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!"
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
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
Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration
Washington on the Brazos State Park Association
2015 Descendants of the Signers
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
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.
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
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
To fill out the application form, click on this link http://www.starmuseum.org/signers_descendants/application.pdf
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.
|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
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
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
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
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.
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
Wow!! 2011 Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion on Televison
|Photo Courtesy of Cousin Angela Peterson
|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
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-Brazos. Evening - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. Katherine's email address is email@example.com
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to Katherine Serna at her email address email@example.com .
Click Here to See 2009 Reunion Photos !
Daniel Hill Book, Martin Parmer; Lion of the West
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 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
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
Washington, Texas 77880
Office: 936-878-2461, ext. 241
Remember to Bring Your Family Tree/Genealogy to Reunion to Be Put on Martin Parmer
If we do not have your genealogical information on the Martin Parmer Family Tree
, 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.