Humphrey Palmer
Contributed by Rene' Treffeisen

Humphrey Palmer, Esq., deceased, formerly a prominent citizen of the town of Richfield, 
Otsego County, was born in the State of Connecticut, it is thought in Stonington,
March 11, 1790. He was a son of Humphrey Palmer, who was born in that State,
Decemgber 25, 1754, was married there to Wealthy Wheeler, and about 1800 removed to
the State of New York, and was one of the early settlers in the town of Exeter. He
was accompanied by his family, and made the journey overland with teams. In
Connecticut he learned the trade of weaver, weaving then being done on a hand loom.
After arriving in this State he worked a portion of each year at his trade, and the
rest of the time on his farm, upon which he resided until his death. Humphrey Palmer, the subject of this sketch, was ten years old when his parents removed
to this State. Otsego County was then a new country, sparsely settled, and but
little improved. There were neither railroads nor canals, and Albany was the nearest
market for the surplus products of the farm, and the nearest depot of supplies. Mr.
Palmer learned the trade of carpenter, followed his trade, and resided in Exeter
until 1834, when he removed ro Richfield Springs, where he resided until his death,
August 16, 1878, still working at his trade. His wife, formerly Maria C. Wilber, was
born in Newport, R. I., and was a daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth (Pierson) Wilber.
She spent her last years in Richfield Springs, dying January 11, 1851. She reared
four children, viz: Paulina, Julia, Seneca and Lorin. Two of these are now living,
Paulina and Lorin. Both reside at Richfield Springs. Lorin Palmer, the only surviving son, was born in the town of Exeter, December 10, 1821.
He grew up there, received a common-school education, and when ten years of age went
to live on a farm with a neighbor, and at the age of sixteen began to learn the trade
of house carpenter with his father, serving a full apprenticeship of three years;
afterward worked as a journeyman for five years, in the meantime settling in
Richfield Springs. He later became a contractor and builder, and has built some of
the substantial homes; in the year 1860 he went into the cabinet-making business, in
which he has continued to the present time, having learned the trade on his own
account. He has become well and favorable known to the people of Richfield Springs
and vicinity, where he has lived since 1837. He was formerly a Whig, but has been a
Republican since the organization of that party. He has never sought or held office.
He was married, in this village, to Miss Elizabeth Shoemaker. She was born and
reared in the town of Warren, Herkimer Col, NY. She later came to Richfield Springs,
dying here in 1857, at the age of twenty-five years. She died without issue. Mr.
Palmer was a second time married here, to Miss Elizabeth Rickard, who was born in
Herkimer County, and is yet living, and the mother of one daughter, Alida L., who is
yet home. Esquire Palmer and his wife were members of the Universalist Church. In politics he was
a Republican, and served as Justice of the Peace many years. Pauline was eighteen
years old when she removed to Richfield Springs with her parents, and at the age of
twenty-one she married Isaac DeLong. Mr. DeLong was born in the town of Warren,
Herkimer County, and was a son of Isaac and Rebecca (Allen DeLong. Isaac was reared
to agricultural pursuits, and at the time of his marriage located on a farm in the
town of Warren, which he occupied thirteen years, and then selling it, he bought
another farm in the same town. This farm he occupied three years, then removed to
Richfield Springs, where he resided until his death, which Occurred November 15,
1885. His remains were buried in Lake View Cemetery. Mrs. DeLong is a member of the
Universalist Church, as was her husband. Politically, Mr. DeLong was a Republican, and he was an active and intelligent supporter
of his party. In early life he was a teacher in the public schools of Herkimer
County, and after his marriage and settlement in Otsego County he became prominent in
educational matters, and was on e of the School Commissioners and Trustees of the
town of Warren, and held the latter office after he moved into Richfield Springs. He
had also for some years been Assessor of the town of Richfield, and was prominent in
every good cause.
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