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Palmer Press


Nashville, Tennessee


Biblical Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | History of Religion | Military History | Religion | United States History


Dr. James Monroe Palmer, born January 3, 1816, in Abbeville, South Carolina, later moved to Oconee in the western part of Washington County in middle Georgia. He outlived all four of his wives and seven or eight of his thirteen children. He died July 24, 1906, and was buried at Bay Springs church cemetery near Oconee. These letters were written to Martha Virginia Palmer Barksdale who moved to Texas in 1866. They were written by her father. Dr. Palmer; her step-mother, Sarah Ann Map Jackson Palmer; and her sister, Mary Jane Palmer Fisher. (Additional letters were written by D. R. Childers, an uncle of Martha Virginia.) Martha Virginia moved back to Georgia and the letters were in the possession of her daughter, Sallie Mae Barksdale Veal. "Cousin Sallie Mae", a first cousin of Robert Alexander Palmer, loaned, the letters in 1971 to Sarah Palmer Stewart who made photocopies. Later the letters were typed and are now being published not only for Palmer family descendants but for all who will enjoy learning more of life in Georgia and Texas just after the War Between the States.

Palmer family letters : 1866-1907



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