Saw your posting and was interested in part about family from Putnam County on farm. You don't say which state for Putnam County, so I'm taking a chance that it is Missouri.
I am looking for Letha Ader who married Burgess Cunningham, don't know where, probably sometime between 1870-1885. They had son, Arthur Lincoln born 10 Feb, 1885, and several other children, possibly as many as 8 or 9. They lived around Mercer County, Mo, as my mother related that all of her dad's relatives were from around there.
So far I have been able to find no mention of this family in any records but did find cemetery markers for Arthur and one sister (Ethel Summers) in Mercer, Early cemetery. If you have a connection, I would appreciate any information that you might have and would be willing to share.