Friday, May 5, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 174: #253 Sarah (Kinnan) Putman (1760-1841) of New Jersey and New York

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #174:

Sarah (Kinnan) Putman (1760-1841)  is #253 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married #252 Peter Victorse Putman (1760-1835)  in 1780, in Wantage, New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #126 John Putman (1785-1863), who married #127 Sarah Martin (1792-1860) in 1810.
*  their daughter, #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895)  who married #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907), in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), who married #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) who married #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916),  in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Sarah Kinnan[1]
*  Alternate Name:        Sarah Canaan [4]
*  Alternate Name:        Sarah Putman [2,3]

*  Sex:                           Female
*  Father:                      John Kinnan (1727-1784)   
*  Mother:                    Martha Morrison (1739-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        about June 1760, Wantage, Sussex, New Jersey, United States[2]   
*  Death:                      22 November 1841 (about age 81), Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States[3]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Peter Victorse Putman (1760-1835)   
*  Marriage 1:            20 March 1780 (about age 19), Wantage, Sussex, New Jersey, United States[2]   
*  Child 1:                  Victor Putman (1782-1845)   
*  Child 2:                  John Putman (1785-1863)   
*  Child 3:                  Peter Putman (1788-1855)   
*  Child 4:                  David Putman (1790-1855)   
*  Child 5:                  Isaac Kinnan Putman (1796-1875)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Sarah Kinnan (or Canaan) was born in about June 1760, probably in Wantage, Sussex County, New Jersey, the daughter of John and Martha (Morrison) Kinnan[1].  In an affidavit dated 3 August 1836 in her husband's Revolutionary War Pension File, she said she was age 76 years and two months; hence she was born in about June 1760[2].

Peter Putman married Sarah Kinnan (or Canaan) on 20 March 1780 in Wantage township, Sussex County, New Jersey, according to his pension record[3].   Peter and Sarah resided in Wantage after their marriage, and then they lived in Sandyston township after the war ended, where they owned land on the Delaware River.

A 1785 baptism record for their son, John Potman, noted that his parents were Peter Potman and Sarah Canaan[4].

Following the paths of other Revolutionary War veterans of Sussex County, by 1810 the Peter Putman family may have removed to Seneca County, New York, where a Peter Putman was listed in that year's census near Joseph Cannan and Ephraim Rolfe in the Town of Ulysses.  Ulysses became a part of Tompkins County.  Joseph would have a son named Isaac Putman Kinnan, and Peter and Sarah would have a son Isaac Kinnan Putman..

During or shortly after the War of 1812, the family moved to Wayne township, Steuben County, New York, as did many Revolutionary War veterans.  Peter and Sarah's sons may have worked in the lumbering industry, which was the second most common occupation following agriculture in Steuben County.

According to the History of Yates County, New York, Joseph Kinnan, and his wife, and Peter Putnam, and his wife, helped in the founding of the Methodist Church of Barrington in 1810.

After Peter Putman's death, his widow, Sarah, continued receiving his Revolutionary War pension.  On August 3, 1836, Sarah at 76 years 2 months was living with her son David Putman in Barrington[2].  She afterward lived with her son, Peter, Jr., and died at his home in Springwater, New York, November 22, 1841, at 80 years old[3].

 She wrote an affidavit, which is included in the Revolutionary War Pension File (W 7,501) about her qualifications for the pension on 3 August 1836[2]:

"State of New York
County of Yates.

"Then this 3d day of August personally appeared before Court of Common Pleas of the county of Yates Sarah Putman, a resident of the town of Barrington in the county of Yates and State of New York, aged seventy six years and two months, who being first duly sworn according to Law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed July 4th 1836. That she is the widow of Peter Putman, who was draughted out of Hankinson Regiment about the year 1780 under Captain Joseph Horker and served in the New Jersey Militia for about six weeks. She further declared that she was married to the said Peter Putman on the 20th day of March in 1780 that her husband the aforesaid Peter Putman died on the 3 day of October in the year 1835 and that she has remained a widow ever since that period as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.

"Sworn to and subscribed on ...................................... her
the day and year above written .......................... Sarah X Putman
before me .................................................................... mark
A.W. Woodworth Co. Ck."

No probate or burial records have been found for either Peter or Sarah (Kinnasn) Putman.

1. Mark Putman, The Kinnan Family in America," web page, Putman Family ( : accessed 3 May 2017), John Kinnan family sketch.

2. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2007), Pension application W 17501, New Jersey, image 8 of 20, Peter Putman of Steuben County, New York.

3. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,", Pension application W 17501, New Jersey, image 12 of 20, Peter Putman of Steuben County, New York.

4.  "U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989," digital images, (, New Jersey > Walpeck > Walpeck NJ, Book 78, page 97 (image 79 of 169), John Potman birth and baptism entry.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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