The Palmer Family- Ancestors of the Hunt Family
Henry Palmer was born in Parham, Somerset
England in 1615. He immigrated to America to Watertown, Suffolk, Massachusetts in the 1620s. He married Katherine (last name
not known) who died on April 7, 1650. Henry died November 29, 1661 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Their son Ephraim Palmer was born April 5th 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford,
Connecticut. He moved to Greenwich Connecticut and became an early land owner
there. He married Sarah Messenger, who was born about 1652 at Jamaica, Long Island, New York.
Ephraim died in 1684. He is probably buried in the Tomac Cemetery, which was Greenwich’s first cemetery. However
the headstones from this time period are too worn to read. Here is an excerpt from early Greenwich records
He married Elizabeth Close (August
5 1684 to September 1, 1748).
John Palmer lived till the age of 85, passing in
1767. He is also buried at Tomac.
Their son was Messenger Palmer, born in 1718. He
married Hannah Ferris in 1738. Hannah was a direct descendent of Jeffrey Ferris,
a founder of Greenwich. She died in 1746. He died January 23 1792.
|Grave of Messenger Palmer, Tomac Cemetery
Their son was John Wood Palmer, born on April 11,
1754. He also married a Hannah Ferris! She was born January 9, 1759 and was the
daughter of James Ferris and Mary Lockwood. The Lockwoods were also a founding family of Greenwich. John Wood Palmer was a Captain in the Revolutionary War.
The graves of those who fought in the revolutionary
war are still maintained and decorated with American flags to this day! Following are pictures of John Wood Palmers Grave.
John and Hannah were married on June 6, 1776. He
died October 4, 1795 and she died August 13, 1799.