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Big Lake Families

Posted: 933249600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993481947000
Surnames: JOHNSTON, PUTNAM, PUTMAN, DOTEN, WHITE, MERRIAM
I'm researching the John E. PUTNAM family of Big Lake, MN. John E. and his wife Nancy Augusta MERRIAM were early pioneers in Big Lake. They ran an Inn in Big Lake for many years and John E. was the postmaster for many years as well. His son Elmer Eugene PUTNAM was also the postmaster in Big Lake. Elmer and his wife Viola PUTMAN's daughter Grace Merion married Wm. Henry JOHNSTON. They were my grandparents.

Elmer E. Putnam was married first to Julia Cordelia PUTMAN daughter of Peter and Patience Hannah PUTMAN from Silver Creek, MN. They had 4 children: Violet (wife of Jacob Doten); Gertrude (wife of Steven White); Earnest, and Julian (Jim). Elmer married second, Julia's sister Viola and had the following children: Pearl, Grace, Lester, Burt and Daisy PUTNAM.

I would like to hear from descendants of these families and I will share the information I have. Thanks.

Re: Big Lake Families

Posted: 1082533546000
Classification: Query
Another interesting tidbit....one of the Clark girls mentioned below (Jessie) married a Putnam and had two kids, Hurshell and Avil..perhaps more. I haven't followed up much of the Clark connection, but perhaps they are related to your Putnam's. It was a small town. :)

Re: Big Lake Families

Mary Swanson (View posts)
Posted: 1082567630000
Classification: Query
Surnames: PUTNAM, PUTMAN, JOHNSTON
Yes, according to my family information, Ernest F. Putnam married Jessie Clark and they had two children, Herschel born in 1907 and Avis born in 1919. Herschel died in Sept 1979 in Elk River, MN., and Avis married (-?-) Corcoran and died 20 Sept 1994 in California. Ernest Putnam was a 1/2 brother to my grandmother Grace Putnam Johnston. I don't have any information on Jessie Clark other than she apparently died before her husband, Ernest. He died in 1963 in Princeton, Minnesota and is buried in Elk River. I assume his wife, Jessie may be buried there as well.

Re: Big Lake Families

Jeanne (View posts)
Posted: 1082582300000
Classification: Query
Thanks for providing that information. I am only doing vicarious research on the Clarks but always appreciate learning more because it helps me with my other research. It's a small world! :)

Re: Big Lake Families

Jeanne (View posts)
Posted: 1082583376000
Classification: Query
BTW, Jessie died in Mille Lacs County on August 28, 1959. She was born April 12, 1886 in Wisconsin. Ernest was located on the death record under PUTMAN. I am assuming Princeton is in Mille Lacs County since it says he also died in Mille Lacs County. And I always thought it was in Sherburne County! LOL! Ernest's name must have been spelled that way in error since Jessie and Heschel were under PUTNAM. Thanks again for the info.

Re: Big Lake Families

Mary Swanson (View posts)
Posted: 1082585633000
Classification: Query
Surnames: PUTNAM, PUTMAN, JOHNSTON, DOTEN, MERRIAM
I have the death record for Ernest Putnam and you're right..his last name is spelled incorrectly on the record. It should be Putnam, not Putman. The informant for his d.c. was his son Herschel, so the error must have been created by the recording secretary or whatever. Part of the name problem was that Ernest's mother and step-mother had the surname of Putman and his father's surname was, of course, Putnam. His mother and step-mother were sisters. His mother, Julia Cordelia Putman died in childbirth. The father, Elmer Eugene Putnam, then married her sister, Viola Putman and together they had six more children. Altogether in this blended family there were 10 children, one infant from the second marriage having died as an infant. But, the Putmans in the Big Lake / Silver Creek area went by the name Putnam and so the surnames became all mixed up.

Also, on Ernest's death record, his date of birth is different then that in his obituary. The death record lists his date of birth as 1885 and the obit gives his birth yr as 1883. I think the 1900 census also has 1883 as his yr of birth.

Ernest worked as a druggist in Idaho for a number of years. Later he moved his family to Lindstrom, MN., and then to Elk River where he operated the Phillips gas station. At his death, he had lived in Elk River for 30 yrs.

Re: Big Lake Families

Posted: 1082600147000
Classification: Query
There is a lot of opportunity for errors by the time the info gets down to us! LOL! Actually, I don't know how some of those people were able to transcribe the census records and get any of them right! Some of the writing was awful, and I am sure there were mistakes at the source as well. I guess the best we can expect to do with some of this is get it "sort of" right! :)

Good luck to you in your search!

Re: Big Lake Families

Posted: 1208572577000
Classification: Query
Hello,

my name is Christina Lynn Doten - but every one calls me cooky thats my nick name since birth.
viotlt and jacob doten are my greate grandparents.
i live in st.paul minnesota on rice st.
My parents are thomas and jean doten.
I got lot of Information on the dotens family tree.
If you are interested in any of this information, ill be glade to tell you...
i would love to see what kind information you have on the dotens family.

-bye for now cooky doten


P.S. hope to hear from you soon!!
thank you

Re: Big Lake Families

Posted: 1208802646000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnston, Putnam, Putman, Doten, White, Godfrey
Hi Cooky! I think we've communicated about the Doten family a couple of years ago through a friend of yours that you worked with in St. Paul. I don't have anything more on the Doten family although I have received some information from Nick Doten which you probably have also. Violet Putnam Doten was a half sister to my grandmother, Grace Putnam Johnston. How far back have you gone with Julia Cordelia's parents..Peter Putman / Putnam and Patience Godfrey? Are you interested in either of those families?
Mary

Re: Big Lake Families

Posted: 1309792879000
Classification: Query
Surnames: doten putnam
hiya mary- see your posting is very old but will chance that you'll get this message- i am a descendent of jacob doten married to violet putnam- have some info cc this side of the family if you're interested !
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