Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers) -
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers)


Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers) - Main Street looking West, Palmer, Mass.
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers)

Main Street looking West, Palmer, Mass.

Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers) - Palmer, Mass. Trolley Station at Forest Lake Park
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers)

Palmer, Mass. Trolley Station at Forest Lake Park

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Palmer, Massachusetts, USA (Bondsville) (Three Rivers)
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Where is Palmer, Massachusetts, USA? 

Palmer, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

The villages of Bondsville, Thorndike, Depot Village, and Three Rivers are located in the town.

Palmer was originally a part of Brimfield but separated after being too far from Brimfield. Palmer's first settler was John King... In 1731, a deed to land in today's Palmer renamed the town 'New Marlborough' after Marlborough, Massachusetts in today's Middlesex County. In 1731, residents of the borough renamed the town 'Kingsfield', after the aforementioned John King. Though in some papers in the Massachusetts General Court, it was referred to as the Elbow. A large group of Scots-Irish Presbyterians followed, arriving in 1727. Finally in 1752, it was named Palmer after Chief Justice Palmer. In 1775, Massachusetts officially incorporated Palmer...

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The Nipmuc Indians of Brimfield, Monson, Palmer

The Nipmuc Indians of Brimfield, Monson, Palmer (

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General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American...Read MORE...

5. PALMER. [Pop. 2,139. Inc. 1752.]
Palmer was originally settled by Protestant emigrants from the north of Ireland.

Swift, Ware, and Chicopee rivers unite in this town, and fernifch abundant water privileges.

The chief manufactures at present are woollen and cotton goods.

Distance from Springfield, 16 miles...

1848 - Palmer
This place was originally settled by emigrants from the north of Ireland; many of whose descendants remain in the place. The records of the church and those of the town are scanty and defective. The town was incorporated in 1752. A church was probably organized here in 1730 or 1731, three years...Read MORE...

The beautiful village at Palmer Depot was visited by a terrible fire on Wednesday night, which laid almost its entire business part in rains. It is supposed that at least $70,000 worth of property was destroyed, including the finest buildings in the place.

The fire broke out at 11 ½ o'clock at...

News  1888 - At Palmer, Mass., the Inabaug [sic] river overflowed on the 21st, flooding the town and doing great damage.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 25, 1888
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Palmer Massachusetts, 1890
Palmer is a populous and thriving town forming the north west extremity of Hampden County. It is 84 miles from Boston by the Boston and Albany Railroad, which here meets with the New London and Northern, the Ware River, and the Springfield and Athol railroads. The post-offices are Palmer (village...Read MORE...

News  1891 - FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
A Congregational Minister Loses His Life at Palmer, Mass.

Palmer, Mass., Aug. 3. - The Weeks House on South Main Street, an old landmark, was discovered on fire at about 2 o'clock this morning. The flames spread with great rapidity and in a short time enveloped almost the entire structure. There ...Read MORE...

Palmer, a banking post-village in Palmer township (town), Hampden co., Mass., on the Chicopee River and on the Boston and Albany and the Central Vermont Rs., 15 miles E. by N. of Springfield. It has manufactures of carriages, straw goods, etc. Pop. of the town, which includes Bondsville, Thorndike, ...Read MORE...

Cars Derailed at Bad Place Saturday Morning.

Traffic was tied up on the Boston and Albany, railroad for over three hours, Saturday morning on account of two freight cars being derailed under the railroad bridge just east of the union station in Palmer. The accident happened about 6:30 in the...Read MORE...

Palmer, April 29. - Passengers on three sleepers, the diner and a passenger coach on the east-bound Chicago express on the Boston & Albany division of the New York Central railroad were severely shaken up and half a dozen sustained cuts and bruises when a broken rail sent five of the eight cars off ...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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John Murray (22 November 1720 - 30 August 1794) & Elizabeth McClanathan (1725 - 1760)
married 1742

Peter Hopkins Litno (Letourneau) (8 March 1836 - 5 May 1912) & Edwidge Gerard (3 August 1835 - 14 September 1902)
married 6 February 1854

John Benedict Bowler (1835 - 13 November 1892) & Ellen Cavanaugh (Cavinagh) (Gavin) (May 1834 - 28 March 1882)
married 19 January 1862

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