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Johannes PUTMAN
Matilda MEYER
Johannes Jan PUTMAN
(Abt 1645-1690)


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Cornelia BRADT

Johannes Jan PUTMAN 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1645, Leyden, Holland 5
  • Marriage: Cornelia BRADT about 1675
  • Died: 8 February 1690, Schenectady, Albany Co., New York about age 45
  • Buried: 12 February 1690, Rotterdam, Albany Co., New York

bullet   Other names for Johannes were Johannes Jan POOTMAN and Jan PUTMAN.


bullet  General Notes:

POOTMAN (Putman)

Johannes (Jan), sixteen years of age in 1661, was apprentised by Jan Hendrickse Van Bael for three years to Philip Hendrickse Brouwer for his food and clothes. He married Cornelia, daughter of Arent Andries Bratt and Catalyntje De Vos. His home lot, in the village, was on the north corner of Union and Ferry streets, having 100 feet frontage on the former street; later he purchased the 100 foot lot next west, of Jan Roeloffse, son of the celebrated Anneke Janse. On the fatal night of the 8th. of February, 1690, both Pootman and his neighbor, Roloffse, with their wives, were slain by the French and Indians. The following children were living in 1715, when they received their mother's portion of her father's estate. (101 Pounds, 13 Shillings, 4 Pence.) Arent; Maritie she married Stephen Beduet; Victoor; David; Cornelius; and Catalyntje, who married Cornelius Post. [Pearson, THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY; pg. 142-143].

Jan Pootman was born in Holland, but he was in Rensselaerwyck by the time he was 16 years old. At that time he was apprenticed to Philip Bower and moved with him to Schenectady in 1664. He bought a house and lot on the corner of Union and Ferry Streets and another lot later on. Both Jan and his wife Cornelia Bradt were killed in the 1690 Schenectady Massacre, but their children survived. [Getty; Hist. Schenectady Co.; E&N; Robert Sager]

During King William's War, French and Indians from Montreal attacked New York, and on the night of February 08, 1689/90, the entire village of Schenectady was destroyed and the inhabitants scattered or slain.

Information from the FTM User Home Page of Laura G. Green, e/mail []

Shows Birth, 1645 in Delden, Holland, Ref. for location not listed in notes.

"Notes for Johannes (Jan) Putman:
All Notes on Johannes Putman are from the work of Warren T. Putman of Rio Linda, California, who researched this family for 24 years".

Putman, A.H.; "History of the Putman Family in the Netherland"; 1736; p 2. Here we find a John Putman, born 1645, to Rutger Putman and an unlisted mother. This document was translated in December of 1898, by DeWitt C. Putman. It was published in "The Putnam Leaflets"; Vol. III; # 2; in May of 1899, but copies are scarce and hard to find. Due to the fact that so few copies are still extant, this manuscript was reprinted and indexed in 1989, by the compiler of this record. [Warren.T. Putman, Research Notes, Rio Linda, CA)]

!NOTE: Copies of the reprint have been distributed to the Library of Congress, and to several of the large genealogical societies". [W.T.P.]

!Genelogical records of The Holland Society of New York, as quoted in the "Memoirs" of Joseph Wendell Putman, living in 1989, age 93, see page 2, Quote: "As indicated in the genealogical records of the Holland Society of New York, our family history in America begins with the arrival (about 1665) in New Amsterdam, of young Johannes Putman, a cabin boy on a Dutch ship. The pros- pects for a Dominie's son in Holland were not good in that period, so he jumped ship in New Amsterdam and, not relishing arrest and return to Holland, made his way to the outpost stockade of Schenectady. In the next few years, he met and fell in love with Cornelia Bradt (or Bratt). in the 1670's or 1680's they were married and lived in a cabin in the southeast corner of the stockade (now the corner of Union and Ferry Streets). As a son of a Dominie, I suppose he must have had a fair education, but I have no record of how Cornelia and Johannes Putman lived". End quote.

!Callaghan, E.B.; "Documentary History, State of New York"; 1849; Vol 1; p 305. Quote: "List of ye people kild and destroyed by ye French of Canida and there Indians at Skinnechtady between Sat. and Sun. ye 9th. of February, 1689/90. Joh. Potman kild and his wife kild and her scalp taken off". End quote.

!Callaghan, E.B.; "Documentary History, State of New York"; 1849; Vol 2; p 201. Quote: "List of goods sent from New York and received from Mons. Jan Hendricksen Brujn and Johannes Proofoost, to be distributed among the refugees of Schoonechtede, to wit:
"Johannes Pootman's children.... 70 ells". End quote.

!Note: The ell was used chiefly for the measurement of cloth in England. It was equal to 45 inches by our measure. [W.T.P.]

Putman, C.W.; Unpublished manuscript; 1914; p 1; Schenectady Historical Soc. Quote: "Jan and Cornelia were both slain, and she was scalped, 8 February, 1890, during the Schenectady massacre. They are both buried under a boulder, in the "Old" Cobblestone Church yard, Rotterdam, Albany County, New York". End quote.


Johannes married Cornelia BRADT, daughter of Arent Andries BRADT and Catalyntje DE VOS, about 1675. (Cornelia BRADT was born in 1655 in Albany, , New Netherlands 5 and died on 8 February 1690 in Schenectady, Albany Co., New York 2.)



1 Bill Fitzpatrick <, Cornelia Potman Gedcom file (Gedcom was E-mailed to Ronald Whitney 13 August 2002.)

2 Callaghan, E.B, Documentary History, State of New York, 1849; Vol 1, p.305.

3 Pearson, Jonathan, Genealogies of the First Settlers of Schenectady, 1873, p. 142, 143.

4 Reid, Max, The Mohawk Valley: Its Legends and its History, New York and London G. P. Putman's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1901.


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