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Frederick Putnam, b. Nov. 1786, Tolland, CT
Posted by: Matt Putnam (ID *****5756) Date: August 10, 2004 at 10:21:29
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Hello I am searching for any information concerning members of the Putnam family who may have lived in the town of Tolland, Conn. in the 1780s.

There was a Frederick Putnam born in Nov. 1786 somewhere in Connecticut who died in 1864 in Clarendon, Genesee Co., NY. On his death certificate it is stated that he was born in Tolland, Connecticut. This death reference may mean either Tolland Town or County. The certificate however did not state the name of Frederick's parents.

There are descendants of this Frederick Putnam who have been trying for years to discover the names of his parents. I am co-writing a Putnam Family genealogy book and have been trying to help solve this mystery with little apparent success.

The best clues we have are two deeds on record in Shaftsbury, Vermont. On 21 June 1784 Asa Rose of Norwich, New London Co., Conn. for 50 pounds sold two lots of land in Shaftsbury, Vt. to Charles Putnam of Tolland, Hartford Co., Conn. This deed was witnessed by Lucretia Huntington and Rufus Lathrop (Shaftsbury Vt. deeds, book 2: page 17). On 15 November 1784 Charles Putnam of Tolland, Hartford Co., Conn. for 56 pounds sold the same two lots of land to John Holley of Shaftsbury. This deed was witnessed by David Galusha and Charles Spencer (Shaftsbury Vt. deeds, book 2: page 20).

This Charles Putnam is well researched and is known to have married Martha Rose on 27 May 1762 in Preston, New London Co., Conn. They had nine children including Frederick (b. 1763), Eleazer (b. 1764), Sarah (b. 1766), Apphia (b. 1768), Alice (b. 1772), Charles (b. 1774), Lucy (b. 1776), Catherine (b. 1778), George (b. 1781), Martha (b. 1785), and Roderick (b. 1789).

The son eldest son in this family, Frederick Putnam, later married Mary King and had a family of his own. However the Frederick Putnam born in November 1786, apparently in Tolland, Conn., is not one of them. The name Frederick was common in this family though and Charles Putnam was a resident of the town of Tolland in 1784. The Frederick Putnam born in Nov. 1786 seems to be somehow connected to this family. If anyone has any information on this family please post a message here or e-mail me at



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