m. 17 Oct 1643
Facts and Events
Thomas Putnam (January 12, 1651/2—May 24, 1699) was a resident of Salem Village (present-day Danvers, Massachusetts) and a significant accuser in the notorious 1692 Salem witch trials. His father, Lt. Thomas Putnam Sr. (1615–1686), was one of Salem's wealthiest residents. He was excluded from major inheritances by both his father and father-in-law. His half brother, Joseph, who had benefited most from their father's estate, married into the rival Porter family, fueling ill will between the clans. Putnam, his wife, and his daughter, all levied accusations of witchcraft, many of them against members of the Porter family, and testified at the trials.