This photo is of my grandmother, her sisters and their parents. The Putnam family is descended from General Putnam's brother.
Mary Dempsey became the matriarch of the family. Edith Brown was supposedly an angel. She was a half-sister from the father's first wife.
Ella Carey was 4'10" and wore huge heels. She ran off at age 16 with an Irish man who helped build the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.
Sarah Putnam, never married, never kissed. She was 5'7", beautiful and loved children. She worked at Hunt Hospital.
Emiline Croft Putnam was the mother [my great grandmother]. She married at age 30 and walked to Beverly to work. John Putnam [my great grandfather] was a socialist until 1912. He was janitor at the Peabody Institute Library and credited with saving the George Peabody 10-foot oil painting when the library burned down in 1892.
Florence Putnam was a half-sister. Louise Clark ran the office at Ideal Baby Shoes when Danvers was the baby shoe capital of the world.
Eunice Hyde Putnam Watters was my grandmother. Her husband was 25 years her senior. She adopted my mother, Marjorie Watters Murray, the second woman selectman ever in Danvers. The Putnam girls could do anything!
(Back row) Mary Dempsey, Edith Brown, Ella Carey
(Middle row) Sarah Putnam, Emiline Croft Putnam, John Putnam, Florence Putnam
(Front row) Louise Clark, Eunice Hyde Putnam Watters
Danvers (Mass.) - - History
DMRS No. 0092 (MMRS No. 2129)
"Putnam Family," in NOBLE Digital Heritage, Item #15963, http://heritage.noblenet.org/items/show/15963 (accessed April 29, 2016).