Putnam family

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Putnam family
Earlier spellingsPuttenham,Putenham
Place of originEngland

The old colonial American and Puritan Putnam family was founded by John and Margaret Gillam Putnam in the 17th century, in Salem, Massachusetts. Many notable individuals are descendants of this family, including those listed below.

John Putnam was born about 1580 and came from Ashton Abbotts, England. He was married to Priscilla Gould and they settled in Salem, Massachusetts. They were the parents of seven children: Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Nathaniel, Sara, Phoebe, and John. Their eldest son, Thomas, was the father of Thomas Putnam and Deacon Edward Putnam, who were involved in the Salem witch trials and are the cause for the unjust murders of the innocent women and men killed during the trials. [1]

Notable members[edit]

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Putnam family members
  • John Putnam (c 1580–1666) m. Priscilla Gould
    • Thomas Putnam (1614–1686)
      • Thomas Putnam (1652–1699), Salem witch trials accuser
      • Deacon Edward Putnam (1654–1747), Salem witch trials accuser
        • Elisha Putnam (1685–1745)
      • Joseph Putnam (1669–1722) m. Elizabeth Porter (1673–1746) <3
        • David Putnam (1707–1768)
          • Israel Putnam (b. 1742)
            • Daniel Putnam
              • Benjamin Putnam
                • Frederick Putnam
          • William Putnam (b. 1749)
        • Israel Putnam (1718–1790), General
    • Nathaniel Putnam (1619–1700)
      • Benjamin Putnam (1664–1715) m. Sarah Tarrant
        • Nathaniel Putnam (1686–1754)
          • Archelaus Putnam Sr. (b. 1718)
            • Archelaus Putnam Jr. (1740–1800)
              • Caleb Putnam (1763–1826)
                • James Russell Putnam (1781–1841)
                  • James Mercier Putnam (1823–1887), instrumental in colonizing British Honduras
                    • James Henry Putnam (b. 1848), sugar plantation and railroad owner
                      • Robert Emmet Putnam (1883–1959)
                        • Richard Johnson Putnam (1913–2002), federal judge
                        • "Bobby" Emmet Putnam (1919–2009)
                          • Dr. Kimball Putnam Marshall (b. 1947), nationally recognized professor of business
        • Tarrant Putnam (1688–1732)
          • Gideon Putnam (1726–1811)
            • Samuel Putnam (1768–1853), Massachusetts Supreme Court justice
        • Daniel Putnam (b. 1696)
    • John Putnam (1627–1710)
      • James Putnam Sr. (1661—1727), bricklayer
        • James Putnam Jr. (b. 1689), bricklayer
          • Ebenezer Putnam


  1. ^ Putnam, Eben (1891), A History of the Putnam Family in England and America. Recording the Ancestry and Descendants of John Putnam of Danvers, Mass., Jan Poutman of Albany, N. Y., Thomas Putnam of Hartford, Conn, Volume 1, Salem Press Publishing and Printing Company, retrieved October 4, 2007