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Putnam Catlin

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: March 12, 1842 (77)
Great Bend, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Eli Catlin and Elizabeth Catlin
Husband of Mary "Polly" Catlin
Father of Charles Catlin; Henry Catlin; Clara Catlin; Juliet Catlin; George Catlin and 10 others
Brother of William Catlin; Lois Catlin; Clara Catlin; Nathaniel Catlin; Elizabeth Catlin and 1 other

Occupation: A country lawyer in Pennsylvania and Revolutionary War veteran. Putnam was extremely knowledgeable in philosophy, European art, and the classics.
Managed by: Elizabeth Ann Nemeth
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About Putnam Catlin

The above Portrait is an 1840's oil painting of Putnam Catlin.

Putnam Catlin, son of Eli and Elizabeth (Way) Catlin, was born was born November 8, 1764 at Litchfield Connecticut, whose Catlin family in America stems from it's English born Thomas Catlin of Kent Co., whose Puritan family arrived in America with the 'great emmigration' of the 1630's, which ship they arrived in is unknown. Putnam grew up in Litchfield during the beginnings of the American Revolution of the 1760's-70's. When his father, Eli joined the Connecticut militia in 1775, it is said that his son, Putnam, barely eleven years old at the time, joined with him in the same company and regiment; revolution rolls and lists does have Putnam Catlin listed on early returns as 'fife' in the 5th Conn. Reg't. His father, after a few months was promoted to Captain and they were both assigned to the 7th Connecticut Reg't Continentals. At some time, Putnam was promoted, also, to the non-commissioned officer position of 'Fife-Major', which was a position of leadership among enlisted soldiers.

The 7th Connecticut Reg't served at the following battles during the campaign for Philadelphia: Brandywine, Chadd's Ford, Paoli, Germantown, Fort Mifflin, Whitemarsh, Chestnut Hill, Edge Hill, then spent the winter at Valley Forge, When they returned to battle campaign in the spring, they served at the Battles of Quinton's Bridge, Hancock's Bridge; Battles of Bristol, Bordentown, and Monmouth Courthouse. Afterward they were sent to defend the Hudson Highlands and West Point, on the Hudson River. In 1781, the unit was amalgamated to form the 2nd Connecticut reg;t, and Putnam Catlin continued to serve in the army until the end of the war. He was officially discharged June 9, 1783, from the army, now officially legislated to be recognized as the 'American Army' - a typed copy of his discharge certificate, verbatim, as published in the "Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, July 1885, Part II" p.702, Washington: Government Printing Office 1886, below:

By His Excellency George Washington, General and Commander-in-Chief of the forces

                                                of the United States of America.

These are to certify that the bearer hereof, Putnam Catlin, fife-major in Second Connecticut Regiment, having faithfully served the United States from January, 1777, to June, 1783, and being enlisted for the war only, is hereby discharged from the American Army. Given at headquarters this June 9, 1783.

                                                                                                                                  GEORGE WASHINGTON.

By his Excellency's command.

                                                                                                                                  JON. TRUMBULL, Jun.,

Registered in the books of the regiment.

                                                                                                                                                 GEO. CURTIS,

The above Putnam Catlin, fife-major, has been honored with the badge of merit for six years' faithful service.

                                                                                                                                              HERMAN SWIFT,

(Indorsed): Headquarters, June 9, 1783. The within certificate shall not avail the bearer as a discharge until the ratification of the definitive treaty of peace, previous to which time and until proclamation thereof shall be made he is to be considered as being on furlough. (Signed) GEORGE WASHINGTON.


The 'Badge of Merit' awarded in the above discharge was personally awarded by Gen. Washington, to only a few soldiers who served. It was intended as a military order for soldiers who exhibited, "not only instances of unusual gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way." It was only a minority of both officers and volunteers who served six years or more during the revolutionary war. This citation in the certificate for Putnam Catlin can be verified in the designated Smithsonian Annual Report mentioned above.

Putnam Catlin read law with Uriah Tracy at Litchfield, Conn., 1783-1786, and was admitted to the bar in 1786. He removed to Pennsylvania in the spring of 1787, settling at Wilkes Barre where he practiced Tort-law, and in 1789, he there married Polly Sutton (the mother of George Catlin, the famous painter of American Indians who captured the legacy of their indigenous culture before the age of photography). He also practiced real estate law and involved with the buying and selling of the valuable real estate of the Wyoming Valley in North Eastern Pa. recently flourishing after the war, and which needed his legal skills for settling and recording purchases. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

U.S. Congressional PENSION NO.: R 1810, Ref.:

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Putnam Catlin's Timeline

November 8, 1764
Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
March 15, 1790
Age 25
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
April 12, 1791
Age 26
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, United States
October 17, 1792
Age 27
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, PA, United States
Age 29
July 26, 1796
Age 31
Great Bend, Susquehanna Co, pa, United States
April 27, 1798
Age 33
Wilkes-Barre, PA, United States
March 11, 1800
Age 35
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 14, 1802
Age 37
Broome, NY, United States