previous next

[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 [of Danvers] 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 or Danvers? The Louisburg expedition was in the spring of 1745. Was the veteran of Louisburg from Danvers or Medford?

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, the

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).

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Danvers (Massachusetts, United States) (7)
Louisburg (North Carolina, United States) (2)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Phinehas Putnam (1)
Israel Putnam (1)
Henry Putnam (1)
Eleazer Putnam (1)
Danvers March (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1745 AD (2)
1919 AD (1)
1877 AD (1)
1765 AD (1)
1763 AD (1)
1756 AD (1)
1752 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: