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Sally Palmer (Knight)

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Gallatin, Daviess, Missouri, USA
Death: October 1, 1916 (79)
Orderville, Kane, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Orderville, Kane, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Newel Knight and Lydia Knight
Wife of Zemira Palmer
Mother of Alma Zemira Palmer; Phoebe Kartchner (Palmer); James William Palmer; Newel Knight Palmer; Joseph Palmer and 7 others
Sister of Samuel R. Knight; James Philander Knight; Joseph Ether Knight; Newel Knight; Lydia Young and 4 others
Half sister of Eli Knight; Samuel Bailey; Rosanna Bailey; Edwin Bailey and Artimesia Dalton

Managed by: Kenneth Dean Fortie
Last Updated:

About Sally Palmer


Obituary notice as printed in Salt Lake City Church newspaper reads: Orderville: Mrs. Sally K. Palmer dead at Orderville (Kane, Utah). Special Correspondence from Orderville, Oct 8, l9l6--Mrs Sally Knight Palmer died here October l. She was the eldest daughter of Newel and Lydia Goldthwaite Knight, was born December 1, l836, was a devoted wife and mother and an active worker in the Church. She crossed the plains in l850 and in 1851 she was married to Zemira Palmer. They were both pioneers in northern and southern Utah. The last 20 years of her life she devoted to genealogical and temple work. She is survivedby a brother, Jesse Knight of Provo, and a sister, Artemisia White of Payson. Her posterity numbers 12 children, 84 grandchild, 136 great grandchildren, and two great, great,great, grandchildren. Buried beside her is her husband, Zemira at Orderville, Utah.

She came to Utah at age 14 in the Edward Hunter company of 1850. She departed June 29, 1850, and arrived October 13, 1850. There were 261 individuals and 67 wagons in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Coucil Bluffs). This company was organized at 12 Mile Creek near the Missouri River. It was the first Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company. In the company her family who traveled with her were her mother, Lydia Goldthwaite Knight, and siblings, Hyrum Helaman, James Philander, Jesse, Joseph, Lydia, and Newell.

Xerox copy obtained 8/l982 at Genealogical Society, 4th floor, pp 87,88,89 and 90, written by Sally Knight Palmer, not dated. It gave her data: She was living at room 225 Constitutional Bldg, Salt Lake City, and gave her parents birth and death dates and gave grandparents. She was married December 1, l851, at Salt Lake City, Utah, and it named her 12 children, Chloe married but it was annulled for lack of authority by one who performed the marriage. Her first two girls, twins died.

Alma Zemira Palmer was born in l853 at Provo City, Utah, married & moved to AZ Territory l887 to Snowflake, the other 8 children married, had families. She wrote: "Came across the plains in 1850 with ox teams, was the mother of 12 children raised 9 to be married. Spun & wove our clothes, made hats, shoes & most everything to raise my family, and now have over 80 grandchildren, over 50 great grand children..been a worker in the Relief Society all the time of my life since being married and now am spending my time in hunting names and working in the temple. Been endowed for over 1264 and have been a widow about 30 years had 7 children home with me, & 3 married when he died, now living alone here close to the temple in Salt Lake City".

From a Booklet of l975, "To COMMEMORATE the ORDERVILLE UNITED ORDER 1875 to 1885 QUOTE": "Sally was appointed to assist Lydia Young who was foreman of the millinery department. In 1881 Eliza R. Snow & Zina D. Young arrived to organize the Primary Association, and finding so many children, they divided them into three groups, with a president & two counselors over each group. Sally was President of the Second Primary. Zemira and his wives were buried in Orderville. On July 24, 1880, at the Pioneer Day celebration, Zemira was Marshall of the Day, he died the following October". A picture of Orderville 1880, The first Orderville Co-op l906, Ward Meeting House 1901-1957, and the present Chapel dedicated 9/6/1959, and Narrows of E.Fork of the Virgin River, Fred W. Heaton with his Sunday School class 1908. Sally lived until 1916."

Her husband died young, age 49, she left with children to rear. 3/2000 I have been given a letter written by her to Lovina Palmer Munro, her sister-in-law, no date on one of them. She writes, "I would like to see you & talk with you. It has been a long time since we seen any of you folks. Emily, Munro's sister lives close by me, she would like to know where William lives. She cant find them to write to them. I enjoy myself the best kind since in living in the order here we have plenty of work to do, but I do not have the care of providing food and clothes for the children and every little thing we need. It is true we have to do without some things we would like to have, but we have the most substantial things and when we have enough and good people to live with & to guide us. I feel that they are doing the best they know how and are praying & trying to be guided by the good spirit from day to day. I feel that we ought to be satisfied that is if we are living so that we are satisfied with ourselves then what more do we want. I have good health the most of the time, but not very stout to do hard work. My work is in the straw business. I feel thankful every day that my children are here where they can be taught the principles of the Gospel and Mormonism. Write often and tell us how your folks get along, Goodby for this time, Sally Palmer. No date, but would be after Zemira had died on 22 Oct. 1880.


NOTE: Although Sally Knight Palmer is my second cousin twice removed's wife's grandmother, here is some additional information about Sally and her husband, Zemira, from one of her direct descendants, Donald Woolley:

"Sally Knight Palmer spent her final years as a temple worker, as did her mother before her at the Saint George Temple. There is a lot of information at http://zemirapalmer.blogspot on the Palmers, Drapers, and Knights. They all descend from royalty. Zemira is one of my favorite western characters and rode with men of great faith and physical stamina. He wrote poetry and was considered an excellent dancer. In 1860 he was Captain of Fort London, now Heber City, Utah, and was its first constable. I love the work you do. Don"

Della Dale Smith

December 11, 2013

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Sally Palmer's Timeline

December 1, 1836
Gallatin, Daviess, Missouri, USA
December 1, 1844
Age 8
December 1, 1844
Age 8
September 13, 1845
Age 8
June 12, 1853
Age 16
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA

Birth of Alma Zemira Palmer

January 1, 1855
Age 18
Provo, Utah, Ut
January 1, 1855
Age 18
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
March 7, 1855
Age 18