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Gershom Palmer

Birthplace: Rehoboth, MA, USA
Death: Died in Stonington, CT, USA
Place of Burial: Stonington, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Palmer, of Stonington; <private> PALMER; <private> Palmer; <private> Palmer; <private> Palmer and 11 others
Husband of <private> Denison; <private> Denison; Ann Dennison; <private> Denison; <private> DENISON and 4 others
Father of <private> Palmer; <private> Palmer; Mary Breed; <private> Palmer; <private> PALMER and 13 others
Brother of Hannah Hewitt; Elihu Palmer; Gov. Nehemiah Palmer; Moses Palmer, Sr.; Benjamin Palmer and 1 other
Half brother of Gershom Palmer; Grace Frances Minor; Jonah Palmer, Sr; William Palmer; John Palmer, Sr. and 5 others

Occupation: Surveyor, Had title of Lieutenant., Deacon
Managed by: Henn Sarv
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

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    • <private> DENISON
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About Deacon Gershom Palmer

Married 1) 28 Nov 1667 Stonington, CT, Ann Denison.

Married 2) Mrs. Elizabeth (Peck) Mason

Source for 1) Paul Herbig.


Source for 2) Crystal


   WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN AND REHOBOTH, MA & STONINGTON CT, a 400-Year (1585-1985) Family History, Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly Researched by Doris Palmer Buys. pages 106.
       Most published records give the year as 1694 as the year of the deathof Gershom's first wife, Ann, merely adding that he thereafter married the widow Mrs. Elizabeth (Peck) Mason. The Wheeler Chronology of families, page 461, in Stonington gives 30 Mar 1705 as the date of death of Elizabeth's husband, Jamor Samuel Mason and the year 1699 as the birthdate of her last child by him.
       Manasseh Minor's Diary records for 20 March 1704/5 'mr John masan departed." and also records for 17 November 1706 "Deaken pallmors wife dyed;" and on 18 November "She was buryed."
       page 109.
       The January 1859 publication for the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (the Register) had an article by J. D. Champlin, Jr., of Stonington entitled "Ancient Burial-Ground at Stonington" in which he set forth the inscriptions taken from some of the very early markers in the Wequetequock Burial Yard, pages 23 to 29. In addition to those of Thomas Miner and his wife, Grace Palmer Miner, those included some of particular interet to those descended from Deacon Gershom Palmer although his was not included:
       "A rough unhewn stone, about fourteen inches wide and six feet long, and nearly imbedded in the turf, is supposed to mark the resting palce of Ann, wife of Gershom Palmer, it is inscribed simply -- Ann Palmer
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Ann married Deacon Gershom PALMER, son of Walter PALMER and Rebecca SHORT, on 28 Nov 1667 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. Gershom was born 16 Jun 1644 in Rehoboth, Bristol Co., Massachusetts. He died 27 Sep 1718 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut and was buried 30 Sep 1718 in Wequetequock Burying Ground, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut.

   HISTORY OF STONINGTON CT, by Wheeler, page 509.
   WALTER PALMER OF CHARLESTOWN AND REHOBOTH, MA & STONINGTON CT, a 400-Year (1585-1985) Family History, Compiled, Edited, Typed and Partly Researched by Doris Palmer Buys, pages 103-4.
       Following the path of his parents, brothers and sisters, Gershom was devoutly religious and he and his wife, Ann, were admitted 19 Aug 1677 to the First Congregational Church at Stonington (known as "The Road Church") according to the church records.
        In 1675 Gershom Palmer, then aged theiry-one years, particiated in King Philip's War and served as a lieutenant of a Stonington company. The Pyron Plamer typescript manuscripts, page 997, "His name appears as a soldier in that war on the records of the town of Voluntown, which town was given by the General Court of Conn. to the soldiers of that war."
       The comprehensive account of that conflict was written by George Madison Bodge, A.B. in his book entitled "Soldiers in King Philip's War" reprinted in 1976 by Genealogical Publishing Co., of Baltimore, Maryland. In a chapter headed "The Narraganset Townships, Grantees and Claimants" page 406, is recorded on 10th December 1675 a proclamation was made to the soldiers, in the name of the Governor of the Mass. Colony that "if they took the fort and drove the enemy out of the Narraganset country, . . . they should have a gratuity of land, besides their wages."
       On 4 June 1685 (ten years later) a petition was presented to the General Court in session at Boston for the grant of land which had been promised byt many years passed before this was accomplished.
       On 5 June 1684 Gershom received from his brothers Nehemiah, Moses and Benjamin, 500 acres of land in Stonington as part of their father's estate. (Town Records, Vol. 1, page 129).
   ELDRED AND ASSOCIATED FAMILIES, Researched by: Catherine Matson & Clarice McNiven, Compiled by: Carol & Susan Matson, pp. 102.
       Gershom Palmer on 5 Jun 1684 received from his brothers, Nehemiah, Moses and Benjamin 500 acres of land in Stonington, CT as a part of their partent's estate. Also on 3 May 1693 was laid out to Lt. Gershom 50 acres, then 100 acres, and then another 50 acres. On 23 Dec 1708, he have his sons George and Walter all his farm, they to allow him, for the rest of his natural life, one-third of the produce of the land, to dwell in the east end of the new dwelling house, and they were to fulfill the agreement he made his new wife, Elizabeth, before their marriage. This agreement was drawn up 1 Nov 1707, but on 16 Jun 1718 he made another deed, in which he states that he had, before marriage, agreed to give his wife 20 pounds before his own deceased and that he had ordered his sons to pay this, but since he had been boarding his wife's 2 daughters for some time he had caused different arrangements to be made. Ann (Borodell) Denison's mother, Mrs. Ann Denison, was of a fine old family and from her, young Ann inherited such stately and gracious manners that she was commonly called "Lady Ann."
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They had the following children:

   + 	39 	F 	i 	Mercy PALMER was born 8 Sep 1670 and died 28 Jan 1752.
     	40 	M 	ii 	
   	Greshom PALMER was christened 9 Sep 1677 in Road Church, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut.
   	Greshom married Hannah SPENCER on 28 Jun 1715.
   + 	41 	M 	iii 	Ichabod PALMER was christened 9 Sep 1677 and died 10 Jun 1752.
   + 	42 	M 	iv 	William PALMER was christened 23 Apr 1678 and died 1701.
   + 	43 	M 	v 	George PALMER was christened 29 May 1681 and died 8 May 1728.
   + 	44 	F 	vi 	Ann PALMER was christened 20 May 1683 and died after 12 May 1761.
   + 	45 	M 	vii 	Walter PALMER II was christened 7 Jun 1685 and died 11 Feb 1726.
     	46 	M 	viii 	
   	Elihu PALMER was christened 6 May 1688 in Road Church, Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. He died in his youth.
   + 	47 	F 	ix 	Mary PALMER was christened 8 Jun 1690 and died 13 Jan 1777.
   + 	48 	F 	x 	Rebecca PALMER was christened 1 Jul 1694 and died 22 Mar 1726.

6. Borodell DENISON (George ) was born about 1651 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut. She died 11 Jan 1702 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut.

Borodell married Samuel STANTON, son of Thomas STANTON and Ann LORD, on 15 Jun 1680 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. Samuel was born 1657 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut. He died 1702.

   m. Borodell Denison June 16, 1680

Name: Gershom Palmer

  Born: ABT 1645         at: Rehoboth, Bristol MA? (then Plymouth Co.) 1  

Married: 28 NOV 1667 at: Rehoboth, Bristol Co., MA (then Plymouth Co.) 1

  Died: 27 SEP 1718      at: Stonington, New London Co., CT 1  

Spouses: Ann Denison Elizabeth Peck


This piece of information has been taken from the Ahnentafel for Mary Alice Dewey Barden provided by Shryll Behn


Internet: RootsWeb WorldConnect Project: CHESEBRO' Genealogy@RootsWeb file uploaded on 4 Jun 2004 by Larry Chesebro' (

  1. Name: (Lieut. Deacon) Gershom PALMER
  2. Surname: Palmer
  3. Given Name: (Lieut. Deacon) Gershom
  4. Sex: M
  5. Birth: 16 Jun 1644 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
  6. Death: 27 Sep 1718 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut
  7. _UID: 2B43EF19F6F61642BC34C1177F836381684D
  8. Change Date: 15 Jul 2007 at 00:00:00
  9. Name: (Lieut. Deacon) Gershom PALMER
  10. Surname: Palmer
  11. Given Name: (Lieut. Deacon) Gershom
  12. Sex: M
  13. Birth: 16 Jun 1644 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
  14. Death: 27 Sep 1718 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut
  15. Ancestral File #: 89C7-L3
  16. _UID: 2B43EF19F6F61642BC34C1177F836381684D
  17. Change Date: 15 Jul 2007 at 00:00:00
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Deacon Gershom Palmer's Timeline

June 16, 1644
Rehoboth, MA, USA
June 16, 1644
Age 23
Connecticut, United States
Age 24
Stonington, New London, Connecticut
September 8, 1670
Age 26
Stonington, New London, CT, USA
April 13, 1677
Age 32
Stonington, New London, CT