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Dorothy Bliss (Wheatley)

Also Known As: "Dorothy Wheatlie"
Birthplace: Maiden Newton, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Daventry, Northampton, England
Place of Burial: Daventry, Northampton , England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frank "John" Wheatley, Captain and Mary Wheatley
Wife of Thomas Bliss, of Rehoboth
Mother of Elizabeth Wilmarth; Mary 'Polly' Harmon, of Braintree; Jane Bliss; John Bliss; Martha Ide and 2 others
Sister of Richard Wheatlie; John Wheatley; Edward Wheatley; Priscilla Wheatley; Zachariah Wheatley and 1 other

Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Dorothy Bliss

One of the original proprietors of Rehoboth, Thomas Bliss 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.


source of this profile seems to be:

Dorothy WHEATLEY (daughter of Frank (John) WHEATLEY and Mary FIENES) was born August 22, 1591 in Newton, Dorset, , Eng3736, and died 1646 in , , Ma.

She married Thomas BLISS on November 22, 1614 in Daventry, Northampton, England, son of William BLISS and William Mrs BLISS.

More About Dorothy WHEATLEY:

Christening: August 22, 1591, , Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England.3736

More About Dorothy WHEATLEY and Thomas BLISS:

Marriage: November 22, 1614, Daventry, Northampton, England.

Children of Dorothy WHEATLEY and Thomas BLISS are:

  • 1. Mary BLISS, b. March 16, 1616/17, Daventry, Northants, England, d. date unknown, Of, Braintree, Massachusetts.
  • 2. Thomas BLISS, b. Abt. 1618, , , England, d. date unknown, , New London, Connecticut.
  • 3. Jane BLISS, b. January 14, 1617/18, Daventry, Northants, England, d. September 16, 1621, Daventry, Northants, Dorset, England.
  • 4. John BLISS, b. November 12, 1620, Daventry, Northants, England, d. 1635, Daventry, Northants, Dorset, England.
  • 5. Nathaniel BLISS, b. December 1622, Manchester, England, d. November 08, 1654, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.
  • 6. Martha BLISS, b. December 08, 1622, Of Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, d. November 03, 1676, Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts.
  • 7. Thomas BLISS, b. September 19, 1624, Daventry, Northants, England, d. October 03, 1628, New London Co., Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.
  • 8. Jonathan BLISS, b. March 11, 1625/26, Daventry, Northants, Belstone, Devon, England, d. June 11, 1687, Daventry, Northants, Belstone, Devon.
  • 9. Margaret BLISS, b. Abt. 1639, 3736, d. date unknown.
  • 10. +Elizabeth BLISS, b. September 19, 1615, Daventry, Belstone Parish, Devonshire, England, d. February 1675/76, Daventry, Northants, Dorset, England.


From Miner Descent:

Dorothy Wheatley was baptized 22 Aug 1591, Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England.  Her parents were  Frank WHEATLEY and Mary FIENNES of Tingsboro, Somerset, England.  The register of Holy Cross church Daventry records the burial of Dorothy Blisse 10 May 1631.  The record does not identify her as Thomas’ wife; it simply reports the burial of Dorothy Bliss and the date. In that year Thomas was churchwarden at Holy Cross, therefore a man of some repute in the town. In Feb 1632/33 Thomas Blisse married Abigail Southam. Two children were born to them but  their son Thomas was buried in 1635/36 and their daughter Amity was buried in 1637, the year before Thomas Blisse and children by Dorothy are believed to have emigrated. I believe no documentary evidence of Abigail Bliss has been found in America. But in England an Abigail Bliss was buried at Daventry 6th Oct 1681.

If the 1681 burial were Thomas’ wife, then  the traditional explanation that Thomas Bliss married the widow Ide in New England and her son Nicholas was accepted by him as a foster son who inherited a child’s portion in Thomas’s will of 1647 would be in serious question.

True no wife was metioned in the will, so it is doubtful that Abigail was present in New England at that time (if, in fact, she ever went to America with her husband). However she was alive and continued to live for many years after Thomas’s death. Her existence weakens the long-accepted suppostion (for that is all it is) that Thomas Bliss took up with the widow Ide and adopted her son as his own.  

Alternatively, Dorothy died 1646 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Baptised 22 Aug 1591 in Maiden Newton, Dorset, England, to Frank & Mary (Fienes) Wheatley of Tingsboro, Somerset, England.

  • Updated from Find A Grave Memorial via daughter Martha Ide (born Bliss) by SmartCopy: Mar 11 2015, 2:42:21 UTC
  • Torrey's New England Marriages has Thomas Bliss (-1647) 1st wife Dorothy Wheatly m. Nov. 22, 1614 Daventry, Eng., m. 2nd unknown 1st name Ide about 1645 Rehoboth, Ma.
  • Anderson's The Great Migration Directory lists also two Thomas Bliss's. 1st Thomas origin unknown, arrived here 1639 settled Braintree and Rehoboth. Sources: NEHGR 151:31-37, Aaron Tyler Bliss's Genealogy of the Family in America but see TAG 59:25-27. 2nd Thomas Bliss origin Rodborough, Gloucestershire, arrived 1639 Hartford, Ct. Sources: TAG 52:193-97, 60:202, Aaron Tyler Bliss's Genealogy of the Family in America but see TAG 59:25-27.
  • From Pope's Pioneers of Ma., Rehoboth, Thomas Bliss "Boston, proper. at Mt. Wollaston 1639. Freeman May 18, 1642, moved to Rehoboth. His will June 21, 1647, names son Jonatan; eldest daughter wife of Thomas Williams; Mary, wife of Nathaniel Harmon, son-in-law Nicholas Ide, son Nathaniel.
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Dorothy Bliss's Timeline

August 22, 1591
Maiden Newton, Dorset, England
August 22, 1591
Maiden Newton,Dorsetshire,England
August 22, 1591
Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England
August 22, 1591
Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England
August 22, 1591
Maiden Newton, Dorsetshire, England
September 19, 1615
Age 24
Northamptonshire, England
March 16, 1616
Age 24
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
January 14, 1618
Age 26
November 12, 1620
Age 29
Daventry, Northamptonshire, , England