James Putnam

19 June 1797–16 March 1874 (Age 76)
Hancock, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States

The Life of James

When James Putnam was born on 19 June 1797, in Hancock, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Joseph Putnam, was 33 and his mother, Rebecca Burton, was 35. He married Elizabeth "Betsey" Saltmarsh on 1 June 1819, in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 16 March 1874, in Hooksett, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

James Putnam
Elizabeth "Betsey" Saltmarsh
Marriage: 1 June 1819
Joseph Alden Putnam
Alonzo Saltmarsh Putnam
Mary Jane Putnam
James Franklin Putnam
Sylvanus Bunton Putnam

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth "Betsey" Saltmarsh


1 June 1819
Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States


    Joseph Alden Putnam


    Alonzo Saltmarsh Putnam


    Mary Jane Putnam



    Sylvanus Bunton Putnam


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (7)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 3

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1808 · Concord Becomes the Capital

Age 11

In 1808, Concord became the capital of New Hampshire. It was originally the Penacook Plantation given to the state by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 22

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places, in Hertfordshire and Surrey, called Puttenham, from the genitive case of the Old English byname Putta, meaning ‘kite’ (the bird) + Old English hām ‘homestead’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Putnam, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Putnam, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Putnam, "United States Census, 1850"

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