Phebe Palmer Brown (Draper)

Draper, Salt Lake , Utah, USA

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Phebe Draper

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Rome, Oneida , New York, USA
Death: August 2, 1879 (81)
Draper, Salt Lake , Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Plot: A-24-8, Draper, Salt Lake , Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Draper, Sr. and Lydia Draper
Wife of George Palmer, Jr.; George Palmer, Jr. and Ebenezer Brown
Mother of Lovina Jane Palmer; Asahel (Asa) Palmer; Zemira Palmer; William George Palmer, Sr.; Eliza Palmer and 6 others
Sister of Charles Draper; Lucretia Draper; Fannie Adelia Van Leuven; William H. Draper, Jr.; Lydia Van Leuven and 6 others

Occupation: Married George Palmer in Cramahe Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1815. He died in 1833. In 1842 at Pleasantville, Pike County, Illinois, Phoebe married Ebenezer Brown, a widower with 4 small children, his wife having died in 1842.
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Phebe Palmer Brown (Draper)

The following information came from a book, "The Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper," compiled by Sara P. Collinwood and Published by J. Grant Stevenson, B.Y.U., Provo, Utah:

Phebe Draper began her life of 82 years when she was born in Rome, Oneida County, New York, on October 9, 1997. She was the second child and oldest daughter of William Draper, Sr. and Lydia Lathrop. William was the son of Thomas Draper and Lydia Rogers, born September 9, 1774, at Little Nine Partners Tract in Dutchess County, New York. Lydia Lathrop was the daughter of Isaac Lathrop and Lucy Pike, and was born November 5, 1775, at Norwich, New London, Connecticut. Isaac was a descendant of the noted Reverend John Lathrop of England.

Sometime after 1795, Phebe's grandparents, Thomas and Lydia Rogers Draper moved to Canada, and when she was about 10 years old in February of 1807, her father received word that his mother, Lydia Rogers Draper, was ill in Richmond Township, Frontenac, Ontario, and not expected to live, and that she desired to see her son before she died. With the help of an Indian guide, who had brought them word, they proceeded to Canada, notwithstanding the bitterness of the northern winter and the fact that they were expecting a enw baby within a month or two. They traveled ina sleigh and crossed the eastern end of Lake Ontario on the ice. The Indian successfully guided themt o their destination where they found Lydia Rogers still alive. She died within a few days after their arrival at the age of 60. On April 24, 1807, Phebe's brother William was born at Richmond, and a daughter was born at Newcastle in 1809, another son born in Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, Ontario, about 100 miles west of Richmond district.

But records show that they were back to Frontenac County, Loughborough Township, in 1832, where most of the Drapers were converted to Mormonism. Thus we find that William did not make the rugged trip back to Rome, as there was good land still available to new settlers in Canada and all of William's brothers and sisters were living there; they too, decided to make Canada their home. No record remains of their doings from that time on until 1832, except the record of the births of their remaining children.

As noted above, Phebe's brother was born in Cramahe Township, in 1812, where no doubt Phebe met and married George Palmer in 1815. Their first child, Lovina, was also born in Cramahe Township, July 20, 1816. Asahel was born January 26, 1819. William George was born August 25, 1821, in Haldimand, Northumberland. Eliza, born May 31, 1824, died age 8 in 1832. Lydia Elizabeth born October 15, 1826 or 1827, Haldimand Township. Zemira, born August 8, 1831, West Loughborough Township, Frontenac, Ontario. Rhoda Ann born March 15, 1834, Cramahe Township. Sources: Temple Records, Early Church Records, Family records of many descendants, Bible or Family records of Phebe Draper Palmer Brown, Military and Land Records.

In 1832 Eleazer Miller came to Loughborough, Frontenac County, Ontario, preaching Mormonism, and in 1833 Brigham Young arrived. Most of the Drapers accepted this new religion, but apparently George did not. When Phebe was baptized by Brigham Young on February 17, 1833, he remarked, "So you had to get your backside wet, did you?"

As George died soon after this, leaving her a widow with five children and another soon to be born, she no doubt began to make preparations to leave with her brother William or other Saints for Kirtland, Ohio, to join the Saints. William left Canada in September, 1834. In Zemira's obituary it says that in 1835 the family moved to Kirtland, Ohio.

Contrary to the statements that Phebe left Canada with seven fatherless children, her daughter Eliza, whose birth date has been established as 1824, died at the eight years of age, having been burned to death, thus placing her death in 1832 before her father's death. Phebe did not leave until after Rhoda's birth in March, 1834. Also Lovina had by 1834 married Henry Munro and evidently did not come when her mother did, as she had a son William born in 1835 in East Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario. As no record has been found of their first son Asahel or his descendants, it is thought he may have remained in Canada. He would have been 15 or 16 years of age and desired to stay with relatives, although there is no proof of this. The only reference the compiler of this data has of him is a letter written by Zemire to his sister Lovina in September, 1880, wherein he asks, "How long has it been since you heard from Asahel and where was he then?" Some have said that he married a Miss Carter. If the above is true, then Phebe had but four children with her when she came to Kirtland, her baby Rhoda Ann, Zemira 3 or 4 years old, Lydia Elizabeth, 8 or 9, and William George, 13 or 14.

Phebe arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834 or 1835. From that time on her life was one of hardship and struggle. Along with the Saints she was driven from Kirtland to Missouri, and from Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. How she managed to protect and care for her children during all this persecution can only be left to the imagination. her trials and burdens were heavy. In 1836 Patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr., visited her at Kirtland and comforted her with a blessing that promised 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."

The Saints from Kirtland had hoped to find peace in Missouri, but the persecutions became worse than ever, and with the help of her brother, William Draper, Phebe crossed the Mississippi River back to Illinois. Ebenezer Brown had accompanied them and the three families settled down the river near Pleasantville, Pike county, Illinois. At this place in 1842, Phebe married Ebenezer Brown, a widower with four small children, his wife, Ann Weaver, having died June 24, 1842.


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


The following is from Find A

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, Asahel, 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


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-

Mormon Battalion, Company A

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

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Phebe Palmer Brown (Draper)'s Timeline

October 9, 1797
Rome, Oneida , New York, USA
July 20, 1816
Age 18
Colborne, Northumberland County, 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
February 17, 1833
Age 35
March 15, 1834
Age 36
Cramahe, Ontario, Canada