Private-GEORGE S. PUTNAM

GEORGE S.PUTNAM, of  Mount Morris, occupies a high social position among its residents. He is of New England ancestry and birth, the town of Dal­ ton, which is picturesquely situated among the hills of Berkshire County, Mass., being the place of his nativity, and August 9, 1840, his natal day. His father, Sardis Putnam, was born in Middlefield, Mass.; the grandfather, James Putnam, was, as far as known, a lifelong resident of that Massachu­setts town.

Sardis’ Putnam learned the trade of shoe­ making in the days of his early manhood, and after following that occupation in Middlefield and Dalton for several years, migrated to this State, locating at Cayuga Bridge, Cayuga County, in 1850. After a short residence there, he moved to Montezuma, where he lived a few months; coming then to Mount Morris, he became identified with its citizenship until he called from earthly scenes in 1852, fifty-six years of age. His wife, who in the days of her maidenhood was Dor­ cas Starr, was a native of Middlefield, Mass., and a sister of Martin Starr, a brief sketch of whose life is given in connection with the history of Samuel Starr, which may be found on another page of this work. She lived to the advanced age of seventy-seven years and was the mother of five children: Frank, George S., Martha, Mary, and Edwin. George S. Putnam, of whom we write, was ten years of age when he accompanied his par­ ents to Cayuga County. He received a sub­stantial education; but, ere he had settled to any decided occupation, the tocsin of war resounded throughout the land, wakening the slumbering fires of patriotism in many a breast; and in August 1862, Mr. Putnam took his place with the brave volunteers, en­ listing as a member of Company B, One Hun­dred and Thirtieth New York Volunteer In­fantry, which the following year was changed to the New York Dragoons. He served with his regiment, one of the most ac­tive of the entire army, until the close of the war and was an active participant in forty­ four engagements. During the battle of Cold Harbor, he was severely wounded and doomed to hospital life for three or four months. Subsequently, he rejoined his regiment, remaining with it until after the grand review, and was honorably discharged in June 1865.

Returning to Mount Morris, Mr. Putnam was employed at different kinds of work until 1871, when he went to Batavia and was there to manufacture brooms for several years. In 1878 he and his wife accepted positions as teachers in the Institute for the Blind at Batavia, remaining there four years, at the expiration of which time they came to Mount Morris. Mr. Putnam has since been associated with Samuel Starr in farming, carrying on an extensive busi­ness. In 1866 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Johnson, a native of Mount Morris and a daughter of John Johnson.

Mr. Putnam is a man of influence in his community. He is prominently identified with many social organizations, being a member of J. E. Lee Post, No. 281, Grand Army of the Republic, of Mount Morris Lodge, No. 122, A. F & A. M., of Mount Morris Chap­ter, No. 137, R. A. M., of Belwood Lodge, No. 315, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Alert Council, No. 25, E. K. 0. R.


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George S. Putnam

Birth 1839 New York, USA
Death 31 Aug 1904 (aged 64–65) Mount Morris, Livingston County, New York, USA
Burial Mount Morris City Cemetery Mount Morris, Livingston County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 147486440

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