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Palmer, Edward, 1829-1911

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Personal name headingPalmer, Edward, 1829-1911
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Variant(s)Palmer, Edward, 1831-1911
Associated countryGreat Britain
Associated placeArkansas Mexico Paraguay
Birth date1829-01-12
Death date1911
Profession or occupationBotanist Archaeologist
Found inMcVaugh, R. Edward Palmer, plant explorer of the American West, 1977: t.p. (Edward Palmer)
LC data base, 1/25/84 (hdg.: Palmer, Edward, 1831-1911)
His Edward Palmer's Arkansaw mounds, 2010: ECIP galley (in 2007, Palmer's great-great-niece Sharon Palmer Mountford contacted editor Marvin Jeter; from her genealogical research, errors in the literatrue were corrected; Palmer himself had stated his birthdate or age in documents that suggested a number of birth years, as late as 1839; McVaugh concluded that he was probably born in 1830 or 1831 and the Library of Congress chose 1831; Jeter suggested that he was born no later than 1830; in fact, documents in England reveal that he was born on Jan. 12, 1829 and christened on Feb. 22, 1829; the original reason for his misleading statements was that his parents had only married 4 1/2 months before he was born; indeed, his older brother had been born out of wedlock in 1827)
NUCMC data from Arkansas Hist. Comm. for His Field notes, 1881-1884 (Edward Palmer was a British botanist and archaeologist who toured the southeastern U.S. in the 1880s, locating and excavating Indian mounds. He spent the majority of his time in Arkansas, and his exploration included old house sites and fortifications. In his notes, Palmer provides descriptions of some of the towns he passed through in Arkansas, as well as the people he met. Edward Palmer was born in England in 1829 and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of eighteen. He was appointed to Capt. Page's Water Witch Expedition to Paraguay (1853) as botanical collector; then participated in the Geological Survey of California, collecting marine invertebrates and other zoological, archaeological, and botanical specimens for a variety of patrons. He made numerous botanical collecting trips to Mexico between 1878 and 1910.)