Jonathan Bliss (1739 - 1800)

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Birthplace: Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Florence L Reed
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About Jonathan Bliss

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of SEAMAN. DAR Ancestor # A011298

Patriot: Captain Jonathan Bliss (#512) is associated with Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Born in 1738/39, the son of Ephraim Bliss and Rachel Carpenter, Jonathan was a farmer who served on the Continental Congress’s first ship, the Alfred, under John Paul Jones. Captain Bliss’s name appears on the list of men entitled to prize shares in the ship “Mellish” and the brig “Active.” He is listed in the DAR’s Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, page 284.

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Note: The headstone incorrectly says Jonathan was born in 1725. There is no Jonathan born that year in the Rehoboth vital records book. The son of Lt. Ephraim & Rachel (Carpenter) Bliss who was born in 1725, was Ephraim b. 23 Jan 1724/25, d. 2 Mar 1724/25. The second child was also named Ephraim, b. 3 Jun 1726. Whoever prepared the headstone was incorect. Source: "Vital Records of Rehoboth, 1642-1895", by James N. Arnold (1897). Unfortunately the onnline version does not include page numbers.

BIRTH: 26 January 1738/39, Jonathan Bliss.

MARRIED: 27 December 1759, Lydia WHEELER, both of Rehoboth, in Rehoboth, by Rev. Robert Rogeson. Intention published 28 November 1759. Entry calls him "Jonathan Jr.", which in this case means 'the younger'.

DEATH: Bliss, Capt. Jonathan, died in 61st year, Jan. 24, 1800. This was 2 days shy of his birthday, and he was survived by his wife, Lydia, and nine children. Jonathan & Lydia were married 40 years 28 days at his death, and she outlived him by 3 years. Jonathan and Lydia rest alongside many of their children at the Village Cemetery, Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, under a family tombstone. The obverse side of that tombstone is shown on this page. The reverse side of that tombstone is shown on Lydia's page.

MILITARY: Captain in the local militia. And "Served on the ship "Alfred" under John Paul Jones." (Unsubtantiated as of 2012).

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Jonathan Bliss's Timeline

January 26, 1739
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
December 27, 1759
Age 20
October 10, 1760
Age 21
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
January 18, 1762
Age 22
December 6, 1763
Age 24
March 4, 1765
Age 26
April 3, 1767
Age 28
June 23, 1769
Age 30
Rehobeth, MA
September 6, 1771
Age 32
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States