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Deacon Edward Putnam

Also Known As: "Deacon Edward Putnam"
Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, British Empire
Death: March 10, 1747 (92)
Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, British Empire
Place of Burial: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Thomas Putnam and Ann Putnam (Holyoke)
Husband of Mary Hutchinson Putnam
Father of Edward Hale Putnam, Jr.; Holyoke Putnam; Elisha Hale Putnam, Sr.; Joseph Putnam; Mary Flint and 9 others
Brother of Ann Trask; Sarah Putnam; Mary Putnam; Thos. Putnam, organized Salem Witch Trials; Deliverance Wolcott and 5 others
Half brother of Joseph Putnam

Occupation: Farmer; Church Deacon
Managed by: J. Rutledge (Elam)
Last Updated:

About Deacon Edward Putnam

John Putnam's grandson-

His grandson Edward wrote in 1733 that "He ate his supper, went to prayer with his family and died before he went to sleep."4,5
    Eben Putnam genealogy of Putnam Family:

Eben Putnam, A History of the Putnam Family in England and America, Volume I, Recording the Ancestry and Descendants of John Putnam of Danvers, Mass., Jan Poutman of Albany, N.Y., Thomas Putnam of Hartford, Conn. (Salem: The Salem Press, 1891), 3.


Deacon Edward Putnam was born on July 4, 1654 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts to Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke. He was described as a man much respected and loved by his neighbors. Edward married Mary Hale (Also called Holton. Essex Inst III pg 15 called her Hale.) on June 14, 1681. In 1690, Edward was made freeman. He became the second deacon for the First Church of Danvers, Massachusetts on December 3, 1690. Edward had a farm in what is now Middleton, Massachusetts.

During the Salem Witch Trials, Edward was a member of the group which brought charges against many innocent people. His course was that he believed he was doing what was right for the good of the community. When people were declared to be witches, he repaired his brother's house and it was there that he examined them in order to determine whether or not they were truthful in their declarations. After a thorough examination he was convinced that the girls were witches and then did what he considered his duty. His action, however, in the proceedings was never bitter or vehement. He merely testified as to what he had seen and to what appeared to him to be probable.

Edward was also a historian and genealogist of the family. His account written in 1733 is the basis upon future research. In his old age, Edward lived in a house nearby the church. Edward died on March 10, 1747 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. He is buried in Burying Point Cemetary in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts. His will is dated March 11, 1730/1 and it was proved on April 11, 1748.

Will In the name of God Amen I Edward Putnam of the town of Middleton in the county of Essex Husbandman : I being oftentimes sick & weak in body But of perfect mind & menory : Blefsed be God for it And calling to mind the mortallity of my body. And that it is appointed for all men once to Die. Do make This my last Will & Testament (and do hereby revoke. And make Void & Null all former Wills & Testaments heretofore made by me) That is to say principally and first of all, I give and Recommend my Soul into the land of God, through Jesus Christ my Redeer with whom I hope to live with forever And my body I committ to the Earth. To be buried in a Christian like & Decent manner, at ye diferetion of my Executors hereafter named: Nothing doubting But at the General Refurection to Receive ye same again by the mighty power of God And as touching my worldy estate wherewith it hath pleafed God to Blefs me withall in this life. I Difpose of it in manner & form as followeth

Item I give to my son Edward To Him and his Heirs Exurs & assigns foreber Aboute Ten Acres of land Joining his own land Which he had of me by deed of Gift and being bounded with a stake and a heap of stones by the highway that goes from my house to his house, Which heap of stones is also this brother Ezra's bound Mark; and from his bound mark upon a Strait line over the Swamp & plain, till it comes where the water comes out of the Island into his Spong of meadow Then from that place upon a Strait line a crosfs ye Island To a stone Lying in Ipswich River at the place called the Indian Bridge.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph To him his hears Exurs & afsigns forever. A certain peice of land Lying on the West side of Ipswich River and containing by estimation Twenty Acres be it more or less. To begin at ye River at the Lower End of the Island belonging to the sons of John Putnam Decd and from Thence to the top of the high hill and so upon the same line, till he meet with the land or line of the sons of John Putnam Then to turn North westward by Their line or land till it comes to the heap of Stones on the Top of ye hill near the river Then so down the hill to the two acres of meadow, which I bought of John Putnam Also I give to my son Joseph all that meadow that lyeth between this land and ye River I give him the whole of my land, upland & meadow Except that two acres of meadow that I bought of John Putnam which lyeth below this meadow that I have given to Joseph.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Ezra Putnam To him his heirs Execrs & assigns forever a certain peice of land called ye Island on this side of the River To begin at the upper End of his brother Edward's Spong of Meadow from thence he is to run upon a Strait line a crofs the Island To a great stone lying in the river, at the place called Indian Bridge which stone is also his brother Edward's bound Mark. Then he is to turn Southwestward by the Spong of Meadow, And then to turn Northwestward by the Spong of meadow. Till he meets with his brother Edward's Spong where he began ; Also I give to my son Ezra my share of that land that I & Edward brought of Francis Ellyott lying near to the Iron works as it lyeth Divided between him & his brother Edward.

Also I give to my son Ezra my share in ye Iron works and that New house where ye Chimney is That I & Thos Cave & my son Edward built.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Issac Putnam To him his heirs Execrs & affairs forever Aboute ten acres of land on the hill called by name of Bear Hill and lying on the south side of the hill. Being bounded at the south west corner, with a stake & a heap of Stones And from there to run up the hill, Eastward to a Walnut tree marked; Then to turn southeastward down ye hill to a White Oak Tree marked which Tree is his brother Edward's bound mark. Then to turn westward by ye land of Deacon Ebenezer Putnam. Then up ye hill to ye bound mark first mentioned.

Item I give to my four sons (Namely) Edward, Elisha, Ezra and Isaac Putnam That meadow that lyes behind The Island every one of them shall have an equal share of it as near as they can This meadow Lyes below that meadow, that I gave to my son Ezra in his Deed of gift (His two acres in his deed of gift Shall come down to the bounds there stated; which is a heap of stones by the Island side. And so strait to the River To another heap of stones) This meadow which I give to my four sons, Shall begin below these bounds and the bounds shall be the bounds of their meadow at the upper end. The first share of this meadow shall be for Isaac. To begin at the bounds first mentioned and so downward. And next share shall be for Elifha, and the third share shall be for Ezra, and the forth share shall be for Edward being at ye lower end. Each of their shares shall come as strait as they can from the Island to the River.

And I do hereby oblige my son Ezra by virtue of my will, that he shall sell his share of this meadow. To his brother Edward if he sees caufe to but it: and he shall lett him have it after the Rate of Ten pounds & arce of Pafsable money of New England - or Good Province Bills : And if Edward will not give him so then Ezra shall keep the meadow or sell it to any other whome he will. Only Edward shall have one years Liberty after my Decease to Buy This meadow before that Ezra shall sell it.

Item I give and bequeath To my Daughter Prudence Ten pounds in or as money (besides what Shee hath already had) and to be paid to her by my son Elisha Putnam and that in one year after my decrease.

Item I give & bequeath my daughter Abigail Ten pounds in or as money (besides what shee hath already had) and to be paid to her by my son Issac Putnam and that in one year after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath to my two Grand Daughter's (namely) Elizabeth Flint & Anna Flynt each of them five Pounds a piece; in or as money (besides what I gave to their mother) and to be paid to them by my son Edward Putnam when they come to age of eighteen years old : And if either of them Die before That age the other shall receive ye whole of the ten Pounds.-

Also my will is that my son Joseph shall pay Four Pounds to his mother in or as money within one year after my decrease end also twenty shillings to my grandson Elisha Flint within one year after my Decease

Also my will is that my wife Shall have the East end of my house to Dwell in and shee shall have the Inward Collar and the whole of the House upward above it : And One half of the Garden ;

And Also my will is that my four sons (Namely) Edward, Elisha, Joseph & Isaac Shall pay to their mother fifty shillings a year in or as money That is : That each of them pay fifty shillings a piece; To their mother yearly if shee need it & call for it for her relief, they shall surely bring it for her relief in due season And this no longer that shee remains my widow.

Item My will farther is that my son Ezra shall suitably Provide for his mother Things Comportably for her and Convenient for her support while she Remains my widowm : He shall provide & bring in those things for her In due season hereafter named and that yearly, He shall provide for her Suitable firewood & bring it into her home for her. He shall provide for her & bring her in Ten bushells of Indian Meal And two bushells of English Meal and four bushells of ground Malt and four barrills of good Cyder and find the barrils ; and as many apples as she shall see cause ; and he shall bring her in nine or ten score weight of good pork annually. and he shall Keep her two Cows Winter & Summer and no Longer than shee remains my widow

Item I give to my son Ezra my part in the great Timber chain. I also give my Cross cutt Saw to my tree sons Edward Joseph & Ezra. and the rest of my tools I leave to them to divide among themselves

I Also give my cane to my son Edward

I Also give to my son Elifha my great Bible

I Also give to my son Joseph a Book of Mr Jerenhah Burror's Works.

I Also give to my son Isaac a book of Mr Flavel's works.

And the rest of my books shall be at my wifes disposal

Also I give to my son Joseph my Girdle & Sword

Item My will farther is That I give to Mary my Beloved wife Whome I make Execx Together with my son Ezra To this my last will and Testament :

I give to my beloved wife all my moveable estate Both within Door & without Door. as to moveable estate without Dor I mean as to Cattle Sheep or Swine : Yet not with standing I give to my son Ezra My Desk & that Box where in there is so many Writings ; And what moveable estate shall be left of mine within Door after my wifes Decease (undisposed of by her) Shall Equally be divided between my two Daughters Prudence and Abigail

Item My will also is that my wife's pew in the Village Meeting house shall be long to my son Joseph

Item My will Alfo is That as to my funeral Charges My Son Ezra shall bear the One halfe of it and my other four sons Shall bear ye other halfe equally between them ; As to my Wearing Apparrill I leave it to my wife to Dispose of yt among my sons as she shall see fitt.

And now to conclude ; This my last will and Testament ; And I Now Nominate & Appoint Constitute & Ordain Mary my beloved wife and Ezra my son. To be sole Executors To this my last will & Testament ;

And In Witneis whereof I Have Hereunto Sett my hand & Seal this eleventh day of March One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty and One

Signed Sealed published

Edward Putnam Sen.

& Declared by me Testator

Edward Putnam Sen To be

My last Will & Testament

In presence of

Thoa Fuller and Jona Fuller

Proved Approved and Allowed at Ipswich April 11th

1748 Before Honl Thoa Berry Esq Judge of Probate

Eben Putnam's book on the Putnam family First Church of Danvers records

_________________________ Edward Putnam, grandson of the first John, givesthe above account in a manuscript dated 1733, himself being then seventy-nine years of age, and adds: "From these three proceeded twelve males; from these twelve, forty males; and from these forty,eight-two males. There were none of the name of Putnam in New England but those of this family.

"With respect to their situation in life," he remarks, "I can say with the Psalmist: 'I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread,' except of God, who provides for all. For God had given to the generations of my fathers, Agar's petition-' neither poverty nor riches '-but hath fed us with food convenient for us, and their childrenhave been able to help others in their need. The third generation have all gone to their account but three, and he that gives this account is one of them, aged seventy-nine years."

In 1741,at the age of eighty-seven, he gives the names of the following heads of families of the fourth generation, viz.: Edward, Elisha, Joseph, Ezra, Isaac, Nathaniel, Daniel, Benjamin, Tarrent, Cornelius, Stephen, Israel, Thomas, Edward, Archelaus, Joseph, Samuel, John, Amos, Josiah, James, Caroline, Jethro, John, Jonathan,Henry, Holyoak, Jacob, William, David, Ely, Joshua, Henry-32. But how many there were at that time, [10]of that generation, he says he could not tell. This good, old man died in the year 1747, in the ninety-fourth year of his age.

The Putnam family, as before stated, settled at Salem, Massachusetts, in the year 1634, and they were very numerous at that day in that and the neighboring towns. However, they are a family by no means so governed by local habits as some others. They now spread through all New England and many other parts of the United States; nor have I ever found one of the name but was descended from the Salem family. It would be in vain to attempt, at this day, to give an account of all the male descendants of the family. However, I shall attempt a genealogy, as far as has come to my knowledge:

First, Thomas Putnam, the eldest son of our ancestor, John Putnam, had four sons Thomas, Edward, Archelaus and Joseph. Edward was born July 4, 1634, and died at upwards of ninety-three, before mentioned. His sons were the fourth generation, viz.: Edward, born April 29, 1682, lived to an old age; Holyoak, born September 18, 1683, killed by the Indians; *Elisha, born November 3, 1685, died June 10, 1745; Joseph, born November 1, 1687; Nehemiah, born December 20, 1694, died young; Ezra, born April 29, 1696, died aged fifty-one, Isaac, born March 14, 1698, died aged fifty-nine.

Of the fifth generation, sons of Edward2,viz.: Edward3 settled in Sutton, died at an advanced age, leaving a numerous issue; Holyoak, who also settled in Sutton; and Miles, who first settled inMiddleton.

Fifth generation, sons of Elisha, third son ofEdward1: Elisha, born December, 1715,died in the army, 1758; Nehemiah, born March 22, 1719,died at Sutton, November 27, 1791; Jonathan, born July 19, 1721, died at Sutton; Stephen, born April 4, 1728, died at Northampton March 5; Amos, born July 22, 1730, died August 19, 1804;tRufus, born April 9,1730.

Fifth generation, Sons of Joseph, fourth son of Edward1: Oliver and Joseph. [11]

Fifth generation, sons of Ezra, sixth son of Edward1: Nehemiah, died young. Ezra had three sons; all died without male issue.

Fifth generation, sons of Israel, seventh son of Edward1: Phineas, Asaph, Nathan, Isaac, Edward, Daniel. Edward died young. The others have numerous families.

Sixth generation, descending from Elisha, son of Edward1, viz.: sons of Elisha2: Andrew, Elisha, Antepas,Jockton, Luke, William. Sons of Nehemiah-Aaron, Reuben, Joseph, Benjamin. Sons of Jonathan- Adonijah, Trolinsbee, Jonathan, Francis, John. Sons of Stephen-Solomon, John, Elisha, Gideon, Lewis, David, Rufus. Son of Amos-Paul, who died in childhood. Sons of Rufus_**Ayres, William Rufus, **Franklin, Edwin.

Seventh generation, grandsons of Rufus, son of Elisha. Sons of William Rufus-William, died a few days after birth; William Rufus, born June 13, 1812. Sons of Edwin-Franklin, Rufus, William Rice.

In reviewing this memoir, in justice to the character of my father, Elisha Putnam, I ought to mention that he was much respected as a citizen and Christian, was town clerk many years and deacon of the church, and represented the town of Sutton in the general court, how many years I cannot say.

Descendants of Joseph, the youngest son of Thomas and grandson of our venerable ancestor. He was half-brother to Edward 1,whose descendants have been noticed:

Fourth generation, sons of the above Joseph-William, David, Israel1.

Fifth generation, sons of David - William, Allen,Joseph, Israel, Jesse.

Fifth generation, Sons of ttIsrael2: Sixth generation-Israel, David (who died young), Chuyler.

Sixth generation, sons of William, son of David1 - Andrew and William.

Sixth generation, sons of Joseph, son of David1-Jesse.

Sixth generation, sons of Israel, son of David1 - Allen, David, Israel.

[12]Sixth generation, Sons of Israel, son of Israel1-Israel, Aaron Waldow,David, William Pitt, George Washington.

Sixth generation, sons of Daniel, son of General Israel-William.

Sixth generation, sons of Chuyler, son of General Israel-John, Nathan, P. Schuyler, Oliver.

Seventh generation, sons of Aaron Waldow, son of Colonel Israel-William Pitt, Aaron Waldo, Israel Loring.

Seventh generation, sons of David, son of ***Colonel Israel-Benjamin Perkins, Charles M., Peter R., Douglas, David, Murray, George.

The descendants of the branches of the Putnam family are very numerous, an account of whom has not been attempted for want of documents, and it is to be observed that, of the thirty-two heads of families mentioned by my grandfather in 1741, the descendants of only eight of them have been noticed, and those very partially in several instances.

  • Elisha removed from Salem and settled in Sutton, May, 1725. Isaac also removed to Sutton soon after.
    • Died in childhood. tCommenced the settlement at Marietta, on the Ohio, April 7, 1788, and arrived there with his family November, 1790.

ttThis is the celebrated General Putnam, born at Danvers, Mass., 1716; settled at Pomfret, Conn.

  • ** Colonel Israel Putnam, with all his family, removed to the Ohio between 1788 and 1797; settled at Marietta and Belpre.

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Deacon Edward Putnam's Timeline

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Salem Village, Essex, Massachusetts, British Empire
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