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Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion - Descendants of Martin Parmer

Updated July 9, 2002

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This is the Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Information page. We are the descendants of Martin Parmer, "The Ring Tailed Panther."

Martin Parmer was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico and Chairman of the Committee that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas in 1836 at Washington on the Brazos. Martin Parmer was the instigator and leader of the Fredonian Rebellion in 1826 to 1827. This was an early attempt to declare Texas Independent from Mexico 9 years before the Texas Revolution. Before coming to Texas in 1825, Martin Parmer was a member of the first Missouri General Assembly (Legislature) and later the Missouri Senate.

He was born Martin Palmer in 1778 in Virginia and changed his name, for as yet unkown reasons, to Parmer as an adult. Most of his children changed the spelling back to Palmer but some of his descendants still use the Parmer spelling. Parmer was married four times (Sarah Hardwick, Margaret Neal, Lovisa Anderson Lout and Zina Kelly).

The Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion is held every two years. The 2003 Palmer/Parmer reunion will be held at Washinton-on-the-Brazos, Texas on March 29, 2003. The reunion is being held at Washington-on-the-Brazos because this is where Martin Parmer signed the Texas Declaration of Indendence from Mexico in March 1836. The 2003 reunion will be held in the Convention Center located on the grounds of the State Park. The reunion will include tours of Independence Hall, the Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Farm (the residence of the last President of the Republic of Texas-Anson Jones).

For more information, contact Kameron Searle at 21410 Park York, Katy, Texas 77450 or e-mail at or phone 713-627-0770.

See the 2003 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Webpage on the ineternet at

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  • Some Palmer Ancestry-Descendants of Anthony Palmer (343 KB)
    This gedcom file was provided by H. Taylor Pendley and provides some information about Martin Parmer and his son Anthony Palmer's descendants. Martin Parmer had 15 other children not currently included here.
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