William Physick Zuber. Martin Parmer (Palmer) Manuscript | East Texas Research Center
By Pam Palmer, 1983
Primary Creator: Zuber, William Physick (1820-1913)
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Biographical sketch of Parmer, a Texas Revolution participant and Convention delegate (1835-1836), with material on Parmer's involvement in the Fredonian Rebellion (1826-1827) in an Indian battle near Gonzalez, as well as activities of Parmer's son, Isom. Includes Palmer/Parmer family history material.
Zuber's biographical sketch of Martin Parmer was incorporated into a letter he wrote to A. W. Morris of Willis, Texas in 1902. Parmer, who was born in Virginia about 1770, changed the spelling of his name from "Palmer" after coming to Texas in 1826. The children of his first and third marriages (to Sarah Hardwick and Margaret Neal) continued to use the original spelling; the children of his fourth marriage to Zina Kelly took the new name. Zuber's sketch traces this family history as well as Parmer's involvement in the Fredonian Rebellion and his flight from the Mexican government afterwards, including a battle with the Indians near Gonzalez which made him a local hero. Zuber tells of the conventions at San Felipe in 1835 and at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836 to which Parmer was a delegate. The sketch includes the activities of Parmer's son Isom, who was with his father part of the time Martin was in hiding after the Fredonian Rebellion. Isom also participated in the Texas Revolution. The horse shot from under Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto was the one Isom had sold to him at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Zuber states he acquired most of his information for the sketch from Isom. The manuscript is a handwritten copy of an un-located original. Biographical materials on Zuber and Parmer have been added to the collection.
William Physick Zuber was born on July 6, 1820 in Twiggs County, Georgia. His family moved to Texas in 1830 and eventually settled in Grimes County. Though only 16, Zuber joined the Texas Army during the Revolution and also participated in several campaigns against the Indians. In 1851 he married Louisa Liles and they had three children. Zuber served in Company H of the 21st Texas Cavalry during the Civil War and returned to Grimes County after the war. William Zuber served as a school teacher and historian, and was Justice of the Peace in Grimes County from 1876 to 1878. He is best known for his article on the escape of Moses Rose from the Alamo, published in the 1873 Texas Almanac.
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