Joseph Putnam (1669 - 1724) MP

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Birthplace: Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Salem Village, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
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About Joseph Putnam

Joseph Putnam (1669-1724) was the son of Thomas Putnam (?-1686) and his second wife, Mary Veren (?-1695). In 1690. Joseph married Elizabeth Porter (?-1746), and moved her into the Putnam House, built by Thomas Putnam in 1648. [. . .] Here was born Israel Putnam (1717/18-1790), the famous future General, the youngest, but one, of the thirteen children of Joseph and Elizabeth Porter Putnam. (Find A Grave Memorial# 8046.) [. . .]

His many descendents may find encouragement in the example of Joseph Putnam (1669-1724), father of the first Israel. Joseph has been credited with voicing strong objections to the witchcraft hysteria, which pervaded Salem and the surrounding communities in 1692. Joseph Putnam was contemptuous of the proceedings even though his wife's uncle was a prosecutor/judge at the trials and despite threats of violence directed against him by some of his own Putnam relatives. Joseph was probably too well placed to be in any real danger. The witch-accusations suffered not only from an inherent cruel absurdity but also from a class elitism, which found its victims in the lower social ranks. [. . .] 


Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 stating "Capt Joseph Putnam and Elizabeth Porter, his wife" Joseph Putnam, parents John Putnam and Anne Holyoke, married Elizabeth Porter.



  1. Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 2 By Ellery Bicknell Crane Pg.242
  2. The descendants of John Porter of Windsor, Conn. 1635-9, Volume 2 By Henry Porter Andrews Pg.739
  3. New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 1 By William Richard Cutter Pg.94



Joseph Putnam's Timeline

September 14, 1669
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts
September 4, 1670
February 2, 1690
Age 20
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 21, 1690
Age 20
Salem, Essex, MA
April 12, 1695
Age 25
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
September 26, 1697
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
February 8, 1699
Age 29
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
August 7, 1702
Age 32
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
April 26, 1705
Age 35
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 25, 1707
Age 38
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, United States