Thomas Putnam

M, #2656, b. 12 March 1651/52, d. 24 May 1699
Father*Lieutenant Thomas Putnam b. 8 Mar 1615, d. 5 May 1686
Mother*Ann Holyoke b. 1621, d. 1 Jan 1665
Relationship7th great-granduncle of William Robert Thomas Boyd
     Thomas Putnam was born on 12 March 1651/52 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America, son of Lieutenant Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke.1,2,3 Thomas Putnam married Ann Carr circa 1677. Thomas Putnam died on 24 May 1699 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America, at age 47.
     Thomas Putnam (March 12, 1651/2 - May 24, 1699) was a resident of Salem Village (present-day Danvers, Massachusetts) and a significant accuser in the notorious 1692 Salem witch trials. Son of one of Salem's wealthiest residents, he was excluded from major inheritances by both his father and father-in-law. His half brother, who had benefited most from their father's estate, married into the rival Porter family, fueling ill will between the clans. Putnam, his wife, and his daughter, all levied accusations of witchcraft, many of them against members of the Porter family, and testified at the trials.
Arthur Miller wrote the play "The Crucible" using tools to composite characters from actual records of the Salem witch hysteria. To these composite characters he assigned real names, including Putnam's. In the 1957 and 1996 film adaptations of the play, Putnam was portrayed by Alfred Adam and Jeffrey Jones, respectively.4


Ann Carr b. 1661, d. 1699
Last Edited28 Dec 2012


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    He was the son of Lt. Thomas Putnam Sr. (1615–1686) and Ann Holyoke (1621–1665). He was also a nephew of Elizur Holyoke and great great great uncle of General Israel Putnam.

    Thomas was the husband to Ann Carr, and father of Ann Putnam, Jr. Thomas' brother, Edward, also participated in the witch trials.
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    Offspring of Thomas Putnam and Ann Carr (1661-1699)
    Ann Putnam (1679-1716)
    18 October 1679 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Thomas Putnam III (1681-1757)
    9 February 1681 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
    1757 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Elizabeth Putnam (1683-?)
    Ebenezer Putnam (1685-?)
    Deliverance Putnam (1688-1712)
    Infant Putnam (1689-1689)
    Timothy Putnam (1691-1762)
    Abigail Putnam (1692-1744)
    26 February 1692 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
    24 June 1744 Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
    Susanna Putnam (1694-?)
    Sarah Putnam (1694-1694)
    Seth Putnam (1695-1775)
    11 November 1775 Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States
    Experience Putnam (1698-?).
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