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  • ID: I1458
  • Name: Benjamin Putnam
  • Given Name: Benjamin
  • Surname: Putnam 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: A0446F415A822542B1C735497660F7720CE9
  • Birth: 24 DEC 1664 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Death: 25 APR 1715 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Title: Captain
  • Title: Deacon
  • Note:

    from Bill Putman

    Notes for BENJAMIN PUTNAM:

    Captain Benjamin Putnam married, according to Col. Perl ey Putnam, 25 Aug.,
    1686, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Putnam, but on the Salem records, the
    births of his children are recorded and it is there stated that they wer e by wife
    Hanna. Captain married second, 1 July, 1706, Sarah Holton. Benjamin Putna m
    was a prominent man in Salem, and held many town offices. He had always t he
    title of Mr. unless other titles are given. He held the positions of Lieu tenant and
    Captain (1706-1711). From the time he was chosen tything man at the Villa ge in
    1695-6, hardly a year passed but what he was honored by his fellow townsm en.
    He was constable and collector in 1700. He was constantly chosen tythin g man
    and surveyor of Highways at the Village. He was one of the selectman in 1 703-
    1713 and that his judgement was considered of value in shown by the frequ ency
    with which he was returned to the Grand and Petit Juries. His last appear ance
    on the Salem records was in 1712 when he was one of those chosen to
    perambulate the bounds between Salem and Topsfield. On 30 Dec., 1709, he
    was chosen deacon of the church at the Village. On 25 July, 1713, Rev. Jo seph
    Green in his diary mentions the fact of his calling on Landlord Putnam an d that
    he was very sick and out of his head. This was the beginning of the end , for he
    died in 1714 or 1715.

    In regard to his part in the witchcraft delusion it ca n be summed up thus : The
    Goods were dependents in his family and when the indemnities were paid b y the
    General Court to the heirs of those accused and imprisoned and murdered,
    William Good through the instrumentality of Benjamin Putnam obtained a ve ry
    large proportion, Mr. Upham thinks more than his share. Among the signatu res
    to the certificate of character of Rebecca Nurse both those of Benjamin a nd his
    wife Sarah are found. He never seems to have appeared as a witness of any
    account and probably steered clear as far as he was able, of the whole af fair.
    The title Landlord was one often given to the eldest living Putnam.

    The following entries are as yet unexpalined, diligent search among the s tate
    archives failing to reveal the reason of Benjamin Putnam's imprisonment.& #160; These
    entries are also from Rev. Joseph Green's journal.1707, June 16. News of
    Captain Putnam having come to Marblehead June 17. Our country in great
    confusion. Some for the army, others against it. I went to Boston to ye G overnor
    to release Benj. Putnam. Sept. 21. Sab. 7 baptized. Discoursed Capt. Putn am at
    night. The Rev. Joseph Green often alludes to Benjamin Putnam in his diar y.
    1708, July 29, I went with B. Putnam to Reading to Deacon Fitches, to spe nd ye
    day in prayer for him, he being almost blind, and old Mr. Weston quite bl ind, and
    other disconsolate deaf. Mr. Pierpont began, I prayed, Dea. Fitch, Landlo rd
    Putnam and Dea. Bancroft then sang 146 Psalm and I concluded with a short
    prayer and blessing. During the following August there was more or less a nxiety
    from attacks by the Indians at Haverhill. Oct. 23. I went with Major Sewa ll and
    Capt. Putnam to Haverhill. Dec. 30 (1709). Benj. Putnam chosen deacon by
    every vote except his own. March 1 (1711). Ye church kept a Fast at ye ho use of
    Dea. Benj. Putnam. May 4 (1711). Chh. meeting rec'vd to full communio n . . . ye
    wife of Dea. Ben. Putnam. May 10. I went to Capt. Putnam's house raising . Mar.
    17 (1713). I visited Dea. Ben. Putnam who is ill with a fall. July 25. Vi sited
    Landlord Putnam, very sick and out of his head. At the time covered by th e
    above extracts, there were several Capt. Putnams John, Jonathan, Nathanie l,
    and as in the case above Benjamin, it is possible that some of the extrac ts may
    refer to Jonathan, who was extremely active at this time. The will of Ben jamin
    Putnam is dated 28 Oct., 1706, proved 25 April, 1715. He gives to his so n Daniel
    (minister at Reading) for his learnig. Overseers, Uncle John Putnam and C apt
    Jona. Putnam. All his children but Josiah are here mentioned. 30 June, 17 15.
    The children of Benjamin who were of age, Tarrant, Benjamin, Robert
    Hutchinson, Elizabeth Hutchinson entered into an agreement. April 1, 1717 ,
    Cornelius chose his brother Nathaniel his guardian.


    In the Name of God Amen I Benj Putnam of Salem in ye Co unty of Essex in ye
    province of the Mass Bay in New England being in perfect health of sound
    memory Blefsed be God for it. yet Considering my own mortality Doe make T his
    my Last Will Testament In Forme and Manner Following Imps I Give np my So ul
    to God my Body to Decent buriall hopeing for a glorious refurrection in t hro
    Jesus Crist my Redeemr. and as for yt estate yt God hath bestowed upon m e I
    give Bequeath in Manner following I Give to Sarah my beloved wife fifty p ounds
    in or as Money to be payed within five years after my decease by my Exers
    hereafter named Also ye use of ye lower room in ye west end of my house h alfe
    ye Cellar under it during her widowhood.

    Item I give this ffarme I now dweel upon to my Two elde st sons Nathaniel Tarrant
    with all the buildings fences thereon to be equally Divided between the m only
    Nathaniel shall have twenty acres above halfe They paying as is hereafter

    Item I give to Benjamin, Stephen my two sons My part o f Davenports Farm ; also
    my part of the meadow that belongs to said farme, also ye land adjoinin g to

    the meadow yt I bought of Mr. Israel Porter to be equal ly divided between them
    both land Meadow they paying as hereafter is expressed.

    Item I Give to my son Israel That land which I bought o f Mr. Minziefs belongeing
    to Mr Humpherys farme alfo that six acres of meadow ground which I bough t of
    my brother John Putnam belongeing to Grigeles his farme.

    Item I Give to my son Daniell one hundred and fifty pou nds in or as money To be
    payed by my Two sons Nathaniel and Tarrant equally betweene them as he sh all
    neade it in his Larning or when he comes of age If he do not take to Lare ning.
    Also my sons Nathaniell and Tarant shall pay fifty pounds Willed to my wi fe as
    bove said and also fourty pounds to their sister Elizabeth and also twent y
    pounds to their brother Cornelius when they com of age each their part. < /div>
    Item My Will is that my son Cornelius be put out to lar ne som good Trade and
    that his brothers Benjamin and Stephen shall pay him Six Score pounds i n or as
    mony within Three years after he comes of age That is forurty pounds a ye are
    To be Equally to be payed betweene Them.

    Item I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth Sixty pounds to b e payed out of my
    household goods at my decees proportunalle of everything to be apprised t o Her
    and the Remainder of my Household goods with my out dores Vseing Tooles I
    give to my Two sons Nathaniel and Tarrant.

    Item All my Stock of what Kinde soever I give to be equ ally devided amonges all
    my children except my son Daniel.

    Item I do appoint my two sons Nathaniel and Tarrant t o be Joynte Executors of
    this my will and my will is that if any of my children dye before they co m of age
    that theire parte or portion shall be equally devided between the servivo rs I Do
    desire and apointe my Well beloued frinds my brother John Putnam and my
    Cozen Jonathan Putnam to be the Ouerfeers of this my will and I do requir e all
    my children to sett down by the advice of my overfeers whare there my ari se any
    mifsunderstanding of my will

    In Testemony that this is my last Will and Testemen t I have hereunto set my
    hand and seale This Twenty eight day of October in the year of our Lord
    Seventen hundred and six

    Signed and Seeled published and declared in presence o f us Wittnesses

    John Jeffards

    Beniamin putnam

    Hannah X Roberds

    Jonathan Putnam

    Apprais and Allowed befr Hon Jno Appleton at Court at I pswich April 25 1715
    Endorsed Will of Leut Putnam


    Note: There is much doubt as to the marriage of Benjami n with a daughter of
    Thomas Putnam; it is more than likely his first wife was a Tarrant. His s econd
    wife was the widow of Benjamin Holton, of Salem Village. (NOTE: Putnam
    Leaflets, Vol. 1, No. 1, page 3.) On the Salem records, the births of hi s children
    are recorded and it is there stated that they were by wife Hanna. His fir st wife
    died 21 December 1705; married, second 1 July 1706, Sarah Holton. Capt.
    Benjamin Putnam, Salem, Mass., B. 1664; d. curca 1715. Was Lieutenant and
    Caption, 1706-11, of Salem Company. m. probably Hannah Tarrant. [From
    Colonial Families in the United States, Vol. 3]1. Birth date given as 2 4 Dec.,
    1664 in History of Salem Ma., Vol II, Page 109, FTM CD#117.

    Father: Nathaniel Putnam b: 11 OCT 1619 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England
    Mother: Elizabeth Bosworth Hutchinson b: 20 AUG 1629 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, England

    Marriage 1 Hannah Tarrant b: 30 JUN 1659 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    • Married: 25 AUG 1686 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    1. Has Children Nathaniel Putnam b: 25 AUG 1686 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    2. Has No Children Josiah Putnam b: ABT 1687 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    3. Has Children Tarrant Putnam b: 12 APR 1688 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    4. Has Children Elizabeth Putnam b: 8 JAN 1689/90 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
    5. Has Children Benjamin Putnam b: 8 JAN 1692/93 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    6. Has Children Stephen Putnam b: 27 OCT 1694 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    7. Has Children Daniel Putnam b: 12 NOV 1696 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)
    8. Has Children Israel Putnam b: 22 AUG 1699 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
    9. Has Children Cornelius Putnam b: 3 SEP 1702 in Salem Village, Mass Bay Colony (now Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA)

    Marriage 2 Sarah Holton b: ABT 1675 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
    • Married: 1 JUL 1706
    • Note:

    1. Title: Putnam Family History compiled by Bill Putman
      Abbrev: Putnam Family History
      Author: Bill Putman
      Media: Electronic
    2. Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700
      Abbrev: Torrey's New England Marriages
      Author: Clarence Almon Torrey
      Publication: Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985
      Text: CD-ROM available, New England Historical Genealogical Society, 2001
        Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society
        Boston, MA 02116-3007

      Media: Book
      Quality: 2
    3. Title: A History of the Putnam Family in England and America
      Abbrev: A History of the Putnam Family
      Author: Eben Putnam
      Publication: Salem Press Publishing and Printing Co., Salem, MA, 1891
        Name: Lowell, MA Library

      Media: Book
    4. Title: The Referenced History of the Putnam Family in England and America
      Abbrev: Putnam Family in England and America
      Author: Matthew H. Putnam, Rand M. Putnam
      Publication: Vol 1 - 2004; Vol 2 - 2005
      Text: Complete update to the Eben Putnam work
      Media: Book
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