Deacon Edward Putnam

M, #2648, b. 4 May 1654, d. 10 March 1747
Father*Lieutenant Thomas Putnam b. 8 Mar 1615, d. 5 May 1686
Mother*Ann Holyoke b. 1621, d. 1 Jan 1665
Relationship7th great-grandfather of William Robert Thomas Boyd
ChartsWilliam Robert Thomas Boyd Pedigree
Marjorie Carolyn Hartle Pedigree
     Deacon Edward Putnam was born on 4 May 1654 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America, son of Lieutenant Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke.1 Deacon Edward Putnam married Mary Hale, daughter of Thomas Hale and Mary Hutchinson, on 14 June 1681 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America.2 Deacon Edward Putnam died on 10 March 1747 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America, at age 92. He was buried circa 13 March 1747 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America; Burying Point Cemetery.
     He was deacon on 3 December 1690 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America.3 During the Salem Witch Trials, Edward was a member of the group which brought charges against many innocent people. His course was that he believed he was doing what was right for the good of the community. When people were declared to be witches, he repaired his brother's house and it was there that he examined them in order to determine whether or not they were truthful in their declarations. After a thorough examination he was convinced that the girls were witches and then did what he considered his duty. His action, however, in the proceedings was never bitter or vehement. He merely testified as to what he had seen and to what appeared to him to be probable.4 He left a will on 11 March 1730/31 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America.4 Edward was also a historian and genealogist of the family. His account written in 1733 is the basis upon future research.4


Mary Hale b. 15 Jul 1660, d. 31 Jul 1718
Marriage*He married Mary Hale, daughter of Thomas Hale and Mary Hutchinson, on 14 June 1681 at Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, America.2 
Last Edited28 Dec 2012


  1. [S55] Unknown author, Family Search IGI/FGR Record, Edward Putnam
    4 May 1654
    Salem, Essex, Massachusets
    10 March 1747
    Salem, Essex, Massachusets
    14 June 1681
    Salem, Ma

    "Pedigree Resource File", database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2012-12-27), entry for Edward Putnam.
  2. [S34] Various, Internet,

    Edward married Mary Hale (Also called Holton. Essex Inst III pg 15 called her Hale.) on June 14, 1681.
  3. [S34] Various, Internet,

    In 1690, Edward was made freeman. He became the second deacon for the First Church of Danvers, Massachusetts on December 3, 1690.
  4. [S34] Various, Internet,