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2016 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Set for Washington-on-the-Brazos and 180th Anniversary of Texas Independence.

We will be holding the Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion at Navasota and Washington-on-the-Brazos on the first weekend in March of 2016. The people of Texas will be celebrating the independence of Texas at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park on March 5 and March 6, 2016. This will be the first Palmer/Parmer family reunion in three years and it will also be Texas's 180th birthday, so the 2016 reunion ought to be a big one. Activities are being planned by the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and we will be fitting these activities and the events at the Park into the reunion itinerary.

Thanks to Reunion Co-chair, cousin Tommy Palmer, we can already begin making reservations at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Navasota,Texas. To reserve a room, call Comfort Inn and Suites at (936) 825-9464. 20 Rooms have been blocked under "Palmer/Parmer Group Reunion" for each of the nights of Friday, March 4, 2016 and Saturday, March 5, 2016.

As more details become available for the 2016 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion,we will be providing more information here. Let's get together and celebrate what Martin Parmer and the other signers of the Declaration of Independence did at Washington-on-the-Brazos - "Where Texas Became Texas!"

To assist Kameron Searle and Tommy Palmer with planning the reunion or to contribute funds to help offset the costs of putting on the reunion, contact us at or


Interesting Note - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in her recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, mentions Isom Parmer and his gray stallion,
"Not only did Houston dictate the plan of attack, he led the Texans' charge to within 20 yards of the Mexican position, astride Saracen, the fine gray stallion he bought from Isom Parmer. Both horse and rider were among the first casualties of the battle; Houston's tibia was broken by a musket ball and Saracen was struck numerous times and finally collapsed."
Quote from Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, New York, HarperCollins Publishers, 2013, pages 89 and 90.

Click here to read Sam Houston Rode a Gray Horse.

Palmer/Parmer Cousin Interviewed by TV at 2015 Washington-on-the-Brazos Celebration

We were unable to organize a Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion for 2015. If you would like to help organize a reunion for 2016, the 180th anniversary of Texas Independence, please contact Kameron Searle or Tommy Palmer.

Even though we were not able to conduct a reunion in 2015, there were plenty of activities at Washington-on-the-Brazos this year on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Luncheon was a huge success with a very large crowd in attendance and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was the guest speaker following The Descendants luncheon. 

When "Sam Houston" did the roll call of the names of each of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the descendants of Martin Parmer shouted out "here!"

Cousin Kameron Searle addresses the Descendants of the Signers at 2015 Independence Celebration

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Speaks at Washington-on-the-Brazos 2015

Descendants of the Signers 2015 Luncheon Reservations

Washington-on-the-Brazos: Where Texas Became Texas

Descendants of the Signers

  Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration
of Independence


"The Registry"

and the

Washington on the Brazos State Park Association

Wants You!


2015 Descendants of the Signers Lucheon

Really cool stuff is happening for all the descendants of Martin Parmer up at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Everyone who attended the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion will remember what a great time we had on the 175th anniversary of Texas independence. On that occasion, the Star of the Republic Museum recognized the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. If you were there you will recall the Descendants of the Signers nametags, pins and blue T-shirts with the Descendants of the Signers logo on the front and the signers of the Declaration of Independence signatures on the back. Everyone who was there will also recall the roll call by “Sam Houston” of the names of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and how Martin Parmer had the most descendants in attendance in the amphitheater.

After the celebrations were over, many wondered what would happen to the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and if the Descendants of the Signers would become something permanent or not. Great news! The Descendants of the Signers has grown since 2011 and is here to stay. This year, prior to the 2014 Texas Independence Day celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos, a luncheon was planned by a committee composed of several descendants of the signers.

The 2014 Descendants event was a huge success. Representatives of the Star of the Republic Museum and the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association spoke at the event, including Houston McGaugh, Shawn Carlson and John Fultz. There was a special guest speaker, Texas historian Michael R. Moore, who made a great historical presentation about Gail Borden, the Telegraph and Texas Register newspaper published at San Felipe and the details surrounding the printing of the original printed copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence. There was also some great Texas Bar-B-Q.

But most important there were 250 Descendants of the Signers present at the luncheon!!! 

The Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence luncheon for the 2015 Texas Independence Day Celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos is now in the planning stages. Kameron Searle, a descendant of Martin Parmer is on this committee. The committee is planning on having as many as 350 Descendants of the Signers present for the 2015 event. We would like to see as many descendants of Martin Parmer at the 2015 Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence luncheon as possible. These tickets will be on a first come first served basis like they were for the 2014 luncheon which sold out early with many people still trying to send in their lunch money. Don’t miss out on the 2015 Descendants of the Signers luncheon by not purchasing your tickets early enough. As soon as the ticket information is available, the details on how to purchase them will be posted here.

As was pointed out by John Fultz, the immediate Past President of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association, at the 2014 Descendants luncheon, Washington-on-the-Brazos is “Where Texas Became Texas!” We are descendants of one of only 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Let’s make it an annual pilgrimage to Washington-on-the-Brazos to celebrate Martin Parmer’s very important role in the history of Texas. The Descendants of the Signers is growing and is going to be huge and we would like to see every descendant of Martin Parmer in attendance. As we did at the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion, it would be great if Martin Parmer’s descendants had the largest crowd every year at the Descendants of the Signers luncheon.

Perhaps we could tie the 2015 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion into the 2015 Descendants of the Signers luncheon? More pictures of 2014 Descendants Luncheon.


You can find out more information about the Descendants of the Signers by clicking the following link .

2014 Descendants Luncheon

2014 Descendants Luncheon

2014 Descendants Luncheon

2014 Descendants Luncheon


"The Registry"

Have you gotten your name and your children’s names on the Descendants of the Signers Registry yet? What is “The Registry” you may ask? The Registry is the official list of the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It was begun in 2011 and is growing. There is an application/genealogy form and a fee. The fee helps with processing the application/genealogy form and includes a one-year membership in the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association. As descendants of Martin Parmer, all of us should be members of the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association which does so much to support the Star of the Republic Museum and the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Historical Site including Independence Hall, the site where Martin Parmer signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

We do want to have more Martin Parmer descendants on The Registry than any other signer’s family.  It’s a Martin Parmer thing!

In an act of friendly competition with the descendants of the other signers, we believe Martin Parmer's descendants should try and have more descendants listed on the The Registry than any other signers family.  As of right now very few descendants of Martin Parmer are listed on The Registry.  And of course we cannot let this continue. Get your applications in as soon as possible. Add your self, your children and your grandchildren.  Let's try to add the names of as many Martin Parmer descendants to The Registry as we can before the next Descendants luncheon in 2015.

It is very important to remember that, at this time, you do not have to be on The Registry in order to attend the annual Descendants luncheon. It is also important to remember that The Registry application fee does not get you a ticket to the luncheon. The Descendants luncheon meal ticket is a separate fee.

To fill out the application form, click on this link

To fill out lineage work sheet, click on this link .
To see an example of a Descendants Certificate and medallion, click on this link


Martin Parmer Descendant Remembers Ancestors with Monument

Parmer Descendants Remember Ancestors
Elizabeth Parmer Chandler Monument - Glendale Cemetery in Lufkin - Photos Courtesy of Frances Vick

Descendants of Last Wife Zina Kelly Parmer Listed on Back of Elizabeth Parmer Chandler Monument

When we moved to Lufkin in 1966, my grandmother, Jennie Moren Courtney, told me that her grandmother was buried in Lufkin, that she had died while visiting family and been buried there. I went on a search for my great grandmother and found her through the archives at Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home, now Gibson Funeral Home. There was no monument on her grave, but we knew where she was buried from their records.

These many years later, I decided if I didn't put up a monument it would never be done, so I set out to do that. First, though, I needed to establish the lineage for entry into the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as well as give correct information on the monument. So I pursued both ends, with the help for DRT membership from Johnnie Jo Dickenson of Huntsville, a fantastic researcher for whom the genealogy room of the Huntsville Library is named. We hit a snag when we could not find a connection between my grandmother and her mother, who was the Martin Parmer descendant. My grandmother had fallen between the cracks of the censuses when she would have been in their household.

While searching in the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton for clues about this lost link and not finding anything, I happened to run across my grandfather's name in the deeds index. Curious, I looked up the deed to see what he had sold and discovered written there that J. P. Courtney and his wife, Jennie Moren Courtney, had sold 75 acres to her parents, Joel Conway Moren and Cornelia (Nelia) Chandler Moren. There it was! The connection showing my grandmother was the daughter of Cornelia. So the connection was made to satisfy DRT connections.

To be sure the following generations would not have this problem, I put the lineage from Martin Parmer on the back of the monument over my great grandmother's grave. It pleases me, that the descent is all female after Martin himself. My children insisted that I put my name on there so there would be no mistake in the lineage.

Frances Vick


Cousin Tommy Palmer and His Son Visiting the Palmer Plantation in Virginia

2013 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
Hospitality Room 7-9 p.m. Friday evening at the Days Inn & Suites in Huntsville.
Saturday - Texas Independence Day,
March 2, 2013
Huntsville Public Library Community Room
The 2013 Reunion Will Focus on Palmer/ Parmer Family Genealogy!!!
Reunion Begins March 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. and Will Continue until 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Huntsville, Texas Public Library.
The Huntsville Library has WIFI access, so if you have a laptop, be sure and bring it along.
If you get into Huntsville early on Friday, you might want to drop by the Walker County courthouse.  Martin Parmer's estate papers are there and if you descend from one of Martin's many children who lived in Walker County, you may find a wealth of information about that ancestor too.  The Walker County Courthouse will be closed on Saturday.
Bring your Family Pictures, Family Albums, Family Genealogical Charts, Family Artifacts, etc!!!!  We will have access to the Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room of the Huntsville Public Library as well as plenty of copy machines to copy shared genealogies, records, photos and other information.  If your Palmer/Parmer family data does not
appear on the Tribal Pages web site yet, bring it with you and we will add it and scans of your family pictures to the Tribal Pages web site during the reunion.
We will celebrate Texas Independence Day, Sam Houston's Birthday, and We Will Remember the Day Martin Parmer died.  Be sure and let alll the Palmer/Parmer cousins know about the 2013 Reunion.
Cousin Tommy Palmer will be making a presentation about his recent visit to the Palmer Plantation outside of West Point, Virginia this year. 
Cousin Kameron Searle will be speaking about Martin Parmer's presence on the Internet on sites such as Wikipedia and changes that can and should be made.  He will be soliciting your ideas and computer expertise.
Hotel rooms for the 2013 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion have been reserved at the Days Inn & Suites in Huntsville, Texas.  40 Rooms have been blocked under "Palmer/Parmer Reunion" for each of the nights of Friday, March 1, 2013 and Saturday, March 2, 2013.  Call the Days Inn and Suites at (936) 438-8400 to reserve your room.
Map to Huntsville Public Library and Information about the Community Room.
There will be a BBQ lunch meal catered by McKenzie BBQ. The cost of the BBQ lunch will be $11.00 for adults and children ages 12 and older.  For children under 12 the cost of the meal will be $5.00. Cousins Kameron K. Searle and Tommy Palmer have teamed up to plan the 2013 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion.  Cousin Valerie Wood, who did such a wonderful job with the 2011 reunion, has kindly agreed to assist the 2013 reunion with email communications. If you would like to help, send us an email at
The Martin Parmer Family Reunion quilt sewn by Frances Goforth for the 2005 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion will be on display in the Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room of the Huntsville Public Library.  Many of you who attended the 2005 reunion will remember signing this quilt.  The quilt was donated to the Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room of the Huntsville Public Library when cousin Frances Gorforth passed a few years ago.
The one of a kind Panel 37 from the 2011 Mural of the Reading of the Texas Declaration of Independence portraying Martin Parmer will also be on display along with the one of a kind signers pen with Martin Parmer's autograph engraved upon it.  Both of these items were custom made for the 175th celebration of Texas Independence held at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 2011.

See Frances Goforth's Palmer/Parmer Reunion Quilt
Taylor Pendley and Frances Gorforth Display Martin Parmer Quilt in 2005

Signers Panel #37 Portraying Martin Parmer by Artist Dmitri Koustov

The Martin Parmer Pen

2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Pin
Click to See 2011 Reunion Photos

Wow!! 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion on Televison

Photo Courtesy of Cousin Angela Peterson
Click on Photo to See Television Video
Some of the 160 Cousins Present at Washington-on-the-Brazos on Saturday Feb. 26, 2011

You Tube Video of Palmer/Parmer Cousins Behind Rolling Thunder Cannon and Cousin Kameron Searle Firing Rolling Thunder in Period Attire.

Palmer/Parmer Family Tree on Tribal Pages

2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Was a Huge Success !!!  Reunion Founder Taylor Pendley Declared This Year's Reunion "The Largest Ever!!!"
The Webmaster Will Load Some Pictures From This Year's Reunion Here on the Front Page and Create a 2011 Reunion Page Later.

 It's Finally Here!
2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
February 25th, 26th and 27th, 2011

Reminder!  Please Bring Items to Donate for the Silent Auction on Saturday Night as a Fundraiser for the 2013 Palmer/Parmer Reunion!!!

160 Cousins from All Over the United States Have Already Confirmed for the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion So Far!
We Hope to See You There As Well!!
We have already outgrown the first venue for the reunion and we will be meeting for the Saturday evening meal and reunion activities at the First Baptist Church, 301 Church Street, Navasota, Texas (Saturday Evening, February 26, 2011).  Following the meal on Saturday evening, our speaker will be cousin, Kameron Searle, who will talk about Martin Parmer's many activites and important roles at the Independence Convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos in March 1-17, 1836.
Friday, February 25, 2011 - Evening "Meet and Greet" at Comfort Inn Hotel.
Saturday, February 26, 2011 - Morning and Afternoon at Washington-on-the-BrazosEvening - Reunion and Dinner at First Baptist Church in Navasota.
February 27, 2011 - Afternoon Sunday Ceremony Honoring the Descendants of the Signers of Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Special News! Texas Declaration of Independence Signed by Martin Parmer Will Be on Display in Austin, Texas Now until April 21, 2011. Click Here for Details.


2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
The 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion is being organized by cousins Valerie Wood and Katherine Serna.  Valerie's telephone # is (903) 536-2229 and her email address is .  Katherine's email address is .
The 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion will be held at Navasota, Texas and Washington-on-the-Brazos on February 25th, 26th and 27th, 2011. The reunion is open to descendants of Martin Parmer and the descendants of Martin Parmer's siblings.  
Hotel reservations can be made with the Comfort Inn in Navasota, Texas where a number of rooms have been blocked.  Because of the ceremony for Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence on Sunday, February 27, 2011, we are recommending that you get hotel rooms for the nights of February 25th and 26th.  The Comfort Inn's telephone # is (936) 825-9464. 
Since this will be the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, we recommend you make your room reservations early. 
Click on the links to the two important pdf files below with the most up-to-date information about the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Reunion.

Click Here for 2011 Family Reunion Schedule Flyer pdf.

Reunion Dinner Plate Order Forms pdf. - Due February 5, 2011

Tentative Schedule of Activities for Washington-on-the-Brazos

Reunion Hotel Information

Tommy Palmer Had This Artistic Rendering of Martin Parmer in Buckskin Prepared for the 2011 Reunion

More Special News: The Star of the Republic Musuem Invites the Descendants of Martin Parmer to Leave Their Comments on Their New "Signers Forum." Click Here to Leave Your Comments about the 2011 Reunion, the 175th Anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence and/or Palmer/Parmer Genealogy Information for Other Family Members.

Important News!
Descendants of Signers to Be Honored at Washington-on-the-Brazos!
Sunday, February 27, 2011

175th Annivesary Texas Declaration Independence
Special Program for Descendants at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 2 p.m.

Help Us Update the 2011 Reunion Email List !

As email addresses are constantly changing and our reunions are two years apart, our email list has gotten terribly out of date.  If you would like to be included in emails regarding the 2011 Palmer /Parmer Family Reunion in Navasota and Washington-on-the-Brazos, please send your current email address to the reunion organizers: Valerie Wood  at her email address  and/or to Katherine Serna at her email address .

Click Here to See 2009 Reunion Photos !

Daniel Hill Book, Martin Parmer; Lion of the West Update!
Dear Valerie and Palmer/Parmer family members....
    Many Thanks for the invitation and information for the 2011 Palmer/Parmer reunion at Washington on the Brazos!!!   It sounds like it will be a great event.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the reunion this year. I want all those persons who received copies of my book manuscript "Martin Parmer; Lion of the West" at the 2009 reunion to know that I will send each recipient the updated edition, GRATIS, when it is ready (note: I will just ask for the cost of postage to send out the approx. 600 page book to your address when it is ready....about $8.50 postage).   I registered my "Research Rough-Draft" book manuscript in 2009, after the reunion, with the Missouri State Historical Society;
and with the Kansas City Public Library "Missouri Valley Special Collections."
The updated book has incorporated a bunch of new findings and updates,  from my 2009 research trip.  The new edition has a complete index, a host of new figures giving time-period documentary evidence, new photographs of Parmer/Palmer homesites in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Virginia, complete Bibliography and Endnotes, extensive family group information in the Appendix as well as listing of all Martin Parmer family residence locations with GPS coordinates, complete credits and Preface including all information about my research, and corrections throughout all chapters and with improved narrative to make the story flow smoothly from chapter to chapter.
 My problem at present is, although I have the names of all the original rough-draft book recipients, I don't have mailing address information for most of you.  Please send me your name and mailing address, and your original copy registration number from the back page (p.531) of your "rough-draft" copy, and I will see to it that you receive the new addition as soon as it is ready. 
                            All My Best to the Entire Palmer/Parmer Family.......Cousin Dan Hill 

2011 Palmer/Parmer Reunion Advertisement Appears in Alamo Gala Program
The 50th Anniversary Gala of John Wayne's movie, "The Alamo" world premiere was celebrated at the Alamo on October 9, 2010 by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.  A half page advertisement for the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion appeared in the Commemorative Program for this event.

October 9, 2010 Commemorative Program
50th Anniversary Gala of "The Alamo" World Premiere

Special thanks and congratulations go out to our cousin, Judy Tannehill, for her efforts to make the Commemorative Program for this event such a huge success and for helping the 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion to place an advertisement in this wonderful publication.  Our thanks also go out to all of you who contributed towards the $200 cost for the placement of this advertisement.  Below is the advertisement as it appeared in the Commemorative Program.

2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion Advertisement

The ad reads as follows:
Martin Parmer/Palmer
Martin Parmer was born in Virginia in 1778 as Martin Palmer, but during his adult life, he changed the spelling of his last name to Parmer.
He signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.  He was chairman of the committee that drafted the Constitution of the Republic of Texas.  Not only was he a statesman, but a frontiersman, pioneer, and Indian fighter often called "The Ringtailed Panther."
The 2011 Parmer/Palmer Reunion is to be held February 25, 26, and 27 at Washington-on-the-Brazos and in Navasota.
Valerie Wood 903-536-2229
On Facebook:  "The Parmer Palmer Family"
And Visit the Websites---

The Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos is looking for descendants of the 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence for a special ceremony at the 175th anniversary of Texas Independence next year (2011).  All descendants of Martin Parmer are eligible for this special ceremony. 
We are encouraging all descendants of Martin Parmer to contact Dr. Shawn Carlson at The Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos State Park so that we will all be on the Star of the Republic Museum's mailing list for this exciting event. 
The Star of the Republic Museum needs your ancestor's name (Martin Parmer), your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. Plans are in the works to attempt to combine the descendants ceremony with the Palmer/Parmer Reunion if possible.
Shawn B. Carlson, Ph. D.
Curator of Collections and Exhibits
Star of the Republic of Texas Museum
P.O. Box 317
Washington, Texas 77880

Office: 936-878-2461, ext. 241
Fax: 936-878-2462


Remember to Bring Your Family Tree/Genealogy to Reunion to Be Put on Martin Parmer Family Tree
If we do not have your genealogical information on the Martin Parmer Family Tree at:, then be sure and bring your genealogy data, photos and other information to the reunion.  We will be bringing a computer and a scanner, and if we can get a computer connection we will be putting your data online right there at the 2011 reunion.

Martin Parmer Family Tree

"Martin Parmer - Agent for Texas"
Martin Parmer's Autograph from Martin Parmer Scrip, 1836 - Collection of Kameron Searle


We are the descendants of Martin Parmer and his siblings.  On this home page you will find information regarding the Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion which is held every two years.

Martin Parmer Family Tree
See the Martin Parmer Family Tree at the link below.  If your family line is not on it, then you need to send me your line.  Or bring copies of your ancestor charts and pictures to the reunion in March.  See the page for more details.

Martin Parmer Family Tree

We will also highlight the life and the many historical contributions of Martin Parmer, his ancestors and his descendants in the history of the United States and Texas.

Martin Parmer's Grave in the Texas State Cemetery
Click Photo to Go to Texas State Cemetery Page

Headstone Text


"A small party of infatuated madmen at Nacogdoches have declared Independence and invited the Indians from the Sabine to the Rio Grande to join them and wage a war of Murder, plunder and desolation on the innocent  inhabitants of the the frontier--The leader of this party is Martin Parmer..."       Stephen F. Austin to the Citizen's of Victoria - Letter dated January 1, 1827 regarding Fredonian Rebellion.
"One man in the throng was especially conspicuous and, if possible, he seemed more eager for the fray than any other.  This was old Martin Palmer, 'the ring-tailed panther'...
"...Palmer was a man of more than ordinary parts, of most extraordinary strength of mind and body and brave as a lion.  He was of large stature and bronzed of feature, always dressed in buckskin hunting shirt and leather trousers, with a panther skin cap, wore his hair long and platted in Indian style, and was indeed a unique figure.  I first saw the 'Panther' at our home on Taylor's Bayou and he impressed me as a most extraordinary character. 
"On this occasion the'Panther' was well mounted and armed, and in high glee, eager for a brush with the enemy;..."      Creed Taylor - Texas Revolutionary War veteran and Texas Ranger regarding Martin Parmer's military service at the first battle of the Texas Revoution at Gonzales on October 2, 1835.
"On motion of Mr. Everitt, the house went into an election for officers for the provisional government.
The rule in this case , being suspended,
Mr. Martin nominated for governor, S. F. Austin.
Mr. Parmer nominated for governor, Henry Smith.
Mr. Everitt nominated for lieutenant governor, J. W. Robinson.
When there appeared for Henry Smith, for governor,    31
                                         For S. F. Austin,          "         22
                                         For J. W. Robinson, 52
Whereupon, Mr. Henry Smith was declared duly elected governor, and J. W. Robinson, Lieutenant governor."     Journals of the Consultation at San Felipe de Austin, November 12, 1835.  Henry Smith was the first American Governor of Texas and Martin Parmer nominated him for the position against Stephen F. Austin.
"Mr. Parmer gave an interesting account to his friends at Old Washington in 1836 of his escape from San Antonio.  He was a wonderfully fascinating talker and his recital of this even greatly amused those who heard him.  He was a man absolutely without fear and held the Mexicans in contempt."      Charles B. Stewart - First Secretary of State of Texas - Delegate to the Convention at Washington - Signer Texas Declaration of Independence.
"Mr. Parmer was of a nervous temperament.  He had a stubborn and determined will and showed impatience of delays.  Many interesting stories were told of his prowess among the Indians.  He was an interesting talker and was frequently seen in the midst of an admiring group, relating incidents of his adventures.  He was a unique character but with all he was a man with the best of impulses - honest, brave and heroic."      Col. Stephen Blount - Delegate to Convention at Washington - Signer Texas Declaration of Independence.

Independence Hall
Click on Picture to Go to Washington Sate Park Web Page


The 2003 Palmer/Parmer Reunion included a tour of Independence Hall located at Washington-on-the-Brazos.  Though only a replica, Independence Hall is constructed on the exact spot where Martin Parmer signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in March, 1836.

Martin Parmer - The Ring Tailed Panther
Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence

Martin Parmer's signature on the Texas Declaration of Independence can be seen on the Internet by clicking the link below.  Parmer's signature can easily be found by locating Sam Houston's signature and counting down three signatures.


Thanks for Visiting!
Hope to See You in 2011!!
Valerie Wood
889 CR 131
Centerville, Texas
Tel - (903) 536-2229
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