Horatio Nixon Palmer

#783, b. 3 March 1850, d. 1 April 1896
Father*John Henry Palmer b. 2 Nov 1818, d. 1 Mar 1894
Mother*Catherine Nowlin Graves b. 1 Jul 1825, d. 19 Nov 1907
     Horatio Nixon Palmer was born on 3 March 1850 Lincoln County, Missouri. or Montgomery County. He was the son of John Henry Palmer and Catherine Nowlin Graves. Horatio Nixon Palmer married Eleanor Elizabeth McGrath, daughter of Mary Hickey, 7 November 1883 San Bernardino, California,

Marriage: San Bernardino, California; 07 Nov 1883; Horatio Palmer; age: 33, native of Missouri, resident of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, bachelor and Elanor Mcgrath; age: 23, native of Los Angeles, resident of Los Angeles, divorced. Page: 124.1 Horatio and Marsell Lilley (Wilson) were married 15 August 1894 Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Registration of Marriage
Horatio Nixon Palmer
father John Henry Palmer
mother Katharine Graves
Occupation of husband, Mining, residence, Arizona, birthplace, Mo.
Full name of wife Marsell Lilley (Widow)
father Albert Wilson, mother Almira Contrey, birthplace of wife, Mo.
Marriage contracted 15 Aug 1894, Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Religious ceremony, witnesses Mr A Jacson, Emma Wilson.
Parties sworn. Sabin Halsey, clergyman

In the probate for John Henry Palmer, there was a petition from Marcell Lillie Palmer, widow of H. N. Palmer, dated 03 Aug 1896 and certified in Wisconsin, accompanied by Registration of Marriage giving info.

The full Marriage Record states that Horatio Nixon's parents are John Henry Palmer and Katharine Graves, Marsell Lilley, widow, father Albert Wilson, mother Almira Contrey. The marriage was contracted 15 Aug 1894, at the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee. Witnesses Mr A Jackson, Emma Wilson.2,3 Horatio Nixon Palmer died 1 April 1896, Matabeleland at age 46 years and 29 days. He died 30 March 1896 at age 46 years and 27 days, As listed on "Pongo" memorial.4 H.N. (Nick) Palmer
Toppy Johnson
Arizona Silver Belt
April 23, 1896

General Roskruge received a dispatch from Victoria, South Africa,
April 16, saying "Palmer, Johnson and Hammond killed." The
dispatch was signed by Enoch Kenyon, a friend of Mr. Roskruge,
and a well known Arizonan and member of Tucson Lodge No. 8. Mr.
Kenyon is in charge of a mine in Mashonaland, and the fact that
he wired the killing of the three men as above noted is evident
that they too were Tucson men and known to Mr. Roskruge, but
inasmuch as the dispatch contains only the surnames of the
parties killed, it is not easy to locate them. It is, however
thought that Nick Palmer and Toppy Johnson are two of the parties
mentioned as both are believed to be in South Africa but the
identity of Hammond is still a question of doubt. A year or
so ago Toppy Johnson was in British Columbia, later he was in
Prescott and is just as liable to be in South Africa as he is
to be in any other section of earth. Palmer has not been here
for many years--Tucson Journal.

The Journal Miner also believes that the Palmer referred to is
undoubtedly H.N. Palmer. He left Prescott the South Africa
gold fields some time last fall being joined in the trip at
New York by W.H. Johnson, a Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix
railroad conductor. Letters from Mr. Palmer recently received
stated that he and Mr. Johnson were together near Buluwayo so
it is reasonable to assume that of the many killed in that
section Mr. Johnson is included in the list. It was at Mr.
Hammond's request that Mr. Palmer was urged to go to
Matabeland and the coupling of both names in the horrible
fate which the above dispatch leads one to believe as true
gives to it a verification of truth. Nick Palmer had many
friends in this section and all over the coast and the
tidings of his death will be received with sincere regret
by all.

June 17, 1896

W.J. Martin, the mining man, has received a letter from James
Cassidy, giving a few more details of the murder of H.N.
Palmer and W.H. Johnson. Cassidy writes as follows under the
date of April 19:"Palmer and his party were murdered while
going to look at a mine and he was one of the first that was
killed. He wrote me a letter the day that he left for the
mine. They were ambushed at the Shangani River between
Buluwayo and Pretoria. I saw the official list of the killed
and there is not mistake that Palmer and Johnson were two of
the victims."

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Child of Horatio and Eleanor

Family of Horatio and Marsell

Berger, Jonathan #3263, b ca 1700 Switzerland or Germany, d PA
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691, Virginia
Nowlan, John # 867, b bef 1580, Ireland, d Ireland
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690, Lancaster County, Virginia
Wade, Edward # 838, in Virginia bef 1746
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782, Buckingham County, Virginia
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia
Eyres, Joseph # 7329, b 17th century, Virginia or England
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia
Fuquett, Gills # 3276, d Virginia
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London
Humphreys, William # 7331, d Virginia
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia
Samson, Francis # 3266 in Virginia bef 1700
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782
Berger, Jonathan #3263
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588
Eyres, Joseph # 7329
Ferris, Richard # 2074
Fuquett, Gills # 3276
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637
Humphreys, William # 7331
Lewis, John # 2831
Marston?, Thomas # 2756
Nowlan, John # 867
Palmer, (--?--) # 1755 b ca 1708 d ca 1793
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728
Samson, Francis # 3266
Wade, Edward # 838
Wilson, John # 417
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644
Last Edited=2 Oct 2022


  1. [S457] California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, online https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XL8R-N31, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XL8H-XZV : 28 November 2014), Horatio Palmer and Elanor Mcgrath, 07 Nov 1883; citing San Bernardino, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,290,189.. Hereinafter cited as Cal Marriages 1850-1952.
  2. [S99] John Henry Palmer will (24 March 1894), JHPalmer Probate File 1498 e, unknown repository, unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as JHPalmer Probate File 1498.
  3. [S395] Ancestry.com, online Ancestry.com, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marriages, 1838-1911 for Horatio Nixon Palmer.
  4. [S142] Pongo Memorial, Matabeleland, online unknown url, Engineers, killed together
    Hammond, Andrew Robert 30 March
    Johnson, WH 30 March
    Palmer, HN 30 March
    . Hereinafter cited as Pongo Memorial, Matabeleland.
  5. [S297] H. N. (Nick) Palmer; Toppy Johnson: Arizona Silver Belt 23 Apr 1896, online http://adnp.azlibrary.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/sn84021913/id/2784/rec/729