Death: Jul. 17, 1909.
Wife: Sarah M. Palmer ( 1846-1893 )
Children: Cranston-S Palmer, Leonia Thurston Palmer,1869-1940.)
Burial:First Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island.
Elisha Maxson Palmer, son of Hezekiah Palmer and his second wife, Lydia Rathbun, was born in Hopkinton. Oct. 2, 1843. He had one sister, Mary Elizabeth, who married John Ackley of Potter Hill. They were grandchildren of Elder Phineas Palmer. Elisha received a common school education and then became a stone cutter.
He enlisted in Co. A, of this regiment Aug. 8, 1862; a half-brother, Henry C. Palmer ( Whose mother's maiden name was Abby Maxson) was a member of the same company. Tlie latter who resides at Potter Hill, has a brother Daniel also abiding there, a sister Abby J., living in the west, and two deceased brothers, Tracey A., and Edwin M. Just before the battle of Cold Harbor, Elisha was detailed as orderly at brigade headquarters where he remained until mustered out.
He was beside Major Peckham when he was shot, April 2, 1865, and was sent with him to City Point, where he continued to minister unto him until his death next day. Once more at home, he wooed and won Sarah A. Gardner of Niantic, whom he married Nov. 18, 1866. She died at Providence, Dec. 22, 1895, leaving a son Cranston Tucker who still resides in that city, and a daughter, Sarah Leona, who died in 1896. Elisha's homes have been at Niantic, until 1885, at Providence for four years, at Oakland. Pascoag, where he superintended a quarry one year (1889), at Niantic again, until 1897, and since then at Westerly.