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Introduction

The Palmer family tree covers two areas, the first currently stops circa 1793 with Robert Palmer who married Elizabeth. They lived in and around Soham, Cambridgeshire. The second currently stops with William Palmer born about 1828. I have not established a link between the two currently.

Robert Plamer (c. 1793)

Robert Palmer was born circa 1793 in Soham, Cambridgeshire. He married Elizabeth and they had six children. Robert was a farmer at Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire.

  • William Palmer born circa 1821 at Ely
  • Maria Palmer born circa 1825 at Ely
  • Edward Palmer born circa 1828 at Ely
  • John Palmer born circa 1830 at Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire
  • Mary Palmer born circa 1834 at Ely
  • Sarah Palmer born circa 1836 at Ely
John Palmer (c. 1830)

John Palmer was born in 1830 in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire the son of Robert and Elizabeth Palmer. They raised three children.


William Palmer (c. 1828)

William Palmer was born about 1828. He farmed 60 acres at Padnal Bank, Cambridgeshire. He married Sarah and they raised three children.

  • Alpheus Palmer born about 1865 married Jemima Edwards
  • Jonas Palmer born about 1870
  • Susan Palmer born about 1872

PALMER Derivation

Derivations of the name are Palmer, Palmar, Paumier. The first references to the name are Sagar Palmer in 1176 in the Pipe Rolls for Devonshire; Wiger le Palmer in 1191 in the Pipe Rolls for Leicestershire; Richard le Paumere in 1198 in the Feet of Fines for Middlesex. Devrived from the old French palmer, paumer 'palmer, pilgrim to the Holy Land', so called from the palm-branch he carried.

'A Dictionary of British Surnames' by P.H. Reaney,
Second Edition, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, second edition, ISBN 0 7100 8106 5

Palmer, nickname, 'pilgrim' Old French - one who had brought back a palm-branch from the Holy Land; fairly common throughout England. Family name of the earls of Selborne.

'The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames' by Basil Cottle , second edition, ISBN 0 14 051032 X

 
Alpheus Palmer (c. 1865)

Alpheus was born about 1865 at Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire the son of William and Sarah Palmer. He married Jemima Edwards, daughter of Samuel Edwards of Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire. Alpheus was a railway signalman and travelled the country. Alpheau and Jemima raised five children.

  • Basil Palmer born about 1889 at Willington, Derbyshire
  • Elsie Palmer born about November 1890 at Boltors Abbey, Yorkshire married Will Fletcher
  • Alfred Palmer who married Edna
  • Marjory Palmer who married Frank Bowers
  • Percy Palmer
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