Jacob T. Palmer


PALMER, Jacob T., stock dealer and farmer, Bellmore, was born November 20, 1846 in Clinton Co IN and is the son of Prentice T. and Ella (DAZEY) Palmer. His father was born in NY and mother in PA. He was educated in Ladoga, IN where he attended high school. He was raised on a farm and has been familiar with stock from his childhood. When 3 he removed with his parents to Montgomery Co IN and in 1867 to Parke Co; in 1875 moved to Edgar County, ILL and in 1878 back to Parke County, where he has since been engaged in the stock business, in connection with William P. SWAIM, owning one-half interest in the stables and stock of Swaim and Palmer. He also farms quite largely. On February 4, 1863, he enlisted in Co. H, 40th Ind. Vols. and was mustered in at Indianapolis. He participated in most of the battles of the regiment, taking part in 9 engagements. He was under fire on the Atlanta campaign 77 days continually. When Sherman left Atlanta, Mr. Palmer marched with his regiment under Thomas again Hood, and participated in the battles of Columbia, Franklin and Nashville. He was discharged July 1865 at New Orleans, La. He was twice wounded, once by a shell and once by a minnie-ball, but never reported for hospital. He is republican in principles. He was married October2, 1867 to Melinda J. WARE, daughter of James P. and Mary A (DOWNEY) Ware. They have 6 children: Cora A; Minnie J; Thera O; Ora J; Mollie C. and Ethie J. – Unknown Source


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