the absent has a right to favorable reception from 'all who 
value truth and honor manhood. ' ' The eminent author points 
other traits of character, honorable to the name of Palmer, but 
this ma}- be sufficient to show that even by one of the greatest 
minds of English Literature, the word Palmer was considered 
synonym with all that is great and noble in human nature. 

Let us leave, however, the domain of story, fiction and tradi- 
tion, and. contemplate with the powers at our command, the liv- 
ing fact of this grand Re-L nion. composed of many minds and 
yet all bent on perpetuating the ancestral name, that ever re- 
liable connecting link, between the past and the present, and — 
judging by the well-known productive forces of the Palmers— 
also of the future. We see before us the grave and the gay — 
the young and the old — the farmer and the merchant — the sol- 
dier and the statesman — the artisan and the representatives of 
the learned professions, all united in celebrating what ? a simple 

And yet the American people are frequent!}- taunted by for- 
eign critics with being solely devoted to the might}- dollar. 
Do we gain anything in the shape or way of lucre by this Re- 
Union? Xo. It is an idea, a simple but great and giorious IDEA 
that brings us hither from the Prairies of the West, from the 
granite hills of the East, from the chilly mountains of the 
North and the majestic rivers of the South. It makes us great- 
er men and women to commingle on this beautiful field for and 
on behalf of this idea, in order to sho.v the world at large that 
the blood which courses through the veins of a Palmer gives 
sustenance to a heart full of feeling and sentiment, to a head 
full of understanding as to the importance of tin's most interest- 
ing Re-union of a great and growing family. 

There are two ways of looking at these family Re-Unions or 
gatherings, namely : in their moral, and also political aspects. 
When I say political, I do not mean it in the narrow partizan 
view, but the broad, vast political system which is synonym 
with order and government We meet here with a full under- 
standing that the family is the foundation stone of the State. 



It is after the pattern oi the family that the government of our 
country is constructed. Ill fact, the family being the narrow- 
est limit in which people are united, is the real source of all 
power. It has a head, represented by the parent, whose duty, 
defined to him or her by the laws of nature, compels him or her 
to maintain order among the different member- Without 
such order, without such discipline there would come division, 
unhappiness and misery. " Honor thy father and thy mother 
that thy days may be lengthened." has been written and unwrit- 
ten law ever since the thunders of Sinai first proclaimed to 
mankind the ten great commandments which were ever after to 
be the fundamental principles upon which all just laws must be 
based. The patriarchs of old in this respect have been no more 
scrupulous in its observance than are the savages of our day. 
Christians and Pagans. Jews and Gentiles have ever laid this 
solemn obligation to their hearts. " Honor thy father and thy 
mother. " Aye, the Romans of old, were so imbued with the 
meaning and spirit of this command, that the thought of a 
child ever assaulting or murdering a parent newer entered their 
heads. To t-hem such an atrocity was impossible, and hence 
the renowned Roman laws contain no provision for the punish- 
ment of such a crime and totally ignore the word "parricide." 
leaving it to modern vocabulary to coin the designation of this 
crime, and to modern law to provide the punishment. 

Acknowledging then, that mankind, ever since, the beginning 
of history, has endowed the parents of the family with author- 
ity for the purpose of maintaining within its circle harmony and 
unity of action, we find that this system stands the test — nay, 
it is the necessity of the highest civilization. Here in our Re- 
public, as I have already said, it lies at the foundation of our 
governmental system and contains the original source of power. 
Next to the family comes the municipality, which is an aggre- 
gate of families : next to the municipality comes the province 
or as we term it, the State, its government stretching its author- 
ity over the various municipalities. The States again form a 
family which is governed by the Federal Power, called the 
Union. (We call our government the Family Re-Union). Now, 


again look at the beautiful structure composed of the just men- 
tioned integral parts. While the government of the Union is 
restricted in its powers and in its authority, there is a corre- 
sponding strength of authority as we descend stage by stage 
from the Federal to the State, to the Municipal and finally to 
the Family power. The larger the extent of territory over 
which these various powers expand themselves* the fewer are 
the restrictions which they impose within their respective juris- 
dictions, until we finally come back to the family where the 
parental power is making itself felt in the minutest details of 
life, of habits, of manners, of food, of raiment, of religion and 
of education. These Re-Unions teach us to respect and honor 
the family— nay, make us more proud of it, and thus render it 
stronger for good in the body politic. 

Nor will any one deny that such an organization as this is 
wise and proper. If one should, I ask him why he commingles 
in this Re-Union with the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, 
uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and all those connected 
with him through the multiplicity of grades of consanguinity, 
gathered here to place a crown of garlands upon the family 
system and family name ? 

Within this Re-Union we have no questions of State to con- 
sider ; no treaties to conclude or ratify, unless indeed it be the 
treaty of Love which the bold Palmer youth desires to conclude 
with the blushing Palmer maiden. But mind you ! let us whis- 
per it so low that it may not awaken the echoes in yonder nooks, 
under the shade trees, or in the quiet of the cozy parlor, — parent- 
al authority reaches far, but may not arbitrarily attempt to 
command \r those sacred precincts. Mutual confidence between 
parent and child should always exist respecting the delicate re- 
lations of lovers and the all-important and serious contemplation 
of wedlock. The one should kindly and freely give and the 
other take the advice and the wisdom which experience brings : 
but arbitral}- commands seldom, if ever, have any other than 
mischievous effects upon those whose affections are plighted. 

Ah ! would that all mankind in general, and the Palmers in 
particular, might lay to heart the lessons that ought to be in- 


culcated by a Re-Union of hands and a Re-Union of hearts 
such as seems to exist here, and feel the ennobling effects and 
influences such gatherings have upon the young and the old 

Why should not the Palmers stand at the head of that grow- 
ing class of eminent souls who continually point with pride 
toward any event of great contemporaneous human interest ? 
If we cannot be the pioneers in movements like" these, we can 
at least be the most active promoters of a cause such as we here 
represent at Stonington. And why should we not ? Casting 
aside all care, all troubles, we have come here to sit at the feet of 
those mature in years, and listen to the tales and songs of ances- 
tral fame, as we heard them while still in our cradles, just as 
they were told and sung when still being fed by our mothers. 
This to us is a season of peaceful reflection: a wandering back — 
if I may so express it — to the days of our childhood, when 
peace and innocence held sway over our tender years. 

It is meet and proper that we should have, now and then, 
days like these ; not only for the purpose of enjoyment but for 
the purpose of contemplating ourselves — our real selves. In 
this busy life of ours, composed of so few and short years, we 
pay too little attention to the betterment of ourselves and our 
kind. We permit — too frequently, alas ! — events to drive us 
on, and perform our work in a hap-hazard way. Here, at 
least, in this Re-Union we have an opportunity for study, for 
reflection, for thought. We can compare notes as to the diifer- 
ent modes of life indulged in by the various Palmers, as to the 
different principles which guide their lives, as to the views en- 
tertained by them in regard to questions dear to us as citizens 
and as men. As then we become acquainted with these various 
phases of thought, of action, of habits, entertained by them, all 
of us by contemplating the same, thereby become better Pal- 
mers, for we then learn to practice that great and noble cardinal 
virtue, Tolerance. The time has passed, my friends, in this age 
of thought for one set of men or women imposing their ideas, 
their principles, their formulas upon another set of men or 


women. We will listen, study, reflect and choose for ourselves 
what seems good and valuable to be our charts and guides of 
life. No man is so well informed but that he can always learn 
something from what others may tell him. and if he does not 
associate or cares not to associate with all those with whom he 
comes in contact in daily life, a Re-Union like this teaches him 
at least, that for the time being he must — in the common phrase 
of the day — " put up " with those around him. In other words, 
this Re-Union teaches all of us. as I said before, tolerance, good 
will to men and to women also. 

Probably, while dwelling on this subject of our duty toward 
our fellow men, while showing that we should never belittle the 
attainments, the talents, the character of others, unless we have 
ample proof of unworthiness, I ought also to speak of the respect 
we owe to and for the matters and things of the past. Henry 
Thomas Buckle, in his unparalled work " History of English Civ- 
ilization, " teaches us, in this regard, a valuable lesson. Unlike 
other historians who measure everything of the past by the 
standard of the time in which they are writing. Buckle has set 
himself to show the good that was done to humanity even in 
those darlv ages which are generally thought profitless to man. 
He draws instructive lessons even from the monks and friars of 
the time who kept themselves in seclusion from the world they 
did not care to commingle with. So, also, let us regard with 
respect the men and things of the past, and endeavor to find 
the good that was done by them or with them. 

Yon here, for instance, will see during this Re-Union many 
things your ancestors possessed, queer in their shape, odd in 
their make up. stranger withal to your modern ideas. But 
there is a history to all of these relics, a history that may or 
may not come to your ears, but a history nevertheless. Your 
paternal or maternal ancestors may have been happy in their 
possession at a time when your very existence was not even a 
subject of thought to them, while these relics were. Human 
nature is so constituted that we love to retain such relics, it 
simply for the contemplation of the various associations sur- 


rounding them, at a time that is now gone, a time that can nev- 
er more return. 

In tli Is good work of, collecting relics of the past, none have 
been so industrious, so untiring, so discriminating as the ladies 
of our organization. God bless them for it ! They always lead 
in works where the heart and sentimentfpreside, and often 
where the sterling intellect is brought into requisition. 

My friends, I have already taken up more of your time than 
I ought, but let me say to you on behalf of the officers of this 
organization, that it affords us infinite pleasure to see so many 
Palmers present at this our second Re-Union, and apparently 
in such excellent health. We trust that the time you will spend 
in and around Stonington will not only prove pleasing, but also 
instructive ; and that it will be an incentive to you to urge oth- 
er Palmers, who have not yet joined our ranks, to send in their 
names and enroll themselves under the family banner bearing 
that time-honored motto, " Palma Virtnti. " 

And now. while yet standing upon the threshold of the pre- 
cincts of this Re-Union, I again bid you welcome ! You have 
traveled the causeway — the gates are wide open. Let us enter 
and enjoy the poetry, the eloquence, the song, and all the va- 
ried entertainments which are in store for us. And ma)- the 
events of this Palmer Re-Union be so pleasing — so fraught 
with all that is charming and delightful in the relations of so- 
cial life — that their memory will ever be cherished in our hearts 
of hearts as among the sweetest and most beautiful experiences 
of our lives. Together let us labor, together let us rejoice, and 
in the language of Dickens, put into the mouth of '"Tiny Tim, " 
may " God bless us every one. " 




[Note Illustration, etc , on page 177, Vol. I.] 

To the Palmers — Greeting : 

■ 1. 

Friends. . . . kindred ! ... it hath been accorded me 
The grateful part to greet and welcome ye 
To this old city by the sounding sea. 

An honorable task. ... In days of yore 

When came some wayworn Palmer to the Hall, 

The Chatelaine brought forth her choicest store. 
Her pages flitted at his beck and call: 

In gentle cares her bower-maidens strove. 

And pretty zeal displayed in deeds of love. 
While with her own fair hands the noble dame 
Dispensed the manchet. as her rank became, 
And served her venerable guest in Christ His Name. 

n - 

Though wild those days when, for a zealot's scheme. 
Mere tender Babes shared the Crusaders' dream. 
Athwart that gloom, thank God ! shone one faint gleam ; 

One little taper burned with steadfast ray 

Till it dispersed the wavering shades of night ; 

When Love illumined Faith, lo ! dawned the day, 
And Force was fettered. Error shorn of might. 

No more brave Palmers strove by doughty deed 

From hands impure, that served an idle creed. 
The Holy Land and Sacred Tomb to wrest. 
Their worthier care, the temple in each breast. 
By outward life the inward grace to manifest. 


Adown the ages shone that beacon clear 
On Covenanters' ranks, Cromwell austere, 
On faithless King, and loyal cavalier. 
On sturdy Puritans who home forsook. 

Heaven's counsel guiding their prayer-guarded deeds, 


High-hearted, strong, with ne'er a backward look 

To England's storied woods and sweet, green meads. 
From pleasant granges 'midst the flower-prankt glades, 
Forth fared the Pilgrims, matrons, sires and maids, 

Yet not as erst, with Paynim foes to right, 

Nor panoplied like the Crusading knight; 

They went self-exiled in the cause of Human Right. 


What welcome met the wandering Palmer here? 
No eager servitors brought dainty gear. 
Stayed him with flagons, cates and royal cheer. 

Yet sure this virgin solitude did thrill 
Before the Master of its savage moods; 

And the lark lilt with wilder, sweeter trill 

O'er rippling waters and o'er whispering woods, 

That here a nobler race brought milder ways. 

Methinks e'en Nature felt some soft amaze 
When here the Pilgrim's gentle daughter, Grace, 
Bent o'er the Wequetequoc a moment's space 
To meet the wistful smile that flitted o'er her face. 


Once more the peaceful Pilgrims seek the strand 
Two centuries have made our mother land : 
Once more we meet and grasp each other's hand. 

And still ye strive, knights errant and Crusaders, 
With arms far nobler than the lance and brand, 

'Gainst foes more fell than Saracen invaders, 
Against insidious Circe, bright and bland ; 

Sin, that now lurks obscure in loathly nest, 

Now stalks abroad and flaunts its shameless crest. 
Ye track the hydra, Vice, with hearts of ruth, 
For Age dishonored, and for blighted Youth, 
Your bright, resistless weapons, Beauty, Virtue, Truth. 


For some of ye are poets, some are preachers, 
Some artists, statesmen, editors and teachers : 
All — like Ben Adhem — love your fellow-creatures. 


And, howsoe'er ye tend the quenchless Light. 

Instruct a nation, strive in its defence. 
Limn English meads ( 1 ), sing of " Love's Second sight ('-), 

Chisel the dimpling dream of innocence ( 3 ), 
Transfix in marble, Beauty's matchless face. 
And touch our souls with the pathetic grace 
Of Resignation's sweet, submissive calm, 
Your faithful works uplift, your hands bring balm ; 
Unto such noble labor God awards the Palm (*). 


But better welcomes than my poor verse meet you 

In the kind eyes that cordially entreat you 

From yonder chair, whence genial smiles now greet you. 

When these bright days are ended and we sever. 
Be mine, yet once again, the grateful part. 

In the serene and beautiful Forever, 

As now, to bid you welcome from my heart. 

Ther$ melody shall help the halting phrase. 

And Pentecostal tongues teach truer praise. 
And, oh ! my friends, let it De pardoned me 
The lack of grace in words that welcome ye 
To Walter's home and grave, beside the sounding sea. 

Limn English Meads. — Reference is here made to Mr. Robert Minor, the artist, 
whose studies of English scenery are well known. 


"Love's Second Sight" — A poem by Wm. Pitt Palmer. 


Dimpled Dream of Innocence. — ''The Sleeping Peri," one of the Palmer 
Marbles, as is also the bust of "Resignation." alluded to in a succeeding line. 
Both are works of art from the hand of the sculptor, Mr. Erastus Dow Palmer. 


Unto such noble labor God awai'ds the Palm. — " Paima non sine Lahore" is the 
motto which has been handed down for six generations in the branch of the famhy 
of which Mr. E. D. Palmer, the sculptor, is a member. The crest surmounting 
this legend is the scallop, or cockle-shell, worn by those Paimers who had visited 
the shrine 'of St. James the Less, at Compostella ; this sheil being the cognizance 
of the great apostle. 




The Palmers of Michigan send their greeting to their kins- 
men. Common report had long pointed to Stonington as the 
parent hive; but until the gathering of the clan last year the 
fact was involved in and only supported by the vagueness of 

They are grateful to the promoters and organizers of this 
family Re-Union for the opportunity to formulate into history 
the shreds, scraps and memories which, until now. had their 
uncertain abiding place in anecdote and rumor. 

In earK' life our hopes and aspirations are our motive power. 
As we see the purpling of the dawn brighten into day, buoy- 
ancy, strength and certainty of the future is a subtle quality 
of the blood. If we study the past, we do so for its uses and 
not for a solace; but as the shadows begin to lengthen in the 
west all philosophic souls, healthfully weary of the struggle for 
and possibly the possession of what men strive for, turn to the 
past for consolation and repose. We delight to treasure up a 
remembrance of traits in the characters of those to whom we 
owe our being, and collate incidents in their lives which may 
throw light upon the impulses which controlled them ; nay, 
more, he desires to know of those who in like manner were 
dear to them, and to learn how they in turn wrought, suffered 
and enjoyed. 

In primitive times this was the beginning of history, and as 
the family relation was the foundation of the State, so was the 
knitting together of families by common memories the begin- 
ning of patriotism. 

But aside from the sentimental aspect of the question. I 
think the Re-Union has a scientific value. I must confess that I 
had a great curiosity to come down and meet my kindred to 
compare notes and to see how we had differentiated, as the sci- 
entists say, in the last two hundred years ; to note the effect <A 
the introduction of different strains of blood upon our mental 
and physical structure. 


The Palmers of Michigan represent two branches of the 
Walter Palmer tree. One of these branches, which I will des- 
ignate as the Stonington and Voluntown branch, is briefly 
reported in Vol. I of the Palmer Record, in the notices of Hon. 
C. H. Palmer and Rev. William Ledyard Palmer. They are 
both gentlemen of character and position, and one of them I 
am happy to call my personal friend. Their line of descent 
from Walter Palmer is established. 

The other branch, which I will call the Windham County 
branch, is the most numerous in Michigan. It had for its pro- 
genitor Dr. Joseph Palmer, who went up into Ashford, Conn., 
and made a home one hundred and fifty years ago. It is to 
this branch that I belong, and it gives me pleasure to come 
back and pick up the missing links, if any there be, which will 
render indisputable our claim to a descent from the staunch old 
pioneer whom we are all proud to claim as our common 

Our staying away so long may recall to some of you the story 
told of an old man and his son down here in Connecticut. The 
old man treated his boy with very little consideration ; in other 
words, he was rough in addressing him, and sometimes a little 
profane. His legs were paralyzed, and he generally sat in one 
position before the old-fashioned open fire-place. One evening, 
as night drew on, he raked out the coals, and, turning his head, 
said with an oath, " Ben, bring in a back-log." Ben went out 
with his feathers badly ruffled. After meditating a little while, 
he concluded to let the old man wait for his back-log. and start- 
ing off he went down to some seaport and shipped before the 
mast. Ten years wore round with varying fortune to Ben, till 
finally, one day in port, liis heart yearned for a sight of the old 
faces, and he concluded to make the old home a visit. As he 
drew near the old farm, misgivings took possession of him. He 
wondered whether the old man, helpless and paralytic as he 
was, still lived, and then he questioned, as a feeling of tender- 
ness came over him, whether he had not been too hasty, and 
again he felt guilty that he had stayed away so long. While 
stirred by these emotions, he drew near and entered the old 


yard. The light beamed from the same windows, and looking 
through he saw the old man in the same attitude in which he 
had left him. He had the hoe in his hand with which he was 
wont to rake out the coals preparatory to making the evening 
fire. Ben saw by the pose of his head that he was the same as 
of yore, that the same spirit animated him — stern, hard and 
unrelenting. Ben thought he would try what the French would 
call a coup d'etat, that he would conquer him by one stroke. 
He looked around, and seeing a back-log of the right size he 
shouldered it, walked in, and putting it down end first, said, 
" Dad, here's your back-log !" 

Ben expected a revulsion of feeling, a throwing of arms 
around his neck such as he had seen in the print of the prod- 
igal son in the old family Bible. The old man looked up for a 
moment, but he never flinched, and then said, " Well, Ben, you 
have been a confounded long time about it. but put her on." 

Now, whether old Dr. Joseph Palmer left Stonington in a huff 
one hundred and fifty years ago tradition does not say. but he 
has come back to-day in the person of his descendants — has 
brought in the back-log, and proposes to again take his place 
with his kindred around the old hearth-stone. 

Dr. Joseph lived and died in Ashford, leaving five sons. From 
two of these sons, Benjamin and John, sprung all of the \\ ind- 
ham Count}- Palmers living in Michigan. 

Benjamin Palmer married Martha Barbour, of Simsbury, 
Conn., by whom he had eight children, five of whom are buried 
in Michigan. 

John Palmer, his brother, had five children, two of whom are 
buried in Michigan. 

Thomas Barbour, of Simsbury, father of Benjamin Palmer's 
wife, had taken goods to barter for furs to Detroit as early as 
1760. He bought his stock in Albany, and freighted it in bat- 
teaux up the Mohawk, thence by stream, lake and portage 
across to Lake Ontario, up Lake Ontario and by Indian trail 
around Niagara Falls, thence up Lake Erie to Detroit, at that 
time a British garrisoned fort. After exchanging his stock fur 


furs, he returned by the same route. By two ventures of this 
kind he made a snug sum, which enabled him to live in com- 
parative affluence. He undoubtedly would have continued his 
ventures in 'this direction if it had not been for the Indian 
troubles fomented by Pontiac, who was perfecting his great 
conspiracy to drive the English from the valley of the lakes. 

It was the recital of his adventurers around the Winter fire in 
old Ashford that stirred the imaginations of Thomas and 
Friend, sons of Benjamin, and in 1S09 Thomas went to Detroit 
and thence to Maiden, in Canada, now Amherstberg, eighteen 
miles below the present city, at the mouth of the Detroit river, 
and there started a store. At the breaking out of the War of 
18 12, Thomas was thrown into jail as an American citizen, and 
after five weeks imprisonment was liberated, put across the 
river, whence he walked to Detroit and joined the legionary 
corps just in time to be included in the surrender of the town 
by General Hull. 

He and his brother Friend returned in 1S16, and for many 
yearb were engaged in large enterprises. They had stores for 
general merchandise at Canandaguia, Ashtabula, and at Palmer, 
Mich., now St. Clair, with a large establishment for headquar- 
ters at Detroit. They took contracts from the governor and 
judges, then the executive administration and judicial power in 
the Territory, for the building of government roads and the 
construction of the Capitol for the Territorial Legislature. 
They also built and freighted several vessels on the lakes. 

In 1S25, George, a younger brother, came out and settled on 
a farm at Palmer, St. Clair County. Catharine Palmer, who 
had gone out with her brothers, married Mr. Felix Hinchman. 
Titus followed his brothers, and engaged in the mercantile- 

In 1826, John Palmer, a cousin of Thomas and Friend, and 
son of John above named, came out and engaged with the 
brothers under the firm name of F. F. & J. Palmer. For some 
years they did a successful business, when John withdrew from 
the firm and started business alone. His brother Mason camc 
out in 1828, 


The above is a complete list of all the Windham County 
Palmers of the last generation who settled and remained in 
Michigan. They were all persons of high character and good 
repute. The first of them went to Michigan when there were 
only 10,000 white people in the Territory. All save, one, lived 
to be eighty years old. They all, save one, Mr. George Palmer, 
died within a period ( of twelve years, and when the last one 
died, in 18S0, the State had a population of 1,700,000. Few 
families had more to do than they with the material develop- 
ment of the State, and none, I believe, exercised a better influ- 
ence by their moral, energetic and unostentatious lives. With 
one exception all the families live where they lived fifty years 
ago. All save one left children, most of whom live in the 
State. They were men of strong convictions and positive 
character, but kindly, genial and hospitable. They were all 
men of temperate, pure lives. 

The sons of Benjamin were men of large stature and great 
endurance. The sons of John were delicate men and slight 

They were men of independent thought, as is evinced by 
their denominational connections. Friend was a Baptist ; Thom- 
as never joined a church, although an attendant of one; George 
was a Congregationalist ; Mrs. Hinchman was a Presbyterian; 
Titus belonged to no church ; John was a member of the Pres- 
byterian Church, and Mason of the Episcopal. 

None of them nor their descendants were ever accused of a 
misdemeanor. They were not litigious, seldom appearing in 
court as plaintiff or defendant. Some of their descendants are 
rich, and all in comfortable circumstances, through wealth ac- 
quired or through their individual efforts; but none of them, 
to my knowledge, regard wealth as the be all and the end all 
of life. Both branches are people of good repute. 

They seem never to have had a taste for public life. One 
only from each branch . has held a State office respectively, 
Regent of the University and State Senator, and I imagine that 
those instances were the result of accident rather than of 


And now, my kindred, the Palmers of Michigan have made 
their report. After a wandering of an hundred and fifty years, 
in which they have seen the great chief Pontiac, and spoken to 
the great chief and statesman Tecumseh, they have come back- 
to the old homestead to look in the eyes of their kindred, to 
exchange congratulations, and to invoke the spirit of old Wal- 
ter Palmer, that he may determine whether we have brought 
back his escutcheon untarnished. 


[Note— Illustration, etc. on Page 177, Vol. I.] 

One year ago to-day. 
Our Pilgrim feet astray, 

Sought this green land ; 
Our hearts were free from care. 
Pleasure reigned everywhere, 
The skies smiled bright and fair 

Upon our band. 

We sang brave Walter's praise, 
Cheered his grand old-time ways, 

With hearty zeal. 
Proud we his children felt. 
- Gazing where erst he dwelt ; 
As at his grave we knelt, 

Our hearts were leal, 

And full of reverence strcuig, 
To him who well and long, 

This new land ranged. 
And stead)- since that day. 
Our love has burned alway 
A never flickering ray, 

By nothing changed. 

To-day more firm we stand, 
More strongly hand grasps hand 

in kinship rare ; 
We've learned to know the worth 


Of honest Palmer birth: 
Second to none on earth 
The name we bear. 

Stronger our purpose grows, 
As swiftly on time flows, 

To use life well. 
Worth}' our grand old name. 
We mean shall be our fame ; 
Not vain shall be our claim, 

All to excel ! 

Now planning let us drop. 
And for a moment stop : 
Leave vows and pledges here, 
And backward turn a year. 
A merry sight we'll see. 
Gay faces full of glee. — 
This in the morning hours; — 
But by-and-bye — ye powers ! 
A shadow dark and deep. 
Doth o'er our spirits creep. 
And in our inmost hearts, 
A sad foreboding starts ; 
Remembering how in pain 
We wanderers asked in vain 
For sofas, lounges, beds, 
Or shelter for our heads; 
How often meekly said, 
" A Palmer wants a bed, " 
Only to hear again 
That wearisome refrain, 
" The Palmers lodge, oh where, 
We neither know nor care. " 
* * -* * -s 

Astronomy that night 
Was studied with new light, 
For many a student wise 
Beneath the starry skies. 
Fancied he'd " plan-et " better 
And make the Palmers debtor 
If e'er they " com-et " again. 
Were all these plannings vain? 
To-night the truth will show, 


Our fate we soon shall know! 
Now. too, we feel a gnawing, 
A sudden awful clawing, 
To think of that clam-bake 
Which we had hoped to take, 
And which, alas, we lost, 
• Though some found to their cost. 

Oh bitter was the lay. 
Of those who on that day, 
Strolled up and down the street. 
Seeking for " bread to eat. " 
The Palmers in old times, 
Wandered in distant climes 
With scrip and staff in hand. 
Seeking their holy land. 
Did they our sorrows know, 
Hungry and homeless go? 
Did they as vainly try, 
As we the land to spy ? 
Did they find only rocks, 
Huge boulders, massive blocks. 
Most glorious to see. 
But surely they'd not be 
Fit pillow for a head, 
With weariness half dead ; 
Tired out, with Palmer lore. 
And Palmer poetry ; that's more 
To bear than Palmer ways, 
Their wit, their many days. 
Their families so great, 
(Twelve was the common rate), 
And that wise man so tall, 
Ancestor of us all. 
The many men of note. 
We almost learned by rote, 
The night we heard them told ; 
And almost felt it bold 
To claim our little place. 
Among that giant race, 
Described with graphic 'power. 
In that dim-lighted hour, 
By our historian small, 
Who over-tops us all, 


At least, in names and dates, 
In old homes and estates, 
With now and then a blunder. 
Which fills us with " grave "' wonder 
And sorrow, that his pages. 
Designed for coming ages, 
Should misplace or mistake 
A name or place or date. 

If height the passport be, 
How does our G. H. P. 
Make good his presence here? 
Why that is very clear, 
Because with genius true, 
He knew so well, to do 
The thing that should be done, 
That victories might be won 
Knew, too, the time to take 
A proud success to make. 
Or tall or short, 'tis sure, 
His Palmer blood is pure ; 
We honor him to-day. 
The man who led the way 
In this, our new" Crusade, " 
So worthy of our grade. 
Proudly to every eye, 
Lifting the "Palm " on high. 
So long shall live his fame, 
As lasts the Palmer name. 

No more must we rehearse, 
Put turn to our first verse. 
And throw one longing look 
At that close-sealed book — 
Our future. One glance cast 
O'er now-to-be and past ; 
Our deeds, our hopes and fears. 
The joys we've had, the tears. 
The plans we've made, and may 
And then the " Good-bye "' say. 


'Twas thus we planned last year. 
And now we're gathered here 

The page to show, 
To tell if dreams, or deeds. 
If golden fruits, or weeds, 
If failures, or won meeds. 

We Palmers know. 

If, as the days went by. 
We've used, or let them fly, 

No laurels won ; 
If we have e'er proved true, 
To all we've vowed to do. 
Stood strong, e'en when a few, 
t To have right done. 

No record this will show, 
But even- heart will know, 

In depths profound. 
We trust our Palmer blood, 
To stand for God and good. 
E'en though wrong, like a flood, 

Surges around. 

And so with gladsome hearts, 
Albeit the tear-drop starts, 

Our kin we greet. 
We give all, " welcome " smiles, 
And use our sweetest wiles, 
To make it worth their whiles. 

With us to meet. 

And tribute we would pay, 
E'en on this festal day, 

To those gone higher. 
So many from our ranks, 
Stand on the other banks, 
Singing and giving thanks 

With heavenly choir. 

Children that we have known, 
Up into angels grown, 

So far above ; 
Mothers and fathers dear, 
Seeming to heaven so near, 


'Twas but a step from here 
To God's own love. 

Thus grief must cloud this day, 
God help us all to say, 

" It was Thy will. " 
IIcId us to give Thee praise. 
For all their lengthened days, 
For all their loving ways. 

For memory still. 

And grant that by-and-bye, 
We all may find on high, 

The rest we crave. 
Then with all fightings done, 
Then with all victories won, 
Then with new life begun. 

Our Palms we'll wave.' 


[Note— Illustration, etc., on page 107, Vol. I.] 

Mr. President, members of the Palmer Re-Union Associa- 
tion — Ladies and Gentlemen : 

I speak to-day of knightly conflict on other fields than Acre 
or Ascalon. I recount not the valor of a Godfrey or a Cour de- 
Leon, but the deeds of a later day and the conquests of a 
newer crusade. I shall not speak of the panoply of arms, or 
of a sheen of spears in the cause of sentiment, and an empty 
sepulchre, but rather tell you of achievements in behalf of the 
living principles of the teachings of the man of Nazareth. You, 
who bear derivative title in name and lineage from the palm- 
bearers of the thirteenth century, have gathered here on this 
second Palmer Day to do honor to the names and memories oi 
an ancestry who had a part in this conflict, a conflict more g!o- 
; rious in its results than any on the Plains of Palestine. 

One born of a parentage on the one hand paternal from that 


non-conformist clement that convulsed England in her political 
and religious policy for a century, and planted vast empire on 
this continent, founded upon the principles for which they con- 
tended, and, on the other hand, maternal from the sturdy 
Dutch who conquered the ocean with the dikes of Holland ; 
protected the early Puritans by their libera! policy ; and sent 
to that same England the man who calmed her troubled state 
when, in the words of Lord Macauley, the cry went up from 
Land's End to John O'Groat's house, ''Welcome the Prince of 
Orange !" I say such an one may be pardoned on this occasion, 
in addressing this company of modern paim-bearers on the cru- 
sade for civil and religious liberty. 

With the last years of the thirteenth century expired the 
dying spark of the crusades, leaving the world in social and 
moral darkness for two hundred years. When dawn appeared, 
it struggled through the doors of that little monastry at Erfut, 
and with that dawn came the new crusade for light and liberty 
to the human soul in the doctrine of a justification by faith 

It gave rise to the terrible wars of the sixteenth and seven- 
teenth centuries — conflicts for principles — and from the smoke 
of battle and the incense of blood was diffused knowledge to 
the struggling masses of humanity. 

Shall I speak of the leaders in the vanguard of this crusade ? 
of Luther and Melancthon, of Zwingle and Cabin, of Cramner 
and Latimer, and of young Patrick Hamilton, or later of Pym 
Hampton and Cromwell, soldiers of the sword as well as the 
spirit ? 

I say these were conflicts of ideas, contests for principles. 
Man contested with man on the thirty-nine articles, or the five 
points of Calvinism, either but offspring of human thought. 
Both followers of the lo\vly Nazarine, brother battled with 
brother if he follow a clergy investments from the Aaronic 
priesthood or the simpler forms of the Genevean Church ; men 
died for the doctrine of predestination, and shed blood for the 
form of a surplice. 

Reviewing the events of these times from our standpoint in 


Republican America, it seems absurd. Yet these questions 
deluged England in blood and woe, and drove from her throne 
an hereditary prince of the house of Stuart. But beneath these 
surface questions was the vital issue, Should the civil govern- 
ment regulate the individual responsibility of man to his God- 1 

The pulpit of the Puritan became the forum of the common 
people, advancing step by step in that onward progress of the 
human race up to higher and nobler plains of Christian civili- 

In that portion of old England known as the north shire of 
Nottingham, in the Hundred of Bassett Lawes, was the little 
town of Scrooby. Here, under the shadow of the manor house 
of the Archbishop of York (that manor house where the great 
Cardinal YVoolsey dwelt when, " if he had served his God with 
half the zeal he served his king, he would not, in his age, have 
been forsaken to his enemies "), was a congregation of Puritan 
separatists. Scrooby may be known as the mother of Ameri- 
can Puritans. A leading man in this congregation was one 
William Brewster. He had been a secretary and devoted fol- 
lower of that Davidson who had clipped off the head of the 
one fair woman who seems destined ever to be alike the con- 
tention of historian and theme of poet — Mary of Scotland. 

The meetings at Scrooby and the preaching of Brewster soon 
attracted the attention and invited the interference of the au- 
thorities. From trial and tribulation there was no escape save 
exile. With longing eyes and heavy hearts they bid adieu to 
those fair Nottingham hills, and crossing the channel sought 
refuge in Amsterdam. This Scrooby company was twenty years 
after the Pilgrims of the Mayflower. 

From Nottinghamshire, possibly, probably, of the Scrooby 
congregation came William Palmer, and Walter Palmer, and 
Abraham Palmer, and Matthew Palmer, palm-bearers in the 
crusade, bearing their palms across the broad Atlantic and 
planting them deep down among the foundation stones of a 
new commonwealth. 

Argonauts on an unknown sea, standing upon an inhospita- 
ble coast, before them an unexplored, mysterious wilderness 


inviting physical contest, behind them, across the water, all 
they held dear in this life, but with it a fiercer spiritual 
combat : 

I summon brave Ulysses 

From the mists of Ancient Troy, 
And knightly names of other days', 

From the Cid to DeMaloy; 
In heroic deed and action, 

'Gainst savage craft and power, 
The pilgrim of New England 
Is the hero of my hour. 

He came like John the Baptist, 

In the wilderness he wrought, 
Preaching in this world Judea, 

What the holy teacher taught ; 
We revel in his visions, 
t And our hearts with rapture ring, 
When he strikes the harp of glory, 

Like the Israelitish King. 

But there were other palm- bearers left at Whitehall bearing 
soiled palms. Roger, Earl of Castlemaine, lives solely in his- 
tory as the husband of Barbara Palmer, the celebrated Duch- 
ess of Cleveland. 

But our ancestry, casting behind them all favor of King and 
Crown, boldly planted their palms in the virgin soil of a new 
world. Palmer descendants — scions from the old palm stocks- 
have carried these palms and principles across the continent in 
all the walks of life — martial, educational, on sea and land, in 
art, science and literature. Of the Palmer patriotism let the 
roster roll of three wars tell, from Bunker to Malvern Hill. 

A Stonington ship-master, 

" Far voyaging, he struck the strand, 
Now blazoned on charts as Palmer land." 

We have searchers in the South seas and in the starry heav- 
ens. Inventors of machines for the destruction of mankind, 
and an honorable array of names devoted to their cure. Wealth 
may be the creature of chance — frequently the result of com. 


binations ; and politics are not always a criterion of either abil- 
ity or respectability ; but we do claim the man who introduced 
stage-coaches in Great Britain, and the one who first brought 
to this country Pekin ducks. The combative qualities of our 
soldiery, and the doctrines and devotion of our clergy, the 
character of our ancestry may clearly indicate. But what, you 
may ask, is the Palmer peculiarity ? for what the family famous? 
And I challenge any other family in this broad land to produce 
a dozen not unknown poets, male and female (not the least our 
fair cousins of to-day), a score or more prose writers, and at 
least one purely American sculptor. Shades of William and 
Walter! whence these poetical Palmers? whence this art and 
literature? " My Faith Looks Up to Thee," or " Hymns of 
Holy Hours," might echo back in the old colony without effect, 
and " I'm a Pilgrim and a Stranger," sound natural, but that 
"Smack in School" would cause tumult and commotion. And 
then our sculptor, Palmer, must hide his- Sleeping Peri and his 
White Captive behind the colossal figures of his Landing of the 
Pilgrims. Have these old Puritans deceived us ? Was there 
hidden behind that sombre demeanor heart fancies of life's 
amenities, suppressed because forbidden, which has developed 
in their descendants to-day? — You, who true to your pilgrim 
name, have gathered here from the St. Lawrence to the gulf, 
from the hills of New England to the canon of the Sierra 
Nevada, from the populous city and the open plain — gathered 
on this old ancestral ground, gathered around this family altar 
that our fathers set up and dedicated to civil and religious lib- 
erty two hundred years ago. 

Puritanism meant freedom of thought ; liberty of conscience; 
but the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony limited it to the 
measure of truth they had attained. It was heresy to go be- 
yond. This seems bigotry. . It was bigotry. Let us be truth- 
ful ; let us be fair. Being intolerant, they were no less sincere. 
They had borne so much, suffered so much ; yet great suffering 
had not taught them charity. If they drove forth from the colony 
that man whose only crime was having advanced a step beyond 
their standard, and who founded your adjoining great little State 


— Roger Williams and also, perchance, Walter Palmer from Re- 
hoboth — let us be truthful, let us be kind ; let us not forget 
their human frailties. For this Puritan belief was solemn: it 
was profound. Men who stood face to face with God : men. 
who by faith entered into his councils, joined with him in his 
work. The slightest incident, to ordinary mortals trivial, was 
to them unmistakable indications of Divine approbation or dis- 
pleasure. Was it unnatural, then, that the first code of laws 
for their guidance was taken entirely from the Old Testament? 
On it was subsequently engrafted precepts from the Roman or 
civil law, at least admitting that society in the seventeenth 
century required something more modern. Was this a mistake 
of Moses? 

Their jurisprudence was severe; they were severe men ; and 
it may be a question to-day if we do not sacrifice quality for 
quantity on our statute books. For instance, enactments pun- 
ishing the crime of • blasphemy was first the whipping-post. 
This audience may consider the deplorable condition of a noted 
orator of to-day had he lived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 
sixteen hundred. 

If the Puritan conflict developed the zeal of fanatics, it also 
developed the hearts of heroes. In the words of Whittier: 

" For there he stands in memory to this day, 
Erect, self-poised, a rugged face half seen. 
Against the back-ground of unnatural dark ; .; 

A witness to the ages as they pass, 
That simple duty hath no place for fear." 

Such, Palmers, was the character of the ancestry it is your 
privilege to commemorate to-day. And I raise my voice in 
humble tribute to their many virtues. 

In religion the Puritan recognized the personal responsibility 
of man to his Maker; in temporal affairs, that the governor 
derived his just powers from the governed. They built with 
circumscribed views of these principles, yet they builded greater 
than they knew ; for it was the outcome of society, founded 
upon these principles, that brought on the conflict between the 


colonies and King. It permeated the original thirteen States ; 
it hastened that struggle of popular freedom against the divine 
right of a king to rule over men, callec' "he revolution, which 
involved the destiny of a continent; yea! of half the world. 
Samuel Adams, the son of a Massachusetts Puritan, drove the 
entering wedge that separated the colonies from the mother 
country, and culminated in that second Magna Charta of hu- 
man rights — the Declaration of Independence. . 

These results could not have emanated alone from the sturdy 
Dutchman of New Amsterdam, for by nature he was a conserv- 
ative ; nor from the disciples of William Penn, for they were 
non-combatants; nor the followers of Lord Baltimore on the 
shores of the Chesapeake, for they were churchmen ; nor the 
cavaliers in the trains of Raleigh and Oglethorpe, for they were 
King's men. The moral lever, the educator of pre-revolution- 
ary days, was New England Puritanism, and by and through it 
the Calvinist and Baptist of New England, the Reformed 
Churchman of New York, the Quaker of Pennsylvania, the 
Papist of Maryland, and the Episcopalian of Virginia. Georgia 
and the Carolinas, all combined, without guide or precedent, in 
the formation of a government of separated State and Church 
— the first in the history of the world from the days of Con- 

A searcher around that monument that stands behind the 
White House on the flats of the Potomac, may read on a stone 
this inscription, " To George Washington : Hero, Soldier, States- 
man. Founder of well-named Modern Liberty. The Native 
Country of Solon, Themistocles and Pericles — the Mother of 
Ancient Liberty — Dedicates this old stone from the Parthe- 

It is a hand grasp across the gulf of ages. From the Demos 
of Attica to the States of America. From the Pagan liberty 
of the Ancient to the Puritan liberty of the Modern Republic. 

Vet this Puritan liberty was impure. With greed for gold 
came clank of chains. The)- legislated liberty for the white 
man, but slavery for the black man. A perfect government 


was not formed. There was other and fiercer conflicts in the 

It was a beautiful Sabbath morning in early April, iS6i.that 
I, a youth, stood in State street in the city of Albany. On my 
right, mingled with the sound of church going bells, I heard 
the roll of a drum. In front of the exchange I saw a mass 
meeting of excited citizens. I asked a bystander, What means 
this demonstration? and he replied. The rebels have fired on 
Fort Sumpter! It was one of the opening scenes in that 
drama history bears record as " The Civil War in America." 
The causes that may have led to it, time and the occasion for- 
bid I should discuss. It has been charged to New England and 
Puritanism ; and indirectly they might plead guilty to the in- 
dictment with pride, for one result stands pre-eminent : one fact 
established that civil liberty in this commonwealth shall be a 
misnomer no longer. The emancipation of three million hu- 
man bondmen consummated the grand ideal, that under the 
broad egis of the Republic all men are born free and equal. 

It was the same conflict fought at Naseby and at Marston 
Moor, at Concord and at Lexington, at Antietam and at Get- 
tysburgh ; it was the same zealous longing of humanity for lib- 
erty that possessed the soul of good old John Knox when, wan- 
dering 'an exile in foreign lands, he cried, "Give me Scotland 
or I die." It was wafted through Cromwell's army on the notes 
of the seventeenth psalm. It burst from the lips of Virginia's 
great orator when he cried, " Give me liberty or give me death." 
It rustled among the leaves on the table where the Declaration 
was signed, when John Hancock said, " Let England read that 
without spectacles," and thus reverberating down the ages, it 
echoed in that round house at Harper's Ferry with Ossawato- 
mie Brown and his Spartan band, when above the rattle of 
musketry might be heard : 

" God never leaveth utterly 

This world that he hath rounded, 

All human stress is by the sea 
Of his dear pity bounded ; 

Upon no Israel, to its ill, 


The grip of Pharoah closes, 
Beyond the liberating skill 
Of some anointed Moses." 

As if, with prophetic vision, they saw through the smoke 
wafted across the sacred soil of Virginia the form of that man 
before whose name the great names of history pale, and whose 
character coming generations will behold colossal — Abraham 
Lincoln — and at his side that stalwart palm-bearer and modest 
soldier, U. S. Grant. 

Yes, there were palm-bearers in this conflict. All may not 
have worn the blue ; some wore the grey, and learned through 
bitter defeat the lessons all must learn — " The mills of God 
grind slow but sure." Some of these palm-bearers sleep to-day 
under velvet sod, fanned by gentle breezes, on Southern hill- 
sides, and some sit here with us. 

I am one of those who believe that " God ruleth among the 
armies of heaven and the inhabitants of earth," and that in his 
special providence for six thousand years of the world's history, 
this^vast continent was hid from civilization; that through the 
progress of principles and the evolution of events, as I have en- 
deavored briefly to narrate, it might be, in these latter days, an 
asylum for civil and religious liberty. 

Is there danger awaiting us as a nation? Are we not slowly 
drifting away from the landmarks set by the Pilgrims of Ply- 
mouth and the fathers of the Republic' Is there not an indif- 
ference to the precepts they preached, and the principles they 
practiced? Is that a cloud just above the horizon, not larger 
than a hand yet a cloud? May we read on it aristocracy or 
anarchy? Aristocracy means State Church. Anarchy means 
no Church. The accumulation of great wealth in the few ; the 
interference of powerful ecclesiastical bodies and of corpora- 
tions in affairs of State ; appropriations of large subsidies of 
public moneys for sectarian and other purposes ; and a rapidly- 
increasing population, without patriotic pride, and wanting 
sympathy with our governmental system, assaults on that 
moral nursery of the Republic, our common schools. A want 


of purity and morality in public affairs and among public men 
— nay, open and boasted infidelity, and disregarded that " right- 
eousness exalteth a nation " — all indicate in the near future a 
conflict between aristocracy and too much religion, and anarchy 
and no religion. 

Let the Palmers plant their palms on the middle ground. 

God grant that in this land we may never have persecution 
for conscience sake ; that on our ears may never sound the jing- 
ling of the stirrups of the troopers of a Claverhouse. God 
grant we may not witness what France once saw, when a mad- 
dened crowd carried through the streets of Paris draped in the 
insignia of freedom an abandoned woman as the Goddess of 
Reason, and wrote on the tombstones in their cemeteries, 
"There is no hereafter." 

Palmers! Palm-bearers! you »vho bear the motto, " Pa/ma 
Virtuti" when this conflict shall come, if come it may, forget 
not the faith of your fathers. Let our palm-leaf be to us a sig- 
nal, like the white plume of Henry of Navarre. 

And in that congregation that John of Patmos saw, a great 
multitude, that no man could number, of all nations and kin- 
dred and people and tongues stood before the throne and be- 
fore the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palms in their hands. 
And as that congregation shall pass up, up, higher, higher, high- 
er, through the light of the throne of the ever-living God, fore- 
most in their ranks, we pray, may march with their palms, the 




[Note Illustration, etc., on page 90, Vol. I.] 

I have a little tale, of olden time, 

Which I would like, in some way to rehearse; 
Truthful, dramatic, thrilling and sublime. 

And worth}- of the poet's highest verse; 
The story is of fair young Betty Xoyes, 
And Ichabod Palmer, her first maiden choice. 

Ichabod Palmer, son of Ichabod, 

Through Gershom, fourth, from Walter Palmer down, 
Six feet and six, full in his boots he stood. 

The tallest, strongest man in all the town ; 
A fine physique, high-browed and open face, 
A model man in build and strength and grace. 

Five leagues, due north, from Walter's home domain 

Lived Ichabod, on bold Pauchunganuc 
Hill, whence sweeping o'er the underlying plain, 

The eye took in the silvery Pawcatuc, 
Discharging its bright waters, as to-day, 
Into the Little Narragansett Bay. 

Around The Bridge, where navigation ended, 

A nascent village early sprang to birth. 
By store, and mill, and smithery attended, 

Adjuncts of village life in all the earth ; 
Now, Westerly — a city soon to be — 
Four miles, by steam, from Watch Hill and the sea. 

Here lived a fair young girl, our heroine. 

Referred to in our opening verse above. 
Of chastened beauty and of modest mien. 

Whom but to see was to admire and love ; 
And many an offer for her heart and hand, 
Came from the first young gallants in the land. 

Still, Betty Xoyes could not be wooed ; but why, 

Though spinsters gossipped much, yet none could tell 

For she, with quiet humor in her eye, 

Kept her sweet secret to herself, and well ; 


She only archly said : " I know my heart, 
And have no mind at all with it to part." 

"•I am not in the market," she would say, 
" Not ready to be auctioned off just yet, 

I want a little longer my own way, 

For all know therein I am strongly set ; 

I could not my sweet liberty forego 

For any unengaged young blood I know." 

And so, girl like, she held the beaux at bay, 
Now smiled on them now jilted them a't will, 

Now soberly, now in sheer sport and play, 
She tortured them with hope and fear, until 

They'd turn away with wounded pride and pain, 

Only, with her first smile, to come again. 

A maiden's smile — who has not known its power. 
Who has not felt its half bewildering spell, 

Who has not, in some fragrance-laden hour. 

Beneath its flash and brightness swooned and fell 

But who shall fail to know its thrill and bliss, 

The ecstacy of life and love will miss. 

But at a social gathering, one young man.' 
Some miles outside the village, seemed to be 

That evening present by design and plan, 
As if some one awaited him to see ; 

And when he strode in, kingly-like and bold, 

And towered above the rest like Saul of old. 

And there was gathered round a radiant cluster 
Of flashing eyes and cherry lips to greet him. 

'Twas noticed Betty Xoyes was in a fluster. 

And did not press in with the rest to meet him ; 

But timidly, stood just apart awhile, 

Awaiting his affianced glance and smile. 

But when he did not turn, her blushes fled. 
And pallor followed the retreating flow 

On cheeks, where but just now the crimson red 
Of life was burning with a fevered glow ; 

And then came over her a stifling chill, 

She gasped and fainted— Betty Xoyes was ill. 

But why, none knew save two who knelt beside her. 
One, with^maternal instincts quick and true, 


Saw what it meant, and with no heart to chide her. 

Knew that there was but just one thing to do- 
Restore her consciousness and vital sense. 
Then leave her to herself and reticence. 

So on her mother's couch the young man laid her. 

Kissed her white hand, the mother bade adieu. 
And since 'twas plain he could no longer aid her. 

He bowed in courtly form and then withdrew: 
Mounted his charger, and with morning's ray 
Was at his Highland home, ten miles away. 

But Betty's secret, though, at length revealed. 

Was locked securely in her mother's heart— 
For mother-like she must her daughter shield. 

And in the threatening conflict take her part ; 
Softening the father's hot, indignant wrath 
Against the young man who had crossed his path. 

For she herself had bitter memories still. 

Of sore heart troubles in her girlhood's days, 

Constrained to yield her preference and will, 
A sacrifice to cold, prudential ways ; 

She could but shelter, with indulgent care. 

Her darling writhing in her sufferings there. 

The father's wrath was not to be appeased. 

He stormed and chafed like a wild beast at bay. 

He was not barely angry and displeased, 
But wild and furious, in his own blind way ; 

His pride of family was deeply stirred 

Against his child, who had, at most, but erred. 

For, like most fathers in that early time, 

He ruled his household less by love than fear. 

And every little fault became a crime 
To be reproved by penalties severe : 

His autocratic will alone was duty, 

Alike for slave, and wife, and childhood's beauty. 

The family, once kindly in its schooling, 
Had lost its tone of grace and gentleness, 

For a severe and magisterial ruling, 

Holding the household under sheer duress; 

Not even childhood's prattle could assuage 

The sternness of this Puritanic age. 



At once the line of duty was decided, 

The love-sick daughter must be sent away, 

The Island of Conanicut provided 
A safe retreat, in Narragansett Bay ; 

And thither she must go. allowed, in pity, 
Sometimes to see her friends in Newport City. 

For Betty Noyes was high-born, well connected 

On both sides, of a gentle pedigree. 
Reverend James Noyes her grandsire, learned, respected, 

Of Yale's first corporate fraternity; 
The Newport Sandfords and Governor Brenton, 
The mother's side, the father proudly leant on. 

Of course his daughter could not wed a farmer 
From the backwoods of Fauchunganuc Hill, 

A plebian and democratic Palmer, 

With nothing but his beauty, strength and will; 

That was a thing not even to be thought on. 

And by no measure suffered to be brought on. 

For though of princely qualities possessed. 
Of manly vigor, bearing proud and high, 

He walked an open democrat confessed, 

Dark scorn and hatred flashing from his eye, 

Against all aristocracy of race. 

But toward the lowly, gentleness and grace. 

The mother wise!}' urged entire submission, — 
On Betty's part there must be no resistance, 

The trusting child saw in this sharp decision, 
A mother's strategy for her assistance ; 

So with an effort to be bright and gay, 

She kissed her parents, and so went away. 

But on her mother's iips she pressed a kiss 

Of fevered, loving trust, as if to say, 
" I understand it, mother, you will not miss 

To help your Betty through this stormy way ;" 
To this appeal the mother's tearful eye 
And long caress were nature's own reply. 

Ichabod Palmer, from Pauchunganuc 

Hill, rode south one day just as eve drew on, 

By chance as he the little hamlet struck, 
Under the deepening gloam. upon the lawn 


He met the mother who, with faithful heed. 

Told the whole truth and gave him her God speed. 

Eastward he faced for Xarragansett Bay, 
And put his charger to his highest speed. 

The loyal beast swept foaming o'er the way. 
As if he knew his master's urgent need ; 

And ere the dawn twelve leagues weve measured o'er. 

And beast and rider halted at the shore. 

The fern-man in early waiting stood, 

As if on guard against some rude invasion 

Of his official trust, and in no mood 

To take our hero o'er ; and when persuasion 

Failing, he was, as fit, severely chidden. 

He said that he had been straightly forbidden 

-To take a traveler like him across ; 

And he had been described so in advance 
That when he saw him he was at no loss. 

Hut knew him by his build, and height, and glance ;- 
He had Deen advertised a vagrant rover, 
And he could not be bribed to take him over. 

The young man looked out, o'er the white-capped tide, 
Measured the distance to the other shore. 

Then boldly sprang his faithful horse astride. 
And plunged in reckless mid the breakers' roar; 

And while the ferryman, pailid with fright, 

Gazed after him in the dim morning light, 

He saw him standing on the farther bank. 

His horse caressing with a loving care, 
Rubbing him down on neck and bide and flank. 

As if he would with him the honor share. 
Of that triumphant ride across the ferry, 
Better and safer than by boat or wherry. 

Just how the lovers met we cannot say, 

For here tradition fails; we know but this, 

That some hovo and some where they met that day, 
For when to meet did ever lovers miss ; 

When drawn by hearts in dualistic action, 

That subtle influence that we call attraction. 

Ah ! who can think with what supreme surprise- 
He looked on her and she on him at first, 


How they embraced, and with what hungry eyes 
They gazed and gazed with a delicious thirst ; 
She with a flush and tremor of confusion. 
Lest it should prove a dream or bright illusion ; 

He, with a manly strength and honest pride, 
In having foiled the father's poor design 

To rob him of his long-affianced bride. 

Triumphant smiled on her with grace benign : 

Talked low and deep, as only a strong man 

When sanctified by woman's chaste love can. 

Then mounted once more on the faithful steed, 
The dear girl pillioned trustfully behind him — 

Her arm encircling him, delicious need, 

For she had long in her chaste heart enshrined him— 

He dashed again into the swelling flood, 

Confiding in his horse, himself and God. 

The tide was at its height and full ebb flow, 
And seemed in wonderment to hold its breath 

To see this slight young girl so bravely go 
Into the black, engulfing waves of death ; 

And watched, aghast, the terrible issue 

That must o'ertake her half the passage through. 

Even the winds were breathless with affright, 
And not a breeze the glassy surface stirred, 

The "sea fowl," awe struck, ceased their sportive flight, 
And not a note of wild delight was heard ; 

All nature seemed to watch, in consternation, 

The ending of such blinded desperation. 

The horse himself, as if conscious that beauty 

In double trust was given to his care, 
Put every sinew to its highest duty. 

As if of all the facts fully aware 
Knew what his mission was, and had a sense 
Of its importance from intelligence. 

So with unflagging courage on he pressed, 
With steady stroke and spirit in his eye, 

And when his master his proud neck caressed, 
He whinnied back a strong and brave reply. 

As if to say, " I know what I can do, 

And I shall bear you both in triumph through." 


On, 'on he struggled through the placid tide, 

Eyeing with eagerness the nearing sand, 
With ears erect and nostrils open wide, 

With every sinew like an iron band : 
At length the shore was reached, and solid ground 
Became a cause for gratitude profound. 

Ashore, he shook his sides and heavy mane, 

Then waiting quietly his master's will. 
Nibbled the scanty grass along the plain 

Skirting the shore, with heartiness, until 
Remounted both, they took their homeward way, 
And bade adieu to Narragansett Bay. 

A farmer's house soon reached, dank garments changed, 
Her golden braids relaid with simple grace, 

Her toilet made and tastefully arranged, 

She beamed on him from her bright girlish face, 

Like Venus, goddess, rising from the sea, 

His rescued love, and soon his bride to be. 

And so it fell out — when do not things fall 

Out right and timely for true trusting hearts? — 

A country clergyman was within call. 

And soon arranged were all the marriage parts ; 

The bans declared, the " knot of true love tied," 

And Betty Noyes was Betty Palmer, bride. 

The homeward course lay o'er the " Old Post Road," 

Beskirting pleasantly the Atlantic shore, 
The leagues with rapid pace the horse bestrode, 

As if he proudly felt the trust he bore: 
Bravely, till five miles east of Pawcatuc, 
They faced northwest for bold Pauchunganuc. 

The foliaged woods — it was the last of June — 
Were in their deepest green, and wild flowers gay 

Decked copse and hedge. The air was full of tune 
And melody from birds, as if the day 

Had been created and arranged for this 

Sweet complement of long awaited bliss. 

To me there is no sight of deeper beauty 

Than youthful matrimonial affiance, 
Two young hearts pledged in words of faith and duty, 

Man's robust love and woman's strong reliance ; 


With mutual confidence and admiration, 
Waiting in hope the blissful consummation. 

For nature will be nature, right or wrong. 
Will chasteK' rule, or misrule. — wildly free : 

Its instincts, though instincts, deep-seated, strong, 
Ungratified, will turn to anarchy : 

Marriage is holiness ; bridegroom and bride 

In wedded love are nature sanctified. 

Ten miles or more, a winding, narrow way. 
Secluded from too captious ears and eyes. 

Brought them, toward the falling of the day 
As shades were gathering on the western skies. 

Near to their journey's end — three miles aloof. 

The shelter of the P.almer Manor roof. 

These last three miles in conversation low, 
Which could not be reported if we knew, 

W : ere passed with footsteps intermittent slow, 
As if the moments all too quickly flew ; 

They lingered till the night shades round them fell, 

By what enchantment, who does not know well ? 

And here we leave them. Only this we say, 

That through long years they lived in peace and health. 

And by industry worked their upward way 
To comfort and to satisfying wealth ; — 

In the old cemetery, side by side. 

Ichabod Palmer shunters with his bride. 



1653. August 10. 1SS2. 


O Lord to Thee we raise 
A hymn of grateful praise 

For boundless love. 
To us throughout the year 
Daily hast Thou been near, 
Bow down this day and hear, 

From Heaven above. 

In Thy great presence now 

Our hearts we humbly bow- 
Asking Thine aid ; « 

Asking Thy help, to stand 

As a true Palmer band, 

Showing through all our land 
Hearts undismayed. 

Help each to hold his life 
Free from all stain and strife, 

All sin and shame ; 
Help us to " Palmers" be 
Striving the world to free 
From wrong and tyranny, 

Sorrow and blame. 

May the new coming year • 
Bright, and more bright appear 

In noble deeds ; 
May we prove faithful to 
All that we've vowed to do, 
Seeking the right and true 

Where'er it leads. 

Once more Thy praise we sing, 
Making the heavens ring 

With the full strain. 
Glory we give to Thee, 
Who e'er our guide shall be, 
Through all eternity 

We'll praise again. 




[Note— Illustration, etc. on Page 153, Vol. I.] 

Mr. President, Relations and Friends : 

The question is often asked how the Chapmans got into this 
Palmer Re-Union? It is easy answered : I. Walter Palmer; 
2. his son Gersham ; 3. his son Ichabod ; 4. his son Ichabod ; 
5. his son Elias S. ; 6. his son Sanford ; 7. his daughter Katu- 
rah Palmer, my mother, who married Col. Stephen Chapman ; 
8. your humble servant, B. Franklin Chapman. 

On my father's side, John Chapman, the settler, was born 
near London, England, a weaver by trade : while on a visit to 
London, he was pressed on board a man-of-war. The ship, 
some time afterward, visited Boston, and John availed himself 
of an opportunity to regain the liberty of which he had been 
deprived ; he fled to Wakefield, R. I., where he worked at his 
trade; after a while he went to Stonington, Conn., where he 
was captured by the charming smiles and the beautiful Sarah 
Brown, whom he married in February, 1709; so coming down 
with our genealogy, we have — 1. John Chapman; 2. his son 
Andrew; 3. his son Joseph; 4. his son Stephen; 5. his son B. 
Franklin Chapman, etc. 

Chapman is a Saxon name, and is derived from trades or oc- 
cupations ; and the name itself indicates labor, not ease ; 
strength, not weakness. 

Walter Palmer and John Chapman were both Englishmen, 
and both settled in Stonington, Conn., but at different periods 
of time, and many of their descendants were educated in the 
same school-house ; and a large number of the families emi- 
grated about the same time, just prior to the war of 1S12, to 
the towns of Lenox and Manlius, in central New York, where 
many of their families yet reside. 

If I shall mention the name of "Columbus," do not think 
that I am to navigate all the unknown paths of the sea, if I 
mention " our forefathers," do not think that I am togo through 


all their trials and sufferings, or fight all the battles of the Rev- 

The discovery of America, however, was one of the greatest 
events that had occurred since the downfall of the Roman Em- 
pire ; and a greater number of coincidences are said to have 
occurred about the time the old world was introduced to the 
new world. Among them was the discovery of the art of print- 
ing, the use of gunpowder, the mariner's compass, the improve- 
ment in navigation, the revival of philosophy and literature, 
and the introduction of the Protestant religion. 

Columbus was a volunteer, and begged the privilege from 
kings and queens of crossing the ocean to find a new continent. 

Not so with our forefathers ; they were driven from England 
by the religious tyranny under the reign of the Tudors and the 
Stuarts. They came to this country not to gain wealth nor 
honor, but with a full knowledge of the perils of the sea, with 
its unknown paths to travel, and the toils and sufferings they 
would encounter in landing among cruel savages of the forest ; 
they braved it all for the privilege of worshipping God accord- 
ing to their own conscience. 

The moment they landed they formed themselves into a civil 
body politic for the purpose of framing just laws, ordinances 
and constitutions ; it was a voluntary confederation of inde- 
pendent men instituting a government for the good of the 

The axe came in contact with the forest ; log cabins were 
raised, the families increased and multiplied, and every little 
hamlet was a republic by itself. Schools in log school-houses ; 
teachers were self-educated, they had no colleges or seminaries 
of learning; they had fewer books, but knew better what was 
in them than we do to-day. 

We remember, and recount with pride, the mighty battles of 
the Revolution, from the first gun at Lexington to the last shot 
at Yorktown, wherein the principle of self-government was 
firmly established, and that brains and not blood was to rule 
our country. 


During a life of activity and toil it has been my privilege to 
see quite a considerable portion of our own country, and 
whether riding on a canal boat, in a stage coach, on a steam- 
boat, or in a swift-moving train on a railroad, the mighty sweep 
of vision, taking in the hills, the long range of mountains, the 
valleys, the lakes, the rivers, the broad fields of grain, the mead- 
ows, the magnificent rich prairies with their flocks and herds, 
the illimitable fields of corn, the forest, dwellings, villages and 
cities, upon the right hand and the left, presents a panorama 
to the eye more beautiful than language can describe or tongue 
can tell ; and add to this the great inventions springing up like 
magic from a thousand brains in our own country, like the 
steam-engine and steamboat by Fulton, which made its first 
trip a few miles up the Hudson; and the distingushed men on 
board made and published a certificate that it was propelled up 
stream and against the current at the rate of four miles an 

Compare it with the magnificent steamers of to-day on our 
lakes and rivers, and our ocean steamers ploughing their thou- 
sand paths across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans ; the cotton- 
gin by Whitney, followed by the power-loom, by which a new 
product, cotton, was brought into the market, and to-day it is 
supplying the world with clothing: the telegraph and cable by 
Morse, which, to-day, if put in one continuous line would spin 
its way seven times around this globe ; it is distributing news 
and business matters to every part of the inhabitable world 
with the exact rapidity of lightning ; the power press by Hoe, 
which will print twenty thousand newspapers an hour; the 
sewing-machine by Howe, the poor cobbler, who invented the 
stitch and was unable for many months to raise sufficient fundi; 
to get a patent ; the reaper and mower by McCormick, by which 
farming is made easy ; the telephone and electric lights by 
Edison, the telephone relieving every branch of business of 
much of its arduous labor, and the electric light throwing the 
light of the sun into a shade, and converting darkness into 
light; the railroad by Stephenson, an Englishman; this is the 


great civilizer of the world, it passes over the plains and tun- 
nels the mountains, it fills up the valleys, it leaps over the rivers, ' 
it slays down the forests, and plants civilization wherever it 
goes; wherever it stops almost every industry in life instantly 
springs up and is planted there. 

Fortunate, indeed, was it that our forefathers were men of 
thought and brains ; they were honest men and had convictions 
of their own, and to-day we are reaping the benefit of their 
bold act in fleeing from tyranny in the old world and planting 
freedom in the new world. 

To-day the words of Loch, Pluto, Milton, Shakespeare, Em- 
erson, Bryant, Longfellow, and a host of others, belong to the 
world. Chinese walls and national boundaries are of no account 
when a thought seeks passage. 

English Gatling gun's and her ponderous steel cannons, lately 
introduced before Alexandria, by which a cannon ball could be 
thrown with such force as to pass through a solid plate of 
wrought iron fifteen inches in thickness at the distance of three 
miles, and yet go on miles beyond in its path of death and 
destruction, will virtually put an end to wars as a means of set- 
tling national difficulties. International laws are fast spreading 
over continents; their tendency will be to bring all nations 
nearer together as one government, one people, and to use one 
universal language. 

And what a glorious thought is it for us to-day, at this Palmer 
Re-Union, to know that the Palmer blood is on the farm and 
in the work-shops; it is in every trade and industry, in all the 
learned professions, in poets, orators and authors, in a president, 
governors, cabinets, legislators, and upon the bench, throughout 
our country ; we have our relatives* and kinsmen here to-day 
from South America, Mexico, and almost every State in the 

Oh '.'glorious the thought, that the Palmer blood and patri- 
otism was in the Revolution from Bunker Mill to Yorktov.n, by 
which the principle of free government was firmly established ! 
Glorious the thought that it was in the War of l8l2, and upon 


this very battle-ground where we stand to-day, by which the 
freedom of the seas and the rights of the American sailor was 
forever secured ! Glorious the thought that it was in the last 
great struggle for human rights, where prejudice had to yield 
to humanity; where freedom won and slavery fell! 



[Note— Illustration, etc., on page 90, Vol. I.] 


Grace Palmer, Walter Palmer's child, 
On whom,, at birth, the angels smiled, 
As snow, new fallen, undefiled, 

Grew up, in sheltered innocence, 
All artless and with no pretence 
To premature intelligence ; 

So reticent and so demure, 

That one who knew her not, would sure 

Have thought her birth-endowment poor. 

A lone, sad child, without a mother, 
Without a sister ; had she a brother, 
Friend of her own sex, or the other; 

Playmates, with their rout and rattle, 
Shout and laughter, noise and battle, 
Answering to her low-voiced prattle ? 

Did her father have a caring 
For her early childhood's faring, 
Shelteringvher with love unsparing? 

Was he gentle, was he tender, 

Of his child, so frail and slender, 

Did he strength and courage lend her ; 


Did he kiss away her tearing 
When, all tremulous and fearing. 
At a bound the darkness clearing, 

Rushing to his arms affrighted. 
By some ghostly phantom sighted, 
Face as marble, pallid, whited? 

Did he to his bosom press her, 

Warmly, tenderly caress her. 

And with words of brightness bless her? 

We will think so, for 'twere not good 
Even to dream in saddened mood 
Of a young child's fatherhood. 

And if, to any, it should seem. 

Of gushing sunshine, just a gleam, 

Would brighten up our shaded dream ; 

Our answer is, that what we see 
In dreamland, for our minstrelsy, 
With what is written must agree ; 

These visions that so fleetly glide, 

Our waking thoughts and dreams inside, 

All truthfully we must transcribe. 

Should we the vision kindly lent, 

Allow to be asunder rent 

Or marred, no other would be sent. . 

The spirits that control the will, 

And wisely our ideals fill, 

Are of their own rights jealous still ; 

If we are true to them and leal, 
They will to us new truths reveal, 
And all our imperfections heal. 

Grace Palmer, then, as we have seen her, 
Amid surroundings that ensheen her, 
With but her father's arm to screen her, 

So timid, bashful and retiring, 
So gentle, winsome and inspiring, 
As if our warmest love desiring 


And craving, haunts us in all places, 
And with her sweet and childish graces, 
All else from heart and mind displaces. 

She seems resolved that we shall know her 
Just as she was ; and so to show her — 
Nor shade above, nor shade below her — 

Her chaste simplicity discerning. 
Our hearts go out to her in yearning, 
Warm admiration, glowing, burning. 


We see her in her English home. 
Amid the evening's deepening gloain. 
As wont the heather wide to roam ; 

- In rustic gown, of antique style, 
With hat and shoes to match, the .while 
Prim, Puritanic, modest, guile. 

Less as the wild flowers round her feet. 
And like them breathing fragrance sweet, 
In girlhood's loveliness complete ; 

Returning to her humble door, 
While evening's shadows gather o'er 
Thatched roof and porch and polished floor 

The ivy and the eglantine 
And sacred holly intertwine 
This English cottage to enshrine. 

Within, the evening meal is spread, 
Then Walter Palmer bows his head 
And thanks God for his daily bread ; 

While little Grace, with pious ken. 
And folded hands waits the amen, 
Then smiles up in his face again; 

And fills with light the lowly place, 
The father's rugged form and face. 
Made beautiful by his child Grace — 

The image of her mother, high 
Of birth, and hair of golden dye, 
And eyes blue as the far-off sky. 



That night Grace Palmer had a dream, 
And from a distant land a gleam 
Of sunlight flashing o'er a stream 

So wide and dark, the farther shore 
Seemed hid in mist forevermore. 
So far away none might explore ; 

But as she dreamed, this shadowy land 
Came nearer, till with open hand 
She gathered up the golden sand. 

And then the wilderness withdrew, 
And smiling landscapes rose to view, 
And meadows bright with sparkling dew 

A frith or cove from out the sea, 
Opened as if designed to be 
A pathway to the ocean free ; 

And there, upon the eastern side, 
A cottage rude, but well supplied 
With food for man and beast beside, 

Stood with its English vine-clad thatch. 
And open door with outside latch. 
And front and rear a garden patch. 

Her father, too, with cheerful mood, 
She saw in strength of full manhood 
Clearing away the forest wood. 

And the broad acres stretched away, 
Northward and eastward from the bay 
On which this dreamland homestead lay. 


And then another vision fell 

Upon our little demoiselle, 

Of which we have not time to tell ; 

Save this, that it was very bright, 
And golden to her raptured sight, 
And filled her with a strange delight ; 


Latent the while and unsuspected, 
And now but timidly detected, 
Because imperfectly reflected ; 

An embryonic interjection, 

A shadow)- outline introspection 

Of bliss, perspective in perfection. 

A new world opens to the view 

Of this young girl, as she peers through 

The mists, love's paradise into. 

Another sense is o'er her stealing — 
An unknown sense to her revealing, 
The fount of maiden love unsealing ; 

As yet an indistinct conception, 
Inconstant, easy of deflection. 
Almost too frail to claim protection. 

A tremulous, ecstatic flame, 

A thrilling, subtle, chaste regime, 

A passion strong, but without shame; 

A pungent yet delicious pain, 

So grateful, waking she would fain 

Have brought the vision back again. 

Of course it was a young girl's dream 
From out the future — just a gleam 
Across the dark Atlantic's stream ; 

But it was like a golden ray, 
Kindling with rainbow hues the spray 
And dash of billows far away ; 

And with its sweet prophetic light. 

Rifting the sorrow-clouded night 

Of this young child with visions bright. 

Blessed be childhood, chaste and pure, 
For its young dreams are pledges sure 
Of opening life in miniature. 

" VI. 

Soon Walter Palmer bade farewell 
To English soil, and came to dwell 


At Charlestown first, Rehoboth then, 

Lastly at Wequtequock, when, 

Grace Palmer found her dreamland glen ; 

And more than all, the man who sought her, 

In vision far across the water, 

And all the wealth of his love brought her. 


The passing years, a full decade 
Twice told, have rapid changes made, 
And brought with them a higher shade 

Of face and character, not less 
Of form and maiden comeliness. 
And lips, that challenge a caress, 

Like threads of cherry red, between 
Which rows of well-set teeth are seen. 
Like pearls of highly-polished sheen ; 

And eyes blue as the far-off sky, 
Whence it is said the angels fly 
When o'er the earth they hover nigh ; 

And with a crown of golden hair, 

Befitting well a face so fair, 

And such as any queen might wear; 

With open countenance, serene, 
High-browed and goddess-like in mien, 
In girlhood, ene she walked, a queen. 

Her skin is like the driven snow, 
Save where the vital current's flow- 
Kindles a warm and crimson glow ; 

As when the blood with sudden rushing, 
Driven by some strong impulse gushing 
Baptises all the face with blushing. 

Nature's own chrism, kindly sent, 
An index of the heart's intent. 
And purity's chaste compliment. 



We wonder not that Thomas Miner 
Thought her than any girl diviner, 
And asked in his heart to enshrine her ; 

And made her his affianced bride, 

And married her in manly pride, 

And walked through life by her dear side. 


Beneath a huge moss-covered stone, 
Sleeps Thomas Miner's dust alone, 
The grave of Lady Grace unknown. 

No matter, for beyond the sky, 
Like angels robed in white on high, 
They walk in love, no more to die. 

Poetic license kept in view, 
A picture, beautiful as true, 
In outline I have drawn for you 

Of Lady Grace, the fairy child, 

On whom at birth the angels smiled, 

As snow new fallen, undefined. 




Mr. Chairman, my sister and brother Palmers : I have, on 
rising, to express my thanks for the honor of being called 
upon to reply to the toast, "The Palmers of the City of New- 
York." ' 

In looking over the Directory of that mighty hive of human 
beings I find that our name there is legion, covering several 
columns of that bulky and finely-printed volume. In a word, 
the Palmers of New York alone are numerous enough to con- 
stitute of themselves quite an extensive village. That these 
are all inter-related I strongly doubt, but that they are largely 
so connected I am quite sure from an experience that befel me 
some years ago. I was subpoenaed to serve on the jury of the 
U. S. District Court of our city. Xext to me in the jury-box 
sat a gentleman whose name was announced by the clerk as 
Walter Palmer. I turned to him and said : " Why, this is quite 
a coincidence, I had an ancestor whose patronymic was the 
same as yours, and who was said to have been a giant in his 
day. Tradition relates that he was nine feet high, and lived to 
be one hundred and fifty years old. He came over with Chris- 
topher Columbus in Her Majesty's ship, the Mayflower, in the 
year 1629, and landed on the top of Plymouth Church." " Why," 
replied my fellow-juryman, " that is the very progenitor from 
whom I boast my descent." "Well," rejoined I, "then we 
must be at least one hundred and sixteenth cousins." " We 
must," said he. "Shake," said I. And we grasped each other 
in the mutual recognition of our family relationship. But 
seriously, I found on further inquiry that this Mr. Waiter 
Palmer was a thrifty merchant, doing business under the Bible 
House, and a man, as far as I could learn, of character and 

Perhaps, as another type of the Palmers of New York, it 
may not seem out of place on an occasion like this to pay my 
tribute to my own father. Born in Stonington, his life was 


passed in New York, and I doubt not that many of the potent 
grave and reverend seniors of this borough, now within sound 
of my voice, have played kite, tag and peg-top with him in the 
happy days of childhood. At ten or twelve years of age he 
shipped; by sloop for Manhattan Island, railroads being then 
unknown. He disembarked with the traditional shilling in his 
pocket, but fortunately found employment with his' brother 
Amos, then engaged in the hardware trade on the corner of 
Pearl street and Maiden lane. Half clerk, half porter, he toiled 
from early morn till noon, from noon till dewy eve, learning his 
business in every detail. At length — he often told this inci 
dent — desiring to embark on his own account, he requested — 
on the basis simply of his good American self-assurance — a credit 
from three auctioneers, which, probably to his, and perhaps 
even to their own surprise, was granted him. But he was thus 
enabled to purchase his goods at great bargains, and by turning 
them quickly met his notes before they were due. Such was 
the beginning of a career which finally resulted in his admission 
as partner to a firm doing the largest hardware trade between 
New York and New Orleans. 

It is needless to cite further individual cases. The shortest 
biographical sketch of each worthy Palmer in our great city 
would exhaust my powers of speech and your patience. Suffice 
it to say that in all the departments of human achievement and 
effort, in the army and navy, in law, medicine and theology, in 
sculpture, architecture, painting, poetry and literature, in me- 
chanics and the practical arts we, as a family, have set the 
stamp of our intelligence, perseverance, honesty and skill. 

Such are the Palmers of the present. And why loom they 
up so well ? Is it not because behind them stands the race of 
the strong *nd sturdy Walter Palmer and his descendants ? 
Along with myriads of other worthy citizens of this Republic 
have not our forefathers delved in the mines ; have they not 
tickled the soil with the plow and made it laugh with the har- 
vest ; have they not agonized for us, battling against rude na- 
ture's firm decrees, and taming her hard forces into our service ? 
Have they not suffered that we might enjoy the fruits of their 


conquests ? Are we not products of the epoch they have 
made — products in character as well as inheritors of mere ma- 
terial gain ? 

Such is a glance at the Palmer empire of the past. May I 
now try to forecast the coming empire of the future, in order 
that hereafter as heretofore our extensive family may thus, per- 
chance, be enabled more grandly to walk worthy of the, voca- 
tion whereunto they may be called ? 

Change is the primal condition of existence. Without it 
progress cannot be. In visiting the room where the Palmer 
relics are exhibited I chanced to see an ancient wooden loom, 
standing about as high from the floor as an ordinary table, 
from off which old tape was slowly and wearily woven. Compar- 
ing this poor contrivance with the present power-loom, which 
in our time produces fabrics by the flowing yard, we can readi- 
ly see the wonderful mechanical advance our age evinces, as we 
do also in the brilliance of the electric lamp as compared with 
the tallow dip of Walter Palmer's time, or in the rush of the 
railroad train contrasted with the tedious travel of the stage 
coach era. Ay ! even the very mountain tops, impregnable as 
they appear in ail their granite strength, crumfMe before the 
mild attacks of the Summer rains, or rend themselves to frag- 
ments when shattered by the bolts of Winter and the resistless 
shafts of the frost. 

And can it be supposed that changes such as these can come 
to our external and material life without some corresponding 
variation in the province of ideas ? Gen. George W. Palmer, 
in his most able address, stated, in truth, that this Re- 
Union only represented an idea, the sentiment, to wit, of fami- 
ly unity and brotherhood, wherein, gathered together in a spirit 
of mutual tolerance for each other's opinions, we might take 
counsel together to our general benefit. 

It is in this spirit that I would speak of the empire of the 
future. "Palmam qui meruit ferat," " Let him bear the palm 
who deserves to bear it." As Goethe says: " He only conquers 
liberty and life who daily conquers them anew," and also as 
Tennyson affirms : 


" I hold it truth with him who sings 
To one clear note in divers tones, 
That men may rise on stepping-stones 
Of their dead selves to higher things." 

And while quoting in this strain, I might most appropriately 
add right here these words from the talented pen of our own 
sister -poetess, Miss Sara A. Palmer: 

" Help us to 'Palmers' be. 
Striving the world to free 
From wrong and tyranny, 
Sorrow and blame." 

All this, my friends, is simply introductory to the statement 
that as far as I can look abroad and read the signs of the times 

1 see the human race passing through, perhaps, the most 
remarkable transition the history of man has yet revealed. In 
order to outline this empire of the future, so that the Palmers, 
if they will, may adapt themselves thereto, allow me to consider 
it in several of its aspects. 

We can aU of us recall the anathemas of yore which the 
pulpit hurled against the stage. Between the actor and the 
clergyman there seemed a great gulf fixed. But now the gown 
assumes a different attitude towards the buskin. In very many 
of our New York churches no longer is the entrance to the 
theatre called the gate of hell. In a similar manner, the pulpit 
formerly leveled its invectives against the novel, against por- 
tions of the press, against art, and many innocent amusements, 
while now it has practically come to recognize all of these not 
only as inevitable, but, under proper guidance, as useful forces. 
In a word, its function has come to be not to extirpate them 
but to 7iioralizc them, and thereby lift them up to loftier human 
purposes. Instead any longer of seeking to slay these cognate 
institutions, it now seems content to harness itself by their side, 
so that in place of wasting strength in vain contentions amongst 
themselves all of them together may draw onwards the glorious 
car of civilization, 


Such is one vast change in what may be called the domain 
of sentiment and art. 

But turn we to another field. Throughout the world there 
seems to be arising the thrilling cry, the sterner demand for a 
larger industrial justice. In distant Russia Nihilism lifts its 
voice in the name of land and liberty — the land, without which 
people cannot live, and liberty, without which life is not worth 
the living. I read the manifestos of these much-censured rev- 
olutionists and find that all the rights they ask is less than we 
of this republic enjoy as commonly as the air we breathe. 

If we turn one glance to the German fatherland we also there 
behold the spirit of unrest. I see by recent statements in the 
newspapers that Socialistic thoughts have so pervaded every 
rank that even the army no longer can be counted on, and that 
the man of iron, Bismarck, seeks to satisfy the masses by stealing 
the very thunder of the malcontents, himself, with admirable 
statesmanship, becoming the leading one to advocate and for. 
ward many of their measures. 

In France, as I can read the way that nation tends, I see that 
they would there create not only a democracy in politics, but 
that they aim to found a socialized republic. 

The throes of troubled Ireland chant their pregnant lesson. 
It is a nation rising in revolt against a thraldom that has grown 
into a tyranny. It is the stand that a wronged race has taken 
wherein they give their edict to the world that it is contrary to 
every law of human justice that the soil of a whole country 
should be held in toll by the tens among its populace, while the 
thousands, through the landlords' power, are bound thereby in 
practical servitude. And all throughout the British Isles, I'm 
told, the Irish refrain is being echoed from hill-top unto 

But here, three thousand miles away from these old-world 
disturbances, here in free America, 'tis said, where we have 
ample space and almost limitless land for every settler, here 
such dangers cannot show themselves. But even here, I think. 
I see the writing on the wall. We find most palpably among 


Palmer record 

ourselves the tendency of wealth to gather in the clutches of 
the few, while relatively the many go lacking. Even such a 
conservative authority as Mr. David A. Wells affirms that the 
rich are continually growing richer and the poor poorer. And 
the murmurs of discontent are beginning to make themselves 
only too plainly manifest as the masses, in their increasing sense 
of something wrong, perceive that the present processes of 
trade all tend to concentrate wealth— the wealth their labor 
makes— in the pockets of the plutocrats. And is not this brood- 
ing feeling exhibiting itself in politics? Does it need much 
power of prophecy to state that the olden parties— the demo- 
cratic and republican parties — are really dying out for want of 
vital issues on which to subsist? And in place of them, like 
threatening heads arising on the vast ocean of politics, do we 
not perceive such organizations as the Anti-Monopoly League 
proclaiming deadly war on bloated corporate aggrandizement ; 
do we not see the old Greenback party — not dead, but only 
sleeping— still loudly maintaining that we must have a money 
of the people for the people instead of a money of the banker 
for the banker and by the banker? The Socialistic Labor party, 
too, they tell me, with its slogan, that all profits are robbery, "is 
a rapidly-growing clan. And more than all of these, and far 
more threatening as regards this coming strife between labor 
and capital, is the vast extension of trades-unionism throughout 
the length and breadth of our land, wherein the laborers throw 
their gauntlet down in defence of labor's rights. 

But this is enough, for this occasion, to indicate the empire 
of the future in the line of industry that seems to be casting 
upon us its coming shadow, and unto which, as in the previous 
case that I have stated, I would have the Palmers adapt them- 
selves as their good hearts and active brains may dictate. 

And now, for a moment, let us bend our thoughts to the last 
department of the empire of man in the future that I shall now 
allude to, I mean the department of Religion. I know how 
delicate is the ground I stand on, but without it my subject 
were incomplete and my purpose unaccomplished. Be it 


enough for me to say, that I shall advance no dogmas of my 
own nor assail a single cherished doctrine held by any here, and 
if I state, as my opinion, that faith itself must undergo a 
change, I also, in the self-same breath, affirm that this will only 
be because worship must enlarge to grander, nobler issues. It 
will be like Saul, the son of Kish, who, being sent to seek his 
father's asses, found himself possessor of a kingdom. 

A great man has said : " Without religion civilization dies;" 
but yet everywhere around us the signs of altering creeds ob- 
trude themselves at every turn. If America has produced any 
one divine more prominent than another, we must confess that 
Henry Ward Beecher is that one, and yet this is the clergyman 
who, in the August number of the " North American Review,"' 
openly pronounces that the time-honored faith of Christendom 
must step onwards to the music of the century or else itself 
must be left behind. 

And here another name straightway suggests itself, the name 
of one now gathered with the mighty dead of our own America, 
I mean Ralph Waldo Emerson, the sage of Concord, of whom, 
like Spinoza, it might almost be said : " He was a God-intoxi- 
cated man ;" and yet even Emerson, descended as he was from 
a long line of clergymen ancestry, himseif educated for the pul- 
pit, was forced to leave his inherited limitations and find his 
church in nature, his inspiration in humanity. 

I sat some four years ago beneath the venerable and conse- 
crated roof of Westminster Abbey. Around me I could almost 
fancy were flitting the shades of the heroic personalities whose 
tombs from adown the ages have been built against its walls. 
Around me in the pews a crowded throng were gathered. They 
had come to listen to that brave and wise and gentle man, Dean 
Stanley. It was Trinity Sunday, and of the trinity the rever- 
end preacher spoke. But oh, in what a different, in what a 
clearer, holier light than that we were accustomed to! God, 
the Father, in his hands became the underlying though un- 
knowable force which flows with never dying energy, and which 
manifests itself to us in all phenomena; the Son, the Christ. 


enlarged to all Humanity, as in its daily death, its daily martyr- 
dom, its daily resurrection, it lives and suffers for the sake of 
man, while the Holy Spirit became transformed to the saving 
grace of the individual conscience. 

My friends, it is folly for us to play the ostrich ruse and bury 
our heads in the sandy desert of conservatism and imagine that 
no change is going on around us. Thousands of lives like Stan- 
ley's are being lived. In Germany, but a few decades since, 
great Goethe passed away. His Faust is being read, or else, in 
the form of opera, is being sung in ever)' land ; and, mind you 
this, that Faust was saved not lost as for the most part is sup- 
posed. And Faust, that wondrous play, the divine comedy of 
this new era, is the revelation of the new salvation, wherein 
"for all our failings a pure humanity atones." In France Au- 
guste Comte has written — Comte, whom Gambetta pronounces 
the greatest thinker of the nineteenth century, and whose 
teaching is the creed of science, and whose religion is the reli- 
gion of humanity. In England, Darwin, vilified only twenty 
years ago as the prince of evil writers, has been lately buried 
with princely honors in the same cathedral pile to which I have 
alluded. Herbert Spencer is still toiling, honoring now this 
country with his presence, while Harriet Martineau and George 
Eliot, the two leading women thinkers of this time who spoke 
our mother tongue, have only, as it were, just gone away be- 
fore us, leaving their works to follow them. 

And so I might continue by the hour citing these heroic 
souls, these hearts devoted to humanity, and these deeply- 
thinking brains; but enough has been said, I think, at least to 
suggest that as in the realm of mechanical invention, as in the 
field of art and industry, so in the wider domain of religion 
itself "our knowledge grows from more to more;" therefore 
here also I would admonish my kinsmen to so live and so en- 
large their lives that our Palmer orators in Re-Unions of the 
future may say of us, as we affirm now of our past ancestry: 
"Well done, good and faithful servants!" 

One more reflection and I have finished. New York City is 


called the Empire City of the Empire State — New York State 
is called the Empire State of the great Republican Empire of 
the United States. I would, my friends, live to see the Palmers 
acknowledged as the Empire Family of this our Empire Coun- 
try. Xenophon it is who in his history of the anabasis, tells the 
tale of how the Greeks, ten thousand in their numbers, made 
a brave retreat from Asia back to Hellas. Our own genealogist 
informs us that in all their ramifications the Palmers, also, doubt- 
less aggregate to some ten thousand. My friends and rela- 
tives, I trust we may never hear of a Palmer retreat, even 
though it a courageous one, but instead thereof always of a 
Palmer advance. 


[Note Illustration, etc., on page 106, Vol. I.] 

Mr. President and Kinsfolk : 

The name for which I have been requested to speak has had, 
until perhaps in the present generation and branch of the 
family which I have the privilege to represent, so little connec- 
tion by blood and marriage with the vast concourse who have 
emanated from your worthy ancestor, Walter Palmer, that I 
had many misgivings, and felt that it would be almost intrusive 
for me to attempt by participating in your family Re-Union, in 
the manner suggested by the kind invitation of your venerable 
and revered Vice-President, the Rev. A. G. Palmer, to assume 
any claim as a Williams to be taken into your fellowship and 
association. And so I delayed and deferred, after receiving 
that invitation, to signify my acceptance of the appointment 
(for which I hope the Rev. Dr. will accord me full pardon ) until, 
finally, with some reluctance and doubt as to the propriety of 
my putting in an appearance, only the other day endeavored to 
see if my ingenuity could devise some form of words whereby 


I could associate Palmer and Williams, and comply with the 
Dr.'s polite invitation. And I am fearful that in the time allot- 
ted, or without great weariness to your patience, even if I pos- 
sessed the literary abilities and mental force of the most intel- 
lectual now present who represent those names, or who have 
passed away, and have adorned various professions and gained 
the reputation of the historian, the scholar, the orator, the poet, 
that it would hardly be proper for me to attempt more than 
simply ask you, in the enjoyment of these festivities, not to 
forget, but to preserve and cherish the remembrance of those 
whose lives were famous and whose good example it should be 
the legitimate purpose of these Re-Unions to perpetuate ; for 
I think whatever can be most appropriately said on such occa- 
sions, must emanate from and revolve around the idea that we 
are met to commemorate the virtues of the ancestors. And 
with this intention, it may be justifiable for me to briefly show 
by what right I respond to the names of Palmer and Williams, 
and how in my branch the Palmer blood came down. 

As for the Williamses whose remains now mingle with the 
dust of their native town. I have intimated that so far as my 
genealogical knowledge extends their infusion with the Palmer 
blood would not warrant my going into the details or history 
of the Williams family or portray the part they performed in 
building up the wealth, intelligence and prosperity of the com- 
munity where they lived. My ancestor, Robert Williams, was 
not among the first settlers here. He and his sons, Samuel, 
Isaac and Stephen, resided at Roxbury, Mass.. where they ar- 
rived from England in 1637. He lived to the good old age of 
one hundred years, having been born in 1593. and died in Sep- 
tember, 1693. His wife, Elizabeth Stretton, died July 28, 1674, 
aged eighty years, and saw the commencement of the fulfillment 
of her dream that from her should spring a long line of gospel 
ministers ; and, without doubt, through her sons, Samuel and 
Isaac, for many generations there were more in New England 
eminent in that profession of her lineage than of any other, and 
the record of her offspring for a long period had an honorable 


and conspicuous position in the history of the colonies ; there 
was scarcely a battle fought either with the Indians or a foreign 
enemy in which one or more of the name does not appear. On 
Groton Heights among the martyrs for their country's inde- 
pendence, whose self-sacrifice and patriotism the State and 
nation ceremoniously and grandly commemorated on the cen- 
tennial anniversary of their massacre at Fort Griswold, in the 
sublime language written upon the monument there, John, 
Henry, Thomas, Daniel, " were a people that jeoparded their 
lives unto the death in the high places of field." The wife of 
the brave Col. William Ledyard. who commanded the garrison 
and was brutally murdered after laying down his sword, was 
the grand-daughter of Ebenezer Williams, who came to this 
town about 1685. She died in 1789, a few hours after her son 
Charles, who was a babe but ten days old when his father was 
killed, and at her request this boy whose infancy and childhood 
were impressed upon her heart by the blood of the heroic father, 
was buried in her arms. 

Ebenezer Williams, who was the son of Samuel, and his two 
cousins, John and Eleazer, the sons of Isaac, came from Rox- 
bury here together and took up land adjoining; and they and 
their descendants, although not as numerous as the Palmers, 
have acted a respectable part in the early history of this town 
in developing its resources and in forming its social, civil and 
religious society. It would not be interesting for me to partic- 
ularize or hold any up to view, " for they have rested from their 
labors and their works do follow them ;" but it is due to their 
memories to say that the early settlers of this town had not the 
opportunities for study and education and the public display of 
acquired powers that others of their family enjoyed who re- 
mained at or near the historic Plymouth Rock and Boston har- 
bor, which then, more than now, was supposed to be the " hub 
of the universe ;" yet, as pioneers in the wilderness here, caus- 
ing it, if not " to blossom as the rose," to yield a decent sub- 
sistence, in originating industries and improvements in various 
business occupations, and in their views of self-government in 


town meeting assembled, upon which the fabric of our great 
republic, to be secure, must always depend ; and in their organ- 
ization of those local methods which we now follow in the 
management of our civil affairs, they exhibited eminent quali- 
ties and those inherited natural abilities which were more neces- 
sary here then to make the land give forth its increase, and by 
toil of the hands and sweat of the brow to open the way of 
prosperity and happiness for themselves and others, than were 
the exclusive wisdom of colleges and the circumscribed duties 
and accomplishments of the learned professions. And in my 
opinion it would be to the general advantage now if we had 
more of their old-fashioned, straight-forward integrity and hard- 
headed business method in public matters, and less new-fangled 
notions, vain babblings on law, hair-splitting technicalities, and 
wordy, pettifogging oppositions of science of government, false- 
ly so-called. 

It would at least save some worriment and just criticism if 
we could throw off a few delusive theories, a little false style 
and pride in daily living, and snobbish imitation of foreign 
manners, which the Pilgrims never intended should cross the 
Atlantic, and are a severe reproach to the professions of their 
descendants that they are a free and independent people : for 
what can be more slavish than servile worship of imported fash- 
ions, and aping the habits and usages that surround monarchial 
governments and a titled nobility; and it would infuse more of 
original, genuine manhood into our body politic if, instead of 
soaring quite so high after "/Esthetics and High Art," we would 
cultivate more the rugged simplicities of our ancestors, Palmer, 
Williams, Denison, Wheeler, Chesebro, Stanton, Noyes, Gallup, 
Miner, and all those worthies whose characters and customs it 
is to be hoped your Re-Unions will recall, and make us pro- 
foundly realize that if we live in more cultured days, with greater 
opportunities of ease and affluence, that the wisdom, the econ- 
omies, the patriotism and sturdy uprightness of the forefathers 
laid the foundation of it all. And you who are to-day glorify- 
ing the name of Palmer, do not forget that you had foremoth- 


ers as well as forefathers, and that in very many cases " the 
grey mare was the better horse," that in mental capacity, in 
that perception or intuition which is more valuable than expe- 
rience, because it prevents mistakes and comprehends in ad- 
vance the wise course to take, in that painstaking prudence in 
domestic duties and economy in saving what was earned, which 
are essential to success, that the woman was often the better 
help-mate ; and if the assertion be true that the sons usually 
inherit the traits and characteristics of the mother, and the 
daughters those of the father, then the name of Palmer is for 
you only an empty boast ; you are not Palmers at all. for the 
blood of old Walter Palmer went down through his daughters 
to a variety of names, perchance a Williams, a Denison, or some 
other name ; and while I would not have you feel any less 
cheerful because you have inherited the Palmer name, yet I 
deem it my duty to account for my being here by telling you 
that I claim the Palmer birthright through the fairest and per- 
haps the wisest of the immediate family of our honored pro- 
genitor, who was Grace by name, and was all that name implies 
as the consoler and counsellor of her father in the loneliness of 
his widowhood, as the dutiful daughter in attending diligently 
to the ways of his household, and afterwards as the devoted 
wife of Capt. Thomas Miner, by whom, if my friend the Palmer 
genealogist tells true, she had sons and daughters whose de- 
scendants have been known in this State and everywhere where 
ex-Gov. Miner and Gen. Grant are known. 

And so may we all, by whatever line we claim descent and 
right to participate in this gathering, do all honor to the women 
who have borne the Palmer blood. The deeds of its men may 
seem grander and more conspicuous as you trace back your 
family history to that modest home at Wequetequock Cove, but 
who can measure the quiet, subtle essence of the mother's in- 
fluence through all these years in shaping the lives of the men 
whose achievements in different walks of life have made honor- 
able the name you call your own. And permit me to add, Mr. 
President, that you have contributed a creditable part towards 
making that name respected and esteemed. It is woman's in- 


fluence much more than any other forms, and as civilization 
progresses will the more and more form the character of the 
people, and on through manhood the lesson learned at the 
mother's knee, like the voice from an angel, shall arrest the err- 
ing sons of men in their wayward career and call them back, if 
not to innocence, to their duty and their God. And though 
that mother ma}- have lived so long ago that your lips have al- 
most ceased to pronounce the name, and in the sunshine of 
your domestic happiness, with little ones climbing your knee 
and young tongues calling you father, the momory of your own 
childhood appears like a distant dream, yet you may be sure 
that somewhere down in your heart, though the wound made 
by her grave may seem entirely healed, that there is a chord 
which is always whispering low to the old-time lullaby of her 
gentle voice, and ever saying, "A mother's influence, a mother's 
love never dies, for it was made only a little lower than the 



My Kindred : 

When introduced to a promiscuous audience, as on the pres- 
ent occasion, it is common for the speaker to address them as 
"Ladies and Gentlemen." But in this instance I salute you as 
my kindred, for such you are. Though looking upon hundreds 
of faces which I have never seen before, and speaking to people 
gathered from different parts of our wide-spread country, I recog- 
nize you as members of a numerous family heretofore to me un- 
known. We are descendants of a common ancestry ; our remote 
forefathers left England some two hundred and fifty years ago, 
and braving the terrors of savage war tribes and the unbroken, 
desolate wilderness, settled upon this Western Atlantic shore. 
Could those sturdy ancestors of ours but revisit this spot to 


day, doubtless they would be as much surprised as me to behold 
such a numerous posterity sprung from that little family which 
cast their destiny upon this then inhospitable land. 

But in this how has a " little one become a thousand." From 
William and Walter Palmer, who settled in southern Massachu- 
setts and Connecticut, have sprung a posterity literally repre- 
senting every section of our country from the great lakes on 
the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the south, and from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific shores. The Palmer family thus widely 
disseminated, represents ever)- honorable trade, pursuit, calling 
and profession. The ministry, the bar, the medical faculty, the 
army, the navy, the State and National Legislature, the press, 
the maratimc and commercial interests are all honorably repre- 
sented by Palmer name and blood. 

It is gratifying to meet so many of you on this occasion, to 
make so many new acquaintances, and to establish new relations 
for the future with those who hitherto were entire strangers. 
In looking around upon this assembly I feel much like a person 
lying down to sleep in a solitary place with hardly a recognized 
face about him. and without a knowledge of a relative near. 
On awakening, what a strange metamorphose has risen to greet 
the eye ! Hundreds of family kindred appear before me of 
whom I knew nothing before; I find myself in the midst of 
friends of whom I never dreamed. I seem to have entered 
upon a life almost new ; a vision surrounds me which it is rap- 
turous to contemplate. To awake to such a reality is better 
than awakening from a pleasant dream. Permit me, therefore, 
to tender my sincere congratulations to you all as my newly- 
found friends and kindred. 

For several years past I have been seeking out the four fam- 
ily lines of my ancestry in order to trace them back to our 
fatherland. The Palmer line I had traced back to Taunton, 
Mass., about one hundred and fifty years, and there I lost all 
further trace. Put on receiving the circular of Noyes F. Palmer, 
Esq., to whose indomitable perseverance and unflagging inter- 
est the whole Palmer family owe an unspeakable debt of grati- 


tude, I was put upon the direct line of research, and on my 
maternal side trace my pedigree to England. 

And now I close this brief address, hoping that much good 
and many happy experiences may grow out of our family 



It was to a Thomas Palmer that in the village church of 
Snodland, County of Kent, Eng., a tablet was erected bearing 
these words : 

" Palmers all owre Faders were ; 
I, a Palmer, liuyd here. 
And trauyld stil, till, worne wyth Age, 
I endid this Worlde's Pylgramage 
On the blyst Assension Day 
In the chereful Month of May, 
One Thowsand wyth fowre Hundryd 

Seauen ; 
And took my Jorney hense to 


And for a Thomas Palmer I have been invited to speak. Both 
the invitation and response, amid this present company, would 
bear out the spirit of the opening sentence of that old epitaph 
— for our fathers were " Palmers all," and therefore we are here : 
they were Palmers, though many be the number of our various 
originals, and scant the blood relationship between them. 

The Thomas Palmer of whom I would speak was among the 
company which founded Rowley, Mass., in April, 1639. The 
leader of the company was the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, a man vf 
note in England, who by his own exertions had gathered to- 
gether the little church at Brough, Rowley, Yorkshire, and had 
ministered to them there for many years, till at length he led 
them away into the wilderness of America to found the nciv 
Rowley in the neiv England. 



The history of our Thomas, preceding this establishment in 
the new home, is as yet a blank page to be rilled only by ingen- 
ious conjecture and brilliant imaginings. One theory is that he 
was one of those friends of the Rev. Mr. Rogers who accom- 
panied him to this country in 163S— a theory that has many 
things in its favor, and which has yet to be put to the final test. 
Another theory is that he is the Thomas Palmer who, in his 
twentieth year, sailed for Barbadoes on the ship Expedition, the 
vessel leaving London the 20th of November, 1635. This the- 
ory, too, is supported by certain strong facts of circumstantial 
evidence. So much for the time of his coming; as to his Eng- 
lish home, Bradford and Rowley have both been claimed, though 
the former has now been discarded, while there are facts that 
point away from Yorkshire to the County of Essex. 

On the 10th of September, 1643, the first town survey of 
Rowley was made, and the seventh house-lot on Bradford street, 
the principal street, was set to Thomas Palmer — he having 
taken to himself his good wife Ann in the August preceding. 
His previous occupation had been that of a weaver, at which 
occupation it is presumed he labored while here; yet, like all 
the early comers, his heart was set on the acquirement of land. 
A strange story does his purchase of a salt-marsh, one of his 
earliest acquisitions, tell of the slavery of his mird to the old- 
time English thoughts and traditions. We of to-day, in this 
land of boundless fertile fields, would fain inquire what he could 
see to desire in a salt-marsh while this whole fair land lay yearn- 
ing for possessors? Nevertheless, with scrupulous care, the 
deed of this precious purchase has been preserved to this day. 

The fruit of Thomas Palmer's marriage was three sons, Sam- 
uel, born in 164.}.; Timothy, born in 1647; and Thomas, born 
in 1650. 

In August, 1669, after living in the main a quiet life, in 
which he took a more or less active interest in the affairs of the 
new town, Thomas Palmer died. His widow outlived him by 
nearly a score of years, she being buried the 22d of February. 
1686. This is not the time nor the place to descant on his vir. 


tues or his graces ; suffice it to say, therefore, they were such 
as were peculiar to the days in which he lived, and the spirit of 
the old Puritan— a spirit typical of one reared in the famous 
John Evelyn's district — may be read in this single fact, that he 
was the progenitor, in one line at least, of a race of deacons, 
devout and earnest men. 

Two of the children of Thomas and Ann remained in Row- 
ley — namely, Samuel and Thomas. The former married in 167 1 , 
two years after his father's death, Mary Pearson, of Rowley, the 
daughter of the founder of the first fulling mill in America, and 
through his son Thomas he became the ancestor of the Nor- 
wich branch of the Rowley Palmers. 

Thomas 2d married Hannah, the daughter of Capt. John 
Johnson, of Rowley — he went to the wars, and came heme to 
marry the captain's daughter — and he has numerous descend- 
ants living in Maine, eastern Massachusetts and New Hamp- 
shire. The second son, Timothy, in company with his brother- 
in-law, John Huggins, the celebrated Springfield lawyer of later 
years, and Capt. Anthony Austin, as well as with others, re- 
moved to Suffield, Conn., becoming one of the proprietors of 
that town in 1674. Timothy's descendants are mainly to be 
found in that vicinity — in Springfield, Westfield, Agawam, Am- 
herst, etc. — a sturdy and honored race ; while we are all indebt- 
ed, so our corresponding secretary gracefully acknowledges in 
his words of dedication, to the inspiration and effective support 
of one of these descendants, Mr. Lorin Palmer, of the Brooklyn 
" Union-Argus," for the existence of " Volume I of the Palmer 
Records"- — one of the many exemplifications of the fact that 
the Palmers, though of various clans, unlike the Greeks in the 
old adage, are ever ready to assist one another. 

The branch which I represent runs back to the first Palmers 
of Norwich, Conn., Thomas 3d, the grandson of the original 
Thomas, who came to Norwich in 1723, and bought land^ there 
that have ever since remained in the family — a period of about 
one hundred and sixty years — though his descendants have mi- 
grated in many directions. These lands lay in that part of 


Norwich which was ceded to the town of Preston in 1786. 
Their present owner and occupant is Mr. Charles Palmer, and 
his grandchildren are the sixth generation in direct line born 
thereon. The same peculiar love for the " old homestead " is 
found in other lines of this family, and the branch which went 
to Maine in 1765 retains still its original purchase, as do also, I 
believe, other branches which settled in other States. Though 
many of the descendants of Thomas, of Norwich, have found 
homes elsewhere, notably in Vermont, where three separate 
families settled in the last century, yet taking the male and 
female lines together they are still numerous in this vicinity. 
This last branch, together with the branches that settled in 
Massachusetts and in Maine, make up the greater part of the 
race of Thomas Palmer, of Rowley, so far as that race is known, 
and doubtless many of them are present here to-day. 

Such is a brief outline of the generations of the Puritan of 
1639; though not so numerous as the descendants of Walter. 
they still show quite a company. 

And now, friends, whether sprung from Walter, or from 
Thomas, or from the numerous other Palmers who came as pil- 
grims to this shrine of liberty, let us rejoice in this Re-Union 
because of the emphasis such a gathering places on the memo- 
ries and aspirations that our name suggests: let us rejoice to- 
gether in the friendships that we here have found, and though 
while we bear a common name, we may not bear a common an- 
cestry ; yet, as our fathers became of kin by their devotion to 
a glorious cause, let us. too, prove ourselves heirs of a like fel- 
lowship by our united service to our country and our age ! 


Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Palmer Re-Union : 

I feel deeply the honor my venerable grandfather, Dr. Eugen e 
Palmer, of Texas, has thus thrust upon me by saying that 


Texas, as a young State, would prefer being represented by the 
rising than by the setting sun, and I also feel how inadequate I 
am to the occasion. I am proud of the privilege of coming 
before you, for it gives me the chance to proclaim myself a 
member of the Palmer family, and to eulogize the Palmer 

Although I was not present at the last Re-Union, I have 
been informed that the genealogical tree of the family was dis- 
played before, and its history given from the first exotic that 
took root in this soil down to the generation of the hour; its 
trunk was described, also its branches, with the fruit and flow- 
ers that they bore, together with the Palmer scions that were 
grafted on other stocks, and it would seem that the subject of 
Palmer was then and there entirely exhausted, yet I know of no 
other theme so appropriate to this occasion. 

But why is Stonington the chosen place of meeting for all 
time? Is it because the ashes of our old patriarchs repose 
within its borders, or is it not rather that Stonington is the 
seed-bed of the Palmers which raises plants to be set out in 
other climates and on other soils? "Wherever this plant has 
taken root in a congenial soil, it has flourished like the " cedar 
of Lebanon ;" and in the universal adaptation of the cedar to 
climate and soil, and in its longevity, how much that species of 
tree resembles the Palmer family— for the cedar has a wider 
climatic range than any woody plant on the continent of Amer- 
ica, or for aught I know on the surface of this planet. It is 
found growing in the torrid and in frigid zones. It maintains 
its vitality in the coldest climate on the most barren soil, it 
grows also on the rich lands midst the orange bloom and fra- 
grance of a golden Southern shore. It rears its green foliage 
above the white surface of the snow-clad hills of New England. 
and is a gladsome sight to the weary traveler on the arid prairies 
of the West. It is the only tree that the tropical sun-heat, or 
the long-continued tropical drouths cannot kill. 

It is found on the high bluffs of the Missouri and Cana- 
dian rivers where, above the reach of prairie fires, it attains 


its perfect development, where the trunk of trees measure four 
feet in diameter, and from their exceeding slow growth such 
trees must be of immense age. They may have stood for cen- 
turies, thus resembling the longevity of the Palmer family. 

Has not the Palmer family some towering cedars that have 
lived and grown on a higher plane, above the prairie fires of 
religious schismatics or political detractions? Why, at the 
sacred desk to-d.ay, teaching peace and good will to all men, 
the Palmer name can boast of a pulpit orator who stands al- 
most without a peer." 

The Palmer lineage has another towering cedar, a military 
chieftain, f who has won laurels of victory, has smoothed the 
angry brow of "grim-visaged war" and made it wear the smiles 
of peace. I need not call the name, for the man I speak of can- 
not, in this world, be singly counterpoised. 

Has not the Palmer name furnished successful agriculturists? 
You may find in every township in this State and other States, 
where the rugged bramble heath has been changed to the taste- 
ful landscape with its groves, its lawn and embowered home, all 
planned by a Palmer taste, wrought by a Palmer hand. 

And when you come to that semi-amphibious class of New 
Englanders. the daring and intrepid seamen, the name of Palm- 
er stands pre-eminent ; for this village has furnished one,:}: whose 
sea record is not only an honor to the name, but an honor to 
the generation he lived in, for he pushed his prow beypnd the 
circuit of waters that had hitherto been navigated, discovered 
a new land, and called it Palmer land. 

" Honor and fame, from no condition rise; 
Act well your part, there all the honor lies." 

And did he not act well his part when, as a star actor in the 
drama of life, he was applauded in every scene till the last act 
and the dark curtain fell. 

*Kev. Dr. B. M. Palmer, of New Orleans. 

fGen. U. S. Grant. 

I The kite Cap:. "Nat." Palmer, of Stonington, 


The early boyhood of distinguished men has ever been a 
subject of interest. I am told that his free spirit, like that of 
Patrick Henry, would never be chained to the dull bench of the 
school-room : that he played the truant, and when found was 
always afloat on his sail-boat. Was he an idle truant ? By no 
means; with the blue waters beneath, and the blue sky of 
heaven above him, he was all this time studyingthe profession 
of his choice. Adapting his canvas to the veering winds, his 
"jib" was his grammar lesson, his "mainsail'' his class-book; 
and how did it come to pass that, without a store of academic 
acquirements, without the regular training of mathematics in 
the schools, how did he become one of the greatest navigators 
of the nineteenth century? What was the grand secret of his 
success? Why, it was a self-educated Palmer brain! 

And take the Palmers where you will, in peace or in war, with 
the ploughshare or the sword, on the land or on the ocean, afloat 
or ashore, the Palmer name or the Palmer lineage has borne 
the Palm ! 

For the fruits of the Palmer scions that have been grafted on 
other stocks, in whatever market they may have been displayed, 
their surpassing excellence and high quotations are justly 
claimed by this Palmer Re-Union. 



Mr. President and Kindred ; 

There is a proverb often applied to human affairs which says, 
"the unexpected always happens." Certainly that is true in 
my case to-day. When the committee came and asked me to 
deliver an address about the Palmers in central New York, I 
said " No, I could not do that, because the Palmers whom I 
know do not make speeches. I do not remember such an event 
in the life of any one of them I ever knew. They make pretty 
sharp remarks about people and affairs and then go about their 


work, but no speeches." " Weil," the committee said, " if you 
were at a family dinner you could answer questions and talk, 
could you not-' That is all we want from you.*' "Yes," I 
said, " I can do that." But behold ! instead of sitting at a din- 
ner and conversing I find myself on this platform, and this 
great audience of Palmers looking with some expectation evi- 
dently for an address. 

The impression made upon me at this Re-Union, and the one 
you make upon me now as I look into your faces, is indeed 
peculiar. I came here an entire stranger. 1 have not seen a 
face in Stonington into which I have ever looked until this visit. 
Not one of you have I ever spoken with or seen before in my 
life. One hundred and fifty years or more have passed since 
there has been any intercourse that I am aware of between our 
branches of the family and those I see represented here. And 
yet I know you are my kindred. The evidence is beyond ques- 
tion. Personal appearance, tones of voice, manner of speech, 
quality of temper and spirit — a thousand things you say and 
do and think are Palmer traits — so like our own peculiarities at 
home that there can be no mistake. You are all Palmers and 
my kindred. 

The resemblances I see here to nearly all of our immediate 
family and relations are most striking My father's features are 
before me — his profile, complexion and partial baldness. The 
forms and tones of voice of my uncles have startled rne as I 
have looked and listened. I have seen to-day, as it were, the 
very face of an older sister long since departed — the eyes, lips 
and form of teeth were exactly hers. The stout forms of my 
brothers and cousins are all about me, while the large, full form 
and happy face of our good Aunt Sally have approached me 
more than once, suggesting an accustomed hearty embrace, and 
yet a century and a half has passed since these same branches 
of the family have stood in each other's presence. So 1 can but 
say what a strange and unique experience is this to me. 

I had been here but a few hours when I learned something 
of the difficulties our president has had to encounter in endeav- 


oring to make this Re-Union a success. Some blamed the 
Palmers in Stonington, because it was said among them that 
there was too much pretense and self-laudation about it, and 
therefore they declined to give their aid. When I heard that, 
I said they are true Palmers : for that is a trait which belongs 
to all of them in our region. A sham they hate, with a good, 
honest hatred, and they speak of it with freedom. Sometimes 
they make mistakes, and call things insincere which are not ; 
but the matter gets a " piece of their mind," you see, just the 
same. And perhaps all the Palmers in Stonington have not 
been able to see ail the good there is in this Re-Union ; but 
they have faithfully expressed their opinions, I find, like true 
Palmers, and I therefore welcome them as my kindred. 

Now, in carrying out his plans, our president has felt himself 
somewhat hindered and embarrassed by these things ; and, I 
have been told, he was very patient for a long time, but at 
length the proper limit was reached. Things became close and 
hot. Then there was some forked lightning and thunder, fol- 
lowed by the peaceful success which has attended all these 
arrangements for our comfort and profit. Now this quality of 
mind and temper is exactly like the Palmers I know. They 
are over-kind, over-generous, many times bearing too much : 
but when matters have gone about so far, look out for thunder 
storms and clearing weather. 

I have said Palmers are generous — many times over-generous. 
In fact, it is a proverb among us that a Palmer always gives 
away his best things. And this comes not from recklessness, 
but from conscientiousness; for if they have one trait more 
marked than others, it is that of having a tender conscience. I 
think I can say this truthfully and without egotism. I learn 
from the historical addresses made here, and what I otherwise 
hear of our ancestors, from Walter Palmer down, that they 
have been, as a rule, a people with strong religious faith. God 
and 'the unseen world are real to them; so real that the con- 
science becomes educated in sensitiveness and controls the life. 
Now, when this is the case, you have a character that will do 
its duty in the family, in society and in the State ; and this is 


true of the Palmers in our locality. They do not become very 
rich ; the}' are never very poor; their families are well provided 
for and well educated. They are industrious and frugal, and 
thrifty as far as is compatible with generosity. You will find 
them in churches, and always interested in schools. They rare- 
ly hold office or are politicians, but are uniformly at the caucus 
and at the polls. Central New York was represented by many 
Palmers among the 75,000 men who responded to the first call 
of President Lincoln for soldiers. They do these things be- 
cause they are right and conscience requires them done. And 
I feel very grateful to good old Walter Palmer and all our 
ancestors who have followed him, that they have given us 
some measure of this inheritance of conscientious Christian 



Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen : 

I scarcely need to say it gives me pleasure to be here at the 
home of my ancestors, and to meet with those whom I can 
regard as kindred. We have all a common heritage in a Puri- 
tan ancestry and in New England institutions, and I have the 
satisfaction of claiming, with most of you, a descent from the 
Pilgrim, Walter Palmer. There must have been in that old 
hero much sturdy vigor — I say hero, for peace, and civilization, 
and religion have their heroes as well as war. When we look 
upon these rocks and this meagre soil, and remember the for- 
. ests which were to be subdued, and the ferocious beasts and 
the more ferocious savages to be resisted ; when we consider 
that a livelihood wa^ to be extracted from this soil and these 
surrounding waters ; when we reflect that churches, and schools, 
and towns, and States, and a great Nation were to be established, 
we may well call those heroes who commenced the task. There 
must have been, I repeat, much sturdy vigor in that old hero 


to have commenced a new and untried life in this wilderness, 
and to have been the father of a race so numerous, to say noth- 
ing of their activities, their deeds, and the results of those 

At first view it might have seemed unwise for our ancestor, 
with the whole continent before him, to have commenced the 
new life among these rocks ; but there is " a Providence that 
shapes our ends, rough hew them as we may," and results have 
shown that the struggles of Walter Palmer and his more imme- 
diate descendants with this rugged, reluctant mature, devel- 
oped qualities which would not have had an existence in a 
milder climate and upon a richer soil. 

We are here to-day from various and many distant parts of 
this great country — a country which has survived many perils, 
whose present and prospective prosperity and greatness exceeds 
those of any other nation ; a country whose greatest peril now 
is its unprecedented prosperity — we have come here to remind 
ourselves of the virtues, the struggles and the successes of our 
progenitors, to receive inspiration from their history, and to 
excite each other to stronger efforts for improvement : to re- 
ceive a stimulus to exert ourselves for the preservation and con- 
tinuance of our family, and to make our name respected and 

Whatever may be our philosophical notions, we must admit 
that " the survival of the fittest " is, at least, a general law, how- 
ever many exceptions there may be ; and we, as a family, must 
submit to the conditions of this law. We shall survive if we 
are fit for survival. 

Now, it seems to me, that the principal object of these Re- 
Unions is to take counsel together as to the proper methods of 
preserving and strengthening all that is good and commendable 
among us, and of repressing all that is evil and reprehensible — 
of making ourselves the fittest to survive, and thus promoting 
our survival, and with our survival the promotion of our honor 
and our efficiency for good. 

I appeal to you, Mr. President, and to you the originators 


and sustainers of this Re-Union Association, whether this is 
not its chief object and the justification of its existence? 

With this understanding of your object, it would have given 
me pleasure to have endeavored to contribute my mite to the 
accomplishment of that object, and to have stated in a some- 
what orderly manner some of the means of self-preservation, 
and of physical, mental and moral improvement. Had I been 
trained as a minister of religion 1 should have been inclined to 
set forth the claims of spiritual influences in renovating the 
heart and. purifying the characters of those I might have ad- 
dressed. Had I been a general educator of youth, I might 
have dwelt upon the influence of common school, academic and 
higher education in elevating the mind and increasing the power 
of the family. Had I been a statesman, I should have been 
inclined to dwell upon the importance of proper political insti- 
tutions, and just and beneficent laws; or had I been a financier 
or manufacturer, I might have made suggestions respecting 
economy in living, care and uprightness in business, and in- 
dustry and skill in useful pursuits. All these, it seems to me, 
are proper themes for discourse on these occasions. 

But being a physician — having devoted my life chiefly to the 
study of the human organism, of the physical laws which govern 
its existence, and the influence of physical agencies upon 
the body and through it upon the mind — upon the intellectual 
and the moral characters — I was inclined to make some remarks 
upon the influence of these physical agencies upon the vigor, 
the continuance, the power, and the honor of the Palmer fami- 
ly. This, I thought, was a theme worthy of the occasion, hew- 
ever unworthily it might have been presented ; but having been 
prevented by illness in my family from arriving here until this 
late hour, when so few remain, when you have all been satisfied 
if not surfeited with the good things you have received, and 
are now anxious to return to your homes, I must content my- 
self with expressing my gratification at meeting even this num- 
ber, and of saying that should all the Palmer family obey with 
strictness the physical laws established by the Ruler of the uni- 
verse, avoiding all injurious articles and influences avoidable- 


should they lead temperate, and, in every way, proper physical 
lives, not neglecting mental and moral energies and spiritual 
influences, their existence would be perpetuated, their power and 
influence would be progressively augmented, and their name 
and honor preserved until the latest generation. 

Many families commenced in this country with more wealth, 
higher position, and, to all appearance, with better prospects 
than the family of Walter Palmer, who are now almost unknown, 
or have become entirely extinct. Few families are as numerous 
or have been as successful as his. There have doubtless been 
natural, intelligible causes for this. 

Among the influences which have determined these results 
must be placed physical agencies ; and among these physical 
agencies strong drinks are not the least. Family after family- 
has been extinguished by intemperance, and its entailed vices 
and defects. The evils of this great error are not confined to 
those who are drunkards, but those who indulge to a less ex- 
tent are more or less injured ; and the evil effects are often 
manifested more in the progeny of the drinking men than in 
themselves. These sins of the fathers are visited upon their 
children to the third and fourth and later generations. 

So far as my observation and information extends, the Palm- 
ers have generally been a temperate race. I have known very 
few* drunkards among them, or even habitual free drinker^; and 
if this general absence of intemperance is the fact, as I believe 
it is, it will go far to account for the numbers and charaeter of 
the family. The inferences are too evident to require to be 
urged. Other influences might be mentioned, but the time and 
the occasion do not justify a further continuance of these un- 
prepared and hasty remarks ; and thanking you for your atten- 
tions and kindly greetings since 1 have been with you, I will 
leaveyou to the closing exercises of this Re-Union. 




Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Palmer Re-Union : 

Westchester County is a small part of the great territory of 
the Palmer family. It was so closely allied to the State of 
Connecticut that for many years it was impossible to determine 
a boundary line of separation : but now Westchester Count)' 
contents herself, lying between the Hudson River and Long 
Island Sound, and having for its southern boundary the great 
city of New York. 

In population Westchester ranks as the ninth county in the 
State of New York. It contains the city of Yonkers and num- 
erous villages, among them White Plains. Peekskiil, Tarrytown 
and New Rochelle. From its proximity to New England and 
New York, and its beauty of situation, it is not surprising that 
the Palmers were among its first settlers. 

The first settlement was made at the present village of West- 
chester in 1642. by John Throckmorton with thirty-five English 
families from New England, with the consent of the Dutch who 
had acquired title from the Indians. These, and others imme- 
diately following them, were refugees from New England per- 
secution, and among them was William Palmer, who died in 
Westchester about 1670. 

The Palmers were not only among the early settlers, but they 
were among the mo»t active participants in the affairs both of 
Church and of State. As early as 1673 Joseph Palmer and 
Edward Waters were appointed the first magistrates of West- 
chester. In 1688 Joseph Palmer was appointed a trustee for 
Westchester ; and in 1692 John, Joseph and Samuel Palmer 
were appointed as commissioners for the repurchase of the land 
from the Indians. John Palmer was a vestryman of St. Peter's 
Church. Westchester: other Palmers were Baptists. Methodists. 
Independents and Quakers. Some shared the independent 
spirit of Ann Hutchinson, and deeply lamented her untimely 


and cruel death, which occurred near the creek which bears her 

As the population increased and the settlements extended. 
we find the Palmers in the adjoining towns — Pelham, New Ro- 
chelle and Mamaroneck, and in other parts of the county, and 
finally in other counties and other States. 

' City Island, originally called New City Island, in the town of 
Pelham, takes its name from an organized effort to make it a 
great trading port — a great commercial city. The waters are 
deep, and the tides from both extremities of the sound meet 

Benjamin Palmer owned the island, consisting of 230 acres. 
and with his consent and co-operation it was granted to a corn- 
pan)' or corporation consisting of thirty persons, and laid out 
and mapped into city lots. The plans of the company were 
interrupted by the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Palmer, in 
the beginning of the war, at once took an active part in favor 
of independence. He was driven from the island, wheie he- 
had retained an interest, and was a great sufferer during the 
entire war, losing almost everything for his attachment to the 
American cause. 

In 1789 he set forth his grievances in a petition to Gen. Wash- 
ington for redress, Aaron Burr being his advisor. The petition, 
among other things, stated " That himself and his family were 
taken prisoners by the British who used us very ill, and then 
ordered us off my plantation, which I then had on said island. 
to New York, where I have continued with my family ever 

In order to give the original lines of the Palmers of West- 
chester, we must go still farther back, and begin with: 

William Palmer, accompanied by his son William, a iaci oi 
nine years, came from Nottinghamshire, England, in the ship 
Fortune, in 162 1 — the second ship after the Mayflower — landed 
at Plymouth, Mass., and settled at Duxbury, Mass.. and thence 
to Scituate. It is supposed he died in 1637. His will was pro- 
bated March 5, 1638. His wife, Frances, followed her husband 
to America in the vessel Anne, in [623.* His son William it 

^§ee Palmer Records, Vol. I, p. 114. 


is supposed migrated into Westchester Country, and died there 
in 1670. Children, William, Joseph, Benjamin, Samuel. Obadiah 
and Thomas) Samuel settled in Mamaroneck, and became the 
propritor of Mangopson Xeck. Children, Obadiah, Xehemiah, 
Sylvanus and Solomon. Obadiah died in 1747. Children, Wil- 
liam, Samuel, Benjamin, David, Obadiah. Caleb and Mary Anne. 
Xehemiah died in 17O0, leaving a son and a daughter. The son 
died, leaving Harrison, Drake, Aaron, Nathan, Benjamin, Xehe- 
miah and Elihue. Sylvanus died in 1741. Children, Robert, 
Sylvanus, John, Marmaduke, Edward, Anne, Susannah, Charity 
and Mary. 

John, son of Sylvanus, grandson of Samuel and great grand- 
son of William, of Westchester, married Rebecca. Children, 
Joseph, Philip, Marcus, Lewis. Benjamin. The brothers Joseph 
and Benjamin became proprietors of City Island. 

John Palmer, of Rockland Count}-, X. Y., was probably a son 
of Joseph and nephew of Benjamin, of City Island. He lived 
in Rockland County as early as 1750, and called his little set- 
tlement Xew City, from Xew City Island where his father had 
lived. The Palmer homestead is about one mile north of Xew 
City, which has long been the county-seat of Rockland County. 
I have been unable to trace with certainty the relation between 
Benjamin Palmer, of City Island, and John Palmer, of Xew 
City, but there are old deeds and other papers in possession of 
John Palmer's descendants which establish a connection be- 
tween him and the City Island property: and the dates indi- 
cate that he was the son of Joseph. He married Martha Brown. 
Children. John, Joseph and Jonathan. Joseph never married. 
The descendants of John and Jonathan, with dates, are more 
fully given in " Family Sketches," by Rev. David Cole, D. D.. 
Yonkers, X. Y. In these remarks I can only trace the West- 
chester branch from Rockland County back to Westchester. 

Jonathan Palmer, born at Xew City, date unknown ; married 
Elizabeth Wood, daughter of Sheriff Ebenezer Wood, born at 
Tappan, July 4, 1762, and died at Camillus, Onondaga Count}*, 
X. Y., December 10, I&3 2 - Children, Elizabeth, Jonathan 


Mar)', John, Sarah, Benjamin, Jacob, Hannah, Ebenezer, Joseph 
and Daniel. 

Benjamin Palmer, born at New City, April i. 1795 ; married. 
December 8. 18 14. Clarinda Frink, daughter of Isaac Frink and 
Phebe Pendleton ; born at Cherry Valley. Otsego County, X. \ .. 
July 28,1795. The husband died July 20. 1857. and his wife. 
December \2, 1872. There were seven children, all born at 
Camillus, Onondaga County. N. V.. Phebe. Hannah Etta. Jane. 
Joseph H.. George \\\. Warren \Y.. and A. Judson. 

Joseph Howard Palmer (myself I. born at Camillus. Onondaga 
County, X. V.. September 16. 1824: married first. December 
2$, 1851, Hannah Maria Van Cott. daughter of John G. Van 
Cott and Sarah Wyckoff : born at Bushwick. L. I., April [$. 
1830. died at Yonkers. X. V.. March 17. 1S59. Married second. 
July 19, 1866. Frances A. Bingham, daughter of Horace B. 
Bingham and Emeline Jones: born at Coventay. Conn.. March 
31, 1835. Children of the first marriage: 

Sarah Clarinda Palmer has the professorship of mathematics 
since September, 1876, in Wells" College. Aurora. Cayuga Lake. 
N. Y. 

John Garrison Palmer is a Dartner in the Pure Gold Manufac- 
turing Co)npany, Fairport, Monroe County, X. V. 

Anna Maria Palmer has charge of a kindergarten in Alle- 
gheny, Pa. 

Phebe Etta Palmer is a teacher in the Park Heights Semina- 
ry, Ocean Grov-, X. J. 

Children of the second marriage. Horace Bingham Palmer, 
Frank Howard Palmer, and Maria Whitney Palmer. 

But few of this numerous race remained in Westchester. The 
enterprises of Xew York City and the surrounding country be- 
came inviting; and as westward the star of empire takes her 
course, thitherward from every eastern count}- and State went 
many of the Palmers to act their part among the first in peace- 
able possession, among the first in places of honor and trust. 
among the first in war, in peace, and in the hearts of their coun- 
trymen. In the wide stretch across the continent their dwell- 


ings ere found in almost every county, from Plymouth Rock to 
the Golden Gate. From every point of the compass on land 
and sea the Palmers rejoice over this Palmer Re-Union — this 
reuniting of heart and home. The home in all ages has been 
the center of love and affection. Its surroundings and associ- 
ations engage our earliest attention, and the words father and 
mother are the last oi all things forgotten. The pictures of 
our old homes awaken commingled emotions of joy and sorrow, 
reminding us of the sunshine and shadows of the past. 

The remembrances of kindred and friends are precious en- 
dearments. Art has been taxed to its uttermost to present in 
.photography, in painting and in sculpture the forms so dear to 
us. These remembrances are sacred — our penates, our house- 
hold gods. And when these, like all earthly things, shall perish 
from the earth, the memory they faintly embodied, the story 
of virtue or valor and of useful lives, will be told to children's 
children. Ves. when all who now live, and their children's chil- 
dren, have been carried to their last resting-place, their success- 
ors throughout all time will read the story of Plymouth Rock 
and Stonington. Bunker Hill and Saratoga, Valley Forge and 

If memory is so enduring, and the story of one's life so inde- 
structible, then let our lives be lives of virtue and honor; let 
us be exemplar}- parents and citizens, known and blessed by 
doing good amoung our fellow-men. 



Having had the pleasure of attending the last Re-Union of 
the Palmers at Stonington, Conn., and after spending a season 
of unequalled comfort, I was led to believe that a word to this 
effect would be of interest, and act as an incentive to induce 
others to attend future calls of the Association. 

On these memorable occasions of Re-Union, it is not possi- 


ble that all interested would be able to assemble and smoke the 
family calumet : there will always be some, from various causes. 
less fortunate ; they must be content with reading of the joy- 
ous time their more favored brethren experienced, and in con- 
templation thereof find their pleasure and source of knowledge 
of these transcendent affairs pertaining to and concerning them 
peculiarly as dwellers upon this mundane sphere. 

At the Mecca of the Palmers, quaint old borough of Ston- 
ington (which, by the way, is worth a day's journey to see), you 
would find here the stranger could not dwell as such — all are ac- 
quainted, each vieing with one another to make all happy. 
Here might one, had they the stature of a Colossus, plant one 
foot in the State of New York or Rhode Island whilst the other 
remained in the State of Connecticut ; and historic, too, as hav- 
ing been the scene of conflict, of which relics may yet be seen 
in her streets, but of most interest, that beautiful cove, " Weque- 
tequock " by name, where our great ancestor was wont to rest 
in his canoe, and as it gently made its way to the sea he might 
view the broad acres, of which he was monarch of all he sur- 
veyed. Words cannot picture the delightful scenes, moving, as 
it were, in a panoramic dream : and as encomiastic friends pour 
into your ears well earned praises of those of your ancestors 
gone before, it will prove quite elevating. If you desire, will- 
ing friends will accompany you to the very place where once 
dwelt our grandfathers; here you will find the old mill that 
ground their meal for ten generations still faithful to the last, 
and grinding away at the post of duty (although almost gone 
from infirmities of age) whilst all else has passed away, and 
with them should have been forgotten had it not been for these 
Re-Unions. So with that little sacred spot where dwelleth the 
dead! How suggestive of the unwritten things of earth! Can 
we realize that here relative lie — born, served their calling, 
made their election sure, and have passed out as an extin- 
guished star, leaving little else behind them save a good name? 

Had I the silver tongue of the orator I should spend the 
happiest moments of my life in proclaiming the praises of the 


Palmers who have, upon this American soil, implanted that 
which from effects it would be impossible to lose sight of the 
cause. The corner-stone of American civilization, imbedded 
in the strong bonds of virtue and morality, was laid by the Pil- 
grims ; then why should we not reunite to recall the past ? 
Where is there one so base as to decline to show forth to the 
welkin the praises of those who walked in full faith, and gave 
expression and impression of and to them that should follow? 
Their mantle has fallen upon our shoulders: shall we acquit 
ourselves nobly' If so, now our opportunity occurs. Shall 
we emulate their example, and so teach, our children? You 
may sa\-, How emulate? One way, I answer, by gaining, with 
proper motives, an extended knowledge from each and every 
one : by imparting and receiving ideas and items, one with an- 
other, of the good deeds and virtues of those gone before ; then 
you can sit in delightful reverie and contemplate that which is 
beyond the stars; slowly rolling back the ponderous curtain of 
the past, then shall be revealed to your anxious eyes the silver 
lining of that light beyond the clouds which shall enaole you 
to more fully realize the object and appreciate the worth of 
these family Re-Unions. How commendable the desire to per- 
petuate the memory of those we love, to keep green in the 
garden of our remembrance the family tree to which we may 
repair and partake, in our leisure moments, of a refreshing 
change, after buffeting with the waves and storms on the ocean 
of life. 

Brethren and friends, one and all, be ye a Palmer, then your 
duty is evident ; complete your library by securing all the books 
and papers relating to these Re-Unions, so that you may be 
able to entertain your friends, read your title clear, and have 
on stated occasions a family Re-Union of the little Palmers 
that may gather around your hearthstone there to be made 
acquainted with their history, so that the)' can pass it along 
down the line from generation to generation until time shall be- 
no more. 

Hoping to experience, as the cycles of time allotted shall 


roll around, more of these Re-Union occasions, and perhaps see 
relatives for the first time in life; may you, kind reader, if such 
be numbered among them. 


The concert given on the second evening, August iith. was 
an interesting and enjoyable entertainment. The Palmer Band, 
of Whitfield, X. 11.. consisted of leader and cornettist, Frank 
H. Palmer, G. F. Palmer, Chas. W. Palmer. John \Y. Palmer, 
Fred. A. Palmer, and some others— twelve pieces in all ; vocal- 
ists, Mrs. R. G. Coit : soprano. Mrs. H. F. Palmer: alto. Mr. H. 
E. Stevans; tenor. Dr. F. VV. Plolbrook ; and pianist, Miss Ada 
L. Crandall, who took part in the quartette. Miss Amy Palmer 
and sister, Mrs. Jessie Clayton, both of New York City, also 
added their cultivated voices to the evening's melodies. The 
Stonington " Mirror" speaks of the concert thus: 

"The 'Palmer Hand' from New Hampshire was one of the 
notable features of the late Re-Union. The concert given by 
them in the pavillion tent, evening of August i I th, was we!! 
attended and received. At the close an impromptu dance was 
indulged in, and after a general hustling of seats to make room. 
the tripping of the light fantastic toe on the mother earth was 
really novel and hugely enjoyed. The barrister from Oneida. 
with a lady from New York City, first led off. and soon a gen- 
eral dance was inaugurated. None- enjoyed it more than the 
lookers on, and they ached for an opportunity to participate." 


Mrs. Isabella G, Meredith, Chairman. Miss Emma W. Palmer, Secret&\- 

Punch bowl of 1750, loaned by Mrs. Jos. Chesebro. 

Glass bowl of 1750, 

China cup and saucer, 100 years old, " " 

Two table-spoons, " " Mrs, F. Larkin. 


Cockle-shell tea-spoon, very rare, Miss Fannie Chesebro. 

Shell harpa, Miss Fannie Chesebro. 

Majolica-leaf plate, rainbow glaze, old and rare, Miss Fannie 

Two pictures, silhouettes, in gold leaf on black, very rare, 
Miss Fannie Chesebro. 

China cup and cream pitcher, 100 years old, Miss Fannie 

Linen towel, 100 years old, Miss Fannie Chesebro. 


Old-fashioned toilet cover, " " 

Book, 100 years old. " 

Indian amulet, with Masonic emblems engraved on it, sup- 
posed to be ancient Masonry, Miss Fannie Chesebro. 

Arrow and spear heads, dug up at Wequetequock, Miss Fan- 
nie Chesebro. 

China plate, 1739, ^ rs - F. Larkin. 

Black lace veil, worked by Mrs. Jos. Chesebro 50 years ago, 
Mrs. F. Larkin. 

Panel tidy, modern, Mrs. Jos. Chesebro. 

Tape loom, 100 years old, Mrs. Jos. Chesebro. 

Old paper and song of 1728, Sara A. Palmer. 

" House-wife," 100 years old, " 

Three pieces of crewel work of 1730, worked by Prudence 
Hallam on linen spun by herself, Miss H. R. Hallam. 
. China tea cup, 80 years old. Miss H. R. Hallam. 

Masonic pocketbook, Mrs. Dr. Win. Hyde. 

Miniature, very quaint, " " 

Red morocco bag of 181 2, " " 

Lace scarf, imported from France in 181 2, Mrs. Dr. Wm. Hyde. 

Towel made in 1768 from flax grown on Lern'l Palmer's farm. 
H. Stanton. 

Skeleton leaves, painted by the Japanese, E. W. Palmer. 

Bead work, over 70 years old, E. W. Palmer. 

Malines lace, worn at Washington's inauguration ball, E. W. 

Portrait of B. Frank Palmer, E. W. Palmer. 


B. F. Palmer's journal, written in Dartmouth prison in 1S12. 
E. W. Palmer. 

Bible, 1797, Amos Palmer, E. W. Palmer. 

Old school-book, 130 years old, Rev. A. G. Palmer. 

Four large books, printed in 1618, " " 

Modern table-spread, made -by Mrs. " 

Photos of Jonathan Palmer, first postmaster of Stonington, 
Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

Letter from Timothy Pickering, Postmaster General, to Jon- 
athan Palmer, in 1793, establishing post-office at Stonington. 
Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

Letter from Jonathan Palmer to Timothy Pickering, Dr. Geo. 
D. Stanton. 

Survey of lands. 1675, Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

Two samplers of 17S2, Mrs. " 

Concordance, printed in Amen Corner, London, 1726, Mrs. 
John Brown. 

Spanish coin, 1734, Mrs. John Brown. 

Old pocketbook, 1732, Rich. A. Wheeler. 

Piece of wedding-d.-ess, silk, 1735, Rich. A. Wheeler. 

Diary of Thomas Miner, 1654, 

Bond of Capt. Kidd, 1699, " 

Wig worn by Israel Hewit, 1740, 

Autographs of the first settlers of Stonington, Rich. A. 

Diary of Manassah Miner, 1797, Rich. A. Wheeler. 

Plan of Indian Pequot fort at Groton, fac simile of fight 
(by Lieut. Underbill ), 1637, Rich. A. Wheeler. 

Will of Geo. Denison, 1693, Rich. A. Wheeler. 

Book printed in 1510 at Venice, afterwards owned by Jos. 
Palmer, very rare, Dr. David Hart. 

Manuscript black-letter, written on vellum, 870 years old, very- 
old and curious, Dr. David Hart. 

Drawings of the ships of war of 181 2, drawn by C. T. Hart, 
Dr. David Hart. 

Pitcher with picture of the attack on Stonington, 1814, E. P. 


Penny token of the first stage coach, W. P. Hopkins. 
Portrait of I. H. Palmer (aet. 10 yrs.\ Ira H. Palmer. 
Writ served in 1729, Mrs. F. A. Denison. 

Two portraits of Elijah and Mercy Palmer, Mrs. D. C Hyde. 
Whale teeth carved with a jack-knife, Mrs. E. Chesebro. 
Two rugs, modern work, made by Mrs. Mitchell. 
Watch of 1770 which, after a rest of 50 years, keeps perfect 
time, Miss Nellie Cornell. 

Reed musical pipe, over 100 years old, Miss Nellie Cornell. 
Afghan and umbrella, lace work, modern, made by Mrs. J.G. 

Specimens of minerals, F. F. Palmer. 
Old sampler, crewel work, W. H. Palmer. 
Old mourning piece, embroidered on satin, Mrs. Emeline P. 

Cane, over 200 years old, J. H. Wilcox. 
Razors of five generations of Palmers, H. C. Palmer. 
Indian spear-head, Harvey C. Palmer, Greenville. 
W T arming-pan of Roger Williams, Mrs. Eunice Noyes. 
Landscape belonging to Lady Ann Borodel, 1640, Mrs. Eu- 
nice Noyes. 

Lace collar, worked by hand, very old, Mrs. Gen. Geo. W. 

Crewel-work, material spun and dyed by the lady who worked 
it over 70 years ago, Mrs. Gen. Geo. W. Palmer. 
Indian samp stone, Mrs. Chase. 

Miniature of Hon. E. H. Palmer at 17 years, Mrs. Mitchell. 
Plates and platter, painted by Mrs. Appelman. 
Wistaria, painted by Miss E. W. Palmer. 
Pewter platter, over 100 years old, H. A. Murphy, Mystic. 
Pewter plate marked B. P. (Bridget Palmer), H. A. Murphy, 

Jabez Brewster's chopping knife, 1 10 years old, H. A. Mur- 
phy, Mystic. 

Jabez Brewster's wedding stockings, H. A. Murphy. Mystic. 
Handkerchief with prints of the attack of the - Leopard " 
on the "Chesapeake " in 1807, H. A. Murphy, Mystic. 


Walter Palmer's chopping knife, \V. P. stamped on it, over 
200 years old, Emilie Pendleton, Norwich. 

Commission of Thomas Palmer, T. W. Palmer. 

Tea cannister, 120 years old, very curious, Mrs. Lois Appd- 

Wooden sugar-bowl, 120 years old, very curious, Mrs. Lois 

Lem'l Palmer's hymn-book, Mrs. Lois Appelman. 

Deeds (1681) with autographs of Anna (Lord) Stanton, Dr. 
Geo. D. Stanton. 

Yellow quilted skirt of the last century, Miss Julia W. Palmer. 

Confederate scrip, collected by Mrs. Appelman. 

Chinese embroidery, Sara A. Palmer. 

Lace caps, worked by Mrs. Geo. Sherman over 5c years ago. 
E. W. Palmer. 

Pewter plates, kept in the Stanton family over 150 years, Dr. 
Geo. D. Stanton. 

Silk handkerchief of 1770, Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

Cups and saucers of Mrs. Eunice P. Stanton. 100 years old, 
Mrs. Appelman. 

Plate, belonging to Marvin Palmer, 1739, ^ rs - Sam'l M. 

China bowl, supposed to have belonged to the Rev. James 
and Dorothy (Stanton) Noyes, 1674, Mrs. Sam'l M. Stanton. 

Linen coverlet, woven by Palmers over 100 years ago, Mrs. 

Photo of Warren Palmer, born in 1776, emigrated to Ohio in 
1800, Dr. Corydon Palmer. 

Set of dental instruments, designed and made by Dr. Cory- 
don Palmer. 

History of Job. 1727, Mrs. Appelman. 

Book, "No Cross, No Crown," written by Wm. Penn, 1747. 
Mrs. Appelman. 

Portrait of Parson Fay weather, painted on copper, Mrs. T. 

Portrait of Rev. A. G. Palmer at 21. 


Silver spoon, 1749, Mrs. S. M. Stanton. 

Certificate of membership in the Baltimore Union Lodge of 
A. F. & A. M., 1788, Dr. Geo. D. Stanton. 

[Stonington " Mirror," August 19, 18S2.] 


The second annual Re-Union of the Palmer family has trans- 
pired, and its record is already on the historic page. In many 
respects it was unlike the first Re-Union. Many circumstances 
had a tendency to detract from the attendance, but on the 
whole it was a success — much criticism to the contrary notwith- 
standing, The opposition element in our midst, so manifest 
prior to the first Re-Union, long since became of little account, 
and was virtually extinct, except in a few individual cases. 
Even time is not long enough to educate such. But to that 
portion of this community that by its willingness to accommo- 
date the late Re-Unionists, the management desire to express 
unqualified thanks, and state that their hospitality was appre- 
ciated by the recipients. 

Not until 1886 will the people of Stonington be called upon 
to again lift the latch of their doors to a Palmer Re-Unionist. 
By that time it is to be hoped a general and hearty welcome 
will be extended to the Palmers that will then be here. During 
the intervening Summers, without a doubt, the social element 
of the family will assemble here or elsewhere for the purpose 
of a good time, and to keep alive the coals of enthusiasm left 
burning at the late Re-Union. The acquaintances made at the 
first Re-Union and renewed at the last have bacome too strong 
and pleasant to expire by limitation, consequently demand an 
annual "coming together" of those that affiliate, and by nature 
and taste enjoy social intercourse and all things collateral 





Abbie Palmer, Mrs, East Avon, N. V.. December 31, 1SS1 77 

Alva Palmer, Byron, Wis., May 27, 18S2 72 

Arthur C. Palmer (child), Montville, Ct., May 11, 1S82 

Braman, Milton Palmer, Auburndale, N. V., April 10, 1SS2 S3 

Pert L. Palmer (child), Brooklyn, N. V., January 24, 1SS2 ; 

Brewster, Mrs. Olive, Corning, N. Y., September 10, 18S2 

Cullen Palmer, Madison, Ohio, August 20, 1SS1 

Chapman, Mrs. Lydia, July 27, 1SS2 

Case, Ann E., Norwich, Ct 

David Palmer (Dr.), Pittsburgh, Pa., July S, 1SS2 ,: 

E. W. Palmer, Mrs., Portsmouth, March 11, iS32 

Edward Palmer, Rev., Barnwell, S. C, September 30, 1882 94 

Fanny Palmer, Mrs.. Syracuse, X. V.. December 12, 1SS2 72 

Geo. W. Palmer, Union Park, Ct., November, 1SS1 

Gideon Palmer, Capt., Newport, R. I., March, 1SS1 

Geo. W. Palmer, Boston, Mass 

Hoadley, Mrs. Ella P., Branford, Ct., September 4, iSSi 3: 

Huldah Palmer, Mrs. (widow of Stephen \\\), Norvell, Mich., Jan. 30, 1SS2. . . ?2 

Harriet N. Palmer, Norwich, Ct., October 31, 1SS1 

Hutchins, Mrs. Sophia P., Fayetteville, N. V., May 20, 1882 86 

Hannah E. P. Stanton, Lebanon, Ct., February 14, 1S82 65 

Helen M. Palmer, Lanesborough, April 23, iS32 24 

Harriet Palmer, Mrs., Dover, April 7. 1SS2 

^ James Woolsey Palmer, Jersey City, N. J., December 5, 1SS1 71 

Jacob P. Palmer, Mrs., Boston, Mass., January 29, 1*82 

Kingsiey. R. A. H., Hartford, Yt.. May 17, 1S82 

Kathie Palmer (child), Glasgow, Mo., May 5, isS2 

Lura Palmer, Mrs., Canastota, N. V., March 13, 1S82 77 

Minnie B. Palmer, Stonington, Ct., March 9, 1SS2 9 

Paul S, Palmer, Mrs., Stockbridge, Mass., March 13, 1SS2 77 

Roswell C. Palmer, Rev., Stonington, Ct., July, 1S81 

Ray Palmer (child;, Minneapolis, Minn., March 9, 1882 

Safford, Mrs. Huldah P., Syracuse, N. V., August 17, 1SS2....95 yrs. and 5 tnos. 

Tallman Palmer, Hartford, Ct., March 30, i3S2 7>' 

Woodward, Emeline, July 6, 1882 

Williams, Geo. P. (Rev. and Prof.), Ann Arbor, Mich 

Wm, Brown l'almer, Covington, N. V. January 30. 1882 - 

Waiter l'almer, Winfield, X. V., January 30, 1882 

Wm. Walter Palmer, Jamaica, N. V., February 5, 1882 H 

Wm. H. Palmer, Boston Highlands, Mass., April 17, 1882 7 P 

Walter Palmer, Mrs., Woodstock, \"t 9© 

Wm. Palmer (Judge;, Gardiner, Me., June 4, 18S1 

[Not h.— Mure appropriate notices of the deceased will be given in "Vol. Ill, Palmer 
Records, Historical and Biugrupi.ical." 




Title Page 1 

Board of Officers, Palmer Re-Union Association 3 

" Non-Resident Vice-Presidents 4 

District Secretaries 5 

Introduction, by Noyes F. Palmer, Rec. Sec'y 7 

The Press, — "The Nation," "The Day," " Mirror." " Brooklyn Times." ... n 

Opening Prayer, by Rev. Caleb A. Lamb, of Vpsillanti, Mich 2; 

Address of Welcome, by Gen. Geo. W. Palmer, of New York City 25 

Poem of Welcome, by Isabella Grant Meredith, of New York City 34 

Address, " Palmers of Michigan," by Senator Thos. W. Palmer, of Detroit, 

Mich 37 

Poem, " The New Crusade," by Sara A. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct 42 

Address, "Modern Palm Bearers," by C. B. Palmer, Esq., of Sing Sing, N. V, 47 
Poem. " Ichabod Palmer and Betty Noyes," by Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of 

Stonington, Ct 57 

The Palmer Hymn, by Sara A. Palmer, of Stonington, Ct 65 

Address, "Palmers and Chapmans," by B.Frank Chapman, Esq., of Oneida, N.V'. 66 
Poem, "Grace Palmer," by Rev. A. G. Palmer, D. D., of Stonington, Ct... . ~-j 
Address, Palmersof New York City," by Courtlandt Palmer, Esq., of New York. 77 
Address, "' Palmers and Williams," by Ephraim Williams, Esq., Stoning- 
ton, Ct S5 

Address, " Palmers and Stones," by Rev. Hiram intone, Bantam Falls, Ct. . . . go 

Address, " Thomas Palmer, of Rowley, Mass.," by Frank Palmer, Norwich. Ct. 92 

Address, " The Palmers of Texas," by Albert G. Leoning, Esq., of New York. <;.- 

Address, by Alanson L. Palmer, Esq., of Auburn, N. V 5S 

Address, by Prof. Alonzo B. Palmer. M. D., L. L. D., of Ann Arbor, Mich.. lOi 
Address, "Palmersof Westchester Co., N. Y.," by Prof. Joseph H. Palmer, 

of Yonkers, New York 105 

Response, by N. B. Palmer. Plsq., of Pittsburgh, Pa 109 

Concert, by Palmer Band, Leader, Frank H. Palmer, of Whitfiled, N. H. .. 112 
Relic and Loan Exhibition, Description of, by Miss Emma \V Palmer, of Ston- 
ington, Ct IT - 

" The Re-Union in Retrospect," by " The Stonington Mirror." . II? 

Necrology, — Deaths during the interval of the Re- Unions Ho