W. Albert Palmer, farmer, and prominent citizen of the Thirteenth District, was born in Carroll County in 1845, and is one of a family of six children, three of whom are living. The father, William Palmer, was born in Anson County, N.C., in 1808, and his father, Marcus Palmer, was also a native of the same county, and was of English descent. He was magistrate in his native county thirty-six years, and died in 1828. William was married in 1829 to Nancy Harris, and in 1830 he, in company with his mother and one brother, came to Carroll County and settled in the Twelfth District, where the mother died about 1842. In 1837 he settled on the farm where our subject now resides, and here ended his days. He died in 1876. The mother of our subject was a native of the same State and county as her husband, and was born in the same year. She is still living with her son, W. A.
Our subject grew to manhood on the farm and received a good practical education. In October, 1868, he married Martha Belew, who died four months after her marriage. In March, 1875, he married Susan Hart of Henderson County, and the daughter of James and U. Hart, also of Henderson County. Our subject has always lived on the farm where he was born and reared, and has been so far successful in the management of it as to increase the number of acres to 274. Mr. Palmer is a man of considerable information and good judgment, fully understanding the true method of farming. In politics he is a Democrat, but cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Grant, in 1868. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Palmer was born in Henderson County, in 1855, and is an active and devoted member of the Christian Church.
Transcribed by David Donahue
Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Carroll, Henry and Benton Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978.