James Putnam

Male19 June 1797–16 March 1874

Brief Life History 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, and was buried in Manchester, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

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

Sources (20)

  • James Putnam, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Putnam, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
  • James Putnam, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 June 1819Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

    +3 More Children

    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 (Middlesex and Buckinghamshire): 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’.

    History: John Putnam emigrated from England to Salem, MA, before 1641, and established a family that was still prominent in Massachusetts four generations later, including the revolutionary war soldier Israel Putnam (1718–90) and his cousin Rufus Putnam (1738–1824), also a soldier, one of the first settlers in OH.

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

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