Mary Putnam

about 1851–about April 1869 (Age 18)
Mexico, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Putnam was born about 1851, in Mexico, Oxford, Maine, United States, her father, Horatio Gates Putnam, was 35 and her mother, Keziah A Hunting, was 35. She died about April 1869, in her hometown, at the age of 18.

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Family Time Line

Horatio Gates Putnam
1816–1894
Keziah A Hunting
1816–1890
Calvin Putnam
1840–1850
Leonard Putnam
1849–1869
Mary Putnam
1851–1869
Celestia Amelia Putnam
1841–1884
Dr. Alfred B. Putnam
1844–1905
Mary Etta Putnam
1845–1927
Andrew Jackson Putnam
1847–1916
Elanson Putnam
1854–

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World Events (3)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 0

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."
1863

Age 12

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 12

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

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 (1)

  • Mary Putnam in household of H T Putnam, "United States Census, 1860"

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