Artemas Walton Putnam

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Artemas Walton Putnam

Birthplace: Roxbury, Oxford, Maine, USA
Death: Died in Woodruff, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Woodruff, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Israel Putnam and Ruth Putnam
Husband of Louisa Drusilla Putnam
Father of Almina Louisa Putnam; Savannah Western Clarke Putnam; Lottie Viola Maria Putnam; Mary Rosalie Putnam and Clara Annie Laura Putnam
Brother of Cyrena Putnam; Israel Putnam; Louise Putnam; Horatio Gates Putnam; Dorothy Rolfe Putnam and 6 others

Managed by: Kathleen Sarah McBride
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About Artemas Walton Putnam

Obituary in Deseret News, 9 November 1914, p. 11: "Pioneer of Woodruff Answers Last Call.

Woodruff, November 6. Funeral services for Artemus Putnam, November 6th, in the ward meeting house, Bishop Tingey presiding. Consoling remarks were made by W. K. Walton and President Baxter; each spoke of his good qualities and the clean pure life he had lived. The choir sang appropriate selections. Mr. Putnam was born July 17, 1822, in Roxbury, Maine. He was baptized in 1844, and married Louisa D. Bunker, January 7, 1848.

He, with his wife, started for Utah in 1855, but for the lack of means was obliged to remain in Iowa 11 years, reaching Bountiful in 1869. In 1871, moved to Woodruff and has lived here since. He filled a mission to Maine in 1877. He was the father of four [sic] children, two survive, Savannah C. of this place, and Mrs. Laura Walton of Logan; 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren. His wife died two months ago. He was buried in city cemetery" (copied by Cleo Holmstead Otis and filed in C2V4, Beryl Putnam Duffin Archives).

CENSUS: 1860 Census for Jefferson Township, Greene County, Iowa, taken 4 June 1860 (P. O., New Jefferson), p. 5, Dwelling #41, Family #28 (FHL film 0803322, frame 447): Artimus Putman (sic), age 38, male, shoemaker, value of personal estate, $200, born Maine Louisa Putnam (sic), age 31, female, housekeeper, born Maine, Savannah Putnam, age 8, born Maine, Lotta (sic) Putnam, age 9/12, born Iowa, Also in household: Manda Wilkson, age 14, born Michigan.

ORDINANCES: 1- Baptism, endowment, sealing to parents, sealing to spouse, family records in C2V4, Beryl Putnam Duffin Archives. 2- Baptized again, 7 June 1855; from the Journal of History, 7 June 1855, p. 2: "Elder Enoch B. Tripp, who labored as a missionary in Maine, journalyzes as follows: I met in conference with the brethren and sisters at the house of Mr. Alonzo Coolidge at Mexico, Oxford County, Maine. After singing and prayer we went across the road to the river where I baptized and confirmed as members of the Church the following; Dorothy R. Eastman (George Eastman's wife), Anson Marshall Eastman (their son), Louisa Putnam, Artimas Putnam, Keziah Putnam (wife of Horatio Putnam), Celestia Putnam (their daughter), and Mary V. Putnam (wife of Alonzo Coolidge). After returning to the house, I spoke to those present upon the object of baptism and then put the authorities of the Church before them as they were sustained at the last General Conference of the Church. All voted to sustain them and to gather with the Saints in the valley as soon as possible. Brother Artimas Putnam was sustained as President of the Mexico Branch of the Church with George Eastman as clerk. After the meeting, we all partook of a nice supper, prepared by Mrs. Mary V. Coolidge." Copied from a microfilm in the Church Office, Room 301, by Delia Putnam Montgomery, about 1970, her extract in C2V1, Beryl Putnam Duffin Archives.

Proxies for sealings on 2 December 1958, Salt Lake Temple (9pm): Artimus Walton Putnam: Clark William Putnam Louisa Drusilla Bunker: Emily Pearl Love Putnam Almina L. Putnam: Delia Putnam Montgomery Savannah Western Clarke Putnam: Ralph Amos Putnam Lottie Viola Maria Putnam: Florence J. Newman Putnam Mary Rosalie Putnam: Zella Pearl Putnam Cox Clara Annie Laura Putnam: Harriet Putnam Cooper

MISSION: Called to serve a mission in Maine, name presented in the morning session, General Conference, 7 October 1877; from Journal of History, 1877, October 7, p. 2; copied from microfilm in Room 301, Church Office, by Delia Putnam Montgomery, about 1970; her abstract in C2V1, Beryl Putnam Duffin Archives.

LAND RECORDS: Several deed abstracts, dated mostly in the 1850's, document land transactions in Mexico, Maine, and nearby towns, involving Artimus Walton Putnam, Seth Harris Putnam, Charles W. Walton, Henry F. Durgin, Henry Edmonds, Ira Whiter, George Eastman, Benjamin E. Putnam (son of Stephen Putnam and Sally Elliot, married to Deborah Durgin), Simeon Walton Putnam, Daniel G. Abbott, Timothy Walker, Ivy A. Putnam, Hiram Putnam (cousin of Israel Putnam 1776), John F. Putnam (Hiram's son), William C. Whitney, Clarissa W. Putnam (wife of Hiram), Prentiss Putnam, Jesse Putnam, Jonathan C. Walker, Harmon Eastman, Hezekiah Hutchins, Jr., Samuel Putnam, David F. Brown, Aaron Lufkin, Darius Bunker, Jeremiah Richardson, Reuben Walton, and Phebe P. Walton (Reuben's wife). In these several land records, Artimus appears variously as Artimus, Artimas, Artemas. In a deed dated 3 May 1852, his signature shows "Artimas." (FHL film 3076, Deeds and Miscellaneous Records of Mexico, Oxford, Maine, extracted by Read Hemmert Putnam, October 1971.)


Artimus Walton Putnam worked on a farm until 1855; started for the Valley, September 1855; arrived at Wapello, Iowa, and stayed there for two years, lacking sufficient means to continue. In 1857, moved to New Jefferson, Iowa; principal occupation was cattle business. In 1866, instead of going west, went back to Maine to preach the Gospel to relatives. On March 28, 1869, started for Utah by train, arriving April 5 or 7, 1869. (From Autobiography of Artimus Walton Putnam, as told to his son Savannah Clarke Putnam, copy in C2V4, Beryl Putnam Duffin Archives.)

A brief life sketch appears in THE FIRST 100 YEARS IN WOODRUFF, Woodruff Centennial Committee, Art City Publishing Company, Springville, Utah, 1972, pp. 367-369.

AFN: 2BL5-K7 ID: 24, great grandfather to Beryl Putnam Duffin


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Artemas Walton Putnam's Timeline

July 17, 1822
Roxbury, Oxford, Maine, USA
October 20, 1849
Age 27
November 11, 1851
Age 29
Mexico, Oxford, Maine, USA
August 22, 1860
Age 38
Green, IA, USA
November 14, 1862
Age 40
Green, IA, USA
October 28, 1864
Age 42
Green, IA, USA
November 4, 1914
Age 92
Woodruff, UT, USA
November 7, 1914
Age 92
Woodruff, UT, USA