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John Putnam

Birthplace: Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Salem Village, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Cause of death: suddenly, between prayers and bedtime
Immediate Family:

Son of John Putnam, Sr. and Priscilla Putnam (Gould)
Husband of Rebecca Prince; Rebecca Putnam and Hannah Putnam
Father of Eleazer Putnam; Priscilla Bailey; Rebecca Sheppard (Putnam); Sarah Hutchinson; Capt. Jonathan Putnam and 6 others
Brother of Sarah Hutchinson; Marie Williams; Lt. Thomas Putnam; Phoebe Sixth Child Putnam; Benjamin Putnam and 2 others

Occupation: farmer
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Capt. John Putnam, son of John and Priscilla Putnam, was born at Aston Abbotss, England, May 27, 1627; died at Salem Village, April 7, 1710. He married Rebecca Prince.

The heroes of the American Revolution and their descendants: Battle of Long ... By Henry Whittemore Pg.76,+1627&source=bl&ots=OPp-uvFaa1&sig=PndGMc5NoyYEa5vPlFYEHgz8nzU&hl=en&ei=cTlmTNnuB4nEsAPp8cztDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=John%20Putnam%20May%2027%2C%201627&f=false


John Putnam was baptized May 27, 1627 died April 7, 1710 was the son of John Putnam (the immigrant) and Pricilla Gould.

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal ..., Volume 2 By Ellery Bicknell Crane Pg.54,+1627&source=bl&ots=EbTkn9MfR-&sig=mLHEq9gEjDiLaDpDM2y6pkgBwsM&hl=en&ei=ZjRmTP-IBoiCsQPSq_TnDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=John%20Putnam%20May%2027%2C%201627&f=false


John Putnam, Capt. was baptized May 27, 1627 married September 3, 1652 Rebecca Prince. He was the son of John Putnam who died December 30, 1662 and Pricilla Deacon.

New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 1 By William Richard Cutter Pg.94,+1627&source=bl&ots=UzQf222v2x&sig=SRCtIxalNmVZe0JKaO8D2tEbTSU&hl=en&ei=uTJmTObAEIL4swOyh4DdDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=John%20Putnam%20May%2027%2C%201627&f=false


John Putnam (known as John “the elder” in our

story) was born in 1579 in Aston Abbots in Bucks

County, England. Although the precise order of

events is not known, it appears that John’s eldest

son Thomas came to Massachusetts and lived for a

time in Lynn. Around 1640 John the elder and the

rest of his family settled in Salem Village just

outside Salem Town. The family consisted of John

(the elder) and his wife Priscilla, their three

daughters -- Elizabeth, Phoebe and Sara, and three

sons -- Thomas, Nathaniel, and “Captain” John (also

known as John Senior). By 1692 the family had

expanded such that there were 55 people in 12

household bearing the Putnam name (by this time

John “the elder” had died). Ten percent of the

people and ten percent of the households of Salem

Village were Putnams in 1692. In addition to these

Putnams, many of the daughters of the second and

third generation had married into other families in

the village.


A number of Sen. Kerry's direct ancestors resided in Salem and in Salem Village (later Danvers), Massachusetts, during the famous Witchcraft delusion of 1692. None of his direct ancestors played a significant role in the process, either as an accuser or a victim or a judge, though he is related to several of the participants. For example, one of the most powerful accusers was Ann Putnam (1679-1715), whose grandfather, Thomas Putnam, was a brother of John Putnam, number 1670 above. In addition, William Stoughton (1631-1701), Acting Governor of Massachusetts, was the "Chief Justice of Oyer and Terminer" during the witchcraft trials, and (because he permitted the introduction of "spectral evidence") is generally considered to be responsible for their cruelty. He was a brother of Rebecca Stoughton, number 919, above.


SOURCE: Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 1

By George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs

Captain John second son and third child of John Putnam and Priscilla Gould Putnam was born at Aston Abbotts in May 1627 buried in Salem Village April 7 1710 He was admitted a freeman in 1665 served as a deputy to the general court in 1679 and was captain of a local militia company 1650 he married Rebecca Prince stepdaughter of John Gedney and sister of Prince of Salem Village Children Rebecca Sarah Priscilla Jonathan James Hannah Eleazer John Susanna and Ruth


ID: I1259

Name: JOHN Putnam

Surname: Putnam

Given Name: JOHN

NPFX: Captain

Sex: M

John Putnam Jr.'s Profile Images Family Tree & Genealogy Tools Capt. John Putnam Jr. Born May 27, 1627 in Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap Son of John Putnam Sr. and Priscilla Gould Brother of Elizabeth Putnam, Thomas Putnam, Thomas Putnam, John Putnam, Nathaniel Putnam, Sarah Putnam and Phoebe Putnam Husband of Rebecca (Prince) Putnam — married September 3, 1652 in Salem, Essex, MAmap Father of Rebecca (Putnam) Fuller, Sarah Putnam, Priscilla Putnam, Jonathan Putnam Sr., James Putnam, Hannah (Putnam) Brown, Eleazer Putnam, John Putnam III, Susanna Putnam and Ruth Putnam Died April 7, 1710 in Salem Village, Essex, Massachusettsmap

Capt. John Putnam, was bapt. at Aston Abbots, Bucks, 27 May 1627, the son of John Putnam and Priscilla Gould.[1]

He emigrated about 1634 settling in Salem, Massachusetts.[2]

He was a farmer.[citation needed]

He married about 3 September 1650 in Salem Village Rebecca Prince.[3]

He was active in church and town matters. Was active in having Salem Village made into a separate town. Became a captain in the town horse troup by 1687. Was Selectman in 1681. Large landowner. Deputy to General Court in 1677, 1680, 1686, & 1691.

He was buried in 1662 at Wadsworth Cemetery, Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts[4]


↑ A history of the Putnam family in England and America. Recording ..., ↑ Source: #S120 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for JOHN PUTNAM ↑ Source: #S-2092090539 Data: Text: Date of Import: Oct 15, 1998 ↑ John, Jr.,, Putnam monument; see also John & Priscilla (Gould) Putnam monument. See also:

history of the Putnam family in England and America. Recording ..., Volume 1, By Eben Putnam.


Salem, seat of Essex County, is located on the northeast coast of Massachusetts at the mouth of the Naumkeag River. It is best remembered for the witchcraft hysteria that gripped the area in the closing years of the 17th century.

Salem was founded in 1626 by Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Ann. At first the settlement was named Naumkeag, but the settlers preferred to call it Salem, derived from the Hebrew word for peace. In 1628, they were joined by another group, led by John Endecott, from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The land within Salem Town was not fertile, but expansion into surrounding areas through land grants produced agriculture. One of the areas of expansion was Salem Village (71). The first real steps toward an independent township for Salem Village was in 1638 (145). (If Salem were a polis, the 'Town' was the city and the 'Village' was the surrounding countryside. The desire for the Village to become a separate 'state' was at the core of the dispute that led to the witch trials.)

REFERRED TO AS JOHN SR in Salem witch trials- see birthdate below

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John Putnam, Sr. (1627-1710) - Referred to as "John, Sr." in the witch trial documents to differentiate his testimonies from those of his nephew's, this John Putnam was the son of the original patriarch, John Putnam and his wife, Elizabeth Gould Putnam. He had a son named John, but he had already died by the time of the witch trials. He also had a son named Johnathan, who does appear in the trial documents. John Putnam was christened on May 27, 1627 in Aston Abbotts, Bucks, England and immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his parents in about 1634. He married Rebecca Prince on September 3, 1652. The two settled in Salem Village and would have ten children. Before 1673, he and his brother Nathaniel invested in an ironworks on lands they owned in nearby Rowley. When the financially-troubled enterprise burned in 1674, they sued the managers for negligence.

The Putnams were active in the village church and in 1683, when the Reverend George Burroughs' salary was halted for his services, he simply stopped meeting his congregation and left for Maine. The Salem Village committee, which included John Putnam, Sr., threatened to sue him for leaving his post. Being a man of honor, Burroughs returned to Salem Village to settle accounts, which included money owned to him as well as debts he owed to others of the community. Upon his return, he was threatened for arrest on a complaint made by John Putnam. Though it was found that Burroughs did not owe Putnam any money, he spent one night in jail. The next day, the moneys owed to Burroughs were paid and he in turn, paid his debts. Obviously there was some bad blood between the pair, that would later rise again almost a decade later.

When the witch accusations began in 1692, one of the first to be accused was Sarah Warren Prince Osborne, with whom the Putnams were in a legal battle with. Sarah, who had previously been married to Robert Prince, thought to have been John's wife's brother, had remarried after her first husband died and was allegedly attempting to take over her sons inheritance. The powerful Putnams had stepped in to save their nephews, James and Joseph Prince, from being cheated. Osborne would die in prison just a few months later. He and his wife, Rebecca, would also testify against the Reverend George Burroughs, who would be hanged on August 19, 1692. He would also give depositions against Rebecca Towne Nurse, Martha Allen Carrier, and John Williard, all of whom would be executed. The only person that he gave testimony against, that didn't see the end of a noose, was Sarah Smith Buckley. John Putnam died on April 7, 1710.

[another Putman at Witch trials-Salem VillageJohn Putnam, Jr. (1657-1722) - John Putnam was referred to as "John, Jr." in the witch trial documents to differentiate him from his uncle, by the same name. He was born to Nathaniel Putman and Elizabeth Hutchinson Putnam on March 26, 1657 in Salem Village. He would marry Hannah Cutler on December 2, 1678 and the couple would have 15 children. John and his large family lived on a farm in Salem Village that was located west of Hathorne's Hill near the Ipswich river. His cousins, Thomas and Edward Putnam lived nearby. For unknown reasons he had the nickname of "Carolina John." John was appointed to several minor political positions and also worked as a road surveyor. During the witchcraft excitement, he was serving as a constable in Salem Village.

He and his first cousin, Edward Putnam, signed the complaint that put Rebecca Towne Nurse behind bars, as well as the complaint against four year-old Dorcas Good. Along with other members of his family he would also swear out complaints and testify against numerous other people including Martha Allen Carrier, Giles Corey, Bridget Bishop, Mary Easty, Sarah Cloyce, and many others. During the trial of Rebecca Nurse, Mary Easty , and Sarah Cloyce, he would give a deposition blaming the death of their eight week old child, who appeared to be having fits, on witchcraft. In the same deposition he would also say that he, too, had been afflicted and was taken by a strange type of fit. Later, when the whole witch affair was over, several of the wronged members of the church met at his home in 1698, where the majority agreed to live and "love together." This was just one week after the ordination of the Reverend Joseph Green. Putnam died in September, 1722 in Salem Village.] Putnam, Sr.



Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records


(II) Captain John (2), second son and third child of John (1) and Priscilla (Gould) Purnam, was born at Aston Abbotts in May, 1627; buried in Salem Village April 7, 1710. He was admitted a freeman in 1665; served as a deputy to the general court in 1679; and was captain of a local militia company. March 7, 1650, he married Rebecca Prince, stepdaughter of John Gedney, and sister of Robert Prince, of Salem Village. Children: Rebecca, Sarah, Priscilla, Jonathan, James, Hannah, Eleazer, John, Susanna and Ruth.

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