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Dr. Thomas Palmer

Male - 1743


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  • Name Dr. Thomas Palmer  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jun 1743  Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Cemetery at the Green, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I23212  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2019 

    Family Elizabeth Stevens,   b. 11 Jun 1677, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1740, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Palmer,   b. 27 Jun 1715, Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1768, Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13966  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Samuel Palmer was born August 8, 1707, in Middleboro, MA, the fourth of nine children born to Thomas and Elizabeth Stevens Palmer. Although Thomas Palmer was not a college graduate, he was ordained as the minister of the First Church in Middleboro on May 2, 1702. As was the practice at that time, he was also the town physician, perhaps ministering to the physical needs of his parishioners through scripture and prayer. When Samuel was just a year old, his father was discharged by the church on June 30, 1708, for 'scandalous immorality and intemperance.' He was dismissed 'by the advice of an ecclesiastical council of twelve Churches, which deposed him from the ministry, and laid him under Church censure. And some time previous to that, he had been dismissed by his Church and Congregation, and preached in a private home to a party of his adherents.' In disgrace, Thomas Palmer most likely supported his family by practicing medicine among those "adherents" who stood by him. To his credit, however, Thomas was able to vindicate the family name by sending two of his sons to Harvard College, Samuel and his youngest sibling Job. It is unfortunate that Job died at twenty-five in 1745, five years after the death of his mother in 1740 and two years after the death of his father in 1743. All three are buried in the Middleboro Green Cemetery next to the First Congregational Church." [Leonard Miele, "The Life of Reverend Samuel Palmer," Spritsail: A Journal of the History of Falmouth and Vicinity 20:1, 2006.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3027] The History of Woodstock, Connecticut: Genealogies of Woodstock Families, Volume 7, by Clarence Winthrop Bowen, completed by Donald Lines Jacobus and William Herbert Wood. Worcester, Massachusetts: American Antiquarian Society, 1943.

    2. [S3028] Find a Grave page for Dr Thomas Palmer.