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Joseph Palmer
Birth: Mar. 31, 1716
Axminster
Devon, England
Death: Dec. 25, 1788
Dorchester
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Revolutionary War General. In the 1740s he emigrated to Germantown, Massachusetts, which is now part of Quincy. Palmer and his brother in law operated several businesses, including a textile mill, a glass works, a chocolate mill, a salt works and a spermacetti factory. (Spermacetti is a waxy substance inside the heads of sperm whales, and was used to make candles.) Palmer was a supporter of independence, was an active member of the militia, attaining the rank of Colonel, and served in the Provincial Congress and on the Cambridge Committee of Safety. He took part in the Battle of Lexington, and afterwards on his own authority dispatched post rider Israel Bissell to inform the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and to alert residents of the northeastern colonies that the Revolution had begun. In 1776 Palmer was commissioned Brigadier General of the Suffolk County Militia, went on intelligence gathering missions in Rhode Island and Vermont, and later commanded an unsuccessful attack on the British at Newport, Rhode Island. Palmer resumed his business interests after the war, but debts he incurred in using his own funds to support the Revolution forced him to move to a Dorchester home owned by John Adams, where he established a new salt works, which he operated until his death. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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  Mary Cranch Palmer (1720 - 1790)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Pearse Palmer (1750 - 1797)*
 
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Burial:
Central Burying Ground
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Jul 11, 2008
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