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Thomas Bliss, III

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  • Name Thomas Bliss  [8
    Suffix III 
    Alt. Birth Abt 1615-1616  Belstone, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born Dec 1622  Daventry, , Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Christened 8 Dec 1622  Daventry, , Northampton, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth Abt 1628  Belstone, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biography
    • Thomas Bliss came with his father to Hartford, and was allotted a piece of land south of and adjoiing his father's lot. He removed to Saybrook, where he married. From there he removed to Norwich abt 1660
    Immigration 1635  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Buried Apr 1688  Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 15 Apr 1688  Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
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    Person ID I12235  Full Tree | Bingham, Larson, Boulter, Palmer, Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 

    Father Thomas Bliss, Jr.
              b. Abt 1580, Belstone, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Bef 14 Feb 1651, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Margaret Lawrence
              b. 15 Jul 1595, of Ormskirk, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Aug 1684, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1621  St. Nicholas, Bristol, , Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Family ID F5900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Elizabeth Birchard
              b. 1 Nov 1621, Belstone, , Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Feb 1699, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1644  Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 8
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Bliss
              b. 20 Nov 1645, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Jul 1689, New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +2. Sarah Bliss
              b. 26 Aug 1647, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Aug 1730, New London, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Mary Bliss
              b. 7 Feb 1649, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1717  (Age 67 years)
     4. Thomas Bliss, IV
              b. 3 Mar 1652, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Jan 1682, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    +5. Deliverence Bliss
              b. 10 Aug 1655, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Dec 1731, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +6. Samuel Bliss
              b. 9 Dec 1657, Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Dec 1731, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +7. Ann Bliss
              b. 15 Sep 1660, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Feb 1715, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     8. Anne Bliss
              b. 25 Sep 1660, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Feb 1714, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +9. Rebecca Bliss
              b. 18 Mar 1663, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Aug 1737, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F5892  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Abt 1615-1616 - Belstone, , Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Dec 1622 - Daventry, , Northampton, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 8 Dec 1622 - Daventry, , Northampton, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - Abt 1628 - Belstone, , Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1635 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Oct 1644 - Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Bliss - 20 Nov 1645 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Bliss - 26 Aug 1647 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Bliss - 7 Feb 1649 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas Bliss, IV - 3 Mar 1652 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Deliverence Bliss - 10 Aug 1655 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Samuel Bliss - 9 Dec 1657 - Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ann Bliss - 15 Sep 1660 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Anne Bliss - 25 Sep 1660 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rebecca Bliss - 18 Mar 1663 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Apr 1688 - Post Gager Burial Ground, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Apr 1688 - Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Submitted by Mamie P. Rogers, Joseph City, Arizona
      ***
      I may have the wrong Thomas if the following note is true.

      * Note: There is much confusion about Thomas Bliss & Thomas Bliss Jr. There were two Thomas Bliss that came to this area within about 5 years of each other.  As the following says, they are mixed up in the histories and it is impossible to figure out which is which.

      "There were two contemporary Thomas Bliss immigrants to New England. One of Hartford, with whom this ancestry is concerned, and one, of Braintree and Rehoboth. In 1881, a Bliss Genealogy, by J. H. Bliss, mixed the two men, and later, when Hoppin published the Bliss Book, in 1913, he credited the English ancestry of the Thomas Bliss of Braintree and Rehoboth to the Thomas Bliss of Hartford! In 1915, the late J. Garner Bartlett printed an article in the Boston Transcript, that clearly distinguishes between them and shows the "error" in the ancestry."
      ***

      SOURCE: "Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America," by John Bliss, pages 34-35.
      Thomas was born in England, and removed to America with his father in 1635. Soon after his father's death he removed to Saybrook, Connecticut. Here his allotment of land was east of Connecticut River, in what is now Lyme, and his home lot lay between John Ompsted (Olmstead) on the north, and John Lay on the south. He sold his land here July 23, 1662, to John Comstock and Richard Smith, having removed his family to Norwich, Connecticut, two or three years previous.
      Thomas was married Oct. 30th, 1644 to a wife named Elizabeth, and they had six children born to them in Saybrook, and their seventh child, named Anne, was born in Norwich, was the second English child born in Norwich. His allotment in Norwich was "next to Sergeant Leffingwell, (opposite, according to the ancient map,) on the street as it runs south, five acres and a fourth, with a lane on the south leading to a watering place on the river." This homestead is still occupied by his descendants, (1880) seven generations of the same name having successively inherited the homestead and dwelt therein,--the property being held under the original deed,--and the house itself, in its frame work is doubtless the original habitation built by the first grantee. In a country where the tenure is allodial, and there are no rights of primogeniture or entailment, instances of two hundred years of family ownership are not very common.
      In (1680?) Thomas Bliss and Matthew Griswold were appointed agents by the town of Saybrook to "lay out a lot of land to an Indian named "The Giant", near Black Point, in what is now East Lyme, Connecticut. The locality is still called "The Giant's Neck." The energy, sound health, and good judgment of Thomas Bliss brought great prosperity, which is evidenced by his having made a will; for only those who had considerable property to dispose of did so, as it was a very expensive affair in those days, for the tyranny and rapacity of Sir Edmund Andros compelled the colonists to carry every such instrument to Boston to prove, and have reccorded, in order that he (Sir Edmund) might avail himself of the fees of that office towards supporting the state in which he aspired to live; for he never appeared in the streets without guards, or two or three servants following him,--and it was quite as easy to obtain access to the King of England as to his ape, the governor of these colonies. Thomas Bliss will is dated April 13th, 1688, two days before his death; and in it, provision was made for his wife, Elizabeth and six daughters, and his only living son, Samuel, who was at that time thirty-one years of age. His estate was estimated at L182, 17s, 7d. He had land, besides his home lot, "over the river--in meadow at Beaver Brook--in pasture east of the town--and on Westward Hill."

      ***

      "History of Montville, Connecticut, Formerly The North Parish of New London, from 1640 to 1896", compiled and arranged by Henry A. Baker, 1896. Repository: Call Number: Media: Book Page: page 523 Text:
      "Thomas Bliss, 3d, first appears at Saybrook among the earliest proprietors there. He with others, removed to Norwich and settled there abut 1660, and became a permanent inhabitant. He married 30 Oct., 1644, Elizabeth ____________; and died 15 April, 1688."
      ***

      In the inventory of Thomas Bliss, Jr., his estate was valued at 182 pds 17 shillings and 7 pence. He had land, besides his home lot, over the River, on the Little Plain, at the Great Plain, at the Falls, in Yantic Meadow, in the meadow at Beaver Brook, in pasture east of town, and on Westward Hill. This illustarates the prudential course of the early settlers, the lands divided in small quanities at short intravals, corresponding to the growth and necessities of the town and the ability of the owners to clear them up and place them under cultivation. The bigger the family of sons old enough to help clear the lands, of course benefited greatly.
      ***

      His name appears on the Hartford, Connecticut founder's monument located at Main and Gold Streets in the old cemetary. His house-lot in Saybrook consisted of thirty acres, east of the Lyme River. He sold this property July 23, 1662 to John Comstock (Caulkin's History).
      ***

      This information comes from reference book, History of Norwich, by Frances Manwaring Caulkins. Chapter 9, page 130

      The Post and Gager Burial Ground was on the home lot of Thomas Post. Sarah, his wife, was buried on the home lot in 1661. She is assumed to be the first person to die after the settlement of the town. This ground was appropriated by the town authorities, and became the common burial place for the town inhabitants. After the year 1700, very few interments took place in this burial ground. The Post home lot remained in the family for 125 years, then was sold in 1775 by Joseph Post of Lebonon to Ezekiel Barrett. A clause was included in the sales agreement to allow passage to the old burying ground. Not until forty years after the settlement of the town, was new burial ground opened for interments. For that reason, Thomas Bliss, (who died in 1688), and his son Thomas Bliss Jr. (who died in 1681), are thought to be interred there. Regretfully there are no identifiable markers for those who were buried in the old burial ground.
      ***

      Military Service: 1675 In King Phillip's War 3
      *** [8]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "Thomas Bliss, III". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I12235&tree=00 (accessed March 21, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S21] compiled by Lynn James Boulter [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Sandy, UT, 84070. "BOULTER5," supplied by Boulter; copy held by [RESEARCHER & CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    2. [S46] Torrey, Clarence Almon. "New England Marriages: Prior to 1700". (Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997), NEHGS #B2-84750, p. 78.

    3. [S201] MacKenzie, George Norbury. "Colonial Families of the United States of America". (Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., (1907-1920) repr. 1995), GPC #3590, Pub F vol 23.

    4. [S202] Bliss, John Homer, b. 1832. (Main) Morris, Oliver Bliss. (Added) Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863. (Added). "Genealogy of the Bliss family in America, from about the year 1550 to 1880". (Boston:MA, NEHGS, 1881), NEHGS #P3-04800; ([Bethany, Okla.] (P.O. Box 1188, Bethany 73008) : [Richardson Reprints, 1985]); LC CALL NO.: CS71.B651985; FORMAT: Book ; LCCN: 87-118939, A11 A63 p.371; 29,31,48,64,36.

    5. [S1402] Personal knowledge of Kirk Larson, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    6. [S1403] The Generations Network. "Ancestry Family Trees," database.

    7. [S1410] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. database, FamilySearch . (http://www.familysearch.org), )..

    8. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    9. [S2893] Aaron Tyler Bliss. The Bliss Family in America. 1946, Vol. 1, pg 30.

    10. [S135] Virkus, Frederick Adams. "Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750". (Chicago:IL, The Institute of American Genealogy, 1929); (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986), p. 13.

    11. [S202] Bliss, John Homer, b. 1832. (Main) Morris, Oliver Bliss. (Added) Bliss, Sylvester, 1814-1863. (Added). "Genealogy of the Bliss family in America, from about the year 1550 to 1880". (Boston:MA, NEHGS, 1881), NEHGS #P3-04800; ([Bethany, Okla.] (P.O. Box 1188, Bethany 73008) : [Richardson Reprints, 1985]); LC CALL NO.: CS71.B651985; FORMAT: Book ; LCCN: 87-118939, p. 371; 29,31,48,64,36.

    12. [S201] MacKenzie, George Norbury. "Colonial Families of the United States of America". (Baltimore:MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., (1907-1920) repr. 1995), GPC #3590, vol 23.

    13. [S390] Virkus, Frederick Adams. "The Abridged compendium of American genealogy : first families of America : a genealogical encyclopedia of the United States". (Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987); ISBN: 0-8063-1171-1 (set) ; LC CALL NO.: CS69.A271987; FORMAT: Book ; LCCN: 87-155589, 1:968.

    14. [S9] Savage, James. "A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came before May 1692 on the Basis of Farmer's Register. 4 vols. 1860–62; rpt. ed.". (Boston:MA, Little, Brown & Co.,, 1982 ); (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969); (FHL# 974/D2s), 3:233, 363.


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