Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 598 - 600
Gilbert Schuyler Putnam, attorney-at-law, and a resident of Greenbush, is an early settler of that town. He was born
in the town of Cazenovia, Madison County, N. Y., March 18, 1836, and is a son of Benjamin and Sophia (Moyer) Putnam.
His paternal grandfather, Gilbert Putnam, was of Dutch and English parentage. He was born December 15, 1771, in the
Mohawk Valley, and died August 12, 1815. He moved with his family to Louisville, Ky., when our subject's father was
a child. A few years later, the parents died, and the children, under the care of the eldest son, returned to New
York. Benjamin Putnam, the father of our subject, was born in Montgomery County, of that State, February 11, 1811.
On his return from Kentucky, he served an apprenticeship to the trade of spinster in a woolen factory in his native
State, and on reaching man's estate was united in marriage to Sophia Moyer. Mrs. Putnam was born in the Mohawk
Valley, her birth occurring October 3, 1805. She was descended from families of the early Holland settlers of that
region, and her mother was a member of the Schuyler family so prominent in the early history of New York. After
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Putnam settled at Cazenovia, where they spent the remainder of their lives. The latter
died March 4, 1854, and the former on January 18, 1888.
Gilbert S. prepared for college at Yates Polytechnic Institute, at Chittenango, N. Y., and in 1857 entered Hamilton
College. Two years later he left college to go West, and located at La Porte, Ind., where he engaged in school
teaching. In 1860, he came to Greenbush, Sheboygan County, Wis., where he was again engaged in teaching, teaching
the school of that place some four terms, besides teaching elsewhere in Sheboygan County. He was also engaged in
On the 12th of September, 1861, Mr. Putnam was married in Greenbush to Catherine Nare. Mrs. Putnam was born in
Steuben County, N.Y., September 25, 1839, and is a daughter of Peter, and Lena (Dockstader) Nare. Her father was
born in the town of Palatine, Montgomery County, of the Empire State, in 1813, and was a son of Henry and Catharine
Nare. He was married in 1833 to Lena Dockstader, a daughter of John and Lena (Ecker) Dockstader. Mrs. Nare was also
a native of Palatine, where her birth occurred in 1814, and is descended from an old Mohawk Valley family, of
Holland origin. Mr. Nare worked at the carpenter's trade in the East, but in 1846 he emigrated to Sheboygan County,
Wis., with his family, and settled in the town of Greenbush and engaged in farming. Mr. and Mrs. Nare had three
children, two sons and one daughter, as follows: John Henry, who married Jane Brown, and now makes his home at
Golden, Colo.; Catherine, now Mrs.Gilbert S.Putnam; and George, the youngest, who was a soldier of the late war, a
member of Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, and died in Baton Rouge, La., while in the service. Mr. Nare died in
Greenbush on the 29th of December, 1863. Mrs. Nare survives her husband and resides in Greenbush with her brother,
Henry Dockstader, of whom see sketch.
On the 17th of November, 1863, Mr. Putnam enlisted as a member of Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry. He was
promoted to be Third Sergeant and served until after the close of the war. He participated in several engagements,
and performed various duties in guarding bridges and supply trains, and in skirmish line. About his last active
service was at the capture of Mobile, Ala., and the taking of Ft. Blakely and Spanish Fort. He was mustered out at
New Orleans, August 22, 1865.
Mr. and Mrs Putnam have had seven children, of whom three are living. William N., born September 6, 1862, died July
11, 1863; Charles H., born July 24, 1864, died September 18, 1865; George N., born March 22, 1867, married Lena
Sinz, and is a farmer of the town of Greenbush; Carrie L., born July 30, 1870, died March 21, 1873; Lena P., born
July 15, 1872, is now the wife of Patsy Gannon, a farmer of the same town; Giles H. was born November 27, 1875; and
Henry I., who was born June 18, 1877, died July 19, 1882.
Mr. Putnam was a Republican up to 1888, when he left that party and supported Grover Cleveland for President, having
since voted with the Democratic party. He was induced to make the change by his belief in the Democratic principle
of tariff for revenue only. In 1870, he was appointed Register of Deeds by the Governor to fill a vacancy, and was
the candidate of the Republican party at the ensuing election for that office. His party being in a minority, he was
defeated, but he carried the Democratic city of Sheboygan by one hundred and six majority, being the only Republican
on the county ticket who got a majority in that city. He has .served as Chairman of the town of Greenbush for three
terms, and as a member of the County Board of Supervisors. He has also served as Justice of the Peace several terms.
In early manhood Mr. Putnam entertained a desire to enter the legal profession, and to that end studied the standard
textbooks while teaching school, and later while engaged in farming. Finally he took a course of reading under the
direction of Judge William H. Seaman, of Sheboygan, and was admitted to the Bar May 2, 1884, since which time he has
practiced in the courts of the county.
Socially, Mr. Putnam is a Knight Templar, belonging to Acassia Lodge No. 167,A. F. & A . M . , of Plymouth; Harmony
Chapter No. 10, R.A.M., of Sheboygan; and to Fond du Lac Commandery No. 5, K. T., of Fond du Lac. He also belongs to
the Odd Fellows' fraternity.
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