Bliss, Thomas

Male 1580 - 1650


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  • Name  Bliss, Thomas 
    Born  15 Apr 1580  Okehampton, Belstone, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Feb 1650  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  hartford Co. Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1537  Polen Crosby
    Last Modified  20 May 2014 

    Father  Bliss, Thomas,   b. 2 Feb 1563, Belstone, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1617, Belstone, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Smith, Alice,   b. 1563, Daventry, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1625, Preston Capes, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3028  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Hulins, Margaret Lawrence,   b. 15 Jul 1594, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1684, Springfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Oct 1619  Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • St. Nicholas
    Children 
     1. Bliss, Nathaniel,   b. 28 Dec 1622, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1654, Springfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bliss, Lawrence,   b. 1625, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676
     3. Bliss, Hannah,   b. 1628,   d. 25 Jan 1662
     4. Bliss, John,   b. 1633, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1702, Springfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Bliss, Sarah,   b. 1635, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Bliss, Elizabeth,   b. 1637, Boston Mount, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Bliss, Samuel,   b. 1642, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1720
    Family ID  F1028  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Wheatley, Dorothy,   b. 22 Aug 1591, Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1619 
    Married  22 Nov 1614  Daventry, Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Holy Cross Church
    Children 
     1. Bliss, Elizabeth,   b. 19 Sep 1615, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bliss, Mary,   b. 1617
     3. Bliss, Thomas,   b. 1618, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1688, Norwich, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Bliss, Jane,   b. 1618,   d. 1621
    Family ID  F3026  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • One of founders of Hartford, on monument list.
      First settled on the "Mount", afterwards Braintree, now Quincy, then to Hartford.
      His house lot was on a highway west of present Lafayette St. and he possessed 58 acres. Inv. Feb 14, 1650 was 86 pounds. His widow Margaret went to Springfield with rest of family.

      A Senator from Hartford.

      Immigration 1639

      (According to the Bliss Family History Society, THOMAS BLISS of Hartford Connecticut was probably a native of Co. Gloucester, England. He married Margaret Hulins of Rodborough in that county at Gloucester St Nicholas 18th Oct 1621. Their son Nathaniel was baptised at Rodborough 28th Dec 1622. It is probable that Margaret was his second wife and that Thomas had children by his first marriage.
      The children of Thomas Bliss of Hartford were:
      By first wife? THOMAS born c 1618 ANN born c 1620.
      By Margaret NATHANIEL born 1622 MARY born c 1625 LAWRENCE born c 1628 HANNAH born c 1633 JOHN born c 1635 SARAH born c 1638 (America?) HESTER & ELIZABETH twins born c 1640 (Hartford?) SAMUEL born c 1642 (Hartford?)

      Thomas Bliss, cousin of Thomas Bliss of Preston Parva and Rehoboth and George Bliss of Preston Parva and Newport, was probably from Painswick, Glos. Born about 1590, Thomas married Margaret Hulins of Rodborough at St. Nicholas in Gloucester on October 18, 1621. Thomas may have emigrated with his cousins about 1638, for he owned land in Hartford on the Connecticut River by 1639. By the time of his death in 1650 or 1651, he owned 58 acres of land and a house lot on a road west of Lafayette Street in Hartford. Margaret Bliss died in 1684. [Source: Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss]

      Name: Thomas BLISS
      Sex: M
      Birth: in Daventry, England
      Death: 7 JUN 1648 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA
      Change Date: 31 DEC 1999
      Reference Number: 7366
      Note:
      "Fullers, Sissons and Scotts" by Carol Clark Johnson - Page 17
      5. Thomas-1 Bliss was born circa 1590 in Daventry, England, and married there Nov. 22, 161 4 Dorothy Wheatley, daughter of John Wheatly. She died in England, mother of four children. T homas married (2) the widow of Nicholas-1 Ide and mother of Nicholas-2 Ide who was born in En gland circa 1624.
      Thomas brought his family to New England in 1636 and took up residence with or near his un cle Thomas Bliss who lived on the south shore of Boston Bay. His other uncle, George Bliss, w as then living in Lynn Mass. on the north side of the Bay. They arrived too late in the yea r to build new homes and they had to buy houses where they were available. About 1639 Thoma s the son of Jonathan moved to Weymouth and on May 18, 1642, took the freeman's oath there. I n 1643 the family left Weymouth with the first group of settlers for Seekonk which in time wa s renamed Rehoboth. Thomas, a blacksmith, held Commonage Rights of L153 there and participate d in the early land divisions. He d. there in 1649, his will proved at Plymouth June 8, 1649 . The will was dated Dec. 7, 1647.
      Thomas bequeathed to his son Jonathan his house and homelot, the tools of his trade as wel l as two oxen named Spark and Swad, a calk and a heifer named Traveler. To his "eldest daught er" Elizabeth and Thomas Willmore he gave two oxen called Quick and Benbo, a heifer, and a co w named Damson, and all his wearing apparel. To daughter Mary and Nathaniel he left three ste er calves. He named Nicholas Ide; and left his store of leather hides to his four children. H is beloved friends Richard Wright and Steven Payne were asked to be overseers. His inventor y was appraised by Payne and Richard Boweb ar L117.16s.4d.G

      These are the first generations of the three Bliss pioneers in New England.
      ? THOMAS BLISS of Hartford Connecticut was probably a native of Co. Gloucester, England and we now think he lived his adult life prior to emigrating in the City of Gloucester. First wife? Margaret wife of Thomas Blisse was buried 4 Jun 1621 at St Nicholas church in Gloucester. Thomas had children by his first marriage to Margaret (maidenname unknown) THOMAS born c 1618 ANN born c 1620. Sarah christened 23 Ap 1620 at St Nicholas.Thomas then married Margaret Hulins of Rodborough at Gloucester St Nicholas 18th Oct 1621. Their son Nathaniel was baptised at Rodborough 28th Dec 1622. Other children by Margaret Hulins were MARY born c 1625 LAWRENCE born c 1628 HANNAH born c 1633 JOHN born c 1635 Samuel christened 4 Feb 1637/8 St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, HESTER & ELIZABETH twins born c 1640 (Hartford?).
      ? THOMAS BLISS blacksmith of Rehoboth, Mass., son of JOHN of Preston Parva, Co. Northants. Married 22 Nov 1614 at Daventry, Co. Northants. DOROTHY WHEATLEY. Children: ELIZABETH bap Daventry 19 Sep 1615 MARY bap Daventry 16 Mar 1617 JANE bap Daventry 14 Jan 1618 (buried 16 Sep 1621) JOHN bap Daventry 21 Nov 1620 (died?) MARTHA bap Daventry 8 Dec 1622 (Note Martha not Nathaniel!) THOMAS bap Daventry 19 Sep 1624 (buried 14 Aug 1628) JONATHAN bap Daventry 2 Apl 1626. Dorothy died and was buried 10th May 1631. Thomas remarried Abigail Southam Feb 1632/3. They had two children but both died and were buried at Daventry. It is not known if Thomas Bliss was accompanied by his second wife when he left for Boston MA c1638 but an Abigail Bliss, blind, was buried at Holy Cross, Daventry 6th Oct 1681.
      ? GEORGE BLISS blacksmith of Newport, Rhode Island, son of JOHN of Preston Parva, Co. Northants and brother of Thomas of Rehoboth. Married 30 May 1635 at Daventry ANN SHAW. One son JOHN born c 1645 (Sandwich Mass.)

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      Descendants of William Bliss

      Generation No. 1
      1. WILLIAM1 BLISS was born Abt. 1540. He married ELIZABETH ?.
      Child of WILLIAM BLISS and ELIZABETH ? is:
      2. i. JOHN2 BLISS, b. 1562, Preston, Parva, England; d. September 08, 1617, Northampton, England.

      Generation No. 2
      2. JOHN2 BLISS (WILLIAM1) was born 1562 in Preston, Parva, England, and died September 08, 1617 in Northampton, England.
      Child of JOHN BLISS is:
      3. i. THOMAS3 BLISS, b. Abt. 1590, Rodborough, Gloucester, England; d. Abt. January 1651/52, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

      Generation No. 3
      3. THOMAS3 BLISS (JOHN2, WILLIAM1)1 was born Abt. 1590 in Rodborough, Gloucester, England1, and died Abt. January 1651/52 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut1. He married (2) MARGARET HULINS1 Abt. 1617 in Gloucester, England1, daughter of JOHN HULINS and MARGARET ?.
      Child of THOMAS BLISS is:
      4. i. LAWRENCE4 BLISS, b. Abt. 1628.
      Children of THOMAS BLISS and MARGARET HULINS are:
      5. ii. THOMAS4 BLISS, b. Abt. 1618, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England; d. April 13, 1688, Norwich, New London, Connecticut.
      iii. ANN BLISS, b. Abt. 1620.
      6. iv. NATHANIEL BLISS, b. 1622, England; d. November 08, 1654, Springfield, Massachusetts.
      v. MARY BLISS, b. Abt. 1625.
      vi. HANNAH BLISS, b. Abt. 1633.
      vii. JOHN BLISS, b. Abt. 1633.
      viii. SARAH BLISS, b. Abt. 1638.
      ix. HESTER BLISS, b. 1640.
      x. ELIZABETH BLISS, b. 1640.
      xi. SAMUEL BLISS, b. Abt. 1642.

      Generation No. 4
      4. LAWRENCE4 BLISS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1)2 was born Abt. 1628.
      Child of LAWRENCE BLISS is:
      7. i. SARAH5 BLISS, b. 1667.

      5. THOMAS4 BLISS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1618 in Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England, and died April 13, 1688 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He married ELIZABETH BIRCHARD October 30, 1644 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, daughter of THOMAS BIRCHARD and MARY ROBINSON.
      Notes for THOMAS BLISS: "New England Families Genealogical and Memorial", Vol IV, p. 1808:
      This lists: "Mary (Smith) Brewster, born November 21, 1672, at Groton, was a daughter of
      EDWARD SMITH, of New London and Groton, and ELIZABETH BLISS, daughter of
      THOMAS BLISS, JR." Mary, wife of Benjamin Brewster.
      Children of THOMAS BLISS and ELIZABETH BIRCHARD are:
      8. i. ELIZABETH5 BLISS, b. November 20, 1645, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut; d. July 10, 1689, New London, New London, Connecticut.
      ii. SARAH BLISS, b. August 26, 1647.
      iii. MARY BLISS, b. February 07, 1648/49.
      iv. THOMAS BLISS, b. March 03, 1651/52.
      v. DELIVERANCE BLISS, b. August 10, 1655.
      vi. SAMUEL BLISS, b. December 09, 1657.
      vii. ANNE BLISS, b. September 15, 1660.
      viii. REBECKAH BLISS, b. March 18, 1662/63.

      FROM"http://www.geneal.net/778.htm
      Spouses/Children:
      1. Margaret LAWRENCE
      Thomas BLISS, Jr
      Ann BLISS
      2. Dorothy WHEATLEY
      Mary BLISS
      3. Margaret HULINS
      Lawrence BLISS
      Nathaniel BLISS, Sr+
      Hannah BLISS
      John BLISS
      Sarah BLISS
      Hester BLISS
      Elizabeth BLISS
      Samuel BLISS

      Thomas Bliss, cousin of Thomas Bliss of Preston Parva and Rehoboth and George Bliss of Preston Parva and Newport, was probably from Painswick, Glos. Born about 1590, Thomas married Margaret Hulins of Rodborough at St. Nicholas in Gloucester on October 18, 1621. Thomas may have emigrated with his cousins about 1638, for he owned land in Hartford on the Connecticut River by 1639. By the time of his death in 1650 or 1651, he owned 58 acres of land and a house lot on a road west of Lafayette Street in Hartford. Margaret Bliss died in 1684. [Source: Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss]

      THOMAS, Hartford, was an early, but not orig. sett. of whose com. from Eng. nothing is kn. but his first resid. was in that pt. [[vol. 1, p. 202]] of Boston call. the mount, afterwards Braintree, now Quincy. In 1639 or 40 he is first ment. in Conn. at the same time with Thomas, jr. wh. may be the freem. of 18 May 1642 in Mass., there left by his f. whose d. is early heard of, tho. exact date is not gain. His wid. Margaret was very resolute and capable, and after two or three yrs. rem. with all her ch. exc. Thomas, and Ann, to Springfield, there d. 28 Aug. 1684. She had nine ch. and it has been absurd. said, that all were brot. from Eng. Of most, this is true. Ann, wh. m. 29 Apr. 1642, Robert Chapman of Saybrook; Mary m. 26 Nov. 1646, Joseph Parsons; Thomas; Nathaniel; Lawrence; and perhaps Samuel; were b. in Eng. but our side of the water may claim, prob. Sarah, m. 20 July 1659, John Scott; Elizabeth m. 15 Feb. 1670, as his sec. w. Miles Morgan; possib. Hannah, wh. d. 25 Jan. 1662, unm. and certain. John. THOMAS, Weymouth, was possib. the freem. of 18 May 1642, but next yr. certain. rem. to Rehoboth, there d. June 1649. His will, by careless statem. in Geneal. Reg. IV. 282, said to bear date of 8th of that mo. but also on same day to be brot. into Ct. gives valua. inform. a. his ch. Jonathan, to wh. he devis. his ho., his eldest d. whose bapt. name is not told, w. of Thomas Williams; Mary, w. of Nathaniel Harmon of Braintree; s.-in-law (perhaps mean. s. of his w.) Nicholas Ide, and his s. Nathaniel. From find. no ment. of him after 1649 at R. I suppose, confus. of him with Thomas of Norwich was easy. THOMAS, Norwich, 1660, s. of Thomas the first, had been of Hartford, and early after d. of his f. rem. to Saybrook, a. the end of Oct. 1644, took u. Elizabeth had Elizabeth b. 20 Nov. 1640; Sarah, 26 Aug. 1647; Mary, 7 Feb. 1649; Thomas, 3 Mar. 1652, wh. d. 29 Jan. 1682, prob. unm.; Deliverance, Aug. 1655; Samuel, 9 Dec. 1657; all bef. rem. from S. and at N. had Ann, Sept. 1660, the sec. Eng. ch. b. in that place; Rebecca, Mar. 1663; and he d. 15 Apr. 1688. By will, made two days bef. (req. by the insuffer. tyranny of Sir Edmund Andros to be brot. to Boston for proof and rec., support. his retainers by the fees of office), provis. for w. Elizabeth six ds. and only s. Samuel, is seen. Of this name, in 1834, four had been gr. at Harv. four at Dart. seventeen at Yale, beside six at other N. E. coll. of wh. most disting,. are Rev. Daniel of Concord, b. at Springfield, Jan. 1715, Y. C. 1732, d. 11 May 1764; his s. Daniel, b. 1740, H. C. 1760, d. in the Prov. of New Brunswick 1806; Jonathan, H. C. 1763, Ch. Just. of the Sup. Ct. of N. B. and George, Y. C. 1784, LL. D. wh. d. 8 May 1830, aged 65.

      Tradition has it that Thomas Bliss, the emigrant, was the son and name-sake of a well-to-do, locally influential citizen in the village of Belstone, county Devonshire. In the opening decades of the 17th century the father, Thomas, Sr. had become a determined advocate of the Puritan cause and had participated with like-minded neighbors in the acts of protest against religious oppression. On one particular occasion, he and three of his sons (George, Jonathan and Thomas, Jr.) had accompanied a party, led by the local member of parliament, in riding up to London to engage both king and archbishop in direct confrontation. The upshot was their imprisonment and the levying of heavy fines (said to have been in excess of 1000) in lieu of their freedom. Payment of the fines required the virtual liquidation of the family estate, and even then there was not enough money to free all four Blisses. Thus one of the sons, Jonathan, remained in jail some while longer, was severely whipped in the public square at Exeter, and never thereafter recovered his health.
      Impoverished and broken in his own health, Thomas, Sr. subsequently returned to Belstone and lived in the household of his daughter, Lady Elizabeth Calcliffe. She was the wife of a knighted gentleman who had remained a regular communicant of the Anglican church (thus avoiding persecution). As the crisis of the realm deepened, the father summoned his sons, divided among them what patrimony he still retained, and advised them to remove to New England. Thomas, Jr. and George left soon thereafter; Jonathan was too ill to join them, but sent at least one of his sons in their care. During the years that followed, Lady Calcliffe sought to help her relatives across the sea by sending them periodic shipments of clothing and food. And it was in her personal correspondence -- regrettably, long since lost -- that this part of the Bliss family history was remembered for succeeding generations.

    Born:
    • 83

    Died:
    • 1651 Hartford


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