Born in 1792 in New York State (location as yet unknown) to Ichabod and Zipporah Branch Palmer. Ebenezer is a descendant on his mother’s side of William Brewster of The Mayflower and Plimouth Plantation. His ancestor on his father’s side, Walter Palmer, arrived in Salem, MA in 1629. He is credited with being the founder of Stonington, Connecticut. Ebenezer’s father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and greatgreat-grandfather were all named Ichabod. He also had a brother named Ichabod. He escaped that fate and was named Ebenezer.
On 19 Jul 1824 Ebenezer Palmer and wife Fanny of Broome Town, Schoharie Co., NY deeded land in that town, and again on 3 Apr 1835 they deeded land there. The latter deed shows quite clearly the time that they left Schoharie Co. He received land patents for acreage in, what was then, Michigan and Springfield Twps., Coolspring Twp. not having come into existence until 1836. He lived in, what is today, Coolspring Twp Ebenezer and Fanny arrived in La Porte County with 4 children. A daughter, Angeline, was born here in 1837.
He was a farmer, carpenter, and schoolteacher, being the first schoolteacher in Coolspring Twp. He was also the first Justice of the Peace here in 1835. Some researchers say that he had passed through this way on the way to the Black Hawk War in 1832 and liked the area. Ebenezer died in Coolspring Twp, La Porte County, IN on 12 Feb 1845 and is buried in, what is now named, Low Cemetery.
Researched and presented by Dorothy Germain Palmer, 6/11/2013