The subject of this sketch was born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, December 1, 1835, and is a son of George and Elizabeth Palmer, both natives of Virginia. In 1838 they with their family moved to Montgomery County, Missouri, and lived there till 1854, then settled in Daviess County. His mother died February 14, 1S62, and his father died August 23, 1865. Our subject was brought up on a farm and lived with his parents till twenty-five years of age; then, on September 25th, 1862, was married to Miss Polly E. Duncan, who was born in Johnson County, Illinois, February 7, 1844. Her parents were natives of Kentucky, and were early settlers in Daviess County; her father died in 1879, but her mother is still a resident of this County. Their marriage has been blessed with four children: Benjamin W., born December 28, 1865; George M., born October 2, 1868; Martha: E., born November 19, 1863, died January 8, 1864; one died in infancy_ In 1865 he moved to his present farm, but was not able to pay a dollar of the purchase money, but now, by the united industry of himself and worthy companion, he has it all paid for and well improved and stocked. They are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and are o Sabbath-school workers. He has a fine residence upon his farm, and among his stock has what is said to be one of the finest three-year-old stallions in Northwest Missouri. He makes a specialty of the best breeds of stock.