Tombstone Tuesday – November 19, 2019 – Goldie Putt Capin


Goldie was born December 28, 1905 in Allen County, Indiana.   She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Putt and Bessie Denney. In the 1910 Federal Census, Benjamin and Bessie live in Fort Wayne. They have six children ; Bernice (1898), Chauncy (1899), Jesse (1900), Ernest (1904), Goldie (1905), Wilbert (1908).  Benjamin digs cisterns for a living.  In the 1920 Federal Census, Benjamin and Bessie remain in Fort Wayne and Benjamin works as a polisher for Electric Works. Their oldest daughter, Bernice, has married and moved on and the remaining children who are still at home are: Chauncy, Jesse, Ernest, Goldie (14 years old), Wilbert and Rosco (1911).

Goldie married Clarence B. Capin on March 8, 1923 in Jackson, Michigan. Clarence listed his occupation as an electrician and Goldie listed her occupation as an operator on their Michigan Marriage license. They returned to the Fort Wayne area later in 1923.


On August 11, 1923, Clarence Thomas Capin was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   By the 1930 Federal Census, Goldie and Clarence are living in Fort Wayne with their son Clarence T and Goldie’s brother, Rosco who is a young man of 20 years old.  In the 1940 Federal Census, the family lives in a rural area near Fort Wayne.   Clarence is an electrician. Clarence Thomas is a sixteen year old.

Clarence and Goldie lived in several locations in and near Fort Wayne, Indiana according to the Fort Wayne Directories of 1929-1954.


Thirty two years ago today, Goldie died of congestive heart failure after falling in her home and fracturing her hip. She was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park next to her husband.


Rest in Peace, Goldie!

Love, Jan

Goldie is my second cousin two times removed.

2 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday – November 19, 2019 – Goldie Putt Capin

  1. Larry Putt

    Goldie was my great aunt. Her son was a hero in WWII. Her son,Tom, was awarded the British Empire Medal for his help on Borneo. Tom lived with Headhunters for six months after being shot down and helped Australian commandos.


    1. needlesinahaystackblog Post author

      Thanks Larry for reaching out to me. I am always interested in hearing family stories. What Putt linage do you belong in? We are related thru Martha A Davis , the wife of William Putt. Martha was the daughter of Benjamin Davis and Margaret Smith. Margaret Smith was the sister to James W Smith who is my 2X Great Grandfather. Nice to meet you…I have been a bit busy and have not been blogging as much…so I did not see your message until tonight. Stay in touch. Thanks, Jan



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