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Thomas Bliss, Sr.

Also Known As: "Sr. in US", "Jr. in UK"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Painswick, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bliss (Sr. in UK) and Margaret Bliss
Husband of Margaret Bliss
Father of Thomas Bliss (Jr. in US); Mary Parsons; Sarah Terry; Nathaniel Hulings Bliss, Sr.; Ann Chapman and 8 others
Brother of Jonathan Bliss; George Bliss; Elizabeth Calcliffe and Mary Bliss

Occupation: Farmer
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About Thomas Bliss, Sr.

Thomas Bliss


b. circa 1590, d. 1 February 1650

He was born circa 1590 at Gloucester, England. He married Margaret Hulings, daughter of John Hulings and Margaret (?), on 18 October 1621 at Gloucester, England. Thomas Bliss died on 1 February 1650 at Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States of America.

Family Margaret Hulings d. 28 August 1684 Children

  • 1. Nathaniel Bliss+ d. 8 Nov 1654
  • 2. Ann Bliss b. c 1623, d. 20 Nov 1685
  • 3. Thomas Bliss b. c 1624, d. 15 Apr 1688
  • 4. Mary Bliss b. c 1625/26, d. 29 Jan 1712
  • 5. Lawrence Bliss b. c 1628, d. 8 Nov 1676
  • 6. Hannah Bliss b. 1633, d. 25 Jan 1660
  • 7. John Bliss b. c 1635, d. 10 Sep 1702
  • 8. Sarah Bliss b. c 1638, d. 27 Sep 1705
  • 9. Hester Bliss b. c 1640, d. 12 Jun 1683
  • 10. Elizabeth Bliss b. c 1640, d. 2 Oct 1683
  • 11. Samuel Bliss b. c 1642, d. 23 Mar 1720

Thomas Bliss, Sr., was born (according to the Bliss Genealogy) in Okebampton, in the village of Belstone, Co. Devon, son of Thomas Bliss, of Belstone. He settled first at the "“Mount,” afterward Braintree, now Quincy ; rem.to Hartford, where he was one of the proprietors “by courtesie of the town” in 1639-40; his house-lot was on a highway west of the present Lafayette Street, and he possessed fifty-eight acres. He d. in 1650 ; inv. Feb. 14, 1650, £86. 12. 8. His widow, Margaret, removed to Springfield after a time with the larger part of her family ; d. there Aug. 28, 1684.

Source: http://www.foundersofhartford.org/founders/bliss_thomas_sr.htm

-------------------- Birth: 1583 Fairford, England Death: Feb., 1650 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

~My Ancestor~ There is much confussion & diffences of opinion as to where Thomas Bliss came from in England, who he married, etc. for which each opinion has it's own reference/s. So, I am going to put down my own opinions. Thomas Bliss & his sons were severly persecuted by Archbishop Laud and lost most of their wealth before coming to America. He probably married MARGARET HULINS (HULLILNGS), daughter of JOHN & MARGARET HULINS around 1614 in England. They probably migrated with four of their children to Boston in Massachusetts Bay to Braintree around 1638. He was granted 35 acres of land there in 1639.

By 1640 they were living in Hartford in the Colony of Conn. where he was a landowner along with his son, THOMAS, JR. On March 4th, 1646, "Tho: Blissse" was fined two shillings for not training.

The names of Thomas Bliss Sr. & Thomas Bliss, Jr. are on the Founders Monument in this cemetery.

Thomas Bliss of Hartford had a nuncupative will, which required the testimony of John Pinchon & Henry Smith that his property went to his wife. His daughter, Mary Parsons of Springfield, Mass. also testified to this fact. His inventory, taken February 14, 1650 by Nathaniel Ward & Joseph Mygatt, amounted to 86 pounds, 12 shillings, and 8 pence. On February 20, 1650/51, the administration of his estate went to the relict (Margaret). She was to keep the whole estate for her use and the education of the children during her life - then to divide it among the children.


Family links:

Parents:
 Thomas Bliss (____ - 1649)

Spouse:
 Margaret Hulins Bliss (1595 - 1684)*

Children:
 Lawrence Bliss (____ - 1676)*
 Nathaniel Bliss (____ - 1654)*
 Sarah Bliss Scott (____ - 1705)*
 Ann Bliss Chapman (____ - 1685)*
 Thomas Bliss (1618 - 1688)*
 Mary Bliss Parsons (1628 - 1712)*
 Elizabeth Bliss Morgan (1637 - ____)*
 Hannah Bliss (1639 - 1661)*
 John Bliss (1640 - 1702)*
 Samuel Bliss (1642 - 1720)*
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Burial: Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA


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Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Feb 21, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34066224 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34066224

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From the WorldConnect Database: "Sanford-Shulsen Family", by Evelyn Beran:

"John Homer Bliss' "Genealogy of the Bliss Family" and Charles Hoppin's "The Bliss Book" both trace the ancestry of Thomas Bliss who settled at Rehoboth, and contain nothing pertaining to the ancestry of Thomas Bliss of Hartford. County Gloucester is definitely "Bliss country" in terms of wills and baptismal/marriage records, but nothing has been found to prove the ancestry of Thomas Bliss of Hartford.

Myrtle Stevens Hyde identified Margaret, wife of Thomas Bliss, as the daughter of John Hulins of Rodborough, county Gloucester, England, and found the baptism of their son Nathaniel at Rodborough, but did not identify where the young couple lived. A later article in TAG 60 said: "The marriage is recorded in the registers of the parish of St. Nicholas, city of Gloucester: '1621. Thomas Blisse and Margret Hulings weere married October the 18th'. The "Nathaniel son of Thomas Blisse" baptized on 28 December 1622 at Rodborough, eleven miles south of Gloucester, was surely the first child of Thomas and Margaret. Frequently first children were baptized in their maternal grandparents' parish, even though the young parents resided elsewhere."

Thomas immigrated to New England with his family about 1635. On 24 February 1639/1640 Thomas was granted 36 acres at Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony, at a cost of 3 shillings per acre on the basis of a family of nine. That same month he was recorded at Hartford CT, owning several pieces of land, on one of which he built a home. He was not an original proprietor of Hartford, but is listed on the Founders Monument. He was a freeman.

His home lot at Hartford, #58, adjoined that of his son Thomas (#59). On 4 March 1646 Thomas was fined 2s-6p "for not trayneing".

The probate record shows that Inventory for Thomas Bliss of Hartford was taken 14 February 1650; inventory amounted to £86-12-08. His nuncupative will was admitted on the testimony of John Pinchon, Hen: Smith and daughter Mary Parsons of Springfield. Thomas desired that his wife should have the entire estate for life. On 20 February 1650/1651 the court granted "Adms. to the Relict, She to keep the whole Estate in her Hands for her Use and the Education of the children during her life, then to be divided among the Children, viz: to Lawrence, to John, to Samuel, to Hester, to Elizabeth, to Hannah and to Sarah Bliss." Thomas, Ann, Mary and Nathaniel presumably had received their portions at marriage. "

-------------------- From the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows:

"WILL: Inventory 14 Feb 1650. "

Sources: 1.Media: Online Database Title: WorldConnect Database: "Sanford-Shulsen Family" Author: Evelyn Beran Publication: January 24, 2008; RootsWeb.com Date: 5 Jun 2008 Note: Quality: Exceptional Repository: Name: http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sanford-shulsen 2.Title: Early Days in New England: Life & times of Henry Burt of Springfield Note:

  • *** [Note: This source was added during the import of the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows, dated 10 Sep 2009. Imported on 4 Mar 2011.]

Repository: Name: Ancestry.com

Page: 257 Quality: 3 3.Media: Book Title: History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport, 1886 Author: Rev. Samuel B. Orcutt Publication: Fairfield County Historical Society, 1886 Note:

  • *** [Note: This source was added during the import of the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows, dated 10 Sep 2009. Imported on 4 Mar 2011.]

Repository: Name: Newtown Library-Genealogy Dept Main Street Newtown, CT

Page: vol. 2 p. 1202 Quality: 3 4.Media: Book Title: Families of Ancient Windsor Author: Henry R. Styles Publication: Hartford, CT, 1892 Note:

  • *** [Note: This source was added during the import of the WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT", by Julie Barrows, dated 10 Sep 2009. Imported on 4 Mar 2011.]

Repository: Name: Newtown Library-Genealogy Dept Main Street Newtown, CT

Page: 107 Quality: 3 5.Media: Book Title: Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts Publication: Chicago, IL; J H Beers & Co.; 1912 Repository: Name: Ancestry.com

Page: 809 Quality: 3 6.Title: "WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT"," database, \i RootsWeb.com\i0 Author: Julie Barrows [j_barrows@sbcglobal.net] Publication: (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=blackandnob : 10 September 2009) Page: ); Julie Barrows. Quality: 3 7.Title: "WorldConnect Database: "Black/NobleCT"," database, \i RootsWeb.com\i0 Author: Julie Barrows [j_barrows@sbcglobal.net] Publication: (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=blackandnob : 10 September 2009) Page: ); Julie Barrows.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ricktallman&id=I207374 -------------------- According to an article by Tom Bliss, Bliss Magazine, Vol 2,No 20 Dec. 2007, Thomas Bliss probably had two wives, Maragre MNU (? - 04 Jun 1621) whose death and burial records were found at St. Nicholas church in Glucester England.

Also according to further research, BELSTONE IN DEVON COUNTY WAS NEVER THE HOMETOWN OF THOMAS BLISS OR ANY OTHER BLISS. ALL GENEALOGIES BASED ON BLISSES AT BELSTONE ARE MISTAKEN.

-------------------- Aaron Tyler Bliss, in his "Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America", does not support that Thomas Bliss of Belstone, Devonshire, England is the father of Thomas Bliss of Hartford. Anyway, the use of the title "Sr." applies to England only, because in America Hartford property documents list Thomas Bliss of Hartford with "Senior" or "Sen" or "Sr." in modern uses, so the son Thomas is "Jr." only in England. Similarly, the grandson Thomas Bliss would be called Thomas Bliss "III" in England, but called Thomas Bliss "Jr." in America according to the Hartford property documents. -------------------- (f/g) Thomas Bliss Birth: 1583 Fairford, England Death: Feb., 1650 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

~My Ancestor~ There is much confussion & diffences of opinion as to where Thomas Bliss came from in England, who he married, etc. for which each opinion has it's own reference/s. So, I am going to put down my own opinions. Thomas Bliss & his sons were severly persecuted by Archbishop Laud and lost most of their wealth before coming to America. He and his wife probably migrated with four of their children to Boston in Massachusetts Bay to Braintree around 1638. He was granted 35 acres of land there in 1639.

By 1640 they were living in Hartford in the Colony of Conn. where he was a landowner along with his son, THOMAS, JR. On March 4th, 1646, "Tho: Blissse" was fined two shillings for not training.

The names of Thomas Bliss Sr. & Thomas Bliss, Jr. are on the Founders Monument in this cemetery.

Thomas Bliss of Hartford had a nuncupative will, which required the testimony of John Pinchon & Henry Smith that his property went to his wife. His daughter, Mary Parsons of Springfield, Mass. also testified to this fact. His inventory, taken February 14, 1650 by Nathaniel Ward & Joseph Mygatt, amounted to 86 pounds, 12 shillings, and 8 pence. On February 20, 1650/51, the administration of his estate went to the relict (Margaret). She was to keep the whole estate for her use and the education of the children during her life - then to divide it among the children.


Family links:

Parents:
 Thomas Bliss (____ - 1649) 
Spouse:
 Margaret Lawrence Hulins - Bliss (1595 - 1684)
Children:
 Lawrence Bliss (____ - 1676)*
 Nathaniel Bliss (____ - 1654)*
 Sarah Bliss Scott (____ - 1705)*
 Ann Bliss Chapman (1617 - 1685)*
 Thomas Bliss (1618 - 1688)*
 Mary Bliss Parsons (1628 - 1712)*
 Elizabeth Bliss Morgan (1637 - ____)*
 Hannah Bliss (1639 - 1661)*
 John Bliss (1640 - 1702)*
 Samuel Bliss (1642 - 1720)

Burial: Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Feb 21, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34066224 -tcd -------------------- (f/g) Thomas Bliss, Jr Birth: 1583 Fairford, England Death: Feb., 1650 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

~My Ancestor~ There is much confussion & diffences of opinion as to where Thomas Bliss came from in England, who he married, etc. for which each opinion has it's own reference/s. So, I am going to put down my own opinions. Thomas Bliss & his sons were severly persecuted by Archbishop Laud and lost most of their wealth before coming to America. He and his wife probably migrated with four of their children to Boston in Massachusetts Bay to Braintree around 1638. He was granted 35 acres of land there in 1639.

By 1640 they were living in Hartford in the Colony of Conn. where he was a landowner along with his son, THOMAS, JR. On March 4th, 1646, "Tho: Blissse" was fined two shillings for not training.

The names of Thomas Bliss Sr. & Thomas Bliss, Jr. are on the Founders Monument in this cemetery.

Thomas Bliss of Hartford had a nuncupative will, which required the testimony of John Pinchon & Henry Smith that his property went to his wife. His daughter, Mary Parsons of Springfield, Mass. also testified to this fact. His inventory, taken February 14, 1650 by Nathaniel Ward & Joseph Mygatt, amounted to 86 pounds, 12 shillings, and 8 pence. On February 20, 1650/51, the administration of his estate went to the relict (Margaret). She was to keep the whole estate for her use and the education of the children during her life - then to divide it among the children.


Family links:

Spouse:
 Margaret Lawrence Hulins Bliss (1595 - 1684)
Children:
 Sarah Bliss Scott (____ - 1705)*
 Ann Bliss Chapman (1617 - 1685)*
 Thomas Bliss (1618 - 1688)*
 Nathaniel Bliss (1622 - 1654)*
 Samuel Bliss (1624 - 1720)*
 Mary Bliss Parsons (1628 - 1712)*
 Lawrence Bliss (1628 - 1676)*
 Elizabeth Bliss Morgan (1637 - ____)*
 Hannah Bliss (1639 - 1661)*

Burial: Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: Feb 21, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34066224 -tcd

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Thomas Bliss, Sr.'s Timeline

1583
1583
Painswick, Gloucestershire, England
1612
October 18, 1612
Age 29
St Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucester, England
1616
March 16, 1616
Age 33
Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England
1616
Age 33
Rodborough, Gloucestshire, England
1617
1617
Age 34
Belstone, Devonshire, , England
1620
1620
Age 37
England
1622
December 28, 1622
Age 39
Manchester, Lancashire, , England
1624
April 29, 1624
Age 41
Belstone,Devon,England
1628
April 25, 1628
Age 45
England
1628
Age 45
Of, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England