Mary Palmer


Born: 5 Dec 1788 in Vermont, USA

Died: 1875 in Cedar County, Iowa, USA

Father: Gilbert Palmer (1731 – 1806)

Mother: Mary Sherman (? – 1815)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Barak Smith (? – 1868)

Married: 1808 in Vermont, USA

Child: Gilbert Palmer Smith (1812 – 1900)

Child: Ebenezer R. Smith (c. 1829 – )

Child: Deborah Smith (c. 1831 – )


Mary and her sister Elizabeth were twins.

Around 1854, Barak and Mary had moved to Cedar County, IA, where they were joined by Ebenezer about a year later. Both Barak and Ebenezer were farmers in Iowa.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 31 Jan 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1850 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1856 Iowa State Census
[applies to name, birth, notes]
Ancestor Chart of George E. Spear
by Michael Englemann; [applies to name, birth, death, marriage]
Palmer Families in America
by Hon. Horace Wilbur Palmer, Ph.B., LL.B.; Neshanic, N.J.: Neshanic Print. Co., 1966. [applies to name, birth]
The History and Map of Danby, Vermont
by J.C. Williams; Rutland, Vt.: Printed by McLean & Robbins, 1869. [applies to marriage, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

At the time of the Hicksite schism, it appears that Barak remained "orthodox," while his wife Mary aligned with the Hicksites. According to one family story, Barak hid Mary's shoes, thinking to prevent her from attending service. However, Mary was not to be turned from her purpose and appeared at the meeting house in stocking feet. (From the essay "By the Old Mill Stream" by Carlotta Wood and Nora Johnson Brown, 21 Feb 1935. Carlotta and Nora were two of the three writers who wrote the "ALNORCA" series in the 1930s: Alice Stewart being the AL, Nora being the NOR, and Carlotta being the CA. At least one reviewer considers these women to be very accurate and well researched in their presentation of history, but I have no independent confirmation as of yet.)