Samuel Bliss (1730 - 1820)

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Birthplace: Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
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About Samuel Bliss

Patriot: Captain Samuel Bliss (#473) is associated with Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Born in 1730, the son of Nathaniel Bliss and Mehitable Whittaker, Samuel was a farmer who commanded a company of 43 Minute Men that marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 to April 27, 1775. He also served as Captain in Colonel Timothy Walker’s (Bristol County) Regiment for eight months and served three years under Captain Slade. Captain Samuel served as General George Washington’s steward at Morristown in 1777. He is listed in the DAR’s Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, page 284.

from: http://www.usgennet.org/family/bliss/features/2001/april01/april.htm

Was this Samuel Bliss a deserter? The list of Commander-in-Chief Guards compiled by the SAR lists a Samuel Bliss who was a deserter. There was a second Samuel Bliss (see below) who was a loyalist. Could there be some confusion between the two men?

Loyalist: Captain Samuel Bliss (#416) is associated with Greenfield and Concord, Massachusetts and St. Andrew, New Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1750, the son of Daniel Bliss and Phebe Walker, Daniel was a merchant who favored the cause of Great Britain and was charged with pointing out contraband of war to the British on April 19, 1775. He was arrested and later released due to testimony of witnesses. Samuel was banished under the Massachusetts Proscription Act of 1778 as an enemy of the state. He joined the British Army and served with distinction in New York and New Jersey during the war. He later removed to New Brunswick where he was rewarded with an island in the Bay of Fundy for his military service.

from: http://www.usgennet.org/family/bliss/features/2001/april01/april.htm

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Samuel Bliss's Timeline

1730
July 25, 1730
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1755
January 12, 1755
Age 24
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
October 2, 1755
Age 25
Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
1757
June 2, 1757
Age 26
1758
January 29, 1758
Age 27
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1759
December 29, 1759
Age 29
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1761
November 4, 1761
Age 31
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1764
March 4, 1764
Age 33
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1766
March 4, 1766
Age 35
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts
1793
January 3, 1793
Age 62
Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts