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Catherine Marshfield Gilbert Bliss (Chapin)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England
Death: February 4, 1711 (84)
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dea. Samuel Chapin and Cicely Chapin (Penny)
Wife of Nathaniel Bliss, of Springfield; Thomas Gilbert, Jr. and Samuel Marshfield
Mother of Samuel Bliss; Margaret Foote; Mary T. Holcombe (Bliss); Nathaniel Bliss, Jr.; Sarah Field and 9 others
Sister of Sarah Thomas; David Chapin; Samuel Chapin; Capt. Henry Chapin; John Chapin and 4 others

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About Catherine Marshfield Gilbert Bliss

Given name has also been reported to be:

  • Catherine Bliss
  • Catharine Bliss
  • Katherine

Date of death has also been (erroneously?) reported to be February 4, 1712.

  • 'New England marriages prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley
  • Pg.302
  • 'GILBERT, Thomas2 (?1620-1662) & Catherine (CHAPIN) BLISS (1626-1712), w Nathaniel, m/3 Samuel MARSHFIELD 1664; 31 Jun 1655, 30 June 1655 ?31 Jul; Springfield
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  • 'Genealogy of the Bliss family in America, from about the year 1550 to 1880 (1881, [1880])
  • 'NATHANIEL, of Springfield, Mass., (son of Thomas and Margaret Bliss, of Hartford, Conn.,) was born in England, came to America with his father in 1635, and removed to Springfield, Mass., with his mother in 1643, about seven years after that place was purchased from the Indians by Pynchon. Three years later, when they were well settled, he married Catharine, daughter of Dea. Samuel Chapin, of S., November 20, 1646, a few days before his sister Mary was married to Joseph Parsons. Nathaniel and Catharine Bliss had four children: Samuel, who died aged one hundred and one and a half years; Margaret, who married Nathaniel Foote; Mary; and Nathaniel; the last lived to the age of eighty-three years, though the father died November 8, 1654, before this Nathaniel was two years old. [Widow Catharine Bliss about eight months after her husband's death, married Thomas Gilbert, July 31, 1655; by him she had four more children, when he died June 5, 1662, and she soon married her third husband, Samuel Marshfield, December 28, 1664, and by him she had her usual number of four children, making twelve in all. Not much time lost in mourning or widowhood; but times were hard for a widow with little children, and men at this time outnumbered the women in the colonies, and there was no lack of suitors for single women.] She died February 4, 1712. Issue:
    • 32. SAMUEL, b. November 7, 1647, d. June 19, 1749.
    • 33. *MARGARET, b. November 12, 1649, m. May 2, 1672, Nathaniel Foote, Colchester, Conn., where she d. April 3, 1745. He was b. at Wethersfield, Conn., January 14, 1648-9, was the son of Nathaniel, and grandson of Nathaniel "the settler." He resided at Hatfield, Mass., two years, Springfield four years, and at Stratford and Branford, Conn., and lastly at Wethersfield, where he d. of consumption, January 12, 1703. His family subsequently removed to "Jeremy's Farm," since and now called Colchester, Conn., -- a tract of land on the road from Hartford to New London, owned by Jeremiah Adams, one of the first settlers of Hartford. Mr. Foote was a Quartermaster in the army during King Philip's war, and was in the fight at Turner's Falls (Conn. River) under the brave Capt. Turner, who, it is said, that night fought hand to hand with Philip himself. Next day Turner and most of his men were killed by the Indians, and Foote, though badly wounded, was one of the few who escaped.
    • 34. MARY, b. September 23, 1651, m. February 27, 1670, Nathaniel Holcomb, farmer, and lived in Simsbury, Conn. He was a son of Thomas Holcomb, of Windsor, and was b. November 4, 1648.
    • 35. NATHANIEL, b. March 27, 1653, d. December 23, 1736. He m. December 28, 1676, Deborah (dau. of Q. M. Geo.) Colton, who died November 26, 1733. No issue. He adopted Joshua Field as his principal heir.
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  • 'The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the ... By Charles Henry Pope
  • Pg.55
  • George, Sandwich, propr. 1640.
  • 'Nathaniel, Springfield, propr. 1646. He m. 20 (9) 1646, Katharine Chapin; ch. Samuel b. 7 (9) 1647, Margaret b. 12 (9) 1649, Mary b. 23 (7) 1651, Nathaniel b. 27 (1) 1653.
  • 'He was bur. 18 (9) 1654. His widow m. 31 (4) 1655, Thomas Gilbert; he d. 5 June,1662, and she m. Samuel Marshfield. Mary, (m. 26 (9) 1646, Joseph Parsons,) Sarah, m. 20 (5) 1659, John Scott,) and Hester, (m. Dec 26 1661, Edward Foster,) may be ch. of Nathaniel. See Chapin.
  • Thomas, Boston, propr. at Mt. Wollaston 1639. Frm. May 18, 1642. Rem. to Rehoboth. Prop. frm. Plym. Colony 1645; town officer 1647. His will, 21 (6) 1647, names son Jonathan; eldest dau. wife of Thomas Williams; Mary, wife of Nathaniel Harmon, son-in-law Nicholas Ide, son Nathaniel. Nicholas Hyde petitioned Court 7 June, 1648, for a chld's portion of the est. [Reg. IV, 282.]
  • Pg.93
  • David, Springfield, frm. April 5, 1649. Adm. inhab. of Boston in 1658. He m. 29 (6) 1654, Lydia Crump. Ch. Lydia b. 19 (4) 1655, Caleb b. 2 (2) 1657, Sarah b. at Bo. 3 March, bapt. 6 (1) 1659, Hannah b. Oct. 23, 1661, Ebenezer bapt. April 3, 1664, Jonathan b. Feb 12, 1665, Union b. Dec. 26, 1669, Ruth bapt. 8 (10) 1672, (m. Jan. 26, 1698, Wm. Twing).
  • Samuel, Springfield, frm. June 2, 1641; town officer, 1643; deacon, 1649; employed to conduct service part of the time, 1656-7, when there was no minister in town. Comissioner, 1651 and 1660. Ch. Japhet, Josiah, 'Catherine, __, (m. __ Gilbert,)' Hannah b. 2 (10) 1644, (m. Sept. 27, 1666, John Hitchcock,) Henry d. April 29, 1668, Henry, Sarah, (m. 14 (2) 1647, Roland Thomas).
  • He d. 11 Nov 1675. Will dated 4 (1) 1674, prob. 24 Mar 1676, beq. to wife, son Henry and 'gr. son Thomas Gilbert'. Son Jephet C. with his wife Abilene, deposed. The widow Cicely d. Feb, 8, 1682; beq. to sons Henry C. of Spr. and Josiah C. of Braintree; daus. 'Catharine, wife of Samuel Marshfield', Sarah Thomas and Hannah Hitchcock; to Henry Gilbert, apprentice to John Hitchcock. Son Japhet C. Exec.
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  • Field genealogy (Volume v.1) - Pierce, Frederick Clifton, 1855-1904
  • "Being the record of the Field family in America, whose ancestors were in the country prior to 1700. Emigrant ancestors located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia. All descendants of the Fields of England, whose ancestor, Hurbutus De la Field, was from Alsace-Lorraine."

  • 'Full text of "Field genealogy; being the record of all the Field family in America, whose ancestors were in this country prior to 1700. Emigrant ancestors located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia. All descendants of the Fields of England, whose ancestor, Hurbutus de la Field, was from Alsace-Lorraine"

158. SERGEANT SAMUEL FIELD (Zechariah, John. John, Richard, William, William), b. about 1651, Hartford, Conn. ;m., Aug. 9, 1676, 'Sarah Gilbert daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Chapin), of Springfield. She m., 2d, Oct 17, 1702, Ebenezer Chapin, of Springfield. Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Catharine (Bliss) Gilbert, of Springfield, b. Dec. 19, 1655; d. Feb. 4, 1712'. Samuel Field, son ot Zechariah and Mary, b. in Hartford, Conn., about 1651. He came with his father to Northampton in 1663. He removed to Hatfield where he was slain by Indians in ambush while hoeing corn in Hatfield meadows, June 24, 1697. He was a sergeant in the Turners Falls fight. May 19, 1676. He was a prominent and influential man in Hatfield, holding many town offices. .....

The American generational descent from Thomas Sr. Bliss of Hartford to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, is

Gen. 1: Thomas Sr. of Hartford and Margaret (Hulins) Bliss;

Gen. 2: Nathaniel and Catherine (Chapin) Bliss;

Gen. 3: Margaret (Bliss) and Nathaniel III Foote;

Gen. 4: Nathaniel IV and Ann (Clark) Foote;

Gen. 5: Daniel and Margaret (Parsons) Foote;

Gen. 6: Eli and Roxana (Ward) Foote; Gen. 7: Roxana (Foote) and Rev. Lyman Beecher;

Gen. 8: Harriet Elizabeth (Beecher) and Prof. Calvin Ellis Stowe:

For links and details see the Descendancy Links of Laurence Overmire:


Harriet Beecher Stowe and Floyd Bliss Hanson are 6th Cousins Thrice Removed.

Author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (This book helped abolish slavery in the Southern State of the U.S., Abolitionist; When Harriet Beecher Stowe was introduced to President Lincoln in 1862 during the great Civil War, he remarked, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!".

Catherine Chapin Bliss is an ancestor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Financier J. P. Morgan as well, but from a second marriage. _____________________________________________

Birth: 1627, England Death: Feb. 4, 1712 Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA

Catherine Chapin BLISS GILBERT MARSHFIELD Born Died 1712 Age

Father Deacon Samuel Chapin Mother Cecily

1st Marriage 1646 Nov 20 Nathaniel Bliss Born Died 1654 Nov 18

2nd Marriage 1655 Jul 31 Thomas Gilbert Born Died

3rd Marriage Samual Marshfield

Thomas Gilbert MARRIAGE: 1655 Katherine Bliss (widow of Nathaniel & dau of Deacon Samuel Chapin) DEATH: 5 June 1662. Widow married Samuel Marshfield. BIOGRAPHY: Springfield: March: 5th 1654/5 Concerninge the disposinge of the estate of Katharine Bliss Widdow late wife of Nathaneel Bliss deceased who died intestate. It was Ordered that shee should enjoy all the Estate, left by her said Husband, and that shee may be carefull of the children which shee had by her said Husband which children are for present of very tender yeares: And it Is further Ordered that when her Eldest Son attaynes to the age of One and Twenty yeares shee shall pay unto him, the Summ of Eight pounds, and when the Two daughters attayn to the age of sixteen yeares shee shall pay to each of them the summ of Foure pounds: and Foure pounds to the youngest son at the age of One and Twenty yeares: And in case any of them dy under such ages aforesaid, the portion or portions of the decease shalbe divided equally among the rest: Know all men by these presents that whereas there is a marriage intended to be solemnized between the above mentioned the Widdow Katherine Bliss of this Town, and Thomas Gilbert of Windsor. The said Thomas Gilbert doth for good causes and considerations him hereunto mooving covenante and promise, and hereby bynd himself his heires executors and administrators to pay or cause to be paid unto the children above mentioned of the said Widdow their Severall portions in the order above mentioned, and at the severall tymes of payment above mentioned: In witness whereof he hath hereunto sett his hand this 23d of May 1655. The mark of Thomas Gilbert Signed before us ELIZUR HOLYOKE & SAMUELL CHAPIN CHILDREN of Thomas Gilbert and Katherine Bliss: 1. Sarah, b 1655; m Samuel Field 2. John, b 1657 3. Thomas, b 1659; m Abilene Marshfield & Anna Bancroft 4. Henry, b 1661; m Elizabeth Marshfield (bio by: M Cooley)

Family links:

 Samuel Chapin (1598 - 1675)
 Cicely Penny Chapin (1601 - 1682)

 Thomas Gilbert (1611 - 1662)
 Samuel Marshfield (1625 - 1692)
 Nathaniel Bliss (1622 - 1654)*

 Prudence Morgan (____ - 1660)*
 Samuel Bliss (1647 - 1749)*
 Margaret Bliss Foote (1649 - 1745)*
 Mary Bliss Holcomb (1651 - 1722)*
 Thomas Gilbert (1659 - 1698)*
 Hannah Marshfield Bedortha (1661 - 1711)*
 Henry Gilbert (1661 - 1740)*

 Catherine Chapin Marshfield (1627 - 1712)
 Henry Chapin (1630 - 1718)*
 Josiah Chapin (1634 - 1726)**
 Japhet Chapin (1642 - 1712)**
 Hannah Chapin Hitchcock (1644 - 1711)*
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Burial: Springfield Cemetery Springfield Hampden County Massachusetts, USA Plot: Willow Avenue 2-97

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Catherine Marshfield Gilbert Bliss's Timeline

May 6, 1626
Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England
Berry Pomeroy, Devon, Eng.
Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England
November 7, 1647
Age 21
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
November 12, 1649
Age 23
Springfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony,, BCA
September 23, 1651
Age 25
Hampden, Springfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 27, 1653
Age 26
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
December 19, 1655
Age 29
Springfield, Hampshire County (Present Hampden County), Massachusetts Bay Colony