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Thomas I. Bliss, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of William Thomas Bliss and Elizabeth Bliss
Husband of Dorothy Bliss
Father of Elizabeth Wilmarth; Mary Harmon (Bliss); Jane Bliss; John Bliss, 1620; Mary Ide and 1 other
Brother of William Bliss, 1580

Occupation: came to Hartford 1639, From Belstone Parish, Devonshire, England--To Braintree, Mass & Hartford, Conn., blacksmith, farmer, surveyor
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About Thomas I. Bliss, Sr.

Emigrated to America on the death of his father in 1636. He landed at Boston, moved to Braintree and thence to Hartford.

Thomas Bliss, brother of George and cousin of Thomas, was born about 1588 probably in Preston Parva, Northamptonshire. He married Dorothy Wheatlie on November 22, 1614 at Holy Cross Church in Daventry by Thomas Mariott, minister. Thomas Bliss, blacksmith, and his wife, emigrated to Massachusetts about 1638. They landed first in Boston, settling ten miles south of Boston at Braintree. According to the first book of the Boston Town Records, Thomas Bliss was granted 36 acres of land in Braintree in 1639. He took the freeman's oath May 18, 1642 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He relocated to Rehoboth in 1643. [See Hurd's chapter on Rehoboth - contains errors]

One of the original proprietors of Rehoboth, Thomas received a home lot of eight acres in the northwest end of town. By the time of his death in 1647, he owned 45 acres. Of seven children born to Dorothy Wheatlie and Thomas Bliss, "fouer" are referred to in his will:

Elizabeth was baptized Sept. 19, 1615 in England. She married Sept. 18, 1640 in Rehoboth and died in 1676. Her husband, Thomas Wilmarth, is referred to as Willmore in the will.

Mary was baptized March 16, 1616 in England. She married Nathaniel Harmon of Braintree about 1638, and died ?

Martha was baptized Dec. 8, 1622 in England. She married Nicholas Ide May 16, 1647 and died Nov. 3, 1676 in Rehoboth.

Jonathan was baptized April 2, 1626 at Daventry, England. He married Miriam Harmon in 1648 and died June 11, 1687 at Rehoboth.

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http://www.reardon-family.org/masterged/pafg167.htm#6115

Thomas Bliss Jr Jr [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 about 1588 in of,Little Preston,Northamptonshire,England. He was christened in of Preston Parva,Or Preston Capes,Nr Daventry,Northampton, England. He died 4 in 1635/1640 in Rehoboth,Bristol,Massachusetts. He married 5 Margaret Hulins (Hulinges) on 18 Oct 1621 in St Nicholas,Gloucester,Gloucestershire,England.

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Margaret Hulins (Hulinges) [Parents] 1, 2 was born 3 on 15 Jul 1595 in of,Rodborough,Gloucestershire,England. She was christened on 15 Jul 1595 in Olueskirk,Lancashire,England. She died 4 on 28 Aug 1684 in Springfield,Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. She was buried on 25 Jun 1684 in Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut. She married 5 Thomas Bliss Jr Jr on 18 Oct 1621 in St Nicholas,Gloucester,Gloucestershire,England.

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They had the following children:

  M i Thomas Bliss II II was born in 1615/1620. He died on 15 Apr 1688.  
  F ii Ann Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1617/1620 in of,Rodborough,Gloucestershire,England. She died 4 on 20 Nov 1685 in Saybrook,Middlesex,Ct,Ct. She was buried in Saybrook,New London,Ct.  
  F iii Mary Bliss 1, 2 was born in 1620 in of,Rodborough,Gloucestershire,England. She died on 29 Jan 1712 in Springfield,Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. She was buried in Springfield,Hamden,Ma.  
  M iv Nathaniel Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1622 in Belstone,Devonshire,England. He was christened on 28 Dec 1622 in Rodborough,Minchinhampton,Gloucester,England. He died 4 on 8 Nov 1654 in Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. He was buried on 10 Nov 1654 in Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. [Notes]  
  M v Lawerence Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1623/1630 in of,Rodborough,Gloucestershire,England. He died 4 on 8 Nov 1676 in ,Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. He was buried in 1676 in Springfield,,Ma. [Notes]  
  F vi Mary Bliss 1 was born 2 in 1628. She died in 1712. [Notes]  
  F vii Hannah Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1633 in Rodborough,Gloucestershire,Gloucester,England. She died 4 on 25 Jan 1662 in Springfield,Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. She was buried in Springfield,,Ma.  
  M viii John Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1635 in of,Rodborough,Gloucestershire,England. He died 4 on 10 Sep 1702 in ,Long Meadow,Hampden,Ma. He was buried in Longmeadow,,Ma.  
  F ix Sarah Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1635/1640 in of,Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut. She died 4 on 27 Sep 1705 in Springfield,Hampden,Massachusetts. She was buried in Sep 1705 in Springfield,,Ma.  
  F x Elizabeth Bliss 1, 2 was born 3 in 1637/1640 in of,Hartford,Hartford,Ct. She died 4 on 2 Oct 1683 in Springfield,Hampden,Ma. [Notes]  
  F xi Hesther Bliss Twin Twin 1, 2 was born 3 in 1640 in Hartford,Hartford,Connecticut,United States. She was christened in (26-1666). She died on 12 Jun 1683 in Springfield,Hampden,Mass.,United States. She was buried in Springfield,,Ma.  
  M xii Samuel Bliss 1 was born 2 about 1642 in Probably Hartford,Ct. He died 3 on 23 Mar 1720. [Notes]  

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-------------------- Thomas, a blacksmith, and Dorothy emigrated to Massachusetts in about 1638. They settled in Braintree where, according to the first book of the Boston town records, they were g ranted 36 acres of land in 1639. Thomas took the freeman's oath May 18, 1642 in Cambridge, and the family moved to Rehoboth in 1643. One of the original proprietors of Rehoboth, Thomas received a home lot of eight acres in the northwest end of town.

They both died by 1647 owning 45 acres. -------------------- They landed first in Boston, settling ten miles south of Boston at Braintree. According to the first book of the Boston Town Records, Thomas Bliss was granted 36 acres of land in Braintree in 1639. He took the freeman's oath May 18, 1642 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He relocated to Rehoboth in 1643. -------------------- Thomas Bliss was the son of John Blisse of Preston Parva, Northamptonshire, England. He was born ca. 1588, most likely in that location as well.

Thomas married Dorothy Wheatlie or Wheatley on Nov. 22, 1614 at Holy Cross Church in Daventry, England. We believe they had seven children together. It was about 1638 when Thomas, Dorothy and most likely three of the children came, first to Boston and then Braintree, Massachusetts. Thomas was a Blacksmith, Farmer and Surveyor.

Thomas received a land grant of 36 acres in Braintree. He took the Freeman's Oath on May 18, 1642 at Cambridge. Then in 1643 the family moved to Rehoboth in Bristol County, where Thomas received "a home lot of eight acres in the northwest end of town. By the time of his death in 1647, he owned 45 acres."

Thomas wrote his will on October 7, 1647 and his estate was appraised on October 21, 1647.

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Other children:

Mary Bliss 1616 – 1690 Jane Bliss 1618 – 1621 John Bliss 1620 – 1635 Thomas Bliss 1624 – 1628

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The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Bliss of Rehoboth

 

The last Will and Testament of Thomas Blise being sick in body but in perfect memory made the seventh Day of the eighth month; 1647 the said will allso Exhibbited unto the Court holden at new Plymouth the eighth of June 1649, upon the oathes of Steven Payne Edward Smith

Imprimus I give in the name of the father sonn and holy Goste my soule into the hands of god yt gave it and my body to the earth

It I give unto my soon Jonathan my house and home lot Conditionally yt hee shall give unto my sonninlaw Thomas Willmore his lot wh hee now hath and allso the one half of my broken up ground for two yeares and shall healp him to build him an house and let him peacably and quietly live in the house with him untell they shall bee able to set up a house for him

It I give unto Jonathan two of my oxen Called Spark and Swad and my heifer wh is Called traveler and my heifer Calfe at the Iland and all my beding and all my tooles Conditionly yt hee shall use them in my trade or els they shalbee Devided to my fouer Children

It I give unto my eldest Daughter and her husband Thomas Willmore my other two oxen Called quick and benbo an my broad headed heifer and my Cow Called Damson and all my wearing aparrell

It I give to my Daughter Mary and her husband Nathaneill harmon my three two yeare ould steers and ten bushells of wheat

It I give unto Nathaneell the sonn of my sonninlaw Nicolas Ide my browne heifer and my two steere Calves wh are at the Iland

It I give unto Nicolas Ide ten bushells of Rye

It I give unto my sonn Jonathan and my sonninlaw Thomas Willmore the Resedew of my Corn and allso the Rye now sowne on the ground and my Coult and all my tackling and Implements as plowes Cart and Chaines all these to be equally Devided between them allso my pot and ketell; and I Doe make them exequters Joyntly of this my will and Testament; and I Doe Intreat my trusty and wellbeloved frends Richard Wright and Steven Payne to bee overseers of this my Will yt it bee Dewly and Justly performed in Wittness heerof I have set to my hand the Day and yeare first above written; I give unto my fouer Children my hide of leather which is in William ffeilds hand to be equalli Devided between them; and if any of my Children shall seeck to Defraude the others of any pt of theire Right or shall bee any wayes troublesom and it bee Justly proved hee shall forfeite all his part heer menssioned to be equally Devided between the Rest

In the prsence of Thomas Blise Steven Payne Edward Smithe

 

An Inventary of the goods and chattells of the late deseassed Thomas blise takein The 21 of the eight month [October] 1647.


Item £ s d Impri his wearing aparell 3 0 0 It one fether bede 2 bolsters one blanked and one coverlid and 2 sheets 4 0 0 It one Iron pot one brasse kittle 0 10 0 It 3 payls one tube 0 6 0 It in bookes 0 5 0 It 3 axsses one throw one hatchet one adds one wimble 0 12 0 It 2 sithes one how 0 6 0 It one ould muskate one pistoll one pistollbarell and one barell of a peece and 2 ould swords 1 10 0 It 3 pitchforks one mukeforke . 0 5 0 It Iron and Steelle 0 9 0 It 2 beetleRings one wedge one mortising axe 0 6 0 It one warming pan one pot crooke one paire of pot hooks one frying pan 0 10 0 It one payer of stillyards 0 3 0 It one horse harnesse one Sadle tree 0 7 0 It 2 meale troughs tow old hoggsheads 0 6 0 It one ould bagg 0 10 It in oattes pilcorn and peasen 0 12 0 It all the tooles belonging unto the Smiths trade 22 0 0 It one hyde of soallether 1 4 0 It 2 sives 0 1 It 2 oxen 12 0 0 It one Cow 5 5 0 It 2 oxen 22 0 0 It one Cow 5 0 0 It one heaifer 4 15 0 It 3 young Steers 8 0 0 It one Cow 5 5 0 It one court 7 0 0 It 3 calves 4 0 0 It 2 swyne 2 10 0 It haye 8 0 0 It wheat 6 15 0 It Rye 1 0 0 It in chaynes 0 12 0 It 2 plows and plow Irons 1 0 0 It one cartrope 0 4 0 It 2 yookes 0 5 0 It one cart 1 0 0 It Indian corn 1 6 0 It hempe 0 1 0 It one ould Sawe and other ould lumber 0 10 0 Som

117 16 4 
 

Aprised by Steven payne and Richard Bowin at a generall court holden at neu plimouth the 7th of March 1647 Johnathan Blise and Thomas willmore testified Upon oath before the said court yt this is a true Inventory of the goods and chattels of thomas Blise above written

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Thomas I. Bliss, Sr.'s Timeline

1582
March 20, 1582
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
1614
November 22, 1614
Age 32
Daventry, Northampton, England
1615
September 19, 1615
Age 33
Daventry,Belstone Parish,Devonshire,England
1616
March 16, 1616
Age 33
Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK
1618
January 14, 1618
Age 35
England
1620
November 12, 1620
Age 38
Daventry, Northamptonshire, , England
1622
1622
Age 39
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
1626
March 11, 1626
Age 43
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
1635
1635
Age 52
Braintree,MA
1638
1638
Age 55
Emigrated to Massachusetts, landing first in Boston, settling 10 miles south at Braintree