I am a Putnam/Putman researcher. I'm hoping some Swartout/Swarthout genealogists amy have some information on the Nancy "Swartout" that married Aaron Putnam/Putman and lived in Currytown, Montgomery County, New York. Below is the information I have on this family.
In a letter dated 5 April 1892, David I. Putnam of Quaker Street, Lykers Village, in the town of Root, Montgomery County, N.Y., wrote to Victor A. Putnam of Auriesville Village, in the town of Mohawk, Montgomery County, N.Y. This letter is included in the Eben Putnam Mss collection at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Mass. In the letter, David I. Putnam detailed what he knew of his Putnam and Putman ancestors. Below is a synopsis of his letter:
He wrote that his great-grandfather’s name was Aaron Putnam and he married a Nancy Swartout sometime before the Revolutionary War. They settled near what Currytown, Montgomery County, N.Y. (Currytown is in the town of Root, not far from Lykers). He only knew the name of one child from their family:
Christopher Putnam was born in Charleston, Montgomery County, N.Y. Sometime after the Revolutionary War he married Elizabeth Vrooman. She was born in Schoharie, NY. While living in Montgomery County four children were born to them:
At some point Christopher & Elizabeth (Vrooman) Putnam moved to Canada. While in Canada five more children were born to them:
8. John F.
During the War of 1812 this family returned to the United States and settled in the town of Lyme, Jefferson County, N.Y. After remaining there seventeen years, the Christopher Putnam family moved to Niagara County, N.Y. Apparently, one of his sons, Daniel, remained in Lyme. It is written of Christopher Putnam that “when on a visit to his son Daniel in Lyme, his former home, he was taken sick, died, and was buried in that place. He was aged 70 years. His wife lived to be 98 years.”
Abraham Putnam, one of the sons from this family, had a family of his own. The author of the letter did not know much concerning Abraham’s family, but did mention that he had a son, the Rev. Nelson Putnam. This Nelson Putnam was a resident ofKirkwood, Broome Co., N.Y., as of 1892.
The author wrote that Daniel Putnam died in Jefferson County, N.Y. He also wrote that “the other brothers went west, to Michigan I think.”
Another son of Christopher & Elizabeth was John F. Putnam. He was born in Canada in about the year 1808. In 1834 he married Elizabeth Putman, daughter of David L. & Hannah (Ellis) Putman. Note the different spelling of the name. John F. & Elizabeth (Putman) Putnam lived in the town of Root, Montgomery County, N.Y. They had six children:
1. David Israel, b. Root, NY, 18 Oct. 1836.
2. Lucretia, b. & d. at Clarkesville, Ostego Co., N.Y., about 1837 or 38.
3. Aaron L., b. Clarkesville, 24 Oct. 1839.
4. Helen Josephine, b. Hartwick, Ostego Co., N.Y., 3 Feb. 1841.
5. Albert H., b. Hartwick, date unknown.
6. Harriet L., b. Hartwick, date unknown.
John F. Putnam died at Altona, Knox County, Illinois on 3 Nov. 1882, “in the 74th year of his age.” He was buried in South Valley, Ostego Co., NY. He was a Minister of the Christian Church (denomination unknown) and was ordained at Hartwick, Ostego Co., N.Y., in 1844.
One son of John F. & Elizabeth was David Israel Putnam (the author of this letter). On 3 Feb. 1857 he married Mary A. McKinley, the daughter of John & Ellen (Thomas) McKinley. They had six children:
1. Charles F., b. Roseboom, Ostego Co., N.Y., 5 Jul. 1858. Died at South Valley, N.Y., 5 Nov. 1858.
2. Mary Estella, b. Hartwick, 3 Jun. 1862. Died at Decatur, N.Y., 6 Jan. 1864.
3. Carrie L., b. No. 509, West 44th Street, N.Y.C., 29 Apr. 1865. Died there on 6 May 1865.
4. James H., b. Roseboom, 17 Aug. 1867. Died in New Durham, N.J., 29 Oct. 1868.
5. Grace C., b. Stanfordville, Dutchess Co., N.Y., 30 Jun. 1870
6. David A., b. South Westerlo, Albany Co., N.Y., 12 Mar. 1881.
They also had an adopted daughter:
7. Mamie A., b. 25 Dec. 1864 in N.Y.C.
That is the end of the information on these families. David I. Putnam also wrote a letter concerning his mother’s relatives, the Putmans. I will also post another message concerning the info he had on that family on the Putman Family Genealogy Forum.
I am unable to link up these Putnams (as they apparently spelled their name) with any known families in either the Dutch family of Putmans out of the Mohawk Valley, New York or the English family of Putnams out of Salem, Mass. I would have to guess that the Aaron Putnam that married Nancy Swartout was a member of the Dutch family, since they lived in Montgomery County, but I have no proof. If anyone has further information on these families please post a message here. Thanks,