Israel Putnam E-Mail

Here are some of the letters we have received at the Israel Putnam web site

First of all it's a GREAT site you have here! I have a relative named Jonathan Shaw that joined Putnam's company in 1758. His name appears on a muster roll of Connecticut men in the French & Indian War I found on Do you have any orderlies or other materials I might use to find out more particulars on Jonathan's time with Putnam?


I would like to thank you for the very informative site you have on Isreal Putnam. My son chose to do a report on Isreal Putnam for his history class (8th Grade) when studying the Revolutionary War. We went through many search engines/web sites before we were able to find your site. There is NOT a lot of information out there on Putnam and we would like to thank you for your dedication. Sites we searched include (liberty) and we finally found your web site when we typed Isreal Putnam in the Prodigy search engine.

Thanks again! Karen (and Miles)

Great site on Old Put. When I was at Trinity College in Hartford, I would rub the head of the wooden carving of Old Put in the college chapel for good luck. Putnam, like so many of the other generals in the Revolutionary War (like Greene, Dan Morgan, Heath, Robert Howe, Knox, etc.) remain all the darker because Washington shines so bright. Your page serves as a worthy tribute to a worthy commander and Nutmeg State Legend.

Kevin Michael Derby

Israel Putnam's chiildren were:

Israel, Jr. June 8, 1740
Daniel March 10, 1742
Hannah August 25, 1744
Elizabeth March 20, 1747
Mehitable October 21, 1749
Mary May 10, 1753
Eunice January 10, 1756
Daniel November 18, 1759 (Born after the first Daniel died)


My name is Susan and my husband and I own and operate American Home-School Publishing. We sell to home schoolers in America and Canada and around the world. One of the things that we are really trying to do is reaquaint people with our great heritage including people like Israel Putnam. My children have read 2 or 3 books each on this wonderful man, but we cannot find any in print books to carry in our catalog.

Do you know of any books that are in print that we could carry in our catalog, anything from K to 12th grade? All of the books that we own ourselves, except one book for adults, are out of print. I have been searching for any figures in the American Revolution and have found some good biographies, histories, and historical fiction, but not nearly as much as I would like to have. There is so much out there on Egypt, Rome, the middle Ages etc. but there is a great shortage of books on figures of the American Revolution and the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution..

If you know of any books that are available on Israel Putnam, I would greatly appreciate any help that you could give me.

Raised in Killingly, Connecticut, I have been familiar with the name of Israel Putnam all my life. I am glad to see that "Old Put" has his own place on the Internet to perpetuate the memory of this remarkable character. Congratulations on a job well done!

Bruce Trinque

John Durkee was an ancestor of mine. I have been> researching his life for many years and, still have> many sources to investigate. Do you have any> references to Durkee? My interest in Durkee goes> beyond the family. I am researching his> Regt.-Putnam's former 3rd Conn., and his> participation along side Putnam at Bunker Hill.> Durkee fought with Putnam throughout the French and> Indian War, were elected on the same "political> ticket" to the General Assembly, etc., etc.>


Israel Putnams daughters by wife Hannah Pope were: hannah born 8/25/1744 married john dana 1764; elizabeth brn 3/20/1747 died young; mehitable brn 3/21/1749 married capt. daniel tyler 1711; mary brn 5/10/1753 married samuel waldo 1773; eunice brn 1/10/1756. major gen putnams sons were israel, david(died at 17), daniel,david, and peter schyler. Israel putnam is my great, grt, grt,grt,grt grandfather. I would appreciate locating a poem by arthur guiterman titled "death and general putnam" It is in a book published by e.p. dutton & co., inc. 1937 or 1939, new york. also, those interested in reasearching their putnam roots as relates to gen putnam will find a lot of information at the web site I hope this is helpful to you. Sincerely j.Applegate, Tulsa, Okla.
Your site is interesting; I would have liked to have read the e-mail comments but the yellow on white made it impossible. The Campus Martius museum is a great place to visit in Marietta Ohio.

Yours, Rufus Putnam's great, great, great,great, great grand-daughter

I am the great, great, great granddaughter of General Israel Putnam on my father's side according to the information my grandfather related to me when I was about ten years old, vacationing at my grandparents residence in Spokane, Washington.


I believe I'm a decendant of Gen. Putnam. My family records only show that my 4th Great Grandfsther - SIMEON BUMPUS married a daughter of Gen. Putnam. b. 31 Aug 1739 - Wareham, Lyme Co,
i'm trying to find some information about my grandmother,s family on my father's side. her name was nellie putnam hand. her father was a doctor... i've been told .
we are direct decendants of general putnam. her married name was nellie putnam hand williamson... her husband was jasper williamson....they lived in farmingdale new jersey after world war one... thats all i know .... i would really love any information anyone might have. thank you

Great web site!

Here is a web site of 32,750 individuals of the Putman/Putnam family:

To locate Generaal Putnam on this web site, click on find, enter ISRAEL THOMAS PUTNAM.


Excellent page. I have been reading a lot about Gen. Israel Putnam lately and have found your page to be one of the best. Keep up the great work.
I'm making an inquiry ... on Nathan Putnam- a grandson of Israel's (b. approx 1789) and was named Postmaster in the town of Adams, Massachusetts in 1814- he is buried in a cemetery in North Adams... Do you have any info or could you direct me to a Putnam geneology site? Thanks for your attention (your site here is very good)- Clark
It has been passed down over the years that my family is a direct descendant of Israel Putnam. I am in the process of trying to substantiate that fact but have not been successful. Do you have any suggestions or other web sites that may be of assistance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My great-grandfather Herbert Viele is the son of William Putnam Viele born 28 Jan. 1821. William's mother , we have been told, was a niece of Israel Putnam. Her name was Margaret (Ruth) Putnam. The two buckles from his boots were each made into a spoons and my great-grandfather received one spoon and his brother Charles received the other spoon. The other brother Andrew received a very old coverlet made of wool (home grown) which had been dyed, carded, and woven by the Putnam family. This story has been in our family for generations, but we cannot find a genealogy record for Israel Putnam.

The following is the direct Putnam line of great grandpa Viele's mother, Margaret Putnam and sometimes Putman as the name goes back:

Hendrick Putnam b. 1761 and Mariah Quackenbush b.1762

Cornelius Putnam b.1724 and Elizabeth Pruyn b. 1724

Victoor Janse Putnam b. 1681 and Grietje Pieterse Mabie b. 1680

Jan or J pootman or Putman b.1645 and Cornelia Arentse Bradt b.1655

Rutger Putman b. 1597 and Joanna Vandenburgh b. 1597.

Johannes Putman b. 1566 and Matilda Meyer b. 1566.

Rutgerus Putman b. 1510 and Agnez Bosch b. 1510.

I would appreciate any help. Melinda

I read on Israel Putnam's home page that David Humphrey wrote Putnam's biography.

My interest is in Humphrey, who was an ambassador to Spain and brought merinos back to Connecticut. Have you any info on Humphrey?

I am a descendant of General Israel Putnam and I am interested to know what he did after the Revolutionary War. My gg grandfather Sheppard Parkman Smiley came to Australia in 1852.


Aside from Ethan Allen's capture of Fort Ticondaroga, (Without so much as a shot fired), The second battle of the Revolutionary War was fought on what is now the border of Revere and Chelsea MA. Since General Putnam was a commander in what was the first multi or I guess one could say (United) States' military action against the crown, I think more mention and honor should be given those due both in the history books and your webpage, considering the fact that we won the battle. What do you think?

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