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Ruth Putnam (Hathorne)

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Death: February 20, 1769 (74)
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Col. John Hathorne, Salem Witch Judge and Ruth Hathorne
Wife of James Putnam
Mother of Abide Putnam; Nathan Putnam and Sarah Browne
Sister of John Hathorn; Nathaniel Hathorne; William Hathorne; Ebenezer Hathorne; Benjamin Hathorne and 3 others

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About Ruth Putnam


   David Buchroeder in his AWT says Ruth was born September 1694, was christened same month and year, and died 20 February 1761 in Salem Village.
   James Putnam lived in the house just to the southeast of Oak Knoll on the same road. The house is still standing (1890) in a fine state of preservation. The following entry is of interest in this connection ; 4 Feb., 1714, Israel Porter, Junior, conveys to James Putnam Sr., mason three and one-half acres of land, "on which his son James hath lately built him a house." He had joined the church on 4 September, 1713, and was probably married about the time of the above deed. His wife belonged to one of the most influential families in Salem.
   During his long life James Putnam took considerable interest in town affairs. He was one of those who succeeded in obtaining the establishment of the District of Danvers and was elected tythingman at the March meeting in 1758. Previous to this he had been surveyor of highways in 1729, and in 1747 was selectman from the "Famrs." In 1730, he paid the ninth largest tax in the Village.
   In the Name of God Amen I James Putnam of Salem in the county of Essex yeoman att this time in a good measure of health, and of Perfect mind and memory. Thanks be given unto God, but Calling unto mind the mortallity of my body. And not knowing how soon it may Please God to Take me out of this world Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament ziz : Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it. And my body I Recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian Buriel. And Touching Such Worldly estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me in this life. I give & dispose of the same in the following manner & Forme.
   Imps I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved wife Ruth the use and improvement of one-third part of all my real Estate during her natural life I also give to my said Wife all my household goods within door Forever.
   Item I give to my daughter Sarah Brown one pound six shillings Lawfull money which is her full Portion out of Estate with what I have given her att her marriage.
   Item I give to my son Ebenezer Putnam Twenty-eight Pounds Thirteen shillings and four pence Lawfull money which is his full Portion out of my Estate with what I have given him before viz a Liberall Education and other things.
   Item I give to my son James Putnam one pound Eight shillings Lawfull money which is his full Portion out of my estate with what I have given him before viz : a Liberall Education and other things.
   Item I give to my son Archelous Putnam and to his heirs and assigns forever all my lands and all the building standing thereon situated in said Salem and Middleton with all the Priviledges and Appurtinances thereunto belonging. I also give to my said son Archelous all my live stock of creatures. And all my Oersonal Estate that I have not Disposed of and further my will is that my said son Archelous Shall pay all and every of the aforesaid Legacies within the space of two years after my Decease and he shall pay all my just Debts, and the charges of a Decient funeral for my self and my said wife out of what Estate I have given him in and by this will. And I hereby constitute and appoint my said son Archelous Putnam to be my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby Revoke and Disanull all and every other Former Testament Wills Legacies and Bequeaths Ratifying this and on other to be my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereto sett my hand and seal this sixth Day of July A.D. 1751.
   James Putnam [Seal]
   Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said James Putnam as his last will and Testament in the Presence of us
   Elijah Porter \
   Israel Clark jr Esses fs Ipswich January the 14th 1764 Before the
   Dorothy Porter / Honble John Choate Esq Judge of Probate this will was Proved Approved and allowed.
  1. Married: AFT 15 JAN 1714/5 in Salem, Essex, MA U. S. A.
  2. Note:
   from the Salem, MA VRs:
   "PUTNAM James, jr., and Mrs. Ruth Hathorne, int. Jan. 15, 1714-15."
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Ruth Putnam's Timeline

September 1694
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts
September 1694
Age 20
Age 28
February 20, 1769
Age 74
Salem, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts