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 James Henry Palmer

James Henry Palmer

Birth
Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 2 Dec 1877 (aged 74)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Plot Lot 5 Sec 13
Memorial ID 29067334 · View Source
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James was the son of John Pemberton Palmer and his second wife Elizabeth Harris.

From "Portrait and biographical album of Vermilion county, Illinois, containing ... sketches of prominent ... citizens ... of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States," Geoffrey Chapman Publishers

James Palmer learned the trade of a maker of tombstones and monuments, but later in life adopted the trade of a cabinet-maker, at which he worked on his own account in Marietta, Ohio, until 1855, when he sold out and removed to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, remaining there two years. His next field of labor was in Topeka, Kan., and that was his last homestead, as he preempted a farm near that city and spent his remaining days there. In 1877 he passed away, when he was nearly seventy- five years old. He had been a stirring, active man all his life, and took a great deal of interest in public affairs. He was in matters political an Old- Line Whig, and at the disruption of that party adopted the principles of the Republican party, with whose platform he was in sympathy. He could never be prevailed upon to accept office for himself, though he would use his utmost exertions to secure positions of trust for his friends. He believed that every man has a right to his own opinions. He was a member of the Universalist Church, but sincere in his belief, and always lived up to what he believed to be right. He was an honest, upright man who acquired the respect of and esteem of all who knew him. He was an advocate of temperance and a member of the Sons of Temperance.
James Palmer and his wife had nine children, of whom eight survive: Sarah M., who was the wife of H. W. Seevers, died in Kansas; Mary E. is the widow of William A. Collins, who was Sergeant Major in an Ohio regiment during the Civil War, and died from the results of exposure in the army; She is now living in Arizona. Luther was a cabinet-maker, and is now a resident of Topeka, Kan.; Alpheus. a retired farmer, lives in Topeka; John C, our subject, was the next by birth; Jane T., is the wife of R. A. Randlett, also of Topeka, a railroad employee; Ernest L., is interested in mining in Colorado; Emily V., is the wife of D.W. Boutwell, a carpenter in Kansas, his home being in Topeka; Josephine L. is the wife of Mr. Stafford, also a railroad employee in Topeka. Alpheus was in Kansas during the time of the Border War in which he took an active part, in the ranks of the freesoilers, fighting under the well-known Gen. James H. Lane, but he was fortunate enough to keep out of personal trouble.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Henry Palmer (16 Jan 1803–2 Dec 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29067334, citing Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Linda Dorei Jones (contributor 47000510) .