He was the son of Amos Palmer and Sarah Rhodes. He married twice: 1. Emma Ann Woodbridge, by whom he had five children: Amos (1827-1861); William Rhodes (b. 1828); Benjamin F. (1834-1834); Walter (1838-1839); Emma Woodbridge (1835-1912). 2. AMW's sister Catherine ('Kate') Jane McNeill, by whom he had four children: Julia McNeill (1851-1902); George Erwin (1843-1909); Donald McNeill (b. 1845); and Anna Whistler (b. 1848).
They lived in the 'Old Corner House,' on the corner of Main and Wall Streets, Stonington, CT.
www.walterpalmer.com (accessed 2005).