Phoebe Wilmarth (1791-1880)

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Phoebe Wilmarth was born on October 22, 1791 on Long Island, New York to Selah Wilmarth and Margaret Ruland. She married Ephron Putnam in 1808 and they moved to Chautauqua County in 1808. They setteld in West Ellery near the Quail Trap schoolhouse on lot 42. They built a log house in the wilderness, and had 11 children, of which 3 died young. Her husband, Ephron is in the 1830 census. After her husband died in 1839, in the fall of 1841, Phoebe remarried to Deacon Phineas Annis and they lived in Carroll, New York.

A family reunion was held at the house of Mr. Warren Putney, in Poland, New York on Thursday, October 2, 1873. Mrs. Putney, a granddaughter of Phoebe Annis had invited all the family to meet and pay their respects to their aged mother. At the time of the reunion, Phoebe had eight living children, thirty grandchildren, forty-five great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. All of her children were present except Mrs. Vanderwork. Also attending were a great number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and two of her great great grandchildren, namely Mariette, a daughter of Mrs. L. D. Whitcomb, of Forest County, Pa., who is a daughter of Mrs. Joshua Pickard of Forest County, a daughter of Mrs. Wait, and also Maud Belle, a daughter of William E. Wait, of Randolph, a son of Mrs. Wait of Carroll. It was a sight such as is not often witnessed to see these grandchildren of Mrs. Annis, namely Mrs. Pickard and Mr. Oliver Wait, present, to hear their grandchildren saying "Grandmother this is my granddaughter." Mr. Nathan Wilmarth of Frewsburg, the only surviving brother of Mrs. Annis was also present, together with several of the children and grandchildren of Deacon Annis and his first wife, making, with a few other guests a company of about seventy-five people. Mr. and Mrs. Annis, for many years were worthy members of the Frewsburg Baptist Church and by invitation their pastor, Reverend A. D. Bush, was present, and they had devotional exercises with their numerous family gathered about them. Hoard & Upham, the well known photographic artists of Jamestown, were also present and took a picture of the couple, with daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter and a great great granddaughter.

Phoebe died in 1880 and is buried in Lewis Cemetary in Maple Springs, Chautauqua, New York. Records of 1936 show over 500 descendants.


Offspring of Phoebe Wilmarth and Ephron Putnam (1789-1839)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eliza Ann Putnam (1809-1883) 1 September 1809 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 20 October 1883 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States Edward Waite (c1802-1887)

Rhoda Putnam (1813-1880) 8 July 1813 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 2 July 1880
Esther Putnam (1815-1905) 8 July 1815 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 1905
Jane Putnam (1818-1881) 1818 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 15 February 1881
Roxy Ann Putnam (1820-1902) 19 May 1820 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 25 December 1902
Warren Putnam (1823-1909) 5 May 1823 West Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 15 April 1909 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States Susannah Carpenter (1821-1920)

Margaret Putnam (1825-1879) 22 July 1826 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 13 November 1879
Mortimer Putnam (c1832-1880) 1832 Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, United States 1880


  • 1. Phoebe Wilmarth (1791-1880)
Great grandparents
2nd Great grandparents
3rd Great grandparents
4th Great grandparents
5th Great grandparents
6th Great grandparents
  • 264. John Wheatley
  • 265. Mary
  • 274. Nicholas Batt


  • 1840 United States Federal Census, Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York.
  • 1860 U.S. Federal Census
  • 1870 U.S. Federal Census
  • 1880 U.S. Federal Census
  • Newspaper article on the 1873 Family Reunion

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