Emeline Palmer

"Real Daughter"
From her obituary in the Daily Telegram, 1921

"Mrs. Emeline Palmer, the last real daughter of the American Revolution in Michigan, and a former resident of Adrian, died Saturday evening [2 April 1921] at her home in Highland Park [Michigan]. Mrs. Palmer, who was aged photo of Emeline Palmer86, was the life chaplain of Lucy Wolcott Barnum chapter, D. A. R., of Adrian and was an active member until she left the city about five years ago with her daughters, Misses Cora and Sadie Palmer, who were offered teaching positions in Highland Park. She had been in her usual health until Friday evening, when she was stricken with heart trouble, death coming at about 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Protestant church tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, the Rev. H. L. Feeman officiating. The burial will be made in Oakwood cemetery. [Adrian, Michigan]

Mrs. Palmer was formerly Miss Emeline Buker, the youngest child of Israel and Sarah [Black] Buker, and was born in Coshocton county, O., Mar, 26, 1835. Her father, Israel H. Buker, was born in Bridgewater, Mass., April 17, 1756, and she was born when her father was 79 years of age, the youngest child of a second marriage. After the immigration to Ohio after the war of 1812, Mr. Buker was one of the pioneers of Coshocton county, where he owned a beautiful farm and where Mrs. Palmer spent her girlhood.

At the age of 20 she was married to Martin Palmer of Otsego, O., who died many years ago. Seven children were born to them, four of whom survive her, Misses Sadie and Cora Palmer and O. L. [Orren] Palmer, all of Highland Park and Mrs. Ernest [Clara] Evans of Iowa.

In 1882 the family came to Adrian in order that the children might be educated in Adrian College, of which the son later became an instructor and is at present a trustee. The two daughters were instructors in the Adrian High School before going to Highland Park.

Mrs. Palmer's father died when she was 14 years of age but she was able to remember him as wearing the ruffled shirt and wig of those days and had many vivid memories of his war reminiscences. She often told of his story of the execution of Major Andre at which he was present; how the distinguished captive on the way to the final scene took off his cap to wipe his brow, exclaiming "It is a warm day, gentlemen," when as a matter of fact it was a very cold day.

She remembered her parent's warm admiration for General LaFayette, his stories of the hard days at Valley Forge where he was connected with the body guard of Washington, and the presentation to him of a sword for faithful service. Mr. Buker was an ardent Whig and only a few days before his death at 92 years of age he voted for Zachary Taylor. The war records show that he served in the Massachusetts regiments for the entire period of the Revolution from 1776 to 1783."

From the DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, pg 323
(alphabetized under "Bowker")

BUKER, Israel H.: b 4-17-1756 MA d 11-5-1848 OH  m (1) Bathsheba Carver  (2) Sarah Black  Sgt  MA  PNSR

For further information on Israel H. Buker's family, contact our Past Chapter Regent.

For information on membership, contact our Registrar, Linda Hartley.

For general information, contact our Regent, Marianne Vykydal.



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