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Clough Brick Wall part 3

by: Madeleine Putnam Melo

Ida May Clough born Dec 1854 (from death certificate, which also states she was born in California) was not found in the 1855 New York census with her brother and grandparents. In 1860 she is in the California Amador County census with Almira Surface, This US census states Ida was born in Illinois (I have yet to connect Almira to the Cloughs). I could not find her father in the 1860 US Census and her mother has remarried an Ira Blossom, and is found living in Scotsburg, CA with no children listed.
In the 1870 census she should be 16, I am not sure where she is. Her father Orson (47) is in Amador Co. with Abner Clough (63) and Abner’s wife Caroline (61) No Ida. Her mother now Julia Blossom is with Ira, and their Blossom children, no Ida.
There is an Ida Clough with A.H. (born in NY.) and Ella Clough family in Stockton, CA census for 1870. This Ida listed as 14 (close enough for a census) and born in Ca. Other youngsters in this household are a Fred (12) born in Wis or Mis? And a Geo. (10) born in Wis or Mis? And Arthur (6) born in Ca. Is this my Ida, is A. H. Clough an uncle, cousin?
In 1880 Ida Bryant (25) is listed with three children Clarence Bryant (7), Allace (5) and Maud (3) in the same household are Orson Clough(53) b. NY and Jenna Clough (37) and Kate Herbert, William Herbert, Nella Herbert ( I was to learn the Herberts were children from Jenna’s first marriage) and Orson and Jenna’s children Hilda Clough, Libba Clough and Amy Clough. Wow, so Orson had remarried between 1870 and 1880 and had not only 3 more of his own children, but 3 step children and Ida was there with three Bryant children. WOW!

1880 US Census Amador Co, California

1880 US Census
Amador Co, California

(click on image to enlarge)
Shortly after the 1880 census, on Dec 30, 1880 Ida May married my great grandfather Joseph Fletcher Putnam. They had three children, my grandpa Ike, my great aunt Lena and my great aunt Blanche. So now I understand that all those Bryants and their descendants are my half/cousins. WOW!
Joseph Putnam and Ida May divorced. I have never found the date. Clues are that my great Aunt Blanche, youngest child of Joseph & Ida was born in 1888.
There is no 1890 census to follow. Darn!  Joseph is listed in the voter’s registration for Kawaeh, Tulare Co. in 1890 and I know that they homesteaded property near Ida’s mother Julia and Ida’s stepfather Ira Blossom. So I assume they are still together in 1890. We have this family picture of Ida May on horseback in front of a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park, not far from their ranch.

Ida May on Nellie

Ida May on Nellie

I also know that Ida May’s father Orson dies in 1897. I have been able to follow Orson’s extended family the Cloughs by Jenna and Jenna’ Herbert children, but that is another story.
By 1900 Ida May married Charles Peters and is living in Fresno Ca., no children are with them. Her Putnam children are found with their father Joseph in the 1900 census living in Alameda Co. Ida and Charles Peters had no children.
The 1900 census included some more detailed info. For Ida born: Dec 1854, age:45, born: California, father born: New York, Mother born Ohio.

Ohio?! Julia Marsh is born in Ohio? What is she doing in New York with the Clough in 1850 at the age of 18 and that census says Julia is born in Vermont?! Hmmmm!

Back to Ida. Of note in the 1900 census is also listed Charles Bryant, Ida son from her first marriage his birth is listed as 1872 in Cal. (Ida would have been 18 years old).
My older sister has a post card written by Ida after marriage to Peters from a mining town in Idaho. So I know they lived there part of the time. I assume Charles Peter’s was mining.
My great- grandmother Ida May lived in Los Angles before her death in February 1932. I know that my great aunts and my grandfather went to Los Angles from Visalia frequently to visit with her. Travel was fairly easy by train in the early 1900s.

I have long had a fascination with this great grandmother. Where was she born? Most records say California. I have read so many stories about early California and mining history I can only imagine the hardships of giving birth in such rugged circumstances. Ida May seems never to have had a stable relationship as a young girl with her mother or father. Of interest, which you will see in my next blog about her grandfather Benjamin Clough, is that Ida May does have an Illinois connection. Her Uncle Benjamin Clough had moved from Eire, New York to Will county Illinois. Benjamin and Lydia (Ida May’s grandparents) have also moved there by 1860. Later research showed not Julia Marsh but other Marsh names in same census with the Cloughs. The Marsh line has yet to be extensively research by me, but it adds to the possibility that Ida May was born in Illinois, but for now I am sticking to the California birth as fact.

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52 Ancestors – Joseph Fletcher Putnam – Hiked through the Jungle

Joseph Fletcher Putnam

Joseph Fletcher Putnam

My paternal great grandfather was born in Cambridge Massachusetts 18 May 1852 to Joseph and Mary Ann (Fletcher) Putnam. Between the birth of young Joseph and his older sister Nellie, Joseph senior had traveled to the Goldfields in California, where he and a friend Edwin Whipple had a claim on the Mokolome River, and back again to Cambridge. The “Family Story”  is that the family left Boston by ship and landed on the Gulf of Mexico at Panama where they had to trek through the jungle walking across the isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean. There they caught a steamer for San Francisco. Since the family is in the 1860 US Census in California Joseph would have been less then 7 years old and his older sister would have been younger then 12 years of age when the family made this trek. The 1860 US census shows that Joseph’s sister Lucy was just 4 months old in July when the census was taken and that she was born in California. Exactly when they arrived I have not completely documented.

1860 US Census Elliott Township San Joaquin County California

1860 US Census
Elliott Township San Joaquin County
California (Click on image to enlarge)

 

 

Joseph Fletcher Putnam grew up on his father’s orchard ranch in Clements California, which is about 23 miles northeast of Stockton California. At the age of 22 he met and married Fanny Stewart 18 years of age on 23 Febuary 1875 in Stockton California. The witnesses to the marriage were William Whipple and Lucy Fellows Putnam. William and Lucy later marry and raise a large family of their own.

Recorded Marriage Licence  Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Fanny Stewart

Recorded Marriage Licence
Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Fanny Stewart

Fanny was from Kansas, and I often wondered what she was doing out in California in 1875.  Fanny and Joseph had Grace Ellen  in Feb. 1875 and Alice was born 30 September 1876. In October of 1878 Fanny travels to Kansas to visit her family. Fanny took the 17 month old Alice with her and left 3 1/2 year old Grace at home with her father. Fanny and Alice never came back. In April of 1880 Joseph F. Putnam filed in Stockton California for a Divorce due to desertion, which was granted 20 April 1880 by A.V.D. Peterson, Judge of the Superior Court.

Divorce papers Joseph & Fanny Putnam

Divorce papers Joseph & Fanny Putnam

In the 1880 US Census Joseph Fletcher is alone in Hopeton Merced County California while his daughter Grace is with his parents in Clements (San Joaquin County) California.

On Dec. 30 1880 Joseph F. Putnam (age: 27) marries Ida May (Clough) Bryant (age: 25) in Stockton California. Ida May has three children from an earlier marriage to C.E. Bryant,  C.E. ‘Ed’ 8 years old, Allace 5 years of age, and Maude about 3 years old.

Marriage Lisence Record Joseph F. Putnam & Ida May Bryant

Marriage Lisence Record
Joseph F. Putnam & Ida May Bryant

 

Joseph and Ida May go on to have four more children together. Arthur dies in infancy, Ira B. is born in 1883, Lena A. is born in 1885 and Blanche A. is born in 1888.  Joseph’s second wife leaves him also and he is left with the children while his wife (Ida May)  appears in the 1900 census with a Charles Peters, a younger man.

900 US Census Alameda County California

1900 US Census Alameda County
California

Lena, Ira, Blanche Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam 1897 Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

Lena, Ira, Blanche
Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam
1897
Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

 

 

 

 

In the 1900 US census we find Joseph Fletcher living and working in Alameda County California with his three children from his marriage to Ida May, Ira, Lena and Blanche.

 

 

 

Grace, his daughter from his first marriage, has married and is living in the same area with her husband (George Bryant) and their two children (William and May). I have not discovered if there is a connection to Grace’s step mother (Ida May) and Grace’s husband George. It was very confusing to me for her married name to be the same as her 1/2 brother and sisters. It took several years and the story of Joseph Fletchers first marriage to be revealed by the decendants of Alice Putnam (Grace’s full sister) from Colorado and New Mexico who made contact with my sister and I back in the early 1990’s. We then learned where Grace fit into the family and who her mother was and why there were two Alices and one was spelled differently by Aunt Blanche. Dear Aunt Blanche if she explained it to Madeleine and I, we did not understand, maybe because we were just teenager and not yet into genealogy. Anyway Madeleine’s notes were hard to follow, at least for me .

Information from Aunt Blanche

Information from Aunt Blanche

Back to Joseph Fletcher.  In the 1910 US census we find Joseph F. Putnam married to an Elizabeth.

1910 US Census Visalia Tulare County California

1910 US Census
Visalia Tulare County
California

From this census we see that they have been married 4 years.  All of Joseph’s children are either married or off on their own.

Joe & Elizabeth (Potter) Putnam

Joe & Elizabeth (Potter) Putnam

Here is the last photo I have of Joseph Fletcher Putnam and his wife Elizabeth.

In 2000 I found a Land Record on Roots Web for Joseph F. Putnam dated 08 October 1891 . It was a cash sale for a Parcel listed as Township 018S, Range 029E, Section 6.

Land Record Tulare County, California From Rootsweb.com 2000

Land Record
Tulare County, California
From Rootsweb.com 2000

My brother wrote me requarding my question to him about where the Elliott Ranch was. I am now wondering if this is the section that he was speaking of:

The Elliot ranch was next to Grandpa Ikes , property to the Northeast, it was 160 acres that was sold off of the original 640 that was willed to one of the relatives, do not remember who.  Aunt Lena, aunt Blanche and Grandpa Ike inherited the other quarter sections, possibly you know who the other sibling was.  Seems like there was another brother or sister who I do not remember.

At the time I found this record I also found a parcel that William P. Punam (Joseph F.’s brother) puchased in 1908. This was listed in Tulare county as, Township 021S, Range 028E, Section 28. Here is an opportunity for us to do a little investigation about these two pieces of property. I know from newspaper articles that the property immediately north of Aunt Lena’s place was given for an airport by Joseph Putnam and that the Visalia Airport has expanded to take more of what was Aunt Lena’s place.

1920 US Census Visalia Tulare County California

1920 US Census
Visalia Tulare County
California

1930 US Census Visalia Tulare county California

1930 US Census
Visalia Tulare county
California

The next 20 years  find joseph and Elizabeth in and around Visalia.

18 August 1931 Elizabeth dies.

On 13 December 1932 Joseph F. Putnam  dies.

Elizabeth and Joseph are buried in Visalia.

52 Ancestors-#36- Ira Blossom Putnam- Grandpa Ike

Ira "Ike" Blosspm Putnam

Ira “Ike” Blossom Putnam

Best known to all by “Ike”, he was born Ira Blossom Putnam on 30 March 1883 in Three Rivers, California. The son of Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Ida May Clough.  That name always bothered me, not Ike but Blossom. It was especially strange that every cow we ever had was called “Blossom”. When my sister and I were working on the family history we had this  “Aha!” moment. We discovered that Ike’s mothers step father was Ira Blossom. Blossom being his surname. So Ike was actually named after his step grandfather.

From the time that Ike and his two sisters were born until about 1892 the Putnam family lived in Three Rivers, California. In the Voter Registration book for Fresno County in October 1892 Joseph Putnam registered to vote. The precinct was called Sequoia and the Post Office was Camp Badger. Whether the whole family was living there is hard to know, possible since Ida May’s mother and step father were also living in Three Rivers, Ida May and the kids stayed there while her husband worked at Camp Badger to earn extra money. It may have been a logging camp. I have not found any information on Camp Badger. I did find a small community called Badger in Tulare county north of Visalia at approximately 3,000 ft. elevation near Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Could be the place.

In 1894 Ike’s grand father Joseph Putnam died in Clements California.

In 1896 I found Joseph Fletcher Putnam is in the Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County listed as a farmer in Clements. I take it that Joseph has gone home to Clements to take care of his fathers farm.

In the 1896 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there. This time He is listed as a Saloonkeeper.  So is his family in Clements?

The next record I have is 1897 where Ida May marries a Charles Peters in Tulare County. They later move to Los Angeles.

In the 1898 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County, Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there and is again listed as a Saloonkeeper.

I found it interesting that Ike’s father moved up and down California so much and wondered if the kids were shuffled along with him or did they stay in Three Rivers all this time?

1900 US Census Santa Clara, California

1900 US Census
Santa Clara, California

In the 1900 census we have Ira B. Putnam at 16 years of age with his father and his two sisters, Lena and Blanche, in Santa Clara.

Lena, Ike, Blanche Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

Lena, Ike, Blanche
Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

They were not his only siblings. His father had been married previously and he had two older sisters Grace being the eldest and Alice who I believe Ike may have never met. His mother was also married previously and she had C.E. (Ed) Bryant, Maud Bryant, and Allace (Alice) Bryant.  In this same year (1900)Grace, Ike’s older sister, has married a George Bryant and that family is living in Alameda, not so far away.  “And that’s another story.”

Later that year (1900) Joseph Fletcher marries Elizabeth Potter.

Anyway back to Ike. On 15 July 1907 Ike married Etta Jane Francis in Visalia California.

Ira (Ike)  and Etta Jane Putnam Wedding 15 July 1907

Ira (Ike) and Etta Jane Putnam
Wedding 15 July 1907

The 1910 US Census shows Ike and Etta in Visalia. They are shown on the county road Goshen to Tulare. Ike is shown as a farmer who owns his place free and clear. From this I would ascertain that they are on the Ranch that my older brother and sister remember. Which would now be between the end of  Walnut Ave. and Hwy 99 West of Visalia.

1910 US Census Visalia, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County, California

 

 

Etta, "Ike" and baby LLoyd

Etta, “Ike” and baby Lloyd

Their son, Lloyd was born 3 May 1912 and their daughter, Eunice was born 20 Feb. 1914.

 

"Babe" (Eunice) and Lloyd

“Babe” (Eunice) and Lloyd

From the 1910 census until his death “Ike ” lived and worked the Ranch outside of Visalia.

His mother died in Los Angeles February 1932. and his father died later that same year in December in Visalia.

Ike died 19 April 1948.

My paternal grandfather died before I could know him. I was sure my siblings all would have memories. My brother who is 6 years older then me wrote:

I was six or seven when he passed away,  do not really remember much.  They had sold the major portion of the ranch and had only kept the 20 acres where we grew up.  I remember before they sold the ranch, going to the milk barn with dad and the milk man would always put me on the roof to be out of his way.  That was when they would come to pick up the milk in the milk cans.  Also remember picking up prunes after they were shaken from the tree.  When they killed a hog they would scald it in a big iron tub and scrape the hair off the hide.  Mom would render the fat and we would have cracklings. After they sold that portion of the ranch and built the house between the one we lived in and aunt babes, he had cancer and they amputated his leg.  I remember him walking on crutches.  I have a picture from grandma Gay of him and Dad, holding a rattle snake he had killed. He loved the three rivers area, and we had relatives’ there.  He was always kind and thoughtful

So then my older sister who is 8 years older called me to relate her stories to me.

I remember when the family would go Posting up to Three Rivers. That’s  what they called it when they would go get Posts for the Ranch. There were rattlesnakes everywhere. Out there where that big oak tree was, was a Prune orchard. When Sweringer bought that piece he took all those Prune trees out and planted cotton. I use to follow him (Grandpa Ike) around when he picked blackberries in the garden, he had a big garden. I’ve never found nectarines as good as Ike’s. Maybe because he grafted everything. I remember the pomegranate tree, it was there as you drove up the lane and came around the house on the left you could see the pomegranate tree.

When I asked about his having his leg amputated she said:

Yes they had to do it twice. They took it off below the knee and then they had to go back in and take more. I was really devastated. All I really remember is his lying there in that bed at the house.

So my other sister who is just eighteen months older really has no memories. She does have a photo that has a story about her taking an egg to Grandpa Ike to show him.

I.B. Putnam Visalia Times 1948

I.B. Putnam
Visalia Times 1948

 

 

52 Ancestors-#30-Ida May Clough-3 Marriages-7 Children

This week we are looking at my paternal great grandmother Ida May Clough.  Her story may be a little confusing, she had both Madeleine and I confused for years. She was married three times and had 7 children.

Ida May on Nellie

Ida May on Nellie

Ida was the daughter of Orson Clough and Julia Marsh, born  on 29 December 1854 depending on what census we look at Ida May was born in Illinois, New York, and California. We know that there was at least one other child from this union, William Orson Clough had been born 23 November 1851.

Madeleine, my sister and research partner, had found Julia Marsh (Ida May Clough’s mother) in the 1850 US census in the Benjamin Clough family in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. Julia is only 18 and listed last, probably a domestic servant. Orson (Ida May Clough’s father) is 22 and the son of Benjamin and Lydia Clough.

150 US Census Hamburg, Erie county New York

1850 US Census
Hamburg, Erie county
New York

In the 1855 New York Census for Hamburg we did find B.J. (70) and L. Clough (68), and W. Clough (4) listed as gchild. But without Orson or Julia in the household. From a biography on William O. Clough he states that his father moved to Illinois in 1856.

In the 1860 US census, I did find a Benjamin Clough(50) and a Lucinda (42) with a young child Lucinda (9) and a William Clough (9). In DuPage, Will County, Illinois but no Orson or Julia. Madeleine, my sister, had located early on during one of her searches in the Library in Amador county an Ida M. Clough (6) in Amador County with a Almira Surface in 1860.  So the big Question has been “where is Orson and Julia in the 1860 US census?” If any one stumbles upon them please let us know. And who is this Almira Surface to the Clough’s?

1860 US Census Amador County, California

1860 US Census
Amador County, California

In October of 1860 Eveleyn Clough is supposedly born to Julia (Marsh) Clough in California. And at the same time she is reported to have married Ira Blossom in California. Julia (Marsh Clough) and Ira Blossom settle in the Three Rivers Area east of Visalia, California

In the 1870 US census, Elliott township San Joaquin county, California we find an Ida (14) Clough in the A.A. Clough (37) family. This may or may not be our Ida May. If any one knows this Clough family and can prove or disprove this I would love to hear from them.

I have located a marriage of an Edwin D. Briant (Bryant?) in San Joaquin county to an Ida May Clough on 22 February 1872. Not sure if this is ours but it fits. Their first child Clarence Edwin Bryant b. 28 Dec. 1872. Their next child  Allace Bryant  (according to 1900 census) was born in December 1874. We have not been able to find a specific date but I have found her death record that only shows the year of her birth. The last child to this union is Maud Bryant who was born in October 1876.

In 1880 Ida (Clough) Bryant (26) is a widow  with three children. I have not been able to determine what happened to Mr. Bryant.

In the 1880 US census we find Ida May (Clough) Bryant in Amador County, California  on 3 June with Orson Clough (53), Jenna (37) his wife, Kate Herbert (18), William Herbert (16), Nelly Herbert (11), Hilda Clough (7), Libba (6), Amy (3), Ida Bryant (25) wd. , Clarence (7), Allace (5), Maud (3).

1880 US Census Amador County, California

1880 US Census
Amador County, California

 

On 30 December Ida May (Clough) Bryant marries Joseph Fletcher Putnam in San Joaquin county. Joseph F. Putnam is raising his daughter (Grace) from an earlier marriage to Fanny Stewart on his own. Fanny had deserted him in 1878 and taken their 2 year old daughter Alice with her to Kansas never to return leaving the older child Grace behind. Joseph filed for divorce in April  1880 claiming desertion and was awarded a divorce.

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

From this marriage Ida (Clough Bryant) and Joseph Putnam have four children. Arthur who dies in infancy, Ira Blossom b.30 March 1883 in Three Rivers , California, Lena A. b. 12 August 1885 in Three Rivers, California, and Blanche A. b. 12 August 1888 in Three Rivers, California.

 

Lena, Ira, Blanche Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam 1897 Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

Lena, Ira, Blanche
Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam
1897
Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

23 April 1897 we have Ida M. (Clough Bryant) Putnam marring C.T. Peters in Tulare, California. Hey, what happened to her marriage to Joseph F. Putnam? From the Photo above you can see that Joseph F. Putnam and his children are back in Clements where he grew up.

0 US Census, Fresno, California

1900 US Census,
Fresno, California

In the above 1900 US census we find near the bottom Charles T. Peter (30) a laborer at a sawmill with wife Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) (45) and Clarence Bryant (27) s.son.

I do not see them in the 1910 US Census but they do appear in the 1914 City Directory for San Pedro which is in the Los Angeles Area.

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam
Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

The above photo of Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) with her adult children was probably taken some time around 1920. The only child missing is C.E. (Ed) Bryant.

Below is a photo of Ed in his Spanish American War outfit.

C. E. Bryant

C. E. Bryant

In 1920 we find Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (65) widowed  at her daughter, Alice (Bryant) (45) Corsen’s home. Also in the same household is her other daughter Maud (Bryant) (43) Tyler   and Edwin (16) Tyler who would be Ida’s grandson.

1920 US Census Los Angeles, California

1920 US Census
Los Angeles, California

I the 1930 US census for Los Angeles Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (75) is Living now with her daughter Maud (Bryant) Tyler (53) widowed working as a telephone operator and Fredrick F Tyler (25), Maud’s son, a fireman for the fire department. Ida May’s daughter Allace (Bryant) Corsen dies 2 December 1931.

 

1930 US Census Los Angeles, California

1930 US Census
Los Angeles, California

Ida May (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters died on 6 February 1932. Her death certificate shows her birthdate 29 December 1854. Birth place is listed as unknown City , State of California. I do not believe that is accurate. When we look to see who the informant was it shows a L.M. Koontz of County Farm, Calif. It does list her parents as Orson Clough b. New York and Julia Marsh b. New York. The cause of death for Ida May was Chronic Myocarditis which she had been treated for over 1 year.

 

Death Certificate Ida May Peters

Death Certificate
Ida May Peters

 

 

 

52 Ancestors ~ #27-Joseph Putnam – A Forty-Niner

My 2x great paternal grandfather was Joseph Putnam. The “family story” was told about his son at about five or six years of age walking across the Isthmus of Panama with his family, where they then caught a steam ship up the coast to San Francisco. That should have been between 1857-59.  When my sister decided to help with the research she took the paternal (Putnam) line and I kept the maternal (Dougherty) line. As a result most of this research is hers.  For about 20 years Joseph became our brick wall. We were at the time unable to spend a lot of time doing our research, we both were busy with our careers. I had trouble finding where Joseph Putnam was originally born, but  I had been able to trace him back to where he married Mary Ann Fletcher 28 May 1848 in Cambridge, Mass.

Cambridge Mass. Marriages

Cambridge Mass.
Marriages

Cambridge, Mass.  Marriages (pg. 2)

Cambridge, Mass.
Marriages (pg. 2)

 

The 1850 census shows Mary Ann Putnam in her parents household (Benjamin Fletcher) with a daughter, Mary E. Putnam (3).

1850 US Census Cambridge, Mass

1850 US Census
Cambridge, Mass

The age of Mary Ann Putnam is mixed up with her mothers age ( her mother Mary Ann Fletcher is shown as 20 and she is shown as 45). Mary E Putnam  was actually shown in the Cambridge vital records as born 16  July 1848.

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts  Record of birth Mary E.Putnam

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Record of birth
Mary E.Putnam

From our research at the California State Archives we know that Joseph Putnam came to California During the Gold rush. Gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, Eldorado county, California on the American River,  24 January 1948. From a list in the Illustrated History of San Joaquin County published in 1890 there is a list (see below) of arrivals of San Joaquin County citizens to the county.

Illustrated History of San Joaquin County  Published 1890 The Lewis Publishing Company

Illustrated History of San Joaquin County
Published 1890
The Lewis Publishing Company

It shows a Joseph Putnam, native of Vermont, arrived July 1849 by way of the Cape Horn (sailing around the Cape) on the vessel “Pharsalla”. In this list you can see if you are a native of an east coast state you would most likely travel by sea around the Cape or take a ship to Panama, cross the Isthmus and then take another ship up to San Francisco. Mid Westerners most often took the Overland trail. The Railroad had not as yet connected the east coast with the west coast. This was a great migration to the west coast by dangerous means of transportation, your choice.

In another account we found the story of Joseph Putnam landing in San Francisco and then taking a Row boat through the delta and up the Mokelumne River to the gold fields. Since having read that account I’ve thought that would be quite the adventure to reenact his journey  today. The Bay at San Francisco would have been filled with sailing ships and steam ships. No Bridges and during the winter a very soggy trip to the mining camps.The best time for traveling would have been in the summer once the spring run off had died down and the ground in the valleys had dried out, remember no dams on the rivers controlling the waters coming off the mountains from the snow thaw.

Cambridge, Massachusetts Birth Record Joseph F. Putnam

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Birth Record
Joseph F. Putnam

Joseph and Mary Ann Putnam’s second child Joseph F. Putnam is born on 18 May 1852 in Cambridge. That means that Joseph had returned to his wife and child sometime by Sept 1951. He is not in Massachusetts in the 1850 census nor is he in San Joaquin county with his friend,  and later business partner/neighbor Edwin Whipple.  From later Biographical Records  of the San Joaquin Valley, California we know that  Mary Ann and at least Joseph came about 1859 by way of Panama.

Click picture to enlarge.

Click picture to enlarge.

From this account Joseph was a miner in Calaveras and Amador counties, then went into the mercantile business in Volcano and later located on the Mokelumne river in San Joaquin county.

In 1851 another account on the History of San Joaquin county has “Edwin Whipple and Joseph Putnam located the New England ranch”. Yet another account state “A farm of 320 acres was located in 1851 by Messrs. Putnam, Howard, and Whipple.”

There was a 1852 California Census after statehood that shows Edwin Whipple in Elliott Township but no Putnam.

From a newspaper clipping 19 November 1859 at the board of Supervisors meeting for San Joaquin County, Joseph Putnam was appointed road overseer for District 8, for one year.

Joseph Putnam 1823-1894

Joseph Putnam
1823-1894

In the 1860 US Census, Elliott Township we find Joseph Putnam (36) farmer, Mary A. (30), Mary E. (11), Joseph F. (7) and Lucy E. (4 mos.)

1860 US Census Elliott Township San Joaquin County California

1860 US Census
Elliott Township San Joaquin County
California

17 November 1862 a deed in the county of San Joaquin between David Howard and Joseph Putnam for the sum of one dollar and other consideration “being a part of section thirteen, township four North, range eight  East and described as follows commencing……… containing 43.74 acres”  was recorded by Jos. Putnam. Also the following record was recorded directly below between Edwin Whipple and Jos. Putnam on the 17 November 1862  for the sum of one dollar and other considerations “being part of Section twelve, township four North, range eight East and described as follows commencing ……”

1862 San Joaquin County Recorded Deed D. Howard & Jos. Putnam

1862 San Joaquin County
Recorded Deed
D. Howard & Jos. Putnam

1862 San Joaquin County Recorded Deed E. Whipple & Jos. Putnam

1862 San Joaquin County
Recorded Deed
E. Whipple & Jos. Putnam

The 1870 US census shows a much larger family. Joseph Putnam (47) is listed as a Farmer with a real estate valve as 5000 and a personal estate valve of 1000. Joseph is shown in this census as being born in New Hampshire. His wife Mary (40) keeping house was born in Mass. The next 6 children are all born in California starting with Lucy (10), Willie (8), Ben (6), Ed (5), Mary (3) and Lena (2). Nellie (Mary E.) born in Massachusetts is now 22 and listed as a Domt. Servant while Joseph (17) is a farm laborer. They have a cook Ah Hoo born in China and two farm laborers both born in Indiana a Jos. Homb (40) and H. Sutton (27).

1870 US census Elliott township San Joaquin, California

1870 US census
Elliott township San Joaquin, California

10  October 1874 Joseph won a Special Premium at the San Joaquin County Fair for his bale of Hops plus special mention of watermelons and squashes, as reported in the San Francisco Bulletin Vol:39, Issue:3, Page 1 from genealogybank.com

On 21 December 1876 Benjamin F. Putnam died at 13 years of Age and then nine days later Laura Putnam dies at 8 years. Both were buried in the Family Plot in Clements, California.

There is a land record for Joseph Booth dated 30 January 1880 Acquired Military Scrip Warrant Patent for Parcel 004N, Range 008E, Section 12. In San Joaquin, California Meridian or Watershed: MD.  What are military scrip warrants? Since you can ‘google’ anything, I looked up “Military Scrip Warrant Patent”. This  is scrip that had been issued to veterans of the War of 1812 (or to their heirs) for volunteering. They were to be awarded 160 acres of land. But this is so much later, and in nothing I read did they talk about land in California. If anyone has further information on this I would love to hear from you.

Back to Joseph’s Story. I found a newspaper article at genealogybank.com from the San Francisco Bulletin dated Wednesday April 14, 1880, (Volume: 1, Issue:6, Page:2) that reports on a Superior Court Action , “New suits have been instituted in the General Departments of the Superior Court as follows: B. Von Ammon against Joseph Putnam, to recover $3,500. damages on a guarantee by defendant that an invoice of hops were in good condition for shipment to England, which goods proved worthless on reaching their destination.”

In 1891 the Stockton City Directory for Clements lists a Joseph Putnam, farmer.

23 June 1894 Joseph Putnam died in Clements, San Joaquin county, California  at 71 years of age.

Madeleine and I took these photo’s when we visited there in 1993. Madeleine, I still have that tee shirt. Thanks for all your hard sleuthing on Joseph.

Clements cemetery

Well that was not the complete history of Joseph. If you have stuck with me you are probably wondering about his early years. Joseph was the 12th child born to Timothy  (3) Putnam and Betsy Hall on 13th April 1823 in Ludlow, Vermont. Joseph’s mother (Betsy) dies 27 August 1833 and then just six months later his father Timothy (3) Putnam died 13 February 1834. Joseph is almost 11 and is sent to live with is grandfather Timothy (2) Putnam in Charlestown New Hampshire who dies the following year in 1835 (date unknown) from there he is sent to an Uncle (may have been another Joseph Putnam) where we presume he stayed until moving to Massachusetts. New Hampshire is where Edwin Whipple was born and raised and where we assumed Joseph met his future partner and neighbor. Life was certainly difficult for young Joseph. I can not imagine what it must have been like to lose so much in just three years. There are still lots of little unanswered questions but that is enough for this blog.

Next weeks blog will be on Phillip Henry Bender from Germany to Russia to America.

 

 

52 Ancestors – #17 Blanche A. Putnam

Blanche A. Putnam

Blanche A. Putnam

Auntie Blanche as she liked us to call her was born August 12, 1888 in Three Rivers, California to Ida Mae (Clough) and Joseph Fletcher Putnam. She was the fourth child born to Joe and Ida and sister to my Grandpa Ike. I was very confused growing up about exactly who our great aunts and uncles were. But when I was in high school Mom, Dave, Madeleine and I made a trip to Los Angeles and visited out Aunt Blanche. On that trip she helped Madeleine make a family tree.

Information from Aunt Blanche

Information from Aunt Blanche

As you can see it was a little confusing.  Joseph Putnam and Mary Fletcher were Blanche’s grandparents they had lived in Clements California.  Blanche told us the story about them coming around the horn to California in 1859 or 1860. She talked about a piano that they had shipped from back east that also made that trip. So her grandparents had 7 children according to Aunt Blanche: Lucy, Emma, Joseph Fletcher ( her father), Will, Ed, Maude, and Jenny. (In actuality they had 9). So her father Joseph Fletcher was married  once before,and Aunt Blanche did not know her name nor did she indicate she knew what happened to her, but she had two half sisters from that marriage, Alice and Grace. Her mother Ida Mae was also married previously to a Bryant and she had 3 more half sibling’s from that marriage Eli, Maude and Ed. When we finally started doing this genealogy thing. Aunt Blanche had already passed away and she was the last of that generation that we were in contact with. In the early years I discovered that Joseph Putnam’s first wife was  Fanny Stewart and she left after Alice was born presumably to visit her family in Kanas. She took the baby (Alice) with her and left the toddler (Grace) with her husband. She never returned and Joseph filed for a divorce claiming desertion. With a small child to take care of he married Ida Mae, who already had three children. Their first child (from Auntie Blanches family tree) was Arthur and he died in infancy, then there was grandpa Ike (Ira Blossom), Lena and then Blanche. In 1891 Joseph F. Putnam paid cash for a section of land in Tulare County California (Parcel 018s, range 029E, Section 6). I assume that is about when the family moves to the ranch in Visalia. I wish there was a 1890 census to see how many were in the household when Blanche was very young. The first census we have for Blanche is the 1900 US census which shows Joseph (46) living in Santa Clara California, alone with the three youngest children Ira B. (17), Lena (14), and Blanche (11). Blanche is still in school and both her father and her brother are listed as day laborers.

1900 US Census Santa Clara, California

1900 US Census
Santa Clara, California

I have found Ida Mae (Blanche’s mother) in the 1900 US Census in Fresno the wife of a Charles B. Peters (30). Listed is Ida M. (45) wife, and Clarence E. Bryant (27) stepson to head of household. Charles and Ida are listed as being married 3 years. So Blanche’s mother had left and remarried by 1897, Blanche would have been 8 or 9. On Oct. 16, 1907 Blanche marries a Nelson O. Cook in Visalia, California. Nelson is 29 and Blanche is 19. When we found this record in the Tulare County records office neither Madeleine or I had been aware that Aunt Blanche had been married previously.

1910 US Census  Los Angeles, California

1910 US Census
Los Angeles, California

In the 1910 US Census we find Mrs. Blanche Cook (21) widow in the household of John Corsen who is married to her half sister Alice. Also in the household is her sister Lena, and a boarder. Nelson  Cook had died 29, June 1909 in Tulare Co., California.

Blanche and Roy(?) at Ida Mae Peters Home Los Angeles, Calif.

Blanche and Roy(?)
at Ida Mae Peters Home
Los Angeles, Calif.

In 1912 Blanche marries Roy H. Berggren. In the 1920 US Census we find Blanche Berggren (31) wife of Roy H. (31) born in Illinois, both his parents born in Sweden and he is a plant manager for the Telephone Co. Do you remember that old black and gold phone that sat on her desk, an antique in 1960 when we visited her? In the 1930 census Roy H. Berggren (40) married at age 24 listed as a Engineer with the telephone company and Blanche A. (41). They are living on North Benton Way in Los Angeles.

Aunt Blanche

Aunt Blanche

Roy died 5 May 1936 at age 46 in Los Angeles. Auntie Blanche never remarried and continued to live in Los Angeles.

Putnam Family Members Blanche second from left

Putnam Family Members
Blanche second from left

I remember every Christmas, Madeleine and I would get the most beautifully wrapped gifts from the May Co. in Los Angeles that Auntie Blanche had sent to us. When we graduated high school we each got to pick out our “hope chest’ and she would pay for it. Mine is still one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Aunt Blanche would telephone her sister Lena on Friday nights in the 1950’s and you could hear the live crowd from the Saturday night fights in the background. She lived less then a block from the ROK studios in Los Angeles. I stayed with her for a couple of days in the summer of 1964. She took the bus everywhere. She had no car. But another grand nephew (grandson of Alice ‘Eli’ Bryant) was living in West Covina and would have her out for dinner on weekends. She lived in a beautiful old apartment building that still had an Ice Box in it.

Blanche Berggren circa 1960

Blanche Berggren
circa 1960

Auntie Blanche died August 7, 1983. Her ashes are buried in Visalia next to Nelson Cook. Auntie Blanche a truly great Aunt.

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