[p. 78] and the youthful bride of sixteen, with the husband, each mounted on the saddle, took up the march for her new home in the old Bay State, driving the cows and sheep before them.
The above was (as we understand) reprinted in 1877 from information given by the lady herself when about ninety years of age. ‘Henry Putnam
was the youngest son of Deacon Eleazer Putnam
] and sold what was his father's homestead about 1745 to Phinehas Putnam
, the great grandfather of the present occupant.’
A query arises—was the ‘new home in the old Bay State’ to which the bridal party came with cows and sheep in Medford
expedition was in the spring of 1745.
Was the veteran of Louisburg
We are inclined to answer to both queries, Danvers
as he owned property there and was one of the tellers at Danvers March meeting in 1752.
He was taxed in Charlestown 1756-65, and taught school ‘without the neck,’ where he was styled ‘gentleman’ and ‘from Danvers.’
He was in 1763 administrator of the estate of his son John, ‘late of Charlestown,’ and was then called ‘gentleman’ and ‘of Charlestown.’
It has been suggested that he joined in Medford
Danvers minute men who marched from Danvers to Cambridge (i.e. Menotomy or West Cambridge) 16 miles in 4 hours, taking stand in a walled enclosure with a breastwork of shingles, waiting the retreating British.
Genl. Israel Putnam was in the same generation, their fathers being cousins.
This latter gathered from Pulnam Ancestry (1919).