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JOHN PUTNAM of Danvers, Mass., JAN POUTMAN of Albany, N. Y., 
THOMAS PUTNAM of Hartford, Conn. 

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This part, the first to be issued, is to become Part II in the 
final arrangement. 

The history of the family in Europe will have a separate 
pagination and will be issued last in the series. 

The next three parts will probably appear together, we 
hope before Christmas, and the balance of the work as soon 
as may be, completing the volume before the summer of 1892. 

Subscribers are reminded of the terms of subscription, i. e. 9 
payment in full for the work upon receipt of this part, un- 
less directions have been previously given to deliver in bound 
volumes at a higher price. 

The edition is limited to 300 copies of which nearly 200 are 
already taken. 

Additionsjand corrections should be sent to Mr. Eben Put- 
nam, Asylum Station, Essex Co., Mass., and subscriptions to 
the Salem Press Publishing & Printing Co., Salem, Mass. 


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At last ! It is with a feeling of great relief that at last I 
offer to the subscribers the first part of the work upon which 
I have been engaged for so many years. 

With the appearance of this part I feel that the Rubicon 
is passed ; that I have burnt my bridges and that nothing 
further can now be added. For the past year I have been 
constantly upon the point of issuing this first part, but two 
important matters prevented : first, the conviction that more 
information pertainiug to the early generations in America 
could and would be obtained ; and, secondly, the fact that 
subscribers were few and far between. 

As this goes to press, I lack over one hundred subscribers 
to make a number sufficient to reimburse myself for the act- 
ual cost of printing and publishing the work. 

There are many, I feel assured, who would have contrib- 
uted, had they 'been requested, to the fund for carrying 
the book through. To such, I state in brief that, as there re- 
main nine parts to be issued, subscriptions are still welcome. 

The first attempt to compile a genealogy of our family was 
made in 1733 by Deacon Edward Putnam, a grandson of John 
the first. He contented himself with the statement, given in 
full in the appendix, that John Putnam came over in 1634, 
and in giving a list of as many of the heads of families living 
in 1733, as he had knowledge of. 

During the first part of this century, Gen. Rufus Putnam 
wrote a brief sketch of the family, particularly of his own line. 

About 1820, the Rev.lBUaaer Warburton Putnam collected 
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gree ; but, some ten years later, learning that Col. Perley Put- 
nam had commenced a genealogy of the family upon an 
extensive scale, he courteously provided him with such in- 
formation as he then had. 

To Col. Perley Putnam you owe this work ; for, had he not 
.collected, when he did, the records of so many families, it 
would have been almost impossible to present so complete a 
history as I hope this will be. 

Colonel Putnam did not complete his work, but after his 
death the papers were deposited in the rooms of the Essex 
Iustitute and have been of service to many of our family 
who desired information concerning their ancestry. 

During the period in which Colonel Putnam was working, 
others had taken an interest and several Hues were worked 
out independently and some researches made in Englaud, 
notably by the late George Palmer Putnam of New York. 

Following Colonel Putuam, came Dr. Dana Boardman 
Putnam, who added much concerning the Maine families and 
later generations. Upon his decease the MSS. fell into the 
hands of Mr. Benjamin Putnam who in turn passed them to 
the Rev. Alfred Porter Putnam. 

My own work commenced with the attempt to trace col- 
lateral lines in connection with some ancestral work. I was 
then but twelve years of age and entered into my work with 
great enthusiasm, having the libraries of Boston and Cam- 
bridge at my disposal. Soon I became interested in the 
family history in its broadest application and finally consulted 
with Rev. A. P. Putuam in regard to my work and offered 
to turn over to him all my notes, etc., if he would undertake 
the task of compiling a genealogy. His health forbade and 
so I found myself, figuratively speaking, the genealogical ex- 
ecutor of my many worthy predecessors. 

The labor of compiling this genealogy has been great ; the 
letters that had to be written, the authorities to be con- 
sulted, the matter to be gleaned, — all have been a labor of 
love and one which has absorbed my entire time outside of 
business hours. 

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To the many who have encouraged me during this long pe- 
riod, and to those wholiave kindly furnished me with informa- 
tion concerning many lines apart .from their own, I extend 
my cordial acknowledgments for the services rendered. The 
names of a few to whom I am most deeply indebted I mention 
below with great pleasure. 

Dr. Henry Wheatland, Mr. Perley Derby, Hon. Deloss 
Putnam, Mr. Francis Barnes, Rev. Alfred P. Putnam, Mrs. 
Susanna Hartshorn, Hon. James O. Putnam, Mr. E. S. , 
Jaqua, Mr. Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters and Mr. Harrison 
Ellery. I am tempted to add many more but such a list 
would include most of my subscribers. 

The reason for publishing the work in parts is to allow an 
opportunity for belated accounts to reach me, and further in- 
vestigation to be made in England and Holland concerning 
both the ancestry of John Putnam of Dan vers and Jan Pout- 
man of Albany. 

Our family is one of considerable antiquity and many sur- 
prises are in store for the great body of our name. 

Should a reunion of the descendants of John Putnam ever 
be held, those present on that occasion will doubtless be struck 
with the resemblance existing between members of the fam- 
ily, even when separated by many degrees of kinship. Never 
have characteristics, mental and physical, remained so fixed 
as in our family. The Putnam type is somewhat as folio wa : 
good physique, Saxon features, of good height, inclined to 
stoutness but not fleshy, even temperament, honest inten- 
tions, fixedness of purpose, high principles, satisfied with a 
fair share of the good things of life, inclined to be too gener- 
ous, patriotic and intensely military in spirit, more inclined 
to lead than to be led. There are many deviations from 
this standard as there are from all. 

John Putnam has no reason to be ashamed of his descend- 

Eben Putnam. 

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are found in the Missendens, at Amersham, Chesham, Haw- 
ridge, Choulsbury, and other places between Penn and 
Puttenham, and to the north at Eddlesborough, Slapton, 
Stukeley, Woughton, and neighboring parishes, and at 
Hemel-Hempstead in Herts, as well as at one or two places 
in Essex. 

Roughly speaking, the country for fifteen miles north and 
south of Tring, for a width of ten miles, was at the end 
of the sixteenth century nearly as thickly populated by 
people of our name as the country about Danvers is to-day, 
but at the present time I am only aware of one family in 
that whole territory, that of a respectable and well-to-do 
merchant of Aylesbury, who has a son in business in each 
of the towns of Tring and Thame. Even he spells his name 
Putman, which indeed is the usual form it is met with in 
the London directory, where a score of individuals are 

There are no memorials of the family in existence in all 
this territory, for, the elder line, the representatives of the 
family, were seated at Sherfield in Hampshire, and the 
younger branches were but small gentry or yeomen, entitled 
to and at times using coat-armor, but obliged to attend to 
their own affairs. Their position was similar to that of the 
"gentleman farmer" of to-day in England. 

In early times the history of a family is that of the land 
with which it was identified. For this reason it is necessary, 
before beginning the genealogical account of the Putnam 
family in England, to describe in a brief manner the history 
of the territory of which their after possessions were a part. 

The counties of Hertford and Buckingham are among the 
most fruitful, and the people have always been among the 
most progressive, in all England. In early times, before the 
Roman occupation, it is supposed to have been a part of 
the territory of the Catyeuchlani.* After the arrival of the 
Romans the province of Flavia Caesariensis embraced this 

* At the time of Cesar's second invasion, this tribe, with the Cassi, under Cassibelaunas 
CCsswsilon), proved a worthy match for the Romans. 

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district, and at St. Albans was an important Roman city 
(Verulamium). The famous Watling Street and Icknield 
Way intersect the counties, passing to the northward of 
the " Putnam country," as we may call it. 

The four centuries of Roman occupation affected princi- 
pally the people in the southeastern part of Britain, and 
after the Romans came the Saxons, who founded seven 
kingdoms more or less independent, of which two founded 
in the sixth century, Essex and Mercia, embraced the terri- 
tory we are interested in. The Danes, too, at a later date, 
permanently occupied a part of this same territory. Near 
Hawridge may still be traced the lines of one of their forti- 
fied camps. During all these centuries, and to the coming 
of the Normans, there is nothing to throw light upon so 
small a section of the country as Puttenham and vicinity. 
With the Norman occupation comes the first information 
about the particular parish of Puttenham. Who then were 
the inhabitants of the Vale of Aylesbury ? Britons, Romans, 
Saxons, or Danes ? It is likely that the prevailing race were 
most thickly distributed in those places the pleasantest, the 
most easily defended, and the richest. In remoter spots the 
former owners were less likely to be disturbed to as great an 
extent. It is probable that while the greater part of the 
population of Britain was Celtic, that is, a modified Celtic, 
as would result from the admixture of the various conquer- 
ing races, it being preposterous to suppose the original 
inhabitants were either completely driven away or destroyed, 
that in such spots as about Aylesbury, the prevailing race 
would be either Saxon or Danish at the time of the Norman 
invasion. Moreover, this part of the country was the scene 
of stubborn resistance between the Britons and Saxons, and 
later with the Danes. 

When, in 1066, William the Norman conquered England, 
there was an estimated population of two and one half 
millions of people, and of these but three hundred thousand 
are enumerated in Domesday Book. It is doubtful if the 
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Britain amounted to over 100,000 individuals, and of these 
a majority were drawn from the districts of France which 
were of the same race as the ancient Britons. It is, then, 
probable that our ancestors were of a mixed Danish-Saxon- 
Celtic race* and may have been identified with the land 
from the earliest times. 

There is nothing to show to what extent the territory 
about there was " Normanized." 

Puttenham is mentioned in the great survey ordered by 
William the Conqueror, and which took place in the years 
1085 and 1086. The records of this survey are to be found 
in a volume called Domesday Book. 

The inquisitors were to inquire into the name of every 
place, who held it in^the time of King Edward, who was the 
present possessor, the extent of the manor, its capabilities, 
the number of inhabitants of certain classes, its present value 
and the value in King Edward's time. From this survey it 
appears that before the time of the Conquest the manor 
belonged to Earl Leuiun, the brother of Harold, and that 
it was given by William to Odo, Bishop of Baieux, his half- 
brother, on his mother's side, who held it at the time of the 
survey. " The manor answers for four hides, Roger holds it 
for the Bishop. There is land to four ploughs. There is 
one in the demesne and another maybe made. Four villanes 
with two borders have there two ploughs. There are four 
cottagers and two bondmen, and two mills of ten shillings 
and eight pence. Meadow for four ploughs, and four shil- 
lings. Pasture for the cattle. It is worth sixty shillings, 
when the Bishop received it forty shillings. In King 
Edward's time four pounds." 

The origin of the name seems to be from the Low Dutch 
or Flemish word " putte," a well, plural piitten, and 
" ham," a house, or hamlet. The Danish word u putt " is 

• I am inclined to think that the Danish rather than Saxon blood is predominant in our race, 
and was at the time of the Migration. Since then, in many branches of the family, the so-called 
Saxon must predominate. The late George D. Putnam used to say that the majority of the 
Putnams he had met would rery well meet the supposed physical characteristics of the Danes 
of early times. 

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used to designate a weir or spring. Near Ghent, in Holland, 
is a village called Piittenheim, and there is a place called 
Puttenham* in Surrey, England. It is probable that the 
Putmansf of Holland may have a similar origin for their 

Mr. Cussans, in his History of Hertfordshire, states that 
Puttenham is singularly devoid of wells or springs ; the sub- 
soil there is of stiff, blue clay, through which a boring of 
four hundred feet had then (1881) recently been made with- 
out reaching water. A small stream rises at Astrope, a 
hamlet about one mile east of the village, where were proba- 
bly the two mills mentioned in Domesday, flows westward, 
close by the north side of the church, then north into the 

The church of an ancient English parish is surrounded by 
even more interest than is the case in this country. The 
church at Puttenham is a structure of the date of the thir- 
teenth century. It is not a large building, but has ample 
accommodations for the needs of the parish, which is a small 
one. Close by is an old straw-thatched cottage which has 
the appearance of extreme age and which is now used as a 
Sunday-school. An ancient tree still survives near the 
porch, which looks as though it may have witnessed the 
going and coming of contemporaries of John Putnam. The 
church itself can best be described by using the words of 
former historians. 

" The church at Puttenham is dedicated to St. Mary, and 
consists of a chancel, nave, north and south aisles, and a 
modern south porch, and is one of the plainest and smallest 
in the county, being but 69 feet long inside measurement, 
and of which the chancel occupies 25 feet, and the tower 
14 feet 6 inches. The width is 31 feet 8 inches. 

" Salmon writing of the church in 1728, says: ' The chancel 

• Puttenham la Surrey is singularly devoid of running water. It is not mentioned in 

t Mr. DeWitt C Putmaa informs me he has investigated the history of the Putmans to 
some extent, and finds four distinct families in Europe, **.#., the Continent, existing at the 
present date. 

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is dark and uninhabited, two round windows have been 
stopt up and it is shut out from the church. There are two 
old stones in it, the arms and inscriptions broke off.' " • 

The date of the structure is put by Cussans as about 1280 
or 1290 or very early in 1300. The tower is large and beau- 
tiful. The original roof over the nave and south aisle are, 
however, decidedly decorated, while the windows are early 
Tudor. The chancel was rebuilt in 185 1. The roof of the 
nave is supported by eight carved figures against the wall, 
apparently intended to represent saints, which serve as 
corbels. Between them and resting on the wall plates are 
smaller figures, each holding an uncharged shield on its 
breast. From the shape of the shields, at the. intersection 
of the rafters and beams, it is safe to put the roof at the date 
of 1420. The easternmost shield is charged with the arms 
of Zouch, Gules, twelve bezants and a canton, indented at 
the base, ermine. The other, Argent, two chevronels sa. 
between three roses gu., for Wykeham.* 

William Wykeham was Bishop of Lincoln (in which 
diocese Puttenham was situated) 1584-94, but Cussans 
thinks that too late a date to account for the arms. 

Alan la Zouch of Ashley, Co. Northampton, died in 13 1 4, 
and he and his father, Roger, and grandfather, Alan, were 
liberal benefactors of the priory there, and as this church 
belonged to the prior and canons of Ashley until the reign 
of Edward II. when it was granted to the Bishops of Lincoln, 
it is probable it was built by the Zouch and given to the 
priory. When the church was reroofed the arms were placed 
in a conspicuous position. 

Clutterbucks adds that in one of the windows lighting the 
north aisle of the nave are these arms in stained glass : 
1. Ar. a ship in full sail, in the dexter corner a bezant, in 
a chief gu. a lion passant gardant or. 2. A chief divided 
compartments; in the centre, Gu. a lion pass. gard. or; 3 
and 4, Or. each charged with a rose gu. 

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The benches and pews are of solid oak and date back to 
the time of Henry VI. The construction of the tower is 
curious ; it is built of long, squared blocks of Kelton stone, 
with spaces varying from eight inches to a foot between the 
ends of each block, filled in with flint. 

There are three bells in the tower — one undated, one dated 
1656, and the other 1 7 14. In the last year of Edward VI. 
there were three bells in the steeple, a challisse of silver, etc. 

The gravestones are modern and bear the names of 
Gregory, Gales, Chapman, Ives, Hancher, Hall, Collins, 
Clark, Nash, Tapping, etc. The rectory is in the diocese 
and archdeanery of St. Albans, and at the valuation at 
demolition of the religious houses in England was placed at 
£10. 1. i£. 

The prior and canons of Ashby presented the living till 
1309 ; then the Bishop of Lincoln until 1852, but there was 
no resident minister from 1713 to 1849. 

The registers begin in 1684 and are very carelessly kept ; 
among the names which occur are Stonnell, Gurney, and 

The hamlets of Long Marston and Wilstone are included 
in the parish of Tring. 

Urwick, in the History of Nonconformity in Herts, states 
that Long Marston was a stronghold of the Nonconformists, 
and that Hertfordshire was one of the first counties to em- 
brace Nonconformity. The seat of Sir Nicholas Bacon and 
his lady was some few miles west of St. Albans, and was the 
rallying-place for many Puritan divines. In 1662, the widow 
Puttenham and many others of Tring and vicinity were either 
fined or imprisoned for not going to the parish church. 

Odo, Bishop of Baieux, had at the time of the survey four 
hundred and thirty-nine lordships, of which thirty were in 
Buckinghamshire. Who Roger his undertenant was I know 
not ; this same Roger seems to have held other of the 
Bishop's manors. The Bishop was also Earl of Kent, but 
before his death had lost his authority and influence in 
England. He left an illegitimate son. 

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. The Beauchamps, afterward Earls of Warwick, were 
possessed of large estates in this section of the country soon 
after the conquest, as also were the Spigornells. The Put- 
nams first appear during the latter part of the twelfth 
century, and soon after are undisputed lords of the manor 
of Puttenham.* 

' From this time to the middle of the sixteenth century 
Puttenham was a part of the possessions of the Putnams of 
Sherfield, after which time it passed by descent or purchase 
successively into the families of Skipwith, Saunders, Dun- 
combe, Lucy, Meacher, Egerton, and was finally purchased 
by Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. 

Wingrave in Bucks, the home of the grandparents of John 
Putnam, was also a part of the possessions of the Beau- 
champs, and later that of the Nevilles. Early in the six- 
teenth century it became the property of the Hampdens and 
still later passed to the Dormers. 

Wingrave includes Rowsham, which latter place is bounded 
on the west by Burstone, a part of the parish of Aston Ab- 
botts. It is in Burstone that John Putnam probably lived, 
as his uncles, from whom his father inherited property, 
owned land in Wingrave, Rowsham, and in Burstone. Bur- 
stone bounds Aylesbury on the north. It will thus be seen 
that the direct ancestors of John Putnam continued to 
reside upon the same or nearly the same property which had 
been in the family for nearly four centuries. 

* Chauncey errs in saying that the manor was early in possession of the family of Cheyne 
and from them passed to the Puttenhams ; he confesses ignorance concerning those Cheynes. 
In Browne Willis's MSS. will be found an account of the Cheyne family of Drayton Beauchamp, 
the adjoining parish, who are descended from Thomas ob. 1357, whose son Thomas was the 
grantee of Drayton Beauchamp in 1362 and who died in 1368. A Roger Cheyne, who died in 
1415, of Drayton Beauchamp and grandson of the last-named Thomas, held land in Putten- 
ham in s Henry V. iltuj. /. m.). Willis does not give Puttenham at all among the possessions 
of any of the Cheynes, and I hare found no further evidence of their ownership there. Willis 
was descended from the Hampshire Putnams. 

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Simon de Puttcham* and Ralph de Pudeham, men- 
tioned in the Rotuli Curiae Regis, report of a court held in 
Hertfordshire, October, 1 199. 

Ralph de Putenham had property in Stivecle, Bucks, 
12 17-18. {Fines, 2 Henry III.) Ralph de Puteham held 
three carucates, *.*., about 1 50 acres, of land in Puttenham 
by three parts of one knight's fee of the honor of Leicester 
{Testa de Neville temp Henry III, prob. 1236). Simon de 
Mountford, the great Earl of Leicester, was the over-lord : 
his property was confiscated after his defeat and death in 
1264. Ralph de Puttenham is also mentioned in the Rotuli 
Litterorum Clusae, of 1st Henry III., 1217. 

Richard de Putenham is mentioned under the Hundred 
of Bonestowe, Bucks. 2 Edw. I., 1273 {Hundred Rolls). 

John de Puttenham and Agnes his wife, and Richard 
Payn and Agnes his wife, enter into an indenture concern- 
ing a messuage in Tykeford, near Newport Pagnell, 34 Edw. 
I., 1306 {Fines No. 368). John de Putham is assessed 70 
shillings, Peter de Putham 5 shillings, and Walter de Put- 
ham 27 shillings 6 pence, 19 Edw. I., 1291 {Lay Subsidies), 
for property in Puttenham, John being the first person of 
the thirty-two named, with the largest assessment. 

In 22 Edw. I., 1294, Johan de Putham also appears on the 
subsidy as of Totenhale. 

Peter de Puttenham, mentioned above with John de 
Putham {Lay Subsidy for Herts, ip Edw. I), 1291, and in 34 
Edw. I., 5 April, 1306, Peter de Puttenham, " manucaptor " 
of Ranulphus de Monte Caniso, knight of the shire returned 
for Herts. {Pari. Writs.) 

* The name on old records is variously spelled Puttenham, Putenham, Potenham, Putnam, 
Puteham, with the usual contractions ; later, Putnham, Puttnam, Puttman, and Putnam. 

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Peter de Puthen held land in common socage as one 
thirtieth part of a knight's fee in Aston Clinton, Bucks 
(Testa de Nevill). 

James de Puttenham was Bailiff of Southwerk, 1325 
(Rolls of Pari.), and in 17 Edw. II., 1323, as "Janitor Dori 
Regis," brings certain persons into the Court of Kings 
Bench.* • 

Thomas Puttenham, temp. Edward I. (1 272-1 307), mar- 
ried Helen,f daughter and co-heir of John Spigornell, Lord of 
Buckingham (Harl. MSS. 1553, fo. 41 b.). 

John Spigornell, was seized of the manors of Stondon in 
Essex, and Skegely in Notts, 1308-9 (Inq.p. m. 2 Edw. II.). 
He was brother and heir of Edmund who d. 24 Edw. I., 
1295-6 (Banks Baronia Anglicd), or, according to Morant 
(History of Essex), his son. They were descended from 
Godfrey Spigurnel, who had a grant of Skegeby, 9 John 
(1207-8). This was an important family during the succeed- 
ing two centuries, and possessed much property in Eastern 
Bucks. I fail to find that any Spigornell was ever the 
possessor of the lordship of Buckingham, which seems to 
have been at the time of Thomas Puttenham's marriage 
a part of the possessions of the Broas family. 

Thomas left a son 

Roger Puttenham (Harl. MSS., 1553), whom I identify 
with Roger de Puttenham, High Sheriff of Herts in 1322. 

3 Edw. II., 1309-10, Roger de Puttenham and wife Aliva 
are parties to an indenture with Robert de Gravile and 
Alicia his wife, concerning lands in Penn, Bucks. 

In consequence of his continuance with the king he was 
exonerated from the fine imposed on the knights and 
esquires of Essex and Herts. 15 Jan., 132 1-2. (Pari. Writs.) 

Roger left a son 

* Beside the above there occur the names of Gilbert de Putesham of Melecombe in Cumber- 
land, 13x4-15 ; Phillip Puttesham, B.A., Oxford, 1454, supplicant as secular chaplain for 
B.C.L., March, 1462, instituted incumbent of Newton St. Loe, Somerset ; William Puttysham, 
supplicant for B.A. Oxford, 19 June, 1454. 

f Somerby MSS. in the library of the Mass. Hist. Soc. calls her Catherine. 

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Henry Puttenham {HarL MSS. t 1553), about whom no 
further information has been discovered. He probably was 
living between 1300 and 1350. He probably had a brother 
or son 

Sir Roger de Puttenham, Knt., who was knight of the 
shire for Bucks, 1354, 1357, 1362, 1364-5, 1366, 1368, 1370-1, 
1378. He married Margery, and in 44 Edw. III., 1 370-1, 
Robert Stratford, parson, granted by deed to Christian Bar- 
dolph the manor of Long Marston for life, with remainder 
to Sir Roger Puttenham, Knt., and Margery his wife, and 
the heirs of their body begotten, and for want of such issue 
the remainder to the heirs of said Roger. 

Robert Puttenham * was a witness to a deed conveying 
the manor of Erie in Pittston in 1346, of which William 
Puttenham was later one of the enfeoffees. 

William Puttenham of Puttenham and Penne, who mar- 
ried Margaret, the third daughter of John de Warbleton of 
Warbleton, Sussex, and Sherfield on Loudon, Southampton, 
by Katherine, daughter of Sir John de Foxle of Foxle, 
Bramshell, and Apuldrefield. This John de Warbleton died 
21 Sept., 1375. He was son of John, who was great-grand- 
son of Thomas de Warbleton of Warbleton and Sherfield 
about the middle of the 13th century. {Vol. III. Topo- 
grapher and Genealogist^) 

In 1422, William Puttenham, Esq., John Hampden, Esq., 
and others, were enfeoffed of the manor of Erie in Pittston, 
by John Southend of Eddlesboro, and others. In 1406 and 
1427-8, Robert Puttenham was witness to similar grants of 
this same manor. 

William Puttenham of Tring, Esq., in 1430 was one of 
the persons resident in Herts who " may despend X Is by 
yere and above." 

* In the pedigree given by Berry in his Hamptkire Ptdi frets (taken from a Visitation of 
H amp thirty 1634?), the descent of Sir George is derived from a Robert Puttenham. At 
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Margaret (Warbleton) Puttenham died prior to 8 Edward 
IV., 1468. Children : 
Henry, son and heir. 
Robert (?), living 1406-28. 

John(?), rector of Tewin, Herts, resigned 21 June, 1453. 
Thomas (?), vicar of Ambrosden, Co. Oxford, 1458. 

Henry Puttenham, son of W. ;l liam, was aged 60 and 
upwards in 8th Edward IV. ; he died 6 July, 1473. {Esch. 
13 Edw. IV.) 

In 28 Henry VI., 1449-50, he, with Edmund Brudenall, 
Robert Foster, and Thomas Lombard, purchase of Thomas 
Hand and Johan his wife a messuage in Chalfhunt {Fines 
28 Hen. VI.), and two years later, with Thomas Everdon and 
Thomas de la Hay, buys of Thomas More and Florence his 
wife, messuage and land in Wycombe and Huchenden 
{Fines, 30 Hen. VI., No. 81). In 1461-2 Barnard son and 
heir of Bernard Brocas of Horton, Bucks., Esq., gave to 
Richard Neville, Count Warwick,* John Neville, Lord 
Montague, Thomas Perkins, Henry Puttenham, Robert 
Rushford, Esqrs., John Bulman and John Malter, the manor 
of Haliborne, Estbroke et Westbroke, Trayle, Renstede, 
Slapton, Whaddon, Croston, Woketon, Dakenhale, Tisede, 
Betlow, Aldewyk, Marsworth, Ivingho, Aston Clinton, Picks- 
liethorn, Wingrave, Wegeton and Roysden. {Close Rolls 1st. 
Edw. IV) 

Henry Puttenham married Elizabeth, the widow of 
Geoffrey Goodluck, whose will is recorded in Somerset 
House {Prerog. Court of Canterbury \ " Logge" 25). It is 
dated 25 Dec, 1485 and proved 9 Oct., i486. She desires 
to be buried in the Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, in All 
Saints of Istelworth next to the burial-place of Geoffrey 
Goodeluck formerly her husband : to the high altar at Istel- 

* Libscombe says the Nevilles, Lords Latimer, held Wingrave manor, which they had by 
marriage with an heiress of the Beauchamps, who were anciently possessed of it, and that John, 
Lord Latimer, died, seized of Wingrave in 1531. It was sold 1531 to William Hampden, Esq., 
whose heirs in 1617 sold to Sir Robert Dormer. Richard, Earl of Warwick, held the estates 
of his uncle George, Lord Latimer, during the later years of his uncle's life, who was 1 
pos. George, Lord Latimer, died in 1469. 

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worth church she gives her red girdle silver gilt, and 
to the lights of the Blessed Virgin, the Holy Cross, St. 
Nicholas, and All Saints at that church she gives 12 pence 
each. The minister and convent of Holy Trinity at 
Houneslowe, and the prior and convent \>t the House of 
Jesus at Bethlehem of Shene, the abbess and convent of 
Lyon, each receive 13 shillings and 4 pence. For repairs of 
parish church at Potenham in diocese of Lincoln, 20 shillings, 
at All Saints in Istelworth, 13 shillings and 4 pence, and at 
Twykenham, 6 shillings and 8 pence. She forbids Maude, 
the wife of John Chase and Thomasine the wife of Philip 
Payn, her daughters, to disturb John Anger or his heirs 
in the possession of a certain messuage in West Brayneford 
(Md.), called the " Belle " formerly the " Angel," which 
she had lately sold the said John. Residue of her estate 
to be devoted by her executors William Potenham, Philip 
Payn, and Richard Lovet, " to do other works of piety for 
my soul and for the souls of my parents, friends, and bene- 
factors," etc. By a codicil of same date, she gives to her 
daughter Molte (Matilda) Chase her white bed with all 
apparel thereto belonging, in the great chamber, also a 
second pair •' fustians." 

William Puttenham, of Puttenham, Penn, Sherfield, 
Warbleton, etc., eldest son of Henry, above, was probably 
born about 1430. He married Anne, daughter of John 
Hampden,* of Hampden, Co. Bucks. She was probably 
living in i486. 

William Puttenham was named executor in the will of 
Gilbert Stapleton, vicar of Aston Abbotts, in 1490. His 
will is dated 10 July, 1492, and was proved at Lambeth, 
23 July, 1492. He directs that his body be buried before 
the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Chapel within 

* The Hampdens enjoyed the distinction of being one of the most ancient of English families, 
claiming descent from Baldwin de Hampden, who was of note before the Norman invasion. 
John, the father of Anne Puttenham, was Knight of the shire for Bucks in 14*0 and 1430 ; of 
Beds, in 1450, in which year he died. He is said to hare married Elisabeth, daughter of Sir 
John Whalesborough, Knt., of Whalesborough, Co. Cornwall. From John descended John 
Hampden, the ** Patriot,'* noted for his resistance to the collection of ship-money, whose 
mother was Elizabeth Cromwell, aunt to Oliver Cromwell. 

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the church of the Hospital of the Blessed Mary, called the 
Elsingspytell, in London, For his daughters he provides 
liberally, whenever they shall be married, except Agnes, to 
whom he gives £5 yearly, to be taken from his manor of 
Willeigh, in Co. Surrey. The profits of his manors of Tan- 
nerigg and Willeigh, in Co. Surrey, and Merston, in Co. 
Hertford, are placed in trust until the marriages of his 
daughters, to provide their portions. George, his son and 
heir, Sir William Bowlond, prior of the Hospital of the 
Blessed Mary of Elsingspytell, William Tysted, Esq., and 
William Oldacres, chaplain, are made executors. {P. C. C. 
Doggett 19.) 
Children : 

Sir George, son and heir. 
Edmund, of Puttenham. 

Nicholas, of Penn M ancestor of the American family. 

Alionore, m. Richard Pigott, son of Richard Pigott, Esq., 
of Aston Rowant, Co. Oxon. He held Milksoppe manor 
in Aston Rowant, etc. : Ch. Bartholomew, who m. Ju- 
lianda, daughter of Thomas Lenthall, Esq., of Lachford, 
and was buried in 1558, at Aston Rowant; Edmund; 
Andrew ; Sybell ; Leonard. Pigott quartered Putten- 
ham, Sa., a stork arg., beaked and legged gu., between 
eight crosslets fitche£ of the second. [HarL y ijjj : Lips- 
combe s Bucks.) 

Sir George Puttenham, of Puttenham, Sherfield, etc., 
son and heir of William, above, married, previous to 1479, 
Alice, daughter of Thomas de Wyndesor. After her death 
he married Rose, daughter of Sir John Gainsford, of Crow- 
hurst, Surrey. She married, secondly, William Sackville, who 
died at Bletchingley, Surrey, "1538. Myldred, daughter of 
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1 541 ; and on the last day of March, 1545, Dame Rose Po- 
tenham, wife of Mr. William Sakvylle, buried. {Church War- 
dens' Accounts, BletchingUy.) 

Thomas Wyndesor, the father of Sir George's first wife, is 
the ancestor of the Earls of Plymouth and other noted Eng- 
lish families. He was the son of Miles de Wyndesor, who 
died in 1452. Thomas Wyndesor, in his will of 13 Aug. 
1479, provides for payment of what he owed to William 
Puttenham by his daughter's marriage. Sir George was 
knighted upon the occasion of the marriage of Prince Ar- 
thur, 17 November, 1501. His arms at that time are de- 
scribed as follows : Crest, a hind's head gu. Arms, quarterly, 
1 and 4, Sable, crusily fitche£ and a stork arg. ; 2 and 3, 
Lozengy, az. and or (for Warbleton). Motto, " Quaere an 
sit caput vulpis vel clamae." He was of considerable promi- 
nence in his county, and is named upon various occasions in 
the early part of the 16th century upon commissions of the 
peace, to collect subsidies, etc., etc. On the 2 May, 15 12, a 
commission was issued to Thomas, Marquis of Dorset, Sir 
George Puttenham, and others, to review the captain, mari- 
ners, and soldiers under the said Marquis, about to depart 
for foreign parts and to arrest and punish rebels. In 1520 
his name occurs among a list of noblemen and gentry to at- 
tend Henry the Eighth at the Field of the Cloth of Gold. 

From a fine, 8th Henry VIII. (15 16-17), passing lands and 
messuages in Long Merston, Gobilcote, and Tring, it appears 
that Alice, his wife, was still living. 

From a fine levied 18 Henry VIII. (1526), it appears he 
had had possession of the manor of Stoke in Co. Northamp- 

He owned land in Penn, Wycombe, Denham, Co. Bucks, 
as well as the manors of Puttenham, Long Marston, Sher- 
field, Warbleton, Willeigh, Tannerigge, Westfielde, Crigh- 
thing, Cateherst, Cuckstepe. He died in or prior to 1535, 
as upon Close Rolls, 27 Henry VIII., 2d part, is an inden- 
ture dated 15 May, 26 Henry VIII., between Robert Put- 
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King, who agrees to grant, etc., all the lands, etc., which 
descended to the said Robert. By this document it appears 
that the manor of Sherfield was valued at ^40, and Putten- 
ham,. Co. Herts., at £2$ ; this manor was in the possession 
of Rose, widow of Sir George, while Tannerigge, Co. Surrey, 
was feoffeed to the use of Margaret, wife of Robert Putten- 
ham. The other estates mentioned are Warbleton in Sus- 
sex, Wylkey in Surrey, Chyngham in Southampton, and 
Marston in Hertford. The total value was ;£ 145. 

An inquisition post mortem was taken upon George Put- 
tenham, Knt., 33-34 Henry VIII. (1542), by which it appears 
that Robert Puttenham was son and heir. 
Children : 

Robert, son and heir. 

Bridget, m. Christopher Bullock, of Aberfield, Berks. 
Dorothy, m. Thomas Dawbridgecourt, of Stratfield Say, 
son of Thomas of the same. He died 20 Jan., 1539-40. 
Their children were Thomas, Barnard, and Anne. {Vis. 
Anne, m. John Norton, of Tisted, whose son Robert mar- 
ried Mary, daughter of Richard Elyot, the Chief Justice. 
From this marriage Browne Willis derived his Putnam 

Dorothy, m. an Adams of Kent. 
Elizabeth, m. Thomas Oxenbridge. 

Robert Puttenham, son and heir of Sir George, married 
Margaret, daughter of Sir Richard Elliott. His name fre- 
quently occurs upon the State Papers concerning Hamp- 
shire. He was obliged to mortgage a part of his estate. 
Many of his indentures are recorded on the Close Rolls. One 
dated 13 July, 35 Henry VIII., mentions the manor of Long 
Marston, now in the tenure of John Duncombe, yeoman. 
John Duncombe died prior to 1558, when an inquisition 
found him possessed of lands in Stukeley, Puttenham, and 
Long Marston. 

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On the 6 June, 38 Henry VIII., Robert Puttenham, of 
Sherfield, Esq., sells to Richard Puttenham, gentleman, his 
son and heir-apparent, the manors of Puttenham, Sherfield, 
and Marston, immediately after the death of Robert, upon 
condition that Richard pays £5 semi-annually at the feast of 
St. Michael the Archangel and the feast of the Annun- 
ciation of our Lady ; also, upon request, to pay a yearly 
rent to Francis and George, younger sons of Robert, to be 
taken out of the manor of Marston. Probably Robert 
Puttenham died in 1546. 
Children : 

Richard, son and heir. 
George, of Sherfield. 

Rose, m. Thomas Blundeville, of Blundeville manor, New- 
ton, Co. Norfolk. In the church at Newton, re-built 
1385, over the vault where many of the family are buried, 
is a monument having Noah's Ark figured thereon, and 
on either side a square pillar, the whole supported by 
four marble pillars forming three partitions, on the first 
of which are three men in armor. The second contains the 
effigy of a man in armor, bareheaded, kneeling, and over 
him " Thomas Blundeville, filius Edwardi "; beneath are 
two shields, Blundeville impaling Johnson, and Blunde- 
ville impaling Puttenham, Sable, crusilly, a stork argent, 
quartering Warbleton, Lozengy, or and azure. The third 
part contains four effigies, viz., the two wives and two 
daughters, and above, " Rosa et Margareta Uxores 
Thome Blundeville cum Fir suis Elizabethaet Patientia." 
This monument was erected in 1571. 
Margaret, m. a Dockwray, who dying, she m., second, Sir 
John Throckmorton, the fifth son of Sir George, of 
Coughton, where Sir John and his wife Margaret are 
buried. Sir John Throckmorton was a well-known 
character in Elizabeth's reign. He was at one time, 
1558, Justice of Chester, and Master of Requests. He 
suffered the enmity of Lord Leicester. George Putten- 
ham found his brother-in-law his firm friend and adviser. 

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Lady Margaret survived her husband, who died 22 May, 
1580, and lived to see her son Francis executed for 
treason, first having been terribly tortured on the 
" equuleus," an instrument shaped like a horse, to ex- 
tort a confession. He was concerned in an attempt to 
liberate Mary Queen of Scots. He was conveyed from 
the Tower to Blackfriars Stairs, thence to the Old 
Bailey and delivered to the Sheriff of London. Then 
placed on a hurdle and drawn to Tyburn, to be hanged, 
disembowelled, and quartered. This was on the 10 July, 

Anne, m. John Edwards, of Co. Denbigh. 

Francis, living 1546. 

William, prob. d. y. 

Mary, m. Richard, son and heir of Robert Charnock, 
of Hulcote, Beds. Esq. Their children were: John, 
living in 1634, who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John 
Arundell ; and Florence, who m. Thomas Emery, of 
Arlesey, Beds. 

Richard Puttenham, eldest son of Robert, married Mary 
daughter of Sir William Warham, of Malsanger {Chancery 
Proc.y Elizb.) He leased to his brother George his manor of 
Sherfield upon conditions which would result in the end, of 
that property passing to George. As shown above, he had 
immediate possession of the paternal estate after his father's, 
death, and that same year, as " of Warburton, Sussex," 
mortgaged that manor to William, Lord Windsor, for ^400. 
He added to his estate at and near Sherfield {Close Rolls, 
1550), but soon after fell into disgrace at Court and retired 
to the Continent, leaving his wife in the care of his brother. 
This was probably in 1561 (vide Machyris diary). Later he 
returned, secretly, for which he was afterward pardoned, — 
those were troublesome times — and while visiting his son-in- 
law, Francis Morris, sold — 22 Oct., 1567 to him and Anne, 
his wife, his estates, subject to the lease already mentioned. 
This transaction was the cause of a bitter lawsuit between 
George Puttenham and Morris. 

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By the terms of the indenture by which Morris got Sher- 
field, he was to pay £50 semi-annually at the tomb of Jeffery 
Chaucer, within the Church of St. Peter, city of Westmin- 
ster, also to deliver the carcass of a fallow deer, called a 
buck, being in season, yearly. The property conveyed is 
described as " his lordship of Sherfield on Loudon, within 
the parish of Sherfield or Brameley Basing, Gowiche, Sel- 
chester, Stratfield Saye, Stratfield Mortymer, Turgyes 
Hartley, Odyam, or Rotherwick, or elsewhere within the said 
county of Southampton." 

Richard next appears as a prisoner in the Court of Kings 
Bench. In 1574 Mary Puttenham asks Thomas Colby, who 
has bought her husband's estate, " to pay her her pension 
fixed on the estate, as her estate is very poor." (Acts Privy 

In 1578, during the troubles of George Puttenham with 
his wife, Richard wrote him, which letter is on file (vol. 127, 
fo. 32, Dom. State Papers). He accuses George of ungrate- 
ful behavior to Sir John Throckmorton. It is a brotherly 

In 1585, Richard Puttenham, " prisoner ye second time/' 
petitions the Privy Council and makes complaint against Mr. 
Sackford, Master of Requests. He had been in prison a 
year and complains that he has had money taken from him ; 
that his income is diverted from him to his wife, who he 
says Colby is maintaining against him ; and that in conse- 
quence of all this, by reason of lack of funds, he will die of 
cold and want of food, having been placed in the common 
jail. Moreover, he says he was wrongfully condemned. 
(Dom. State Papers.) 

The will of Richard Puttenham, " the nowe prisoner in 
Her Majesty's Bench," is dated 22 April, 1597, and was 
proved by Catherine Puttenham 2 May, 1597. To his 
"verily reported and reputed daughter Katherin Putting- 
ham and her heirs forever," he gives all his goods and 
chattels, etc., and makes her his sole executor. (P. C. C. 
Cobham jp.) He was the last male representative of the 
Puttenhams of Sherfield. 

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Children by Mary Warham : 

Anne, m. Francis, son of Thomas Morris, of Copewell, Co. 
Berks. Sold Sherfield, in Hants, prior to 1574; Ch., 
Anne m. a Turner, of Clanfield, Oxon ; Martha m. Ste- 
phen Martin, of Sherfield, Berks.; Alice m. Edmond 
Hornejoy, of Lincoln ; Katherine m. Walter Louddon, 
of Cuiscott, Berks. ; Jane m. Bartholomew Weeks, of 
Ashbury, Berks. ; Mary ; Warham, Thomas, of Cope- 
well, son and heir, m. Dulsabell, daughter of Thomas 
Dennys, of the Isle of Wight, and had Thomas, Francis, 
Edward, Anne, Dulsabell. Morris quartered Johnes, 
Puttenham and Warham : 

By an unknown : 

Katherine, her father's executor. 

George Puttenham, the younger of the two surviving 
sons of Robert of Sherfield, is best known as the author of 
the Arte of English Poesie. According to his own statement 
he was born in 1528. The early years of his life were spent 
abroad, probably in the train of some great noble or ambas- 
sador. In the Arte of Poesie Puttenham occasionally alludes 
to events in his life. He states that he was aged eighteen 
upon his addressing Elpine to Edward VI. — unfortunately 
this composition has not come down to us, — and that he was 
brought up in foreign countries and has less knowledge of 
English courtiers than those of other countries. 

Whatever his education and associations, he leased Sher- 
field, with the intention of becoming its future owner, gave 
a bond of £\ooo for the performance of the lease, and, 
according to the old documents on record, " farmed " it for 
his brother Richard's interest. I think this lease was made 
15 Feb., 2 Elizb. (1560), about the time of his marriage with 
Elizabeth, Lady Windsor. That the marriage occurred 
about this time is probable, as Edward, Lord Windsor, 
granted Lady Windsor a settlement of £240 yearly 18 May, 
2 Elizb. She was the daughter of Peter Cowdray and sec- 
ond wife of William, Lord Windsor, who died 1558. By a 

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former marriage, with Richard Paulet, she was the mother 
of Thomas, Lord Paulet. Puttenham's married life was riot 
happy. Whether the trouble was his own or of his wife's 
making it is hard to tell. The question of his control of her 
property had evidently something to do with it. 

It was, however, ten years before the legal embarrassments 
of Puttenham reached a crisis. As we have seen, Richard 
secretly returned in 1567, and deeded the Sherfield estates to 
his son-in-law. In the meantime the Privy Council had or- 
dered George to pay certain sums to Richard's wife, which 
he very properly reserved from the rent ; but without legal 
right. This pretext was seized by Morris to regain posses- 
sion of Sherfield, which he did in 1570. The matter was not 
finally settled till 1583. Puttenham resisted Morris, at- 
tempted to make a forcible entry upon one of his estates, 
and with his men was seized and thrown into prison, from 
which, however, he soon was released. His case going 
against him, he probably made use of some strong language 
against the court, and having denounced as a traitor one 
Hodges, retained by him as a go-between, Hodges lodged 
information against Puttenham, accusing him of a design to 
kill Secretary Cecil. The papers are in existence and are 
interesting reading. It seems he had armed his servants for 
the purpose of " terrifying " Morris, and so had rendered 
himself liable under the laws of the realm. This and his 
harboring a man accused of murder, together with a. pre- 
tended offer to Hodges of 500 marks if he would kill Secre- 
tary Cecil, are in brief the chief accusations against him, of 
all of which he was acquitted. 

Later Puttenham attempted to recover from the govern- 
ment a sum of money, ^900, alleged to have been wrongfully 
taken from him by his obedience to the Queen's commands. 
In this he failed, but the following decision by the Privy 
Council seems to place him in a fair light : " I know no cause 
to move me to think otherwise but that George Puttenham 
ought to be relieved of the forfeature, whereof Morrise took 
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his brother's wife, where by grew the cause of his forfeyture, 
was by order of the council! uppon the lamentable com- 
plaint made to her Ma* by Ri : Puttenham's wife." This 
forfeiture was that of his bargain of inheritance by the stop- 
ping of rent upon the ownership of Sherfield changing 

In the meantime Puttenham's troubles with Lady Wind- 
sor had reached a climax. In 1578 he was repeatedly sum- 
moned to appear before the Privy Council. On one occasion 
he excuses his refusal to appear on account of outrages 
feared from Lord Paulet, and says : " My danger is not small 
in respect to my wife and her children, who have long de- 
sired my death." Again, in a letter to Sir John Throck- 
morton, to whom he had transferred much if not all his 
property, and who was looking after his interests at court, 
he writes that he is now on the point of fifty years, and has 
been five or six times waylaid, twice by the Lord Thomas 
Paulet and his servants, and his goods taken away from him, 
and twice or thrice other times by Mrs. Paulet's servants, 
being assaulted with swords and daggers. He goes on to 
complain of the slanders against him by his wife and her 
favorites at Court. In another letter he writes of the great 
labor in his causes before the Privy Council which Sir John 
Throckmorton has been put to " for my cawse at the pur- 
sewt of the La. Wyndesore whereof ye write ye are assured 
we shall be eased." 

Finally a safe conduct was issued and he proceeded to 
London, only to remain in hiding for three weeks, until Sir 
John Throckmorton, by means of a little French girl who 
was Puttenham's messenger, discovered his retreat, had him 
arrested and brought before the Council. 

In his examination he testified that the first passing of 
writings between himself and Throckmorton was at the time 
of his final going beyond the seas, about the fifth year of 
Elizabeth (1563), which statement seems to contradict the 
statement of Haslewood, his biographer, that he was cer- 
tainly at Spa about 1570. 

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A settlement of financial troubles was finally effected by 
Throckmorton between the mismated couple, and Putten- 
ham continued to occupy Herriard, his wife's inheritance, 
which seems to have been his home after the loss of Sherfield. 

Shortly after Throckmorton's death, Frederick, Lord 
Windsor, instituted a suit against Puttenham, claiming that 
certain lands chargeable with an annuity to Lady Windsor, 
granted by Edward, late Lord Windsor, had been transferred 
to Throckmorton, and that the payment of £20 yearly rent 
to Edward, Lord Windsor, due as long as Puttenham and 
Lady Windsor lived together, had been stopped some seven 
years since, when Edward, Lord Windsor, went beyond seas. 
Moreover, Puttenham had utterly wasted Lady Windsor's 
estate and he, Frederick, had been obliged to pay Lady 
Windsor ^80 since Michaelmas, at which Puttenham was 
much displeased. Also that said Puttenham and Lady 
Windsor, the executor of William, Lord Windsor's will, had 
induced William, one of his sons, to claim a legacy they 
knew had already been paid, and confessed the demand. 

As very little more appears on the court records it is 
probable that he was left in comparative peace the remain- 
der of his life, and evidently he regained the favor of Eliza- 
beth, the loss of which he so greatly bewailed in 1578, as he 
became one of her gentlemen pensioners, and toward the 
end of his life basked in the sunshine of the Court, in which 
life he so much delighted. 

During his tours abroad he had used his powers of observa- 
tion to good advantage, and he describes some of his expe- 
riences in his works. He visited the Courts of France, 
Spain, and Italy. Haslewood thinks it not unlikely he visited 
the Courts of Italy in the train of Henry, Earl Arundell, as 
he describes himself as witnessing a feast given by the Duch- 
ess of Parma to that nobleman at the Court of Brussels. 
This was probably in 1558, when the Lord Chamberlain, 
Lord Arundel, was joined on the commission for settling the 
terms of peace with France and Scotland. Of his numerous 
works only the Arte of English Poesie and Partheniades, 

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published in 1 579, are known to exist. The first of these was 
entered upon the register of the Stationers' Company Nov. 
9, 1588, and published anonymously in 1589, dedicated to 
Sir William Cecil, Knt., Lord of Burghley, the same Cecil 
whom he had been accused of a design to murder. Until 
now no research has proved successful in determining the 
authorship of the Arte of Poesie. In 1605, Edmund Bolton, 
in a manuscript entitled Hyper critica y notes that " Queen 
Elizabeth's verses, those of which I have seen and read to 
some extent in the elegant, witty, and critical Book of the 
Art of English Poetry (the work, as the fame is) of one of 
her gentlemen pensioners, Puttenham, are princely as her 

In 161 5, Richard Carew, writing of the " Excellencie of 
the English Tongue," says : " You shall find that Sir Philip 
Sidney, Master Puttenham, Master Stainhurst and divers 
more have made use how far we are within compass of a fair 
imagined possibility in that behalf." 

Puttenham thoroughly mastered the complex rules of ex- 
pression then prevailing, but, while his verse has some merit, 
he was not a poet. He advanced one or two original ideas, 
since accepted by modern writers, but his work should be 
judged from the standpoint he himself used, as he professes 
to have written for the Court, and not for the school. He 
says: " Our chief purpose herein is for the learning of ladies 
and young gentlemen, or idle courtiers, desirous to become 
skilful in their mother tongue, and for their private recreation 
to make now and then ditties of pleasure." It has been said 
of him that he was a candid but sententious critic. 

His will is nuncupative and dated about the 1 Sept., 1590. 
He is styled George Putenham, of London, Esq. To Mary 
Symes, widow, his servant, " as well for the good service she 
did him as alsoe for the money which she hath layed forth 
for him, all and singular his goods, chattels, etc. It was 
proved by Mary Symes 14 Oct., 1594. (P. C. C. Dixy 6p.) 

That Throckmorton's comment, perhaps made in a fit of 
petulance, that once his end was served he was careless of 

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all men, was not deserved is shown by the following epitaph 
from the Arte of Poesu upon his "deere friende, Sir John 
Throgmorton, Knight, Justice of Chester, and a man of 
many commendable vertues, 

41 Whom vertues rerde, envy hath overthrowen 
And lodged full low, under this marble stone : 
He never were his values so well knowen, 
Whilest he lived here, as now he is gone." 

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Nicholas Puttenham or Puttnam, as his name is most 
frequently spelled, lived at Putnam Place in Penn. He 
used the same coat armor as the Sheffield family. The 
probable date of his birth is about 1460. Nothing further 
is known about him than appears in the Visitations. 
Children : 

John of Penn. 

Henry, who was living in 1526. 

John Puttnam, of Penne, elder son of Nicholas above, 
died in 1527. His will, dated 25 Feb., 1526, was proved 6 
May, 1527. His name in that document is spelled Putten- 
ham. He directs that his body be buried in the " church e- 
yerd of the Holy Trynytye of Penn, nigh unto the aulter of 
the holy apostyll." To the mother church at Lincoln, 
to church at Penn, small legacies. To his daughter 
Margaret ; to his brother Henry, his " chamblett doblett at 
20s " ; William Payn ; Robert Ffrend. To Margaret his wife 
his lands and tenements in Penn and Wicombe, co. Bucks, 
for life with remainder to his son and heir, John Puttenam 
(sic), in default of heirs to son George with remainder 
to son Robert, in default of his heirs to " Henry my broder, 
and in event of his death without heirs to Sir George Put- 
tenham, Kt." 

He makes his wife Margaret executrix, and Robert Dor- 
mar and Robert Cramfeld, supervisors. {Arch. Bucks.) 

He married Margaret Pygott. 
Children ; (with exception of Margaret, named in Visitation 
of 1566) ; 

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John, who d. s.p. He m. Mary, dau. of Richard Verney 
of Middle Claydon, Bucks., who m., second, Roger 
Snappe, of Stanlake, Co. Oxon., gent. 

George, of Penn, his brother's heir. 


Hellen, died in infancy. 

George Putnam, of Penne, second son of John of Penn, 
was heir to his elder brother John. 

He married Isabel, daughter of John Shrympton* of 
Chipping Wicombe, Co. Bucks. 

His will, dated 20 Sept., 1585, was proved 5 May, 1590. 
He directs that his body be buried in the church-yard at 
Penn, and divides his household stuff among his four 
daughters, after his wife Isabel's decease. He mentions son 
William, son Richard, and son-in-law Thomas Long, the 
last of whom with the relict Isabel were executors. {Arch. 
Children ; recorded in Visitation of 1566. 

John, d., s.p., subsequent to 1566. 


Richard, bapt. at Penn, 29 Nov., 1563. 


Susan, m. at Penn, 16 Nov., 1584, Christopher Childe. 

An^'or Jane, } ba P 1 ' at Penn ' 8 0ct " ^ 

Isabel, bapt. at Penn, 3 July, 1565. 

Elizabeth, d. y. 

One of the daughters married Thomas Long of Penn, 
gent., reference to whose will was kindly given me by Henry 
F. Waters, Esq. The will is dated 20 June, 1638, proved $ 
May, 1639. He mentions brother William Puttenham, 
friend Richard Shrimpton the elder, of Penn, tallow-chandler, 
brother-in-law William Standley. Also kinswomen Anne 

* John Shrympton «t al. sells to Win. Colkys et si. tent, in Danyngton, Bucks. {Ftttof 
Fines, 94 H. viii, % 153a.) 

William Schrympton of Chipping Wicombe left a will which was proved 1531. (Arc/t. 

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Gosbell of Uxbridge, Ellen Woolfe and her sister Anne 
Woolfe, cousin Anne Clay of Colebrook. Sons Thomas 
Long, Francis Long and his children Thomas and Eliza- 
beth, grandchildren Robert and Elizabeth children of son 
Richard Long, son Henry Long and his child Ellen, Thomas 
son of his elder son George Long, and Ephraim Long another 
son, also Anne and Ellen and other children of George. 
{P. C. C. Harvey 66.) 

William Putnam or Puttenham, of Penn, gentleman, 
second son and heir of George of Penne, was buried there, 
28 July, 1638. His wife Jane was buried 22 Sept., 1622. 
Children, all bapt. at Penn : 

Rhoda, bapt., 5 March, 1587; buried, 12 July, 1587. 

Sarah, bapt., 3 May, 1590. 

Joseph, bapt., 6 April, 1592. ) 

William, bapt., 13 March, 1593. J y# 

Barbary, bapt., 3 April, 1596; m. at Penn, 11 Oct., 161 8, 
Thomas Evans. 

Thomas, buried, 18 May, 1600. 

Richard Putnam or Puttenham, of Penn, gentleman, 
brother of the above, was bapt., 29 Nov., 1563. 

Administration on estate of Richard Puttenham of Amer- 
sham (Agmondesham) granted to his widow Mary Putten- 
ham, 4 July, 1601. (P. C. C.) 
Children, bapt. at Penn : 

Isabel, bapt., 27 May, 1582, perhaps the Sybel, who m. 
at Penn, 13 Nov., 161 3, John Harper. 

Frances, bapt., 27 March, 1586; buried, 23 Sept., 1588. 

Mary, bapt., 13 May, 1587; buried, 28 Jan., 1592. 

Catherine, bapt., 13 May, 1587; buried, 15 Sept., 1631. . 

Martha, bapt., 28 Sept., 1589. 

Ann, bapt., 26 May, 1591. 

Grisette, bapt., 20 Nov., 1592. 

Putnam Place in Penn is now a farm-house. Probably 
there are no male descendants of this Penn family, bearing 
the name, now living. 

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Henry Putnam, younger son of Nicholas of Penn, was 
living in 1526. 

His will has not been found. 

Richard, of Eddlesborough and Woughton, born about 

John, of Slapton and Hawridge. 

Thomas, of Eddlesborough. 

Richard Putnam, of Eddlesborough and Woughton, the 
probable eldest son of Henry Putnam, above, is mentioned 
in the Lay Subsidy of 16th Hen. VIII. (1524), as of " Edles- 
bury," while in those for the 14th and 15th Hen. VIII. he is 
styled Rychard Puttynhn. From this same roll it appears 
that John Pottman, of Slapton, was assessed 4s. The roll 
is badly mutilated. Eddlesborough is nearly surrounded by 
the county of Hertford. It was a town of considerable im- 
portance as early as 1332. Slapton joins on the west, and 
Woughton, whither Richard removed, perhaps on the death 
of his father, who may have been living there, is but a dozen 
miles to the north of Eddlesborough. Wingrave is about the 
same distance from Woughton. The early registers of 
Woughton, unfortunately, are so tattered and worn that it is 
impossible, except here and there, to glean any information 
from them. The register begins in 1 5 56, but is illegible un- 
til 1558, and, until 1590, the outer half of each page has been 
destroyed. Thus in some instances the name and in some 
the dates suffer. 


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The church, a fine specimen of its style, has been recently 
restored, at his own expense, by the rector, Rev. Mr. Field, 
who is an enthusiastic antiquary. 

Mr. Field located the farm occupied by the Putnams of the 
17th century as lying nearly opposite the rectory and toward 
Stony Stratford, being on the farther or south side of the 
canal. The property is now owned by Mr. Bowles, while 
the name, remembered dimly by the aged parish clerk, has 
long since been lost in that vicinity. From the wills ex- 
tant and from the churchwardens' accounts it is evident the 
younger branch of the family living at Woughton were 
substantial yeomen. Richard Putnam fortunately left a 
will, a copy of which is on record at Somerset House. 
The name of the testator in this instance is spelled 
Puthnam, and he is styled as of " Woughton on the Grene." 
He directs that his body be buried in the churchyard at 
Woughton. To Joan his wife, he leaves his house in Slap- 
ton, with remainder to his son John, and all the goods she 
brought with her at her marriage. To John he also gives 
£3. 6. 8 ; to son Harry, land in Woughton. To son John's 
wife, 6sh. 8d., and to every child that he hath one sheep. 
To his daughter Joan he gives £6. 13. 14, and to each of 
her children a sheep. The residue of his estate he gives to 
son Harry whom he makes his executor. To the high altar 
at Woughton he gave 4s. Overseers John, his son, and 
Rychard Brynkelowe. Witnessed by John Chadde, Lau- 
rence Wylson, with others. The will is dated 12 Dec, 1556, 
and was proved 26 Feb., 1556/7. {Arch. Bucks.) 

The register for the year 1565 contains an entry of which 
but the name, Jone Putnam, is legible ; it may be the entry 
of burial of Richard's widow, who was likely a second wife, 
or the baptism of a daughter of Henry Putnam. 

Children : 

John, of Wingrave, eldest son. 
Harry, of Woughton. 
Joan, married prior to 1556. 

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John Putnam, of Rowsham, in Wingrave, the eldest son 
of Richard of Woughton, was buried in Wingrave, 2 Oct., 
,1573. Margaret Putnam, who was buried 27 Jan., 1568, was 
probably his wife. 

His will is dated 19 Sept., 1 573, and proved 14 Nov., that 
year. He directs that he be buried in the church or church- 
yard of Wingrave. To son Nicholas he gives £30, as well 
as cattle, sheep, barley, etc., etc. ; Richard receives the house 
and lands at Wingrave, and lands lying in the fields of 
Rowsham and Wingrave, also twenty nobles. He divides 
his flock of sheep thus : Nicholas, two of the best ; Kateryne 
Mosse next best couple ; Richard and Thomas five of next 
best ; and bequeaths small legacies to the following persons : 
Ellyn Duncumbe, Katerin Mosse, William Brandon, godson ; 
Robert Rowe, Mother Gillam, William Gillam, Harye 
Wakeman, Kempster, Skelton, widow Raffe. Overseers, 
Mr. Henshaw and John Duncumbe. Witnessed by Robert 
Nixon, clerk, John Rowe, Thomas Gryne, John Winchester. 
(A re A. Bucks.) 

The registers at Wingtave are in excellent condition, 
beginning with 1550; but unfortunately from 161 1 to 1640, 
there is a gap, and from 1645 *° ^5 3, were poorly kept. 
The church has been considerably improved of late, the 
defacements of the church-wardens of the early part of the 
century having been removed, the old windows opened, and 
many interesting evidences of ancient church art, both 
painting and sculpture, revealed. The rector, Mr. Starbuck, 
has still to do much to the building, the tower needing a 
considerable expenditure of money. As here John Putnam, 
who came to Danvers, was baptized, this edifice is of more 
than ordinary interest. 

A window or brass should be placed there to commemorate 
the events of his life. Wingrave includes Rowsham, and is 
between Aston Abbotts and Long Marston and Puttenham. 
Settled at Wingrave were the Goodspeeds, Duncombes, 
Hardings, Stonehills, and other families bearing the same 
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branches of the family about this time. It is probable that 
intercourse between the people of the Vale of Aylesbury 
between Tring and Aylesbury was constant. As mentioned 
previously, non-conformity had a firm foothold at Long 
Marston and in other parts of Herts nearby. The farmers 
and yeomen of this part of Bucks were of good estate, the 
land being exceedingly fruitful. 
Children : 

Nicholas, probably born previous to 1550, and perhaps 

as early as 1 540. 
Richard, of Wingrave, d., s. p., buried at Wingrave, 24 
June, 1576. By his will, dated 21 June, and proved 17 
Oct., 1576, he gives to his brother Nicholas his house 
at Wingrave, his free lands and leaseholds bequeathed 
him by his father, John Putnam. To brother John and 
his son Thomas, Ellyn Duncombe, Harry Wigge, 
William Brandon, Johan Duncombe. Brother Thomas 
executor. {Arch. Bucks.) 
Thomas, of Rowsham, d., s.p. f buried at Wingrave, 2 July, 
1576. He married, 16 Nov.,- 1574, Agnes Britnell. In 
his will, dated 26 June, proved 7 July, 1576, he mentions 
brothers John and Nicholas, and Thomas, John's son, 
also sister Johan Macham, and William Brandon, Ellyn 
Duncombe, Harye Wigge, brothers John and Richard 
Brickenell. Wife Annys, executor. Overseers, " my 
well beloved friend Maister Triamor Smithe of Edles- 
borough, and Maister John Blackenell of Wingrave." 
Margaret, married at Wingrave, 14 June, 1573, Godfrey 

Nicholas Putnam, eldest son of John of Rowsham, 
above, probably born about 1540 ; married at Wingrave, 30 
Jan., 1577, Margaret, daughter of John and Elizabeth 
Goodspeed. She was baptized at Wingrave, 16 Aug., 1556, 
Nicholas Goodspeed * being godfather and Margaret Theed 
and Margaret Milne godmothers. 

* Nicholas Goods pyde, John Aged, and Nich. Grasse, were witnesses to the will of John 
Grace, the elder, of Rowsham in Wingrave, husbandman, 13 May, 1598. (Arch. Bucks.} 
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Nicholas Putnam lived in Wingrave until about 1585 or 
later when he removed to Stewkeley. He inherited property 
from his father and from both his brothers, and undoubtedly 
for the times was exceedingly well to do. His will is dated 
1 Jan., 1597, and was proved 27 Sept., 1598. It is given in 
full below : 

In the name of God Amen the first daye of Januarie Anno D* 
1597. I Nicholas Putnam of Stutely being sicke in bodie but of 
a whole mind Pfict memorrie thank be to god doe dedeyn and 
make this my last will and testament in maner and forme follow- 
inge, first I bequeath my Sowle to Almighti god my bodie to be 
buried in Christen menes buriall, 

It. I geve unto John my Sonne all my howes and landes being 
in the fielde and towne of Abbots Aston when he cometh to age. 
It. I geve unto my wife all my goodes untill such time as my sonne 
John cometh to age and then he to have halfe {with her?). It. 
I will that yf my wife and my sonne cannot agree to dwell together 
that then my sonne John shall paye unto my wife V lb a yeare as 
longe as she liveth yf she keepe her widdowe, yf she marrye then 
my sonne to paye her V lb a year soe iij yeares after her marriage 
and no longer. It I geve unto my iiij children Thomas, Richard, 
Anne, and Elizabeth to everi one of them X lb to be payd them 
by my wife and my sonne John when they come to the age of xxi 
yeares, It I make my wife and Sonne John my executors jointley 
together to Receive my debtes. Their hearing witness Wm. 
Meade, Bennet Conley and John Meade w A others Prov. xxvij. 
Sept. 1598. (Arch. Bucks.) 

Margaret Putnam, married, second, at Aston Abbotts, 8 
Dec, 1614, William Huxley, and, dying four years later, was 
buried there 8 Jan., 1618-19. 

From the record of marriage licenses granted at St. Albans 
it appears that license to marry was had by William Huxley 
of Aston Abbots, widower, and Margaret Putnam of the 
same place, widow. John Putnam of Aston Abbotts, hus- 
bandman, was surety. 

Wingrave. They appear, from their wills, to have been in about the same position as the 
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Children, baptized at Wingrave ; 

Anne, bapt., 12 Oct., 1578 ; m. at Aston Abbotts, 26 Jan., 
1604/5, William Argett. 

John, bapt., 17 Jan., 1579; of Salem, Massachusetts. 

Elizabeth, bapt., 11 Feb., 1 581, m. at Aston Abbotts, 22 
Oct., 161 2, Edward Bottome. Ch. : Richard, bapt. 24 
Nov., 1613. Marie, bapt. 5 Nov., 1615. Elizabeth," 
bapt. 16 Aug., 16 1 8. John, bapt. 27 Dec, 1620. 
Robert, bapt. 5 Dec, 1624.* Edward Both am buried 
31 March, 1642. 

Thomas, bapt., 20 Sept., 1584. 

Richard, baptism not found. Living in 1 597. 

John Putnam, of Slapton, a younger son of John of 
Wingrave, owned land in Eddlesborough. From his will, 
dated 5 March, 1594, and proved 28 Feb., 1595/ 6, it appears 
he was possessed of fair estate. He appoints his brother 
Nicholas Putnam and Richard Sawell, overseers, and his 
wife Margaret and son Thomas, executors. 

It is likely Thomas, the elder son, was the issue by a for- 
mer marriage. 

The will of Margaret, widow of John, is dated 2 July, 
1617, proved 1 Oct., 1617, by the executors. She mentions 
son Barnard to whom her freehold in Horton in Eddies- 
borough, he paying the four children of William Ames, £5 
each ; also her daughters Agnes and Margaret whom execu- 
tors ; also her son John s two children. Thomas and Joan, 
who may have been the wife of William Ames, are not men- 
tioned. {Arch. Bucks.) 
Children : 

Thomas, b. prior to 1576. 


Margaret \ 

Joan > under 16 in 1594. 

Anne ) 

Barnard, b. subsequent to 1585. 

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Harry Putnam, of Woughton, husbandman, the younger 
son of Richard of Woughter, made his will 13 July, 1579, 
which was proved 3 Oct. the same year. He mentions his 
wife's daughter, Elizabeth Twytchill, his wife Jane, who is 
to live with his son Richard, three months after his decease, 
and the children given below. Supervisors to be Harry 
Goodman, the elder, and Arthur Mason. Witnesses were 
William Townlye, Harry Goodman, junior, Laurawnce 
Willson, James Robberds, Goylliam Kyswyck. {Arch. Bucks.) 
Children : 

Richard, executor of his father's will. 

Margaret Putnam who was m. November 157(6) to , 

at Woughton. She received for her unborn child, by 
her father's will, a ewe and a lamb. 
Alice, under 22 in 1579. 

Jhone, under 22 in 1579, perhaps the child (name effaced) 
of Henry who was bapt. Jan. 1569/70 at Woughton. 
She m. a Coleman, and had two children living in 161 3. 

Richard Putnam, of Woughton, yeoman, the eldest son 
of Harry of Woughton, had the house and lands. His will 
is dated 1 Dec, 1613 an( * was proved 12 Jan., 1613/14. To 
each of his children he gave generous bequests. He directs 
that his son John remain with his mother till her death, she 
providing for him. He also mentions sister Jane Coleman 
and her two children, and his brother Henry's children. 
Wife Ann to be sole executrix. 

" Jonas Chapman and Agnes Puttenham married 14 Sept., 
161 5." — {Woughton Register.) 
Children : 



Anne, m. Pattison, and had two children living 1613. 

Richard, bapt., 13 Mar., 1600. 

William, bapt., 22 Jan., 1601/2-. Adm. on estate of William 
Putnam of Stony Stratford, granted 29 March, 1678. 

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Edward, bapt., 19 Feb., 1601/2. 
Margaret, bapt., 19 Feb., 1601/2. 
Katherine, bapt., 19 Feb., 1601/2. 

Henry Putnam, of Wolnerton, husbandman, brother of 
Richard, above. His will, dated 21 Sept., 1625, was proved 
26 Oct,, 1625. 
Children : 

Thomas, of Wolnerton ; he had a dau., Elizabeth, men- 
tioned in her father's will. 

John, of Wolnerton, executor of his father's will. 


Henry Putnam, of Woughton, eldest son of Richard of 
Woughton, inherited his father's lands. 

" Henry Puttenham and Ales Goodman, widow, married 
15 Oct., 161 5."— {Woughton Register.) 
Children, baptized at Woughton : 

Richard, bapt., 24 Mar., 161 5/16. 

Alicia, " 23 Dec, 1618. 

Richard Putnam, of Woughton, son of above. Admin- 
istration upon the estate of Richard Putnam of Woughton, 
to relict Mary, 23 March, 1658. 
Children : 

"Mary, of Richard and Mary Putnam, born 25 Dec, 

1650." — ( Woughton Register.) 
? Richard. " Alice, wife of Richard Putnam, buried 10 
Dec, 1692." — {Woughton Register.) Richard buried at 
Woughton, 1717. 

Edward Putnam, son of Richard of Woughton, bapt., 
there, 19 Feb., 1601/2. His will, dated 7 March, 1670/ 1, 
was proved 24 May, 167 1. He makes Thomas White of 
Caldecot, Bucks, gent., and Roger Chapman of Newport 
Pugnell, gent., his kinsmen, trustees for his children, Charles, 
Thomas, Priscilla, Mary, Katherine, to whom he devises his 
lands in Great Woolston and Little Woolston, also the per- 
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Certain legacies to other children, viz., Richard, John, and 
Ann ; wife Priscilla to be executrix. The seal is a coat-of- 
arms rather indistinct, probably, a bend, cottised, charged 
with three fleur de lys, between six fleur de lys. Crest, on 
an esquire's helmet, a griffin rampant. {Original will, 
Somerset House.) 

Edward Putnam was matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, 
23 Nov., 1621, aet. 17; B.A., 7 Feb., 1623/4; M.A., 6 June, 
1627. He was presented to the living of Great Woolston, 
May, 1634, on presentation by Agnes Chapman, widow, and 
John Harris, yeoman, and at the time of his death was 
rector there. 

Woolston adjoins Woughton, and is a pleasant parish 
with, to-day, but a very small population. The old church 
has been pulled down and a small, plain affair erected. The 
living is an excellent one. The will of Priscilla Putnam, 
widow, of St. Bride's, London, dated 2 May, 1690, was 
proved 30 June, that year. She mentions son Charles, to 
whom land in Little Woolston; son Thomas, to whom 
money and plate ; and daughter Priscilla Moody. Also her 
grandchild Priscilla Puttnam. (P. C. C. Dyke 94.) 

John Putnam, of Wroughton of the Green, Co. Bucks, 

From his will, dated 8 Dec, 1761, proved 31 Dec, 1761 
{Arch. Bucks), it appears that his grandfather was John 
Chadd. He makes Bernard Cheval and Hy. Ashby of 
Wroughton his executors. To his wife Dennis he left his 
cottage, where his sons George and Chadd then dwelt. 
Children : 





Elizabeth, deceased prior to 1761. She had married 

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Thomas Putnam, of Olney, Co. Bucks, senior, dealer. 
His will was made I May, 1729, and proved 22 Sept., 1729 
{Arch. Bucks). 
Children : 






Richard Putnam, of Olney, senior, chapman. Probably 
brother of the above. His will was dated 3 Dec, 173 1, 
proved 10 May, 1732 {Arch. Bucks). He makes brother 
Hy. Butcher and Thomas Putnam of Olney, his nephew, 
executors, his wife having deceased. 
Children : 

Richard, under 21. 

Hannah, under 21. 

Thomas Puttenham, of Olney, Co. Bucks, dealer. Prob- 
ably son of Thomas, above. His will was made 29 July, 
1765, proved 7 Oct., 1765 {Arch. Bucks). 
Children : 

Thomas, of Olney. 

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John Putnam, of Hawridge, Bucks, the presumed younger 
son of Henry Putnam, and undoubtedly a brother of Richard 
of Woughton. Hawridge is within ten miles of Slapton and 
Eddlesborough, and is divided from Wingrave by the parishes 
of Drayton Beauchamp, where a branch of the family re- 
sided, and Puttenham. His will is dated 7 Oct., 1550, and 
was proved 20 April, 155 1, by Agnes, the relict, his execu- 
trix. William Putnam of Choulsbury was one of the wit- 
Children : 

William, of Choulsbury. 

Richard, of Hawridge. 

Edward ; an Edward Putnam was married 6 Nov., 1 564, 

at Chesham, Bucks, to Joan Cock. 
Hugh, of Great Chesham, yeoman ; he left no issue ; his 
will is quite extensive. It is dated 26 Apr., 1 590, and 
was proved 1 Sept., 1 590. He wills that two tenements 
for the poor of the parish be erected on the plot of 
ground within the churchyard where the church house 
formerly stood ; to Christian his wife he leaves property 
she had when he married her and such as was Richard 
Boothe's, her son ; also £7 annually. His home and 
lands after death to go to Mark and John, sons of his 
brother, Richard Putnam. To his brother, John Put- 
nam, his house and land bought of Richard Edmonds ; 
also a shop and barn, and his house and land at Bottey 
occupied by Thomas Gate and William Wier ; also his 
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of 6/8 to the poor of Halberty and Chousbury. To 
Mark, son of brother Richard, houses and lands in Great 
Missenden, and in Churchfeild, also land on road from 
Chesham to Hawridge; to John, brother of Mark, a 
house in Hawridge and other property. To the three 
daus., Agnes, Elizb., and Jane, of Richard Putnam, £$ 
each. To his sister Agnes Gate and her dau., Joan 
Gate. Residue to brother John, whom executor. The 
will of his widow is dated I July, 1603, and was proved 
17 Aug., 1603. She bequeaths to her nephew Richard 
Byrch and his children William, James, Jane, Mary, 
Martha, and Richard ; also to Jane, John, and James, 
children of her cousin Stephen Byrche ; to James, son 
of her cousin John Byrche ; to her cousin William Cul- 
verhouse ; to William Cartwright's children ; and to the 
poor of Chesham. 

John, of Hawridge. 

Agnes, perhaps married to (? Thomas) Gate, by whom she 
had a dau. Joan, unmarried in 1590. 

William Putnam, of Choulsbury, Bucks, the eldest son 
of John of Hawridge. His will was made 14 Apr., 1575, and 
proved 5 Aug., 1579. He made his son Thomas executor, 
and gives to Henry lands in Wylteyne (Wilstone), " Parrats," 
in Drayton ; Thomas had the house and lands in Choulsbury 
and in New Grove, Drayton. He made his son John over- 
seer. To all of his children he leaves legacies varying from 
£2 to £13, 6. 8. 

Among the Additional Charters in the British Museum is 
one (* 5165) by which Frances Russell Lord Russell, Earl of 
Bedford, grants to William Putman a messuage and land in 
Choulsbury and Hawridge, Bucks, 8 Aug., 3 Eliz., 1561. 

He is probably the William who married at Chesham, 18 
Nov., 1547, Cicily Gaate. {Chesham registers, Somerby's 
MSS.y Mass. Hist. Soc.) 

He left a wife Jane. 

His children, except William, mentioned in his will were : 

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William, of Drayton Beauchamp, died in lifetime of his 

. Thomas, of Choulsbury. 
John, of Tring. 

Robert, of (see Chingford, Essex, family, below). 
Henry, of Choulsbury. 

Annis, m. Cocke. 

Amye, m. 18 July, 1568, John Harding. {Tring Reg.) 
Ellen, m. Duncombe. Tring register records the 

burial of Ellen, wife of Robert Duncombe, 26 Aug., 


Jane, m. Byrche. 

Jane, m. Fey Id. 

Robert Putnam, of Chingford, Essex. Administration on 
his estate to widow Mercie, 4 July, 1614. {Com. of London.) 

Reginald Putnam, of Waltham Holy Cross, Essex. Ad- 
ministration on his estate to widow Elizabeth, 21 Jan., 

Edward Putnam, of Chingford, Essex, yeoman. Will 
dated 24 Oct., 1654; proved by his widow Elizabeth, 20 
Dec, 1654. She may have been widow of Robert Sare, as 
Edward leaves £5 each to Jane, Thomas, and Robert, left 
them by their late father, etc. 
Children : 

Edward, joint executor of his father's will. 



William Putnam, of Drayton Beauchamp, Bucks, eldest 
son of William of Choulsbury. His will is dated 20 Nov., 
1575, and was proved 30 April, 1576, by his widow the ex- 
ecutrix. To his son William he gives ;£io and the ground at 
Wilstone in Tring which his father has promised him ; to 
Henry, Robert, John, and Joyce each ;£io when 21, and ten 
sheep and a cow. To John and Anne Young a bullbck each. 
To Drayton Church, 20s. His brother Robert to be over- 

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seer. One of the witnesses is Henry Stonhill. He married, 
at Drayton, 23 July, 1564, Agnes Young, and was buried 
there, 20 Dec, 1575. 

The register at Drayton Beauchamp, which begins with 
1538, shows the baptisms of four of the children of William 
and Agnes Putnam. 
Children : 


Henry, bapt., 27 Jan., 1565. 

Joyce, " 30 Aug., 1568. 

Robert, " 8 July, 1571. 

Thomas, " 15 July, 1576. 


William Putnam, eldest son of William of Drayton, 
married Elizabeth, by whom he had two children, baptized 
at Drayton. He probably is the William who married, 18 
May, 1590, Mary Cardell (Tring Reg.), and was buried there 
8 April, 1592. 
Children, by Elizabeth : 

Mary, bapt. Drayton, 14 July, 1582. 

William, bapt. Drayton, 19 May, 1588. 
By Mary : 

John, bapt. Tring, 27 Feb., 1 590/1. 

Thomas Putnam, of Choulsbury, second son of William 
of Choulsbury. His will was made 28 Sept., 1641, and 
proved 28 Sept., 1644, by his son Thomas. He mentions 
his wife, son-in-law Richard Ware and Mary his wife, and 
their son John ; to his son Thomas he gives his house and 
appurtenances in Choulsbury and Drayton, and after his death 
to his son James ; his son John £S, and to each of his 
grandchildren. Overseers, Kinsman Nicholas King and son 
John Putnam. 
Children : 

Thomas, of Choulsbury. 

John, of Choulsbury. 

Mary, m. Richard Ware, and had a son John living in 1641. 

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Thomas Putnam, of Choulsbury and Drayton, son of 
the above, had a son James under age in 1641, mentioned 
by his grandfather. . Administration on the estate of James 
Putnam, of Choulsbury, was granted 3 June, 1679, to the 
relict Hannah. Inventory ^104. 

John Puttnam, of Wigginton, Herts., yeoman, the elder. 
Perhaps brother of Thomas, above. Will dated 16 Jan., 
1 690/1 ;* proved 6 May, 1691. Inv. ^240. 13.6. To be 
buried at Choulsbury ; to the poor of that parish and Haw- 
ridge ; dau. Hester, " under a sad discomposure of mind," £80 
in trust ; grandchildren, Daniel, John, Thomas, and James 
Putnam when 21 ; granddau. Anne Putnam when 21 ; grand- 
dau. Elizabeth Bachelor; besides the children named below. 
Children : 


Daniel ; executor of father's will. 

Mary, wife of Francis Doggett. 

John ; overseer, with Thomas Rutland of Wringsall, of 
father's will. 

John Putnam, of Tring, yeoman, son of William of 
Choulsbury, and overseer of his father's will 1593. His will 
was made 30 July, 161 1, and proved 3 April, 1613, by Rich- 
ard his son, the executor. To Richard he gave Brians 
Grove, and to his other children, John, Robert, Joane Rob. 
inson, Alice Phillips, and Amy Stonhill, legacies. 
Children : 

John, bap. Tring, 25 Dec, 1566. 

Annie, buried 12 Nov., 1568. 

Annie, bap. Tring, 9 Oct., 1569. 

Annie, " " 24 Nov., 1570; m. 3 July, 1592, Henry 

Richard, bap. Tring, 24 June, 1574. 
Robert, " " 14 Apr., 1577. Robert Putnam and 
Alice Wallis m. 15 Oct., 1601 ; Agnes, wife of Robert, 
buried 18 Dec, 1600 {Tring Reg). Also Mary Putnam, 
m. 16 Sept., 1592, John Stonnell. 

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Joane, m. — 
, bap. 


Alice, m. 



John Putnam, eldest son of the above, weaver, of 

Tring; married at Tring, 15 Oct., 1588, ; "Alice 

wife of John Putnam, buried 11 Apr., 1609" — {Tring Reg.). 
His will is dated 6 Sept., 1630, and was proved 17 June, 
1631. He mentions wife Joan ; Henry Bachellar, his daugh- 
ter's son ; son John Putnam. 

The will of "Jone" Putnam, widow, is dated 3 June, 
1635 ; proved 6 July, 1636, by Henry Bachelor, executor. 
She mentions Susan, dau. of her son John Putnam, and 
Henry, son of dau. Mary Bachelor.' 
Children : 

Jane, bapt. Tring, 3 Aug., 1589, d. y. 

John, of Tring, blacksmith. 

Mary, bapt. Tring, 20 Jan., 1593/4; m. Bachellor, 

and had a son Henry in 163 1. 

John Putnam of Tring, blacksmith. His will, dated 30 
June, 1632, proved 26 Feb., 1632/3, mentions his mother 
Joane Putnam of Willesthorne, wife Joane, and Henry 
Bachellor, his sister's son. 
Child : 

Susan, a minor at date of father's will. 

Richard Putnam, of Tring and Drayton Beauchamp; 
yeoman. Probably the Richard son of John of Tring, bapt. 
24 June, 1574. His will directs that he be buried in Dray- 
ton. He leaves to each of his children, viz., Richard, Alice, 
Marie, Susan, Elizabeth, and Judith, ^20 when 22 years old. 
His son John and wife Susan to be executors. The wit- 
nesses are John Brown, of Tring, and John Putnam, of 
Willesthorne. Dated 10 Nov., 1625 ; proved 21 Apr., 1626. 

Susan Putnham, widow, buried at Drayton, 6 Apr., 1642. 

Susan Putnam, widow, appears on the Lay Subsidy of 4 
Chas. I., 1628, as of Drayton. 

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Children : 

Elizabeth, bapt. Tring, 1612. 

John, bapt. Tring, 161 5. 

Richard, bapt. Drayton, of •' Richard and Susan," 23 

Aug., 161 8. 
Alice, bur. at Drayton, 4 June, 1626. 
Marie, m. at Drayton, 26 Jan., 163 1, John Harley. 
Judith, bapt. at Drayton, 29 April, 162 1 ; m. 13 June, 1639, 

at Drayton, Edward Eames. 

John Putnam, of Drayton Beau champ, eldest son of 
Richard, bapt. at Tring, 1615; buried at Drayton, 22 Jan., 
1682 ; married there 10 May, 1641, Alice Gurney. 
Children, from Drayton register : 

Alice, bapt. 7 Feb., 1641/ 2. 

Susan, " 19 May, 1648. 

John, born 2 Oct., 1653. 

Mary, " 30 Dec, 1656, bur. 1 Jan., 1657. 

Richard Putnam, brother to the above, of Drayton 
Beauchamp, bapt. there 23 Aug., 1618 ; m. Susanna. 
Children : 

Susanna, bapt. 25 Apr., 1653. 

Elizabeth, born 19 Oct., 1655. 

Maria, bapt. 27 Nov., 1672. 

Henry Putnam, of Choulsbury, youngest son of William 
of Choulsbury. His will was made 1 Apr., 1598, and proved 
22 May, 1598. He makes his wife and son William execu- 
tors. His brothers Robert Duncombe and Thomas Putnam 
overseers. To son William his lands in Choulsbury ; to son 
Robert, under 21, " Parratts" in Drayton, and to youngest 
son Henry, " Marshell" in Hawridge; to eldest dau. Jane 
£20 on condition she do not marry Daumser ; other daus., 
Ellen and Agnes (youngest) ; sister Jane Byrche ; to Ed- 
mund Byrche. 

Tring register records the marriage of Henry Putnam of 
Choulsbury to Agnes Doncomb of Tring, 26 Nov., 1570. 

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Children : 

William of Choulsbury. 

Robert, of Hemel-Hempstead ? 

Harry, of Drayton and Hawridge. 




William Putnam, Hawridge, yeoman, eldest son of the 
above Henry. Will dated 1 1 May, 1647 ; proved by relict 
Jane, 4 July, 1648. Brother Henry Putnam, overseer. 

Feet of Fines, 13 Chas. I., William Putnam sells John 
Penny, of Anynrvine Bryan, a messuage and 90 acres in 
Chesham, Bucks. 
Children : 

Henry, of Billendon, in Chesham. 

Francis, of Barkhampstead, St. Mary, als. Northchurch, 
Co. Herts, yeo. His will is dated 5 Nov., 1673 ; and 
proved 17 Nov., 1673. His bro., Henry of Chesham, 
sole executor, to his bro. Henry's son Francis, £500 ; 
his bro.'s son Henry, £200; sister Jane Wright, of 
Chesham, ^20. Residue to daus. of bro. Henry. 
Thomas, of Virginia ? 
Jane, m. John Wright. 

Henry Putnam, of Billendon, in Chesham, yeoman, son 
of the above. In his will, dated 31 May, 1677, and proved 
29 March, 1679, by Henry, son of the testator (William, the 
executor, being deceased), he mentions his father-in-law, 
Thomas Whitney, deceased, and brother Francis, de- 
ceased, and " all his daughters." 

Adm. on estate of Henry Putnam, of " Billingden," 5 
June, 1680. 
Children : 

William, executor of father's will but died before the 
presentation of the will. 

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Francis, possibly the Francis of Hitchendon, called kins- 
man by his cousin Mark in 1690. 

A daughter, m. Buck. 

Other daus. 

Thomas Putnam, of Chesham, son of William, perhaps 
the William above. He made his will on board the Increase f 
bound for Virginia, 29 Dec, 1647. 

To his son Thomas Putnam he gives ^20 out of forty- 
three pounds, nine shillings due him " in England by my 
father Willliam Putnam's will dwelling ham shire in Chessum 
parish." The remainder of the legacy he gives to his wife 
Dorothy, provided she pay unto Sara Miller " at Holburne 
Barre in Middle Rowe " the sum of £5 ; to John Salter he 
gives £16, i6sh. due him from Henry Bottum of St. 
Clement's Church. 

Witnessed by Arthur Broniwell and John Bigge. Probate 
on the above will was granted 22 May, 1659, to John Smyth, 
husband of Dorothy Smyth alias Putnam, the late wife and 
sole Extrix. named in will of Thomas Putnam the elder, 
deceased, for the sole use and during the absence of the said 
Dorothy and Thomas Putnam, the son of the said deceased, 
now both in Virginia, beyond sea. (P. C. C. Ruthtn, 197.) 

Robert Putnam, of Hemel-Hempstead, Co. Herts. He 
may have been a son of Harry of Choulsbury. 
Children (Sotnerby MSS.) : 

Thomas, bapt., 28 Feb., 1613, N. S. 

Stephen, bapt., 6 June, 1617. 

Matthew, bapt., 3 Mar., 1621. 

Thomas Putnam,* of Hemel-Hempstead, Herts, married 
Children : 

Sarah, bapt., 7 Oct., 1635. 
John, bapt., 1 1 Nov., 1637. 
Thomas, bapt, 11 Oct., 1639. 

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John Putnam,* of Hemel-Hempstead, Herts, married 

John, bapt., 27 Jan., 1637. 

Mary, bapt., 10 Nov., 1637. 

Anne, bapt., 3 Feb., 1640. 

Henry Puttnam, of Woodcroft Hill, Barkhampstead, St. 
Mary, also Northchurch, Herts, yeoman. Probably son erf 
Harry of Choulsbury. Will dated 10 Feb., 1664; proved 8 
Oct., 1666. {P. C. C. Mico, 147.) 

Left a wife, Anne. 
Children : 

Henry, died 1657/8. 

Richard, executor of his father's will. Had land in Bark- 
hampstead after death of his mother. The Friends 
Records, in London, contain the entry of baptisms of 
Richard Putnam, son of Richard and Ann Putnam of 
at Goshens End, Barkhampstead, 12-10-1664. 

Henry Putnam, of Dudswell, Barkhampstead, yeoman, 
son of above. Will dated 14 Aug., 1657; proved 5 Nov., 
1658. {P. C. C, Wotton, 599.) 

Married a daughter of Henry Norris. 
Children : 

Khn 7 } under2lin l66 4- 

Richard Puttnam, of Hawridge, husbandman, son of the 
first John of Hawridge. His will is dated 12 June, 1577, 
and proved 6 Oct., 1577, by the executrix, Joan, his widow. 
Overseers, Hugh Putnam and Richard Byrch, his brethren. 
Children, all of whom were under 10 years of age in 1577, all 
mentioned by their uncle Mark in 1590: 




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Mark, given land in Great Missenden by Hugh, his 

John, born 1577/8; mentioned in will of uncle Hugh, 

1590, and given a house in Hawridge. 

Mark Putnam, of Missenden, Bucks, eldest son of Rich- 
ard Puttnam, of Hawridge. Buried at Penn, 3 Dec, 1647. 
{Penn Register.) He was given property in Great Missen- 
den by will of his uncle Hugh in 1590. Mr. Somerby 
{Mass. Hist. Soc. MSS) found the baptism given below : J 
Children : 

Mary, bapt., Little Missenden, 8 Mar., 1618. 
Mark, who by will dated 29 April, 1690, proved 17 Nov., 
1694, leaves legacies to kinsman Francis Putnam, of 
Hitchingden, cousin Lewen, kinsman Joseph Putnam, 
of London, Salter, Richard Edmonds, brother-in-law of 
kinsman (his nephew) Thomas Carter, whom executor, 
and kinsman Grimsdale, of Risborough, brickmaker. 
Francis, of Hugenden. 

Francis Puttnam, of Hitchenden, als. Hugenden, Bucks, 
the elder, yeoman. His will, dated 7 Apr., 1677, was proved 
13 June, 1677. 

Probably a son of Mark and brother of Mark, junior, who 
seems to call his nephews " kinsmen." 
Children : 

Henry, lands in Hitchenden with remainder to Richard. 

Elizabeth, of Great Kingsell, Hugenden, m. 10th 1 mo., 
1674 Robert Chearsley of Giles Chalfond. {Friends 

Mary, m. Chapman. 

Sarah, unmarried in 1677. The Friends Records^ contain 
the entry of a marriage, 10th 1st mo., 168 1, of Sarah 
Putnam of Dean Giles Chalfond, spinster, to John 
Newman of Stamwell. 

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Richard Puttnam of Stoke-Mandeville, Co. Bucks., yeo- 
man. Will dated 17 Aug., 1682; proved 10 July, 1688. 
{Peculiar of Banbury!) To the poor of Lee. His godson 
Francis Puttnam. To John Harding of Wilsden and god- 
son Thomas Jackson of Stoke-Mandeville. Perhaps son of 
Francis of Hitchendon. 
Children : 

A dau., m. to Richard Harding, executor of father-in-law's 
will. Ch., Sarah, Ruth, Richard, Easter. 

Richard Putnam, of Hitchendon. Adm. on his estate 
to widow, Elizabeth Putnam, 14 Mar., 1694. 

John Putnam, of Great Missenden, probably youngest 
son of Richard of Hawridge, and brother of Mark, senior. 

He was given a house in Hawridge, and property in Great 
Missenden and elsewhere, by his uncle Hugh. 

Administration on his estate was granted, 12 Nov., 1658, 
to Thomas Putnam, son of the deceased. 

On the 16 May, 1640, was made a deed, put on record in 
the probate register of Arch. Bucks, 25 June, 1640, by which 
John Putnam, yeoman, of Ballinger in Great Missenden, 
gave, from natural love, etc., to his sons John and Thomas, 
all his estate. 

A Lay Subsidy, of 4 Chas. I. (1628), names John Putnam 
and Zacheus Gould, of Great Missenden. {Somerby MSS.) 
Children : 



John Putnam of Hawridge, Bucks, yeoman, youngest 
son of the first John of Hawridge. At the time of the 
making of his will 8 Dec, 1592, his children were all minors. 
To his wife Jane he leaves his lands in Hawridge, Chesham, 
Aberry, and elsewhere, until his sons are of age, when 
Thomas, the elder, is to have such as lie in Hawridge and 
Aberry, and John his lands in Botley in Chesham and 
houses in Great Chesham. He leaves many small legacies, 

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Dmbe, Bucks, paper worker, who 
Peter Kezar of Wickomb, 5 sh., 
n 20 sh. (P. C. C. Nabbs 190.) 
low of William, is dated 30 Apr., 
ly, 1671. Mentions her late hus- 
icilla, wife of Bray Price ; Robert, 
of Marlow, deceased ; Ann, wife 
sir of Robert Lockwood to pay 
cwood, daughter of said Robert 
i f son of Ann White ; widow 
lliam Lawrence, and her dau., 
vans ; Elizabeth Murren. {Arch. 

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Ham Murren, of High Wicombe, Bucks, paper worker, who 
is to pay Barbary, wife of Peter Kezar of Wickomb, 5 sh., 
and William Evins of Uborn 20 sh. (P. C. C. Nobis ipo.) 

The will of Mary, the widow of William, is dated 30 Apr., 
1668, and was proved 16 May, 1671. Mentions her late hus- 
band William, her sister Priscilla, wife of Bray Price ; Robert, 
son of Lyonell Lockwood of Marlow, deceased ; Ann, wife 
of William White ; " the heir of Robert Lockwood to pay 
to his sister Elizabeth Lockwood, daughter of said Robert 
Lockwood, £$ " ; William, son of Ann White ; widow 
Kezar; Joane, wife of William Lawrence, and her dau., 
Anne Lawrence ; William Evans ; Elizabeth Murren. {Arch. 

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Thomas Putnam of Eddlesborough, Co. Bucks, hus- 
bandman. Probably a son of Henry and brother of 
Richard and John. From his will, dated 31 Aug., 1575, 
proved 16 Sept., 1575, we learn he owned "Sewell" in 
Eddlesborough, and that his wife was to be supported by 
his son Anthony. From the context of the will, the follow- 
ing were probably his children. 
Children : 

Annis, m. to Head. 

Alice, m. to Thomas Crowshe and had children. 
A dau. m. to John Crydgell. 
Robert Sparke. 
Richard Roberts. 
Anthony, his father's executor. 
Perhaps also the following : 
Thomas Putnam who married at Leighton-Buzzard, 13 
Feb., 1 597/8, Ursula Jackeman. He had a son William 
who in will of Ralph Jackman, assistant steward on the 
ship Royal Mary, dated 17 July, 1633, is called kinsman 
and son of Thomas Putnam, living at Eddlesborough, 
Bucks. William Putnam, son of Thomas of Eddles- 
borough, matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 12 
Dec, 1628, aet. 20. He was B.A. 4 May, 163 1 ; M.A. 
30 Jan., 1633/4. 
The Lay Subsidies for 1628, show Matthew and Thomas 
Puttenham as among the heaviest assessed inhabitants in 
Eddlesborough, and again in 1640; also in 1640, Gabriel 
Putnam of Eddlesborough, and Thomas Putnam of Mars- 
worth, an adjoining parish. 


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The will of Matthew Puttenham of Hodenhall in Eddies- 
borough, yeoman, is dated 17 June, 1636, and proved 30 
June, 1636 ; he gives to his brother-in-law, Thomas Cocke, 
hii. house and freehold lands in Pitlesthorne, chargeable with 
an annuity of ^"20 to the testator's wife Mary, whom he 
makes sole executrix. 

In 1638, 30 June, administration on estate of Thomas 
or Gabriel Putnam, late of Eddlesborough, is granted to 
Gabriel, his son. In his will dated 16 Dec, 1632, William 
Newman of Milton Bryan, Beds, yeoman, mentions his 
cousin Gabriel Putnam of Eddlesborough. (P. C. C. Russell 

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William Potenham, " girdeler," of London. Will dated 
26 Sept., 1393, proved in the court of Hastings, 21 March, 
1393/4. [Roll 122(81).] Directs that his body be buried in 
church of St. Laurence in the Jewry before the image of St. 
Katherine, where lies his wife Christina. Devises to the 
said church and four orders of mendicant friars in London, 
viz., Minors, Augustinian, Preaching Friars, and Carmelites. 
To John Copelyn his brother, residing in Potenham, and 
John his brother in Wynchester. To Idonia, Matilda, 
Katherine, Johanna, junior, and William, children of John 
Potenham. Alice Dawe and others. To sons Thomas and 
William and to daughter Alice. Alice his wife to be guar- 
dian of said children until they reach age of sixteen years. 

Poyntel Gilbert, " curreour," in his will dated at London, 
26 Apr., 1372, proved 14 Feb., 1373/4, directs that his body 
be buried in St. Alphege Crupelgate. To wife Alice. To 
kinswoman Johanna Attewell. To Agnes, daughter of 
William de Potenham, whose wife Christina is testator's 
daughter. [Court of Hastings, Roll 102 (10). ] 

John Potman, fishmonger. Will dated at London, 24 
Feb., 1373, proved 13 Oct., 1374. He directs that his body 
be buried in St. Magnus church near London bridge, Wife 
Juliana a tentement upon Fishwharf in parish St. Magnus, 
with remainder to sons Guydo and Henry. [Court of 
Hastings, Roll 102 (147). ] 

Robert Dymershe, alias Putnam, of St. Martyne Orgar, 
city of London, " stokefyshemunger." His nuncupative 
will, dated 9 March, was proved 15 March, 1550/1. Wife 


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Dorothy. Children Francis, Grace, and Thomas ; " the resi- 
due of his children should have nothing for they had their 
partes all redye." Wife to be executrix. (Com. Court of 
London, Clyff la.) He is probably the Robert Putnam 
alias Dymarshe of London, fishmonger, to whom protection 
was granted, June, 1528. He was travelling in the retinue 
of Sir Robert Wingfield. 

Henry Poteman, of London, was one of several petition- 
ers regarding the selling of fish at retail. He was a whole- 
sale fishmonger of Fishwharfe 14 Edw. II., 1321. 

Elizabeth Puttenham was bequeathed 6sh. 4d. by Nicho- 
las Talbot in his will dated 1501, proved at Bury Saint 
Edmunds 4 March, 1502. {Camden Society Publications, 
vol. 49.) 

Indenture dated 17 Nov., 8 Hen. VIII., No. 46, between 
Richard Aldwyn of Puttenham and Margaret Puttenham 
concerning lands in Puttenham, Surrey. {Palmers Index to 
Close Rolls, Hen. VIII.) 

Francis Putnam, citizen and tallow chandler of London, 
gives bond to James Pyle, citizen and salter of London. 
(Close Rolls, 16 Elizb. Pt. 2.) 

John Putnam, of Saint Bottolph without Bishopsgate, 
London. Adm. on his estate granted 8 March 1605/6, to 
his brother William Putnam. (Com. of London, Act Book, 
to. 313.) 

Jane Putnam, of London, widow. In her will dated 28 Jan, 
1616/17, proved 16 March, 1617, she mentions son Richard 
Holmer and his daughters and the children of Daniel 
Andrew, "all of said daughter Holmer's children," cousin 
Proby, son Adrey's children, cousin William Hicks' wife, a 
diamond ring, cousin Kowman and his children, cousin Coe 
and her children, William Hicks executor. In codicil of 13 
Nov., 161 7, she mentions great-grandchild Martyn Rogers 
•and cousin John Neeton. (Com. London, vol. 23, fo. 146.) 


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John Putnam sells Thomas Thorne et als., property in 
Gaddesdon parva, 1627, {Feet of Fines for Herts., Mich* 
term 3 Charles I.) 

John Putnam was a deputy for the Admiralty commis- 
sioners at Hilbree, near Chester, in 1656. He wrote under 
date of 4 June, 1656, to the Commissioners that while Capt. 
Vessey of the frigate Nightingale was riding at anchor within 
his charge, he saw and heard of divers goods being sent on 
board for transportation to Ireland. His attempt to examine 
the same after going on board met with disaster, he being 
thrown overboard on the return trip, " being but a weakly 
man." He fears such actions will work great prejudice to 
the Commonwealth as regards customs, and of merchant 
vessels trading to Ireland. (Dom. State Papers.) 

Edmund (or Edward Putnam ?) Putman, of Greenwich, 
Kent, married, 10 Feb., 1623/4, Anne Compton. 

Margery, daughter of Edmund Putman, bapt. 2 Feb., 

Ellen,* bapt. 20 Apr., 1627. 
Anne,* bapt. 4 Feb., 1629/30. 
Edward,* bapt. 14 Dec, 163 1. 
Margery * bapt. 6 Jan., 1633/4. 
Elizabeth,* bapt. 24 Feb., 1635/36. 
John* bapt. 11 Nov., 1638. 
(Register Greenwich, Kent, Somerby MSS.,Mass. Hist. Soc.) 

John Putnam bought Micklefield, Herts, of John Mey- 
rick, 24 June, 171 1, and sold the same to William Emmott, 
30 Sept., 1 71 7. (Clutter buck s Herts.) 

Henry Putnam was a dissenter in 171 3. He lived in 
Northchurch, Herts. (Nonconformity in Herts, Urwick.) 

Elizabeth Putnam, of Choulsbury, married, 12 June, 1660, 
John Judge of Great Missenden. (Parish register, AM Saints, 
Leighton Buzzard, Beds.) 

* These children ere all entered as children of Edward Putnam. Did not the clerk or 
copyist make an error in recording the marriage and first baptism ? 

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John Putnam, in 1670, lived in the parish of Saint Thomas, 
Island of Jamaica, where he owned 200 acres of land. (State 
Papers Amer. and West Indies Series!) 

William Putnam, of Shipley, Yorkshire, was born about 
1800. He was a maltster and was living in 1874. 

George Putnam, of Wilstone, Tring, married Sarah, a 
daughter of John White, of the same place. John White 
died 2 June, 1892. 

George Putnam, of Southampton, died in 1856. 

Henry Puttenham, of Gravesend, died 4 July, 1886, 
leaving a widow Jane. 

James Putnam, of High Wicombe, died 1886, leaving 
a son Fred Walter of that place. 

Robert John Putman, of Hackney road, died 26 Oct., 
1886, leaving a widow Emma Louisa. 

James Puttnam, of Brompton road, died 1 March, 1888, 
leaving a daughter Ann, and an estate valued at £3 200. 

Henry Putnam, a music teacher in Hampstead road, had 
wife Lucy who died 1 Aug., 1888. 

James Putnam, of Portsea, Southampton, died 19 March, 
1888, leaving a widow Mary Ann. 

John Putnam, of Willenhall, Stafford, died 15 July, 1888. 

Undoubtedly many of the persons bearing the name of 
Putman or Putnam in London to-day, are descendants of 
emigrants from Holland. Prominent among these was 
Henry Putnam, who, born in Amsterdam in 1726, died in 
London 1 March, 1797, at his residence in Austin Friars. 
He was for forty years one of the ministers of the Dutch 
church. In 1793 he had intended to resign and return to 
Amsterdam, but the change in the government there pre- 
vented. He was a fellow of the Royal Society. (Gentle- 
man's Magazine, vol. 67, page 256.) 

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William Putman,* of St. Giles in the Fields, Midd., cooper, 
bachelor, act. about 30, and Unity Ward, of St. Clements 
Danes, Midd., spinster, aet. 20, with consent of the father, 
at St. Mary Savoy, 24 Sept, 1668. 

Unity Puttenham,* of St. Mary Savoy, Midd., widow, aet. 
about 25, alleged by Laurence Vernier of the same, to 
Robert Goffe, of St. Giles in the Fields, Midd., citizen and 
vintner, widower, aet. about 40, 22 July, 1671. 

Hannah Puttenham,* of St. Martin's in the Fields, widow, 
aet. about 27, to Richard Hull, of the same, chandler, 
bachelor, aet. 23, at Allhallows in the Wall, London, 24 
Jan., 1661. 

The wills of the following Putnams, probably of the 
Hawridge family, have not been examined. {Arch. Bucks.) 
Henry of Bellingdon, adm. 1679. 
John of Hawridge, 1716. 
Daniel of Whitecraft, 1719. 
Henry of Chesham, 1720. 
Moses of Hitchenden, 1721. 

" " Hugenden, 1723. 
James of Hawridge, 1729. 
Henry of Aston Clinton, 1735. 
Francis of Chesham, 1736. 
Richard " " 1742. 

Thomas of Hawridge, 1745. 
John (Puttenham) of Ivingho, 1748. 
Elizb. of Chesham, 1748. 
William of Hawridge, 1755. 
Elizabeth of Chesham, 1759. 
Elizabeth of Hawridge, 1765. 
John of Amersham, 1773. 
William of Chesham, 1788. 
Ann of Chesham, 1797. 
George (Puttenham) of Aston Clinton, 1800. 
Joseph of Aston Clinton, 1816. 

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The coat-of-arms of the Putnam family of Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, and its various offshoots, found in every State in 
the Union, in Canada, Australia, and in Old England, is a 
silver stork surrounded by eight crosses crosslet-fitchee, and 
placed upon a black field. The Crest is a red wolf's head. 

Heraldically the above coat-of-arms would be described : 
Sable, between eight crosses crosslet-fitchee (or crusily- 
fitchee), argent, a stork of the last, beaked and legged 
gules. Crest, a wolf's head gules. 

These arms have been borne by the Putnams from early 
times, prior to the Visitations, and are ascribed to Sir 
George Puttenham of Sherfield, and to Nicholas Putnam 
of Penn, the latter bearing a mullet for a difference. Such 
are the arms described in the Visitation of Bucks by Harvey 
in 1566 and 1634, and in the Visitation of Hampshire in the 
latter year. 

The quarterings as given in the Visitations are : Lozengy, 
or and azure, which is for Warbleton. 

The following coats-of-arms are found described by Burke 
in his General Armory : 

PUTTENHAM of Sherfield, 1634, Argent, crusily fitchee 
sable, a stork of the last. Crest, as the last. 

Puttenham or Putnam, Bedfordshire and Penn, Co. 
Bucks, Sable, crusily fitchee argent, a stork of the last. 
Crest, a wolf's head gules. 

Putman or Putnam, Sussex, Sable, a martlet between 
six crosses crosslet argent. 

Puttenham or Putnam, Sable, a heron in an orle of 
crosslets argent, beaked and legged gules. 


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PUTNAM, Sable, a bend between six crosses, crosslet, 
three, two, and one. 

All of the above except the last are practically the same 
coat. I have been unable to locate any example of the one 
last described. 

Several instances occur in the 16th century of families 
impaling or quartering Puttenham, and from the known 
rank of the ancestors of Nicholas Putnam it is probable 
that the stork and crosses have been borne from the 
beginning of our family history, certainly at the time of the 
intermarriage with Warbleton. 

It seems that Nicholas Putnam could have added the 
following quarterings to his paternal coat beside that of 
Warbleton : Gules, two bars argent, for Foxle ; Ermine, a 
bend vaire or and gules, for Apuldrefield; and Gules, a 
frette argent, on a chief or, a lion passant of the field, for 

John Putnam of Danvers, to our knowledge, never used 
coat armor, although entitled to by birth and position. He 
was the actual head of the family, as the two elder lines, 
those of Sherfield and Penn, had become extinct in the male 
line, and the Putnams of Woughton, Hawridge, and Eddies- 
borough were of younger lines than the Putnams of Win- 

The present head of the Putnam family must be looked 
for among the descendants of Thomas Putnam, the son 
of Thomas, and grandson of Thomas the eldest son of John 
Putnam the emigrant, and he is probably Thomas Burnside 
Putnam of Covington, Penn, or one of that family, he 
being descended from Samuel, the sixth and youngest son 
of Elijah Putnam, and the only one who lived to have 

During the Revolution the Hon. James Putnam, the 
younger son of James Putnam, Esquire, of Danvers, and 
younger brother of Doctor Ebenezer Putnam of Salem, 
made enquiries, as may be seen from his letters printed 
in this history, about the origin of the American family, 

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and his son, James Putnam, Esquire, obtained a confirma- 
tion of his claim to bear the same arms as the Putnams 
of Penn. This acknowledgment by the College of Arms 
was founded upon a presumption, since proved correct, as 
to the descent of John Putnam of Danvers from Nicholas 
of Penn. 

While it is extremely probable that the various Putnam 
families in America whose ancestry is traced back to some 
other ancestor than John Putnam of Salem (Danvers), if of 
English descent, come from the same stock, presumably the 
Hawridge line, yet until that is proven they cannot con- 
sistently bear the stork and crosses. 

The Putmans and Putnams descending from Jan Pout- 
man of Albany are of Dutch descent. There is in existence 
an ancient tile, which may be as old as the migration, upon 
which is painted the arms described below, of undoubted 
Dutch origin. For many years this has been considered by 
them to represent their coat-of-arms, and I believe the right 
to bear those arms has never been questioned. 

Arms of Poutman, Putman, Putnam : Gules on a fesse 
argent between three boars' heads erased close or, a lion pas- 
sant sable. Crest, a boar's head or, snout and tusks argent. 

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1 John Putnam of Aston Abbotts, Co. Bucks,, England, 
and of Salem, Massachusetts, born about 1580 ; died sud- 
denly in Salem Village, now Danvers, 30 Dec, 1662, aged 
about eighty years; married, in England, Priscilla (perhaps 
Priscilla Gould), who was admitted to the church in Salem, 

Children baptized at Aston Abbotts : 

2 Elizabeth, bapt. 20 Dec, 1612; "Eliza Putnam" admitted to the 

church at Salem, 1643. 

3 Thomas, bapt. 7 Mch., 1614-5; d. Salem Village, 5 May, 1686. 

4 John, bapt. 24 July, 1617; d. iu infancy; buried at Aston Abbotts, 

5 Nov., 1620. 

5 Nathaniel, bapt 11 Oct., 1619 ; d. Salem Village, 23 July, 1700, 

8e. "about 79 or 80" (Danvers church records). 

6 Sara, bapt. 7 Mch., 1622-3. 

7 Phcebe, bapt. 28 July, 1624. 

8 John, bapt. 27 May, 1627; d. Salem Village, 7 Apr., 1710. 

John Putnam, Sen., it is known, was resident in Aston 
Abbotts, England, as late as 1627, as the date of the baptism 
of his youngest son shows, but just when he came to New 
England I am unable to state. Family tradition is respon- 
sible for the date of 1634, and we know that the tradition has 
been in the family for over one hundred and fifty years. In 
1641, new style, we fiud the following en try on the Town Rec- 
ords of Salem : 


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"At a meeting the 20* of the II th moneth (1640 old style) . 

* Mr. Endecott. . . 

"Mr.Hathorne. „ , A1 ^ound (etc.). 

" John Woodbury. Graunted to All y n Convers of planting 
." Jeffry Massy 

w Graunted to John Putnam [ffiftie] 1 one hundred acres of 
"land at the head of Mr. Skeltons ffarme between it & Elias 
"Stileman the elder his ffarme, if there be an hundred acres of 
"it. And it is in exchange of one hundred acres w ch was 
"graunted to the said John Putnam formerly & if it fall out 
"that there be not so much there then to be made up neere 
" Liuetennt Dauenports hill to be layd out by the towne. And 
"tenue acres of meadow in the meadow called the pine mead- 
" ow if it be not there formerly graunted to others. 

" Graunted ffiftie acres of land vnto Thomas [Putnam] 1 and 
" ffiue acres of meadow both to be layed [out by] 2 the towne." 

These are the earliest records we have of John unless the 
following abstract from Lechford (12-27-1639, O. S.), refers 
to him. I am inclined to think, however, that in this case 
Lechford refers to Thomas who was a resident of Lynn and 
near neighbor of Gould and therefore likely to have engaged 
Lechford (seep. 238, Lechford* s note book). "For drawing 
Articles for M r Cradocke & Gould and Putnam &c 12.27 (6s). " 

Gov. Endicott arrived in Salem, 6 Sept., 1628, with a com- 
pany of about one hundred ; it is not likely that John Putnam 
came with him. If John Putnam came in 1634, he must have 
witnessed the excitement over Mrs. Anne Hutchinson (1634- 
8). the banishment of Roger Williams from Salem and the 
colony (1635), perhaps taken part in the attempt to put the 
colony in a state of defence against Charles I and Wentworth, 
who were ruling England without the aid of a Parliament 
(1635). In 1636-7 occurred the terrible Pequot War, but 
nowhere do we find mention of his name. Samuel P. An- 
drews, Esq., of Salem, a gentleman long interested in antiqua- 

1 Erased in original. 

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rian matters, especially in those relating to the Putnam family, 
is inclined to believe that John Putnam was here veiy early 
and at first owned land at the end of Broad street, extending 
to Essex where it joins the Boston turnpike. He bases his 
case upon an old deed which he found among the Peele pa- 
pers, dated 1658 and now recorded, in which John Putnam 
(probably the younger) deeds a part of this land to Henry 
Kenny. Mr. Andrews thinks that here John Putnam built 
a house and brick-kiln and that this is the first grant spoken 
of above. Atall events if John Putnam was in Salem in 1634 
he lived quietly, and not until 1640-1 do we have any reli- 
able information concerning him. [Here it is proper to state 
that the JBook of Grants for Salem is a transcript from the 
Town Records of matters pertaining to land, and commences 
1 Oct., 1634. The Town Records in existence to-day com- 
mence with Dec. 26, 1636, all previous records having been 

John Putnam was a farmer and exceedingly well off for 
those times. He wrote a fair hand as deeds on record show. 
In these deeds he styles himself "Yeoman ;" once, in 1655, 
" husbandman." The deeds on record run from "14 th day 
2 d mo. 1652" to 31 st Oct., 1662. The earliest deed is a grant 
of land from Ralph Fogg, conveying "a farme four score acres 
lying between old futher Putnam's farm and Daniel Reies and 
more than eight acres near the house which John Hathome 
built," recorded p. 481, L. VI, Essex Deeds. Under date .of 
2 d , l mo , 1653, he gives to Nathaniel Putnam one-half his lands 
or plains which he has iu his possession and to this he affixes 
his mark ; the next day he grants to Thomas one-half of all 
lands except what he has granted to son Nathaniel, |>. 36, 
L. II. 

It is probable that he may have experienced a shock of 
paralysis about this time and was expecting death. This 
method of disposing of their lands while living to their chil- 
dren, reserving enough for their own support however, was 
the rule among the earlier generations of the Putnam family. 

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The parents then had the pleasure of seeing that their chil- 
dren were comfortably settled before leaving them. 

James and Jonathan Putnam owned his original estate in 
1692, consisting of the town grant of one hundred acres in 
1641 ; eighty acres granted to Salph Fogg in 1636 ; forty 
acres (formerly Richard Waterman's) to Thomas Lothrop in 
1642 ; and thirty acres to Ann Scarlet in 1636. The above 
estate was situated between Davenports Hill and Porters 
Hill and west of Daniel Rea's grant in Dan vers ( Upham) . 

The following account of the death of John Putnam was 
written in 1733 by his grandson Edward. " He ate his sup- 
per, went to prayer with his family and died before he went 
to sleep." 

John Putnam was admitted to the church in 1647, six 
years later than his wife, and was also freeman the same year. 

The town of Salem, in 1644, voted that a patrol of two men 
be appointed each Lord's day to walk forth during worship 
and take notice of such who did not attend service and who 
were idle, etc., and to present such cases to the magistrates ; 
all of those appointed were men of standing in the commun- 
ity. For the 9 th day, John Putuam and John Hathorne were 

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-EL 3 Lieutenant Thomas (John), eldest son of John 
and Priscilla Putnam, baptized at Aston Abbotts, Co. Bucks. , 
England, 7 Mch., 1614-5; died at Salem Village, 5 May, 
1686 ; married, first, at Lynn, Mass., 17 th , 8 mo., 1643, Ann, 
daughter of Edward 8 and Prudence (Stockton) Holyoke. 
The Holyoke family were one of the most prominent and aris- 
tocratic families in the colony. Mrs. Ann (Holyoke) Putnam 
died 1 Sept., 1665 (l 8t , 7 mo., 1665). 

Lt. Thomas married, second, at Salem, 14 th , 9 mo., 1666, 
Mary Veren widow of Nathaniel Vereu a rich merchant 
formerly of Salem. Mrs. Mary (Veren) Putnam died 16 
(or 17 th ) Mch., 1694-5. In 1684, Mrs. Putnam iu the ap- 
portionment of seats in the meeting house at the Village was 
seated in the first, or principal pew reserved for women. 

Children of Thomas and Ann Putnam. With the excep- 
tion of their daughter Sarah, the births of the children are 
recorded at Salem : 

9 Ann, b. 25-6-1645 ; m. William Trask. 

10 Sarah, bapt. 1 st Ch. Salem, 28-5 mo.-1648 ; not mentioned In her 

father's will. 

11 Mary, b. 17-8-1649 ; bapt. 1 st Ch. Salem, 19-3-1650 ; not mentioned 

In her father's will. 

12 Thomas, b. 12-1-1652 ; bapt. 1* Ch. Salem, 16-2-1652. 

13 Edward, b. 4-5-1654 ; bapt 1* Ch. Salem, 9-5-1654. 

14 Deliveranck, b. 5-7-1656 ; bapt. l rt Ch. Salem, 10-3-1657 ; m. Jon* 

15 Elizabeth, b. 30-6-1659 ; m. Joshua, son of John and Eleanor (Em- 
ery) Bayley, b. in Newbury, 17 Feb., 1653; will proved 6 Aug., 
1722 ; a brother of Rev. James Bayley who m. Mary Carr, sister 
of Mrs. Ann Putnam (12). Joshua Bayley left no children and 

* Great grandfather of Edward Holyoke, President Harvard College 1787-1709. For 
Holyoke Gen. see Vol. m, Bmox Inst. Hist. Coll. 


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after his wife's death his property fell to her nephews and 
nieces, viz., Susanna Putnam, Timothy Putnam, and Experience, 
widow of David Bayley. 
Prudenck, b. 28-12-1661-2; bapt. 1* Ch. Salem, 29-4-1662; m. Wil- 
liam Wyman. 

Child of Thomas and Mary Putnam : 
17 Joseph, b. 14 Sept., 1669; bapt. 4 Sept., 1670. 

Thomas Putnam, Sen., was an inhabitant of Lynn in 
1640; freeman 1642; one of the seven men (selectmen) of 
Lynn in 1643 ; admitted to the church in Salem, 3 Apr., 1643. 

The town of Salem granted to him, 20-11-1640, "fifty acres 
[of upland] and five acres of meddow." This was at the 
same time that his father received a grant of one huudred 
acres from the town ("in exchange of one-hundred acres for- 
merly granted to him"). 

In 1645 -the General Court passed the following order : "M r 
Thomas Layghton, Edward Burcham, & Thomas Puttman 
are appointed by this Cou r te to end sraale causes fo r y e towne 
of Lynne for y e yeere ensewing" 18 June, 1645. This com- 
mission was renewed the 20 May, 1648, "to eud smale cawses, 
vnde r twenty shillings." 

11 th , 9 mo., 1648, he was "Chosen for Gran- Juryman" in 
Salem and 10-10-1655 was chosen constable of Salem in place 
of Mi\ William Browne. The office of constable at that date 
earned great authority and covered the entire local adminis- 
tration of affairs. 

He was also the first parish clerk at Salem Village and was 
prominent in the local military aud ecclesiastical, as well as 
town affairs. 

Thomas Putnam wrote a very fine hand and had evidently 
received a good education, as had his brothers. In 1679 he 
gives to the Rev. James Bayley, upon his retirement from the 
ministry at Salem Village, three acres of meadow. During 
the long dispute over Bayley at the Village, Thomas and John 
seem to have supported Bayley, while Nathaniel was in oppo- 

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Thomas Putnam during a number of years held, besides 
the offices above mentioned, the various positions of w Lay$r 
out of highways," "Inspector of bridges," "to care for rates 
for the minister," etc. On the 29 th day, 11 mo., 1658, 
"Jefferey Massey, Thomas Putname, Nath 1 Putname and 
. Joseph Hutchensen are Impowered, or any three of them, to 
jpyne with Topsfield about the Runninge & setlenge & full 
endinge of our sixe mile line in the extent of it in so mauy 
places as they shall see meet, for a full conclusion of the 
worke." Oct. 8, 1662, the General Court confirms his ap- 
pointment as Lieutenant in the troop of horse. 

When on the 8 th Oct., 1672, the General Court permitted 
the inhabitants of Salem Farms to become a separate parish, 
Lt. Thomas Putnam was made chairman of the committee 
chosen to carry on the affairs of the parish (11 Nov., 1672), 
and on 25 Nov., 1680, it was voted "that Lt. Thomas Put- 
nam and Jonathan Wolcott supply the place of deacons for 
year ensueing ;" they were continued in office 27 Dec, 1681. 

The above is the first mention of deacons iu the Village 
records. 4 

In 1682 occurs the first list of tax-payers at the Village. 
There are ninety-four names on this list. The twelve largest 
amounts are here given set against the names of the persons 
paying them, also all of the family taxed in that year. 




1 Lt. Thomns Putman v 




2 Nathuulel Putnam * 



3 Thomas flutter, sen. 



4 Lt. John Putnam J 


5 Joshua Rea / 



6 Joseph Hutchinson ^ 




7 Joseph Porter v 



8 Daniel Andrew ^ 




9 Thomas Flint 



10 William Sibley 



11 Job Swinnertou, Jr. 



* In the Secretary's office at the State House are many documents relating to the relig- 
ious disturbance* at the Village. These show rery plainly the attitude of the Putnams 
during that exciting period. 


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12 John Buxton 

22 Thomas Putnam, jr, 

23 John Putnam, jr. 
Edward Putnam 
Jonathan Putnam 






It will be seeu from the above that the three Putnam broth- 
ers and their sons-in-law were by far the wealthiest in the 
"Village" or "Farms." Besides inheriting a double portion 
of his father's estate 8 Thomas Putnam by his marriage with 
widow Mary Veren came into possession of considerable 
property in Jamaica and Barbadoes. The homestead of Thom- 
as although much enlarged is still standing and is now known 
as the " Gen. Israel Putnam house." This house is situated a 
little east of Hathorne's Hill in the northern part of Danvers, 
not far from the Asylum, and was occupied by his widow in 
1692. Here also his son Joseph lived during his opposition 
to the witchcraft proceedings. 

There was also a town residence in Salem situated on the 
north side of Essex street extending back to North River, 
its front on Essex street embraced the western part of the 
grounds uow occupied by the North Church and extended to 
a point beyond the head of Cambridge street. 

In his will dated, 8 Feb., 1H8§, and proved at Boston, 8 

half of the above estate to 


July, 1686, he gives the 
his son Thomas, the^wgaafeaai half to his son Joseph ; another 
estate on the western side of St. Peter's street, to the north 
of Federal, he gives to Edward. 6 To each of his children he 
gives a large estate in Salem Village and a valuable piece of 
meadow land. To a faithful servant Joseph Stacey , he gives 
eleven acres. 

The children by his first wife attempted, unsuccessfully, to 

* It was usual among many New England families for the eldest son to have a doable 
portion ; this became a law and continued in force until quite recent times. 

•The Hon. Abner C. Good ell, jr., now owns and occupies a part of this estate. Near 
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break this will, claiming that undue influence was used to ob- 
tain for Joseph more than his share of the estate. 

Mr. Upham in hid Salem Witchcraft thus suras up the 
character and position of Thomas Putnam in contrast with 
his brothers w Possessing a large property by inheritance, he 
was not quite so active in increasing it, but enjoying the soc- 
iety and friendship of the leading meu lived a more retired 
life. At the same time he was always ready to serve the 
community when called for as he often was, when occasion 
arose for the aid of his superior intelligence and personal in- 
fluence," also in writing about the settlement of the ?t Farms" 
he says, w The Putnanis followed up Beaver Brook to Beaver 
Dam, and spread out toward the north and west." 

The will of Thomas Putnam is here given in full. 

Know all men by these p'sents, That I Thomas Putnam 
Sen r of Salem, being Ancient & sencible of the declining of 
old age, & weakness & suraptoms of mortality daily trend- 
ing upon me, but being of sound mind & memory blessed 
be God, doe make this ray last will & testament, this 8 th 
day of february Ann Doui. 168$ as followeth 
Imp. r I give my soule into the hands of Jesus Christ in whorae 
I hope to live forever, & ray body to the earth, In hope of 
a Glorious resurection with him when tbis vild body shalbe 
made like unto his Glorious body and for the estate God 
hath given me, in this world, (ray debts being paid), I dis- 
pose of as followeth. 
It. I give & bequeath to my son Thomas put nam & to his 
hears & assignes the dwelling house he now lives in, with 
the Barne & oarchards, with all the land belonging there to 
containing by estimation, one hundred & fifty acres, be it 
more or lesse, according as it lyes bounded, as is heareafter 
exsprest, viz : from Hathorns medow as the water runs out 
of the medow, till it comes into Ipswich River, then from 
the bound by the river to the end of the Hand, to the great 
black oak betwixt my Cozen John Putnams land & mine, 
from thence to Cromwells, bound tree, & from thence to 
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stones, the trees being falen dowriv which is alsoe the 
bounds betwixt Joshua Reas land -<fe this, land,' & from 
thence to Reas bounds, that is a red oake where lyes stones : 
& from thence to another heape of stones, & from thence 
to the fence at Hathorns medpw, where is a tree marked 
by the fence, & from thence with or along by the fence, 
all the upland & swamp, till it comes to the place where 
the water comes out of the meddow, And from thence my 
Spong of medow on the other side the brooke, & the op- 
land on Jonathan Knites his side, till it comes to a marked 
tree, neere the said Knights Corner of his feild next Beare 
hill, & then Crosse the swamp, to the cart way that is at 
the lower end, of the flaggy meddow, & to take in all the 
meddow, & to run by the swamp, not over Andever waye, 
till it comes at the tree where is three rocks & the tree 
marked, & the tree is to the westward of the rockes : on the 
north side, where Andever high way turnes, & from thence 
to the bound where I Jo}'ne to Topsfeild men, & soe to the 
River ; till I meet mr. Balyes meddow at the Spring, that 
runs into the River, a little above the bridg, & from the 
bridg, Andever Road to be the bounds to the tree, where is 
three stones, at the turne of the waye, & from thence to two 
trees marked at the ridg or Top of the hill, that lyes on the 
right hand of the path as wee come from the bridg to Thomas 
Putnams house, and from the two trees to a great rock that 
is neere Hathorns brooke where Thomas & Edward are to 
make a bridg over the brook against the corner of Thomas 
his feild by his Barne, within which bounds is included a 
pcell of land, containing about fifty acres lying by the River, 
which said fifty acres alsoe I give & bequeath to my said 
son Thomas his heires & assignes together with the aforesaid 
house Barne oarchards & about one hundred & fifty acres, 
upland and meddow, all which my said son Thomas his 
heires <fe assignes shall have & Injoy forever, after my de- 

I give and bequeath, to my sonn Edward Putnam & to 
his heires & assignes a certain e tract of land, upland & med- 
dow, containing about eighty Acres be it more or less, with 
the house he now dwells in, & the barne & oarchard, upon 

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'the said land* which said pceil of land, is bounded, by the 
land before Specify ed given to my son Thomas aforesaid, 
easterly : & Ipswich River westerly : Alsoe I give unto him 
my son Edward one pcell more of land, lying upon the little 
hill soe caied, containing about sixty acres more or lease, 
being bounded as followeth, viz : from a forked walnut, that 
is alsoe Joshua Reas & nathaniell putnams bounds, from 
thence to a stake & heape of stones neere the Cartwaye, 
from thence to Crom wells bound tree soe caled, front* thence 
to a walnut & red oak blowed downe where lyes a heape of 
stones, from thence to the forked walnut, Alsoe I give to 
my said son. Edward one pcell of land more, lying upon 
Beare Hill, containing about sixty acres more or less? being 
bounded, by the three Rocks & a tree standing by them 
marked, from thence to the bound in the swamp, where my 
land Joynes to Topsfeild land, from thence to william Hobs 
his bounds, from thence to Phillip Knights his bounds be- 
hind Beare hill, & from thence along Knights his line till it 
comes to a marked tree, & from the sd marked tree, Cross 
the land to a red oak tree standing by a great Rock on the 
north easterly side of Andev Road, — Alsoe I give my sd 
son Edward, apcellof pcell of meddow containing fower acres 
more or less, lying on the west side of the River, neere his 
house & the upland against his the sd meddow, from the 
uper end of ye said meddow Cross my upland, to the top 
of the high hill & soe Straite to my brother Nathaniells line, 
& then to run along the line, to his bounds, at the lower end 
of the meddow, which is a heap of stones upon the topp of 
a hill about twenty pole from the meddow containing eight 

• acres more or less, of upland, — Alsoe I give him my sd son 
Edward, all my meddow lying in Crom wells meddow soe caled, 
contayning fower acres more or lesse, Alsoe I give my sd son 
Edward, all that my part of meddow that lyes in Hathorns 
soe caled, lying bounded by Joshua Reas medow on the 
west, Ezekiell Cheevers meddow on the south, Jonathan 
Knights upland on east & Thomas Putnams Spong of med- 
ow on the north, all which said pcells of land, boaih upland 
& meddow I give & bequeath to my said son Edward, & to 
his heires & assignes forever, after my decease. 

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It. I Give & bequeath, to mary my beloved wife, & to my 
son Joseph Putnam, borne by her, my said wife, all that my 
farme I now live upon with all the buildings & houseing 
theire upon with all the app r tenances thereto belonging, both 
upland & meddow oarchards fences & p r vilidges thereto be- 
longing, for them to have hold & Injoy the Same to them 
& there assigne after my decease, for the terme of my Said 
wives naturall life, (they making no Strip nor waste,) either 
of them or theire assignee to Injpy the one halfe part there- 
of, whoe are to mainetaine & keep in good re pal re either of 
them theire said part the said terme, & after my said wives 
decease, then my will is & I doe by these p r sents bequeath 
the whole of all the said farme buildings & app'tenances to 
my said sonn Joseph Putnam & to his heires & assignes, 
from the time of my wives said decease & for ever after, 
which said farme containes about one hundred & twenty 
Acres, be it more or les, that is to say the upland & med- 
dow or mowing ground that is adjoyning to the house which 
is bounded as followeth, on the west with the land formerly 
Richard Hutchensons, a red oak marked neere the house 
where Bragg dwelt, from thence to a heape of stones & a 
stake standing neere my oarchards, from thence to an other 
heape of Stones, on the side of the hill, from thence to an- 
other heape of stones, which was the Said Hutchensons 
Corner bounds toward the meddow, from thence to a heape 
of stones, which is Reas bounds alsoe, & Hutchensons & 
mine, from thence to another heape of stones, that is alsoe 
the bounds of Joshua Reas & Thomas Putnams & mine, & 
from thence Crosse the upland downe to the marked tree by 
the meddow, which is my share of meddow in Hathorns 
meddow, soe Caled (which meadow is to be und r stood as 
part of the said farme, as it now lyes fenced,) & from thence 
the upland on the east, to a tree fallen where is a heape of 
stones that is the bounds of Peeter Prescotts & m r Cheev r s 
land, from thence to Hamer beame soe caled, where lyes a 
heape of stones on the stump, from thence to a white oake 
on the top of the hilt, that is the bound, alsoe of Henry Ken- 
ny & m r Cheevers, & from thence by the said Kenne to a 
Rock in the waye, from thence along by the land of Robert 

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Princes to a great white oak at Beaver Dam, & from thence 
to the Red oack marked by Hutchensons land by Braggs 
house, alsoe as belonging to the said farme a pcell of up- 
land & meddow, sixteen acres more or lease, lying on the 
west side of he great River, from the logg Bridg downe the 
River, to the place, where the water runns, from Thomas 
Patnams and Edward Putnams meddow into the River, 
from thence to the top of the high hill, & soe Straite to my 
Brother Nathaniel I Putnams bound or line, from thence to 
Princes bounds by ye pond, & soe to a great rock lying 
neere the high waye, where wee goe into the meddow, & soe 
along the waye to the bridg, Alsoe one pcell of meddow 
more containing two acres more or lesse lying in Hathorns 
litle meddow soe caled, with the fences as it now lyes, John 
Darling lying on the west, Joseph Hutchenson on the east, 
the brook on the south, Darlings upland on the north, alsoe 
five acres lying in Peeterses meddow soe caled be it more 
or lesse, alsoe my meddow at Bishops, soe caled, containing 
two acres more or lesse, alsoe my meddow lying by John 
nichols upland, about two acres Alsoe my old oarcbard, with 
all the land fences & timber, with the share of Hathorns 
farme, as it now lyes bounded, by my brother nathanieli 
Putnams land, & my brother John Putnams land, & with 
the land, that was Robert Prince his all which said pcells of 
land & meddow, with all the p r vilidges and app r te nances 
thereof, is a part & soe by me acconted as a part of my 
said farme as belonging there unto, & is to be understood 
intended by me as soe, & given to my said wife & son Jos- 
eph, the terme of her life & afterwards the whole to Joseph 
his heires & assignes forever after his mothers decease, 
It. I give & bequeath, to my beloved wife mary & my son 
Joseph, all that my house & ground in the towne with all 
its ap r tence8 & p r vilidges according as is mentioned & 
bounded in my said wives bill of sale (which said house & 
ground my said wife bought of Phillip Veren before her mar- 
riage) to possess & Injoy the same the terme of my said 
wives naturall life,. after my decease: & after my wives 
decease, I give & bequeath all the said house & land as 
aforesaid to my son Thomas & my son Joseph, to have & to 

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hold to them theire heires & assiges, forever after my said 
wives decease, and my will is, that when my said sons shall, 
them or either of them, devide the same betweene them in 
two distinct parts, they shall devid it equally: & at the 
front next the street to devide it there an equall breadth, 
each part, 
t It. I give & bequeath to my son Edward my halfe acre of land 
that I bought of Robert Temple & of John Simond de- 
ceased, & Job Swinerton Jun r as by theire deeds of Sale 
apeereth, to hi in & his heires forever after ray decease 
Item, I give to my daughter Ann, deceased late the wife of Will- 
iam Trask : to her fower children, viz : Ann, william, Sarah, 
& Susana ten pounds to each of them, to be paid as they 
com of age, the sons & daughters, as they com to the age of 
21 yeares, in currant pay 

It. I give to my daughter Deliverance one hundred pound?, to 
be paid her within one yeare next after my decease, in part 
in household goods in proportion as her sisters have had, 
& the rest in currant paye, 

It. I give to my daughter Elizabeth, three & forty pounds, to 
be paid her in currant pay, within one yeare next after my 

It. I give to my Daughter Prudence, fifty pounds, to be paid 
her within two yeares, next after my decease in currant pay. 

It. I give to my three sonns, viz Thomas Edward & Joseph, 
ten acres of meddow more or lesse lying in the place caled 
blind hole, Joyning to Joseph Porters upland, to be equally 
devided between ym : to Injoy to them & there heires for- 
ever next after my wives decease 

It. I give to mary iny beloved wife, fifty pounds out of my es- 
tate after my decease, the plate to be a part, as Invintoryed : 
& the rest out of any of my other goods as shee pleases : 
(except any quined money which is to be excepted) & the 
sd fifty pounds with what shall remaine of it or other of the 
estate undisposed of, by this my will as she is executrix, at 
her decease to dispose of it, to & amongst my children as 
shee shall think fitt, 

It. I give to my son Joseph, after my decease, all my plow geer 
& kart & tacking of all sorts, with all my tooles, imply* 

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menU, of all sorts kind & quallyty what soe ever, my mill 
stone & grinston & Cider mill & app r tenances, A his mother 
to have halfe the use of them while shee lives : provided, 
she mainetaine the halfe of them, to keep them in repaire & 
make them good at her decease. 
It. I give to my servant Joseph Stacy if he shall live to serve 
out his time, & be diligent, a pcell of land containing about 
eleven acres of upland & swamp, as it lyes bounded from 
the tree marked by Jonathan Knights feild, neere his corner 
next Bear© hill, & soe by Thomas Canes land, to a tree 
marked, on the hill caled Beare hill, soe Cross, downe to a 
rock & red oak tree marked, on the north side of Andever 
Roade, & from thence along by the swamp, along by the 
flaggy meddow side, to the place where the carts have lately 
gon over, & soe Cross the swamp to the Said Knights marked 
Item. I doe apoynt and ordaine my beloved wife Mary to be my 
executrix, & my son Joseph executor Joyntly together with 
his mother, of this my last will & testament, And it is to 
be understood & it is my will that in case I depart this life 
before my sonn Joseph comes of age, & my said wif see 
cause to marry an other man alsoe before he comes of age, 
that then before she marry the estate Shalbe devided be- 
tweene them, & either to pay theire proportion of what 
leagacies shall then be unpaid, & my said son Joseph, may ' 
then choose his guardian, to assist him & take care of his 
part, & my will is that my said son Joseph shall have the 
possession & improvem 1 of his part at the age of eighteene 
yeares* & I doe desire my loveing freinds, & apoynt them, 
Viz! Ensigne Israeli Porter and Searg? John Leach, to be 
overseers, to see this will p formed to whome I give twenty 
shillings each of them, In wittnes that this is my last will 
& testament, I have sett to my hand & seale, the day & 
yeare first above written : being the 8 th of february Ann 
Dom 168$ 

there was Interlyned in p : 1 : betwene the 32 & 33 lynes 
the word (tree) & in the p: 3 : betweene the 18 & 19 lynes 
the word (ground) A in p: 4 : the words (about two acres) 
between the 15 : & 16 Hues in the same p : the words (ac- 


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counted as) between the 20 : & 21 lines & in the sam p : the 
word (them) betweene the 85 & 86 lines & in p : 6 : the 
words (before shee mai-y) betweene the 6 : & 7 lines & in 
the same page the word (eighteene) betweene the 12 & 13 
lines & a word underneath blotted out & all these Interlin- 
ings, don by consent before signing & sealing. 

Signed Sealed, & declared to be the last will & Testa- 
ment of ye sd Thomas Putnam by him, after the several I 
enterlinings as above said, in the p r sence of us : with this 
further addition Viz* That in case my son Joseph depart 
this life, before he come to have power to make his will, 
(which I conceive to be when he comes to the age of eigh- 
teene yeares, (when he is to possess his estate, as by my 
will), I say if he dy before then his estate, viz : the land to 
fall to his two brothers, viz : Thomas <fe Edward only outof 
ye land to his Brother nathaniell veren, the value of twenty 
pounds in pay : & the rest of his estate to be devided among 
his three sisters, my daughters, it is to be understood the 
housing is ment as the land, to ye brothers 

Thomas Putnam sen. [Seal.] 
witnes Hilliard Veren 
Thomas feilld 

This fourth of January one thousand six hundered Eigtie 

Where as my will being made some Considerable time 
past and therefore doe see cause to allter some perticulars 
in my said will and it being the plesuer of god to visit me 
with siknes and weaknes yet through his goodnes of sound 
mind and memory blessed be god for it 
and whereas it is Exprest in my will that I have given to 
my three sons namely thomas Edward and Joseph: my 
meddowe it being ten Acers mor or Lese Lying in blinde 
hold soe called Adjoyning to the Land of Joseph Porter : 
I doe give & bequeth it to ray twoe sons vide Thomas and 
Edward as allsoe part of the Land that I have purchesed and 
given to my sons: thomas and Edward Liying in tops Q I Id 
towneship at this time and thay thretening as if thay would 
deprive them of it the which if it should be : then my will is 
that my Land and orched belonging to my old house : as 

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allsoe my Land that was my brother John hathorns Share 
of danforths farme all which Contains about Eighty Acars 
more or Lese : I doe give to my three sons thomas Edward : 
and Joseph Equily. to be divided between them After my 
wifes deses. 

and whereas I have given my wife fifty pound to be taken 
out of my Esteate After prisell : I doe allsoe give and be- 
queth to my son Joseph out of my Estate after prisell his 
Liberty of Choyse to take twoe oxen <& twoe Cowes and sixe 
sheep and A horse or A mare 

and where as I have given to my daughter diliverance A 
hundered pounds upon my will there Remains but fourty : 
and three pounds to pay the Rest being all redy payd and 
as allsoe my daughter Elizabeth haveing all Redy Receved 
sixty and eight pounds : seven shillings & sixe pence there 
Remains to make up to her an hundered pounds thirty & 
one pounds : twelve shillings & sixe pence 
my daughter Prudence allsoe haveing all Redy receved fifty 
and nine pound five shilings there Remains : to make up to 
her an hundered pounds : fourty pounds and fiften : shillings 
Signed and Sealed as with som al Iterations : and with some 
considerations in this my Last will and testament as witnes 
my hand 

Thomas Putnam sen. [seal.] 
Witnes to the hole will 

Israeli Porter 

John leach 

Mr. Israel Porter and m r . John Leach having renounced 
their Legacyes of Twenty shillings P. man given in this will 
and Thomas Feild all three sworne say that they were 
present Feild on the Eighth of February 168$ and m r Por- 
ter and Leach upon the fourth of Jan : 1685, and saw Lei ft. 
Thomas Putnam signe seale and publish this will to which 
this is annexed as his last will and Testament, and that 
when he so did he was of sound memory and understanding 
to their best Judgem 1 and feild further adds that he saw M r 
Veren signe with him as a witnesse 
Boston 8 July 1686 

Jurat Coram J. Dudley presid* 
Attest' Daniel Allin. Cler. 

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Boston this : 8* of July 1686. 

To Thee Honorable Joseph Dudly Esq* President of His 
Majesties Council And Territory of New england In Amer- 
ica. Thee Humble petition of thee several parsons under 
writen : son and sons in law of thee Late Lf Thomas Put- 
nam of Salem Deceased Humbly Sheweth. 

That whare as there is an Instriment cald a will Left By 
our late Honord ffather L' t Thomas Putnam Late of Salem 
In thee Hands of our Honored motherinlaw : which Instri- 
ment as wee Humbly conceive was occationd to be made as 
it is : by our Motherinlaw : by which Instriment as wee Hum- 
bly conceive wee shall all bee eztreemly wronged if it must 
stand In fforce against us : And whereas our Brother Thom- 
as putnam with good Advice as wee Humbly conceive hath 
entered caution against the said Instriment. our Humble 
petition to you? Honf is that he may have Liberty and time 
to make his plea By which meanes Yo? Honf May com to un- 
derstand How much wee are all wronged : And so Hope- 
ing Yo? Hon! will bee pleased to heare the crie of thee 
ffatberles and Motherles : And not suffer such an injustice 
to stand in force against us to deprive us of that portion 
which by the Law of God and man belongs unto us : Butt 
that thee power (of) Administration of our Decceased ffathers 
estate may bee granted to our eldest Brother Thomas put- 
nam : that he may bring in A true Inventory of thee same 
unto Yo* Hon^. that soe each of us may Have that proportion 
of our Decceased ffathers estate which by the law of God 
and man belongs unto us : In which Requests If Yo! Hon 1 ; 
shall Bee pleased to favour us: Yo^ Humble petitioners 
shall evermore be bound to pray <& c . 

Edward Putnam, 
William Traske, 
Jonathan Walcott. 

Boston June: 17, 1686 

To the Hon bl * Joseph Dudley Esq r President of his Maj^f 
Council <& Territory of New England in America — The 
humble Petition of Thomas Putnam Eldest son of Lieut. 
Thomas Putnam of Salem Village lately deceased. 
Humbly Sheweth 

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That whereas my late hon* ffather Lieu* Thomas Putnam 
deceased made an instrument in forme of a will for the dis- 
posall of his Estate which instrment or will is now in the 
hand of M* Mary Putnam relict & Executrix of my late 
Hon 4 ! ffather These are to Enter Caution against the said 
will Humbly in treating Yof Honof that there may not be any 
procedure in the probation of said will untill I be heard what 
I have to alledge concerning it and 
Yof Petitioner shall evermore be bound to pray &? 

Thomas Putnam. 

M r 8. Mary Putnam prayes y 4 allowance of Daniell Wicum 
for her atturney to answer y e plea of Thomas Putnam which 
is adjurned to July 22* 1686. 

J.D. PR. 

Notb.— Two of M itssachnsetts most honored citlsens are direct descendants of Mrs. 
Mary (Veren) Putnam, rli., the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop and the lion. William C. 

let husband, Natl. Veren =b Mary =« 2nd husband, Lt Thos. Putnam. 

I I 


d. Jan., 

1, m. 1678, Timothy Lindnll 

b 3 May. 1H42, d. 
6 Jan., 16U8-9. A. 
most curiously 
sculptured stone 
stands orer his 
grave in the 
Charter street 
cemetery at Sa- 

Joseph Putnam, m.1690, Ellx. Porter, 
d.1733. b. 1678, d. 


Timothy LiodaU, m. 1705, Jane Pool, 
d. 1760. I d. 1710. 

Darid Putnam, m. 1728, Rebecca Perley, 
d. 1769. I b. 28 Oct^ 1710. 

Jane Lindall, m. 1726, Francis Borland, 
d. 1749. I d. 1763. 

William Putnam, m. Ellsb. Putnam, 
| b. 1728. 

Jane Borland, m. 1700, John Still Winthrop, Elixb. Putnam, m. 1794, Saml. Endloott, 
d. 1760. I d. 1776. d. 1841. i b. 1768, d. 1828. 

Thos. L. Winthrop, m. 1786, Ellsb. Bowdoin Temple, Wm. P. Endloott, m. Mary Crown- 
d.1841. | d.1825. I ingshield. 

B .k, 

Hon. R. 0. Winthrop, 
b. 12 May, 1809. 

Hon. Wm. C. Endloott. 

late Secretary of War under 
President Cleveland. 

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The will of Mary, relict of Lt. Thomas Putnam, is dated 8 
Jan., 1695; proved 20 May, 1695. She bequeaths to her 
husband's children, Thomas Putnam, Edward Putnam, De- 
liverance Wolcott, Elizabeth Bayley, Prudence Wayman, 
and to her own son, Joseph Putnam. In a deposition Mary 
Liudall, aged forty-five, wife of Timothy Lindall, calls Mrs. * 
Mary Putnam, * Mother Putnam," and George Ingersoll, sen- 
ior, calls her tf sister Maiy Putnam." 

II. 5 Nathaniel (John), baptized at Aston Abbotts, 11 
Oct., 1619; died at Salem Village, 23 July, 1700; married 
at Salem, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Alice (Boa- 
worth) Hutchinson of Salem Village, born 20 Aug., and bap- 
tized at Arnold in England, 30 Aug., 1629; died 24 June, 
1688. 7 In 1648, both Nathaniel and his wife Elizabeth were 
admitted to the church in Salem. 

Children, born in Salem Village (births recorded at Salem) : 

18 Samuel, b. 18-12-1652; bapt. 

19 Nathaniel, b. 24-2-1655; 

20 John, b. 26-1-1657; " 

21 Joskph, b. 29-8-1659; 

22 Elizabeth, b. 11 Aug., 1662; " 

m. Serg. George Flint. 
- 23 Benjamin, b. 24-10-1664. 
24 Mart, b. 15-7-1668; bapt. 1st Ch., Dec, 1668; m. John Tufts. 

Of these only John, Benjamin and Mary survived their 
father. In 1694, Nathaniel and John Putnam testified to 
having lived in the Village since 1641. Nathaniel Putnam 
was a man of considerable landed property ; his wife brought 
him seventy-five acres additional and on this tract he built his 
house and established himself. 

Part of this property has remained uninterruptedly in the 
family. It is now better known as the w old Judge Put- 
nam place.' 9 . He was constable in 1656, and afterward 
deputy to the General Court, 1690-1691, selectman, and al- 
ways at the front on all local questions, whether pertaining to 

' According to another account of ancient date, "1st Jane, m. 60." 

lstCh., 17-2-1C53. 

•• 27-3-1655. 


11-2-1662 ; d. 6 Mar., 1697 ; 

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politics, religious affairs, or other town matters. "He had 
great business activity aud ability and was a person of extra- 
ordinary powers of mind, of great energy and skill in the 
management of affairs and of singular sagacity, acumeu and 
quickness of perception. He left a large estate." 8 

Nathaniel Putnam was one of the principals in the great 
lawsuit concerning the ownership of the Bishop farm. His ac- 
tion in this matter was merely to prevent the attempts of 
Zerubabel Endicott to push the bounds of the Bishop grant 
over on his land. The real principals in the case were James 
Allen who had obtained the Bishop farm as part of his wife's 
dowry, and Zerubabel Endicott. The case was a long and 
complicated affair and was at last settled to the satisfaction 
of Allen and Putnam. Endicott was so chagrined that he was 
a different man and soon died from the effoct of being cast by 
the courts. This Bishop grant which caused the trouble was 
sold by Allen to the Nurses and now belongs to Calvin Put- 
nam. The above suit was settled in 1683. 

During the unhappy trouble concerning the settlement of 
a minister over the parish at Salem Village, Nathaniel Put- 
nam was a most determined opponent to the Rev. Mr. Bayley, 
but when Bayley was dismissed he joined with his brothers 
Thomas and John Putnam, Thomas Fuller, sr., and Joseph 
Hutchinson, sr., in a deed of gift to Mr. James Bayley of 
twenty-eight acres of upland and thirteen acres of meadow, 
which constituted a very valuable property. This was of 
date of 6 May, 1680. On 10 Dec, 1688, Lt. Nathaniel Put- 
nam was one of four messengers sent to Rev. Samuel Parris 
to obtain his reply to the call of the parish. Parris put them 
off. His final engagement was settled by younger men, one 
of whom was Deacon Edward Putnam. Mr. Parris, how- 
ever, was supported by Nathaniel Putnam, who four years 
later was completely deceived in regard to the witchcraft de- 
lusion. That he honestly believed in witchcraft and in the 
statements of the afflicted girls there seems to be no -doubt ; 

• Uphom't Witchcraft 

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that be was not inclined to be severe is evident, and bis good- 
ness of character shows forth in marked contrast with the 
almost bitter feeling shown by many of (hose concerned. Na- 
thaniel lived to see the mistake all had made. That he should 
have believed in the delusion is not strange for belief in witch- 
craft was then all but universal. The physicians and ministers 
called upon to examine the girls, who pretended to be be- 
witched, agreed that such was the fact. Upham states that 
ninety-nine out of every hundred in Salem believed that such 
was the case. There can be no doubt that the expressed opin- 
ion of a man like Nathaniel Putnam must have influenced 
scores of his neighbors. His eldest brother had been dead 
seven years and he had succeeded to the position as head of 
the great Putnam family with its connections. He was known 
as w Landlord Putnam, " a term given for many years to the 
oldest living member of the family. He saw his brother 
Thomas Putnam's family afflicted and, being an upright and 
honest man himself, believed in the disordered imaginings of 
his grandniece, Ann. These are powerful reasons to account 
for his belief and actions. The following extract from Upham 
brings out the better side of his character. — "Eutire confi- 
dence was felt by all in his judgment, and deservedly. But 
be was a strong religionist, a life-long member of the church 
and extremely strenuous and zealous in his ecclesiastical rela- 
tions. He was getting to be an old man and Mr. Partis had 
wholly succeeded in obtaining, for the time, possession of bis 
feelings, sympathy, and zeal in the management of the church, 
and secured his full codperation in the witchcraft prosecu- 
tions. He had been led by Parris to take the very front in the 
proceedings. But even Nathaniel Putnam could not stand 
by in silence and see Rebecca Nurse sacrificed. A curious 
paper, written by him, is among those which have been pre- 
served : 

"Nathaniel Putnam, Sr., being desired by Francis Nurse, 
Sr., to give information of what I could say concerning his 
wife's life and conversation, I, the above said, have known 

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this said aforesaid woman forty years, and what I have ob- 
served of her, human frailties excepted, her life and conver- 
sation have been according to her profession, and she hath 
brought up a great family of children and educated them well, 
so that there is in some of them apparent savor of godliness. 
I have known her differ with her neighbors, but I never knew 
or heard of any that did accuse her of what she is now charged 

A similar paper was signed by thirty-nine other persons of 
the village and the immediate vicinity, all of the highest re- 
spectability. The men and women who dared to do this act 
of justice must not be forgotten : — 

" We whose names are hereunto subscribed, being desired 
by Goodman Nurse to declare what we know concerning his 
wife's conversation for time past, — we can testify, to all whom 
it may concern, that we have known her for many years, and 
according to our observation, her life and conversation were 
according to her profession, and we never had any cause or 
grounds to suspect her of any such thing as she is now accused 

Israel Porter 
Elizabeth Porter 
Edward Bishop. Sr. 
Hannah Bishop 
Joshua Rea 
Sarah Rea 
Sarah Leach 
* John Putnam 
Rebecca Putnam 
Joseph Hutchinson, Sr. 
Lydla Hutchinson 
William Osburn 
Hannah Osburne 
Joseph Ho I ton, Sr. 
Sarah Holton 
Benjamin Putnam ' 
Sarah Putnam 
Job Swinnerton 
Esther Swinnerton 
Joseph Herrick, Sr. 

Samuel Abbey 
Hepzibah Rea 
Daniel Andrew 
Surah Andrew 
Daniel Rea 
Sarah Putnam 

^ Jonathan Putnam 
Lydia Putnam 
Walter Phillips, Sr. 
Nathaniel Felton, Sr. 
Margaret Phillips 
Tabitha Phillips 
Joseph Holton, Jr. 
Samuel Endicott 
Elizabeth Buxton 
Samuel Aborn 
Isaac Cook 
Elizabeth Cook 

> Joseph Putnam " 

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An examination of the foregoing names .in connection with 
the history of the village will show conclusive proof, that, if 
the matter had been left to the people there, it would never 
have reached the point to which it was carried. It was the 
influence of the magistracy and the government of the colony, 
and the public sentiment prevalent elsewhere, overruling that 
of that immediate locality, that drove on the storm. 

The above document shows the position taken by the heads 
of several of the Putnam families of the Village. 


In the Name of God Amen, I Nathaniel Putnam of Sa- 
lem, in y e County of Easex in y* province of y 6 Miissachu- 
sets Bay in New England being in perfect health & strength 
& sound in mind & memory, yet Considering that old age 
is come vpon me & y e vncertainty of my life doe make This 
my last Will & Testament hereby revoaking ail former & 
other wills by me heretofore at any time made. 

Imp e s I resigne my soule to God whoe Guue it & my body to de- 
cent burial hoping for a gloriours resnrrecon in & through 
y e merits of my blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ to whome 
bee Glory foreuer. 

And For ray Outward Estate which God hath bestowed on me 
I Giue bequeath & bestow y e same as hereafter in this my 
will is expressed. 

Itm. I Giue vnto ray daughter Mary Tuft y e wife of John 
Tuft one hundred and Twenty pounds in money to be paid 
by my Executor hereafter named within three yeares after my 
decease to which with y e fifty pounds which I formerly gave 
her is in full & ouer & aboue what I promised her on mar- 

It. I Giue vnto my said Daughter Mary y e one half of my 

household goods that were in y e house when my wife De- 
ceased in y e quality & condition that y e said goods shall be 
at my departure. 

Itm. I Giue vnto my Grandchildren y e sons & daughters of 
my daughter Elizabeth Flint Deceased, viz : to Mary who 
hath a lame hand twenty poundes in money & to y* others 
Eight Ten pounds a peice if they shall ariue at Age, viz : 

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y* sons at Twenty one yeares & y e Daughters at Eighteen 
yeares or marriage to be paid by my Sonn John Putnam to 
each of my said Nine grand children as they come to age 
as aforesaid. 

Itm. I Giue vuto my Sonne John Putnam besides about an 
hundred acres of vpland & about sixteen acres of meadow 
which I haue already Giuen him by deed of Gift : viz : I 
giue & bequeath vnto him all my land & meadow which I haue 
lying on y e Northwesterly side of y e Riuer Caled Ipswich 
Riuer scituate in Salem bounds in seueral peices containing 
in y e whole about Seuenty acres be y e same more or less. 

Itm. I Giue vnto my said Sonne John Putnam about one hun- 
dred & sixty acres of land adjoyning to y e hundred acres of 
land which I formerly gaue him by deed of Gift being his 
homestead he paying to my s d nine grand children y e lega- 
cies hereby giuen them. 

Itm. I Giue to my Said Sonne John all y e remainder of that land 
(besides what I haue sold) That I formerly purchased of 
William Jeggles : all to be to him & his heirs foreuer. 

Itm. I Giue to my said sonne twenty pounds in money to be 
paid him by my Executor in three years after my decease. 

Itm. I Giue to my said Sonne halfe my wearing apparell. 

Itm. I Giue to my s d son John Thirty pounds to be paid by 
my Executor within one yeare after my decease in graine 
& cattle at money price : which legacies with y e hundred 
pound I Gaue him formerly for land sold which I had of Wm. 
Jeggles is in full of his portion. 

Itm. I Giue vnto my sonne Benjamin Putnam my homestead 
that is my farme that I now dwell on as alsoe all my other 
lands & meadows whether in possession or reuersion where- 
soeuer scituate lying & being which are not perticularly in 
this will otherwise disposed off. to be to him & his hiers For 

Itm. 1 Giue to my said Sonne Benjamin ail my personall Es- 
tate whether money Cattle corne Debts or other estate what 

Itm. I make & Constitute my said sonn Benjamin Putnam to 
be y e sole Executor of this my last will & Testament. 

Lastly. I Desire & apoint my Good friend Capt. Samuel Gardner 
& Sarg* John Leach to be ouerseers of this my will. 

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Itm : My Will farther is that neither of my two sonns shall sell 
any of y e lands hereby Giuen them nor any wayes dispose 
of y 6 same vntill y« Seuerall legacies & payments in this 
my will Giuen & apointed be respectively paid and fnllfilled 
or Security Giuen for payment of y e same : & y r lands re- 
spectiuely to stand bound for fullfllling of y* same. 
It. my will is that in Case either of my sonns should ne- 

glect & refuse to pay what I haue ordered them to pay 
or any differences arise either betwixt my two sonns or be- 
twixt either of them & y* Legatees. Then & in such case 
my will & desire is that my said ouerseers heare & deter- 
mine y? same & that Euery one acquiesce in what they shall 

In Testimoney that this is my last Will & Testament I 
haue herevnto set my hand & seale this 21 Day of February 
1698-9, & in y e Eleuenth yeare of y* Reigne of William y e 
3 d of England &c. King defen r of y e faith. 

Signed Sealed published Nathaniel Putnam [seal.] 
& declared in gysence of vs 
Henry West 

Henry West Juner Essex ss. Before y e Hon ble 

Stephen Sewall Jonath* Corwin Esq. Judge of 

Margaret Sewall Probate of Wills &c. August 

12* 1700 Maj' Stephen Sewall, Henry West Sen r <fc Henry 
West Jun r all p e sonally Appeared and made Oath they were 
p r sent and did see Nath* Putnam Signe Seal & heard him 
publish and Declare this Instrument to be his last Will and 
Testament and that he was then of A Disposing mind to 
there best und e standing & that they then subscribed as 
WittnesHes in his gysence. 

Sworn Attest John Higginson Reg r . 
Vpon w cb this Will is proued Approued and allowed be- 
ing $>Esented by y e Executor therein named. Viz : Benj 4 

Attest John Higginson Reg*. 
Essex ss. Probate Office. 

Salem, Dec. 28, 1889. 
A true copy of original will and of probate on file in this office. 


Ezra D. Hikes, Asst. Register. 

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II. 8 Captain John (John), baptized at Aston Ab- 
botts, England, 27 May, 1627 ; died at Salem Village, 7 
April, 1710; married, at Salem, 3-7-1652, Rebecca Prince, 
" step-daughter of John Gedney ," and perhaps sister of Rob- 
ert Prince, a near neighbor. 

Children, born at Salem Village : 

25 Rebkcca, b. 28 May, 1668; m. 22 Apr., 1672, John, son of Thomas 

Fuller (d. 26-6-1675). Ch. (Salem Bee) : Elizabeth, b. 22-6- 
1673. Bethiah, b. 22-1-1676. 

26 Sarah, b. 4 Sept., 1654; m. July, 1672, John, son of Richard and 

Alice (Boaworth) Hutchinson of Dan vers, b. there May, 1643; 
d. 2 Aug., 1676. Ch. : Sarah, m. Deacon Joseph Whipple. 

27 Priscilla, b. 4 Men., 1657; d. 16 Nov., 1704 (g. s. In Wadsworth 

cemetery); m. Joseph Bailey (sr. s.), b. 4 Apr., 1648; killed 
by Indians at Kennebnnk, Oct., 1723; son of John and Eleanor 
(Emery) Buyley. Ch. : Bebecca, b. 25 Oct., 1675. PrisclUa, b. 
81 Oct., 1676. John, b. 16 Sept., 1678. Joseph, b. 28 Jan., 
1681. Hannah, b. 9 Sept., 1683: Daniel, b. 10 June, 1686. 
Judith, b. 11 Feb., 1690. Lydia, b. 25 Nov., 1695. Sarah, b. 14 
Feb., 1698. 

28 Jonathan, b. 17 March, 1659. 

29 James, b. 4 Sept., 1661. 

30 Hannah, b. 2 Feb., 1663; m. 17 May, 1682, Henry, son of Henry 

and Abigail Brown, b. In Salisbury 8 Feb., 1658-9; rem. to Sa- 
lem Village about 1695 and d. there 25 Apr., 1708; his widow 
made her will 9 May, 1730; proved 4 Jan., 1731. Ch. : John, b. 
15 Apr., 1683; m. Mary Elsey. Bebecca, b. 1 Oct., 1684. 
Abraham, b. 4 July, 1686. Hannah, b. 20 Mar., 1689; d. y. 
Eleizer, b. 18 Feb., 1691 ; m. Sarah, dau. of Joseph Putnam, q.v. 
Henry, b. 17 June, 1698. Benjamin, .b 25 June, 1695. Mehitahle, 
b. 20 Sept., 1698. Nathaniel, b. 21 Dec, 1700. Joseph, bapt. 
18 Sept., 1703. Hannah, b. 9 June, 1705; d. before 1734 (see 
Brown Gen. in preparation by Wilbur C. Brown, Esq.) ; m., 2d, 
25 May, 1725, John, son of John and Ruth Rea, who, by a sec- 
ond wife, Ann Dod;?e,had a son Ebenezer, b. 20 Nov., 1745, and 
who m. Lydia Putnam of Danvers. 

31 Elbazer, I). 1665. 

32 John, b. 14 July, 1667. 

83 Susanna, b. 4 Sept., 1670; m. prev. to 1695, Edward, son of Edw. 

Bishop of Danvern. (Upham.) 

84 Ruth, b. Ang., 1673; bapt. IstCh., Salem, Aug., 1673. 

On the 14-5-1667, the following children of John Putnam 
were baptized at the First Church in Salem : Rebecca, •Han- 
nah, John, Sarah, Priscilla, Jonathan and James. 

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John Putnam was made freeman in 1665. He was con- 
stantly to the fore in all matters relating to town or church 
government. In 1668 and 1670, he with both his brothers 
signed a petition to be allowed a minister at the w Farms." 
His name occurs among the following Putnams on a petition 
of the Village to be set apart from Salem, dated 14 March, 

Thomas Pat nam senior 9 Jonathan Putnam 

John Pa tn am " Thomas Putnam jr. 

Nathaniel Putnam 10 Edward Putnam. 
John Putnam jr. 

1689, Nov. 10, the following members of the church at 
Salem were set off to form the church at Salem Village, now 
the North Parish in Danvers. They had had preaching for 
some years. 

Bray Wilkins and wife 

Nathauiel Putnam Peter Cloyce 

John Putnam and wife John Putnam jr. and wife 

Joshua Ray and wife Benjamiu Putnam and wife 

Nathauiel (ngersoll Deliverance Wolcott 

Thomas Putnam Henry Wilkins 

Ezekiei Cheeyer Jonathan Putnam and wife 

Edward Putnam Benjamin Wilkins and wife 

Peter Prescott Sarah Putnam wife of James. 

Summing up the connection of John Putnam with church 
affairs we have the following : He was not connected with 
the church in any official capacity except as occasion might 
arise when his influence was needed to collect rates, etc., for 
the minister; he himself was generous iu providing for the 
wants of the minister and church. He was a man of decided 
opinions, naturally supported Bayley, who was the brother 
of his son-in-law, opposed Burroughs bitterly, accepted Par- 

•1679.— Thos. PntnamSr. and Jr. and John Putname are among signers to a petition 
wishing the Gen. Court to refer the difficulty concerning Mr Bayley's settlement re- 
ferred to the church in StUem. In this petition it is stated that " there are but 11 or IS 
ohuroh members at the formes & 50 freeholders on their own land, all English men A 
most of them town born children." (State Archives). 

10 John Putnam, jr., and Nathaniel Putnam are a mong the opposition, but desire a 
minister sent them. 

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ris. His house was occasionally the meeting place for the 
church meetings. He did not hesitate to invoke the law 
where the affairs of tile church were concerned. 

In his business career we find many interesting facts. 
Under date of 1678, John Putnam testifies to having heard a 
conversation in 1643 between Governor Endecott and one of 
his men, the deponent being then on the Endecott farm, and in 
1705 he testifies that he had fifty years before been a retainer 
on Governor Endecott's farm and was intimately acquainted 
with the Governor. It is evident that his father had sent him 
to the Governor's farm to learn the science of agriculture, as 
this farm was known throughout the colony as a model place, 
where the latest and most approved theories were in practice. 
From this school of agriculture he seems to have gone forth 
well prepared to clear a farm for himself, for in 1658 he deeds 
some twenty acres of meadow land on north side of Ipswich 
river to Robert Prince, styling himself "Planter." As he 
was married in 1652 he probably remained with Endecott 
some time tatween his fifteenth and twenty-first years. 
From this time to his death he was constantly acquiring prop- 
erty, following the calling of a farmer of the highest and 
most intelligent class. He also entered more or less into the 
speculative enterprises of his time. 

In 1674 at Rowley Village (now Boxford) Simon Brad- 
street, Daniel Dennison and John Putnam established iron 
works. These were constructed and carried on upon a large 
scale, on contract, by Samuel and Nathan Leonard. 

In this connection the following extract is interesting: 
"John Gould his book of accounts 1G97 an account of the 
weaight of the iron plates that cozen Putnam had. Thom- 
ases waighed 260. Samuell weighed 330. Samuell Smiths 
waighed 170." 

That John Putnam was successful in the management of 
hi* affairs is shown by his tax rate. He paid £8 in 1683 and 
until a few years before his death was among the heaviest tax 
payers in the Village. Some years previous to his death he 
gave his property to his children, always with reservations 

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as to his maintenance, and the last year of his life his prop- 
erty was rated only for a few shillings. 

It was in the military affairs and witchcraft delusion that 
his character is best shown. In 1672 he is styled corporal ; 
on the 7 Oct., 1678, he was commissioned lieutenant of the 
troop of horse at the Village ; after 1687 he is styled "Cap- 
taiu." As late as 1706 " Capt. John Putnam in company 
with Capt. Jonathan (his son) was empowered to settle town 
bounds." He served in the Narragansett fight and retained 
his military manners throughout his life. In 1679 and later 
he was frequently chosen to present Salem at the General 
Court to settle the various disputed town bounds. He was 
selectman in 1681. 

He was deputy to the General Court in May, 1679, to suc- 
ceed Mr. Bartholomew Gedney and again for the regular 
terms of 1680-1686-1691-1692, previous to the new char- 
ter. Ou the 12 May, 1686, he received the following order 
from the town of Salem : " In case Mr. Dudley <fcc. said to be 
nominated & authorized by his Majesty to Edict another 
Government here, do publish a Loyal Nullification of our 
charter and a commission from the King for their acceptance 
of the Government. Here then our instruction to you is — 
That you give no countenance to any resistance, but|>easably 
withdraw yourself as representing us no longer." This was 
just previous to the Andros administration. It is seen above 
that he was returned to the General Court again in 1691, af- 
ter the Revolution, but of the part that John Putnam played 
during the intervening time we know nothing. 

That he was alive to the needs of education among the 
growing generation while absorbed in military and political 
affairs and his own business, the following entry shows : Jan. 
24, 1677, "ordered and empowered to take care of the law 
relating to the catechis&ing of children and youth be duly 
attended to all the Village. " He is desired to have M a dili- 
gent care that all the families do carefully and constantly at- 
tend the due education of children and youth according to law." 

We come now to the part he took in the witchcraft delu- 

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sion ; the same causes alluded to under Nathaniel were ac- 
tive in his case. Family pride, the strong feeling of kiu- 
ship, his stern education, quick temper and obstinate nature, 
all tended to influence his action whinU wo* • lt w a 

Emery, Rachel, b. 19 Judith, b. 8 

ne, 1683 Oct., 16(52 ;m. 16 Aug., 1665; d. 

i . 1 A pr., Feb., 1680, Sam- 20 Sept., 1668. 

n., 2nd, uel Poor. 
» Bnrt- 

ence (46)= David Isaac, m. Sa- Joshua. Judith. Sarah, m. 


8d son. rah Titcomb, Richard Carr. 

who m., 2d,— D 


DaTid. Elisabeth. Jonathan. Nathan. 

-i-v/v^v iui uunuu^uo auu i/uo liiuauiiauto luui at tud meeting 

house to make up the accounts in public, according to their 


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as to his maintenance, and the hfcjt y«s Hr of his life bis prop- 
erty was rated only for a fe* * Dl Mingsj. 





tend the due educati° n ot chiWren and y°« th acco|, dingto law." 
We come u ovv tt , tlie 'part be took ia the witchomft delu- 

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sion ; the same causes alluded to under Nathaniel were ac- 
tive in his case. Family pride, the strong feeling of kin- 
ship, his stern education, quick temper and obstinate nature, 
nil tended to influence his action which was excusable accord- 
ing to the ignorant and narrow superstitions of the times. 
One side of his character is known by the following extract 
from Upham : 

In 1683, the Court order Rev. George Burroughs to settle 
with the parish at Salem Village. Tiiis settling was inter- 
rupted in a most arbitrary mauucr, as the following deposi- 
tion shows : 

[ w County Court, June, 1683 — Lieutenant John Putnam 
versus Mr George Burroughs. Action of debt for two gal- 
lons of Canary wine, aud cloth, &c. bought of Mr Gedney 
on John Putnam's account, for the funeral of Mrs Burroughs. "] 

"We whose names are underwritten, testify and say, that at 
a public meeting of the people of Salem Farnies, April 24, 
1683, we heard a letter read, which letter was sent from the 
Court. After the said letter was read, Mr Burroughs came 
in. After the said Burroughs had been a while in, he asked 
* whether they took up with the advice of the Court, given 
in the letter or whether they rejected it.' The moderator 
made answer, ' Yes we take up with it ;' and not a man con- 
tradicted it to any of our hearing. After this was passed, 
was a discourse of settling accounts between the said Bur- 
roughs aud the inhabitants, and issueing things in peace, and 
parting in love, as they came together in love. Further we 
say that the second, third and fourth days of the following 
week were agreed upon by Mr Burroughs and the people to 
be the days for every man to come in and to reckon with the 
said Burroughs ; and so they adjourned the meeting ..... 
. . . We further testify aud say, that, May the second, 
1683 Mr Burroughs and the inhabitants met at the meeting 
house to make up the accounts in public, according to their 


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agreement the meeting before: and just as the said Bur- 
roughs began to give in his accounts, the marbhall came in, 
and after a while went up to John Putnam, S r , and whispered 
to him, and said Putnam said to him ' You know what you 
have to do ; do your office' Then the marshall came to Mr 
Burroughs and said * Sir, I have a writing to read to you.' 
Then he read the attachment and demanded goods. Mr Bur- 
roughs answered 'that he had no goods to show. and that he 
was now reckoning with the inhabitants, for we know not yet 
who is in debt but there was his body.' As we were ready to 
go out of the meeting house, Mr Burroughs said, ' Well, what 
will you do with me ? ' then the marshall went to John Put- 
nam Sr. and said to him ' What shall I do? * The said Putnam 
replied, 'You know your business.' And then the said 
Putnam went to his brother Thomas Putnam, and pulled him 
by the coat ; and they went out of the house together, and 
presently came in again. Then said John Putnam 'Marshall 
take your prisoner, and have him up to the ordinary [that is 
a public house] and secure him till the morning.' " 
(Signed) "Nathaniel Ingersoll, aged about fifty 

Samuel Sibley, aged about twenty four." 

"To the first of these, I, John Putnam, Jr. testify, being 
at the meeting." 

Again — Thos. Haynes testified, "after the marshall had 
read John Putnams attachment to Mr Burroughs, then Mr 
Burroughs asked Putnam what money it was he attached 
him for. John Putnam answered 'For five pounds and 
odd money at Shippen's at Boston, and for thirteen shillings 
at his father Gedney's and for twenty four shillings at Mrs 
Darby's ;' then that Nathaniel Ingersoll stood up and said, 
'Lieutenant, I wonder that you attach Mr Burroughs for the 
money at Darby's and your father Gedney's when to my 
knowledge, you and Mr Burroughs have reckoned and bal- 
anced accouuts two or three times since, as you say, it was 
due, and you never made any mention of it when you reck- 
oned with Mr Burroughs.' " 

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John Putnam answered w It is true and I own it.* John 
Putnam as chairman of the Committee the previous year rep- 
resented the inhabitants. "As there was really no case 
against Burroughs and as there was even while these pro- 
ceedings were taking place, a balance due Burroughs, the 
case was withdrawn." 

From the above we learn the obstinate character of John 
Putnam and those who sided with him. 

Upham says, writing of the scene at the above described 
meeting, w We can see the grim bearing of the cavalry lieu- 
tenant, John Putnam, and of his elder brother and prede- 
cessor in commission But the chief figure in the 

group is the just man who rose and rebuked the harsh and 
reprehensible procedure of the powerful landholder, neigh- 
bor and friend though he was. The manner in which the ar- 
bitrary trooper bowed to the rebuke, if it does not mitigate 
the resentment of his conduct, illustrates the extraordinary 
influence of Nathaniel Ingersoll's character and demonstrates 
the deference in which all men held him." Burroughs lived 
with John Putnam nine months in 1680 after his first coming 
into the settlement." 

Another trouble in which John Putnam took a leading part 
was the matter of the bounds between Salem and Topsfield. 
There was a strip of territory claimed by both towns. This 
land had been granted to settlers by Salem who had taken 
up their farms in good faith. Topsfield claimed these lands, 
unimproved and improved, as part of its commons and re- 
fused to acknowledge the titles given by Salem. There were 
many fights in the disputed territory between the people of 
the two towns and much bad feeling existed. 

John Putnam with two of his sons had land there and had 
two houses, orchards and meadows in the disputed territory. 
He maintained his ground throughout the dispute, resisting 
force with force. The records are full of this dispute ; it was 
finally settled by a separate township being formed, called 

" Burroughs was not a character easily gotten along with and reports of the troubles 
between his wife and himself have come down to us. 

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Middleton. The action taken. by John Putnam in these mat- 
ters shows him to have been a man without fear and tenacious 
of his rights. 

His opponents in both of these cases were, however, among 
the accused during the witchcraft delusion, but I do not think 
that Johu Putnam used his influence agaiust them. . He does 
not seem to have appeared as a witness of any moment during 
the proceedings, although he was more or less prominent as 
shown above, in the quarrels immediately preceding the trials. 
That he did not believe in all of the statements of the af- 
flicted children is evident, as his name, with that of his wife, 
occurs on the document testifying to the good character of 
Rebecca Nurse, and on testimony favorable to others of those 
accused, but he seems never to have spoken out in open op- 
position, as did his nephew, Joseph Putnam. 

The will of John Putnam is not on record ; he seems to 
have disposed of his property by deed to his children. As 
early as 1690 he deeds one hundred acres to Jonathan and 
to James, and in 1695, ninety acres to John. 

His residence was on the farm originally occupied by his 
father, now better known as Oak Knoll, the home of the poet 

Rev. Joseph Green makes the following note in his diary : 
"April 7 (1710). Captain Putnam buried by ye soldiers." 
The graves of both Captain John and of his father are un- 
marked. The present Wadsworth Cemetery was originally 
the Putnam burial place and in some of the many unmarked 
graves probably their remains lie. Here are buried the fam- 
ilies of his sons James and Jonathan and many others of his 
descendants in later generations. The oldest stone is dated 
1682, and is that of Elizabeth the first wife of Jonathan 
Putnam. All of the graves seem to have had at some time 
head stones and foot stones but most are now broken off level 
with the ground. Many of those still standing are broken. 
Although the cemetery was presented to the parish by Rev. 
Mr. Wads worth, no care is taken to preserve the ancient me- 
morials of the dead. A shameful state of affairs, indeed ! 

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m. 9 Ann (Thomas, John), born in Salem Village 25- 
6-1645 ; married there Jan. 18, 1666-7, William Trask of 
Salera, baptized Salem, 19-7-1640, son of Captain William 
and Sarah Trask. She died 14-9-1676. 

William Trask married, second, Hannah . His will is 

dated 5 Sept., 1690 ; proved 30 June, 1691. In this instru- 
ment he mentions his daughters, Hannah Brooks, Sara, Su- 
sanna, Elizabeth and Mary Trask ; sons, William and John 
underage; wife Hannah and son William to be executors; 
brother John Trask, brother Thomas Putnam and Edward 
Flint to be overseers. 

Children born at Salem : 

85 Ann, b. 7 June, 1668. 

86 Elizabeth, b. March, 1669-70; d. young. 

87 Sara, b. 14 June, 1672. 

88 William, b. 7-7 mo., 1674. 

89 Susannah, b. 8-9-1676. 

Children by Hannah: 

Maky, b. March, 1688. 
Gkorgb, b. Jan., 1690. 

Captain William Trask, one of the earliest settlers, had the 
following children, viz. : 

1 Sarah. 

2 Mart, bapt. 1-11-1686. 
8 Susanna, bapt. 10-1688. 

4 William, bapt. 19-7-1640. 

5 John, bapt. 18-7-1642. 

6 Eijza, bapt. 21-7-1645. 

7 Mary, bapt. 2 Oct., 1652. 

8 Ann, bapt. 18 June, 1654. 

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Sara married the second Elias Parkmnn and John married 
Abigail Purkman, probably his sister. For interesting facts 
' concerning the writing of "Putnam" for Turkman" on Con- 
necticut Colonial Records, see appendix under "Elias Put- 

m. 12 Sergt. Thomas (lliomasj John), born at Salem, 
12-1-1652; baptized at First Church 16-2-1652; died in 
Salem, 24 May, 1699 ; married, 25-9-1678, Ann, youngest 
daughter of George and Elizabeth Carr of Salisbury, born 
there 15 June, 1661 ; died at Salem Village, 8 June, 1699. 

Children born in Salem Village : 

40 Ann, b. IS Oct., 1679. 

41 Thomas, b. 9 Feb., 1681: bopt. 1st Ch., Salem, Aug., 1681; aged 

14 aud upwards, 4 Sept., 1699, when he chooses his cousin, 

John Putnam, jr., as guardian. 
42 Elizabeth, b. 29 May, 1688; bapt. 1st Ch., May, 1684; aged 14 and 

upwards, in 1702 ; guardlausblp to Jonathan Putnam. 
48 Ebenezkr, b. 25 July, 1685 ; bapt. Oct., 1686 ; 10 Oct., 1699, aged 14, 

appoints his uncle Edward, guardiau. 
44 Dkliverancr, h. 11 Sept., 1687; bapt. 1st Ch., 1 July, 1688; not 

mentioned in her sister Ann's will, 1716, presumably dead; Rev. 

Jos. Green in his diary notes the fuueral of "Deli Putnam" un- 
der date of Dec. 81, 1712. 
44a Thomas Putnam's child; d. 17 Dec, 1689, not quite four mos. 
46 Timothy, bapt. in Sulem Village, 26 April, 1691. 

46 Experience, bapt. at Salem Village, 20 Nov., 1698; m. David, son 

of Isaac and Sarah (Emery) Bailey, b. 12 Dec, 1687, and nephew 
to Rev. James Bailey, who m. Mary, sister of Ann (Carr) Putnam, 
died before 1722, Ch. David, who probably d. previous to 
1722 ; Elizabeth, Jonathan, Nathan. Experience (Putnam) Bai- 
ley received a legacy from her uncle, Joshua Bayley, In 1722. 

47 Abigail, bapt. Salem Village, 30 Oct., 1692; aged 9, 23 April, 1702, 

guardianship to John Putnam, 8d. 

48 Susanna, b. 1694; bapt. Salem Village, 20 Nov., 1698. 

48a (Perhaps there was auother daughter; " 1694, Aug. 22, Sarah, 
daughter of Thomas Putnam died, 6 mos. ; ' old record.' ") 

49 Seth, b. May, 1695 ; bapt. tn Salem Village. 

With the exception of Deliverance, all of the above named children, were 
alive in 1715. (See Ann Putnam's will.) 

Sergt. Thomas Putnam had received a liberal education 
for his times, but with others whom we should call more en- 

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lightened, he took a most prominent part in the witchcraft 
delusion of 1692, being in fact, second to none but Parris ill 
the fury with which he soemed to ferret out the victims of his 
young daughter's insane desire for notoriety. His wife also 
took a prominent part in those proceedings. She was the 
sister of Mary Gut, wife of Mr. James Bayley, whose min- 
istry at the village was the cause of so much dissension and 
which indirectly added to the bitterness of the witchcraft 

By nature, Mrs. Putnam was a worn -in of a highly sensitive 
temperament, apparently easily wrought upon and deceived. 
The. Carrs seem all to have been rather weak in that respect, 
although of good social position. 

Sergeant Putnam, on the contrary, was of a decisive and 
obstinate nature ; he had great influence in the village and did 
not hesitate to use it ; he had been in the Narragansett fight, 
belonged to the company of troopers and was parish clerk. 
Many of the records of the witchcraft proceedings are in his 
hand. He wrote a tine, clear and beautiful hand. 

It was in the houses of Sergt. Thomas and of Rev. Mr. 
Parris that the "bewitched" children first met to accomplish 
their pranks. In the "circle" were the daughter Ann, and a 
nmid-servant of Mrs. Ann Putnam, Mary Lewis by name. 

Afterward, at the trials of the accused persons, Mrs, Put- 
nam was often seized with strange attacks of imagination, 
evidently produced by the over-excitement and consequent 
strain on her brain. At these times she was a prominent wit- 
ness, but after this was all over and Parris was attempting 
to retain his hold on the parish and to dicker with the inhabi- 
tants over terms of settlement, she seems to have refused to 
him her aid or encouragement. 

That Sergeant Putnam and probably his wife were firm be- 
lievers in the whole matter there seems to be but little doubt. 
He showed a lamentable lack of common sense, but so did 
many others. The strain was too much for him and he died 
shortly alter the trials; his wife followed him to the grave a 
few weeks later. 

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HL 13 Deacon Edward (Thomas, John), born at Salem 
Village ; baptized in Salem, 4 July, 1654 ; died at Salem Vil- 
lage, 10 March, 1747; married 14 June, 1681, Mary Hale. 
His will is dated 11 March, 1731, proved 11 April, 1748, "Ed- 
ward Putnam of Middlet on, yeoman." Mentions his wife Mary, 
sons Edward, Joseph, Elisha, Ezra, Isaac, daughters Prudence 
and Abigail, granddaughters Elizabeth and Anna Flint. 

Children : 

60 Edwabd, b. 29 April, 1682; bapt. at Salem church, Oct., 1682. 
51 Holyoke, b. 28 Sept., 1683; killed by the Indians at Dunstable, 
8 July, 1706. 

62 Elisha, b. 8 Nov., 1685; d. at Sutton, 10 Jan., 1745. * 

63 Joskfh, b. 1 Nov., 1687. 

54 Mart, b. 14 Aug., 1689 ; bapt. at 1st Ch., Salem, Oct., 1689 ; d. before 

1726; m. 8 Jan., 1713, Thomas, son of Captain Thomas and Mary 
(Duunton) Flint of Salem, b. 20 Aug., 1678. Ch. : Edward, b. 12 
June, 1714 ; d. 9 July, 1714. Eli.-ha, b. 22 July, 1715 ; m. 28 Jan., 
1744, Miriam Putnam. Elizabeth, m. 17 June, 1735, Thomas Dor- 
man. Anna, m. a Baker. Thomas Flint was a farmer in Danvers 
and had three wives; his tlrst being Lydla Putnam (No. 187) 
whom hem. 6 Jan., 1704, and who d. 31 Aug., 1711. His third was 
Mrs. Abigail Gan>on, whom he m. 1 Sept., 1726. There were 
four children by his first, none by his third wife. His will was 
proved 11 July, 1757. (Flint Genealogy.) 

55 Pbudencb, b. 25 Jan.. 1692; m. 8 Dec, 1719, William, son of Wil- 

liam and Prudeuce (Putnam) Wyman of Woburn, b. 15 Jan., 
1685; d. 1753. Five children : Elizabeth, b. 27 Dec, 1720. Nehe- 
mlah, b. 25 June, 1722; m. Elizabeth Winne. This Nehemiah 
and Elizabeth had a son Abel, b. between 1745-1751, who. m. 
20 Oct., 1772, Ruth Putnam, who d. 20 Aug., 1812. Mary, b. 
13 July, 1724. Francis, b. 5 Aug., 1726. Stephen, b. 27 Aug., 
1732. (See Wyman Genealogy in preparation by Jos. G. Wyman.) 

56 Nehemiah, b. 20 Dec, 1693; bapt. at the village 1693-4. 

67 Ezra, b. 29 Apr., 1696. 

68 Isaac, b. 14 March, 1698; d. in SUtton. 

59 Abigail, bapt. Salem Village, 26 May, 1700; d. in Lunenburg, Jan., 
1764; m. in Middleton, 11 Nov., 1730, Joseph (b. 7 Aug., 1705; 
d. in Middleton while on a visit from Lunenburg, 5 Jan., 1769), 
son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Andrews or Buxton?) Fuller, of 
Middleton. Ch. : Johu, b. in Middleton, 15 Sept., 1731 ; d. Feb., 
1801; prominent in Revolution, known as "Captain John Ful- 
ler." " Nehemiah, b. in Middleton, 26 Jan., 1733. Stepheu, b. in 
Middleton, 11 Jan., 1735. Mary, b lu Middleton, 15 Aug., 1736. 
Elizabeth, b. in Lunenburg, 18 May, 1739. On 8 April, 1739, 

" Miss E. Abercrombie authority on Fuller, also Mrs. Aver ill. 

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Abigail, daughter of Deacon Edward Putnam, and wife of Joseph 
Fuller, received letters of dismissal to the church in Lunenburg ; 
these were accepted there on 13 May, same year. 

Deacon Edward Putnam was a man much respected and 
loved by his neighbors. He was made freeman in 1690, 
■ and on 3 Dec, 1690, was chosen deacon of the First 
Church in Danvers. His name stands second in the list of 
deacons, Nathaniel Ingersoll having been appointed on the 
1 Dec, 1690. From 1690 to 1876, one hundred and 
eighty-six years, there have been in all twenty-five deacons 
in this church, of whom fourteen have borne the name of 
Putnam. 1 * Like all of the family, he was a farmer, and in 
his will styled himself "yeoman." His farm was in what is 
now known as Middleton, but in the last years of his life he 
occupied a house not far from the church at the village. Dur- 
ing the witchcraft troubles he was a member of the party 
which brought charges against so many innocent people. His 
whole course, however, shows that he acted only as he believed 
was right and good for the community. As soon as the girls 
were declared bewitched, he repaired to the house of his 
brother and there proceeded to examine them in order to as- 
certain whether or not they were truthful in their declara- 
tions. His own innocence of all wrong is shown by the ease 
with which he was deceived. After a thorough examination 
he was convinced that the girls were bewitched and then did 
what he considered his duty. His action, however, in the pro- 
ceedings was never bitter or vehement ; he merely testified 
as to what he had seen and to what appeared to him to be 

«» The meeting-house of this society hat recently (Feb., 18»0) been destroyed by 
Are. This house was the sixth erected by the society. In 1889, several families 
placed stained memorial windows in the church, one of which was to Eiienezer Put- 
nam, Esq.. bnt on 28 July ol that year, many of these were Injured. The list of Put- 
nams officiating as deacons U as follow*, the first date being that of their election, 
the laM that of their death : Edward. 1690-1747; Benjamin, 1709-1714; Kleaser, 1718-1782; 
Nathaniel. 1781-1764; Archelaus, 1756-17.M); Snmnel, Jr., 1757, removed to Lunenburg; 
Asn, 1782-1795; Edmund. 1762-1810; .ideon, 1785-lelO; Daniel, 1795-1801; Joseph, 1803- 
1818; James, 18U7-1819; Eb«n, 18.»0-1831; Ebenezer, 1845-1848; William R M 1861. 

Since writing the above, the society has dedicated, in Sept.. 1891, a fine new structure. 
There are several memorial windows, the family being well represented. 

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It was somewhat rare in those days to find men with any 
literary ability outside of the ministry, but Edward Putnam 
bad had a good education and was evidently fond of his books 
and of writing. He expressed himself in a rather ornate style 
of language. The following is a fair example, from the rec- 
ords of the church, in his own handwriting. This tribute is 
to the memory of the Rev. Joseph Green who died 26 Nov., 

"Then was the choicest flower and greenest olive tree in 
the garden of our God here cut down in its prime and flour- 
ishing estate at the age of forty years and two days, who had 
been a faithful ambassador from God to us eighteen years. 
Then did that bright star set, and never more to appear here 
among us; then did our sun go down, and now what dark- 
ness is come upon us ! Put away and pardon our iniquities, 
O Lord I which have been the cause of our sore displeasure, 
and return to us again in mercy, and provide yet again for 
this thy flock a pastor after thy own heart, as thou hast prom- 
ised to thy people in thy word : on which promise we have 
hope, for we are called by their name, and, oh, leave us not I" 

Deacon Edward was also the first historian and genealo- 
gist of our family. His account written in 1733 is the basis 
upon which all of like nature have been founded. From this 
period is traced the tradition of the emigration in 1634, al- 
though the records would point to a later date (1640). 

For many interesting facts concerning Deacon Edward Put- 
nam and his generation, the reader is referred to "Upham's 
Witchcraft." In that work one will find much of value to the 
genealogist as well as to the historian, especially in regard to 
our own family. 


In the name of God Amen I Edward Putnam of the 
town of Middleton in the county of Essex Husbandman : I 
being oftentimes sick & weak in body But of perfect mind 
& memory : Blefsed be God for it And calling to mind the 

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mortallity of my body. And that it is appointed for all 
men once to Die. Do make This my last Will & Testament 
(and do hereby revoke. And make Void & Null all former 
Wills & Testaments heretofore made by me) That is to say 
principally and first of all, 1 give and Recommend my Soul 
into the hand of God, through Jesus Christ my Redeemer 
with whome I hope to live with forever And my body I 
committ to the Earth. To be buried in a Christian like & 
Decent manner, at ye Discretion of my Executors hereafter 
named : Nothing doubting But at the General Redirection 
to Receive ye same again by the mighty power of God And 
as touching my worldy estate wherewith it hath pleafed God 
to blefs me withall in this life. I Difpose of it in manner 
& form as followeth 

Imp* I give to my son Edward To him and his heirs Exu n & 
assigns forever Aboute Ten Acres of land Joining his own 
land Which he had of me by a deed of Gift and being 
bounded with a stake and a heap of stones by the highway 
that goes from my house to his house, Which heap of stones 
is also this brother Ezra's bound Mark ; and from his bound 
mark upon a Strait line over the Swamp & plain, till it 
comes where the water comes out of the Island into his 
Spong of meadow Then from that place upon a Strait line 
a crofs ye Island To a stone Lying in Ipswich River at the 
place called the Indian Bridge. 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph To him his heirs 
Exu™ & afsigns forever. A certain peice of land Lying on 
the West side of Ipswich River and containing by estima- 
tion Twenty Acres be it more or less. To begin at ye River 
at the Lower End of the Island belonging to the sons of 
John Putnam Dec d and from Thence to the top of the high 
hill and so upon the same line, till he meet with the land 
or line of the sons of John Putnam Then to turn North 
westward by Their line or land till it comes to the heap of 
Stones on the Top of ye hill near the river Then so down 
the hill to the two acres of meadow, which 1 bought of John 
Putnam Also I give to my son Joseph all that meadow 
that lyeth between this land and ye River I give him the 
whole of my land, upland & meadow Except that two acres 

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of meadow that I bought of John Putnam which lyeth be- 
low this meadow that I have given to Joseph, 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Ezra Putnam To him his 
heirs Exec™ & assigns forever a certain peice of land called 
ye Island on this side of the River To begin at the upper 
End of his brother Edward's Spong of meadow from thence 
he is to run upon a Strait line a croft* the Island To a great 
stone lying in the river, at the place called the Indian Bridge 
which stone is also his brother Edward's bound Mark. Then 
he is to turn Southwestward by the River Side Till he comes 
where the Island comes to the River ; Then along by the 
River side to ye Spong of meadow, And then to turn 
Northwestward by the Spong of meadow. Till he meets 
with his brother Edward's Spong where he began ; Also I 
give to my son Ezra my share of that land that I & Edward 
brought of Francis Ellyott lying near to the Iron works as 
it lyeth Divided between him & his brother Edward. 

Also I give to my son Ezra my share in ye Iron works 
and that New house that I built for Coal I also give him 
my share of that house where ye Chimney is That I & 
Tho* Cave & my son Edward built. 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Putnam To him his 
heirs Exec™ & afsigns forever Aboute ten acres of land on 
the hill called by the name of Bear hill and lying on the 
south side of the hill. Being bounded at the south west cor- 
ner, with a stake & a heap of Stones And from there to 
run up the hill, Eastward to a Walnut tree marked ; Then 
to turn southeastward down ye hill to a White Oak Tree 
marked which Tree is his brother Edward's bound mark. 
Then to turn westward by ye land that my father gave to 
Joseph Stacie. Till he comes to a great rock ; Then along 
untiil he comes to and meets with the land of Deacon Eben- 
ezer Putnam. Then up ye hill to ye bound mark first men- 

Item I give to my four sons (Namely) Edward, Elisha, Ezra 
and Jsaac Putnam That meadow tbat lyes behind The Is- 
land every one of them shall have an equal share of it as 
near as they can This meadow Lyes below that meadow, 
that I gave to my son Ezra in his Deed of gift (His two 

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acres in his deed of gift Shall come down to the bounds 
there stated ; which is a heap of stones by the Island side. 
And so strait to the River To another heap of stones) This 
meadow which I give to my four sons, Shall begin below 
these bounds and the bounds shall be the bounds of their 
meadow at the upper end. The first share of this meadow 
shall be for Isaac. To begin at the bounds first mentioned 
and so downward. And next share shall be forElifha, and 
the third share shall be for Ezra, and the fourth share shall 
be for Edward being at ye lower end. Each of their shares 
shall come as strait as they can from the Island to the 

And I do hereby oblige my son Ezra by virtue of my will, 
that he shall sell his share of this meadow. To his brother 
Edward if he sees caufe to buy it : and he shall lett him 
have it after the Rate of Ten pounds & acre of Pafsable 

money of New England or Good Province Bills : And 

if Edward will not give Him so then Ezra shall keep the 
meadow or sell it to any other whome he will. Only Ed- 
ward shall have one years Liberty after my Decease to Buy 
This meadow before that Ezra shall sell it. 

Item I give and bequeath To my Daughter Prudence Ten 
pounds in or as money ( besides what Shee hath already had) 
and to be paid to her by my son Elisha Putnam and that in 
one year after my decease. 

Item I give & bequeath my daughter Abigail Ten pounds in 
or as money (besides what shee hath already had) and to 
be paid to her by my son Isaac Putnam and that in one 
year after my decease. 

Item I give and bequeath to my two Grand Daughter's (name- 
ly) Elizabeth Flint & Anna Flynt each of them five Pounds 
a piece ; in or as money (besides what I gave to their moth- 
er) and to be paid to them by my son Edward Putnam 
when they come to age of eighteen years old : And if either 
of them Die before That age the other shall receive ye whole 
of the ten Pounds. — 

Also my will is that my son Joseph shall pay Four Pounds 
to^his mother in or as money within one year after my de- 
cease end also twenty shillings to my grandson Elisha Flint 
within one year after my Decease 

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Also my will is that my wife Shall have the East end of 
my house to Dwell in and shee shall have the Inward Cel- 
lar and the whole of the House upward above it : And One 
half of the Garden ; 
And Also my will is that my four sons (Namely) Edward, 
Elisha, Joseph & Isaac Shall pay to their mother fifty 
shillings a year in or as money That is : That each of them 
pay fifty shillings a piece ; To their mother yearly if shee 
call for it, at their hand, for her need, or if others see shee 
need it & call for it for her relief, they shall surely bring 
it for her relief in due season And this no longer than shee 
remains my widow. 
Item My Will farther is that my son Ezra shall suitably Pro- 
vide for his mother Things Comfortably for her and Con- 
venient for her support while she Remains my widow : He 
shall provide & bring in those things for her In due season 
hereafter named and that yearly, He shall provide for her 
Suitable firewood & bring it into her house for her. He 
shall provide for her & bring her in Ten busheils of Indian 
Meal And two busheils of English Meal and four busheils 
of ground Malt and four barriils of good Cyder and find the 
barrills ; and as many apples as she shall see cause ; and he 
shall bring her in nine or ten score weight of good pork an- 
nually, and he shall Keep her two Cows Winter & Summer 
and no Longer than shee remains my widow 
Item I give to my son Ezra my part in the great Timber chain. 
I also give my Cross cutt Saw to my three sons Edward Jo- 
seph & Ezra, and the rest of my tools I leave to them to 
divide among themselves 

I Also give my cane to my son Edward 
1 Also give to my son Elifha my great Bible 
I Also give to my son Joseph a Book of Mr Jeremiah 
Burror's Works. 

I Also give to my son Isaac a book of Mr Flavel's works. 

And the rest of my books shall be at my wifes disposal 

Also I give to my son Joseph my Girdle & Sword 

Item My will farther is That I give to Mary my Beloved wife 

Whome I make Exec* Together with my son Ezra To this 

my last will and Testament : 

I give to my beloved wife all my moveable estate Both 

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within Door & without Door, as to moveable estate without 
Dor I mean as to Cattle Sheep or Swine : Yet not with stand- 
ing I give to my son Ezra My Desk & that Box where in 
there is so many Writings ; And what moveable estate shall 
be left of mine within Door after my wifes Decease (undis- 
posed of by her) Shall Equally be divided between my two 
Daughters Prudence and Abigail 

Item My will also is that my wife's pew in the Village Meet- 
ing house shall be long to my son Joseph 

Item My will Alfo is That as to my funeral Charges My Son 
Ezra shall bear the One halfe of it and my other four sons 
Shall bear ye other halfe equally between them ; As to my 
Wearing Apparrill 1 leave it to my wife to Dispose of y t 
among my sons as she shall see fitt. 

And now to Conclude ; This my last will and Testament ; 
And I Now Nominate & Appoint Constitute & Ordain Mary 
my beloved wife and Ezra my son. To be sole Executors 
To this my last will & Testament ; 

And In Witnefs whereof I Have Hereunto Sett my hand 
& Seal this eleventh day of March One Thousand Seven 
hundred and Thirty and One 

Signed Sealed published ") Edwahd Putnam Sen. 

& Declared by me Testator 
Edward Putnam Sen To be 
My last Will & Testament 
In presence of 

Tho f Fuller J Proved Approved and Al- 

Jon* Fuller lowed at Ipswich April 11 th 

Tbo Putnam 1748 Before Hon 1 Tho 8 Ber- 

ry Esq Judge of Probate 

HI, 14 Deliverance (IViomas, John), born in Salem 
Village, 5-7-1656; married, 23 April, 1685, Jonathuu Wul- 
cott of Salem Village, who died 16 Dec, 1699. 

Jonathan Walcott was a man of the highest respectability, 
and was exceedingly popular. He had held the positions of 
captain of the troop of horse and deacon in the church. Al- 
though he had opposed the violent measures at the Village, 
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to settle a minister, he seems to have believed thoroughly the 

stories of the girls, one of whom was his own daughter, Mary. 

He seems to have investigated matters but being very much • 

under the authority of the church, was easily prejudiced and ' 

afterward was prominent in the witchcraft trials. He had j 

married, on the 26 Jan., 1665, Mary, daughter of John Sib- j 

ley, who died 28 Dec, 1683, and by her he had the following 

children : 

Children of Jonathan and Mary Walcott : 

John, b 7 Dec., 1666. 

Hannah, b. 6-10-1667. 

Jonathan, b. 1 Sept., 1670. 

Joseph, b. 25-7-1673; d. 30 June, 1674. 

Mary, b. 6-6-1675; one of the "afflicted girls" in 1692. She was 

afterward married and settled in Wo burn. 
Samuel, b. 12 Oct., 1678; H. C. 1698. 

Children of Jonathan and Deliverance (Putnam) Walcott: 

60 Ann, b. 27 Jan., 1685-6. 

61 Thomas, b. 25 March, 1688; d. 5 June, 1688. 

62 Thomas, K 5 June, 1689. 
68 William, b. 27-1-1691. 

64 Ebknezkr, b. 19 Apr., 1693. 

65 Benjamin, b. 28 Apr., 1695. 

66 Fbudsnce, b. 10 July, 1699. 

III. 16 Prudence (7 J homas, John), born in Salem Vil- 
lage 28-12-1661-2, was living in Charlestown, 1745 ; mar- 
ried, first, William, son of Francis and Abigail (Read) Wyman 
of VVobum who was bona about 1656 and died in 1705. He 
was admitted Freeman in 1690. 

Children : 

67 William, b. 18, d. 20 Jan., 1682-3. 

68 Pbudknce, b. 26 Dec. 1683; m. 28 June, 1704, Jacob Winn, jr., of 

Woburn. (See Sewali's HUt. of Woburn.) 

69 William, b. 15 Jan., 1685; in., for his second wife, Prudence dau. 

of Edward and Mary (Hale) Putuam (No. 55). He was of Wo- 
burn and d. 1753. 

70 Thomas, b. 23 Aug., 1687; of Pelhain, N. H. 

71 Elizabeth, b. 5 July, 1689; d. 25 June, 1690. 

72 Francis, b. 10 July, 1691 ; lived in Maine. 

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73 Joshua, b. 3 Jan., 1692-3 ; m., 1st, Mary Pollard; m., 2nd, Mary 

Green, 14 July, 1747. 

74 A dau., b. 1694 and d. young. 

75 Edward, b. 10 Jan. 1695-6; of Pelham, N. H. 

76 Elizabeth, b. 16 Feb., 1697-8. 

77 Deliverance, b. 28 Feb., 1700 ; m. 1 Jan., 1732, Ezeklel Go wing, jr., 

of Lynn. 

78 James, b. 16 Mar., 1702; of Maine. 

Mrs. Prudence (Putnam) Wyman married for a secoud 
husband Captaiu Peter Tufts of Charlestown. The articles of 
covenaut to marry with him were dated 11 June, 1717. Peter 
Tufts was son of Peter and Mary (Pierce) Tufts of Charles- 
town and was born about 1648. He died 20 Sept., 1721, aged 
73. His brother, John Tufts, had married Mary daughter of 
John Putnam, jr. Capt. Peter Tufts had been married twice 
previous to his marriage with Prudence Wyman : first, to 
Elizabeth Lynde; second, to Mercy Cotton. 

III. 17 Joseph {Thomas, John), born in Salem Village 
14 Sept., 1669; died there 1724-5. Will dated 15 Mar., 
1722-3, wife Elizabeth to be executrix, mentions sons Wil- 
liam, David and Israel minors, daughters Mary and Elizabeth 
Putnam, daughter Sarah Brown, daughters Rachel, Anna 
and Huldah Putnam, minors, and Mehitable. He married 
21 April, 1690 (Salem town records), Elizabeth, daughter 
of Israel and Elizabeth-(Hathorne) Porter, of Salem Village, 
born 7 Oct., 1673 ; died 1746. 

The mother of Mrs. Elizabeth (Porter) Putnam was sister 
to Hon. John Hathorne, the witchcraft judge. Mrs. Eliza- 
beth (Porter) Putnam married, second, 15 May, 1727, Cap- 
tain Thomas Perley of Boxford. " 20 July, 1730, Elizabeth 
Putnam, alias Perley, ex'trix, returns on will of Joseph Put- 
nam, payment of legacies to John and Rachel Leach, Jona- 
than Putnam jr. in virtue of his wife Elizabeth, daughter of 
Joseph : Joseph, Jethro and Anna Putnam, Eleazer and Sarah 
Brown, Israel Andrews, grandson of said Mary Putnam, 
Eunice Putnam." — Essex Probate. 

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Children : 










Mary, b. 2 Feb., 1690-1 (Salem town records) ; bapt. in Salem, Apr,, 
1692 (1st Ch. rec); m. 1710, Bartholomew Potnam (No. 147). 

Elizabeth, b. 12 Apr., 1695 (Salem town records); bapt. Salem, 
24 May,, 1694; m. 12 Feb., 1714-15, Jonathan Putnam (No. 141). 

Sarah, b. 26 Sept. , 1697 (Salem town records) ; bapt. Salem, 26 
Jane, 1698; m. 7 Dec, 1716, Eleazer (Henry,* Henry,* George 1 ), 
Brown of Salem (see No. 80) ; in 1789 was a party to a deed, 
"with her brother Israel Putnam both of Salem." Ch. : Mehitable, 
bapt. 21 June, 1719. Elizabeth, bapt. 80 July, 1721. Hannah, 
bapt. 5 Jan., 1728-4. Joseph, bapt. 9 Oct., 1726; m. a Towne. 
William, bapt. 16 Mar., 1728-9. Mary, bapt. 14 ,Nov., 1731. 
Eleazer, bapt. 24 Feb., 1733-4. Asa, bapt. 9 May, 1736. Sarah, 
bapt. 24 Sept., 1738. Rebecca, bapt. 16 Aug., 1741. All bapt. 
in Danvers. 

William, b. 8 Feb., 1700; bapt (No. Parish, Danvers), 14 July, 
1700; m. 1723, Elizabeth Putnam. 

Rachel, b. 7 Aug., 1702; bapt. (No. P.,D.) 27 Sept., 1702; m., 1st, 
1723, John Trask; m., 2nd, before 1730, John Leach; both living 

Annb, b. 26 Apr., 1705; bapt. (No. P.,D.) 24 June, 1705; m. 1726, 
Jethro Putnam (No. 153) ; both living 1740. 

David, b. 25 Oct., 1707; bapt. (No.P.,D.) 26 Oct., 1707; colonel. 

Eunice, b. 13 Apr., bapt. (No. P., D.) 18 Apr., 1710; m. 20 Sept., 
1731, Thomas Perley, son of Capt. Thos. ; u d. 2 Feb., 1787. He 
d. 28 Sept., 1795. Ch. : Huldah, b. 13 Feb., 1731-2; m. Joshua 
Cleaves of Beverly. Rebecca, b. 12 Jan., 1733-4; d., unm., 22 
Aug., 1813. Israel, b. 2 July, 1738; m. Elizabeth Moores, settled 
on St. John's River, N. B. Mary, b. 4 June, 1741 ; m. John Pea- 
body of Boxford. Olive, b. 30 July, 1743. Thomas, b. 19 June, 
1746 ; m. Sarah Wood. Enoch, b. 19 May, 1749 ; m. Anna Flint. 
Aaron, b. 18 Sept., 1755. 

A 80N ' \ twins ; b. and d. 4 Apr., 1713. 
A dau., ) 

Huldah, b. 29 Nov. ; bapt. (No. P., D.) 30 June, 1717; m. 19 July, 
1734, Francis Perley, son of Jacob and Lydia(Peabody) Perley, 
b. 28 Jan., 1705-6. Lydia (Peabody) Perley was a niece of Ly- 
dia, wife of Thos. Perley, being the dau. of Capt. John Peabody. 
Jacob Perley was a brother of Capt. Thos. Perley (see note be- 
low. Ch. : Capt. William, b. 11 Feb., 1735; d. 29 Mar., 1812; 

14 Capt. Thoi. Perley was son of Thomas and Lydia (Peabody) Perley of Boxford; 
b.1668; m., 1st, 1696, Sarah, dau. of Capt. John Osgood of Aodover, who d. 23 Sept., 1734 ; 
Capt. Perley d. 1745; he had ten children all by his first wife, viz., Lydia, b. 1096. Mary 
b. 1697. Hepsibab, b. 1699. Moses, b. 1701; d. 1708. Sarah, b. 1703. Thomas, b. 1704-5 ; 
m. Eunice Putnam (No. 86). Mehitable, b. 1706; d. 1723. Rebecca, b. 28 Oct., 1710; m. Da- 
vid Putnam (No. 80). Alien, b. 1714. Asa, b. 1716. Margaret, b. 1719. 

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m. Sarah. Clark. Wm. Perley commanded a company at Lex- 
ington and at Bnnker Hill. 

00 Israel, b. f Jan., 1717-18, bapt. (No. P., D.) 2 Feb., 1717-18 ; gen- 

91 Mkhitable, b. 12 March, 1720; d. 2 Sept., 1801; no. 24 Mar., 1741, 
Richard, son of John and Winifred (Spragoe) Dexter of 
Maiden, 15 a physician of Topsfleld, b. 15 Jane, 1713; d. Tops- 
field, 25 Nor. 1783. 

Joseph Putnam will always be remembered for his oppo- 
sition to Mr. Parris and the witchcraft trials. The position 
which he took could only have beeu maintained by one who, 
like himself, was allied with the principal families of* the 
county. He opposed from first to last the proceedings which 
disgraced Dan vers and his immediate relatives and friends. 
This was a source of peril to even him, however, aud for six 
months, one of his fleetest horses was kept saddled, ready at 
a moment's notice, should an attempt be made to seize his 
person. This fact was well known and it was also known 
that he would resist every attempt of that nature, even though 
it cost the lives of those who came to take him. It is a 
significant fact that his children were baptized in Salem, this 
being a very public manner of showing his disapprobation of 
the course followed by Mr. Parris. Joseph Putnam should 
be honored far above all others of his generation ; for he showed 
that not only did he have the courage common to all of the 
family, but was above the ignorant superstition of the time 
by which such men as Judge Samuel Sewall and Cotton Mather 
were overcome. 

It is proper to state at this juncture, that the romantic tale 
of a sister of Joseph Putnam being accused of witchcraft at 
a session of the Court to which she had been drawn by curi- 
osity, and her flight and concealment in Middleton woods, is 
entirely without foundation. Mr. Tarbox in his History of 
Gen. Israel Putnam quotes from Mr. Rice, but however thrill- 

» Their dan. Mehitable Dexter, who d. 25 Nov., 1783, m. the Rev. John Treadwell and 
their daughter Mehitable Treadwell, m. Charles Cleveland, whose brother William 
Cleveland ra. Alias Falley and was father of Richard Falley Cleveland, and grand- 
father of Grover Cleveland, President of the United States. 

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ing and interesting a story this account may be, it has ab- 
absolutely no foundation. 


In the name of God Amen I Joseph Putnam being Sick and 
Weeke in body but of Sound Mind and Memory, consider- 
ing the uncertainly of life and the Duty of Setting my Es- 
tate in order to leave Peice in my Family Doe make this 
my last Will and Testament hereby revokeing and making 
, Null and voide all former wills by me made 

Imp 6 * I committ my sole to God my body to a Deacent Buriale 
hopeing for a glorious Resurrection in and through ye mer- 
ritt of my Dear Redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ, and for 
my outward Estate I Dispose of as follows on 

My will is that my Just Debts and funeral Expence be 
paid out of My Personall Estate or monies 

Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliz* in Lieu of 
her Dower that Peice of land in blind hole by John Curticies 
Containing about Twenty Eight acres yt was her Fathers, 
and that Jane Possest of by virtue of his will, to be wholey 
att her Dispose to sell or as shee shall see cause — and I 
further give to my wife towards hef own Support and the Sup- 
port and Maintenance of my children under age the Im- 
provement of all the severall Tracts dbparcells of lands and 
the Housein thereon, I have hereafter in this my will given 
my two sons David and Israeli with the Improvement of so 
much of my Stock and Husbandry U ten eel Is and so much 
of my Household Stuff bedding and Necefsaries as my Exec- 
utors hereafter named shall Judge Necessary & Convenient 
for the Carring on the Farm and the Subsistance of ye Fam- 
ily until my sons David & Israeli come Respectively to ye 
age of Twenty one years and then they are to be sear 4 and 
Posses 4 of their Parts hereafter given them and either of 
them first given their Mother Security to pay her yearly the 
sum of Ten Pounds each in Payable money in ye whole 
Twenty Pounds yearly and she is also to have a Room or 
two in my now Dwelling house and what wood Shee may 
have occasion to burn therein and part of ye Celler, and 

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Shee is to Keep Possitionof sd Lands till shee bath Security 
to ber Satisfaction, I also furtber give ber towards ber own 
Support and tbe Support and maintainance of my cbildren 
under age tbe Leave and Liberty to Cutt and Sell what 
Wood Sbee Sbali See cause of from my Old Farm bereafter 
given my son William only I Desire itt may be cutt where 
itt may be with tbe Least Detriment My Wife Remaining 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son William Putnam bis 
heirs and assigns forever Severall Tracts and peices of land 
viz all that my Farm called tbe Old Farm Containing about 
Eighty acres More or less with ye Houseing and fencing on 
itt (Excepting as above to his Mother) and also the one 
balfe of my land & Meadow Lying on the West side of 
Ipswich River and all my Inter ist In the Saw Mill and Damm 
att Bishops brook and also my two acres of Meadow Near 
said Damm and also two acres more of meadow Lying be- 
low the Saw Mill on Nichols & Porters land and ail my land 
in Peters Meadow and the ten acres of land I bought of Jo- 
seph Allen In case he pay his sister Mahi table out of this 
last percell Eighty Pounds in Pafsible Bills of Publick 
Creditt or monies when Shee shall come to ye age of Eigh- 
teen years or If shee be married before shee is eighteen years 
old then to be paid her at Marriage — 

Item I Give and bequeath to my two Sons David and Israeli these 
Severall Tracts & parcells of lands following they and each of 
them respectively performing what I have ordered to their 
Mother out of their parts, all that my Farm I now Dwell on 
Containing about one hundred and fifty acres more or less 
Including ye land I bought of Anthony Ashby and Capt 
Putnam and A Small bitt above tbe Toomb and also the 
other balfe of my Upland and Meadow on ye West Side of 
Ipswich River to be equally divided between them and to 
be to them their Heirs and Assigns forever and If either 
of my two sons David or Israeli Dye before they come to ye 
age of Twenty and one years then ye one Moiety of his Part 
to be to my son William bis heirs and Assigns forever and 
ye other Moiety of bis Part to be to the Survivour and bis 
heirs and assigns forever the bequest to my wife to be made 
good and comply ed with out of Such part never the less. 

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Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Putnam five 
Pounds in Bills of Publick Creditt of this Provence. 

Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Putnam, Ten Pounds in 
like money. 

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Brown fifteen 
Pounds in Like money all to be paid In six months after 
my Decease 

Item I give and bequeath to my four Daughters Namely Racheli 
Anna Eunice & Huldah Eighty Pounds Each, to be paid 
them Respectively as they arrive att the age of Eighteen 
years or If they or any of them Marry before they are Eigh- 
teen years old then to be paid att their marrage, and in 
case of any of my Above named four Daughters Decease 
before they come to Eighteen years of age her or their parts 
then to be equally Divided amongst all the rest of my 
Daughters Married or unmarried or such as shall Legally 
represent them In like money also 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Mehitabell the sum 
of Eighty Pounds as before expressed to be paid by my son 
William and in case of his not paying as before I then give 
to her my said Daughter Mehitable her heirs and assigns 
forever the Ten Acres of Land I bought of Joseph Allen 

Item I Constitute Ordain and appoint my beloved Wife Eliza- 
beth and my son William Putnam to be ye Executors to 
this my Will and I Desire a Just and Exact Inventory of my 
Parsonall Estate may be taken and in case there is not enough 
in mony and Stock yt may be Spaired and houshold Stuff yt 
may be spaired as before Exprest then my will is and I here- 
by Impower My Executors to Sell that peice of land of 
mine y t my Father formerly gave to Joseph Stacey and with 
ye money for yt Land and for what Stock and household 
stuff may be spaired and sold to ye best advantage to pay 
my Just Debts, funeral 1 expence and all my Legaceys not 
otherwise Directed and In case my money and Stock and 
household stuff that may be spaired as my children come of 
age and att Present Is soficient to pay ye above then the 
said peice of land yt was last mentioned I give to my afore 
named two sons David & Israeli to be Equally Divided and 
to be to them their heirs and assigns forever In testimony 
yt on mature consideration this is my Last Will and Teste- 

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ment I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal this 15 th Day 
of March Anno Domini 1722-3 

Joseph Putnam [Seal] 

Signed Sealed & Declared to be the Last Will and Testa- 
ment of the Testator in ye Presence of ye woords between 
ye 5 th 16 th Line from ye Topp being first Interlined 
Benj* Holton \ 

John Dale jr J Essex fs Ipswich May 25* 1723 Be- 

Zerobebell Endicott ^ foer the Honb le John Appleton Esq 
Judge of the Probate of Wills <fec In s d County of Es- 
sex them Benj Holten John Dale jr & Zerobable Endicott 
all parsonally appeared and made oath yt they were Present 
and saw the within named Joseph Putnam Signe Seale and 
heard him Publish and Declare ye within written Instru- 
ment to be his Last will and Testament and when he so did 
he was of good understanding and of Disposeing Mind, to 
the best of their Descerning and they all att the same time 
Sett to there hands In his Presence as Wittnesses 

Sworn Attest Dan 1 Appleton Regt 

Upon which this Will is Proved Approved and allowed ye 
Executors Appeared and accepted of said Trust and Prom- 
ised to give In an Inven'ty by ye last of June next 

Attest Daniel Appleton Regt 

HI. 18 Samuel (Nathaniel, John), of Salem Village, 
born there 18-12-1652, baptized First church, Salem, 17-2- 
1653 ; died, 1676 ; married Elizabeth . 

Children : 

92 Elizabeth, b. . 

98 Samuel, b. ; bapt. at Salem 25 Dec, 1687. 

Of Samuel Putnam we know nothing except that an inven- 
tory of his estate, which amounted to £191-07-03, was taken 
by Jacob Barney and Joshua Ilea, 17th 9 mo., 1676, and was 
allowed 29th 9 mo., 1676. Administration was granted to 
Elizabeth Putnam, relict. 

Probably the above Elizabeth is the "widow Elizabeth Put- 
nam" who married Benjamin Collins of Lynn, 5 Sept., 1677. 

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They had: Priscilia, born '2 May 9 . 1679; Elizabeth, born 3 
Jan. , 1682; Benjamiu, born 5 Dec, 1684. 

HI. 20 John (Nathaniel, John), of Salem Village; born 
there 26 Mar., 1657; baptized in Salem 6-7-1657; died in 
Salem Village, Sept., 1722 ; married in Salem, 2 Dec, 1678, 
Hannah, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Cutler of Salem, 
born Dec, 1655 ; living in 1722 ; baptized at First church 
in Salem the same date as her son Samuel. 

Children :, 

94 Hannah, b. 22 August, 1679; d. previous to 1721. 

95 Elizabeth, b. 26-9-1680; m. 12 Mch., 1701, Johu, son of John and 

(Abigail) Phelps of Reading, b. in Salem, 6-12-1670. Ch. : Eliz- 
abeth, b. 1702. Mary, b. 1706 (Eaton's Hist, of Reading). John, 
b. In Salem, 8 July, 1709. Nathaniel, b. 22 Oct., 1714. 

96 Abigail, b. 26 Feb., 1682; bapt. in Salem, 6 July, 1684. 

97 Samukl, b. 5 Nov., 1684 ; bapt. in Salem, 8 Feb., 1684-5. "Hanna 

ye wife and Samuel the sou of John Putnam jr., baptized." 

98 Josiah, b. 29 Oct., 1686. 

99 Josbph," b. ; bapt. in Salem, 1 July, 1688. 

100 Mary, 18 b. 29 Sept., 1688; bapt. in Salem, Oct., 1689. 

101 Susanna," b. 11 Apr., 1690; m. Nov., 1709, Isaac Buxton. 

l0 * J° 8HUA > D - — ; \ These two sons are named by Perley 

108 David" or Daniel, b. ./ 

Putnam ; there is no doubt concerning Joshua, but of David I 
find no further record. A son of John Putnam, jr. was bapt. in 
1694 ; the margin of the page being worn away the date and 
name can not be supplied; perhaps the same as "son to John 
Putnam died 25 Aug., 1695." 
104 Rkbecca, b. 16 Aug., 1691 ; unm. 1715 ; "John Rogers to niece Re- 
becca Putnam." 
105 John, b. 16 Aug., 1691; bapt. in Salem Village, 28 Aug., 1691. 
106 Sakah, b. 5 Mar., 1693; bapt. in Salem Village, 12 Mar., 1692-8. 
107 Amos, b. 27 Jan., 1697; bapt. in Salem Village, 27 Nov., 1698. 
108 Puisgilla, b. 7 May, 1699 ; bapt. in Salem Village, 16 July, 1699. 
On April 15, 1692, a daughter of John Putnam died, probably one of those 
referred to by note above. 

John Putnam's farm was in that part of Danvers west of 
Hathorne's hill near the log bridge across Ipswich river. 


10 Presumably died previous to 1721 as no mention is made of them in the will of the 
father, who, however, mentions "son Isaac Buxton." 

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The farm, or part of it, is now owned by George H. Pea- 
body, Esq. In this immediate vicinity his cousins Deacou 
Edward and Sergeant Thomas Putnam, lived. John Putnam 
was known as "Caroliua John," and as "John Putnam, jun- 
ior." During the witchcraft excitement, he was constable, 
and, of course, must have taken a more or less active part in 
the proceedings. At one time, Mercy Lewis, one of the "af- 
flicted girls" had been living in his house as a servant and in 
May, 1692, he testifies, apparently in good faith, as to a fit she 
had when bewitched. It was at a church meeting at his house 
in 1698 that several of the wronged members of the church 
again met with the majority and all agreed to live in "love to- 
gether." This occurred a week after the ordination of the 
Rev. Joseph Green. 
' Besides the office of constable, John Putnam was frequent- 
ly tything man, surveyor of highways, especially towards 
Ipswich road, and was appointed to other minor positions. 

In his will dated 30 Nov., 1721, he appoints Ebenezerand 
Thomas Putnam overseers ; mentions his wife Hannah, sons 
Samuel, Josiah, John, Joshua, Amos, his son Isaac Buxton; 
daughters Priscilla, Abigail, Sarah and Rebecca Putnam, and 
Elisa Phelps. Proved 1 Oct., 1722. 

HI. 22 Elizabeth (Nathaniel, John), bom in Salem Vil- 
lage, 11 Aug., 1662; died 6 Mar., 1697 ; married Ser- 
geant George, second son of Thomas and Ann Flint of Dan- 
vers, born there, 6 Jan., 1652; died at North Reading, 23 
June, 1720. He married, for a second wife, 2 Mar., 1699, 
Mrs. Susannah Gardner, who died Mar., 1729. 

Children, all by Elizabeth Putnam : 

109 Elizabeth, born 19 Aug., 1685; m. Ebenezer Damon. 

110 Gsorge, b. 1 Apr., 1686; m. 9 July, 1713, Jerusha, dau. of Joseph 

and Bethsua (Folger) Pope and sister of Joseph Pope (see No. 
168) ; lived in North Reading. 

111 Ann, b. 18 April, 1687; m. 21 Dec, 1706, Jonathan Parker. 

112 Ebenezer, b. 16 Dec, 1689; m. 1714, Tabitha Barnap; lived in 

North Reading. 

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118 Nathaniel, b. 21 Oct., 1690; d. y. 

114 Mart, b. 4 Nov., 1691; "unfortunate daughter Mary." She had 

been accidentally shot by her sister in the shoulder. Her grand- 
father Nathaniel Putnam bequeathed to her a double portion. 

115 Mercy, b. 7 Oct., 1692; m. 9 Sept, 1714, Benjamin Damon. 

116 Nathaniel, b. 4 Jan., 1694; m. 1720, Mary of Lynnfield; 

lived in Tolland, Conn. 

117 Hannah, b. 12 Feb., 1695 ; m. 10 July, 1716, John Hunt. 

118 John, b. 4 Mar., 1696; d. y. 

Sergeant George Flint removed to Reading and settled 
before 1682 on land inherited from his father. His house was 
used as a garrison house during the Indian troubles. He 
was the first of his name in Reading and held the office of 
selectman. (Flint Genealogy, pp. 10-11.) 

III. 23 Captain Benjamin (Nathaniel, John), of Sa- 
lem Village, born there, 24 Dec, 1664; died there about 
1715 ; married, according to Col. Perley Putnam, 25 Aug., 
1686, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Putnam, but on the Sa- 
lem records, the births of his children are recorded and it is 
there stated that they were w by wife Hanna." His first wife 
died 21 Dec, 1705; married, second, 1 July, 1706, Sarah 

Children : 


119 JosiAH, b. ; bapt. 1st Ch., Salem, 2 Oct., 1687 ; prob. d. y. 17 ' 

• 120 Nathaniel, b. 25 Aug., 1686; bapt. in 1st Ch., Salem, 6 Nov., 1687. 

121 Tarrant, b. 12 Apr., 1688; bapt. in 1st Ch., Salem, Aug.. 1688. 

122 Elizabeth, b. 8 Jan., 1690; bapt. in No. Parish, Dan vers, 22 Feb., 

1690; m. 27 Dec, 1711, Robert, son of Joseph and Lydla (Bux- 
ton) Hutchinson of Dan vers, b. there, 13 Nov., 1687; d. 1733. 
Ch. : Sarah, bapt. 12 Sept., 1712; d. Dec., 1800; m. William 
Shillaber. Robert, bapt. 16 May, 1716; d. before 1733. Robert 
Hutchinson, senior, m., 2d, Sarah Putnam, 6 June, 1717. 

123 Benjamin, b. 8 Jan., 1692-3; bapt. 25 Jan., 1692-3. 

124 Stephen, b. 27 Oct., 1694. 

125 Daniel, b. 12 Nov., 1696; bapt. at Salem, 17 Oct., 1697. 

126 ISRAEL, b. 22 Aug., 1699; bapt. at No. Parish, 27 Aug., 1699. 

127 Cornelius, b. 3 Sept., 1702; bapt. at No. Parish, 6 Sept., 1702. 

" Author; Dr. Poore states that he d. 31 Oct., 1751. 

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Benjamin Putnam was a prominent man in Saleni, and held 
many town offices. He had always the title of "Mr." unless 
other titles are given. He held the positions of Lieutenant 
and Captain (1706-1711). From the time he was* chosen 
tything man at the Village in 1695-6, hardly a year passed 
but what he was honored by his fellow townsmen. He was 
constable and collector in 1700. He was constantly chosen 
tything man and surveyor of highways at the Village. He 
was oue of the selectmen in 1707-1713 and that his judgment 
was considered of value is shown by the frequency with which 
he was returned to the Grand and Petit Juries. His last'ap- 
pearancc on the Salem records was in 1712 wheu he was one 
of those chosen to perambulate the bounds between Salem 
and Topsfield. On 30 Dec, 1709, he was chosen deacon 
of the church at the Village. On 25 July, 1713, Rev. 
Joseph Green in his diary mentions the tact of his call- 
ing on "Landlord Putnam" and that he was very sick and 
out of his head. This was the beginning of the end, for] he 
died in 1714 or 1715. In regard to his part in the witch- 
craft delusion it can be summed up thus : The Goods were de- 
pendents in his family and when the indemnities were paid by 
the General Court to the heirs of those accused and imprisoned 
and murdered, William Good through the instrumentality of 
Benjamin Putnam obtained a very large proportion, — Mr. 
Upham thinks more than his share. Among the signatures 
to the certificate of character of Rebecca Nurse both those of 
Benjamin and his wife Sarah are found. He never seems to 
have appeared as a witness of any account and probably steered 
clear as far as he was able, of the whole affair. The title 
"Landlord" was one often given to the eldest liviug Putnam. 

The following entries are as yet unexplained, diligent 
search among the state archives failing to reveal the reason 
of Benjamin Putnam's imprisonment. These eutries are also 
from Rev. Joseph Green's journal. 

"1707, June 16. News of Captain Putnam having come 
to Marblebead. 

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army, others against it. I went to Boston to ye Governor 
to release Benj. Putnam. 

Sept. 21. Sab. 7 baptised. Discoursed Capt. Putnam 
at night." 

The Rev. Joseph Green often alludes to Benjamin Putnam 
in his diary. "1708, July 29, I went with B. Putnam to i 

Reading to Deacon Fitches, to spend ye day in prayer for him, 
he being almost blind, and old Mr. Weston quite blind, and 
other disconsolate deaf, &c. Mr. Pierpont began, I prayed, 
Dea. Fitch, Landlord Putnam and Dea. Bancroft then sang 
146 Psalm and I concluded with a short prayer and blessing." 

During the following August there was more or less anxi- 
ety from attacks by the Indians at Haverhill. 

"Oct. 23. I went with Major Sewall and Capt. Putnam 
to Haverhill." 

"Dec. 30 (1709). Benj. Putnam chosen deacon by every 
vote except his own." 

"March 1 (1711). Ye church kept a Fast at ye house of 
Dea. Benj. Putnam's." 

"May 4 (1711). Chh. meeting rec'vd to full communion 
. . . ye wife of Dea. Ben. Putnam." 

"May 10. I went to Capt. Putnam's house raising." 

"Mar. 17 (1713). I visited Dea. Ben. Putnam who is ill 
with a fall." 

"July 25. Visited Landlord Putnam, very sick and out of 
his head." 

At the time covered by the above extracts, there were sev- 
eral "Capt. Putnams" viz. : John, Jonathan, Nathaniel and as 
in the cases above Benjamin, it is possible that some of the 
extracts may refer to Jonathan, who was extremely active 
at this time. 

The will of Benjamin Putnam is dated 28 Oct. , 1706, proved ] 

25 April, 1715. He gives to his son Daniel (minister at \ 

Reading) "£150 for his learning." Overseers, "Uncle John / 

Putnam and Capt. Jon*. Putnam." All his children but Jo- f 

siah are here mentioned. ; 

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age, viz. : Tarrant, Benjamin, Robert Hutchinson, Elizabeth 
Hutchinson entered into an agreement. 

On April 1, 1717, Cornelius chose his brother Nathaniel 
his guardian. 

In the Name of God Amen I Benj* Putnam of Salem in 
ye County of Essex in ye province of the Mass Bay in New 
England being in perfect health & of sound memory Blefsed 
be God for it. yet Considering my own mortality Doe 
make This my Last Will & Testament In Forme and man- 
ner following 

Imp s I Give np my Soul to God & my Body to Decent buriail 
hopeing for a glorious refurrection in & thro Jesus Christ 
my Redeem 1 , and as for yt estate yt God hath bestowed 
upon me I give & Bequeath in Manner following 
I Give to Sarah my beloved wife fifty pounds in or as Mon- 
ey to be payed within five years after my decease by my 
Exers hereafter named Also ye use of ye lower room in ye 
west end of my house & halfe ye Cellar under it during ber 

Item I give this flfarme I now dweel upon to my Two eldest 
sons Nathaniel & Tarrant with all the buildings & fences 
thereon to be equally Divided between them only Nathaniel 
shall have twenty acres above halfe They paying as is 
hereafter expressed 

Item I give to Benj* & Stephen my two sons My part of Dav- 
enports farm ; also my part of the meadow that belongs to 
said farme, also ye land adjoining to ye meadow yt I bought 
of Mr. Israel Porter to be equally divided between them 
both land & Meadow they paying as hereafter is expressed. 

Item I Give to my son Israel That land which I bought of Mr 
Minziefs belongeing to Mr Humpherys farme aifo that six 
acres of meadow ground which I bought of my brother John 
Putnam belongeing to Grigeles his farme. 

Item I Give to my son Daniell one hundred and fifty pounds 
in or as money To be payed by my Two sons Nathaniel 
and Tarrant equal ley betweene them as he shall neade it in 
his Larntng or when he comes of age If he do not take to 

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Also my sons Nathaniell and Tarant shall pay fifty pounds 
Willed to my wife as above said and also fourty pounds to 
their sister Elizabeth and also twenty pounds to their 
brother Cornelius when they com of age each their part. 

Item My Will is that my son Cornelius be put out to lame 
som good Trade and that his brothers Benjamin and Steph- 
en shall pay him Six Score pounds in or as mony within 
Three years after he comes of age That is forurty pounds a 
yeare To be Equally to be payed betweene them. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth Sixty pounds to be 
payed out of my household goods at my decees proportu- 
nalle of every thing to be apprised to Her and the Remainder 
of my Household goods with my out dorcs Vseing Tooles I 
give to my Two sons Nathaniel and Tarrant. 

Item All my Stock of what Kinde soever I give to be equally 
devided amonges all my children except iny son Daniel. 

Item I do appoint my two sons Nathaniel and Tarrant to be 
Joynte Executors of this ray will and my will is that if any 
of my children dye before they com of age that theire parte 
or portion shall be equal ley devided between the servivors 
I Do desire and apointe my Well beloued frinds my brother 
John putnam and my Cozen Jonathan putnam to be the 
Ouerfeers of this my will and I do require all my children 
to sett down by the advice of my overfeers whare there may 
arise any mifsunderstanding of my will 
In Testemony that this is my last Will and Testement I have 
hereunto set my hand and seele This Twenty eight day of 
October in the year of our Lord Seventene hundred and six 
Signed and Seeled published and declared in presence of us 
John Jeffards Beniamin putnam [seal] 


Hannah X Roberds 


Jonathan Putnam 

Apprais and Allowed befr Hon Jn° Appleton at Court at 

Ipswich April 25 1715 

Endorsed Will of Leut Putnam 

HI. 24 Mary (Nathaniel, John), born in Salem Village, 
15-7-1668 ; baptized at Salem, Dec, 1668 ; married, prior to 
1688, John, son of Peter and Mary (Pierce) Tufts of Charles- 

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town, that part now Maldeu, who was born about 1665 and 
who died 28 Mch., 1728, aged 63. 

His will dated 9 May, with codicil 20 Nov., 1727, proved 
12 Apr., 1728, devised to wife Mary the west end of house, 
to Nathaniel, Mary and grandson John, Peter, Benjamin, 
Thomas, son-in-law John Willis. 

Freeman 1690 ; buys four lots of land in 1701 of John 

Children : 

128 Mary, b. In Medford, 11 Apr., 1688; m. John Willis. 

129 John, b. in Medford, 28 May, 1690; m. 28 Mch., 1723, Elizabeth 

Sargent, who m., 2d, Nicholas George. 

130 Nathaniel, b. in Medford, 23 Feb., 1692; m., 1st, Mary Sprague; 

m., 2d, Mary Rand. 

131 Peter, b. in Maiden, 10 May, 1697; d. 5 Dec, 1776, In 80 th year 

(gravestone) ; m. Lydla, dan. of Samuel and Deborah (Sprague) 
Bucknam, who was b. 1704; d. 31 Oct., 1776, in 72 d year (g. s.). 
Deborah (Sprague) Bucknam was dan. of Capt. John and Lydia 
(Goffe) Sprague and granddau. of Ralph Sprague, one of the 
founders of Charlestown. Ch. : Nathan. Peter. Lydla. Tim- 
othy. Samuel, b. 1737 ; m. Martha Adams. Aaron. Susanna. 

132 Benjamin, b. in Maiden, 28 Nov., 1699 ; m., 1st, Mary Hutchinson ; 

m., 2d, Hannah Johnson. 

133 Timothy, b. in Maiden, 13 Oct., 1703; d. 2 May, 1727. 

134 Thomas, b. 4 Dec, 1704; non compos 1739. 

135 Stephen, b. (In his 17 th year 1728) ; d. In Maiden, 5 Dec, 1785, 

In his 77 th year. 

136 Mary, b. 6 Sept., 1716. 

(See Wyman's Estates of Charlestown.) 

HE. 28 Captain Jonathan (John, John), of Salem Vil- 
lage, born there 17 Mar., 1659; died there 2 Mar., 1739; 
buried in Wadsworth Cemetery ; married, first, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Whipple ; w the oldest in- 
scription in the Wadsworth Burying Ground reads : 'Here 
Lyes ye Body of Elizabeth, ye Wife of Jonathan Putnam, 
aged about 22 years. Deceased ye 8th of August, 1682." 
This gravestone was originally faced with lead. He mar- 
ried, second, Lydia, daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth 
(Whipple?) Potter of Ipswich. Her will is dated 14 Sept., 
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was granted to John Porter of Wenham. She mentions hei 
daughters, Elizabeth and Esther. 

Children, born in Salem Village : 

By first wife : 

187 Samuel, "aged fifteen weeks, deceased about the last of Novem- 

ber, 1682." 

'By second wife : 

188 Lydia. b. 4 Oct., 1684; bapt. at Salem May, 1685; d. 81 Aug., 

1711 ; m. 6 Jan., 1794, Thomas Flint (See No. 54). Ch. : Thomas, 
b. 23 Nov., 1705 ; m. PrlscUla Porter. Jonathan, b. 12 Oct., 1707. 
Lydia, b. 10 Sept., 1700. Mary, b. 19 Aug., 1711 ; m. Mr. Flint; 
he m., 2dnd, Mary, dan. of Deacon Edward Putnam (No. 54). 

139 Elizabeth, b. 2 Feb., 1686-7; bapt. at Salem 3 July, 1687; d. 8 

Aug., 1728. 

140 Ruth, b. 7 Apr., 1689 ; bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 27 Apr., 1690.; 

d. 26 Mar., 1700. 

141 Susanna, b. ; bapt., No. Parish, Danvers, 25 May, 1690. 

' 142 Jonathan, b. 8 May, 1691 ; bapt. No. Parish, Danvers, 10 May, 

143 Esther, b. 18 Nov., 1693; bapt No. Parish, Danvers (1694?). 

144 Jkrusha, b. 2 May, 1696; bapt. No. Parish, Danvers; d. 18 Nov., 

1697; g. s. "aged 6 mos. 20 days." 

145 Jerusha, b. ; bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 15 Sept., 1700; 

d. 16 Aug., 1716 (g. s.). 
146 David, b. ; bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 8 Feb. , 1706. 
Perhaps still another Jerusha as there is a third stone bearing the name 
Jerusha Putnam, close to the grave of Samuel. 

Jonathan Putnam built himself a house, not far from his 
father's house, on the Topsfield road ; part of this house is still 
standing. He was a farmer and in excellent circumstances. 
In 1680, Jonathan Putnam was one of several petitioners for 
a township on Casco Bay on a river called "Swegustagoe ;" 
however, out of regard to the protests of the settlers in that 
neighborhood who objected to the petitions, the court granted 
them a township on the north of the Bay. Bartholomew 
Gedney was one of a committee to superintend this settle- 
ment. The committee was to build a fort and sell land there 
to the value of £100 for that purpose. It is not known 
whether Jonathan Putnam ever visited this plantation. The 
inhabitants who objected to the petitioners were Gorges men 
and seemed to have shown considerable opposition. The 

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first time that Jonathan Putnam is mentioned on the Salem 
records is in 1683 when he was chosen to the grand jury. 
Mar. 17, 1684-5, he was chosen surveyor of highways. In 
1689 he had the title of "captain" and was selectman. He 
was made freeman in 1690. On the 30th of Aug., 1691, he 
was chosen commissioner to join with the selectmen in tak- 
ing a list of the male persons and estate of the town. Their 
report showed 402 heads of families. This commission was 
renewed in 1703. In 1691 he was constable. In 1704 he 
was one of a committee to look after the common lands, and 
in 1708 to value the estates of the town. He was constantly 
serving the town in one capacity or another until his death, 
being repeatedly surveyor of highways, or on committees to 
establish town bounds, ty thing-man, and selectman in the years 

He was representative to the General Court in 1710. In 
1722, he, with Captain Bowditch, was desired to wait upon the 
justices of his Majesty's Court to request them to revive their 
order of 1688, establishing a House of Correction. In 1713 
he was trustee for the commoners of Salem. In 1681, he 
was one of the petitioners to be freed from paying rates for 
the maintenance of a minister at Salem or to be erected into 
a separate township. This application was renewed in 1711 
when he was again prominent. 

During the witchcraft excitement, he appears in both an un- 
favorable and favorable light. He and Deacon Edward were 
the complainants for the warrant issued against Rebecca Nurse 
and Dorcas Good, the latter a child of but four or five years 
of age. Afterward, however, Jonathan Putnam saw his mis- 
take and with characteristic manliness signed the paper de- 
claring that in his belief Rebecca Nurse could not be guilty 
of the charge preferred against her. His wife Lydia'also 
signed this document. In military affairs he kept up the rep- 
utation of the family, holding a captain's commission as early 
as 1689, and was always kuowu as " Captaiu Putnam " there- 

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after except in 1699 and 1704 when he is styled on the rec- 
ords "Lieut." 

HI. 29 Lt. James (John, John) ,born in Salem Village, 
4 Sept., 1661 ; baptized at First Church in Salem, 14-5-1667 ; 
died in Salem Village 7 April, 1727 ; married, first, Surah, 
who was without doubt the mother of his children. On 10 
Nov., 1689, she signed the petition presented to the Church 
in Salem, for dismissal and liberty to form a new church at 
the Village and in 1693 (4 Feb., 1692-3), she joins with her 
husband in a deed of that date, transferring land to Joseph 
and Caleb Boynton of Rowley ; ahe died 25 Dec, 1717, aged 
fifty-three years, and is buried in the Wadsworth cemetery by 
the side of her son Archelaus. Lt. James married, second, 6 
Mar., 1719-20 (Salem town records), Mary, widow of Daniel 
Eea. She died 14 Feb., 1726-27. Zerubabel Ren, son of 
Daniel and Hepzibah (Foster) Rea, 18 in his journal states un- 
der date of "16 Mar., 1720, then my mother-in-law was 
married again to Lt. James Putnam. " 

Children, by Sarah, born in Salem Village : 

147 Sarah, b. 6 Jan., 1686; bupt. at Salem, June, 1686; m. 12 Sept., 
1706, Israel, son of Israel and Elizabeth (Hathorne) Porter of 
the Village, b. there 4 Apr., 1686. Their children were : Ginger, 
bapt. 17 Aug., 1707. Sarah, bapt. 10 Feb., 1710; d. before 1729. 
Johu, bapt. 12 Mar., 1713 ; d., unto., in 1742. Israel, bapt. 24 June, 
1716. Elizabeth, bapt. 26 Apr., 1719; d. about 1772. Amua, 
bant. Sept., 1722; in. Oct. 22, 1741, Peter, son of Kev. Peter 
Clarke. Mary, bapt. 24 Apr., 1726; m. 31 Jan., 1745, Joseph, 
son of Joseph and Lydia (Flint) Putnam (No. 214). 

148 Bartholomew, b. 1687; bapt. Salem, Oct., 1688. 

149 James, b. 168'J; bapt. at Salem Village, 22 Feb., 1690. 

150 Nathan, b. 1692; d. 1723; a mariner, never m. Administration 
on his estate was granted to his elder brother, James, 11 Nov., 
1723. The estate was divided between his brothers and sisters, 
viz. : James, Jethro, Sarah Porter, widow, Elizabeth Putnam, 
widow, and to the heirs of Bartholomew Putnam, deceased. 
(Essex Prob.) For some farther facts relating to him see un- 
der Bartholomew, No. 148. 

"See Vol. xviii, Essex Institute Hist. Coll. and also Rev. A. P. Putnam's letters to the 
Dan vera Mirror. Daniel Rea's first wife was Uepsibah, dan. of Lt Francis and Mary 
(Foster) Peabody. xTYecord of her death exists nor of Daniel Bea's second mar* 
riage, but the e?idence of the diarist must be accepted as conclusi?e. 

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151 Jonathan, bapt. tn Salem Village, 1693; prob. d. 7. 

152 Akchklaus. bapt. In Salem Village, 4 July, 1697; d. at Cambridge, 

14 May, 1718, while an under-graduate at Harvard. 

153 Elizabeth, b. 4 Aug., 1700; bapt. Salem Village, 4 Au?., 1700; m. 

William (No. 82, q. v.), sou of Joseph Putnam. William ts the 
only one of the Thomas branch known to be buried in Wads- 
worth cemetery, and his grave la close by that of Archelaus wlio 
d. at Cambridge. She ra., 2d, 26-3-1730, John Garduer. - 

154 Jethko, bapt. at the Village, 2 May, 1702. 

James Putnam was a farmer inheriting, from his father, 
the homestead at Oak Knoll. He in turn passed it to his 
youngest son Jethro. James Putnam was admitted to the 
church in Danvers on the 16 Feb., 1689-90; freeman 1690, 
and in the year 1710-11 was ty thing man at the Village. In 
1720-21 he is styled on the records "Lieut." but with this 
exception he has only the title of "Mr.," which title was al- 
ways scrupulously given him. Although never caring to hold 
office he was evidently esteemed by the townspeople. 

The following from the Salem town records relative to the 
apportionment of the rights to the common land is interesting 
as showing that the original homestead remained in his hands. 

Cottage House 

"James Putnam for his house & Grandfather's 
"Cottage Right 1 1 

"For his father's place sold and Mr. Freeman's 
"Cottage Right 2 1" 

"These entitled to Rights in the Common Lands 
"whose Houses were Built after the year 1714 

"Josiah Putnam House 1 

" Joseph Putnam jr. 1 

"Samuel Putuam house 1702. 1 

" Mr. John Putnam Sen. his house, wooden lives in 1 
" Dea Eleazer Putnam Dwelling house near 

"George Clays 1 

" Tarrant Putnam house. 1 
" James Putnam Jr. house. . 1 

" Jonathan Putnam Jr. house. 1 

" Joseph Putnam house, 1 

"Mr. Nathaniel Putnam house 1 " 

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Capt. Jonathan Putnam was the most active person in ad- 
justing these common rights. He served the proprietors on 
the "Grand Committee" for twenty-two years, and it is doubt- 
less due to him, who was frequently one of the select men dur- 
ing this period that we have the records of these latter meet- 
ings of the proprietors, so complete. 

James Putnam had been taught a trade, and he in his turn 
taught his son the same trade, that of bricklayer. This was 
a custom among many of the early Puritan families. It is 
to the credit of all concerned, that far-sighted and wealthy 
men of that day brought up their sons to know a useful trade 
in case adversity should overtake them. "5 th Dec, 1718, 
James Putnam, senior, bricklayer, deeds to his son James 
Putnam junior, bricklayer, land in Danvers." In 1721 and 
1722 he deeds land to his sons Nathan, Bartholomew and 
James "fiom natural love and affection." In one of these deeds 
(1722) he mentions his daughter Elizabeth Putnum. (Essex 
Deeds, L. 39-40-35.) 

His will is dated on the 2 Mar., 1723-4, and a codicil 
1 April, 1727. Proved 8 May, 1727. 

In the Name of God Amen I James Putnam Sen of Salem 
in the county of Essex in the Province of the Mafsaeh 1 * 
Bay in New England, being sick & weak of body but of 
Perfect Mind and Memory Blessed be God for itt Do Make 
this my last will and Testament in form and manner fol- 

Imp* I Give up my Soul to God when he shall Please to Call 
for itt and my body to Deacent buriall att the Direction of 
My Exce*. And as to my outward estate I despose of as 
followeth. (Item) I have Disposed of my lands already by 
Deeds of Giffts 

Item I Give to My Daughter Sarah Porter One Hundred Pounds 
which I have already paid to her and also five Pounds which 
I formerly lent to her : 

Item I Give to my Daughter; Elizabeth Putnam One Hundred 
Pounds of which I have paid iifty-three Pounds 

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Item I give to my two Grandsons Joseph & William Putnam 
the Sons of my son Bartholomew Ten Pounds Apeace to be 
to them when they come to he Twenty one years of age 

Item I give to my two Grandchildren Bartholomew Putnam 
and Mary Putnam children of my son Bartholomew Five 
shillings Apeace when they come of age. 
I also give to my afors d grand Sons; Joseph & William Put- 
nam, one of my Common Rights Equally between them. 

Item I give my son Jethro Putnam my great brass kittle and 
my biggest Iron pott and all the rest of my Estate, both 
within Doors and without Doors. I give in Equall haves 
between my two sons James and Jethro, they paying all my 
just debts, and the several I legaceys herein mentioned, in 
Equal parts between them. 

My will is that the severall legaceys herein mentioned to be 
paid in Money, or other good pay eqnivelant to money 
I constitute and Appoint my two Sons James <fc Jethro 
Joint Exec" of this My Will 

In Testimony and Confirmation hereof I have here unto 
sett my hand and seal ye Second Day of March 1723-4 

James Putnam & Seal 
Wittnefs. Robert Hutchinson, Amos Putnam, Joseph 
Whipple, jr 

Memorandum Aprill 1, 1727 As an Addition or Sup- 
plement to my within Written Will, in consideration of the 
great cost and pains My Son Jethro Puttnam hath been att 
for me, in my long sickness, I do give to my said son Jethro 
out of my stock before his Brother James and he divide the 
same, that is to say my two oxen and two Cows, and my 
two Horses and three Shots and six of my Sheep, in Con- 
firmation that this is an addition to my Will I have here 
unto sett my hand and seal ye year and Day above written 
in presence of these Witnesses 
Robert Hutchinson Amos Putnam Joseph Whipple jr 


James X Putnam & C. 

'. mark 

Approved and allowed at Ipswich May 8, 1727, before John Apple- 
ton Judge of Probate 

HI. 31 Eleazer (John, John), born Salem Village, 1665 ; 
died there 25 Jany., 1732-3 ; married, first, Hannah, daugh- 

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ter of Drniel rnd Hstnnnh ( Hutch in^on) Boardman, bom in 
Ipswich, 18 Feb., 1670-1; married, second, 14 Nov., 1711 
(published 19 Oct., 1711), El izabetb, daughter of Mr. Benj. 
and Apphia (Hale) Rolfe of Newbury, born there 15 Dec, 
1679 ; died 2 Jan., 1752. She was a sister of Abigail, wife of 
Nathaniel Boardman, a brother of Eleazer Putnam's first wife. 

155 Hutnah, b. S Dec, 1698 ; bapt Toprileld, 16 Sept., 1604. "16 Sept., 
1694, Hannah Putnam, once Bonnan or Dormau" her daughter 
Hannah bnpt.;" m. 29 Not., 1711, Dea. Nathan, son of Capt. 
John and Hannah (Andrews) Peabody, b 20 July, 1682; d. 4 
Mar., 1733. Children : John, b. 2 Feb. ; d. 23 Feb., 1713. Han- 
nah, b. 27 Apr., 1714. Nathan, b. 13 Mar., 1716. Elizabeth, b. 14 
Feb., 1718. Nathan Peabody liveci in Boxford; m., 2nd, 27 
Mar., 1723, Priscilla Thomas. 
166 Eleazer, b. 8 Sept., 1605 ; bapt. Topsfleld, j> Aug., 1696. 
157 Sarah, b. 26 Sept., 1697. 

168 Jkptha, b. 24 Aug., 1699; bapt. Salem Tillage, 25 Aug., 1700. 
158a JosKTH(tiot mentioned by Savage, and of whom we know nothing). 

169 Samuel, b. 30 May, 1707; bapt. 15 June, 1707. 

160 Hexry, b. 14 Aug., 1712; bapt. Salem Village, 17 Aug., 1712; 
killed 19 Apr., 1775. 

161 Apphiah, b. 8 July. 1716; pub. 27 Oct., 1733, to John, son of Ben- 
jamin and Hannah (Endicott) Porter, b. in Salem Village 1712 
or 1718, d. in 1759: Mr*. Apphiah (Putnam) Porter m., 2nd, 12 
Aug., 176?, Asa, son of Thomas and Sarah (Osgood) Perley of 
Boxford (see note p. 50). Children: Elizabeth, bapt. 12 Oct., 
1735; m. Asa Leach of Beverly. John, bapt. 13 June, 1736; d. 
in 1774. Benjamin, bapt. 22 Oct., 1738. AbigaU.bapt. 12 Mar , 
1740. Ezra, bapt. 1 .July, 1744. Nathan, m. 23 Mar., 1773, 
Lydia Goodridge. Anna, m. 12 Aug., 1762, Elipbalct. son of 
Major A sa and Susanna Bailey. Apphia, bapt. 20 Oct., 1754. 
Mary, bapt. 30 May, 1756. 

In the possession of the family in Cortland, N. Y., are 
papers once the property of Henry (born 1712) and among 
them is the following account of his immediate relatives. 

"On Jan^the 25 th 173$ Eleazer Putnam Departed this 
Leife about 16 minutes after 3 0:t- the clock in the afternoon 
in ye 65 year of his age. 

>• "Bonnnn or Dorman." Tbe town clerk of Toppfield at that time wrote the name 
Dorm ad. The head or the family in question signed his name Bowman or Borrnan. 
His descendants now spell their name Boardman. 

Nathaniel Boardman mentions in his will hia cousins Putnam and among them 
Henry Putnam of Charles town. 

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Mother 'Died Jany 2 nd 1752 between 7 & 8 in ye morn" 

'The age of Hannah is 50* in 1749. . 

The age of Eleazer is 54 
The age of Jeptha is 30" 
The age of Samuel is 42." 

Eleazer Putnam lived in Danvers and was more prominent 
in town and church affairs than his brother James. He set- 
tled on a farm north of the Gen. Israel Putnam house and 
near the Topsfield boundary on the present Preston place. 
He was a farmer and probably well off. 

Eleazer and Hannah Putnam were admitted to the church 
in Salem Village, 7 May, 1699, and on 31 Jan., 1717-18, he 
was made deacon of this church. In 1700 he was chosen ty- 
thingman for the Village and again in 1705. He was constable 
during the year 1708 and surveyor of highways on Topsfield 
road in 1711. 

In 1690 Eleazer Putnam had been one of Captain William 
Raymond's company enlisted for the ^Canada Expedition." 
The General Court thought so well of this command that in 
1725 a grant of land was made to the officers and soldiers, or 
their heirs, in Merrimack. Afterward this grant, being found 
to be in New Hampshire, was located on the Saco river. 
During the witchcraft delusion Eleazer Putnam "drew his 
rapier" and punched at an imaginary devil or two which 
seemed to be torturing one of the afflicted girls. According 
to the ancient depositions his thrusts were as effective against 
the witch as against the French and Indians a couple of years 

His will is dated 3 Oct., 1732, and probated 9 Apr., 1733 ; 
in it he mentions his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Hannah 
Peabody and her children, Nathan, Hannah, and Elizabeth ; 
his sons Eleazer and Jeptha and daughter Apphiah Putnam ; 
his sons Samuel and Henry to be executors. An inventory 

** 50 and 30 are undoubtedly misreading • by my correspondent for 60 and 50. 

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of the estate was returned by Samuel Putuam, executor, 22 
Jan., 1733-4. 

— LLL. 32 John (John, John), born Salem Village, 14 July, 

* 16* 7; baptized at Salem, 14-5-1667; will is dated 7 Jan., 

2jU-2 ; proved 21 March, 1737 ; married Hannah . 

pjrildreu all bom and baptized at Salem Village : 

162 Caleb, b. 14 Feb., 1698-4; bapt. 169(6). 

163 Mkhetable, b. 20 July, 1695 ; bapt. same date as Caleb; m. 7 Feb., 

1715-16, Joseph, son of Joseph and Bethesda (Folger) Pope, b. 
16 June, 1687, d. 1755 ; in will of date of 25 Mar., proved 18 Oct., 
. 1755, mentions wife Mehetable; Joseph Pope was own cousin of 
the famous Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Children, b. Salem Village: 
Joseph, bapt. 1 Sept., 1717; removed to Pomfret, Conn. Me- 
hetable, bapt. 8 May, 1719; m. Jos. Gardner. Hannah, bapt. 3 
Sept., 1721; m. Gen. Israel Putnam. Nathaniel, bapt. 17 May, 
1724. Eunice, bapt. 30 Apr., 1727 ; m. Col. Johu Baker of Ips- 
wich. Mary, bapt. 31 May, 1730; m. Sam'l Williams of Pom- 
fret. Ebeuezer, bapt. 9 June, 1734. Eleazer, bapt. 14 Nov., 
1736. Elizabeth, bapt. 14 Oct., 1739. (See Vol. vin, Essex 
Inst. Hist. Coll.). 

164 *Mikiam, b. 9 Feb., 1698; bapt. 20 Nov., 1698; m. Stephen (Ben;., 

JMHh'l, John), Putnam (No. 124). 
165 Moses, b. 29 May, 1700; bapt. 9 June, 1700. 

166 Ruth, b. 13 July, 81 1703; bapt. 18 July, 1703; d. Sept., 1780; m. 6 

March, 1722-3, Capt. Samuel, son of Capt. Thomas ( Thomas) and 
Mary (Daunton) Flint of South Dan vers, b. there 29 Sept., 1693, ' 
and d. lOMch.,1767. Children, b. there : Ruth, b. 14 Jan., 1723-4; 
m. Arcbelaus (James, James, John, John), Putnam (No. 375). 
John, 27 Aug., 1725. Mary, b. 10 Apr., 1730. Samuel, b. 9 
Apr., 1733. Capt. Samuel Flint was a prominent and influential 

167 Hannah, b. 7 May, 1707; bapt. 11 May, 1707; d. 16 June, 1798; ra. 

2 Dec, 1730, James Priuce, bapt. 12 Jan., 1700, and d. 1775, 83. 70 
yrs. (g. s.). His w. d. 19 June, 1798, a?. 93 (g. s.). Buried in 
the Prince burial ground at Beaver Brook. Children : Jame*, b. 
15 Sept., 1731 ; d. 27 July, 1796, a?. 65 (g. s.). Huldali, b. 9 Feb., 
1733-4 ; David, b. 27 Nov., 1738. John, b. 26 Jan., 1743-4. John, 
b. 20 Nov., 1745. Amos, bapt. 14 Feb., 1747-S. 

John Putnam is generally styled 3rd, on the records. He 
was made freeman in 1690, and held many minor town offices. 
In connection with his father he is supposed to have built the 


n Or 18 February. 

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"old Clarke House," not far north of Oak Knoll. In his will 
of 1732, he devises to wife Hannah, son Caleb, who is appointed 
executor, daughter Mehetable Pope, daughter Ruth Flint, 
daughter Miriam Putnam, daughter Hannah Prince, and 
grandson Moses. 

Under date of Apr. 1, 1709, Rev. Joseph Green notes the 
burning of "John Putnam 3d's house." 


I 1. Roger Pheston, aged 21 years, came to America in the Eliza- 

beth of London, 1635, and settled in Ipswich. In 1657 he sold 
his property there and in 1660 he was an innkeeper at Salem; 

m. Martha . Childreu: (2) Thomas, b. 1643. (3; Samuel, 

b. 1651. John. Jacob, b. 1658, lost on a fishing voyage, 1679. 

II 2. Thomas Preston, m. 15 Apr., 1669, Rebecca, daughter of 

Francis and Rebecca Nurse. He died 1697. Children : Re- 
becca, b. 12 May, 1670; m. Ezekiel Upton of Reading. Mary, 
b. 1671 ; m. Peter Cloyse, of Framingham. (4) John, b. 20 
Nov , 1673. Martha, b. 21 Oct., 1676; m. 7 Dec., 1705, David 
Jutld. Thomas, m. Anna Leach. Elizabeth, b. 1680 ; d. 21 
Nov., 16!>3. Jonathan. David. 

II 3. Samuel Preston, m. in Andover, 27 May, 1672, Susanna Gut- 

terson. Children: William, b 11 Jan., 1674. Susanna, b. 
30 March, 1677; m. 20 March, 1705, James Holt. Mary, b. 
5 Jan., 1678; m. 26 March, 1702, Benj. Russell. Jacob, b. 24 
Feb., 1681 ; m. Sarah Wilson. Elizabeth, b. 14 Feb., 1682 ; m. 
John Holt. John, b. 1 May, 1685; m. Mary Harris. Mary, 
b. 1 May, 1685. Joseph, b. 26 June, 1687; m. Rebecca Put- 
nam (perhaps No. 104). Ruth, b. 7 Feb., 1689; m. Hugh 

III 4. John Preston, m. t 1st, Elizabeth ; m., 2d, 28 Dec, 1736, 

Mrs. Mary Rea. Children : (5)Moses, b. 6 July, 1715. (6) John, 
b. 4 Sept. 1717. Philip, b. 6 Mar., 1719; m. Ruth Putnam 
(No. 177). 

IV 5. Moses Preston, m. Mary Leach. Children b. in Beverly: 

Elizabeth, b. 14 Dec., 1736; m. 18 Sept. 1755, James Prince of 
Danvers. Joseph, b. 14 June, 1733, drowned while bank 
fishing, 1761. 
IV 6. John Prkston, m. 12 July, 1744, Hannah Putnam (No. 264), 
who d. 28 March, 1771. He d. 14 June, 1771. 

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IV. 40 Ann ( Thomas , Thomas, John) , born SaTem Vil- 
lage, 18 Oct., 1679; died there, 1716; will dated 20 May, 
1715, proved 29 June, 1716. In it she mentions her brothers 
Thomas, Ebenezer, Timothy, Seth; sisters, Elizabeth, Ex- 
perience, Abigail and Susanna ; her brother Thomas to be 
executor. Ann Putnam, so notorious in the year of 1692, 
never married. She made a public confession ; her statement 
previously prepared by Rev. Mr. Green was read by him and 
received by the church, 25 Aug., 1706. Her health was 
broken by the excitements of 1692 and she sank into an early 
grave. As the story of Ann Putnam's life is the story of the 
Salem Witchcraft, the reader is referred, first, to the Rev, 
Mr. Upham's work on the subject, and secondly to the chap- 
ter of this work especially given up to the history of the part 
the Putnam family took in the delusion. There will also be 
found Ann Putnam's confession and each reader may decide 
for himself or herself whether or uot Ann Putnam was de- 
mented, influenced by outside agencies, or entirely respon- 
sible for the fearful tmgedy. Her interment was the last in 
the old Putnam tomb in the Thomas Putnam burial-ground. 

IV. 41 Thomas {Thomas, Thomas, John), born Salem 
Village, 9 Feb., 1681; died there about 1757; married in 
Tpswich, 10 April, 1705, Elizabeth Whipple. 

Aug. 3, 1712, Thomas Putnam and Elizabeth his wife ad- 
mitted to Salem Village church. 

Children, all baptized at Salem Village, now the North Par- 
ish, Danvers : 

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168 Thomas, bapt. 25 Aog M 1706 ; d. j. 

169 Phixkas, bapt. 4 Apr., 1708. 

170 Matthkw, bapt. 10 Feb., 1709. 

171 Euzabktu, bapt. 6 July, 1712; in. (pub. 24 July, 1731), Daniel 

Furrington of And over. 

172 Ebknkzeu, bapt. 17 Jan., 1718-14. 

173 Anna, bapt. 6 May, 1716; m. (pnb. 4 Oct., 1734), Daniel, son of 

Cupt. John and Elizabeth (Weld) Gardner of Danvers, b. 25 
Dec, 1709; will proved 1 Oct., 1759. Children: Samuel, b. 
4 Mar., 1786-7. Daniel, bapt. 12 Nov., 1738: m. Emma Rea and 

. removed to Lunenburg. Anna, bapt. 8 Oct., 1738; m. 

Brewer. Ruth, bapt. 31 Sept, 1740; m. Estes. George, 

bapt. 29 Aug.,' 1742. Benjamin. Ebenezer. Lydia, m. 

Clark. Elizabeth, Sarah, Esther, all bapt. 9 Oct., 1757. Mrs. 
Anna (Putnam) Gardner m., 2d, 19 July, 1764, Andrew, son of 
Lot Conant, of Concord. She was his third wife. (See Conant 

174 Thomas, bapt. 27 July, 1718. 

175 Sakah, bapt. 13 Nov., 1720. 
176 Samukl, bapt. 5 Jan., 1728. 

177 Ruth, bapt. 22 Oct., 1727; m., 1st, 29 June, 1747, Philip, 5 on of 
John and Elizabeth Preston of Danvers, b 6 Mar., 1719 ; d. 5. p., 
14 Apr., 1748 (see note p. 73); m., 2nd (pub. 26 Oct., 1751), 
Samuel Kimball, of Andover. 
Perley Putnam also supplies him with a son Michael. 

Thomas Putnam was as he states in bis will of date of 22 
Mar., 1754, "of Danvers, husbandman." This will was 
proved 15 July, 1757. By it he bequeaths to hi* daughters, 
Elizabeth Furrington, Anna Gardner, Ruth Kimball, and ap- 
points his son Samuel, executor. As no other children are 
mentioned it is probable they were deceased. Inventory was 
rendered 29 Mar., 1758. 

IV. 43 Ebenezer {Thomas, Tliomas, John) , born Salem 
Village, 25 July, 1685 ; baptized First Church, Salem, Oct., 

1685; died ; married at Charlestown, 16 Oct., 1712, 

Margery, daughter of Joseph (Lawence) and Mary (George) 
Dowse, born 22 Feb., 1685-6; baptized Roxbury, 13-4- 
1686. In 1728, Margery, daughter of Joseph Dowse was 
heir to her father's Narmgansett rights. Joseph Dowse had 
been a trooper in Moseby's company, 1675. 

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Ebenezer Putnam was a mariner and probably resided in 
Charlestowu. The following entries in Middlesex deeds relate 
to him : . 

1716, recorded 1721. Stephen Butcher and wife (.Mary, 
sister of Margery), E. Putnam and wife, Alice and Elizabeth 
Dowse (also sisters, Alice married Robert Wright, 1720; 
Elizabeth married Dyer) to William Rand. 1 Sept., 

1719, E. Putnam buys of Dowse heirs one acre, and 5 Dec, 

1720, sells the same to Eleazer Dowse. In this last deed he 
styles himself "of Charlestown, mariner." Not known to 
have had any children. (See Wyman's Estates of Charlestowu 
and Dowse Genealogy, by A. M. Dows.) 

IV. 45 Timothy ( Thomas, Tliomas, John) , born Salem 
Village, baptized there, 26 April, 1691; died in Tewksbury 
after a long illness, 3 Nov., 1762 ; married in Newbury, 25 
Sept., 1718, Eleanor Doare, died at Tewksbury of fever 
5 May, 1765. 

Children, born in Newbury : 

178 Thomas, b. IS Jan., 1719-20. 

179 Elizabkth, b. 1 Aujr., 1721; m. at Tewksbury, 28 Apr., 1744, 

Nathan son of Nathnn and Experience (Putnam) Bailey (No. 46) 
of Tewksbury, b. In Newbury, 11 Dec, 1721. Children: Nathan 
bnpt. 8 June, 1744. Betty, d. 31 Oct., 1744. Betty, bapt. 11 
Aug., 1745. Experience, bapt. 22 Mar., 1747. Hannah, bapt. 
2 Apr., 1749. Susannnh, d. 9 July, 1750. Eleanor, bapt. 14 
July, 1751. Molly, bapt. 3 June, 1753. Patience, bapt. 5 Apr., 

180 b. 2 Nov., 1723. 

181 Ei-ENor, b. 6 Dec. 1725. 

182 Timothy, b. 2+ Juue, 1728; d. at Tewksbury of a violent fever, 

14 Feb , 1753. 

183 Samuel, b. 10 Jan., 1730-1, d. at Lake George, of fever, 19 Sept., 


Timothy Putnam, in early manhood left Danvers, settling 
in West Newbury among his kinspeople the Baileys. In 
deeds of date from 1713 to 1743, he is styled weaver. He 
inherited property from Joshua Bailey the husband of his aunt 
Experience and about 1744 removed to Tewksbury; thither 
also many of the Baileys had removed. . From the church 

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records we learn that on the 1st of April, 1744, there were 
received into the church at Tewkshury, from the 3d church 
at Newbury, " widow Experience Putnam," David Bailey and 
wife and Jonathan Builey. On the 17th Sept., 1748, Mrs. 
Anna and Elenor Putnam; on the 3 Sept., 1749, Mr. Nathan 
Bailey and Elizabeth his wife all from the 3d church at New- 
bury, and on the 13 Jan., 1760, Mr. Timothy Putnam and 
wife from the 1st church at Newbury. Doubtless all of these 
had been residents of Tewksbury for many years but had 
not obtained a dismissal from their old church. Timothy 
Putnam, jr., and his brother Samuel united with the Tewks- 
bury church, the first on 29 July, 1750, the second on 29 Apr., 
1753. Administration on the estate of Timothy Putnam of 
Tewksbury was granted 22 Nov., 1762. In 1769, Elenor 
Putnam his daughter complained of the administrator, Nathan 

IV. 49 Seth (Thomas, Thomas, John), born in Salem 
Village, May, 1695; died at Charlestown, N. H., 30 Nov., 
1775 ; married 16 Sept., 1718, Ruth, daughter of Whip- 
ple, born , 1692; died in Charlestown, N. H., 1 Feb., 


Children born at Billerica : 

184 Ebenkzer, b. S Aug., 1719. 

185 Ruth, b. 11 Oct., 1720; it. ; m. 3 Oct., 1746, Peter Lnrrabee of 

Salem afterwards of Charlestown, N. H. Children : Ruth, b. 1747. 
Elizabeth, b. 1749. Peter, b. 1750; ra. Sarah Kennedy. Peter 
Larrabce, senior, was taken prisoner by the Indians In 1754, but 
escaped, and afterwards became oue of the most prominent men 
In Charlestown. 

186 Sakah, b. 16 Mar., 1721-2. 

187 Sbth, b. 14 Mar., 1728-4 ; killed by the Indians 2 May, 1746. Says 

Belknap in bis history of N. H., Vol. n, p. 248: "The enemy 
was scattered In small parties on all the frontiers. At K um- 
ber Four, some women went out to milk their cows, with Major 
Jos i ah Willard and several soldiers for their guard. Eight In- 
dians who were concealed in a barn, fired on them and killed 
Seth Putnam ; as they were scalping him, Willard and two more 
tired on them and mortally wounded two, whom their compan- 
ions carried off." 

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* 188 Elizabkth, b. 6 Sept., 1725. 

189 Thomas, b. 22 Oct., 1728. 

190 Susanna, b. 8 Jan., 1780-1. 

191 Timothy, b. 25 Dec., 1732. 

, Seth Putnam was one of the earliest of the Danvers Put- 
nams to go forth into the wilderness and make a home for 
himself and family. In 1719, March 21, he bought of Samuel 
Walker, for £200, a house lot and sixty acres of land in Bille- 
rica. His farm began at Shawshin bridge and was bounded 
by the river on the west. Here he lived until about 1750 
when he removed to Number Four, now Charlestown, N. H. 
This frontier post had been fearfully exposed to Indian at- 
tacks, and but three of the original grantees had settled there. 
In 1746, Number Four had been abandoned by the inhabitants 
who took up their abode for the most part in Groton, Lunen- 
burg and Leominster, Mass. In 1747, the place was again 
garrisoned and on 21 'June, 1751, a company of the settlers 
was organized with Phineas Stevens as captain. On the rolls 
of this company are found the names .of two sons of Seth, 
viz., Ebenezer and Thomas. The father was at Charlestown, 
but not on the company rolls. Ebenezer Putnam also served 
under New Hampshire iu 1755. In 1755 upon a petition of 
the inhabitants of Charlestown, fourteen in number, among 
whom were Seth and Ebenezer Putnam, Massachusetts again 
garrisoned the town. There had been ten Indian attacks 
between 1753-1755, and New Hampshire had failed to af- 
ford the town any protection. 

On the 18 Feb., 1754, a committee which had been ap- 
pointed by New Hampshire to examine into the claims of 
persons to land at Charlestown, reported forty-three claims 
besides the heirs of Obadiah Sartwell. Among the forty- 
three were Mr. Seth Putnam, Ebenezer Putnam and Thomas 
Putnam, to each of whom was set apart -fa of the whole. 

After the close of hostilities, Charlestown was no" longer 
a frontier town and by 1760 a tide of emigration set in which 
soon filled the country with desirable settlers and gave the 

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inhabitants of old Number Four, among them the Putnam 
family, the opportunity long wished for, to cultivate their 
farms and establish a flourishing town. 

Seth Putnam helped form the first church at Charlestown 
and was one of the first ten members. He seems to have been 
highly respected by his neighbors. On 14 Aug., 1753, the 
first town meeting at Charlestown was held and Seth Putnam 
was chosen ty thing man. 

On his tombstone is the following inscription : 

"The memory of the juat is blest." 

on his wife's, 

"Sweet soul we leave thee to thy rest till we shall meet thee above with 

IV. 50 Deacon Edward (Edward, Thomas, John), born 
in Salem Villnge 29 April, 1682; baptized at the church in 
Salem the following October; died in Middleton, 23 Oct., 

1755 ; married, first, Sarah ; married, second, 3 Sept., 

1735, Mrs. Priscilla Jewett of Rowley, widow of Nehemiah 
Jewett who died 2 Feb., 1732-3. She was the daughter of 
Nathaniel and Priscilla (Carrell) Bradstreet and was born 
22 Sept., 1689, aud died in Rowley 6 Sept., 1736. By her 
first husband she had four children, viz. : Jeremiah. Jemima, 
who married Joseph Scott. Priscilla, who married, first, Zac- 
cheus Perkins; second, Hon. Humphrey Hobson. Caleb. 22 

He married, third, 24 Feb., 1736-7, Martha Nurse widow 
of Francis Nurse of Reading. She was dismissed to the 
church in Middleton from Reading in 1738. 

He married, fourth, 29 Nov., 1743, Mary Wilkins, perhaps 
widow of Daniel Wilkins 2 * of Middleton. 

Children baptized at Salem Village : 

192 Holyokb, b. 29 Sept., 1706. 

193 Sakah, b. 28 Nov., 1708; m. at Middleton, 2 Aug., 1731, Joseph 


194 Edward, b. 30 Jane, 1711; d. 17 Feb., 1800. 

" See p. 21. Vol. xxii, Essex Inst. Coll. 

** If Mary Wllkins was widow of Dunlel Wilklns, then she was the daughter of John 
and Mary (Gould) Hutchinson; Abigail, another daughter, married Benjamin Putnam. 

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195 Susanna, b. 17 Jan., 1713-4. 

196 Mary, b. 10 Feb , 1717; m. previous to 1755, Flint; prob. the 

Mary who m., 26 Apr., 1787, Eben, son of Eben and Gertrude 
(Pope) Flint of Dracut. Children : Molly. Miles. Nehemlah. 
David. Elijah, b. 15 Nov., 1747. SamueL Simeon, slain in 
battle of White Plains. 

197 Eunice, b. 18 Sept. 1719; m. 19 Sept, 1743, Thomas Lovell. 

198 Abigail, b. 11 Sept., 1720; m. 25 Apr., 1744, Israel Curtis. 
199 Low, b. 19 April, 1724. 

200 Miles, b. 5 Sept., 1725. 

201 Hannah, b. 23 April, 1727 ; m. 8 May, 1746, Amos Fuller. 

Edward Putnam received from his father a gift of land in 
Middleton and here he established himself although owning 
property in Danvers, where he was taxed as late as 1755. 
Jan., 1706, both he and his wife Sarah were admitted to the 
church ait Salem Village, and on 16 Nov., 1729, they, with 
others, were dismissed to form the church in Middleton. 2 * In 
1738 Edward Putnam, jr., was chosen deacon of the church 
there ; he was also the first town clerk and one of the first 

On 4 May, 1734, Edward Putnam, junior, of Middleton, 
husbandman, sells, etc., to Thomas Cave of Middleton a parcel 
of land and -^ part of Iron works standing on Pout Brook 
Pond, also J. part of stream, hammer, anvil, bellows, etc. 
(Essex Deeds 78-5.) 

Edward Putnam's farm was just within the limits of Mid- 
dleton and here, according to Gen. liufus Putuam, he died 
at a good old age. 

In his will Deacon Edward mentions his children 25 Martha 
Nurse and Timothy Nurse, heirs of Jonathan Nurse and Sam- 
uel Swan, late of Reading. 

IV. 52 Deacon Elisha (Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Salem Village, 3 Nov., 1685; died in Sutton, 
10 June, 1745 ; married, first, at Salem, 10 Feb., 1710, Hau- 

* The rote of the church can be found p. 248, Vol. xii. N. B. H. Q. Beg. The families 
dismissed were those of Wilkins, Puller, Kenny and Putnam. 

"By her first hushand, Martha Nurse had Jonathan, b. 1719; Martha, b. 1732 ; Timothy* 
b. 1724; Samuel, b. 1726; Caleb, b. 1729. 

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nab Marble of Salem ; married, second, 15 Feb., 1713, Susan- 
na, daughter of Jonathan and Susan (Trask) Fuller of Tops- 
field, boru 1695. 

Children (the first five born in Salem Village, the remain- 
der in Sutton) : 

202 Elisha, b. 2 Dec. ; bapt S Jan., 1716; d. , 1758. 

203 Hannah, bapt. 8 Sept., 1717; d. ; m. In Sutton, 18 Aug.," 1786, 

Jonathan, son of Samuel and Abigail (King?) Dudley; Ch. : Jona- 
than, b. 22 March, 1738. Hannah, b. 20 Jan., 1740. John, b. 20 Aug., 
1743. Prudence, b. 4 May, 1747. Anne, b. 9 April, 1753. Samuel, 
b. 4 Jan., 1755. Peter, b. 10 Jan., 1758; d. 8 Sept., 1836. 

204 Nehemiaii, b. 22 March, aud bapt. 29 March, 1719 ; d. 27 Nov., 


205 Jonathan, b. 19 July, bapt. 3 Sept., 1721. 

206 Susanna, bapt. 8 Sept., 1723 ;d. ; m., 1st, in Sutton, 24 Feb., 

1742, Timothy, son of Timothy and Keziah Holton, b. 5 Sept., 
1719. Ch. : Kezla, b. 16 Nov., 1743; m. 29 Nov., 1768, Solomon 
Cook. Timothy, b. 1 May, 1745. Elisha, b. 17 Feb., 1752. Su- 
sanna, b. Nov., 1755; m. 29 Aug., 1779, Benjainlu Cogswell. 
Sarah, b. 20 May, 1758. Mrs. Susanna Holton m., 2d, Johu 
Whipple, and had perhaps John, b. 15 Mar., 1766. Perley, b. 
6 June, 1769. 

207 Mary, b. 12 June, 1725 ; d. 22 Apr., 1736. 

208 Stephen, b. 4 Apr., 1728; d. 5 March, 1803, in N. H. 

209 Amos, b. 22 July, 1730; d. 19 Aug., 1804 (Perley Putnam MSS.), 

17 Sept., 1811 (Hist. Sutton). 

210 Eunice, b. 6 July, 1732; d. at Windham, unra. 

211 Huldaii, b. 25 May, 1734 ; m. Daniel Matthews, son of Daniel and 

Eunice (Morse) Matthews, b. 28 Oct., 1725. Ch : Sarah, b. 1764; 
d. 16 Juue, 1802; m. 8 Apr., 1782, Joseph Willson, who was grand- 
father of Rev. Edmund Burke Willson of Salem. 
212 Burus, b. 9 Apr., 1788 ; d. at Marietta, Ohio, 4 May, 1824; General 
In Revolutionary army. 

Elisha Putnam of Topsfield, husbandman, Jonathan Ken- 
ny of Boxford, do., Joseph White of Salem, joyner, Josiah 
White of Salem, husbandman, Samuel White of Salem, do., 
Samuel Carril of Boxford, cooper, buy of William Wait of 
Sutton, husbandman, and Abiel his wife for £658, five hun- 
dred acres of land in the Nipmug country, being the north- 
ern half of the graut of 1000 acres to Col. Elisha Hutchiuson 
aud Isaac Addiugton by the General Court iu 1713. Oue 


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week afterward Elisha and Susannah Putnam, Jonathan and 
Rebecca Kenny, Joseph and Beatrix White, Josiah Whiter 
Samuel and Dinah White, Samuel and Rebecca Carril, mort- 
gage the same tract to Thomas Hutchinson of Boston for 
£600. The mortgage to run until 10 Aug., 1723. This 
mortgage was witnessed by Jonathan, William and Anna Ful- 
ler. (Vol. 34, p. 239, Suffolk Deeds.) 

•Of the above, Elisha Putnam, Jonathan Kenney, Josiah 
White and Samuel Camel, settled in Sutton. Exactly at 
what date Elisha Putnam took up his final abode in Sutton is 
not known ; probably in 1725, perhaps in 1723. Isaac Put- 
nam and Jeptha Putnam bought land in Sutton about 1723 
and settled there. Nathaniel and Stephen Putnam bought 
land there in 1726. 

In the year 1726, the name of Putnam first appeal's on 
Sutton Records, and the particular mention is that of Elisha 
Putnam being appointed one of a committee to treat with their 
minister, an important matter to our ancestors. From this 
time to his death Elisha Putnam was prominent in church 
and town affairs. He had the executive ability which his 
father had shown in Dan vers ; and the people of Sutton, real- 
izing this, honored him in many ways. He was representative 
to the General Court, town clerk and treasurer, besides hold- 
ing many minor offices. 

,In 1730 he was admitted to the church and chosen deacon 
in 1731. Gen. Rufus Putnam in his memoirs of the Putnam 
family says, "In justice to the character of my father I ought 
to mention that he was much respected as a citizen and a 

The Rev. Dr. Hall in his diary says that w Deacon Elisha 
Putnam was a very useful man in the civil and ecclesiastical 
concerns of the place. He was for several years deacon of 
the church, town clerk, town treasurer and representative 
in the General Court, or Colonial Assembly of Massachu- 
setts. He died in June, 1745, iu the joyful hope of the glory 
of God." 

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The farm upon which Eliaha Putnam settled in Sutton is 
the place now known as the Freeland estate. The remains 
of the old cellar were still to be seen a few years ago. The 
house, which succeeded the first house, was a fine specimen of 
a colonial mansion and was built to resemble the house of 
an English nobleman. 

IV. 53 Joseph (Edward, Tfwnas, John), born in Salem 
Village 1 Nov., 1687 ; died there. Will dated 8 June, 1772, 
proved 26 Nov., 1773. Mentions sons Joseph and Oliver, 
Lydia, daughter of his son Joseph, and grandson Joseph. He 
married Lydia Flint. 

Children : 

213 Oliver, bapt. Salem Village, 21 Oct., 1722. 

214 Joseph, bapt. Salem Village, 26 Apr., 1724. 

Joseph Putnam was known as Joseph "Junior" until the 
death of his uncle. He was one of the first selectmen of Dan- 
vers, 4 March, 1752. 

IV. 57 Ensign Ezra (Edward, Thomas, John), born in 
Salem Village, 29 Apr., 16i>6 ; died Middleton, 22 Oct., 1747. 
Will dated 5 Sept., 1747, proved 30 Dec, 1747. Mentions 
widow Elizabeth, daughter Mary, son Nehemiah to be sole 
executor, sou Ezra a minor; married 6 March, 1719 (another 
authority 16 March, 1719), Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas 
and Elizabeth Fuller bapt. Salem Village, 21 Sept., 1707 ; 
died in Middletou, 21 Oct., 1747. 

Children : 

215 Elizabeth, bapt. Salem Village, 7 May, 1721 ; d. in Middleton 17 

Sept., 1747. 

216 Mary, bapt. Salem Village, S March, 1722; d. 14 Dec, 1786. Mrs. 

Averill, with apparent reason, thinks she m. 17 Feb., 1749, Eph- 
ralm Fuller, a brother of Amos (see No. 201). Ephraim Fuller d. 
20 Feb., 1792. Their sister, Rachel Fuller, m. Rev. Wra. Phipps, 
13 Nov., 1751, and removed to Douglas. 

217 Nehemiah, bapt. at Salem Village, 5 Sept., 1725 ; d. in Middleton, 

23 Oct., 1747. 
218 Ezra, bapt. Salem Village, 8 June, 1729. 
219 Rum, bapt. 17 Mar., 1734; d. in Middleton, 16 Dec, 1747. 

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S4 hittokt of the PUTWAM TAMELY. }: 


Ezra Pltham, sesior, was of Middleton and was styled 
"yeoman." He bought land iu Topsfield from bis brothers and j 

cousins* Topsfield then included part of Middleton. The farms * 

of Deacon Edward and bis sons are all in that part of what is 
now Middleton near Danrers, and in some instances crossing 
the Danrers line. Deacon Edward gare each of his sons a * 

farm* To Isaac, within a week of his removal to Sutton, he \ 

gave the homestead. Isaac sold to Ezra. 

IV* 58 Isaac (Edward, T/wmas, John), born in Salem 
Village 14 March, 1698 ; died in Sutton, 1757 ; married 20 ' 

Dec., 1720, Anna Fuller. 

Children : ; 

220 Pijiyeas, b. Salem Village, 1 Oct. and bapt 7 Oct., 1722. i 

221 Asaph, b. Salem Village, 11 Sept. and bapt. 20 Sept., 1724. j 

222 Axxa, b. Salem Village, 27 July and bapt. 31 July, 1726; probably ; 

bl, 31 Oct., 1745, Josiali Trask of Satton. Ch. : Peter, b. 22 

May, 1746; <L 7 Oct., 1803. John, b. 2 Dec, 1747; <L 19 Mar., j 

1748. Isaac, b. 22 May, 1749. I 

223 Susanva, b. iu Satton, 20 Aug., 1728 ; m. 15 Jan., 1746, John Sadler t 

of Upton. 

224 Nathax, b. In Satton, 24 Oct., 1730. 

225 Edwaud, b. 5 Feb., 1733; d. young. (Qen. Bu/as Putnam's ac- 


226 Isaac, b. 4 Nor., 1734. 
227 Lydia, b. 20 Oct., 1736. 

228 Daniel, b. 28 March, 1739. 

Isaac Putnam of Topsfield, yeoman, buys 23 May, 1726, 
of John Hutchinson of Salem, yeoman, 125 acres in Sutton 
for £310. This land bounded on Jeptha Putnam's purchase. , 

He also in Dec, 1726, bought 33 acres of the Davenport 
farm, which adjoined his former purchase. He was "of Tops- 
field" when this last deed was drawn, but probably soon after- 
ward settled on his purchase in Sutton. He was dismissed 
from the church in Salem Village to the church in Sutton, and 
was admitted there 1 Feb. , 1730. His name does not appear , 

on Sutton records later than 1740, and it is not known that 
any of his posterity now live there. His son, Phineas, had 
the homestead in Sutton. 

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IV. 82 William (Joseph, Thomas, John), born in Salem 

Village, 8 Feb., ; baptized 14 July, 1700 ; died 19 May, 

1729 (gravestone Wadsworth cemetery) ; married in Salem, 
30 Jan., 1723, Elizabeth, daughter of Lt. James (John, John) 
Putnam (No. 133) , born 4 Aug., 1700 ; married, second, 26-3- 
1730, Capt. John, baptized 16 Feb., 1706-7, son of John 
and Elizabeth (Weld) Gardner of Salem. Mrs. Gardner 
died of apoplexy, 4 Feb., 1764. Capt. Gardner died 15 Jan., 
1784 ; married, second, Elizabeth Herbert ; third, Mary Peale. 
Children : 

229 Elizabeth, bapt. 15 May, 1726 ; d. 80 March, 1759 ; m. 28 Jane, 
1748. Jonathan, son of Josiah and Sarah (Ingersoll) Orne 
of Salem, b. 1722-3 ; d. 1 Jan., 1774, a. 51, merchant of Salem. 
Children: Joseph, b. 4 June, 1749; m., 1st, MaryLeavltt; ra., 
2nd, Therese Emery. William, b. 4 Feb., 1752; d. 18 or 14 
Oct., 1815, an eminent merchant in Salem ; m. Abigail, dan. of 
Hon. Nathaniel Ropes. Elizabeth, bapt. 29 Sept., 1754. Sam- 
uel, bapt. 10 Oct., 1756, probably d. y. Mehltable, bapt. 20 
April, 1759, prob. d. y. Jonathan Orne, m., 2d, 21 Aug., 
1760, Elizabeth Bowditch. 
280 Sarah, bapt. 22 Dec., 1728 ; d. ; ra., 2 Jan., 1758, Capt. Jona- 
than, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Gardner) Gardnei 
Salem, mariner, b. In Sulem 25 May, 1728 ; d. 2 March, 1791. 
Ch. : Jonathan, b. 16 Mar., 1755 ; d. 26 Sept., 1821 ; m., 1st, Sa- 
rah Fairfield; m., 2d, 27 Oct., 1799, Lncla, dau. of Israel and 
Lucia (Pickering) Dodge, b. 16 June, 1768; d. 24 Mar., 1812, 
8. p. (See Pickering Genealogy.) 

Child of Capt. John and Elizabeth (Putnam) Gardner : 

280a John, b. 23 Jane, 1731; d. 27 Oct., 1805; m. 11 July, 1757; 
Elizabeth, dau. of Timothy and Mary (Wlngate) Pickering, b. 
11 Jan., 1737; d. 12 Oct., 1823. (For descendants see Picker- 
ing Genealogy). 

IV. 85 Colonel David (Joseph, Thomas, John) , born 
. in Salem Village, 25 Oct., 1707 ; died 1768 ; married 24 Nov., 
1728, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Osgood) 
Perley of Boxford, born 28 Oct., 1710. (See note on page 
Children, born and baptized in Salem Village : 
231 William, bapt. 8 March, 1729-30. 
282 Lucy, bapt. 23 Apr., 1732 ; m. Major Ezra Putnam. 

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233 Aixbn, b. 1732 ; bapt. 4 Apr. 1734 ; d. , 1759. 

234 Mbhitadlr, m b. 1734; bapt. 13 Mar., 1736-37; m. previous to 1767; 
Rev. Edward Perkins, son of Rev. Nathaniel and Elizabeth 
(Perkins) 8parhawk, of Lynnfleld, b. 10 July, 1728. He m., 
2nd, a Mrs. Adams. (See Sparhawk genealogy.) 

235 Joseph, bapt. 14 Oct., 1739; d. 9 Mar., 1818. 

236 Israkl, b. 29 Jnne, 1742. 

237 Eunice, bapt. 28 Apr., 1745; d. y. 
288 David, b. , 1747; d. ,1766. 

239 Eunice, b. , 1751 ; d. 26 Nov. 1846 ; m. Nathaniel, son of 

Joshna and Eunice (JVnnison) Richardson, tanner, formerly 
of Woburn but afterwards of Salem, in which latter place he 
was killed 25 Jan., 1796, while superintending the moving of 
a building. He was born in Woburn, 20 Men., 1742. Ch. : 
Jesse, b. , 1774, of Salem. Joshua, of Portland. Nathan- 
iel, a merchant of Malaga, Spain. William P. of Salem. Is- 
rael of Portland. 

240 Jksse, b. 8 Jan., bapt. 13 Jan., 1754. 

Colonel David Putnam was one of the most prominent 
men in Danvers for over fifty years. He was not only influ- 
ential in town and parish affairs but was known throughout 
the colony as a dashing cavalry officer. Col. Timothy Pick- 
ering was accustomed to mention among the recollections of 
his boyhood that "David Putnam rode the best horse in the 

For many years the inhabitants of Salem Village had been 
petitioning the General Court to set them off as a separate 
town and in these attempts David Putnam sided with the pop- 
ular party. In 1752, they partially gained their point and 
David and James Putnam are among the subscribers to a pe- 
tition to Daniel Eppes, Esq., for calling the first town meet- 
ing in the District of Danvers, 18 Feb., 1752. This meeting 
was held on the 4th of March, and Lt. David was chosen one 
of the highway surveyors, an important office in a new town. 
Previous to the separation he had held various offices in the 
old town. 

"Mehftabel, in History of Sanborn ton, N. H., It said to have m. Laban Harrfman, a 
Quaker and to have had a child, MehltnbeJ, b. 20 Sept., 1764; m., 1789, John A brums of 
Sanbornton. He was b. in Ameabury, 3 March, 1766. Thia niuvt refer to some other 
Mehitable, though whom, I know not. (See No. 289.) 

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In 1751, he was selectman of Salem from the Village and 
doubtless did much to influence the town to consent to the 

In 1753, he was chosen selectman of Danvers and in 1757 
was one of a committee of five to regulate the grammar school. 
Hardly a year passed but that he held some one or another 
town office, being at various times selectman, surveyor. of 
highways, tythingman, overseer of the poor, warden, and on 
special committees. He was last taxed in 1767, his estate 
was taxed in 1768, and his will proved in 1769. 

This will is an interesting document ; by it he provided for 
his son William, his daughters Lucy, Mehetable Sparhawk, 
and Eunice, then gives the remainder to his sons, Joseph and 
Israel leaving it to them to divide, they to furnish their 
youngest brother, Jesse, with the means to carry him through 

The terms of the will were fulfilled in every particular and 
tradition states that when Joseph and Israel came to divide 
the property each had chosen that which the other did not 
want. This property comprised the estate now known as 
the Gen. Israel Putnam place, the Col. Jesse place „ about fifty 
acres, now owned by the state, included in the Insane Hospital 
grounds, and the houses of Eben S. Flint, Eben Jackson, 
Mrs. Daniel Verry, Mrs. Julia A. Philbrick, and the school- 
house grounds. 

The section known as the Col. Jesse estate fell to Joseph 
and the part known as the Gen. Israel place fell to Israel. 

The sword carried by Col. David long remained in the 
hands of his descendants and never left the homestead until 
presented on the 19 May, 1890, by Granville B. Putnam, 
Esq., to the Danvers Historical Society. 

IV. 90 Major-General Israel {Joseph, Thomas, John), 
born in Salem Village, now Danvers, 7 Jan., 1717-18 ; bap- 
tized 2 Feb., 1718 ; died Brooklyn, Conn. , after an illness of 
two days, 29 May, 1790 ; married, first, at Danvers, 19 July, 
1739, Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Mehitable (Putnam, 

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No. 163) Pope of Danvers, born there; baptized 3 Sept., 
1721 ; died Brooklyn, Conn., 6 Sept., 1765, in the 44th year 
of her age ; married, second, 3 June, 1767, the widow Deb- 
orah (Lothrop) Gardiner. Madame Gardiner was daughter 
of Samuel and Deborah (Crow) Lothrop of Norwich, Conn., 
and widow of John Gardiner, fifth proprietor of .Gardiner's 
Island, who died 19 May, 1764. She died at Putnam's Head- 
quarters at Fishkill on the Hudson, 14 Oct., 1777, and was 
interred in Beverly Robinson's family vault. Mr. Gardiner 
she had married as his second wife, 21 Nov., 1755, being then 
the widow of Rev. Ephraim Avery of Pomfret. The chil- 
dren of Mr. Gardiner by Deborah (Lothrop) Avery were 
Hannah, born 31 Dec, 1757; married Samuel Williams of 
Brooklyn ; died s. p. Septimus, b. 28 Dec, 1759 ; died un- 
married 1 June, 1777. He was with General Putnam during 
many of his campaigns. 97 

Children, all by his first wife : 

241 Israel, b. Dnnvers, 28 Jan. ; bapt. there 8 Jane, 1740. 

242 David, b. Pomfret, Conn., 10 Mar., 1742; d. y. 

243 Hannah, b. " " 25 Aa*., 1744. 

244 Elizabeth, b. " " 20 Mar., 1747 ; d. y. 

245 Mehitable, b. " " 21 Oct., 1749. 

246 Mary, b. " «• 10 May, 1753. 

247 Eunice, " " 10 Jan., 1756. 

248 Daniel, b. " " 18 Nov., 1759. 

249 David, " " 14 Oct., 1761. 

250 Peter Schuyler, b. Pomfret, Conn., 81 Dec, 1764. 

Gen. ISRAEL Putnam was born, Jan. 7, 1718, in a house 
which is still standing on its original site, near the eastern base 
of Hathorne or Asylum hill, in Danvers. It has several times 
been enlarged and is still in an excellent state of preservation. 
Its first proprietor was his grandfather Thomas, who left it to 
his youngest son Joseph. Joseph wedded Elizabeth Porter, 
daughter of Israel and Elizabeth (Hathorne) Porter, and grand- 
daughter of John and Mary Porter, the emigrant progenitors 
of the Porters of Essex county. From this marriage sprang 

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the soldier whose history we nre to trace. Elizabeth Ha- 
thorne was a daughter of Major William and Ann Hathorne, 
whose country seat was where the Danvers Asylum now stands, 
on the hill above mentioned. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the cele- 
brated novelist, was also a lineal descendant. . John Porter, 
likewise, was of "Salem Village," now Danvers. For many 
years he was deputy in the General Court, first from Hingham 
and then from Salem ; and, as the Colonial Records testify, 
he was a man "of good repute for piety, integrity and estate." 
The ancestry of the future soldier-patriot, in various lines, 
is thus seen to have been of Essex County stock. His later 
boyhood was probably spent in Boxford at the home of his 
step-father, Capt. Thomas Perley, while yet he would be a 
frequent visitor at the Putnam homes in Danvers. His early 
education was defective, partly because school advantages 
were then very meagre in the rural district in which he passed 
his youth, and partly, no doubt, because his strong natural 
inclinations were for farming and active out-of-door life, 
rather than for books and sedentary occupations. Robust and 
full of energy, he was as a boy given to sports, and to feats of 
strength and daring; and numerous trustworthy traditions of 
his courageous exploits in those days have been handed down 
in the old home from then until now, somewhat prophetic of 
his more extraordinary prowess and achievements in maturer 
years. Having attained an age when he would care for a share 
of his father's farm, he returned to Danvers and settled upon 
the portion set off to him, and here built a small house, the 
cellar of which yet remains. On the 19th of July, 1739, he 
married Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Mehitable (Putnam) 
Pope. The spot is still pointed out, not far from that of his 
nativity, where stood the humble habitation in which for a brief 
period the young couple dwelt, and in which their first child, 
Israel, was born. Shortly afterward, they removed to Pom- 
fret, Conn., borne on by the continued tide of emigration that 
had already carried a large number of settlers into the eastern 
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There at length he was the head of a numerous family of chil- 
dren, some of whom removed to other parts of New Eugland 
or to the west, their descendants being now widely scattered 
abroad through the country. The ancient homestead in Dan- 
vers has been occupied by successive generations of his 
brother David, " the lion-hearted Lieutenant of the King's 
'troops," as he has well been called. 

In 1739, Israel, and his brother-in-law, John Pope, bought 
of Gov. Jonathan Belcher, a tract of land of about five hun- 
dred acres, of which he became sole owner in 1741. It was 
part of a large district known as the "Mortlake Manor," which, 
while it had special privileges of its own, was included in 
the territory that in 1786 was detached from Pomfret and 
erected into a separate and distinct township under the name of 
Brooklyn. Certain foundation stones, and a well and pear tree, 
have long marked the place where our brave pioneer built for 
himself his first house in Connecticut. Here was the family 
home, until larger accommodations were required, when he 
built the plain, but more commodious and comfortable house to 
which the domestic scene was transferred and iu which many 
years afterward the old hero died. This, with its narrow 
chamber iu which he breathed his last, is still standing and is 
an object of great interest with' patriot-pilgrims who year after 
year visit it from afar. From the outset, his fondness for agri- 
culture and horticultural pursuits was conspicuously shown in 
the vigorous way iu which he subdued and cultivated his laud, 
and introduced into Pomfret and its neighborhood all its best 
varieties of fruit trees, while it is chiefly due to his taste, sa- 
gacity, and enterprising spirit that were planted the long 
lines of ornamental trees which have graced the streets and 
added so much to the beauty of Brooklyn. Although at first 
the exemptions which the owner of Mortluke Manor enjoyed 
created a jealousy among the inhabitants of Pomfret and 
rather estranged him from participation iu their affairs, yet his 
sterling worth was early recognized and his public spirit be- 
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in establishing good schools in the town and did not fail to 
ensure to his sons and daughters a higher education than he 
had received himself. Before he entered upon his military 
career, he joined other leading settlers in a library associa- 
tion which had a marked effect in developing a love of reading 
among the people and in elevating their general character. 
He was not only a thrifty and highly prosperous farmer, but, 
from first to last, he was also an earnest and helpful friend of 
all the best interests of the little, but growing colony. 

.The familiar story of his entering the wolf-den, together 
with the accounts of his many other bold adventures in his 
earlier manhood, needs not to be repeated in this brief sketch 
of his life. The late Hon. Samuel Putnam, a native of Dan- 
vers and judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, wrote, 
in a letter to Col. Perley Putnam of Salem, July 16, 1834 : — 
" I was once in his house in Brooklyn where he treated me 
with great hospitality. He showed me the place where he 
followed a wolf into a cave and shot it, and he gave me a 
great many anecdotes of the war in which he had been en- 
gaged before the Revolution, tracing the remarkable events 
upon a map." 

In 1755, there was a call upon the New England colonies 
and New York for a large military force tor the relief of 
Crown Point and the regions about Lake George, where the 
French had gained a strong foothold. The quota from Con- 
necticut was to consist of a thousand soldiers. Though it would 
require him to leave behind a large property and a numerous 
family, Putnam was prompt and quick to respond to the sum- 
mons. Brave, energetic and popular, he was at once ap- 
pointed to the command of a company, which ho soon succeeded 
in recruiting for Lyman's regiment, under the supreme com- 
mand of Gen. William Johnson of New York. He received 
his "first baptism of fire and blood" in the unsuccessful en- 
counter of Col. Ephraim Williams and his twelve hundred 
men with the enemy under Baron Dieskau, in the forests 
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provincials was soon followed by a brilliant victory , in honor 
of which Johnson built a fort, named Fort William Henry, 
on the spot where it was won. The autumn of 1755 was spent 
in constructing defences and in opening means of communica- 
tion between different parts of the immediate country. As 
winter approached, most of the men returned to their homes, 
but enough remained to garrison the fortresses. Putnam's 
regiment was disbanded with the rest, and he himself returned 
to Pomfret to spend the season with his family. The next 
year witnessed a renewal of the campaign, the entire forces 
being under the command of General Abercrombie. Putnam 
was reappointed as captain, to serve as before in Lyman's 
regiment. During the service which he rendered in all this 
war against the French and their Canadian and Indian allies, 
he acquired a great reputation as a soldier and hero, by his 
dauntless spirit and marvellous deeds. These, taken in con- 
nection with his many perilous exposures, severe hardships, 
and hairbreadth escapes, gained for him swift and repeated 
honors from the Legislature of his adopted state, and made 
him immensely popular with all classes of his countrymen. 
The accounts of them, as given more or less fully by his 
biographers, Humphreys, Peabody, Cutter, Hill and various 
others, are no doubt exaggerated in some particulars. 38 But 
enough is true to warrant the fame and distinction that were 
then and subsequently accorded to him in abundant measure. 
In 1757, he was promoted to be major. He had previously 
connected himself with the famous band of rangers, whose 
chief was the notorious Major Robert Rogers. Near the 
time of the outbreak of the revolution, this remarkable hunt- 
er, scouter and roving adventurer, notwithstanding all his 
ardent promises and professions of loyalty and devotion to 
the cause of the colonies, went over to the British and re- 
ceived from them an appointment as colonel. His volume of 
"Journals" makes but very few and slight allusions to Putnam, 

"Gen. Rnfhs Putnam, who was a soldier in the Massachusetts contingent, kept a diary 
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who on one occasion had saved his life and who had borne so 
conspicuous a part with him in their hard and hazardous cam- 
paigning ; and this circumstance, together with the fact that 
some of his friends and apologists grew to be* virulent de- 
famers of his gallant comrade, makes it quite evident that no 
very strong tie of trust or affection united the two. Putnam 
could hardly have hail much confidence in such a strange and 
lawless man as Rogers, and Rogers must have found little 
that was congenial to him in such a true-hearted and straight- 
forward mau as Putnam, whatever they may have had iu com- 
mon as free and fearless rangers. Here, iu this capacity, they 
were still, as Colonel Humphreys says, "associated in travers- 
ing the wilderness, reconnoitering the enemy's lines, gaining 
intelligence and taking straggling prisoners, as well as in beat- 
ing up the quarters and surprising the advanced pickets of 
their army." 

On the 3d of August, 1757, Montcalm, the French com- 
mander, arriving with a large force from Ticonderoga, laid 
siege to Fort William Henry, whose surreuder after six days 
was followed by a dreadful massacre of thejjarrisou. Put- 
nam had vainly endeavored to procure reinforcements from 
Fort Edward. His saving the powder magazine of Fort Ed- 
ward, amidst the terrible conflagration that visited it, was one 
of the numerous daring deeds which he accomplished. His 
descent of the falls of the Hudson, at Fort Miller, and his 
happy escape from a strong party of Indians who fired at him 
incessantly as he skilfully steered his bateau down the dan- 
gerous rapids, was another of his characteristic achievements, 
which made his savage foes think that he was under the spec- 
ial protection and smile of the Great Spirit. Yet he was not 
so successful in escaping their barbarities, when once he was 
in their power. For it was about the same time, in 1758, 
that, in one of the forest expeditions in which he and Rogers 
and five hundred men were engnged, they took him prisoner 
and subjected him to the most brutal treatment. Judge Put- 
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tied him to a tree to be put to death according to their custom 
under such circumstances, and then goes on to say : They 
threw their tomahawks into the tree by the side of his head, 
and after amusing themselves in this way for some time, they 
lighted up the fire, and danced and yelled around him. When 
they were thus engaged, one of the tribe, a chief, who* had 
been once a prisoner of Putnam and treated kindly by him, ar- 
rived on the spot, and, recognizing his friend in their intended 
victim, immediately released him from impending slaughter. 
Gen. Putnam said that their gestures in the dance were so 
inexpressibly ridiculous that he could not forbear laughing. 
I expressed some surprise that he could laugh under such cir- 
cumstances, at which he mildly replied that his composure 
had no merit, that it was constitutional ; and said that he had 
never felt bodily fear. I can as easily credit that assertion as 
the one Gouverneur Morris made of himself, viz. : that he never 
felt embaivassed by the presence of any one whomsoever, in his 
life; and I am inclined to think that both of them spoke the 
truth concerning their own sensations." The wounds which 
these cowardly savages inflicted upon the fearless but helpless 
sufferer left scars which he long afterward carried with him 
to the grave. The almost incredible outrages and tortures 
which they perpetrated upon him were not brought to an end 
by the cutting of the cord that bound him to the tree, but 
were still continued, in other forms, all the while they marched 
him through a rugged country to Ticonderoga and thence to 
Montreal. There Col. Peter Schuyler, who had been held 
a prisoner in that city, hearing of his miserable conditiou, 
hastened to his rescue, supplied him with clothing and other 
necessities, and managed to procure his release. Putnam's 
tenth and last child was born afterward and he named it 
in grateful honor of this noble friend and benefactor. Nor 
was this the only kindness which the generous man rendered 
at this juncture. Among those whom the Indians had made 
captives was a Mrs. Howe, whose first and second husbands 
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lot under her inhuman musters is familiar to American read- 
ers. Schuyler paid the price of her ransom and entrusted 
her to the care of Putnam, who, on his return, safely con- 
ducted her beyond the reach of her persecutors. 

In pursuance of a plan of 1759, to expel the French from 
their American possessions, General Wolfe was to lead an ex- 
pedition against Quebec, General Prideaux one against Fort 
Niagara, and General Amherst another against Ticonderoga 
aud Crown Point. Putnam, who had now been raised to the 
rank of lieutenant colonel, was with Amherst and assisted 
him in the reduction of both the objects or places of his med- 
itated attack, being subsequently employed at Crown Point 
in strengthening its defences. In 1760, the British hav- 
ing captured Quebec, Amherst projected another expedition 
against Montreal, in which Putnam again accompanied him 
and rendered important service. The city, without resist- 
ance, capitulated at the formidable approach, and Canada was 
soon lost forever to the French. In 1762, the conquerors turned 
their attention to the French and Spanish possessions in the 
West Indies, France and Spain having entered into a coalition 
with each other. Martinique and the Carihbeea were taken, 
and a naval force of ten thousand men landed on the island of 
Cuba. Presently a reinforcement of two thousand men arrived, 
half of the number being a regimeut from Connecticut under 
the command of Geueral Lyman. Putnam was with him as 
on previous occasions, and was ere long placed at the head of 
the regiment from his own state, Lyman being appointed to 
take charge of the whole body of these provincial troops. The 
former had been cool and courageous during a fearful gale 
which had been encountered at sea, and on reaching shore he 
was busy and efficient in constructing accommodations for the 
soldiers. In due time the British Commander, Albemarle, 
besieged one of the strong fortresses of Havana and stormed 
the city, which finally surrendered, and with it a large part 
of Cuba temporarily becamo a possession of the power that had 
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Treaty of Peace was concluded between France and England. 
On the northern frontier there was still some trouble from 
the Iudians under Pontiac, the great chief of the Ottawas. 
The next year, Amherst sent forces to occupy several of the 
more important posts and avert the threatened danger. Un- 
der Colonel Bradgtreet, Putnam, who had himself now been 
promoted to the rank of colonel, marched to Detroit with a 
Connecticut regiment of four hundred men. The savages 
soon dispersed, and all sounds or signs of war were finally at 
au end. 

The year 1764 found the veteran again at home. Nearly 
a whole decade he had spent in fighting the euemies of his 
country. Forest, mountain, valley, river, lake and sea had 
witnessed his arduous service. It had given him a very wide, 
varied and valuable experience. It had been full of heroic 
deeds and romantic adventures and incidents ; full of duties 
and responsibilities faithfully discharged, aud of dangers and 
trials nobly met and overcome. After his origiual appoint- 
ment as captain, he had been three times promoted. He had 
been under the command of some of the ablest and most cel- 
ebrated generals of his time, aud had been intimately asso- 
ciated with officers and patriots of high distinction. He had 
seen many parts of the land, and much of Indian as well as 
colonial life, and his activities had extended from Montreal to 
Havana. At every stage of his service, from first to last, he 
enjoyed the absolute confidence of his superiors and of his 
state, and was always iu demand. How, under all these cir- 
cumstances, his quick eye, his sagacious mind, his superabun- 
dant energies aud his natural soldierly qualities and aptitudes, 
were trained for other and greater military trusts and perform- 
ances, coming events were destined to show. What has thus 
far been written of him may well be remembered, as he ap- 
pears before us iu more momentous scenes. 

More than another decade was to follow, however, before 
his advent there. Shortly after he exchanged the sword for 
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ful agricultural pursuits, the beloved wife of his youth and 
the devoted mother of his large family of children, died ; and 
it was in the same year, 17(33, that the husband and father, 
who had always, like his ancestors, been a sincere and faith- 
ful attendant upon public worship, united with the church at 
Brooklyn which was then under the pastoral care of Rev. 
Josiah Whitney, and made a formal profession of his Christian 
faith. It was during this year, also, that the news of the pas- 
sage of the infamous Stamp Act reached the colonies and 
aroused them to stem protest and resistance. Putnam was 
foremost in making its execution impossible in Connecticut, 
and from that hour he stood forth as a ready and resolute 
defender of the imperilled liberties of the people. In 1767, 
two years after the death of his first wife, he married Mrs. 
Deborah Gardiner, who was the widow of John Gardiner, Esq. , 
the fifth proprietor of Gardiner's Island, and who accompanied 
him in most of his campaigns of the Revolution, until her 
death in 1777 at his head-quarters in the Highlands. For a 
time he threw open his house for the accommodation of the 
public, and one of his biographers says ; "The old sign, which 
swung before his door, as a token of good cheer for the weary 
traveller, is now to be seen in the Museum of the Historical 
Society of Connecticut, at Hartford." During the interval 
of time from the close of the French and Indian war to the 
outbreak of hostilities between England and her American 
colonics, he received many marks of confidence from his 
fellow citizens, attesting what they thought of his capacity, 
judgment and good sense, for municipal or civil functions also. 
He was placed on important committees ; was elected modera- 
tor of the town meeting ; was thrice chosen a member of the 
board of selectmen, the last time in 1771 ; and was deputy to 
the General Assembly. In the winter of 1772-73, he went 
with General Lyman and others to examine a tract of land 
on the Mississippi, near Natchez, which' the British govern- 
ment had given to the men of Connecticut who had suf- 
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India campaign, of which a brief account appears above. 
They also visited the Island of Jamaica and the harbor of 
Pensacola. There is still extant, in the' possession of one of 
his descendants, a curious diary, "probably the longest piece 
of writing that he ever executed," which Putnam kept in his 
absence, and in which he jotted down, hastily and imperfectly, 
many of his own and the party's experiences by the way. 

Immediately prior to the Revolution, Putuam held various 
conversations in Boston with General Gage, the British com- 
mander-in-chief, Lord Percy aud other officers of the royal 
troops, quartered in that city, and told them plainly his opin- 
ion, that, iu the event of war between England and her Amer- 
ican colonies, the former could not subjugate the latter, while 
he gave them to understand, clearly, that he himself should 
side with the cause of the patriots. In 1774, the enemy were 
strengthening their forces there and were thus subjecting 
the inhabitants to manifold privations aud embarrassments. 
Bancroft relates how Putnam rode to Bostou with one hun- 
dred and thirty sheep as a gift from the Parish of Brooklyn, 
and "became Warren's guest and every one's favorite." Soon 
after his return to Connecticut, an exaggerated rumor reached 
him of depredations of the British in the neighborhood he 
had just quitted, whereupon he aroused the citizeus of his 
state to a fiery determination to avenge the attack. Thou- 
sands were quickly on their way to Massachusetts for this pur- 
pose, but the extraordinary excitement subsided when it was 
ascertained that only a powder magazine between Cambridge 
and Medford had been captured. 

The news of the battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775, ar- 
rived at Pomfret by express on the morning of the twentieth. 
The intelligence reached Putnam as he was ploughing iu the 
field, with his son Daniel, who was then but sixteen years of 
age, and who afterward wrote ; "He loitered not, but left me, 
the driver of his team, to unyoke it in the furrow, and not 
mauy days after to follow him to camp." Having doubtless 
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ceived in the afternoon the tidings of the fight at Concord 
and at once set out on horseback for the scene of hostilities, 
riding a distance of well nigh a hundred miles. He was in 
Cambridge on the following morning, and also in Concord, 
writing from the last-named place under date of April 21, 
thesecond day after the battle, to Col. Ebeuezer Williams 
of Pomfret : — 

"Sir, I have waited on the Committee of the Provincial Con- 
gress, and it is their determination to have a standing army 
of 22,000 men from the New England Colonies, of which, it 
is supposed, the Colony of Connecticut must raise 6000." 
And he urges that these troops shall be "at Cambridge as 
speedily as possible, with Conveniences ; together with Pro- 
visions, and a Sufficiency of Ammunition for their own use." 
From Cambridge he wrote again, on the 22nd, for troops 
and supplies to be forwarded without delay. On the next 
day the Provincial Congress took definite action for rais- 
ing a New England army, having already sent delegates to 
Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut to request 
their cooperation, and having now already established a Camp 
at Cambridge, with Gen. Artemas Ward as commander-in- 
chief. On the 26th, the Committee of Safety issued a cir- 
cular letter appe ding to the colonies to aid iu the common 
defence ; and on the 3rd of May, the immortal Warren, as 
President of the Provincial Congress, wrote to the Conti- 
nental Congress, earnestly pleading the great peril and need 
of Massachusetts, saying that she had resolved to raise a force 
of her own of 13,600 men and was now to propose corres- 
ponding action by the other New England colonies, and sug- 
gesting an American Army "for supporting the common cause 
of the American colonies." No effort was wanting to give to 
what some writers have called an "array of allies," a truly pa- 
triotic spirit and a most effective and consolidated union. Any 
suggestion or indication, that, under such circumstances, 
Massachusetts, who appealed so piteously for help, was to 
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shared as well by the colonies which she called to her assist- 
ance, would have made the mustering army but "a rope of 

The appeal was of a nobler character and it was not in Tain. 
New England responded to it with alacrity. Stark and Seed 
came with their New Hampshire regiments and fixed their 
head-quarters at Med ford, the whole forming substantially 
the left wing. Troops arrived from Rhode Island under the 
command of General Greene and were stationed at Jamaica 
Plain, while General Spencer with his First Connecticut reg- 
iment and with two thousand Massachusetts men was posted 
at Roxbury and Dorchester, the whole constituting the right 
wing, under Gen. John Thomas. Putnam, with his Second 
Regimeut from Connecticut and with Sargeant's Regiment 
from New Hampshire and Patterson's from Massachusetts, 
was assigned to Cambridgeport, where he and his men formed 
a part of the centre, whose main body, composed of numer- 
ous Massachusetts regiments, was under the immediate com- 
mand of General Ward at old Cambridge. Our Pomfret 
hero, soon after his prompt arrival on the 21st of April, had 
been called back to Connecticut to assist in raising and or- 
ganizing the quota from that state, whose legislature now 
appointed him to be Brigadier General. He was absent only 
one week, and, as he set forth again to join the new army, he 
gave instructions that the troops should follow him as quickly 
as possible. His post at the centre, where he occupied the 
Iuman House as his head-quarters, was an exposed one, and 
was deemed to be of special importance from the apprehen- 
sion that the British might there make their first or chief 
attack. While he was here, he served at one time as com- 
mander-in-chief, during a temporary absence of General Ward 
in Roxbury. On another occasion he led a large body of the 
troops which had then gathered in Cambridge, numbering 
about 2,200 men from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 
to Charlestown, marching them over Bunker Hill and Breed's 
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again to the encampment, so as to inspire them with more 
confidence and courage. He himself thus came to know still 
better the ground where he was soon to be a conspicuous actor. 
On the 27th of May, he commanded a party of Provin- 
cials sent to Chelsea to drive off the live stock on Hog Island 
and Noddle's Island in the harbor, so as to prevent it from 
falling into the hands of the enemy. They were attacked 
by a force of the British marine appearing with a schooner 
and sloop, but were completely successful in the hot engage- 
ment that ensued, only one of the Americans being killed and 
four wounded, while the loss on the other side, it is said, was 
tweuty killed and fifty wounded. The victors seized the aban- 
doned schooner, and, having taken possession of hex guns, rig- 
ging and other valuables, set her on fire. In this expedition, 
General Putnam was accompanied by Dr. Warren, who went 
as a volunteer. On the sixth of June, these two patriot friends, 
under the escort of Captain Chester's Connecticut company, 
proceeded to Charlestown to effect an exchange of prisoners 
taken in one or more encounters. Having accomplished 
their object in a manner highly creditable to all concerned, 
they returned to Cambridge. Putnam was now more popular 
than ever. The Continental Congress caught the enthusiasm 
of the people and soon raised him to the rank of Major Gen- 
eral. It conferred the honor upon Artemas Ward and 
Charles Lee on the 17th of June, the day of the battle of 
Bunker Hill, and upon Israel Putnam and Philip Schuyler, 
on the 19th, two days after it, not knowing at the time about 
the great conflict at Charlestown, even as such of these officers 
as were engaged in the strife were not aware of their promo- 
tion until the eventful day was quite of the past. 

On the 15th of June, the Massachusetts Committee of Safety 
recommended to the Council of War, that "Bunker Hill be 
maintained by sufficient force being posted there," as it was 
supposed that the enemy were about to make a movement in 
that direction. The Council of War met on the following 
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posed it as a rash and perilous measure. Among those of 
the council who strongly favored it, Putnam was foremost 
and Gen. Seth Pomeroy was also prominent, the former be- 
lieving it to be necessary as a means of drawing the enemy 
out from Boston and bringing on an engagement, the people 
being impatient for action. On the evening of that day, the 
16th, a detachment of about 1000 men, comprising three reg- 
iments under Colonels Prescott, Fryeand Bridge respectively, 
and nearly 200 Connecticut troops taken principally from 
General Putnam's regiment at Cambridgeport, together with 
Capt. Samuel Gridley's artillery company of forty-nine men 
and two field-pieces, was sent forth to occupy Bunker Hill 
and there intrench. Col. Samuel Swett's History of the Bat- 
tle, which was first published in 1818, and which, as the 
fullest and best of all the earlier accounts of it, came to be 
regarded as of "classical authority" and to serve as the 
"basis" of all reputable subsequent sketches, says : "General 
Putnam, having the general superintendence of the expedi- 
tion, and the chief engineer, Colonel Gridley, 29 accompanied 
the detachment." After they had passed the Neck and reached 
the peninsula, a halt was made at Bunker Hill, when a con- 
sultation of the officers was held, and it was decided to push 
on to Breed's Hill and intrench there instead. Arriving at 
the summit of that eminence, the ground having been laid out 
by Putnam, Gridley and Prescott, the men began at midnight 
to throw up a redoubt, eight rods square and six feet high, 
with a breastwork extending from its northeast angle a hun- 
dred yards or more over the brow and down to a point near 
the base of the hill, in the direction towards the Mystic 
river. As soon as the British discovered at sunrise what the 
Provincials had done during the night, they at once opened 
fire on the small fort from their ships in the harbor and from 
Copp's Hill in Boston. Putnam, who had readily divined 

"Colonel Richard Gridley, who was a veteran of the French warn, was Chief Engineer 
of the army and planned the works on Breed's Hill. He afterward rendered distin- 
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the need, had proceeded at earliest dawn to Cambridge for 
reinforcements and provisions, but, hearing the first firing of 
the guns, he immediately started back for Charlestown. Per- 
haps it was about this time during the day, that he wrote to 
the Committee of Safety the following message, of which the 
original copy is in the possession of Hon. Mellen Chamber- 
lain : "By the bearer I send you eighteen barrells of powder 
which I have received from the Gov. and Council of Con- 
necticut for the use of the army ;" — a much needed and most 
timely gift which his energy had procured for the emergency. 
The men at the redoubt had toiled long and hard, and wanted 
rest as well as refreshments, while yet the breastwork was 
not completed. The authorities at headquarters had promised, 
on the previous eveniug, that the detachment should be rc- 
lieved in the morning, and, in fact, early on that next morning 
General Ward had accordingly ordered another detachment 
of regiments to take its place, with three new colonels, Nixon, 
Little and Mansfield, to command them, instead of Prescott, 
Frye and Bridge ; but, what with the well-known dilatoriness 
that then marked the conduct of affairs at Cambridge, these 
fresh troops were not required to parade and march until late 
in the afternoon. Meantime there was growing discontent at 
Breed's Hill. The soldiers applied to some of their officers, 
who in turn appealed to Prescott. The Colonel refused to 
send for the promised relief, but on a second appeal he con- 
sented to send for reinforcements, and dispatched Major, af- 
terward Governor, John Brooks, to Cambridge to procure 
them, Putnam himself hastening thither again about the same 
time, or earlier, to effect the result. Ward hesitated, from 
fear that the principal attack would yet be made nearer at 
hand, in which case all available forces would be needed there. 
Finally, though reluctantly, he ordered a third part of Stark's 
regiment, or about 200 men under Colonel Lyman, to march 
to Charlestown. Afterward, through the strong influence of 
Richard Devens, in the Committee of Safety which was then 
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the New Hampshire troops to the scene of action. Putnam's 
post was at Bunker Hill. He had seen from the start, as oth- 
ers did not then, but as all see now, how imperatively nec- 
essary it was to fortify that eminence as well as Breed's Hill, 
as the former was situated nearer the Mystic and the Neck 
than the latter, and so might be made instrumental in prevent- 
ing the enemy from flanking the redoubt, or might serve as 
a safe retreat in case the fort itself should have to be aban- 
doned. He saw the chief point of danger and the one key of 
the situation. There he could best survey the whole scene 
and superintend its general operations. Under his command, 
various parties which he took from Prescott's detachment, 
and from the New Hampshire forces as they arrived, were 
soon employed in throwing up on Bunker Hill the intreuch- 
ments he was so anxious to construct. In anticipation of an 
aggressive movement on the part of the enemy, whose barges 
had landed several thousand troops at Moultou's Point, at the 
eastern end of the peninsula, the Americans were set to work 
in constructing the famous rail-fence which forms so impor- 
tant a feature in any satisfactory account of the battle. It ex- 
tended about (JOO feet, in a northwesterly direction, from 
near the northern end of the breastwork, at the base of Breed's 
Hill, towards the eastern slopes of Bunker Hill, thence 
for about 1)00 feet northward to the Mystic river. It was es- 
pecially the latter section of it that was now sought to be 
made a barricade against the foe, as it came to be evident to 
Putnam that there was not time to complete his intrenchments 
on the hill in the rear. It was formed by placing portions of 
fence-work near each other in parallel lines and by stuffing 
between them and capping them with new-mown hay from 
the immediate vicinity, the work being chiefly wrought by 
the men from New Hampshire and Connecticut, who with 
others were to line it in the hour of action* Stark and his 
men were at the extreme left of the lines, by the Mystic ; 
Eeed was at his right; and next to him, at the right again, 
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still further towards Breed's Hill were parts of Massachusetts 
regiments and compauies, Prescott being iii immediate com- 
maud of the redoubt, at the extreme right. With the more 
extended fiek] as just indicated, he had nothing to do. As 
Air. Richard Frothingham, the historian, candidly admits : 
"Colonel Prescott was left in uncontrolled possession of his 
post. Nor is there any proof that he gave an order at the 
rail fence or on Bunker Hill." Of the supreme command, 
the late Mr. W. W. Wheildon, who was exceptionally famil- 
iar with all these local history matters, writes : ''Of course, 
this could only be assumed by a superior officer, and this offi- 
cer, beyond all question, would be General Putnam," who 
"necessarily became commander of the Battle and very sen- 
sibly and satisfactorily left Colonel Prescott in full command 
of the redoubt." 

Soon after three o'clock, General Howe, the British com- 
mander, led on his formidable double column of grenadiers 
and light infantry solidly against the rail -fence and the yeo- 
manry who were there, while the fire of his left wing under 
Pigot was kept up on the fort as a feint to divert the atten- 
tion of the Provincials from the more serious point of attack. 
Putnam, who had charged his men "not to fire until they saw 
the white of the enemy's eyes," and to take good care to pick 
off the officers by aiming at their waistbands, was now, as in 
all the action, at the front, assigning fresh troops their places 
as they arrived, riding back and forth along the lines, en- 
couraging his soldiers to be valiant and faithful, and exposing 
himself to the greatest peril. Tremendous as was the onset, 
it was in vain. The proud foe was hurled back with fearful 
confusion and destruction. Again the British General rallied 
his forces and made another and most vigorous and deter- 
mined assault. Putnam, during the lull, had ridden over 
Bunker Hill to urge on the expected, but tardy re-info rce- 
ments, yet with little effect. He returned to be once more 
conspicuous in the fight, and again there was a gallant and 
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more exposed, unsheltered lines, was the most protracted 
and terrible fighting of the day. Said Stark, The dead lay 
as thick as sheep in a fold." Then it was that the enraged 
enemy, who had thus twice been foiled in their efforts to flank 
the redoubt, directed their main force against the redoubt it- 
self, enfilading the breastwork, storming the height, rushing 
into the little enclosure and furiously assailing the greatly 
reduced garrison. It became a hand-to-hand and bloody, but 
unequal contest. Prescott soon ordered a retreat, and the 
escape of his surviving heroes was followed by the flight of 
the cowardly "reinforcements" who had kept aloof from the 
strife and had rendered no service during the day. The colo- 
nel pursued his sad way to Cambridge to report to Ward that 
the battle was lost. Seeing that the redoubt had been taken, 
Putnam and what was left of the main body of the army, who 
had been so brave aud stubborn, were also obliged to retreat 
from the rail-fence. In vain he passionately besought and 
sternly commanded his men to make one stand more oil Bun- 
ker Hill. Finding this impossible, he led them forth to Pros- 
pect Hill, where he intrenched that same day in full sight of 
the enemy. • There he was still recognized by the central au- 
thority as the leader of the host. Immediately and repeatedly, 
General Ward sent him reinforcements from Massachusetts 
regiments, until he had in a short time not less than four or 
five thousand men under him, at that important point. 30 

Though compelled to surrender his post, Prescott was an 
admirable soldier. His only military distinction, previous to 
the Revolution, had been that he had served as lieutenant 
under General Winslow in the conquest of Nova Scotia and 
had been urged by British officers to accept a commission in 
the royal army. But this latter he had declined to do. His 
experience in war had been quite limited. As General Heath, 
who praised him highly, said, he was "unknown to fame." 
However meritorious his conduct as the immediate local com- 
mander at the redoubt, comparatively little contemporaneous 
or subsequent mention was made of him in connection with 

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the battle of Bunker Hill. He was never promoted, but con- 
tinued for two years to serve in the army, for a part of the 
time at least under Putnam himself. He then retired to his 
home in Pepperell, where among old friends and neighbors 
he was still honored and useful to the end of his days. That 
such an unknown and inexperienced man should have been 
singled out for the supreme command of so hazardous an en- 
terprise, when there were on the ground a half dozen or more 
generals who ranked him, and who were equally brave and 
competent and far more trained and distinguished, and that ho 
should have been charged with the responsible trust instead 
of Putnam, who was not only his superior in office and service 
both, but who was first to suggest and the most strenuous to 
urge the movement, is to the last degree improbable. 31 

Owing to the secrecy with which the original detachment 
and expedition were partially veiled, and to the fact that War- 
ren had been recently appointed Major General and was actu- 
ally in the battle, it was for some time supposed by many that 
he, the illustrious patriot-martyr, must have led the American 
forces. As he came on the ground, Putnam offered him the 
command, which he refused, not having yet received his com- 
mission and having come only as a volunteer. He repaired 
to the redoubt where Prescott tendered him his own com- 
mand, but this also he declined. The erroneous impression, 
as to his supremacy, gradually wore away as the facts be- 
^Ool. Samuel A damp Drake, the eminent historian, in hU Admirable pamphlet, en- 
titled, General Jtrael Putnam, the Commander at Bunker FJUl, says : '*He (Putnam) was a 
veteran of the army campaigns. Beyond question he wa* the foremont man of that 
army in embryo which assembled at Cambridge after the Battle of Lexington. Not 
Ward, or Thomas, or Pomeroy, or even the lamented Warren, possessed its confidence 
to the degree that Putnam did. Mr. Frothingham truly says he 'had the confidence of 
the whole army.' Nature formed him for a leader; and men instinctively felt it. 1 * And 
with reference to the Battle or Charles town Heights, he adds: "He alone, showed the 
genius and grasp of a commander there, In posting his troops, in his orders during the 
action, and in his fruitless endeavor to croate a new position on Bunker Hill ;" and "In 
estimating the services of General Putnam and Colonel Prescott, from a military view, 
the former must receive the award as the commanding officer of the field." In connec- 
tion with this matter of the Bunker Hill controversy, the very able and keen discussion 
of the subject by Rev. Increase N. Turbo x. D.D., embraced in his Life of General Put- 
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came more and more known. Not Prescott, but Putnam, was 
hailed far and near as the hero of the hour. At home and 
abroad, toasts were drunk to his honor, and engravings and 
other pictures of him appeared in American and European 
cities, representing him as chief; and as such he* passed into 
history, as numberless newspapers, poems, orations, school- 
books and chroniclers have borne witness. As never before, 
he was now the idol of the people. Yet it was this "unbounded 
popularity" and the high promotion that accompanied it, 
which he never meanly sought for himself or begrudged to 
others, that inspired with a feeling of envy and jealousy cer- 
tain military officers whose unfriendly spirit was never wholly 
repressed or concealed while yet he lived, but broke forth 
with peculiar violence long after his death and when most 
of those who knew him best and loved him most were in their 
graves. We shall have occasion to refer to this matter again, 
at the conclusion of our story. 

"What Washington thought of General Putnam and what he 
probably thought of his action and preeminence in the battle 
of Bunker Hill, he that runs may read, in the events which it 
remains to outline. On the 2d of July, the "Father of his 
Country" arrived at Cambridge, as the commander-in-chief 
of the American Army. He brought with him the commis- 
sions for the four distinguished officers who have been men- 
tioned as having been promoted by the Continental Congress to 
be Major Generals. They occasioned much "dissatisfaction" 
and "disgust" among those who thought that their own claims 
to honor had been overlooked. The commissions of Ward, 
Lee and Schuyler were withheld for a time in consequence. 
But Putnam's, which alone had received the unanimous vote 
of Congress, was presented at once by Washington's own 
hand. Some of the offended officers threw up their commis- 
sions in the army by reason of the fancied slight, but were 
ere long persuaded to return to the service. 

In the reorganization of the array, which was to carry on 
the siege of Boston, Washington gave to Putnam the com- 


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mand of the centre, near himself at Cambridge ; to General 
Ward the command of the right wing at Roxbury and Dor- 
chester ; and to General Lee that of the left wing, toward the 
Mystic river. In the autumn Putnam fortified Cobble Hill 
and Lechmere's Point. In March, 1776, Washington ap- 
pointed him to head a formidable force of 4,000 men in an 
attack on the British lines, but the plan was frustrated by a 
most violent storm, which prevented the boats from landing 
the troops. During the night of the 16th of the same month, 
Nook's Hill, a Dorchester height nearest Boston and com- 
manding it, was fortified, and such was the advantage which 
was thus gained by the beleaguering host, that the next morning 
the enemy evacuated the city, and, boarding their vessels, 
put to sea. Putnam, with a strong force, immediately entered 
the town and took possession of all its important posts amidst 
the exultant shouts and cheers of its long-suffering people. 

Washington, having previously learned that the British 
meditated an attack on New York, had already sent General 
Lee thither to construct a system of defences for the protection 
of that city. These works, after the departure of General Lee 
for the south, were pushed forward by Lord Stirling, a briga- 
dier in the American army. Under the apprehension that 
the British fleet, which had sailed from Boston, would soon 
appear in New York harbor, Washington forwarded his troops 
with all possible despatch to that point, ordering Putnam to 
go on and temporarily take the command while he himself 
was to follow shortly after. Putnam, on the 7th of April, 
sent Colonel Prescott's Bunker Hill regiment and other parties 
to take possession of Governor's Island and erect on it a breast- 
work, and also a regimeut to fortify Red Hook on the Long 
Island shore, directly across the narrow channel, so as to 
hinder more effectually any operations of the enemy's ships 
in that quarter. The battle of Long Island took place a few 
months later. In the latter part of June, the British landed 
in great numbers on Staten Island, and in August crossed 
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110 msTOBY or the putnam family. 

that extended across the Brooklyn peninsula from Wallabont 
Bay to Gowanus Creek. General Sullivan had been in com- 
mand on that side of the East river, but was now superseded by 
Putnam, to whom Washington thus again gave proof of his 
trust and confidence. Putnam retained Sullivan at the cen- 
tre to guard the passes and fight the Hessians. Both of them 
accompanied Washington as, having come over from New 
York for a brief visit, he rode towards evening on the 26th 
of August down to the outposts and examined the situation 
of affaire. The fierce engagement came on during the next 
morning, and it was while the two armies were in deadly con- 
flict, that General Clinton, who during the night had led a col- 
umn of 10,000 British soldiers by a long, circuitous and lonely 
road at the distant left, where he was guided by a few to- 
nes, suddenly appeared at the rear of the Americans and 
overwhelmed them with disaster, Stirling who was fighting 
Grant far at the right sharing in the common misfortune. 
The wonderful retreat to New York of Washington and his 
shattered army amidst the darkness and fog of the succeed- 
ing night, is too well known to call for details in this connec- 
tion. Certain writers, without just warrant, have blamed 
Putnam for the defeat because he did not anticipate and pre- 
vent Clinton's movement. The most exact, thorough and 
impartial, and altogether the best account of the battle, is 
that of Mr. Henry P. Johnston, as contained iu his " Cam- 
paign of 1776," published in 1878, as Vol. m of the "Me- 
moirs of the Long Island Historical Society ." That careful 
and conscientious writer says that such an accusation against 
Putnam is "both unjust and unhistoricaL" . . . "No facts 
or inferences justify the charge. No one hinted it at the 
time ; nor did Washington in the least withdraw confidence 
from Putnam during the remainder of the campaign." He 
adds that the responsibility cannot be fastened upon Putnam, 
who had just taken the command, "any more than upon Wash- 
ington, who, when he left the Brooklyn lines on the evening 
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had been made for the night at the hills and passes." He 
then proceeds to show how the responsibility, if it falls on 
any one, falls on Sullivan, and on Colonel Miles and his regi- 
ment, whose duty it was to guard the left. 

In occupying New York after the retreat, Washington as- 
signed to Putnam the command of the city as far up as Fif- 
teenth street, while Spencer and Heath were to guard the 
island from that point to Harlem and King's Bridge. On the 
15th of September, five British frigates appeared and took 
position in Kip's Bay, on the east side, opening a tremendous 
fire upon the breast- work and lines of Colonel Douglas with his 
300 Connecticut militia and his battaliou of levies. The Col- 
onel's panic-stricken forces fled in all directions, nor could 
the desperate and almost superhuman exertions of Washing- 
ton and Putnam, who were soon on the ground, avail to stay 
their flight. Other New England troops quickly joiued 
in the stampede, and from all points the Americans were 
soon flying in wild disorder towards Harlem Heights, except 
that General Putnam "was making his way towards New 
York when all were going from it," his object being to rescue 
Sullivan's Brigade and some artillery corps that were still in 
the city and couduct them to the place of safety. This was 
successfully accomplished, and Col. David Humphreys, who 
was the earliest biographer of Putnam aud who was iu the 
army and saw him frequently during that day, says : "With- 
out his extraordinary exertions, the guards must have been 
inevitably lost and it is probable the entire corps would have 
been cut in pieces." 

The battle of Harlem Heights took place on the next day, 
the fugitives having been vigorously pursued by the British. 
The advantage was with the Americans, and General Greene, 
referring to the engagement, said that Putnam was "in the 
action and behaved nobly." In the battle of White Plains, 
Washington sent Putnam with a detachment to the support of 
McDougall, but not in season to succor him before his safe 
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on the west side of the Hudson river, for the protection of 
Gen. Greene who was there at Fort Lee, and who it was feared 
might be attacked by the enemy. The speedy capture of 
Fort Washington on the east side by the British, was the di- 
rest calamity to the American cause in all the Revolutionary 
• War. As the commander-in-chief led his wasted army across 
the Jerseys, hotly pursued by the foe, he sent Putnam for- 
ward to take command of Philadelphia which was supposed to 
be in danger, and construct fortifications for its defence. Col- 
onel Humphreys, who was still wilh Putnam, gives a glowing 
account of his herculean labors and great success in this work, 
attended as it was with manifold obstacles and discourage- 
ments. While he was thus engaged, Washington crossed 
the Delaware and soon won his brilliant victories at Trenton 
and Princeton, which electrified the country and raised the 
spirits of the tired and dejected army. As the loss of Phila- 
delphia was now no longer feared, Putnam was stationed for the 
winter at Princeton, whence he made various expeditions 
against foraging parties of the enemy, taking nearly a thou- 
sand prisoners, more than 120 baggage wagons and large 
quantities of provisions and other booty. 

It was now of prime importance to seize and hold the High- 
lands on the Hudson. In May, 1777, a commission, consisting 
of Generals Greene, Knox, McDougall, Wayne and George 
Clinton, Governor of New York, were directed to proceed 
thither, examine the defences, see what was needed, and re- 
port accordingly. This they did, and among the various works 
which they recommended was an enormous boom or chain 
across the river at Fort Montgomery, with other obstructions 
at that point, to bar the ascent of the enemy's ships. Wash- 
ington gave the command of the region to General Putnam, 
who fixed his headquarters at Peekskill, on the east side of 
the Hudson, and whose troops were from New York and New 
England. But on the 12th of June, just as he began to exe- 
cute the plan of the commission, he was ordered to forward 
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ened by General Howe. At the same time he was obliged 
to hold various regiments in readiness to march against Bur- 
goyne, who was expected at any moment to come down from 
the north. Again and again Washington called upon him for 
detachments for the Delawaro, directing him to reinforce 
himself by militia recruits from the neighborhood or from 
Connecticut. What with these many changes, the presence 
around him of watchful foes, incessant marches and counter- 
marches, and the miserable condition of his soldiers, so many 
of whom were new and raw, Putnam's situation was pain- 
fully perplexing. Some of his men deayted and others he 
deemed it advisable to dismiss from the service which thoy 
wished to abandon and for which they were unfit. He wrote 
to Washington, representing to him the danger he appre- 
hended from his weakened condition and saying to him that 
he could not be held responsible for whatever serious conse- 
quences might ensue. 

Sir Henry Clinton saw his opportunity. Sailing up the 
river from New York with three or four thousand troops, he 
appeared in Tarrytown Bay on the 5th of October, and after 
much maneuvering landed his forces at Verplanck's Point, 
just below Peekskill, transferred a large body of his men to 
the west side, and filed them off amidst a dense fog behind 
the high banks until they reached the rear of Forts Mont- 
gomery and Clinton, whence they stormed these strongholds 
which soon fell into their possession, though the commission 
of generals in their report had declared them to be inaccessi- 
ble from that quarter, owing to the very mountainous charac- 
ter of the region. The river was now open to the enemy, 
who at once proceeded to ravage the country. Putnam, with 
the advice of a council of officers, removed his headquarters 
to Fishkill, a few miles north of Peekskill, for the safety of 
his little army. The immediate commander of Fort Mont- 
gomery was Governor Clinton, who, as danger was imminent, 
had beeu summoned from the legislature at Kingsbury by 
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Here, also, Putnam was subsequently blamed for the defeat, 
but Clinton nobly demanded that the censure should, fall on 
himself and not ou others, and a later court of inquiry decided 
that the disaster was due to a lack of men and not to the 
neglect or incompetency of those who were in command. Says 
Washington Irving : "The defences of the Highlands on which 
the security of the Hudson depended, were at this time weakly 
garrisoned, some of the troops having been sent off to rein- 
force the armies on the Delaware and in the north." 

Sir Henry returned to New York and Putnam reoccupied 
Peekskill and the neighboring passes. The latter shortly 
wrote to Washington, announcing to him the sad intelligence 
of his wife's death, but with it, also, the glorious news of the 
surrender of Burgoyne. Five thousand men now came to 
Putnam from the northern army. Washington had previously 
suggested to him a descent upon New York and he now rec- 
ommended it again, but afterward, hearing that Sir Henry was 
in New York and fearing he might join General Howe, he 
despatched Alexander Hamilton to Putnam at Peekskill and to 
General Gates at Albany, with orders to them to forward large 
bodies of troops to the vicinity of Philadelphia, the British 
being iu possession of that city.. Putnam delayed compli- 
ance with Hamilton's instructions, being perhaps too intent 
on the long-meditated attack upon New York. The youthful 
martiuet, scarcely out of his teens, wrote a bitter letter to 
Washington in consequence and also an iusolent one to the 
old scarred veteran himself, who very properly sent the 
missive he had received to the commander-in-chief, alleging 
that it contained "unjust and ungenerous reflections," mention- 
ing some of the reasons for the delay, and saying, "I am con- 
scious of having done everything in my power to succor you 
as soon as possible." But the order had been a peremptory 
one, and Washington for the first and only time in his life 
reprimanded his old, trusted companion-in-arms, even as 
he once reprimanded Hamilton himself for an act of tardiness 
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change my aid.* Putnam was now unpopular in New York. 
The people of the state were strongly prejudiced against New 
Englanders, and the feeling had notably manifested itself at 
the time of the "cowardly" and "disgraceful" flight of Con- 
necticut and Massachusetts soldiers at Kip's Bay, while it 
was but natural that this dislike should be warmly recipro- 
cated. "Yorkers" and "Yankees" were epithets which were 
freely bandied between the two parties. Hamilton and other 
leading men of his state wanted their Governor to be placed in 
command. Many of them held Putnam responsible for all the 
misfortunes on the Hudson, accused him of being too lenient 
with the tori es in the neighborhood, and were unwilling to 
support the cause of their country so long as he retained his 
position. Colonel Humphreys, whose testimony here is very 
significant, avers that the chief cause of the animosity in ques- 
tion is to be referred to Putnam's determined opposition to 
the dishonesty and selfish greed of influential men who were 
charged with the care of the sequestrated property of tory 
families. But it seemed to Washington all-important to hold 
the state of New York to the support of the army and the 
government, and this was the only reason he presented for 
the change, when, some months after Hamilton's mission to Al- 
bany and Peekskill, he gave the command to General Mc- 
Dougall. As we shall see, Washington still regarded Putnam 
with unabated friendship and affection, and still honored him 
with high trusts. 

Meanwhile, in the latter part of the year 1777, Putnam had 
set on foot several expeditions which were more or less suc- 
cessful. During the winter he was at the Highlands, whence 
he wrote to Washington, who was with his suffering army at 
Valley Forge : — "Dubois' regiment is unfit to be ordered on 
duty, there being not one blanket in the regiment ; very 
few have either a shoe or a shirt, and most of them have 
neither stockings, breeches nor overalls." In company with 
Governor Clinton and others, he selected West Point as the 
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defences of the Hudson on a respectable footing. About this 
time he made a visit to Pomfret to attend to his private af- 
fairs. After his return and his removal from the command 
of the Highlands, he again went to Connecticut, in obedience 
to orders, to hasten on the new levies of militia from that 
state for the coming campaign. Subsequent to the battle of 
Monmouth, we find him in charge of the right wing of the 
army, in place of General Lee who was under arrest. In the 
early autumn of 1778, he was again in the neighborhood of 
West Point for the defence of the North river. In the win- 
ter he was posted at Danbury with three brigades, to protect 
the country lying along the Sound, to cover the magazines 
on the Connecticut river, and to reinforce the Highlands in 
case of need. It was while he was} here, that he very suc- 
cessfully quelled a serious mutiny that arose among some 
of the troops who had endured much hardship and received 
no pay, and who were preparing to march iu a body to Hart- 
ford and demand redress from the General Assembly at the 
point of the bayonet. It was in this region, also, that he 
posted himself with 150 men on the brow of a high, steep 
eminence at Greenwich, or Horse Neck, and, as General Tryon 
advanced towards him with ten times the force, dashed on his 
steed down the precipice to the amazement of his pursuers 
and escaped unharmed, bidding his little company to secure 
their own safety by retiring to a neighboring swamp which 
was inaccessible to cavalry. He immediately collected a 
party of militia, joined with them his original handful, and 
hung on the rear of Tryon in his retreat, taking forty or fifty 
of his men as prisoners. These he treated with so much 
kindness that Tryon, as the biographers tell us, addressed to 
him a handsome note in acknowledgment, accompanied with 
a present of a complete suit of clothes, though it does not 
appear that there was any attempt again to supersede the 
General for such manifest and highly appreciated "aid and 
comfort" to the enemy 1 

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close. In the spring of 1779, Sir Henry Clinton was prepar- 
ing for a campaign np the North river. Late in May, Wash* 
ington moved his army towards the Highlands from Middle- 
brook. Putnam crossed the river and joined the main body 
in the Clove, one of the deep defiles, where in the latter part 
of June he was left in immediate command, while Washing- 
ton took up his headquarters at New Wiudsor, and then, 
about a month later or a few days after the brilliant capture 
of Stony Point by Wayne, at West Point. Putnam's post 
was at Buttermilk Falls, two miles below. As if it was de- 
termined by his great chief, that he should not be sacrificed 
to the enmity of his foes, he was here giveu the command of 
the right wing of the army, having under him troops from 
Pennsylvania, Marylaud and Virginia. It was from July to 
December, of this year, that the most important works at 
West Point and in its vicinity were chiefly constructed. One 
of his biographers says ; "Experienced in this department, he 
took an active and efficient part in completing the fortifica- 
tions which had been laid out under his own eye and the site 
for which had been selected through his agency. He had the 
honor of giving his own name to the principal fort." Sir 
Henry contented himself with depredatious in other quarters. 
While the army was in wiuter quarters, Putuara again vis- 
ited his family in Pomfret. On returning to the camp, he 
was attacked with paralysis, which seriously affected the use 
of his limbs ou one side and which obliged him to retrace his 
steps and pass the remainder of his days at home! He had 
strong hopes that he might yet be well enough to join once 
more his comrades and engage in active service, but this was 
not to be. Yet he lived for ten years more, was able to take a 
moderate amount of exercise in walking and riding, retained 
full possession of his mental faculties, was an object of great 
interest and veneration on the part of his neighbors and the 
people generally, was fond of relating stories of the wars in 
which he had been engaged to groups of young and old who 
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learn all he could about the campaigns in which he could not 
now participate and the affairs of the country he could no 
longer serve. When in 1783 the Treaty of Peace had been 
concluded between England and America and the cause he 
loved had gloriously triumphed, he sent his congratulations 
to Washington, from whom he received in reply a beautiful 
and touching letter, full of grateful recollections and of the 
old undying friendship. 

"In 1786," says the letter of Hon. Samuel Putnam from 
which we have already twice quoted, "he rode on horseback 
from Brooklyn to Danvers and paid his last visit to his friends 
there. Ou his way home, he stopped at Cambridge at the 
college, where the governor of the college paid him much 
attention. It was in my junior year ; he came into my room. 
His speech was much affected by palsy." 

In the month of May, 1790, he was violeutly attacked with 
an inflammatory disease, which from the first he was satisfied 
would prove mortal. It was of short duration, continuing 
but a few days. On the 29th 89 he passed to his rest, "calm, re- 
signed, and full of cheerful hope." And the narrator adds : 
"The grenadiers of the 11th Regiment, the Independent Corps 
of Artillerists and the militia companies in the neighborhood, 
assembled each at their appointed rendezvous early on the 
morning of June 1st, and having repaired to the late dwell- 
ing house of the deceased, a suitable escort was formed, at- 
tended by a procession of Masonic brethren present and a 
large concourse of respectable citizens, which moved to the 
Congregational meeting-house in Brooklyn ; and, after divine 
service performed by the Rev. Dr. Whitney, all that was 
earthly of a patriot and hero was laid iu the silent tomb, 
under the discharge of volleys from the infantry, and minute 
guus from the artillery." Mr. Whitney's funeral sermon, 
afterward published, dwelt touchingly upon the exalted vir- 
tues and merit of his departed parishioner whom he had 

»We correct here a long perpetuated error as to the dates of General Putnam's death 
and burial. See account in SaUm /Vets Record, of May and June, 1802. 

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known intimately for mauy years, rendering the highest testi- 
mony to his character as a Christian man, as an ardent lover 
and noble defender of his country, and as a most faithful, excel- 
lent and beloved citizen, husband, father and friend. In due 
time a monument was erected over his grave, bearing an epi- 
taph which was written by the celebrated Rev. Timothy 
Dwight, D.D., President of Yale College, who also knew 
him well, and whose marble inscription states that "he dared 
to lead where auy dared to follow," that his "generosity was 
singular and his honesty was proverbial," and that "he raised 
himself to universal esteem, and offices of eminent distinction, 
by personal worth and a useful life." 

In 1818, long years after the old warrior had sunk to his 
rest and a grateful country had recorded his name high on the 
roll of her noblest defenders, the malignant feeling which has 
been adverted to on a previous page and which had all the 
while lain smothered and rankling in the breasts of a few sur- 
viving officers of the Revolution, at length found vent in a 
published "Account of the Battle of Bunker Hill," by Gen- 
eral Henry Dearborn. It denied to Putnam, not ouly the com- 
mand, but also any active participation in that engagement; 
represented him as cowardly, unfaithful, and base in his con- 
duct on the occasion ; and otherwise sought to blacken his 
memory. The public was stung to indignation and rage. 
The press denounced the calumny and its author. Notable men 
came forward to voice the righteous anger of the people, and 
confute the statements and allegations of the accuser. Col. 
Daniel Putnam, the able and highly esteemed son of the de- 
parted veteran, whom we have seen with his father at the 
plow in Pomfret, on the arrival of the news from Lexington, 
April 20. 1775, wrote and published an eloquent and trium- 
phant answer, of which, with another letter from the same 
source, John Adams said ; "Neither myself nor my family have 
been able to read either with dry eyes ;" they "would do honor 
to the pen of Pliny." Other dUtingui8hed sons of Connecti- 
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trial, atwhich a case of Putnam's interference with certain irreg- 
ularities among the New Hampshire troops was brought for- 
ward for .examination and decision. The enmity seems never 
to have died out. It was shared not only by Dearborn, who 
was a captain in Stark's regiment at Bunker Hill, but also by 
. Major Caleb Stark, the colonel's or general's son. One of 
these, at least, was at length busy in seeking supports for their 
strange story of the battle and in privately disseminating it 
abroad as he found opportunity. During the year follow- 
ing the great event, Stark, the father, appears to have given 
his version of it to the infamous General James "Wilkinson. 
"When, in 1815, the latter was preparing for publication what 
McMaster, in his new History of the people of the United States, 
justly describes as his "three ponderous volumes of memoirs, 
as false as any yet written by man," — he wrote to Major Starlc 
for fuller information about the occurrences of June 17, 1775, 
asking him for aid in procuring subscriptions for his work, and 
informing him of his desire or purpose to correct certain-pre- 
valent misconceptions concerning matters of Revolutionary 
history ! He had already heard from Dearborn. 

The bait took. The major was pleased, sent him some things 
that he wanted, referred him to Dearborn f->r more, and wished 
him abundant success in his literary entei A *ise. And then 
it was, that Wilkinson embraced in his "false" and "ponderous" 
volumes an account of the battle as written by himself, and 
as based upon the testimony of this little coterie o * Putnam's 
enemies. It is with reference to these memoirs, puh.ished in 
1816, that Richard Frothingham himself says, in his Siege of 
Boston; "This work contains the earliest reflections on Gene- 
ral Putnam's conduct on this occasion, either printed or in 
manuscript, that I have met." The historian had not seen 
the New Hampshire paper of 1810. Its detraction had died 
an early death. Wilkinsou's renewal of it, six years later, also 
produced no particular effect on the public mind. It was left 
to Dearborn to stir it into life again, and it was only when one 
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had held, dragged it forth once more, two years later yet, for 
wider notice, charged with a still more venomous spirit, that 
it received any general attention, or that it was deemed worth 
the while to brand it as it deserved. And now it remains to 
be added, that it is just these perversions and falsifications of 
the truth, which Were prompted by such unworthy motives 
and had such ignoble beginnings, and which were then brought 
forward in their more amplified and offensive form forty-three 
years after the battle of Bunker Hill and more than a quarter 
of a century after General Putnam and the vast majority of 
his contemporaries had passed from earth, but only a few 
months after the death of Colonel Humphreys, his old personal 
friend, his intimate companion in war, and up to the time of 
this juncture his sole biographer — a circumstance, of which 
Mr. Webster makes mention — that, in lack of better material, 
"were seized upon by partisans of Prescott as props for their 
new theory of his supreme command on the ever memorable 
day. Whoever will read attentively what these friends and 
eulogists of the Peppereli soldier have written about the 
battle cannot fail to see what eager and extensive use they 
have made of the discredited testimony, and with what pains- 
taking and disingenuous skill they have woven it into their 
narratives for the end in view. Certain Stark men, of New 
Hampshire, in their antipathy to Putnam, feel that they can 
safely enough extol Prescott, his supposititious rival, while 
yet they labor to lift to proud preeminence their own hero 
and essay to remove the one fatal obstacle by alleging that 
the army in the field, as a whole, was without an actual and 
responsible head. The Prescott men regard the latter con- 
tention with complacency, so long as their own favorite is 
exalted, and common cause is made against Putnam. Whatever 
jealousy exists between the two parties is held in abeyance, 
as both alike are made to realize that there is another com- 
mander whose claims are paramount to those of either Stark 
or Prescott, aud whom it is for the interest of both parties to 
disparage, to ignore aud to get rid of. Hence their constant 

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and studied endeavor, while they may not still venture the 
more brutal defamations that were found to be so unprofit- 
able in earlier years of the century, to minimize as much as 
possible Putnam's best action or service ; to magnify and 
give credence to idle things that have been said to his preju- 
dice ; to conceal or weaken the force of the 'evidence that goes 
to establish his supremacy ; and, as in some recent instances, 
to leave him out of sight altogether, not even his name being 
mentioned, as if he had no part or lot in the matter. And this 
is the way that some men write history. A late cycloramic 
representation of the battle, following such authorities, made 
Prescottand the redoubt at the extreme right of the lines the 
only real object of attention or interest, had nothing to show 
of the tremendous conflict at the rail-fence, and Dearborn- 
like placed Putnam far in the safe background, quietly sitting 
on his horse, and apparently engaged in conversation with a 
bystander and unconcerned about what was going on in full 
view before him. 

But General Putnam, however he has himself been maligned 
or wronged, never by word or act betrayed any such feeling of 
jealousy, hatred, or revenge towards others. He was swift and 
severe to upbraid and chastise those who werecravens or skulk- 
ers in the hour of imminent peril. But the records furnish no 
proof that he ever regarded with even the slightest envy or ran- 
cor any of his comrades. He never sought to undermine the 
good reputation or the fair fame of those who deserved well of 
their country. He was not troubled at their popularity or pro- 
motions, and as little did he seek by unworthy means or witlf a 
selfish spirit his own advantage or distinction. The honors 
and the praise that came to him were the free, unbought and 
spontaneous gifts of the state, the government and the people, 
whom he so gallantly served, and to whom he so gladly de- 
voted the strength of his earlier and later years. He was as 
kind as he was generous, and he was as brave as he was mag- 
nanimous. Foremost in the strife, he was also last at the post 
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a fallen foe, and he knew as well bow to be loyal and true to 
his friends. He wore no masks, but was frank, open and hon- 
est, and as transparent as the day. His was no dark, sinister, 
tricky or deceitful nature ; and President D wight most truth- 
fully said of him ; — "His word was regarded as an ample se* 
curity for anything for which it was pledged, and his upright- 
ness commanded absolute confidence." 

He was not without his faults* defects, or mistakes. 
Neither were any of his contemporaries, however great or 
good. If, like others, he was bluff and unlettered, it may be 
remembered that he had but few early school or social advan- 
tages, and that very much of his maturer life was spent on 
the frontiers or in the camp. If his words lacked polish or 
refinement, they were, at least, clear and vigorous and to the 
point. 88 

If he was not one of the great commanders or strategists, 
yet was he a bold and fiery leader and inspirer of men, whose 
rare natural genius and aptitudes for military service were 
everywhere recognized and always called into requisition, and 
whose more daring, and dashing kind of warfare was often 
quite as necessary and useful as the faculty which he may not 
have so fully possessed for arranging complicated plans and 
combining numerous forces for a more extensive scene of 
operations. Washington said of him, that he was "a most 
valuable man and a fine executive officer," and it has been seen 
how frequently and how continuously he assigned to him the 
most important trusts he had at his disposal, until the grow- 
ing infirmities of age unfitted him for the burden. Against 
all attempts of smaller men, who did not know him, or have 

*»We copy, by way of Hlustrntlon, the characteristic letter which General Putnam 
wrote to Sir Henry Clinton in reply to an insolent and threatening message sent him 
by that British commander under a flag of truce, demanding the release and return of 
a tory spy who had been caught in the American camp. J t runs as follows : 

44 Headquarters, 7 August, 1777. 

•• Sir: Edmund Palmer, an officer in the Enemy's service, was taken as a spy, lurk- 
ing within our Hoes. He has been tried as a spy, cou demited as a spy, and shall be 
executed as a spy and the flag is ordeied to depart immediately. 

•'Israel Putnam. 

P. S.— He has been accordingly hanged." 

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not learned "who .or what he was, to write him down by be- 
littling his capacity or his patriotism, we place that simple and 
sufficing testimony of one who knew him long and well, 
who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts 
of his countrymen," and whose judgment may perhaps be 
not unreasonably preferred to that of the critics and censors 
of a later time. Like so many of the military officers of his 
day, Putnam, it is said, often indulged in profane language. 
If he did, he had the manliness and grace openly to confess 
and renounco his -sin and express his sorrow for it, thereby 
giving to all who villify, as well as all who blaspheme, a good 
example which they may well follow. Whatever forbidden 
word he may have made use of under the sway of vehement 
passion, and amidst the heat and stress of battle, few men 
were at heart more revereut of God and sacred things than 
was he. 

A distinguished grandson of the General, Judge Judah 
Dana, who was formerly United States Senator from Maine, 
wrote the following description of the subject of our sketch : 

"In his person, for height about the middle size, very erect, thick-set, 
muscular and firm in every part. His countenance was open, strong, and 
animated; the features of his face large, weU proportioned to each 
other and to his whole frame ; his teeth fair and sound till death. His 
organs and senses were aU exactly fitted for a warrior ; he heard quickly, 
saw to an immense distance, and though he sometimes stammered in 
conversation, his voice was remarkably heavy, strong and commanding. 
Though facetious and dispassionate in private, when animated in the heat 
of battle his conntenance was fierce and terrible, and his voice Uke thunder. 
His whole manner was admirably adapted to inspire his soldiers with 
courage and confidence, and his enemies with terror. The faculties of 
his mind were not inferior to those of his body ; his penetration was acute ; 
decision rapid, yet remarkably correct ; and the more desperate the situa- 
tion, the more coUected and undaunted. With the courage of a Uon, he had 
a heart that melted at the sight of distress ; he could never witness suffer- 
ing in any human being without becoming a sufferer himself. Martial 
music roused him to the highest pitch, while solemn sacred music sent him 
into tears. In his disposition he was open and generous almost to a fault, 
and in his social relations he was never excelled." 

Of the many other just and eloquent tributes which emi- 
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following from Washington Irving may fitly conclude our 

Btory : 

"A yeoman warrior, fresh from the plough, in the garb of rural labor ; 
a patriot brave and generous, but rough and ready, who thought not of 
himself in time of danger, but was ready to serve in any way, and to 
sacrifice official rank and self-glorification to the good of the cause. He 
was eminently a soldier for the occasion. His name has long been a 
favorite one with young and old. one of the talismanic names of the Revo- 
lution, the very mention of which is like the sound of a trumpet. Such 
names are the precious jewels of our history, to be garnered up among the 
treasures of the nation, and kept immaculate from the tarnishing breath 
of the cynic and the doubter."* 4 


IV. 97 Samuel (John, Nathaniel, John) , born in Salem 
Village, 5 Nov., 1684; baptized 8 Feb., 1684-85, at Salem; 
died at Sudbury, 20 Dec, 1753 ; married at Salem, 19 Oct., 
1709, Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Flint) Leach, 
born 3 Mar., 1684-5. 

Children, born at Salem Village : 

261 Samuel, b. 24 Feb., 1711-12 ; probably m. 1748, Mary Pratt.* Per- 
haps the Samuel who was taxed in Framlngham, 1737. 

252 John, b. 8 Oct., 1715; bapt. 6 May, 1716; d. Apr., 1762. 

253 Daniel, b. 27 Nov., 1717; bapt. 11 Oct., 1719; d. Sudbury. 

254 Elizabeth, b. 2 Dec, 1719; bapt. 10 Sept., 1721; m. Rob- 

bins of Bolton where they settled. 

255 Hannah, b. 7 July, 1722; bapt. 16 Dec, 1722. 

256 Nathan, b. 7 June, 1725; bapt. 5 Sept., 1725. 

257 Mary, b. 13 Feb., 1729 ; bapt. 23 Feb., 1728 ; m. Whltcoinb, 

of Bolton, where they settled and had a small family. 

Samuel Putnam was at one time a large land owner and 
prosperous farmer in Dan vers, but having become surety for 
a friend was obliged to surrender his property, except a small 
farm in Sudbury, in order to meet this endorsement. On 
this Sudbury farm he spent the remainder of his days. His 
grandson, John Putnam, stated, in 1833, that Samuel was a 
short thick-set man. He remembered him well. 

"Dec. 20, 1753. This day between ten and eleven at night 

"My thanks are dne to the Rev. Alfred P. Putnam of Concord for this valuable and 
interesting account of the life of Gen. Israel Putnam.— B. P. 

"Frnmingham Records say "Samuel Putnam, m. 27 July, 1748, Mary Pratt of Framing, 
ham. There was also a Samuel Putnam who went from Sudbury to Crown Point In 1750. 

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Died Mr. Samuel Putnam of a fever taken on Monday night, 
«. 66."* 

IV. 98 Josiah (John, Nathaniel, John), born at Salem 
Village, 29 Oct., 1686 ; died at Dangers, 5 July, 1766 ; will 
proved 2 Sept., 1766, dated 8 June, 1762, wife Ruth, sons 
Josiah, Enos, Asa, daughters Ruth and Elizabeth ; married 
at Salem Village, 19 Feb., 1712-13, Ruth, daughter of Joseph 
and Elizabeth (Swinnerton) Hutchinson of the Village, born 
there 26 Feb., 1690-1. 

Children, baptized at Salem Village : 

258 Asa, b. 31 July, bapt. 15 Aug., 1714. 

259 Enos, b. 6 Oct., 1716; bapt. 10 Feb. 1717; d. 1780. 

260 Josiah, b. 8 Mar., 1718-19; bapt. 8 May, 1719. 

261 Peter, bapt. 5 Apr., 1724. 

262 Euzabkth, bapt. 4 July, 1725 ; m. William Putnam" of Sterling. 

263 Eusha. bapt. 24 Mar., 1727-28. 

264 Ruth, bapt. 4 Jane, 1732; m. RusselL 

Josiah Putnam and his wife were received into the church 
10 Dec, 1727. He is styled "Yeoman" and seems not to 
have taken much part in town affairs. He lived in a house 
built after 1714. 

IV. 103 Joshua (John, Nathaniel, John), born in Salem 
Village, between 1690 and 1694; died in 1739; married iu 
Salem, 2 Feb., 1721, Rachel Goodale. Administration on 
estate of Joshua Putnam was granted to his widow Rachel, 
8 Mar., 1730-1, and 1 Aug., 1744, administration on estate of 
Rachel Putnam and also of Joshua Putnam to their son-in- 
law, John Preston. 

Children, baptized in Salem Village: 

265 Hannah, b. 16 Jane, 1722 ; bapt. 15 Jan., 1726 ; d. 28 Mar., 88 1771 ; 
m. 12 July, 1744, John, son of John and Elizabeth Preston, b. in 
Salem Village, 4 Sept., 1717; d. 14 June, 1771. Ch. : Elizabeth, 
b. 9 May, 1745; m, Abel Nichols, Dec. SO, 1766; m. 2nd, Barthol- 
omew Trask, 1785. John, b. 8 Sept., 1746; m. Mehitable White. 

••Ancient diary kept by a Soribury gentleman. 

"Authority of Rufus Putnam. 

"See account of Preston family on page 78. 

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Philip, b. 80 Oct., 1748; d. 29 May, 1749. Joshua, b. 27 March, 
1751; d. 11 May, 1751. David, b. 20 March, 1752; d. 16 Jan. 
1774. Hart n ah, b. 3 Aug., 1754; m. Amos Tapley, 19 May, 1772; 
d. 20 Oct., 1825. Capt. Levl,b. 21 Oct., 1756; m. Meh I table Nich- 
ols. Moses, b. 20, Apr., 1758; in. Sarah Berry. Aaron, b. 24 Mar., 
1760; d 9 Apr., 1760. Daulel, b. 11 June, 1761 ; d. 1 July, 1762. 

266 Mart, b. 26 June, 1727; bapt. 15 Oct., 1727; m., 1744, Timothy, 

sou of Joseph and Elizabeth C. (Robinson) Prince. Ch. : Sam- 
uel, bapt. 81 May, 1747. Phebe, bapt. 18 Dec, 1748. Betty, 
bapt. 22 Dec, 1751. Timothy, ' bapt. 7 Nov., 1756. Hannah, 
bapt. 19 Oct., 1760. 

267 Rachel, b. 2 Dec, 1728; unm. in 1744. 

IV. 105 John (John, Nathaniel, John), born in Salem 
Village, 16 Aug., 1691 ; baptized there, 23 Aug., 1691 ; died 
10 Feb., 1764. Will dated 8 Oct., 1763; proved 9 Apr., 
1764. He married, first, 16 Mar., 1717, Rachel Buxton; 
married, second, Lydia, daughter of Samuel and Love (Howe) 
Porter, born, 1692; died, 22 Apr., 1777, mentioned in her 
husband's will. In his will he gives his son Amos 10s. ; son 
Edmund, £40 ; son John all his lands and buildings. 

Children, born iu Salem Village, all mentioned in their 
fatherVwill : 

268 Lyma, b. 1718; d. 22 Nov., 1789 (pub. 14 Jan., 1737-8) ; m. 2 Mar., 

1737-8, David Goodale, or Salem. Ch. : David, b. 16 Dec, 1738. 
Lydia, b. 20 Nov., 1740. Emma, b. 21 Jan., 1743. Phebe, b. 4 
Feb., 1745. Ede, b. 16 Sept., 1747 ; d. 12 Apr., 1770. Huldah, b. 
5 Apr., 1750. Sarah, b. 5 July, 1754. Hauuah, b. 5 June, 1758. 
Judith, b. 20 Apr., 1761; d. In Cambridge, 4 May, 1887; m. 15 
June, 1780, Daniel Ha^^is. 3, Andrew, b. 11 Nov., 1765. 

269 Iskakl, mentioned In his grandmother Love's will dated 12 July, 

1759; proved 13 Sept., 1762. 

270 John, b. 1720; bapt. 11 Oct., 1724. 

271 Amos, b. 1722; bapt. 11 Oct., 1724. 

272 Edmund, b. 1724; bapt. 27 June, 1725. 

273 Emma, b. 1727; bapt. 9 July, 1727; m. 20 July, 1748 (pub. 30 Apr., 

"Daniel Harris was b. in Dorchester, July, 1752; d. in Fitch bnrg, 16 Deo., 1820. His 
parents were Thomas and Lucy (Pierce) Harris. He was at Bunker Hill and served 
throughout the Revolution. There were twelve children born to Daniel aud Judith 
Harris, the third child and oldest son being Daniel, b. in Fitchburg, 31 June, 1784; d. 
18 June, 1858, who was captured In the war of 1312 and oouflned in Dartmouth Prison. 
He was grandfather of A. Scott Harris, of Chelsea, who is also descended from Wil- 
liam Towne, the father of Uebecca Nurse and Mary fis tey. 

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1748), James Swinnerton. of Danvers. Ch. : Emma, bapt. 16 M tr., 
1755. Phebe, bapt. 15 Feb., 1761. James, bapt. 11 Jan., 1767. 

274 Phbbe, b. 1723; bapt. 22 Sept., 1723; m. (pub. 11 Mar., 1746-7) 

Gilbert Tapley, of Danvers. Ch.: Daniel, bapt. 23 Dec, 1750. 
Joseph, 11 Apr., 1756. Aaron, bapt. 4 Feb., 1759. Asa, bapt. 20 
Sept., 1761. Elijah, bapt. 6 July, 1766. Seelah, bapt. 24 May, 

275 Eds. b. 1733; bapt. 29 July, 1733; in. John Swinnerton. Ch. : Ede. 

Hannah. Both bapt. 16 Nov., 1760. 

IV. 107 Amos (John, Nathaniel, John), .born in Salem 
Village, 27 Jan., 1697 ; baptized there, 27 Nov., 1698 ; died, 
1774. Will dated 15 June, 1773, proved 8 Nov., 1774, 
son Daniel, executor. He married H iniiah, mentioned in her 
husband's will. 

Children : 

276 Hannah, bapt. Silera Village, 1 Oct., 1727; d. before 1773. 

277 Amos, b. 1723; bapt. 31 Oct., 1729. 

278 Joshua, b. 1732-3; bapt. 25 Feb., 1732-3. 

279 Uzzikl, b. 1735; bapt. 12 Oct., 1735. 

280 Danibl, b. 1738; bapt. 26 Nov., 1738. 

281 Lydia, bapt. 14 June, 1741; m., 1st, Samaei Putnam (No. 307) ; m. f 

2d, Capt. Timothy Page. 

Ill a will, dated 29 Mar., 1769, Amos calls himself "Yeo- 
man, of Dauvers." Ho gives to his three eldest sons his lands 
in New Salem, to his son Daniel, his farm and property in 
Danvers and Middleton. 

IV. 120 Deacon Nathaniel (Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Salem Village, 25 Aug., ItifcG ; died 21 Oct., 
1754; married in Salem, 4 June, 1709, Haunah Roberts, who 
died about 1763. 

Children, born in Salem Village : 

282 Nathaniel, b. ; bnpt. 1 Oct., 1710; d. 4 Mar., 1711. 

• 283 Jacob, b. 9 Mar., 1711-12; bapt. 20 Apr., 1712. 

2H4 Nathaniel, b. 4 Apr., 1714; bapt. 2 May, 1714; d. 11 Feb., 1720. 
285 Sarah, b. 1 June, 1716; bapt. 2 Sept., 1716; uum. in 1763. 

* 286 Archelaus, b. 29 May, 1718. 

287 Ephraim, b. 10 Feb., 1719-20; bapt. 3 Apr., 1720. 
288 Hannah, b. 4 Mar., 1721-2; d. in Amherst, N. H., 1802; m. (pub. 
22 Oct., 1746), Solomon, son of Ebenezer and Hannah 
(Gould) Hutchinson, of Souhe^an West (Amherst, N. H.), b. 
in Salem Village, 1721; d. Fayette, Me., about 1815. Ch. : Sol- 

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omon, b. In Salem Village, 10 Nov., 1750; d. in Fayette, Me., 
1821. Ebenezer, b. in Danvers, 22 Mar., 1753; d. in Ohio, 1828. 
Asa, b. in Amherst, N. H., 17 Nov., 1759; d. in Fayette, Me., 
27 June, 1848. Hlttie, b. 1760; d. Hillsboro, N. H., 1799; m. 

— Crain. Hannah, b. 1778; d. Sept., 1821. 

Nathaniel, b. 28 May, 1724; bapt. 21 June, 1724. 
Mehttable, b. 26 Feb., 1726-7; bapt. 19 Mar., 1726-7; m. Reuben 
Harrimau, of Haverhill, N. H. (see note, p. 86). (Salem Records 
state that on 4 June, 1747, Reuben Harrington of Haverhill, 
N. H., and Mehi table Putnam of Salem were married.) 
Kezia, ra. Marble. 

Nathaniel Putnam was a yeoman ami lived iu Danvers, 
perhaps part of the time in North Reading. Elected deacon 
of the First Church at Dauvers, Nov. 15, 1731. 

The following children and grandchildren were living in 

1763 and signed receipts for their share of the estate of widow 

Hannah Putnam. 

Son, Jacob Putnam. 
Daughter, Sarah Putnam. 

" Hannah Hutchinson. 
Son, Reuben Harriman, for his wife Me hi table. 
Daughter, Kezla Marble. 
Grandson, Archelaus Putnam, jr. 
Asa Putnam, for his daughter Hannah, a daughter-in-law of above 

Hannah Putnam deceased. 
Grandson, Eli aha Putnam. 
Grandchildren, Jeremiah and Sarah Hutchinson. 

IV. 121 Tarrant (Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), born in 
Salem Village, 12 Apr., 1688; died, 1732 or 1733; married 
8 June, 1715, Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth 
(Giles) Bacon, born 26 Nov., 1695 ; died 23 Aug., 1761. 

Administration was granted on his estate to his widow 
Elizabeth who was then with child, 10 Mar., 1732. Eliza- 
beth Putnam gave bonds with Nathaniel and Jonathan Put- 
nam. The will was probated 9 April, 1733. 

Children, all born and baptized at Salem Village : 

292 Tarrant, b. 3 Apr., bapt. 6 May, 1716. 

293 Elizabeth, b. 20 May ; bapt. 8 June, 1718 ; m. Samuel (Elcazer, 

John, John) Putnam (No. 159). 

294 Solomon, b. 5 June, bapt. 19 June, 1720; adm. on estate granted 

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to his brother Gideon, 26 Apr., 1752. Of Salem in 1747. Black- 
295 MutY, b. 26 April, bipt. 3 May, 1724; m. 27 Feb. 1752, Samuel 40 
298 Gidkon, b. 29 May, 1726; bapt. 12 June, 1726. 
297 Israel, b. 24 Sept., 1730; bipt. 27 Sept. 1730. 
298 Sarah, b. 29 Apr. 1733; bapt. 6 May, 1733, "of Elizabeth widow of 
Tarrant Putnam." On 14 May, 1752, guardianship was grauted 
to Samuel Putuam. 

Tarrant Putnam inherited the homestead from hU father 

under the bitter's will of date of 28 Oct., 1706. 

IV. 123 Benjamin {Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), born 
in Salem Village, 8 Jan., 1692-3; died at Danvers, 1744. 
His will is dated 28 May, and was proved, 15 Oct., 1744. 
He married, first, 9 June, 1715, at the Village, Bethiah, 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Hutchinson of Danvers, 
born 24 Dec, 1693, died 9 Dec, 1726; married, second, 5 
Mar., 1727-8, Abigail, daughter of John and Mary (Gould) 
Hutchinson of Danvers, au owu cousin of his first wife, born 
at Salem Village, 17 Mar., 1702 ; survived her husband. John 
Hutchinson, father of Abigail (Hutchinson) Putnam, was a 
farmer in Danvers, but owned land in Sutton, out of which 
he sold a farm to Cornelius Putnam. 

Children, by Bethiah, all born and baptized at the Village : 

299 A dau., b. 2 Sept.; d. 10 Oct., 1716. 

300 A dau., b. and d. 3 Oct., 1717. 

301 Benjamin, b. 12 Oct. ; bapt. 18 Oct., 1718; d. 2G Apr., 1796. 

3()2 A son, b. and d. 31 M»iy, 1721. 

303 Euxick, b. 21 May, bapt. 10 June, 1722; m. 19 Mar., 1739-40, Fran- 
cis, son of Samuel and Dorothy (Faulkner) Nurse, 41 b. in Danvers, 
6 June, 1717; d. there 7 Apr., 1780. They lived on the old Nurse 
homestead. Francis Nurse m., 2d, 1769, Hannah Endicott. Ch. : 
by Eunice (Putnam) were, Samuel, b. 25 Mar., 1742; d., unra. 
1766. Peter, b. 25 Mar., 1744; in. LydlaLaw, removed to Rock- 
ingham, Vt. Philip, b. 10 July, 1748. Eunice, b. 2 May, 1752; 
m. William Flske, of Amherst, N. H. Benjamtu, b. 5 Apr., 1755; 

*• According to the Endicott Genealogy printed in the X. E. H. & G. Rear., Vol. 1, she 
married Samuel, son of Samuel and Anna (Endicott) Endicott. b. in Danvers, 12 Mar., 
1717; d. 10 Dec, 1773. Ch. : Surah, b. 1753. Samuel, b. 17.V4. Solomon, b. 1757; Mary, 
b., 175$. Anna, b. 17<E2; d. unra. Deborah, b. 1767. 

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cl. 5 Feb., 1818; m. 20 Nov., 1781, Ruth Tarbell, and had twelve 
children. Among his descendants Is Benjamin Nurse Goodale, of 
Saco, Me. Phebe, b. 21 or 25 of Sept., 1757; d. unm. Jacob, b. 
11 May, 1760. Abigail, b. Jan. or .June, 13, 1762; m. 0. Spaalding, 
of Merrimnc, N. H. Edie or Edith, b. 17 May, 1765; m. John 
Odell, of Amherst. By the second marriage, there was one child : 
Allen, b. 80 July, 1771 ; m. Ruth Putnam and had the follow- 
ing children : Polly, Pamella, Ruth, Samuel, Endicott, Hannah, 

804 A son, b. and d. 10 Mar., 1725. 

805 A dan., b 26 Nov. ; d. 11 Dec., 1726. 

By Abigail : 

806 Abigail, b. 27 June, 1727, d. y. 

807 Abigail, b. 1 Jan., 1729; bapt. 4 Jan., 1729-30. 

Benjamin Putnam was of Danvers, was a yeoman, and of 
good estate. He joined with the church, 4 Mar., 1715. Be- 
thia, his wife, joined 30 Nov., 1715. 

In his will dated 28 May, 1744, he appoints his son Benja- 
min executor, and his brothers Stephen and Nathaniel to be 
overseers. His widow and children, Benjamin, Eunice and 
Abigail, are mentioned iu that instrument. 

IV. 124 Lieutenant Stephen {Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Salem Village, 27 Oct., 1G94; died 1772; 
married, at Salem, 30 May, 1718, Miriam, daughter of John 
and Hannah Putnam (No. 164) of Salem Village, born 9 
Feb., 1698. 

Children, born and baptized at Salem Village : 

308 Stephen, b. 19 Mar., 1718-19; bapt. 17 May, 1719; d. young. 

309 Miriam, b. 11, bapt. 18 Apr., 1721 ; m. 28 Jan., 1743-4, Elisha, son 

of Thomas and Mary (Putnam) Flint, a farmer of South Dan- 
vers, b. 22 July, 1715. Children: Mary, b. 12 Mar., 1744-6; m. 
4 Jan., 1765, Dea. Eleazer Spofford; lived in Jaflrey, N. H., and 
Bradford, Mass. Moses, b. 17 July, 1746 ; d 25 Nov., 1754. Re- 
becca, b. 25 Jan., 1749 ; m. 22 Apr., 1774, David KimbaU of Box- 
ford. Mehitabie, b. 9 Jan., 1758 ; m. 17 June, 1779, Bartholomew 
Brown of Danvers. Miriam, b. 4 Nov., 1759; d. 20 Oct., 1830; 
m. 5 Mar , 1777, Benjamin Putnam, jr. (Bewj.,* Benj., 4 Benj.f 
Nathl,* John 1 ), Hannah, b. 1 Nov., 1763; m. Parker Tyler of 
Townsend, Mass. 

310 Rufus, b. 10 Sept., 1723; bapt. 15 Sept., 1723. 

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311 Timothy, b. 9 Jan. ; bapt. 27 Mar., 1726-6. 

312 Phineas, b. 10, bapt. 16 June, 1728. 

313 Aaron, b. 30 Aug., bapt. 11 Oct., 1730. 

314 Sarah, b. 21, bapt. 25 Feb., 1732; m. Ingalls. 

315 Hannah, b. 13, bapt. 18 May, 1735 ; unra. in 1769. 

316 Moses, b. 23, bapt. 30 Sept., 1739. H. C. 1759. 

317 Stephen, b. 14 Feb., 1741. 

Stephen Putnam, senior, was occasion-illy honored with 
an election to some minor town office, but does not seem to 
have sought such preferment. In 1739, he was made lieu- 
tenant of the third company of foot in town of Salem. Lieut. 
Stephen's will is dated 1 Feb., 1769; proved 5 May, 1772. 
In it he mentions his wife Miriam and all his children except 
Rufus and Timothy. 

Mr. Gyles Merrill supplied the dates and names of the 
above-mentioned children from an old paper, evidently over 
a century old, given to his mother by a daughter of Miriam 
and JElisha Flint. 

IV. 125 Rev. Daniel (Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
bora in Salem Village, 12 Nov., 1696, died in Reading, 20 
June, 1759, married 25 Feb., 1718, Rebecca Putnam, bom 16 
Aug., 1691 (family record of Mrs. Howard has it 16 Aug., 
1695), who survived her husband. 

Children, born at North Reading (the majority of the dates, 

etc., given below are from a record in Rev. Daniel Putnam's 

own hand, made in one of the church books) : 

318 Rrbecca, b. 7 May, 1720; m. 21 Nov., 1751, Ebenezer Emerson of 
Lynnfleld, son of Ebenezer and Mary (Boutwell) Emerson of 
Reading, b. 1716-17. His first wife was Anna Nichols whom 
he m. 1746 and who d 1749. They had one son, Ebenezer, b. 
1747. By Rebecca he had Daniel, b. 1760, who inherited the 
homestead and m. 1781, Lucy, daughter of Isaac Pratt. 
319 Daniel, b. 8 Nov., 1721 ; d. 5 Nov., 1774. 
320 Aaron, b. 3 Oct., 1723; d. in infancy. 

821 Sarah, b. 5 Sept., 1724; d. 8 Apr., 1756; m. 18 Aug., 1742, Henry 

Ingalls of Andover. 

822 Hannah, b. 31 July, 1726; m. 7 May, 1747, James, son of Deacon 

WiUiam and Abigail (Nichols) Flint of North Reading, b 25 
July, 1724; d. 8 Oct., 1802. Children : James, b. 30 Mar., 1754; 
d. unm. Kendall, b. 6 Mar., 1756; d. y. Hannah, b. 5 Feb , 

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1759; m. 7 Sept., 1786, Benjamin Buxton. Samuel, b. 1 Sept. 
1761. James Flint, senior, m., 2nd, 10 July, 1765, Mary Hart 
and had : Mary, Adam, Jacob, Elizabeth, Mary, James, Charlotte, 
bapt., 1784. (See Eaton's Hist, of Reading.) 

823 Elizabeth, b. 28 May, 1728 ; m. 28 May, 1772, John Fayson of 

Fomfret, Conn. 

824 Mart, b. 18 May, 1780. 

825 Joshua, b. 23 Feb., 1732 ; d. 22 Nov., 1745. 
326 Aaron, b. 15 Dec., 1733. 

327 Bethiah, b. 29 Nov., 1735. 

828 Susannah, b. 17 April, 1737; d. 23 May, 1737. 

Rev. Daniel Putnam was graduated from Harvard Col- 
lege with Ihe class of 1717. His father had in bis will, pro- 
bated in April, 1715, given to him £150 for his learning. In 
1717, the North Precinct of Reading, which had been set off 
in 1713, voted "to settle a minister amongst them as fast as ! 

they can and in the best method they can." The next year 
it was voted "to give Mr. Daniel Putnam twenty acres of land, 
exchanged with Sergt. Flint and Sergt. Eaton, if Mr. Putnam 
be our minister." Also "to build Mr. Putnam an house of 
28 feet long, 19 feet wide, and fifteen feet stud, a 'Lenter' 
on the back side 10 feet stud, three chimneys, from the ground, 
and chamber chimney, and convenient parlor, and convenient 
well, in lieu of the 100 pounds, if Mr. Putnam find nails aud 
glass for the house." 

Mr. Putnam had been preaching in the North Parish some 
while, until they could settle a minister. He was married in 
the same year as the above offer was made and probably the 
two events were closely connected. It was not until 29 June, 
1720, that he was ordained. The church then consisted of but • 

thirty-nine members, hence his support from a financial point t 

of view, must have been slight. In 1722, the older parish of 
the town "took up a contribution in aid of Rev. Daniel Put- 
nam, of North Precinct, who is represented to be in great 
straits." The amount collected was £5-17s. In 1724, the j 

North Precinct voted "to apply to the Governor and Council | 

in relatiou to Mr. Putnam's troubles." In spite of the slight 
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parish was pleased with him and did what they could for him. 
We imagine that times became easier for him after the last 
entry. In 1759 his death occurred ; he was much lamented. 
During his ministry of thirty-uine years he had added 194 
persons to his church, baptized 491, and married 111 couples. 
He was succeeded by Bev. Eliab Stone in 1760. 4 * 

The house and farm of the Rev. Daniel Putnam are now, in 
1800, occupied by his descendant Henry Putnam, Esq., of 
North Beading. 

IV. 126 Deacon Israel Putnam {Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Salem Village, 22 Aug., 1699 ; died in Bed- 
ford, 12 Nov., 1760 ; married probably about 1720-21, Sarah, 
daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Giles) Bacon, of Biller- 
ica (that part now Bedford), born 25 Dec, 1696. 

Childreu, born in Bedford : 

329 Israel, b. 20 Mar., 1723; d. at Chelmsford, 23 Feb., 1800, aged 77 

years (g. s.). 

330 Benjamin, b. 2 Aug., 1725. 

331 Jonathan, b. 16 July, 1727. 

332 Sarah, b. 29 June, 1729; m. (pub. 6 Jan., 1750-1), Matthew Whip- 

ple of Salem. 

333 Elizabeth, b. IS July, 1731. 
334 Tarrant, b. 2 Sept., 1733. 

335 Mary, b. 8 Nov., 1735. 

336 Bridget, b. 11 Feb., 1737. 

Israel Pcjtnam left the homestead as soon as he was of 
age and bought, June 1, 1721, of John Lamon, fifty acres 
of land in Billerica. Here he settled and made a home for 
himself. This part of Billerica was set off as Bedford in 
1729, and Israel Putnam became the first constable of the 
town. He also was the first to bold the position of deacon 
in the first church established there. From time to time he 
added to his estate by buying adjoining lands ; and in 1763 
an inventory of his estate made by his widow Sarah, aud her 
son Israel amounted to £444. The old burying ground at 
Bedford was once part of his estate but he had given the land 
to the town for that purpose before his death. 

49 For an interesting account of the early ministers at Reading see Putnam's Monthly 
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IV. 127 Cornelius (Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), born 
Salem Village, 3 Sept., 1702 ; died in Sutton, 1761, will dated 
20 Apr., proved 29 May, 1761 ; married, first, 17 Nov., 1725, 
Sarah, daughter of Benjamin and Jane (Phillips) Hutchinsou 
of the Village, born 26 Dec., 1701 ; died in Sutton, 9 June, 
1741 ; married, second, 12 Nov., 1741, Elizabethfwidow of 

William Perkins of Sutton and daughter of Nelson of 

Newbury, born 18 April, 1734. 

Children : 

887 Sarah, b. 3 Jan., 1726; d. 30 May, 173S. 

838 Bethia, b. 18 Dec, 1728; not mentioned In her father's will. 

339 Cornelius, b. 28 May, 1730; m. 2 Aug., 1753, Elizabeth or Deborah 


340 Bknjamin, b. 13 May, 1732 ; d. j. 
341 Nathaniel, b. 3 May, 1734. 

842 Tarrant, b. 28 Mar., 1736. 

343 Bartholomew, b. 19 Apr., 1789; d. y. 

344 David. > 

345 Sarah, \ twln8 ' b ' 31 **• 1741 » d ' * 

By second wife : 

346 Sarah, b. 18 Mar., 1743; m. 16 Oct., 1765, Capt Archelaus Put- 

Dam (No. 432). 

347 Bartholomew, b. 21 Apr., 1745. 

348 David, b. 14 May, 1747. 

349 Elizabeth, b. 28 Sept., 1749. 

350 Anna, b. 21 Nov., 1754; d. y. 

Cornelius Putnam was probably settled in Sutton as 
early as 1726. He and his wife Sarah joined the church 
there in 1729, and in 1733-4 he was one of the selectmen. 
During his lifetime he was much respected and held many 

IV. 139 Elizabeth (Jonathan, John, John), born 
Salem Village, 2 Feb., 1686-7 ; died 8 Aug., 1728; married 
(pub. 9 Dec, 1708; John son of John and Lydia (Herrick) 
Porter of Wenham, born 21 July, 1683. He died about 1775. 
John Porter removed to Ellington, Conn., about 1740. 

Children, all born in Wenham : 

351 John, b. 16 Apr., 1710; d. 27 Jan., 1722. 

352 Jonathan, b. 1 Apr,, 1712; d. 5 July, 1783. 

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853 Elizabrth, b. 14 An?., 1714; d. Jan., 1715. 

854 David, b. 10 Mar., 1716, d. 22 Apr., 1716. 

355 Lydia, b. Sept., 1717; m. prob. Samuel Burroughs of Windsor 80 

Oct., 1745. 

356 Ruth, b. 28 Oct., 1719; prob. m. 1 Jan., 1743, Samuel Bowles. 
8*7 Danikl, b. 19 Sept., 1721; d. 5 Jan., 1760. 

858 John, b. 17 Jan., 1723 
858a Jerusha, b. 8 Nov., 1724. 
3586 Elizabeth, b. 28 May, 1726. 

IT. 142 Jonathan (Jonathan, John, John), born Salem 
Village, 8 May, 1691 ; died 17 Jan., 1732 (gravestone, Wads- 
worth cemetery) ; married 12 Feb., 1714-15, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Putnam (No. 80)*\ who 
married, second, 25 Nov., 1736, Capt. Benjamin, son of Ben- 
jamin and Sarah Houlton, of Salem, 44 born 14 Jan., 1689; 
died 1744. She was his second wife. She married, again, 
7 Nov., 1745, Edward Carlton of Haverhill. 45 Jonathan 
Putnam, jr., was a farmer in Salem. 

Children, all baptized at the church in Salem Village : 

359 Jonathan, b. 13 July, bapt. 24 July, 1715; d. 1762-3. 

360 David, b. 7, bapt. 17 Nov., 1717; guardianship to Israel Andrews, 

granted 3 June, 1732. 

361 Elizabeth, b. 28 Nov., 1719; bapt 19 June, 1720; d. 8 Aug., 1728. 

362 Aaron, b. 23, bapt. 31 Dec, 1721 ; d. 4 Aug., 1728. 

363 Nathaniel, b. 6, bapt. 8 Dec. 1723; in 1744, of Boston, clinlr- 

maker (Suffolk D. 208-74). Will dated 16 Jan., 1747; proved 
1 Aug., 1748; mariner; mentions sister Mary Cleaves, Elizabeth 
Cleaves, brother David Putnam. 

364 Mart, b. 19, bapt. 20 Feb., 1725-6; guardianship to Nathaniel 

Brown, 5 Dec, 1742; m. (pub. 9 Juue, 1744) William Cleaves, 
jr., of Beverly. 

365 Elizabeth, b. 19, bapt. 24 Nov., 1728; guardianship to Nathaniel 

Brown, 18 Dec, 1742; in. Cleaves. 

IV. 143 Esther (Jonathan, John, John), born in Salem 
Village 18 Nov., 1693 ; died ; married 22 June, 1721, 

"Rev. Jos. Orcen in his diary makes the following entry " Feb. 23, 1714-15, 1 went 
to Mrs. Joseph Putnam'* and married Jonathan Putnam." 

M Mrs. Sarah Houlton married for her second husband Capt. Benjamin Putnam (No. 

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Daniel, son of Samuel and Rebecca (Andrews) Marble, born 
5 Feb., 1693, died April, 1755. 
Children : 

865a Esther, b. Feb., 1723; d. 19 Jan., 1799; m., 1st, 18 Sept., 1746, 

Jonathan, son of William and Margaret (Derby) Osborn, b. 1722 ; 

d. 175£; m., 2nd, John, son of Benjamin Proctor, b. 1706; d v 

8 Sept., 1773. 
8666 Daniel, b. 1726; d. 80 Oct., 1776; m. Ann , b. 1728, d. 19 

Jan., 1779. 
865c Jonathan, b. 1730; d. Jan., 1730. 
365<2 Jonathan, b. 1732; d. 27 Mar., 1815. 
8656 John, b. 1734. 
365/ Samuel, b. 1735; d. 7 Jan., 1799; m. Abigail who yas b. 1738 and d. 

3 May, 1773. 

IV. 146 David (Jonathan, John, John), born Salem 
Village, baptized there, 8 Sept., 1706; died 3 Feb., 1760; 
married (published at Salem, 27 Apr., 1745) Anna, daugh- 
ter "of Samuel and Anna (Edwards) Houltou (of Danvers) 
born 4 Sept., 1729, died 25 Sept., 1763. 

Children, born Salem Village, baptized at North Parish : 

366 Eunice, bapt. 31 Mar., 1750-1. 
367 David, b. 15 July, 1755, bapt. 17 Aug., 1755. 
868 Houlton, bapt. 28 Aug., 1757, d. y. 

The will of David Putnam, jr., of Danvers, yeoman, is 
dated 8 Jan., 1760, and was proved 31 Mar., 1760. Men- 
tions his wife Anna and son David, under age. 

David (Joseph, Thomas, John) is usually styled senior on 
the records. 

IV. 148 Bartholomew (James, John, John), born 
Salem Village, 1KS7 ; baptized at Salem, Oct., 1688; died 
at sea 23 May, 1723 ; married 6 July, 1710, Mary, daughter 
of Joseph Putnam (No. 79) born 2 Feb., 1690-1. 

Children : 

369 Bartholomew, b. 3 Mar., bapt. 9 Mar., 1711-12. 

370 JosErn, b. 1, bapt. 15 Aujr., 1714. 
371 William, b. 1, bapt. 4 Aug., 1717. 

872 Mary, b. 19, bapt. 20 Sept., 1719. 

Bartholomew Putnam was of Salem. He was a mariner 

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as the following marine protest shows. It also throws light 
upon the dangers to which our early mercantile marine were 

Province of the Massachusetts * Anno Regni Regis Georgii Nunc 
Bay in New England Efsexf co ) Magna Brittaniae &c Nono. 

By this Publique Instrument of — Protest be 
it knowne & Manifest to all Christian People 
[seal] that on the Sixth day of July Anno Dom 1723. 

personally appeared before me Stephen Sewall 
Esq 1 ". Notary Publique at my office in Salem 
within the County & province af ores* Mr Nathan Putnam of Salem 
af ores'! Marriner Lately mate of Cap? Barthol . Putnam in the 
Skooner Efsex who Departed this Life at Sea on their pafsage from 
Jamaica to New England Since which the s* Nathan Putnam as is 
Customary in Such Cases was master and Commander in Cheife who 
for & in the nature of a protest Did on the Day afores* in Salem 
afores* Solemnly Declare make knowne & Averr in Manner follow- 
ing viz That on the 10* day of March 1722/3 they SetSayle from 
the Island of Saltateodos Laden with Salt their vefsell being very 
Leaky bound for New England that on the 12* day of March 
afores* at Night they Sprang thier foremast by reason of which & 
thier vefsells remaining very Leaky on the 14* they bore up to 
Jamaica where they arived the 24* of the Same month & after they 
had Stopt thier Leaks & Strengthned their mast refitted thier vef- 
sell what was necefsary which they were forc't to doe at a Great 
Disadvantage by Selling a Considerable parcell of Salt— being at a 
Low rate there; on the 24* of Aprill 1723 they Set Sayle from 
Port Royal in Jamaica bound for Salem in New England & on the 
8* of may following in the Latti** of 2 1 Degrees North Latt : they 
unhappily met with Loe the famous pyrate who had 2 Sloops or 
vefsells under his Command and the Pyrats Carried the Master 
Bartho 1 ? Putnam & 2 of our men on board the vefsell he himselfe 
was aboard & the rest of us on board the Lefser pyratical vefsell 
Called the ranger & then the Pyrates went on board our vefsell 
broke open the Chests Trunks & Ransackt & tooke away what 
Silver & Gold was aboard that they could find & the Cloths & 
Every thing Else they See cause beat the master with the Cuttlash 
& on the 9* of May Dismist us when we made the best of our way 
to New England on the 231 day of May our Master Cap? Barthol? 

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Putnam Dyed haveing been Sick from the time they Came out of 
Jamaica & that on the 5^ day of July 1723. they arived at Salem 
in New England with about Twenty Tunn of Salt. 
Wherefore I the Notary afore's* at the motion & request of the s* 
Nathan Putnam doe Solemnly protest against the Leakinefs of the 
vefsell the Springing of the fore mast & their being taken & plun- 
dered by the Pyrates to be the Causes & the onely Causes of all the 
Lofses Damages Delays hindrances Demurrages Mischeives Incon- 
veniencies already Suffered & Sustained or hereafter to be Suffered 
& Sustained, this Done an protested the day & year aboves*. In 
Testimonium — veritatis Signo meo manuali Solito Signavi & 
S-gillum apposui Rogatus. 

Stephen Sewall Not? Pub c . M 
John Gray & Timothy Mackmazza Two of the Crew — 
made oath to the Truth of the matter of fact Contained 
in the foregoeing protest. 
Sworne by both July 8 l . h 1723. Curiam 

Steph Sewall Just peace 

On 20 July, 1723, administration on his estate was granted 
to his father James Putnam and to his brother-in-law, Israel 
Porter. The father died shortly afterward and the duties of 
settling the estate devolved upon James Putnam, jr., who on 
29 Dec, 1729, rendered an inventory of the estate. On 18 
June, 1733, Sarah, widow of Israel Porter, is appointed ad- 
ministratrix on this estate and on 29 June, 1733, a division 
was effected in which Bartholomew, Joseph, William, and 
Mary, participated. 

During 1736-38, the three sons disposed of lands which 
had come to them from estate of their uncle Nathan. 

This seems to have been one of the most thrifty of the 
Putnam families, a trait which has shown itself iu many of 
James Putnam senior's, descendants. 

IV. 149 James (James, John, John), born Salem 
Village, 1689 ; died probably late in the winter of 1763 ; will 
dated 6 July 1751, proved 14 Jan., 1764, inventory 1 Apr., 
1765 ; married (published 15 Jan., 17 14-15), Ruth, daughter 

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: JAMES (JOHN). PUTNAM, Vf ,141 

of Col. John and Ruth (Gardner) Hathorne, of Salem, bap- 
tized Sept., 1694; living in 1751. 
Children, born in Salem Village : 

373 Sarah, bapt. No. Parish, 4 Dec, 1715; m. (pub. 28 Nov., 1733) 

Jonathan Browne of Newbury. 

374 Ebknezkr, b. ,1717; bapt. No. Parish 20 Oct., 1717; d. 12 

Aug., 1788. 

375 Archelaus, b. , 1721; bapt. No. Parish, 14 May, 1721. 

376 Abidk, not on town or church records ; d. y. 

877 Nathan, not on town or church records ; d. $. p. 
378 Jambs, b. , 1720 ; bapt. No. Parish, 31 July, 1736. 

Jambs Pqtnam lived in the house just to the southeast 
of Oak Knoll on the same road. The house is still standing 
in a fine state of preservation. The following entry is of 
interest in this connection; 4 Feb., 1714, Israel Porter, 
Junior, conveys to James Putnam Sr., mason, three and 
one-half acres of land, "on which his son James hath lately 
built him a house." He had joined the church on 4 Sept., 
1713, and was probably married about the time of the above 
deed. His wife belonged to one of the most influential families 
in Salem. 

During his long life James Putnam took considerable 
interest in town affairs. He was one of those who succeeded 
in obtaining the establishment of the District of Dan vers and 
was elected tythingman at the March meeting in 1758. 
Previous to this he had been surveyor of highways in 1729, 
and in 1747 was selectman from the "Farms." In 1730, 
he paid the ninth largest tax in the Village. His will is 
given below. 


In the Name of God Amen I James Putnam of Salem in 
the county of Essex yeoman being att this time in a good 
measure of health, and of Perfect mind and memory. 
Thanks be given Unto God, but Calling unto mind the 
mortal I ity of my body. And not knowing how soon it may 
Please God to Take me out of this world Do make and 
ordain this my last Will and Testament viz: Principally 

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and first of .all I give and recommend my Soul into the 
Lands of God that gave it. And my body I Recommend to 
the earth to be Buried in Decent Christian Buriel. And 
Touching Such Worldly estate wherewith it hath Pleased 
God to Bless me in this Life. I give & dispose of the same 
in the following manner & Forme. 
. Imp* I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved wife Ruth the 
use and improvement of one-third part of all my real Estate 
during her natural life I also give to my said Wife all my 
household goods within door Forever. 

Item 1 give to my daughter Sarah Brown one pound six shill- 
ings Lawfull money wbich is her full Portion out of Estate 
with what I have given her att her marriage. 

Item I give to my son Ebenezer Putnam Twenty-eight Pounds 
Thirteen shillings and four pence Lawfull money which is 
his full Portion out of my Estate with what I have given 
him before viz a Liberall Education and other things. 

Item I give to my son James Putnam one pound Eight shill- 
ings Lawfull money which is his full Portion out of my 
estate with what I have given him before viz : a Liberall 
Education and other things. 

Item I give to my son Archelous Putnam and to his heirs and 
assigns forever all my lands and all the buildings standing 
thereon situated in said Salem and Middletou with all the 
Priviledges and Appurtinances thereunto belonging. I 
also give to my said son Archelous all my live stock of 
creatures. And all my Personal Estate that I have not 
Disposed of and further my will is that my said son Arche- 
lous Shall pay all and every of the aforesaid Legacies 
within the space of two years after my Decease and be 
shall pay all my just Debts, and the charges of a Decient 
funeral for my self and my said wife out of what Estate I 
have given him in and by this will. And I hereby consti- 
tute and appoint my said son Archelous Putnam to be my 
sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and I do 
hereby Revoke and Disanull all and every other Former 
Testament Wills Legacies and Bequeaths Ratifying this 
and no other to be my last will and Testament in witness 
whereof I have hereto sett my hand and seal this sixth Day 

of July A. D. 1751. 

James Putnam [Seal] 

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Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said James 
Putnam as his last will and Testament in the Presence of us 
Elijah Porter \ 

Israel Clark jr > Essex fs Ipswich January the 14 1764 Before the 
Dorothy Porter* Hon"* John* Choate Esq Judge of Probate this 
will was Proved Approved and allowed. 

IV* 154 Jethro (James, John, John) , baptized Salem 

Village, 2 May, 1702; died 1751; married 14 Apr., 

1726 Anne (No. 84), daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth 
(Porter) Putnam, who survived her husband. 

Children, born in Salem Village : 

379 Huldah, bapt. 16 Apr., 1727; d. 1 May, 1802; m. 8 Jan., 1746, 
Deucon John, son of Capt. Samuel and Ruth (Putnam) Flint, 
ofMlddleton. Ch. : Jeremiah, b. 28 June, 1749. Ruth. Auna, b. 
26 July, 1753 ; m. Enoch Perley. John, b. 1 Mar., 1756. 
380 Enoch, b. 18 Feb., bapt. 26 Feb., 1731-2. 

381 Rbbrcca, bapt. 6 Sept., 1736; m. Peter (Caleb, John, John, John), 


382 Nanny, bapt. 18 Feb., 1738-9 ; prob. d. y. 

Jethro Putnam lived on the old Putnam place, now Oak 
Knoll. In 1730, his name stood tenth on the tax list for the 
Village. Although holding a good position and good property 
he seems not to have taken much part in public affairs. 

His will is dated 24 Jan. and was proved 18 Feb., 1750-1. 
In it he mentions his wife, his daughter Huldah Flint, his 
daughter Rebecca, under eighteen years of age, and son 

IV. 156 Eleazer (Eleazer, John, John) bora Salem 
Village, 8 Sept., 1695; died Preston, Conn., 13 Jan., 1741 ; 
married at Preston, 7 Jan., 1730, Mrs. Hannah (Williams) 
Billings of Groton, Couu., who died Aug., 1780, aged 

Eleazer Putnam settled in Preston, Conn., previous to 
1730. He was a farmer there and much respected. 

Children, born at Preston : 

883 Apphia, b. 9 Oct., 1731 ; d. 1800; m. Samuel Andrews of Groton, 
Conn. Ch. : Eleazer, of Preston. Ellsha. Lucy. Eunice. Sally. 

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384 John, b. 18 May, 1734; d. 10 Aug., 1786. ~ 

385 Charles, b. 13 Oct., 1737. 
386 Eunice, b. 2 Nov;, 1740; d. y. 

VI. 158 Jeptha (Eleazer, John, John), born Salem 
Village, 24 Aug., 1699 ; died in Sutton, 23 Apr., 1772 ; mar- 
ried, first, 11 Mar., 1728, Ruth Fuller, who died 1742-3, or, 
according to the History of Sutton, Ruth Ray; married, 
second, at Beverly, 8. Jan., 1746, Mrs. Ruth Hayward of 
Beverly, born, 1727 ; died Jan., 1779. 

Children, probably all born in Sutton : 

887 Benajah, b. 27 Aug., 1725; d. y. 
388 Samuel, b. 19 May, 1727 4i . 

389 Hannah, b. 13 Aug., 1728"; m. 28 May, 1748, Benjamin son of 

Benjamin and Ruth (Conant) Woodbury of Sutton (formerly of 
Beverly), b. 5 Feb., 1726; d. Royalston, 17 Oct., 1793, whence he 
had removed from Sutton in 1760. Ch. all but last b. in Sutton : 
Benajah, b. 21 Feb., 1748. Ruth, b. 12 Feb., 1749. Apphta, b. 31 
July, 1751. Elizabeth, b. 21 Men., 1753. Lot, b. 10 July, 1755. 
Jt»s*>e, b. about 1758. Hannah, b. about 1760. A child, b. Royalston. 

390 Ebenkzer, b. 22 Feb., d. 5 Mar., 1730. 
391 Fuller, b. 13 Jan., 1731 40 . 

392 Ruth, b. 18 Oct., 1732 or 83"; m. 5 Nov., 1751, Stephen Holman 
of Suttou, whod. 15 Nov., 1800. Ch. : Ruth, b. 13 Sept., 1754. 
Stephen, b. 7 Dec, 1756. Judith, b. 21 Feb., 1759. Called 
" Ruth Bartlett " In her father's will dated 18 Oct., 1763. 
393 John, b. 27 July, 1738 46 . 
894 Mary, b. 23 Oct., 1741". 

395 Benajah, b. 7 Sept., 1747". 

396 Gideon, 4 * b. — . 

Jeptha Putnam probably moved to Sutton as early 
or earlier, than 1725. 26 Dec, 1723, John Hutchinson of 
Salem, husbandman, sold for £150, to Jeptha Putnam of 
Salem, carpenter, a farm of 129 acres, more or less of said 
farm being in town of Sutton. This grant bounded on 
the west on Cornelius Putnam's land. This deed was done 
at Salem ; but on 14 Dec, 1726, Jeptha Putnam "of Sutton 
or living on the farm formerly Mr. Davenport's of Boston 
that adjoius to the town of Sutton " for £80, sells to Isaac 

*• Mentioned in wiil of Jeptha Putuam" liousewright " dated 18 Oct., 1768, proved 
4 May, 1772. 

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Putnam of Topsfield, yeoman, thirty-three acres of Daven- 
port's farm which bounded ou said Isaac's land. This was 
done at Sutton and ElUha Putnam and Jonathan Fuller were 
witnesses. Both Jeptha and his wife Ruth were admitted 
to the church at Sutton, 6 Oct., 1728. His son Fuller 
inherited the farm and lived there. 

IV. 159 Samuel (Eleazer, John, John), born in Salem 
Village, 30 May, 1707; died there, 14 or 15 Dec, 1781; 
married there. 29 Dec, 1736, Elizabeth (No. 293), daughter 
of Tarrant and Elizabeth (Bacon) Putnam, born 10 or 20 
May, 1718 ; died 21 May, 1784. 4T 

Children, born and baptized in Salem Village : 

806a Elizabeth, b. ,1736; d. 14 Apr., 1791; m. Daniel Putnam. 

397 Samukl, b. 13 June, bapt. 14 June, 1741; d. 1786. 
398 Martha, b. » Sept., 1742; bapt. 27 Mar., 1742-3; d. 3 Sept., 1821 ; 

m. , John, son of John and Elizabeth (Jacobs) Endicott 

of Salem, b. 1739, bapt. 7 June, 1741, d. 4 Mar., 1816. Ch. : 
Samuel, b. June, 1763; in. Elizabeth (No. 632), dan. of William 
Putnam of Sterling. 4 * John, b. 13 Jan., 1765; m., 1st, Mary 
Putuam. Moses, b. 19 Mar., 1767. Ann, b. Jan., 1769; m. Sol- 
omou Giddings of Beverly. Elizabeth, b. Aug., 1771 ; m. James 
Gray of Saiem. Jacob, b. 9 July, 1773 ; d. 1816. Martha, b. Sept., 
1775; m. Jeremiah Page of Dan vers. Nathan, twin with Martha, 
d. y. Sarah, b. Sept., 1778; d. y., unm. Rebecca, b. 20 May, 1750; 
m. Daniel Hardy. William, b. 1782; d. unm., 1806. Timothy, 
b. 27 July, 1785; d. $. p.; m. Harriett Martin of Sterling. John, 
Endicott, the father of the above children, was a great, great 
grandson of Doctor Zerubbabel Endicott who had the law suit 
with Nathaniel Putnam and Allen. Zerubbabel was son of Gov- 
ernor John Endicott. 

899 Takrant, b. 8, bapt. 26 Feb., 1743-4; d. 14 Apr., 1776. 

400 Rufus^ b. 31 Mar., bapt. 6 Apr., 1746; d. 21 Nov., 1749. 

401 Solomon, b. 13, bapt. 20 Nov., 1748; d. 12 Nov., 1749. 

402 Rufus, b. 18 Oct., bapt. 11 Nov., 1750; d. 1 Sept., 1757. 

403 Ruth, b. 28 bapt. 31 Mar.. 1751. 

404 Haxxah,4>. 19 bapt., 25 Mar., 1753; d. 20 Aug., 1757. 

405 Mary, b. 24 Oct., bapt. 16 Nov., 1755; d. 26 Aug., 1757. 

" Another authority No?. 5 or 31st and another 19 May. 

«• Their son, William Putnnm Bmlicott (b. 5 Mar>, 1*08: in. Feb. 1826. Mary. dan. of 
Hon. Jacob Crowntnshield), was father of the lion. William C. Endicott (b. 19 Nov., 
182B), late Secretary of War under I're-ident Cleveland. Hid dau., Mary C, m. 15 Nov., 
1888, Hon. Joseph Chamberlain of Birmingham, England. 


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406 Eleazeb, b. 4, bapt. 6 May, 1759 ; d 80 May, 1836. 

407 Hannah, b. 1, bapt. 28 Feb., 1762; d. 23 Aug., 1796; in. 11 Dec, 

1783, Major Elijah Flint 

Samuel Putnam was a man of considerable influence in 
Danvers. He was much respected by his townspeople, this 
fact being shown by the frequency with which he was called 
to occupy the various town offices. At one time he lived in 
Topsfield, but the most of his life was spent in Danvers. 

His will is dated 1 Mar., 1781 ; was proved 7 Jan., 1782. 
In it he styles himself " of Danvers, Yeoman ; " he mentions 
his wife Elizabeth, son Eleazer to be executor; his daughter 
Elizabeth wife of Daniel Putnam, his daughter Hannah, his 
granddaughters Lydia, Mary, and Sarah, daughters of his 
son Samuel, deceased, also Sally, Betsey, Samuel, Perley, 
children of his son Tarrant. 

IV. 160 Henry (Eleazer, John, John), born in Salem 
Village, 14 Aug., 1712 ; killed at Lexington, 19 Apr., 1775 ; 
married Hannah . 

Children : 

408 Hknry, b. 1737 (by a curious error the record dates his birth as 

1747), bapt. at the church in Salem Village, 2 Dec., 1753. 
400 Elbazkk, b. 5 June, bapt. 13 Aug., 1738. 
410 Elijah, b. 23, bapt. 26 July, 1741. Probably the Elijah who was 
graduated from Harvard CoUege, 1766. 
411 Roger, b. 10, bapt. 16 Oct., 1743. 
412 John, b. 11 Oct., bapt. 13 Oct., 1745; administration on his estate 
granted to' his father, with Caleb Brooks and Thomas Reed as 
bondsmen, 9 May, 1763. (According to the Perley Putnam MSS. 
this John had removed to St. John.) 

413 Billings, b. 11 May, 1749. • 

414 Benjamin, b. 26 Aug., bapt. in Salem Village, 15 Sept., 1751; d. 

Savannah, Ga., 1801. 

There is considerable difficulty in tracing the history of 
this family as the father left Danvers and his son Henry 
seems to have remained there, causing some confusion in 
regard to localities ; added to this are various contradictory 
statements received from descendants now scattered through- 
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knowledge by the tradition which variously states that Heuty , 
senior, and Heury, junior, were killed at Lexington. 

The whole life-history of both father and son would un- 
doubtedly prove interesting as they seem to have had the 
same love of adventure, the reckless bravery and patriotism 
of Gen. Israel Putnam, with whom they were allied by mar- 
riage as well as blood. 

There is a romantic story concerning the courtship of 
Henry Putnam. It is related that on one of his journeys 
from Medford to Connecticut, he stopped over night at Bol- 
ton, fell in love with his host's daughter, proposed in the 
morning, was immediately married and with his bride drove 
back her dowry consisting of two cows and twelve sheep. 

He is said to have been at the capture of Louisburg ; being 
in command of a company there ; his son Henry was also 
there from Danvers. 

In 1738, he united with his brother, Samuel Putnam of 
Topsfield and their mother Elizabeth, in a deed of sale of land 
in Danvers to Benjamin and Joseph Knight. In or about 
the year 1745, he sold his father's homestead to Phineas 
Putnam, but had not disposed of all his property in Danvers 
as he was on the tax list there in 1752, and on the 4th of 
March of that year was one of the three tellers at the first 
town meeting in Danvers to collect and count the votes for 
selectman. At this meeting he was chosen surveyor of 
lumber. Probably about this time he removed to Charlestown 
as the name of Henry Putnam does not occur on the Danvers- 
tax list until 1757, when we may suppose it is the son and 
not the ftther who is mentioned. 

Henry Putnam 49 was taxed in Charlestown from 1756- 
1765 (he had purchased of J. Hartwell, forty-five acres in 
1753), kept school without the neck. He was then styled 
w Gentleman " and, according to Wyman, from Danvers. 

On 9 May, 1763, Henry Putnam, of Charlestown, "Gentle- 

"Slnce writing the above all dotibt aa to the identity of Henry of Charlestown has* 
vanished; see will of Nathaniel Boardman in Sssex Probate. 

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man/' was appointed administrator on estate of his son John 
late of Charlestown. It appeal's from the above extracts that he 
was more or less of a soldier, a scholar, and a man of some 
consequence, else he would not have had the title of gentle- 
man. Some time, soon after 1763, he probably removed to 
Medford and was perhaps there when the Alarm of the l'Jth 
of April was sent out and may have joined his old friends 
among the Danvers minute men. It is worthy of notice that 
the Danvers militia marched from Danvers to West Cam- 
bridge, a distance of over sixteen miles, in four hours. It was 
at West Cambridge that the greatest loss was met with by the 
Americans ; it was at that point that the Danvers companies, 
hoping to intercept the retreating British, took possession of 
a small, walled enclosure and with shingles attempted to form 
a breastwork. There were nearly two hundred men from 
Danvers and Beverly. Henry Putnam, senior, of Medford, 
was killed, his son Henry badly wounded, Perley Putnam 
was killed and his brother Nathan wounded ; all hut the first 
being members of the Danvers company. Another son of 
Henry, Eleazer, who went out with his company from Med- 
ford, was near or among the Danvers men. 

There Henry Putnam gave up his life for his country at the 
age of sixty-three years ; he had volunteered his services as he 
was exempt from military duty. I have seen it stated that 
five of his sons were there. His son Henry remained in Med- 
ford wounded, probably at the home of his brother Eleazer; 
but was at the battle of Bunker Hill. 

IV. 162 Caleb (John, John, John) , born in Salem Village, 
14 Feb., 1693-4 ; died 1757 ; married, Salem Village, 7 Dec, 
1720, Silence Phillips, daughter of Jacob 50 and Sarah (Ren) 
Phillips, born 8 Dec, 1689. The Salem Records state that 
her name was Duncklee. He married, second, Elizabeth . 

•• Jacob Phillips died of *mall pox 19 Sept., 1680, aged 27 (record of Rev. Saml. 
Parrii*). Mr. Moses Prince thinks the stone, from which the Inscription i« chipped off; 
bore date 24 Aug., 1689. Jt .was erected in tue Wads worth Cemetery. The widow 
m„ 2d, James Pcinoe. 

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Children,. born in Sulem Village, and baptized there : 

415 Moses, b. 18 Not., bapt. 3 Dec, 1721 ; d. 5 Oct., 1736. 

416 Mehitablk, b. 6, bapt. 10 Nor., 1723 ; m. Archelaus Putnam. 
417 Caleb, b. 10, bapt. 13 Feb , 1725; d. 17 Apr., 1751. 

418 John, b. 25, bapt. 31 Dec., 1727; d. 25 (or 21) Aug., 1728. 

419 Maby, b. and bapt. 8 Not., 1729; d. 12 Mar., 1734. 

420 John, b. 28, bapt. 28 Apr., 1738. 
421 Peter, b. 8, bapt. 6 July, 1735. 

422 Moses, b. 81 Aug., bapt. 4 Sept, 1787. 
428 Mart, b. 16, bapt. 29 July, 1739. 

Caleb Putnam was a farmer in Danvers. His name 
does not occur on the tax lwts of that town, later than 1756. 
Both he and his wife Silence owned the covenant at the 
church at Salem Village, 1 Oct., 1721, admitted to full com- 
muuion 5 Apr., 1728. No descendant in the male line now 
lives in Danvers. 

IV. 165 Moses (John, John, John), bora in Salem 
Village, 29 May, 1700 ; baptized 9 June, 1700. 
Children : 

424 Moses. 

425 Caleb. 

426 Petkb. 

427 John. 

Of Moses I have no record. His name is not on the tax 
list or town or church records of Danvers. 

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V. 176 Samuel (Thomas, Tliomas, Tliomas, John), 
born in Salem Village, baptized there 5 Jan., 1723-4; died 
in Lunenburg, 2 Jan., 1775, aged fifty-two ; married 4 April, 
1742, Sarah Nurse, living 1777." 

Children, 52 born and baptized in Salem Village : 

428 Elizabeth, b. 24 Nov., 1744. 

429 Thomas, b. 10 Nor., 1747; d. 2G Dec, 1747. . I 

430 Sarah, b. 10 Nov., 1748; d. July, 1787. 

481 Anna, b. 8 May, 1758 ; d. 8 June, 1758. ' 

482 Mitchell, b. 18 June, d. 25 June, 1754. 
488 Mary, b. 4 July, 1755; d. 20 Sept., 1789. 

484 Samuel, b. 4 May, 1757 ; d. 26 May, 1758. 

485 Samuel, 1 twl b 80 Jul m8 t d. 12 Aug., 1758. 

486 Anna, J \ d. in New Hampshire. 
437 Elijah, b. 1 June, 1761; d. 11 Aug., 1825; bapt. in Lunenburg. 

438 Lucy, b. 15 Nov., 1764; d. 11 Aug., 1825. 

439 Clarissa, b. 9 Jan., 1768; d. 11 May, 1794. 

Samuel Putnam, in 1752, was elected one of the first 
tythingmen chosen by the new town of Danvers. On 4 
Sept., 1757, he was chosen deacon of the church, but soon 
afterward removed to Lunenburg and was chosen deacon of 
the church there. He was selectman of Lunenburg, 1767-70. 

V. 184 Ebenezer ( Seth, Tliomas, Thomas, John), \ 

liorn in Billerica, 8 Aug., 1719 ; died in Charlestown, N. H., 
2 Feb., 1782 ; married Mary Parker, who married, second 
(published 27 Feb.), 1791, Capt. Sylvanus, son of Dr. John 
and Hannah (White) Hastings, of Charlestown, born 22 Mar., 

1721, died 12 Jan., 1807 ; she was his second wife. 


»» Probably daughter of Ebeneser and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Nurse; If so, b. 14 Not., 
"Did he also have a daughter Martha, b. 9 Sept., 1742? 


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Children, bom in Charlestowii, N. H. : 

440 Seth, b. 24 Aag. ; d. 26 Sept., 1746. 

441 Mauv, b. 4 Jan., 1747-8; d. 12 Aag., 1762. 

442 Ruth. b. 13 Jan.* 1749-50; d. Canada, 1823; m. Solomon Grout, b. 

27 June, 1751; Ch. : Ebenezer, b. 12 April, 1772; d. 4 July, 1775. 
Solomon, b. 20-21 Jan., 1774, m. 8ebra Allen of Middlesex, Vt. 
Jesse, b. 15 May, 1775; d. 16 Sept., 1776. Charlotte, b. 29 
Nov., 1777; d. 7 or 12 Mar., 1829; m. William McCllntock of 
Elmore, Vt. Ebenerer, b. 9 April, 1779; d. 12 Mar., 1853; m. 
Abigail Clarke, of Rockingham, Vt. Ruth, b. 24 Nov., 1780; m., 
1st, 1812, Joslah Hart of Charlestowu, N. H. ; 2d, Judah Center 
of Chatham, Canada. Polly, b. I Sept., 1782; m. Philip Wheeler 
of Morrlsville, Vt. Levi, b. 7 or 14 July, 1784 ; d. 28 Oct., 1820, 
m. Polly Nichols. Don, M b. 6 or 12 Mar., 1786; d. 22 Jan., 1841, 
m. 4 April, 1811, Bealah Elmore, b. Sharon, Ct.,28Feb., 1787; d. 
22 April, 1864, Phtla, b. 20 Aug., 1788; d. uum. 8 Oct., 

443 Ebekkzer, b. 25 Jan., 1751-52. 

444 Seth, b. 9 Aug., 1754. 

445 Levi, b. 11 Feb., 1757. 

446 Rebecca, b. 15 May, 1759; d. Charles town, 1819; m. Julius SHs- 

bee. Ch. : Polly ; Uriah ; Isaac, b. 28 Jan. 1787; Betsey 

; Samuel ; Theodosia ; Carollue ; Seth j 


447 Pamelia, b. 25 May, 1761; d. Charlestown, 1831; ra. Moses, son of 

Ensign Mo*es aud Elizabeth (Holden) Wheeler, b. 29 Aug., 1752. 

Ch. : George . Laura, b. 81 Oct., 1784. Horace, b. 12 May, 

1792. William, b. 15 Jan., 1796. Lncia, b. 18 Sept., 1800, d. 
1814. Marcia, b. 7 Feb., 1803. 

448 Mary, b. 22 April, 1763; d 8 Oct., 1781. 
448a Isaac, b. 6 May, 1765 ; d. 24 Jan., 1766. 
449 Isaac, b. 27 May. 1706. 

450 Tkrza, b. 4 Ang., 1768; m. Nathan Benton. Ch. :Fanny ; 

Laura—; Polly ; Hyrara ; Permelia ; Charlotte 

; Clarissa ; Phila . 

451 Jacob, b. 18 Mar., 1771. v 

452 Benjamin, b. 27 Dec, 1775. 

M The ch. of Don and Bealah Grout were: Jesse C, b. 16 Jan. 1818; d. nnro. 14 Feb., 
1842. Phtla. b 18 July. 1813; m. Edwin Richmond. Ralph, b. 4 Mar., 1815; d. 10 Nov., 
1825. Horace, b April. 1816; m. Mel In la Bnllock. Silvia, b. Feb., 1818; m. George 
Hill, who was b. Montpeller, Vc, 18 May, 1806; d. Medway, Mas*., 15 4 an., 1875; their 
ch. are the Rev. Calvin brout Hill, Don Gleason Hill, the Dedham antiquary. Rev. 
George Edwin Hill, and William Franois Hill. Levi, b. 4 Mar., 1821; d. 22 Sept^ 1821- 
( Major) Lnman M., b. 9 Mar., 182S ; m., 1st, Philura French ; m., 2d. , Saraii, b. 1 Jan.' 

1825; m. Nathan Camp. Calvin, b. 4 Aug., 1828; d. 22 Feb , 1842. 

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Ebenezer Putnam was early in Number Four or what is 
now Charlestown^ being one of the grantees. He was there 
in 1745, and in 1746 was on Col. Josiah Willard's roll of the 
company stationed at Fort Dummer ; also in 1748 and several 
of the following years. He also served under Capt. Phineas 
Stevens. The early settlers of Number Four had to contend 
with the French and Indians, who were constantly hovering 
about these frontier posts on the Connecticut. 

Fort Dummer was a post established by Massachusetts to 
protect her frontier and when, in 1745, New Hampshire, 
having previously obtained a grant of this country from the 
King, refused to garrison the posts on the Connecticut, 
Massachusetts sent troops to Fort Dummer, under Capt. Wil- 
lard, and later a troop of Rangers under Capt. Stevens to 
Number Four. Shortly after Capt. Stevens' arrival, that place 
repulsed a fierce Indian attack. Many of the troopers under 
both of these captains were former settlers from Massachusetts, 
in that section of the country, among them the Putnams. 

Ebenezer Putnam helped to form the first church at Num- 
ber Four, and was one of the first ten male members. Ho 
was also their first deacon. He was selectman in 1755, '56, 
'61, '(>5, and moderator 1765, '66, '69. 

V. 189 Thomas (Seth, Thomas, Thomas, John), lmrn in 
Billerica, 22 Oct., 1728 ; died in Charlestown, N. H. 20 Aug., 
1814; married in Lunenburg, Mass., 24 Jan., 1754, Rachel, 
daughter of Capt. Ephraim and Joanna (Bellows) Wetherbee 
of Charlestown, born 3 April, 1733, died 12 June, 1812. 

Children, born in Lunenburg: 

452a Hkpsibeth, b. 2 Feb., 1755. 
ibib Susannah, > ta b M g m6# 
452c Skth. 5 

452<l Thomas, b. 27 Feb., 1758. 

Children, born in Charlestown : 

453 Ephraim, b. 16 Oct., 1759; d. 16 Oct., 1769. 

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454 Rachel, b. 9 i^piiK 1761; published 1 Nov., 1792, to James 

ThurberofSt. Johnsbury. 
465 Joanna, b. 80 Dec, 1763; m. Samuel, son of Joseph and Huldah 
Willard, of Charlestown. She was his secoud wife ; they had 
twelve children. 
456 Abijah, b. 81 Jan., 17C5. 
467 Abel, b. 29 June, 1766. 

458 Elisha, b. , 1768; m. 1791. 

469 Hepsy, b. , 1767; d. nnro. 

460 Ephradi, b. 9 June, 1770, never married. 

461 Martha, b. Acworth ; m. Charlestown 24 Nov., 1802, John 

Hackett. Ch. : Betsy; Harvey, b. 1810, a soldier In the Mexican 
and Civil wars; d. at New York, 17 June, 1864, from wounds 
received before Richmond, of 11th Vt. Battery M; in. 27 April, 
1854, Charlotte dau. of Nathan and Nancy (Grtnnell) Putnam, 
q. v. b. 28 Mar., 1818. Ch.: Henry Clark, b. 11 Feb., 1855, at 
Charlestown, N. H. 

462 Dorothy, b. Acworth. 

463 Asa, b. Acworth. 

464 Abigail, ; m. (pub. 6 Dec.) 1812, John Temple, son of Timo- 

thy and Hannah (Glidden) Holden, b. 17 Jan., 1793. Ch: John 
Temple, b. 9 Feb., 1818; see History Charlestown. 

Thomas Putnam took part in the French and Indian wars 
as soon as he was able to bear arms, for in 1750 we find his 
name on the roll of Capt. Stevens' company at Number Four. 
Shortly after this we find him settled iu Luneuburg, but in 
1759 he it* again at Charlestown. He marched from Acworth 
to Beunington in August, 1777, in Capt. Abel Walker's com- 
pany and may have taken part in the battle of Beunington, 
where, according to Stark, " had every man been an Alex- 
ander, or a Charles oi Swedeu, they could uot have behaved 

In civil and religious affairs Thomas Putnam was more 
prominent ; he was oue of the first members of the church at 
Charlestown and afterward their deacon. After his return to 
Charlestown from Acworth, where he had gone in 1771 to 
live in the southern part of the town, ho was standing 
moderator of the church meetings from 1793. During his 
residence in both towns he was constantly in office. In 
Acworth he was the first justice of the peace, likewise the 
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Moderator of Acworth town meetings in 1775, 1779. Se- 
lectman 1772, 73, '75, 76, 78, the most important years of 
the Revolution. He was also deacon in the Acworth church. 

V. 191 Timothy (Selh, Tliomas, Tliomas, John), 
born in Billerica, 25 Dec, 1732 ; died in Charles town, N. H. ; 
.married Susanna Badger, who perhaps married, second 
(published 19 Dec), 1790, Josiah Hart of Charleston, N. H. 
His first wife was Mehitahle. Children by Stisnyna were 
thirteen in number. See Hist. Charlestown, where a curious 
error is made. 

Children : 

465 Timothy, b. 4 Oct., 1760. 

466 Samuel, b. 14 Jane, 1762. 

467 John, b. 4 June, 1764. 

468 Experience, b. 8 Feb., 1766; d. 27 May, 1844. 

469 Sarah, b. 14 June, 1768; m. (pub. 5 Mar.), 1789, Luther, son of 

Joseph and Lucy Spencer. 

470 Bailey, b. 8 Mar., 1770 (8 May, Hist. Charlestown). 

471 David, b. 7 June, 1772. 

Timothy Putnam 54 was a member of Col. Bellows' Regi- 
ment which marched in May, 1777, to reinforce Ticonderoga, 
and again in June of the same year, but fouud the fort had 
been evacuated. 

V. 192 Holyoke {Edward, Edward, TJiomas, John), 
born 27 Sept., 1706 ; M baptized in Salem tillage, 29 Sept., 
1706; married, first, in Middleton, Sept., 1731, Eunice, 
daughter of John and Hannah (Howard) Hutchinson of Salem, 
born 9 April, 1712 ; married, second, 4 May, 1742, Esther, 
daughter of Thomas and Martha (Herrick) Lovell of Ipswich 
and Sutton, born 27 Mar., 1717. 

Children : 

472 Eunice, b. Middleton, 4 Sept., 1782. 

" A certain Ensign Timothy Putnam reported the details of his scout about Lake 
Champlain to Caps. Sogers in 1755. 

»• On page 79 the error Ism ft do of giving the dates of baptism instead of dates of birth 
of the first five children of Edward 50. 

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478 Sarah, b. ( Sutton t) 6 Oct., 1786; m. 8 Not., 1767, Eleazer 
474 Ebexezeb, b. 7 Sept., 1788. 
476 Hannah, b. 26 April, 1741. 

By Esther : 

476 Martha, b. 27 April, 1748. 

. 477 Eunice, b. 10 Feb., 1746. 

478 Susanna, b. 16 Aug., 1747. 

479 Joskph, b. 19 April. 1749. 
480 Ezra, b. 2 Nor., 1761. 

481 Thomas, b. 1 July, 1764. 

482 Mart, b. 6 April, 1768. 

Holtoke Putnam was dismissed from the church at Mid- 
dleton, where he had formerly lived, to the church in Sutton 
in Mar., 1744. This is probably about the time of his settle- 
ment in Sutton. He chose to settle in that part of the town 
now forming a part of Millbury having been set off from 
Sutton in 1813. 

V. 194 Edward ( Edward, Edward, Thomas, John ) , 
born 25 June, 1711; baptized in Salem Village, 30 June, 
1711 ; died in Sutton, 17 Feb., 1800; married, first, 3 Dec, 
1734, Ruth Fuller of Middletou, daughter of John and Phebe 
(Symonds) Fuller. 

Children : 

483 John, b. Middleton, 25 Aug., 1786. 

484 Andrew, bapt. Middleton, 1788. 

485 Stephen, b. 20 Apr., 1739; killed iu French and Indian war. 

486 Ruth, b. 6 June, 1741; d. 28 Dec, 1811; m. 18 Mar., 1761, Samuel, 

son of Samuel and Elizabeth Rich, b v 30 July, 1735. Ch. : Stephen, 
b. 8 Jan., 17(52. Elijah, b. 4 Apr., 1764. Ruth, b.31 July, 1766. 
Samuel, b. 26 Feb., 1769. Elizabeth, b. 23 Jan., 1772. 
487 Archelaus, b. 16 Feb., 1743; d. 14 Jan., 1809. 

488 Phcebb, b. 2 Nov., 1745 ; m. 25 Sept., 1766, Nathaniel son of Elisha 

and Mary (Davis) Rich, b. 20 Mar., 1742. 

489 Sarah, b. 12 Mar., 1747; m. 2 Dec, 1766, Paul, son of Jonathan and 

Hannah (Bumap) Sibley, b. 26 Apr., 1748. They removed to 
Spencer. Ch. : James, b. 10 Mar., 1767. Paul, b. 14 Aug., 1769. 
Caleb, b. 16 Aug., 1771. Sarah, b. 18 Jan., 1774. Jonathan, b. 17 
Apr., 1776. Molly, b. 17 Sept., 1778. Betty, b. 1. Jan., 1781. Ruth, 
b. 19 Feb., 1788. Rufas, b. 2 Mar., 1785. Simeon, b. 12 Apr., 1787. 

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Molly, bapt. 22 Apr., 1750; m. Bartholomew Putnam (No. 847). 

David, b. 19 July, 1752. 

Caleb, b. 27 Oct., 1754. 

Pbtek, b. 29 May, 1757. 

Lucy, b. 2 June, 1760; d. Sutton, 1841; m. 19 Aug., 1777 r Henry, 

son of Henry Phelps or Sutton. Ch. : James, Simeon, Stephen, 56 

b. Sutton, 1792; d. Rochester, N. Y., 1827. 
Asa, b. 80 Apr., 1768. 

Edward Putnam and his wife were dismissed froir the 
church in Middleton to the church in Sutton in 1744. It is 
presumed that either in 1742 or 1743, he had established his 
home there ; there are evidences of his having been in Suttou 
as early as 1737, although he was taxed in Middleton as late 
as 1739. 

The original farm where Edward first settled is now owned 
by a descendant, Mrs. Harriet Augusta Putnam, wife of 
Peter Holland Putnam, a great granddaughter of Edward's 
youngest son, Asa, having inherited the farm from her father 
Bradford Putnam. On page 225 of the History of Sutton, 
there is a wood-cut of the house now standing on the place. 

V. 197 Eunice (Edward, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Middleton, 13 Sept., 1719 ; married 19 Sept., 1743, 
Thomas, son of Thomas and Martha (Herrick) Lovell. They 
removed to Sutton about 1742. 

" Stephen Phelps was a merchant in Maine, and m. at Paris, lie., 1806, Elizabeth, dan. 
of William and Catherine (Nixon) Stowell, who was b. there, 5 Oct., 1785; d. there, 
Nov. 1830. Catherine Nixon was the dau. of Col. Thomas Nixon of the 6th Mass. Keg. 
during the Revolution. The son of Stephen and Elizb. Phelps is Rear Admiral 
Thomas Stowell Phelps, U. S. N., who was b. Buckafleld, Me., 2 Nov., 1823, m. 25 Jan., 
1848, Margaret tt. Sevy. Their ch. are Lt Thomas Stowell Phelps, U. S. N., b. Ports- 
mouth, Va., 7 Nov., 1848; Edmonia Taylor, b. Portsmouth, Va., 1 Feb., 1858; m. 80 
Sept., 1875, Lieut. T. B. M. Mason, U.S. N. ; Margaret Jane, b. Portsmouth, Va., 25 Jan., 
1864, m. 6 May, 1873, Lieut James Dexter Adams, U. S. N. 

Admiral Phelps graduated at Annapolis, 11 July, 1846, and performed service in the 
Mexican War. He also took part in the Paraguayan Expedition in 1858-50. When 
the Civil War broke out Lieut Phelps was selected by ballot to perform a survey of 
the Potomac River in 1861, an appointment not only exceedingly dangerous, but re- 
quiring great skill and care in engineering. This duty was accomplished success* 
fully and he received the compliments of the Secretary of the Navy. Constantly being 
detached for special service, he performed many gallant deeds and at the close of 
the war was commissioned Commander, 5 Aug., 1865. Since that date Admiral 
Phelps has had charge of Mare Island Navy Yard and other service ou the Pacific . 
coast. He now resides In Washington. 

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Children, born in Sutton : 

496 Sarah, b. 22 Aug , 1744; m. 15 Mar., 1775, Joslah, son of William 

and Ruth (Lovell) Waite, of Sutton, t>. 7 May, 1746. Ruth (Lovell) 
Waite was aunt or Joslah Waite. 

497 John, b. 8 Aujr., 1746. 

498 Ezra, b. 29 Mar., 1749; m. Mary, dau. of Ellas and Hannah 

(Twist) Jennlson or Sutton, b. there, 18 Nov., 1754. Ch. : Elias, b. 
12 Jan., 1778. Poiiy, b. 17 Feb., 1779. Lydla, b. 5 June, 1782. 
Ezra, b. 8 July, 1787. 

499 Eunice, b. 2 Oct., 1751. 

V. 198 Abigail (Edward, Edward, Tliomas, John), 
born in Middleton, 11 Sept., 1720; married there 25 April, 
1744, Israel, son of Thomas and Phebe (Gould) Curtis, 
born in Middleton, 14 June, 1719. Will of Israel Curtis 
proved 2 April, 1776. Lived in Middleton. 

Children, born in Middleton : 

500 Ruth, b. 17 Feb., 1744-5; d. 27 Jan., 1810; m. 13 Dec, 1769, 

Andiew Peabody, son of Zerubbabel and Jerusha (White) Peabody 
of Middleton, b. there, 21 July, 1745; d. 14 Oct., 1813. Ch. : 
Lucy Peabody, b. 28 Sept., 1770, m. 25 June, 1795, Abraham Gage 
of Middleton, and d., 1801; Andrew Peabody, b. 29 Feb., 1772.* 7 
Hannah, b. 22 Aug., 1778; m. 2 June, 1808, Benjamin Averili of 
Middleton whose son, Edward Putnam Averili is living there. 

501 Eli, b. 27 Oct., 1745; m. 12 April, 1772, Susanna, dau. of Ichabod 

and Mary (Clark) Wilklus of Middleton. Lived In Lyndeborough, 
N. H. 

502 Andrew, b. 27 Feb., 1749. Killed by. lightning In Andover, when 

a young man. 

503 Dudley, b. 12 Feb., 1751 : m. 16 July, 1777, Sarah Marble. Removed 

from Middleton. 

504 Israel, b. 20 Oct., 1754; m. 2 Sept., 1779, Elizabeth Wilklns, sister 

of Mrs. Ell Curtis. Lived In Middleton. 

505 Levi, b. 12 Nov., 1756; prob. d. y. 

506 Sakah, b. 25 Feb., 1759. 

507 Betty, b. 22 June, 1764; ra. 2 July, 1786, Daniel Barnard. Lived 

in Bridgton, Me. 

V. 200 Miles (Edward, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Middleton, 1725 ; baptized at the church in Salem 
Village, 5 Sept., 1725 ; died in Grafton, Vt., 19 April, 1800 ; 

"Andrew Peabody b. 29 Feb., 1773; d. Dec., 1813; m. 30 May, 1808, Mary dau. ot Rob- 
ert and Mary (Preston) Rnntoul of Beverly, b.32 July, 1783. Ch.: Andrew Preston 
Peabody, D. D., of Cambridge, and Mary, who m. John P. Lyman of Portsmouth, N. H. 

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married in Middleton 23 Sept., 1747, Rachel Wilkins of 

Children, born in Middleton : 

608 Ruth, b. 16 Jan., 1747. 

509 Aaron, b. 5 May, 1751 ; d. 22 Mar., 1813. 

510 Susanna, b. 22 Jane, 1753. 

511 Edward, b. 20 Aug.. 1755; d. Grafton, Vt., 2 Dec, 1843. 

512 Rachel, b. 6 Sept., 1757; living in Rlndge, N. H., in 1848. 

Bom, away from Middleton : 

513 Danirl, b. ; d. Grafton, Vt., 30 Sept., 1802. 

514 John, b. 10 Dec, 1768; d. (Harvard, 12 Aug., 1867, family 

records), Grafton, Vt., 27 Sept., 1810. 

515 Mary, b. 9 Jan., 1760. 

516 Sally, b. 20 Apr., 1765. 

517 Miles, b. 6 July, 1774; d. Plainfleld, N. J., 25 Dec, 1827. 

Miles Putnam lived in Middleton until 1757, when he 
moved with his family to Harvard ; from there he went to 
Winchendon where he was in 1772, for on 23 Aug., 1772, 
the church at Middleton dismissed him, and his wife Rachel, 
to the church at Winchendon. 

From Winchendon, they removed to Tomlinson and, finally, 
about 1783, to Grafton, Vt. 

V. 201 Hannah {Edward, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Middleton, 23 April, 1727; married 8 May, 1746, 
Amos (probably), son of Joseph and Susanna (Dowman) 
Fuller of Middleton, if so, born 5 April, 1720. Removed to 
Wilton, N. H., before the incorporation of that town. 

Children, born in Middleton : 

518 Susanna, b. 11 Mar., 1747. 

519 Sarah, b. 15 Nov., 1749. In 1775 said to be " daughter of Amos 

Poller of Wilton, N. H." She m. 26 Mar., 1776, Dea. John 
Nichols of Middleton. 

520 Enoch, b. 13 Peb., 1754. 

521 Eunice, b. 24 Feb., 1756. 

522 J08KPH, b. 21 July, 1760. 

523 Amos. m . 

524 Aaron. m . 

m Id the Hlntory of Wilton, N. H., Amos Fuller Is said to have had three sons, Amos, 
Enoch and Aaron. 

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V. 202 Elisha (Elisha, Edward, Tliomas, John), 
born in Topsfield" 2 Dec., 1715; died, in 1758, at, or 
near, Crown Point; married 3 Mar., 1742, Lydia, daughter 
of Philip and Mary (FolUumtae) Chase, born 12 Aug., 1722. 
She married, second, 26 May, 1762, John Daniels. 

Children, born in Grafton, Mass. : 

525 Andrew, b. 2 May, 1742; m. 10 Jan., 1764, Lucy Park. 

526 Elisha, b. 4 Dec., 1746; d. 15 Mny, 1784. 

527 Antipas, b. 24 July, 1747; d. at Havana in 1764. 

528 Jokton, b. 1 May, 1750. 

529 Lukk, b. 5 Oct., 1755; served as private in Revolution. 

530 William, b. 7 Jan , 1758. 

Elisha Putnam lived in Sutton, or in that part of the town 
now called Oxford. During the French and Indian War ho 
served in the Provincial army and during the campaign of 
1758 Against Ticonderoga, he lost his life. Great numbers of 
the Provincial troops were killed or lost during this campaign, 
as the commander of the expedition, Gen. Abercromhie, was 
not only a coward in battle but an incompetent leader. The 
assault on Ticonderoga was continued all day by the Provin- 
cials and Regulars and over 1,900 were slain. 

V. 204 Nehemiah (Elisha, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Salem Village, 22 Mar., 1719 ; died Sutton, 27 Nov., 
1791; married in Sutton, 5 Oct., 1742, Sarah Manning. 
They lived in Sutton. 

Children : 

531 Aaron, b. 23 Mar., 1744. 

532 Sarah, b. 10 Mar , 174G. 

533 Hannah, b. 26 July, 1748; m. 25 Nov., 1773, Jonathan Willard. 

534 Rachkl, b. 17 Apr., 1750. 

535 Susanna, b. 10 Jan., 1752; m. 26 Mar., 1771, John Fuller. 

536 Eunice, b. 4 Dec, 1753; m. 4 Apr., 1773, Benjamin Shu ra way. 

537 Reubkn, b. 9 Apr., 1757. " Deacou" 

538 Joseph, b. 20 Sept., 1760. 

539 Benjamin, twlu with Joseph. " Reverend " 

V. 205 Jonathan (Elisha, Edward, Tliomas, John), 

» That part now Mlddleton. 

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bora in Salem Village, 19 July, 1721 ; died in Sutton; 
married 3 Nov., 1743, Mrs. Anne (Chase) Stockwell, 
daughter of Philip and Mary (Follanabee) Chase, and widow 
of Nathaniel Stockwell, born 28 Sept., 1719. By her first 
husband she had a son Nathaniel, born 1 April, 1741. 
Nathaniel Stockwell, senior, died 2 April, 1741. . 
Children : 

540 Adonijah, b. 6 or 9 Oct., 1744; m. 27 Nov., 1760, Mary Wilkius. 

541 Mary, b. 25 Dec, 1755 ; m. Luke Putnam (No. 529). 

542 Fkancis, b. 24 Sept., 1758. " Captain." 

543 John. 

544 Jonathan Follaksbee, b. 9 May, 17C3; d. 30 Oct., 1858. 

Jonathan Putnam was carried to Sutton by his father, 
and lived there alway*. He built a grist mill which the Sut- 
ton Cranberry Company now own. This property with the 
water privilege descended through his son, Captain Francis, 
to the latter'* son Silas who sold it. 

V. 208 Stephen (Elisha, Edward, Tlioma*, John), 
born in Sutton, 4 April, 1728 ; died, according to Gen. Rufus 
Putnam's account, at Northampton, 5 Mar., 1803; another 
account states the death as occurring in May, 1802. He mar- 
ried 14 Mar., 1755, Mary, daughter of John and Abigail 
(Chase) Gibbs of Sutton, born 10 Mar., 1737. 

Children, nearly all born in Sutton : 

545 Solomon, b. 17 July, 1755. 

546 Mart Jane, b. 10 June, 1757. 

547 Rhoda, b. 3 July, 1759 ; m. John Evans and had several ch. This 

family removed to western New York. 

548 John, b. Winchester, N. H , 10 May, 1761, of Chesterfield, Vt. 

549 Gideon, b. 17 Apr., 1763. 

550 Elisha, b. 13 May, 1765. 

55 1 Lewis, b. . In 1854 was of Lanslngburjr and without children. 

552 Charlotte, b. 11 Jan., 1767; m. James Ross and had several 

children. This family removed to the western part of New York. 
553 David, b. 21 Mar., 1771 ; d. 9 Aug., 1832. 
654 Rufus, b. 22 Mar., 1773. 

555 Abigail, b. 10 Feb., 1776; m. Mr. Robertson. 

New York. 

556 La vina, b. 5 May, 1780. 

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Stephen Putnam removed from Sutton to Hampshire 
county, but filially settled in Winchester, N. H. 

V. 209 Amos (Elisha, JSdward, Ihomas, John), 
born in Sutton 22 July, 1730; died there, 17 Sept., 1811; 
married 26 June, 1760, Sarah, daughter of Samuel and 
Eliphal (Tilley) Swift, of Boston. ! 

Children, born in Sutton: 

567 Eliphal, b. 8 July, 1762; d. 25 Sept, 1845, m., 1st, Ebenezer 
Lamed of Oxford; m., 2nd, Thomas Rice, jr., of Worcester. 

558 Lucretia, b. 6 Sept. 1764; d. Jan., 1852; m. John Nichols, 3d, of 


559 Rkbbcga, b. 18 Feb., 1767; d. 29 Dec, 1854; m. Andrew Adams. 

560 Paul, b. 4 Mar., 1769; d. 1779. 

561 Susanna, b. ; d. y. 

5H2 Elizabeth, b. 22 Oct, 1772; m. Ebenezer Newton. 

563 Polly, b. 1775 ; d. 1851, m. Benjamin Edwards. 

564 Sarah T., b. 1779; m. Ebenezer Bryant. Both died about 1 Nov., 


565 Martha, b. 25 Oct., 1781; d. 3 Oct., 1852; m. Silas Liver mo re. 

V. 212 General Rufus (Misha, Edward, Thomas, 
John) , born in Sutton, 9 April, 1738 ; died in Marietta, Ohio, 
4 May, 1824; married April, 1761, Elizabeth, daughter of 
William Ayers, Esquire, of Brookfield, who died 1762 ; mar- 
ried, second, 10 Jan., 1765, Persis, daughter of Zebulon 
Rice of Westborough, born 19 Nov., 1737 ; died at Marietta, 
Ohio, 6 Sept., 1820. 

Children, by first marriage : 

566 Ayres, b. and d. In 1762. 

By second marriage : 

567 Elizabeth, b. 19 Not., 1765; d. unm., S Nor., 1830. 
508 Persis, b. 6 June, 1767; d. Sept., 1822. 

569 Susanna, b. 5 Aug., 1768. 

570 Abigail, b. 7 Aug., 1770. 

571 William Burns, b. 12 Dec, 1771. 

572 Franklin, b. 27 May, 1774; d. April, 1776. 
573 Edwin, b. 19 Jan., 1776. 
674 Patty, b. 25 Nor., 1777. 
575 Catharine, b. 17 Oct., 1780; d. Mar., 1808. 

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Euros Putnam was left fatherless at the age of seven. At 
do time during his youth would one have predicted that of 
the two great soldiers which the Putnam family has given to 
this country, he was to be one; yet such has proven to" be 
the fact, and by some he is considered to far excel his cousin 
and fellow patriot in military qualities, even as he excelled in 
education. Yet he obtained this education only by the most 
persistent perseverance, for, with the exception of two years 
spent in Danvers immediately following his father's death, 
during which time he was an inmate in the family of his grand- 
father, Jonathan Fuller, ho had no schooling. Upon his 
mother's marriage to John Sadler he returned to Sutton where 
Sadler kept an inn. Sadler was not inclined to encourage 
the fondness of his stepson for "book* learning," so young 
Putnam was obliged to do his studying at odd moments, and 
at night by candle light ; moreover, such text books as he had 
were obtaiued by his own efforts, he, occasionally earning a 
few pennies, by attention to the guests at the inn. With what 
he earned in this wise, he bought ammunition and by means 
of an old gun shot small game, which abounded in the 
neighborhood* from the sales of which he obtained the 
money necessary for elementary text-books. At the age of 
fourteen he chose his brother-in-law, Jonathan Dudley, of 
Sutton, guardian, and two years later we find him apprenticed 
to Daniel Matthews of Brookfield to learu the trade of mill- 
wright. This trade required some knowledge of geometry, 
and although Matthews did not send the boy to school, yet he 
did not discourage him in his studies as his stepfather had done. 
"During this time his physical frame grew fully as rapidly 
as his mind, so that when he was 18 years old he possessed 
the brawny limbs, the muscular power, and the full stature 
of a man six feet high." Early in his nineteenth year he en- 
listed as a private soldier in the company of Capt. Ebenezer 
Learned. The detachment left Brookfield on the 30th of 
April, 1757, reaching Fort Edward on the 15th of June. De- 
termined to see service, he joined a company of rangers as a 
volunteer, and, on the 8th of July, marched under Lt. Collins, 

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on a scout around the lower end of Lake Charaplain. Being 
detailed with two comrades to reconnoitre South Bay, Put- 
nam, being some time absent, the detachment supposing 
them captured returned to camp, leaving the three scouts to 
their fate. After forty-eight hours, without food, they reached 
camp. This was his first taste of the work which lay before 
him. Shortly afterward he did scout duty under the command 
of Israel Putnam, then a captain in provincial service. 

The expiration of his term of enlistment drawing near, and 
it becoming evident that the provincial troops were to be kept 
beyond the agreed time of their discharge, the company to the 
number of seventy, under the leadership of their captain, hav- 
ing made snowshoes, silently left the camp and started through 
the forest for home. They carried with them provisions for 
fourteen days, but the hardships of the road, the difficulty of 
proceeding in a proper course, and so many froze their feet and 
hands, that from the lack of transportation facilities much of 
their provision was abandoned. Their suffering, indeed, was 
terrible ; death from starvation or freezing stared them in the 
face, but on the 15th of February, he arrived at his home 
and in the following April reSnlisted under Captaiu Whitcomb 
for another campaign in the provincial service. In his journal 
he records that from Northampton to Greenbush, at which, 
place he arrived June 8th, there was, with the exception of a> 
small fort on the Housatonic River, but one house. On ac- 
count of his mechanical ability he was engaged with the 
"regiment of carpenters" in such work as they could do. 
Rufus Putnam kept a journal during this and his subsequent 
terms of service, from which we learn of the feeling existing 
iu the camp at the cowardly manner in which General Webb* 
left the garrison at Fort William Henry to their fate. At 
the end of the campaign of 1759 he was offered a lieutenant's 
commission in the army but declined. Upon the close of 
the campaign and war, having seen nearly four years service-,, 
he resumed the business of building mills and cultivating his- 
farm, at every opportunity however, adding to his knowledge 
of surveying. 

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It was in 1761 that he married Miss Elizabeth Ayers, but 
inside of a year was left alone with an infant son who, how- 
ever, soon followed his mother. * In his journal he touchingly 
alludes to his forlorn condition after this double bereavement, 
but in 1765 again married, this time Miss Persis Rice, and set- 
tled in North Brookfield. 

Always an active man, and much interested in the schemes 
of the times, it was but natural that the project of the colonial 
officers to secure a grant of land from the Crown and to settle 
thereon should have had his support. They styled themselves 
the Military Adventurers, and engaged General Lyman to 
prosecute their claims ; Lyman obtained a promise of lands 
in West Florida. The company appointed a committee, of 
which Col. Israel Putnam and Rufus Putnam were members, 
to prospect the proposed location. Having chartered a sloop 
they sailed from New York, 10 Jan., 1773, and arrived at 
Pensacola, 1 March, and although Governor Chester had re- 
ceived no instructions from the home government they pushed 
on and explored the Mississippi as far as the mouth of the Ya- 
zoo, thence some thirty miles up that river. Upon their re- 
turn to Pensacola, although the Governor as yet had received 
no instructions he took it upon himself to promise them, upon 
very satisfactory terms, the location they had chosen and 
where they had laid out nineteen townships. Encouraged by 
the committee's report, quite a number of New Englanders 
seized the opportunity to emigrate to new lands ; but, unfortu- 
nately, Governor Chester had in the meantime received positive 
orders not to grant or sell any more lands for the present. Thus 
the colonists, thrown upon their own resources inan unhealthy 
country, and being allowed to take only what unoccupied 
land they could find, soon became discouraged, and as many 
died the colony was abandoned. Rufus Putnam found await- 
ing him on his return more stirring matters than new schemes 
for colonization, for the relations between the colonies and 
the home government were daily becoming more strained. 

As soon as the news of bloodshed on April 19th, 1775, 
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to do his part with his neighbors and friends. As lieuten- 
ant-colonel of a regiment commanded by David Brewer, he 
marched to Roxhtiry, and after the battle of June 17th, he was 
called upon to direct the raising of fortifications. He imme- 
diately constructed a line of fortifications on Roxbury Neck 
and Se wall's Point, which attracted Washington's favorable 
notice on his arrival. 'In December, he accompanied General 
Lee to Providence and Newport and laid out works there, 
particularly a battery to defend the harbor. 

Upon returning to Boston, he found the American army still 
shutting the British up in Boston, and Washington trying 
to devise some method to force the issue favorably. During 
a call on General Heath, Putnam's eye fell on a work of "Mid- 
ler's Field Engineer," which after some entreaty he obtained. 
From this work he procured the idea for effecting a lodg- 
ment on Dorchester Heights, and which he accomplished on 
the uight of the 4th of March, thus forcing the evacuation of 
Bostou. These signal successes of Putnam proved to Wash- 
ington what a valuable engineer he had with him and when 
subsequent occasion offered he showed his appreciation of Put- 
nam's ability in this capacity. 

During 1776, he was charged with the supervision of the 
works in and about New York. On the 11th Aug., 177(5, 
he was informed by Washington of his appointment by Con- 
gress as engineer with the rank of colonel. He rendered 
signal service on the retreat from, and after the battle of 
Long Island. On Dec. 17, 1776, he accepted the com- 
mand of a regiment in the Massachusetts line. Upon being 
notified of this, Washington wrote to Congress as follows : 
"I have also to mention that for want of some establishment 
in the department of engineers agreeable to the plan laid be- 
fore Congress in October last, Colonel Putnam, who was at 
the head of it, has quitted and takes a regimeut in the state 
of Massachusetts. 1 know of no other man even tolerably well 
qualified for the conducting of that business. None of the 
French gentlemen whom I have seen with appointments in that 
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Philadelphia who, I am told, is clever; but him I have not 

Putnam's regiment was engaged in the campaign which 
culminated at Saratoga with the surrender of Burgoyne, and 
behaved themselves very creditably throughout. They went 
into winter quarters at Albany. In the following March he 
was called upon to fortify West Point, and was obliged to 
tear down much of what the French engineer in charge had 
accomplished. The Fort at West Point, built by his own 
regiment, is named for him. Gen. Israel Putnam was in com- 
mand there at this time. During the early part of 1780, he 
was in Bostou on leave of absence, and availed himself of this 
opportunity to obtain relief for the Massachusetts troops, then 
suffering greatly from lack of money and supplies. It was 
through his prompt action and forethought that a mutiny 
amongst the Massachusetts troops was prevented. During 
the autumn of 1782, he decided to withdraw from the army, 1 
and on the 17th of December he wrote Washington, expressing 
his final determination to retire from active service and re- 
turn to the care of his private affairs. During the absence 
of Colonel Putnam from home, Mrs. Putnam, with a family 
of small children was endeavoring to make an unproductive 
farm of fifty acres yield a sufficient income, helped out by the 
meagre allowance which her husband's pay permitted him to 
spare for her use. The distaff and needle helped to fill the 
breach ; rigid economy and industry did the rest. The women 
of the revolution did their share in the struggle, and none were 
more noble hearted and self denying than was Mrs. Putnam. 
In 1780, Putnam bought on easy terms the confiscated property 
of Colonel Murray, a tory. This property was situated in Rut- 
land and consisted of a large farm and spacious mansion. Al- 
though the war was over and Colonel Putnam had intended to 
devote himself to his own affairs, yet he was not permitted to 
retire completely to private life, for soon he was called upon 
to survey the eastern lands of the state of Massachusetts, and 
at once proceeded to the Passamaquoddy. In the year 1786, 

1 Congress Toted blm a Brigadier General's commission 7 Jan., 1783. 

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he was appointed commissioner to treat with the Penobscot 
Indians, together with General Lincoln and Judge Rice of 
Wiscasset. In January of the following year, he joined 
General Lincoln as a volunteer aid against the insurgents 
under Shays, and remained with him until their dispersion at 
Petersham. This year he was also appointed a justice of the 
peace and was elected to the legislature representing Rutland. 
During the year 1783-4, Putnam had urged upon Washing- 
ton plans for the settlement of the western country, and as 
agent for the retired officers of the continental army had en- 
deavored to bring this about ; but, circumstances not being 
wholly ripe for the successful culmination of these plaus, it 
was reserved for Dr. Manasseh Cutler, the prominent pa- 
triot and botanist of Essex County, Massachusetts, to obtain, 
three years later, the concessions asked for. Dr. Cutler not 
only obtained the grant of 1,500,000 acres of land to the Ohio 
Company upon easy terms, but was also instrumental in pro- 
curing the passage of the ordinance of 1787, which prohibited 
slavery north of the Ohio River. The one it is said was de- 
pendent on the other. Cutler and Putnam, working together, 
were the chief spirits in the enterprise. Therefore when on 
the 23d Nov., 1787, the directors of the Ohio Company ap- 
pointed Putuam, superintendent of all the business relating to 
the commencement of their lands in the territory northwest 
of the Ohio River, he gladly undertook tbe difficult position. 
"The people to go forward in companies employed under my 
direction, were to consist of four surveyors, one blacksmith, 
and nine common hands, with two wagons, etc., etc. Major 
Hatfield White conducted the first party, which started 
from Danvers the first of December. The other party was 
appointed to rendezvous at Hartford, where I met them the 
first day of January, 1788." The two parties joined 14th Feb., 
1788, at the Youghiogheny River, thence they proceeded 
by boat to the mouth of the Muskingum where they arrived on 
April 7, 1788, and commenced the settlement of Marietta. 60 

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The four surveyors who accompanied Putnam were Colonel 
Sproat, Colonel Meiggs, Major Tupper, aud Mr. John Math- 
ers. The family of Rufus Putnum arrived at the settle- 
ment in 1790. The early years of the settlement were years 
of watch and ward against the Indians, and many suffered at ,, 

their hands. If it had not been for the careful management \ 

of the affairs of the company by Putnam and his associates, j 

disaster must surely have come. Financial trouble threat- 
ened the company in their early years, but Congress was 
disposed to treat the adventurers with generosity, appreciat- 
ing the great difficulties of their position. General Putnam, 
himself, lost quite heavily in advances to the settlers. The j 

expense of the Indian wars to the Ohio Company was $1 1 ,350, a 
very heavy burden for them to bear. On May 5, 1792, Put- 
nam received the news of his appointment as brigadier-gener- 
al iu the army of the United States and immediately proceeded 
to cany out the orders of the Secretary of War, which were to 
procure the signing of a treaty with the Wabash Indians and 
iu which he was successful. It is impossible in the limited 
space at hand to give but an inadequate idea of the services 
of General Putnam to the northwest. He was active in all 
schemes for the advancement of the settlements in educational, 
social and more material projects. 

In 1798 he, with others, founded Muskingum Academy, and, 
iu 1811, was appointed by the territorial legislature, one of 
the trustees of the Ohio University, in the welfare of which 
he had the deepest interest, and was instrumental in obtaining 
endowments aud placing the college on a firm foundation. 

His last public office was that of a member of the conven- 
tion which met in 1802 to form a state constitution, and to 
his firm and determined opposition was due the failure to in- 
corporate in the constitution the right to hold slaves. The 
slaverj' party was defeated by but one vote. 

The latter years of his life were spent among the scenes of 
his success, and during these years the church had many 
occasions to bless him for his kindly and substantial interest. 
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for the end which came on the 4th of May, 1824, and was 
laid to rest in the Mound Cemetery, so called from the ancient 
mound, the preservation of which is due him who rests so 
near it. Even in that early day, when American archaeology 
was as yet unheard of, he manifested a keen appreciation of 
the relics of the people who had once inhabited that fruitful 
region. He was nearly the first to realize the importance of 
preserving the memorials of a bygone race if we would know 
aught concerning them, and to another of the name, Prof. 
Frederic W. Putnum, more than any other, we owe what 
knowledge we have of the wonderful works and customs of 
those people. 

Throughout the Ohio valley to-day, a deep and sincere 
veneration is felt for the pioneer of that vast territory, and to 
none can the title be more truly given thau to Gen. Rufus 
Putnam, the "Father of the Northwest." 

The following inscription is upon his gravestone : 

Gen. Rufus Putnam 
A revolutionary officer, aud the leader of the colony which 
made the first settlement in the Territory of the Northwest at 
Marietta, April 7, 1788. 

Born April 9, 1738 

Died Mat 4, 1824 

Persis Rice, wife of 

Rufus Putnam 

Born November 19, 1737. 

Died September 6, 1820 

"The memory of the just is Blessed." 

Note. As it it not In the power of the author to do fall justice in these pages to 
Gen. Putnam's career, the reader is referred to Hlldreth's Lives of the Early Settlers of 
Ohio; Walker's History of Athens Co n Ohio; Life of Rufus Putnam, with extracts 
from his journal, by Mary Cone; History of Sutton, Mass.; The Marietta Centennial 
Number of the Ohio Archaeological & Historical Quarterly (June, 1888) ; Journal of 
Gen. Rufus Putnam, 1757-1760. by E. C. Dawes; Essex Institute Historical Collections, 
Xxt; New England Historical Geuealogical Register, Vol. 43. 

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V. 213 Oliver (Joseph, Edward, Tliomas, John), 

baptized at Salem Village, 21 Oct., 1722 ; died between 1789 

and 1794; married 22 Dec., 1743, Hannah Brown who was 

living in 1794. Lived in Danvers, just beyond Hathorue's 

Hill. . The house is still standing. 

. Children, baptized North Parish, Danvers : ' s 

576 William, bapt. 27 May, 1744. / 

577 Mehitable, bapt. 16 Aug., 1747; m., 1794, Joseph Knight of • 

Middle ton. '«' 

578 Oliver, bapt. 4 Feb., 1753. 

579 Lydia, bapt. 29 Dec, 1754; m. Benjamin Ray, tailor, living in 

Penobscot, Hancock Co., Me., 1794. 

580 Lucy, bapt. 30 Jan., 1763; ra. Richard Lnscomb, junior, of Salem, 

joiner. Ch. : Samuel and Richard. Both parents and children 
died previous to 1794. 

V. 214 Joseph (Joseph, Edward, Thomas, John), 
baptized Salem Village, 26 April, 1724. Will dated 3 Mar., 
17vSl ; proved 17 April, 1781 ; married 31 Jan., 1745, Mary, 
daughter of Israel and Sarah (Putnam) Porter (No. 147), 
baptized 24 April, 1726; died 1811. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

581 Lydia, bapt. 27 July, 1746. 

582 Sarah, bapt. 29 Jan., 1748-9 ; d. y. 

583 Joseph, bapt. 21 Apr., 1751. 

584 Israel, bapt. 24 June, 1753. 

585 Mary, bapt. 14 Sept., 1755 ; d. y. 

586 Lydia, bapt. 26 Feb., 1758; not mentioned in father's will. 

587 John, bapt. 18 Jan., 1761 ; not mentioned in father's wllL 

588 Bktty, bapt. 30 Oct., 1763. 

589 Mary, bapt. 26 Jan., 1767. 
590 Porter, bapt. 25 Mar., 1770. 

Joseph Putnam was more or less prominent in the local 
aflairs of Danvers. He was tythingman, 1754 and 1758 ; 
surveyor of highways, 1756; constable 1764. 

V. 218 Major Ezra (Ezra, Edward, Tliomas, John), 
born at Salem Village ; baptized there 8 June, 1729 ; died 
Marietta, Oaio, 19 Mir., 1811 (gravestone) ; married 21 

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Juno, 1750, Lucy (No. 232) Putnam, probably daughter of 

Col. David Putnam, who died at Marietta, 20 July, 1818, 

aged eighty-seven (gravestone.) 

Children, born inMiddleton: 

591 Be n-T, b. 18 Mar., 1751; m. 11 Nov., 1767, Archelaus Batchelder. 
592 Nehkmiah, b. 14 Oct., 1758. 

593 Lucr, b. 4 Jan., 1757; d. 19 May, 1802; m. 9 Mar., 1780, Samuel 

Smull, of Danvers, who m., 2nd, 25 Nov., 1802, Mrs. Jerusha 
(Upton) Fuller, widow of Jacob Fuller. The following obituary 
was found among some old papers : " May 19, 1802, Mrs. Lucy 
Small died In the 74th (?) year of her age. She was wife of Mr. 
Samuel Small, and 2nd daughter of Major Ezra Putnam, now at 
the Ohio. She lived much beloved, and died greatly lamented. 
Her sickness was short, 'but attended with the roost excruclatiug 
pains, which she bore with an uncommon share of Christian pa- 
tleuce, and met death with a calm composure of mind In the ani- 
mating hope of a blessed immortality, through the merits of the 
great Redeemer." 

594 Ezra, b. 5 July, 1759; killed by the Indians during the winter of 

1791-92. Ezra had gone to Marietta about 1788, and some of 
his letters are extant. In one under date of 29th May, 1788, to his 
mother, lie speaks well of the settlement at Marietta and mentions 
his brother Small of Middleton. 

595 Deborah, b. 19 Jan., 1761; m. Feb., 1785, David, son of Andrew 

and Elizabeth (Clark) Fuller of Mlddletou. Ch. : Andrew, b. 6 
Feb., 1786; d. 5 Aug., 1810. Jedediah, b. 7 Oct., 1788, settled in 
Ohio, but d. while a young man. Betsey, b. 17 Jan., 1791 ; m. 
Jabez Farley of Salem. Eunice, b. 19 Mar., 1793 ; d. 5 Aug., 1795. 
Lucy, b. 81 July, 1795; m. 10 Apr., 1817, John Ross. Neheraiah 
Putnam, b. 15 Sept., 1797; m. 25 Dec, 1828, Mary Ann Perkins. 
Ezra, I). 23 June, 1800; d. In Ohio while a youug man. 

596 David, b. 10 July, 1767 ; d. of some sickness at Marietta previous 

to 1792. He was graduated from Phillips Andover Academy. 

597 John, b. (not on town records) ; killed by the Iudiaus at the 

same time that his brother Ezra was. 

Ezra Putnam lived in Middleton, but on the Lexington 
Alarm Lists at the State House he is named as lieutenant in 
Capt. Asa Prince's company, and as of Danvers. His time 
of service there is given as two days. 

From a "General Return of the Army of the United Colo- 
nies at Cambridge, Jan. 8th, 1776," we learn that he then 
held the commission of Major in Col. Israel Hutchinson's 
Regiment, the 27th Foot. Among the other officers of this 

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regiment were Captain Enoch Putnam, Adjutant Tarrant Put- 
nam, Lieutenant ( second) Tarrant Putnam, Ensign Jeremiah 

On the Coat Rolls, i. e. rolls of men who served eight ; 

months from May to December, 1775, at the siege of Boston, 
occurs the name of Ezra Putnam, drummer, of Middleton ; { 

probably, this was the young sou of Major Ezra. [ 

After the Revolutionary War, Major Ezra settled on the 
old farm but in 1789 w he and his wife joined his sons Ezra, 
David, and John in Ohio. Many letters still remain in the 
possession of Miss Susan Putnam of Danvers which throw 
much light on the incidents of the early settlements on the 
Ohio. From these letters and other sources we find that ; 

the sons went up the Muskingum River to their and their ! 

father's "donation land'* in the fall of 1790. Soon after came 
the Big Bottom Massacre and the sons lost their lives. The 
old people were obliged to take refuge in Campus Martius 
and there for many years Mrs. Putnam kept a " domestic 
boarding house." They had many trials ; the death of their 
son Nehemiah whom they had endeavored to persuade and 
settle in Ohio, the gradually failing memory of the Major, 
the severe times and high price of labor, all these are men- 

During the long evenings in Campus Martius it was a 
common occurrence to get the Major to sing a seventy verse 
ballad on the taking of Capes town, and to recount the many 
stories of the French and Indian War in which he had taken 
part, having held an officer's commission at the taking of 
Cape Breton. 

Both the Major and Mrs. Putnam are buried in the north- 
ern end of Gen. Rufus Putnam's lot at the Mouud ceme- 
' Upon their gravestones are the following inscriptions : 

w Sacred to the Memory of Major Ezra Putnam : a native 
of Massachusetts, whodied March 19th, 1811, aged 83 years." 

* •> Dismissed from the church at Middleton at his otto request, with his wife, 27 
Sept., 1789. 

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"Sacred to the Memoiy of Lucy Putnam, who died July 
20th, 1818, aged 87 years." 

Major Ezra Putnam was short but not of heavy build, his 
wife was stout, and both wereof lively and cheerful disposition. 

Among the old letters mentioned above is one of date of 
29th June, 1790, in which description is given Qf the excite- 
ment and unbelief in Ohio of "a scheme to bring vessels to 
Marretta by fire works" Gen. Rufus Putnam, however, the 
writer goes on to say, endorses the scheme. 

Gen. Rufus Putnam in his Memoirs states that all three of 
Major Ezra's sons left male issue ; this is probably a mistake. 

V. 220 Phineas (Isaac, Edvgard, TJiomas, John), born 
in Salem Village, 1 Oct., 1722; of Sutton. 
Childreu, probably born in or near Sutton : 

598 Levi, ; removed to Washington, Vt. 

599 Enoch, b. 
600 Daniel, 

601 Bktty, ; d. 5 Apr., 1784 or 5. 

602 Huldah, 
608 Eunice, 

V. 221 Asaph (Isaac, Edward, Thomas, John) , born in 
Salem Village, 11 Sept., 1724; married 7 Sept., 1743, Sarah, 
daughter of Jonathan Park. Asaph Putnam was carried to 
Sutton when a boy but left there about 1760. The baptisms 
of his children are from Sutton church records. 

Children : 

604 Abijah, bapt. 21 Oct., 1744. 

605 Asaph, bapt. 18 Jane, 1749. 

606 Jonas, bapt. 16 Aug., 1752. 

607 Ephron, <» , 

60S Park, } bapt. 7 July, 1756. 

V. 224 Nathan (Isaac, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born In Salem Village, 24 Oct., 1730; died Sutton, 6 Aug.} 
1813 ; married 2 Aug., 1752, Betsey, daughter of James 
Buffiugton of Salem, born there, 28 Feb. (another authority 
Sept.,) 1734; died 26 Aug., 1810. 

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Children, born in Sutton : 

609 Zadock, b. 29 Dec, 1752. 

610 Micah, b. 8 April, 1754. 

611 Jamks, b. 26 Nov., 1755. 

612 Bkttt, b. 12 Jan., 1758; d. 21 Dec., 1812; m. 14 Nov., 1776, Lt 

Stephen, son of Samuel and Lucretla (Richardson) Marble, of 
Sutton, a sadler by trade. Ch. :•* Nathan, b 29 June, 1778. 
Betsey, b. 10 Jan., 1780. Polly, b. 10 Sept., 1781. Palmer, b. 20 
Sept., 1784. Charlotte, b. 7 Dec, 1786. Samuel, b. 3 Dec., 1788. 
Nancy, d. y. (of lockjaw). 

613 Lydia, b. 31 Due , 1750; m. 7 Nov., 1777, Stephen Fuller of Ver- 

mont, and had twelve children. 

614 Nathan, l>. 16 May, 1761. 

615 Hannah, b. 13 Mar., 1763; d. 28 Sept., 1818; m. 15 Dec.. 1796, 
John (but according to John Putnam of Grafton in 1836, 'Water*'), 
son of Stephen and Huldah (Flagg) Fuller, as his second wife. 
Ch. : Stephen, b. 6 Aug., 1797; d. 22 Sept., 1850. Nathan, b. 24 
May, 1799. Richard, b. 1 Nov., 1802; d. 29 Mar., 1876. Brtat-y, 
b. 17 Jan., 1804, m. Tyler Carpenter. 
616 Abner, b. 17 Mar., 1765; m. Abigail Waters. Abner Putnam 
followed the business of scythe-making; In 1835 he was a resi- 
dent of Ludlow, Me. 

617 Sally, b. 27 Feb., 1765; m. 26 Feb., 1790, Jesse, son of Samuel 

and Patience (Gale) Marble, of Rutland. Ch. : Lewis, b. 7 S**pt., 
1790. Esther, b. 12 Jan., 1792. Sally, b 22 Aug., 1793. Sukey, 
b. 25 Sept., 1796. Betsey, b. 22 May, 1798. 

618 Tamar, b. 23 Oct., 1768; d. 6 Dec, 1819; m. 17 Mar., 1785, John, 

son of John and Elizabeth (Town) King, of Ward. Ch: Tamar, 
b. 7 July, 1785. Johu, b. 7 Feb., 1787. James. 

619 Polly, b. 1 Apr., 1770; d. prev. to 1802; m. 4 July, 1791, Amos, 

son of Amos and Ablgiill (Cobb) "Waters, a blacksmith, b. 18 Feb., 
1704 ; d. 18 Mar., 1856. They had one child. 
620 John, b. 3 Sept., 1771 ; m. Anna Hodgsklus of New Ipswich, N.H. 

621 Oliver, b. 19 July, 1773 ; d. *. p. ; m. Elizabeth Newton. A farmer 

of Dlxtteld, Me., in 1886. 

622 George W., b. 17 May, 1778; d. s. p. Farmer. 

623 Abigail, b. 20 Mar., 1775; m. Simon Rawson, a farmer of Ux- 

bridge, Mas*s. 

Nathan Putnam was an energetic and popular man. He 
was known as " Esquire " Putnam and was noted for the 
great number of marriages he performed. He bought the 

"There were several more children born previous to 1885, but their names are un- 
known to me. 

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original homestead of Isaac Putnam from Phineas Putnam, 
but his son Capt. Abner Putnam sold the place. Nathan 
Putnam operated a trip-hammer run by horse-power and 
carried on the manufacture of scythes, enjoying the credit of 
being the father of scythe-making in Massachusetts. Many 
of his descendants have been in the same line of business. 

V. 226 Isaac (Isaac, Edward, Tliomas, John), born 4 
Nov., 1734 ; published to Rachel Pratt, 22 Mar., 1760. Mrs. 
Putnam died at the home of his son David, at Becket, aged 
one hundred and four years. 

Children : 

624 David. 

625 Isaac, bapt. 1763. (This is doubtful date.) 

V. 228 Capt. Daniel (Isaac, Edward, TJiomas, John), 
born in Sutton, 28 Mar., 1739; died Cornish, N. H., 1809; 
married 25 June, 1761, Anna, daughter of Hon. Samuel 
Chase of Sutton. 

They removed to Cornish in 1764, and spent the winter 
in a camp built for the use of men who had been cutting 
masts for the Royal Navy. 

Children, born in Cornish : 

626 Samuel. 

627 Daniel, drowned in the Cone. River, while quite young. 
628 Isaac 

Town clerk of Cornish 1775. Served in Continental Army 
under Col. Jona. Cha*e in 1777 for three years. In 1781 
member of Capt. Moody Dustin's Co., 1st N. H. Continen- 
tal. Selectman in 1784. 

V. 231 William (David, Joseph, TJtomas, John), 
born in Salem Villnge; baptized there 8 Mar., 1729-30; 
will dated at Watertown 4 June, probated at Worcester, 7 
July, 1807; married in Danvers, 5 Nov., 1751, Elizabeth 
daughter of Josiah and Ruth (Hutchinson) Putnam who 
died previous to 1807. 

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Children : 

629 Rebecca, b. 26 April, 1758; d. Danvers, Sept., 1814; m. Capt. 

Samuel, son of Col. Jeremiah and Sarah (Andrews) dan. Daniel * 

and Ginger (Porter) Hutchinson. Ginger Porter was dan. of 
Israel and Sarah (dan. Lt. James Putnam) Porter Page of • 
Danvers; b. there 1 Aug., 1753 (or 1 July);d. 2 Sept., 1814. 
Capt. Page was at the storming of Stony Point. For their dau. 
Rebecca's descendants see Pickering Gen., 88 vil-182. For their ' 

son Jeremiah's dan., Laura Deland, descendants see ditto, 26 
630 Andrew, b. 2 April, 1755. 

681 William, b. 16 Mar., 1757. 

682 Elizabeth, b. 25 Mar., 1764; d. 9 Nov. 1841; m. May, 1794, Capt. 

Samuel Endicott of Salem, son of Johu and Martha (Putnam) 
Endlcott, b. June, 1768; d. 1 May, 1828. Ch. : Sam'l, b. Mar., 
1795; d. num., May, 1828. Eliza, m. 7 Jan., 1838, Augustus 
Perry. Martha, ra. July, 1828, Francis Peabody. William Put- 
nam, b. 5 Mar., 1808. 6 * Clara, m. Sept. 1827, George Peabody. 

William Putnam settled in Sterling, Mass., and in 1780 
was a member of the Convention which framed the State 

V, 235 Joseph (David, Joseph, Thomas, John), born 
in Salem Village, 23 Sept., 1739; died iu Danvers, 9 Mar., 
1818 ; married there 26 Mar., 1770, Ruth Flint. 

Children, born in Danvers: 

633 Kuth, b. 29" June, 1773; d. 22 Jan., 1849, m. 5 Nov., 1799, Allen 

Nourse, of Danvers. Ch. : Polly, b. 29 Aug., 1800; d. unm. 3 Jan., 
1825. Pamelia, b. 6 June, 1802; d. 9 Oct, 1872, unm. Rnthy, b. 
6 Dec, 1803; d. 5 Sept., 1883; m. 6 Dec, 1832, Elijah Hutchinson. 
Samuel Putnam, b. 14 Feb., 1806; d. 8 May, 1872 rm. 24 May, 1836, 
Mary E. Proctor; m., 2d, 21 Jan., 1846, Phebe W. Proctor. Dan- 
iel E. , b. 5 Apr., 1808 ; d. unm. 16 Oct., 1887. Hannah Eudicott, b. 

25 Dec, 1810; d. 31 Dec, 1832; m. 5 Dec, 1831, Thomas E. 
Dodge. Sally, b. 3 Oct., 1818; m. Orrln Putnam. Eliza Flint, b. 

26 Dec, 1816; d. 27 Feb., 1887; m. 14 June, 1843, Stephen 
Franklin Reed. 

634 David, b. 10 Oct., 1774; d. 1775. 

635 David, b. 4 May, 1776; d. 1776. 

636 JKSSJfi, b. 3 April, 1778; d. 10 Feb., 1861. 

•» See page 145, number 398, and footnote, 
« Family Bible record. 

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687' Pabmbua or Meblt, b. 13 Nov., 1780; d. 24 Dec., 1797. 

688 Polly, b. 19 April, 1784; d. 8 Oct., 1831; m. 16 Jan., 1806, 

Ebenezer, son of Benj. and Rebecca (Putnam) Upton of Reading, 
b. 14 Jan., 1788; d. 13 Aug., 1822. Ch. : Daniel Putuam, b. 18 
Dec, 1806. 

689 Catharine, b. 16 May, 1791 ; d. at. 4 weeks. 

Deacon Joseph Putnam was a smaller man than his 
brother Israel, was of alight complexion, his countenance was 
open and pleasant. In his old age lie retained the agility of 
youth. Throughout his long life ha was prominent in town 
and parish affairs and held the office of deacon in the church, 
having been chosen 2 Sept., 1802. 

V. 236 Israel (David , Joseph, Tliomas, John), born 
in Salem Village, 29 June, 1742 ; died in Danvers, 23 Feb., 
1825 ; married there, 7 Feb., 1771," Sarah Eppes who died 
8 Oct., 1784; married, second, 22 Feb., 1785, Mrs, Erume 
Prince, widow of Ezra Prince of Danvers, who died 10 July, 
1831. She was born 21 Jan., 1743. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

640 Allen, b. 11 April, 1772; d. at sea 10 Nov., 1793, uom. 

641 Daniel, b. 8 Mar., 1774; d. 10 Feb., 1854. 

642 Israel, b. 29 Sept., 1776; d. 15 July, 1795, unm. 

643 Sally, b. 6 Mar., 1779; d. 20 Aug., 1811. 

644 Betsey, b. 9 Oct, 1782; d. 23 Oct., 1864. 

Israel Putnam inherited that part of the David Putnam 
estate upon which stands the Gen. Israel Putnam house. His 
brother Deacou Joseph had the other half of the farm. 

Israel Putnam lived all his life in Danvers on his ancestral 
acres. He was a man of great breadth and warmth of char- 
acter, generous, of pure tastes and of a deep religious nature. 
It is said by his granddaughter, Mi's. Harriet ( Putnam ) 
Fowler that he resembled the portrait of his uncle, Gen. Israel 
Putnam, having a round pleasant face, blue eyes, but display- 
ing his firmuess and decision of character although frank and 
good natured. 

••Town Record*.— They were married by '* Benj. Preicott, Esq. 1 * 

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These traits in his character led to the seeking of his 
advice on town matters as an opinion given by him was 
rarely at fault. 

For his time he was a close observer of affairs and reader 
of books, especially those pertaining to scripture. 

V. 240 Jesse (Davids Joseph, Thomas, John), born in 
Danvers, 8 January, 1754; died in Boston, 14 April, 1837 ; 
married 11 Feb., 1776, Susanna Thatcher, daughter of Col. 
Samuel and Mary (Brown) Thatcher, of Cambridge, born 
1755, died 8 April, 1839. A son of Col. Ebenezer Thatcher,.. j 

who was a prominent citizen during the Revolution, married 
Lucy, daughter of Gen. Knox. j 

Child: I 

645 Catharine, b. In Boston, 9 Jan., 1777; d. in Peterborough, N. H., 
27 Mar., 1862. Miss Putnam was a most cultivated and worthy 
woman. Throughout her life she was constantly doing good 
and by her example urging others to be charitable and patriotic. 
When the Civil War broke out she presented the Putnam Guards 
' of Danvers with a stand of colors and in other ways encouraged 
them. Peterborough owes much to her benevolence, among 
other things a fine public park. 

Jesse Putnam was one of the foremost of Boston mer- 
chants, universally respected by all who knew him. He was 
graduated from Harvard College iu 1775. 

In a letter of date 1834, he states he had become separated 
from his family in early life and never had returned to the 
homestead except on visits. 

He was more or less prominent in public affairs in Boston. 

The inscription upon the opposite page was placed upon 
his monument at Mount Auburn. 


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Jesse Putnam 
long known 













On the same monument: 

Here repose 


the remains of 


for more than sixty years the wife of 

Jesse Putnam 

she died April 8, 1839 

Aged 84. 

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V. 241 Col. Israel ( Gen. Israel, Joseph, Thomas, 
John), born in Salem Village, 28 Jan., 1739-40; died in 

Belpre, Ohio, 7 March, 1812 ; married , 1764, Sarah 

Waldo of Pomfret, Conn. 

Children, born in Pomfret : 

646 Sarah, b. 25 Oct., 1764; d. 1818; m. Samuel Thornily. 

647 Israel, b. 20 Jan., 1766; d. 9 Mar., 1824. 

648 Aaron Waldo, b. 18 April, 1767; d. 21 Aug., 1822. 

649 David, b. 24 Feb., 1769; d. Marietta, Ohio, 31 Mar., 1856. 
660 William Pitt, b. 11 Dec, 1770; d. Marietta, 8 Oct., 1800. 

651 Mary, b. 5 Aug., 1773; m. Daniel Mayo. 

652 George Washington, b. 27 July, 1777; d. , 1800; of Verney, 

653 Elizabeth, b. 19 Jan., 1780; m. Joel Craig. 

Of the above children only David was living in 1852. Mary and Eliza* 
beth settled in Newport, Ey. 

Col. Putnam spent his boyhood, as most boys of his time, 
on the farm, only receiving such education as the country 
schools afforded, but of which he made good use. 

When his father hastened to Cambridge in 1775, Israel 
raised a company of volunteers and joined the army shortly 
after, where he remained under his father's orders until the 
arrival of Washington. 

Upon the appoiutment of Col. Israel Putnam as Major- 
General, Capt. Israel Putnam was appointed an aide (22 
July). In this capacity he served on the Hudson, but after 
three years' service he retired to his farm. During the time 
he was in the army he acquitted himself with distinction. 

When the Ohio company was formed, Col. Israel Putnam 
joined the company, and, with two of his sons, crossed the 
mountains with a wagon load of farming utensils. Mrs. Put- 
nam remained on the farm at Pomfret. At the formation of 
the settlement at Belpre, Colonel Putnam settled there, de- 
voted himself to clearing a farm, and in 1790 he returned 
to Connecticut to bring out his family. During his absence 
from Ohio the Indian War broke out, which delayed his re- 
turn for five years. 

At Belpre, he took a leading part iu the affairs of the corn- 

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munity, and his wealth which, though not great, was greatly 
in excess of that of most of his neighbors, enabled him to 
introduce many improvements. In church affairs he was 
prominent, being an earnest Episcopalian, and often read the 
services for the church. 

As a farmer he was constantly on the lookout for means 
to improve his stock and was the means of introducing in 
Ohio a fine breed of cattle, which he had gotten by improving 
the native Connecticut cattle by crossing with imported 
stock, obtained during the Revolution. 

"Col. Putnam was a man of sound, vigorous mind, and 
remarkable for his plain common sense ; abrupt and homely 
in his manner and address, but perfectly honest and upright 
in his intercourse with mankind/ 9 

V. 243 Hannah {Gen. Israel, Joseph, TJiomas, John), 
born iu Pomfret, 25 Aug., 1744; died 3 April, 1821; 
married 26 Oct., 1764, John Winchester, son of Isaac 68 and 
Sarah (Winchester) Dana of Pomfret, Conn., born in Pomfret, 
6 Jan., 1739-40, died Feb., 1813. 

Children : 

654 Isaac, b. 28 Nov., 1765 ; d. 2 Mar., 18S1 ; m., 1st, Sally Bean ; m., 

2d, Laura Miner. One of his children was Rev. Jndah Dana, b. 
29 Sept., 1817; Dartmouth College, 1845; he m. 5 July, 1S47, 
Marcla Holmes Weld of Hartland, Vt. 

655 Brtsbt, b. , 1768; d. 81 Mar., 1841; m. 1790, Jonathan, son 

of Jonathan and Melatlah (Metcalf) Ware, b., Wrentham, 27 
April, 1767; d. 1 Feb., 1838, H. C. 1790. Ch. : Jonathan, b. 1796. 
Camilla, b. 28 Nov., 1804; d., Cabot, Vt., 10 Aug., 1871. Mary 
Betsey, b. 18 Sept., 1800; d. 8 Jan., 1649; m. Sam'l Butterworth 
of Andover, N. H. John, b. 1798. Elinor, b. 1807; d. y. 

656 Benjamin, b. , 1770 ; d. 21 July, 1838 ; m. Sarah Shaw ; res. 

at Waterford, Ohio. Ch. : a dau. m. to A. M. Dawes. 

657 Judah, b. 25 April, 1772; d. 27 Dec, 1845. 

658 Israel Putnam, b. 3 April, 1774; of Danville, Vt ; State Coun- 

selor, etc. ; m. Sarah Smith. 

659 Hannah Putnam, b. , 1775 ; d., Pomfret, Conn., 14 April, 1850 ; 

m. Zebulon Lyon, who d., Woodstock, Vt. 

- Isaac Dana was son of Benjamin, whose father, Richard Dana, settled in that part of 
Cambridge, now Brighton, about 1610. 

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660 John Winchester, b. 16 Jan., 1777. 

661 Daniel, b. 23 Mar., 1778. 

662 Sarah Winchester, b. ,1779; m. Major Elisha Smith of 

Pomfret, Vt. 
663 David, b. 24 Mar., 1781 ; d. 12 Mar., 1889. 

, 664 Eunice, b. , 1788; m. Harvey Chase of Cornish, N. H. ; Yale, 

1800. Attorney. f 

666 Schuyler, b. — — , 1785; d. inf. J 

666 Mary, b. — , 1787 ; d. , 1816 ; m. Greet. \ 


John Winchester Dana removed, in 1773, to the grant 
which Governor Wentworth had made to his father in the \ 

New Hampshire Grants in 1761. The new town was called 
Pomfret. Here he became prominent in the affairs of town 
and state. Representative in the legislature in 1878, '80, \ 

'81, '92, and a member of constitutional convention of 1777. < 

V. 245 Mehitable ( Gen. Israel, Joseph, Thomas, ' 

John), bom in Pomfret, Conn., 21 Oct., 1749 ; died 28 Nov., j 

1789; married, 1771, Capt. Daniel Tyler, 67 of Brooklyn, 
Conn., an aide-de-camp of Gen. Israel Putnam at Bunker 
Hill. Captain Tyler was born 1750 ; died 29 April, 1832 ; 
married, second, Sarah, 68 widow of Deacon Benjamin Chaplin. 
She was a granddaughter of President Jonathan Edwards and 
a sister of Aaron Burr's wife. 

Three of the sons of Captain Tyler graduated at West 
Point, Septimus, Edwin and Daniel. 

Children : 

667 Mary, b. ; d. 12 Jane, 1832. 

668 Pascal Paola, b. 15 May, 1774; m. Betsey Baker. Ch. : Caroline 
E., m. Hu lings Cowperthwalt of Philadelphia. Daniel Putnam, 
lawyer in Brooklyn, formerly Secretary of State for Conn. ; m. 

* Captain Tyler was son of Daniel Tyler who was born at Groton, 22 Feb., 1701; died 
20 Feb.. 1802, aged 100 yean 11 mos. 26 days. He married thrice and had 21 children; 
at the time of his death there were living 6 children, 50 grandchildren and 120 great, 

<* The children of Captain Tyler by hit 2d wife were Sally, b. 29 May, 1791; d. Not. 
1867; m. Rev. Sam'l P. Williams of Newbury port, Mass.; Frederic, b. 5 July, 1795; d. 
at Hartford, Coun.. at. 85; m. St rah Sharp of Abington, Conn., and was lather of Gen. 
Robert O. Tyler, U.S. A. Edwin, b. 5 Jan., 1794; d. 4 Aug., 1838; m. Alia Mary Ed- 
wards who d. 22 Sept., 1888, at. 34. He m. again. Gen. Daniel P., was of the late war. 

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his cousin Emily C. Tyler. Mary B., m. James Holbrook of 
Brooklyn, Conn. 

669 Daniel P., b. ; d. 18 Jan., 1798, ©t 21 years. 

669a Septimus, b. — ; d. 26 May, 1782, »t. 2 yra. 8mos. 

670 William P., b. 7 Oct., 1781; d. 2 Dec, 1859; m. 1 Jan., 1809, 

Waty, dan. of Nathan and Hannah (Putnam) ,•• Williams of Can- 
terbury, Conn. They lived a few years at Warner, Vt., but re- 
turned to Brooklyn. Ch. : Hannah Putnam, b. 15 Mar. ; 

d. 80 Jan., 1892; m. 14 July, 1840, David Gilmur of Elizabeth, N. J. 
Elizabeth, b. 19 Oct., 1809; d. unm. 29 Apr., 1839. Maria Cor- 
delia, b. S Sept., 1811; d. 1 Mar., 1882; m. 11 Sept., 1832, John 
Gallup, 8d, of Brooklyn, at one time general manager of Lake 
Shore B. R. Emily Cecilia (twin with Maria), d. 13 Feb., 1869; 
m. Daniel P. Tyler above. Waty Williams, b. 27 Aug., 1814 ; m. 
30 May, 1842, Rev. Benjamin Howe, b. Ipswich, 8 Nov., 1807; d. 
Hudson, N. H. (Ch. : Homer, b. Wells, Me., 16 Aug., 1848, of 
Hudson, N. H. Cecil Putnam, b. Meredith, N. Y., 8 Nov , 1857; 
d. 13 Feb., 1866.) William P., b. 7 July, 1815; d. 10 Sept., 1816. 

William Williams, b. 30 July ; d.27 Jan., 1865; m. 22 Jan., 

1855, Joanna Farrington. 

671 Bktst, b. 18 June, 1784 ; m. , Eldredge of Warren, Vt. Ch. : 

Betsy. Frederick. Daniel. Lucretia. Edward. Lucy. 

672 Septimus, d. on passage home from St. Domingo, on board the 

frigate Congress, 17 Sept., 1817, aU 27 years. He was commer- 
cial agent of U. S. at the Island of St. Domingo. 

V. 246 Mary ( Gen. Israel, Joseph, Tliomas, John), 
born inPomfret,Conn., 10 May, 1753 ; married 2 Nov., 1773, 
Samuel, son of Zachariah Waldo of Pomfret, Conn., a brother 
of Dr. Albigence Waldo and a descendant of deacon Cornelius 
Waldo of Chelmsford, Mass., born 28 Aug., 1747, died 14 
Feb., 1810. 

Children : 

673 Betsey, b. 22 Sept., 1774 ; m. 12 May, 1799, John Augustus Gleason. 

674 Israel, b. 12 Dec, 1776; d. 2 Jan., 1786. 

675 Samuel, b. 12 Mar., 1779 ; d. Hartford, Mar., 1826, author of many 

biographical works. 

676 Francis, b. 22 April, 1788; m. 12 May, 1805, Lncinda Clement 

Cheney. Ch. : Catharine, b. 14 May, 1806. Samuel, b. 1 June, 
1810. Mary Putnam, b. 12 Sept., 1812. Frances Luciuda, b. 12 
April, 1815. 

677 Lewis, b. 25 June, 1787; d. 1 May, 1788. 

" Hannah Pntnara was dao. of John (EUazer, EUaztr, John, John) Putnam and was 
born 1 Jan., 1768. 

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678 Polly, b. 13 April, 1789. 

679 Lewis Putnam, b. 22 Mar., 1796; d. 28 Mar., 1796. 

V. 247 Eunice (Gen. Israel, Joseph, Tliomas, John), 
born in Pomfret, 10 Jan., 1756 ; died 27 June, 1799 ; married, 
first, EHsba son of Rev. Ephraim and Deborah (Lotbrop) 
Avery of Brooklyn, Conn., born 3 December, 1744. A sister 
Elizabeth married Rev. Aaron Putnam (No. 326) ; TO mar- 
ried, second, 7 Sept., 1783, Brig. Gen. Lemuel Grosveuor, 
son of Ebenezer, jr., and Lucy (Cheney) Grosvenor, born 18 
April, 1752; died in Pomfret, 19 Jan., 1833; he married, 
second, 9 Mar., 1801, Sarah Perkins, born 27 Oct., 1771, 
died 16 Oct., 1831. Six children, viz., Perkins, born 25, 
died 28 April, 1802. Eunice Putnam, born 24 April, 1803 ; 
died 5 July, 1883. Sarah Perkins, born 5 Feb., 1806, liv- 
ing 1892 ; married Charles Coit of Norwich, Conn. Ellen 
Douglas, born 27 Feb., 1814; died 16 Nov., 1831. Two 
died in infancy. 

Child by first marriage : % 

680 Elisha. 

Children by second marriage : 

681 Lemuel, b. 26 Oct., 1784; d. 19 Jan., 1858; m. Clarissa Downs of 

Boston. Cb. : Charlotte Otis, b. 80 Jan., 1810; d. 22 Oct., 1847; 
to. James Shepard Pike 71 . Louisa, b. 23 Feb., 1814; d. Provi- 
dence, 10 Aug., 1869. Rev. Lemuel, b. 27 April, 1815; d. «. p., 
8 Aug., 1870, of London, Eng. ; m., 1st, 20 Oct., 1845, Miss Pearce, 
dau.of Daly Pearce of Newport, R. I.; m., 1866, Grace Duganne 
of Boston, who d. London, 17 Dec, 1891. Clarissa, b. 6 July, 
1817; d. 10 June, 1890; m., 1845, Charles Stockbridge son of 
Ebenezer and Ruth (Otis) Thompson and had (Rev.) Ebenezer 
of Biloxl, Miss., b. 21 Nov., 1846, 7 * and Charles Otis, b. 19 June, 
1849, of Pomfret. Caroline Downs, m. Dr. Thomas Perry of 

*• Avery Genealogy, by W. W. Avery. 

" J. Shepnrd Pike, minister to the Hague 1861-5. Associated with Greeley on the 

n Rev. Ebenezer Grosvenor, m. 17 May, 1882, Julia E. Curran. Ch. are John Eben- 
ezer Grosvenor, b. 8 Mar., 1888; d. 17 Oct., 1887. Charles Curran, b. 17 Feb., 1886. Paul 
Stockbridge, b. 8 Aug., 18U0, Episcopal minister at Biloxl, Miss. Charles Otis Gros- 
venor, b. 19 June, 1849; m. 14 Feb., 1889, Caroline Wadsworth. Ch. Dorothy Otis, b. 29 
Aug., 1890. 

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682 Gur, b. 5 Sept., 1786; d. 10 Sept., 1788. 

683 (Major) Ebenezer, b. Pom fret, Conn., 26 Feb., 1788; d. there 10 

Nov., 1817; Yale 1807, lawyer; m. Brooklyn, Conn., 3 May, 1815, 
bis cousin, Harriet Wads worth, dan. of Daniel and Catherine 
(Hutchinson) Putnam. No living Issue (1890): 

684 Clark Gut, b. 23 June, 1790; d. 21 Oct., 1809. 

685 Lewis, b. 12 April, 1794; d. 12 Aug., 1833; m. Harriet Winchester 

of Boston. One dan. d. y., three more died in infancy. 

V. 248 Daniel (Gen. Israel, Joseph, Tliomas, John), 
born in Pomfret, Conn., now Brooklyn, 18 Nov., 1759 ; died 
there 30 April, 1831; married in Boston, 2 Sept., 1782, 
Catherine, daughter of Shrirnpton and Elizabeth (Malbone) 
Hutchinson, born in Boston, 11 April, 1757 ; died in Hartford, 
31 Oct., 1844. 

Children, born in Brooklyu, Conn. : 

686 William, b. 1 Jan., 1783; d. 5 Dec, 1846; m. Mary Spalding. 

687 Catherine, b. 17 Nov., 1785; d. 2 Oct., 1842; m. Geo. Brlnley. 

688 Eijzabeth, b. 18 Feb., 1789; d. 10 May, 1794. 

689 Harbiict Wadsworth, b. 22 Sept., 1792 ; d. 20 Sept., 1869 ; m. her 

cousin Ebenezer Grosvenor, q. «. 
690 Elizabeth, b. 24 Sept., 1794; d. ; m. George Sumner, q. v. 

691 Israkl, b. May, 1796; d. 2 June, 1796, at. 10 days. 

692 Anne Coffin, b. 17 April, 1798; d. 2 July, 1840. 

693 Emily, b. 17 Jan., 1800; d. 14 Mar., 1873; m. James Brown. 

Daniel Putnam was a farmer on a very large scale in 
Brooklyn, Conn., and a man of much worth. He was an 
earnest supporter of the Protestant Episcopal church. 

V. 250 Peter Schuyler ( Gen. Israel, Joseph, Thom- 
as, John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 31 Dec, 1764; died 
Sept., 1827; married July, 1785, Lucy, daughter of Nathan 

Frink of Pomfret, counsellor at law, born ; died Oct., 


Children : 

604 John Pope, b. Brooklyn, Conn., 9 May, 1786. 

605 Nathan, b. Brooklyn, 22 Aug., 1787. 
696 Peter Schuyler, d. 1858, set. 69. 

697 Oliver, b. ; d. »c 6 yrs. 

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Peter Schuyler was landlord of the Mansion House 
at Williamstowu. It was at his home in Pomfret that Geil. 
Israel Putnam lived during the last years of his life and died. 

V. 252 John (Samuel, John, Nathaniel, John), born ! 

Salem Village, ,1715; died at Oswego, April, 1762; [ 

married at Sudbury, 25 April, 1737, Sarah, eldest daughter j 

of James and Mary Maverick of Sudbury. 78 At the time of 
his marriage John Putuam lived in Framingham. 

Children : 

698 Elizabeth, b. Sudbury, 18 Jan., 1788; d. unm. " at middle age." j 

699 Samuel,^ r i 

700 James, J twlns '\d. in infancy. j 

701 Jesse, b. Framingham, 25 Mar., 1748. In 1759 he was on the roll I 

of a militia company in Sudbury. In 1835 his brother John 

gave the following account of him. " He went out In the French j 

and Indian War, became entirely blind but was cared for and < 

cured by the British surgeons, after which he remained in the I 

British service. During the Revolution he held the commission 

of Ensign. At the close of the war he was In New York and 

died there. He was buried with the honors of war." It is worth 

noting that this Jesse, with the exception of Hon. James Putnam, 

and his son James, is the only one of the name who has held 

commissions In the British service since 1775. 

702 John, b. Sudbury, 8 June, 1746. 

703 Nathan, b. Sudbury, 15 July, 1749. 

704 Eno8, b. Sudbury, 8 June, 1752. His brother John relates that 
Enos was bound out when a boy, but being ill-treated left his 
master and travelled almost naked, to his brother's In Marlboro, 
who clothed him, afterward went to Templeton, but left there 
and never heard from. 

705 Daniel, b. Sudbury, 27 Sept, 1755. Was at Concord, 19 April, 


706 Asa, b. Sudbury, 5 Sept., 1758. Served In the Revolution. 
707 Sakah, b. Sudbury, 25 Sept., 1761. 

"James Maverick was married twice, first to Mary, the mother of his children, 
secondly to Lydia Sanderson, 28 April, 1742. His children were Sarah, m. as above. 
Mary, b. 4 Mar., 1720. Abigail, b. 4 June, 172S; m. 10 Aug., 1743, Moses Hill. James, b. 
4 Aug., 1729. Esther, b. 80 April. 1782. Silence, b. 16 April, 1735. Bathsheba. d. unm. 
Of these ch. those whose dates of birth are given are known to have been born in Sud- 
bury. All but the last married and had children. 

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John Putnam was presented with a farm in Framingham 
by bis father and had settled there. When his father was 
forced to surrender his property to his creditors, this farm of 
John's was also taken, he being unable to show title deeds. 
His home was on the south side of Green Hill about three 
quarters of a mile from that spot where Wadsworth and his 
men were slain in 1676. 

It is said that the loss of his farm in this manner so dis- 
heartened him that he enlisted in the army duriug the last 
French and Indian war. He died in the service at Oswego 
in 1762. 

V. 253 Daniel (Samuel, John, Nathaniel, John), bapt. 
in Salem Village, 11 Oct., 1719 ; died in Sudbury, 15 Dec, 
1753 ; married , Thankful . 

Children, born iu Sudbury : 

708 Lucy, b. IS May, 1748; d. y. 

709 Relief, b. 6 Not., 1751 ; m. in Sudbury, 28 May, 1770, Ephraim 


Daniel Putnam received as a gift from his father a farm 
in Sudbury, and there he lived and died. He followed the 
trade of a shoemaker. 

Abstract from an ancient diary : " Dec. 15, 1758 died Mr. Daniel Putnam, 
of a voilant fever of which he lay sick a week. Has left behind one child 
and a widow who has been in a sorrowfull condition for a considerable 
time. The Lord support her under this heavy bereavement and also do 
her soul good by it and bring her out of the distressed condition take care 
of her and the child its father has forsaken. Taken away in the prime of 
life about 86 years old & being one of my nearest neighbors the call is 
louder both to me & mine to get ready.*' 

This same diarist notes the death of the father, Samuel 
Putnam, under date of Dec. 20. 

V. 258 Deacon Asa (Josiah, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Danvers, 31 July, baptized 15 Aug., 1714; died in 
Dauvers, 1795 ; married, first, in Salem, 30 Nov., 1738, Sarah 
Putuam, who died in Danvers, 25 Sept., 1762; married, 
second, at Danvers, 23 Aug., 1764, Mary Walcott. 

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Children, born in Danvers, baptized at the North Parish : 

710 Sarah, b. 22 Oct, bapt. 28 Oct., 1739; d. Oct., 1781; m. 11 April, 
1760, Jeremy, son of Ebenezer and Hannah (Sbaw, ne'e South wick) 
Hutchinson, b. Salem Village, 29 June, 1788; d. 7 April, 1805. 
They lived In Danvers. Ch. b. there: Sarah, b. 12 Feb., 1762; 
d. 14 July, 1815; m. 18 Oct., 1788, Jethro Russell, jr.; lived in 
Danville, Vt. Ebenezer, b. 10 July, 1764; d. Danville, Vt., 25 
Ang., 1849; m. 4 June, 1792, Anna Caves of Danvers. Bethlah, 
b. 8 Mar., 1766 ; d. 2 July, 1801. Mehltable, b. 10 Jan., 1768 ; d. 2 
Mar., 1885. Joseph, b. 9 April, 1770; d. 1 Jan., 1832; m. 9 Feb., 
1806, Phebe Upton of No. Reading; lived in Danvers. Hannah, 
b. 23 Mar., 1772; d. 9 April, 1813. 
711 Eusha, b. 16 Mar., 1741; bapt. 2i Mar., 1741-2. 

712 Josiah, bapt. 11 Mar., 1743-4; d. 6 Oct., 1754. 

713 Asa, bapt. 27 May, 1750; d. 8 Oct., 1754. 

714 Peter, bapt. 18 Feb., 1753; d. 8 Oct., 1754. 

715 Hannah, b. 9 Jan., 1755, bapt. 18 Jan., 1756; m. Benjamin 

Russell. Ch. : Asa. Hannah. Betsey, b. 21 Jan., 1780; m. 5 May, 
1811, Levi, son of Joseph and Hannah (Fuller) Hutchinson of 

By second wife : 

716 Mart, b. 4 Aug., bapt. 11 Aug., 1765; m. Rufus Putnam. 

717 Elizabeth, b. 2 Feb., bapt. 8 Feb., 1767; m. Major Elijah Flint. 

Asa Putnam was a farmer in Danvers. He was a man of 
an inventive turn of mind and was much respected for his 
Christian character and generous, kindly disposition. Mr. 
Putnam was always thoroughly acquainted with the results 
of investigations of the great minds of his day. He was a 
man to be guided by and any one could follow the dictates 
of his conscience. His life is aptly described by Dr. Wads- 
worth in the text delivered at his funeral ff Mark the perfect 
man, and behold the upright for the end of that man is 

Deacon Asa was a man of small stature but athletic and 
vigorous power, both in mind and body, dark eyes which 
retained their lustre to the last, an expression conveying a 
mixture of firmness and gentleness to those who met him. 

Corporal in Capt. John Putnam's Co., two days' service at 
Lexington Alarm. 

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V. 259 Enos (Josiah, "John, Nathaniel, John), born 

in Salem Village, 6 Oct., 1716; died there , 1780, will 

proved 2 Oct., 1780; married 5 May, 1774, Sarah Gold- 
thwaite. Not known to have had any children. 

Elected constable 19 Mar., 1767, which seems to have 
been his only public office. His name is on the Danvers tax 
lists from 1752 to 1773, after which date the lists are missing. 
There was an Enos Putnam in Capt. John Putnam's Co., 
which marched to Lexington, April 19, 1775. 

V. 260 Josiah (Josiah, John, Nathaniel, John), born 
in Salem Villnge,3 Mar., 1718-19 ; died in Warren, Mass., 
4 Feb., 1795; married 13 Jan., 1740, Lydia Wheeler of 
Brookfield, born 14 Aug., 1721 ; died (numb palsy) 25 
Mar., 1805, after a sickness of five years. 

Children : 

718 Asa, b. 10 Aug., 1743; d. 7 Sept., 1795. 

719 Lydia, b. ; d. May, 1810. 

720 Thankful, b. 6 May, 1747; drowned 7 Aug., 1814. 
721 Josiah, b. 8 June, 1749-50; d. 1 May, 1835. 

722 Ruth, b. 24 July, 1752 ; m. , Juda Daman. 

723 Mary, b., Western, 15 April, 1759; d. ; m. 23 Sept., 1777, Jeremiah 

Gould. Lived In Pomfret, N. Y. Ch. : Polly, b. 6 June, 1778. 
Jeremiah, b. 81 July, 1780. James, b. 2 Aug., 1782. Phares, b. 
20 Dec, 1787; m. Melina Osgood, only Bister of Mrs. Harvey 
Putnam. Abram Putnam, b. 14 Aug., 1794. Lydia, b. 4 Mar., 
1797. Laura,* b. 2 Mar., 1800. 

Josiah Putnam was a captain in Col. JedediahFoote's reg- 
iment. He was at Lexington on the 19th April, 1775, and 
among his men was his son Josiah. 

V. 270 John 74 (John, John, Nathaniel, John) , bora in 
Salem Village, 1720; died in Danvers; will made 29 June 
1786, proved 6 Nov., 1786; married, Salem, 4 Feb., 1741, 
Ruth Swinnerton. 

Children, all bora and baptized in Salem Village : 

724 Nathan, b. 8 Nov., 1742, prob. d. before 1786. 

7« Mentioned In father's will, also '* granddaa. Lydia," and wile Ruth. 

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' 725 Johw™ b. 10 Dec, 174$; bapt. 1 Miy, 1744. 

726 Daniel, b. 19 April, 174$; bapt. 24 April, 1748. 

727 James, b. 16 July, 1750; bapt. 5 Aug., 1750. 

728 Peter, b. 8 Oct., 1751; bapt. 5 Oct., 1755. 

729 Amos, b. 25 May, 1752; bapt. 7 June, 1752. 

V. 271 Doctor Amos {John, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, Sept., 1722 ; died 26 July, 1807 ; 
married 18 Mar., 1743, Hannah Phillips perhaps daughter of 
James Phillips of Danvers, who died 2 Oct., 1758, aged 
thirty-three; married, second, 13 Aug., 1759, Mary Gottof 
Wenham who died 15 Feb., 1803. 

Children, born and baptized in Salem Village : 

730 James Phillips, b. 21 April, 1745 ; bapt. 28 April, 1745. 
781 Hannah, b. 18 Sept., 1749; bapt. 24 Sept., 1749; m. Nathan 

732 Elizabeth, b. 8 Mar., bapt. 18 Mar., 1758; d. *. p. ; m. Nathaniel 
Oliver of Marblehead. 

Dr. Amos Putnam studied medicine under Dr. Jonathan 
Prince of Danvers, and practised in Danvers until the open- 
ing of tho French and Indian War, when he entered the 
colonial service as surgeon. At the close of the war be 
returned to Danvers and practised until over eighty years of 

During the Revolution he was a member of the committee 
of safety, was often moderator at town meeting and held 
other positions of public concern. He was a firm and out- 
spoken patriot and one of the most influential citizens of the 

His grave, in a small enclosure near the Collins house, is 
marked by a plain stone with the following inscription: 
w Sacred to the memory of Doct. Amos Putnam and Hannah 
Phillips the wife of A. P." 

During his life Dr. Putnam lived near Felton's corner, in 
the house afterward occupied by Daniel Tapley. A portrait 
painted, in 1762 or thereabouts, is in the possession of the 

*• Probably the Capt. John Putnam who commanded a company at Lexington. He 
waa constable in 1774 and held many offices before and after the Revolution. 

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Dan vers Historical Society having been presented by Charles 
Putnam, Esq., of Cambridge, a descendant. This portrait 
represents a man with large chin, small mouth, blue eyes and 
a good intellect. 

The following obituary appeared in the Essex Register, 
printed at Salem, Mass., 3 Aug., 1807. 

We have received the following notice of the character of Dr. 
Amos Putnam, whose death, in Danvers, was mentioned in oar 
last : — 

" He was born in Danvers, 11th Oct. 0. S. 1722. After having 
enjoyed the benefits then derivable from a common school, he 
commenced the study of Physic and Surgery with the late Dr. 
Prince, to the attachment of whose family he particularly recom- 
mended himself by the propriety of his conduct, and the uniform 
serenity of his disposition. In 1744, he applied to practice the 
rich acquisitions of his retentive mind, with that success which 
never attaches itself to superficial knowledge, and gained that ex- 
tensive reputation which invited his advice and assistance, in the 
most dangerous diseases, with undiminished confidence, for 56 
years ; at which period an asthmatical disorder, which he had pre- 
viously experienced, began to corrode his strength with more 
superior force, though not sufficiently to counteract the energy of 
medicinal application, or prevent him from the duties of his pro- 
fession, until 1805 ; when his age, united with his debilitating 
disorder, more obstinately prohibited his future usefulness in 
society. He was emulous in the principles, and unremitting in 
the practice of the religion he professed, and a retrospective view 
of his life, sanctioned by the approbation of his conscience, pro- 
duced that resignation to the will of his Maker, which mantled his 
mind in serenity. As a husband he never infringed the sacred 
state by an unfeeling word or angry frown ; as a father, the object 
of his fond exertion was to infuse into the minds of his children 
those virtues which shone with eminent lustre in his own ; and as a 
friend he was social, sincere, and innocently cheerful, was never 
known to slander the character even of an inveterate enemy, but 
with benevolence involved every injury in oblivion." 

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V. 1272 Deacon Edmund (John, John, Naihamei, 
John), born in Salem Village, 1724; bapt. 27 June, 1725; 
died there 1810; married Oct., 1745, Anna, daughter of 
Israel and Anna (Porter) Andrews, born in Danvers, 26 Dec, 

Children : 

788 Huldah, b. 18 May, 1746; bapt 8 May, 1747; m., Danvers, 6 
May, 1766, Joseph, son of Peter and Hannah (Batchelder), 
Woodburv of Beverly, b. there 21 Sept., 1741; d. 5 Feb., 1816. 
He m., 2d, 7 Mar., 1775, Abigail, dan. of John and Mary (Kim- 
ball) Porter. Ch-: Nancy, b. 6 Dec., 1767; d. 28 Joly, 1828; 
m. 8 Oct., 1786, Nathaniel Pierce of Lexington. Haldah, b. 8 
Jan., 1771 ; m. 23 Jan., 1791 (John or William), Flake. 

734 Andrew, b. 15 Jan., 1750; bapt. 27 Jan., 1750-1. 

735 Ishael, b. 20 7f Nov., 1754; d. , 1820; m. his cousin Anna, 

dan. of Ellas and Eunice (Andrews) Endlcott. 

786 Sabah, b. 19 Dec, 1756; d. Newport, N. H., ; m. as his 1st 

wife, Samuel, son of Sam'l and Mary (Putnam) Endlcott, bapt. 14 
Dec, 1754; d Newport, N. H., April, 1810. He was a surgeon's 
mate in the Revolutionary army. Ch. : Sally, b. ; m. An- 
drew Bryant of Newport, N. H. 
737 Edmund, b. 15 Jan., 1772; bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 12 Feb., 

Edmund Putnam, in 1753, bought land of John Baker 
and removed to Topsfield ; but in 1758 he sold it to Rev. 
John Emerson and returned to Danvers, buying there of 
Daniel Rea a farm of sixty acres. Here he occupied, until his 
death, what is known as the old Rea Putnam House, now the 
property and residence of Mr. Augustus Fowler. For a 
portion of his life, Edmund was a tailor as well as a farmer, 
and an old manuscript account book, still extant, shows how 
extensively he provided outfits for his neighbors or customers, 
in that line of business. In 1762, he was chosen deacon of 
the First Church, serving twenty-three years. After the death 
of Rev. Peter Clarke, the third minister, which occurred 
June 10, 1768, the parish was without a pastor for the space 
of four years or more. During this interval, its affairs were 

" According to Church Records, Topifleld, 17 Nov, 1731. 

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entrusted to a committee of seven, consisting of John Nichols, 
dipt. Elisha Flint, Dr. Amos Putnam, Lieut. Archelaus 
Putnam, Dea. Asa Putnam, Dea. Edmund Putnam, and Dr. 
Samuel Hoi ton. It was at a time of serious troubles in the 
society about the settlement of a successor to Mr. Clarke, hut 
the committee wisely and usefully discharged the duties 
which had been assigned to them. 

"Deacon Edmund, " as he has usually been called, shared 
largely the patriotic spirit of the hour, as the outbreak of the 
Revolutionary war was drawing near. We copy the following 
from Force's American Archive*, Vol II : * At a meeting 
of the people of the Alarm List of the Third Company in 
Danvers, held in said Danvers the 6th of March, 1775, for 
the purpose of electing officers for said Alarm List Company, 
Rev. Benj. Batch, chairman; said people unanimously made 
choice of Dea. Edmund Putnam for Captain, Rev. Benjamin 
Balch for Lieutenant, and Mr. Tarrant Putnam for Ensign. 
The said gentlemen, being present, declared their acceptance. 
Attest, Arch. Dale, clerk of said meeting." Orators and au- 
thors, like Hon. Daniel P. King, Hon. Charles Hudson, and 
M.r. J. Wingate Thornton, have referred to this record as 
illustrative of the fact that ministers and deacons, as well as 
others, were ready for military service, at that momentous 

Deacon Edmund was now captain, and under that title he 
also commanded one of the eight Danvers companies which 
flew to encounter the British on the day of the Battle of 
Lexington, April 19, 1775. The company was a small one, 
gathered from the more sparsely settled district of the town 
to which its captain himself belonged. Like others of the 
number, it may have intercepted and harassed the enemy in 
his hurried retreat on the way from West Cambridge to 
Charlestown. All were alike paid for their two days' service, 
as the records at the State House attest. 

On the 11th of March, 1776, Captain Putnam was chosen, 
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the town. At a meeting of the citizens of Danvers, held 
April 13, 1778. he was appointed one of a committee of 
thirteen to consider and report upon a form of government 
for the State of Massachusetts which had been adopted by 
the Genet al Court on the 28th of February of the same year, 
and was subject to the approval of the people by a two-thirds 
vote. The other members of the committee were Col. Israel 
Hutchinson, Mr. Archelaus Dale, Maj. Samuel Epes, Mr. 
Gideon Putnam, Capt. Jonathan Procter, Maj. Caleb Lowe, 
Mr. Ezra Upton, Mr. Stephen Needham, Capt. John Putnam, 
Capt. William Shillaber, Mr. Benjamin Procter aud Mr. 
David Prince. They reported, at an adjourned meeting, 
adversely to the proposed Constitution, and their action was 
ratified by the unanimous vote of those who were present. 
The objectionable draft was defeated by an overwhelming 
majority of the people of the commonwealth. The better 
form of Constitutional Government was adopted in 1780. 

Deacon, or Cup tain Putnam, was a man of large frame and 
great physical strength. He was of strong mind ; was pos- 
sessed of much intelligence; and was one who thought for 
himself and who was honest and free tq form and express his 
opinions. Not the least interesting event in his lite was his 
conversion to Universalism. He has been claimed as the 
original adherent to that faith among the inhabitants of the 
town. His official and personal relations with the First 
Church ceased in 1785, and it was probably about that time 
that he became unalterably confirmed in his belief of the 
f new doctrine. Moreover, that was the year, when, at Oxford, 
''Mass., the Uuiversalists held their first convention aud 
adopted their denominational title. In previous years, the 
celebrated Rev. John Murray, the founder of Universalism 
iu America, had been settled in Gloucester, and had earnestly 
and diligently proclaimed his views iu the neighboring towns. 
" Deacon Edmund" could hardly have failed to become ac- 
quainted with his teachings, if, indeed, he was not on one or 
more occa&ious a hearer. At all events, he imbibed his 

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tenets and was henceforth a stout advocate of them. His 
prominence and zeal in this matter are set forth in a few of 
the lines of the quaint Ode written by Dr. Andrew Nichols 
for the Dan vers Centennial Celebration, of June 16, 1852: 

" StiU people would think, read their Bibles, embrace 
Other doctrines than those we have named; 
Deacon Edmund, with new-fangled views of God's grace, 
Universal Salvation proclaimed. 

It found little favor, his converts were few, 
When he with his forefathers slept ; 
Still the seed he had sown died not, the plant grew, 
Reproduced till it thousands accept." 

The officiating miuister at his funeral was Rev. Edward 
Turner, who was then the pastor of the Universalist church 
in Salem. One who was present recalled to us, a half 
century later, the scripture words which Mr. Turner quoted 
on the occasion : "Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full 
age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season." The inter- 
ment took place in the old burial ground at Danvers Plains. 

V. 277 Amos (Amos, John, Nathaniel, John), born in 
Salem Village, 1723 ; died in New Salem previous to 1797 ; 
married Lydia Trask of New Salem, born in Salem Village, 
1733; died in Houlton, Me., 8 April, 1820, aged 87, prob- 
ably daughter of John and Elizabeth Trask of the Middle 
Precinct now Peabody, baptized there 27 Nov., 1737. Mrs. 
Putnam's father died while serving under Wolfe at Quebec. 

Children : 

738 Haxnah, b. 15 June, 1754; d. at New Salem; m. Varney Pearce 
of New Salem, one of the proprietors and early settlers of 
Houlton. Ch. : Lydia, m. Amos, son of Uzziel Putnam. Varney, 
m. a sister of Simeon Holden. Amos, b. New Salem ; d. at 
Houlton. Polly, m. Simeon Holden of New Salem. Sally, b. 
New Salem, June, 1791. Hannah, b. New Salem, 29 Nov., 1793; 
d. in Houlton, 18 April, 1878; m. 21 April, 1829, John Tenney." 
Melissa, b. . Abraham, b. New Salem, 1799 ; d. In Houl- 
ton, 5 Oct., 1860; m., 1st, 18 Feb., 1828, PoUy Cook who d. 14 
Dec, 1828; 2d, 1 April, 1841, his sister-in-law Fanny Cook, who 
d. May, 1870. 

"Their son is Charles Pearce Tenney, Esq., a prominent and influential citixen of 
Houlton and an enterprising merchant. 

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Amos, b. 9 Sept., 1755 ; d. from exposure, while on the road to 

Lexington in April, 1775. He had started immediately upon the 

alarm being given. 
Jacob, b. New Salem, 2 Nov., 1758; d. there. 
Sarah, b. 16 July, 1762; d. in Houlton, 8 Aug., 1843; m. prob. in 

1782, Joseph Houlton 78 of New Salem, and the founder of 

Houlton, Me. 
Aaron, b. 10 April, 1767; d.y. 
Lydia, b. New Salem, 24 Nov., 1770; d. in Houlton, Me., 7 Aug., 

1751; m., as his second wife, Jonas Wheeler, of Petersham, 

Mass. Ch. : Varney Pearce, b. 25 Oct., 1802; d. 12 May, 1812. 

Amos Putnam, b. 25 Feb., 1805; d. 28 April, 1812. James, b. 7 

May, d. 2 Aug., 1807. Cordelia, b. 21 Sept , 1809; d. New Salem; 

taught school at the South. Hannah Putnam, b. 12 Mar., 1813; 

d. 17 Jan., 1814. 
Aaron, b. 19 July, 1773; d. in Houlton, 13 Feb., 1849. 

Amos Putnam probably removed from Dan vers to New 
Salem about the time of his father's death, as he inherited 
with his two eldest brothers, their father's lands in New 
Salem. After his death his widow removed to Houlton, Me., 
where her sons and nephews had already gone to hold the 
Academy Grant. 

The history of this grant shows the character of these brave 
New England people. 

In the year 1724, many inhabitants of Salem being " much 
straitened for land " prayed for a grant in the western part 
of the Province. This petition was allowed with the condi- 
tions that one lot should be reserved for the first settled 
minister, one for the ministry, and one for a school. Each 
grantee was required to give a bond for twenty-five pounds to 
be on the spot, have a house seven feet stud and eighteen feet 
square at least, seven acres of English hay ready to be mowed, 
help to build a meeting house and settle a minister within 
five years. 

One of the Dauvers Holtons led the party who settled 
New Salem, which was incorporated in 1753. The New 

" See Houlton Genealogy by Eben Putnam. 

** Not mentioned by Francis Barnes, Esq., of Houlton, Me., to whom I am deeply in- 
debted for the larger part of the Houlton family records.— E. P. 

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Salem Academy was incorporated in 1795, and two years 
later, in response to a petition, a township was granted to the 
Academy, in the Maine District. In consequence of the de- 
preciation of land at this time the Academy was not benefited 
by this grant as had been anticipated, and much disappoint- 
ment ensued. At this juncture, rather than that the Academy 
should be given up, members of the Putnam and Holton 
families came forward, mortgaged their farms iu New Salem, 
which had by that time attained a good value, and bought 
the Maine lands with the money so received, thus supplying 
the Academy with funds, they themselves going into the 
wilderness to make new homes. 

The pioneers of Houlton started in wagons to Boston, 
thence in a coasting vessel to St. John, N. B., thence up the 
river by slobps to Fredericton, thence by barges and canoes 
to Woodstock and then struck through the forest and reached 
their location. Even horses, at a much later date, could not 
penetrate the woods for the whole distance. This settlement 
is now the most prosperous town iu northern Maine, and is 
the shire town of Aroostook. In and about Houlton are 
settled many families of Putnams all of whom have been 
much respected and honored by their townspeople. Francis 
Barnes, Esq., of that town, himself connected with the fam- 
ily, and a painstaking antiquarian, has written and collected 
much pertaining to Houlton and its early settlers. 

He writes that Mrs. Putnam, the widow of Amos, was of 
an extremely generous nature, very courageous and most 
highly esteemed ; in the "cold years" of 1816-17 she was the 
means of sustaining many a starving family. She would ride 
forth with her saddle bags filled with food and medicine and 
visit the less fortunate families during the most inclement 
weather, notwithstanding the fact she was of slight frame. 
Her death was widely lamented, for her great charity had 
reached the entire community. 

Amos Putnam is probably the one of that name from New 
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V. 278 Joshua (Amo*, John, Nathaniel, John), lx>rn 
in Salem Village, 1733 (according to family tradition, 

baptized 1732); died in New Salem, ; married 

, Eunice Traak, the sister of Mrs. Lydia Putnam, 

(No. 227). 
Children, bora in New Salem : 

746 John. 
747 ErNiCE, b. 15 May, 1766; d. in Houiton, Me., 11 Aug ., 1837; m. 
In New Salem, 19 Dec, 1785, Dea. Samuel, son of Samuel and 
Ann Kendall of New Salem, b. there 29 Dec., 1748, d. in Houl- 
ton, 18 April, 1885. Ch. b. in New Salem: Samuel, b. 16 Max., ' 
1787 ; d. in New Salem, 9 Nor., 1795. Joshua Green, b. 15 April, 
1789; d. in Houiton, 16 Oct., 1841. Catherine, b. 24 Aug., 1791; 
d. in New Salem, 2 Sept., 1791. Eunice, b. 80 Dec., 1792; d. 
in New Salem, 10 Mar., 1798. Samuel, b. 3 April, 1794; d. in 
Fredericton, N. B., 3 April, 1828. Joseph, b. 6 May, 1796; d. in 
Houiton, 28 Oct., 1872; m. 1 Sept., 1835, Hannah H. North, of 
Bangor, Me. Lucy, b. 26 Jan., 1799; d. in New Salem, 18 May, 
1800. John, b. 20 Jan., 1801; d. in New Salem, 20 Jan., 1801. 
Sally, b. 27 Jan., 1802 ; d. in Houiton, 23 April, 1843 ; m. 22 Jan., 
1820, Samuel Houiton, of Houiton Elizabeth, b. 28 May, 1805; 
d. in Houiton, 13 June, 1875; m. there, 22 Mar., 1847, Leonard 
Pierce 80 of Houiton. Nancy, b. 24 July, 1808 ; m. in Houiton, 15 
July, 1844, Samuel W. Bennett. 

748 Joshua, b. 8 Feb., 1772; d. 14 June, 1835. 

749 Elizabeth, b. ; d. Dennysville, Me. ; m. In New Salem, Dr. 

Samuel Kice, as his second wife. The first wife of Dr. Rice 
was a Woodman of New Salem, by whom he had iwo ch., a sob 
Woodman, and a dau. Delia, still (1891) living near Woodstock. 
Dr. Rice bought out one of the proprietors of Houiton and moved 
there from New Salem in 1811, in company with Joshua Putnam. 
At fli st be built himself a log-but. For nine years he was the 
only physician in town and was highly respected. Later he 
removed to Woodstock. The last years of his life were spent 
with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. Ch. of Samuel and Elizabeth 
(Putnam) Rice were, Elizabeth, for many years governess in the 
family of Judge Theodore Lincoln of Denny sville, m. his son 
Bellah Lincoln, a grandson of Gen. Benjamin Lincoln of Revolu- 
tionary fame. They had six children : Charles Darwin, m. Jane 
Cronkhite of Eel River Settlement, and d. at Eastport, Me , in 
1853. He was a physician of much ability. Mrs. Rice died 14 

•*" Leonard Pierce was b. In Dorchester, Ma* a., 2 June, 1795; d. in Hontton, Me^ 1 
Deo , 1713. His Oral wife was Mary Prince, who was b. in Xewburyport, Mass. Alter 
her death he m. her sister Ann Laura. By his third wife, Eliznbeth Kendnll, he had 
ooe son, Clarence, b. 17 Feb., 1648, who »., 9ft Aug., 1881, Prancls E. Madlgao of Houi- 
ton. Mr. Pierce Is ot' the Una of A. II. Fogg & Co., HouUon, Me. 

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Dec, 1890, at Woodstock. Samuel D wight, entered the Methodist 
church at an early age, became a bishop and lived and died at 
Hamilton, Ontario, leaving quite a large family. Mary, removed 
to Massachusetts where her cousin Franklin Putnam followed 
and married her. They removed to Minneapolis, Minn. 

V. 279 Deacon Uzziel (Amos, John, NaUianiel, John) , 
born in Salem Village, 1735; died in New Salem; married 

Uzziel Putnam was a deacon in the Congregationalist 
church in New Salem. 

Children, bora iu New Salem : 

750 Daniel. 

761 Samuel. 

762 Joseph. 
753 Uzziel. 

754 Mart, b. ; m. Deacon Shaw of New Salem. Ch. : Hannah, 

in. James Lander in Houlton. Putnam, m. Julia Stacy of New 
Salem, and d. in Horigdon, Me. Putnam Shaw was brought up In 
the family of John Putnam, .son of Joshua Putnam, and was a 
man of considerable Importance. 

V. 280 Deacon Daniel (Amos, John, Nathaniel, 

John), born in Salem Village, ; died in Danvers, 13 

Nov., 1801 ; married in Danvers, 27 Mar., 1760, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Samuel Putnam. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

755 Elizabeth, b. 26 Feb., 1761. 
756 Daniel, b. 3 Oct., 1762. 

757 Hannah, b. 16 Mar., 1765. 

758 Phbbe, b. 26 Jan., 1767. 

759 Samuel, b. 23 May, 1769. 
760 Amos, b. 11 Oct., 1778. 

Daniel Putnam inherited his father's Danvers and Mid- 
dleton property. He was a deacon in the North Church at 
Danvers, and marched to Lexington upon the Alarm, as 
lieutenant in the company of Capt. Samuel Flint. Iu 1777, 
he was on the Committee of Correspondence. 

V, 283 Jacob (Nathaniel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born iu Salem Village, 9 Mar., 1711 ; died in Wilton, N. H., 

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10 Feb., 1781; married at Salem, July, 1735, Susanna 
Harriman (styled Henman on Salem Records) of Danvcrs; 
mamed, second, Susanna Styles, who died 27 Jan., 1776; 
married, third, Patience, mentioned iu his will proved 28 
Feb., 1791. - 
Children : n 

761 Sarah, b. in Salem Village, 28 Jane, 1730; died In Wilton; m. 
Joim, Cram or Wilton. Ch. : Sarah, b. 21 Feb., 1760. Jonathan, 
b. Nov., 1764. Philip, b. 24 Feb., 1766; d. nnm. 7 Jan., 1832. 
Snxnnoa, b. 27 Jan., 1769; m. Ablel Bridges. Mary, b. 27 Jan., 
1769; m. 12 Jane. 1794, Joseph Gage. Mehttable, b. 14 July, 
1772; d. unm. 7 Oct., 1842. Zerviah, b. 20 Sept., 1775; d. 10 
Feb., 1859; m. 21 Feb., 1799, David Carlton. 
• 762 Nathaniel, b. in Suleui Village, 24 April, 1738. 

763 Philip, b. in Salem Village, 4, bapt. 9 Mar., 1739-40; d. y. 

764 Stephen, b. in Salem Village, 24 Sept., bupt. 18 Oct., 1741. Re- 

moved to Rum ford, Me., and became the fouuder of the Rum ford 
family of Putnam. 

765 Philip, b. in Wilton, N. H., Mar., 1742; d. there 10 Oct., 1810. 

766 Joskph, b. in Wilton, N. H., 28 Feb., 1744. 

767 Mehitablk, b. in Wilton, N. H., 25 Dec, 1745; d. in Wilton, 20 
Jan., 1800; m. Daniel Holt. 

768 Jacob, b. in Wilton, N. H., 15 Nov., 1747; d. 2 June, 1821. 

769 Abchelaus, b. 15 Oct., 1749; d. 22 Oct., 1816. 

770 Caleb, b. 20 Mar., 1751; d. in the army, one account says 1776; 

another " before Ticonderoga." 

771 Elizabkth, b. 15 April, 1753; m. 26 Nov., 1778, Jacob Hardy of 

Alexandria, removed to Hyde Park, Vt., and brought op a large 

772 Peter, b. 8 Jan., 1756; d. 3 July, 1776, while serving in the army 

daring the Ticonderoga campaigu. 

Jacob Putnam was a pioneer of Salem, Canada, now 
Wilton, N. H. It is stated that he was there in 1738. It 
is known that in June, 1739, Ephraim and Jacob Putnam and 
John Dale, all of Danvers, made the first permanent settle- 
ment in Wilton, and (1889), the remains of a cellar nearly 
opposite Michael McCarthy's barn, mark his bouse site. 
This house was two stories in front and one in the hack. For 
three years the wife of Jacob Putnam was the only woman 
who resided permanently in town. During one winter, such 

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were the depth of snow and distance from neighbors that she 
saw no one outside her immediate family, for six months. In 
1829, a part of Jacob's farm was in the possession of Caleb 
Putnam, his grandson. Ephraim Putnam, mentioned above, 
removed to Lyndeborough shortly after the settlement of 
Wilton. Both of these towns were cut out from what was 
originally Salem, Canada. It is said that the brothers Jacob, 
Ephraim and Nathaniel were all early at Wilton, and finding 
the Indians troublesome, returned to Danvers, then a second 
time settled at Wilton and Lyndeborough. 

Salem, Canada, was a grant of land to soldiers under Sir 
William Phips in the Canada Expedition of 1690, and was 
made in 1735. 

Jacob Putnam was a man of great industry and at one 
time operated a saw mill, besides his farm. In his old age he 
employed himself in making cans. 

The reader is referred to History of Wilton, N. H., His- 
tory of Lyndeborough, N. H. (in preparation), and Peabody'a 
Centennial Address at Wilton, 1839, tor many interesting 
anecdotes concerning the Putuams and allied families. 

V. 286 Archelaus {Nathaniel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Salem Village, 29 May, 1718; died in Danvers. 
Administration on estate granted to widow Mehetable, 25 
Oct., 1756 (elsewhere it is stated that be died in 1759) ; 
married 12 April, 1739, Mehetable, daughter of Caleb and 
Silence (Phillips) Putnam, l>orn in Danvers, 6 Nov., 1723. 
The widow married, secondly, Col. Israel, son of Elisha and 
Genger (Porter) Hutchinson, of Danvers, baptized 12 Nov., 
1727 ; died 15 Mar., 1811. Col. Hutchinson was a veteran 
of the French and Indian Wars, and of the Revolution. For 
twenty-one years he represented Danvers in the General 
Court. Col. Hutchinson was the father of several children by 
his first wife, Anna Cue ; by Mehetable he had one son, 
Israel, bora in Danvers, 27 Sept., 1760; married, first, 
Susan Trask, 15 Dec, 1785; married, second, 18 July, 
1795, Eunice Putnam, born in Danvers, 3 Jan., 1766. 

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Children, born in Danyers : 
" 773 A Djlughtkr, b. 25 Oct., 1739 (family bible). 
774 Archelaus, b. 6 Nov., 1740; bapt. 23 Not. 

776 Mbhitabijc, b. 11 Nov., 1742: bapt. 1* Nov. 

776 Ephraim, b. 14 Sept., bapt. 30 Sept., 1744. 

777 Nathaniel, b. 17 May, 1746 ; bapt. 18 May. 

778 Mary, b. 13 Mar., 1747-4. 

779 Jacob, b. 21 Nov., 1749; bapt. 26 Nov., guardianship to Edmond 

Putnam, 2 Jan., 1769. 
Saiai. (son), b. 21 Nov., 1749. 
Phkbe, b. 27 Nov., bapt. 1 Dec., 1751. 
Caleb, b. ; bapt. 22 July, 1753. 


Sarah, b. 14 Sept., 1755; bapt. 21 Sept., 1755; d. 19 Nov., 1847; 
m. 4 Mar., 1773. Samuel, son of Joseph and Mary (Prince) 
Fowler, b. Ipswich. 9 Jan., 1748-9; d. Danvers, 20 April, 1813. 
Samnel Fowler settled at New Mills, Danvers. He was a 
member of Capt. Jeremiah Page's company, which marched to 
Lexington, 19 April, 1775. Sarah (Putnam) Fowler, was the 
first white child born at Danvcrsport. She was considered a 
very handsome woman, having a snowy complexion and bright 
dark eyes. Ch. John, b. 18 Aug., 1774; d. 21 Aug., 1774. Samuel 
b. 15 Sept., 1776; m. Clarissa Page. John, b. 15 Sept., 1778; m. 
Martha Page. Jacob, b. 13 Sept., 1781; d. 1 Dec., 1782. Sarah, 
b. 14 Oct , 1783; m. Robert H. Stimpson. Mary, b. 9 Jan., 1787; 
m. John Page. 

In the spring °f 1754, Dencon Archelaus Putnam moved 
a building which had been used as a shop, from his father's 
farm, now known as the "Judge Putnam farm " on Meeting 
House Lane, down Crane river, by floating it from the 
upper mill pond near his father's house, to the bank of the 
river, at what is now Danversport. The building was landed 
near where the depot now stands and takeu to a spot south 
of what is now Warren's store. . This was converted into a 
. dwelling and here his daughter Sarah was born. (Fowler 

This settlement at New Mills was, in 1772, incorporated 
into a separate Highway District, there having been much 
feeling, provoked by the action of the settlers at the Port in 
building roads and bridges. The thickets were so dense 
formerly at the Port that once Mrs. Putnam became lost in 
making her way from the mill to the house. 

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Archelaus Putnam, and by Archelaus Putnam and others, a 
saw mill. 

Archelaus Putnam was chosen Deacon of the Fh*st church 
26 Jan., 1756. 

V. 287 Deacon Ephraim (Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born iu Salem Village, 10 Feb., 1719-20; 
died in Lyndeborough, N. H., 13 Nov., 1777 ; married Surah 
Cram of Heading (perhaps Wilmington), Mass., daughter 
of Jacob Cram, who is said to have been the first settler 
in Lyndeborough; died 15 Oct., 1777, aged fifty-nine years 

Children : 

784 Hannah, b. Lyndeborough, 26 Feb., 1743, said to be the first white 
chlid born in Lyndeborough ; m. Eleazer Woodward. She had 
lire sons and fire daughters ; one of the latter m. Aaron Wood- 
ward, Esq. 
786 Ephhaim, b. (in Salem Village ?), 16 June, 1744. 

786 Sarah, b. 8 June, 1746 ; m. John Bradford. They had four sons 

and three daughters. 

787 Hui.dah, b. 15 May, 1748; d. 1778; m. Jonas Kidder; three sons 

and one daughter. 

788 Jkssk, b. in Lyndeborough, 21 Sept., 1750. 

789 David, b. in Lyndeborough, 6 Mar., 1753; d. 1820. 

790 Keturah or Katharine, b. 29 June, 1756; m. John Smith. They 
had five sons and four daughters. 

791 A a mon, b. in Lyndeborough. 

792 John, b. in Lyndeborough. 

793 Hebecca, b. ; m. Ward Woodward. They had four sons 

and three daughters. 

The home of Deacon Ephraim was destroyed by fire a 
short time after his death (it was then occupied by one of his 
sons) and at that time the family records were destroyed. 
The children were all baptized by Rev. Mr. Wilkins, of 
Amherst, and births recorded by Jacob Wei I man, society- 

Ephraim Putnam whs an early settler in Salem, Canada. 
He settled first in what is now Wilton near the intersection of 
roads near the North Cemetery, but later removed to Lynde- 

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borough. The garrison house was near his home and he had 
charge of it. It is said that the three early settlers of Lynde- 
borough, each living on a hill, would each morning signal 
the others if all was well. We can imagine the anxiety with 
which each watched for the return signal of the others. Mrs. 
Hartshorne, of Lyndeborough, a descendant, writes "The 
family of Ephraim Putnam had dark eyes and black hair ; 
they were an honest, conscientious and God-fearing family, 
and these characteristics are noticeable in the families imme- 
diately descended from him. The older families were rather 
above medium height and thickset. Their descendants now 
living are about medium size." 

In 1834, Daniel Putnam of Lyndeborough, who supplied 
Col. Perley Putnam with much information concerning his 
branch of the family, wrote "There are living in the town of 
Lyndeborough twenty-six male descendants of Ephraim Put- 
nam including his son Aaron. Up to the present date there 
have been three f Deacon' Putnams and six •Captain' Put- 
nams in Lyndeborough." 

While the early settlers of Wilton and Lyndeborough seem 
to have feared the Indians greatly, and even in 1744 petitioned 
Gov. Wentworth for soldiers to protect them, they seem 
never to have been molested. The petition of 1744 is signed 
by Ephraim Putnam and several of the Crams ; in it they 
state they are but recently come into the province. 

None of the Wilton or Lyndeborough Putnam families are 
known to have supplied men for the French and Indian 

V. 289 Nathaniel (Nathaniel, Benjamin, NatJianid, 
John), born in Salem Village, 28 May, 1724; died July, 
1763, in the vicinity of Dunstable, while on his way home from 
a trip East. His sudden death was caused by drinking cold 
water; married in Middleton, 6 Feb., 1744, Abigail Wilkins. 

Children : 

794 Mart, b. in Sulem Village, 24 July, 1744; d. num. 

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795 Sarah, b. in Salem Village, 24 April, 1747 ; d. y. 

796 Francis, b. in Salem Village, 24 Oct., 1748, bapt. there 6 Nov., 

1743. Enrolled 23 April, 1775, from Wilton, as second sergeant of 
Capt. Walker's company, and was present at the battle of Banker 
Hill. Abont 1779, or 1780, he removed from Wilton to Cherry 
Valley, N. Y. 

797 Abigail, b. in Salem Village, 24 Sept., 1746; m. Scripture; 

settled in Cherry Valley. 

798 Meiibtablb, b. in Wilton, 1750 ; m. Thomas Lewis of Wilton, b. 

21 Mar., 1758. 

799 Rachel, b. In Wilton, 12 April, 1751; m. Timothy Carlton, who 

was killed, 7 Sept., 1773, by the falling of the meeting-house at 
Wilton; m., 2nd, her cousin Jesse (Ephraim) Putnam of Lynde 
borough, and settled first in Guildford, Vt., then in Buffalo, 
N. Y. 

800 Miriam, b. in Wilton, 16 May, 1753; m. Isaac Feabody, jr., of 


801 Susanna, b. in Wilton, ; m. Israel Jones, settled in Halifax, 

N. Y. 

802 Sarah, b. in Wilton, 20 April, 1755 ; m. Euoch, probably son of 

Amos and Hannah (Putnam) Fuller, of Wilton, who died before 
1835. Ch. : Amos, b. 27 April, 1780. Sally, b. 5 Nov., 1781 ; m. 
Peter Putnam of Andover, Vt. Benjamin, b. 1 Sept., 1783; m. 
11 Oct., 1804, Naomi Burton; lived In Andover, Vt. Daniel, b. 
20 Sept., 1785; d. in Wilton, 3 Oct., 1858; m. 1810, Betsey 
Burnham. James, b. 26 June, 1787. Frederic, b. 15 Mar., 1790. 
Mary Putnam, b. 5 July, 1794. Enoch, b. 5 Aug., 1796. Mrs. 
Fuller d. in Andover, Vt., subsequent to 1835. 

803 Daniel, b. in Wilton, 27 Feb., 1760; d. unm. 

804 Benjamin, b. in Wilton, 9 Mar., 1762; d. unm. Mariner. 

Nathaniel Putnam was in Wilton early; but, on the 
breaking out of the Indian troubles, returned to Danvers. 
About 1750, he returned to Wilton and settled upon what is 
now known as the Batchelder place. 

V. 292 Deacon Tarrant (Tarrant, Benjamin, iVa- 
thaniel, John), born in Salem Village, 3 April, 1716; died 
in Sutton, 27 Aug., 1794; married Dec, 1742, Priscilla 
Baker of Topsfield who died iu Sutton, 16 Mar., 18-12, aged 

Children, born in Sutton: 

805 Tarranis b. 24 April, 1744; d. 17 Dec., 1770. 

806 Moixy, b. 18 July. 1745 ; d. 24 Mar., 1763. 

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807 Elijah, b. 23 Jan., 1746; d. *. p., 14 April, 1787. H. C. 1766. 

808 Elizabeth, b. 80 Mny, 1749; m. 2 Mar., 1773, Abraham Brown of 

Sutton. No issue. 

809 Pjuc*cilla, b. 22 Aug., 1751; m. 3 Dec, 1772, Adam Brown. 

810 Sarah, b. 4 Aug., 1.753; m. 21 June, 1775, Timothy Merriam. 

811 Martha, b. 16 July, 1755; m. Merriam, dec. pre v. 1794, 

leaving ch. : John, Tarrant Putnam,* Samuel, Martha, of 

812 Rebecca, b. 5 May, 1759; d. unm. 13 Mar., 1796. 

813 Lydia, b. 27 July, 1761; d. unm. 8 Sept. Ii87. 
. 814 Molly, b. 15 Nov., 1763 ; m. Williams. 

815 Israel, b. 22 May, 1767. 

Deacon Tarrant Putnam went from Danvers to Sutton, 
and was admitted to the church at Sutton by letter from the 
Danvers church, 1747. 

He owned a large tract of land in Sutton, embracing what 
are now the poor farms, and the John Rich, and Brigham \ 

farms. He left all his real estate to his son Israel. i 

When in 1775, Gen. Israel Putnam rode through Sutton 
on his way to Bunker Hill, he stopped at the Deacon's and 
had dinner there. The flag stone from which he mounted his 
horse is still shown. 

V. 296 Gideon (Tarrant, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John) f 
born in Salem Village, 29 May, 1726 ; died 17 May, 1811 y 
married 4 June, 1752, Hannah, daughter of Abraham and 
Jerusha (Raymond) Browne of Beverly, who died 6 Nov. r 
1813, aged eighty-one. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

816 Hannah, b. 1 May, 1753; d. 24 Nov., 1773. 

817 Gideon, b. 19 Sept., 1756; d. 19 Dec, 1773. 

818 Solomon, b. 24 May, 1759 ; d. 19 July, 1759. 

819 Anna, b. 12 April, 1761 ; d. 2 May, 1761. 

820 Abraham, b. 16 Dec, 1762; d. 25 July, 1782. 

821 Jonathan, b. 12 Feb., 1765; d. 24 April, 1765. 

822 Elizabeth, b. 24 Oct., 1766; d. 25 Feb., 1767. 
823 Samuel, b. 13 May, 1768. 

824 Elijah, b. 26 Feb., 1771; d. 25 Mar., 1771. 

825 Hannah, b. 29 Jan., 1774; d. 29 Aug., 1795. 

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Gideon Putnam was a store keeper 88 at Danvers, and was 
more or less influential in town affairs previous to the Revo- 
lution, but he became still more so after the struggle com- 
menced. In 1772, he was one of a committee of three to see 
about taking some action concerning the civil rights of the 
town. In 1 780, however, he was proved to have sold cheese at 
a higher price than that fixed by law, as the following abstract 
from the Town Records shows : "The town taking into con- 
sideration the conduct of Gideon Putnam — Voted, Mr. 
Gideon Putnam has violated the Resolves of the convention 
at Concord by selling cheese for nine shillings pr. pound as 
by evidence fully appeared, Voted, Mr. Gideon Putnam be 
reported in one of the Public Papers of this State for Breaking 
one of the Resolves." The above action was taken at a town 
meeting, held Sept. 13, 1779, over which Dea. Edmund 
Putnnm was moderator. 

However, this backsliding on his part seems not to have 
affected his popularity as he was constantly moderator of the 
town meetings and held many other important offices in 
the gift of the town. 

On the 28th of April, 1785, he was chosen deacou by the 
First church. 

He was a man of good ability and impartial judgment. 

V. 297 Israel (Tarrant, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
bora in Salem Villnge, 24 Sept., 1730; died (drowned near 
Baker's Island) 5 Nov., 1756 ; married 20 June, 1754, Betty 
Dale, who married, second, Arcbelatis* Fuller, of Middleton. 
She returned an inventory of Israel Putnam's estate as Betty 
Fuller, 28 May, 1770. 

Children : 

S26 Israel, b. 15 April, 1755 ; d. in Salem, 1774 ; at first be was called 
•• Solomon " bat afterward christened, Israel; m. Folly Shays. 

« He Is stytal Joyner In partition of his father** estate, 1747. 

"Ch. of Archelaus and Betty (Dale) Fuller: Betty, b. Feb., 1760. Sarnh, b.17 Feb., 
1762; m. Kleazer Putnam (No. 406). Mary, b.6 Jan., 1764. Benjamin, b. IS Sept., 1767; 
Daniel, b. 14 Nov., 1770-1. Archelaus Fuller U. 25 Aug., 1776. 

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V. 301^Benjamin (Benjamin, Benjamin, Nathaniel* 
John), born in Salem Village, 12 Oct., 1718; died in Dan- 
vers, 26 April, 1796 ; married 28 July, 1741, Sarah Putnam, 
who died in Dan vers, about 1793, aged about seventy years. 

Children, born in Dan vers : 

827 Benjamin, b. 29 Aug , 1742 ; d. 26 May, 1747. 
Sarah, b. 17 May, 1745; d. 10 Sept., 1766. 
Bkthiah, b. 10 Sept., 1748; d. 10 Mar., 1815; m. 6 Aug., 1766, 

William Putnam, junior. 
Eunice, b. 81 July, 1751; d. 26 Jan., 1755. 
Ruth, b. 26 June, 1752; d. 26 Oct., 1773; m. 28 Nov., 1771, 

Francis Per ley of Beverly. 
Bknjamin, b. 28 April, 1756; d. 9 July, 1812. Inherited his father's 

real estate. 




Benjamin Putnam was elected to a minor office upon the 
organization of the town of Danvers in 1752, i. e., that of 
fence viewer. He was afterward, hay ward, surveyor of 
highway, warden, etc., but between 1755 and 1768, he held 
do office. In 1771 he was tithingman. 

He was a sergeant in Capt. Edmund Putnam's company. 
His son Benjamin was a private in Capt. Jeremiah Page's 
company. Both marched to Lexington 19 April, 1775. 

In 1782, a return was required for purposes of taxation, of 
coaches, chariots, phaetons, chaises, and riding chairs. There 
were returned for Danvers, eighteen fall-back chaises, and 
twenty-two standing-top chaises; of these Benjamin Putnam 
owned one, Aaron Putnam one, Col. Enoch Putnam, Esquire, 
one, Nathaniel Putnam one, Archelaus Putnam one, Phineas 
Putnam one. 

In 1787 in company with Nathan Putnam he was on the 
committee to regulate schools for the winter. 

Benjamin and Sarah Putnam joined the Congregationalist 
church at Danvers, 29 Nov., 1741. From an old diary 
quoted by Rev. A. P. Putnam in his letters to the Danvers 
Mirror occurs the following "The mourners followed the 
corpse in the following order, Capt. Benjamin Putnam and 
mother; Mr. William Putnam and wife; Capt. Porter and 

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• wife; Mr. Eben Putnam and Capt. Putnam's wife; Mr. 
Joseph Porter junr. and wife, Stephen Putnam junr., Ruthy 
and Miriam Putnam, Seth and Benjamin, and Sarah Thomas. 
The pall bearers were Dea. G, Putnam, Dea. Edward 
Putnam, Col. Page, Col. Hutchinson, Mr. Archelaus Rea and 
Benjamin Porter." 

V. 311 Timothy (Stephen, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 10 Jan., 1725; died 1756, will dated 
4 Aug., 1756 ; proved 4 July, 1757 ; married 1755, Elizabeth 
(Nurse) Putnam, widow of Caleb Putnam ; she married, third, 
previous to 1759, Richard Upham, of Reading, and moved to 
Nova Scotia. 

Children : 

833 Timothy, b. , 1756, after his father's death; bapt. U Nov., 


Timothy Putnam 84 joined the church 27 April, 1755 ; this 
was probably about the time he married. He had held a few 
minor town offices previous to 1755. On 8 March, 1756, he 
was elected tythingman. 

Various Danvers historians have stated that Timothy was 
a Tory, probably because his descendants are now resident 
in Nova Scotia. Such could not be the case as he died in 
1756 ; his father's will made in 1769 does not mention him. 
His widow had formerly been wife of Caleb Putuam and by 
him had three sons. After the death of Timothy Putnam 
she married, and previous to 1759, Richard, sou of Richard 
and Abigail (Hovey) Upham of Topsfield and Reading, bapt. 
9 Dec, 1716. Richard Upham's first wife was also Elizabeth 
and she died 7 June, 1756. In 1759, Richard Upham, with 
wife Elizabeth, deeded land. In 1773, Elizabeth wife of 
Richard Upham, of Onslow, Nova Scotia, was heir, with Wil- 
liam and Caleb Putnam (her children by her first hus- 
band Caleb Putnam) to a Putnam estate in Essex Co., 

" In 1755 an Ensign Timothy Putnam reported the details of his scoot near Lake 
Champlaln to Capt. Rogers. 


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(see Essex Deeds). By her third husband, Richard Upham, 
she had Richard, bapt. 28 May, 1758. Mary, bapt. 5 April, 
1761. In 1758, Richard Upham was. of Boston (see Vol. 23, 
N. E. H. Gen. Reg.). It is probable that Richard Upham 
and family removed to Nova Scotia and settled in Onslow 
township in 1761. Haliburton says, in his history of Nova 
Scotia, w The first British settlers came from the Province of 
Massachusetts and were of various origin. They landed in 
Onslow in the summer of 1761, to the number of thirty 
families,. . . .they were compelled to undergo the most 
severe privations .... During the second year the govern- 
ment supplied them with Indian corn On their arrival 

they found the country laid waste to prevent the return of 
the Acadians, but 570 acres of marsh land were still under 
dyke, and about 40 acres of upland round the ruins of the 
houses were cleared. . . .Remains of the French roads. . . . 
are still visible, as also parts of their bridges, . . . .the settlers 
encountered great difficulty in procuring their grant and it was 
different from what they had been led to expect." This grant 
was registered on 23 Feb., 1769. The Acadians, or French 
neutrals, had been forcibly and cruelly removed from these 
lands by the British government in the fall of 1755. 

The present family of Putnam in Nova Scotia, settled prin- 
cipally in Truro, are descended from the three half-brothers, 
sons of Elizabeth Putnam Upham. They also have had the 
impression that they were descended from American Loyalists, 
which only shows how superficial evidence can distort gene- 
alogy and history. 

V. 312 Phineas {Stephen, Benjamin, Jtfatlianiel, John ) , 
born in Salem Village, 10 June, 1728 ; died in Danvers, 1817 ; 
married in Danvers, 10 Aug., 1752, Mary Whipple of An- 

Children : 

834 Phineas, b. 28 Feb., 1753. 
835 Matthew, b. 2 Aug., 1756. 

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836 Joseph, b. 12 April, 1761 ; m. his cousin, Fanny Putnam. 

837 Timotht, b. 17 Feb., 1763. 

838 Ezka, b. 6 Mar., 1771. 

Phineas 85 Putnam bought in 1784, the Nurse homestead in 
Danvers, from Benjamin Nurse, great grandson of Rebecca 

V. 313 Aaron (Stephen, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 30 Aug., 1730; died in Danvers, 20 
(30 Jan.) Feb., 1810 ; married 4 Jan., 1759, Lydia daughter 
of John Waters, born May, 1737 ; died 23 Jan., 1831, aged 

Children, born in Danvers : 

889 Lydia, b. 27 Oct., 1759; d. , 1776. 

840 Aaron, b. 17 April, 1762 ; adm. on estate of Aaron, junr., granted 

to his father, Aaron, 20 April, 1791. 
841 Rctfus, b. 7 May, 1764; d. Beverly 14 Mar., 1836. 

842 Israkl, b. 2 July, 1766 ; adm. on estate of Israel Putnam, granted 

to his father, Aaron, 20.April, 1791. 

843 Elizabeth, bapt. 28 April, 1771 ; d. y. 

844 Mary, b. 28 May, 1774; m. Capt. Johnsou Proctor. 
845 Simeon, b 22 Nov., 1776; d. Danvers, 29 July, 1834. 

Aaron Putnam was a farmer and carpenter in Danvers. 
He was a private in Capt. Edmund Putnam's company, Lex- 
ington alarm. 

V. 316 Moses (Stephen, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 30 Sept., 1739 ; died in Wilton, N. H., 
25 July, 4 * 1801 ; married 3 April, 1768, Rebecca, daughter of 
Aaron and Sarah (Wood) Kimball of Boxford, born 29 
March, 1740; died in Wilton, N. H., 15 Oct., 1797. 

Children, born in Danvers : 
848 Stephen, b. 20 May, 1772; d. 18 Sept., 1821. 
847 Sarah, b. 5 Nov., 1773; d. 10 Sept., 1809; m. 28 Sept., 1806, 
Ebenezer Stiles. Ch. : Wttlard, b. 5 July, 1807. Sarah, b. 18 
June, 1809. 

•» Two by the name of Phineas, probably father and son, went from Danvers on the 
Lexington Alarm, one in Capt. John Putnam's and the other in Capt. Asa Prince's Co. 

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Born at Wilton, N. H. : 

848 Moses, b. 24 July, 1777; d. 20 Sept., 1807. ( 

849 Aaron Kimball, b. 11 Jan.. 1784. < 

Moses Putnam was graduated from Harvard College in . 

1759, He taught school a while in Boxford and iu 1776 or 
thereabouts, removed to Wilton, N. H. There he obtained \ 

the respect and trust of the people and on 9 March, 1778, was 
elected one of the committee of safety, served as selectman 
for several years, and was often on important committees. f 

In 1778, he was chosen to represent the town in convention ' 

to be holden at Concord for w establishing some regulations 
by which our sinking currency may be raised and set upon 1 

some more stable basis." \ 

V. 317 Stephen (Stephen, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), j 

born in Salem Village, 22 Feb., 1742 ; married, first, Ruth, 
daughter of Nathaniel Putnam ; second, Susanna, daughter of 
Samuel and Elizabeth (Jones) Herrick, bom 25 July, 1750, 
died 25 Feb., 1825. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

860 Stephen, b. 22 Oct., 1778 ; d. unm. 1848 ; by first wife. 
851 Moses, b. 4 Nov., 1775. 

852 Susanna, b. 22 April, 1777; m. Daniel Putnam and lived in the 

' 4I Gen. Putnam " house. 

853 Ruth. b. 1 Jan., 1779; m. Andrew Batchelder^ a clock maker. 

They lived on the Lindall place. Mr . Batchelder m. a second time. 
854 Jacob, b. 17 Nov., 1780. 
865 Samuel, b. 80 Oct., 1782. 
856 Eben, b. 5 Feb., 1785. 

857 Hannah, b. 17 Jan., 1787; d. unm. 

858 Sally, b. 10 Mar., 1795; d. unm. 

Stephen Putnam was a carpenter and lived in the house 
(taken down, 1839), built by his father not far from where 
Israel H. Putnam, Esq., now lives. He is credited with 
two days* service on the Lexington Alarm under Capt. Jer- 
emiah Page. 

V. 319 Deacon Daniel (Daniel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, 

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John), born in Reading, 8 Nov., 1721 ; died 5 Nov., 1773 ; 
married Hannah, daughter of Henry 86 and Hannah (Martin) 
Ingalls of North Andover, born there 12 Sept., 1723, died 
11 May, 1761. 

Children, born in Reading : 

859 Hannah, b. 23 Jan., 1745 (unm. in 1774) ; fam. rec. says she m. 

Thos. Brown and d. 26 Jan., 1799. 

860 Daniel, b. 10 Oct., 1747, in Reading ; a physician ; d. 8 Nov., 1773 ; 

adm. on both his and his father's estate granted at same time. 

861 Joshua, b. 27 Jan., 1751 (fam. rec. has it 1750); a man of note 

in North Reading; d. 25 Oct., 1773; m. Eunice . 

862 Rebecca, b. 18 Jan., 1752; d. 17 Sept., 1785; m. 20 Dec., 1770, 

Benjamin, son of Amos and Sarah (Bickf ord) Upton of Reading, 
b. 7 Muy, 1745, d. 12 Aug., 18*27. Ch. : Benjamin, b. 12 May, 
1773. Ebenezer, b. 14 Jan., 1783; d. 13 Aug., 1822; m. 16 Jan., 
1806, Polly, dan. of Joseph Putnam (No. 638). Elijah, b. Aug., 
1785; d. 25 Mar., 1860; m. 2 July, 1809, Phebe Wood, a dau. of 
Israel, b. 23 Mar., 1787, d. 12 July, 1821. Rebecca, b. 1778; 
d. y. Rebecca, b. 22 Sept., 1780. 

883 Hknry, b. 7 May, 1755; d. 27 Nov., 1806. 

884 Aaron, b. 11 April, 1757; d. May, 1812. 

865 Sarah, b. 25 June, 1760; d. in Boston, 16 Mar., 1798, of consump- 
tion (aged 38 ?) ; m. Dr. Nahum Fay of Boston ; Wyman states 
they -were m. 17 June, 1794; see under Dea. Henry, son of above. 
A daughter, Maria Augusta, m. Nahum Fay ^Harvard, 1790) ; 
d. 1804. 

Daniel Putnam was elected deacon of the church in North 
Reading in 1754; in 1763, 1768 and 1771 he was selectman 
of Reading, and in 1773 represented Reading in the General 
Court. On 4th Jan., 1774, Hannah Putnam, spinster, was 
appointed administratrix on his estate. 

V. 326 Rev. Aaron (Rev. Daniel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Reading, 15 Dec, 1733; died in 
Pomfret, Conn., 28 Oct., 1813 (15 Oct., gravestone) ; married 
23 or 30 Oct., 1760, Rebecca, daughter of Rev. David and 
Elizabeth (Prescott) Hall of Sutton, born 1 Sept., 1736, 
died 17 July, 1773, from the effects of a fall, having been 
thrown from the carriage while driving with her husbaud. She 

••Son of Henry and Abigail (Emery) Ingalls and grandson of Henry and Mary (Os- 
good) Ingalls. See Osgood Gen. edited by Bben Putnam, alto Emery Gen., both pub' 
llabed by the Salem Press. 

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died within three days of the accident. Mrs. Putnam was a 
lady of distinguished endowments. Her brother was Dr. D. 
Hall of Pomfret, and her sister married Col. John Putnam of 
Sutton. He married, second, May, 1777, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Ephraim Avery of Brooklyn, Conn., bom 5 Dec., 
1746, and died in Cherry Valley, N. Y., 7 Dec, 1835. 
Children : 

866 Aaron, b. 30 July, 176: ; d. 1 April, 1765. 

867 Rebecca, b. 5 May, 1763; d. 25 Jan., 1767. 

868 Elizabeth, b. 24 Jan., 1765; d. Oct., 1808; m. Elijah Belcher of 

Cherry Valley; they removed to Bnshne, Tioga Co., N. Y. She 
left two sons. 

869 Mart, b. 25 Jan., 1766; d. 9 Oct., 1848; m. 20 Feb., 1790, Nathan 

Allen, a farmer of Pomfret, and had nine ch. See p. 248, Hall 

870 Rrbkcca Hall, b. ; d. 28 Jan., 1819; m., 1810, Nathaniel 

Frye, son of Moody and Hannah (Carlton) Morse, of Sutton, b. 6 
Dec, 1750; d. 1828. Dr. Morse's first wife was Hannah Gibbs, 
who was mother of his eleven children. 

By his second wife : 

871 Deborah, b. in Pomfret, 13 Fee, 1778; m. Matthew Campbell. 

872 Hannah, b. 14 Feb., 1780; d. in Cherry Valley, 1 Sept., 1857; unm. 

873 Ruth, b. 31 Oct., 1782; d., nnm., at Cherry Valley, 14 Mar., 1864. 

874 Sally, b. 13 Oct., 1784; d. Cherry Valley, Mar., 1821; m. Samnel 

F. Storrs. 

875 Aaron, b. 26 Oct., 1786; d. 20 Dec, 1831; graduated at Brown 

Univ. A Presbyterian minister settled at Cherry Valley. 

Rev. Aaron Putnam was graduated from Harvard, in 1752. 
On 17 Nov., 1755, he was called to Pomfret, Conn., and ac- 
cepted 8 Feb., 1756. Ordained 10 March, 1756. He was 
pastor of this church until 1802, and was universally respected 
and beloved by his people. He was a member of the Library 
Association of Pomfret, having been elected upon his arrival. 
This society was noted for the character of its members. 

Rev. Aaron Putnam was very thorough and severe in his 
discipline and entertained high notions of the sanctity of the 
Sabbath, He lost his health and finally his voice, rendering it 
necessary for his deacons to read the sermons he wrote. 

From his tombstone the following tribute to his memory is 
taken : "a kind father, an affectionate husband, a good man, 

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and a minister of truth, whose virtues will be remembered 
long after the marble shall have crumbled to dust." 

V. 329 Israel (Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Bedford, 20 March, 1722 ; died in Chelmsford, 23 
Feb., 1800, aged seventy-seven years (gravestone; ; married 

Children : 

876 John, b. about 1755 ; " removed to the Eastward." n 

877 Israel, b. about 1757 ; " I think had no sons ;" 87 served 10 days In 

Capt. John Moore's Co. from Bedford during the Lexington 

878 Daniel, b. , 1761 ; had two sons. 

V. 330 Benjamin (Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Bedford, 2 Aug., 1725; will dated 3 Sept., 1763, 
brother Israel to be executor ; son Benjamin married Rebecca, 
who probably married again, in 1764, Eleazer son of Eleazer 
and Rebecca (Chandler) Davis, born 30 May, 1734. Mr. 
Davis* first wife was Mary Davis who died 28 Jan., 1763. 
See History of Bedford. 


879 Benjamin. 

V. 331 Jonathan (Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Bedford, 16 July, 1728; died in Chelmsford, 1784, 
aged fifty-eight (gravestone) ; married, first, at Concord, 21 
Aug., 1750, Hannah, daughter of David and Mary (Farrar) 
Melviu of Concord, born there 9 Oct., 1730; married, 
second, 1760, Hannah Worcester, died 15 May, 1826, aged 
ninety-five years (gravestone). 

Children : 

880 Mary, m d. in Bedford, 18 Nov., 1750; m. Peter Proctor. Ch. : 

Leafy, b. 1770. Zaccheus, b. 1771. Hannah, b. 1778. PoUy, b. 

881 Sabah, b. in Chelmsford, 1758; m. Daniel Blood. Ch. : Daniel, b. 

•» Letter of Daniel Putnam to Perley Putnam 1883. 
••LiYing 1784. 

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1775. Michael, b. 1776. Joseph, b. 1778. Sarah, b. 1780. Jonas, 
b. 1781. Martha, b. 1783. Putnam, b. 1785. Jonathan, b. 1787. 

882 Hannah, b. in Chelmsford, 1754; m. 1771, Daniel Spaulding. Ch. : 

Daniel, b. 1772. Jonathan, b. 1774. Willard, b. 1776. . 

883 Lucy, b. in Chelmsford, 1756; m. 1775, Samuel Adams; Ch. : 

Samuel, b. 1776 ; not ment. in settlement of her father's estate 
884 David,. b. in Chelmsford, 1758 (living March, 1784). 

885 Betsey, b. in Chelmsford, 1759 ; m. Amos Curtis. No issue. 

886 Eunice, b. in Chelmsford, 1761 ; d. y. 

887 Jonathan, b. in Chelmsford, 1768 ; d. 4 June, 1790, aged 21 yrs. 

(jaic) aged 2 days (g. s.). 

888 Hebecca, b. in Chelmsford, 1764; prob. d. prev. 1784. 

889 Daniel, b. in Chelmsford, 1766 ; prob. d. prev. 1784. 

890 Eunice, b. in Chelmsford, 1768 ; d. prev. 1784. 

891 Polly, b. in Chelmsford, 1769; d. 29 June, 1785 (g. s.). 
892 Joseph, b. in Chelmsford, 4 Mar., 1771 ; living 1784. 

893 Israkl, b. in Chelmsford, 1773; d. 1862; no male issue; m. Patty 

Trask; m., 2d, in 1817, Mary Lindsey. 
894 Stephen, b. in Chelmsford, 1776; living 1784. 

Jonathan Putnam lived at first in Bedford, but afterward 
removed to Chelmsford. On 9 May, 1766, he bought a 
farm in Chelmsford, still in possession of the family. The house 
had formely been a garrison bouse and was one of the first 
erected in that town, and had double walls of brick. This 
house was torn down in 1817 and the present building 
erected on the same spot. When Jonathan Putnam first lived 
in Chelmsford, he found the Indians still there. 

The following epitaph is on the gravestone of either 
Jonathan or Hannah Putnam, 

"Affliction sore long time I bore 
Physicians were in vain, till God did 
please and death did seize, to ease 
me of my pain." 

V. 334 Tarrant (Israel, Benjamin, Nathariiel, John), 
born in Bedford, 2 Sept., 1733; died in Newbury, Vt., 
1804 ; married, first, at Danvers, 1 July, 1756,® Mary, 
daughter of Eleazer Porter, of Danvers, baptized 22 Aug., 

M According to Porter Gen., married 19 Jan., 1708. 

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1736; married, second, Eunice, daughter of Daniel and 
Eunice (Cue) Porter of Wenham, born there 3 March, 1750. 
Children by Mary : 

895 Elbazbr Portkr, b. in Dangers, 8 Dec., 1758. 

896 Israel, b. in Dan vers, 22 Nov., 1760, of Topsham, Vt. 

897 Asa, b. In Danvers, 28 Dec., 1765, of Essex, N. Y. 

898 Abigail, b. in Danrera, 13 July, 1768; m. 1794, Joseph Putnam. 

899 Mary, b. 5 April, 1771; m. Wyman Wyman, of Newbury, Vt. 

10 ch. 

Children, by second wife : 

900 Betsey, b. 16 Feb., 1786; m. John Buskett, of Newbury. 

901 Sarah, b. ; m. and Uved In Newbury, Vt. 

902 Danikl (David), b. ; d. , aged about 2 years. 

903 Tarrant. 

904 Eunice, b. ; d. unm. 

905 Ruth. * 

906 Elisha, b. -; lived near Brookfleid, N. Y. 

Tarrant Putnam lived in Danvers, near the Topsfield 
line until 1789, then in Bakerstown, Me., and finally settled 
iu Newbury, Vt., where most of his children also settled. 

A brother of Mrs. Mary (Porter) Putnam, was Samuel 
Porter the Tory, a graduate of Harvard, whose estate was 
confiscated. He died in London. 

Tarrant Putnam was at Lexington, in Capt. Edmund 
Putnam's company. He held the rank of ensign. 

V. 341 Nathaniel {Cornelius, Benjamin, UTatlianiel, 
John), born in Sutton, 3 May, 1734; died in Sutton 1812; 
will dated 27 June, probated 4 Aug., 1812 ; married , 

Deborah , who died 24 June, 1810, in her seventy- 
fifth year. " Gentleman." 

Children : 

907 Mosbs, b. 23 Jan v 1758, perhaps the private in B. Woodbury's Co., 
from Sutton, who served 8 mos. at siege of Boston. 

908 Molly, b. 25 Feb., 1759; m. Jenison. Ch.: Nathaniel, 

Maverick, Joseph, Gardner. 

909 Hannah, b. 11 May, 1761; m. Sibley. Ch.: Stephen, 

Tarrant (jr.), Francis, Lot, Nathaniel, Tyler, Nahum. 

910 Stephen, b. 17 Jan., 1764; d. July, 1779. 


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.V. 347 Bartholomew ( Cornelius , Benjamin, JVa-- 

thaniel, John), born in Sutton, 21 April, 1745; will dated 

lftMay, 1822 ; probated 6 Sept., 1825 ; married, first, — , 

Mary (No. 490) , daughter of Edward Putnam, who was born 

1750, died 1796; married, second, Hannah Axtell, who was 

executrix of her husband's will. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

911 Bartholomew, b. 19 July, 1774 ; d. prey. 1822. 

912 Lucy, b. 8 July, 1779; m. Simeon Howard. 

913 Edward, b. 26 Jan., 1782. 

914 Prudence, b. 18 Nov., 1784; m. Daniel, son of Simeon Hathaway, 

of Sutton. Ch. : Prudence, b. 12 Nov., 1805; d. 18 Oct., 1807. 
Phebe, b. 24 Oct., 1807. Daniel, b. 18 Ang., 1808. Prudence, b. 
10 Mar., 1810. Joseph Hail, b. 19 Nov., 1812. Mary, b. 17 Aug., 

915 Phkbe, b. 11 Oct., 1787; d. pfev. 1822; m. Capt. Elijah Bigelow. 

Ch. : Phoebe. 

916 Lkwi8, b. 15 July, 1796. 

917 Cynthia, b. 27 Aug., 1804, not mentioned in father's wilL 

V. 348 Ensign David {Cornelius, Benjamin, ilfa- 
ihanitl, John), born in Sutton, 14 May, 1747; died there, 
1814 ; married there, 12 April, 1770, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Fuller) Woodbury, born 3 March, 
1745 ; died 27 Dec, 1831. "One of the best of Christian 
women " (History of Sutton). 

Children, born in Sutton: 

918 David, b. 80 April, 1771 ; d. y. 

919 Bktty, b. 14 April, 1778; d. 2 Feb., 1815; m. 80 Mar., 1791, Aaron, 

son of Aaron and Lydia (Taylor) Elliot, b. 1 Dec., 1768. Ch. : 
John, b. 20 April, 1791. Lucy, b. 14 Mar., 1794. Betsey, b. 2 
Oct., 1796. Jerusha, b. 1 Jan., 1799. Aaron, b. 5 Mar., 1801. 
Lydia, b. 25 May, 1808. Betsey, b. 22 Sept., 1805; m. 1826, 
Sylvanus Putnam. Jerusha, b. 9 Jan., 1808. May, b. 29 July, 
1810. Lucy Ann and Julia Ann, twins, b. 17 Jan., 1815. 

920 Abxer, b. 14 May, 1775; d. 25 June, 1859. 

921 Cyrus, b. 21 Aug., 1777. 

922 Jerusha, b. 13 Dec, 1779; m. 28 Aug., 1803, Thomas Bigelow. 

923 Corneous, b. 28 Jan , 1782. 

924 Sally, b. 28 July, 1784; m. 27 Dec , 1806, Samuel Bigelow. 

925 Lucy, b. 8 Sept., 1787; m. 1 June, 1805, Simeon sou of Aaron and 

Lydia (Taylor) Elliot, b. 6 May, 1779. Ch.: Nancy Gibbs, b. 5 

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Dec., 1805. Lacy Putnam, b. 2 Mar., 1808. Lula Maria, b. 14 
Jane, 1810. Madison, b. 3 Aug., 1812. Lanry Ann, b. 12 Nor., 
826 Joseph, b. 23 Feb., 1790. 

David Putnam marched to Lexington upon the alarm of 
19 April, 1775, in Capt. John Sibley's company. 

V. 359 Jonathan (Jonathan, Jonathan, John, John), 
born in Salem Village, 13, baptized 24 July, 1715;. died 
there Dec., 1762; married 2 Nov., 1736, Sarah, daughter 
of Lieutenant Thomas and Hiunah (Goodhue) Perley of 
Boxford, born 12 May, 1716. 

Children, bom and baptized in Salem Village : 

927 Jkrkmuh, b. 81 Oct, 1737. 

928 Sarah, b. 2 March. 1738 ; m. Henry, son of Henry Putnam. 

929 Jonathan, b. 30 Dec., 1740; prob. d. Nov., 1762. 

930 Hannah, b. 10 Dec., 1742; m. Foster. 

931 Elizabeth, b. 11 Jan., 1744-6; prob. d. prey, to 1782. 

932 Lydia, b. 15 July, 1747; d. 22 Not., 1825; m. about 1769, Ebenezer 

Rea, b. 7 Dec., 1745. Ch. : Lydia, b. 8 June, 1770; d. 26 Aug., 
1834. William, b. 6 Oct., 1771. John, b, Nov., 1773. Ebenezer, 
b. 23 July, 1775; d. 23 Feb., 1822. Perley P., b. 24 Jan., 1778. 
Jeremiah, b. May, 1781. Aaron, b. March, 1784. Lucy, b. June, 
1786; d. 1824. Benjamin, b. Oct., 1789; d. 1812. 
988 Nathan, b. 8 Sept., 1749; d. 13 Dec., 1813. 

934 Lkvi, b. 1 Aug., 1751. 

935 Peklbt, b. 17 March, 1754; killed at the battle of Lexington, 19 

April, 1775. 
986. Aaron, b. 6 Sept, 1756. 

Jonathan Putnam lived in Danvers ; after the town of 
Danvers was established he held various offices, such as 
tythingman, hayward, constable, etc. On the 3 Feb.; 1767, 
the guardianship of Nathan and Levi Putnam, minor children 
of Jonathan, was granted to Gideon Putnam. 

V. 367 David (David,.. Jonathan, John, John), born 
in Salem, 15 July, 1755; died 12 Aug., 1825; married 
, Elenor Haskell. 

Children : 

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936a Elenor, b. 29 May, 1784. 

937 David, b. 18 March, 1786; d. 27 April, 1812. 

938 Joshua, b. 8 Sept., 1789. 

989 Anna, b. 27 Aug., 1792 ; d. — June, 1871 ; m., says Dr. A. P. Put- 
nam, 27 Oct., 1792, Nathl. Boardman whose 1st w. was Nancy, . 
. dau. of Israel (Edmund) Putnam, q. v. Ch. by Anna : Nancy Ellen. 
Caroline Haskell and Nathl. Holton, twins. Alonzo Bishop. 
Horace Webster. • . 

940 Holton, b. 14 July, 1795; d. 27 May, 1813. 

V. 369 Bartholomew (Bartholomew, James, John, 
John), bora in Salem, 3 March, 1711—12; died there about 
1753; married 2 Nov., 1734-5, Ruth daughter of John and 
Elizabeth (Weld) Gardner of Salem, born 12 May, 1716, 
died 19 March, 1808; married, second, 24 Feb., 1771, ; 

Captain Benjamin Goodhue, born in Ipswich, 11 July, 1707, ' 

died 20 Jan., 1783. 

Children : 

941 Mary, bapt. So. Parish, Daoyers, 22 Aug., 1736, born Aug., 1786. 

Born in Salem : 

942 Bartholomew, b. 2 Feb., 1737; bapt 5 Feb., 1787-8. 
948 Nathanikl, b. 19 Oct., 1739; prob. d. y. 

944 Ruth, b. 15 April, 1740; bapt. 19 April, 1741: d. 7 Dec, 1786; m. 

17 May, 1761, William, son of Ebenezer and Rachel (Pickman) 
Ward of Salem, b. 9 Aug., 1736 ; d. 9 Oct., 1767. For their desc. 
, see Essex Institute Hist. Collections; also Pickering Gen. chart 
17, vn-105. ^ 

945 Sarah, b. 17 Jan,, 1743; d. in San born ton, N. H., 4 Oct, 1824; m. 

in Salem, 8 May, 1763, John, son of John and Abigail (Archer) 
Elkins of Salem, b. 1739, d. there, May, 1781. Ch. : Sarah, b. 

28 April, 1766 ; d. 22 Aug., 1801 ; m. Webb. Abigail, b. 16 

July, 1768; d. 15 April, 1851; m., 1st, George Curwen Ward of 
Salem ; 2d, Hon. Nathan Taylor; 3d, EUphalet Ordway, 4 April, 
1842; d. 4 Oct., 1844. John, b. 4 March, 1770; d. in the army. 
William, b. 7 March, 1772, drowned at sea. Rathey, b. 30 April, 
1779. Jonathan, b. Oct., 1781 ; d. in West Indies. Mrs. Elkins 
m., 2d, Major Chase Taylor of Sanborn ton, N. H. } b. 1728, d. 
13 Aug., 1805. 

946 William, b. 25 Feb., 1745. 

947 John, b. 2 Dec, 1748. 

948 William, b. 7 April, 1751. 

Bartholomew Putnam lived in Salem, on Essex street, 
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alxMit 1750. . He wa9 a tailor and of good estate. His will 
id dated 19 Juno, 1753. He appoints his Moved wife Ruth 
sole executrix, his brothers-in-law Jonathan and Samuel 
Gardner trustees. His six children, Bartholomew, John, 
William, Mary, Ruth and Sarah Putnam are to have the 
benefit of his property after the death of their mother. 

V. 370 Joseph {Bartholomew, James, John, John), 
horn in Salem, 1 Aug., 17,14; died in Boston. Will dated 
23 Feb., 1786, proved 19 July, 1788; married, first (pub- 
lished 30 Jan., 1735), 19 Feb., 1735, Sarah daughter of 
Joseph and Sarah (Stacey) Urann, born 16 Dec.,. 1716; 
married, second (published 7 Oct., 1765), Elizabeth Comes- 

Children, born in Boston : 

949 Sarah, b. ; d. aged 8 yrs. (g. 8.). 

950 Mart, b. 5 May, 1737 ; m. (pub. in Boston, 21 Feb., 1760) to 

James Kenny. 

951 Mkhitable, b. 1 Feb., 1739; m. (pub. in Boston, 14 March, 1765) 

Kobert Earl. Mrs. Bradford of Rutland, Vt., Is a granddau. 

952 J08KPH, b. 1 — , 1740; d. 19 Feb., 1741, aged 3 mos. (g. &.)• 

953 Elizabeth, b. 14 Oct., 1742; m. (pub. 17 June, 1771), at King's 

Chapel 14 July, 1771, Jonathan Carey. 

954 Rebecca, b. ; m. (pub. 16 July, 1778) Nathaniel Carey; m., 

2d, John Wise. 

955 Hannah, b. , 1758; d. 4 May, 1793; m. 7 Aug., 1777, Jbsiah 

Bradley, son of Samuel and Mary (Andrews) Bradley of BoSton, 
b. 24 March, 1754, d. 2 Oct., 1798; m., 2d, 1 Dec., 1793, Lydia 

Joseph Putnam lived in Sudbury street, Boston, and like 
his brother William, was a chair maker. In 1736 (28 May), 
he sold his share in his uncle Nathan's estate to David Put- 
nam of Salem. 

The executor of his will was Mr. Jesse Putnam, of Bos- 
ton. In the will of Nathan Putnam, manner, of Salem, the 
brother of Jonathan (No. 359), Joseph and his brother Wil- - 
liam are called "his good friends of Boston." 

At the time of the making of his will, viz., 1783, his son- 
in-law, Josiah Bradley, occupied the other half of his house 
in Sudbury street. 

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*V 371 William (Bartholomew, James, John, John), 
born at Salem, 1 Aug., 1717, baptized 4 Aug., 1717; died 
at Boston, 1749 ; administration on his estate to widow Ruth, 
30 # May, 1749 ; inventory, 25 July, 1749, £2511.12 ; married 
(published 18 Sept., 1740) 16 Oct., 1740, at Boston, Ruth 

Children, born in Boston : 

956 Ruth, b. 13 Dec., 1741. 

957 Hannah, b. 4 Aug., 1743. 

958 William, b. 5 July, 1747. 

V. 374 Doctor Ebenezer (James, James, John, John) , 

born in Salem Village, , 1717; baptized North Parish, 

20 Oct., 1717; died in Salem, 12 Aug., 1788; married 28 
Oct., 1764, Margaret, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Pratt) 
Scollay of Salem, baptized in Marblehead, 6 Dec, 1724; 
died in Salem, April, 1808. 

Children, born in Salem : 

959 Sarah, b. 30 Aug., 1765; d. 20 Dec., 1801; m. Natal Ropes. 

960 Ebenezer, b. , 1768. 

Ebenezer Putnam was graduated from Harvard College 
in the class of 1739. Of his youth and early manhood very 
little is known ; but that he studied medicine and practised in 
Danvers, Salem, and very generally throughout the county, 
and that he obtained the entire confidence of his patients, is 
well known. From family letters of his younger brother, 
Judge James, we learn that he had a decided adversion to 
the state of matrimony, yet in the fall of 1764, when he 
had arrived at the mature age of forty-seven years, he sur- 
rendered to the charms of Miss Margaret Scollay, who it is 
said was a most beautiful woman. John Scollay, the father 
of Mrs. Putnam, had originally been settled in Marblehead 
and belonged to the Charlestown family of that name, to 
one of whom General Warren was betrothed at the time of 
his death. John Scollay had married as his second wife, 
Elizabeth Pratt of Salem, whose mother was a Maverick of 
Boston, and had moved to Salem al>out 1736. Soon after 
his marriage, Dr. Putnam bought the large house formerly 

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8 tending on the corner of Washington (then Court street) 
and Church street, and built in 17(58. Nearly opposite -was 
the fine mansion of Col. Benjamin Picktnan, now known as 
the Brookhouse estate. But eight years had passed since the 
very court house, in which the persons accused of witchcraft 
in 1692 were tried, had been torn down. This had stood 
between Dr. Putnam's and Colonel Pickman's. Colonel 
Pickman's house was afterward sold to Elias Haskett Derby, 

In this house Doctor and Mrs. Putnam lived during the 
exciting years preceding and during the revolution and enter- 
tained l.iberally. Among those whom they numbered as friends 
were many who upon the outbreak of the revolution remained 
loyal to the Crown and these associations probably led to the 
charge that the doctor, too, was a tory. This charge as we 
shall soon see was utterly false. On the 9th Nov. ,1774, 
Doctor Putnam was chosen ruling elder of the church at 
Salem, in place of Nathaniel Ropes deceased. During the 
Revolution he entertained Judge Trowbridge, and seems to 
have been much invited out. 

The period from 1760 to 1775, mentioned above, was one 
of coustant agitation, on the one hand for a more liberal gov- 
ernment of the colonies, and on the other a determined effort 
by the merchants and government of England to force the 
American trade into such channels as they willed. The gen- 
try of the colony were uniformly loyal to the crown as well 
as patriotic. 

That men of wealth and position did not join in the pop- 
ular hue and cry is not to be wondered at, whether their sym- 
pathies were with or against the popular party. Nearly all 
true-spirited colonists desired to be treated fairly but men 
of education perceived the great power of Great Britain and 
did not believe that violent measures would be successful, 
and therefore held aloof from the popular demonstrations. 

Governor Hutchinson upon his departure for England was 
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colony, for although accused of subserviency to the home 
government and of attempting to overthrow the liberty of his 
countrymen, yet those who enjoyed his confidence knew how 
false such statements were. As a token of ebteem and as an 
act of courtesy, these addresses were signed by the principal 
merchants and gentlemen of Boston, Salem and elsewhere. 
Among the signers were the brothers Ebenezer, Archclaus 
and James Putnam. The signers were later stigmatized as 
Hutchinson " Addressers " and all manner of vile calumnies 
thrown at them by the people and press ot that period. In- 
deed, so hot became the popular feeling that in many places 
it became necessary for those who had innocently signed, to 
withdraw their signatures publicly. This was done by the 
following Salem gentlemen on 30th-May, 1775, John Nut- 
ting, N. Goodale, El>enezer Putnam, Francis Cabot, N. 
Sparhawk, Andrew Dalglish, E. A. Holyoke, William Pyn- 
chon, Thomas Barnard, 90 Nathaniel Dabney, William Pick- 
man, C. Gayton Pickman. 91 These gentlemen declared th:it 
in affixing their signatures to the address given below, they 
did so with the best intentions, and they state "that we were 
so far from designing by that action, to show our acquies- 
cence in those acts of Parliament so universally and justly 
odious to all America, that on the contrary, we hoped we 
might in that way contribute to. their repeal • . . and 
our serious determination is to promote to the utmost of our 
power, the liberty, the welfare, and happiness of our country." 
That this statement was made on the 30th May, 1775, al- 
most one year later than the date of the address, June 1 1 , 1774, 
is in itself significant. In 1774, the feeling of a personal 
loyalty to the Crown was nearly universal and this deep 
respect fcwKing George did not disappear till after blood had 
been shed. In 1775, the feelings of a very great many of the 
signers had changed, for the effect of the battle of Lexington 

The patriotic minister who so wisely advised Leslie at the North bridge, that blood- 
shed whs averted. 
"Lived oppo«ite Dr. Putnam. 

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was like that caused by the fall of Sumpter. The addresses 
which were presented to the departing Governor were very like 
in their phraseology, merely expressing regret at the difficul- 
ties under which he left the country, wishes for his future wel- 
fare, and prayer that he would attempt, in some measure, to 
relieve the colonies of the troubles then prevalent. These 
moderate expressions of courtesy so inflamed the passions of 
the people that mills were burnt, property of all kinds de- 
stroyed, if belonging to the hated 'Tories," themselves tarred 
and feathered, "smoked" out of house and home and finally in 
many eases driven to Boston for protection. Thus the colony 
in its need lost its best brain and blood, for probably not one 
in ten of (he refugees was so from choice. Some few remained 
at home and after the first outburst of mob fury were left 
alone. The friends of Dr. Putnam were mostly numbered 
in this class and he himself was often troubled by the lawless 
element ; but the people of Salem knew that his patriotism was 
unsullied and that very year, 1775, saw him elected as one 
of the committee of safety. No better proof of his integ- 
rity and the belief of his fellow citizens in his loyalty to his 
country is needed. In 1776, under date of Jan. 29, William 
Pynchon entered in his diary, "News from Doctor Putnam at 
Providence where he and the Salem companies have arrived 
well." Doctor Putnam was then fifty-nine years old. 

Some years later, certain persons in Salem presented to 
the selectmen a list of those whose property they desired 
confiscated, for, as they claimed, adhering to Great Britain. 
On this list occurs the name of Ebenezer Putnam but the 
authorities promptly erased his name, again clearing him of the 
charge. Doubtless much of this enmity to Doctor Putnam 
was due to the fact that his brother, James Putnam, was widely 
known as having remained loyal to the Crown and that his 
nephew held an officer's commission in the British army. 

As will be seen from the letters of the Hon. James Put- 
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municatiou and that James was distressed beyond measure at 
the lamentable war, and though he refused to return yet was 
deeply grateful to the brother who, more patriotic than he, had 
the power to obtain the restitution of his Worcester estates if 
he would return. 

Doctor Putnam, by his extensive practice accumulated a 
very handsome property, and thus was enabled to leave to 
his children ample means. It is said that he was a man of 
great physical strength and courage. His death occurred at 
his home 12 th Aug., 1788. He lived to witness the recog- 
nition of the independence of his beloved country and to 
perceive the beneficial results which followed. He was bur- 
ied in the Charter street cemetery, the pall bearers being, 
Elias Haskett Derby , Esq., Mr. Ward 92 and Doctor Holyoke. 

V. 375 Archelaus (James, James, John, John), 
born in Salem Village, baptized 14 May, 1721 ; died previ- 

M Probably Joshua Ward whose grand-daughter Elizabeth Appleton married Eben 
Putnam, grandson of Dr. Putnam. 

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ous to 1786 ; married 4 Dec, 1740, Ruth, daughter of Capt. 

Samuel and Ruth (Putnam) Flint. 

Children, born in Salem Village: 

961 Ebenezer, bapt. 2 May, 1742. 

962 Arohklaus, bapt. 9 Dec., 1744. 

963 Mart, bapt. 20 Mar., 1747-8. 

964 Jamks, bapt. 9 Aug., 1747. 

965 Ebenezer, bapt. 8 Apr., 1750. 

966 Huth, bapt. 12 Jan., 1751-2; m. 18 Dec., 1771, Francis Perley of 

B oxford. Children : Fanny, Nancy, Francis, Ebenezer Putnam. 
Mrs. Perley was probably the daughter who died 1788-4, spo- 
ken of by James Putnam as an only daughter. 

Archelaus Potnam was ensign in 1760 and lieutenant in 
1770. He was one of the selectmen of Danvers at the out- 
break of the Revolution and was often chosen to fill such 
minor offices as surveyor of highways, etc. ; he was frequently 
chosen moderator of the town meetings and presided with 
great dignity and impartiality. He signed the address to 
Governor Hutchinson upon his departure in 1774, for a 
further account of which, see the biographical notice of his 
elder brother, Dr. Ebenezer Putnam. Will made 18 June, 
1784, proved 2 Aug., 1785, son Archelaus executor; to 
grandchildren, Fanny Perley, Nancy Perley, Francis Perley 
and Ebenezer Putnam Perley. 

V. 378 Hon. James (James, James, John, John), 
born in Salem Village, baptized 31 July, 1726; died at 
St. John, New Brunswick; married, first, 14 Aug., 1750, 
Eleanor Sprague; married, second, 20 Sept., 1754, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Col. John and Hannah (Gardiner) Chand- 
ler, born 15 Jan., 1733, died 2 May, 1798. 

Child, by first wife : 

967 Eleanor, b. Worcester, 15 July, 1751; m. 18 Nov., 1770, Rufus 

son of Col. John and Mary (Church) Chandler, b. 18 May, 1747 ; 
* d. 11 Oct., 1823. Child: Elizabeth Putnam, b. 1 June, 1771; m. 
Solomon Vose, Esq., of Portland, Me. 

Children, by second wife : 
868 Jambs, b. 16 Nov., 1756; d. 2 Mar., 1888. 

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969 John, b. 27 Sept., 175a ; d. in infancy. • 
D70 Ebbnezeb, b. 26 Jan., 1763; d. 8 Apr., 1708. 
971 Elizabeth, b. 7 May, 1769 ; d. 14 Aug., 1787; m. 
only child was Elizabeth Putnam. 

Knox. Their 

Hon. James Putnam was graduated from Harvard College 
an 1746 ; there were eleven others in his class among whom 
was Dr. Edw. A. Holyoke, whose father Edward Holyoke was 
then president of the College. He studied law, under Judge 
Trowbridge, who, according to John Adams, controlled the 
whole practice of Worcester and Middlesex counties, and 
.settled in Worcester, 1749, taking up the practice of the law. 

In 1750, Aug. 14, he married Eleanor Sprague by whom 
lie had one daughter, Eleanor, who married Rufus Chandler. 
In a letter to his brother Dr. Ebenezer Putnam, of Salem, 
dated July 8, 1754, he writes, after speaking of his better 
health. "That which you think or care but little about, 
£Dr. Putnam did not marry until 1764] as to your own part 
is not wholly out of my thoughts. I mean (tho' you could 
tell without further explanation what you care least about) a 
Female Companion. If I pursue this design which I am 
•sometimes almost tempted to do with one of my neighbors, 
:it will not be very speedy ly. But it is an affair of consequence, 
and tho' such a one as you yourself don't incline to meddle 
with, yet may perhaps with less partiality than others, preju- 
diced in favor of it give your friendly and brotherly senti- 
ments upon, tho' not as to the person yet as to the thing it- 
self which I shall expect in some future epistle unless you 
will be so kind as to make me a visit this summer, and if you 
will Doct. Tufts 98 will be your company and then you may 
see and not be at the trouble of writing on that Head or giv- 
ing your judgement but in part. . . . Postscript— My 
little daughter Nelly is very healthy and well, tho* she has 
not the pleasure of knowing any of her relations." . 

•» Doct. Tnfts— probnbly Cotton Tufts, H. C 1749, son of Doct. Simon Cotton TnlU, 
•m. a Qtiincy and aunt of Mrs. John Artnms. He was an ardent patriot. Simon Tuits 
of Boston, merchant, was banished in 1778. 

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He seems to have changed his mind in regard to "not very 
speedyly" pursuing this design, for the 20th Sept., 1754, he 
was united in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Col. John 
Chandler, of Worcester, Judge of Probate, and who was af- 
terward knowtt in England as the "honest refugee." Judge 
Chandler was driven from his home, his house spoiled and 
even the clothing of the females plundered when the Whig 
Committee made their inventory. Judge Chandler died in 
London in 1800. His portrait is preserved at the rooms of 
the Antiquarian Society in Worcester. His son Rufus Chand- . 
ler, by his second wife, Mary Church, born May 18, 1747 ; 
(Harvard College, 1766) ; married Eleanor Putnam, daugh- 
ter of Hon. James and Eleanor (Sprague) Putnam, Nov. 18, 
1770. Rufus Chandler studied law with his father-in-law 
and practised in Worcester until 1774, when he left the coun- 
try and went to Boston and afterwards to London, where he 
died Oct. 11, 1823. 

James Putnam, says Sabine, in 1757, held the commission 
of Major under General Loudon and saw service. Between 
the years of 1755 and 1758, John Adams (Harvard College 
1755) afterward president of the United States, taught school 
in Worcester and studied law with Mr. Putnam. He also 
boarded in his family. Mr. Adams remarks that Mr. Put- 
nam possessed great acuteness of mind, had a very extensive 
and successful practice, and was eminent in his profession. 

In 1774, Jan. 14, Mr. Putnam in writing to Dr. Putnam, 
speaks of an illness which prevented his attending at the 
class arranged for inoculation* 4 and desires to know about the 
future arrangement of classes as he may come down and bring 
his son Ebenezer. 

James Putnam was one of the twenty signers to the ad- 
dress from the barristers and attorneys of Massachusetts to 
Governor Hutchinson, May 30, 1774. His brothers, Dr. 
Ebenezer and Archelaus, both addressed Governor Gage on his 
arrival on June 11, 1774. In Feb., 1775, he, with others, 

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was forced by the threatening attitude of the popular party 
to leave Worcester and seek refuge in Boston. 

On the 14 Oct., 1775, eighteen "of those gentlemen who 
were driven from their habitations in the country to thatown 
of Boston," addressed Governor Gage on his departure. The 

John Chandler 
James Putnam 
Peter Oliver, sr. 
Seth Williams, jr. 
Charles Curtis 
Samuel Price 
David Phips 
Richard Saltonstall 
Peter Oliver, jr. 

Jonathan Stearns 
.Ward Chipman 
William Chandler 
Thomas Foster 
Pelham Winslow 
Daniel Oliver 
Edward Winslow, jr. 
Nathaniel Chandler 
James Putnam, jr. 

In 1778 the Massachusetts Legislature passed an act con- 
fiscating the estates of 308 Loyalists and banishing them; 
if they returned a second time, to suffer death without the 
benefit of clergy. Among these was the Hon. James Put- 
nam, who had in 1777 succeeded Jonathan Sewall as attor- 
ney-general of Massachusetts, the last under the Crown. 

From the battle of Lexington until the' evacuation of Bos- 
ton the British were shut up in Boston % On the 17 Nov., 
1775, the following order was issued by the British comman- 
der. "Many of his Majesty's Loyal American subjects, hav- 
ing offered their services for defence of the place" are to be 
formed into three companies under command of Hon. Briga- 
dier-General Ruggles to be called the Loyal American Asso- 
ciates, to be designated by a white sash around the left arm. 
. James Putnam was commissioned captain of the second 
company, and James Putnam, jr., was commissioned second 
lieutenant of the second company. 

Sabine says of this command: "Gen. Timothy Ruggles 
tried to raise a corps of loyalists during his residence in Bos- 
ton but did not succeed. At evacuation he went to Halifax 

" 19 Apr., 1775 to 16 Mar., 1776. 

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with the army thence to Long and Staten Inlands, where the 
attempt to embody a force for the King's service was renewed. 
He organized a body of some three hundred and fifty local 
militia but does not appear to have done much active duty. 
Both James Putnam and his sons, James and Ebenezer, ac- 
companied the army to Halifax and New York, where his sons 
engaged in business. He sailed for Plymouth, Bug., Dec, 
1779, with Mrs. Putnam and his daughter Elizabeth. 

Copies of letters from James Putnam to Ebenezer Putnam. 

London, June ye 1 st 1780. 
Dear Brother, 

It is so long since you have heard from me, es- 
pecially by letter that you have perhaps, almost forgot me. Ihiul 
many reasons for not writing to you while I was in America. But 
as I am in England it can do you no harm to be informed that I 
am alive and well. I arrived at Plymouth in England the 22 of 
J any. last, and rode from thence up to London where we arrived 
the 29 of the same month. My wife and daughter came over witu 
me. My two sons I left at N. York in business. Our passage 
from N. York here was 30 days very blowing, boisterous weather, 
and we were the first ship that arrived of a fleet of between 90 and 
100 sail yt. came out of N. York together. 

This is a fine country and the husbandry, seems to be carried to 
the greatest degree of perfection ; and by this means the \&nC% pro- 
duces the greatest crops, of grass, & corn &t. Nature has fur- 
nished this Island with great abundance of the best manure, and 
by the industry & labor & skill of the husbandman these are so 
mixed with the different soils, as to yield the greatest abundance. 
The soil in its natural state so far as I am able to judge is not in gen- 
eral equal to ye soil in America. And what surprised me most of any- 
thing was to find so much land wast and uncultivated still, on this Isl- 
and ; a considerable part of which appears to be as fit for improve- 
ment as the adjoining which are loaded with the finest crops. In 
our journey from Plymouth up to London we must have rode over 
many thousands of acres of such lands. And I am informed a very 
considerable proportion of the Island is yet unimproved. That 
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of the produce of the ground, and of cattle and of course to the still 
greater abundance of inhabitants that might be supported here. 

The air of this country is not so cold in winter or hot in summer 
as in N. Eng. But in winter there is a dampness and chilliness 
in the air much more disagreeable than the clear cold of N. Eng. 
yet the people of the Island in general seem to be remarkably 

In this city you see but little of natural simplicity. Everything 
is art or artifice and there is so much of the latter interwoven with 
the Government of the Country, that it needs simplifying. If you 
should have an opportunity to write to me here, let the letter be 
directed to be left with Mr. Samuel Rogers Mercht., Queens Square, 
Bloomsbury, London. I hope you are all well. Present my love par- 
ticularly to }*our wife and children and to my Brother and his 
fainerly and all friends. Mrs. Putnam & Betsey join in this re- 
quest* _ ^ 

I am and ever shall be your loving and affectionate brother 

Jamks Putnam. 

P. S. If you should ever write as I hope you will I want you 
to enquire & send me an account what were the Christian names of 
our ancestors who first went from this country to N. Eng; at what 
time they came over; where they first settled and what part of 
England they went from ; And by old writings, or otherwise, if 
they always spelt their names as we do now Putnam, or whether 
they have not spelt it some times Putman For of the latter name 
there are people here ; and I suppose we have altered it. If you 
can make this matter certain I shall endeavor to find out some- 
thing more about it. J. P. 

London Nov*- 13 th 1783. 
Dear Brother 

On the 10 th of Oct r I had the very great pleasure of 
receeiving your kind & affectionate letter of the 13 th * of July last. 
It was very agreeable to me to hear that your wife children, & 
Brother Archelaus were well, but the mention of your ill health 
gives me much concern. I sincerely wish you better, ami that you 
may enjoy every blessing the times will permit. 

My countrymen have got their independence (as they call it) 
and with it in my opinion, have lost the true Substantial civil lib- 
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gained, as they do at the loss the Tories, as they call them, have 

I have long ago made up my mind about the matter. I know 
the peace was shameful, diss honorable, & scandalous on the part 
of Great Britain. But it was such as the Ministers of the day 
chose to have it, not as they were under the necessity of makeing. 
Indeed, America had, during the whole war, all the aid & assist- 
ance a powerful party in this Kingdom could afford, as well as 
having the command of the British forces in weak or withered 
hands during the most important periods of the War. It is true 
that such was the faction, & such the temper & prejudice of a 
principal person in administration here daring the most critical 
season of the war, that the properest person, if not the only per- 
son fit for the chief command in America, was prevented out of 
Malice, while it was entrusted in hands that every body knew was 
not competent to 

America, the thirteen states, at last seperated from this coun- 
try, never more to be connected. For you may believe me when 
I say, I firmly believe and on good grounds that even the present 
Adm — r would not now accept of the connection, if America would 
offer it on the old footing. The reasons & arguments for this are 
to long & too many to be handled in the compass of a short letter. 
I therefore dismiss the subject. 

You may be assured there is nothing I wish for more than to 
see my dear Brother, and other dear friends in America again. At 
the same time I can tell you with truth unpleasing as you may 
tbink the situation of the Loyalist to be, I would not change with 
my independent countrymen, with all imaginary liberty, but real 
heavy taxes & burdens, destitute in a great measure, as I know 
they are, of order & good government &c. 

Having this view of things you cant expect to see me in Massa- 
chusetts soon even if I was permitted or invited to return with, per- 
haps, the offer [of] the restoration of my estate. For what would 
it be worth, but to pay all away in taxes in a short time. 

I am not yet determined whether to remain in this country or 
go abroad to Nova Scotia or elsewhere. When my affairs are set- 
tled here which I hope may be in the course of the ensuing sum- 
mer I shall conclude on something & I will inform you what. 

If you have opportunity & inclination as I hope you will, to 
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and eren in that case, least I should be oat of the way let your let- 
ters be directed to the care of Mr. Sain'l Rogers, Queens Square, 
Bloomsbury, London. My wife and daughter wish to be remem- 
bered in the most affectionate manner to your wife & children <fc 
all our connections, in which I sincerely join. 


James Putham. 

Lomdo*, July 20 th 1784. 
Mr Dear Brother, 

I acknowledge with pleasure the receit of your two affectionate 
letters of the 10* of March 6 18* of April. I was glad to hear 
in the latter that you was better in health — I was sorry to hear 
my Brother ArcbeP had lost his only Daugh* and glad to hear he 
was getting well of a dangerous fever. 

Let me be remembered to him. I don't like to bear my son 
James has been so inattentive to his uucle as never to have wrote. 
1 hope he will reform in that particular, in other respects, I have 
the pleasure to think he is a pretty good boy. As to poor £ben r 
he has been confined almost all Winter at New York with the Bhn- 
matisin. and this Summer has got the Augue & fever. He is there 
yet and if that as one of the tltirteen flourishing independant united 
American States should prove favorable for trade, perhaps he may 
try it. — You say you wish to see me once more, I say 1 wish to 
see you often, but it seems fate has determined otherwise. 

Your country is so changed since I left it and in my opinion for 
the worse, that the great pleasure I should have in seeing my dear 
friends would be lost in a great measure, in the unhappy change 
of govern 1 . I mean for them who have accomplished it. 

You may perhaps hear of me quickly in Nova Scotia, or rather 
New Brunswick, a New Province to the W* u ward of N. Scotia. 
Where if I go out 3*011 will hear from me 

Your loving & affectionate Brother 

James Putnam. 

Parr, 96 on the river St. Johns New Bbunswick, Novemb. 18 th , 
Dear Brother : 

I have been at this place about ten days, and am surprised to 
find a large flourishing Town regurly laid out, well built consist- 

••Parr (own in New Brunswick was settled by refugee* from Boston before the hostil- 
ities fairly began. 
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ing of about two thousand houses, many of them handsome & well 
finished — And at the opposite side the river at Carlton about 500 
more houses on a pleasant situation. A good harbour lies between 
the two towns which never freeses, and where there are large ships 
& many vessels of all sizes. I left Mrs. Putnam & Betsey in Eng- 
land & find that Eben r sail'd from New York for London about a 
fortnight before I left it, and where I hope he arrived safe soon . 
after my departure. I write to you now only to let you know 
where I am, hoping to hear from you soon and I hope I shall be 
able to give you more particular accounts of our settlement in due 
time. The Country appears to me to be very good, and am satis- 
fied will make a most flourishing Province. 

Give my love to your wife & children, Brother Archelaus & all 

I am most affectionately yours 

James Putnam. 97 

Parr River, St. Joqn, New Brunswick, Jany 20, 1785. 
Dear Brother 

I have wrote you once before since my arrival in this 
province. I write again now least the former may have failed, to 

everything In his power to help them. Soon however the loyalists about the St. John 
river became dissatisfied with the delay in surveying their grants, and with iheir rep- 
resentation in the assembly. Having influence at court they succeeded in having New 
Brunswick set off and a governor, Colonel Carlton, appointed. This news arrived in 
Nova Scotia in August, and In October. Colonel Carlton and family arrive I in the St. 
Lawrence, Captain Wyats, at Halifax from London being out eight weeks. On Sun- 
day. Nov. 21, Gov. Thos. Carleton (brother of Baron Dorchester who was governor gen- 
eral of Canada during the Revolution, until General Burgoyne superseded him. Gov. 
Thomas Carleton had commanded a regiment in the Revolution) arrived at St. John 
from Digby and was enthusiastically welcomed by the Loyalists. He was escorted to 
the house of Mr. Leonard at York Point (close to the estate purchased by Mr. James 
Pnt.iam, in 1785, where he resided for a time. In 1522 it was the residenoo of Governor 

On the next day Governor Carleton was sworn in and also George Dnnoan Ludlow, 
chief justice, and James Putnam second justice. These with ten others constituted the 
council and were appointed by the crown. Ward Chipman received appointment of 
attorney general. 

"J. W. Lawrence, president of New Brunswick Hfst. 8oc., In a paper read before the 
society in 1874, " Courts and Kariy Judges of N. B.," says: James Putnam "was 
not one of the original grantees of Land. The lot where he built his house and resided he 
purchased Deo. 18, 1785. from John Say re, Jr. (son of Rev. John Sayre) for £85: It was 
No. 8K. east side of I'ock Street and the 8d from Union. At this time and for many 
years this was the fashionable section of St. John. The price paid by Judge Putnam 
at that time seems hitch." 

Both James and James J. were grantees of Carleton, across the river from St. John, 
in 1788/ Daniel Putnam was a grantee of Parr in 1788. 

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inform you where I am, where I hope and expect to spend the 
remainder of my life and that I am now in good health. 

I left my wife and daughter in London, last Aug 1, My son 
Eben arrived there about a fortnight after my leaving it, and will 
I hope, be here with me in the spring all of them. James is yet 
at Halifax but I hope he will be able to settle to advantage in 
this Province that my family may be all together, at least in the 
same Province again. 

You may wonder perhaps at my saying I hope I am settled in 
this Province for life. That I can be contented or happy in the 
place formerly called Nova Scotia. It is true I have not yet seen 
much of the Province. But I am now well acquainted with many 
gentlemen of the best credit and veracity, who have seen and well 
know the most of it. And from what I myself know and from their 
information, I believe there is not better land in America. 

But then the climate ! You say that is dreadful — I feared it was a 
thousand times worse than I find it. It is what I will now de- 
scribe, during my residence here which is since about the 10 th of 
Nov. Till sometime in Decern** in general, warmer than the au- 
tumn used to be in N. England. Nor have I seen a foggy day since 
I have been here. 

About Christmas the weather grew very cold and to this time 
has been generally clear and cold, one or two (snow?) interven- 
ing. I have known colder days in N. England & even in N York 
than any I have seen here yet and not more snow than enough for 
good sleding The greetest difference between this & N England, 
I believe, is that here the cold last longer in general ; but is sel- 
dom or never colder, or more snow, on the sea coast, than there. 

Everybody will allow there is no better way of judging of the 
quality of the soil, than from what it produces. And I declare I 
never saw so good roots of all Kinds commonly raised in gardens 
and fields as I have seen, and have in daily use, here, 

Such as I have seen in the gardens in this new place, after I 
arrived in Nov br raised without manure, exceeded everything I 
ever saw of the kind Turnips beets, potatoes parsnips & cabbages, 
larger & better than any I ever saw before And there were rbad- 
ishes growing in Col Tyng's garden, without manure, for there the 
frost had not hurt them, as big as my leg and as tender as any used 
to be commonly in the spring, I have seen a man by the name of 
Van Jcoik who lives about 60 or 70 miles up this river, who has 

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been but about two years in this country, who tells me be raised last 
year, a thousand bushels of grain including wheat, rye, barley, 
oats, Indian corn, & pease; above half of the whole wheat tit for. 
the market at New York. He lives at a place called Maysville 

I hope the more reason to believe this man as sundry of bU 
neighbors have told me they think he has raised as much. I my- 
self have bought of him a quarter of beef, out of a drove he brought 
down the river with him as fat as any beef I have been used to see in 
New or old England. He brought twenty with him and says he 
has sixty more fat cattle to bring. 

The price paid is dear for America but meat of all kinds here, 
is about the same price it was in the London market. 

I want to see you and my friends, if I have any I dont wish to 
live in your country, or under your government I think I have 
found a better No thanks to the Devils who have robbed me of 
my property, I do not wish to live with, or see such infernals 

God bless you ! you — wife, your son, your daughter, my brother 
&c, who I should be glad to see again, but not in the American 

Forever yours 

James Putnam. 

St John New Brunnswick, May 13, '85. 
My Dear Bhother : 

I wrote j'ou last winter by M r . Simion Jones from 
this place, and I hoped before this to have had a letter from you 
witli the agreeable news of your and your family's health &c and 
of my brother Archelaus also. I shall always be glad to hear 
of the health and happiness of you both As to seeing you any 
more you have no reason to expect (in) your State. And I fear 
your inclination to see me hear, tho' I doubt not of your esteem 
and love will not be strong enough to overcome a voyage to this 

You may be assurred I should be exceeding happy in seeing you 
both here. I can give you a comfortable lodging, and wholesome, 
good fresh provisions, excellent fish and good spruce beer, the 
growth and manufacture of our own Province. 

Mrs. Putnam, my daughter Betsey & Son Eben arrived at Hal- 

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ifax about the 27 th of last month on their way to this Province!, 
After remaining a few days with my son James at Halifax they will 
come forward. I suppose they are now on their way and I expect 
their arrival every moment and then our rambling beyond. the lim- 
its of this Province I hope is over. Tho' we should be to glad 
see the few friends we have remaining there among you we don't 
wish to give them the pain of seeing us in your state, which is ev- 
idently overflowing with Freedom: and Libert^* without restraint. 

The people of the States must needs now be very happy, when 
they can all & every one do just what they like best. No taxes 
to pay No Stamp Act. more money than they know what to do 
with Trade and navigation free as air. 

Have they advanced to any promising degree in the art of ba- 
loon making and the navigation of the air. They may be the first 
to have the honor of making a voyage to the moon. It is not al- 
together improbable if the navigation could be made safe, & easy, 
that the batance of the trade in favor of the States, could become 
immediately profitable. And really if they kept it all to them- 
selves only for six or seven years, it seems to me it might go a 
great way toward discharging your national debt. I hope you will 
not communicate this sheet to the Congress without a premium. 
Let (me) be remembered to all your family in the kindest manner 
& to my brother Archelaus to. 

And am ever yours 

James Putnam. 

Citj op Saint John Janet 22* 1786. 

Dear Brother: 

It is not because I have any thing very particular 
to write about, that I send you this But because I know yon will 
be glad to hear from me sometimes as I am alike gratified of hear- 
ing of your healih and prosperity. 

• My family, except my eldest son who is at Halifax are now to- 
gether here. My wife & son Eben : were very sick when they ar- 
rived here, and had long been so, but are now both in good health. 
The climate is undoubtedly one of the healthiest in the world, ow- 

»• During 1785 Shay's Rebellion occurred In MastaebutetU and was put down by Gen- 
eral Lincoln. 

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ing to that with the particular, attention, care, and skill of Doctor 
Paine, they are well 

Since I wrote you last, I have been up this river about one hun- 
dred miles. It was in August before they had done reaping. I 
made particular observations on many fields of wheat, rye, and In- 
dian* corn &c and I am fully satisfied that I never saw apparently 
better crops growing on the ground in any country. I went through 
a field of wheat in a foot path which gave an opportunity of ob- 
serving it the better. And I thought then and do really believe, 
I never saw larger or better growing in the highest cultivated field 
in England. This had been under cultivation ten or twelve years, 
and never had manure put on it. Jt is however lyable to be some- 
times over run in a high spring freshet. 

Jt is my opinion that and am very sure I never saw so much good 
land together in any part of the world that 1 have been, It wants 
nothing but the common cultivation to be one of the most produc- 
tive countries in the world. I mean particularly for corn & cattle 
you will be surprised perhaps, to hear me say corn But in a few 
years you will see it fully verified. A gentleman who is one of the 
most distant setters up this river, told me himself, and has been 
confirmed by many others of veracity, who have seen it, that he had 
about seventy acres of wheat on the ground last summer, which on 
an average, was supposed from the appearance would yield twenty 
bushels (paise?). He a few days since told me he had threshed 
out about five hundred bushels before he left home, and from what 
that yielded he had reason to suppose it would hold out in that 
proportion. This crop was partly of winter and partly of summer 
wheat, and never a tree out on the place but about two years ago. 

The wheather has been very cold for a week or more the prepart 
of this month, but no one day colder, since I have been in the Prov- 
ince, than I have known in Worcester & New York. The sum- 
mer at Saint Johns are not so hot up the river are much hotter than 
here. The southerly winds in summer are cool here but these north 
fogs which frequently come in here go but a few miles up the coun- 

I have not time now to write you more particu'arly 

We hope you and your family are all well 

We- all join in hearty wishes for the health and happiness of you 
& family Remember me to my brother if living. 

Your ever loving brother 

James Putnam 

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Saint John Nov* 4*1786 j 

Dear Brother 

By Mr. N. V. Call I had your letter of the 11 th of J 

Sept. I had not heard till I rec d yours that Brother Archelaus was j 

dead — . * - i 

The people of your State seem to be stiring up another revolution ' 

, What do they want now? Do they find at last, to be freed from j 

the British Government, and becoming an independant state does ' 

not free them from the debts they owe one another, or exempt them 
from the charge of taxation. I wish they would pay me what they 
justly owe, they may then have what government t'»ey please, or 
none, if they like that best. As to their connection with European, 
or any other foreign power or state, if the affairs of this world are 
corrupt as they always have been, it will depend entirely on the 
principle of advantage. It appears as likely to me that Great Brit- J 

ian will resign their sovereignty & independence and give up to the ! 

American state the advantages resulting from the British Navigation 
Act. It is an object that a wise administration will never depart j 

from. To encourage ship building in England, even in preferance. ! 

to their own British colonies is now be come an object of great im- 
portance with them. And it is expected there will be a duty laid 
on ships built in the British colonies And the government seems de- 
termined to admit no foreign, on any pretence whatever into a par- 
ticipation of their own carrying trade. Since other European trad- 
ing nations, and they are almost all of them so, or aiming to be such 
now ; see the great advantage derived from being their own carriers, 
they will of course entertain the same jelousy of encroachments 
on their own trade and navagation. I don't think there is the least 
probability that the American State will be admitted to participate 
of the advantages of the trade of any European trading nation, par- 
ticularly, England, France, Spain, Portugal, or Holland, farther 
than the interest of each will draw it. Your Southern States hav- 
ing exports that will answer in some foreign markets may do some- 
thing. But I cant conceive how the Northern can expect ever to 
become a trading people. 

As to my own affaire, you know what I receive as a salary from 
govermt. Private chamber business as a Judge may be from £50 to 
a £100 a year more. As to compensation I have just been informed 
that I stand reported for the next dividend. I am not certain how 
much this first payment is to be but I hope not less then £1500 or 

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£2000. There are three equal payments as I am informed, and 
what I now mention is only the first, and it is for real estate only. 
Loss of business & personal estate is not included in this. I am not 
certain, what my first proportion is but think it cant possibly be 
short of £1200. — This I say to you only. Benj 4 Massten is at a 
place called Mirimichion the Gulf of the river S*. Lawrence & Coun- 
ty of Northumberland in this Province. I dont think he is able 
to pay any debts at present. Perhaps he may be quickly as he is 
making a settlement & going into the fishery there. Nath 1 . Hay- 
ward I can hear nothing of yet. I have a grant of some good lands 
here & may have as much more as I want. Mrs Putnam & Betsy 
join in their best wishes for you and your f amilys health & happi- 

Yours most affectionately 

Jambs Putnam 

Saint Johns Sept 1, 19 th 1787 
Dkar Brothkr, 

As I have so good an opportunity of writing by 
Doctor Paine, I could not excuse myself from writing. It is not 
because 1 had anything particular pleasing to write about. On the 
contrary we are pretty gloomy in our family, and have great reason 
for it. My dear & only daughter died on the 14 of Aug. last. 
Tho* she had been ill many weeks we had not the least appre- 
hension of danger till about a week before her death. Her husband 
Mr. Knox was then & now is in Canada. He went away in June 
last on business of his office. We were all well pleased with her 
marriage, and She had a pleasing expectation of living well and 
happy. But that is all over and if there is a future State of hap- 
piness we have all good reason to hope & believe she will have a 
good portion in it. We hope you and yours are well and so to con- 
tinue for a long time to come. 

Your affectionate & loving brother 

Jambs Putnam 

S\ John June 28 th , 1788. 
Dear Brother, 

The last letter I had from you which is not long 
since gave me the pleasibg information of your better health. I 

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hope it will long continue, and that you may enjoy the bless- 
ing of health & comforts of your children & family as long as yon 
can reasonably expect or desire. 
I and all my family are in pretty good health I hope yours are to. 
My son James has been lately here on a visit from Halifax, for 
the first time since I arrived in this country. He left us very well 
last week. • 

I am dear brother ever most affectionately yours 

James Putnam 

Judge Putnam was the first of the council and bench of 
New Brunswick who died from failing health ; he had not at- 
tended council meetiugs for over a year. He died 23 Oct., 
1789, in his sixty-fifth year. Mrs. Putnam survived her hus- 
band nine years. 

In character he was upright aud generous ; his health was 
never robust ; and loss of country, friends and wealth must 
have been a severe blow. 

Of his life in London I can find nothing beyond what his 
letters tell us. Chief Justice Parsons said of him, "He was, 
I am inclined to think, the best lawyer in North America." 

Sabine says, "While the majority of the bar took the side 
of the people, the Giants of the Law sided with the Crown." 

In the Cemetery at St. John is the Putnam tomb con- 
taining the remains of Judge Putnam and many of his family. 
The inscription is upon the opposite page. 

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to the memory of 

The Honorable James Putnam Esquire 

Who was Appointed 

A Member of His Majesty's Council 


A Justice of the Supreme Court 

In the Organization of the Government 

of this Province 

At its Original Formation 

A. D. 1784. 

He had been for many years before the war 

Which terminated in the independence 

of the United States of America 

an eminent barrister at law 

and was the last attorney general 

Under his Majesty 

In the Late Province of Massachusetts Bay 

He Died on the 23 d Day of October A. D. 1789 aged 64 years. 

In this Vault are also Deposited the Remains 

Of his Wife 

Elizabeth Putnam 

Who Died on the 2 d Day of May A. D. 1798, aged 66 years. 

And of His Daughter 

Elizabeth Knox 

Who Died on the 14 th Day of August A. D. 1787, Aged 18 years 

And of His Grand Daughter 

Elizabeth Knox Putnam 

Who Died on the 19 th Day of November A. D. 1789 aged 5 months 

And of His Son 

Ebenezer Putnam Esquire 

A Merchant of this City 

Who Died on the 3 d Day of April A. D. 1798 aged 36 years. 

And of His Great Grand Son 

James Putnam 

Who Died on the 13 Day of Jan. A. D. 1825 aged 11 months 

Vivit Post Funera Virtus 

virtue survives the grave 

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The term M tory" as applied to New England loyalists has 
long since ceased to be a term of reproach. Fortunately the 
terrible guerilla warfare which engaged the residents of states 
to the south of New England was spared us, so that there are 
no memories of rapes and burnings to renew a hatred which 
was chiefly caused by the passions of the hour. The loyalists 
of Massachusetts were her best blood. They should be di- 
vided into three classes : those that took service in the British 
army and served against their country (which is truly the 
class we may condemn) , those that became refugees and settled 
in foreign lands, and absentees who returned, during and after 
the war, to their homes. This latter class is much larger than 
is generally known. • Many of the refugees left relatives here 
who for a while suffered from their connection, but in many 
cases regained the confidence of the people and served in high 
office. The loyalist and patriot families were largely connected 
by marriage. 99 But no family connection availed in preventing 
confiscation of property and banishment. The feeling be- 
tween both parties was intense. The whig or popular party 
committed acts of violence having no excuse, and which in 
90 per cent of the cases was the cause of the recipients of 
abuse seeking the protection of the British army. We lost 
the representatives of many of our first families and the con- 
dition of affairs for many years showed this, for the respect 
due to magistrates and officers, civil and military, for many 
years during and after the revolution, was often very meagre 
and much begrudged. However, the remnant of the culti- 
vated class soon resumed their former positiou and with the 
education of the masses, the true American spirit overcame 
the at first evident tendency to the revolutionary principles 
afterward rampant in France. Stability came from necessity 
and we of Massachusetts can still make the proud claim that 
the best of England's blood is represented on our soil. 

That the heated passious soon cooled after the first years 

»• An instance is that of Gen. Knox who married Secretary Thos. Flucker's daughter. 

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:*' * JAMES (JOHN) PUTNAM. 245 

of the war is shown by the position returning refugees took, 
and the frequent marriages between patriot and refugee fam- 
ilies. One of the prime causes of the flight of many persons 
of wealth and standing was doubtless the fear that republican- 
ism would degenerate into a sort of communism ; for the 
establishment of a republican form of government then ,- was 
to the minds of persons educated under monarchical princi- 
ples, as great a miohap as we to-day would view the estab- 
lishment of the socialistic party in power at Washington. 

Had men of different calibre than Washington and his in- 
timates assumed control, the fears of these worthies might 
have been well founded. The fears of Americaus to-day, with 
a vast minority of our people of alien birth and education, 
superstitious and lawless, are a thousand times better ground- 
ed than the fears of the loyalists of 1775. 

Note.— In Jane, 1788. the British Parliament appointed a committee to examine into 
the conditions and claims of the American refugees. In 1700 the twelfth and last report 
of this committee was presented. 3325 claims had been examined of which 343 had been 
disallowed, 38 withdrawn. 353 not prosecuted, leaving 2291 claims favorably considered. 
The whole amount of claims preferred wait £10,358,413, or about $50,000,000 in oar money 
and of this £3.033,910 was allowed. 

The annual pension list was £25.785 besides generous annual payments to 588 per- 
sons chiefly widows, orphans and merchants 

Sir William Pepperell was the agent of the Massachusetts Loyalists. 

About 30.000 loyalists were driven to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and other parts of 
Canada. 13,000 were from New England in one year, 1783. Many others settled in the 
Barbadoes, Florida and the West Indies. 


One of the most difficult questions was in regard to the settlement to be made with 
the tory who had suffered confiscation and banishment for the cause of the Crown. The 
British Government was quite Arm in its demand that the U. S. recognize the tory and 
make good their losses. This was declared importable by Franklin who said the com- 
mission had no power, nor did Congress itself do more than recommend the tories 
to the olemency of the different state government. 

•• Franklin demonstrated that Great Britain had forfeited every right to intercede for 
them by its conduct and eiample, to which end he rend to Oswald the orders of the Brit- 
ish in Carolina for confiscating and selling the Undo and property of all patriots, under 
the direction of the military". BancroR's Hist. Vol. x. Chap. 29. 

••The Am. Comm. agreed that there should be no further con flscation nor prosecutions 
of loyalists, that all pending prosecutions should be discontinued, and the Congress 
should recommend to the several states and their legislature, on behalf of the refugees, 
amnesty and restitution of their confiscated property." Bancroft's Hist. Vol. x, Chap. 29. 

Dr. Ramsay says "From the necessity of the case, the loyalists were sacrificed, noth- 
ing further than a simple recommendation for restitution being stipulated in their favor." 

Ramsay further says to many worthy tories, restitution was made, according to recom- 
mendation of Congress. Vol. n, Chap. 27. 

The return of the tories to their homes was not at all relished by their former neighbors 
and often outrages were committed on the persons and property of returning loyalists. 

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V. 380 Col. Enoch (Jethro, James, John, John), born 
in Salem Village, 18 Feb., 1731-32; died in Danvers about 
1796; married, 6rst, in Danvers, 12 April, 1754, Hannah 
Putnam who was born 13 May, 1736, died 18 Dec 1776; 
married, second, 25 Mar., 1778, Elizabeth Stratton, of Lin- 
coln. - 

Children, by first wife, born in Danvers : 

972 Jethbo, b. 22 Dec, 1758; d. May, 1815. 
978 Anna, b. 22 April, 1759. 

974 Fanny, b. 7 Aug., 1764; d. 28 June, 1858 ; m. Joseph Putnam (No. 


975 Hannah, b. 24 May, 1771 ; d. 29 June, 1880 ; m. Timothy Putnam 

(No. 837). 

Enoch Potnam lived in Danvers on the old homestead. 
In 1757, he was first elected to a town office, and continued 
for nearly forty years serving the town in one capacity or 
another. He held previous to the Revolution, the offices 
of highway surveyor, warden, constable, tythingman, and 
during and after the Revolution he held still more important 
positions, serving on committees to see about raising the 
necessary men for the army, taxes, supplies of beef for the 
army, schools, highways, etc. He was often moderator at 
the town meetings. 

In 1775, he went to Lexington, upon the alarm, as lieu- 
tenant of Capt. Israel Hutchinson's company. This company 
suffered as much if not more, than any other single company 
in that fight. Those of its members who were killed were 
Perley Putnam and Jotham Webb; Nathan Putnam was 

Jethro Putnam the son of Enoch was also at Lexington 
being in Capt. Jeremiah Page's company, of which company 
Henry Putnam was lieutenant. 

By 1776, Enoch Putnam was captain and shortly after was 
commissioned colonel. 

V. 384 John {ffleazer, Eleazer, John, John), born in 
Preston, Conn., 13 May, 1734; died there 10 Aug., 1786; 

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married there 25 Feb., 1762, Martha Woodward of Preston 100 
who died 25 Dec, 1798. 
Children, born in Preston : 

976 Hannah, b. 1 Jan., 1763; m. Nathan Williams of Preston. Ch.: 
Fanny, b. 8 July, 1784; m. 24 Oct., 1802, Eleazer Mather. 
Betsey, b. 1 Apr., 1786; m. 17 Feb., 1805, Dr. Eleazer Baker. 
Waty, b. 80 Mar., 1788 ; m. 1 Jan., 1809, William Tyler. 101 'The 
parents lived at Brooklyn, Conn., as late as 1838. 
977 John, b. 7 Mar., 1765 ; living at Preston in 1786. 

978 Eunice, b. 6 or 7 Apr., 1767; m., 1st, Davis DunnelL Ch. : Davis 
and John. Mrs. Dunnellm., 2nd, John Reameot and was mother 
by him of several children. They lived in Mantua, N. Y. 
979 Jkdidiah, b. 6 Feb., 1769; d. Volney, N. T., 1826. 

980 Martha, b. 23 Mar., 1771 ; m. Jesse Cheeseboro of New Loudon 

(another account, Stonington), Conn., and had five sons and 
three daughters. This family settled in New York State. 

981 Charlote, b. 22 or 23 May, 1775 ; m., 1st, Ebenezer Curtis and had 

Charlotte, Sophia and Ebenezer; m., 2nd, William Gray, and 
had one son In 1839. This family lived at Mantua, N. Y. 

John Putnam's name is ou the Connecticut w Lexington 
Alarm Lists" as w sergeant " and he is credited with three 
days' service. He also served in the army for a short period. 

V. 385 Charles (Eleazer ', Eleazer, John, John), born 
at Preston, Conn., 13 Oct., 1737; died in Paris, N. Y., 
previous to 1838 ; married 27 May, 1762, Martha Rose of 
Norwich. They removed from Preston to Paris, N. Y. 
about 1765. 

Children : 

982 Frederick, b. in Preston, 20 Aug., 1763. 

983 Eleazer, b. in Preston, 4 Dec., 1764. 

984 Sarah. 

985 Apfhia. 

986 Catherine. 

V. 388 Samuel (Jeptha, Eleazer, John, John) , born 
in Salem Village, 19 May, 1727; married 22 Sept., 1757, 
Kezia Hay ward. Lived in Suttou. 

*• Family Records state that her name was Thomson; the Town Records, Woodward, 
m Emily Cecelia, a dan. ot Wm. and Waty (Williams) Tyler, b. 3 Sept., 1811; m. 9 
June, 1887, Daniel Putnam Tyler, a descendant of Gen. Israel Putnam. See No. 670. 

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• Child : 
987 Howard, b. 

-, 1758 ; killed in battle daring the BeYolntSon. 

V. 391 Fuller {Jeptha, Eleazer, John, John), born in 
Salem Village, 13 Jan., 1731 ; died nt Sutton ; married, first, 
4 Dec., 1752, Mary, daughter of Stebbins and. Ruth Cum- 
mings, of Sutton, born 22 Oct., 1733; married, second, 23 
Ndv., 1756, Eunice Hay ward. 

Children : 

988 David, b. 26 Jan., 1753. 

989 Eli, b. 27 Sept., 1754; d. $. p. prev. to 1835; m. Elizabeth, dan. of 

John and Hannah (Greenwood) Harback. Removed to Lndlow, 
Me. He owned land and a mill in Balls ton, now Jefferson, Me. 
which he sold prior to 1806. A bridge over the Sheepscot 
River was long known as " Putnam's Bridge." 

990 Ruth, b. 4 Dec., 1757. 
991 John, b. 8 July, 1760. 

992 Jeptha, b. 24 Sept., 1762. 

998 Sarah, b. 20 July, 1765 ; m. , 1785, Nathan Pntnam. 

994 Lucy, b. 16 Feb., 1768; m 9 Mar., 1791, Tyler, son of Caleb and 

Rnth (Dodge) Marsh, of Sutton. Ch. : Betsey, b. 28 Dec., 1793. 
Seraph, b. 7 Apr., 1796. Harriet, b. 28 May, 1798. Lewis, b. 
22 Oct., 1800. Willard, b. 17 June, 1802. 

995 Ruby, b. 20 Sept., 1770. 

996 Pbudy, b. 20 July, 1774; m. 1 Jan., 1794, Caleb, son of Paul and 

Sarah (Putnam) Sibley, of Sutton, b. 16 Aug., 1771. 
996a Perhaps a son Rufus. 

Fuller Putnam lived in Sutton. He served in the Wor- 
cester Regiment, at Fort Dummer, N. H., from 13 July, to 
12 Oct., 1749, during the Indian war. 

V. 393 John ( Jeptha , Eleazer, John, John), born 
27 July, 1738 ; married 9 April, 1761, Mary, daughter of 
Jacob aud Mary (Marble) Cummings, of Sutton, born 5 May, 
1741. The widow Mary was appointed administratrix of the 
estate of her husband, late of Sutton, 29 April, 1771. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

997 Rebecca, b. 13 Sept., 1763. 

998 Jacob, b. 21 Nov., 1764. 

999 John, b. 18 Mar., 1766. 

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1000 Olive, b. 28 Aug., 17G7; m. Marble. 101 Ch. : John Putnaax, 

who lived in Worcester. 
1001 Simeon, b. 10 Aug., 1769. 

V. 395 Benajah (Jeptha, Eleazev, John, John), born 
7 Sept., 1747; died some years previous to 1835; married 
13 Dec, 1770, Sarah Fitts, daughter of Jonathan and Mary 
(Hutchinson) Fitts, born 12 Sept., 1747 (History of Sutton, 
p:ige 641). Removed from Sutton to Montpelier, Vt. 

Children : 

1002 Sarah, b. 5 July, 1771 ; married 30 Sept., 1803, Peter Stockwell. 

1003 Phebk, b. 26 Nov., 1773; m. 15 Feb., 1705, Samuel Dudley. 

1004 Mkhitable, b. 25 Apr., 1775; m. C.-ipt. Samuel, son of Alpheus 

and Anna (Dudley; Marble of Sutton, b. 27 Mar., 1776. Ch. : 
Samuel. Alpheus. Leonard. 

1005 Ann, ,w b. 11 May, 1777. 
1006 Abijah, b. 30 July, 1771). 

1007 Eunice, 103 b. 17 June, 1782. 

1008 Molly, b. 2 May, 1784; m. Andrew Sibley. 

1009 James, b. 2 Nov.. 1786; d. at Montpelier, Vt., in 1813. 
1010 Sylvester, b. 11 May, 1791. 

V. 396 Gideon (Jeptha, Eleazev, John, John), born 
married 28 Nov., 1775, Abigail Holten, perhaps 

daughter of John and Anu Holten, of Sutton, born Nov.., 

Children : 

1011 Gideon, b. 7 June, 1776. 

1012 Nabby, b. 23 Apr., 1778. 

1013 Artemas, b. 81 May, 1780. 

He is probably the Gideon Putnam who marched to Lex- 
ington aud served two weeks in Capt. John Putnam's com- 
pany from Sutton. Gideon Putnam removed from Sutton 
to Calais, Me. . 

V. 397 Samuel ( Samuel, Eleazer, John, John) , born in 
Salem Village, 13 June, 1741 ; died prior to 1781 ; married 

"'Since pnge 218 wns printed I have learned ibnt No. 997 married 16 Nor., 1784, Aaron 
Marble of Charlton. Ch.: Jacob. Aaron. Ruth. Luther. Mason. Sarah. Hiram. 

*•* One m. a Knight ond the other :i Hanmett; both lived in Montpelier, Tt. 


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5 May, 1763, Lydia Putnam (born in Danvers 1742), who 
married, second, Capt. Timothy Page of New Salem, and 
had, besides three daughters, William, one of the first set- 
tlers of Springfield, Oneida Co., N. Y., and Asahel of New 
Salem. . > 

: Children, born in Danvers : 

1014 Lydia, b. 9 April, 1764 ; m. Shaw. Several children. 

1015 Marv, b. 9 Aug., 1705; married Daniel Putnam. Five ch. 

10ia Sarah, b. 24 Jan., 17C7; m. Col. Jacob Putnam who d. 1850, 
aged 91. 

V. 399 Tarrant (Samuel, Eleazer, John, John), born 
in Salem Village, 8 Feb., 1743 ; administration on his estate 
to widow, 6 May, 1776 ; married 16 Nov., 1768, Sarah Page, 
who married, second, Capt. Robert Foster of revolutionary 
fame and well known to Salem by his action at the North 
Bridge affair, called * Leslie's Retreat." Children by him 
were, Abigail married Benjamin Cheever. Hannah married 
Samuel West. Nancy 104 married Capt. Samuel Flint. Lydia 
died young. Robert died in war. Daniel. 

Children : 

1017 Sarah, b. 5 Oct., 17G9; d. 28 Feb., 1858; m. Capt. Hezekiab 


1018 Elizabeth, b. 9 Aug., 1771 ; m. John Derby. 
1019 Samuel, b. 30 July, 1773; d. 9 Mar., 1826. 

1020 Pebley, b. 16 Dec, 1776. 

Tahrant Putnam was graduated from Harvard College in 
1763. In June, 1772, he was one of the committee appoint- 
ed by the town "to take into consideration the condition of 
our civil liberties." He was a private in Captain Israel 
Hutchinson's company aud marched to Lexington on the 
alarm of 19th April, 1775. 

He was a bright, progressive man, popular and fearless. 

* * Their (Inn., Mary, m. Dr. Elisha Qtiimby anil hud Ann Mary a music teacher in 
Solera. Elisha Hervey d. y. Dr. Elisha Hervey. George Augustus. Samuel Foster, a 
'physician in Salem. Ferdinand Page, 

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V. 406 Eleazer ( Samuel , Eleazer, John, John), born 
in Danvers, 4 May, 1759; died there 30 May, 1836; mar- 
ried in Middleton, 29 Jan., 1784, Sarah, daughter of Ardie- 
laus and Betty (Dale, widow of Israel Putnam) Fuller, of 
Middleton, who died at Dan vera 20 Dec, 1802. She was 
born 17 Feb., 1762. He married, second, 18 Sept., 1803, 
Mrs. Sally Webster of Danvers, whodied 19 Feb., 1808." She , 
was the widow of Lake Webster and daughter of Judge Sam- 
uel Holten. Married, third (published 10 Nov., 1815), Dor- 
cas Foster, of Middleton ; born in Boxford, and who died 2 
Oct., 1835, aged 63 years. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1021 Sally, b. 14 Dec., 1784; d. 14 Aug., 1811. 
1022 IsitAEL Wakuuiitox, b. 24 Nov., 1786; d. 3 May, 18G8. He as- 
sumed the middle name of Warburton in after life, by act of 

1023 Betsey, b. 22 Dec, 1788 ;.d. in Middleborough, 1 Jan., 18C8; m. 
Pope, of Danvers. 

1024 Archelaus Fuller, b. 3 Oct., 1792; d. in Beverly, 11 Aug., 


1025 Samuel, b. 14 July, 1704; d. in Brooklyn, 20 Mar., 1859. 

1026 Mary, b. 13 Nov., 1801 ; d. 19 Dec, 1802. 

By second wife : 

1027 Mary Ann, b. 5 Aug., 1805; d. 15 Nov., 1844; m. John Taylor, of 

Boxford, *\vho d. 30 Nov., 1827; m., 2d, 1836, Sylvanus 

B. Swan, who d. 25 Jan., 1880. Mr. Swan was b. in Bristol, 
N. H., in 1806; m., 2d, 1846, Lydia Adams, of Londonderry, 
who survived him. By his 1st wife he had three dans., one d. 
In inf. ; the others in 1857. 

Eleazer Putnam was a farmer and surveyor in Danvers. 
For many years he was constable and tax collector, tything- 
man, and held various other offices. He was universally 
liked and respected and was known as "Squire Ely.* 1 

He and his sons Archelaus and Samuel, were very tall. 
Israel was of medium height. All of the children had blue 
eyes and brown hair, excepting Israel whose hair was very 
dark. The gravestones of Samuel, father of Eleazer, and of 
bis children are in the burying ground on Nichols street. 

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V. 407 Hannah (Samuel, Eleazer, John, John), horn 
in Danvers, 1 Feb., 1762 ; died 23 Aug., 1796 ; married, 11 
Dec, 1783, Major Elijah, son of Samuel and Edo (Upton) 
Flint; born in Danvers, 16 July, 1762; died 26 Nov., 1841. 
He married, secondly, 7 March, 1797, Elizabeth, daughter 
of Asa and Sarah Putnam, who was bom 2 Feb., 1767 ; died 
27 March, 1853. Elizabeth (Putnam) Flint was of slight 
build and like most of her family had black eyes and dark 

Children, born in Peabody, then South Danvers : 

1028 Betsy, b. 21 Oct., 1784; d. 20 Mar., 1840. 

1029 Samuel, b. 8 Jan., 1787 ; m. Sarah Carter. 

1080 Elijah, b. 23 April, 1789; m. Mrs. Maiy (Tewksbury) Brace; 

m., 2d, Esther Newton Clay. 

1081 Pjcbley, b. 4 Aug., 1791 ; d. 6 July, 1883, unm. 

1032 Tarrant Putnam, b. 21 Mar., 1795; d. in Belmont, Ohio, 8 Oct., 

1822 ; m. Eunice Healey, of Lynnfleld. 

Children of Major Elijah and Elizabeth (Putnam) Flint : 

1033 Hannah, b. 13 Jan., 1798. 

1034 Charlotte, b. 12 May, 1801; m. 9 Mar., 1848, Nathaniel Pope. 

Lives in Roxbury. 

1035 Thomas, b. 11 Oct., 1802; m. Jan., 1831, Mrs. Sophia Fellows 

(Clark), wid. of David Needham ; she w«s b. 1800. 

1036 Mary P., b. 29 Mar., 1805; m. Benjamin Needham. 

" 1037 Kendall, b. 4 Feb., 1807 ; m. Mary C, dau. of Thineas Carlton ; 
physician in Haverhill; graduated Amherst 1831. 

V. 408 Henry (Henry, Eleazer, John, John), born iu 

Danvers, 1737; died in Danvers, ; married 8 Mar., 

1762, Sarah, (No. 928), daughter of Jonathan and Sarah 
(Perley) Putnam, born 2 March, 1738. 

Children, born in Danvers : 
1038 Allen, b. 25 Oct. 1762. 

}^l ^ LICE ' uoeo * ,,», Hapt. by Mr. Diman at North 

HMO Olive, b. 25 Sept, 164 Parish Church, 3 Uuly, 1768. 

1041 Jonathan, b. 13 Sept., 1766. ) Ji 

1042 Rhoda, bapt. 80 Oct., 1768. 

1043 Frederick. 

1044 Lucretia, bapt. 25 Nov.* 1770 ; m. John WeUs. 

1045 Mart Cueeveb. 

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V. 409 Eleazer (Heiny, Eleazer, John, John), born 
in Danvcrs, 5 Juno, 1738; died probably in 180G; adminis- 
tration on his estate granted 14 March, 1806, "Eleazer Put- 
nam of Mcdford, yeoman." His children aie described in a 
document at the Middlesex Probate Court, as "Samuel, vic- 
tualler ; Elijah, now out of this government." 

He married Mary Crosby of Billerica, published in Charles- 
town, 20 Mar., 1761 (Wyman). 

Eleazer Putnam was in Capt. Isaac Hull's company and 
received credit for five days' service on the Lexington 

Children : 

1046 Samukl, b. ; d. unm. According to family tradition (Put- 

nams of Cortland, N. Y.) Samuel went South; bat in 1806 we 
find him quit-claiming land in Topsham, Me., to William Put- 
nam and styling himself " of Medford, victualler, gent." This 
William Pntnam " yeoman " of Topsham, sells this same land 
or part of it, the same year. In 1809, William was of Turner, 
Me. (Reg. of Deeds, Wiscasset, Me). This William had pre- 
viously in 1803, joined with the heirs of Samuel Thompson, in 
deeding land in Topsham. to Samuel Putnam of Medford. "The 
land where William Putnam now lives." 

1047 John. 

1048 Henry. 

1049 Elijah, b. 17C9. 

1050 Hannah, m. Eben Thompson. 

1051 Rhoda, m. Locke. 

V. 411 Roger {Henry, Eleazer, John, John,) born in 
Danvers, 10 Oct., 1743; "Eleazer Putnam, yeoman, ap- 
pointed administrator on estate of Roger Putnam of Med- 
ford, yeoman, 4 Oct., 1797" ; taxed at Charlestown, 1764. 

Children : 

1052 Sally, b. 1774; d. 1858; ra. in Cambridge, 14 Jan., 1798, 

Adam, son of Lieut. Samuel and Snsanna (Francis) Cutter of 
Charlestown, b. 12 Apr., 1774; d. 1855. Ch. : Harriet, m. 1826, 
Charles Whittemore. Sarah, m. 1819, Philip Whittemore. 
Charles, of Arlington; and five others. See p. 164 Cutter Gen. 

1053 John, b. Apr., 1777. 
1054 IIkxry. 

1055 Gilbert, b. 1785. 

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1056 David, b. in Medford, 20 April, 1791. 

1057 Benjamin, living in Waltham, 1830. ... 

1058 Chaiclks, of Charlestown. 

1059 Ebenezrr, of Charlestown. ' 

V. 413 Billings {Hmnj, Meazer, John, John), horn 
in Danvers, 11 May, 1749; died in Newbury port, 28 Jan., 
1814; married 19 April, 1775, Hannah Wier Allen, of .New-, 
buryport, horn in Newlmry, 9 Nov., 1756; died 14 Oct., 
179E ; married, second, 12 Nov., 1810, Mary Hani*. 

Children : 

1060 John Allen, b. 27 Nov., 1775; d. 10 Jnn„ 1823. 

1061 Henry, b. 30 Mar., 1777; d.. nnm., 16 Feb., 1794. 

1062 Joanna, b. 3 Feb., 1779; d.„ num., 9 April, 1807. 

1063 Hannah, b. 14 June, 1781; d. 24 July, 1S31 ; m. John Hardy, of 

Deer Isle, Me. 

1064 ArrniA, b. 12 Juue, 1783; d. 20 Oct., 1783. 

]0t»5 ArrniA, b. 15 Nov., 1784; d., nnm.. 15 Feb., 1800. 

1066 Jane, b 22 Apr., 1786: d. 20 Nov., 1818; in., but no ch. 

1067 Rkbkcca, b. in Danvers, 7 Apr % , 1791; d. 20 Nov., 1818; m. 19 

Feb., 1809, Thomas, son of Thomas and Itachel (Moore) Chip- 
man, a mariner; b. in New London, Ct., 14 Aug., 1778; d. in 
New Orleans, 20 May, 1813. They lived in Newburyport. The 
father of Thomas Chipman was a second cousin of Hon. Ward 
Chipman, the loyalist (see p. 301, Vol. xi, Essex Inst. Hist. 
Col.). Ch. : Hannnh Wier, b. 7 May, 1809; m.. 1st., Joseph 
Carlton, of West Newbury ; m , 2d, Joel B. Varker, of West 
Newbury, who d. 5 Apr., 1854. Thomas Joseph, b. 8 Apr., 1811. 
a ship carpenter at West Newbury. Benjamin Putnam, b. Jan., 
d. 20 Sept., 1813. 

1068 Billings, b. 6 Sept., 1793; d. 12 Nov., 1800. 
1069 Joseph, b. 15 Apr., 1794; d. 16 June, 1873. 

V. 414 Dr. Benjamin {Henry, Meazer, John, John), 
horn in Danvers; died in Savannah, Ga., 1801; m. Ann 

Sophia, daughter of Alexander and (Bruce) Malcolm, 

of Washington. Alexander Malcolm was a Scotchman and 
had been an officer in the British Army. 

Children : 

1070 John, d. before 1801, at a very tender age. 

1071 Helen, d. before 1801, at a very tender age. 

1072 Augustus 

1073 John Gustavus, b. in Savannah, Ga., 1796. 

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1074 Charles, b. 1797; d., unm. ; minister at Darien, Ga., 1847. 

1073 Caroline, d. In New Jersey, Oct., 1839; m., 1816, Peter 

MltcheU who died on his way to Florida, In Not., 1839. 

No issue. ' 

1076 'Benjamin Alexander, b. 1804. 

Doctor Putnam served as surgeon in the army during a 
portion of the Revolution and was married shortly after that 
war, when he removed to the South, and settled near Sa- 

V. 417 Caleb (Caleb, John, John, John), bora in Dan- 
vers, 10 Feb., 1725; died, there 17 April, 1751; married 
Elizabeth Nurse, who married, second, Timothy Putnam, 
and third, Richard Up ham, and settled about 1761 in Mail- 
land, N. S. (See under Timothy Putnam No. 311). 

Caleb Putnam and wife Elizabeth joined the church 3 Aug., 
1746. He was styled "yeoman." Elizabeth Uphain and her 
sons William aud Moses Putnam, were, in 1773, heirs to an 
estate in Danvers. 

Children : 

1077 William, bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 10 Aug., 1746. 

1077a Moses, bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 15 May, 1748; drowned pre- 
vious to 1773 while crossing one of the bays of Nova Scotia ; 
d. s.p. 

1078 Caleb, bapt. North Parish, Danvers, 15 June, 1750. 

V. 421 Peter ( Caleb, John, John, John), born in Dan- 
vers, 2 July, 1735; will dated 21 Nov., proved 7 Dec, 
1773; married in Danvers, 27 July, 1756, Lydia, daughter 
of Samuel and Margaret (Pratt) Endicott, born 1734; mar- 
ried, second, Rebecca, daughter of Jethro Putnam (No. 365) 
born 5 Sept., 1736, who is mentioned in his will. 

In this will he names w brother-in-law Enoch Putnam " to 
be executor. In 1774, 4 Jan., Jeremiah Page is appointed 
guardian of Peter, Hannah, John, Mary, aud Caleb. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1079 Anna, b. 4 July, 1756. 

1080 Peter, b. 15 Jan., 1758. There are two Peter Putnams of Danvers, 

on the Lexington alarm lists. 

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1081 Caleb, b. 20 Jan., 1759; d. 7 May, 1764. 

1082 Hannah, b, 18 Mar., 1761 ; d. in Danvers, Jan., 1854. ' 
1088 John, b. 20 Sept , 1762. s . * ] 

1084 Mart, b. 7 Sept., 1764. | 

1085 Calkb, b. 8 July, 1766. i 

1086 Lois, bapt. 6 March, 1768. ! 

1087 Lydia, bapt. 2 Jaly, 1769. 5 

1088 Rkbkcca, bapt. 26 April, 1772. , , / 

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VI. 437 Elijah (Samuel, TJiomas, Thomas, Thomas* 
John), born 1 June, 1761; died 11 Aug., 1825; married 
Betsey Fay ton, who died soon after the birth of her daugh- 
ter; married, second, Lucy Redington. 

Child, by Betsey : 

1089 Betsey Taylor, b. 29 Nov , 1784; m. in Langdon. 15 Nov., 1805, 

John Dunkio, of Bornct, Vt. Ch.: John D., b. Nov., 1806. 
Caroline, b. May, 1808. Jane, b. Jnne, 1810. Chapman, b. 1 
July, 1812. Homer, b. 10 Jan., 1815. Betsey, b. Sept., 1818. 
Christiana, b. 10 Oct., 1820. Emily, b. 6 Nov., 1822. Dummer, 
b. 1824. Ellen, b. 23 Dec., 182G. Mrs. Dunkin in 1837 kept a 
boarding house in Lowell ; at that date two of the daughters 
were working in the cotton mills there, and two of the sons 
were brick-makers in Missouri. 

Children, by Lucy : 

1090 Lucy, b. 11 Aug., 1788. 

1091 Thomas, b. in Langdon, N. H., 19 June, 1790. 

1092 Christiana, b. 16 July, 1792. 

1093 Saixy, b. 19 July, 1794. 

Elijah Putnam lived in Luuingburg , Mass., Langdon, 
N. H., and afterwards removed to Covington, Penn., with 
his family. Farmer. In 1796, Captain Elijah Putnam was 
licensed to keep tavern in Langdon, N. H. Mrs. Lucy Put- 
nam received license to keep tavern there from 1 1 March, 
1809, until 1 Oct., 1809. Capt. Elijah Putnam was often 
chosen to town offices in Langdon, and town meeting was 
held at his house from 1796 to 1805. He is always mentioned 
as w Captain." 106 One of a committee to build a meeting house 
in 1800. 

»« There is an Elijah Putnam on the Mass. Revolutionary Rolls. 
20 (257) 

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VI. 443 Ebenezer ( Ebenezer 9 Selh, TJiomas, TJiomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 25 Jan., 1751-2; died 
in Middlesex, Vt., 1824; married Hannah Russell. 

1094 Alathbah, in. David Church. v 
Bbbn. 10€ 
Abigail. 10 * 

Lewis, 10# d. before 1839. 

Busskll, d. in Middlesex, Vt., 18°5; m. Miss Blaisdell. 
Polly, m. Levi Lewis. 
Susannah, m. Jeremiah Stone. 
Sally, d. in Middlesex, Vt., 1828; m. Caleb Bailey. 
Calvin, m. Miss Walcott. 
Bbt8by, m. Sawyer. 



Pamklia, d. in Waitsfield, Vt., 1828; m. Mr. Knight. 

There was an Ebenezer Putnam enrolled in Capt. Samuel 
Wetherbee's company from Charlestown, at Fort Independ- 
ance, Nov., 1776. This company had marched to join the 
northern army. Perhaps the same Eben r who served one 
month in Capt. William Carey's company from Sept. 21, 
1777. Capt. Carey was of Lempster, and his company 
marched to reenforce Gates. 

New Hampshire State Documents R. 2-134. Deposition 
of Ebenezer Putnam. "Charlestown, Jan. 23d, 1778, does 
testify and say that some time in July, 1776, Capt. Weather- 
bee ask d me what I would give him to Discharge me : I told 
him Nothing where uppon he told me he would discharge me 
for Twenty Dollars or five week's work. I told him I would 
give it, then he turned about and went and got a man to go 
in my Rhoom and 1 set off to go home, but Before I got home 
I got sick of my Bargain and went and told him I would go 
myself and pay him for his trouble for gitting the man . . . 
after I was Inlistod I ast the Capt. if he was willing that I 
should take the Small Pox, he said No by No means, for per- 
haps we may be call d for before you will be Ready to march, 
then I was advis d by Capt. Geer and Mr. Olcott to ask Col. 

n» This account is taken from a MSS. written in 1839. It may be that this should read : 
'» Eben, m. Abigail Lewis and d. before 1839." 

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Hunfs advise about the matter where upon he said he would 
advise any man that was a going to Enocolate as he thought 
it was not safe to go without." Ebenezrr Putnam. 


VI. 444 Seth (Menezer, Selh, Tliomas, Tliomas, John), 
born in Charlestown, N. H., 9 Aug., 1754; married, 101 
first, Dolly Holden ; married, second, Waity Wetseot. 

Children : 

1105 Holden. There was a Holden Putnam of Middlesex, Vt, in 


1106 Phila, d. at Middlesex, Vt, Nov., 1824. 

1107 Soph ron a, d. at Middlesex, Vt., Oct., 1838; ra. Mr. Arbuckle. 
1108 Seth, m. Miss Rockwell. 

1109 Catherine, d. at Middlesex, Vt, Sept. 1830; m. Mr. Cushman. 

1110 Lewis, d. at Middlesex, Vt., Oct., 1814. 

1111 Roswell, d. at Peacham, Vt, Feb., 1839; m. Miss Fletcher. 

1112 Fletcher (doubtf ui) . 

1113 George, in. Miss Watson. 

Seth Putnam was a farmer in Charlestown, N. H. In 
June, 1776, ho was a member of Capt. Sam'l Wetherbee's 
company in the regiment raised for Canadian campaign. 

In June, 1777, he marched in Bellows' regiment to reen- 
force Ticonderoga. In Sept., 1777, this same regiment 
marched to reen force Gates. In Capt. Carey's company were 
Ebenezer and Seth Putnam. There was another Seth Put- 
nam in Capt. Flood's company from Alstead. 

VI. 445 Levi (Ebenezer, 8elh f Thomas, Tliomas, 
John), born in Chiu-lestown, N. II., 11 Feb., 1757; died 
there, 1835 ; married there, 29 March, 1784, Rebecca, daugh- 
ter of Richard and Dolly Holden ; born in Charlestown, N. 
H., 20 Oct., 1765. 

• Marched in Capt. Abel Walker's company, Col. Bellows' 
regiment in June, 1777, to reenforce Ticonderoga. This reg- 
iment saw but 12 days' service. 

Children : 

i" A Seth Putnam was published at Charlestown, N. H. f to Jane Kai Hall, 15 
Feb., 1807. 

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1114 Ira, b. 1786; m., Feb., 1823, Susan Kimball. 

1115 Parker, b. Apr., 1789; d. in Charlestown, May, 1814. 

1116 Betsey, b. Dec, 1791; m. Abner Doty. 
1117 Hiram, b. 1798; m. Emily Griswoid. 

1118 Sophia Willard, b. Jane, 1800; m. (pub. 10 Nov., 1822) William 

1119 Levi, b. Mar., 1805 ; m. Miss Wentworth. 

VI. 449 Isaac (Ebenezer, Selh, Tliomas, Thomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 27 or 28 May, 1766; 
married Oct., 1795, Sarah Wing, who died 29 April, 1823 ; 
married, second, Oct., 1824, Sally Daggett, who died at 
Montpelier, Vt., 19 Aug., 1837. Known as "Captain" Isaac 
Putnam, of Montpelier, in 1835. 

Children, by first wife : 

1120 Harriet, b. 29 July, 1796. 
1121 David Wing, b. Nov., 1799. 
1122 Isaac, b. 9 May, 1804; d. in Montpelier, Vt., 11 Apr., 1827. 

VI. 451 Jacob {Ebenezer, Seth, Thomas, Tliomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. II., 18 March, 1771 ; mar- 
ried Polly Worth. 

Children : 

1128 Lorena, m. Mr. Cummings. 

1 124 Lkander, m. Cynthia Stone. 

1125 CnRiSTornKR Columbus, of Montpelier, Vt. ; m. Eliza Stone. 

1126 Edward, unm., in 1839. 

1127 Nancy, unm., in 1889. 

1128 Jacob, unm., in 1839. 

VI. 452 Benjamin {Ebenezer, Selh, Thomas, T/tomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 27 Dec, 1775 ; married 
Sally, daughter of Aaron and Mary (Smead) Willard, born 
12 May, 1782. 

Mr. Putnam served in the war of 1812. 

Children : 

1129 Wealthy, m. Lemuel Gibson, of Hartland. Ch. : Laura M., m. 

Wm. H..Larabee, of Charlestown, N. H. Lemuel P. Leonard. 
Harriet P. 

1130 Sally, m. George Dorr, of Honeoye Falls, N. Y. Ch. : Putnam. 


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1131 Sciena, 10 * m. Luke Allen. Ch. : Caroline. Sarah. Mrs. Allen 
after the death of Mr. Allen, continued to reside at Decatur, 
- 111. 
1132 Daniel, m. Elizabeth Jones. 

1133 Jbmmeroon. 

1134 Zylpha, m. Henry Kimball, of Charlestown, afterwards of 

Springfield, I1L Ch. : Marcia. Nettie, m. Samuel West. 

1135 Maria. 

1136 Lucrbtia, m. July, 1836 (she was then of Unity, N. H.) 1st, Sam- 

uel Hunt Stevens, b. 17 Aug., 1812; son of Enos and Martha 
(Hunt), of Rochester, 111. Ch. : Samuel Phineas, b. 1838. Mrs. 
Stevens m., 2d, Samuel, son of Dea. Ben]. West, of Charjes- 
town. Ch. : Martha. Samuel. Charles. Lucy. 

1137 Louisa M., m. James B. Dinsmoor, b. 1825, son of John and Pol- 

ly Dlnsmorr. Ch., b. at boru at Boston : Louise- Maria, b. 
1852. Carrie Ellen, b. 1855; both of whom married. 
1138 Bknjamin Willard, b. 17 Sept., 1821. 
1130 Maria Wheeler, unm., in 1839. 

VI. 452c Seth ( T/iomas, Selh y Tliomas, T/iomas, John) , 
born in Lunenburg, Mass., 16 Sept., 1756 ; died in Put- 
nam, Ontario, 3 Sept., 1827. His gravestone erected in 
1847, states that ho was born at Charlestown N. H., in 1758. 
Married 14 Feb., 1790, Sarah Harden, born in Nova Scotia, 
14 May, 1763; died probably in 1827. 

Children : 

1140 Lewis, b. 11 Nov., 1701; d. 13 Feb., 1793. 

1141 William, b. C Nov., 1793; killed at Windsor, Canada, 4 Dec., 


1142 Joshua, b. 5 Jan., 1798; d. 19 Sept., 1859. 

1143 Fanny, b. 10 May, 1802; m. 21 June, 1820, Warner S. Dygcrt; 
m., 2d, Joseph Nicholas, a farmer, uear Ontario. They had one 
son and one daughter. 
1144 Thomas, b. 28 Oct., 1804; d. 26 Mar., 1880. 

Seth Putnam was a private in Capt. Samuel Wetherbee's 
company, Col. Isaac Wyman's regiment, which marched to 
reenforce the Northern army in June, 1776. According to 
his gravestone he was an officer in the Revolutionary army. 
His son Thomas is authority for the statement that he was a 
member of the w Boston Tea Party." 

*» Another account has this child's name Sylva. 

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"VX 456 Abijah {Thomas, Seth, Thomas, Tliomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 31 Jan., 1765 J died 22 
May, 1842; married 13 March, 1794, Susannah Durant, who 
died in 1843, aged 75 years. 

1145 Ephbaim, b. in Charlestown, 10 Aug. 1794. 

Abijah Putnam is reported to have been a man of great 
goodness of character, a worthy citizen. For many years he 
was deacon. Resided in Charlestown, N. H. 

VI. 457 Abel (Thomas, Seth, Thomas, Thomas, John), 
born in Charlestown, N. H., 29 June, 1766; married Polly 
Whipple. Lived in Charlestown, N. H. 

Child: ' 

1146 John Whipple, b. 25 Jan., 1804. 

VI. 458 Elisha (Thmnas, Selh, T/iomas, Thomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 1768 ; died in the U. S. 
army, during the war of 1812-15 ; m. (published 27 Aug.,) 
1791, Mrs. Lydiu (Durant) Parker, who married, 2 Dec, 
1816, for her third husband, Samuel S. West, of Ohio. Both 
Mr. and Mrs. West died in Columbus, Ohio. 

Children, born in Charlestown, N. H. : 

1147 Henry, b. 28 Feb., 1792 ; of Quincy, Mass. ; m. Mary Adams, of 


1148 Nathan P., b. 23 Aug., 1793. 

1149 Lydia, b. 10 Dec, 1794; d. Mar., 1876, s. p.; m., as bis third 
wife, 1G Jan., 1833, Major Jonathan, son of Elijah and Mary 
(Willard) Groat, b. 24 Apr., 1760; d. 1854. The following 
notice was sent to the paper by the groom : " Married in 
Charlestown, Major Jonathan Groat, aged 73, and Miss Lydia 
Patuam, somewhat younger." 
1160 Elisha D., b. 26 Feb., 1797. 

1151 Susanna, b. 3 Mar., 1799; m. John L. Bowman, of Royalton, Vt. 

1162 Rachel, b. 14 Mar., 1801; m. 29 Feb., 1824, Samuel Hurlburt, of 

Rachel, b. 14 Mar, 
Dalton, N. H. 

1153 Asahel, b. 18 Dec. 

1154 Patty, d. in inf. 
1165 Lavina, b. ; 

1808 ; d. young. 

— ; m., 1st, 28 Sept., 1824, Joseph Dill, of Lafa- 
yette, Ind, and had four children, all of whom died; m., 2d, 
Gen. James Burns, of Stoyestown, Penn., and died there. 

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VI. 465 Timothy {Timothy, Seth, T/iomas, T/iomas, 
John), born in Charlestown,N. H., 4 Oct., 1760 ; died there 
probably about 1835 ;• published to Sarah Hewitt, 4 Oct., 


1156 Sarah, b. in Langdon, 4 Nov., 1779; d. 18 Apr., 1814; m. (pub. 80 

June, 1799), to Joseph Currier. 
1167 Timotht, b. 18 July, 1781; d. 1884. 

1158 A Bit ah am, b. 27 July, 1788. 

1159 Samukl, b. 18 July, 1785. 

11 CO Bktsky, b. 8 May,. 1788; m. 17 Nov., 1808, Levi, son of Taylor 
and Mary (Davis) Spencer, b. 18 Dec., 1785. Ch., all b. in 
Charlestown: Benjamin P., b. 15 Sept., 1809; d. 31 Oct., 1834. 
Sally, b. 25 Aug., 1812; d. 1848. Eliza, b. 22 Mar., 1815; d., 
1827. Belinda, b. 22 Mar., 1818; d. 1874. Susan, b. 21 April, 
1823; in. and lives In Springfield, Vt. Mary, b. 24 Mar., 1825; 
d. 1827. Moses and Aaron, twins, b. 26 Nov., 1827; Moses d. 
in 1872; Aaron d. in 1874. Eliza Ann, b. 25 Nov., 1830; d. 6 
Aug., 1837. 

11G1 Ouvk, b. 5 Feb., d. 5 Apr., 1791. 

11G2 Polly, b. 27 May, 1792; m. 3 Jan., 1813, William Stoddard, of 
Springfield, Vt., and removed to Cleveland, Ohio. 

1103 Ouvk, b. 7 Feb., 1794; m. 7 Dec, 1817, Nathan White, of Spring- 
field, Vt. ; eight children. 
1164 Moses, b. 12 Oct., 179G. 
1166 John, b. 24 June, 1799. 

1166 Oliver, b. 5 June, 1802. 

1167 Joseph, b. 16 Nov., 1804. 

1168 Benjamin, twin with Joseph, d. 6 Aug., 1808. 

1169 Susannah, b. 30 June, 1809; living in 18?5; m. 20 Dec, 1826, 

Deacon Joseph Smart, of Concord, N. H., who d. in Charles- 
town, N, H., 31 Mar., 1864. Ch., b. in Charlestown : Susan, b. 
24 Apr., 1828 ; d. May, 1847. Joseph Henry, b. 23 June, 1831 ; 
m. Mary Boutwell, settled Id Ascutneyville, Vt. Moses Putnam, 
b. 20 Nov., 1833; m. Delia Garland; lives in Springfield, Vt. 
Sarah Abigail, b. 11 June, 1843; m. George Henry Griggs, of 

VI. 466 Samuel (Timothy, Seth, Thomas, Thomas, 
John), born in Churlestown, N. H., 14 June, 1762 ; died 
there 20 Dec, 1848: married (published 15) Nov., 1789, 
Ruth Spencer, born 9 Feb., 1771 ; died at Charlestown, 21 
March, 1855. 

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Lived in Charlestown, N. H., and Weathersfield, Vt. 

Samuel Putnam served in the war of 1812. ■ 

Children: • ! 

1170 Rosweix, b. in Charlestown, 13 Nov., 1790; died somewhere In I 

the West, leaving descendants. j 

1171 v Horace, b. 7 Jnly, 1793 ; d. 4 May, 1822. \ 

1172 Alpheus, b. 29 Aug., 1795 ; d. in Missouri, 1875. / 

1173 Okin, b. in Weathersfleld, Vt., 6 Sept., 1797; d. Apr., 1842. • \ 
1174 Jeremy, b. in Weathersfleld, Vt., 2 Sept., 1799; d in the West, 

and has descendants. 

1176 Luke, b. in Weathersfleld, Vt. 2 May, 1802; d. in Danvers, Mass., 

5 Feb., 1890. 
1176 Clarissa, b. 25 June, 1808; d. previous to 1870; nu 2 Apr., 1834, 
George H. Phillips, fc b. in Westmoreland, N. H., 10 Jan., 1813; 
d. in Charlestown, Mass., Nov., 1888. Cli. ; George Edwin, is 
coal dealer in Melrose or Maiden. Abby Jane, m. 19 May, 1861, 
George W. Currier. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips lived in Claremont, / 

N. H., for many years. 

1177 Lewis, b. 14 May, 1811; cl. in Cambridge, Mass., 1888. 

1178 Asaiiel, b. 24 Aug., 1814; of Melrose, Mass. 

VI. 467 John (limothy, Seth, Thomas, Thomas, 
{John, born in Charlestown, N. H., 4 June, 1764; died in 
Montpeliei*; Vt., 9 June, 1848; married, first, Catherine 
Case; married, second, at Charlestown, N. H., (published 
1 April 1810), Mrs. Peg<ry Glidden, widow of Moses Wil- 
lard, of Charlestown, born 25 Oct., 1781 ; died in Montpe. 
Her, 19 Feb., 1852. 

John Putnam was a farmer in Montpelier, Vt., and was a 
Revolutionary pensioner. 

Children : 

1179 Mary, b. 29 Oct., 1786. 

1170 Catherine, b. 12 Jan., 1789; m (pub. 1 Mar., she of Springfield, 
Vt.), Mar., 1807, Jabez Beckwith. 

1181 Matilda. 

1182 George. 

1183 Charles. 

1184 Caroline. 

By second wife : 

. 1185 John Glidden, b. In Montpelier, 8 Feb., 1811. 
1186 James Madison, b. in Springfield, 6 July, 1813. 

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1187 Mark Richardson\ b. in Springfield, 6 Not., 1817; d. 1873. 
,1188 Luke S., b. in Montpelier, 24 Jan., 1820; d. 1879. 

1189 Sarah Willard, b. in Montpelier, 10 Apr., 1826 ; m. 3 May, 1843, 

Samnel Dudley, a teacher of vocal music at New England Con- 
servatory in Boston. Ch. : George. 

VI. 470 Bailey {Timothy, Seth, Thomas, Thomas, 
John), born in Charlestown, N. H., 13 May, 1770 ; died 
Sept., 1827; married, first, 5 Mar., 1795, Anna Bailey; 
married, second, Jerusha, daughter of Joseph and Lucy 
Spencer, of Charlestown, N. H. 

Children : 

1190 Ro8KLana, I0§ b. 4 Mar., 1797. 

1191 Hiram, b. 27 Mar.. 1798. 

1192 Guy, b. 11 Jnne, 1800. 

1193 SaNaAM^-. 101 ' 

VI. 471 David {Timothy, Seth, Thomas, Thomas, 
John), horn in Charlestown, N. H., 7 June, 1772; married 
Feb., 1798, (8 March, 1802, Charlestown Records), Hannah 
Bailey. Lived in Maiden, Mass. 

VI. 474 Ebenezer {Ilolyoke, Edivard, Edtcard, 
r lhomas, John), horn probably in Sutton, 7 Sept., 1738; 
died in Bethel, Vt., 4 May, 1808; married 16 Jan., 1766, 
Hannah, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Witt) Dike, who 
died in Barre, Vt., about 1832. 

Children : 

1194 Azubaii, b. in Sutton ; m. John Lothrop. 

1195 Joshua, b. in Sutton, 2 Nov., 1769; d. 13 Sept., 1856. 

1196 Anthony, b. 4 Mar., 1772; left descendants. 

1197 Polly, b. 5 Apr., 1774; m. Leonard Woodward. 

1198 Hannah, b. 7 Jan., 1776; m. Leonard Gibbs. 

1199 Sally, b. 20 Feb., 1778; m. John Willard. 
1200 Reubkn, b. 5 June, 1780. 

1201 Riioda, b. 8 Jan., 1783; m. Leonard Randall. 

Ebenezer Putnam settled in Bethel, Vt., where he was a 
prosperous farmer. Mr. Ahiah Putnam, a grandson, states 

"* Joseph b. 1808 is given by one account and Benjamin omitted. This same anthor 
ity gives the date of marriage as January. Roselana is called Roxia. 

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that "there was an old deed in town a few years since given 
by Holyoke Putnam. My grandfather and wife started from 
Sutton to Bethel ; when they got as far as Westminster, Vt., 
they heard of the burning of Royal ton, and stayed there five 
years, then came to Bethel." The dates of birth of the above 
children are taken from an old bible once the. property of 
Mrs. Hannah (Dike) Putnam, now in the possession of her 
grandson, Abel Putnam. 

VI. 480 Ezra {Holyoke, Edward, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born 2 Nov., 1751; died in Bethel, Vt., 1 July, 
1841 ; married 14 Dec, 1780, Rebecca, daughter of Daniel 
and Mary (Witt) Dike, of Sutton, born 1 Aug., 1755; died 
28 May, 1823. 

Ezra Putnam removed to Bethel from Sutton in 1787. 

Children : 
1202 Daniel, b. 18 April, 1782. 

1203 Charlotte, b. 12 June, 1783; d. 1 Sept., 1853; m. . 

1204 Lucinda, b. 11 June, 1787; d. 18G6. 

1205 Ezra, b. 20 June, 1792. 

1206 WillaRD, | b ^ A 1796 

1207 Simeon, J 

VI. 483 John {Edward, Edward, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Middleton, 25 Aug., 1735; died in Sutton, 
13 January, 1809; married 13 April, 1758, Mary, daughter 
of Rev. David and Elizabeth (Prescott) Hall, a sister of Mrs. 
Aaron Putnam, of Poinfret, Ct., born 14 Dec, 1738; died 

Children, born in Sutton: 

1203 Joseph, b. 25 Dec, 1758; d. in 1776, in the army. 

1209 Stephen, b. 5 Apr., 1761 ; m. and removed to Whitingham, Vt. 

1210 Elizabeth, b. 31 July, 1763; m. 25 May, 1784, Thomas Eddy. 

1211 John, b. 27 June, 1766; physician; settled in Upton. 
1212 Charles, b. 10 Nov., 1768. 

1213 Mary, b. 3 Feb., 1781; m. 18 May, 1790, Aaron Putnam. 

1214 Deborah, b. 3 May, 1773; d. abt. 1790. 

1215 Rebecca Hall, bapt. 4 July, 1776; d. young. 

1216 Sarah, bapt. 17 May, 1778; m. 14 Apr., 1798, Rnfus Marble. 
1217 Joseph Hall, b. 6 Apr., 1780. 

1218 Rebecca Prescott, b. 16 Apr., 1783; m. 20 Sept., 1805, Solomon 
Putnam (No. 1228.) 

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John Putnam wjis a prosperous farmer in Sutton. He 
served in the French unci Indian war, and upon the formation 
of bands of minute men in 1775 was cho8en Captain of one in 
Sutton. There was another company of minute men there, 
and both marched upon the receipt of the alarm on the 19th 
of April. In Captain John Putnam's company were : Elisha, 
Gideon, James and Peter Putnam. In Capt. Andrew Elli- 
ott's company were : Adonijah, Archelaus, David, Ebenezer, 
Ezra, Luke and Moses Putnam, in all, twelve Putnams from 

After the Revolution Capt. Putnam received a commission 
as Colonel in the militia. 

He was at various times, subsequent to the Revolution, as- 
sessor and selectman. His farm is now owned by his grand- 
son, Joseph Hall Putnam. 

VI. 487 Captain Archelaus {Edward, Edward, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, John), born in Sutton, 16 Feb., 1743; died 
in Rutland, 14 Jan., 1809; married 10 Oct., 1765, Sarah 
Putnam ; living in 1809. 

Minute man in Capt. Andrew Elliott's company from 

Children, born in Sutton : 

1219 Aakon, b. 13 July, 1766; of Sutton, 1809. 

1220 AitCHELAiis, b. 17 Aug., 1768; d. 9 Feb., 1854; of Sutton, 1809. 
1221 Sarah, b. 26 Dec., 1770; d. 30 April, 1823; m. 27 Nov., 1788, 

Isaac, son of William and Silence (D wight) King, of Sutton, 
born there 17 Sept., 1762; d. 8 Nov., 1859; Ch. : Tamar, b. 15 
Nov., 1789. Willium, b. Oct. 5, 1791. Sally, b. 19 Feb., 1793. 
Prudence, b. 11 Feb., 1795. Luther, b. 14 Feb., 1797. Rufus, 
b. 28 Mar., 1799. Eliza? b. 21 Feb., 1801. Charles, b. 11 Mar., 
1803. Maria, b. 25 July, 1805. Nancy, b. 14 Nov., 1808. Put- 
nam, b. 10 Apr., 1810. Samuel, b. 26 Mar., 1814. 
1222 Andkew, b. 24 Sept., 1773. 

1223 Abnek, m. previous to 1809, Anne . 

1224 Ruth, b. 22 Mar., 1776; m. Adonijah Bartlett, of Rutland. 

1225 Amy, b. 7 Oct., 1779; m. 13 Mar., 1799, Abner Putnam. 

1226 Betsey, b. 14 Sept., 1781; m. after 1808, Capt. Cyrus Carpenter. 

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VI. 491 Deacon David (Edward, Edward, Edward, 
Thomas John), born in Sutton, 1 July, 1752 ; died in Croy- 
den, N. H., 21 March, 1840; married in Sutton, a July, 
1776, Phebe, daughter, of Dea. Benj. and Ruth (Oonunt) 
Woodbury, of Beverly and Sutton, born in Sutton, 9 Sept., 
1752 ; died in Croyden, 4 Jan., 1839. 


1227 Phbbe, b. in Sutton, 23 Apr., 1777 ; d. 13 July, 1810; m. in Croy- 
den, 13 Apr., 1806, Noah Lansweil, of Croyden. 
1228 Solomon, b. in Sutton, 30 Sept., 1779. 

1229 Betty, b. in Croyden. N. H., 10 Jan., 1782; d. autumn of 1845; 

m. 6 May, 1802, Benjamin Whipple, of Croyden. 

1230 Polly, b. in Croyden, 22 Feb., 1784; d. 21 June, 1804, unm. 

1231 Lucy, b. in Croyden, 26 Sept., 1786 ; d. 18 Oct., 1821 ; m. in spring 

of 1810, Simeon Wheeler. 

1232 CniLD unnamed, b. 24 Mar., 1789. 
1233 David, b. in Croyden, 2 Oct., 1790. 

1234 Ruth, b. in Croyden, 16 Aug., 1793; d. 31 May, 1820; in. In Croy- 
den, 5 Nov., 1817, James Wheeler, of Newport. 
1235 John, b. in Croyden, 11 Nov., 1797; d. 18 Feb., 1884; the last of 
the family to die. 

David Potnam, in company with Caleb Putnam, left Sut- 
ton and settled in Croyden, which place was settled in 1766 
by families from Grafton and Sutton, Mass. David Putnam was 
selectman seven years between 1781 and 1796; tythingman, 
1787-9 ; moderator, 1793 and 1796 ; surveyor of highways, 
etc., auditor, 1794 and 1804. He was a man of great indus- 
try, and of a rugged constitution. His health was as usual 
oil the day of his death. 

He served in the Revolutionary army previous to his 
settling in Croyden. 

VI. 492 Caleb (Edward, Edzvard, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 27 Oct., 1754; died in Croyden, N. 
H. ; married in Sutton, 21 Aug., 1776, Judith, daughter of 
Samuel and Abigail (Park) Libby, of Sutton, born there 6 
June, 1757 ; died suddenly at Croyden, oe. 54. 

Children : 

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1236 Mkiialbth, m. 1812, Reuben Winter, of Grantham, N. H. 

1237 Sarah, m. 17 Nov., 1808, Nathaniel Cole, of Croyden and of 

Claremont, N. H. 4 

1238 Caleb, b. 24 Feb., 1779. 

1239 Judith, b. 22 Dec., 1780; m. in Croyden, 18 Jan., 1800, William 
S Whipple, of Grantham, N. H. 

1240 Ruth, b. 18 Oct., 1782; m. Ethan Powers, of Vermont. 
' 1241 Lu, m. Phelps. 

1242 Samurl, b. 28 Mar., 1785. 
1243 Edward, b. 12 Dec, 1786; m. in Croyden, 21 June, 1810, Lydia 
Melandy, of Croyden. Selectman 1819. Afterward migrated 
to Illinois and died at an advanced age, leaving children. 

1244 Hiram, m., 1st, Rachel Chapman; in., 2d, Mrs. Carroll. 

1245 Peter, b. 1795. 

About 1781, Caleb and his brother Daniel removed from 
Sutton to Croyden. Caleb Putnam bought 100 acres of land 
for £100 of the town in 1784. In 1785, he held the office of 
constable, a position of much more importance then than 

He was often chosen to office, particularly to such as had 
control of the highways. 

VI. 493 Peter ( Edward, Edward, Edward, Thomas, 
John), liorn in Sutton, 29 May, 1757; died 22 Nov., 1827, 
suddenly, while at dinner; married 16 Oct., 1782, Surah 
Marble, born in Sutton, 31 Jan., 1760 ; died there, at the res- 
idence of her son Peter, 14 Oct., 1842. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

1246 Sarah, b. 2 Apr., 1784; m. 16 Dec, 1801, Moses, son of Moses 
and Elizabeth (Rich) Sibley, of Sutton. Ch. : Moses. 
1247 Pkteii, b. 22 Mar., 1788. 

1248 Fanny, b. 2 June, 1800; m. 12 May, 1822, Perley, son of Reuben 

and Tamar (Sibley) Waters, b. 9 Dec., 1705. Ch. : Henry M., 
b. 5 Nov., d. same month, 1824. Sarah M., b. 26 Jan., 1826; d. 
15 Aug., 1828. George P., b. 28 Apr., 1833; d. 3 Nov., 1860. 

1249 Peksis, b. 21 Aug., 1802; m. 11 Dec., 1823, Rufus Bacon. One 

daughter m. Mr. Fairbanks, of Worcester. 

VI. 495 Asa (Edward, Edward, Edward, Tltomas, 
John), in Sutton, 30 April, 1763; living in 1816; married, 

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first, Rachel Harwood," of Barro.; married, secondly, Mrs. 

Taft, of Douglas. 

Children : 

1260 Polly, b. 13 Aug., 1787. j 

1251 Pbrley, b. 28 Oct., 1789; d. 20 Dec., 1808. < 

1252 David, b. 7 Feb., 1798. \ 

1253 Asa, b. 18 June, 1795. 

1254 Dslia, b. 12 May, 1798; m. Capt. Perley Howard; no ch. 

1255 Darius, b. 2 Feb., 1801 ; d. 2 Aug., 1888. 

1256 Rachel, b. b. 15 Apr., 1803; m. 24 May, 1825, John, son of John 

and Rhoda (Hunt) Rich. Ch. : Mary, b. 12 Aug., 1825. Ruth, 
b. 30 Jan.*, 1828. 

1257 Rebecca, d. soon after the birth of a son; m. Maynard Dodge. 

1258 Julia, b. 13 Nov., 1808; m. 15 Dec., 1831, Leonard, son of Josiah 

and Iluldah (Carriel) Dodge. Ch. : Julia Putnam, b. 14 Oct., 
1832; d. 25 Jan., 1854; m. Andrew J. Morse. Richard Leon- 
ard, b. 22 Oct., 1834; m. Sarah Ann Fairbanks; lives in Ox- 
ford. Asa Putnam, b. 18 Sept., 183G ; m. Frances A. Putnam. 
Sarah Cornelia, b. 4 June, 1839. 

Asa Putnam was a farmer and carpenter in Sutton. His 
son David inherited the homestead, which was the the farm 
of his grandfather Edward, and passed it to his son Bradford. 
Asa Putnam accumulated considerable property by his in- 
dustry ; he was often selectman and assessor. 

VI. 509 Aaron (Miles, Edward, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Middletou, 5 May, 1751; was early in Graf- 
ton, Vt. ; thence to Stillwater, N. Y. 

Children : 

1259 Patty, b. 9 Dec, 1782; m. and went to England. 

1260 Aaron, b. 26 Feb., 1784 ; lived in Glen Falls, 110 N. Y. ; left a large 


VX 511 Edward {Miles, Edward, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Middleton, 20 Aug., 1755; died in Grafton, 
Vt., 2 Dec, 1843; married, Aug., 1779, Mary Mastick; 
married, secondly, 30 June, 1805, Hannah Mitchell. 

Children, bom in Sutton, Mass. : 

itt There are people of this name in Glen Falls to-day, bat no communications could 
be obtained from them. 

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1261 Levi, b. 15 Apr., 1781 j d. in Natchetachcs, La., 6 Oct., 1808. 

1262 Edward, b. 18 Aug., 1782 ; m. an4 bad four sons and four daugh- 

ters. In early life a merchant, but later ran a farm in Warsaw, 
New York. 

1263 Hannah, b. 29 July, 1784; m., 1812, Capt. Henry Blood, of Graf- 

ton, Vt ; later (1836) of Lewis, N. Y. In 1836 they had had 
x five or six children. 
' 1264 Lukr, b. 15 Sept., 1788; nnm. in 1848; at which date he^ras 
f armiug at Warsaw, N. Y. 

Edward Putnam served in the American army at Cam- 
bridge, 1775. During 1776, he was a member of Captain 
Gates' company, Holman's regiment, and was present at the 
battle of White Plains. Later he was stationed at Albany. 
He enlisted from Winchcndon. 

VI. 513 Daniel (Miles , Edward, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Sutton ; died in Grafton, Vt., 30 Sept., 1802 ; 
married 3 Dec, 1790, Dorcas Bone. Farmer, of Grafton, Vt. 

Children : 

1265 Elijah V., b. 29 Aug., 1791; in 1848 had had two sons and was 

living in Galway, N. Y. 

1266 Fletcher, b. 12 Aug., 1793; in 1848, lived in Florence, N. Y. 

Four sons. 

1267 Mary, b. 7 Mar., 1796. 

1268 Nabby, b. 12 Mar., 1798. 

1269 Daniel, b. 22 Mar., 1800; in 1848, lived in Delaware County, 

New York. 

VI. 514 Captain John (Miles, Edward, Edward, 
Tliomas, John), born in Harvard, 12 Aug., 1767; died in 
Grafton, Vt., 27 Sept., 1810; married 4 Sept., 1796, Su- 
sannah, daughter of Ehenezer Page, of Salem, N. H. 

Children : 

1270 John, b. 2 Jan., 1798; d. 15 Oct., 1853. 

1271 Asher, b. 5 Oct., 1799; of Grafton, Vt., 1835. 

Captain John Putnam obtained his commission while in 
the infantry branch of the service. He was a firm and 
earnest member of the Congregationalist church. In 1848 
his two sons occupied the farm originally owned by their 
grandfather Miles Putnam in Grafton. 

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VI. 517 Miles (Miles, Edward, Edward, Tliomaa, 
John), born in Winchendon, 6 July, 1774; died in Plain- 
field, N. J., 25 Dec, 1827 ; married 30 Oct., 1800, Martha, J 
daughter of John and Sarah Davis, born in Barnard, N. J., •, 
12 Feb., 1786. Previous to her marriage Mrs. Putnam was ( 
a school-teacher. Miles Putnam settled in PlainGeld, N. J., 
where he taught school. v 

Children: t 

1272 John YV. Davis, b. 21 Sept., 1801. 

1273 Andrew Wilkins, b. in Barnard, N. J., 9 June, 1803. 

1274 Sally, b. in Barnard, 31 Jnly, 1805; m. 12 Jan., 1825, Azell Noe. 

1275 Clarinda, b. in Piscataway, 9 Sept., 1807. 

1276 William, b. in Warren (formerly Barnard), 15 June, 1809. 

1277 Abraham Davis, b. 23 Apr., 1811; d. 8 June, 1811; buried at { 

Scotch Plains, N. J. [ 

1278 Ellis, b. in Warren, 19 Dec., 1813. i 

1279 Pamelia Davis, b. in Warren, 6 April, 1815. , 

1280 Olive Davis, b. in Warren, 19 June, 1817. 

1281 Zkmiah Sted, b. in Warren, 13 Jan., 1821. 

1282 Martha Maria, b. in Warren, 9 July, 1823; d. 24 March, 1826; 

buried at Scotch Plains. 
12S3 Rachel Ann, b. in Warren, 7 May, 1828. 

VI. 525 Andrew ( Elisha, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 6 (or 4) May, 1742; died in Town- 
send, Mass., aged above 70 years ; married 10 Jan., 1764, 
Lucy Parks, of Sutton, who died in Townsend, aged above 
70 years. 

Children : 

1284 An/drew, b. in Winchester, 11 Mar., 1769. 

1285 Malichi, b. in Winchester. 

1286 Pkter, b. in Winchester. 
1287 Stephen, b. in Greenfield. 

1288 David, b. in Greenfield, 11 Jan., 1783. 

1289 Elizabeth, m. Eliphaz Allen, of Rlndge, N. U. 

1290 Sally, ra. Isaac Colburn, of Rlndge, N. H. 

1291 Lucy, d. in child-birth; m. David Ball, of Townsend. 

1292 Mary, m. in Townsend, John Humphrey, of Boston. 

Andrew Putnam owned and cultivated a farm in Green- 
field, besides fitting young men for college. He accepted 
farm work as an equivalent for board. About 1794, the farm 
in Greenfield was sold and a smaller one in Townsend bought, 

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whither the family, now consisting of but Mr. and Mrs. Put- 
nam and the three youngest children, the elder boys haying 
.sought their fortunes in the West, removed. 

Mr. Putnam was fond of dress and had a fine carriage, be- 
ing six feet two inches in height. The boys were all tall, 
being over six feet in height. It is said that Mrs. Putnam 
was the handsomest girl that ever entered Sutton meeting 
house ; she was rather short in stature. Her daughter, Mrs. 
Ball, was quite ready with the brush and many of her re-pro- 
ductions of domestic animals and scenes, wore greatly ad- 
mired, although she had no instruction. Some of the 
present generation of this family, with modern facilities for 
study, are doing good work as artists. 

VI. 526 Elisha (Elisha, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 4 Dec, 1745; died 25 May, 1784; 
married 2 April, 1765, Abigail, daughter of Joseph and Han- 
nah Chamberlain, of Sutton, born 26 Dec, 1746. 

Children, all born in either Winchester or Greenfield : 

1293 Molly, b. 28 Feb., 1766; m. Moses Sibley. 

1294 Vashti, b. 28 Jan,, 1768; m. Wheelock. 

1295 Hannah, U 20 Jan., 1770; d ' F « b - * 779 - 

1296 Deborah, i d. 6 Feb., 1770. 

1297 Elisha, b. 8 Aug., 1772; m. Leviua Ellis. 

1298 Abraham, b. 19 Jan., 1775; d. 14 Apr., 1777. 

1299 Lucy. 

1300 Abnkr, b. 28 Mar., 1777; m. Stearns. 

1301 Lucy, b. 16 Nov., 1779; m. Oliver Sibley. 

VI. 528 Jokton (Elisha, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 1 May, 1750; died probably at 
Gloucester, R. I. ; married in Gloucester, R. I., 7 April, 
1770, Anne, daughter of John Harris, of Gloucester. 

Children, born in Gloucester: 

1302 Lucinda, b. 24 May, 1771; m. theie 12 April, 1789, Daniel Curtis. 
1303 Joseph, b. 6 July, 1778. 

1804 Ishael, b. 23 Dec , ) 775 ; d. 7 Apr. , 1776. 

1305 Sarah, b. 13 Feb., 1777. 

1306 Molly, b. 28 Apr., 1779. 

1307 Lydia b. 4 July, 1781. 

1308 William, b. 26 Feb., 1784. 


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Jokton Putntm, during his minority, was ward of John 
Tuft (1766), but soon removed from Sutton to Uxbridge, 
(while there, in Sept., 1772, he was appointed guardian of 
his brother William), thence to Gloucester, R. I. On the 
3d Feb., 1778, he was drafted into the Continental army from 
Uxbridge to serve in Massachusetts, till 5th Nov., 1778. 
They were, however, ordered to the Hudson, and he, with * 
three others, failed to appear. 

In May, 1783, he petitioned the General Court of Rhode 
Island for his discharge from prison. From this petition it 
appears that he with others had been convicted of high crimes 
and misdemeanors and sentenced to pay £100 lawful money 
and costs and 'emaiii in goal till paid. He states that his 
property is under attachment for debt ; that his family is 
large and suffering for want of his services. His petition was 
granted upon payment of costs. 

In May, 1786, he again petitions, stating that in March, 
1783, he and others' were convicted of riotous proceedings at 
at Gloucester and sentenced, etc. ; that by the indulgence off 
the court he was liberated, having given security (or his share 
of the costs, viz., £70, lawful money ; that his property being 
small and family large, he prays that he may 'do as others have 
done, pay the costs in state notes. This was also granted. 

Probably the disturbances above alluded to, were caused 
by the immense depreciation of paper money which followed 
the large issues by the state and federal governments, and 
which caused great suffering. 

VI. 529 Luke (MMa, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 5 Oct., 1755; m. 23 Nov., 1786, 
Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Anne (Chase) Putnam, born 
25 Dec, 1755, 

Luke Putnam mnrched from Sutton upon the Lexington 
Alarm, 19 April, 1775, and served during the seige of 

Child : 

1809 Ttler, b. In Sutton, 11 Sept., 1791. 

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VI. 530 Lieut. William {Elisha, Elisha, Edward, 
Thomas , John), born in Sutton, 7 Jan., 1758 ; died in Buck- 
land, 22 July, 1818 ; married 25 June, 1778, Submit Fisk, 
born 27 Oct., 1759; died 19 Sept., 1818. 

Children : 

1310 Lydia, b. 7 Mar., 1779; d. 6 July, 1822. 

1311 Polly, b. 8 April, 1780; d. 20 May, 1780. 

1312 Hannah, b. 14 Jane, 1781 ; d. 9 May, 1800. 

1313 Zilpha, b. 15 Apr., 1784; d. 1862; m. Nehcmlah Sabine, and re- 

moved to Halifax, Vt. Ch. : Dancca, b. 1807; m., 1826, Jacob, 
son of Jonathan Whiting, born 1762 ; d. 1835 ; whose son Dan- 
forth, b. 1830; d. 1867, m. Laura Ballon, dan of Hosea Ballon, 
b. 1833, aud had a dan. Florence Dan forth, b. 1801; who m. 
Charles E.. son of John Brown, of Concord, b. 1850. 

1314 Elisha, b. 18 May, 1786; living in 1836. He had been a member 

of the Vermont Assembly, and was formerly a Joiner and car- 
penter and afterward farmer. 
1315 William, b. 15 Mar., 1788; farmer. 

1316 Damkl, b. 28 Feb., 1790; d. 6 Dec, 18*8. Deacon of the Baptist 

church at Ashfleld. 

1317 Sahah, b. 6 Feb., 1792. . 

1318 Abnkr, b. in Buckland, 28 July, 1794; farmer. 
1319 Submit, b. 11 July, 171)7; outlived all the family. 

Lieut. William Putnam removed from Upton to Buck- 
lantl, Mass. He was a successful fanner. Upon the Lexington 
Alarm he marched, as a private in Capt. Robert Taft's com- 
pany, from Upton, and served through the siege. 

VI. 531 Aaron (Jfehemiah, Elisha, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 23 March, 1744; died in Brookfield, 
3 Oct., 1777; married 6 June, 1770, Patience, daughter of 
Daniel Potter, who married, secondly, previous to 1780, 
Michael Smith, an Englishman, and died 8 May, 1811. 

Children, born in Brookfield: 

1320 Sauaii, b 26 June. 1771; in. John Cameron, of Oakham. She was 

living in 17i»3. 
1321 Calvin, b. 5 Feb., 177*: m Nnbby Davidson. 

1322 Lutiikr, b. 23 Nov.. 1775; d. young. 

1323 Franklin, b. 17 Nov., 1776; d. young. 

VI. 537 Deacon Reuben (Afrhemiali, Elisha, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, John), bom in Sutton, 9 April, 1757; died 

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in Sutton, June, 1797 ; married 7 Nov., i780, Elizabeth 
Mason, who survived her husband. 

Deacon Reuben Putnam was a cabinet-maker in Sutton. 

Children, boru in Sutton : i 

1324 Aaron, b. 29 Aug., 1781 ; d. 27 Feb., 1864. \ 

1825 Jonas, b. 5 Mar., 1788; d. prior to 1884. 

1326 Mason, b. 20 Dec, 1784. , j 

1827 Manning, b. 12 April, 1787. At first a saddler; bnt afterward 

became a Methodist preacher and removed to Ohio, where he - 
had two or three sons who d. in infancy. 

1828 Buy us, b. 1 Aug., 1789; d. young. 

1329 Rufus Austin, b. 18 Nov., 1791 ; of Cornish, N. H. 

1330 John Milton (christened Polycarp), b. 24 Feb., 1794. 
1831 Jonathan, b. 16 July, 1796 ; d. prev. to 1834. 

VI. 538 Joseph {Nehemiah, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, ) 
John), born in Sutton, 20 Sept., 1760 ; died in Sutton ; mar- I 
ried Tamar Towiie, who was appointed administrator on her 
husband's estate, 3 Jan., 1797. 

Appointed administrator of his brother Aaron's estate upon 
decease of their father, Nehemiah Putnam, 7 Aug., 1792. 

Children : 

1332 Tamar, b. 8 July, 1786. 

1333 John Towne, b. 24 Sept , 1787 ; adm. on his estate to wid. Sarah, 

5 Mar., 1816; shoemaker of Sutton. 

1334 Daniel, b. 80 Aug., 1789 ; Baptist clergyman in California. 

1335 Benjamin, Baptist minister in California. 

VI. 539 Rev. Benjamin {Nehemiah, Elisha, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, John), born in Sutton, 20 Sept., 1760; died 
previous to 1834 ; married Patty Mason. 

Joiner and carriage-maker; afterward a Baptist clergyman. 

Children : 

1336 Simeon, b. in Rutland, 1785. 

1337 Rufus, d. in childhood. 

1338 John, of Hardwick, N. H. ; farmer. 

1339 Joseph, d. in childhood. 

1340 Joseph, 1 . 11 d. in childhood. 

VI. 540 Adonijah {Jonathan, Elisha, Edward, Thom- 
as, John), born in Sutton, 6 or 9 Oct., 1744; died in Guil- 

m Perley Putnam names another son, Rofos of "Hardwick." 

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ford Centre, Vt., 1791-2; married 27 Nov., 1766, Mary 

Children, bora in Guilford, Vt. : 

!ff« i° HN ' ) m - *»* h *d children. They removed to the Holland 

842 Euiiuk, I Purchase , N . Y . 

. 1343 Asa, J 

1344 Leu url, m. and had children. 

1345 Lucy, unm. 

1346 Janka, I m . andhad chl i dr e n . 

1347 ISRAEL, f 

1348 Jaked, b. May, 1788; d. 6 May, 1844. 

Guilford was the scene of many conflicts between the 
w Yorkers " and " Green Mountain Boys." Each party alter- 
nately held control and committed depredations upon the 
property of the opposing faction. This state of things lasted 
until Vermont was finally admitted to the union as a state. 
In 1788, a grant of land was made bv New York to those in- 
habitants of the grants, who had suffered from their attempt 
to uphold New York authority. Among these was Adonijah 
Putnam, who received 212 acres in Clinton, now Bainbridge, 
Chenango Co., N. Y. 

About this time (1792) it is stated by a gentleman writing 
from the settlements in Western New York, that $265 above 
the cost of land was the least that a family should attempt a 
settlement. This was the cost of a log hut $100 — a yoke of 
oxen, a cow, farming utensils, etc. 

The children of this son Adonijah are mentioned in will of 
their grandfather Jonathau, made 10 May, 1791 ; probated 6 
March, 1798. 

VI. 542 Captain Francis (Jonathan, Ellsha, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, John), born in Sutton, 24 Sept., 1758 ; died 
there; will dated 6 May, 1831, probated Dec, 1840; mar- 
ried there, 11 Dec, 1783, Joanna, daughter of Abuer and 
(Fairweather) Leland, bora 1760. 

Children : 

1349 Nancy, b. 8 Feb., 1784 : m„ 1st, Isaac Torrey, of Dixfleld, Me. 
Ch., all b. in Dixfleld : Susan, b. 1800; m. Rufus Joflan, of Dix- 

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ffeld. Adeline, b. 1S02; m. Wm. Walker, of Wayne, Me. Grace 
G. H., b. 1804. Hall, b. 1806. Prancis P., b. 1808. Joanna L. t 
b. 1808. Mr. Torrey died and his widow m., 2d, 9 April, 1809, 
Charles Rich. 
1850 Phkbe, b. 7 Feb., 1786; m., 1st, Daniel Sheffield. ' Ch. : Daniel \ 

C, b. prev. 1881. William, b. 1837. Francis, b. 1839. Mrs. 
Sheffield m., 2d, Levi Lndden. 1 

1351 Silas, b. 15 Oct., 1788. j 

1352 Royal, b. 16 Apr., 1791 ; d. in Westboro, Mass. 

1353 Ouvr, b. 27 May, 1794; unin., in 1831. ] 

1354 Maria, b. 28 June, 1796; m. Anron Elliott. Ch. : Prancis JC, b. 

in Worcester, 1824. Marin A., b. 1826. Mirias M., b. 1826. 
Stephen D., b. 1828. Sophia 6., b. 1831. Aaron, b. 1833. 

1355 Prudencr, b. 28 Feb., 1799; m. J6 June, 1822, Simeon L., son of | 

Andrew and Sarah (Harback) Marble, of Sutton, b. 5 Oct., 
1792. Ch. : Andrew A., b. 12 Apr., 1823 Mary H., b. 14 May, 
1825. Joanna L., b. 25 Dec, 1828. Hannah G., b. 14 Jan., 
1830. Albert Augustus, b. 15 June. 1840. Martha, b. 29 June, 
1842; d. 1845. Franklin H., b. 12 July, 1833. Ann Louisa, b. 
29 June, 1836. 
1356 Pliney, b. 15 Feb., 1801. 
1357 Fanny, b. 28 May, 1804 ; m. Leland. Ch. : James. Fran- 
cis B. 

Captain Francis Putnam served in the Revolution, vol- 
unteering as a private upon the call for troops after the Lex* 
ington alarm. During the siege of Boston he was in Col. 
Gridley's regiment. He also saw service in other parts. 

A man of great agility and strength, he could out-jump 
every man in the regiment except Jacob Severy. It is re 
corded of him that he could jump a bar six inches higher than 
his head. 

The grist mill owned by Jonathan Putnam , was operated 
by Francis, who afterward gave it to his son Silas, who in 
turn sold it to his brother Pliney. The property was after- 
ward included in the property of the Sutton Cranberry Com- 

VI. 544 Jonathan Follansbee (Jonathan, Elisha, 
Edward, Tliomas, John), born in Sutton, 9 May, 1763; 
died there, 30 Oct., 1858; married 6 July, 1786, Philana 

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Mr. Putnam was a miller in Sutton. 

Children, bom in Sutton : 

1308 Jonathan Follansbrk, b. 6 May, 1787. 
1859 Philana, b. 1 Nov., 1789; m. 7 Apr., 1818, Major Rufus, son of 
Jonathan and Lilote (Bar tie tt) Bui don, of Sutton, b. 7 Mar., 
1786. Ch. : Mary Ann, I). 11 Aug., 1813. 
1360 Jim, b. 11 July, 1795; d. 13 June, 1855. 

VI. 545 Solomon (Stephen, Elisha, Edxoard, Thomas, 
John), born 17 July, 1755 ; died in Claremont, N. H., pre- 
vious to 1830; married 20 Oct., 1779, Miriam Elmer, who 
was born 23 July, 1755. 

Mr. Putnam was a farmer in Claremont, N. H. 

Children, (two of the daughters died by suffocation) : 

1361 Electa, b. 24 Feb., 1781; m. John Smith. Ch. : Lucia. Chester. 


1362 PniUNA b. 31 June, 1782 ; m. Thadeus Rogers. Ch. : Ellsha. 

Mary Ann. Fanny. Louis. Melinda. Adaline. Charles. 
1363 Zelotus, b. 2 Mar., 1784. 

1364 Sally, b. 3 Feb., 1786; in. Jesse Cooper. Ch. : Mary. Hiram. 

Willard. Jane. 

1365 Chester, b. 11 Aug., 1787 ; d.. s. p , prev. to 1834. 

1366 John, b. 30 Mar., 1789; m. Lucia Cody. 

1367 Sophia, b. 17 Dec, 1790; m. Oliver Hubbard. Ch. : Mary. John. 

George. Milena. 

1368 Mary, b. 17 Aug., 1792; m. Charles Perry. Ch. : Charles. West- 

ly. Hannah. Samuel. 

1369 Elisiia, b. 15 July, 1794; d. prev. to 1834. 

1370 Faxny, b. 28 May, 1796 ; m. Samuel Rogers. Ch. : James. Sam- 

uel. William. Fanny. Samuel. George. 

1371 Samuel, b. 28 May, 17i>8; of Claremont, N. II. 

1372 Hiram, b. 6 Mar., 1800; of Claremont, N. H. 

VI. 548 John (Stephen, Elvsha, Edward, 'Thomas, 
John), born in Winchester, N. H., 10 May, 1761? died in 
Chesterfield, N. H., 17 Nov., 1849; married, 1801, Mary, 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Davis) Converse, born 13 
July, 1777; died 14 Sept., 1853. 

Children : 

1373 Mary Adamne, b. 13 Oct., 1802; m., 1824, Austin Richards, of 

Newfane, Vt. Ch. : Charles. Mary. Chester. 

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1374 Elizabeth, b. 3 May, 1804; d. 2 July, 1877; m., 1822, I>r. Timo- 

thy S. Gleason, of Claremont, N. H. Ch. : John. Wiston. 
Henry. Mary. 

1375 Charlotte, b. 1 Mar., 1807; d. 22 Sept., 1868; m. Dr. Robert 5. 

Gleason, brother of Dr. Timothy Gleason, of Claremont, N. H. 
Ch. : Elijah. Francis. t'l* 

1376 Charles Lewis, b. 10 Sept., 1810; d. 17 Jnly, 1877; m.,^1835, 

Dorothy Flagg, of Keene, T$. H. Graduated at Dartmouth Col- 
lege and studied law in the office of Hon. Joel Parker. From 
Keene he removed to Worcester. Mass., and became Secretary 
of a Fire Insurance Co. , and held various other offices of trust. 

1377 Frances Maria, b. 18 Jnly, 1816; d. 29 June, 1817. 

1378 Juija, b. 17 Aug., 1819; m. Orrin Rawson, a native of Richmond, 

N. H. Mr. Rawson was a prosperous merchant and lived in 
Worcester Boston, Cleveland and Louisville. He d. 1 Aug., 
1873. Mrs. Rawson was in 1822, living at Louisvilie. 
1379 John Jay, b. 21 May, 1823. 

John Putnam in his bo) hood lived in the family of EI>cn- 
ezer Harvey, Jr., sit Chesterfield. In 1779, he enlisted in 
Col. Hercules Mooney's regiment, which regiment was or- 
dered to Rhode Island. After his marriage he lived in Cen- 
tre Village. Although Mr, Putnam commenced life in humble 
circumstances, he acquired a considerable fortune. 

He was trustee of the academy and selectman several 
years between 1808 and 1826. He was representative be- 
tween 1816 and 1826. 

VI. 549 Gideon {Stephen, Elisha, Edicard, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 17 April, 1763; died at Saratoga 
Springs, 1 Dec, 1812, of inflammation of the lungs; married 
1784, Doanda Risley, of Hartford, Conn., who died 10 Fe*b., 
1835, ae. 67 years. 

Childreu : 

1880 Betsey, b. 30 June, 1786; m. 6 Oct., 1805, Isaac Taylor. Ch. : 
Israel P. Washington. Eliza D. Aurelia Putnam. John B. 
Asher, d. 30 May, 1821, ce. 5 yrs., 9 mos., 21 dys. 

1381 Benjamin Ridley, I). 23 July, 1788; d. 10 Oct., 1846. 

1382 Lewis, b. 17 Aug., 1790; d. 5 July, 1873. 

1383 Rockwell, b. 3 Nov., 1792. 

1384 Aurelia, b. 14 Mar., 1791 ; m. Joel C. Clement. Ch. : William II., 

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-who became a great railway magnate, (his son is H. S. Clem- 
ent, of Congress Hall, Saratoga). John. Mary. Caroline. 
Francis. ' 

1385 Nancy, m. 29 Sept., 1814, Ferdinand Andrews. Ch. : Mary A. 
Caroline. Matilda. Ferdinand. 
1386 Washington, b. 29 Sept., 1798; of Saratoga. 

1387 Phila, b. 25 July, 1801 ; d. 22 Auij., 1805. 
1388 Lorin, b. 20 Sept, 1803; d. II Sept., 1841. 

1389 Phila, b. 23 Jan., 1806; d. 15 Mar., 1808. 

1390 Phila b. 12 May, 1808; m. 22 Sept., 1824, Abel A. Kellogir, law- 

yer. Ch, Laura. Sarah Rebecca. 

Gideon Putnam started in _ life without other menus 
than a good wife and ample courage. Their first settlement 
was at Middlebury, Vermont, where a log cabin was built by 
the young husband, and here they kept house. An in ven* 
tory of their household goods would have shown but three 
cups and saucers, three plates, knives and forks, an earthen 
tea-pot, and spider. The site of the log cabin is now covered 
by Middlebury College. 

Not being satisfied with Middlcburv, a removal was made to 
Rutland, Vt., where their eldest son was bom. Thence to 
"Five Nations " or " Bemis Flats," wh«ro they were joined 
by Dr. Clement Blakesley and wife, who was a sister of 
Mrs. Putnam. In consequence of a severe freshet which 
caused him considerable loss, Mr. Putnam left the locality 
and following the Indian trail went, in 1789, to Saratoga 
Springs, then comparatively unknown. There he leased 
three hundred acres, and building a cabin commenced anew. 
Within two years he had paid for his farm in full, the lum- 
bering business in which he engaged proving profitable. 

In 1802 he erected seventy feet of Union Hall upon land 
bought for that purpose. Union Hall was sold in 1864, to 
Leland Bros., and the hotel is now called the Grand Union. 

In 1805, having bought 150 acres of land, he laid out the 
Village, reserving a burial place and church site, upon which 
the Baptists built in 1821, theirs being the first church to or- 
ganize. The next year Washington or Clarendon spring was 
excavated and tubed, and also the Columbian ; besides all this 

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he erected a bath house just north of Congress Spring, and 
excavated a spring about fifteen feet distant from the present 
Congress Fountain. 

He next tubed Hamilton Spring, and in 1811 commenced 
the erection of Congress Hall, during the building of which 
he fell from a staging and broke several ribs. The following 
November he was seized with inflamation of the lungs which 
proved fatal. He was buried in the cemetery he had presented 
to the town. 

The sign, a rude representation of Gen. Putnam and the 
wolf, used by Gideon Putnam at old Union Hall, is in the 
possession of Dr. Loren B. Putnam, a grandson. 

VI. 550 Elisha {Stephen, fflisha, Edward, Ihotnas, 
John), born 13 May, 1765 ; died in Albany, N. Y., 11 Feb., 
1854; married in Lansingburgh, N. Y., 25 Dec, 1792, Hes- 
ter, daughter of Stephen Johnson, born 2 Mar., 1776 ; died in 
Albany, 3 Nov., 1855. 

Stephen Johnson was a shipmaster and used to say that he 
was in Boston Harbor and took part in the Tea-party, dis- 
guised as an Indian. 

Children : 

1391 Rufus, b. in Lanslngburg, N. Y., 8 Oct., 1793; d. 18 May, 1845. 

1892 Eliza, b. in Albany, 5 Nov., 1795 ; d., «. p. ; m. in Albany, 2 Jan., 
1815, John D. Hewson. 

1393 Laura, b. in Albany, 4 Jan., 1798 ; d. there, 18 Jan., 1801. 
1394 Stephen, b. in Albany, 14 Jan., 1800; d. 20 July, 1851. 

1395 Lauiia, b. in Albany, 27 Jan., 1803; d. there, 11 Sept., 1880; m. 

there, 1 Dec, 1825, William, son of Matthew and Elizabeth 
(Given) White, b. in Omagh, co. Tyron, Ireland, 9 Dec., 1798; 
d. in Albany, 26 Jan., 1882. He was a successful business man, 
one of the proprietors of the Albany Evening Journal for many 
years; and in later life, a merchant, bank director and presi- 
dent. Ch. : Ann Elizabeth, 111 b. 17 Sept., 1826. William W., b. 
7 July, 1829; d. 12 Aug., 1830. Harriet, b. 6 Oct., 1830. James, 
b. 18 April, 1832. Eliza, b. 15 July, 1834. 

1396 Hannah Johnson, b. in Albany, 5 April, 1805; d. there, 5 Sept., 

1888 ; m. there, 25 Mar., 1825, John Given White, brother of 

uiRev. Wm. Durant, of Baltimore, is a grandson. To him I am much indebted for 
Information regarding this braueh of the family. S. P. 

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William White above ; b. at sea, Just out of New York, 21 July, 
1801 ; d. in Albany, 16 Apr., 1889. He was a printer, publisher 
and bank president. Ch. : Elizabeth, b. 6 Jan., 1826. Rufus, 
b. 28 Dec, 1827. John, b. 28 Feb., 1880; d. 12 May, 1881. John, 
b. 9 July, 1882; d. 26 July, 1884. Matthew, b. 18 Feb., 1884. 

1897 John Smith, b. in Troy, 9 Aug., 1808; d. 14 May, 1812. 

1898 Hakkikt, b. 21 June, 1811; d. in Moreau, N. Y., 20 Oct., 1848; m. 

in Albany, 7 Apr.. 1880, Sperry Douglas Brower. Ch., all b. in 
Albany: Walter Scott, b. 6 Jan., 1881; m. 28 Oct., 1852, Har- 
riet A. Moore; both living at Albany in 1891. Mr. W. S. 
Brower is the head of the Brower Electric Manfg. Co. ; their 
ch. were: Hattie M. and Mary S. Harriet Douglas, b. 18 
Nov., 1888; m. Thomas M. Newson, and lives in St. Paul, Minn. 
George, d., unm. Henry Douglas, d. unm. 

1399 John Smith, b. in Albany, 4 Mar., 1814 ; living in 1891, at 220 W. 

185th street, New York. He m. at Buffalo, 1 Nov., 1888, Cath- 
erine Dubois, who d. 1840; m., 2d, 1843, Pauline E. C. Chalet, 
and has one daughter. 

1400 Martha, b. 4 Nov., 1816; m., 1st, 31 Aug., 1837, Silah Belden; m. 

2d, about 1870, Mr. Smith. 

1401 Mary, b. in Albany, 31 Mar., 1820; d. there, 10 Feb., 1885; m. 

there, 15 Aug., 1838, Samuel, son of John S. Pruyn. In early 
life Mrs. I'ruyn became active in religious and charitable work. 
Through her energy, prudence and influence, two industrial 
schools and the House of Shelter were established in Albany, 
nor were her efforts abandoned even then. In May, 1871, she 
went to Japan as a missionary under the auspices of the Wo- 
man's Union Missionary Society. She established at Yokohama 
the first institution for the education of girls in that country. 
After five years she returned to Albany, but in Jan., 1888, she 
went to Shanghai, China, and established an institution similar 
to that in Yokohama. 

In 1884 her health gave way from nervous exhaustion, and 
she returned home to die after a long and painful Illness. Mrs. 
Pruyn was the author of " Grandmother's Letters from Japan.** 
Mr. Pruyn m., 1st, Helen Vandervort. Ch. : Agnes, b. 6 July, 
1839; m. 12 Apr., 1860, Robert, son of Joseph and Elizabeth 
(White) Strain, b. in Albany, 30 Nov., 1832. Mr. Strain's 
mother was a sister of Wm. and John White above. Five chil- 
dren. Mr. and Mr*. Strain live in Albany. Charles Elisha, b. 
11 Nov., 1840; d. 15 June, 1864, unm. ; killed nt the head of his 
regiment, the 118th N. Y. Vols. Samuel Stephen, b. 17 Nov., 
1842; d. 14 Aug., 1844. Edward Putnam, b. 24 Dec., 1844: 
drowned 21 June, 1856. Samuel S., b. 7 Dec., 1846; m. 12. Jan., 

1869, Jane Agnes Lasher. He is asst. librarian of the N. Y. 
Geneal. and Biog. Soc, N. Y. City. (Ch. : Chas. E., b. 1 Jan., 

1870. Samuel, b. 10 Oct., 1871.) Mary Esther, b. 28 Jan., 

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1849; m. 27 Apr., 1871, Worthington, son of Stephen M. La- 
Grange, who d. abt. 1884 ; Mrs. LaGrange lives in Albany with 
her daughter. Francis Warranaer, b. 30 April, 1851; d. 23 
June, 1852. Annie Warranaer, b. 7 Apr., 1854; d. 21 Jan., 

Elisha Putnam was tail and spare, of quick intelligence, 
inventive genius, independent and positive opinions even to 
the extent of voting for his own candidates for presidential 
electors. By occupation he was a carpenter, builder, civil 
engineer, architect and contractor; he built the first nail 
mills near Troy, N. Y., two or three churches in Albany, 
one or more sections of the Erie canal, part of the Chesa- 
peake and Ohio canal, laid the first pipes of hollowed wood 
to supply Albany with water, and was for many years super- 
intendent of the water works there. Before completing the 
first nail works at Troy for the Brinckerhoffs, he got admission 
into the only other establishment in the country where a cer- 
tain secret process was carried on, disguised as an ignorant 
countryman seeking work. In one day he mastered the spec- 
ial machinery, and was able from memory to set up similar 
and improved machinery in the mills he was building. 

A member of the Presbyterian church in Albany, in his 
late years he gave especial attention to theological matters. 
At the age of eighty, he wrote and published " The Crisis, 
or Last Trumpet," which is an able presentation of the pre- 
liiilleniiil views of the second advent. 

A portrait is in the possession of his granddaughter, Mrs, 
John D. Capron, Albany, N. Y. 

VI. 553 David {Stephen, Elisha, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Massachusetts, 21 March, 1771; died in Al- 
bany, N. Y., 9 Aug., 1832; married in Albany, 29 May, 
1798, Jeannette Angus, bom there, 19 Sept., 1779; died 
there, 17 June, 1862. She was the daughter of James An- 
gus, who had come from Aberdeen, Scotland, and Jeannette 
(Ham) Angus, a native of Holland. 

Children, born in Albany : 

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David (thomas) putnam 











Maria, b. 18 Mar., 1799; d. in Albany, 4 July, 1854; m. Matthew 
Gillispie. They lived in Albany. Ch. : Thomas, b. and d. in 
Albany. Theodore. James. Charles. 

Jamks Angus, b. 2 Not., 1801 ; d. 2 Dec., 1874. 

Mary Magdalene, b. 28 July, 1808 ; m., as his second wife, James 
Lansing, who d. in Corning, N. Y. Ch. : Edward, b. abt. 1837, 
in Albany; d. in San Francisco, abt 1881. 

Adeline, b. 22 June, 1805; d. 8 Mar., 1884: m. 6 Not., 1886, as 
bis second wife, John A., son of Joseph Wilson, who d. 8 Oct., 
1848. They lived in Albany Ch. : William Putnam, b. 27 Aug., 
1887; living in 1891, in Baltimore, Md. ; m. in Albany, 5 Aug., 
1858, Asenath Dorida, dau. of Levi and Sophia Phebe (Balcom) 
Harvey, who is a granddaughter of Aaron Burr. John Annan, 
b. 19 Men., 1839; living at Albany in 1891 ; m. abt. 1869, Mary 
Coulter. Edward, b. 11 July. 1840; d. in Albany, 24 Oct., 1844. 
Lavina, b. 3 Sept., 1842; d. 7 Mar.. 1845. Helena, b. 2 Dec., 
1846; living in New York City in 1891 ; m. in Albany, 16 April, 
1884, John Wilmot, from whom she obtained a divorce in 

Charlks, b. 10 Dec., 1806. 

Elisha, b. 10 July, 1808. 

Charlotte, b. 1 May, 1810; d. 9 Oct., 1863; m. 15 Sept., 1834, 
David H. Woodruff, who d. 23 May, 1888. They lived in Albany. 
Ch. : Harriet E.,b. 7 Apr., 1838; d. 10 July, 1843. Frances Mary, 
b. 23 Feb., 1840; living at Albany. 1891, unm. Charlotte, b. 80 
Dec., 1841 ; d. 14 Jan., 1845. William H. DeWitt, b. 7 March, 
1849; m. in Emporia, Kas., 19 Sept., 1888, Pontia Waite, b. In 
Hartford, Ct. They live in Albany. 

Harriet, b. 5 Dec., 1811; d abt. 1865; m. 5 May, 1835, William 
H. Ross, who d. abt 1871. They lived in Albany. Ch. : How- 
ard, b. 9 Sept., 1836; living, unm., at Hartford, Ct., in 1890. 
Charlotte, b. 7 Apr., 1838; living, unm., 1891, at Miles City, 
Montana. Harriet, 22 July, 1840; d. 25 Oct., 1783; m., Dec., 
1865, Rev. Alfred S. Collins, who m. again and was living in 

Stephen, b. 25 Nov., 1813. 

Jane Ann, b. 25 Nov., 1813; d. abt. 1879; m. William Parks, who 
d. abt. 1867. They lived at Greenbush, N. Y. Ch. : Jennett, d. 
abt. 1881; m. Charles Rawson; living in 1891. Stephen, living, 
unm., 1891. Charlotte, m. John Ford; both living in 1891. 

Almira, b. 10 Feb., 1817; d. 2 July, 1855; m. 17 Sept., 1839, Rob- 
ert H Weir, who was living in 1891 at Albany. Ch. : Magda- 
lene, b. 10 July, 1840; living at Albany in 1891, unm. Mary E., 
b. 3 July, 1843; m. 25 May, 1871, Johu A. Gone; they live in 
Albany. Robert H., b. 16 Sept., 1845; d. 9 July, 1847. Robert 
b., b. 17 Jan., 1848; d. 28 Apr., 1881, unm. Franklin, b. 27 
Feb., 1851; d. 25 Nov., 1851. Almira, b. 23 June, 1853; d. 7 
June, 1857. 

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1413 William Henry, b. 5 July, 1819. 

1414 Hiram, b. 3 Aug., 1821. 

VI. 554 Rufus (Stephen, Elisha, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton (probably), 22 March, 1773 ; of Win- 
chester, N. H. 


1415 A son, living in 1817. 

1416 A daughter, living in 1817. 

Twelve children deceased previous to 1817. 

VI. 568 Persis ( Gen. liufus, Misha, Edward, Thorn- 
as, John), born in Brookfield, 16 Sept., 1767; died 22 
Sept., 1822, at Belpre, Ohio ; married 20 May, 1798, Perley, 
son of Capt. Perley and Tamnr ( Davis) Howe, b. 14 May, 
1768 ; died in Belpre, Ohio, 17 May, 1855. 

Children : 

1417 Joskph. b. 14 July, 1800? d. 23 Aug., 1823, unm. 

1418 Perlky, b. 28 May, 1802; d. 5 Oct., 1823, unm. 

1419 Abigail, b. 31 Dec, 1804; d. Dec, 1835; m. Nov., 1825, W. H. 

Walker; 5 ch. Lived at Amesville, Ohio. 

1420 Ruhus William, b. 17 June, 1807; d. 24 July, 18IW; m. 24 Jan., 

1835, Polly Proctor, of Watt-rtown. They lived in Belpre, O. 
One of their four children was George A. Howe, of Belpre. 

1421 Persis, b. 7 Sept., 1610; d., Jan., 1832, unm. 

Perley Howe was of Killingly, Conn., but became one of 
the early settlers in Marietta, where he taught school within 
the stockade. Soon after his marriage he settled in Belpre. 
He was a captain of militia, and on account of his proximity 
to Blcnnerhassett's residence, a witness at the Burr trial. An 
active Presbyterian, he was chosen deacon in that church. 

VI. 569 Susanna (Gen. Rufus, Elisha, Edward, 
Thomas, John), born in Brookfield, 5 Aug., 1768; married 
IB Dec, 1787, Ensign Christopher Burlingame. 

Children : 

1422 Pkrsis. • 

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1423 Maria, m. Mr. H. Mills. Ch. : Christopher. Hannah. Isabella. 

Arthur. Joseph. 

1424 Susanna, m. George Cnnan. Ch. : Henry. Rebecca. Maria. 

Persis. .Sarah. George. John. Susan. Mary. 

1425 Patty, m. Kev. S. P. Bobbins, Ch. : Samuel. Persis. Hannah. 

Gilman. Jane. Chandler. Martha. Rufus. 

1426 Lucy, m. Zephaniah Bosworth. Ch. : Lucy. Jerusha. William. 

1427 Edwin. 

1428 William. 

1429 Christopher, m. Miss Bartlett; 4 ch. 

1430 Rufus, m. Jane Morrow ; 2 ch. 

1431 John, m. Eveline Morrow; 1 ch. 

1432 Betsey, m. Porter; 4 ch. 

1433 Sar\h, m. Rev. Mr. Callahan; no descendants. 

VI. 570 Abigail ( Gen. Rufus, Elisha, Edward, Tliom- 
as, John), horn in Brookfield, 7 Aug., 1770; died Feb., 
1805 ; married, March, 17!K), William, son of William 

Children : 

1434 W i li j am Rufus, m. Barker. Ch. : Joseph. Abba. Syn- 

tbia. William. Alexander Hamilton. Rafus Putnam. 

1435 Gf.orgk, merchant; m. Bryant; 2 ch. 

1436 Samuel McFarland, unra. ; a lawyer In Newark, Ohio. 

VI. 571 William Rufus (Gen. Rufus, El isha, Ed- 
ward, Thomas, John), born in Brookfield, 12 Dec, 1771; 
married, Dec, 1802, Jerusha Gitteau. 

Children : 

1437 William, d. a few days after birth. 

1438 William Rufus, l>. 13 June, 1812. 
Three ch. d. in inf. 

William Rufus was educated for the ministry, hut on 
account of failing health devoted himself to farming and sur- 
veying. He held many important offices. 

He was trustee of Ohio University from 1823-43. Lived 
in Marietta, Ohio. 

VI. 573 Hon. Edwin (Gen. Rufus, Elisha, Edward, 
Thomas, John), horn in Sutton, 9 Jan., 1776; died in Put- 
nam, Ohio, 1844; married 12 June, 1800, Eliza Davis. 

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1439 Franklin. 

1440 Jans. m. Dr. R. Safford. Cb. : Jonas Putnam. Jane. Edward. 

1441 Rufus. 

1442 William Rice. 

1443 Catharine, m. Mr. Bristar. 

Judge Putnam served during the Indian war of 1791-5 ; 
in 1795 he was private secretary to Gov. St. Clair, enjoying 
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 

He was graduated from Carlisle College in 1779, and be- 
gan the study of law with Gov. Meigs, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1802. During the war of 1812 he served as Adju- 
tant under Gov. Meigs. After settling in Putnam he estab- 
lished there the first printing office, bookstore and bindery. 

In 1827 he was elected Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas and held that office fourteen years ; and was also Trus- 
tee of the Ohio University at Athens from 1820 to 1840. He 
was universally respected and beloved. For thirty years he 
was elder of the Presbyterian church in Putnam. 

VI. 574 Patty ( Gen. Rufus, Elisha, Edward, -Thomas % 
John), born in Brookfield, 25 Nov., 1777; married 1802, 
Col. Benjamin, son of Gen. Benjamin and Huldah (White) 
Tupper, of Putnam, Ohio. 

Children : 

1444 Catherine, m. Cyras Merrinm. Ch. : Phebe ; 2 others. 

1445 Abigail, m. Milton B. Cashing. Ch. : Benjamin. Edward. Roena; 

one other. 

1446 Sophia, m. A. S. Culbertson; no ch. 

1447 Elizabeth, d. a few weeks after m. with Dr. C. Brown. 

1448 Edward White, of Putnam ; m. Rachel Cushing. Ch. : Edward. 

VI. 575 Catherine (Gen. Rufus, Elisha, Edward, 
Thomas, John), born in Brookfield, 17 Oct., 1780; died, 
March, 1808 ; married, 1805, Ebenezer Buckingham, of 

Children : 

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William (thomas) ptrrfcAM. 289 

1449 Cathaiunus Putnam, b. Mar., 1808; m. Mary Gird. Was grad- 

uated at West Point ; Prof, of mathematics at Kenyon College, 
Ohio ; afterward connected with the steel works in Chicago. 
Ch. : Mary, b. in Cedar Lake, N. T., 27 Aug , 1831; m. in Mt. 
Vernon, 0., 29 Jan., 1856, Dean Kimball, "* son of Samuel and 
and Thankful (Kimball) Fenner, of Palatine Bridge, N. T., b. 
17 Sept., 1818; d. in Irvington on Hudson, N. Y.. 10 Feb., 1870. 
(Ch. : Ira Buckingham, b. 21 Aug., 1858. Alice, b. 3 Aug., 1864 ; 
d. 26 Apr., 1870. Frederick Cooper, b. 2 Aug., 1866. Charles 
Putnam, b. 28 Mar., 1868. Gertrude, b. 26 June, 1870.) Helen 
Buckingham, b. in Mt. Vernon, O., 6 July, 1846; m. 20 
Oct., 1874, at Chicago, Frank Cotton, son of Franklin and Sarah 
Ann (Gilbert) Hathewny, of Chicago. Ch. : Maria Buckingham, 

VI. 576 William (Oliver, Joseph, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Danvers, 1744; bapt. 27 May, 1744; will 
dated 11 Aug., probated 1 Sept., 1800; married 6 Aug., 
1766, Bethiah Putnam. 114 

He inherited the homestead, and lived in the house, yet 
standing, on the western slope of Hathorne Hill. 

Children : 

1450 Sally, b. 29 Oct., 1769; m. Amos Felton and removed to Tun- 

1451 Ebknkzkk, bap. 19 July, 1767; d. 29 Oct., 1831. 
1462 Abigail, b. 12 Feb., 1772. 
146S William, not mentioned In his father's will. 
1454 Mbhitablb. 

VI. 577 Oliver (Oliver, Joseph, Edward, Thomas, 
John), horn in Danvers, 4 Feb., 1753; died in Newhuryport, 
1794; married in Topsfield (published 12 Nov., 1775), Sa- 
rah, daughter of Eleazer and Surah (Perkins) Lake, born in 
Topsfield, 1 Oct., 1754; died 12 Sept., 1811. 

Children : 

J455 Olivkr, b. 17 Nov., 1777; d. 11 July, 1826. 

1456 Sarah, b. 9 Aug., 1779. 

1457 Bbtsey, b. 6 Mar., 1785; m. Dr. Hackett. 

"* Mr. Kerner, by his tint wife, Julia A. Almy, had five children. He was a man of 
much energy and executive ability. His children ore said to resemble him in these 
characteristics as well as in his fine personnl appearance. 

u * Called Brown on Danvers Records. 

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1458 Thorndikk, b. 1787; d. 21 May, 1868. There was a Thorndike 

Putnam of Allantown, N. H., in 1825. 

1459 Thomas, b. 17 Jan., 1789. 

1460 Sarah, b. 12 Nov., 1790. 

1461 Charles, b. 28 Jan., 1798; d. 25 Oct., 1834. 

1462 Lucy, b. 16 July, 1795 ; d. 6 July, 1839. 

1463 Joshua, b.,23 July, 1798; d. at sea. 

VI. 583 Joseph (Joseph, Joseph, Edward, Thomas, 
John), bora in Salem Village ; bapt. there, 21 April, 1751 ; 
died in Salem, 25 Sept., 1834; married 2 Dec, 1773, Anna 
Putnam, who died 21 Sept., 1815. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1464 Anna, b. 10 May, 1774; m. Joseph Putnam, of Chelmsford. 
1465 Joseph, b. 15 Feb., 1777. 

1466 Lydia, b. 14 Aug., 1780; m. William Glfford, of Danversport. 

Ch. : Samuel. 

1467 John, b. 17 June, 1782 ; of Newburyport. 

1468 Pbtkk, b. 15 Jan., 1785. 



One m. 

- Smith, and has de. 

Mkhitablk. b. 14 Oct., 1788; [ scendants in Lynn; the other m. 

Polly, b. 7 Dec., 1789 ; [ Knight ; a grandson is Win. 

1 Knight of Great FaUs, N. H. 

Joseph Putnam was a man of great physical strength and 
quick wit. He was a farmer and carpenter. When the 
alarm of 19 April, 1775, reached Danvers, he was in Mar- 
blehead, but, meeting his father, who had ridden over on the 
alarm, with his equipments, he donned them, and unhitching 
his horse from the team started for Lexington. It was past 
noon when he received the news but he reached Lexington in 
time to help attend the wounded and collect the dead. He 
drove the Danvers dead home. In after years he received a 
peusion from the U. S. government. 

VI. 584 Israel (Joseph, Joseph, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Salem Village; bapt. 24 June, 1753; mar- 
ried Mrs. Polly (Ramsdoie) Shays, widow of John Shays, 
of Middletown, who died 1 Dec, 1786. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

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1471 Israel, b. 9 Aug., 1792. 

1472 Rachel, b. 9 Apr., 1795. 

1473 Allen, b. 18 July, 1797. 

1474 Lucy (Levi?) b. 6 Mar., 1801. 

VI. 590 Porter 115 (Joseph, Joseph, Edward, TJiomas, 
John), born in Danvers; bapt. there, 25 March, 1770; died 
in Hudson, N- H., Jan., 1836; m. in Danvers, 10 June, 
1798, Sarah Tapley, born in Danvers, 19 Oct., 1771 ; died 
there, 25 Aug., 1849. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1475 Mary, b. 28 Apr., 1799; d. 1837. 

147G Sally, b. 30 Aug., 1801; d. in Danvers, 7 Feb., 1874; m. Jacob 
Demsey. Adop. ch : Mary Jane, dau. of William Tullock, who 
d. in Danvers, 21 Apr.. 1881, aged 22 yrs., 4 inos., 2 dys. 

1477 Clarissa, b. 29 June, 1808; d. 4 July, 1851; m. Daniel W. Fuller, 
b. in Wheelock, Vt., Sept., 1805; d. in Danvers, 9 June, 1879. 
Ch. : Sarah Putnam, b. in Danvers; d. there, 22 Nov., 1874; m. 
21 Aug., 1861, Malcolm "• Slllars, who was b. in Ryegatc, Vt., 
17 Sept., 1837. Mary, b. and d. in Danvers; m. William Tul- 
lock, and had one child, Mary Jane, who was adopted by her 
aunt, Sally (Putnam; Demsey. Clarissa E., b. and d. in Dan- 
vers; m., 1st, Wm. H. Ogden; m., 2d, George Wylie; 2 ch. by 
each husband. 
1478 John Porter, b. 8 Aug., 1811. 

1479 Betsby, b. 17 June, 1815; m. 16 Dec. 1835, Daniel M. Very, of 

Danvers, b. there there 6 Nov., 1812; d. 4 May, 1884. Ch. : 
Nellie, b. 31 May, 1841. EUzabeth, P.,b. 31 Mar., 1844; d. Oct., 
1846. Eugene, d. aged 3 mos. 

VI. 592 Nehemiah (Ezra, Ezra, Edioard, Thomas, 
John), born in Middleton, 14 Oct., 1753; died 1792-3, 
while in Ohio, locating a settlement; married Betsey Fuller. 
Farmer in Middleton. 

Children : 

1480 Betsey, b. 22 Aug., 1784; m. Israel Fuller, of Danvers. 

1481 Lucy, b. 22 May, 1790; m. Fuller. 

"* There was a Porter Putnam at Pownal borough, Me., in 1785-6. 

«• Ch. of Mnlcolm and Sarah R. (Fuller) Sillars, were: William, b.22 Apr., 1862; <1. 25 
Aug., 1864. Henry M., b. in Danvers, 16 May, 1864. Walter A., b. in Dun vera, is June, 
1866. Alice Putnam, b. 24 July, 1870. Capt. Sillars married again and has several ch. 
by his second wife. He it a prominent republican and has held many offices. 

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VI. 600 Daniel (Phineas, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born probably in Sutton ; married Phebe Walker, of 

Child : 
•1482 Austin, b. 16 Mar., 1796. 

VI. 609 Zadock (Nathan, Isaac, Edward % Tliomas, 
John), bora in Sutton, 29 Dec, 1752; died in Grafton, 2 
Oct., 1819; married, 1774, Abigail, daughter of Major Elli- 
ot, of Sutton, who died 29 May, 1822. 

Children : 

1483 Abigail, b. Sept., 1776; m., 1795, Samuel, son of Samuel and 
Anna (Brigbam) Harrington, of Grafton, b. 3 Aug., 1769; d. 
3 Oct., 1802. Ch. : Charles. Martin. Nancy. Lucy. Mrs. 
Harrington m., 2d, Capt. David Trask, of Leicester. Ch. : 
James. Abigail. David. Adaline. Jane. Francis. 

1484 John, b. 7 Feb., 1778. " To John one-half of ye mills with priv- 

ilges, etc." 

1485 Geokgb Washington, b. 5 June, 1780 ; *« to have blacksmith shop 

and tools." 
1486 Lkwis, b. 16 May, 1782 ; lived in Eastport, Me. ; has descendants. 

Zadock Putnam marched as w fifer " in Capt. Luke Drury's 
company of minute men, on the alarm of 19 April, 1775, and 
continued in service until August of that year. 

On August 21st, 1777, the state militia were ordered to 
march to Bennington and we find him serving as sergeant in 
Capt. Joseph Warren's company. He was a blacksmith and 
lived at Grafton. He owned land in Millsbury, Shewsbury 
and Rutland. 

VI. 610 Micah (Nathan, Isaac, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 8 April, 1754; married in Sutton or 
Grafton, 26 May, 1774, Anna Carriel, who died in Paris, 
now Marshal), N. Y., 24 Aug., 1794. 

Children : 

1487 Rebecca, b. in Sutton, 3 Oct., 1775; d. 7 Oct., 1858; m. 22 Dec, 
1794, James Cowing. Lived in Marshall, N. Y. A grandson, 
Sylvester Gridley, lives iu Waterville, N. Y. 

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1488 Timothy, b. in Sutton, 7 Apr., 1776. 

1489 Nathaniel, b. in Grafton, 7 May, 1786. 

1490 Polly, d. 24 Aug., 1804. 

1491 Anna, d. 24 Aug., 1833; m. — King, a carpenter and builder, 

who lived between Winfleld and Litchfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y. 
Ch. Azina. Amanda. Zera, and another son. 

1492 Jamk8, said to have been a scythe manufacturer at Whitingham, 

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1493 Rufus, b. 1792; d. 1844. 

Migah Putnam is said by an ancient authority to have had 
11 children and 17 grandchildren living in 1835. 

VI. 611 James (Nathan, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 26 Nov., 1755 ; killed by the break- 
ing of a grindstone ; administration on his estate to widow, 
6 Sept., 1785; married Betsey Willard. 

James Putnam is said to have had five grandchildren in 

Childion : 

1494 Jamks, not mentioned in his grand father's will, 1813. 

1495 Bktsky, l>. in Graflon, 12 Mar., 1782; living in 1818. 
14i)« Hannah, b. in Grafton, G Apr., 1784; living in 1813. 

VI. 614 Nathan (Nathan, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Sutton, 16 May, 1761; married 25 March, 
1785, Sarah Putnam. 

Children, bom in Sutton: 

1497 Ruth, b. 2 Sept., 1785 ; d. young. 

141)8 Ruth, b. 23 Sept., 1787; m. 23 Mar., 1806, Jndah, son of Judah 

and Olive (Fuller) Waters, b. 23 July, 1783. Ch. Sarah. 

Nathan P., b. 12 Feb., 1810. This family removed to central 

New York. 

VI. 616 Capt. Abner ( Nathan, Isaac, Edward, Thom- 
as. John), horn in Sutton, 17 March, 1765 ; married Abigail, 
daughter of Amos Waters. They were settled in Ludlow. 
Ale., in 1835, and at that time had three children. 

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VI. 620 John (Natlian, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, 
John,), born in Sutton, 3 Sept., 1771 ; married Anne Hodg- 
kins, of New Ipswich, N. H; scythe-maker. 

Children : 

1499 Stkphen, b. 25 Apr., 1799 ; d. 5 Not., 1822. 

1500 Harvey, b. 27 Mar., 1800. 

1501 Gardner, b. 26 Oct., 1801; d. 26 Oct., 1802. 

' three other ch., all b. prey, to 1885. 

Said to have had 

VI. 625 Isaac (Isaac, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, John), 
born in Sutton, 1762, (g.s. 1763) ; died in Worcester, 23 
April, 1808; married 18 Jan., 1784, Martha, daughter of 
Charles and Abigail Adams, a grandaughter of Aaron Adams, 
one of the first town officers of Worcester in 1722. Mi's. 
Putnam died 24 Aug., 1816, aged 52 years. 

Mr. Putnam removed from Auburn (formerly part of Sut- 
ton) to Worcester in 1784. 

Children, born in Worcester : 

1502 Sally, b. 17S5; d. 1850; m. Baird. 

1503 Ebenrzer, b. 1787; d. 1848. 
1504 Jokl, b. 1781) (g.s. 1788) ; d. 1858. 

1505 William, b. 1790; d. 80 Sept., 1796. 

150C Ciiarlks, b. 1702; d. 1840. 

1507 Samuel, b. 1794; d., 1861. 

1508 Aaron, b. 21 Nov., 1797; d. 20 Sept., 1800. 

1509 William, b. 1799; d. 16 Sept., 1822. 

1510 MARrnA, b. 1801; d. 1865. 

1511 Mary, b. 1801; d., 1860; m. Blackmail. 

VI. 526 Samuel (Daniel, Isaac, Edward, Thomas, 
John), born in Cornish, N. H. ; married Lois Liscomb. 
Children : 

1512 John Liscomb, b. 16 Mar., 1792. 

1513 Sarah Maria, b. 12 Jan., 1803; living in 1880. 

1514 Annie Elizabeth, b. 29 Mar., 1808; d. 26 Feb., 1847. 

VI. 628 Isaac (Daniel, Isaac, Edward, Tliomas, 
John), born in Cornish, N. H. 
Children : 

1515 Alkxandkr C. 
1616 Norman W. 

1517 Solon, (Rev'). 

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VI. 630 Andrew (William, Col. David, Joseph, 
Thomas, John), born in Dunvers, 2 April, 1755; died in 
Sterling, 13 Mar., 1809; will dated 12 Feb., 1809, probated 
2 May, 1809 ; wife Jerusba, executrix ; married 5 Oct., 1790, 
Jerusha, daughter of Joseph Clapp, born 29 May, 1767 ; 
died 1 Nov., 1834. In her will, probated 1834, she gives 
$1000 to George in trust for Andrew; rest to youngest son 

Children : 

1518 Andkkw, b. 9 Aug., 1791 ; d. 8 Mar., 1845. 

1519 Samuki, Page, b. 22 Sept., 1793; d. 8 Feb., 1815. 

1520 Ciiahles, b. 8 Oct., 1795; d. 12 Aug., 1812. 

1521 William, b. 14 Aug., 1797; d. 30 Oct., 1814. 

1522 Eliza, b. 4 July, 1805; d. 14 July, 1825. 

1523 Gkouok, b. iu Sterling, 16 Aug., 1807; d. 11 Apr., 1878. 

VI. 636 Col. Jesse (Joseph, David, Joseph, Thomas, 
John), horn iu Dunvers, 3 April, 1788 ; died there, 10 Feb., 
1861; married in Middleton, 2 June, 1804, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Silas Merriam, of Middleton, born there, 14 Nov., 
1784; died in Dunvers, 20 Sept., 1887. 

Children, born in Dunvers: 

1524 Catherine, b. 4 Apr., 1805; d. 1874; m. 22 Nov., 1834, Israel F. 

Ober. Ch. : Maria F., b. 8 Sept., 1835 ; m. 17 June, 1858, Chas. 

H. Killam. Israeletta, b. 28 Jan., 1839; d. 11 Dec, 1842. Mrs. 

Ober m., 2dly, Abram Doyle. 
1525 Andkkw Meuriam, b. 13 Feb., 1807; d. May, 1881. 

Elizabeth, b. 16 Jan., 1809; d. 21 June, 1848; m. 8 Nov., 1838, 

George A. Putnam (Samuel, Stephen, Stephen, Benj., NathK, 
Francis Ferlky, b. 6 Apr., 1811; d. 18 Oct., 1883. 
Hknry Flint, b. 2 June, 1813; d. 10 Oct., 1884., b. 30 May, 1815. 
Mary Jane, b. 1 July, 1817; d. 29 Sept., 1883; m. 18 Aug., 1836, 

William A. Burnham. Cli. : Inf. dan., b. and d. 15 Nov., 1«37. 

Samuel E., b. 31 March, 1840. Joseph W., b. 25 Nov., 1842. 

Mary A. b. 25 Aug., 1844; d., unm., 29 May, 1885. Elizabeth 1'., 

b. 21 April, 1846; m 3 Oct., 1866, Alex. M. Mervin. William 

A., b. 1 Aug., 1848. Anna W., b. 30 Aug., 1850; d., unm., 4 

Feb., 1871. Sarah L , b. 22 Feb., 1853. James A., b. 13 Sept., 

1855. Martha C, b. 30 July, 1859. 




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Mr. Barnham came to Dan vers from Derry,' N. H., and taught 

; . in both private and public, schools. He was finally called to take 

charge of the Burr Seminary at Manchester, Vt. . ,-. 

1531 Martha Ann, b. 10 Apr.. 1819; d. 25 July, 1887; m. 6 May, 1849 , 
• • Judge Meilin Chamberlain, of Chelsea, lie was at one time Li- 

, brarlan of Boston Public Library. . • .••-*•'. 

1532 Sally Webster, b. 17 Sept., 1821; m. 29 Nov., 1855, George W. 

Fuller. Ch. : Jessie P., b. 12 April, 1860. . » . 

1538 Charlks Augustus, b. 20 Sept., 1823; d. in St. Louis, 2 Jan., 

1854; m. 17 Aug., 1853, Lydia A. P. Tapley. 
1534 Emily Almira, b. 3 Dec., 1825; m. 22 Dec., 1847, Rev. Kichard 

F. Searle, b. In Georgetown, 2 Apr., 1814; d. in Dan vers, 30 

June, 1880. Ch : Walter J., b. 18 Feb., 1851 ; d. 20 May, 1861. 

Charles Putnam, 117 b. 21 July, 1854. Alonzo T., b. 13 Sept., 

1635 John Milton, »» b. 1 Mar., 1858. 

Col. Jesse Putnam lived and died on his ancestral farm 
in Danvers, and with many of his family is buried in the Put- 
nam cemetery neiir Asylum station in Danvers. This ceme- 
tery is known as the w Daniel and Jesse Putnam Burial 
Ground." In it are the remains of most of the descendants 
of Thomjis Putnam who have lived on or near his original 
farm. Here in the old tomb, now overgrown, was laid the 
body of Ann Putnam of witchcraft memory. 

Jesse Putnam was constanly improving the farm inherited 
from his ancestors, and early obtained the premium offered 
by the Essex County Agricultural Society for the best man- 
aged farm in the county. 

. He was an active temperance man in principle and practice, 
never supplying his men with the liquor customary in those 
days. His independent character was shown in many ways, 
especially in his active anti-slavery work and other moral 
and political reforms. His title of colonel was obtained 
during the war of 1812, he having commanded au artillery 

ut Charles P. Searle Is a councillor nt law in Boston, lie m 8 Jan., 1895, Com A. W. 
Hogg. Ch.: John Endecott, b. 1 Oct., 1885. Oniric* IV. b. 4 Nor., 1880. Richard Whit, 
lag, b. 7 July, 1801. Aloazo Thurston Searle, in. 17 Sept., 1*82, Margaret B. Irwen. 
Ch.: Richard Jewett, b. 28 Nov , 1883. Chatles l\, b. 15 April, 1885. 

118 In 1889 the descendants of Jesac had numbered 86, vis. : 12 children. 43 grandchild- 
ren, 81 great grandchildren. 

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company stationed at Beverly, although he was never in 
actual service. 

In church affairs he was ever to the front in contributing 
financial and moral aid to every good cause. He had united 
with the First Church in 1832 and was a constant attendant. 
• In town affairs he was frequently called upon to tike a 
prominent part and held many official positions. His char- 
acter was strongly marked. Generous, brave, hearty in his 
friendships, fond of children and of fun, thoroughly in earnest 
in whatever he undertook, hospitable and kind to the poor, 
he was a typical American country gentleman. 

Mrs. Putnam was as remarkable a woman as her husband 
was a man. She was of inestimable service to him and their 
Ions: married life was unmarred. Livimr to a great age she 

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retained her faculties to the last. On her 102d birthday, sur- 
rounded by her descendants, she received her many friends, 
and enjoyed the occasion as much as any, being keenly 
alive to all the affairs of the day. At the time of her death 
she was the oldest woman in Essex County. 

VI. 641 Daniel (Israel, David, Joseph, Thomas, 
John), born in Danvers,8 March, 1774; died there, 10 Feb., 
1854; married at Putnamville, Danvers, 30 Nov., 1797, Su- 
sanna, daughter of Stephen and Susannah (Hcrrick) Putnam, 
(No. 852), born in Danvers, 22 April, 1777 ; died 15 March, 

Children, born in Danvers : 

153G Eliza, b. 10 Nov., 1798; d. 31 July, 182G; m. G Dec, 1821, Porter 

Kettelle. Ch. : l.ydia W., b. 23 Aug., 1822; d. 19 Aug., 1834. 

Eliza P., b. 2G Feb., 1824; d. Mar., 1828. John Porter, b. L'8 

Dec, 1825; d. 3 Oct., 182G. 
1537 Emma, b. 6 Nov , 1800; d. 24 July, 18G7; m. 18 Oct., 182G, John 

1638 Allkn, b. 31 Oct., 1802; d. 21 Oct., 1887. 

1539 Danikl Franklin, b. 20 Oct., 1804; il. 7 Oct., 1839. 

1540 Ahira Hkhkick, b. 21 May, 1807; d. 30 Nov., 1839. 
1541 Anckl, b. 23 Jan., 1809 ; d. 5 Mar., 1809. 

1542 William Richardson, b. 23 May, 1811; d. 8 Sept., 188G. 

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1543 Susan, b. 27 Mar., 1813. Resides at the Putnam homestead. Miss 

Putnam has probably met more of the descendants of John Put- 
ntim than any person living. She is always glad to receive 
visitors and show them the room in which Gen. Putnam was 
born. Many of these notes have been supplied by Miss Putnam 
aud-her sister, Mrs. Philbrick, who have always taken a deep 
interest in family affairs. v • • 

1543a Maria, b. 22 Feb., 1816; d. 12 June, 1841, unm. 

1544 Julia Ann, b 4 Aug., 1818; m. 24 Aug., 1843, John Dudley Phil- 

brick; b. Deertfeld, N. H., 27 May, 1818; d. in Danvers, 2 Feb., 
1880 ; grad. Dart. Col., 1842, and was appointed assistant in the 
Latin School in Roxbury. II is success was immediate and 
marked. To him is due the present system of grammar schools 
in Boston; lie was called to Conn., and organized the State 
Normal School at New Britian. Uc soon returned to Boston 
aud was Supt. of Public Schools there from 1857 to 1874 and 
from 1870 to 1878. When he resigned his oiHce he left these 
Schools the best organized and conducted public institutions in 
this or any other county. In 1878 he was sent to Paris to rep- 
resent our educational attairs and was successful in overcom- 
ing the many difficulties encountered and was decorated with 
the cross of the Legion of Honor. The Univ. of St. Andrews 
conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Laws. His entire 
life was devoted to the development of our educational institu- 
tions; liis work and writings arc known throughout the world. 
John G Whittier. his near neighbor In Danvers, wrole of him 
44 He was deeply depressed with the imperative necessity of the 
education of all the people of the United States, as the only 
safeguard of liberty and progress, regarding the ballott in the 
hands of ignorance a cause for serious apprehension of national 
danger. A good and true man, who served his generation 
faithfully and successfully, he deserves to be held in grateful 

1545 Anckl Wallace, b. 11 Mar., 1821 ; d. 30 Jan ,1892. 

1546 Benjamin Wadswohth, b. 2 Oct., 1825. 

Daniel Putnam inherited from his father the farm now 
known as the Gen. Israel Putnam place. There the gen- 
eral was born and the room to-day is in many res|>ccts un- 
changed, although the outside of the house is much altered. 
The old road passed by what is now the back of the house and 
by the huge willow was a running book. 

The estate is now owned by Miss Susan Putnam. The 
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was erected, yet to-day. the farm is one of the best cultivated 
in Danvers. 

Daniel Putnam was a shoe manufacturer and fanner. He 
was representative to General Court in 1811-17-19, and 
often selectman. ' 

VI. 647 Israel (Israel* Gen. Israel, Joseph, Thomas, 
John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 20 Jan., 1766 ; died in Mar- 
rietta, Ohio, 9 March, 1824; married 26 Feb., 1792, Clari- 
iia, daughter of Peter and Mary (Hodges) Chandler, of 
Pomfret, Ct., born 8 April, 1767 ; died 29 Nov., 1801. It 
is a tradition that Mrs. Putnam on the journey to Marrietta 
rode a horse 28 years old and gave birth to a child in a wagon. 
He married, secondly, 24 Aug., 1802, Elizabeth Wiser, of 
Marrietta, who died 16 Jan., 1842, le. 60 yrs. 

Removed to Ohio with his father Hon. Ephrahn Cutler and 
Col. Israel, 1795, being 31 days upon the river. 

Children, by first wife : 

1547 Fkances May, b. in Pomfret, 12 Apr., 1793; d. 5 Apr., 1809. 

1548 An infant, b. on journey to Ohio; d. soon. 

1549 William, d. 2G May, 1799. 

1550 Emeline E., d. 18 May, 1799, aged 2 yrs. 

1551 Clarinda Chandler, d. 25 Dec, 1838, aged 40 yrs., in Marietta. 

1552 Haruikt, b. 10 Aug., 1800; d. 26 Aug., 1800. 

By second wife : 

1553 Pascal Paoli, b. 10 Nov., 1802; d. 23 Aug., 1831. 

1554 Helena Penelope, b. 9 Apr., 1804; d. 3Jau., 1892; m. 9 Dec., 

1829, William Devol. 
1655 Louis John Pope, b. 2 Mar., 1808; d. 1 Dec, 1888. 
155fi Laura Ann, b. 22 Dec., 1810; d. 27 Nov., 1835; m. 14 Dec, 1832, 
M. A. Cbappell. 

1557 Fkances Mary, b. 22 Sept., 1817; d. 23 Aug., 1831. 

1558 Elizabeth Augusta, b. 14 Oct., 1821; d. Jan., 1852; m. 10 Sept., 

1840, W. B. Clarke. 

1559 Susan Cathaiune, b. J 4 July, 1824; d. 19 Mar., 1852; m. 20 Sept., 

1843, John Newton. 

VI. 648 Aaron Waldo (Israel, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
Thomas, John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 18 April, 17 67; 
died in Belpre, Ohio, 21 Aug., 1822; married 24 June, 

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1791, Charlotte, daughter of Col. Daniel Loring, of Ohio, 
born 12 June, 1773 ; died 21 Sept., 1822, «. 50. 
Children : 

1560 Wiixiam Pitt, b. iu Farmer's Castle, Ohio, 2 Apr., 1792; d. 31 

May, 1871. 
1561 Charlotte Loring, b. 11 Mar., 1794; d. 21 Aug., 1890; m. A. 

Stone, of Belpre. 
1562 Albigence Waldo, b. in Belpre, Ohio, 11 Mar.,ffi99) d. 20 Jan., 


1563 Julia Uowk, b. 1 July^79g/d. 26 Apr., 1824; m. 25 Mar., 1823, 


1564 Israkl Loring, b. 31 Mar., 1801; d. *. p., of yellow fever at 

Natchez, 29 Sept., 1829. 
1665 Lucy Eaton, b. 1 Jan., 1804; in. G. N. Gilbert. 

1566 Cathkkink, b. 6 May, 1806; m. Rathbone. 

1567 B ats u kb a, b. 13 Sept., 1808; m. Henderson. 

1568 Ei.izabktii, b. 5 Sept., 1817; m. — : Henderson. 

Aaron Waldo Putnam accompanied his father to Ohio in 
1788, and arrived at Marietta after a long and tedious journey 
full of peril and adventure. While crossing the North River 
at Fish Kill a severe accident befell the party, but, by the 
presence of mind of Aaron, his father's oxen, upon which so 
much depended, were saved. 

Upon obtaining his land, which fell to him in the middle 
settlement at Belpre, he immediately commenced clearing. 
During 171)1 the settlers went into garrison and young Put- 
nam shared the perils of the Indian war during the succeed- 
ing four years. 

As his clearing was over a mile and a half from the fort, 
visits to it were of great danger, and twice he narrowly es- 
caped capture by the Indians. 

As soon as circumstances permitted Mr. Putnam took up 
his residence on his farm and his chief delight centered in his 
home. Here he entertained the hosts of friends, among 
whom were the Blannerhassetts, and when their beautiful 
home was destroyed by the mob, and Madame Blannerhas- 
sett, after her husband's flight, left the island, Mr. Putnam 
supplied her with money and everything necessary. Indeed 
he was the last person to visit her. 

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Mr. Putnam had little taste for public office although con- 
stanly tendered him. 

In height he was of medium size, with dark hair and ex- 
pressive eyes, and an expression beaming with intelligence 
and good will. 

Both he and his wife died during the epidemic of 1822. 
For further account of his life see Hildreth's Early Settlers of 

VI. 649 David (Col. Israel, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
Thomas, John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 24 Feb., 1769; 
died in Harmar, Ohio, 31 March, 1856; married, 16 Sept., 
1798, Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Elisha Perkins and Sarah 
(Douglas) Perkins, of Plainfield, Conn., born 6 Nov.. 1778; 
died in Marietta, 18 May, 1866. 

Children : 

1569 Benjamin Pkrkins, b. in Marietta, 26 Feb., 1800; d. in Marietta, 
2 Jan., 1825; m. f 1st., U Aug., 1821, Mary Dana, of Waterfnrd. 
O., Tvho d. 14 Dec., 1822; m., 2d, 3 Oct., 1824, Sarah Hensbaw, 
dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Denny) Ward, b. 3 Nov., 1800; 
was living at Shewsbnry, Mass., 1892. 
1570 Charles Marsh, b. 24 Feb., 1802; d. 17 Apr., 1870. 
1571 Prtkr Kadclikfb, b. 8 Feb., 1804; d. 20 Mar., 1824. 

1572 Douglas, b. 7 Apr., 1806. 

1573 David, b. 17 May, 1808; d. 7 Jan., 1892. 

1574 Murray, b. 10 June, 1810; d. 16 Apr., 1812. 

1575 Catherine Hutchinson, b. 6 July, 1812; d. 17 Aug., 1829. 

1576 Murray, b. 1 Aug., 1815; d. 27 Sept., 1823. 
1577 George, b. 1 June, 1817; d. 12 Jan., 187G. 

1578 Elizabeth Perkins, b. 18 Aug., 1819; d. 20 Apr., 1846; m. D. E. 

Gardiner. 15 ch. 

1579 Son, (stillborn). 

1580 Mary, b. 7 Dec., 1822; d. 11 Apr., 1825. 

David Putnam was graduated from Yale in 1793, settled 
in Marietta, Ohio, and practiced law. He was the first teach- 
er in Muskingum Academy, founded by Gen. Rufus Putnam 
and his friends in 1797, at Marietta. 

VI. 650 William Pitt (Col. Israel, Gen. Israel, 
Joseph, Thomas, John), born 11 Dec, 1770; died 8 Oct., 

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1800; married, 1794,-Bethia, daughter of Dr. Glyssam, of 
Woodstock, Conn. s 

1581 Israel Waldo, b. t 1824. 

William Pitt Putnam began the study of medicine when 
eighteen years of age, with Dr. Albigence Waldo, of Pom- 
fret, Conn., and also attended the lectures of Warren and 
Waterhouse, celebrated teachers at Harvard. 

In May, 1792, he removed to Marietta, Ohio, and com- 
menced the practice of medicine, spending a portion of his 
time at Belpre, where his brother was located. In 1794 he 
visited Connecticutt, and returned to Ohio with his father aud 
family and his young wife. Five years later he abandoned 
his profession and bought 200 acres of land on the Ohio eight 
miles above Marietta. The labor of clearing the land and 
developing a farm brought on a fever from which he died, 
leaving but one child. His widow married Gen. Edward 
Tupper and was living in 1852. 

VI. 652 George Washington ( Col. Israel, Gen. Is- 
rael, Joseph, Thomas, John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 1771 ; 
lived in Verney, Ind. 

Child : 

1582 George Washington. 

VI. 657 Hon. Judah Dana (Hannah, Gen. Israel, 
Joseph, Thomas, John), born in Pomfret, Conn., 25 April, 
1772 ; died 27 Dec, 1845 ; married in 1800, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Prof. Sylvanus and Abigail (Wheelock) Ripley, of 
Hanover, N. H. She died 15 Nov., 1819, ». 35, and Mr* 
Dana married Mrs. Mehitable McMillan, who died 18 Nov., 

Children : 

1583 Caroline Elizabeth, b. 20 Mar., 1801; d. 18 Oct., 1822. 

1584 Maria Annette, b. 29 Apr., 1805; m., 1826, Joseph Howard, b. 

in Brownfield, Me., 14 Mar., 1800; d. there, 12 Dec., 1877. He 

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was graduated at Bowdoin College, 1821 ; read law with Judge 
( Dana, and became U. S. District Attorney in 1837, when he re- 
moved to Portland, of which city he was mayor in 1860, Judge 
of Supreme Court 1848-56 ; he was a member of the Episcopal 
church and a great friend of young men. Ch. : Elizabeth Dana, 
b. 1827; d. 1881. Rebecca, b. 1829; d. 1831. Caroline Eliz- 
abeth, b. 10 Sept., 1831; d. 8 Feb., 1875; m. 1864, Nathan 
Cleaves, b. in Bridgton, Me., Jan., 1835; d. Sept., 1892; Bow- 
doin College 1859, Judge of Probate and member of legislature, 
of Bowdoinham and Portland. Joseph Danti, b. 15 July, 1833; 
d. 15 July, 1872. Maria Annette, b. 20 Aug., 1835; m. 1 June, 
1858, Bishop Alexander Burgess, (Ch. : Caroline, b. 24 Jan., 
1861. George, b. 11 July, 1864; d. 20 July, 1865. Christiana 
Maria, b. 8 May, 1866; m. 31 Oct., 1888, Homer Charles Royco. 
Katherine A., b. 1 Aug., 1871 ; d. 4 Aug., 1872). Henry Ripley, 
b. 5 May, 1838 ; m. 18G4, Eleanor L., dau. of Franklin Glazier, 
of Hallowell, Me. : ordained to the Episcopal ministry in I860 ; 
now settled in Potsdam, N. Y. ; archdeacon. 

1585 John Winchester, b. 21 Jan., 1808; d. near Rosario, Buenos 

Ayres, 22 Dec., 1867; m. 23 June, 1834, Eliza Ann, dan. of Jas. 
and Eliza L. Osgood, of Fryeburg, Me., where she d. 14 Dec, 
1863, aged 50. He was Gov. of Maine, 1847-50; U. S. minister 
to Bolivia, 1854-5 ; he" was a great ' political power in the state 
for many years. Ch. : Mary Sherburne, b. 6 May, 1835 ; m. 24 
Dec, 1861, Henry Hyde Smith, b. in Cornish, Me., Feb., 1832, 
a lawyer of Boston, (Ch. : Winchester D., b. 18 Dec, 1863). 
John Winchester, b. 1 July, 1838; tl. 12 Mar., 1839. Francis 
Judah, b. 11 Oct., 1839; of Buenos Ayres. Annie Winchester, 
b. 18 Aug., 1843; m. 31 Oct., 1867, James McMillan, sou of Dr. 
Royal and Abigail (McMillan) Ayer, of Danville, Vt., where he 
d. 22 Aug., 1892; he was a surgeon at Buenos Ayres, (Ch. : 
Annie W.,b. 18 Aug., 1870. Howard D.,b. Aug., 1873; d. Oct., 
1874. Harold Osgood, b. 9 July, 1877). 

1586 Francis Putnam, b. 1 Mar., 1810; d. 13 Mar., 1810. 

1587 Abigail Ripley, b. 12 Sept., 1811; m. 6 May, 1835, Edward L. 

Osgood, who cl. in Fryeburg, Me., 9 Apr., 1864. Ch. : James 
Ripley, b. 22 Apr., 1836; d. in London, Eng., 18 May, 1892; 
Bowdoin College, 1854; member of the publishing house of 
Ticknor & Fields, and later of James R. Osgood & Co., and of 
James R. Osgood, Mcllwaine & Co., of London. Elizabeth Dana, 
b. 21 Aug., 1838; d. 25 Jan., 1852. Catherine Putnam, b. 25 
May, 1841 ; of Boston ; favorably known as an author. Edward 
Louis, b. 6 Aug., 1843 ; m. Hannah Draper. Frances Caroline 
b. 21 Sept., 1845. George Phillips, b. 13 May, 1849; d. in 

1588 Catherine Putnam, b. 7 Aug., 1814; d. 21 May, 1887; m. Henry 

B. Osgood, b. in Fryeburg, 5 Oct., 1811 ; Bowdoin College, 1832. 

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He was a lawyer in Portland, and d. 1848, leaving one son, 
Henry B., captain U. S. A. Mrs. Osgood m., 2d, Jndge Daniel 
Goodenow, of Alfred, Me. They have a dau. m. to James H. 
Smith, of Portland. 

1589 Emtly Wheklock, b. 7 June, 1816; d. 8 Dec., 1842. 

1590 Sarah Mallevillb, b. 31 Oct., 1818; d. 18 May, 1821. 

Hon. Jddah Dana was graduated from Dartmouth College 
in 1795, and began the study of law with Benjamin A. Gil- 
bert, of Hanover, N. H. Three years later he began to prac- 
tice at Fryeburg, Me., and was county attorney 1805-11; 
judge of probate, 1805-22; common pleas, 1811-23; mem- 
ber of the constitutional convention in 1819, and of the state 
executive council in 1833 ; U. S. senator 1836-7. 

VI. 658 Israel Putnam Dana (Hannah, Gen. Israel, 
Joseph, Tltomas, John) , bom in Pomfret, Vt., 13 April, 1774 ; 
died 22 June, 1848 ; married 29 April, 1798, Sarah Sophia, 
daughter of Elisha and Frances (Sessions) Smith, of Pomfret, 
who died 7 May, 1853. 

Children : 

1591 Frances Mary, b. 13 June, 1800; m. 1 June, 1819, Rev. Austin 

Hazen, of Dartmouth College, 1807 ; pastor successively of the 
First and Dothan churches In his native town of Hartford, and 
for 17 years in Berlin, Vt., where he died 25 Dec., 1854; his 
wife d. 11 June, 1831. Ch. : Alphia Dana, b. 23 July, 1820; d. 
in Northampton, 11 Mar., 1891. She was a student in Ipswich 
Female Seminary, and graduated at Mt. Holyoke Seminary 1841 ; 
associated with Miss Lyon as a teacher there until her marriage 
14 Feb., 1851, to Rev. Daniel L. Stoddard, missionary to the 
Nestorians, her home being in Oroomiah, Persia, until his death 
22 June, 1857. Returning to America she was again connected 
with Mt. Holyoke, and acting principal 1865-7 ; m. 4 Sept., 1867, 
Dea. William H. Stoddard, of Northampton, brother of her first 
husband, and remained there after his death, 14 June, 1884. 
She was a woman of rare qualities of mind and heart, beloved 
as a teacher by the multitudes of her pupils. Allen, b. 30 Nov., 
1822 ; Dart. Col. 1842, and Andover Theological Seminary 1846, 
and for many years of the Marathe Mission of the A. B. C. F. M. 
in Western India. His alma mater conferred the honorary de- 
gree of D. D. in 1873. He was in America 1859-62 and from 
1874-91, when he returned to India, after attending as a dele- 

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gate, the International Congregational Council in London. He 
m. 18 Sept., 1846, Martha Ramsay Chapin, of Somers, Ct., a 
graduate and teacher at Mt. Holyoke Seminary, who d. in Green- 
field, 20 Jan , 1884; (Ch. : Henry Allen, b. 1 Jan., 1849; of 
Dart. Col. 1871 ; connected since 1880 with the Signal Service 
and Weather Bureau in Washington, where his services have 
gained marked distinction. William Oliver, b. 21 Aug., 1850 ; 
d. in the Mediterranean, while returning to India, 28 July, 1871 ; 
classmate of his brother in Dart. Col. Frances Anna, b. 9 July, 
1852; grad. Mt. Holyoke Seminary, 1875; m. 20 Oct., 1875, 
Lorin Samuel Gates, of N. C, 1871 ; YaleTheo. Seminary, 1875; 
a missionary in Sholapur, India. Mary Sophia, b. 4 Nov., 1854 ; 
grad. Mt. Holyoke Seminary, 1877, and is with her father in 
India. Harriet Stoddard, b. 10 Oct., 1857; d. 11 Oct. Martha 
Chapin. b. 18 May, 1859 ; d. 8 Sept. Charles Chopin, b. 17 Aug., 
18G2; d. 81 Aug.). 

1592 Sarah Sophia, b. 6 Feb., 1802; d. 81 Oct., 1820. 

1593 Hannah Putnam, b. 6 Mar., 1804; ra. 15 Feb., 1882, Allen, son of 

Asa and Susaunah (Tracy) Hazen, of Hartford, and brother of 
Austin (above). He was for two years a member of the Dart. 
Col. class of 1817 ; some time in Wheeling, Va., and in the cus- 
tom house at New Orleans, but returned and spent his life on the 
farm of which his grandfather, Thomas Hazen, was the first 
owner; selectman 1829-33, and representative in the legislature 
1845-6 and 9. He was often called to positions of trust for 
which his sterling integrity and intelligence specially fitted him, 
and was a man of literary tastes und high Christian character. 
He d. while on a visit at St. Johnsbury, 2 June, 1871 ; his wife 
d. 11 Dec., 1879. Ch. : Henry Allen, b. 27 Dec, 1832; Kim- 
ball Union Academy, 1850 ; Dart. Col. 1854, and Aadover Theo. 
Seminary, 1857; ordained at St. Johnsbury, Vt., 17 Feb., 1857, 
and acting pastor at Barnard and Bridgewater, 1857-8; Hard- 
wick, 1858-9; Barton, 1859-60; West Randolph, 18G1-2; pastor 
Plymouth, N. H., installed 21 Jan., 1863, dismissed 15 July, 
1868; Lyme, installed 2 Sept., 1868, dis. 30 Sept., 1870: Pitts- 
field, installed 22 Dec, 1870, dis. 30 Nov., 1872; Bilierica, Mass. 
installed 21 May, 1874, dis. 4 May, 1879; secretary National 
Council and Congregational churches of the United States, and 
editor of their Year Book since 1883 ; Marietta College gave 
him the honorary D. D. 1891 ; trustee of Kimball Union Acad- 
emy, 1869-86; Home school, Bilierica, 1875-86; of the N. H. 
missionary society, 1872-4 ; besides being connected in various 
responsible capneities with many other societies and institu- 
tions. In July, 1891, he was appointed assistant secretary of 
the International Congregational Council in London ; an histo- 
rian of well known ability he is a member of the Vt. and N. H. 
Hist. Soc., and the N. £. Historic Geneal. Soc. Amoig his pub- 


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Ushed wdrks is the History of Billerica, Mass , with genealogies. 
He m. 9 July 1863, Cliarlotte Eloise, dau. of Dr. George Barrett 
and Mary Hatch (Jones) Green, of Windsor, Vt., who d. in 
Anbarndale, 8 Feb., 1881, «. 87 yrs. and 9 dys. ; m., 2d, 81 Ang., 
. 1889, Martha Bethia, dan. of George W. aud Sarah (Norris) 
Heathe, of Boston. (Ch. : Mary, b. 23 Nov., 1864; d. 30 Sept., 
1865. Emily, b. 5 Ang., 1866 ; grad. Smith College, 1889 ; teacher 
of Latin and Greek, Pueblo, Col. Charlotte, b. 6 Not., 1868).' 
Israel Putnam, b. 28 Apr., 1837 ; d. 4 Jan., 1838. Charles Dana, b. 
11 Feb., 1842; lives on the ancestral farm at Hartford; m. 28 
May, 1868, Abby M., dan. of Horace P., and Martha L. (Dewey) 
Coleman, of Norwich. (Ch. : Allen, b. 28 Aug., 1869; chemist 
in charge of State Experimental Station, Lawrence, Mass., 1887. 
Anna Putnam, b. 22 Sept., 1872; grad. from Smith College. 
Louise Coleman, b. 1 Jan., 1877. Charles Dana, b. 3 Feb., 1881. 
Richard, b. 12 July, 1887.) Emily Hannah, b. 2 Aug , 1844. 

1594 Emily Eunice, b. 22 June, 1807; m. 25 Not., 1828, Andrew Mc- 

Millan, of Fryeburg, Me. ; a merchant for a short time there 
and afterward in Danville, Vt. He was in the legislatures of both 
Maine and Vermont, and d. 11 Mar., 1875; his wife d. 17 May, 
1844. Ch. : Putnam Dana, b. in Fryeburg, 25 Aug., 1832; m. 
6 May, 1858, Helen E., dau. of Hon. Bliss N. Davis, of Danville, 
who d. near Rosario, Buenos Ayres, of cholera, in 1867 ; m. 29 
Nov., 1870, Catherine K., dau. of Hon. Moses Kittredge, of St 
John>bury, Vt. (Ch. : Emily Dana, b. 14 July, 1860. Helen 
Margaret, b. 25 Jan., 1876; d. 18 Apr., 1879. Margaret, b. 27 
Nov., 1878. Putnam Dana, b. 15 Nov., 1881.) Since 1870 Mr. 
McMUlian has been in the real estate and insurance business in 
Minneapolis. Sarah Dana, b. in Danville, 12 May, 1836; grad. 
from Kimball Union Academy, 1856; teacher in Putnam, O., 
Plattsburg, N. Y., and Pinkenton Academy, Derry, N. H. ; m. 
there, 11 July, 1865, Rev. Ebenezer G. Parsons, who was after- 
ward principal; settled at Freeport, Me., and Derry, N. H. ; 
principal of Dummer Academy, Byfleld, 1872-82. John, b. 27 
Sept., 1838; a farmer, residing in Chester, La.; m. 28 Oct.. 
1878, Mrs. Carrie A. Wagner. (Ch. : Putnam Dana, b. 18 Aug., 
1S82). Julia Dana.b. 10 Nov., 1841; d. Jan., 1844. 

1595 Israel Pin nam, b. 27 May, 1809; blind; m. 24 June, 1835, Char- 

lotte O. Stanley, of Rochester, N. Y., who d. Aug., 1836; m., 
2d, 29 July, 1839, Almira L., dan. of Elijah and Susan (Hoar) 
Dutton, of Hartford, Vt., who d. 23 June, 1890. Mr. Dana was 
widely known as a teacher of music. After 1860 his home was 
in St. Johnsbury, where he d. 27 May, 1875. 

1596 Julia Axn, b. 21 May, 1812; d. 28 May, 1838. 

1597 Chablks Smith, b. IS Nov., 1815; of Dart. Col., 1838; read law 

at Waterbury with Gov. Dillingham, and Woodstock, Vt; a 

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few years merchant in Danville, in firm of Dana, Weeks & 
Stanton ; judge of probate for Caledonia county, 1846-54 ; re- 
moved to St. Johnsbury, and clerk of the county court, 1856- 
64 ; collector of internal revenue for the state, 1877-81 ; in Kan- 
• sas City afterward ; several years represenative ; and senator, 
1854. At the outbreak of the civil war he was very active in 
raising troops and funds ; he was talented and faithful in public 
office, the embodiment of honor and integrity ; pure, gentle and 
affectionate in his home life, and a man of wide influence, from 
his strong convictions and sterling character ; he was an active 
member of the Episcopal church. He m. 14 Feb , 1848, Arvilla 
H., dau. of Simeon P. and Sally (Bugbee) Sinclair, of Hardwick, 
Vt., where she was born 23 Aug., 1826. Mr. Dana d. 10 April, 
1888. Ch. : Israel Putnam, b. 12 Aug., 1849} H. C, 1871; 
he engaged in the practice of law iu Kansas City, in 1880. 
Sarah Sophia, b. 23 June, 1851; of Vassar College, and some 
years a teacher in Syracuse, N. Y. ; m. 23 Aug., 1883, Chester, 
son of Chauncy C. and Lucy E. (Hicks) Loomla, of Syracuse. 
Their home is in Eaglewood, N. Y. Mr. Loomis is an artist. 
(Ch. : Charles Dana, b. 11 Dec, 1884. John Putuam. b. 9 May., 
1889.) Abby Helen, b. 1 Dec, 185G; of Vassar College and 
a teacher for some years ; m. 14 Feb., 1888, John A. Loomis, 
brother of Chester. Their home is on a large ranch, Point Rock, 
Concho County, Texas. (Ch. : Sarah Dana, b. 9 Feb., 1889. 
Chauncy Chester, b. 18 Aug., 1892). 

Israel Putnam Dana removed to Danville, in 1805, where 
he was one of the pioneers in the settlement of the town and 
of northern Vermont. He was a successful merchant for many 
years ; also inn-keeper 1805-8, and an extensive farmer, de- 
voting much attention to sheep raising. His sterling qualities 
gained and held the public confidence. He was high sheriff 
1808-13, and took the first prisoners to the new state prison 
in Windsor. 

In the war of 1812 he was an active supporter of the 
administration, raising volunteers for the service and furn- 
ishing the commissariat for numbers of soldiers auartered at 
Danville. In 1814 he raised a company and was on his way 
to Burlington when the news of the battle at Plattsburg was 
received. After the war was collector of the direct tax for 
a large district in northern Vermont; 1822-7, a member of 
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of the Vermont Mutual Eire Insurance Company. For* 30 
years he was an efficient and consistent menilier of the Con- 
gregational church, and earnest in support of its work at 
home and abroad. 

VI. 660 John Winchester Dana (HannaJi, Gen. 
Israel, Joseph, Thomas, John), born 16 Jan., 1777 ; married 
Susan, daughter of Rev. George Damon. 

Children : 

1598 George Duttox, b. T& Feb., 1803; d. 1851. 

1599 Mary Ann, b. 14 Nov., 1804. 
1G00 Susan Eliza, b. 22 Dec., 1807. 

1G01 John TV., b. 8 Sept., 1811 ; d. 8 Nov., 1811. 

1602 Catherine Putnam, b. 10 June, 1813. 

1G03 Oscar Fingall, b. 31 Mar., 1815. 

1604 Martha Eliza, b. 23 Men., 1818. 

1605 Andrew Jackson, b. 16 May, 1820. 
1696 John W., b. 4 Nov., 1822. 

VI. 661 Daniel Dana (Hannah, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
Thomas, John,) born 23 March, 1778; married Persis 
Brown ; married, second, Mrs. Abigail Dudley, of Woodstock. 

He held a colonel's commission in the war of 1812. By 
his first wife he had several children. They lived in Wood- 

Children : 

1607 George W. 

1608 Daniel P. 

1609 Giles Collins, m. 19 May, 1836, Ruth Thomas ; lived in Peoria, 

11. Ch. : Martha Porter, b. 4 Jan., 1840; m. 10 Sept., 1863, Ker. 
Peter Mc Vicar, b. in N. B., 15 June, 1829; pres. Washburn Col- 
lege. Alice R., m. James D. Gilchrist; lives in Pasadena, Cal. 
Mary Adams, m. 17 May, 1876, Hon. Henry H. Markham, of 
Pasadena, Cal. 

VI. 663 David Dana (Hannah, Gen. Iswel, Joseph, 
Tliomas, John) , born 24 March, 1781 ; married 25 Nov., 1805, 
Alice Hewitt; married, second, 3 Feb., 1814, Rebcecn H., 
daughter of Jonathan Chase, of Cornish, N. H. He was a 
farmer in Pomfret, where he died 12 March, 1839. 

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Children : 

1610 Elisha, b. 1807. 

1611 Lucy, b. 18 Jane, 1809; d. in Unionville, Ct., 14 Apr , 1800; m. 

24 May, 1880, Rev. Joseph Marsh, b. in Sharon, Vt., 24 Aug., 
1799; d. 5 Feb., 1885; of Dart. Col., 1824; pastor nt Pom fret, 
1828-31 ; Hinsdale, N. H., 1885-8 ; and other churches. Ch. : 
Joseph Putnam, b. 18 Sept, 1889; m. L. S. Balch; he was a 
farmer in Minnesota. (Ch. : Lucy N. Charles B.) Daniel 
Dana, b. in Oxford, N. C, 11 Apr., 1842; of Dart. Col., 1865: 
ordained in Georgetown, Mass., 16 Sept;, 1868; pastor there, 
1868-88; Unionville, Ct., since; m. Abbie W. Cass. (Ch. : Car- 
rie Tapley. Lucy D. Susie Preston). 

1612 Daniel Putnam, b. 1811. 

1613 Aijcr Hewitt, b. 17 Feb., 1815; m. 10 May, 1836, Dr. Stephen 

Tracy, missionary in Siam, but practiced his profession after- 
ward In Hudson, O., Windsor, Vt., Worcester and Andover, 
Mass. ; professor of Theory in practice of medicine in the New 
England Female Medical College, many years. He died 13 Jan., 
1873. Mrs. Tracy lives with her son in Detroit, Mich. Ch. : 
Martha Evarts, b. in Singapore, 8 Nov., 1837; of Abbot Acad- 
emy; m. 17 May, 1860, Rev. William W. Livingston, b. inPot- 
tou, P.Q., 15 Dec, 1832; missionary in Siam, Turkey, 1860-72; 
pastor, North Carner, Mass, 1873-8; Jaflrey, N. H., since. His 
wife d. 19 Sept., 1874. (Ch. : Alice, b. 1 Mar,, 1861. William 
Farrand, b. 5 July, 1862 ; rector of Epis. ch., Augusta, Me. ; m. 
27 Dec., 1890, Margaret V. Farrington, of Augusta, Me. Steph- 
en Tracy, b. 29 Dec, 1864; ordained 8 July, 1891, So. Egre- 
mont, Miss. ; m. 21 Oct., 1891, Lucia Towle, of Fryeburg, Me. 
Rebecca, b. 10 Sept., 1867; of Mt. Holyoke Sem., 1887; d. in 
Chattanooga, Tenn., 21 Apr., 1889. Edward M., b. 14 Aug., 

1869. Judith L., b. 12 June, 1872; d. 13 Oct., 1872.) Rebecca 
Dana, b. in Pomfret, Vt., 19 July, 1840; of Abbot Acad. ; mis- 
sionary of A. B. C. F. M., Sinas, Western Turkey, 1868-70; m 

1870, Mr. McCalloun, and now resides in Lansing, Mich. Wil- 
liam W., resides in Detroit. Edward. Stephen Prince. ' 

1614 Daniel Chase, b. Jan. 21, 1817; d. 12 Sept,, 1843; m. Almira 

King. Ch. : Hugh Ware, b. 18 Nov., 1841 ; d. 1842. Daniel C, 
b. 31 Mar., 1843; d. 23 Aug., 1862, in the U. S. Army. 

1615 Rebecca Hart, b. 17 Jan., 1819; m. 9 Aug., 1814, Rev. Edward 

Ellas Atwater, b. in New Haven, Ct., 28 May, 1816; of Yale 
College, 1836; ordained 24 Nov., 1841, at Ravenna, 0. ; hns 
published Atwater Genealogy ; History of the Colony of New 
Haven; History of the City of New Haven, etc Died in 
Hawthorne, Fla., 2 Dec, 1887. 

1616 Persis Chase, b. 22 Sept., 1820; m. 15 June, 1842, Elisha Hewitt, 

of Pomfret, who d. 12 Dec, 1882. Ch. : Stephen, b. 11 June, 

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1843. Lucy Mar iii, b. 1 Jan.,. 1845. David Dana, b. 14 Aug., 
1846. Mary B. Ware, b. 16 Sept., 1848; m. John J. Myers, 
• of Cincinnati, and is now living a widow in Washington. 
Rebecca Atwater, b. 28 Jane, 1850. Persia Dana, b. 8 May, 
1852; teacher in St. Johnsbury Academy, Vt. Alice Dana, b. 18 
Mar., 1855. Elisha, b. 18 Mar., 1857; of New Haven, Conn. 
Emily Hamilton, b. 16 Feb., 1859. Jason D., b. 16 Dec., 1860. 
Ella Chase, b. 6 Oct., 1863; d. 1 Apr., 1880. 

1617 Benjamin, b. 25 Jan., 1823, and d. a few days after. 

1618 Isabklla, b. Sept. 12, 1826; m. 30 Aug., .1848, Oliver C. Wood- 

ward, and lived in Northfleld. Ch. : Isabella D., b. 23 April, 
1852; m. 25 May, 1874, Charles A. Smith. (Ch. : Ennice D. 
Albert O.) Jessie H., b. 10 Dec, 1856. 

VI. 667 Mary Tyler (Mehilable, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
Thomas, John), died 12 June, 1832; married, 23 Jan., 
1793, Samuel, son of Samuel and Dorothy (Williams) Sum- 
ner, of Pomfret, Conn., born there, 1 Nov., 1766; died 31 
Dec, 1821. 

Children, all born at Pomfret: 

1619 George, b. 13 Dec, 1793; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Daniel Putnam. 

His family will be found under No. 690. 

1620 Sarah May, b. 25 July, 1796; d. Oct., 1873; m. John C. Howard. 

1621 Mary, b. 3 June, 1799. 

1622 Elizabeth Tyler, b. 15 Aug., 1801 ; d. 30 Mar., 1841. 

1623 Samuel Putnam, b. 8 Feb., 1807; d. 21 Oct., 1880; m. 19 April, 

1830, J. Ann Goffe, of Pomfret, who d. 7 Feb., 1875. Ch., b. at 
Pomfretn Samuel, b. 24 Apr., 1831; d. 19 June, 1852. George, 
b. 1 Mar., 1833. Joseph, b. 12 July, 1836. Edward Tyler, b. 11 
Mar., 1839; d. in Pomfret, 13 Aug., 1884'; sergeant 11th Conn. 
Vol. Inf. Israel Putnam, b. 20 Jan., 1842; d. a pris. at Belle 
Isle, Va., 13 Feb., 1864; sergeant 7th Conn. Vol. Inf. Charles, 
b. 19 Feb., 1845 ; d. 23 May, 1852. Mary Elizabeth, b. 27 Mar., 
1847; m. 17 Mar., 1869, Albert E. Potter, of Woodstock. 

VI. 673 Betsey {Mary, Gen. Israel, Joseph, Tliomas, 
John), born in Porafret, Conn., 22 Sept., 1774 ; died 14 July, 
1846 ; married 12 May, 1799, John Augustus, son of Elisha 
Gleason, of Pomfret, Conn., born there, 24 June, 1770; died 
11 July, 1842. 

Children : 

1624 Lewis Putnam, b. in Pomfret, 28 Feb.., 1800; d. 22 Jan., 1885; m. 

3 Mar., 1826, Sophronia Butler, who d. 6 Jan., 1827; m., 2d, 2 

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Oct., 1827, Lucy Butler, who d. 80 Oct., 1846; m., 3d, 20 Oct., 
,1847, Susan Davis. (Cli. : Caroline, b. and d. 1827. Henry 
Augustus, b. Jan., 1829. Charles Edwin, b. 18 Apr., 1830. 
Caroline Maria, b. 10 June, 1832; d. 27 Jan., 1833. Elizabeth 
Frances (m. Marcus B. Webber), and John Francis (Rev.) b. 
23 May, 1835. Lewis P., d. young. Alfred Waldo, d. young. 
Lewis Putnam, b. 1 June, 1839 ; d. 27 July, 1872. Lucy Caro- 
line, cL young. 

Lewis P., Sr. , was a shoemaker, and stopped in Bedford while 
on a trip to his grandmother Waldo in Maine. From him the 
Bedford family descends. 

1625 Caroline, b. 5 Feb., 1804; m. Daniel Clark, of Arlington. 

1626 Mary Waldo, b. 15 Aug., 1807; m. 11 Oct., 1835, William Web- 

ber, who d. Feb., 1848. Ch. : Charles W., b. 1836. William A., 
b. 1840. Edwin F., b. 1843. 

1627 Elizabeth, b. 22 Aug., 1810; m. David Clark, of Arlington. 

VI. 686 William (Daniel, Gen. Israel, Joseph, Thorn- 
as, John), born in Brooklyn (then Pornfret), Conn., 1 Jan., 
1783; died there, 5 Dec, 1846; married there, 17 April, 
1805, Mary, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Payne) Spald- 
ing, of Brooklyn, born there, 17 April, 1786; died there, 29 
Dec., 1880. 

Children : 

1628 Carolink Mary, b. in Pornfret, 17 Feb., 1806; d. 10 Apr., 1882; 
m. 6 Jan., 1834, Edward Fogg. 
1G29 Daniel, b. in Brooklyn, 23 Feb., 1808; d. 5 Oct., 1814. 
1630 Harkiet Wadswortii, b. in Holland, Mass., 5 Feb., 1810. 

1631 William Hutchinson, b. In Holland, Mass., 2 Feb., 1812; d. 17 

July, 1880. 

1632 Elizabeth, b. in Brooklyn, 15 Dec., 1813; m. 1836, Benjamin 

Bacon Spalding. 

1633 Daniel, b. in Brooklyn, 9 Jan., 1816; d. 11 Aug., 1818. 

1634 Israkl, b. in Brooklyn, 31 Aug., 1818; d. 3 Apr., 1819. 
1635 Asa Spalding, b. in Brooklyn, 16 July, 1820; d. 30 July, 1868. 

1636 Jane, b. in Brooklyn, 25 Apr., 1823; m., as his 2d wife,Kev. Rlv- 
erius Camp, D. D. ; no ch. 
1637 Anne, b. in Brooklyn, 20 Mar., 1825 ; ,m. Charles Bacon. Mrs. 
Bacon lives at 304 Sibley street, Cleveland, Ohio. 

William Putnam was a farmer in Brooklyn, Conn., and 
held various town offices. He was highly respected and held 
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VI. 687 Catherine (Daniel, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
Thomas, John), born in Brooklyn, Conn., 17 Nov., 1785; 
died in Hartford, 2 Oct., 1842 ; married in Brooklyn, Conn., 
30 April, 1805, George Brinley, son of Edward and Sarah 
(Tyler) Brinley, born in Boston, 24 Oct., 1774 ; died in Hart- 
ford, Conn., 21 Jan., 1857. Merchant in Hartford in later 
years. ' ... 

Children : ' 






Ohhrrink Hutchinson, b. 12 Feb., 1806; d., *. p., 21 July, 1882; 

m. Oct., 1825, Samuel Howard Hnntington, who d. 4 Dec., 1880, 

aged 86 ; he was a judge ; lived in Hartford. 
Sauau Tyler, b. 6 Mar., 1808 ; d. 27 Sept., 1812. 
Hakkibt Putnam, b. 28 Apr., 1810; d. 31 Oct., 1811. 
Harriet Putnam, b. 13 May, 1812; d. 4 Sept., 1845. 
Elizabeth, b. 6 Nov., 1814; d. 28 Sept., 18«2. 
George, b. 15 May, 1817; d. 17 May, 1875; m. F. E. Terry. 
Sarah Tyler, b. 25 Dec, 1818; d. 28 Dec, 1818. 
Annb, b. 19 Mar., 1820; d. 13 Oct., I860. 
Sarah, b. 1 Sept., 1822; cl. 21 May, 1836. 
Emily Malbone, b. 27 Oct., 1824; m. H. K. Morgan. 
Putnam, b. 18 Feb., 1827. 
Edward Huntington, b. 22 Jan., 1820; m. Mrs. R. M. Bradford. 

George Bkinley was for innny years at the head of a 
drug store in Boston, succeeding Dr. Dix, and there laid the 
foundation of a large fortune. He was a warden of Trinity 
church, Boston. In late years he resided at Hartford. His 
wife was a lady of strong sense and high excellence of chris- 
tian character. Their house was the home of the clergy of 
the church. 

VI. 690 Elizabeth (Daniel, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
TJiomas, John), born 24 Sept., 1794; died 1844; married 
George Sumner, M. D., her cousin, son of George and Mary 
(Tyler) Sumner, No. 1619. 

Mr. Sumner graduated from Yale in 1813 ; for some years 
a physician at Hartford, and Professor of Botany in Trinity 
College; he died 20 Feb., 1855. 

Children ; 

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1650 Euzabkth, m. Myron Wilson. 

1651 Catharine R. m. 25 Sept., 1856, Hezeklah Huntington, of Hart- 

ford, who d. 20 Feb., 1865. 

1652 Mart, m. 20 Oct, 1858, Joseph Warren Newcomb, of Hartford, 

who d. at Burlington, N. J., 17 Oct., 1866; m., 2d, C. M. Bid- 
well, of E. Hartford. 
1658 Gboboe. 

1654 Harriot G., m. William Chipman, who d. ; and she m., 2d, Mr. 


VI. 691 John Pope (Peter Scliuyler, Gen. Israel, Jos- 
eph, T/iomas, John), born in Brooklyn, Conn., 9 May, 1786 ; 
died in Cambridge, N. Y\, 10 Oct., 1867; married 5 Jan., 
1813, Elizabeth, daughter of Doctor Jonathan Dorr, of Cam- 
bridge, X. Y. 

Children : 

1655 A son, d. in Infancy. 

1656 Mary, adopted daughter ; niece of Mrs. Putnam. Present address, 

Mary Putnam Thatcher, 339 Lafayette ave., Brooklyn, Ct. 

Mr. Putnam graduated from Williams College in 1809, 
and studied law at Albany with Abraham Van Vichten. In 
January, 1813, he removed to Cambridge, where he lived 
until his death. He was a good lawyer ; a faithful student 
of the bible ; an ornament to society and a strong arm to help 
in church affairs ; a most affectionate husband and father ; a 
sympathetic friend. 

VI. 695 Nathan (Peter Schuyler, Gen. Israel, Joseph, 
T/iomas, John), born in Brooklyn, Ct., 22 Aug., 1787 ; died 
in North Adams, 3 Dec, 1841 ; married at North Adams, 2 
July, 1816, Maria, daughter of Richard and Lellis (Chase) 
Knight. She died 8 Feb., 1845. 

Mr. Putnam resided at Adams, Mass., where he practiced 
law; at one time postmaster. He was a graduate of Wil- 
liams College. 

Children : 

1657 Lilub Marion, b. In Northampton, 7 Feb., 1818 ; d. 17 Feb., 1891, 

at No. Adams; m. 28 Nov., 1832, Edward Norman, M.D. Ch. : 

Emily W., m. Hay den; present address, Mrs. Emily N. 

Hay den, 66 Centre street, No. Adams. 

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1658 Lucy Alida, b. 1 Oct., 1819,; d. 28 Jane, 1844; m. Mortimer 


1659 Nathan Knight, b. 26 Dec., 1821 ; d. 28 Mar., 1822. 

. 1660 Ann Eliza, b. 27 Mar.". 1827; d. 80 Not., 1844 ; m. 2 Sept., 1841. 
Charles Emerson. 

.VI. 696 Peter Schuyler (Peter HeJiuyler, Gen. Israel, 
Joseph, Thomas, John), born in Brooklyn Conn.; died in 
Elyria, Ohio, 185tf , aged 69 ; married Miss Stephens. 

Children : 

1661 Son. 

1662 Daughter. 

Mr. Putnam at one time was a merchant in Cleveland, but 
at the time of his death was a member of the Lorain Bar. 
He performed the duties of a magistrate in Elyria for many 
years in a most faithful manner. At one time a resident of 
Marietta, Ohio. 

VI. 699. Doctor Samuel, (John, Samuel, John, 
Nathaniel, John) born about 1740; married about 1761, 
Elizabeth Kimball, who died Oct., 1804, aged 66. Admi- 
nistration on his estate granted 6 Nov., 1789, to widow 
Elizabeth who gave bonds with James Bancroft and Amos 

Children : 

1663 Betsey, b. 3 April, 1762. 

1664 Samuel Kimball, b. 27 Feb., 1765; d. 21 Nov., 1847. 

1665 Mary, b. 23 Sept., 1766; m. 4 Dec, 1803, Nathaniel dimming. 

1666 Sarah, b. 6 Mar., 1768. 

1667 John, b. 2 Sept., 1769; 19 Sept., 1778. 
1668 William, b. 1 Sept., 1771 ; d. 3 Feb., 1835. 

1669 James, b. 5 Aug. 1773; d. Nov., 1776. 

1670 James, b. 23 Nor., 1777; d. 18 Nov., 1807. 

Dr. Samuel Putnam accompanied Dr. Amos Putnam, 
with whom he was studying, in the French and Indian cam- 
paign as " waiter." He settled in Salisbury, and afterward 
in Reading and Lynnfield. 

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VI. 702 John (John, Samuel, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born iu Sudbury, 13 June, 1746 ; 119 died in Chester, Vt M 9 
Sept., 1838; married in Marlborough, Mass., Dec, 1771, 
•Mary, daughter of Robert Baker, born there, 20 August, 

Children : - 

1671 Jk&sk, b. in Marlborough, 81 July, 1772. 

1672 Robkrt, b. 25 June, 1774. 

1673 An infant, b. 1776; d. 3 Oct., 1778. 

1674 Pollt, b. in Ashburnbam, 23 July, 1778; m. 1802, John Hoar. 

1675 Bbtsbt, b. in Lancaster, 9 Jan., 1781; m. 1801, Ezra Sargent, Jr. 
1676 John, b. in Lancaster, 81 March, 1788. 

1677 Rachel, b. 19 Apr., 1785; unm., in 1885. 

1678 Sally, b. in Chester, Vt., 1 Sept., 1790; m. 1812, Ebenezer Hoar. 

John Putnam was above the common stature and of a ro- 
bust constitution, being hale and hearty at ninety. At vari- 
ous periods he lived in Ashburnbam (1775-9), Lancaster, 
and finally in Chester, Vt. 

His name occurs on the Lexington Alarm lists as marching 
in Capt. Deliverance Davis* company, Col. Asa Whitcomb's 

VI. 703 Nathan (John, Samuel, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Sudbury, 26 July, 1749; died in Lexington, 
Ky., 26 June, 1833, of cholera, and was buried in the gar- 
den of his estate on Hall street, Lexington; married 20 Oct., 
1774, Dorothy, daughter of Daniel and Dorothy (Goss) 
Whitney, born in Stow, 23 Dec, 1751; died in Wendall, 
27 Dec, 1825. 

Children : 

1679 Daniel, b. 29 April, 1775; bapt. in Ashburnbam, 16 July, 1775; 

d. 22 Sept., 1775. 

1680 Dorothy, b. 2 Dec, 1776; bapt. in Ashburnham, 18 May, 1777; 

d. in Eddyville, Ky., 19 Dec., 1832; " weak as a child but being 
restored to health," m. Nathan Gates, of Stow, and had •• four 
daughters and two sons, and eight or ten of the fourth genera- 
tion." The children were : Dorothy. Nathan. Maria. Anne. 

"• Another account, b. 13 June, 1745. 

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Nathan, b. 18 Mar., 1779; d. in Wendall, 4 Nov., 1817. 

Samuel, b. 19 Jane, 1781. 

SARAH,b. 15 Sept., 1788; m. Daniel Ridge (or Rider) of Leicester. 
" Sarah has had a chequered fortune; they have been raised 
from low to high degree and have now sunk to low." Writing 
of Ridge, the author says : u he has a large share of ingenuity in 
the mechanical line, and has met with many disappointments 
and losses, is now picking up again." They lived In Lexington, 
Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Ch.: Sarah. Daniel. Lucy. Ori- 
ly. Joseph. William. Emily. Susanna. John'. Nathan. 
" Orily, Sarah, Daniel, Joseph, all dead." 

Lucr, b. 19 May, 1786; m. 8 Mar., 1802, Aaron Lawrence, of 
Hollis, N. H. ** Lucy married Mr. Aaron Lawrence ; his for- 
tune has been diversified ; began well but lost his health ; moved 
from place to place, at last to Vermont, where he is doing 
well ;" " have not lost a child ;" "have never seen such an agree- 
able family, all well looking and most are beautiful. One son 
and two or three daughters are married." " Lucy has three or 
four grandchildren." Ch. : Lucy, m. Ambrose Pease. Aaron, 
m. Lucretla Claggett. Mary R., m. Perkins W. Wiley. Daniel, 
of Newmarket, d. 1888. Jane D. Alona A. WlUimian C. 
Dorothy M. Nancy B. Sarah S. Eliza A. James P. 

James, b. 2 June, 1778; '* an unfortunate youth, much inclined to 
society and sport ; chose a sea faring life and has been heard 
from for many years past;" went to sea in 1819. 

Joseph Washington, b. 10 Aug., 1790. 

Mary, b. 24 Nov., 1791 ; m. John Davis, a farmer in Hancock, 
where they lived. Ch. : V. Harriet. James. George. Maria. 
Charles. Sarah J. 

Nathan Putnam lived in Grafton, Stow, Ashburnham and 
Wendall, Mass., and Lexington, Ky. He joined his brother 
John at Ashburnham. While at Stow he kept an inn. In 
1778, Nathan Putnam and wife were granted letters of dis- 
missal from the church, on account of difference of opinion 
in regard to infant baptism. 

There is a curious manuscript written by Nathan Putnam 
and now in the possession of his descendants in Kentucky, 
from which the above account of his children was taken, 
touching on every variety of subject. One is a satire on 
" Calvin'sCreed," very well taken, and showing the author to 
be a man of shrewd sense and somewhat of an Unitarian or 
Universalist in his belief. 

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VL 705 Capt. Daniel (John, Samuel, John, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Sudbury, 27 Sep., 190 1755 ; died in Wind- 
ham, Vt., 21 Oct., 1819 ; married, first, at Ashburnham, 18 
Mar., 1777, Elizabeth, daughter of John Oberlock (or Over- 
lock, whose children were all known as Lock) , a German emi- 
grant who settled in Ashburnham in 1758. Mary, widow of 
John Oberlock, died at Winchendon at the borne of Capt. 
Daniel Putnam. 

His first wife dying 8 Aug., 1787, he married, second, 
29 Nov., 1787, Kezia, daughter of William and Hannah 
(Whitcomb of Harvard) Pollard, of Ashburnham, born 15 
Feb., 1765. 

Children by Elizabeth, all born in Ashburnham ! 

1688 John, b. 1782; shoemaker; lived in Williamstown. He married 

and left one or two daughters. 

1689 Daniel, b. 1783 ; left home, unm., and had not been heard from 

as late as 1885. 
1690 Jacob, b. 1785. 

1691 Levi, b.1786 ; d. 8 June, 1796. 

1692 Elizabeth, b. 1787; d. inf. 

1693 An infant, d. at time of mother's death. 1 " 

Children, by Kezia : 

1694 William, b. Ashburnham, 18 Jan., 1789. 

1696 Silas, b. " 10 Mar., 1790. 

1696 Jonas, b. •• 7 Sept., 1792. 

1697 Abel, b. " 8 Jan., 1794; d. 2 July, 1878. 

1698 Mart (called Poliexena by Abel), b. Ashburnham, 15 Mar., 1795; 

m. Shepard Marvin, of Ashburnham. 

1699 Joseph a, b. Ashburnham, 27 July, 1796; m. Simon Davis. 

1700 Laura, b. Ashburnham, 7 May, 1798 ; m. Samuel Cox. 

1701 Myra, b. Winchendon, 11 Mar., 1800; m. William Sheldon. 
1702 Puna, b. Winchendon, 21 Nov., 1801. 

1703 Elmira, b. Winchendon, 5 July, 1803; m. Richard Einpy, of Cam- 

den, Oneida Co., N. T. Both her husband and a son served in 
the late war. 

1704 Rosin a, b. Winchendon, 5 Sept., 1805. 

1705 Aurilla, b. Royaiton, Vt., H May, 1807; m. Oliver Porter. 

Captain Daniel Putnam, with his brothers John and Na- 

"• Family Bee. In poaieaalon of Mr. Abel Putnam of Saratoga ha* It 25 Oct. 
«» Perhapg same at 1603. 


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than, settled in Ashburnham about the opening of the Revo- 
lution. During Sept., 1776, he enlisted in Captain Manasseh 
Sawyer's company, Col. Dike's regiment and served, the lat- 
ter portion of the time as sergeant, until 21 Jau., 1777. In 
1779, he was chosen one of the Committee on Correspon- 

In July, 1781, upon the reorganization of the militia he re- 
ceived a commission as second lieutenant of seventh com- 
pany, 8th Reg., and on May 2, 1787, captain. In this year 
he was chosen on a committee to draft a petition for pardon for 
Capt. Job Shattuck, then under sentence of death for partici- 
pating in Shays' Rebellion. Captain Putnam was conspicuous 
in the business and military affairs of the town, but in 1798 he 
removed to Winchendon, and in 1810 to Windham, Vt., stop- 
ping for a time at Royalton, Vt. 

VI. 706 Asa {John, Samuel \ John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Sudbury, 5 Sept., 1758 ; died 29 Mar., 1837 ; mar- 
ried Lucy Haynes of Sudbury ; married, second, Catherine 
Early of Princeton, born 13 Oct., 1762; died I Feb., 1821. 

Child, by first marriage : 

1706 James, b. 11 Nov., 1784. 

Children, by second marriage : 

1707 Lucy Haynes, b.4 Mar., 1792. 

1708 AsA.b. 8 Aug., 1793. 
1700 Dennis, b. 4 June, 1795. 

1710 Cyrus, b. 6 Apr., 1797. 

1711 Adam, b. 16 July, 1799. 

1712 Elbridgk, b. 27 July, 1802; d. in the army. 

1713 Elizabeth. 

1714 Sally. 

1715 Moses, b. 21 Nov., 1806. 

Asa Putnam lived in Stow. He served daring the Revo- 
lution ; enlisting 3 May, 1775 ; and was in various service 
in 1775 and 1777. There is an Asa Putnam, private, on roll 
of Capt. John Gloa^on's company, of Franiingham, stationed 
for some time at Kingston, Rhode Island, 1777. 

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VI. 711 Elisha (Asa, Josiah, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Dan vers, 16 Mar., 1741 ; died there 16 Feb., 1817 ; 
married in Danvers, 18 Oct., 1764, Rebecca Brown. 

Children : 
1716 Asa, b. 23 Sept., 1765; adm. granted to him on bis father's estate 

15 Apr., 1817. 
• .1717 Rebecca, bapt 29 Nov., 1767. 

1,718 Sally. 
- 1719 Elizabeth. 

1720 Mbhitablb. 

VI. 718 123 Asa (Josiah, Josiah, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Danvers, Aug., 1743; died 7 Sept., 1795; married 
24 July, 1766, Anna Collins. Removed to Bnittleboro, Vt. 
His widow, Anna, married about 1800, Col. Benjamin 
Simonds of Berkshire Co., Mass. 

Children : 

1721 Perlet, b. 10 Mar., 1767. 

1722 Lewis, b. 22 Aug., 1769. 

1723 Skkepuixa, I). 7 Sept., 1772; m. Jonathan Smith of Bath, Me. 
She was living in her 86 th year. Ch.: Gardner C, and Asa, b. 
12 Apr., 1792. Lucy S., b. 31 Aug., 1794. Daniel S., b. 25 Oct., 
1796. Fanny, b. 7 Feb., 1799; Hannah, b. 4 Mar., 1805. Lydia 
A., b. 11 July, 1811. Oliver B., b. 12 Nov.. 1812. Andrew S., 
b. 8 Oct., 1815. Wllllara, d. young. David, d. young. Jack- 
son, d. young. 

1724 Ebenezer, b. 4 Sept., 1779. 

1725 Josiah, b. 1 Aug., 1781. 

1726 Alfred, b. 10 May, 1784. 

1 727 Skwall, b. 23 Sept., 1786. 

1728 Sylvia, b. 25 May, 1789 ; d. at Cattaraugus, N. Y., 2 Oct., 1883 ; m. 
1 1 Feb., 181 1, Znne A. Hamilton, of Aurora, who d. In E. Aurora, 
N. Y., 6 Dec, 1868. Ch. : Catherine A., b. 20 Nov., 1811; d. 
28 Nov., 1860 ;m. Wm. A. Steuben. Mary Putnam, b. 22 Aug., 
1813 ; d. in Chicago, 4 Mar., 1879 ; m. 15 Jan., 1838, Edward Ray- 
mond. 1 " Collins, b. 17 Aug., 1814 ; d. 10 Aug., 1334. Abuckus, b. 

*» For No. 717, see under No. 407. 


»» I. Richard Raymond of Salem, Mass., mariner; and of Norwnlk and Say brook, 
Conu. He was made a freeman 14 May, 1631, and received grant* of land in Salem in 
1636. He was an enterprising shipmaster and trader. In 1682, he removed to Nor. 
walk, where the immediate descendants of his son John mostly resided; but two years 
later he removed to Say brook, where he died, in 1693, aged about ninety yean. By his 
wife Judith, he had children: John. Bathsheba, bapt. 6 Aug., 1687; ra. 89 July, 1659, 
Humphrey Coombs. Joshua, bapt. 3 Mar., 1639; m. Elizabeth Smith, and settled in 
New London, Conn. Lemuel, bapt. 3 Jan., 1640; prob. d. *. p. Hannah, bapt. IS Feb., 

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22 Mar., 1817; d. 13 Apr., 1878; m. Caroline Messlch. Charles, 
b. 15 Jane, 1819 ; d. 17 Mar., 1820. Seraph S., b. 20 Mar., 1821 ; 
d. 17 Jane, 1862 ; m. Charles P. Jackson. Charles S., b. 16 Nov., 

. 1822; d. 17 Apr., 1891; graduated' from West Point in 1848, 
served in the Mexican War and afterwards lived at Fond da 
Lac and Milwaukee, Wis. ; he rose to the rank of Major general 
in late civil war; m. 9 Feb., 1849, Sophia Shepard. 8ylvia, b. 

23 Feb., 1824; d. 8 May, 1864; m. Dr. Edw. Bishop. Anna M., 
b. 26 Oct , 1826; d 17 Mar., 1851; m. Levi 8. Crawford. Lacy 
£., b. 5 Oct., 1828; m. Salmon L. Johnson, lived in Cattaraugus , 
N. Y. William A., b. 21 Aug., 1832; d. 14 Sept., 1834. 

Hakvky, b. 5 Jan., 1793. 

VI. 721 Josiah {Josiah, Josiah, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born 8 June, 1749; died 1 May, 1835: married 12 
Sept., 1771, Sybil Smith, born 11 July, 1743 , died 3 Dec, 
1824. Lived in Weston, now Warren, Muss. Marched to 
Cambridge upon the alarm of 19 April, 1775. 

Children : 

1730 Eunice, b. 2 Jnly, 1777 ; d. 17 Oct. , 1857 ; m. 2 Feb. , 1803, Zebadiah 
Allen, b. 17 Jan., 1766; d. 15 Jan., 1808. Ch : Eliza, b. 31 May, 
1804 ;d. 30 July, 1850 ; m. 1 May, 1823, Lyman Day, b 18 Mar., 
1797 : and d. 14 Apr., 1867. SaUy, b. 10 Feb.,1306; d. 18 Dec., 
1852; m. Joseph King, Mar., 1827, b. 1781 ; andd. 14 Apr., 1855. 
Ambrose, b. 9 Sept., 1807; d. 1 Sept., 1881; m. 2 Apr., 1835, 
Ruby Beebe, b. 27 Sept., 1808, and d. 22 Jan., 1880. 

1048; m. Oliver Man waring of Snlem and New London. Samuel, bapt. 18 Jnly, 1644; m. 
Mary Smith; d. *. p. Richard, bapt. 2 Jan., 1647; d. abt. 1680. Eliza, bapt. 38 Apr., 1649. 
Daniel, bapt. 17 Apr., 1658; m. Elizabeth Harris, and settled at Lyme, Conn. 

II. John, eldest son of Richard; m. 10 Dec, 1664, Mary, dau. of Thomas Betts of 
Norwalk. John was living as late as 1694, but was dead in 1699. 

Children : John, b. 9 Sept., 1665. Samuel, b. 7 July, 1673. Thomas, b. abt. 1678. Han- 

III. Samuel, son of John, m. 1 Apr., 1696, Judith, dau. of Ephralm Palmer, of 
Greenwich. He lived In Norwalk and died probably in 173!). Children : Samuel, b. 7 
May, 1697. John, b. 18 Feb., 1699; prob. d. early. Ephraim, b. 9 Sept., 1701. Joshua, 
b. abt. 1702. Mary, b. abt. 1700; m. John Brown. Simeon, b. at " Old Well, " Norwalk, 
Conn., 1711. 

Samuel Raymond deeded land in 1783 and in 1738, to his son Simeon; and under date 
of 20 Mar., 1739-40, Samuel, Joshua, Ephraim, and Simeon Raymond, divide land left 
them in common by their father Samnel Raymond. (Norwalk Bee. Vol. 8, p. 268.) 

IV. Simeon, son of Samuel, m. Hannah. He held a captain's commission at the 
breaking out of the troubles in 1775, which he resigned, and was active in the Revolu- 
tion. His property was burned by Tories. He d. at Norwalk, July, 1795. 

Children : Hezeklah, b. 22 Jan., 1748. Jededlah. Nathaniel. Uriah. FPIUfcim, b. 11 
Jan., 1747. Moses. Ruth, b. 1 Nov., 1756. Aaron, b. 9 Aug., 1759. Anna. Hannah. 

V. William, son of Simeon, m.21 Jan., 1768, Ruth, dau. of Nathan Hoyt of Nor. 
walk. He removed to Granville, N. Y., and died at Bethany Centre, N. Y., 18 Feb., 

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1781 William, b. 29 Mar., 1774; d. 13 Oct., 1796. 
1732 Ltdia, b. 11 Aug., 1778; d. April, 1847 ; m. Josiah Howland of 
Barre, Mass. Ch. : Josiah P. Rufas. William L. Timothy J. 

1733 Tarrant, b. 1 Apr., 1780; d. il Feb., 1837; m. Nancy Shepard. 

1734 Rufus, b. 25 July, 1782; d. 18 Jan , 1847; m. Augusta Peabody 

Lived in Rutland. 
1735 Sally, b. 10 May, 1784 ; d. 24 July, 1864. 
1736 Jambs, b. 6 Feb., 1786; d. 6 Aug., 1817; m. Eliza Carpenter. Lived 
1737 Asa, b. 30 Apr., 1788 ; d. in Weston, 7 Sept., 1829. 
1738 Hknry, b. 14 Aug., 1798; d. 21 June, 1829; m. Sophia Blair, b. 29 
Aug., 1792, d. 18 Oct.,1829. 

VI. 725 John (John, John, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 10 Dec, 1743; married in Danvers, 
3i Oct., 1765, Abigail Small. 

His name disappears from the tax list in Danvers after 

Children : 

1739 Heubrx. 

1740 Ruth, perhaps bapt. Danvers, 9 Aug., 1767. 
1741 John, perhaps bapt. Danvers, 2G Feb., 1769 

1742 Lydia. 

1743 Nabby. 

1744 BET8KY. 

1745 Sally. 

1832. His wife d. 26 Apr., 1808, aud he m. 2d, Aug., 1803, Surah Meech, b. 6 May, 1760 
Children : Anne, b. 6 Mar., 1769. Elizabeth, b. 5 Aug., 1770. Win. d. y. Ruth, b. 5 Apr., 
1775. Wm., b. 10 Aug., 1777. Xatnan, d. y. Charlotte, b. 4 July, 1782. Sarah, b. 10 June, 
1785. Frances, b. 21 July, 1787. Polly, b. 16 Aug., 1789. Xathan Hoyt, b. 10 Oct., 1791. 

VI. Nathan Hoyt, son of Win., m. at Granville, 7 May, 1812, Marcia Kellogg, b. 7 
Feb., 1793. He made several removuls westward, Anally settling at Cambridge City, 
Ind., where he d.B Aug., 1874. His wife d. 9 Aug., 1849, and he m. 2d, 9 May, 1850, Mrs. 
Elvira Lawrence, b. 18 Oct., 1810; she J. 27 Nov., 1883. 

Children: Marciaetta, d. y. Nathan H., b. 19 May, 1814; d. 13 Apr., 1850. Edward, b. 
5 Feb., 1816. Nathan, b. 24 Mar., 1817. Chas. H„ I). 10 Nov., 1818. Helen E., b. 22 Sept., 
1820. Ravand R., b. 26 Feb., 1823. Henry R., b. 4 June, 1825. Marcia, b. 19 Jan., 1827. 
Wm., d. y. Sarah, b. 25 Aug., 1830. Mary, d. y. 

VII. Edward, son of Nathan H., of Chicago, 111. ; m. Mary P. Hamilton (No. 1728) ; 
m. 2d, 8 Nov., 1883, Mrs. Persls E. Belden. 

Children, Amelia, b. 18 Mar., 1840; m. J. C. Richards of Chicago and Marcia b. 
29 Apr., 1847; ra. 2 Sept., 1869, Robert E. Jenkins of Chicago. Their children are 
George Raymond, b. 26 July, 1870. Marcia, b. 2 Sept., 1872; d. 21 July, 1878. Helen 
Mary, b. 5 Aug., 1874. William, b. 28 July, 1876; d. 13 Aug., 1876. Edith D., b. 7 Apr., 

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VI. 726 Deacon Daniel ( John, John, John, Nathan- 
iel* John), born in Salem Village, 19 Apr., 1748; died in 
Fitehburg, 26 Apr., 1813; miirriecl in Salem, 14 Dec, 1769, 
Rachel, daughter of William Small of Dan vers, born in Sa- 
lem, 5 Apr., 1743, and died in Fitehburg, 26 Jan., 1819. 
Children: , \ 

1746 Phkbe, b. 20 Sept., 1770 ; d. In Fitehburg, 12 Nov., 1827; m. 26 
July, 1791, Ablel, son of Daniel and Hannah Holt, b. In Andover, 
1766 and d. In Rlndge, N. H., 18 Jane, 1826. Ch. : Ablel, b.1791 ; 
d. 10 June, 1864 ; m. Nov., 1815, Edah Darling. Daniel of N. Y. , 
d. 1871. Nathan, d., unm., 1827. Edah Putnam, b. 29 Sept, 
1804 ;d. s. p.. 1861; m. 1859, Wm. B. Phelps. Liberty, m. 
Lucy "Wheeler. See History of Rlndge and Ashburnham, N. H. 
1747 Daniel, b. 5 Sept., 1772. 

1748 Rachel, b. 1 Nov., 1775; d. in Fitehburg, 1 Sept., 1802; m. Feb., 

1797, Ellas Messenger, who d. there 9 Feb., 1820, aged 4C years. 
Ch. : Geo. Small, b. 81 May, 1798; m. 2 Oct., 1828, Sylvanla,. 
dau. of Thos. and Lydia (Davis) Thurston, b. 13 Feb., 1798. 
Abel, b. 7 Jan., 1801; d. unm. Ellas, b. 26 Apr., 1806; d. in 
Lowell, *. p. ; m. Susan Bou telle. Daniel, b. 14 Sept., 1808 ; 
m. 14 Feb., 1834, Eliza Slmonds, who d. 15 Dec., 1860; in., 
2d, 7 Aug., 1861, Mary S. Jones. 

1749 Edah, b. 20 Nov., 1777; d. Nov., 1839; m. as his 2d w., 1810, David 

Baldwin. He d. in Fitehburg 16 June, 1830. Ch. : Calvin, b. 

15 Oct., 1810, of Leominster. Edah, b. 2 Apr., 1812; m. 

Kendall of Ashby. Daniel, b. 16 May, 1814, removed to Cali- 
fornia. Asenath, b. 8 Dec., 1817; m. Charles Boutelle of 
Leominster; she d. there 21 Apr., 1868. Roxanna, b. 13 Feb., 
1822 ; m. Joseph Perkins ; and removed to Minnesota. 

1750 George Small, b. 21 July, 1780. 

1751 Isaiah, b. 22 May, 1782. 

1752 Samuel, b. 4 Sept., 1785. 

Daniel Putnam early settled in Fitehburg and became 
an active and honored citizen. He was magistrate and dea- 
con. Representative 1787-17U3 and 1788 and 1797 delegate 
to the Constitutional Convention. 

VI. 727 Deacon James {John, John, John, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Salem Village, 16 July, 1750; died there, 
21 Aug., 1819; married there, 16 Sept., 1773, Eunice, 

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* daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Swinnerton) Pope, born 21 
Feb., 1751, and died 6 Mar., 1808. 
Children : 

1753 Eunice, b. 9 May, 1775 ; d. 16 Oct., 1801. 

1754 Mart, b. 20 Mar., 1780. 

1755 Ruth, b. 16 Oct., 1785; d. 6 May, 1816. 

VI. 728 Peter (John, John, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 3 Oct., 1751 ; died 29 Mar., 1802. 
The account of his administrator, Zeriibahel Porter, was ren- 
dered 16 Jan., 1810. He married 27 Feb., 1783, Eunice, 
daughter of Elias and Eunice Endicott, who died 24 Dec, 
1854, aged 96 years, 5 months, at the time of her death the 
oldest person in Dan vers as well as of Governor Endecott's de- 

Children 124 , born in Danvers: 

1756 Pktkr, b. 1784; d. s. p. about 187-; m. Mar., 1818, Abigail 

Goss who d. 1858. Lived on the same estate as his father, 
grandfather and probably great grandfather Putnam. The 
house has been destroyed by lire. It stood back of the Asylum. 
He was quite eccentric and published a pamphlet entitled i4 The 
Life and Times of Peter Putnam. " 

1757 Hutu, b. 25 Mar., 1786; m. 23 Jan., 1814, Asa Hutchinson, son of 

Jeremy and Sarah (Putnam) Hutchinson of Danvers, b. 4 Mar., 
1777; d. 11 May, 1854. Ch. : Eben., b. 15 Oct., 1814. James 
Putnam, b. 15 Dec, 1816. Hannah, b. 17 April, 1820. Mary, b. 
26 June, 1823; ra. James A. Bartlett. Sarah, b. 3 Oct., 1828. 

1758 Sally, b. 1792; m. prev. 1010, David Davis, morocco manufacturer. 

VI. 729 Amos (John, John, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born in Salem Village, 25 May, 1752; died in Winchester, 
N. H., after 1835 ; married June, 1781, Lydia Hovey. 

Children : 

1759 Amos, b. 17 Feb., 1782. 

1760 Lydia, b. 1 Sept., 1783; ni. 2 July, 1820, George Tufts. Ch. : 

Amos Putnam, b. 12 July, 1823. 

1761 Mary, b. 4 Oct., 1785; m. 23 Jan., 1815, Eleazer Heed. Ch. : 

Mary Lydia, b. 16 Dec, 1816. Amos Putnam, b. 29 Aug., 1818. 

1M Joshua, George and Amos are glveu by D. B. Putnam as additional children, If so f 
they died very young, as Peter, Ruth and Sally, aU minors, are the only ones men- 
tioned in settlement of Peter's estate. 

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1762 Samuel, b. 6 Dec., 1787. 

1768 Sarah, b. 24 Nov. , 1789. 

1764 Euzkbbth, b, 2 Apr., 1791. 

1765 Susan, b. 4* Jane, 1798. 

VI. 730 Doctor James Phillips (Amos, John, 
John, Nathaniel, John), born in Salem Village, 21 Apr., 
1745 ; died in Danvers, 4 March, 1824 ; married 1768, 

Mary, 195 daughter of Rufus and Mary (Conant) Herrick, of 
Pomfret, bom at Cherry Hill, North Beverly, 17 Aug., 1749 ; 
and died 13 Dec., 1840, aged 91 years, 3 months. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

Amos, b. 4 Jan., 1772; d. 24 Oct., 1848. 

Rufus, b. 19 July, 1774; d. 12 May, 1855. 

Polly, b. 29 Sept., 1778; d. 18 Apr., 1856; m. William Putnam 

(No. 1668), of Salem. 
Hannah, b. 28 Sept., 1788 ; d. 22 May, 1855. 
BKT8KY, b. 11 Nov., 1785; d. 7 Apr., 1847. 
Lydia, b. 7 Aug., 1792; d. previous to April, 1856. 




Doctor Putnam practised in Danvers. At one period he 
lived in the Clark house which stood where now is the Dan- 
vers station on the Eastern Division of the B. & M. R. R. Co. 

Elderly people in Danvers well remember the two daugh- 
ters of Dr. Putnam, Hannah and Betsey. They kept a pri- 
vate school to which the children were generally sent. Many 
are the anecdotes told of their discipline and management. 
Among their scholars was the Rev. A. P. Putnam. A me- 
morial shaft over their graves in the Wadsworth cemetery 
has recently been erected by their former pupils. 

VI. 734 Andrew (Edmund, John, Nathaniel, John), 
born at Salem Village, 15 Jan. , 1750-1 ; died in New York 
City, about 1785 ; administration granted to Israel Putnam, 
3d, 16 Nov., 1785; married, 1 Sept., 1774, Mary, daughter 
of Col. Jeremiah and Sarah (Andrew) Page of Danvers, born 
9 Sept., 1755. She married, second, Benjamiu Kent. 

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Children : 
1772 Huldah, m. 28 Jan., 1802, John, son of William and Elizabeth 
(Girdler) Hines, b. 1775; d. 26 Oct., 1811. Ch.: Mary, b. 
80 Sept., d. 21 Oct., 1802. John, b. 7 Nov., 1803 ;d. 8 Mar., 
1885 ; m. Hannah B. Dodge ; the father of Ezra Dodge Hines, 
Asst. Registrar of Probate for Essex Co. William, b. 8 Aug., 
1805; d. 19 Jan., 1806. William, b. 17 Jan., 1808. ,M 
1773 Israel, b. 2 Jane, 1777; d. 8 Sept., 1860. 
1774 Andrew, d., nnm., prev. to 1884. 

Andrew Putnam had rather a chequered career. He was 
occasionally in office from 1778-1780, but in 1782 got into a 
law dispute with Dr. Endicott and finally left Danvers, going 
to New York. He seems to have made some pretensions to 
practising medicine. Pynchon's diary gives some interesting 
facts concerning w Dr. Andrew Putnam." He owned land in 
Danvers and Marblehead. He was possibly the Andrew 
Putnam who was commissioned captain, 24 Apr., 1778, of 
the 7th company, 8th Essex regiment Mass. Militia. 

VI. 735 Israel (Edmund, John, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Salem Village, 20 Nov., 1754; died in Dan- 
vers, Aug., 1820; married 8 July, 1788, Anna, daughter of 
Elias and Eunice (Andrew) Endicott. 

Children : 
1775 Elias, b. 7 June, 1789 ; d. 8 July, 1847. 

1776 Joel. b. 2 Aug., 1791: d. 30 Apr., 1803. 

1777 Nancy, b. 30 Oct., 1795; m. Nathaniel Boardman. Ch. : Israel 

Putnam, b. 16 Apr., 1817; d. 1876. Mr. Boardman m., 2d, 
Anna, dau. of David Putnam (No. 939). 

1778 Aldkn, b. 2 Nov., 1801 ; d. 14 Apr., 1803. 

1779 Mart, b. 2 Sept., 1804; d. s. p., Manchester, N. H. ; m. Israel, son 

of Israel and Betsey (Rea) Endicott, b. at Danvers, 20 Nov., 
1799; d. in Wolfboro, N. H. 

Israel Putnam, says the Essex Register, Salem, Mass., 
announcing his death, n was a highly respected and worthy 
citizen," a pure and upright man, he was withal of a very de- 
vout spirit. He embraced the Universalist views which his 
father had accepted. He headed, April 22, 1815, a list of 

"• For a very Interesting account of the Htnes family, see Salem Press Historical 
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names, twenty-four in all, which were appended to a paper 
organizing those who signed it into the First Universal ist 
Society of Dan vers. In furtherance of the object to estab- 
lish stated preaching of the doctrine which they professed, 
the subscribers, with other friends, met six days later, on the 
28th, at the Brick School House, District No. 3, in which most 
of them lived, whereupon Mr. Putnam was chosen Moderator 
and Treasurer, with Warren Poller as Clerk ; and measures 
were adopted to engage the services of ministers and to raise 
money to defray the necessary expenses. Rev. Ed ward Tur- 
ner and other clergymen of the faith had already, in previ- 
ous years, preached in the School House from time to time ; 
but now there came to be a more regular supply, Rev. Hosea 
Ballou and Rev. (afterward Hon.) Charles Hudson and other 
noted men occupying the desk. Thus early, Universalism was 
established in Danvers. Mr. Putnam, it is believed, occasion- 
ally read to the little knot of believers certain sermons which 
he himself wrote, out of his deep interest in the new move- 
ment and the views which it was designed to propagate. One 
or more of these he printed in pamphlet form and circulated 
in the neighborhood. One of them was a discourse, en- 
titled " Universal Death in Adam and Life in Christ, con- 
taining a Refutation of the Doctrine of Total Depravity and 
Endless Misery," {1817), and was a very well written and 
ably reasoned production. Though the sermon was marked 
with admirable temper, it called forth a scurrilous printed re- 
joinder from a Mr. Dole, one or two other publications on 
either side giving the continued discussion of the subject. 

About the time Mr. Putnam died, the little society lost an- 
other of its highly esteemed and greatly beloved members, 
Mr. Joseph Porter. Rev. Barzillai Streeter preached and 
printed a sermon, occasioned by the death of these two 
excellent Christian men, in which he paid a fitting tribute to 
their noble characters and to the brave and decided stand 
which they had taken for the cause of religious liberty, as 
against the oppressive creeds and Parish Rate System which 
had been in vogue. Mr. Putnam was a conscientious and 

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thoughtful man, much venerated by all who knew him, spec- 
ially devoted to religious matters, and exceptionally familiar 
with the Scriptures. His wife was a remarkably bright, in- 
telligent and interesting person, strongly marked by the 
characteristics of the family whence she sprang. Both were 
interred in the old Burial Ground at the Plains. 

VI. 737 Edmund {Edmund, John, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Danvers, 15 Jan., 1772 ; died in Beverly, 26 
Mar., 1828; married in Beverly, 19 Oct.,^ 1795, Martha, 
daughter of William, junior, and Hannah Trask of Beverly, 
baptized 23 June, 1776 , died 19 Jan., 1811. He married, 
second, 1H Sept., 1813, Sarah Choate, who died 1843. He 
was a trader in Beverly. 

Children, born in Beverly: 

1780 William, b. 7 Sept., 179C;d. 4 Mar., 1848; of Beverly. 
1781 Sarah, b. 20 Feb., 1798; d. 5 June, 1829; m. 21 Dec., 1819, Robert 
G. Bennett (whose first wife was Hannah, dan. of Benjamin 
and Emma Low, b. 1790, d. 10 July, 1818). Ch. : Hannah, b. 
13 Oct., 1820. 

1782 Edmund, b. in Beverly, 24 Jan., 1800; d. 9 May, 1872. 

1783 John, b. 17 Jane, 1802. 

1784 Martha, b. 4 Jane, 1804; m. Jacob Edwards. Ch. : Jacob. 

Martha A. Hannah. Edmund. Sarah. 

1785 Hannah, b. 28 May, 1806 ; m. Eben r , son of Eben r and Lydia (Rea) 

Smith, b. in Beverly, 12 Oct., 1804. Ch. : Ebenezer, b. 27 
Sept., d. 11 Nov., 1832. Hannah Putnam, b. 27 July, 1834. 
Eliza, b. 8 Sept., d. 7 Nov., 1836. Charles F., b. 10, d. 28 July, 
1838. Charles F., b. 24 June, 1839. Eliza P., b. 6 Aug., 1841 ; 
d. 21 Apr., 1842. Ellen, b. 20 June, 1843. Albert, b. 30 Sept., 
1845. Maria. 

1786 Elizabeth, b. 1 Oct , 1808 ; m. 20 Sept., 1828, William, son of Wil- 

liam and Mehitabie Elliott, b. in Beverly, 24 Dec , 1804 , d. 18 
Jan., 1831. Ch. : Emma. Elizabeth. 

1787 Mary Ann, b. 15 Sept., 1810; d. 21 Nov., 1873; m. 4 Apr., 1830, 

William Elllngwood, son of John Porter and Desire (Wellman) 
Webber, b. 22 Mar., 1807, d. 23 Feb., 1874. Ch. : William El- 
llngwood, b. 18 Jan., d. 24 Mar., 1881. Mary C, b. 27 May, 
1832. Ellen M., b.19 Apr., 1834; d. 17 Apr., 1835. Sarah E , b. 
20 Mar., 1836. Martha Jane, b. 29 Mar., 1838. William Por- 
ter, b. 15 Oct., 1841. Edmund Putnam, b. 26 Aug., 1843. 
Ellen, living in 1880. Charles Henry, b. 30 Mar., 1845. Georgi- 
anna Putnam, living in 1880. 

*** Or JnlyJ6th? 

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'VI. 740 Jacob 188 {Amos, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in "New Salem, 2 Nov., 1758 ; died there; mar- 
ried Sally, daughter of Daniel Putnam. He married, second, 
at New Salem, 27 Dec., 1787, Rebecca Patrick of Western 
now Warren. 

Child, by first marriage : 
1788 Samuel. 

Children, by secpnd marriage : 

1789 Sally, m. Boyce of Blanf ord ; two sons. 

1790 Truissa, m. Jonathan Gregory of New Salem. 

1791 Melissa, d. y. 
1792 Stillman. 

179S Mklvin. 

VI. 745 Aaron {Amos, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in New Salem, 19 July, 1773; died atHoulton, 
Me., 13 Feb., 1849 ; married at New Salem, 16 Jan., 1794, 
Isa Patrick of Western, sister of Mrs. Jacob Putnam (No. 
740). Mrs. Putnam previous to her marriage was a school 
teacher, she died at Houlton, June, 1867. 

Children : 

1704 Amos, b. in New Salem, Oct., 1794; d. 29 Dec, 1849. 

1706 Jay Stillman, b. 1n New Salem, 9 June, 1803; d. 5 Aug., 1880. 

1706 Lysander, b. in Woodstock, N.B.,27 Dec, 1806; d. 27 Sept., 
1797 Aaron Randolph, b. in Houlton, 80 July, 1813; d. about 1874; m. 
1840, Maria Burleigh of Houlton. They removed to Illinois in 
1854 and both died, the wife one year after the husband, leav- 
ing no children. 

Aaron Putnam bought one-eighth of the grant to New Sa- 
lem Academy in Maine and in 1805 in company with other 
pioneers settled Houlton. The other purchasers of this grant 
were, John and Joshua Putnam each one-tenth, Varney 
Pierce, Joseph Houlton, Rufus Cowles, John Chamberlain, 
William Bowman, Consider Hastings, Thomas Powers. 

The grant was in disputed territory, claimed by both the 
United States and Great Britain so that the early settlers took 
great risks in purchasing of the Massachusetts party. 

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. The early settlers lived in log cabins and were satisfied 
with the simplest of food, dress and utensils, while the farm 
was being cleared. Then came a frame house, easier com- 
munication with the outer world, and soon one was as com- 
fortable in northeastern Maine as in western Massachusetts. 
Previous to 1813 Aaron Putnam had erected a saw mill and 
.it was in that year that the frame house commenced to super- 
sede the log cabin. 

During the early settlement and until after the war of 
1812, the families in town were few. Aaron Putnam, his 
wife and family, his- mother, his brother Joshua's family, the 
Rices, Shaws, Houltons, all connections and all determined 
to stick. The suffering from cold and scarcity of provisions 
some years was great. During the year 1813 deserters from 
the British garrison across the river were frequently in town, 
and generally the settlers helped their escape, although hav- 
ing no means of defense they were at the mercy of the Brit- 
ish and so forced to be neutral. 

Mrs. Putnam once dared a provost's guard to enter her 
house where a deserter was rocking the cradle in plain sight, 
and where he remained in safety until a suitable opportunity 
opened for his escape. 

The early settlers reached Houlton by sailing from Boston 
to the mouth of the Saint John River, then up the river to 
Frederickton. Here they embarked in small craft and pro- 
ceeded as far as Woodstock ;. there the families remained 
while young men went to prepare a bridle path to the settle- 
ment. The first visit to Houlton by Mr. Putnam and Mr. 
Houlton was in 1804, at which time they were nearly lost in 
the forest. 

When, in 1836, the Unitarian movement reached Houlton, 
Aaron Putnam gave the land for the church, and his sons, the 
Pearce family and the Houlton "connection " contributed the 

In the "Story of Houlton," Mr. Francis Barnes, lately de- 
ceased, has told the sufferings and successes of the pioneers 
in a most interesting manner. To him I am indebted for 

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most of the material concerning the descendants of Amos 
Putnam who settled in Maine. 

v VL 746 John (Joshua, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in New Salem, 2 Nov., 1762; died there, 13 
Jan., 1827 ; married there, Sally, daughter of Isaac and Sally 
Rich of New Salem, who was born in New Salem, 4 Mar., 
1765, ai)d died in Houlton, Me., 25 Mar., 1852. John Put- 
nam was captain in the second regiment Massachusetts Militia. 
Children, born in New Salem : 

1798 Joshua, b. 3 Mar., 1794; d. 21 June, 1973. 
1799 Euxick, b. 20 May, 1796; d. in Amity, Me., 20 May, 1845; in. Capt. 

James Ballard of Amherst, Mass. 
1800 John Varnum, b. 4 Aug., 1802; died 21 April, 1879. 

1801 Sally, m. John Sawln of Wendall and Cambridge, Mass. 

1802 Estiikr, d. aged about 15 years. 

VI. 748 Joshua (Jo#hua % Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in New Salem, 8 Feb., 1772; died in Houlton, 
Me., 14 June, 1835 ; 129 married Oct., 1796, Betsey Baker of 
Bakersfield, Vt. 

Children : 

1803 Romane Lyxdks, b. in New Salem, 30 June, 1798 (according to 

Bowdoin College record, 20 June, 1799* ; d., nnm., In Australia, 
subsequent to 1863. Entered Bowdoin with class of 1829 but 
never graduated. Went to California and in 1852 to Australia. 
1804 Stkrnk, b. 6 June, 1800; d. Aug., 1881. 

1805 Fanny, b. 27 Sept., 1802 ; d. 6 Jan., 1829 ; unm. 

1806 Mania, b. 30 May, 1805 ; d. 2 Mar., 1806. 
1807 James Baker, b. 9 May, 1807. 

1808 John, b. in New Salem, 26 Sept., 1809; d. 11 Aug., 1881, while in 

school at Limerick. 

1809 Joseph B.,b. in New Salem, 1 Oct., 1811; d. in Houlton, Me., 25 

Mar., 1829. 
1810 Franklin, b. in Houlton, Me., 16 May, 1814. 
1811 Habrikt, b. 12 July, 1817; d. f unm., 21 Nov., 1860. 

Joshua Pdtxam moved with his family from New Salem 
to Houlton; Me., about 1812. He was a thick set, strongly 
built man ; with large broad features ; but his wife was some- 

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what less than average stature. During the winter of 1817, 
which was unusually severe, it is recorded that for six weeks 
there was not a morsel of bread in the house. The people in 
the settlement lived Upon salmon. 

VI. 750 Daniel ( Uzziel, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in New Salem; died there; married there, 20 
June, 1789, Mary Putnam of New Salem. 

Children, born in New Salem : 

1812 Vbrlina, id. previous to 18S7. 

1813 Sumner, m. previous to 1887. Did he remove to Claremont, N. H. ? 

See No. 1824. 

1814 Sally, b. 16 Nov., 1795; d. of paralysis, at New Salem, 18 Jan , 

1865, unm. 
1815 Tarrant, b. Feb., 1801. 

1816 Varnby. 

1817 Daniel, d. about 1800. 

1818 Israel. 

VI. 751 Samuel (Uzziel, Amox, John, Nathaniel, 
John), of New Salem, born there, Oct., 1767 ; died Jan., 
1850 ; married Hepzilmh Pierce of New Salem, who died 
Sept., 1844. 

He bought the mills at Orange of Joseph Putnam, which 
were destroyed by fire in 1815, but rebuilt by Samuel and his 

Children : 

1819 William, b. in New Salem, 7 July, 1792. 

1820 John, b. in New Salem, 2 Sept., 1794. 

VI. 752 Major Joseph (Uzziel, Amo*, John, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in New Salem, 18 Oct., 1773; died in 
Orange, Jan., 1812; married, 1796, Hannah Kellogg, born 
29 May, 1777. 

Owned mills in Orange which passed into possession of 
Daniel and Samuel Putnam. Joseph, William and John Put- 
nam were successively proprietors of the hotel at Orange. 

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Children: y 

1881 Uzziel, b. 5 Sept., 1797. 

1822 Polly, b. 25 Mar., 1800 ; d. at Athol, 3 June, 1866, unm. Was in 

the millinery business in Boston and Athol. Buried in North 

1823 Joseph Warren, b. 14 Aug., 1802 ; lost at sea ; unm. 

1824 Hannah, b. 2 May, 1806 ; d. 1 Apr., 1869 ; m., 1st, l *> Essick; 

m., 2d, her cousin Sumner Putnam (No. 1813), who died in 
Claremont, N. H. 

1825 Expkkikkce, b. 7 July, 1807; d. 16 Aug., 1809. 

1826 Bknjamin Gaksox, b. 9 Feb., 1810; d. 19 July, 1877. 

1827 Joseph Kklloog, b. 10 May, 1812; d. 21 Jan., 1866. 

VI. 753 Uzziel (Uzziel, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in New Salem. Living at Popagon, Mich., in 


1828 Uzziel (Hon.), of Popagon, Mich. 

1829 John. 

1830 Orlan. 

1831 Anna, in. Dr. Leeden. 

1832 Zilpha. 

There were other children. 

VI. 756 Daniel (Daniel, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), horn in Dunvers, 3 Oct., 1762 ; died in Newbury, Vt., 
19 Dec, 1802; married 27 Jan., 1789, Sarah, daughter of 
Joseph untV Sarah (Porter) Putnam, born 5 Feb., 1765 and 
died 13 Feb., 1834. 

Children : 

1833 Bbtsky, b. 22 Jan., 1791 ; d. 29 Aug., 1791. 
1834 Daniel, b. 9 Jan., 1792. 

Betsey, b. 12 May, 1794; m. 10 Oct., 1816. Michael Carlton, b. 4 
Nov., 1793. Ch.: Michael, b. 13 Aug., 1817. Sally Putnam, 
b. 18 Mar., 1819. Mehitable B., b. 10 Dec., 1820. Betsey, b. 17 
July, 1824. Martha and Mercy, b. 30 June, 1827. Harriet N., 
b. 30 June, 1830. Horace D., b. 5 May, 1833. 

Jokl, b. 28 July, 1796. 

Sally, b. 17 Mar., 1800; m. 27 Aug., 1823, Dudley C. Kimball, b. 
21 Nov., 1800. Ch. : Daniel Putnam, b. 25 July, 1824. Joseph 
Porter, b. 10 Jan., 1826. Charles, b. 5 Nov., 1827. Mehitable, 
b. 3 Feb.', 1832. 




"* According to Mr. James M. Craft**, to whom I am indebted for many dates, 
Bial Smith 

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... AM08 (NATHANIEL) PUTNAM. t 333 

VI. 760 Amos (Daniel, Amos, John, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Dan vers, 11 Oct., 1778 ; died in New Salem, 
19 Jan., 1867 (family record has it 16 Jan) ; married at 
New Salem, Jan., 1806, Lydia, daughter of Varney and Han- 
nah (Putnam) Pearce of New Salem, born there, 17 Feb., 
1782 and died there, 3 June, 1815. He married, second, Mrs. 
Rhoria (Childs) Smith, who died in New Salem, 13 Apr., 
1873, aet. 84 years, 3 mos., 8 days. She was bom in New 
Salem, and was the daughter of David and Lydia (Hemen- 
way) Childs. 

Mr. Putnam was a farmer in New Salem, whence he had 
removed from Danvers. He and his children had dsirk hair 
and black eyes. In middle age weighed aI>oiit 190 lbs. 

Children : 

1838 Samukl ¥»m i «r , b. in Danvers, 9 Nor., 1806. d- kc+J 3 *>. HH 

1839 Mklissa, b. in New Salem, 7 Sept., 1808; m. 29 Mar., 1829, Rob- 

ert Cook of New Salem. Living (1890) in Cambridgeport. d J9ft 

1840 Elizabeth, b. in New Salem, 7 Dec., 1810 ; m. 30 Oct., 1837, Fred- 

erick Kellogg of Orange. 

1841 Daniel Varnky, b. in New Salem, 9 Oct., 1813; d. t *. p , 18 Dec., 

1883; m. Oct., 1836, Cleopatra Bryant. They lived in New Sa- 
lem where Mr. Putnam carried on a farm. He was selectman 
nine years. He was 5 ft. 7 in. tall, 190 lbs., and had brown 
hair and eyes. 

VL 762 Nathaniel (Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), horn in Danvers, 24 April, 1738 ; died in 
Wilton, N. H., 20 May, 1790; married 2 Dec, 1762, Mary 
Eastman of Hampstead, N. H., who died 28 Dec., 1777. 
Ho married, second, 17 Sept., 1778, Phebe 131 Snow, who 
married, second, 18 Jan., 1795, Jonas Thayer of Heath. 

Children, born in Wilton, N. H. : 

1 842 Petkr, b. 29 Nov., 1763. 

1843 Eliphalbt, b. 28 Jan., 1766; d. 24 or 25 Feb., 1826. 
1844 Jonathax, b. 1 Dec, 1767; d. 29 Sept., 1770. 

1845 Jonathan, b. 29 July, 1770; d. 27 Oct.. 1839. 
1846 Elizabeth, b. 25 Apr., 1772; d. 9 Dec., 1845; m. 22 Feb., 1798, 
Joseph, son of Joseph and Molly (Ritter) Dodge, of Shirley and 
Hancock, N. H. Ch. : Joseph, held many important political 

m According to Kendrick S. Putnam, Mary Snow. 

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offices. Nathaniel of Boston, m. a sister of the late Got. Gil- 
more of #. H. Persia, m. John P. Beckwith. Mary, m. Eben- 
ezer Hutchinson. Eliza, m. Hugh Gilmore, brother of Got. 
Gil more. Pareiitha, m. Warner Hutchinson. 

Philip, b. 15 Mar., 1775. 

Mary, b. 18 Sept., 1777; living in 1835 at Andover, Vt., unm. 

Children, by second marriage : 

1849 Phrbr Snow, b. 27 June, 1779 ; d. 14 Dec, 1786. 

Hannah, b.24 Oct., 1780; d. 29 May, 1854; m. 80 Nov., 1797, Selah 
Severance of Heath. Thirteen ch., eight living in 1876, one of 
whom was Mr. Lorenzo Severance of E. Sherburne, Mass. 

Calvin, b. in Wilton, N. H., 8 June, 1782; d. 9 May, 1857. 

Abigail Fox, b. in Wilton, 9 July, 1785 ; d. 7 Aug., 1846 ; m. David 
Kinsman of Heath. Twelve children. 






VI. 764 Stephen (Jacob, ^Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Salem Village, 24 Sept., 1744; 
died in Rumford, Me., 29 June, 1812; married Olive Var- 
num, born in Drticiit, 7 Mar., 1742. 

Children, mostly born at Temple, N. H. : 

1853 Stephen, b. 31 Aug., 1765. 
1854 Olivb, b. 2 Oct., 1766; m. 17 July, 1797, Samuel Hinkson. No 
1855 Samuel, b. 29 May, 1768. 

1856 Esther, b. 23 Apr., 1770; d. y. 

1857 Mary, b. 10 Apr., 1772 ; m. 20 Sept., 1794, Robert Hinkson of Rum- 

ford, Me., who m., 2d, in 1815, Sally, widow of Nathan Silver. 
Ch.: Polly, b. 7 Sept., 1795. Patty, b. 1 Mar., 1797. Robert, 
b. 17 June, 1798. Sally, b. 1 Oct., 1799. Sullivan, b. 29 Aug., 
1801 ; d. 24 May, 1809. John, b. 31 Apr., 1803. Esther and 
Rachel, b.9 Jan., 1805. Daniel, b. 7 Nov., 1807. Phebe, b. 19 
Nov., 1808. Lewis, b. 18 Apr., 1813. (For further particulars 
see History of Rumford, Me., by W. B. Lapham.) 

1858 Elizabeth, b. 11 July, 1774; d. in Upper Canada; m., 1798, John 

Puffer of Society. Ch. : John. Betsey. Seth. Pamelia. Pru- 
dence. Lavina. Daniel. Jacob. Zilphia. 
1 859 Israel, b. 31 Mar., 1776. 

1860 Abigail, b. 6 Mar., 1778; m. Isaac Newton. Ch. : Israel, b. 5 

Dec., 1802. Olive, b. 25 Dec, 1804. Galen, b. 31 Aug., 1805. 
Isaac, b. 25 Jan., 1807. Phila, b. 26 Oct., 1808. David, b. 28 
May, 1810. Jacob, b. 21 Jan., 1811. Stephen, b. 3 July, 1814. 
Lydia, b. 10 Sept., 1815. Abigail, b. 6 July, 1817. Vianna, b. 
1 Aug., 1819. Rosanna, b. 9 Mar., 1821. Cyrus, b. 18 Sept., 

1861 Rachel, b. 28 Feb., 1780; d. inf. 

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1862 Jacob Harriman, b. 28 Dec, 1781 ; d. inf. 

1863 Ruth, b. 25 Sept., 1788; m. 14 July, 1810, Matthias Puffer. Ch. : 

Ruth, b. 1 Oct., 1810; m. Joseph Hlnkson of No. 10. 

Stephen Putnam bought a farm in Temple, which ad- 
joins Wilton and Lyndeboro, N. H., and there settled. He 
built a grist mill there. In 1776 he signed the Association 
Test, but in June, 1777, he with others was obliged to show 
cause why they should not be considered unfriendly to the 
new government. His answer satisfied the meeting. Shortly 
after the Revolution he moved to Rum ford, Me., where his 
son Stephen had already settled. Here also he built a mill 
and became quite an influential person. He had great me- 
chanical ability, in fact was a "Jack at all trades. " 

VI, 765 Col. Philip {Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born Mar., 1742 (according to the His- 
tory of Wilton, born 4 Mar., 1740) ; died in Wilton, N. H., 
10 Oct., 1810 (Hist, of Wilton, 18 Nov.) ; married, first, 
19 June, 1764, Abigail Jaquith, who died 4 Sept., 17tfo. 
He married, second. 10 Jan., 1767, Hannah Jacques, lK>rn 7 
July, 1741 , and died in Wilton, 22 Sept., 1819 (History of 
Wilton, 1829). 

Child, born in Wilton : 

1864 Abigail, b. 28 July, 1765; d. 20 Aug., 1765. 

Children, by second wife : 

1865 Abigail, b. 1 Sept., 1767 ; d. In Wilton, 6 May, 1831; m. 8 July, 

1789, Hon. Abiel Wilson, b. in Andover, 1760, and d. in Wilton, 
N. H., 26 July, 1824. Ch : Abiel, b. 7 Apr., 1790. Putnam, b. 
9 Oct., 1791. James, b. 24 Nov., 1793; d. 21 Aug., 1796. James, 
b. 4 Dec, 1796. Abigail, b. 8 Jan., 1799 ; d. 4 Jan., 1831. Han- 
nah, b. 10 June, 1801. Inf. dan., b. 29 Apr., d. 30 Apr., 1803. 
Inf. dan., b. 29 Apr., d. 16 May, 1803. Joseph, b.3 June, 1804. 
John, b. 19 May, 1806; d. 26 Mar., 1852. Philip, b. 8 Feb., 
1809; d. 31 Jan., 1810. (See Hist, of Wilton, N. H., for further 

1866 Hannah, b. 16 Apr., 1769; m. Samuel, son of Major Jonathan and 

Huldah (Nichols, from Middleton, Mass.)Burton of Wilton, b. 
8 Apr., 1767. They, in company with their brother Jonathan 
Putnam, settled in Andover, Vt. 

1867 Rachel, b. 9 Feb., 1771; d. in Wilton, unm., 30 Sept., 1793. 

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1868 Sarah, b. 20 Aug., 1778 (18 Jan.* Hist, of Wilton) ; d. 26 Not., 
1838; m. as his second -wife, Kev. Abel Flske, who wns b. in 
Pepperell, Mass., 28 May, 1752, andd. in Wilton, N. II., 21 Apr.* 
1802. Ch. : Theophilus, b. 4 Dec, 1801. 

1869 Philip, b. 18 Jan., 1781; d. in Wilton. N. H., 22 Jnne, 1834. 

Col. Philip Putnam served in the French and Indian 
War, and in the Revolution commanded a company mustered 
26 Sept., 1776, for three months service, 'at the battle of 
White Plains ; he also served one month at Saratoga in 1777. 
His title of colonel was obtained in the militia. 

He was selectman three years, and represented Wilton in 
the state legislature for nearly a score of years. 

He was an exceedingly prosperous farmer and for many 
years one of the three largest tax payers in Wilton. 

The following Putnams, resident in Wilton in April, 1776, 
signed the non- intercourse resolutions of New Hampshire: 
Philip Putnam, Jacob Putnam, Caleb Putnam, Nathaniel 
Putnam and Jacob Putnam, junior. 

VI. 766 Joseph (Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Wilton, N. H.,28 Feb. (28 July, History 
of Hancock), 1744; died in Marshfield, Vt., 17 Nov., 1826; 
married, in spring of 1763, Miriam Hamblett, of Wilton, who 
died in Marshfield, 12 Feb., 1836. 

Children : 132 

1870 Joseph, b. in Wilton, N. H. f 6 Dec., 1763. 

1871 Miriam, b. in Wilton, N. H., 21 Jan., 1766; d. in Temple, N. H., 

20 Mar., 1777. 

1872 Joel, b. in Wilton, 19 Jnne, 1768; d. 21 June, 1769. 

1873 Gideon, b. in Wilton, 26 Mar., 1769; d. 8 Jnne, 1769. 

1874 Hannah, b. in Temple, 18 May, 1770; in. Thomas, son of Thomas 

and Alice Boynton, of Hancock, N. H. Mr. Boy n ton was a 
teacher; he d. in Washington, Vt., 18 Aug., 1847. 

1875 Sarah, b. In Temple, 17 Mar., 1773; m. 28 Feb., 1799, John 

Spaulding, b. in Lyndeborough, 1 Sept., 1772, d. in Marlow, 28 
Aug., 1866; lived also in Warner, Hancock and Alstead. Ch. : 

131 In regard to the dates of birth and death of the Wilton branch, I have generally 
followed the MSS. of Perley Putnam, who had frequent communication with the Wil- 
ton families, the early part of tills century. The History of Wilton differs occasion- 
ally. See also History of Hancock. 

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(Rev.) John, b. 80 June, 1804. (Doctor) Nehemiah, of Nashua, 
Iowa. Sally, d. y. Rachel, d. y. Betsey, b. 11 Dec., 1806. 
Joseph Putnam, b. 18 Oct., 1809; d. in Leominster, 18 April, 
1876 Mkhitabub, b. in Temple, 4 Apr., 1775. 
1877 Gideon, b. in Temple, 26 May, 1777. 

1878 Susannah, b. in Temple, 1779. 

1879 Maky, b. in Temple, 1781. - 
1880 Jacob, b. In Society Land, 18 Mar., 1784. 

1881 Elizabeth, b. in Society Land, 2 Oct., 1786; d. in Montpelier. 
Vt., 2 Dec., 1881; m. 15 Mar., 1810, Joseph Barnes of Litch- 
field, who d. in Miiford, N. H., Mar., 1862. They lived in Goffs- 
town, N. H., Marshfleld, Vt. (1816), and Montpelier. Ch. : 
Louisa, b. 17 Apr., 1811. Charles £., b. 2 June, 1812; of Bos- 
ton, inventor. Laurinda, b. 27 Apr., 1814. William, b. 18 Sept., 
1816. Lenora, b. 19 Aug., 1818. Lucy P., b. 14 Sept., 1820. 
Lucinda, b. 1822. Joseph K., b. Sept. 1829. 

Joseph Putnam hud a fair complexion, brown hair and 
blue eyes 4 of medium height (5 ft. 10 in), firmly built, 
broad shoulders ; he had an iron constitution. Of temperate 
habits, just in his dealings, of a progressive mind, and great 
firmness and steadfastness of character, he was beloved by 
his family and admired by his neighbors. Throughout his 
his life he adhered to the old style of dress. 

He built his house, which is still standing, remodeled 
and moved from the original site, in Society Land, where 
now stands the Bennington Hotel. He built the first bridge 
across the river at this point, and it was long known as Put- 
nam's bridge. Between 1782-9 he bought nearly the whole 
of the site of the present village of Bennington, and owned 
the water power of the falls on the Contoocook. In 1794, 
his estate was detached from Society Land and attached to 

In an account written by E. D. Putnam, of his grandfather 
Joseph, he tells of the first settlement in Temple on a piece 
of laud deeded to him by his father, situated in what had 
been formerly Wilton. 

There Hannah was born, and the succeeding five children. 
At that time that country was but sparsely peopled and Mr. 
E. D. Putnam states that his grandfather often related to 

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him tales of the early times : how the wolves would render 
night terrible with their howling and how on account of the 
the bears and wolves it was necessary to shut up the sheep 

The stream now called Whiting's Brook was then known as . 
Putnam's Brook, and there Joseph erected the second grist 
mill built in Temple. In 1782 he abandoned that situation 
and located at the great fulls on the Contoocook, and erected 
a saw and grist mill, buying land on both sides of the river, 
completely controlling the water power. His land was in 
1794 annexed to Hancock. Repeated offers were made him 
to sell but he refused until 1804, when he removed to a farm 
in Alstead, and, feeling that the time was passed when he 
should labor, called his son Gideon to carry on the farm, and 
later Jacob. Upon the latter moving to Marsh6eld, Vt., in 
1820, his parents accompanied him and died there. 

He belonged to the church of England, later the Ameri- 
can Episcopal church. 

"VT. 768 Jacob (Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Wilton, N. H., 15 Nov., 1747; died in 
Wilton, N. H., 2 June, 1821 ; married there, 1770, Abigail 
Burnap, who died there, 10 June, 1812. He married, sec- 
ond, 1813, Mrs. Lucy Spofford, of Temple, N. H. 

Children, 133 born in Wilton : 

1882 Jacob, b. 4 Oct., 1771. 

1883 Abigail, b. 29 Apr., 1773; d., unm., at Wilton, 20 Feb., 1827. 

1884 John, b. 24 Nov., 1774; d. 16 Feb., 1835. 

1885 Caleb, b.-7 Oct., 1776; d. 17 Nov., 1777. 

1886 Caleb, b. 24 Mar , 1779; d. Sept., 1862. 

1887 Ruth, b. 20 Jan., 1781; d. 7 Aug., 1801, unm. 

1888 Edith, b. 21 Feb., 1783 ; m. - Cooper, of Francestown, N. H. 

"VT. 769 Archelaus (Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Wilton, N. H., 15 Oct., 1749; died 
in Chester, Vt., 22 Oct., 1816; married Mary Nichols, of 
Danvers, Mass. 

» The records of Temple give "Jacob, of Jacob and Mehltable Putnam, d. 29 
Jane, 1772. Mehltable, do., d. 29 Aug., 1775." 

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Children, all but the two youngest, Imm in Wiltou : 

1889 Archklaus, b. 11 Jane, 1776. 

1890 Anna, b. 26 Oct., 1777; m. 8 July, 1798, William Thompson, Jr. 

1891 Mary, b. 19 July, 1779; m. Abijah Allen. 

1892 Susanna, b. 14 Jan., 1781 ; m. Timothy Thompson. 

• 1898 Huldah, b. 10 May, 17*2; m. 12 Feb., 1809. Joseph Williams. 

1894 Amy, b. 2 June, 1784 ; m. 7 Feb., 1809, Nathan Whitman. , 

1895 Peter, b. 26 Dec., 1785. 

1896 Abigail Elliot, b. 8 July, 1787; m. Jonathan Ransom. 

1897 Sally, m. Henry Edwards. 
1898 Samuel, b. 1 May, 1789. 

1899 Betsey, b. in Andover, Vt., 1798; m. Charles Wolf. 

1900 Lydia, b. 11 Feb., 1796; m. 8 Feb., 1828, John Pierce. 

Arch el ads Putnam lived with his father in Wilton until 
the hitter's death in 1781, and then, selling out to Lt. Oliver 
Whiting of Temple (1790), he removed to Andover and 
erected some mills. From Andover he removed, about 1800, 
to Chester, Vt. 

He was one of the two inhabitants of Wilton who refused 
to sign the non-intercourse resolutions of April, 1776, and in 
1780 was fined £10 "for not doing his turn in the war." 

VI. 770 Caleb (Jacob, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Wilton, N. H., 10 March, 1751 ; died 
before Fort Ticonderoga, 22 or 27 August, 1776 ; married 

Amy , who married, second, 30 Nov., 1778, Ebenezer 

Pearson, of Duxbury School Farm. 

Child : 

1901 A dau , who was living in 1776. 

Caleb Putnam, in a deed from John Cram, is styled 
" blacksmith." He served in Captain Taylor's company at 
Winter Hill, and was in Captain Barron's company in the 
Ticonderoga expedition. His brother Peter also died at 

VI. 774 Archelaus (Archelatis, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Danvers, 6 Nov., 1740; died 
there 14 April, 1800 (gravestone) ; married at Danvers, 
1761, Abigail Goodrich. 

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Archelaus Putuam Was known as "junior." He held 
many town offices. 

Children, born in Danvers: 

. 1902 Abigail, bapt. 15 May, 17(53; m. Trask, of Danvers. Ch. : 

Samuel. Mary, m. Joseph Porter, of Danvers. Sarah. 

1903 Archblaus, b. 16 Jan , 1762. 

''-. 1904 Caleb, b. 24 Nov., 1763: settled in Newburyport, but was, per- 
haps, a resident of Danvers in 1833. It is possible his descend- 
ants are to be found in the South. 

1905 Lydia. b. 25 Oct., 1765 ; m. James S. Parker and settled in Wilton, 

N. H. Ch. : Lydia. Abigail. James Swan, d. prev. to 1835. 
Hepzlbah Haggles. Nancy. William. 

1906 Mkhitablk, bapt. 6 Dec., 1767. 

1907 Mary, m. Capt. John, son of John and Martha (Putnam) Endl- 

cott, of Salem, b. in Danvers, 13 Jan., 1765, and d. there 29 Nov., 
1834. He m., 2d, Mrs. Fidelia (Bridges) Kettelle, by whom he 
had four children. Ch., by Mary : John, b. Nov., 1791 ; d. Apr., 
1803. Samuel, b. 26 Oct., 1793. Maria Cecilia, b. 20 Jan.. 1798; 
m. John Gardner. George Washington, b. 15 Jan., 1800. 
Martha, b. 17 Jan., 1803; d. Nov., 1816. John, b 19 May, 

VI. 776 Ephraim (Archelaus, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Danvers, 14 Sept., 1744 ; died in 
Lyndeborough, N. H., 11 May, 1821; married, autumn of 
1768, Rachel Cram, born 16 April, 1746 and died 29 April, 

Children, born in Lyndeborough, N. H. : 

1908 Jonathan, b. 14 Sept., 1769; d. 27 Sept., 1843. 

1909 Mehitable, b. 6 Dec., 1772; m. 20 Feb., 1801, Robert Ritchie, 

who d. 17 Nov., 1832. Ch. : Mary, b. 7 Sept., 1804. 

1910 Archklaus, b. 16 Mar., 1775; d., unm., Feb., 1839. 

1911 Ephuaim, b. 7 Jan., 1778; d. 20 Feb., 1785. 

1912 Abijah, b. 30 Nov., 1780; d. 16 Feb., 1785. 
1913 Ephraim, b. 30 Apr., 1785; d. 11 June, 1862. 

1914 Nathaniel, b. 22 Aug., 1788; unm., in 1834. 

1915 Amos, b. 21 July, 1791; d. 1794. 

Ephkaim Putnam was always known as "Danvers" Eph- 
raim, thus distinguishing him from two others in Lyndebor- 
ough bearing the same names. He represented Lyndeborough 
in a convention ot deputies which met in 1775, and was gen- 
erally active in town affairs. In 1834, eight male Putnams, 
descended from him, were living in Lyndeborough. 

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VL 777 Nathaniel (Archelaus, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Danvers, 17 May, 1746 ; died 5 
Nov., 1800 ; married in Beverly, 11 Feb., 1773, Mary Ober, 
who died 3 Jan., 1788. He married, second, 10 Dec, 1788, 
Ruth Butler, of Essex, bom 28 July, 1768. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1916 Nathaniel, b. 22 Mar., 1774. 

1917 M\ry, b. 2 Feb., 1776; m. Levi Carr, of Carr's Island, Salisbury, 

later of Newbury. #r 

1918 Hittib, b. 17 Sept., 1777; m. S.^Pindar. 

1919 Lydia, b. 3 Oct., 1779; m. Coffin. 13 * 

1920 Phebe, b. 15 Nov., 1781; m. (Maj.?) Moses Black, of Danvers- 


1921 Rebecca, b. 11 Oct., 1783; d. y. 

1922 Pmscilla, b. 26 June, 1785; m. E(dward?) Stone, of Beverly. 

1923 Archelaij8, b. 19 June, 1787; m., 1817, Sarah W. Noyes, of An- 

dover. He was a cabinet maker in Danvers. 

Children, by second marriage : 

1924 Bktsev, b. 7 Mar., 1789. 

1925, b. 11 Apr., 1791. 

1926 Rebecca, b. 3 May, 1793. 

1927 Pamelia, b. 9 May, 1795; m. Thomas Symonds, of Topsfleld. 

Among their ch. was Jacob, (he m. Harriet Arnold), who be- 
came father of Clara Drew Symonds, wife of Geo. E Bars tow, 
son of Hon. Amos C. Barstow, of Providence, R. I. 

1928 Lois, b. 2 Sept., 1797. 

Nathaniel Putnam was a member of Capt. Jeremiah 
Page's company which marched to Lexington April 19, 1775, 
and he is on the Coat Rolls as serving before Boston during 
the siege. 

During the war he held various town offices, was constable, 
surveyor of lumber, tything man, etc., etc., and also after 
the war although less frequently. He was taxed for two 
"top- chaises." 

VI. 785 Ephraim (Ephraim, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Salem Village, 14 or 15 June, 
1744 ; died there 1799 ; married Lucy Spaulding. 

«* Bible of Mrs. Clarissa (Carr) Carrier, w. of John Carrier, Jr., dau. of Leri Carr. 

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Children : 

1929 Ephraim. 

1930 Daniel, b. in Lyndeborough, 1770; d. 1841. 
1931 Sarah. 

1982 Elizabkth, d. unm. 

1983 John, d. unm. 

, VI. 788 Jesse (Ephraim, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Lyndeborough, N. H., 21 Sept., 
1750 ; married Rachel, widow of Timothy Carlton, of Wilton, 
N. H., and daughter of Nathaniel and Abigail Putnam, of 
Wilton. Soon after marriage they moved to Guilford, Vt., 
thence to Buffalo, X. Y. 

VI. 789 Ensign David (Ej)hraim, Nathaniel, Benja- 
min, Nathaniel, John), born in Lyndeborough, X. H., 6 
March, 1753 ; died there, 1820 ; married there, 18 June, 
1778, Abigail, widow of John Johnson, and daughter of Jer- 
emiah and (Roberts) Carlton, bora in Lyndeborough, 

and died there, 5 Jan., 1835, aged 84. 

Toward the end of the French war, Mrs. Putnam's 
mother, then a young girl, lived with her parents Xathaniel 
and Hannah Roberts in the block-house. Once, when all the 
men were absent, the Indians attacked the place but were 
frightened away by the presence of mind of Mrs. Rol>erts 
and her daughter. By her first husband Mrs. Putnam had : 
David, died 1813, unmarried; Osgood, married Betsey Da- 
ker; Hannah, born 6 Feb., 1777, married Daniel Putnam. 

Children : 134 



Amy, b. 17 Mar., 1779; d. 17 Dec, 1866; in. Gideou Cram, of So- 

Timothy, !>. 19 July, 1781 ; d. — '- — 1847; m. Rachel Dascombof 

Wilton; m., 2d M Patty Cheever, of Lowell. 
1936 Abigail, b. in Lyndeborough, 1 June, 1785; d. 30 July, 1836, 
1937 David, b. in Lyndeborough, 19 June, 1790; d. 10 June. 1870. 

1938 Sarah, b. 19 Aug., 1793; living in 1890; m. Jonathan Clark, of 


1939 Jeremiah, b. in Lyndeborough; d. y. 

**• The Dascomb family record niukea Amy, b. 6 Mar. ; Timothy, b. 20 May, 1782. 

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David Putnam obtained his commission in 1781, in the 
14th company, 9th regiment N. H. militia. In 1786-87-1794 
he was constable. He was the pioneer Baptist in Lyndebor- 
ough, and was extremely active and instrumental in estab- 
lishing a church there. 

VI. 791 Aaron (Ephraim, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Lyndeborough, N. H. ; died there 

(living 1834) ; married Lee. He manned, second, 

at Lyndeborough, 28 April, 1789, Phel>e Farnham, or Var- 
nuni , of Lyndeborough . 

Children : 

1940 Ward, b. Nov., 1781. 

1941 Aaron. 

1942 Wiljjam. 

Children, by Phel>e : 

1943 Joskph. 

1944 Calvin. 
1945 Israel, b. 1797. 

1946 Elisha. 

1947 Epiikaim. 

1948 Bknjamin, of Bradford, N. II. • 

1949 Ephraim Towns, b. in So. Lyndeborough, 13 Jan., 1803. 

VI. 792 John (Ephraim, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Lyndeborough, X. H., 1760; died 
in Bradford, Vt., 5 Nov., 1837 ; married at Lyndeborough, 
30 Nov., 1783, Olive Barron, sister to Gen. Mieah Barron. 
She died in 1858. Moved to Bradford, Vt., 1787. 

Children : 

1050 Olivk, b in Lyndeborough, 23 Jan., 1785; m. Moses Collins, car- 
penter. They lived in Michigan. Ch. : William. Barron. 
David. Hartwell. Jonathan. Moses. Lucy. Hannah. Sarah. 
Alvin. Five others. 

1951 Sarah, b. 5 Oct., 1786; m. Ebenezer Chapln of Newbury, Vt., 
clothier. Ch. : Luther. John, of Chicago. Putnam. Paschal- 

Paoll. Ebenezer, of Chicago. Sarah, m. Cnmmings ; 

lives In Wisconsin. 
1952 Jonathan, b. In Bradford, Vt., 19 June, 1789; m. Mary Stock- 

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1953 Rkbecca, b. 8 July, 1791 ; m. Isaac StockweU. Mr. and Mrs. 
StockweU d. in Danville, Canada East. Ch. : Christina. Emira 
Emeline. Sarah. Isaac. John. Olive. 
1954 John, b. 22 May, 1793; m. Mary Pukett. 

1955 Micah Barron, d. set. 2 yrs. 

1956 Hannah, b. 17 Mar., 1797; m. John Pearsons, of Bradford. Ch. : 

Alonzo, b. 8 Sept, 1818. Daniel, b. 14 Apr., 1820. William, b. 

19 Dec., 1824. George, b. 7 Aug., 1830. Elizabeth, b. 25 Apr., 

1836. Four others. 
1957 Ephraim, b. 30 July, 1799; m. Bachel Stoddard. 
1958 Elizabeth, b. 22 Feb., 1802; m. Israel Prescott, wheelwright. 

Ch. : Alma. Martha. Jane. Mary. Samuel. Charlotte. 
1959 William, b. 8 Aug., 1807. 

VI. 815 Capt. Israel (Tarrant, Tarrant, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Sutton, 22 May, 1767 ; died there, 
23 Feb., 1853 ; married there, 29 Jan., 1795, Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan and Hannah (Dudley) Woodbury, born 27 
March, 1772, and died 20 Sept., 1795; married, second, 21 
April, 1796, Hannah, daughter of Lazarus and Hannah 
(Chase) LeBarron, born 22 Jan., 1776, and died 30 June, 

Children : 

I960 Hannah LbBarron, b. 18 Mar., 1797; d. at New York, 12 Apr., 
1875; m. 21 Oct., 1821, Jabez Hull, of Providence, R. I., and 
Millbury, where he d. 2 Oct., 1844. Ch. : Hannah C, b. 6 Oct., 
1822; d., unm., June, 1845. 

1961 LkBarron, b. 19 Aug., 1799. 

1962 Tarrant, b. 18 May, 1801. 

1963 Mary LeBarron, b. 7 Nov., 1803; d. 4 Sept., 1894; m. 16 Nov., 
1831, Dr. Leonard, son of Aaron and Hannah (Greenwood) 
Pierce, b. 8 Dec, 1793; of Sutton and Canton, Illinois, where 
he d. 30 Aug., 1843. Mrs. Pierce returned to Sutton and lived 
on the LeBarron estate with her daus. She was a woman of 
great ability and a successful teacher. Ch. : Mary Frances, b. 
18 May, 1834; d. unm., 9 May, 1891. Ellen Douglas, b. 22 Aug., 
1836*; m. 16 Nov., 1864, Marcius Milner Hovey ; ch. : John W., 
b. 24 Aug., 1865; d., unm., 13 Jan., 1889, at H. C. Marcius 
Milner, b. 16 June, 1875. 
1964 Israel, b. 25 Dec., 1805. 

1965 Edwin, b. 9 Jan., 1808; d., unm., 20 Dec., 1836, in New York 
City, where he had engaged in business with great success. 
The business house which he established, continued by his 
brothers, was well known for half a century. 

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1966 Frederick Wiluam, b. 3 Aug., 1810; d. 16 Aug., 1813. 

1967 Frederick Augustus, b. 29 May, 1818 ; a physician In New York ; 

1968 Theodore Elijah, b. 11 Sept., 1815; d. In Sutton, 4 July, 1885. 
1969 Caroline Fkiscilla, b. 3 Aug., 1818; in. 29 Nov., 1889, Dr. Ne. 
hemiah Cbase Sibley, who d. 4 Oct., 1844. Ch. : Richard H., 
d. y. She in., 2d, 25 Apr., 1849, Stephen Merrihew, lawyer, of 
New York. Ch.: Caroline P., b. in N. Y., 22 May, 1850. The- 
' odora, b..31 Aug., 1858; m. 8 Apr., 1886, James G. Rleck. 
Geo. W., b. 17 Sept., 1856. 

Israel Putnam kept a "general store" in Sutton for many 
years. He was known as "Captain," having obtained his 
title from a militia commission. He was a fine horseman and 
had a large herd of cattle and sheep of which he was very 
proud. He was a man of sterling worth. Of Mrs. Putnam, 
a descendant writes : w she was one of those old-time women 
who always found their home and family their highest place 
of usefulness." Although living to a great age she retained 
all her faculties, light-heartedness, and interest in the young- 
er generation to the end. 

VI. 823 Judge Samuel {Gideon , Tarrant ', Benja- 
min, Nathaniel, John), born in Dan vers 13 May, 1768; 
died 3 July, 1853; married 28 Oct., 1795, Sarah, daughter 
of John and Lois (Pickering) Gooll, born 28 Nov., 1772, 
and died 22 Nov., 1864. 

Children : 

1070 Samuel Raymond, b. 2 Mar., 1797. 

1971 Hannah, b. 21 June, 1799; d. 4 Aug., 1872; m. 9 Dec, 1822, 

Thomas Poynton Bancroft, b. 20 Dec., 1798, and d. 16 Mar., 
1852. Ch. : Elizabeth I., b. 8 Nov., 1823; d. 23 Sept., 1851. Sarah 
Ellen, b. 17 Jan., 1826; d. 6 May, 1837. Thos. P., b. 5 Jan., 
1829; d. 80 May, 1838. Sam'l Putnam, b. 23 Nov., 1834; d. 30 
Nov., 1850. Ellen, b. 22 May, 1838. Robert Hale, b. 21 April, 

1972 Louisa, b. 4 Oct., 1801 ; d. 7 Oct., 1876; m. 3 Sept., 1821, Joseph 

Augustus Peabody, b. 7 Aug., 1796, andd. 18 June, 1828. Ch. 
Elizabeth Smith, b. 31 July, 1822; d. 13 Dec, 1869; m. 15 Jan. 
1846, Caleb Wm, Loring, b. 81 July, 1819. Sarah L., b. 6. Nov. 
1823; d. 1832. Catherine, b. 12 Oct., 1826; d. 8 Jan., 1848 
Josephine Augusta, b. 12 June, 1828; m. 6 Nov., 1851, William 

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Gardner Prescott (their dau. Edith, b. 20 Apr., 1853 ; m. 2 Nov., 
1874, Roger Walcott, b. 18 July, 1847, (Lt. Got. Mass.), and 
have: Huntington F., b. 1875, d. 1877; Roger, b. 25 July, 1877; 
Wm. P., b. 1 June, 1880; Sam! H., b. 9 .Nov., 1881; Cornelia 
F., b. 8 Feb., 1885). Wm. H., b. 22 Feb., 1855; d. 18G4. Lln- 
% zle, b. 27 Nov., 1859. Catherine E., b. 19 Feb., 1868. 
1973 Mart Ann, b. 20 Aug., 1803; d., s.p. t 10 Apr., 1845; m. Charles 
Greeley Loring, b. 2 May, 1794; d. 8 Oct., 1867. ' 
1974 CHARLES Gideon, b. 7 Nov., 1805. 

1975 Elizabeth Cauott, b. 11 Nov., 1807 ; d. 12 Feb., 1881 ; m. 2 Apr., 

1829, John Amory Lowell, b. 11 Nov., 1798, and d. 31 Oct., 1881. 
Ch. : Augustus, b. 15 Jan., 1830; m. 1 June, 1854, Katherine 
B. Lawrence, b. 21 Feb., 1832. (Ch. : Perclval, b. 13 Mar., 1855. 
Abbott L., b. 13 Dec, 185C. Katherine, b. 27 Nov., 1858; m. 
Alfred Roosevelt. Roger, d. y , andElizb.,b. 2 Feb., 1862. May, 
d. y. Amy, b. 9 Feb., 1874). Eliz. R., b. 27 Feb., 1881; in. Fran- 
cis P. Sprague. Ellen B., b. 1 Nov., 1837; m. 8 Apr., 1858, 
Arthur Theodore Lyman, b. 8 Dec., 1832. (Ch. : Julia. Arthur. 
Herbert. Ella. Susan L. Mabel. Roger. Ronald T.) Sara 
Putnam, b. 24 June, 1843; m. 18 May, 1376, Geo. B. Blake, who 
d. 17 June, 1384, (Ch. : John A. L.). 

1976 Sarah Gool, b. 1 June, 1810; d. 10 Dec, 1880; m. 20 Mar., 1832, 

Francis B. Crowninshield, b. 23 Apr., 1809, and d. 8 May, 1877. 
Ch. : Mary, b. 17 Jau., 1833; d. 6 May, 1834. Sarah, b. 22 Dec., 
1834; d. 24 Nov., 1840. Benj. W.,b. 12 Mar., 1837; m. Kather- 
ine M. Bradlee. Alice, b. 22 Nov., 1839: m. 17 Mar., 1864. Jo- 
siah Bradlee. Louisa, b. 7 Jan., 1842; m. 8 Oct., 1860, Francis 
E. Bncon. Francis, b. 8 June, 1845; d. 28 Apr., 1847. Emily, 
b. 9 Dec, 1847; d. 18 May, 1879. 
1977 John Pickering, b. 21 Juue, 1813. 

Samuel Putnam was the only one of the ten children of 
Gideon who lived to attain maturity. His delicate youth 
gave no promise of the long and useful life to come. As a 
boy he attended school at Beverly and later at Andover. 
Thence to Harvard being in the same class as John Quincy 
Adams, and from which institution he graduated in 1787. 
In 1794 he was admitted to the Essex Bar, having studied law 
with Judge Parsons at Xewburyport, in preference to adopt- 
ing the profession of teacher selected by his father. He 
soon established himself at Salem and obtained a lucrative 
practise, at the same time giving more or less attention to 
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Salem in the General Court in 1812, and the county as sena- 
tor m 1808, 1809, 1813, 1814. During his last term as 
senator Chief Justice Sewall died, and Governor Strong ap- 
pointed Mr. Putnam to the vacant seat on the bench of the 
Supreme Court. In 1825 he received the degree of Doctor 
of Laws from the University of Cambridge, England. - For 
twenty-eight years he remained on the bench, during which 
time no one could justly complain of Lis decisions which have 
l>een praised by the most learned judges of our own time. 

He took great pride in his place at Danvers, and great in- 
terest in all that pertained to the history of the family. In 
his youth he saw the soldiers under Arnold march by on their 
way to Quel>ec, and had seen a British regiment parade un- 
der the command of General Gage, and the events in the life 
Israel Putnam and others of the family were familiar gossip 
to his ears. 

In July, 1834, he wrote the following letter to Col. Perley 
Putnam, of such general interest, that it is inserted here : 

"The Register of Deeds shows that the family liecame pro- 
prietors of considerable tracts of land. The homestead of my 
farm I believe has always been owned by some of the de- 
scendants from the common ancestor. They have generally 
been plain common-sense, industrious men. They have not 
been very rich, but in comfortable circumstances. 

I have known very many of this numerous family (proba- 
bly as numerous as descended from any of the first settlers 
of Salem) and have had traditionary accounts from many 
others. Of a few only I will speak. For I have not time to 
speak of many who are as deserving as those are of whom I 
shall make mention. 

James Putnam (No. 378) of Worcester, was a distin- 
guished counsellor at law, and the patron of John Adams, 
the late president of the United States. He adhered to the 
parent country, and removed to Xew Brunswick where he 
held a judicial office, with great reputation under the Crown. 
His descendants have been very respectable, have merited 
and received the rewards due to their continued allegiance 

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348 HISTOKT OF THE futkam family. 

and fidelity. One of them returned to England and was 
particularly favored by Prince Edward now deceased. 

We can now look to the period of the Revolution without 
the bitter feelings which then agitated the country. And it 
is clear (to my mind at least) that many of those who ad- 
hered to the old government were as true men as many of 
those were who shook off their allegiance. 

For example, I think that James Putnam, Daniel Leonard 
and Jonathan Sewall loved their country as well as John 
Adams, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. 

Ebenezer Putnam (No. 374), of Salem, the grandfather of 
the postmaster, was very distinguished in the medical depart- 
ment. If I am not mistaken he was the brother of James 
Putnam of Worcester. I reineniber his appearance and his 
civility to me when I was a boy. His person moved alertly. 
I have heard aunt Clark say that his house was broken open 
in the night ; that he went down alone in the darkness, seized 
and detained the burglar, who was a much larger man than him- 
self. If he had been a soldier he would have l>een as fearless 
as he was skilful as a physician. Ebenezer Putnam ( Xo. 960) , 
the father of the postmaster, 135 was a gentleman of most ex- 
cellent spirit as well as of great truth and honor. I knew 
him very well. In any case of morals it would have been 
safe to follow the dictates of his mind. 

I rememljer your grandfather, Dr. Amos Putnam (No. 271), 
of Dan vers. He was in great practice as a physician and sur- 
geon, and of a most courteous and gentlemanly deportment. 
He was the physician in my father's family. It used to lie 
said that he acquired his skill in surgery in the war of 1756. 
Some of the family have distinguished themselves in war ; 
General Israel Putnam (No. 90), is known to the world cer- 
tainly as a soldier of great bravery. I was once at his house 
in Brooklyn where he treated me with great hospitality. 
He showed me the place where he followed a wolf into a cave 
and shot it ; and he gave me a great many anecdotes of the 

"• Eben Putnam, of Salem, father of Prof. Fred. W., of Cambridge, and grand, 
father of the compiler of this genealogy. 

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war in which he had been engaged, before the Revolution, 
tracing the remarkable events upon a map. He was once 
taken by the Indians and tied to a tree to be put to death ac- 
cording to their fashion. They threw their tomahawk into the 
tree by the side of his head, and after amusing themselves 
•in that way, for some time, they lighted up the fire and danced 
and yelled around him. When they were thus engaged, one 
of the tribe, a chief who had been once a prisoner of Putnam 
and treated kindly by him, arrived at the spot and recog- 
nized his friend in their intended victim, immediately released 
him from impending slaughter. General Putnam said that 
their gestures in the dance were so inexpressively ridiculous 
that he could not forbear laughing. I expressed some sur- 
prise that he could laugh under such circumstances, to which 
he mildly replied, that his composure had no merit — that it 
was constiutional, and then said that he had never felt any 
bodily fear. 

I can as easily credit that assertion as the one which Gov- 
ernor Moms made of himself, viz. : w that he never felt em- 
barrassed by the presence of any person whomsoever in his 
life." And I am inclined to think that both of them spoke 
the truth, concerning their own sensations. In 1786 he rode 
on horseback from Brooklyn to Danvers and made his hist 
visit to his friends there. On his way home he stopped at 
the colleges at Cambridge where the government of the col- 
lege paid hiui much attention. It was in my junior year. 
He came to my room ; his speech was then much affected 
with palsy. 

I knew his son Daniel Putnam. He lias visited me in Sa- 
lem. His letter to General Dearborn, repelling the charge or 
insinuation of cowardice at Bunker Hill, was in matter and 
manner precisely what became him. I have several letters 
from him, which show that his mind was much cultivated. 
His manners were frank and gentlemanly. 

I have had an opportunity in the examination of applicants 
for pensions to obtain affidavits of some who were engaged 

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in the battle of Bunker Hill, proving that General Putnam 
was there encouraging the men and exposing himself with his 
accustomed fearlessness, in the fight at the rail fence. 
Prescott was in the redoubt, at some distance higher up the 
Jiiil, fighting like a lion. If the ammunition had not failed 
he would have maintained the ground which he so long and 
so gloriously defended. Col. Sweet has given a very inter- 
esting account of that battle. 

Gen. Eufus Putnam (No. 212) of Marietta, served with 
great reputation in the Revolutionary war. He united great 
discretion to great bravery. I have often heard Governor 
Strong speak of him with very great respect, and he knew 
him intimately and was as good a judge of men as I have 
ever known. He was the father of the State of Ohio. His 
descendants there are said to be very numerous. I have often 
heard my father speak of one of the Putnams who was called 
"Lieutenant David " (No. 85) as one of the lion-hearted men 
of his time. I believe he belonged to a troop of horse, which 
was commanded by Captain Gardner, but of that I am not 
certain. I have .seen some Indian trophies in the possession 
of Samuel P. Gardner of Boston which had been taken by 
his ancestor, Captain Gardner. Most of the family have been 
farmers, and among them I think William Putnam (No. 231), 
of Sterling, was the most distinguished. The late General 
Bowdoin gave the charge of Elizabeth Islands to him. 

Some of the family have been successful in commerce ; of 
those I think the late Oliver Putnam (No. 1455), of New- 
buryport, was the most eminent for talents. He cultivated 
letters for the love of them. He was self taught, and, as is 
often the case with such men, he was well taught, in all that 
he attempted. He left a considerable sum in trust for a high 
school in Newburyport, and was there greatly esteemed. 

I have often heard my father say that some of the 
family moved to Charleston, S. C, and were merchants. 
But of their fate I knew nothing. I think it was Benjamin 
(No. 414) who went to Carolina. 

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Some of the family are now distinguished scholars in Di- 
vinity. The Rev. Israel W. Putnam (No. 1022) is nearly or 
quite at the head of the orthodox clergy in New Hampshire ; 
the Rev. George Putnam (No. 1253), of Roxbury, is one of 
our most eminent Unitarian clergymen in this state. I have 
. lately had occasion officially to be informed that the Rev. 
Rufus A. Putnam of Fitchburg is one of four clergymen who 
by a testator were named as trustees to dispose of a large es- 
tate for such religious objects as they should think proper. 
I do not know that gentleman, but the fact to which I allude 
shows that he is deemed both honest and discreet. 

Some of the family have l>een good shipmasters. I recol- 
lect many, but will speak only of one. I recollect that Mr. 
Vidaurne, the chief justice of the court of Pennsylvania, called 
to see me, and when about to go away he desired me to 
direct him to the house of Capt. Hiram Putnam, who brought 
Mr. V. to this country from Peru. He was put on board of 
Captain Putnam's ship by the Peruvian government,against the 
will of Mr. V., and Mr. V. said "I never should forgive my- 
self if I were to go from the country without taking leave of 
Captain Putnam, and thanking him for his great kindness to 
me while I was on board his ship." 

Those of the family who have been mechanics, have been 
generally intelligent and laborious men. My father was a 
carpenter and a farmer. His share of his father's estate was 
only thirteen acres of land. By his industry and persever- 
ance assisted by my mother, whose untiring assiduity was 
without bound, he was enabled to acquire and leave to me the 
farm which his ancestors had possessed from the first settle- 
ment of the country. He did that besides educating two sons 
in college and making a comfortable provision for his family 
at home, which from sickness and other causes was very 

A great many examples of such industry will occur to your 
recollection. But I know there have been some of the family 
who have not conducted themselves well. The instances how- 

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ever have been rare considering the great number of descend- 
ants from John Putnam. 

Generally the descendants of John Putnam have been dis- 
tinguished more for industry, perseverance, honesty and 
firmness than for genius or brilliancy. I could illustrate 
this remark by a great many examples, but I have not time to 
do it. . . , , ' 

After all it is of no consequence that we record that Abra- 
ham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat Jacob, and so on, unless 
we .imitate as far as we may the virtues of Abraham, Isaac 
and Jacob. 

I hope not to have tired your patience. But you may re- 
taliate, by a copy of your genealogical tree, when you shall 
have completed it." 

VI. 832 Benjamin (Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), bom in Danvers, 28 April, 1757; died 
there, 9 July, 1812; married there (12 April, Flint Gen.) 
5 March, 1777, Miriam, daughter of Elisha and Miriam 
(Putnam) Flint, born in Danvers, 4 Nov., 1759, and died in 
Haverhill, 20 Oct., 1830. She married, second, Moody 
Spofford, of Georgetown. 
Children, born in Danvers : 

1978 Ruth, b. 12 Oct., 1777; d. in Plaistow, N. H., 19 Mar., 1827; ra. 
Rev. Reuben Peaslee, of Plaistow. Ch. : Moses Flint, b. 13 
Jan., 1801; d. in Haverhill, 18 Aug., 1808; m. 29 Nov., 1821, 
Sally Bradley, of Plaistow, N. H. 

1979 Skth, b. 22 Dec. (2 Flint Gen.), 1779; d. 1 Apr., 18C4. 

1980 Bknjamin, b. 20 Mar., 1782; d. 27 Ang , 1850. • 

1981 Miriam, b.. 4 Oct., 1784; d. in Haverhill, 23 Dec, 1862; m. 24 
Apr., 1808, Moses, son of Rev. Gyles and Lucy (Cushing) Mer- 
rill, of Haverhill, b. there, 12 Sept., 1776, and d. there, 6 Deo 
1864. Ch. : Gyles, b. in Haverhill, 13 Mar., 1816; m. 28 Nov., 
1849, Elizabeth, dan. of Leonard and Grace Watson, b. in Mic- 
kleover, Derbyshire, Eng., 26 Jan., 1816. XM 

"• Children of Gyles and Ellz. Merrill are: Gyles, h. in Roxbnry, 6 Oct., 1850; d. In 
llaverhill,3 Aug., 1880; m. 14 Nov., 1878, Helen M. Bnrnham. Moses Putnam, b. 27 Jan., 
1852; d., unm., at Haverhill, 13 Apr., 1878. James Cushing, b. in Charlestown, N. H., 
9 Sept., 1853; m. 10 May, 1878, Ella Frances Johnson. Samuel, b. 1 Jan., 1855; m. 1 Oct. 
1887, Es telle Minerva, dau. of GUman E. and Alenda (Kincalrd) Hatch. Both Mr. and 
Mrs. Samuel Merrill are on the editorial staff of the Boston Globe. See New Eng' 
Hist. Gen. Reg. for October, 1801, for an ancestral chart of Gyles Merrill. 

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1982 Eunick, b. 14 May, 1787; d. in Clayton, N. Y., 28 Oct., 1871 ; m. 

Daniel Gardner. Ch. : Putnam, b. 8 Apr., 1811. Miriam, b. 
25 Nov., 1813. Emma, b. 15 Feb., 1815. Daniel, b. 21 Feb., 
1817. Sally, b. 3 Feb., 1810. Ebenezer, b. 29 Apr., 1821. John 
Nichols, b. 7 Oct., 1823. Wiilard. b. 16 Apr., 1826. 

1983 Emma, b. 9 Nov., 1789; d. in Danvers, 24 Dec, 1866, a. p. ; m. 

John Nichols, of Danvers, who d the same day as his wife. 

1984 Sally, b. 29 Mar., 1793; d. in Danvers, 30 Dec., 1866; m. 12 

May, 1814, Abel, son of Andrew and Eunice Nichols, and lived 
on the old Nichols farm Ch. : Abel, b. 14 June, 1815; d. 13 
May, 1860; an artist. Sarah, b. 13 May, 1818; d. 14 May, 1887; 
m., 1st, 19 Nov.,lS39, Charles Page; m., 2d, 14 May, 1869, Eben 
G. Berry, both of Danvers. 

Benjamin Putnam and wife Miriam joined the church in 
Danvers, 1 Nov., 1778. It was not until 1780 that he held 
any town office ; that year he was tythingman, but from that 
time on he was frequently called upon to serve the town in 
various positions. He lived on North street in the house pic- 
tured opposite page 61. The silhouettes are from originals 
in Samuel Merrill's possession. 

VI. 833 Timothy ( Timothy, Stephen, Benjamin, JSTo- 
thaniely John), born in Danvers, 1756; died in Middle Ste- 
wiacke, N. S., 9 Oct., 1840; manned in Truro, N. S., 1785, 
Janet, third daughter of Robert and Esther (Moore) Hunter, 
born in Truro, 18 Jan., 1763, and died in Middle Stewiacke, 
26 Feb., 1841. 

Children, born in Middle Stewiacke : 

1985 Lktitia, b. 1786; d. 27 Apr., 1822; m., 1808, James Rutherford, 

Sr. t and had one son and six daughters. 

1986 Robert, b. July, 1788. 

1987 Timothy, b. 26 Oct., 1790. 

1988 John, b. May, 1793. 

1989 Ksthkk, b. 31 Dec, 1796; d. 3 May, 1808; m. 17 Mar., 1818, 

James Bamhill, and had three sons and five daus. 

1990 Elizabkth, b. 1799; d. suddenly, 14 Apr., 1821; m. Feb., 1820, 

James Dnnlap, and had one son. 

Timothy Putnam was carried to Nova Scotia by his 
mother when not more than six years of age. He settled in 
Middle Stewiacke. An erroneous tradition has l>eeh current 
for many years amongst his descendants that he was a loyal- 

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ist. He became the progenitor oi a numerous and worthy- 
family, who have sustained the Putnam characteristics as well 
as their Yankee cousins. 

VI. 835 Matthew {Phineas, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers, 2 Aug., 1756 ; died there, 
25 Dec, 1828 ; married 17 March, 1778, Ruth, daughter of 
Nathan and Mary Smith, born 15 Jan., 1755, and died 20 
Feb., 1841. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1091 Piiineas, b. 10 Sept., 1778; d. 10 Jan. , 1854. 

1992 Polly, b. 2!) Apr., 1783; d. 18 Apr., 185G; m. 1801, Seth Pntnam. 

1993 Matthkw, b. 2G May, 1785. 

1994 Ruth, > 

1995 S ALLYj twin8 ' b - 27Jan ' l7l)2 - 
199G Betsry, b. 20 May, 1794. 

1997 Hannah, b. May, 1799; d. 25 Nov , 1800. 

VI. 836 Joseph (Phineas, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers, 12 Apr., 176L ; died 8 
Nov., 1853 ; married 19 Nov., 1790, Funny (No. 974), daugh- 
ter of Col. Enoch and Hannah (Putnam) Putnam, born 7, 
Aug., 1764, and died 28 June, 1858, aet. 93 yrs., 10 mos., 
20 days. 

Mrs. Joseph Putnam'* mother was a daughter of Stephen 
Putnam (No. 315). 



Clarissa, b. in Danvers 2 Aug., 1702; d. 26 .Inly, 188S; m. 2 Dec, 
1819, John, son of Levi and Mehitable (Nichols) Preston of Dan- 
vers, b. there, 1G Dec, 1790; d. 28 May , 187G. Ch. : Charles 
Putnam, b. 24 Sept., 1820; d. 27 Oct., 1887; in. 29 Jan., 1845, 
Sarah Hubbard, dan. of Moses and Ruth (Stuart) Hook, b. In 
Fremont, N. H., 30 Dec, 1820. (Ch. : Charles H., b. 22 Mar., 

I. Richard Hubbard of Salisbury, 1GG5; d. 2G June, 1719. He was a 
blacksmith. He m. Martha, dan. of Wm. and Ann (Goodale 137 ) 
Allen, b. in Salisbury, 1G4G and d. there, 4 Oct., 1718. 
He may have been of Dover, N. H., 10, 11, 1668; if so vran not 

»* Richard Goo dale from Yarmouth, Engf., settled In Newbury about 1638, removed 
to Salisbury where ho died Ifl'W. HU wire Dorothy d. 27, 11, 1664; and his second wife 
Mary, d.31 May, 1683. Ch.: Ann, d. May, 1676; in. AYm. Allen who d. 1686. Richard 
who settled in Boston. 

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1863.) John Preston was, as was his son mid grandson, a se- 
lectman of Danvers, and also representative to General Court. 
Chas. P. and Chas. H. wero both trustees of the Peabody In- 
stitute and Charles P. was also trustee of the Danvers Insane 
Hospital and Scc'y of the Essex Agricultural Society. 

taxed there In 1661. A romantic story with but little to commend 
it concerning his birth and coming to this country will be found 
in the History of Candia, N. H., In 161)4-5 he was deputy to the 
General Court from Salisbury and for some time lived In Bos- 
ton, where his son Joseph had settled. Ch. : Mary, b. 19 .Ian.» 
1667; m. 17 Nov., 1680, Tobias Langdou, from whom descended 
the Govs. Laugdon of New Hampshire. John, b. 12 Apr., 1669, 
settled at Kingston, N. H. A child who died 1672. Doruthy, 
b. 7 Apr., 1678; m. John Stevens. Joseph, b. 4 June, 1676; m. 
4 Aug., 1698, Thankful Brown. (One of their ch. was the Hon. 
Thomas Hubbard, b. 4 Aug., 1702; d. 14 July, 1773. Member 
of the Couucll, and Treasurer of Harvard College.) Juilith, b. 
9 July, 1679; prob. m. at Boston, 7 Nov., 1699, Obadiah Emons. 
Comfort, b. 17 Jan , 1681-2; m. 7 Nov , 1699, Joshua Weeks. 
Jemima, b. 11 Nov., 1684, living unm. in 1718. Kezia, b. 11 
Nov., 1684 ; in. 16 Dec, 1701, Joseph True. Richard, b. 9 Mar., 
1686-7; d. 20 Jau., 1687-8. Eleazer, b. 27 Oct., 1689, left de- 
scendants in Salisbury. 

II. Lt. John (Richard), d. in Kingston, N. II., 25 Sept, 1723; m. 

1688, Jane (Collyer) of Salisbury. Ch. : Mellaril, d. y. John, b. 
17 Jan., 1690-1. Jeremiah, b. 27 Aug., 1692; m. Mercy John- 
son. Mary, b. 29 Nov., 1694. Itichard, b. 27 Dec., 1696; m. 
Abigail Davis. Martha, b. 8 Oct., 1698. J;me, b. 10 June, 
, 1700. Anna, b. 22 July, 1702; d. 1775; m. Rev. Wm. Thompson 
of Scarboro. Keziah, b. in Salisbury, 10 July, 1704; m. 1 Jan., 
1734, John Libby. Dorothy, b. in Kingston, 8 Jan., 1708. John, 
d. y. Jeiuima,b. 3 Mar., 1711; prob. m. John Messerve of 
Scarboro. John, b. 28 Jan., 1715. 

III. Capt. Richard (John, Richard), d. in Kingston; m. Abigail Da- 

vis, who d. 25 Sept., 1733; m., 2d, 16 Oct., 1734, Abigail Taylor, 
who d. 9 Dec 17<i8. Ch. : Dorothy, b. 25 July, 1722; in. 1741, 
Sam'l Small of Scarboro. Eliz'b , b. 25 Sept., 1724; in. Sam'l 
Libby of Scarboro. Martha, b. 26 Nov., 1726. Abigail, b. 22 
Nov., 1728. Grace, b. 22 Sept., 1730. John, b. 12 Apr., 1733. 
Mary, b. 21 May, 1735; m. John Stevens. Grace, b. 8 Jan., 
1736-7: m. 13 July, 1758, Samuel Stuart. Anne, b. 17 Oct. t 
1738. Marg't, b. 80 Aug., 1740. Richard, b. 8 Dec, 174?! 
Beuiamln, !>. 12 Nov., 1744. Sarah, b. 16 Feb., 1751. Jed. 
diah, b. 16 July, 1755. 

IV. Dorothy (Richard, John, Richard), m., 1741, Samuel, son of 

Sam'l (grandsou of Francis of Kittery) and Anna (Hatch) 
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VI. 837 Timothy (P/tineas, ^Stephen, Benjamin, JVo- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers 17 Feb., 1763 ; died in Dau- 
vers 6 July, 1838; married 10 Mar., 1794, Hannah (No. 
975), daughter of Col. Enoch Putnam, born 21 May, 1771 and 
died 22 Juno, 1830. " June 22, 1830, my dear wife departed 
this life fifteen minutes* before eleven of the clock. ? 

Children, born in Danvers : 

1999 Elbridgk Gkrry, b. 4 Sept., 1794. 

2000 Willahd, b. 13 June, 1796. 

2001 Adrian, b. 14 June, 1803. 

2002 Gustavus T., b. 6 Dec, 1810. 

Timothy Putnam enlisted at the age of sixteen and served 
throughout the Revolution bearing the hardships of the terri- 
ble winter at Valley Forge. He came home bare-footed. 
Otis Putnam, Esq., of Danvers, has in his possession the gun 
Timothy carried through the war. Mr. Adrian L. Putnam 

Jan., 17C2; bur. 1 Oct., 1840; m. 4 Dec., 1781, Domlnicus, son 
of Enoch and Elizabeth (Pluunner) Libby, b. in Scarboro, 27 
Dec., 1751 and d. 18 Dec., 1822. He was a Revolutionary soldier, 
and a great great grandson of John Libby, born iu England about 
1002. Capt. Enoch, sou of Doniinicus above, b. 23 Feb., 1787; 
d. in Richmond. Me., 11 Mar., 1803; m. Elfz'b, dau. of Capt. 
Win. Welch, and had Mary Ann, b. in Richmond, 20 Jan., 1822; 
m. Col. Laurens, son of Lawrence and Olive (Small) Joyce, b. 
in Brunswick, Me., d. in Richmond, Texas. Their dau. Eliza- 
beth ra. Frank Tucker of Roxbury and had Florence Maude, who 
married Ebon Putnam (Fred. W., Eben., Eben., Eben., James, 
James, John, John) of Salem. 

IV. Guack (Richard, John, Richard), m. at Kingston, 13 July, 1758, 
Samuel Stuart. Their son Sam'l m. Hannah Brown, and had 
Ruth, who m. Moses Hook, father of Sarah Hubbard Hook wife 
of Chas. P. Preston (see No. 1998). 

IV. Da. John (Richard, John, Richard), m. 30 Apr , 1754, Joanna 
Davis, who d. in 1807, cet. 74. Ch. : Margaret, b. 2 Apr., 
1755. Nane, b. 25 Feb., 1757. John, b. 28 Sept., 1759; d. in 
Brentwood, Me., 22 Apr., 1888; his son, also a physician, was 
Hon. John, b. 22 Mar., 1794, Governor of Maine, in 1850-2. 
Richard, b. 1 May, 17C4. Francis, b. 17 Dec, 1761. 
Further details about this Hubbard family, the principal part 
pertaining to the early generations having been supplied by the 
compiler of this (Putnam) genealogy, will be found in " One 
thousand years of Hubbard History," p. 85. 

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of Provincetown, a grandson, has.the family bible and several 
heirlooms, amongst which is a small silver spoon marked 
* H. P. " and a china plate with w T. H. P. " iu gilt in the 
center. This plate is one of a set made to order in China. 

Timothy Putnam occupied for a time the old Putnam 
house, since removed which formerly stood in Summer 
street. A part of this property is now known as Oak Knoll. 
He had in a marked degree the old fashioned courteous and 
dignified manners. The four sous were of medium stature and 
very industrious men. El bridge, Willardand Gustavus were 
much interested in music. Adrian was a farmer and settled 
on the old homestead on Elm St., Dan vers, while Elbridge 
and Gustavus built on either side. 

VI. 838 Ezra (Phineas, Stephen, Benjamin, JVh- 
thanid, John), born in Danvers, Mar., 1771; married 28 
Nov., 1799, Sally, daughter of Israel and Sally (Eppes) Put- 
nam of Danvers, born there, 6 Mar., 1779 and died 20 Aug., 
1811. He married, second, 1G June, 1813, Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Jacob Granger of Andover, Vt., born Nov., 1775. 

Children : 

2003 Sally, b. 5 Jan., 1801. 

2004 Kkxdall, b. 3 Jan., 1803; d. Mar., 1837; of Wells Co., Ind. 

2006 Nkwton, b. Jan., 1805. 

2006 Franklin, b. Doc., 1807. 

2007 Mary W., b. Oct., 1809; m. Asa Parker. Cli. : Sarah H., b. 

Sept., 1827. 

2008 Ezra G., b. Apr., 1814: d. Mar., 1837, in Wells Co., Ind. 
200!) William, b. May, 1815; d. Mar., 1837, in Wells Co., Ind. 
2010 Charles, b. June, 1816; d. Mar., 1837, iu Wells Co., Ind. 

Ezra Putnam settled in Cavendish, Vt. In 1838, he re- 
moved with his family, except one son, to Wells Co., Indi 
ana, where several of the children died of a prevailing epi- 
demic. The survivors returned to Cavendish. 

VI. 841 Deacon RufllS (Aaron, Stephen, Benjamin, 
NtUh:miel, o'n), born in Danvers, 7 May, 1764; died iu 
Beverly 21 (or 14?) Mar., 1836, "sick but a few days ; " 

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married 10 Dec, 1793, Maty, daughter of Deacon Asa Put- i 

nam, born 11 Aug., 1765; died in Beverly, 28 Jan., 1840. 

Children, born in Beverly: , 

2011 Aaron, b. 21 Apr., 1796; d. in Beverly, 30 Mar., 1801. 

2012 Rufus, b. 12 Apr., 1800. ! 

* 2013 Aaron, b. 14 Apr., 1802; d. in Beverly, 17 Jan., 1803. .. \ 

2014 William, b. 10 Nov., 1803. ' ' 

Deacon Rufus Putnam removed to Beverly in 1800 and j 

bought the Leech homestead at Royal Side. His son William 
lived there after his father's death. 

VI. 845 Simeon (Aaron, Stephen, Benjamin, iVo- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers, 22 Nov., 1776 ; died there, 
24 July, 1834; married 1 Dec, 1801, Deborah Brown, born , 

in Boxford, 22 Oct., 1782. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2015 Lydia, b. 19 Feb., 1803; d. 25 Feb., 1805. 

2016 Simeon, b. 3 June, 1805. 

2017 Aaron, b. 9 Apr., 1807. 

2018 Augustus, b. 22 Apr., 1810. 

2019 Edward Brown, b. 24 May, 1812; d. Apr., 1843. 
2020 Eijzabetii Gardnkr, b. 14 Feb., 1815; d. 28 Oct., 1834. 

2021 Israel Herbert, b. 19 Jan., 1819. 

Simkon Putnam was a farmer in Danvers. 

VI. 846 Stephen (Moses, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers, 20 May, 1772; died 18 
Sept., 1821 ; married 19 Sept., 1797, Sarah daughter of John 
and Rebecca Burton of Wilton, born in Wilton, 8 June, 
1772 and died in Mason, N. HI., 29 July, 1840. He built and 
ran a gristmill at Barnes* Falls, Wilton. 

Children : 

2022 Stephen, b. 11 Nov., 1797. 
2023 Sylve8Tkr, b. 8 Feb., 1799; d. *. i>. in Mason, N. H., 25 July, , 

1846; m. 1 May, 1842, Elizabeth Hill, who m., 2d, Cham- 

berlaiu of Mason and died abont 1888. 
2024 Hiram, b. 13 Nov., 1800. 

2025 Rebecca, b. 31 Aug., 1802 ; m. Adams! Ch. : a son and dan. 

Is supposed to have lived in Andover. 

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2026 Cyrus, b. 13 Sept, 1804; his dan. Lizzie M., b. 17 Jane, 1844; m. 
A. A. Forbash of Washington, D. C. 

2027 Sarah, b. 20 Feb. (July), 1808 ; d. in Salem, 1887 ; m. Bald- 

win. Two ch;, of which Lucia was the younger. 

2028 Moses, b. (22) 80 July, 1810; m. July, 1844, Mary Ann, dau. of 

Daniel Barton of Ware who d. there in 1885. Lives at Ware 

2029 Ika V., b. 22 Sept., 1813; d., unm , at Memphis, Miss., 1841? 
2030 John Franklin, b. 2 Mar., 18l7. ,3S 

VI. 849 Aaron Kimball (Moses, Stephen, Benja- 
min, Nathaniel, John), l>orii in Wilton, N. H., 11 Jan., 
1784; died there, 25 Mar., 1871 ; married 12 Dec, 1808, 
Polly Shuttuck of Temple, N. H., who died 10 Oct.* 1841, 
aged 54 years; married, second, Nancy Wright of Mason, 
N. H., who died 28 Aug., 1875, aged 68 years. He was a 
carpenter and later conducted a small farm on a scientific and 
profitable basis. 

Children : 

2031 Mary Rcss, b. 17 Sept., 1809; d 10 Oct., 1838. 

2032 Eveline, b. 31 Mar., 1811; m. 22 Apr., 1832, William Emerson of 

Wiltou, b. 13 Dec., 1805. Mr. Kraerson was associated with 
his father-in-law in business for many years. He also held 
many town offices. Ch. : Snmuer Brooks, b. 25 Feb., 1834. 
Charles A., b. 6 Feb., 1837. Mary, b. 26 Jan., 1841 ; d. 8 May, 
1845. Martha, b. 8 May, 1843; d. 7 Sept., 1855. Henry L., b. 
6 Feb., 1845. Willisk, b. 10 Apr., 1849. Mary E., b. 13 Aug., 
1851. Lenora, b. 12 Jnly, 1855. 
20:53 Sarah, b. 15 Feb., 1813 j m. 25 Dec, 1834, John Mills, a large boot 
and shoe manufacturer in Mllford, N. H. Ch. : Sarah N., b. 19 
Jan., 1856. 

2034 Aaron Kimball, b. 13 Dec., 1814; d. 1 Aug., 1816. 

2035 Aaron Kimball, b. 23 Jan., 1817; d. 16 Mar., 1818. 

2036 Levi, b. 4 Dec., 1818. 

2037 Harvky, b. 21 Sept., 1820. 

2038 Daniel Pratt, b. 9 July, 1822; m. Miss Peavey. No. ch. Lived 

In Bethlehem, but lately in Cleveland, 0. 

2039 Matilda Uockwood, b. 23 Oct., 1824; d. 16 Sept., 1886; m., 1st, 

1 Jan., 1855, Samuel F. May nard of Wilton, who d. 10 Aug., 
1856. Ch. : Samuel F., b. 15 Feb., 1858 ; d. 23 June, 1886. Mrs. 
Maynard m., 2d, 9 Nov., 1865, Deacon Charles Wilson, of New 
Ipswich, N. H., and also of Wilton. 

"• Mrs. Hammond of Suranzey, N. H., gives these dates of children's birth with ex- 
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2040 RuFUS.b. 8 Mar., 1827. 

2041 Anna Jane, b. 26 July, 1829 ; m. Stephen C. Coburn. Lives in 

Milford, N.H. 

By second wife : ' 

2042 Mart Cornrlia. 

VI. 851 Moses {Stephen, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers 4 Nov., 1775 ; died 10 Sept., 
1860; married 28 Apr., 1803, Betsey, daughter of Israel and 
Sally (Eppes) Putnam, horn in Danvers, 9 Oct., 1782, and 
died 23 Oct., 1864. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2043 Aijtkkd, b. 18 Feb., 1804; d. 8 Sept., 1835, at Danvers. 

2044 Hakrikt, b. 11 May, 1806; d. 13 May, 1891; m. 3 Dec., 1833, De:i. 

Samnel Page 139 son of Samuel and Clarissa (Page) Fowler, b. 22 
Apr., 1800; d. 15 Dec., 1888. Ch. : Clara Putnam, b. 20 Mar., 
1836; m. 25 Nov., 1856, Geo. Edson, son of Alex. E. ami Ellen 
R. (Tucker), DuBois, b. in Randolph, 24 Feb., 182U and d. 
there, 3 Nov., 1859. (Ch. : Ellen Tucker, b. 16 Dec., 1857.) 
Mrs. DuBois lives in Danvers. Samuel Page, b. 6 Dec., 1838. 
Harriet Putnam, b. 25 July, 1842; resides in Danvers. 

2045 Sally Epprs, b. 21 Apr., 1808; d. 6 July, 1808. 

2046 Louisa, b. 16 Aug., 1809; d., uum., 24 Aug., 1842. 

2047 Susanna Heurick, b. 20 Apr., 1812; d. 18 Nov., 1891; m. 21 Jnne, 

1832, Daniel F. Putnam. 

«• Dea. Fowler was born In Danvers ami illeil there, having been very active in all 
matters pertaining to the welfare and educational Interest* of the town. A prominent 
member of the Essex Institute he contributed greatly to the literature of Essex County . 
Ills children are descended In nine ways from John Putnam, the emigrant, as fol- 
lows : 

1. Harriet, Betsey, wife of Moses, Israel, David, Joseph, Thomas, John. 

2. Moses, Stephen, Stephen, Bcnj., Nath'l, John. 

3. Miriam, wife of Stephen, John, John, John. 

4. Sam'l P. Fowler, Clarissa Page, Sam'l Page, Sarah Andrews, Genger Porter. 
Sarah, James, John, John. 

5. Sarah, mother of Sam'l P. Fowler, Archelaus, Nath'l, Benj., Nath'l, John. 

6. Mchetable, wife of Archelaus, Caleb, John, John, John. 

7. Hannah, wife of John, BenJ., Nath'l, John. 

8. Rebecca, wife of Capt. Sam'l Page, William. David, Jos., Thos., John. 

9. Elizabeth, wife of Wm., Josiah, John, Nath'l, John. 

While many of the old Danvers families by intermarriage can claim descent by two 
or more lines from John Putnam, yet this record Is truly remarkable. 

A portrait and memoir of Dea. Fowler may be found in volume 26 of the Essex 
Inst. Historical Collections. 

Just as this goes to press the information reaches me that Miss Harriet P. Fowler 
has presented to the Essex Institute at Salem an old cupl>oard carved In the fashion of 
the 16th century, which is known to have been the property of her ancestor Benjamin 
Putnam, and is thought by some, with reason, to have been brought from England by 
our first ancestor. E. P. 

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2048 Clakissa, b. 8 May, 1814; d., nnm., 12 Apr., 1836. 

2049 Israkl Eppks. b. 20 Oct, 181C; d. 1 Oct., 1838. 

2050 Mosks Watts, b. 9 Oct., 1818; d. In Philadelphia, 16 Jan., 1888 ; 

m. 8 Dec., 1846,. Mnry B. Steele. 

2051 Emrt.inr, b. 15 June, 1821 ; m. 11 Jane, 1844, Joseph S., son of 

Major Moses Black. Ch. : Israel Putnam, b. 27 Apr., 1845; 
m. 1869, Mary Alice Currier. Joseph Willis, b. 13 Apr., 1847; 
d. 13 Dec., 1851. Joseph Walter, b. 12 Sept., 1851; ra. 2 July, 
1879,.Snsan L.Faroham. George Franklin, b. 30 Apr., 1854; d. 
Oct., 1893. Kmcliue Louisa, b. 19 Nov., 1856; d. 16 June, 1863. 
Mrs. Black m., 2d, Charles A. Putnam (No. 2067). 

Moses Putnam was apprenticed to learn the shoe business, 
when fourteen years of age, to John Porter of Danvers. By 
successive steps ho rose in business till he became one of the 
largest manufacturers and wealthiest men in Danvers. 

VI. 854 Jacob (Stephen, Stephen, Benjamin, JVct- 
thaniel, John,), born in Danvers, 17 Nov., 1780; died 18 
Jan., 186(5, at Salem ; married 1 June, 1819, Susanna, daugh-* 
ter of Capt. James and Susanna (Howard) Silver of Salem, 
born there, 17 Apr., 1800 and died in Salem 25 June, 1872. 

Children, born in Salem : 

2052 Susan Silver, b. 24 Feb., 1820; m. 10 May, 1842, Judge Thos. 

Bancroft son of Asa T. and Judith (Little) Newhall of Lynn, b. 
2 Oct., 1811; died in Lynn 25 Sept., 1898, rot. 82 yrs. Ch. : 
James S., b. 13 Aug., 1843. Susan A., b 1!) July; d. 2!) Aug., 
1845. Thos. B., b. 12 Dec, 1840; d. 18 Sept., 1847. Thos. L., 
b. 31 Dec, 1857 ; d. 2 Sept., 1802. Caroline P., b. 27 Jan., 1800; 
in. J. A. Heath. Judge Newhall was elected Mayor of Lynn 
but declined. 

2053 Jamks Silver, b. 7 Mar., 1822 ;d. 20 Sept., 1873; ra. 20 Oct., 1870, 

Mary Daland Cheever. 

2054 Saraii Augusta, b. 25 May, 1824: d. 4 Dec, 1825. 

2055 Saiiaii Augusta, b. 11) Nov., 1820; m , 19 Aug., 1847, John Andrew 

son of Andrew and (Tebbeits) Heath, b. in Bath, Me., 8 

Aug , 1811. They live in Boston. Ch. : Jacob Putnam, b. 20 
June, 1848; d. 14 Mar., 1887. John A., b. 27 Oct., 1850; m. his 
cousin Caroline P. Newhall 15 June, 188G. Nath'l, b. 15 Feb., 
205G Carolink Eliza, b. 10 Feb., 1829; d. 24 Dec, 1829. 
2057 Gkorgk Fuanklin, b. 28 July, 1831. 

2058 Caholink Eliza, b. 15 Dec, 1833; m. 4 Oct., 18G0, Thos. Wit- 

terklge 0>borne. Ch. : C. E., b. 15 Dec, 1833; d. 18 Apr., 1861. 

2059 Mary Ellen, b. 15 July, 1837: d. (1847?). 

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Jacob Putnam was the pioneer of the leather industry in 
Salem. When a lad, although not having the advantages of an 
education equal to some yet his native wit and shrewdness of 
observation stood him such good service, that he as a mnn was 
one of fine education and talents. In 1805 he made a voyage 
to Calcutta and immediately upon his return established him- 
self in the leather business which he successfully followed until 
death removed him from an active sphere of usefulness. He 
was a man of untiring energy, unfaltering patriotism, and of 
sound judgment and great business sagacity. The business 
he built up is still carried on by his son, George F. Putnam of 
Boston. This business extended into all the various lines, 
dealing in hides, tinning, currying, marketing the finished 
product. During the commercial activity of Salem, he en- 
gaged in the shipping business, importing in his own vessels, 
products of South America and Sumatra. 

As a private citizen of Salem, he did much good, although in 
a manner not calculated to attract attention. His death was 
lamented by a circle of friends of all stations in life who will 
always remember him as a kindly and benevolent gentleman. 

During the war of 1812 he was an active member in the Sa- 
lem company. 

VI, 855 Samuel (Stephen, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Danvers, 30 Oct., 1782; died 15 
Aug., 185G; of Danvers, shoe manufacturer; married 26 
March, 1808, Polly Herrick. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2060 Gkokok Adams, b. 23 July, 1S0S. 

2061 Stephen, b. 19 Feb., 1810. 

2062 Mary Hekuick, b. 23 Feb., 1812; ra. 1G Feb., 1836, Elbridgc 
Trask of Danvers. Ch. : Samuel Putnam, b. 4 July, 1836; d. 
Feb., 1841. Elbridge Payson, b. 2 June, 1840. Mary Elizabeth, 
b. 12 Aug., 1842; m. 1 May, 18G2, Austin Martin, of Beverly. 
Samuel Putnam, b. 1 Feb., 1845; d. 3 Apr., 1881; m. 17 June, 
1875, Eliza C Means of Essex, who d. 24 Oct., 1885. Charles 
Willie, b. 8 May, 1846. Almira Putnam, b. 14 Dec., 1850; m. 
16 June, 1872, C. Loring Elliott of Dauvers. Caroline W., b. 
30 Aug., 1854. 

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2063 Samuel, b. 18 Oct., 1818; d. unm., 18 Feb., 1833. 

2064 William N., !>. 10 Aug., 1815; d. unm., 5 Mar., 1843. 

2065 Thomas Mkady, b. 15 Sept., 1817. 

2066 Albkrt, b. 18 Feb., 1819. 

2067 Charles Augustus, b. 3 May, 1821 ; d. 13 Feb., 1803. 

2068 Almira Augusta, b. 3 Apr., 1823; d. 21 Jan., 1875; m. 13 Jan., 

1853, Haskell Pcrleyof Georgetown. Ch.: Eleanor P., b. 21 
Apr., 1854,; m. 25 Dec., 1882, Newell H. Tlltou of New Salem, 
N. H. Mary H., b. 2 July, 1858. Julia A., b. 22 Dec, 1861. 

2069 Elizabeth H.,b. 6 Feb., 1825; d. 30 Dec., 1864; m. 23 Apr., 1860, 

Aaron Foster of Wenhain. 

2070 Hrnky Alonzo, b. 13 May, 1827. 

2071 Martha Jane, b. 1 July, 1821); d. unm., 19 Feb., 1833. 

2072 Ellen Maria, b. 28 Mar., 1831; d. unm., 10 June, 1833. . 

VI. 856 Ebenezer (Stephen, Stephen, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Dan vers, 4 Feb., 1785; died there, 
1877; married 8 Oct., 1809, Betsey, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Emma (Porter) Webb, born 11 Dee., 1790 and died 18 
April, 1843; married, second, 7 May, 1844, (Mrs.?) Pris- 
cilla Dutch, born 9 Sept., 1797 and died 18 April, 1856 ; per- 
haps daughter of Daniel and Lucy (Staniford) Dutch, of 
Salem. Married, third, 25 Nov., 1857, Mrs. Sophia Clem- 
ent, born in New Hampshire. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2073 Edwin Francis, b. 10 July, 1810. 

2074 Addison Webb, b. 4 Mar., 1812; d. 28 Oct., 1835. 

2075 Elizabktii Ann, b. 4 Mar., 1814; in. 1G Feb., 1837, William Chee- 

vc*r, of Long Island. 
207G Sally Hkkkick, b. 11 Feb., 1816; d. at Danversport, 12 Feb., 
1881; in. 17 Apr., 1838, Henry, son of Samuel aud Clarissa 
(Page) Fowler, b. In Danvers, 1"» Sept., 1810. Ch : Henry P., 
b. 24 Feb.', 1839. Addison W., b. 26 May, 1841. Adelaide, b. 
23 Sept., 1843. Betsey P., b. 4 Nov., 1846. Eliza P., b. 21 Jau., 
1849. Sarah P., b. 11 Aug., 1853. Rebecca, b. 2G Jan., d. 20 
July, 1859. 

2077 Margaket Dale, b. 24 Dec, 1817; m. 7 May, 1844 (8 Apr., 1840, 

Ropes Gen.), Joseph White, son of William and Rachel Ropes, 
of Danvers, b. 14 Mar., 1816. Ch. : 

2078 Hannah Janr, b. U Nov., 1819; m. 2 Oct., 1844, Francis A. 

Boomer: lived In Iowa, 18«9. 

2079 Maky Ann, b. 30 July, 1821 ; d. in Danvers, of consumption. 

2080 Eunice Adai.ine, b. 25 Aug., 1823; d. in Danvers. 

2081 EMiLy Augusta, b. 20 Sept., 1825; d. ; m. 16 Feb., 1853, 

John Black. 

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2082 Ebkn Henky, b. 16 Dec, 1827; d. in Boston, 27 May, 1856. 

2083 Caroline Amanda, b. 31 Aug., 1829; in. 10 Oct., 1853, Abraham 

2084 Fkankmn Weston, b. 17 Sept., 1831. 
085 Gbokgianna, b. 20 April, 1837. 

Ebknkzeu Putnam was an active business man of Dan- 
vers, at first as a shoe manufacturer, from which business he 
retired in 1844, after forty years' experience, ami afterward 
as a grocer. In 1835 and '3(5 he represented Danvcrs in the 
General Court and from time to time held many important 
town offices. 

The males of this family had light hair and eyes. 

VI. 863 Henry (Daniel, Daniel. Benjamin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Reading, 7 May, 1755 ; died there in No- 
vember, 1806; married 9 Nov., 1775, Mary Hawkes, of 
Lynnfield, who died 21 Jan., 1794. He married, second, 18 
Feb., 1796, at Charlestown, Lucy, daughter of Peter and 
Ann (Adams) Tufts, born 12 Nov., 17<J7 and died 10 June, 
1849. She married, second, June, 1811, Jacob, son of Capt. 
Isaac and Betsey (Flint) Osgood (see Osgood Genealogy). 

Children, born in Reading: 

208G Daniel, b. 1777; d. in inf. 
2087 Hknry, b. 28 June, 1778; d. at New York, 1827. 

2088 Polly, b. 30 Sept., 1780; d. 27 Feb., 1807; in. 11 Apr., 1799, Dr. 
Naliuni Fay, of Charlestown. 
2089 Joshua, b. 4 Sept., 1782; d. G Oct., 1834. 

2000 Daniel, b. 14 Oct., 1785; d Nov., 1792. 

2091 Sally, b. 1 Oct., 1790; d. ; in. John Gulliver, of Taunton. 

Mrs. Gulliver was a truly remarkable woniau. Ch : Johu 
Putnam, b. May, 1819; d. at Andover, 23 Jan., 1894; m. 8 Sept., 
1845, Frances Woodbury, dau. of Elizur and Amanda (Steele) 
Curtis of Torriugford, Conn., who d. 9 Mar., 1892. (Ch. : Wm. 
C. of N. Y. Francis. Julia of Kockford, III. Mary of 
Norlhamptou.) Prof. Gulliver held the chair of •• Relations of 
Christianity to Science,** at Andover Theological Seminary. 
Sarah, b. in Boston, 18 Dec., 1823; in. 17 Oct, 1855, Hev. Lew- 
ellyn, son of Selden Mather aud Rebecca (Nott) Pratt, b. in 
Saybrook, Conn., 8 Aug., 1832. He has filled professorships at 
Knox and Williams Colleges and at Hartford Seminary. (Ch. : 
Waldo Selden, b. In Philadelphia, 10 Nov., 1857; m. 5 July, 

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1887, Mary E. Smyly; they live in Hartford. Thos. Putnam, 
b. 24 Jan., 1863; d. 12 Jan., 1867.) Daniel Francis, b. in Bos- 
ton, 29 May, 1826; m. 16 Sept., 1852, Mary Ennice, dau: of 
Henry and Eunice Edgerton (Huntington) Strong, b. 27 Oct., 
1827. . He was a physician in Boston ; now a resident of Nor- 
wich, Conn. ; grad. at Tale and Jefferson Medical Coll. at Phi la. 
(Ch. : Henry Strong, b. HI Oct., 1863; m. 3 Sept., 1887, Harriet 
Evans, and had Win. and Henry S., d. y. Arthur H., b. 13 
Dec., 1856; m. 8 Apr., 1885, F. A. Emerson, and had Edith. 
Gertrude P., b. 27 Nov., 1858; d. 1 Jan., 1862. Charlotte C, b. 
11 Sept., 1860. Fred P., b. 30 Aug., 1865. Eunice H., b. 13 
Sept., 1867. Ben]. W., b. 2 July, 1869. Robert J., b. 7 Jnne, 
1872.) John Gulliver was a merchant in Philadelphia and 
2092 Daniel, b. 8 Feb., 1793; d. 8 Dec, 1817. He was a merchant in 

Henry Putnam responded to the alarm of the 19th April, 
1775 and served nine days in Capt. John Flint's company. 
He lived in North Reading, was chosen a deacon in the church 
of the second parish in 1778, and was a man of influence in 
the place. He lived in the house formerly occupied by Rev. 
Daniel Putnam, his grandfather. 

James Otis, the patriot, was harbored and cared for for 
many years by Mrs. Osgood. Otis was killed by lightning at 
her home. 

VI. 864 Doctor Aaron (Daniel, Daniel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), liorn in Reading, 11 April, 1757; died in 
Boston, May, 1812; married in Medford, 9 May, 1780, 
Rel>ecca, daughter of Aaron and Rebecca (Pool) Hall, of 
Medford, born 9 Nov., 1760 and died Oct., 1803. Dr. Aaron 
Putnam and wife were admitted to church in Medford 28 May, 
1786; dismissed to church at Charlestown 29 April, 1792. 
He married, second (published 17 Nov., 1805), Sarah Fayer- 
weather, of Cambridge. 

Children : 

2093 Aaron Hall, b. In Medford, 24 Mar., 1782; d., unm., in Charles- 
town, 80 May, 1809. Delivered an oration 4 July, 1805, before 
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2094 Fitch Pool, b. in Medford, 15 Nov.. 1783, d. in Cliarlestown,' 16 

July, 1820. 
% 2095 John Ingalls, b. in Medford, 23 April, 1788; d., nnm., Aug., 


2096 Rebecca, b. in Medford, 26 Aug., 1791; d. 21 Aug., 1793. 

2097 A son, d. 21 Aug., 1793, set. 2 yrs. 

2098 Charlbs, b. 26 Oct., 1794 ; d. 27 Oct., 1794, " at. 8 days." 

2099 CHARLK8, b. 14 Dec., 1795; d. 12 or 15 Jan., 1796. 

2100 Charles, b. 7 Apr., 1797; il. aged a few days. 

2101 Sarah, b 11 July, 1798; m. Dr. Tyler, of Hopkinton, N. H. 

Dr. Aaron Putnam was settled in Medford for ten years, 
but on account of a limited practice removed to Chnrlestown 
and engaged with Messrs. Morse & Woodbridge in the man- 
ufacture of baking powder, which however proved an unsuc- 
cessful venture. In 1801 he had the position of agent to 
purchase sixty-five acies of flats fort he U. S. navy yard. 
He dealt quite largely in real estate, and in 1800 sold to the 
United States four acres of land in Charlestown for the navy 
yard. During the struggle for independence he was a sur- 
geon's mate in Colonel Fryo's regiment in 1775, in the 26th 
regiment in 177G, and was appointed surgeon in Vose's regi- 
ment, 1 July, 1777 ; discharged 26 Oct., 1777. 

VI. 875 Rev, Aaron (Aaron, Daniel, Benjamin, JVa- 
thaniel, John), born in Pomfrct, Conn., 26 Oct., 1786; died 
20 Dec, 1831 ; married, Oct., 1815, Mary Green, of Rhode 
Island, who died 17 Oct., 1820; married, second, Mary Abel, 
of Philadelphia. 

He was a graduate of Brown University 1806 or 7 ; and 
was a Presbyterian minister, settled at Cherry Valley, N. Y. 

Child : 

2102 Elizabeth Avery, b. 23 Aug., 1816; m. 31 Mar., 1836, Benj. F. 

Cleveland, 141 who d. 25 Jan., 1851, as. 48. She m., 2d, 1877, 
Morton Eddy, of Fall River. Oh., by 1st m. : Lucy G. Sarah 
L. Aaron P. Catherine. Henry G. 

Children, by second wife: 
2108 Sarah. 

2104 Aaron. 

2105 Louisa, d. in inf. 

2106 Lucbetia, m. David Winton (living in 1885). 

**• For descendants see Avery Genealogy. 

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VI. # 878 Daniel (Israel, Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Chelmsford, 4 Feb., 1759 ; died at Framing- 
hum, 6 March, 1819; married, 1789, Hannah Alexander, 
born in Boston, 28 March, 1769? and died at Carmel, Me., 3 
July, 1852. He was engaged in hop growing at Littleton, 
.but in 1814 was engaged by Col. Calvin Sanger at his cotton 
factory in Framingham. 

Children : 

2107 Lucinda, b. in Chelmsford, 1 Nov., 1703; d. in Waltham, 28 Dec., 

1872; m. Theodore Wy man. 

2108 Daniel, b. 27 Nov., 1798; d. In Minnesota, 28 May, 1876; m., 1st, 

Marcia Hatch; m., 2d, Mrs. l'amelia Hilton. Lived In. Fram- 
ingham in 1822. 

2109 Hannah, b. in Littleton, 23 Mar., 1800; d. in Medway, Nov., 

1880; m Eiihu Ilixon. 

2110 Sarah, b. 15 Dec, 1801; d in Carmel, Me., June, I860; m. Lewis 


2111 Israel, b. 20 Nov., 1803; m. Adeline White; lived In Dover, Me. 

Lived in Framingham in 1823. 

2112 Mary, b. 18 June, 1805 ; d. Bangor, Me., 1 July, 1878 ; m., 1st, Tim- 

othy Mayo; m., 2d, Win. Swett. 

2113 Ann, b. 21 Mar., 1807; d. in Monroe, Me., 16 June, 1864; in. Israel 


2114 Martha, b. 12 Mar., 1809; d. 1811. 

2115 Rachel, b. 16 July, 1811 ; d. in Carmel, Me. ; m. Lewis Mayo. 

VI. 884 David (Jonathan, Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Chelmsford, 1758; adm. of his estate to 
his widow, 1 Aug., 1785; married, 1780, Relief Pierce, 
of Chelmsford, a sister of Gov. Benj. Pierce, and aunt of 
Franklin Pierce, President of the United States. 

Children : 

2116 Leaky, b. 26 October, 1781; d. In Charlestown, N. H., April, 

1870; m. 6 Feb., 180.1, Joseph Danah, b. in Tyngsboro, 15 Aug., 
1779 nnd d. in Charlestown, N. II., 9 Mar., 1863. Ch., b. In 
Charlestown, N. H. : Charles, b. 12 Nov., 1803; d. In Cartha- 
guna, S. A., 4 June, 1826. Lefe Pierce, b. 4 May, 1805. Eliza- 
beth, b. 12 May, 1807 ; d. in Concord, 15 Jan.. 1823. Amanda, 
b. 28 April, 1809; d. 4 June, 1857; ra. Henry H. Sylvester. Jo- 
seph, b. 4 Apr., 1813; d there, 13 April, 1834. Jane Maria, b. 
7 July, 1815. Robert Kendall, b. 7 Dec., 1818; d. In Boston. 
David Putnam, b. in Concord, Mass., 26 Mar., 1823; d. 7 Mar., 
1875; m. Mary Morse. Henry Hurd, b. in Chester, Vt., 4 Oct., 
1825 ; Uves in Boston. 

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2117 David, b.. 1783. ; * 

2118 Hannah, b. 1785. 

David Putnam served as a private in Capt. Ford's com- 
pany of Chelmsford in the campaign against Burgoyne in 
Sept., 1777. 

VI. 892 Joseph (Jonathan, Israel ,Benjdrnin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Chelmsford, 4 March, 1771 ; died 18 Oct., 
1858; married, 1794, Abigail, daughter of Tarrant Putnam, 
born 13 July, 1768 and died, 1797; married, second, 1798, 
Nancy, daughter of Joseph Putnam, of Danvers; died 1 
Sept., 1865, aged 91 years, 3 months, 22 days. Farmer at 

Children, by first wife: 

2119 A child; d. y. 

2120 Israel, b. 1797 ; d. y. 

By second wife : 

2121 Eliel, b. at Middleton, 23 Apr., 1800; d. 31 Mar.. 1868. 

2122 Osgood, b. 25 Oct., 1801. 

2123 Martha T., b. 23 Sept., 1803; d. 13 Feb., 1873; ra., 1827, Joseph 
Chamberlain. Ch. : Joseph Augustus, b. 1828. John Franklin, 
b. 1830. Martha, b. 1833. Adams, m. Hattie Avery (one ch. 
Florence M.). 
2124 Israel, b. 14 Jan., 1805. 
[2125 Stephen, b. 17 Nov., 1807; d. 7 Apr., 1884. 

2126 Franklin, b. 3 Aug., 1809; d , unm., 27 Jan., 1881 ; " d in New- 

ton, 24 Jan., 1881, set. 71 yrs., 5 mos., 24 dys." He was a mer- 

2127 Ann E., b. 14 Mar., 1811; m. 8 Nov., 1838, Hezekiah Bryant son 

of Nelson Crooker of Boston, b. in Amherst, N. H. ; d. in Bos- 
ton, 28 Oct., 1868. She lives in Newton. Ch. : Ann Juliet, b. 6 
Oct., 1839; d. 16 Feb., 1809; m. 27 Sept., 1864, Albert Day, jr., 
of Boston. (Ch. : Henry H., b. 19 Nov., 1865. Juliet, b. 27 
Oct., 1868.) Joseph Putnam, b. 1841 ; d. 1843. Mary Elizabeth, 
b. and d. Nov., 1844. Henry W. C, b. 1847; d. 1858. 

2128 Julia Amanda, b. 1813; living 1886; m. George W., son of Jo- 

seph (Joseph) Putnam, and had one dau., Julia Alexandria. 

All of these eight children lived to be between 70 and 80 yrs # 
of age. ^ 

VI. 894 Stephen (Jonathan, Israel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Chelmsford, 1776; married Eunice 

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Children : 

2129 Ann, m. Jonathan Cass. 

2130 Martha, m. Benjamin Ireson. Ch. : Eunice. Lydla, m. Thomas 

Lewis. William. Eveline. Martha Ann, ra. Horace Lewis. 
Mary Angelina. Franklin, d. during Rebellion. 

VI. 895 Eleazer Porter {Tarrant, Israel, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Danvers, 8 Dec, 1758; died in 
Corinth, Vt., 1813 ; married 28 April, 1781, Rebecca Smith, 
of Topsfield, born 29 June, 1760 and died at Corinth, Vt., 15 
April, 1816. 

Children : 

2131 Samukl Poutkr, b. 6 Dec, 1783. 

2132 Israkl, b. in Dan vers, 25 Mar., 1785. 

2133 Benjamin, b. 1 Sept., 1788. 

2134 Hiram Smith, b. 14 Nov., 1793. 

2135 Harriet Smith, iu. Ormsby, of Fairlee, Vt. Ch. : four. 

2136 Sally, b. 14 Sept., 1798; d. 1850; m. Raymond, of Corinth. 

A dan. d. prev. to 1834. 

2137 Louisa, b. 4 June, 1803; m., 1837, E. C. Scott; lives at Atlantic, 


Eleazer Pokter Putnam about 1790, removed from Dan- 
vers to Newbury, Vt., thence to Corinth, Vt. 

VI. 896 Israel {Tarrant, Israel, Beniamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born in Danvers, 22 Nov., 1760; married in Corinth, 
Vt., April, 1788, Susanna Heath, born 2 July, 1767. Re- 
moved to Topsham, Vt. 

Children, born in Newbury, Vt. : 

2138 Bktsky, b. 15 July, 1789 ; d. 5 Dec., 18 19 ; m. John B., son of Dud- 

ley nnd M eh I table (Barker) Carlton, of Newbury, Vt. who d. 
Mar., 1873. Ch. : Horatio Nelson, b. 31 May, 1815; m. 19 Mar., 
1843, Sarah Ann Prescott, of Newbury, Vt. ; no ch. 
2139 Jesse, b. 21 Dec., 1790; m. 18 Apr., 1816, Eliza Groew. 
2140 Susanna, b. 27 Feb., 1794; d. in Fonda, N. Y., s. p., abt. 1856; 
m. Jan. or Feb , 1820, Luke Cross, of Top sham, N. H. 

VL 897 Asa ( Tarrant, Israel, Benjamin, Nathaniel, 
John), born irt Danvers, 28 Dec, 1763; died ; mar- 
ried . 

Children (large family) : 


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Lived ill 1834 at Brookfield, N. Y., and afterwards at Essex, 
N. Y. He was a deacon, also a successful and wealthy 
farmer. . 

VI. 903 Tarrant {Tarrant, Israel, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born— ; died previous to 1834; mar- 
ried . Of Newbury, Vt. , 

Children : 

2142 Daniel Portkr. 

2143 Mary Jane. 

2144 A dau., d. prev. to 1834. 

VI. 907 Moses (Nathaniel, Cornelius, Benjamin , Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Sutton, 23 Jan., 1758 ; administered 
on estate to Stephen Putnam, 2 May, 1826; married 24 
June, 1774, Mary Allen, of Sutton. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

2145 Deborah, b. 26 Juue, 1780. 
Poli.y, b. 25 Sept., 1781. 
Stkpiien, b. 21 Dec, 1782; d. 28 Nov., 1836. 
Nathaniel, b. 13 Feb., 1785. 
Elijah, b. S) Oct., 178G; d. 31 Dec, 1788. 

Mosks, b. 17 Aug., 1788; m. prev. to 1835, Livermore. 

Elijah, b. 16 July, 1790; m. prev. to 1835. 



Sally, b. 14 July, 1792; m. 3 Apr., 1811, Abraham Howard. 
Stillman, b. 15 Jan., 1797; d. 17 Aug., 1798. 
Sukey, b. 13 June, 1799; d. 22 Aug., 1803. 

VI. 911 Bartholomew (Bartholomew, Cornelius, Ben- 
jamin, Nathaniel, John), born in Sutton, 13 July, 1774; 
died there, 25 July, 1811; married there, 4 Sept., 1801, 
Hannah, daughter of Tarrant and Hannah (Putnam) Sibley, 
born 22 May, 1784; and died 9 June, 1827. Her father 
was of Sutton, a maltster, married 22 April, 1779. Mrs. 
Putnam married, second, Aaron Putnam (No. 1219) by 
whom she had a son Sibley, born 1821, who was a merchant 
in Worcester and died there 1887. 

Children, born in Sutton : 
2157 Russell, b. 3 Feb., 1802. 
2156 Polly, b. 4 Apr., 1804; m. in Oxford, Aug., 1822, Asa, son of In- 
crease and Mary (Barrett) Stearns, of Holden, b. in North- 
bridge, 25 Aug., 1800 and d. in Shrewsbury, Aug., 1865. Mrs. 

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Stearns is still (1890) living. Ch., b. in Sutton: Osborn, b. 
May, 1824; d. 1888. Heury Putnam, b. 18 Apr., 1828. Aadrew 
Jackson, b. 29 Mar., 1830. Charles Sibley, b. in Shrewsbury, 
16 Apr., 1844. Of these the two latter are in business at 285 
Congress street, Boston. Henry P. is the physician in charge 
of the Retreat for the Insane at Hartford, Ct. He is a graduate 
of Yale and served as surgeon U. S. Vol. In 1857 he m. Annie 
Elizabeth, dau. of James and Elizabeth (Shaw) Stone, of ^Glas- 
gow, Scotland, b. there, 1880. Ch. : Henry Stuart, b. in Marl, 
boro, 12 Ang., 1858; of Salem, Mass.; of the class of '81 Wil- 
liams, Yale Univ. Law School, 1884; m. 7 May. 1889, at Beverly, 
Mary, dau. of Henry King and Anna M. (Olmsted) Olmsted, 
of Hartford, b. there, 20 Jan., 18r.5. (Ch. : Stuart 0., b. 19 
April, 1891.) Ellen Bmdle, b. in Hartford, 1867; d. 1878. 
Charles Stainer, b. in Hartford, 1869. 
2157 Clark, b. 18 Feb., 1806; living 1827. 

2158 Prudkncb, b. 19 Feb., 1808; d. «t. 32; m. Clark Dalrymple of 

Providence, R. I. 

2159 Leonard, b. 25 Apr., 1810; d. y. 

2160 Zilpha, b. 8 Apr., 1812; d. y. 

VI. 913 Edward (Bartholomew , Cornelius* Benjamin, 
Nathaniel^ John), born in Sutton, 26 Jan., 1782 ; died there ; 
will dated I June, prob, 6 Aug., 1811: wife Lydiu, infant 
son aged four months ; only child now living. 

Child : 

2161 Edward, b. Jan. or Feb., 1811; mentioned In grandfather's will, 


VI. 920 Abner (David, Cornelias, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Sutton, 14 May, 1775; died 25 June, 
1859; married in Sutton, 13 March, 1799, Amy (No. 1 25) 
daughter of Captain Arehelaus and Sarah (Putnam) Putnam, 
born in Sutton, 7 Oct., 1779. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

2162 Rum, b. 12 June, 1800. 

2163 Sally, b. 29 Apr., 1802: m., 1st, Darins Putnam; m., 2d, Tour- 

tellot In man. 
2164 Harvky, b. 29 Nov., 1804. 
2165 Anna or Amy, b. 3 Nov., 1806; m. 23 Oct., 1831, Charles H. New- 
2166 ARCHBI.AU8, b. 3 Dec, 1808. 
2167 Willard, b. 7 Feb., 1811. 

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21«8 Dexter, b. 14 Nov., 1813; m 16 Mar., 1840, Ruby Titus, dau. of 
of Lewis and Betsey Torrey, of Sutton, b. there, 31 Jan., 1821. 
2169 Louisa, b 14 Oct., 1816. 

2170 Lawson, b. 18 Sept., 1820. 

VI. 921 Cyrus (David, Cornelias, Benjamin, Nathan- 
iel, John), born in Sutton, 21 Aug., 1777; married there, 
17 May, 1800, Lucinda, daughter of Simeon and Betsey 
(Wellington) Hathaway, of Sutton, born 31 Oct., 1781. 

Children, born in Sutton : 

2171 Salmon, b. 29 Dec, 1800. 

2172 David, b. 6 Feb., 1803. 

2173 Prudknce, b. 20 Dec, 180t; d. 28 Dec, 1804. 

2174 Lucinda, b. 5 Oct., 1806; d. 14 Jan., 1845; m. Merritt Cook, of 

2175 Horace, b. 16 Feb., 1809. 
2176 Mary Rrid, b. 2 Oct., 1811 ; d. 15 Jan., 1812. 

2 1 77 Philan der, -» 

2178 Leander, }b. 10 Mar., 1815. 

VI. 923 Cornelius (David, Cornelius, Benjamin, 
Nathaniel, John), born in Sutton, 25 Jan., 1782; married 
Abigail Bigelow. 

Children : 

2179 Polly, b. 1 June. 1804. 

2180 Darius, b. 30 Sept., 1806. 

2181 Lucy, b. 3 Sept., 1808. 

2182 Ulva Abigail, b. 18 Jan., 1811; m. 2 Dec, 1832, Nathan, son of 

John and Hannah (Putnam) Waters, of Sutton. Ch. : Anna C, 
b. 26 Jan., 1835; m. A. Aldrich. Ulva M., b. 27 Mar., 1837. 
Mariou, b. 26 Mar., 1842; m. Henry In man. Samuel, b. 25 Mar., 
1845. Adelaide P., b. 20 Apr., 1848; m. E. E. Burdon. George 
B., b. 23 Feb., 1852. 
.2183 Harrison Bioklow, b." 18 Apr., 1813. 

VI. 926 Joseph (David, Cornelius, Benjamin, Na- 
thaniel, John), born in Sutton, 23 Feb., 1790; died there 
(after 1840) ; married there, 26 Dec, 1813, Polly Putnam ; 
married, second, Fanny Whittemore, of Leicester. 

Children : 

2184 Makia Louisa, b. 4 Jan., 1815. 

2185 Palmer, b. 1 May, 1817. 

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2186 Mart Elizabeth, b. 3 July, 1819. 

2187 Simeon, b. 17 Nov., 1821 ; d. in Minnesota; Methodist minister. 

2188 Alexander, b. 29 Jane, 1824 ; a merchant in Worcester. 

.2189 Gkorgk Whittbmore, b. 11 Aug., 1827; of Anoka, Minn., -where 

he has held many public offices. 
* 2190 Charles Vernon, b. 6 July, 1829} a merchant In Worcester 
2191 Porter Franklin, b. 21 July, 1881. 

VI. 927 Capt Jeremiah (Jonathan, Jonathan, Jon- 
athan, John, John), born in Danvers, 31 Oct., 1737 ; died 
16 Sept., 1799 ; married 3 Feb., 1763, Rachel Fuller. 

Children, born in Danvers: 
2192 Thomas, b. 8 Oct., 1763. 
2198 Eunice, b. 8 Jan., 1766; d. 20 Mar., 1817; m. 18 July, 1795, Israel 
son of Lt. Col. Israel and Mehltable (Porter) Hutchinson of 
Danvers. Ch. : Mehltable P., b. 22 July, d. 22 Oct., 1796. 
Eunice, b. 19 Dec., 1797; d. 11 Mar., 1866; ra. Capt. John Ken- 
ney; removed to Gloucester. Elisha, b. 27 Sept., 1799; d. 30 
Au*., 1860; of Haverhill. Mehltable P., b. 23 Apr., 1805; d. 22 
Apr., 1887; m. 9 Sept , 1830, Danl Davenport of Andover. 
2194 Jeremiah, b. 21 Nov., 1769. 

2195 Apphia, b. 23 May, 1772. 

2196 Elijah. 

2197 Levi. 

2198 Rachel. 

Jeremiah Putnam served from February to December, 
1756, in the company of Capt. Andrew Fuller, «t Crown 
Point, and again from Mar., to Nov., 1758 under tlie same 
commander. He enlisted 6 Apr., 1759, inCol. Plaisted's reg- 
iment. When the alarm of 19 April, 1775, came, he was 
one of those who responded being a member of Capt. Jere- 
miah Page's company. After the fight at Lexington he en- 
listed in the army as sergeant, 11 May, 1775, and rose to the 
rank of captain, tie w:is taken prisoner at Long Island at 
which time he was an ensign in Col. Hutchinson's regiment. 
He was a brave soldier and gallant officer. 

Hanson says of him, w He was a useful citizen and dis- 
charged faithfully the trusts reposed in him. " 

Over his grave in the Plains cemetery is a stone bearing 
the following epitaph : 

" In memory of Capt. Jeremiah Putnam who died Sept. 


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16, 1799, Aged 63 years. An Officer under the Immortal 
Washington. " 

- This modest stone, what few vain mortals can, 
May truly say ; Here lies an Honest Man. " 

VI. 933 Nathan (Jonathan, Jonathan,. Jonathan, 
John, John), born in Danvers, 8 Sept., 1749 ; died there 10 
Apr., 1823; married 23 Oct., 1771, Hannah, daughter of 
Dr. Amos Putnam, baptized 24 Sept. , 1749, and died 26 Nov. , 


2199 Nathan, b. 18 March, 1773. 

2200 Prklbt, b. 16 Sept., 1778. 

2201 David, b. 23 Dec, 1780; d., *. p., at Salem 15 May, 1866; m. 25 
July, 1805, Sarah Abbott, b. June, 1792, d. 18 Dec., 1856. He 
was prominent in mUitia circles and rose to the rank of gen- 
eral. In 1807 he was one of the marshals appointed to receive 
President Monroe upon the occasion of his visit to Salem. At 
one time, he was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Salem 
He was a man of considerable prominence and worth. For many 
years he was a merchant i n the dry goods trade . He adopted two 
nephews of his wife, by the name of Abbott : one known as Ab- 
bott Putnnm lived for a while In Danvers ; the other, David, was 
born 24 Dec, 1816, aud Is probably the "young artist of prom- 
ise," who died at St. Andrews, N. B., 9 Apr., 1840, "2Et. 25 
years." These young men are not known to have left any de- 

2202 Amos, b. 10 Feb., 1785 ; d. 20 June, 1850. 
2203 Hannah Phillips, b. 23 Nov., 1786 ; d., unm.. In Salem, subsequent 
to 1870. She presented to the Essex Institute a cup, porringer 
and snuff box of silver, marked with the initials J. & S. P., 
probably James and Sarah Putnam. 

2204 John, b. 20 May, 1791. 

Nathan Putnam was a member of Capt. Hutchinson's 
company which responded to the alarm of 19 April, 1775, 
and which suffered severely in the fight at Arlington, while 
making a brave stand. His brother Perley was killed. The 
following advertisement appeared in the "New England 
Chronicle, or Essex Gazette" for May 25, 1775. "Lost in 
the Battle of Menotomy, 141 by Nathan Putnam, of Capt. Hutch- 

u* The ancient name for Arlington, between Cambridge and Lexington. 

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inson's Company, who was then badly wounded, A French 
Firelock, marked D., No. 6, with a marking iron, on the 
Breech. Said Putnam carried it to across Road near a mill. 
Whoever has said Gun in Possession, is desired to return it 
to Col. Mansfield of L<yun, or to the Selectmen of Danvers, 
and they shall l>e well rewarded for their trouble. Danvers, 
May 16, 1775. " He re-enlisted in Ca'pt. Putnam's company, 
19th Reg., 6 Oct., 1775. Constable 1785 and in 1787, he and 
Benjamin Putnam were of a committee to regulate the schools 
for the following winter. 

VI. 936 Aaron (Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan, John, 
John), born in Danvers, <> Sept., 1756; married Olive Os- 
borne. After Mr. Putnam's death, she joined her sons in 
New York. 

Children : 

2205 Parley, went to sea and never was heard from; supposed to 

have been killed in Spain. 

2206 Nathan, j settled in N. Y. State probably Otsego County. 

2207 Jrrkmiah, 5 Nathan afterward went to Mich. 

220S Sarah, b. in Greenfield Hill, Conn., m. Moses Jennings 
who was born in Fairfield, Conn , about 1753. Ch. : Sam'l 
Henry. John. Eunice. Abbie. Mary, ra. abt. 1845, at Lon- 
don, Eng., Chas. M. Me<>, who came to America and settled 
in Brooklyn. (Ch. : Rev. Chas B. of Indepedence, Iowa. So- 
phia. James Putnam.) 

2209 Lydia, m. Isaac Bertine. She d. in Conn. 

2210 Eunick, m. Wm. Phillips. She d. in Conn. 

Aaron Putnam removed to Connecticut. He served in 
the Revolution, in 4th Conn. Reg. as private 1780-83. Of 
Fairfield, Conn., 1790 (Essex Deeds). 

VI. 938 Joshua (David, David, Jonathan, John, 
John), born in Danvers, 3 Sept., 1789; married 12 Dec, 
1820, Elizabeth Ashby of Marblehead. 

Children, bora in Danvers : 

2211 Elbnor Jane, b. 27 Oct., 1821 ; d. 13 May, 1826. 

2212 Mary Ann, b. 24 June, 1823. ' 

2213 Ann Ashby, b. 13 Sept., 1825; d. 22 Oct, 1828. 

2214 Joshua Holton, b. 13 Not.. 1829; ra. at Boston 17 Jnne, 1852, 
Josephine Cross. 

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VI. 942 Bartholomew {Bartholomew, Bartholomew, 
James, John, John), born in Salem, 2 Feb., 1737-8; died 
i7 Apr., 1815; married 13 May, 1760, Sarah, daughter of 
Gamaliel and Priscilla (Webb) Hodges, i>orn 31 July, 1740, 
died 17 Oct., 1830. 

Children : 

2215 Sarah, bapt. 12 Sept., 1762; m., 1st, Thomas Palfray, (one son 

Thomas, d., unm.) ; m., 2nd, 2 Sept, 1784, Stephen son of Jon- 
athan and Elizabeth (Saunders) Webb, b. 21 Sept., 1756, d. 11 
Oct., 1831. Ch. : Hon. Stephen P. Webb. 

2216 Elizabeth, bapt. 9 Dec, 1764; m. Wlnthrop Gray. 

2217 Priscilla, bapt. 24 Aug., 1766; d. (adra. 21 Apr.,) 1807; m. 11 

Nov., 1787, Henry Clark son of John and Ann (Furneaux) 

2218 Ruth, bapt. 17 July, 1768; d. 24 June, 1790; m. 2 Mar., 1789, Mi- 

chael, son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Saunders) Webb of Sa- 
lem, b. 19 July, 1762 ; d. 12 Nov., 1889. 

2219 Bartholomew, bapt. 20 Sept., 1772; d. unm. 

2220 William, bapt. 15 Sept., 1776; d. unm. 

Bartholomew Putnam lived in Salem on the site of the 
present East Church. In 1778 he marched (4 Aug.) with 
the volunteers from Salem to Rhode Island, also in the cam- 
paign of 1779 when a company marched to Providence from 
Salem, He mis the first collector of the port of Salem, under 
the new constitution. 

VI. 959 Sarah (Ebenezer, James, James, John, 
John), born in Salem, 30 Aug., 1765; died there 20 Dec, 
1801 ; married 17 Apr., 1791, Nathaniel, son of Judge Na- 
thauiel and Priscilla (Sparhawk, daughter of Rev. John and 
Jane (Porter) Ropes, of Salem, born 13 June, 1759 and died 8 
Aug., 1806. He married, second, 12 Apr., 1803, Elizabeth 

Children, by Sarah : 

2221 Nathaniel, b. 1 Aug., 1791; d. 21 Aug., 1791. 

2222 Nathaniel, b. 24 July, 1792; d. 30 Aug., 1793. 

2223 Nathaniel, b. 14 Oct., 1793 ; d. In Cincinnati, Ohio, 19 July, 1885 ; 

m. , at Cincinnati, 10 July, 1826, Sarah Evans, dau. of Wm. and 
Ruth (Hanford) Brown of Cincinnati, b. in Cincinnati 10 July, 
1802, d. 7 Jan., 1873. Ch. : Sarah Putnam, b. 27 Mar., 1827. 

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Isabella Brown, b. 17 Jan., 1829 ; d. 11 Nov., 1834. Eliz'b Cleve- 
land Orne, b. 28 Mar., 1831 ; d. 27 Aug , 1832. Nathl, of Salem, 
H. C. 1855 ; b 17 Jan., 1833 ; d. *. p. in Salem, 6 Feb., 1893. Wm. 
Aagnstn8,b. 22 Dec, 1834; d. 3 Feb., 1879. Eliza Orne, b. 7 
Mar., 1837. John, b. 29 Aug., 1839; d. 16 Jan., 1842. Abigail 
Pickman, b. 7 Jan., 1842 ; d. 1 Feb., 1842. Mary Pickman, b. 80 
Mar., 1843. Mr. Ropes was a prosperous merchant in Cincin- 
nati. All the children, except three youngest, born in Cincin- 
nati ; they at Covington, Ky. 

2224 Sally Fiskb, m. 19 May, 1817, Joseph Orne, who d. 1 Sept., 1818. 

Ch. : Eliz. Ropes, b. 27 Feb., 1818 ; d. a. p. 8 Mar., 1842. 

2225 Abigail Pickman, b. 20 Oct., 1796; d.a. p. 23 Apr., 1839. 

Nathaniel Ropes was a merchant in Salem, and lived 
there and on his farm in Danvers. His fsitlier was one of the 
noted men of Colonial days. Judge Ropes was graduated at 
Harvard in 1745 and was a Justice of the Court of Common 
Pleas, in 1766 Chief Justice, and in 1772 placed on the Bench 
of the Superior Court of Judicature. He was also represen- 
tative to the General Court, and a member of the Executive 
Council. At the time of pre-revolutionary troubles, he, in 
common with most of the principal people of wealth and ed- 
ucation, was averse to the radical movements on foot and this 
with his official position rendered him obnoxious to the com- 
moner soil of persons. While ill with small pox, his house was 
assailed by a mob, who broke in the windows, and threatened 
to assassinate him. The strain was so severe, in his weak 
state, that he died the next day, 18 Mar., 1774. He and 
Doctor Eben Putnam were great friends, which was after- 
ward cemented by a marriage between the families. His res- 
idence, on Essex street, opposite Cambridge St , was occupied 
by his granddaughter Mrs, Orne and after her death by her 
nephew Nathaniel Ropes. Recently it has been moved back 
and is now the residence of the Misses Ropes wjio have kept 
the old house externally nearly as it was but the interior un- 
fortunately was recently damaged by fire. 

VI. 960 Ebenezer (Ebenezer, James , James, John, 
John), born in Salem, 1768 ; died there 25 Feb., 1826 ; mar- 
ried, first, 22 May, 1791, Sarah, daughter of Gen. John and 

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Lydia ( Phippin ) Fiske of iSalem, born 30 June, 1772, and 
died 7 Jan/ v lJ95 ; married, second, 13 Nov., 1796, her sister, 
ElizabetKFiske. born 19 July, 1778 and died Mar., 1808. 
Children, bonv in Siilem: . * 

2226 [Ebknkzer, l>. 27 Aug;., 1792- d. 5 July, 1796. 
?$7. ; Harriet, b. 5 Feb,,' 1794; d. 22 Nov., 1794. 

yV, By second wife : ' " : . ' : ' • ".*- : / 

jr 2228 Ebknkzer, b. Sept. 6, 1797; d. 3 Apr., 1876. 

2229 Harriet, b. and d. 22 May " 1799. 

2230 John Fiske, b. 25 May, 1800; d. 14 July, 1881. 

2231 Charles F|iskk, b. 19 Oct., 1802; d. 31 Dec, 1862. 

2232 George, b. 10 Jan., 1804; d. 4 Dec., 1860, nnm. He was a well 
known druggist in Salem, and a great lover of flowers and 
fruits, which he cultivated with great success. 

2233 Edward, b. 23 Jan., 1806; d. 21 Nov., 1852. 

2234 Francis, b 3 Jan., 1808; d. 26 Mar.. 1878. 

Ebenezer Putnam was one of those men whose every in- 
stinct was naturally correct. As a boy, his life is unknown, 
except that he was a pupil, in 1778, of Rev. Asa Dunbar, the 
intellectual young colleague of Rev. Thomas Barnard of the 
First church in Salem. It is probable that he was fitted for 
college by Mr. Dunbar, that gentleman having, by reason of 
continued ill health, resigned his pastorate of the church, but 
this is by no means certain. 

Young Putnam entered Harvard in 1781, at the age of thir- 
teen, and was graduated in 1785. Among his classmates were 
Theodore Lincoln, Henry Ware, Nathan Hay ward, Samuel 
Emerson, Jabez Upham, Paul Fearing andBarzillai Gannett. 
Samuel Putnam and John Quincy Adams were of the class 
of 1787* while Nathan Reed whose friendship was lasting had 
been graduated in 1781. 

The stirring times of the Revolution, the hardships and an- 
noyances his family had suffered during the contest, probably 
helped to give him that liberality of character, which espec- 
ially distinguished him in after life. Shortly after reaching 
his majority, in 1791, he married one of the charming daugh- 
ters of Gen. John Fiske, at that time one of the noted men of 
Salem. General Fiske claimed as his ancestors a long line of 

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more or less distinguished ministers, more than one of whom 
had suffered hitter persecution as well here as in old Eng- 
land. He had shown the same spirit while in. command of 
vessels of war, as his ancestors had shown in maintaining 
their right to believe as they chose. His title of general was 
obtained in the militia when, having accumulated a large for- 
tune by his industry and bravery, he left the sea and settled 
down to the usual life of a retired Salem ship-owner and nabob. 
That Mr. Putnam was a welcome son-in-law is evident ; for, 
within two years of the sad loss of his wife he took as a bride 
the General's youngest daughter. 

A Salem lady used to say she well rememl>ered the occasion 
of the entrance of the bride and groom in church the Sunday 
following the marriage. The bride wore a gown of rich white 
brocade, white satin bonnet and white veil and walked up the 
aisle on the arm of her husband, a man as well favored by good 
looks as herself. The miniatures, from which the illustrations 
here given were taken, were painted at about this time. Until 
his marriage he had lived with his mother, his father having 
died in 1788, in the house on Washington street; but either 
upon his first or second marriage he removed to the house still 
standi nor on the southwest corner of Bridge and Lemon 
street, to which was attached a fine garden of several acres. 
In this house were born his children and from there he returned 
to the house on Washington street, soon after the death of 
his mother which occurred in 1807. While living in this 
house he experienced those reverses of fortune which obliged 
him to part with much of his property. In 1810 he seems to 
have been drawn into commercial enterprises of what nature 
is not known, but he is remembered to have in the latter 
years of his life conducted business as a lumber merchant with 
a wharf near the present North Bridge. Shortly after the 
close of the War of 1812, he was forced to part with the 
greater portion of his property, so much that his sons wore 
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particular was forced to abandon the plans he had formed for 
his life work. . 

In his times of prosperity, Mr. Putnam was a large owner of 
real estate both in Essex County, in Maine and New Hamp- 
. shire. He was one of the proprietors of Union wharf and 
held other wharf property and was one of the owners of the 
new mills on Crane river in Danvers as well as of a distillery 
in Salem. These investments came to him in part from his 
father and part by his marriage with Miss Fiske. 

The War of 1812 and the failure of the Essex bank were 
sources of loss or ruin to many a Salem merchant and it is 
presumed these were among the causes which led to his lo*s 
of property rather than from any mismanagement of his es- 

It is related of him that his generosity was abundant and 
that he was constantly looking out for those he could help. 
Upon one occasion he noticed the household goods of some 
family upon the roadway and inquiring who was moving was 
informed that so and so was ejected for non-payment of rent ; 
he promptly ordered the goods back and settled the bill. 
This is but one of the many similar accounts I have heard of 
his good deeds. 

Judge Samuel Putnam wrote in 1834 concerning him, he 
" was a gentleman of most excellent spirit as well as of great 
truth and honor. I knew him very well. In any case of 
morals it would have been safe to have followed the dictates 
of his mind." The Essex Gazette of date of 28 Feb., 1826, 
said of him, "He was graduated at Harvard University in 
1785 and was highly respected through life for strictest prin- 
ciples of integrity and honor." He died on Saturday the 25th 
Feb., and was buried the following Monday at half-past three 

Of Mrs. Putnam who died in March, 1808, the following 
obituary appeared in a Salem paper : 

"Mrs. Elizabeth Putnam, aged thirty, wife of Mr. Ebenezer 

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Putnam, and youngest daughter of the late Gen. Fiske. This 
beloved woman was distinguished by her domestic virtues. 
She inherited all the benevolence which made her Father 
dear to his fellow citizens, with all those domestic attach- 
ments, which form the fond parent, the good wife, and the 
choicest of friends. She was Mr. Putnam's second wife, 
and both wives were daughters of the late Gen. Fiske, who 
has only one daughter living." 

VI. 962 Doctor Archelaus (Archelaus, James, 
James, John, John), bom in Danvers, baptized 9 Dec, 1744 ; 
died in Danvers, 1800; married 12 Nov., (11 Oct.,) 1786, 
Nabby Bishop of Med ford, born 5 Oct., 1753 and died in 
Medford, 17 Dec, 1807; daughter of John and Abigail 
(Tufts) Bishop. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2235 John Bishop, b. 1788 ; d. prev. to 1813. 
2236 James Augustas; b. 1 Dec., 1792; d. 14 Apr., 1864. 
2237 Abigail Bishop; d. unm. 1829, at. 85 years. 

VI. 968 James (James, James, James, John, John), 
born in Worcester, 16 Nov., 1756; died in England, 2 Mur., 
1838. He never married. A graduate of Harvard in 1774, 
he retired to Worcester, but early in 1775 was obliged to leave 
that place in company with his father, on account of his loy- 
alist sentiments. He took an active part during the siege of 
Boston in organizing companies from the loyalist refugees 
cooped up in that town ; but so far as we know none of these 
organizations took part in any of the fighting about Boston. 
He held the commission of lieutenant. Later he was at New 
York and Halifax and through the influence of the Duke of 
Kent, with whom he had formed a friendship, he was ap- 
pointed to the commissary department of the British army. 
He was one of the trustees for the estate of the Duke of Kent 
and the only one who retained the position through the entire 
period of the trusteeship. At his death he left a good estate. 
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with him and letters are extant from the Duke of Kent, 149 
which bear testimony to the high estimation in which he was 
held. One of which is as follows ; / 

/ Addressed "James Putnam Esqr. 

6 Holies St." . 

Kensington Palace. 
June 7 th 1801. 
Dear Putnam • 

Having understood from you in conversation yesterday that 
you hoped to have an audience tomorrow of Sir William Scott on 
the subject of your situation as Marshall of the Admiralty at Hal- 
ifax to which I had the good fortune of getting you named, I 
thought it might be both satisfactory and useful to you to be able 
to produce to that highly respectable and valuable man, my written 
sentiments as to the manper in which you have discharged your du- 
ties in the military situation you held in North America during the 
period of seven years that I commanded at Halifax, I therefore 
herewith enclose the same wishing you all the success in obtaining 
the object for which you are solicitous, that you so justly merit. I 
remain with the highest esteem & regard Dear Putnam 
Ever Yours Most Sincerely 
Edward, General and Commander in Chief 
of His Majesty's Forces in North America. 

VI. 970 Ebenezer (James, James, James, John, 
John), born in Worcester, 26 Jan., 1763 ; died in Frederic- 
ton, N. B., 3 April, 1798 ; married 2 Dec, 1786, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Hon. John and Dorothy (Paine) Chandler, born 
20 Feb., 1770, and died in Lancaster, 18 Jan., 1820. He was 
graduated at Harvard, 1779. Registrar of deeds and wills at 
Fredericton, N B. His wife is buried in Worcester, where 
the last years of her life were passed. 

Children : 

223S Elizabeth Knox, b. 28 June, 1789; d. 19 Nov., 1789. 

2239 Jambs, b. 27 Nov., 1790; d. in Worcester, 18 Aug., 1810, of rheu- 
matic fever, while studying medicine with Dr. Nathan Smith 
at Dartmouth College. He was graduated at Harvard, 1808. 

>«* Father of Victoria, Queen of England, etc. 

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2240 John Chandler, b. 26 Dec-, 1793; d., s.p. t 1840, at Hartford, 
Conn. ; m. 5 Sept., 1831, Abby, dan. of Stephen and Abigail 
Smith, b. Apr., 1806. He was a merchant in Boston. An 
adopted dan. m. William Lincoln, of Boston. 
2241 Charles S., b. 24 Jnne, 1796 ; d. 17 Feb., 1837. 

2242 Francis Ebrnrzbr, b. 18 Jnne, 1797; d., s. p., 17 Aug., 1836; 
H. U. 1815. Lawyer at St. Andrews, N. B. ; m. 27 Mar., 1820, 
Hannah Cnrry, who d. in Boston, 1839. Studied law with Ward 
Chipman, Jr., at St. John. 

VI. 972 CoL Jethro (Enoch, Jethro. James, John, 
John), born in Danvers, 22 Dec M 1755 ; died there 20 May, 
1815; njarried there 21 Sept., 1784, Mary, daughter of 
Hon. Samuel and Mary (Warner) Holton, of Danvers,. horn 
there, 26 June, 1760, and died there, 29 April, 1840. 

Children, born in Danvers : 

2243 Hiram, b. 30 Jan., 1786. 

2244 Harriet, b. 22 May, 1787; m. Adams. 

2245 Philemon, b. 12 Oct., 1789. 

Jethro Putnam was colonel of the Danvers regiment. 

VI, 977 John (John, Eleazer, Eleazer, John, John), 
born in Preston, Conn., 7 March, 1765; died in Hinsdale, 
Mass., 21 Jan., 1826; married 13 April, 1791, Philusa Cur- 
tis, of Hampton, Conn., who died in Hinsdale, 4 March, 
1836, aged 66 years. 

Children : 

2246 Martha, b. 9 Mar., 1792; d. soon after birth of her daughter; 

m. 20 Mar. (18 Feb., T. R.), 1810, G. W. McKlwain, who d. at 
Plainfleld, Conn. Ch. : Martha Phiiena, m. Charles Wright, of 
Hinsdale, afterward of Pittsfield. 

2247 Mary, b. 11 Aug., 1793; m. 1 Jan., 1815, Dr. John Kittredge, of 

Hinsdale. Ch. : John Putnam, b. 8 Aug., 1815. Mary Sophia, 
b. 6 May, 1817. William C, b. 6 June, 1819. Frederick C, b. 
20 May, 1821; of Dalton, Mass. Samuel C, b. 13 Feb., 1825. 
George W., b. 28 May, 1828. Mary E., b. 6 May, 1829. Phiiena 
C, b. 28 Aug., 1833. Martha M., b. 16 Dec, 1834. 

2248 Sophia, b. 22 Oct., 1797; m. 27 Jan., 1820, Daniel Nichols, who d. 

3 Jnne, 1886. Ch. : Henry Putnam, b. 26 Sept., 1821; of Wor- 
cester. PhUena Curtis, b. 6 Oct., 1827; A. F., b. ; of 

Worcester. Mrs. Nichols m., 2d, Jacob Booth, and d. about 
June, 1871. No children by the 2d marriage. 

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2249 John, b. 12 Nov., 1799; d. 7 Mar., 1800. 
2250 . Henry, b. 31 July, 1801. 
2261 John, b. 21 Apr., 1803. 

John Putnam moved, in 1790, from Cummington, Conn., 
to Hinsdale, then the west parish of Partridgefield. At this 
time Berkshire County was just beginning to attract settlers. 
He was a man of correct habits, strong mind and few words. 
At his death he left a good estate. During life he was noted 
for his great strength and iron constitution. 

VI. 979 Jedediah (John, Meazer, Meazer, John, 
John), born in Preston, Conn., 6 Feb.,* 1769; died in Vol- 
ney, N. Y., 3 Jan., 1826; married Lois Cheesborough, of 
Stonington, Conn. 

Children, born in Brooklyn, Conn. : 

2252 Samubl. 

2253 Hannah. 

2254 Jedediah. 

2255 John ; d. prev. to 1838. 
2258 Harriet. 

2257 Thomas. 

2258 William. 

2259 Mart. 

Jedkdiah PurNAM removed from Brooklyn, Conn., about 
1815, to Volney, N. Y., although another authority states 
that in 1806 he moved to Manlius, N. Y., thence farther 

VI. 988 Captain David (Fuller, Jephtha, Meazer, 
John, John), born in Sutton, 26 Jan., 1753; married 15 
Jan., 1781, Martha, daughter of Amos and Abigail (Cobb) 
Waters, of Sutton, bom 22 Sept., 1759 ; she was appointed 
administratrix on her husband's estate 7 June, 1795. 

Children, bom in Sutton : 

2260 Rufus, aged 15 years, Sept., 1796; m. 15 Dec., 1805, Sally Sibley. 
2261 Sim ron Waters, aged 13 years in 8ept., 1796. 

2262 Patty, m. Capt. Peter Putnam. 

2263 Polly. 

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2264 Fullkb. Adm. on estate of Fuller Putnam, late of Sutton, a sol- 

dier in the United States army, to Kufus Putnam, 4 Jan., 1814. 
2266 Sally. 

VI. 991 John (Fuller, Jepktha, Meazer, John, John), 
born in Sutton, 8 July* 1760; died there; administration 
granted to Sylvanus "only son" 1 May, 1827 ; married, first, 
22 Aug., 1781, Huldah, daughter of Amos and Abigail 
(Cobb) Waters, of Sutton, and sister to the wives of Capt. 
David and Capt. Abner Putnam, born 19 Dec, 1761, died 
April, 1796; married, second, 14 June, 1798, Mrs. Ann 
(Powers) Cox, from whom he was divorced Sept., 1817, on 
account of incompatibility of temper. He gave her a small 
farm in Sutton. She died al>out 1836. Married, third, in 
Connecticut, 15 Dec, 1819, widow Dorcas Collar, daughter 
of Peter Sibley, who survived him. 

Children : 

2266 John, b. in Ward. 
2267 Sylvanus, b. in Auburn, 24 Jan., 1791. 

2265 Sarah, b. ; m. 26 Dec., 1813, Otis, son of Joshua and Car- 

ollue M. (Hathaway) Morse, of Sutton, b. 30 Nov., 1790. 

2269 A dau. ; m. Joseph Putnam. 

2270 Huldah, m. 8 Jan., 1809, Peter, son of Solomon and Mary (How- 

ell) Stockwell, of Sutton, b. there 29 Nov., 1784. 

By second wife : 

2271 Harky, d. in early manhood, unm. 

2272 Stbphkn, b. 2fi April, 1799. 

2273 Mary, b. 27 Nov.,' 1800. 

2274 Gardner, b. 26 Oct., 1801. 

By third wife : 

2275 Ituin, b. 26 Mar , 1820. 

2276 Esther, b. 28 Oct., 1822; m. Freeman F. Sibley. 

"VX 998 Jacob (John, Jephtha % Eleazer, John, John), 
born in Sutton, 21 Nov., 1764; died in Marblehead, 25 
Nov., 1820, administration on estate of Jacob Putnam, of 
Marblehead, hairdresser, granted to widow Hannah 20 
Feb., 1821; married in Marblehead, 9 Oct., 1785, Hannah 

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Mugford, a sister of Mrs. John Putnam, ami died in Mat- 

blehead, 18 April, 1826. . 


2277 Lydia, m. Proctor. 

227S Hannah, m. William Russell, of Marblehead, mariner. 

2279 Betsy W., m. Stacey. 

2280 Olive, m. Ellas Hulen, Jr., of Marblehead, mariner. 

2281 Maby Ann, nnm., in 1822. 

Jacob Putnam was a hotel keeper in 1806, when he was 
adjudged non compos. His wife was a daughter of Capt. 
James and Lydia Mugford, and therefore brother to the gal- 
lant young Capt. James Mugford, commander of the Frank 
lin, a small armed vessel of sixty tons, with which he cut out 
the transport Hope and carried her into Boston harbor. On 
his return he was unsuccessfully attacked by a boat party of 
200 British, but lost his life in the fray. This was the 19 
May, 1776, when he was just twenty-seven yenrs old. He 
left a widow Sarah. 

Jacob Putnam was a U. S. pensioner at the time of his 

John, a younger brother of Jacob, also married a sister 
Mary of Captain Mugford. She married second a Kimball 
and was a widow a second time in 1809. She and John were 
married 3 Jan., 1790. I know nothing further about him. 

VI. 1001 Simeon (John, Jepht/ia, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Charlton, 10 Aug., 1769; died in Peabody ; 
married 2 Feb., 1794, Martha Batchelder. 

Children : 

2282 Martha, b. 26 Nov., 1794; d., nnm. 

2288 Saixy, b. 5 Feb., 1796 i m. 19 Apr., 1818, John Wheeler, of Sa- 
lem, b. in Brookfleld. Ch. : John Simeon, b. in Salem, 3 Ang., 
1827. Sally B., b. 22 Aug., 1838; d. yonng. 
2284 Mart B., b. 18 May, 1802. 
2285 Jbffrrson, b. in Charlton, 20 Oct., 1804; d. 12 Apr., 1864. 

2286 Rrbbcca, b. 4 Apr., 1807. 
2287 Lincoln S., b. 5 Oct., 1809. 

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VI. 1006 Abijah (Benajah, Jephtha, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Sutton, 30 July, 1777; died there; married 
15 May, 1803, Betsey, daughter of Jonathan and Belote 
(Bartlett) Burdon, of Sutton, born 7 Sept., 1784, living in 

Children, born in Sutton : 


Sally, b. 22 June, 1803. 


Melon a, b. 4 June, 1806 ; in. Nicholas Woodward. 


Vilota, b. 26 June, 1807. 


Luther, b. 16 Feb., 1809. 


Jason, b. 14 Feb., 1811. 


Lyman, b. 28 Jan., 1813. 


Jamics. b. 7 Feb., 1816. 


Emkry, b. 20 July, 1818. 


Sylvan us, b. 12 Sept, 1821; m. 3 Mar., 1840, Ann M. Lynch, of 



Sally, b. 26 Nov., 1823. 


RUFU8, b. 19 Nov., 1827. 

VI. 1010 Sylvanus {Benajah, Jephtha, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Sutton, 11 May, 1791; died in Montpelier, 
Vt., 19 Sept., 1854; married 16 Sept-, 1815, Lucinda, 
daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Bancroft, of Petersham. 

Children : 

2299 A dau., b. Dec., 1816; d. a. 1 week. 

2300 Sumneh, »). 21 Feb., 1818 

2301 Son, b. Dec., 1820; d. «. 3 mos. 

2302 Maria, b. 12 Juue, 1823; m. N. F. Atkins, of Toulon, III.; left 

two sons. 

2303 Augusta, b. 17 July, 1828; m., 1852, A. H. Whltcomb. Ch. : 

Henry. Jenny. 

VI. 1017 Sarah (Tairant, Samuel* Eleazer, John, 
John), horn in Dan vers, 5 Oct., 1769 ; died 28 Feb., 1858 ; 
married 12 Oct., 1789, Capt. Hezekiah, son of Samuel and 
Ede (Upton) Flint, born in Daaven», 31 Jan., 1766, and died 
22 Sept., 1818. 

Hezekiah Flint lived in what is now Peabody. He was a 
master mariner and ship owner. For interesting particulars 
concerning his life, see page 50 of Flint Genealogy. 

Children : 

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2304 Sarah Pagk, b. 20 Dec, 1800; d. at North Aodover, 22 Jan., 

1875; m. in Danvers, 5 Feb. 1824, Hon. Daniel Putnam, son of 
Daniel and Phebe (Upton) King, 149 b. 8 Jan., 1801, d. 25 Jnly, 
1850. Ch.: BUen Maria, b. 16 Jan., 1825; d. 4 Mar., 1849; 
m. Isaac Osgood Loring. Caroline Watts, b. 21 Jan., 1826; d. 
12 Mar., 1889; m. Isaac O. Loriug. Sarah Page, b. 14 April, 
1828; d. 28 June, 1863; m. Gayton P. Loring. Benjamin Flint, 
b. 12 Oct., 1830; d. 24 Jan., 1868; m. Abbie Jane FarweO. 
Daniel Webster, b. 1 Mar., 1833; m. 27 Apr , 1858, Mary Rob- 
inson Harwood; m., 2d, 25 Apr., 1866, Jennie Walker, dan. of 
Woodbury Bryant and Biiz. J. (Walker) Purington, 144 of Tops- 
ham, Me. Edward Everett, b. 1 Aug., 1835; m. Annie M. Conil- 
ard; m., 2d, Katie R. Woodmau. Rebecca Cleaves, b. 18 Not., 
1837; d. 15 Feb., 1867. 

2305 Benjamin Hkzkkiah, b. 6 June, 1804 ; d. 9 Nov., 1820. 

VI. 1018 Elizabeth ( Tarrant, Samuel, Eleazer, John, 
John), born 19 Aug., 1771 ; died 17 Nov., 1842 ; married 24 
Aug., 1794, John, son of Samuel and Ann (Williams) Derby, 
born 28 May, 1770 ; died 1 March, 1834. Mr. Derby was 
a tailor and a worthy citizen. For many years he represented 
Salem in the General Court. 

Children : 

2306 John, b. 21 Feb , 1795; d. at E. Saginaw, Mich., 7 Aug., 1874; 

m. 17 July, 1819, Rebecca Punchard; m., 2d, 26 July, 1853, 
Mrs. A. L. Cobb, dau. of Dr. Nathan Weeks. 

2307 Tarrant Putnam, b. 14 Aug., 1796; d. 6 Mar., 1850; m. Rachel 

Ropes; m., 2d, Elizabeth P. Pierce. 

2308 Charles, b. 20 July, 1798; d. 23 Sept, 1868; m. at Nashville, 

Tenn., 18 Feb., 1820, Nancy, dau. of Henry and Betsey Ann 
Pulling, who d. 19 Nov., 1878. Ch. : Perley, b in Murf reesboro, 
Tenn., 26 Oct., 1823; m., Salem, Dec., 1, 1850, Harriet, dan. of 
Wm. and Abigail (Punchard) Knight, b. 1 Feb. 1827. Mr. 
Derby is an accomplished genealogist and has aided materially 
the compiler of this genealogy. In early life he was a portrait 
painter and engraver. John Henry, b. in Lynn, 26 May, 1826; 
d. in Salem, 15 May, 1830. Charles W., b. in Derry, N. H., 8 
Nov., 1827. Sarah Putnam, b. in Danvers, 28 Jan., 1832; d. J4 
Mar., 1832. 

"•Mr. King was state representative and senator; speaker of the Honse, president 
of the Senate, and representathre to Congress. He resided in that part of DanTers, 
now Peabody. 

u«She was born 5 July, 1843. Ch. : Ellzb. W., b. 11 Feb., 1867. Tarrant Putnam, b 
18 Mar., 1869. Caroline W., b. 19 Jan., 1871. Annie Purington, b. 9 July, 1813. Graoe 
W., b. 24 Apr., 1878. Mr. King is a merchant in Boston. 

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Pkrlky, b. 9 May, 1800; d. at sea 2 Dec., 1821, while attempting 
the rescue of others. 
' • 2310 Sarah Page, b. 2 July, 1802; d. at Boston, 16 July, 1861, nnm. 

2311 Elizabeth, b. 16 July, 1804; d. 16 Dec., 1870; m. 7 Apr., 1825, 

Ferdinand Andrews. 

2312 Mart Ann, b. 1 May, 1806; d. at Boston, 24 Mar., 1887. 

2313 Hannah, b. 25 Jan., 1808; d. 1 June, 1840; m. 1 Not., 1837, Jon- 

athan Fox, son of Rev. Sam'l Worcester. 

VL 1020 Perley ( Tarrant, Samuel, Eleazer; John, 
John), born in Danvers, 16 Dec, 1776. 
Child : 
/ 2314 Perley, b. 13 Jan., 1798; lived in Franconia, N. U. 

VI. 1022 Israel Warburton {Eleazer, Samuel, Elea- 
zer, John, John), born in Danvers, 24 Nov., 1786; died in 
Middleborough, 3 May, 1868 ; married in Andover, 2 Dec, 
1815, Harriot, daughter of Peter and Hannah (Porter) Os- 
, good, of Andover, born there, 28 March, 1791, and died in 

Portsmouth, N. H., 10 June, 1832; married, second, 29 
April, 1833, Mrs. Julia A. Osgood, of New York, widow of 
Samuel Osgood, junior, and daughter of Samuel Osgood, 
Esq., being cousin of his first wife. See Osgood Genealogy. 
Children : 

23X5 Charles Israel, b. In Portsmouth, 28 Dec., 1816. 

2316 Samukl Osgood, b. in Portsmouth, 17 Aug., 1818; iu., 1st, 18 
June, 1848, Elizabeth Noble, dau. of J. D. Whitney, of North- 
ampton, who d. June, 1808; m , 2d, Mrs. Olivia Shlpmau; lives 
in San Francisco, Cat 

2317 Edward Warickn, b. in Portsmouth, 1 May, 1820; d. in North 

Whitefleld. Me., 2 Sept, 1863. Entered Brown University from 
Phillips Andover Academy, 1836. Graduated from Dartmouth 
College 1840. Taught school at Beaufort, S. C, and in 1843 
entered the Seminary in New York, but in December 
of that year joined the Roman Catholic Church and entered the 
college at Worcester. He preached at Albany, Providence, 
Milwaukee, and North Whitefleld, Me., where he was settled 
thirteen years. He was of medium height, blue eyes and very 
dark hair. 

2318 Francis Brown, b. in Portsmouth, 16 Jan.. 1822; d. at sea, 12 

Mar., 1861. In 1840, entered the commission business at New 
York* and in Milwaukee, 1846. In Oct., 1850, went to Isthmns 
of Panama as secretary for the Panama Railroad, and d. on his 

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way home the next year. He was buried at Kingston, Jamaica. 
- He likewise Joined the Roman Catholic church. His eyes were 
blue and hair dark. 

Harriot Osgood, b in Portsmouth, 12 Sept., 1823; m. in Mid- 
dleborough, 7 Sept., 1852, Charles Frederic, son of Peter Hoar 
and Nabby (Sproat) Pierce, b. there, 7 Sept., 1817. Ch.: 
Charles Frederic, b. 11 Feb., 1863; resides 1223 Pine St., San 
Francisco, Cal. Mary Porter, b. 10 Sept., 1865 ; d. 6 Apr., 1867. 

Horack Mossb, b. in Portsmouth, 29 June, 1825; d. 21 Dec, 

' 1832. 

William Foliar, b. in Portsmouth, 5 Sept., 1827; d. in Middle- 
borough, 11 Feb., 1853. 

Julia Maria, b. In Portsmouth, 13 Feb., 1830; d. in Mlddlebor- 
ough, 6 Aug., 1859; m. Alfred S. Thayer, of Boston. 

Lucy Mackintosh, b. In Portsmouth, 24 Apr., 1832; m. Franklin 
S. Thompson, of Middleborough. 

Rev. Israel Warburton Putnam whs the very foremost 
of Congregationalist divines of his times, although he entered 
the ministry somewhat late in life, his father and others not 
believing that he was destined for the church. 

His early education was obtained at Franklin Academy, 
North Andover, where he was prepared for college. He was 
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1810, and commenced 
to study law with Judge Samuel Putnam at Salem, but after 
two and a half years he became convinced that his duty was 
to labor in the miuistry, and entered Andover Theologi- 
cal Seminary in 1812. He was ordained at Portsmouth, 15 
March, 1815, and continued in the ministry there for twenty 
years until dismissed at his own request. During this period 
he was very active in theological matters. His well known 
" Thanksgiving Sermon " was preached at Portsmouth . in 
1826. One of his earliest articles was published in the Pau- 
oplist in 1813, entitled, "Does the Bible contain any doctrines 
contrary to reason?" He !>ecame a trustee of Dartmouth 
College in 1820, and was trustee of Berwick Academy from 
1320 to 1835. Installed at Middleborough, Oct., 1835, 
where he remained until his death. The degree of Doctor of 
Divinity was conferred by Dartmouth in 1853. 

During his long and useful life, he showed great interest in 

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educational and historical matters. His researches in regard 
to the genealogy of the Putnam family were quite extensive, 
he having entertained the idea of publishing the results, hut 
afterward generously placed his manuscript in the hands of 
Col. Perley Putnam. 

His grandfather, Archelaus Fuller, was a member of the 
Provincial Congress at Cambridge and Watertown in 1775, 
and died a colonel in the Revolutionary army. 

VL 1024 Doctor Archelaus Fuller (Eleazer, Sam- 
uel, Eleazer, John, John), born in Delivers, 3 Oct., 1792; 
died in Beverly, 11 Aug., 1859. 

Graduated at Dartmouth College 1819, and became pre- 
ceptor of Moore's Charity School at Hanover ( 1821-4). He 
then commenced the study of divinity at Andover, but in 
1826, on account of ill health, abandoned his studies. Re- 
solving upon the study of medicine, he graduated from the 
medical school at Dartmouth in 1829, and after a prelimi- 
nary course of study with Dr. Nathan Crosby of Lowell, 
commenced practice the same year at Portsmouth, N. H. 

In July, 1836, he settled in Windham, N. H., but ill health 
against which he had always struggled forced him to aban- 
don professional work. He therefore retired in 1840 to 
Danvers. He died in Beverly, whither he had removed in 
1844. He was an excellent man and physician. 

VI. 1025 Samuel (Eleazer, Samuel, Eleazer, John, 
John), bom in Danvers, 14 June, 1794; died in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., 20 Mnrch, 1859; married 5 Aug., 1819, Betsey, 
daughter of Elijah and Hannah (Putnam) Pope, of Danvers, 
and neice of General Israel Putnam. She died sul>sequent 
to 1877. 

Children : 

2324 Sarah Elizabeth. 

2325 Samuel Warburton, b. 1823 ; 4 of l'renton, N. J., 1877. 

2326 Mart Popb. 

2327 Emily S. 

2328 Harriet. 

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Samuel Putnam was educated at Phillips Andover Acad- 
emy, and commenced teaching at Marblehead, thence to 
Portsmouth, where he taught eight years. In 1831, in com- 
pany with Theodore Ames of Salem, he opened a school for 
boys in Brooklyn, N. Y., occupying a building erected for 
their use by citizens of Brooklyn and called w Classical Hull." 
Upon Mr. Ames* retirement in 1837, Mr. Putnam continued 
the school at his residence. As a teacher he was widely 
known and highly respected. 

Several of his daughters possess his ability and occupy 
posts as teachers. 

VI. 1033 Allen {Henry, Henry, Eleazer, John, John), 
born in Danvers, 25 Oct., 1762 ; killed by a fall, at Marietta, 
Ohio, in 1807 ; married in Danvers, 20 April, 1785, Nancy 
Porter, daughter of Amos Porter, Jr., of Danvers, and 
Marietta, Ohio. 

Children : 

2329 Anna, m. David B. Nash. 

2330 Rosella, m. Daniel Griswold Stanley. 

2331 Clarissa, unm. 

2332 Sarah, m. David DeLong. 

2333 Harriet, m. Hugh Jackson. 

2334 Hknry, lived near Quincy, III. 

2335 Thomas, d. 1823, m. 19. 

2336 Gkorge W., lived in Illinois. 

2337 Martha, m., 1st, Robert Gard; m., 2d, West. 

Allen Putnam was the first of Gen. Rufus Putnam's party 
to leap ashore at Marietta, from the Mayflower. Two years 
later, he and his brother-in-law Ainos Porter returned to 
Danvers, walking all the way, got their families and started 
hack. On account of the Indian war, they remained in west- 
ern Pennsylvania two years, reaching Mariettaagain in 1795. 
They settled in Fearing, an adjoining township to Marietta. 

VI. 1036 Jonathan (Henry, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), born 13 Sept., 1766; married Skidmore. 

Child : 
2338 Hknry, b. 26 Sept., 1794; d. SI Aug., 1820. 

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VI. 1038 Frederick (Henry, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), died in Salem ; married 25 May, 1790, Sally, daugh- 
ter of Ezekiel and Abia Marsh, of Danvers, born there, 3 
July, 1773, and died in Salem, 28 Nov., 1816. 


2339 Lrvi, b. 14 Nov., 1791; d. in Lynn, 1824; bnried with military 

honors ; cordwainer. In his will mentions aunt Desire Batch- 
elder, uncle Henry Batchelder, nncle Thomas H. Marsh, grand- 
father Ezekiel Marsh. WiU dated 6 Feb., pro v. 5 Oct. , 1824. 

VI. 1048 Henry {Eleazer, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Medford ; died, 1810, at Savannah, Georgia; 
married nt Nassau, 1780, Frances, daughter of Dr. James 
Fraser, formerly of Charleston, S. C, but later of Nassau, 
New Providence, whither he had repaired upon the evacua- 
tion of Charleston by the British. He is said to have been a 
loyalist and an officer in the British army. He died in 1790 
aged 60 years. Mrs. Putnam died very suddenly on the 
plantation near Savannah, prior to 1800. 

Mr. Putnam married, second, Priscilla Croom, of Putnam 
Co., Ga., who was bom about 1780, and died in April, 1873. 

Children : 

2340 Gkougk, who d. about 1845 at Savannah, Ga., where he is buried. 
2341 Hakrikt Frances, b. 1789; d. 18 Oct., 1856; m. John Carnochan. 

By second wife : 

2342 A DELINK. 

2343 Jambs Madison, b. 12 Mar., 1811. 

Henky Putnam 145 is said to have settled in Georgia about 
178<>, in company with his "brother" Benjamin (No. 414). 
This is evidently an error, but while it is not a certainty that 
Henry was the son of Eleazer, yet it is known he was a near 
relative of Benjamin and all the facts seem to point to the 
position here given him as being correct. Henry (No. 1054), 
son of Roger, brother of Benjamin (No. 414), was according 
to family tradition killed in the war of 1812. 

"• I am indebted to Mrs. Annie L. Winters for aid in establishing the line of this 
branch of the family.— E. P. 

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VI. 1049 Doctor Elijah {Meazer, Henry, Meazer, 
John, John), born in Medford, 1769 ; died in Madison, N. Y. f 
Jan., 1851 ; married Phoebe, daughter of Capt. AbnerWood, 
born in Madison, and died about 1854. 

Children, born in Madison : 

2344 Frances, b. 1 Mar., 1799; d. 3 May, 1877; m. Dr. Jonathan 
2345 John, b. 1800. 

2346 Phoebe, b. 1803; d., «. p., 1843; married Lyman Root, a mer- 
chant of Madison. 

2347 Samukl.K Jul 6 

2348 Sydney, > 

2349 Hamilton, b. 5 Sept., 1807. 

2350 Harriet, b. 1809; d., 1847; m. Isaac Chamberlain. 

2361 Mary, b. 16 Mar, 1811 , d., *. p., 9 July, 1864 ; m. Adin Howard. 

2352 Caroline, b. 1812; d. 4 Feb., 1838. 

2353 Henry Lockk, b. 1816 

Doctor Elijah Putnam moved form "West Cambridge to 
Peterboro in 1801, thence to Madison, N. Y. (March, 1802), 
where he located and practised medicine for forty years. He 
was a true christian gentleman and a good physician. 

VI. 1052 John {Roger, Henry, Eleazei*, John. John), 
born in Charlestown or Medford, April, 1777 ; died suddenly 
atTopsfield, 16 June, 1826; married 21 April, 1814, Polly, 
daughter of Isaac and Dolly (Dickenson) Wilson, 3d, born 
in Danvers, 10 May, 1781. 

Children : 

2364 John Wilson. 

2355 Maria W., b. in Danvers, 17 July, 1814. 

2356 Daniel W., b. in Reading, 21 July, 1816. 

2357 Dolly W\, b. in Toimtield, 8 Oct., 1819; d. in Danvers, 26 May, 


VI, 1055 Gilbert {Roger, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), born 1785; died in Maiden, 5 Oct., 1820; married 
30 Nov., 1811, Betsey Tluyer, daughter of Amos and Jo- 
anna (French) Sampson, born in Charlestown, 15 Oct., 
1789 ; of Danvers and Maiden. 

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2358 Betsey, b. in Danvers, 13 June, 1813; d., unra., 25 Apr., 1874. 

2359 Joanna Sampson, b. In Everett, 28 May, 1817; lives with her 

brother in Charles town, nmn. 

2360 Raciikl Sampson, b. in Everett, 24 Opt., 1815; d. 25 Sept., 1817. 
2361 George Sampson, b. in Everett, 20 Apr., 1819. 

- VI. 1056 David (Roger \ Henry \ Eleazer, John, John) , 

born in Medford, 20 April, 1791 ; died ; married 14 

Jan., 1814, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel and Polly (New- 
man) Davis, of Lynn, born 24 June, 1796. 
Children, born in Danvers: 

2362 David, b. 21 Oct , 1814; d. 4 Aug., 1833. 

2363 Henry, b. 24 Nov., 1816. 

2364 Mary Ann, b. 17 Jan., 1819. 

2365 Bbthiah, b. 5 Apr., 1821. 

2366 Joseph Warren, d. 5 Sept., 1823. 

2367 Sarah, b. 9 Mar., 1826. 

2368 Nathaniel Davis, b. 28 Feb., 1829. 
2369 John, b. 7 Dec., 1831. 

2370 Charles Hknry, b. 16 Feb., 1884. 

2371 Clarissa Fidelia, b. 17 Mar., 1836. 

2372 Eliza Gertrude, b. 26 May, 1838; d. 18 Dec, 1840. 

2373 Angeline, b. 7 Jan., 1840. 

2374 Laura Jank. b. 5 Feb., 1842. 

VI. 1058 Benjamin (Roger, Hennj, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Medford; living in Waltham, 1836. 
Children : 

2375 Harriet. 

2376 Clarrissa. 

2377 Thomas. 

2378 Benjamin. 

2379 Mary Ann. 

2380 Sarau. 

2381 ? George. 

VL 1059 Ebenezer (Roger, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Medford, almut 1786; died in West Cam- 
bridge, 1848, of consumption; married, first, 1 Jan., 1806, 
Sally Patterson, who died 1826; married, second, Ann Law- 
rence of Groton, who died within six months; married, third, 
Mrs. Corning. 

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2382 -Ebbnbzkr, b. in Charles town, 9 Oct., 1806. 
2383 Abby Cartkr, b. in Diinvers, 25 Oct., 1808; d. 20 Feb., 1827; in. 
Calvin Harris. Ch. : Calvin P., b. 12 Feb., 1807; with Breed 
& Burton, 1886 Broadway, N. Y., (1880). 
2384 Charlks, b. in Dan vers, 5 Aug., 1810; d. in Medford, 10 Feb., 

2385 Joseph P., b. in Danvers, 5 Nov., 1812; never m. 

2386 Sally A., b. in Medford, 8 Jan., 1815; d. in W. Cambridge, 30 

June, 1845; m., July. 1835, Thomas F. Frost. 
2387 Wllliam A., b. in Medford, 15 Oct., 1817. 

2388 Claiussa, b. in Medford, 18 Sept, 1819; d. abt 1864; m., 1st, 3 

Jan., 1847, William W. Frost, who d. 19 Apr., 1855; m., 2d, 
David Hunt, of Woburn. 

2389 Susan, b. in Medford, 11 Aug., 1821. 

2390 Henry, b. in Medford, 15 Mar., 1823; d. 16 Mar., 1823. 

By third wife : 

2391 Howard. 

2392 Abby C. 

2393 Mary A. 

VI. 1060 John Allen (Billings, Henry, Eleazer,John, 
John), born in Newburyport, 27 Nov., 1775; died there; 
married there, 3 May, 1801, Sarah Davis. 

Children : 

2394 John C, b. 12 Sept., 1803; d. in Newburyport abt. 1833. 

2395 Henry, b. 24 Sept., 1805; d. young. 

2396 Sally, b. 28 Oct., 1807; d. young 

2397 May, h. 10 June, 1809; d. young. 

2398 Gkoroe, b. 5 Apr., 1811; d. young. 

2399 Jane, b. 22 June, 1812; m. Glidden, of Biddeford, Me. 

2400 Aaron, b. 25 Dec., 1818; d. young. 

VI. 1069 Joseph {Billings, Henry, Eleazer, John, 
John), born in Newburyport, 15 April, 1794; died there, 16 
June, 1873; married, first, 25 Aug., 181h\ Elizabeth Dan- 
forth, b. It April, 1797; d. 20 Sept., 1833; married, sec- 
oud, 19 Jan., 1834, Patience Jacobs, daughter of Robert and 
Patience Wiley, born in Giltminton, N. H., 10 Feb., 1799; 
died 2 June, 1870. 

Children, born in Newburyport : 
2401 Joseph Billings, b. 26 Apr., 1817; m. 5 June, 1841, Sarah H., 
dan. of Wllliam Blckum, of Bradford ; lived In Danvers. 

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2402 Ann Cark, b. 21 Mar., 1819; d. in Newburyport; m. 15 Jan , 
1843, John Las key, of Newburyport and Charles town. Ch. : 
Ann Elizabeth. Jennie. Both dead. 
2408 Elizabeth, b. 18 May 1821; m. John Paul, of Lynn. Ch. : Klla 
2404 Lucy Jank, »>. 10 Sept., 1823; d. in Lynn, 2 Apr , 1855; m. 28 
Nov., 1844, William Panl, brother of John Paul. Ch. : Charles 
W. t b. 25 Aug., 1846; d. 6 Mar., 1878. Lucy Jane, b. 20 Apr., 
" 1849. 
2405 Hhnht Lock. b. 15 Aug., 1825; m. Mary J. Cochrane 

2406 Hannah, b. 2 Sept., 1827; d. Oct.. 1828. 

2407 Hannah, b. 22 Mar., 1831; m., Dec.. 1850. Freeman Chapman, 

who d. . Ch. : Edgar, of Saugus. Others. 

2408 Harriot, b. 15 June, 1833; d. 8 Oct , 1833. 

By second wife : 

2409 Francis Wilry, b. 3 Nov., 1834; ra. 16 Dec., 1859, Ann Maria 

Newman, who was b. 31 Oct., 1887. No ch Lives in New- 

2410 Lydia Goodhue, b. 3 Nov., 1836; m. 20 Nov., 1858, her brother- 

in-law, William Paul. Ch. ; two ; d. young. 

VI. 1072 Augustus (Benjamin, Henry, Eleazer John, 

John), born ; died 1818; married, 1815, Mary Ti ben, 

who married, second, in 1820, Mr. Shaw. 

Child : 

2411 Mart, d. »t. one year. 

VI. 1073 John Oustavus (Benjamin, Henry, Eleazer, 
John, John), born in Savannah, Ghi., 1796; died at Madi- 
son, Fla., 1 May, 1864; married in Virginia, 3 Oct., 1838, 
Sarah Attaway, third daughter of Samuel Lewis, of Freder- 
icksburg, Va., a nephew in the second degree to Gen. Wash- 
ington. Mr. Lewis' grandfather, George Lewis, married 
Betty, only sister of Washington. Mrs. Putnam was also a 
first cousin of the princess Murat, who was Catherine Willis, 
daughter of Col. Bird Willis and Mary Lewis, the sister of 
Samuel Lewis. Mrs. Putnam died 28 Oct., 1871. 

Children : 

2412 Caroline Lewis, b. In Tallahassee, Fla., 4 Aug., 1839; onm. 

2413 Catherine Murat, b. In Madison, Fla., 5 July, 1842; m. 15 Jan., 

1867, Philip S. DnvaL Ch. : Henry S., b. in Tallahassee, 14 
Mar., 1868. Philip P., b. in Madison, 2 Feb., 1871. Sarah A., 
b. in Savannah, 24 Nov., 1873. 

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2414 Mary Malcolm, b. in Wakulla Co , Fla , 11 July. 1844; m. 15 

,- Jan., 1868, Fr«*d. P. Shaffer. Ch. : John P., b. in Madison, 25 

Sept., 1870; d. 18 Nov., 1874. Robert F., b. In Orange Co., 

Fla., 22 May, 1873: d. 2 Oct., 1890. Lucy M., b. in Madison, 

24 Dec, 1884. 

2415 John Lkwis, b. at Madison 28 Jan., 1848. 

2416 Annie Attaway, b. at Madison, 28 Jan., 1848; lives at Washing- 

ton, Ga., unm. 

2417 Lucy Dakngepield, b. in Madison, 18 July, 1852; m., Jan., 1881, 

Edwin Wiley, who d., s.p., at Sparta, Ga , 14 May, 1882. 

VI. 1076 Judge Benjamin Alexander (Benjamin, 
Henry , Eleazer, John, John), born in Savanna, Ga., about 
1800 ; died in Palatka, Fla., 25 Jan., 1869 ; married, March, 
1830, Helen, youngest daughter of Hon. Ephraim Kirby, of 
Litchfield, Conn., and an aunt of Gen. Kirby Smith. 

Child : 

2418 Catharine, b. I Jim., 1831; educated in school at Washington; 

m. Dr John C, son of John C. Calhoun, of Charleston, S. C. 

Ch. : John C, d. . Benj. P., of Palatka, Fla., a judne. 

She m., 2d, Wm. Lowndes Calhoun, a brother of her first hus- 
band. Ch. . Wm. Lowndes, d. . 

Benjamin Putnam entered Phillips Andover Academy in 
1817, and graduated at Harvard in 1823. In 1847 he was 
described by Hon. Daniel P. King, as a man of high char- 
acter and an eminent lawyer. He then lived at St. Augus- 

VI. 1077 William (Caleb, Caleb, John, John, John), 
l>orn in Dan vers ; baptized there, 10 Aug., 1746 ; died 1832 ; 
of Middle Stewiacke, N. S. 

Children : 

2419 William, b. (1777)? 
2420-28 Nine Daughters. 

William and Caleb Putnam were in Salem, 1 Aug., 
177&, and acknowledged a deed, dated 30 July, 1772, where- 
by they sold for £111 to William Putnam of Dan vers 22 acres 
bounding on William and Peter Putnam's land running along 
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were of Shubenacadie, N. S., and a year later Caleb, who held 
his brother's power of attorney , and his mother Elizabeth 
Upham, sold all their rights in 19J acres, beginning at the side 
of a lane which runs to Peter Putnam's house, and bounded 
by said Peter's and Mary Andrew's land, etc. Acknowledged 
in Salem. Elizabeth, wife of Richard Upham, was of Onf- 
low, N. S. 

VI. 1078 Caleb (Caleb, Caleb % John, John. John), 
born in Danvers ; baptized there, 15 June, 1750 ; died Sept., 
1838; married, 1775, Letitia, daughtei of Robert and Esther 
(Moore) Hunter, 146 of Truro, N. S., born in NW England, 
1755; died, 1785; married, second, 1787, Jane Fulton. 

Children, born in Ma it land, N. S. : 

2429 Elizabkth, b. 7 Sept., 1776; d., Sept.. 1832; m., 1799, Robert 

Brydon, who d. at Tat magouche, In 1866, leaving two sons 

and three daughters. 
2430 William, b. 1 Feb., 1779. 
24M1 K8thkr, b. 14 Mar., 1781, m., 1808, Robert, eldest son of Gavin 

and Elizabeth (Hunter) Johnson, and removed to Ohio in 1805 ; 

one son, three daughters. 
2432 Mary, b. 7 Aug., 1783; d.. Jan., 1870; m , Dec., 1807, James 

Douglas, who d. Apr., 1842; 4 «ons, 1 dan. 
2433 Calkh, b. 12 July. 1786. 

By second wife : 

2434 Jamr8. 

2435 Robert. 
2436-41 Six Daughtkrs 

VI. 1085 Caleb {Peter, Caleb, John, John, John), 
born in Danvers, 3 July, 177H; died in Rome, N. Y., 24 
May, 1819 ; m. Elizabeth, who had administration of her 
husband's estate. 

Children : 

2442 Petkr, of full age, 1823 ; of E. Bloomfleld, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

2443 Andhkw, of full age, 1823; of Canandaigua, Ontario Co., N Y. 

2444 Caleb, of fnll age, 1823; of Canandaigua, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

«• Mr. Hunter was one of the grantees of Truro township and one of the pioneers, 
bavin* settled there about 1760. He died 7 Feb., 1810, as. 77; his wife died 14 Oct., 1807, 

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2445 Elizabkth, of full age, 1823 ; m. prior to 1828, Horace Eggleston, 
" of Pembroke, N. Y. 

2446 Harriet, «. above 16 in 1828; m. prior to 1823, Horatio N. Carr, 

of Stephen town, Co. Rensselaer, N Y. 

2447 Voi.aNTINB, b. 1802. 

2448 Sauah, jb. 18 in 1823. 

2449 George, ae. 11 in 1823. 

2450 William Henry, ae. 14 in 1823. 

2451 Anna, «. y In 1823. 

Caleb Putnam removed to Bolton and engaged in the 
business of tanner. He was a resident of Bolton in 1792; 
but that same year seems to have bought land in Schenectady, 
N. Y. (deeds at Albany). He finally settled in Rome and 
acquired considerable property, owning many thousand acres 
in Rome, Paris, Lee, Canandaigua, and neighboring places. 
From the settlement of his estate in 1823, it appears that the 
homestead and tannery came into the possession of his eldest 
son Peter during the father's lifetime. 

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