Augustus H. Palmer

Augustus H. Palmer, merchant, Rock Creek, Ark. Mr. Palmer is a man of good   
business experience, progressive in his ideas, and well understands how      
to suit the desires and wishes of those buying from him. He was originally   
from Walton County, Ga., where his birth occurred August 8, 1838, and is the 
fifth of nine children born to the union of Augustus H. and Sarah (Power)    
Palmer, the father a native of Connecticut, and the mother of Georgia. The   
parents were married in Georgia about 1827, and moved from there to Alabama, 
where they resided until 1860, when they came to Arkansas. They settled in   
Columbia County, and there made their home until the death of the father,    
which occurred in 1867, at the age of sixty-one years. The father was a      
graduate of the Forsyth Medical College in Georgia, and practiced his        
profession the principal part of his life. He was also a minister of the     
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, being ordained in Georgia, in 1826, and   
was a merchant and farmer. The mother died in Pike County, Ark., in 1885,    
at the advanced age of eighty-two years. Her father was a native of Ireland. 
Augustus H. Palmer, Mr., was reared in Alabama, received a good education in 
the common schools, and commenced working for himself at the age of twenty   
years. He was married to Miss Martha Phillips, a native of Alabama, and the  
daughter of Jesse and Martha Phillips, who spent their latter years in       
Alabama. Eleven children were born to this union, none now living: Emma H.   
(deceased), William B., Marietta, Ada, Clayton (deceased), Luther, Augustus, 
Mattie, Sallie N., Leonard and Rosa E. Marietta was married, in 1883, to     
Dr. W.S. Watson, a successful physician of Kirby, Ark., and Ada married L.   
Walker, who resides at Nashville, Ark. Mr. Palmer enlisted in the            
Confederate army, in 1862, as a private in Company K, Monroe's regiment,     
and participated in the following battles: Prairie, Grove, Kansas City, and  
was in numerous skirmishes. Returning to his home in Columbia County, after  
the war, Mr. Palmer engaged in farming, but in 1867 moved to his present     
farm in Pike County, where he is the owner of about 360 acres of land, and   
has about 230 acres under cultivation. He also owns one-half interest in     
the store of Palmer & Haygood, merchants at Rock Creek, which store does an  
annual business of $8,000. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are members of the Methodist  
Episcopal Church. He is a Republican in politics.                            
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 335.                                                                    
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