. “Deacon” Palmer was Joseph Palmer (1716–1788), who will often be mentioned in the Adams correspondence, as will numerous members
of his family, who belonged to an intimate circle of Braintree and Weymouth friends
and correspondents both before and after the marriage of
. The Palmers were also connected with the Smiths of Weymouth by marriage, Joseph
Palmer having married Mary, sister of Richard Cranch, in Devon, England, before coming
to America in 1746. Richard Cranch had come out with his brother-in-law and sister,
and Palmer and Cranch together conducted a glassworks in Germantown in the 1750's.
The Palmer children were Mary, or “Polly” (1746–1791), sometimes referred to by her
fanciful pen name “Myra”; Elizabeth, or “Betsy” (1748–1814), who in 1790 was to marry
her cousin Joseph Cranch; and Joseph Pearse (1750–1797), Harvard 1771. On Joseph Palmer, later more commonly called “General” than “Deacon”
because of his military
role in the Revolution, see
; and on him as well as the members of his family mentioned above, see the Adams Genealogy.