Abraham Palmer was born December 4, 1807 in Sherburne, Chenango County, New York to Noah and Tirzah Whitney Palmer.  He was baptized a member of the L.D.S. Church when he was 28 years old.  He married in 1825 to Patience Delilia Pierce.  He was a bodyguard for the Prophet Joseph Smith for ten years.  This is one happening he told about.

Abraham and his wife had got to visit with Joseph and Emma Smith, not finding the Prophet at home.  While visiting with Emma the door opened and a black feathered arm came in.  The man outside asked for a blanket.  Emma Smith seeing that it was Joseph, fainted.  Abraham Palmer went with the Prophet to help get the tar and feathers off.  Grandmother Palmer stayed to help comfort Emma.  There were soon others who came to assist.

One time while doing baptisms for the dead in the Temple, Brother Abraham Palmer became uneasy.  He said he wasn’t completely convinced of Baptisms for the Dead, and shortly afterwards he fell to the floor.  The Prophet Joseph Smith told the men to lay him on the bench and let him be.  After lying there for a while he recovered.  The Prophet asked him where he had been and what did you see, being a man of few words, he said, “I believe Baptism for the Dead is right now.”

He was ordained a High Priest in OCT 1841.In 1850 he was a carpenter in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He appeared in the census on 27 SEP 1850 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He appeared in the census on 5 JUL 1860 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.

In February 1857 Abraham Palmer married Hulda Catherine Hill.  They had four girl and two boys.  Their fist child was born December 26, 1858, a girl named Delila Vilate Palmer.  She was the first white child born in Ogden, Utah.  She was born in a log cabin where the Union Pacific Depot now stands.

The Palmers lived in Mona and Levan.  In 1870 Abraham Palmer came to Fayette, Utah to teach school.  The school was a one-room log cabin, with split logs for the benches and the children used slates.  In the fall of 1870 his wife Hulda Catherine and children joined him.  She taught school also with her husband for many years.  The pay they received was produce of many kinds; this was used to support their families.  They were the firs schoolteachers that Fayette had.

His first wife and family also lived in Fayette, as there was built a large adobe house at the north end of Fayette, which had the name of “Palmer House” on it.  Grandmother Delila, as everyone called her in Fayette, went to work there of an older brother and wife when she was eight or nine.  She helped with the cooking and dishes.  It was at this place the stagecoach and Pony Express stopped and cared for the horses and something to eat for themselves.  Delila’s folks lived in a log house across the street.  That Palmer House has been remolded and is still in good living condition.

The two families lived and raised their families together.  They called the one wife mother and the other mama.

Abraham Palmer died and was buried on the Mellor plot in the Fayette Cemetery in May 1875.  His first wife, Patience Delila is buried at his side.  She died in 1894.

His second wife, Hulda Catharine, died in Canada during the flu epidemic.  Her one daughter also died of the flu about this time.  They were taking the caskets in a wagon to the Cemetery when the Police stopped them they opened the caskets to make sure it wasn’t liquor in them instead of bodies.  They died in 1918 in Sterling, Alberta, Canada.  They are buried in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.

Abraham Whitney Palmer has many progenitors in Utah and Canada.


Abraham Palmer, after a lengthy illness of dropsy for 18 months, died at Fayette, San Pete Co., Utah.  In his youth he emigrated to St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., was married to Patience Delila Pierce 10 July 1825, thence emigrated to Genesse Co., N.Y., where he embraced the hands of Joseph Smith Sr. and John Smith, and received his Patriarchal Blessing in the spring of 1836, after which he emigrated to Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y.  He was there ordained an Elder under the hands of John E. Page.  He began to preach the gospel and raised up a Branch of 68 members.  Spent one summer in Kirtland, Ohio, then returned and led the Branch to Missouri in 1838 where they were met by a mob near Far West and were driven into the woods where they remained until after the treaty with the mob at Far West.  After which he immigrated to Springfield, Ill., where he presided over that Branch of the Church.

At the first conference held in Nauvoo he was ordained a Seventy.  While residing at Springfield he was ordained a High Priest and Bishop under the hands of Patriarch Hyrum Smith, after which he went on a mission to Logan Co., Ill., and there raised up a large Branch and led the members to Nauvoo, in about 1842.  He was in the Police Force in Nauvoo for three years and was intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith.  At the time of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum, he was on a mission in Illinois, where he endured much hardship and privation but he baptized many into the Church.  As soon as he returned from this mission, he was sent to Schayler Co., where he baptized many and organized a Branch of the Saints in Maine.  He started on this mission and proceeded as far as Springfield, Ill., when he was called back to prepare for the Exodus from Illinois.  He received the ordinance in the Nauvoo Temple prior to leaving.  He was left as acting Bishop at Kanesville for three years to assist in fitting out the emigration for the West.  He immigrated to Salt Lake City in 1852, resided at Ogden City for 13 years and was counselor to President Lorin Farr.

Abraham worked in a number of different vocations, some of which included a farmer;  school teacher and carpenter.

During all the years of life after obeying the Gospel he never faltered or had a doubt to the truth of the same, and died in full faith and hope of a glorious resurrection unto eternal life.  He left a large family and numerous friends.  (Copied from film; Deseret 24: 333,1875)

Abraham Palmer in the year of 1833 was on a boat on Lake Champlain, and was reading and studying the Bible.  A middle-aged man came and sat down and talked to him asking him if he understood his Bible.  Abraham said, “No.”  They talked and he explained for an hour or more.  As he left he said, “You will hear about me a year from today.”  Abraham went on studying and came to another part that he didn’t understand and went to look up this gentleman.  He hunted all over the boat, then asked the Captain.  The Captain said there was no one by that description on the boat.

One year later to the day, two missionaries came to Mr. Palmer’s home, brought the Gospel to him and gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon.  One of the first things on opening the Book of Mormon was the story of the three Nephites, who asked of Jesus the privilege of staying upon this earth until the second coming.  (3 Nephi 28)  (Taken from the records of Leslie L. Palmer.)_


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. phyllis o'hare
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 19:32:45

    Abraham Whitney Palmer is my great-great grandfather. His second wife hulda catharine Hill is the mother of Catherine Alfina Palmer,the mother of my maternal grandfather William earl Grundvig. This information is very interesting. I learned things that I had never been aware of before.


  2. Maggie
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 19:43:59

    Abraham is my great-great-great-great-grandfather and Patience Delila is my great-great-great-great grandmother.
    This is so awesome! Thanks for posting this!


  3. Dianne M Sealey
    May 31, 2011 @ 16:27:12

    Patience Delia Pierce Palmer is the sister of Ruth, who is the party that I am researching. This was not only rich with details but it introduced me to an entire family that I grew to care for and admire. Thank you for sharing such a blessing with the rest of us.


    • Carol J Carroll
      Dec 28, 2013 @ 21:00:28

      I’ve also researched Patience’s sister Ruth L. Pierce Crosier Harrington. We could share information, if you would like. I’m related from Isaac W. Pierce & Phebe Baldwin.


  4. Nancy
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 04:09:45

    Abraham was my gg grandfather. I too have learned many things by reading this article. It is nice to know that he and his wife Patience Deliliah tried very hard to do the right thing even though it was difficult. Thank you!


  5. Lori Lakey
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 00:47:30

    Abraham Whitney Palmer is my great great grandfather. I am descended from him and his third wife Hulda Catherine Hill Palmer. I am grateful for their examples of devotion to the gospel and their family. What a wonderful Palmer heritage.


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