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printing office of "The Coos Republican,"
served his apprenticeship at the case, and
afterwards worked a brief time in Phila-
delphia as a compositor. At this time
Charles A. Dana was assistant secretary
of war. Charles A. Dana and Henry W.
Denison were cousins, and Dana had
spent a season during his college days at
the Denison homestead ; when young
Denison became sick of his occupation he
wrote Dana for a job in Washington and
he received this reply : "Come on at once ;
no son of John P. Denison shall want for
a position here if I can secure one for
him." On reaching Washington he en-
tered the treasury department at once.
While a government clerk he read law
by night until he fitted for practice and
was admitted to the bar. While attend-
ing school in Lancaster he had formed an
attachment for Nellie E. Cross, the young-
est daughter of Colonel Ephraim and Abi-
gail (Everett) Cross. Colonel Cross was
a man of some military reputation, ac-
quired in the days of Andrew Jackson,
when the martial spirit of New England
was more apparent than prior to our Civil
War, and then it was the colonel com-
manded the Forty-second Regiment of
New Hampshire State militia. Mrs. Eph-
raim Cross, the mother of Nellie E. Cross,
was a daughter of Judge Richard Clair



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Everett, of the New Hampshire bench,
who as a boy of seventeen had served as
one of Washington's body guard and was
also one of the general's military family
throughout the Revolutionary War. Her
three sons were all in the Civil War.
Colonel E. E. Cross was colonel of the
Fifth New Hampshire Volunteer Infan-
try, long acting as a brigadier and fell at
Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, at the head of
his command, First Brigade, First Divi-
sion, Second Army Corps ; Richard E.
succeeded to the command of the regi-
ment. Frank was a lieutenant in the
same regiment. A son also of Colonel Eph-
raim Cross by an earlier wife (Nelson
Cross) rose to the rank of major-general
by brevet.

In the fall of 1868 young Denison re-
ceived the appointment of marshal to the
consular court at Yokohama, Japan, and
in 1872 was made consul to that port, and
at the expiration of his consulship about
1876, upon recommendation of Hon. John
A. Bingham, United States minister to
Japan, was admitted to practice before
the courts in that country. During the
term of his practice he returned to this
country, and in 1873 was united in mar-
riage to Miss Cross, at the home of Gen-
eral Nelson Cross, in Brooklyn, New
York. Soon after their marriage they re-
turned to Yokohama, Japan, where after
a lucrative practice at the bar of four
years he was called by his Emperor to the
office of legal adviser to the foreign office.
By some it is presumed that his success
in the settlement of a suit against the gov-
ernment regarding a mining claim was
the reason for his being soon thereafter
called by the government to this position.
This office he held for thirty-four years,
from 1880, and although he three times
tendered his resignation it was refused
each time. In July, 1907, while on a two
years' vacation, he attended The Hague
conference as one of the judges of that



tribunal, serving his Emperor his second
term, having received his second appoint-
ment in November, 1906, as the legal ad-
viser of the foreign office. He was influ-
ential in directing the foreign policy of
Japan for a quarter of a century and to
his efforts the wonderful progress of the
nation is more due than to that of any
other man. He was one of the best au-
thorities on international law of any man
of his time. He received first-class dec-
orations of all the orders which the Japa-
nese government can confer, and refused
three decorations tendered him by foreign
governments.

The man and the influence he exerted
is best given by an English correspondent
of a London journal, made at the close of
the Portsmouth conference :

He is a modest man, this Denison, one who has
always kept himself in the background, and his
work for a quarter of a century is merged, un-
identified, in the general accomplishment of the
government which he serves. Denison prefers the
satisfaction that comes from work well done,
rather than the praise of the world. He lives
quietly in one of the smaller official residences in
Tokio, almost a recluse save to his intimate
friends, to whom he is said to bring a charming
simplicity of manner, a splendid measure of
warmth and geniality, and a delightful form of
wit and humor. It is difficult to single out the
particular achievements of this wonderful, silent,
reserved man, who stands forever in the back-
ground, but there has not been an important
foreign office for twenty years in which he has
not been consulted. At the close of the war with
China, Denison received a gift of ten thousand
dollars from his Emperor, and the thanks of the
royal family. Mr. Denison's work in the affairs
of the Japanese government with foreign powers
will never be known, nor will his influence among
nations in bringing about the late Russo-Japanese
treaty ever be divulged, but it is well known that
his advice has been adhered to in most cases of
complications with foreign powers and also in the
late treaty of alliance with Great Britain. He is
one of the very few foreigners ever admitted to
intimate approach of the Emperor, and his house
is filled with costly presents from his Imperial
Majesty.



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In person Mr. Denison stood a trifle
over six feet ; of commanding presence,
one shoulder slightly depressed. His face
was rather mobile, but exceedingly pleas-
ant when lit up by a smile. He was as
gentle as a child, but very reserved and
circumspect in his intercourse with
strangers. His weight was about one
hundred and eighty pounds, and he used
a cane in walking. He had no children.
His wife, an invalid, spent much of her
time at the baths in Germany, while her
husband was busy "sawing wood," as he
termed his daily labors. He was thor-
oughly versed in the history of Japan and
full of Japanese reminiscenses.

The New York "Sun" of July 4, 1914,
said:

In accordance with Japanese custom the news
of Mr. Denison's death was withheld from the
public for several hours to give the emperor an
opportunity to confer upon him the order of the
Grand Cordon of the Order of Paulownia. Mr.
Denison was called one of the greatest bene-
factors of Japan in a statement issued by the
foreign office later in the day. "The whole
Japanese nation," the statement concluded, "joins
in the sentiment of thankfulness and indebtedness
for the distinguished services of Mr. Denison and
in the expression of sorrow at his departure."
On learning of the death of Mr. Denison Presi-
dent Wilson telegraphed condolence to the Em-
peror of Japan upon the death in Tokio of Henry
Willard Denison, an American, who had served
the Japanese Government in the capacity of ad-
visor to the foreign office for thirty-four years.
In the dispatch President Wilson declared that
Denison had "done honor to his country in his
service to Japan." Mr. Denison saw Japan rise
from comparative obscurity to a great world
power. Indeed Japanese statesmen have not been
slow to recognize that a great deal of their coun-
try's progress was due to the quiet little man from
America who was the friend and confidential
adviser of emperors, the greatest of the elder
statesmen and of the men who guided Japan
through her most serious troubles. There was
not an important foreign affair in Japan in the
last thirty years in which the legal adviser to the
department of foreign affairs did not have a con-
trolling hand. In the dangerous days of the war



with Russia he was always at the side of Count
Mutsu, then Minister of Foreign Affairs. At the
end of the war he was summoned to the Japanese
court, where he received a handsome grant of
money, and the personal thanks of the royal
family. His next great service was as advisor to
the Japanese Government in the negotiations for
the first treaty alliance with Great Britain. He is
also said to have been the author of the wonder-
ful correspondence from Tokio that preceded the
war with Russia. Unrecognized by the world
before, the world was quick to do him honor
after Portsmouth. He was made a member of
the permanent court of arbitration of The Hague,
where he had gone as technical delegate of Japan
to the Second Peace Conference. He also became
a member of the Association de Legislation Com-
paree at Paris. Mr. Denison's decorations in-
cluded the Grand Cordon (first class) ; Imperial
Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, and the Grand
Cordon (first class) Japanese Order of the
Sacred Treasurer. He was a member of the
Union Club in New York, and the Metropolitan
in Washington, D. C.

(The Putnam Line).

Putnam is an ancient English surname,
taken from the place name, Puttenham.
This town is mentioned in the Domes-
day Book (1066). It was a part of the
great fief known as the Honor of Leices-
ter. The parish of Puttenham is in Hert-
fordshire, near Bedfordshire and Buck-
inghamshire. The coat-of-arms to which
all the American descendants of this line
are entitled is : Sable, between eight
crosses crosslet fitchee, argent a stork of
the last, beaked and legged gules. Crest :
A wolf's head gules.

(I) Simon de Puttenham is the first of
the name of whom there is definite record
in England, and was probably the lineal
descendant of Roger, who held the manor
of Puttenham under the Bishop of Baieux.
He lived in 1199.

(II) Ralph de Puttenham is supposed
to have been son of Simon, and lived in
1217, and held a knight's fee in Putten-
ham.

(III) Richard de Puttenham lived in
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



(IV) John de Puttenham lived in 1291
in the manor of Puttenham.

(V) Thomas Puttenham lived in the
time of Richard I. He is said to have
married Helen, daughter of John Spigor-
nell. He had sons, Roger and Henry.

(VI) Roger Puttenham was of age be-
fore 1315, and was high sheriff of Hert-
fordshire in 1322. He married Alina.

(VII) Henry Puttenham lived from
about 1300 to 1350.

(VIII) Sir Roger Puttenham, believed
to be son of Henry Puttenham, was born
about 1320 and died about 1380.

(IX) William Puttenham, believed to
be son of Sir Roger Puttenham, was of
Puttenham Fenn, Sherfield, Warbleton.
He married Margaret, daughter of John
Warbleton. Children: Henry, Robert,
William.

(X) Henry Puttenham was over sixty
years old in 1468 and died in 1473. He
inherited the estate of his father. He
married Elizabeth, widow of Geoffrey
Goodluck. Her will was dated Decem-
ber 25, 1485, and she "desires to be buried
in the chapel of St. Mary the Virgin, in
All Saints of Isleworth."

(XI) William Puttenham was born
about 1430 and died in 1492. He married
Anne, daughter of John Hampden, of
Hampden, County Bucks, England. In
his will he directs that he shall be buried
before the image of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, in the chapel within the church of
the Hospital of the Blessed Mary, called
the Elsingspytell, in London.

(XII) Nicholas Puttenham, lived at
Putnam Place in Fenne. This estate prob-
ably came into the family in 1315 in the
time of Roger Puttenham. Putnam
Place is now a farmhouse, and a railway
station perpetuates the name. Nicholas
Puttenham was born about 1460 and his
will was made in 1526.

(XIII) Henry Putnam was living in
1526, probably in Eddlesborough.



(XIV) Richard Putnam was probably
the eldest son, and lived at Eddlesborough
and Woughton. His will is dated Decem-
ber 12, 1556, and proved February 26,
1 556-57- He directs that his body be
buried at Woughton. Children: John,
mentioned below; Harry, of Woughton.

(XV) John Putnam was of Bovvsham,
in Wingrave, and was buried there, Oc-
tober 2, 1573. His wife was probably
Margaret, buried January 27, 1568.

(XVI) Nicholas Putnam was born
about 1540. He lived at Wingrave until
about 1585, when he removed to Stewke-
ley. He inherited property from his
father and both his brothers. His will is
dated January 1, 1597, and proved Sep-
tember 27, 1598. He married, at Win-
grave, January 30, 1577, Margaret, daugh-
ter of John and Elizabeth Goodspeed.

(I) John Putnam, son of Nicholas Put-
nam, was baptized at Wingrave, County
Bucks, England, January 17, 1579, and
inherited the estate at Aston Abbotts.
He probably lived in Stewkeley with his
parents until his father's death, when he
took possession of the estates of Aston
Abbotts, where he lived until he went to
New England, and was called husband-
man in 1614. He is supposed to have mar-
ried Priscilla Deacon. He was an early
settler at Salem, Massachusetts, and ac-
cording to family tradition came there in
1634. The first record of him is March
21, 1640-41, when his wife was admitted
to the church, and in the same year he
received a grant of land. He was a
farmer. His handwriting indicates a good
education, and he was wealthy compared
to his neighbors. Before his death he
gave farms to his sons, John and Na-
thaniel, and probably to the others also.
He died in Salem Village, now Danvers,
December 30, 1662. Children : Elizabeth,
baptized December 20, 1612, in England ;
Thomas, mentioned below ; John, July 24,
1617, died young; Nathaniel, October 11,



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1619; Sarah, March 7, 1623; Phebe, July
28, 1624; John, May 27, 1627.

(II) Lieutenant Thomas Putnam, son
of John Putnam, was baptized March 7,
1615, in England, and came to New Eng-
land with his parents. He was an in-
habitant of Lynn in 1640 ; admitted a free-
man in 1642; selectman in 1643; admitted
to the Salem church, April 3, 1643, an d
also received a grant of land there. From
1645 to ID 48 he was commissioner to end
small causes in Lynn ; served on the
grand jury and was constable. He was
the first parish clerk in Salem Village ;
was also on many important committees,
and was one of the most prominent men
in town. He was lieutenant of the troop
of horse, and his name headed the tax
list. His homestead, now known as the
General Israel Putnam house, is still
standing a little east of Hathorne's Hill
in the northern part of Danvers, not far
from the asylum and was occupied by his
widow in 1692. Here also his son Joseph
lived during his opposition to the witch-
craft proceedings. Lieutenant Thomas
Putnam died at Salem Village, May 5,
1686. He married (first) at Lynn, Octo-
ber 17, 1643, Ann Holyoke, who died Sep-
tember 1, 1665, daughter of Edward and
Prudence (Stockton) Holyoke. He mar-
ried (second) at Salem, November 14,
1666, Mary Veren, widow of Nathaniel
Veren ; she died March 16 or 17, 1695.
Children of first marriage : Ann, born Au-
gust 25, 1645; Sarah, baptized July 23,
1648; Mary, born October 17, 1649;
Thomas, March 12, 1652; Edward, men-
tioned below; Deliverance, September 5,
1656; Elizabeth, August 30, 1659; Pru-
dence, February 28, 1662. Child of sec-
ond marriage: Joseph, father of General
Israel Putnam.

(III) Deacon Edward Putnam, second
son of Lieutenant Thomas and Ann (Hol-
yoke) Putnam, was baptized July 4, 1654,



in Salem, and died in Salem Village, now
Danvers, March 10, 1747. He was ad-
mitted freeman in 1690, and made deacon
of the first church at Danvers, December
3 of that year. In one hundred and eighty-
six years this church had twenty-five dea-
cons, of whom fourteen bore the name of
Putnam. Deacon Edward Putnam was
well educated for his time, possessed
much literary taste, and was a somewhat
prolific writer. He married, June 14, 1681,
Mary Hale. Children : Edward, born
April 29, 1682 ; Holyoke, September 28,
1683; Elisha, mentioned below; Joseph,
November 1, 1687; Mary, August 14,
1689; Prudence, January 25, 1692; Nehe-
miah, December 20, 1693 ; Ezra, April 29,
1696; Isaac, March 14, 1698; Abigail, bap-
tized May 26, 1700.

(IV) Elisha Putnam, third son of Dea-
con Edward and Mary (Hale) Putnam,
was born November 3, 1685, in Salem Vil-
lage, and was a farmer in Topsfield, Mas-
sachusetts, until about 1725, when he set-
tled in Sutton, Massachusetts, where he
died June 10, 1745. He was prominent in
both church and town affairs, served as
town clerk and treasurer and representa-
tive to the General Court, was admitted
to the church at Sutton in 1730, and was
made a deacon in the following year. He
married (first) in Salem, February 10,
1710, Hannah Marble, of that town, who
died soon after. He married (second)
February 15, 1713, Susannah, daughter of
Jonathan and Susan (Trask) Fuller, of
Topsfield. Children: Elisha, born De-
cember 2, 1715; Hannah, baptized Sep-
tember 8, 1717; Nehemiah, born March
22, 1719; Jonathan, July 19, 1721 ; Sus-
anna, baptized September 8, 1723; Mary,
born June 12, 1725 ; Stephen, mentioned
below; Amos, July 22, 1730; Eunice, July
6, 1732; Huldah, May 25, 1734; Rufus,
April 9, 1738.

(V) Stephen Putnam, fourth son of



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Elisha and Susannah (Fuller) Putnam, object the welfare and development of the



was born April 4, 1728, in Sutton, and
died March 5, 1803, in Westminster, New
Hampshire, where he settled before 1661.
He married, March 14, 1755, Mary, daugh-
ter of John and Abigail (Chase) Gibbs,
of Sutton, born March 16, 1737. Chil-
dren : Solomon, mentioned below ; Mary
Jane, born June 10, 1757; Rhoda, July 3,
1759; John, May 10, 1761 ; Gideon, April
I 7> l 7^3> Elisha, May 13, 1765; Lewis,
resided at Lansingburg, New York ; Char-
lotte, January 11, 1767; David, March 21,
1771 ; Rufus, March 22, 1773; Abigail,
February 10, 1776; Lavina, May 5, 1780.

(VI) Solomon Putnam, eldest child of
Stephen and Mary (Gibbs) Putnam, was
born July 17, 1756, probably in Hamp-
shire county, Massachusetts, and died be-
fore 1830, in Claremont, New Hampshire,
where he was a farmer before 1798. He
married, October 20, 1779, Miriam Elmer,
born July 23, 1755. Children: Electa,
born February 24, 1781 ; Philina, June 31,
1782; Zelotus, March 2, 1784; Sarah, men-
tioned below; Chester, August 11, 1787;
John, March 30, 1789; Sophia, December
17, 1790; Mary, August 17, 1792; Elisha,
July 15, 1794; Fanny, May 28, 1796; Sam-
uel, May 28, 1798; Hiram, March 6, 1800.

(VII) Sarah Putnam, third daughter
of Solomon and Miriam (Elmer) Putnam,
was born February 3, 1786, and became
the wife of Jesse Cooper, of Claremont,
New Hampshire (see Cooper VI).



LOOMIS, Harrison,

Successful Business Man.

The Loomis family is among the old
and honored families of New England,
tracing back to the year 1638, and from
that time to the present, several centuries,
the members of the various generations
have been active and potent factors in the
movements which have had for their



numerous states in which they have taken
up their abode. In England, in the seven-
teenth and eighteenth centuries, the name
was spelled Lummas, Lommas, or Lomis,
but in the nineteenth century it was uni-
formly spelled Lomas, while in New Eng-
land in the seventeenth century it was
spelled Lomis, Lomys or Lomas, and in
the nineteenth century it was, with few
exceptions, spelled Loomis.

Joseph Loomis, the pioneer ancestor,
was a resident of Braintree, England,
where he followed the occupation of a
woolen draper. Upon his arrival in this
country in 1638, he located in Boston,
Massachusetts, where he remained one
year. He then removed to Windsor, Con-
necticut, where his death occurred Au-
gust 17, 1652. His son, Deacon John
Loomis, was born in England in 1622,
came to New England with his father in
1638, and died in Windsor, Connecticut,
in 1688. He received a large grant of
land, became a deacon of the church, and
was a deputy to the General Court of the
Connecticut Colony, 1666-67, l( >75 and
1687. He married Elizabeth, daughter of
Thomas Scott, of Hartford, Their son,
Thomas Loomis, was born November 7,
1651. His son, John Loomis, was born
January 14, 1681. His son, Jonathan Loo-
mis, was born August 13, 1722. His son,
Noadiah Loomis, was born in West
Springfield, August 14, 1750. He was a
farmer and teamster, and engaged in the
transportation of supplies and all kinds of
merchandise from Hartford and Boston ;
assisted in teaming the iron from Boston
to Lake Erie for the purpose of construct-
ing what was probably the first light-
house in that section ; and who also served
as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
His son, Rowland Loomis, was born in
West Springfield, July 7, 1781, and fol-
lowed the occupation of farming.



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Frederick B. Loomis, son of Rowland
Loomis, was born in West Springfield,
March ~, 1805, and died in the same town
in 1893. He accompanied a party of sur-
veyors engaged in locating government
lands in the West, and assisted in erecting
the first building in Marshall, Michigan.
He also visited Chicago when it was but
a small trading post. Upon his return to
his native town, he engaged in the busi-
ness of moving buildings, and while thus
engaged he was hurt by a falling beam,
which struck him across the back, and re-
sulted in making him a cripple periodi-
cally, and necessitated his using two canes
to assist him in walking during the re-
mainder of his life. It also incapacitated
him for further active labor. He took a
deep interest in town affairs; served as
tax collector for a period of thirty years,
during which time his accounts were in-
variably correct to a penny, and served as
overseer of the poor many years. He
married Charlotte Elizabeth Wilson, born
in West Springfield in 1818, died in the
same town in 1882, and they became the
parents of five sons and five daughters.

Harrison Loomis, son of Frederick B.
and Charlotte Elizabeth (Wilson) Loo-
mis, was born in West Springfield, Mas-
sachusetts, December 20, 1840, and died
there, September 18, 1913. Upon the com-
pletion of his studies in the public and pri-
vate schools of his native town, he secured
employment in the United States Armory
at Springfield, and remained there two
years. In 1866 he projected, and success-
fully completed, a novel and somewhat
difficult journey through the then almost
trackless region lying beyond the Mis-
souri river, traveling by rail to St. Louis,
and from there by river boat to Fort Ben-
ton, whence, he with four others, provided
with mule teams, together with provisions
for ninety days, set out for California
through a section of the country inhabited
only by Indians. Thev traversed the terri-



tories of Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyo-
ming, encountering on the way large
herds of buffalo and antelope, and at Salt
Lake City, met Brigham Young and
visited the tabernacle. Mr. Loomis trav-
eled along the Pacific coast, and after
visiting many points of interest in Cali-
fornia, started on his return to the East
by way of the Isthmus of Panama, stop-
ping at intervals on his way down the
Pacific coast to visit different places in
Mexico. He traveled upward of twelve
thousand miles, and during his trip
through the territories he came in con-
tact with fourteen distinct tribes of In-
dians, but fortunately it was a time of
general peace, and the party was in no
way molested. Immediately after his
return to West Springfield in 1882, he
bought a saw mill which he operated for a
short time, and which he sold in 1907. Sub-
sequently he turned his attention to the
manufacture of cider and vinegar, which
proved a most successful enterprise, his
products being noted for their purity and
strength. He was a man of strict busi-
ness principles, honorable and straight-
forward in his methods, courteous in his
treatment, and hence merited the success
which crowned his efforts.

For many years he filled the office of
assessor, and was chairman of that board
up to the time of his death ; for ten years
he filled the office of tax collector; was a
selectman twenty-four years, during near-
ly all of which time he served as chairman
of this body ; he was associate county com-
missioner twelve years. He was elected
to all these offices on the Republican
ticket, and at the time of his death all the
flags of the town were placed at half mast.
He was a member of the West Springfield
Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and for
many years took an active part in its pro-
ceedings. He was an attendant at, and
sexton of, the Park Street Church, and a
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its early years. His wife has also been a
member, of many years' standing, of this
church. Mr. Loomis was a public official
of the town longer than any man who had



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