Friday, August 29, 2008

On This Date: August 29th


Elizabeth Putman, my 2nd cousin eight times removed, baptized in Albany, New York on August 29, 1754. The daughter of Lodowyck Arentse Putman (1713 - 1780) and Elizabeth Soets or Elizabeth Suitzin (1717 - 1780).

"Lodewyck (Arent, Jan), baptised at Schenectady, 14 November, 1713; he was killed by British and Indians, 21 May, 1780. He married Elizabeth Soets. Children: Derick, born 1746, died 1835; Arent, killed 21 May, 1780; Frederick; John L.; Hannah or Annatie, married 10 March, 1787, Jacob, son of Godfrey Shew, Esq. (Children baptised at Caughnawaga: Lodowyck Putman, born 15 February, 1792; Catrine, born 4 May, 1794.); Margaret or Elizabeth, baptised at Albany, 29 August, 1754, married Amasa Stevens, who was killed 21 May, 1780. (Child: Lodowyck, born 8 November, 1777).

Lodowyck Putman lived near Johnstown, New York. A party of Sir John Johnson's men proceeded directly to the house of Lodewyck Putman, an honest Dutchman living two and a half (miles) from Johnstown Court House. Putman had two daughters and three sons, two of the sons were absent. The old man and his son Aaron were killed. The mother and Hannah were spared. Amasa Stevens was also slain. The Putmans of the Mohawk valley were firm and outspoken Whigs, and it was commonly the case for the Tories with their Indian allies to attack the Putman farms in preference to others."


[1] Pearson, Jonathan, Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of the Ancient County of Albany, from 1630 to 1800, (Albany, NY: J. Munsell, 1872), p. 88.

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