Sarah R. Walker Palmer

Sarah R. Walker Palmer

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
(please include photographer's name when noted).


  • Sarah R. Walker Palmer

Image Number

  • PR06109


  • 18--

Series Title

General Note

  • Survivor of the 1840 Indian Key massacre.
  • Wife of Dr. J.D. Palmer, daughter of Hester Perrine.
  • Dr. Henry Perrine, a botanist from Staten Island, New York, moved to Indian Key (75 miles north of Key West) in 1838. With him were his wife Hester, son Henry Jr., and daughter Sarah. In 1840, during the Second Seminole War, the key came under attack. The Perrine family hid in a turtle kraal under their house, while Dr. Perrine stayed above. He was murdered in what later became known as the Indian Key Massacre. Hester later remarried to Major James Walker, a paymaster under president Abraham Lincoln. Daughter Sarah married Dr. James Palmer and moved to Fernandina. The eleven-acre Indian Key became a state park, Indian Key Historic State Park, in the 1990s.
  • Original print can be found in M88-11.

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 3 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

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