I have to admit..I was a little amused by the "Honest Man" part...
it seemed like a very rare find ;)
"AN HONEST MAN
JOHN F. PALMER
AGE 71 YRS. 6 MOS. 8 DAYS
ERECTED BY DR. AND MRS G. E. WHITTEN"
1900 Census in Haverhill, Ma shows John boarding on Main St. with George E. Whitten & his wife Carrie. John was born in Feb 1848 in Massachusetts and was divorced at the time, both of his parents were born in New Hampshire. In 1880, he was a single shoemaker boarding with Lorenzo Washburn, his wife Caroline, their daughter Lena & Lorenzo's father-in-law Moses S. Palmer. 1910 John is listed as a widower & servant in the Whitten household. The 1906 Directory lists him as a Coachman and he continues to be listed in a similar profession until at least 1916. John Francis Palmer died "single" in Haverhill, MA Aug 16 1919. His death record states he was born Feb 8 1848 in Lowell, MA (parents unknown) and had lived in the city for 51 years. He died of Influenza & Pneumonia, aged 71 yrs, 6 month & 8 days. His wife, if he truly had one at some point, is unknown. No marriage was found, and he seems to be listed in various martial statuses, none of which say "married". That said, it is possible he married & divorced between 1880-1900.
1850 & 1860 John is with his parents Moses S. Palmer, Blacksmith & Polly in Windham, NH . Polly/Mary (Avery) Palmer was born in about 1802 in Temple, NH and died aged 74 during 1876 in Windham, NH, daughter of John & Hannah Avery according to her death record. Moses was born in Hampstead, NH about 1798 according to his death record and died Feb 9 1881 in Haverhill, MA son of James Palmer & Abigail.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy