Mary Jane Workman

11 December 1826–4 January 1921 (Age 94)
Knox, Ohio, United States

The Life of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Workman was born on 11 December 1826, in Knox, Ohio, United States, her father, Isaac A. Workman, was 27 and her mother, Mary Jane "Polly” Owen, was 26. She married Michael Putnam on 20 December 1849, in Fayette, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Sefton Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Sefton, Fayette, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 4 January 1921, in Fayette, Illinois, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Liberty Cemetery, Sefton Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Michael Putnam
Mary Jane Workman
Marriage: 20 December 1849
James Putnam
Eliza Putnam
Jane Putnam
Michael Putnam
Cordelia Esther Putnam
Leah Margaret Putnam

Spouse and Children

    Michael Putnam



20 December 1849
Fayette, Illinois, United States


    James Putnam


    Eliza Putnam


    Jane Putnam


    Michael Putnam



+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 22

In 1848, by state legislative action, Knox County lost 3 western townships, South Bloomfield, Chester and Franklin, to Morrow County, leaving Hilliar as the lone original western township.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 34

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

English: ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer, from Middle English work + man. According to a gloss cited by Reaney the term was used in the Middle Ages to denote an ambidextrous person, and the surname may also be a nickname in this sense.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary Putnam in household of Mike Putnam, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Jane Putman in household of M Putman, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary Putman in household of Michael Putman, "United States Census, 1860"

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