Deborah Avery Putnam is the namesake of our chapter. Deborah Avery Putnam Chapter DAR was formed April 9, 2011. The history of the original Deborah Avery Putnam (1895 to 2010) chapter is available on the History page.
Deborah Lothrop was born on January 9, 1716/17, the daughter of Samuel and Deborah (Crow) Lothrop of Norwich, Connecticut. She died Tuesday, October 14, 1777, at Fishkill, New York, and was buried there in the family vault of Colonel Beverly Robinson. She married first Reverend Ephraim Avery (1713-1754) of Brooklyn, Connecticut, on September 21, 1738, at Pomfret, Connecticut. The Averys had three daughters and six sons. Elisha died in infancy (1744), Septimus died in 1754 along with his father. She married second, John Gardiner (1714-1764) of Gardiner’s Island, on November 21, 1755. They had one son and one daughter.
On July 3, 1767, she married her third husband, General Israel Putnam (1718-1790). She became the caretaker of his seven children. With this marriage he assumed her social position.
The Putnams moved from the family farm to a tavern inherited from Deborah’s first husband to help support the large family. The tavern, “The General Wolfe,”was a social and political gathering place. A plaque marks the former location of the tavern in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Deborah often followed her husband while he campaigned. Deborah died of illness, along with her son, Septimus Gardiner, at Fishkill, New York in 1777.