Daniel H. Palmer

Daniel H. Palmer

New Jersey, USA
Death 22 Dec 1881 (aged 73)
Essex County, New York, USA
Burial Reber, Essex County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 59084250 · View Source
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Daniel H. Palmer, born October 2, 1808, died 1881. Married Betsey Dickerson, daughter of David Dickerson and Sally Willis on March 5, 1827. She was born March 27, 1810 and she died August 16, 1850. They had five children: William Malson, Sarah Jane, David, Helen E. and Albertine who was born July 16, 1850 and died August 6, 1850. Betsey died ten days later.

He was a forgeman by trade and was also an expert blacksmith. He came to Northern New York with his father when he was a young man worked at his trade in the different forges in northern New York. It was his boast that he could do anything with iron and one day a fellow workman declared he couldn't make a pancake griddle under one of the big hammers that were used in the old Catalin forges. "Oh yes I can!" says Mr. Palmer, and immediately goes and gets a billet of iron and puts into one of the forge fires to heat. When the billet was heated he took it and hammered it out into a round flat piece under the large hammer. He then took it into the blacksmith shop and trimmed the edges and bent the handle into an upright position. When he had it completed, it was pronounced a first class piece of work. It is supposed to be one of the few relics of the iron business that thrived so greatly in the eastern part of the country during the past 150 or 200 years. This relic is now in the possession of his grandson, L. Grant Palmer. It is said that he helped hammer some of the iron that went into the first ironclad that this country owned. He went to California in the early Gold Rush and started the first sawmill and machine shop in San Francisco City. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity. (compiled by L. Grant Palmer around 1921.)

Daniel married second Jane French, May 5, 1854. They went to California where she bore a children which died in infancy. She started East with their daughter Addie who caught the measles on board ship and died just before reaching home. Their daughter Ina died at the age of three. Thier son Evert lived to the age of 68.

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Oct 21 1808 - Dec 22, 1881

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Sept 29, 1825 - Sept 6, 1901


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  • Added: 23 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59084250
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel H. Palmer (2 Oct 1808–22 Dec 1881), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59084250, citing Reber Cemetery, Reber, Essex County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Tracy Boeckman Herhuth (contributor 46998352) .