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William S. Palmer, one of the pioneers of Jackson county, came to this State in 1853, from Madison county, N. Y., town of Lenox. He was born in Connecticut, Sept. 28, 1802, and his parents were of New England ancestry. He received at his house an early common-school education, and finished in Madison county, when he came to Michigan and settled on his present farm on sec. 13, of 83 acres, which he purchased of Daniel Welch. He married Miss Priscilla Palmer, daughter of Stephen W. Palmer, of Madison county, N. Y., Aug. 26, 1824, and they have 1 son, Austin S., who lives on the homestead. He was born June 15, 1832, in Madison county, N. Y. He married Miss Carrie, daughter of Peter Betsinger, of Lenox, a farmer of that vicinity. They have no children of their own, but an adopted daughter, Ida C. Palmer, formerly Ida O. Betsinger. She was born Sept. 15, 1870. Mr. Palmer is a member of the Presbyterian Church, of Brooklyn, and of Brooklyn Masonic Lodge, No. 169.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, pp. 808-809.



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