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William Blisse, Sr

Birthplace: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Daventry, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Bliss, III and Joyce Bliss
Husband of First Wife Blysse and Elizabeth Blisse
Father of George Blysse, Sr; Nicholas Bliss; William (or?) Thomas Bliss; Joane Blysse; Joyce Blysse and 6 others
Brother of Henry Bliss or Blysse; Robert Bliss; Anne Blysse; George Blysse; Agnes Blysse and 3 others

Occupation: blacksmith
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About William Blisse, Sr

WILLIAM BLYSSE, of Daventry (the supposed son of Richard Blysse 2), was born about 1530-35 and was a blacksmith. It is known that he married September 20, 1561 to Elizabeth (his second wife), who was buried September 4, 1596 at Daventry. His will was proved in 1574 and he was buried July 20, 1574 at Daventry.


  1. GEORGE (of Daventry, married, and died in 1608),
  2. NICHOLAS (of Daventry, died in 1575, unmarried),
  3. WILLIAM (of Daventry, born about 1551 and supposedly married in 1578-9 to Elizabeth),
  4. JOHN (of whom further),
  5. AGNES (baptized March 15, 1564 and buried May 2O, 1592, unmarried),
  6. ANNE (baptized July 19, 1573),
  7. JOANE, and
  8. JOYCE buried August 17, 1574, unmarried).


  1. The Bliss Book, A Romantic History of the Bliss Family from the Time of its Beginning in England to its Advent into America and Illustrating the Condi- tions of Life of the English Ancestors of many Others of the Founders of New England, Charles Arthur Hoppin, 1913, Hartford Connecticut. p105: "The Bliss Family Tree...William b 1530/1535 m 1561 Elizabeth < Richard b 1500 < Richard b 1460 < < < < Philip b 1356..." p131: "The Family of William Blisse of Daventry.
  2. ANCESTRY.COM World Ancestral Chart No. 17450 Ancestors of Wayne G Thorpe and Olive Loraine Slade: Born 1530, Died 20 Jul 1574.
  3. ANCESTRAL FILE Ancestral File Ver 4.10 8KKB-8X Mar 20 Sep 1561 Daventry, Died Daventry Northamptonshire England, WillDated, Bur 20 Jul 1574.


" A true Regyster of the churche {Holy Cross} Maryges -- 1561 Willm smith Blisse

    Elizabeth his wiffe the XXth of Septe"

(Elizabeth was his second wife.)

"1574 Willm. Blisse bur. ye XX of July" "Twenty-eight days before the burial of the said daughter Joyce her father was buried.... The last testament of William Blysse, blacksmith, written the day before he died. -- {Registered at the Probate Registry, Peterborough.) Archdeaconry Court of Northampton. Liber 4, folio 230 (abstract). 19 July 1574 Willm Blysse of Daventry Northton, black smythe. Body to be buried in the churche yarde of Daventry. I doo owe as folloithe flyrst to Henrye Blisse xliiijs s xi d. To Nicolas Sherwood xxs: to Alice Deakes xii s viii d; to Lawraunce batte xiii s iiii d. Debtts owinge unto me are these...."

Children mentioned in his will:

Nicholas William John "1562 John Blisse baptized the second of februarye" Jone Anne "1573 Anne Blysse bap. ye XIX of July" Joyce Agness "1564 Agnes Bliss, bap. xv of March"

  • George Blysse was a witness. (George Blisse, the eldest son, witnessed his father's will in 1574, but received no bequest by that instrument. He was then of legal age and self-supporting. What his father had done for him had been done before 1574.)

{The son William was the father of Thomas Blisse, the emigrant to America, cira 1638, who settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts." p. 137)

Sons George, William and John succeeded their father at the forge in Daventry and at Staverton.

John was the father of two emigrants to America: Thomas and George.

Source: Register of Holy Cross Church, Daventry, Burial Records: Reprinted in The Bliss Book by Charles Arthur Hoppin, Hartford, Connecticut, MCMXIII.

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William Blisse, Sr's Timeline

Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 16
Daventry, Northampton, England
Age 18
Of, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
February 2, 1550
Age 20
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
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Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
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Of Daventry, Northampton, England
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Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
September 20, 1561
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Daventry, Northamptonshire, England