Thursday, August 19, 2010


Danvers is located in upper most eastern Massachusetts

Family of Immigrant Ancestors Capt. John PUTNAM and
his immigrant parents John PUTNAM and Priscilla GOULD

[The PUTNAM parentage back from Herny and Richard is not found to be consistent. See 1-Rootsweb, 2-The Early Putnam Lineage in England and 3-Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 2. ]

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 2 By Ellery Bicknell Crane, New York Lewis Historical Publishing Company 1915

(XIII) Henry (3) Putnam, son of Nicholas Puttenham [or son of John], born between the years 1460-75, died after 1526, probably in Eddlesborough. Children; Richard, mentioned below; John, of Slapton and Hawridge; Thomas, of Eddlesborough.

(XIV) Richard, son of Henry (3) Putnam [or son of John], probably the eldest son, was born between the years 1490-1500, and lived at Eddlesborough and Woughton. His will is dated December 12,1556, proved February 25,1556. He directed that his body be buried in the church yard at Woughton. Children; John, mentioned below; Harry, of Woughton, whose will was dated July 13,1579, and proved October 3 following; Joan, married prior to 1556.

(XV) John (2) son of Richard Putman, was born between the years 1520-25, was of Rowsham, in Wingrave, and was buried in Wingrave. October 2,1568. His wife was probably Margaret, who was buried January 27,1568. His will was dated September 19,1568. His will was dated September 19,1568. His will was dated September 19,1568, and proved November 14 that year. He directed that he be buried in the churchyard at Wingrave. Children: Nicholas, mentioned below; Richard, of Wingrave, died without Issue; Thomas, of Rowsham, died without issue; Margaret, married, at Wingrave, June 14,1573, Godfrey Johnson.

(XVI) Nicholas (2), son of John (2) Putnam, was born between the years 1540-50, died 1598. He lived at Wingrave until about 1585, when he removed to Stewkeley. He inherited property from his father and both his brothers. His will was dated January 1,1597, and proved September 27,1598. He married at Wingrave, January 30,1577, Margaret, daughter of John and Elizabeth Goodspeed. She was baptized at Wingrave, August 16,1556, and was buried at Aston Abbotts, January 8,1618-19. She married (second) December 8,1614 [or 8 Jan 1618] , William Huxley. Children: John [PUTNAM] Mentioned below; Elizabeth, February 11,1581; Thomas September 20, 1584; Richard, living in 1597.

[Immirgant] (XVII) John (3), son of Nicholas (2) Putnam, was baptized at Wingrave, county Bucks, England, January 17, 1579. He was the immigrant ancestor. He inherited the estates of Aston Abbotts. He probably lived in Stewkeley with his parents until his father’s death, when he took possession of the estates at Aston Abbots, where he lived until he went to New England. He was called husbandman in 1614. He is supposted to have married Priscilla [GOULD], in 1611 or 1612. He was an early settler at Salem, Massachusetts, and according to family tradition came there in 1634, but the first record of him is March 21, 1640-41, when his wife was admitted to the church, and in the same year he received a grant of land. He was admitted to the church, April 4, 1647. He was a farmer. His handwriting indicated a good education. He was well-to-do, one of the wealthy men compared to his neighbors. Before his death he gave farms to his sons John, Nathaniel, and probably to the others also. John received his by deed, March 31, 1653. John Putnam died in Salem Village now Danvers, December 30, 1662, aged eighty years. Children: Elizabeth, baptized in England, December 20,1612; Thomas, mentioned below; John, baptized July 4,1617, died young; Nathaniel, baptized October 11,1619; Sarah, baptized March 7,1622-23 Phebe, baptized July 28, 1624; John, baptized May 27.

PUTNAM FAMILY. [Immigrant] John Putnam, [our] immigrant ancestor...came from Ashton Abbotts, County Buckinghamshire, England. He was born [17 Jan 1579 at Wingrave, Buckingham, England] and died at Salem Village, now Danvers, December 30, 1662, aged eighty years. The earliest record of him in America is in 1640 when he had a grant of land at Salem. He was admitted to the church April 4, 1647, and a freeman the same year. He was a prosperous farmer and was apparently well educated, judging from his writing. He deeded land to his son John, March 31,1653 and later to son Nathaniel. (See sketch of Putnams of Worcester and Sutton).

He married Priscilla Gould. Their children were; Elizabeth, baptized at Ashton Abbots, England, December 20,1612; Thomas, baptized March 7, 1614, ancestor of the Sutton Putmans; John, baptized July 24, 1617 [died in Salem Village now Danvers, December 30, 1662, aged eighty years] ; Nathaniel, baptized October 11, 1619, of whom later; Sarah baptized March 7, 1622-23; Phebe, baptized July 28, 1624; John, baptized May 27, 1627, died April 7, 1710.

[Immigrant John PUTNAM baptized July 24, 1617 [died in Salem Village now Danvers, December 30, 1662, aged eighty years] son of Immigrant John and Priscilla (Gould) Putnam, married Rebecca RRINCE she was the daughter of Immigrant parents Thomas PRENCE and Patience BREWSTER. John and Rebecca were the parents of ten children their third child was Priscilla PUTMAN who married Joseph BAILEY.

Our ancestral line is as follows: daughter of Priscilla PUTNAM and Joseph BALILEY is Lydia BAILEY wife of John JEFFORDS, their son John JEFFORDS and Martha BROWN, their son John JEFFORDS and Mary SANGER, their daughter Lucretia JEFFORDS married Abner RAWSON, their son Amariah RAWSON married Betsy CARPENTER, their daughter Adaline RAWSON she was the first wife of Simeon Adams DUNN, their daughter Mary DUNN ENSIGN mother of Harriet Camilla ENSIGN SMITH was mother of George Ensign SMITH who was father of Camilla SMITH WOOD.]
First built 1643
General Israel Putnam house
one of the oldest buildings in Massachusetts

Historical Overview

[The General Israel Putnam House in Danvers, Massachusetts is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The house is also sometimes known as the Thomas Putnam House after Lt. Thomas Putnam (1615-1686), who built the home circa 1648. His grandson, Israel Putnam, the famous general of the American Revolution, was born in the house. Lt. Thomas Putnam was the father of Sgt. Thomas Putnam Jr., (Israel's half-uncle), a notorious figure in the Salem Witch Trials. The Putnam House is now operated by the Danvers Historical Society and open by appointment.]

The Putnam House served as home to twelve generations of a prominent local family. The original property consisted of 100 acres of farmland owned by Thomas Putnam in what was then Salem Village. In 1692, Joseph Putnam lived on the property and spoke out against the witchcraft hysteria gripping the village.

In the 1850’s, Daniel Putnam operated a shoe-making shop here.

A century later, passing motorists stopped for candies and ice cream served in the Putnam Pantry. The best known resident of the house was General Israel Putnam, who commanded troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The property was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. In 1991, the Putnam Family descendants gave over the stewardship to the Danvers Historical Society.

Pg.1076 (XVIII) Lieutenant Thomas [10th great-grandfather of Justin CK / our 12th great-grand Uncle], (2) Putnam, son of John (3) Putnam, was baptized at Aston Abbotts, county Bucks, England, March 7,1614-15, died at Salem Village, May 5,1686. He was an inhabitant of Lynn in 1640; freeman, 1642; selectman in 1643. In 1640 he received from the town a grant of fifty acres of upland and five acres of meadow. In 1645 he was appointed by the general court to end small causes, an office which was renewed in 1648. On November 11,1648, he was chosen as grand juryman in Salem, and December 10,1655, constable for the same town, He was also the first parish clerk in Salem Village and was prominent in the local military and ecclesiastical affairs. Besides the offices mentioned he held various positions, as “layer out of high wasys,: inspector of bridge, “to care for rates for the minister,” etc. On October 8, 1662, the general court confirmed his appointment as lieutenant in the troop of horse. When the general court permitted the inhabitants of Salem Farms to become a separate parish, October 8,1672, Lieutenant Thomas Putnam was made chairman of the committee chosen to carry on the affairs of the new parish, and on November 25, 1680, he and Jonathan Wolcott were chosen deacons, the first mention of deacons in the village records. On December 27,1681, they were continued in office. In 1682 occurs the first list of taxpayers at the village headed by Thomas Putnam. He and his two brothers, according to this list, and their sons-in-law, were by far the richest men in the village. Besides inheriting a double portion of his father’s estate, he came by his second marriage into possession of considerable property in Jamaica and Barbadoes. The homestead of Thomas Putnam, although somewhat enlarged, is still standing and is now known as the “General Israel Putman house.” It is situated east of Hatherne’s Hill in the northern part of Danvers, and was occupied by his widow in 1692. His son Joseph also lived there, during his opposition to the withchcraft proceedings. There was also a town residence in Salem, situated on the north side of Essex street extending back to North river. Thomas Putnam died at Salem Village, May 5, 1686. His will was dated February 8,1682-83, and proved at boston, July 3,1689; in it he gave to his son Thomas the eastern half of his estate in Salem Village; to son Joseph the western half; to son Edward another estate on the western side of St. Peter’s street. To each of his children he gave a large estate in Salem Village and a valuable piece of meadow. Mr. Upham in his “Salem Witchcraft: thus sums up the character and position of Thomas Putman: “Possessing a large property by inheritance, he was not quite so active in increasing it (as his brothers), but enjoying the society and friendship of the leading men, 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 Pg.1077 for the aid of his superior intelligence and personal influence.” He wrote a very fine hand, and had evidently received a good education. Thomas Putnam married (first) at Lynn, October 17,1643, Ann, daughter of Edward and Prudence (Stockton) Holyoke. Her father was the great-grandfather of Edward Holyoke, president of Harvard College, 1737-69. The Holyoke family was one of the most prominent and aristocratic in the colony. Ann (Holyoke) Putnam died September 1, 1665. He married (second) at Salem, November 14,1666, Mary Veren, widow of Nathaniel Veren a rich merchant formerly of Salem. She died March 16 or 17, 1694-95. In 1684, Mrs. Putnam in the apportionment of seats in the meeting house at the village, was seated in the first or principal pew reserved for women. The will of his widow, Mary, was dated January 8,1695, and proved May 20,1695. Children of first wife [Ann HOLYOKE], all except Sarah recorded at Salem; Ann, born August 25,1645; Sarah, baptized July 23,1648, at Salem; Mary, October 17,1649; Thomas, mentioned below; Edward, July 4,1654; Deliverance, September 30,1659; Prudence, February 28,1661. Child of Second wife; Joseph, September 14, 1669 father of Major-General Israel Putman. (XIX) Sergeant Thomas (3) Putnam [9th great-grandfather of Justin CK / our 11th great-grand Uncle], son of Lieutenant Thomas (2) Putnam, was born at Salem, March 24,1652, and baptized at the First Church, April 16,1652. He died in Salem, May 24, 1699. He received a good education for the times. His wife was the sister of Mary Carr, wife of Mr. James Bailey [our 10th great-grand uncle], the minister of the church, who was the cause of much dissention in the church and indirectly aggravated the bitterness of the witchcraft persecutions. Ann Putnam, daughter of Sergeant Thomas Putnam, was the most prominent child in the affair and she was the cause of more of the imprisonments than was any other one person. The “bewitched” children met at the houses of Sergeant Thomas Putnam and of Rev. Mr. Parris and with them was a servant of Mrs. Ann Putnam, Mary Lewis by name. Mrs. Putnam was evidently weak and excitable, for at trials she often gave strange evidence, undoubtedly produced from her imagination under the excitement. She and her husband were firm believers in the delusion, and easily influenced by their daughter. Ann Putnam made a public confession which was read August 25,1706, showing that she had completely deceived many prominent members of the colony. Both Sergeant Putnam and his wife died shortly after the trials were over. He married, November 25,1678, Ann, daughter of George and Elizabeth Carr, of Salisbury, born June 15,1661, died at Salem village, June 8,1699. Children, born in Salem Village: Ann, October 18,1679; Thomas, February 9,1681; Elizabeth, May 29,1683; Ebenezer, July 25,1685; Deliverance, September11,1687; Child, died December 17,1689, less than four months old; Timothy, baptized in Salem Village, April 26,1691; Abigail, baptized October 30,1692; Susanna, 1694, baptized November 20,1698; perhaps another daughter, for August 23,1694, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Putnam, died aged 6 months; Seth, mentioned below; Experience, baptized November 20,1698

1 comment:

Myrle Dalton said...

So, you are related to the Putnams too! There are several here in St. George. Musical people. Thanks for transferring the Logan blog to my sight. Denise came by Friday night and Saturday night last with Erika. She seems more mellow. Luvmyrle