Kings, Generals and Presidents
General Israel Putnam is reputed to have said, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” He is my uncle of many generations ago.
President John Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US President is a distant cousin, descended from the same original John and Priscilla Gould Putnam family in the late 1500s. I cannot find all the links, but supposedly this Putnam family came from Emperor Charlemagne of France and King Alfred the Great of England.
On another side of the family, I can identify a French fur trapper in St. Louis who owned some property that is now a corner of the plot on which the great St. Louis Arch is located.
I wish I could find all the links.