Elizabeth <I>Mortimer</I> Palmer

Elizabeth Mortimer Palmer

Death 14 Aug 1776 (aged 63–64)
Burial Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 58263325 · View Source
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From Newport Mercury (Newport, Rhode Island), 6 Jul 1901

The True Story of Elizabeth -Little Compton , R.I. - June 29, 1901
EDITOR NEWPORT MERCURY: I read with much interest the account of the expedition of the William Ellery Chapter, D.A.R., to Little Compton’s old cemetery and regretted that I did not know of it or I might have been tempted to go up and testify in behalf of Elizabeth. Twenty years ago this summer, I came first to Little Compton, I was much interested in this stone and made inquiries and also consulted the Town records. Aunt Sarah Charles Wilbur, the antiquarian of the village, and also Mrs. Angelina (Palmer) Griswold were then alive and they supplied the little details that did not appear on the records of the Town.

The first church of Little Compton, R.I., was organized in 1701 under Rev. Richard Billings, a man of prominence and ability, much beloved, and exerted a strong ?????eace over his charge. He had one idiosyncrasy however, he truly believed in cats as articles of diet, and fatted them for that purpose. Amongst his parishioners, was a man, Simeon Palmer, of the fine old family resident in Little Compton. He was wealthy and married first Lydia Dennis, Aug. 15 1745 and had Susannah, Gideon, Humphrey, Sarah, Walter and Patience. At some time between 1745 and 1752 he had a sunstroke which left him mildly insane and he adopted the views of his minster on cats and insisted on his family using them for food.

Lydia is represented as a mild spirited little woman and much against her wishes complied with her lord’s demands. Whether it has anything do do with his death or not, I cannot say, but she dies in 1753 and Simeon Palmer promptly courted and married Elizabeth Mortimer. Her parents were in humble circumstances and the old ladies could not say whether she knew of his peculiarities. But they were certainly married, as the record says: “Simeon Palmer and Elizabeth Mortimer, mar. by Rev. Jonathan Ellis Sept. 5, 1755.” They had one child “Lydia, born Sept. 2?, 1757,” who married John Pearce. The record reads: “John Pearce of James, dec’d and Sarah, and Lydia Palmer of Simeon and Elizabeth married by the Rev. Jonathan Ellis, Feb. ??, ????.” This family left town. After the birth of this child, Elizabeth rebelled against the cat diet, took her child and went home. The old ladies said she kept up her kindly interest in the old man and every Saturday evening he took his mending to her and she mended his clothes and gave him goodly service. She was taken suddenly sick and died of a fever, and when the old people, her parents; were told by Simeon Palmer that he would defray all expenses they gladly availed themselves of his offer. And there he put up this stone. No one put a stone at his grave, however.

I often wonder if the descendants of the child Lydia however been back to see this stone and wonder over it. If the chapter should decide to repeat this trip I would be glad to know of it for I have a number of names of Revolutionary patriots whose graves are not marked.

Very truly,

The following information is from the Little Compton Historical Society: Elizabeth was actually married to Simeon Palmer for many years and bore him a daughter, Lydia (the name of his first wife).

Find a Grave member, 47125678, added the following information:
The Ancient Family of Palmer of the Plymouth Colony
author: Carlton A. Palmer Jr., 1452 Hudson Way, Livermore, CA 94550

The tombstone record in the Old Commons Cemetery of the United Congregational Church of Little Compton Cemetery would seem to contradict this second marriage of Simeon. On the same lot where his wife Lydia, is buried is a tombstone with the following inscription: " In Memory of Elizabeth Who Should Have Been The Wife Of Simeon Palmer, Who Died 14 August 1778 In the 64th Year Of Her Age." There is no reason for this inscription as the vital records show that Elizabeth was the second wife of Simeon. This inscription was evidently placed by Simeon who had differences with Elizabeth over their style of living. She took care of him but did not reside with him as a wife. The two wives are buried side by side but Simeon moved to Leyden, Massachusetts where it is believed he died.


"In memory of Elizabeth who should have been the wife of Mr. Simeon Palmer who died 8/14/1776 in the 64th year of her age."



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