Pioneer Families - PUTNAM
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

SETH PUTNAM b. 1788, Middlesex, Vt.; d. September, 1864; m. Nancy Rockwell, b. 1789, Cornwall, Vt.; d. June, 1872. Came to Hopkinton about 1809 with his all in a pack on his back, and soon after took up the lot next west of the Moses Kent place, where he built a log house, since known as the Putnam farm. That locality was then a practically unbroken forest. He and Judge Sanford were fast friends and had many interesting discussions on politics and religion. Both were then good Baptists. Had seven children:
  • Cynthia, b. 1812; d. 1852; m. Hon. Parker W. Rose of Parishville in 1837. No issue.
  • Lewis H., b. 1815; d. July 29, 1840; single.
  • Seth R., b. 1816; d. on way to California in 1849 and buried at sea; m. Jane M. Barber of Parishville. Had two children:
    • Celia, d. in Michigan; m. Gilbert Smith of Parishville.
    • Cynthia, d. in Michigan; m. Charles Howe.
  • Mary P., b. May 2, 1821; d. August 25, 1846, at Antwerp, N.Y.; m. Rev. L. W. Nichols.
  • Lucinda, b. 1823; d. October, 1891; m. David M. Holden; m. 2d, Sidney Briggs. Had two children by first and one by second marriage:
    • William, b. 1848; 1. Michigan.
    • Frances, b. 1850; d. 1875; m. Dr. O. C. Hutchins.
    • Charles, d. aged twelve years.
  • Amelia Ruth, b. November 10, 1828; 1. Metamora, Mich.; m. Horace Clark in 1856, of Dundee, C. E. Had one child:
    • Nancy E., 1. Metamora; m. Bert Foote.
  • Israel A., b. January 4, 1830; d. October 25, 1874, on visit at Ithaca, Mich.; m. R. Jane Corwin, January 5, 1853; b. November 19, 1830; 1. Bangor, N.Y. They adopted Lucy Dewey and Sidney Blue, who became Lucy Putnam, now Mrs. Ashley Dudley of Metamora, Mich., and Lewis Putnam, who now resides in Hopkinton.

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