Gilbert Palmer


Born: 1731 in ?

Died: 1806 in Danby, Rutland County, Vermont, USA

Father: William Palmer III (1694 – 1786)

Mother: Rachel Fowler (? – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Sarah Deuel (1741/42 – 1776)

Married: 15 Jan 1761 in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, Province of New York

Child: Ruth Palmer (1762 – )

Child: John Palmer (1763 – 1859)

Child: Job Palmer (1765 – )

Child: Levi Palmer (1767 – )

Child: Edith Palmer (1769 – )

Child: Sarah Palmer (1771 – 1863)

Child: Gilbert Palmer Jr. (1774 – )

Child: Benjamin Palmer (1776 – )

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Mary Sherman (? – 1815)

Married: 26 Mar 1778 in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York, USA

Child: Daniel Palmer (1778 – )

Child: Hannah Palmer (1780 – )

Child: William Palmer (1781 – )

Child: Rachel Palmer (1783 – )

Child: Reubin Palmer (1784 – )

Child: Judah Palmer (1785 – )

Child: Mary Palmer (1788 – 1875)

Child: Elizabeth Palmer (1788 – )

Child: Lydia Palmer (1790 – 1866)


Gilbert's marriage to Sarah was opportunity for the Friends, according to the Oblong MM records. His marriage to Mary however, was within Friends at Nine Partners. [Palmer Familes in America]

His will was probated 14 Jun 1806, and mentioned his wife Mary and a total of 17 living children. [Palmer Familes in America]

He gave land for the Friends Cemetary in Danby, and was the first person to be buried there. [Palmer Familes in America; History and Map of Danby]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 4 Apr 2008, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

Palmer Families in America
by Hon. Horace Wilbur Palmer, Ph.B., LL.B.; Neshanic, N.J.: Neshanic Print. Co., 1966. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
The History and Map of Danby, Vermont
by J.C. Williams; Rutland, Vt.: Printed by McLean & Robbins, 1869. [applies to name, birth, notes]
Web: Ancestry Database (Dutchess County, New York Quaker Records) [Original data: "Quaker Records: Nine-Partners Monthly Meeting, Dutchess Co., N.Y."; A collection of monthly meeting records from Dutchess County, compiled in the early twentieth century by John Cox, Jr. (no document images)] [applies to name, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The birth place of Gilbert is generally given as Nine Partners, Dutchess County, NY (and sometimes refined further to Amenia, Dutchess County), but this seems to be in conflict with the documented move of his father William to Nine Partners in 1738, too late for Gilbert to have been born there in 1731. This conflict is even present in a single genealogy reference, "Palmer Families in America."

In addition, the source "History and Map of Danby" identifies Gilbert's father as Abraham Palmer, while "Palmer Families in America" identifies his father as William (the third of at least three). For the moment, "Palmer Families" was the first source I found, and its author may be more reliable, even given the conflict above, and seems to be more widely used. (One secondary source even explicity indicated that "History and Map" was wrong WRT Abraham.)

However, it would be wise to be wary of Glibert's ancestors along this line. On the plus side, both wives and all of the descendents seems to match, except for children Rachel, Reubin, and Judah, which are only in "History and Map of Danby".

There are records for Gilbert, Sarah and Mary in the Dutchess County, New York Quaker records. provides a transcribed copy (pages 57, 59, 66 in that context).