James Palmer1

#1564, b. say 1781, d. before 8 December 1845
Father*Nixon Palmer b. b 1757, d. bt 1810 - 1811
Mother*Mary Beasley b. c 1753, d. b Oct 1803
     James Palmer was born say 1781 Buckingham County, Virginia. He was the son of Nixon Palmer and Mary Beasley. James and Sophia Bruce, daughter of John Bruce and Elizabeth Clay, were married circa 1808 Kentucky Did these two elope? I have found no bond, license, nor return anywhere in Kentucky.1 James and Nancy Jefferson were married 31 October 1828 Mercer County, Kentucky. James Palmer died before 8 December 1845, Boone County, Missouri.
     He left a will on 5 March 1837

James Palmer late of Boone County.
James Beazley and Nancy Palmer, executor and executrix
Beloved wife Nancy Palmer 1/3
children of first wife James Palmer, Elizabeth Palmer, Margaret Kavanaugh, Peragin Pickle Palmer, Polly Jefferson and Helena Hunt
(Polly and Helena children of second wife, Nancy Jefferson)
Oldest daughter Jane Jefferson when she arrives to the age of twenty years
Three youngest sons to wit Burton Palmer, Hiram Palmer and Frances James Palmer and Amanda Palmer.2

Children of James and Sophia

Children of James and Nancy

Last Edited=5 Mar 2021


  1. [S175] Interview with Wanza Jo Baker Campbell (California), by Pat Dunford, 1/1998. Patricia L Dunford Files (Patricia L Dunford, 3736 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 85716).
  2. [S395] Ancestry.com, online Ancestry.com, Missouri, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988
    Boone County, Record of Wills, Vol A-B, 1821-1850, pp 732-734.