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Joseph Putnam

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Re: Joseph Putnam

Posted: 1384192106000
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Hi -- I am a descendant of the Putnam family of Salem Village. My mother's maiden name was Putnam, her father was Joseph Putnam, and his father was also named Joseph Putnam. To our knowledge, we are directly descended from General Israel Putnam, who was the son of Joseph Putnam of Salem Village. Joseph Putnam stood against his brother Thomas and Thomas's daughter Ann Putnam when Thomas and his daughter became involved in naming and accusing others of witchcraft. Despite the Arthur Miller version of the story -- in which a 17 year-old Abigail Williams plays a major role in accusing other citizens of the town -- it seems more likely that it was Ann Putnam who was the chief accuser and self-appointed ringleader of the "afflicted children." Abigail was only 11 at the time of these events, and Ann was twelve. -- Bob Pridham
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