When Benjamin D Putnam was born on 15 January 1886, in Iowa Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States, his father, George Putnam, was 27 and his mother, Emma A. Lukehart, was 19. He married Grace Birks Ward on 7 March 1911, in Marshall, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Canada in 1911 and lived in Jefferson Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States for about 20 years and Humboldt No. 370, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926. He died in 1956, at the age of 70, and was buried in Watson, Lakeside No. 338, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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.
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