Gideon Palmer, 1781–1854


Occupation

joiner; cabinetmaker

Place of work

Newport, Rhode Island

Place of birth

Little Compton, Rhode Island

Biography

Gideon Palmer was born in Little Compton, Rhode Island in 1781 to Richard Palmer (1747-1783) and Sarah (Gray) Palmer (1754-1836). His paternal grandparents were Moses Palmer (1721-1759) and Susan (Taylor) Palmer (born 1724) of Cumberland, Rhode Island. His maternal grandparents were Samuel Gray (1726-1813) and Deborah (Peck) Gray (1733-1791) of Little Compton.(1)

Palmer was twice identified as a cabinetmaker in Little Compton in May, 1802, when he purchased land from Little Compton yeoman Thomas Palmer, and when he sold land to Thomas Palmer II, Little Compton yeoman.(2) He had relocated to Newport by 1804 when he advertised his partnership with Adam S. Coe in the, "CABINET and CHAIRMAKING Business, in all its various branches, at their shop, a few doors below the Theater, on the Long-Wharf." They carried, "Furniture, of the most fashionable kind, constantly kept on hand, which they will dispose of as cheap as can be purchased in this town."(3) It was presumably around this time that Palmer married Elizabeth Simmons (1778 or 1779-1853) of Newport. She was the daughter of Jonathan Simmons (born 1755) and Elizabeth Simmons (1755 or 1756-1819) of Newport and Bristol. Gideon and Elizabeth would have three children; Richard (1812-1862), Benjamin (1814 or 1815-1870), and Mary.(4)

The partnership of Palmer and Coe lasted until 1809 when they announced that, "The Co-Partnership subsisting between PALMER & COE, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.-All business relative to the firm, will be settled by ADAM S. COE."(5)

In 1811 Palmer was appointed clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Newport.(6). He died in Newport in 1854.(7)

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1. William Richard Cutter, ed., New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, vol. 1 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), 419-422.

2. Thomas Palmer to Gideon Palmer, deed, May 24, 1802. Little Compton Land Evidence vol. 4, 249-250. Gideon Palmer to Thomas Palmer II, deed, May 24, 1802. Little Compton Land Evidence vol. 4, 260-262. Little Compton Town Hall, Little Compton, Rhode Island.

3. The Newport Mercury, "Advertisement," August 4, 1804, http://infoweb.newsbank.com.

4. Cutter, ed., New England Families Genealogical and Memorial, vol. 1 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), 419-422.

5. The Newport Mercury, "Notice," June 3, 1809, http://infoweb.newsbank.com.

6. Rhode-Island American, June 25, 1800, 3, http://infoweb.newsbank.com.

7. Newport Mercury, June 10, 1854, 3, http://infoweb.newsbank.com.