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Stephen N. Palmer, born in Madison county, N. Y., Feb. 7, 1816; settled at Napoleon Sept. 20, 1845. Mr. Palmer married Miss Rebecca Farley March 18, 1838, who was born in the same county Aug. 28, 1818; came West with her husband in 1845, and though living throughout the years on the same location, have, on account of change of names, found themselves citizens of the townships of Napoleon, Brooklyn and Columbia.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 148.

Stephen N. Palmer was born in the town of Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., Feb. 7, 1816. His father, Joshua G. Palmer, was a farmer, and one of the early settlers of Madison county. He was a native of Connecticut, and when a young man moved to Madison county, and settled at Brookfield. He was a mechanic by trade, but turned his attention to farming. He married Miss Esther Randall, sister of Elder Joseph Randall, a native Baptist divine of that section. Stephen N. came to Jackson county in 1845, and located on sec. 7, this tp., then Napoleon. This property was purchased from second hands by his father, and at that time consisted of 160 acres, to which Mr. Palmer has, from time to time, added, until now he owns 360 acres, which is mostly tinder improvement, well fenced, and upon which he has erected first-class farm buildings, including a spacious and modern farm dwelling. Mr. Palmer received his schooling at Lenox, and in 1838 married Miss Rebecca A. Farley, daughter of Abiah Farley, a laborer of that section. They have had 5 childrenóJoshua G., Helen L., wife of George Luce; Maria, wife of Edgar N. Randall, of Bridgewater; Mary, now Mrs. Austin Miller; and Alonzo T., the eldest, who lay down his life for his country in the war of the Rebellion. He enlisted in the 7th Mich. Inf., Co. B, in 1861, and fought in the battles of Fair Oaks and Williamsburg, passed through the campaign of Chickahominy and Yorktown, and fell at the battle of Antietam. He, with four others of his comrades, who lost their lives in this, one of the severest battles of the war, were buried on the battle-field, and their remains were brought home by Mr. Stephen N., who, with much difficulty, made the journey to the scene of their death in person. Alonzo Palmer was a brave soldier, and the account of the imposing burial services of these four young martyrs, that appears in the sketch of Columbia tp., was a just tribute to the departed heroes. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are members of the First Baptist Church of Napoleon, of long standing.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 808.



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