Deacon Eleazer Putnam

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Eleazar Putnam

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: "Eleazer Putnam Departed this Leife about 16 minutes after 3 O' the clock in the afternoon"
Immediate Family:

Son of John Putnam and Rebecca Putnam
Husband of Hannah Boardman; Hannah Putnam and Elizabeth Putnam
Father of Jeptha Putnam; Hannah Putnam; Eleazar Putnam; Eleazar Putnam; Eleazar Putnam and 5 others
Brother of Priscilla Bailey; Rebecca Sheppard (Putnam); Sarah Hutchinson; Capt. Jonathan Putnam; James Putnam and 4 others
Half brother of Hannah Clark

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About Deacon Eleazer Putnam

"A history of the Putnam family in England and America. " by Eben Putnam has this extensive biographical and genealogical entry:

page 69ff

"31 Eleazer John John born Salem Village 1665 died there 25 July 1732/3 married first Hannah daughter tor of Daniel md Hannah Hutchinson Boardman born in Ipswich 18 Feb 1670 1 married second 14 Nov 1711 (published 19 Oct 1711) Elizabeth daughter of Mr Benj and Apphia (Hale) Rolfe of Newbury born there 15 Dec 1679 died 2 Jan 1752. She was a sister of Abigail wife of Nathaniel Boardman a brother of Eleazer Putnam's first wife


155 Hannah b 8 Dec 1693 bapt Topsfleld 16 Sept 1694 16 Sept 1694 Hannah Putnam once Borman or Dorman her daughter Hannah bapt m 29 Nov 1711 Dea Nathan son of Capt John and Hannah Andrews Peabody b 20 July 1682 d 4 Mar 1733 Children John b 2 Feb d 23 Feb 1713 Hannah b 27 Apr 1714 Nathan b 13 Mar 1716 Elizabeth b 14 Feb 1718 Nathan Peabody lived in Boxford m 2nd 27 Mar 1723 Priscilla Thomas

156 Eleazer b 8 Sept 1605 bapt Topsfleld Aug 1696

157 Sarah b 26 Sept 1697 158 Jeptha b 24 Aug 1699 bapt Salem Village 25 Aug 1700

158 Joseph not mentioned by Savage and of whom we know nothing

159 Samuel b 30 May 1707 bapt 15 June 1707

160 Henry b 14 Aug 1712 bapt Salem Village 17 Aug 1712 killed 19 Apr 1775

161 Appiiiah b 8 July 1716 pub 27 Oct 1733 to John son of Benjamin and Hannah Endicott Porter b in Salem Village 1712 or 1713 d in 1759 Mrs Apphiah Putnam Porter m 2nd 12 Aug 1762 Asa son of Thomas and Sarah Osgood Perley of Boxford see note p 50 Children Elizabeth bapt 12 Oct 1735 m Asa Leach of Beverly John bapt 13 June 1736 d in 1774 Benjamin bapt 22 Oct 1738 Abigail bapt 12 Mar 1740 Ezra bapt 1 July 1744 Nathan m 23 Mar 1773 Lydia Goodridge Anna m 12 Aug 1762 Eliphalet son of Major Asa and Susanna Bailey Apphia bapt 20 Oct 1754 Mar bapt 30 May 1756


In the possession of the family in Cortland NY are papers once the property of Henry born 1712 and among them is the following account of his immediate relatives:

'On Jan the 25th1732/3 Eleazer Putnam Departed this Leife about 16 minutes after 3 O' the clock in the afternoon in ye 65 year of his age

Mother Died Jany 2nd 1752 between 7 & 8 in ye morn Again

The age of Hannah is 50* in 1749

The age of Eleazer is 54

The age of Jeptha is 30*

The age of Samuel is 42 '

(*50 and 30 are undoubtedly misreadiogs by my correspondent for 60 and 50)


Eleazer Putnam lived in Danvers and was more prominent in town and church affairs than his brother James. He settled on a farm north of the Gen. Israel Putnam house and near the Topsfield boundary on the present Preston place. He was a farmer and probably well off. Eleazer and Hannah Putnam were admitted to the church in Salem Village 7 May 1699 and on 31 Jan 1717/18 he was made deacon of this church. In 1700 he was chosen tythingman for the Village and again in 1705. He was constable during the year 1708 and surveyor of highways on Topsfield road in 1711.

In 1690, Eleazer Putnam had been one of Captain William Raymond's company enlisted for the Canada Expedition. The General Court thought so well of this command that in 1725 a grant of land was made to the officers and soldiers or their heirs in Merrimack. Afterward, this grant being found to be in New Hampshire was located on the Saco river. During the witchcraft delusion, Eleazer Putnam drew his rapier and punched at an imaginary devil or two which seemed to be torturing one of the afflicted girls. According to the ancient depositions, his thrusts were as effective against the witch as against the French and Indians a couple of years before.

His will is dated 3 Oct 1732 and probated 9 Apr 1733. In it he mentions his wife Elizabeth; his daughter Hannah Peabody and her children Nathan Hannah and Elizabeth; his sons Eleazer and Jeptha and daughter Apphiah Putnam; his sons Samuel and Henry to be executors. An inventory of the estate was returned by Samuel Putnam executor 22 Jan 1733/4

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Deacon Eleazer Putnam's Timeline

Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony

"A history of the Putnam family in England and America. " by Eben Putnam:

page 29 "Eleazer b. 1665"

page 69f
"31 Eleazer John John born Salem Village 1665 died there 25 July 1732/3"
(see ABOUT section for complete text and link)

December 8, 1694
Age 29
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
September 14, 1695
Age 30
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
September 26, 1697
Age 32
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
August 24, 1699
Age 34
Salem Village, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Age 35
Age 36
May 30, 1707
Age 42
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts