Nixon Palmer

#7603, b. circa 1806, d. after 1870
Father*John Palmer b. s 1745, d. c 1823
Mother*Lydia (--?--) b. c 1777, d. 4 Jan 1852
     Nixon Palmer was born circa 1806 Garrard County, Kentucky.1 He was the son of John Palmer and Lydia (--?--). Nixon and Eliza W (--?--) were married before 1828.1 Nixon Palmer died after 1870, as he appears on the 1870 census. In the household are Lydia Palmer, 48, and Sallie A McCoy, 10.
      Nixon is mentioned in his father's will, written and probated 1823. He was listed as "orphan of John Palmer" and assigned to Thomas Kennedy as guardian. This would indicate he was under 21 at the time.

In a typed copy of "Kentrucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989" "Record of Wills, 1796-1851, page 40 is listed:
Palmer, Jno. Wife Lidia
Children: James
Executors: Jno Leavell, James Palmer.2 Reference: In the 1850 census of Garrard County, Kentucky,
Nixon Palmer, 44, Eliza, 37, and John M, 21 are living next door to Moses Collier 74, and Mary Collier, 77, with Will Bruce, 16, Mary Bruce, 13, Jane, 9, Eliza, 7 and Elizabeth, 3. These children are likely the orphans of Horatio Bruce (s/o John and Elizabeth [Clay] Bruce) and his second wife Elizabeth Collier, who d 1847. Horatio died c 1858, so he probably farmed the surviving children out to other relatives.3

Thomas Kennedy was named guardian of Nixon Palmer.

     Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Kennedy, Will Jennings and Tyree Harris do promise to pay unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky the sum of $1500 current money the payment of which well and truly to be made all bind ourselves (and) our heirs jointly and severally (and) firmly by these presents. Sealed and dated this 20th day of Oct. 1823.
     The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound Thomas Kennedy has been chosen Guardian to Nixon Palmer orphan of John Palmer deceased by said Nixon. Now should the said Kennedy faithfully and diligently collect and pay to the said Nixon all the estate which he now or may hereafter be entitled to during his minority, then the above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue.
Thos. Kennedy, seal
Tyree Harris, seal
W. Jennings.2

Nixon Palmer charged The Confederate States on 14 April 1862 for supplies for:
"General Ledbetters Brig. on March for Ky."

Child of Nixon and Eliza

Last Edited=3 Jul 2020


  1. [S6] 1850 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Census Place: Division 2, Garrard, Kentucky; Roll: M432_201; Page: 275A; Image: 148.
  2. [S507] John Palmer will (3 jul 1823), John Palmer will and probate, 1823, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as John Palmer will and probate, 1823.
  3. [S6] 1850 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Year: 1850; Census Place: Division 2, Garrard, Kentucky; Roll: 201; Page: 275A.