Biography of Aaron H. Putnam
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Putnam, Aaron H., was born in Steuben county, N. Y., July 2, 1838. He is the son of Aaron V. and Mary Putnam, and grandson of David Putnam, of Holland descent, who came from that country with his family and settled in Montgomery county, N. Y. He was a Revolutionary soldier and noted Indian fighter under General Van Rensselaer. After his return from the war he was captured by Indians, killed and scalped. Aaron V. was born in Montgomery county in 1790. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and married Mary Rose in 1820. To them was born twelve children. He was a blacksmith by trade, and in 1832 came to Prattsburg and settled on a farm where he plied his trade in connection with his farming, they remaining on the farm they settled in Prattsburg until their death, both living to the advanced age of eighty four years. Aaron H. Putnam was the eighth of this family of children and remains on the homestead farm of 130 acres, to which he has added 175 acres. Politically Mr. Putnam is a Democrat and has always adhered to the principles of that party. He has held the office of commissioner of highways, and assessor at different times. In 1866 he married Ada, daughter of Dwight Graves, of Prattsburg, by whom he had eight children: Cora, Ella, Mae, Arthur, Lillie, Aaron, Clara, and Dwight, all living except Clara, the youngest daughter, who died at the age of four years. The girls are school teachers, and the boys remain at home on the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Putnam are both members of the Ingleside Grange, in which they have both held offices.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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