Portrait of Elizabeth (Junkins/Jenkins) Putnam, York and Houlton, ca. 1840

Contributed by Old York Historical Society


This grisaille and watercolor portrait on paper depicts Elizabeth (Junkins/Jenkins) Putnam (ca. 1812-1846) of York, who was believed to be the daughter of Samuel and Patty (Barnard) Jenkins/Junkins. In 1837 she married John Varnum Putnam (1802-1879) of Houlton, the son of John and Sally (Rich) Putnam.

Elizabeth was the mother of Black Hawk Putnam (1838-1909), the Captain of Company E First Maine Cavalry during the Civil War. Her early death prevented her from seeing any of her three surviving children grow to maturity.

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  • Title: Portrait of Elizabeth (Junkins/Jenkins) Putnam, York and Houlton, ca. 1840
  • Creation Date: circa 1840
  • Subject Date: circa 1840
  • Town: Houlton, Middletown, York
  • County: Aroostook, Frederick, York
  • State: ME, VA
  • Media: Grisaille and watercolor on paper
  • Dimensions: 35.7 cm x 30.6 cm
  • Local Code: 1981.82
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Old York Historical Society
P.O. Box 312, York, ME 03909
(207) 361-3552

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