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52 Ancestors ~ #45 Timothy Putnam II

Okay, so this week’s challenge from “52 Ancestors 52 Weeks” that Amy Crow has issued, is to write about the ancestor closest to your birthday.  No one else was born on my birthday. So I had to look at those before and after my birthday. I picked Timothy Putnam II not only because he was born on 4 October 1760, he also was a stumbling block in connecting to our original immigrant.

Timothy Putnam is my paternal 4th great grandfather. He was the oldest son of Timothy Putnam (I) and Susanne Badger  born in Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.  A lot is known about the Putnam’s of the Salem Witch Trials and Timothy II’s grandfather Seth Putnam was born to Thomas and Ann (Carr) Putnam near the end of the witch hysteria. Seth and his wife Ruth (Whipple) relocated to New Hampshire probably soon after their marriage since the eldest is noted as being born in Charlestown New Hampshire. Being the son and brother of two of the accusers I imagine he was anxious to leave all that behind, and being the eleventh child his prospects in Danvers, Massachusetts were limited.

Seth and Ruth went on to raise 8 children, Timothy II’s father Timothy I was their eighth child.

Timothy II married Sarah Hewitt 4 October 1778 and their first child Sarah (1) was born 4 Nov 1779 in Langdon, Sullivan county, New Hampshire. Timothy was just 19 years old and his wife Sarah was only 15 years old.

Their son Timothy III (2) (my 3rd great grandfather) was their second child born on 13 July 1781 in Langdon, New Hampshire.

Then Abraham (3) is born 27, July 1883. Samuel (4) 18 July 1785, Betsey (5) 3 May 1788, and Olive (6) 5 Feb. 1791. Olive dies two months later.

1790 US Census Charleston, Cheshire, New Hampshire

1790 US Census
Charleston, Cheshire, New Hampshire

Click on image to enlarge and note: This is the first US Census, Timothy Putnam is on the 7th line. According to this there is one male between 5 and 10 that would be correct for Timothy III, there are 2 males between 20 and 30, that would be correct for Timothy II and another male, this could possibly be a brother or a hired hand. Under the listing of male 60-70 one is noted, this would be right for Timothy I. Listed under females they show one age 10 to 20 this could be Sarah, (3) 13. There are 2 other females in the family listed 60-70. Well that just does not make sense. Sarah the mother should be about 26 while her mother-in-law would be about 54. and where are the other children? Maybe we need to look at Sarah’s family. Maybe Sarah and her children are actually at her parents home when the census was taken.

Their next child is Polly (7) born 27 May 1792, then Moses (8) 12 October 1796, John (9) 24 June 1799.

1800 US Census Charlestown New Hampshire

1800 US Census
Charlestown New Hampshire

On this census we find Timothy Putnam and family four up from the bottom of the page. The first column is for males under the age of 10. There should actually be two noted both John born in 1799 and Moses born in 1796. The next column is from 10 thru 15 and that should be Samuel. Next is age 16 thru 25 and works out good for Abraham and Timothy III. The next column is for 26 thru 44 and that works out for Timothy II. Under females we have 3 under 10, that only matches up to Polly. Betsy is 12 and should be in the next column and Olive died in 1791 so she would not be shown. Sarah the mother would be 36 and is probably listed in the next to the last column which is for females 26 thru 44.

Oliver (#10 child) is born 6 June 1802, Joseph (11) 16 November 1804, then Benjamin (12) 16 November 1804. They lose Benjamin on 6 August 1808 before his 4th birthday. Their last child Susannah (13) is born 30 June 1809. Sarah must have been one strong woman to survive all those births.

All of these children are listed in the town records as born in Langdon, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, yet the census taken during this period list the family in Charlestown. which is listed as Cheshire county through the 1820 US Census and Sullivan county starting with the 1830 census.

The province of New Hampshire was divided into five counties in 1771. One of these was named Cheshire. Charlestown was made a shire-town.  5 July 1827, the county was divided, the northern portion taking the name of Sullivan County.

The above info came from http://www.nh.searchroots.com/cheshire.html

1810 US Census Charlestown New Hampshire

1810 US Census
Charlestown New Hampshire

In this 1810 US Census for Charlestown we find 5 Putnam families. One is Samuel (4) Putnam and another is Abraham (3) Putnam But no Timothy. There is a Thomas Jr. could that be our Timothy II? I do not think so, Timothy II would be 49 years old and his wife would be 46. There is no one listed in those age groups in Abraham or Samuels family either. Looking at the 1820 US Census we do find Timothy Putnam.

120 US Census Charlestown New Hampshire

120 US Census
Charlestown New Hampshire

Here we see  a few more columns, the first column is male under 10 years of age and we have no listing there for the Timothy family. Next we have one at 10 and under 16 possibly Joseph, none listed from 16 to under 18, three from 16 to under 26 which may include Oliver, John, and Moses, none 26 to under 45, one  over 45 which should be Timothy II now 59 years old. On the female side  we have none under 10, one age 10 to under 16 which would be Susannah age 11, two age 16 to under 26 may or may not be older daughters Polly  and Betsey, none age 26 to under 45, and one over 45 who I will assume is the mother Sarah.

Sarah their first born died in 1814. She may have married a Joseph Currier. Need to research further to verify.

Timothy’s mother Susanna (Badger) Putnam dies  7 April 1816.

1830 US Census Charlestown New Hampshire

1830 US Census
Charlestown New Hampshire

Here is the 1830 Census for Charlestown with Timothy Putnam. Apparently people are living long so they have added more columns. Timothy II is now 69 and we can find him in the ninth column which is for free males age 60 -70 which works. Sarah is now 66 years and she is found in the 9th column on the female side along with another female in the same age group 60-70. The first column to hold a mark is the male ages 5-10  and then there are two free males in the 20-30 age group. In the household there is also one female age 20-30 that could be either an unmarried daughter or a daughter-in-law to one of the boys listed in the same age group.

It certainly was more convenient for genealogist when the United States started listing by name all of the members and their relationship to the head of house. First in 1850 they listed all members of a household by name then in 1880 the relationship to head of household was included.

To continue chronicling  the life of Timothy II we learn that on 13 February 1834 Timothy III dies in Ludlow, Vermont leaving my 2x great grandfather, Joseph Putnam an orphan at age 11. At this point our Timothy II is 73 years of age and Sarah is 70 years old. Joseph is sent to live with his grandfather. I imagine that Joseph is just settling in, having moved from Ludlow Vermont to Charlestown New Hampshire ( a move of about 22 miles along VT route 10), losing his mother in 1833, then his father the next year, then grandpa Timothy dies on 18 May 1835. While Timothy II had  lived a long life for that period, young Joseph is uprooted once again and sent off to live with an uncle, possibly Joseph or John. I imagine it was too much to expect Sarah to raise her grandson alone at her age.

Five years later Sarah dies 24 November 1840.





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.

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

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

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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