Martha Putnam

9 March 1792–1 October 1812 (Age 20)
Hinsdale, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Putnam was born on 9 March 1792, in Hinsdale, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, John Putnam, was 27 and her mother, Philura A. Curtis, was 22. She married George W. McElwain on 20 March 1810, in Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 1 October 1812, in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 20.

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Family Time Line

George W. McElwain
Martha Putnam
Marriage: 20 March 1810
Martha Philura McElwain

Spouse and Children

    George W. McElwain



20 March 1810
Massachusetts, United States


    Martha Philura McElwain


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (7)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 2

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 8

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.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 10

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."

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.

Story Highlight

John and Philura (Curtis) Putnam Family, by Eben Putnam (1891)

From the History of the Putnam Family in England and America: "John Putnam, (John, Eleazer, Eleazer, John, John), born in Preston, Conn., 7 March 1765; died in Hinsdale, Mass., 21 Jan. 1826; married 1 …

Sources (2)

  • Martha K. Putnam in entry for Martha P. Mcelwain Wright, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Martha in entry for Martha Philura Mc Elwaine, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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