This Historical Marker is located at the grave site of Reuben Jonathan Palmer who is buried in the The Old Methodist Churchyard – Montgomery, Texas
It wasn’t easy finding information about Reuben J. Palmer but I know he had to be an important part of Texas History. The document below is hard to read but this is what I got out of it:
Reuben J. Palmer born at Appomattox County Virginia January 18th 1829, was son of Dr. Reuben DeJarnett Palmer of Halifax Co.Va and his wife Martha P. Christian.
Reuben J. Palmer and his brother, Judge Edward Albert Palmer were the only surviving children of said parents.
Said Reuben J. Palmer was a lawyer, was a member of Texas Secession Convention and signed the Texas Secession Ordinance 1861. Delicate health prevented his entering the Confederate Army but he rendered it moral and financial support.
He was married in Va 1856 to Fannie Winnifred Branch daughter of Professor Robert Gurrant-Branch of Hampden Sidney College Va and his wife Agnes Wood.
Said Reuben J. Palmer died at his home in Montgomery Texas March 20th 1868 and is buried there. Only one child survived him ??? Cora Palmer married James Blanding of Corsicana Texas
Historical Marker Reads:
Reuben Jonathan Palmer
(January 18, 1829 – March 20, 1868) Born in Appomattox County, Va., son of Reuben DeJarnette and Martha P. (Christian) Palmer; he was educated at Randolph-Macon College. Moved to Texas in 1856. A Montgomery lawyer; served in 9th Legislature, State of Texas, and in Secession Convention, 1861. Married Frances Winifred, the daughter of Robert G. and Agnes (Wood) Branch. Had three children: Robert Guerrant, Cora Christian (later Blanding), and Edward Gray.
Recorded Marker Year 1972