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Phoebe Palmer Draper

Birthplace: Rome, Unida, New York, United States
Death: Died in Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Draper, Salt Lake, Utah
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Draper, Sr. and Lydia Draper
Wife of George Palmer, Jr; William PALMER and Ebenezer Brown
Mother of Lovina Jane Palmer; Asahel (Asa) Palmer; Zemira Palmer; William George Palmer, Sr.; Eliza Palmer and 8 others
Sister of Charles Draper; Lucretia Draper; Fannie Adelia Draper; William H. Draper, Jr.; Lydia Van Leuven and 5 others

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Phoebe Palmer Draper

Biographical Summary:

"...she married Ebenezer Brown on August 26 or 28,1842 at Pleasantville, Pike County, Illinois. The marriage was performed by her brother, William Draper, as was the marriage of her son William George Palmer and Susan Draper. [No children are known to have been born to Phebe from this marriage], Ebenezer's first wife, Ann Weaver, died on June 24, 1842, leaving him with a family of four children. They were driven from their comfortable homes in Illinois. They had moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois at the direction of the church. They found no peace and were driven into the wilderness, where they were camping in the year1846 on their way to the Rocky Mountains...."


  1. Lovina Or Jane Palmer b. 20 Jul 1816 at Cramahe, Northen, Ontario; d. 5 Feb 1887 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah; buried: Feb 1887 at Draper, Salt Lake, Utah
  2. Asahel (Asa or Asel) Palmer b. 26 Jan 1819 at Cramahe Twp, Northumberland, Ontario Canada; d. between June 1883 and April 1885 at Calhoun or Oscealoa County, Iowa
  3. William George Palmer b. 25 Aug 1821 at Haldiamond, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada; d. 14 Apr 1891 at Provo, Utah, Utah; buried: 15 Apr 1891 at Provo, Utah, Utah
  4. Eliza Palmer b. 31 May 1824 at Loughborough Twp, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada; d. 1832 at : Loughborough Twp, Frontenac, Midland District, Ontario; buried: 1832
  5. Lydia Elizabeth Palmer b. 15 Oct 1826 at Loughborough Twp, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada; d. 13 Jul 1911 at Boise, Ada, Idaho; buried: Jul 1911 at Boise, Ada, Idaho
  6. Zemira "Jim" Palmer b. 9 Aug 1831 at W. Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada; d. 22 Oct 1880 at Orderville, Kane, Utah; buried: 25 Oct 1880 at Orderville, Kane, Utah
  7. Eliza Palmer b. 9 Aug 1831 at West Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario; d. 22 Oct 1880 at Orderville, Kane, Utah;
  8. Rhoda Ann Palmer b. 15 Mar 1834 at Loughborough Twp, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada; d. 27 Dec 1879 at Lewiston, Cache, Utah

Birth: Oct. 9, 1797 Rome (Oneida County) Oneida County New York, USA

Death: Feb. 28, 1879 Draper Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Daughter of William Draper and Lydia Lathrop

Married George Palmer, 1815, Cramahe Township, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada. He died Dec 1835, Loughborough, Midland, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada. Children: Asahel (Asa) Palmer, Lydia Elizabeth Palmer, Rhoda Ann Palmer, Eliza Palmer, Lovina Or Jane Palmer, Jim Zemira Palmer, Eliza Palmer, William George Palmer

Married Ebenezer Brown, 26 Aug 1842, Pleasantville, Pike, Illinois

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 2, p. 75

Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, the daughter of William and Lydia Lothrap Draper, was born in Rome, Oneida County, New York, October 9, 1797. The Drapers originally came from England to America in 1645, locating near Boston. The family spread through the New England states. In 1800, Thomas Draper and wife moved to Canada. His son, William, had left New York and settled in Pennsylvania.

Phebe married George Palmer in 1815 in Canada, when she was eighteen years old. To them were born seven children, Lovina, Osahel, William, Eliza, Lydia, Zemira and Rhoda. They joined the Church in 1833 and gathered with the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. He died in 1835, leaving her with these small children. In the year 1836, Joseph Smith, Sr., gave her a blessing of comfort and promise. He told her if she was faithful and wise she would be blessed with a companion who would be a man of God, and that she would be able to bring up her family right; that she would have good, happy days.

She suffered the hardships of the Saints, being driven from Kirtland to Missouri, and from Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the one promise of her blessing was fulfilled by her marriage to Ebenezer Brown in 1842, his wife having died and left him with a family of four children. They were driven from their comfortable homes into the wilderness, where they were camping in the year 1846. The call came from the government for five hundred of their best men to fight in the war with Mexico. The men were gathered at Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they left from, and were known as the Mormon Battalion. Ebenezer Brown enlisted. His wife, Phebe, also went as a laundress. She made many of the soldiers' burdens lighter by her kindness to them. They were mustered out of service in San Diego, California, March 14, 1848.

Mr. Brown's younger children were left in care of a married daughter, Harriet, wife of Oliver Shallon. They arrived in the Valley before the parents.

Gold being discovered in California, the parents being without money, decided to stay and wash out gold. She helped wash gold herself to help them on their journey back to the Saints who had gathered in Utah. She rode a mule (whose name was Ginny), all the way from California. In 1849, Brother Brown settled in Draper. She moved from Salt Lake in the spring of 1850 with the rest of the children, they being the first family to settle in Draper.

In 1853, her husband married Samantha Pulsipher, and in 1854, he married Mary Elizabeth Wright. In 1870, Mary died, leaving a family of small children, which Phebe took care of, making three families she raised, her own and two of her husband's. She acted as first postmistress of Draper, held a position in the Relief Society and was a faithful member. She was a well read woman and had a fair education for that time. Her husband, Ebenezer Brown, died in 1878. She lived in Draper until her death on February 28, 1879, being 82 years of age, a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon Battalion, Company A

Mormon Battalion Rosters

Family links:

  • William, Sen. Draper (1776 - 1854)
  • Ebenezer Brown (1802 - 1878)
  • George Palmer (1795 - 1833)*
  • William George Palmer (1821 - 1891)*
  • Zemira Palmer (1831 - 1880)*

Inscription: First Woman Settler in Draper

Note: Wives of the Men, US Mormon Battalion 1846-1848 [Mormon Battalion marker]

Burial: Draper City Cemetery Draper Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: A-24-8

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Phoebe Palmer Draper's Timeline

October 9, 1797
Rome, Unida, New York, United States
April 8, 1815
Age 17
July 20, 1816
Age 18
Cramahe Township, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada
Age 18
Ontario, Canada
January 26, 1819
Age 21
Cramahe Twp, Haldimand, Northumberland, Ontario Canada
August 25, 1821
Age 23
Haldimand, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada
May 31, 1824
Age 26
Haldimand, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada
October 15, 1827
Age 30
Haldimand, Northumberland, Ontario, Canada
August 9, 1831
Age 33
W. Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada
August 9, 1831
Age 33
West Loughboroug, Frontenac, Ontario