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Thomas Putnam ( – , 1699) was a member of the Putnam family and 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 one of his daughters (Ann Putnam, Jr.) all levied accusations of witchcraft, many of them against extended members of the Porter family, and testified at the trials. He and his wife had 12 children in total. Both Thomas Putnam and Ann Putnam, Sr. died in 1699, leaving 10 children orphans, two children having predeceased them.
- ↑ Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records to the End of the year 1849. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1916-1925), vol. 2, page 218.
PUTNAM, Thomas, s. Thomas and Ann (Holyocke), [born] 12: 1 m: 1652. CT.R.
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- ↑ Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records to the End of the year 1849. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1916-1925), vol. 6, page 172.
PUTNAM, Thomas, h. Ann (Carr), [died] May 24, 1699. CT.R. [a. 50 y. CR2]
- Thomas Putnam, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
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