Hi Mary, He is a son of Forrester Putman and Ayrie Burch. Here is what I have:
JOHN L. PUTMAN was born in 1854. In the 1880 census of Calhoun County, he is shown as being 28 and has a wife Sarah 26. She is Sarah Texanna McArry, they were married in Calhoun County on August 15, 1872. Her sister, Elizabeth McArry is with them and listed as a sister in law. In 1900, Sarah is widowed in the 1900 census of Calhoun County with Forester and Claudius at home. In 1910 and 1920 she is listed as Texanna again and is living with her son in law Jim Crow. The children were:
Lydia Margaret Putman born March 22, 1873. She married James Hiram Christopher.
Liza Putman born in 1876.
Forester Putman born in January 1878. In 1880 this child is listed as a male, in 1900 as a female. Jim Putnam of Atlanta has a record of her marrying Ellis M. Ford in Calhoun County on December 24, 1901, but he can't find the source now. Other relatives confirm she is a gal.
Sarah Putman born in 1879.
Claudius Samuel Putman born in November 1887. In 1910 he has a wife named Cora in Calhoun County. They had Claude Jessie Putman born February 19, 1920 and James E. Putman born February 5, 1922 and died in Alexandria November 4, 1992.