Thursday, May 26, 2022

1860 US Federal Census Entry A G Putman--Bedford Co. TN

The above image shows the 1860 US Federal Census entry for A. G. Putman.  A.G. is Anna G Putman, the widow of William Putman. We believe she is also the sister of Wm. C. Cook, who married William Putman's sister Elizabeth.   Wm C Cook and Elizabeth Putman are my paternal 2nd Great Grandparents. Information about Anna's maiden name was passed down in her family and Wm C Cook's statement in his affidavit from Williams vs. Putman  dated  5th September 1831-- "I am the brother-in-law of Mr. Putman" appears to back that up.  At the time of the statement Wm C Cook is not yet married to Elizabeth. Their marriage took place a little over 3 weeks later on the 27th of September 1831.  If the statement is true as of the date given, it would mean that Wm Putman's wife was Wm C Cook's sister.   

William & Anna had 6 children(1 son and 5 daughters). 

  • David Vance Putman--He's married to his 1st wife by this point and out of the household with children of his own living in District 12 of Rutherford Co. TN.
  • Mary Ann Putman--Married to Charles Norvell(in census entry)
  • Sarah Jane Putman--Married to Henry Warner(in census entry along with infant daughter, Sarah Levina Warner(shown as S. L. Warner age 3/12 )
  • Willie Levina Putman--not listed may have been omitted or living with family elsewhere.  I have DNA cousins thru her line so I know she didn't die young with no issue. She was not in David's household.
  • Rebecca Elizabeth Putman--listed in this 1860 entry
  • Sciota/Siota Putman--listed in this 1860 entry
Not sure why these families are grouped this way.  Seems a bit odd.  Additionally, an infant named Julia Warner is listed on line one of the next page that I've yet to place.  Was she a twin of Sarah and could the age be an error?  If so the age should be 3/12 instead of 1/12,

Challenging family to trace but that holds true of most of my Cook(e) line.  😊

Sources:  "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 February 2021), Bedford Co. Tennessee, Western Division District 9 Middleton P.O, p. 105(handwritten), Dwelling 784-786. continuing over to line 1 of p. 106(handwritten).  *NOTE This entry seems odd in the way it's presented most notably the Dwelling and Household numbering.
Tennessee State Library & Archives. Tennessee Supreme Court Clerk’s Records 1810-1955, Record Group 191.TN State Supreme Court Case Middle District Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box: 375 Robert Williams v. William Putman, et al. (41 pages). 

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