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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 ~ #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.

 

 

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