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Thomas Bliss

Male about 1590 - before 1651  (~ 61 years)


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  • Name Thomas Bliss 
    Born about 1590 
    Gender Male 
    Died before 14 February 1650/1  Hartford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • From the Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by John Homer Bliss, Boston, 1881:

        “THOMAS, of England, of Braintree, Mass., and afterwards of Hartford, Conn., was a son of the first Thomas Bliss, of England, and was born about the year 1580 or 1585.  He married in England about 1612-15, to Margaret,† and had ten children, of whom six were born previous to their removal to this country; these were named respectively, Ann. Mary, Thomas, Nathaniel, Lawrence, and Samuel; and in this country were probably born Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah and John.  Owing to religious persecutions, Thomas Bliss was compelled to leave England, and in the autumn of 1635, he with his younger brother George embarked at Plymouth with their families for the then wilderness of America. Upon their arrival at Boston, as before stated, Thomas located temporarily at Braintree, Mass., whence he afterwards removed to Hartford, Conn., where he died in 1640.  We have been unable to ascertain the dates of birth of all the
      children in this family, but it is evident that Thomas was the oldest son, and that he must have been of age at the time of the distribution of the lots in Hartford, which would place his birth at about the year 1615-16.  The births of the other children must have occurred between that of Thomas, jr. (unless Ann and Mary were older), and the death of Thomas, sen., in 1640, which would allow two years at least between them.  Probably there were no other sons of age at the time of their arrival in Hartford, as otherwise they would have had lots assigned them and there is nothing more discoverable respecting any of the children in Hartford.
        “†It is thought her maiden name was Margaret Lawrence, and that she was horn -about the year 1594, and married to Thomas Bliss about 1612-15. She was a good looking woman, with a square oblong face that betokened great capability and force of character. She had a broad open brow, fair hair, and blue eyes. After the death of her husband, which took place about the close of the year 1639, she managed the affairs of the family with great prudence and judgment. Her eldest daughter, Ann, was married to Robert Chapman, of Saybrook, Conn., April 29, 1642. choosing April for their marriage month instead of May, for the old English adage ran--" To wed in May, you'll rue the day." She removed with her husband to Saybrook, where her eldest brother, Thomas, came soon after to live with them, and where be married in 1644, and in 1659 removed to Norwich, Conn., with thirty-four or thirty-five--others and effected the settlement of that town. The other children of the widow Margaret Bliss. of Hartford, concluded not to settle there permanently, chills and fever prevailing in some localities near the town; she and her children, therefore, in the year 1643. removed to the settlement of Springfield, Mass., thirty miles or more up the Connecticut River. Margaret sold her property in Hartford, and gathering her household goods and cattle together, prepared with her eight children to make the journey through the forest to Springfield, which she accomplished in about five days. Nathaniel and Samuel, her second and fourth sons, had been there previously, and a dwelling had been prepared for the family on their arrival. A journey like this was thought a great thing in those days. They camped out in the forest three nights with their teams, so sparsely was the country settled at that time; and the forests, infested with savage beasts and scarcely less savage Indians, were: broken only by the single roads to the seaboard, on the east and on the south, and these were by no means of the best. Mrs. Margaret had acquaintances in Springfield whom she had known in England, and here she settled down for the remainder of her days. It is said she purchased a tract of land in Springfield one mile square, situated in the south part of the town, on what is now Main Street, and bordering on Connecticut River. One of the streets laid out on the manor tract has been named " Margaret Street," and another " Bliss Street," on which has been built a Congregational Church. She lived to see all her children brought up, married and established in homes of their own, except Hannah, who died at about twenty-three years of age. Mrs. Margaret died in Springfield, August 28, 1684, after a residence in America of nearly fifty years, and over forty since her husband's death. She was an energetic, efficient woman, capable of transacting most kinds of business, and was long remembered in Springfield as a woman of great intellectual ability. A mother with these characteristics seldom fails to transmit them to posterity. Her will, dated in September (1683 ?) mentions her son John, son Lawrence, deceased, son Samuel, daughter Elizabeth (Morgan), deceased, daughter Mary Parsons (widow of Joseph), and daughter Sarah (Scott). As no reference is made to Thomas or Ann, it has been questioned whether they were her children. But neither is there any reference in it to the children of her son Nathaniel, deceased, to whom in their younger years she had been guardian and guide; so that it cannot be inferred from such omission that Thomas, jr., and Ann were not her children. As she survived her husband forty-four years, it may have been that she was a second wife, and that these were children of a former marriage. He must have died comparatively young, or there may have been a great disparity in their ages. She lived more than ninety years, in, spite of the hardships and anxieties she had passed through, and her grandchildren were generally very strong of constitution and long-lived, as were also her children. She was a woman of superior abilities, great resolution, and uncommon enterprise, and is entitled to the respect of her descendants, both for her vigor of mind and constitution.
    Person ID I9688  Schirado
    Last Modified 13 March 2004 

    Family/Spouse Margaret,   b. about 1595,   d. 28 August 1684, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Bliss,   b. say 1618, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 April 1688, Norwich, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    +2. Ann Bliss,   b. say 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 November 1685, Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    +3. Nathaniel Bliss,   b. 28 December 1622, Rodborough, Gloucester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 November 1654, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    +4. Mary Bliss,   b. about 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 January 1712/3, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    +5. Lawrence Bliss,   b. say 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     6. Hannah Bliss,   b. say 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 January 1660/1, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
    +7. John Bliss,   b. about 1635, Gloucester, Gloucestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 September 1702, Longmeadow, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    +8. Sarah Bliss,   b. say 1638, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 September 1705, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     9. Elizabeth Bliss,   b. about 1647, Boston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1684  (Age ~ 36 years)
     10. Hester Bliss,   b. about 1640, Hartford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 June 1683, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years)
    +11. Samuel Bliss,   b. about 1642, Hartford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 March 1720, Springfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Family ID F6901  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S164] Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, (Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, 1952).


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