An American Family History

The Palmer Family






It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

from Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 22

Thomas Palmer (Deacon Samuel, Thomas) born 19-7mo., 1684 (a twin); married in Charlestown, 19 Oct., 1710, Sarah, daughter of Hopewell and Sarah (Boynton) Davis of Charlestown. She was born in Charlestown 20 Oct., 1690.

He sold, 22 April, 1722, to Ephraim Nelson, his house and seven acres of land (Essex Deeds 41: 132) and moved to Norwich, Conn., where he died 12 Oct., 1727. His son Samuel was appointed administrator of his estate in our court 10 May, 1735 (Essex Probate 20: 2) there being lands here.

His widow Sarah married (2) 1729, Nathaniel Richards of Norwich

Children born here:
Samuel, b. 20 Nov., 1712; m. In Norwich, 10 Dec, 1733, Sarah Andrews of Norwich. They lived In Norwich. He died there 21 May, 1761.
Sarah, b. 10 Nov., 1714; d. — April, 1721.
David, b. 19 July, 1717; m. In Norwich, 28 Feb., 1740, Hannah Lawrence of Norwich. They settled In Norwich.
Mary, b. 15 Feb., 1719-20; m. Solomon Lamphear of Norwich.
Thomas, bapt. 4 March, 1721-2; d. 5 Jan., 1738-9. Born in Norwich:
John, b. 29 March, 1724; m. Eliz: Bottom.
Sarah, b. 10 July, 1726; m. Beaajah Fitch of Norwich.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).

In 1721, Boston had a terrible smallpox epidemic. Citizens fled the city and spread the disease to the other colonies. Inoculation was introduced during this epidemic by Zabdiel Boylston and Cotton Mather.