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Edward Bliven

Also Known As: "Edward Bleavin"
Birthplace: Possibly, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Westerly, Washington County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Place of Burial: Edward Bliven Lot, Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Bliven and Bridget Oliver
Husband of Isabel Bliven and Isabel Bliven
Father of Edward Bliven, Jr.; Joan Clarke; Rachel Saunders; James Bliven and John Bliven

Occupation: Yeoman
Managed by: Christopher Gordon Totsky
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About Edward Bliven of Westerly


VITAL RECORDS OF RHODE ISLAND 1636-1850, WASHINGTON CO. MARRIAGES, Arnold Collection by James N. Arnold, Vol. 5, page 11.

   2-121  BLIVEN, Edward, and Isabel MACCOON, m. by Tobias Saunders, Justice, Oct. 2, 1691.

DESCENDANTS OF EDWARD BLIVEN, by Earl Crandall, page 1.

   The immigrant Bliven ancestors were three brothers: Joshua, James and Edward Bliven, all coming from England and arriving in Salem, Massachusetts before 1650.
   According to this account, James remained in Salem, Edward's whereabouts are not mentioned, and Joshua is reported as being in Newport by 1669, and it is mentions that his sons, James and Edward, both settled in Westerly, RI.
   This "history" of the Bliven family is, unfortunately, not documented, yet has been copied by many genealogists since 1908 and perpetrated as truth. There is, however, no proof for this origin of the Bliven family. Therefore, this lineage begins with Edward-1 Bliven of Westerly, RI.

THE BLIVEN GENEALOGY, 1643-1991, by Lee A. Bliven, 1991. Westerly Library, page 7.

   If the dates I have for our first known ancestors are fairly accurate the first would be EDWARD, aka EDWARD of WESTERLY, born about 1668. "THE FIRST FAMILIES OF AMERICA" has his father, born 1643 in England and coming to the Salem area in 1664, this could be JAMES, that bought land from the Indians at Oyster Bay L.I. in 1672, it could also make HENRY BLETHEN (BLEVIN) of Lynn, Mass., (first recorded 1659) a brother of JAMES, the 1668 birth of Edward would have him born in the Colonies.
   Edward Bliven and Isabel Macoone had 2 daughters and 3 sons after their marriage Oct. 2, 1691, they were to accumulate some 300 plus acres of land and a Homestead, at Westerly. R.I. and it appears Edward and Isabel became quite active in the community. Edward made a will before his death in 1718, dividing the property among their 3 son.


   BLIVEN, Edward, of We, yoeman. Will dated 22 Aug 1716, proved 30 Apr 1718, pgs 252-253 and Vol. 2 (4) page 75, receipts. Mentions: Wife Isabel Bliven, Sons Edward Bliven, James Bliven under 21, & John Bliven. Daughters Jane & Rachel no surnames. Capt John Babcock coexor with wife. Land bought of Ninecraft Sachim & Jobe Babcock. On 22 Aug 1726 dau Jane was wife of William Clark & on 28 Dec 1726 dau Rachel was wife of Stephen Saunders. Witn: Joseph Clarke Jr., Oliver Babcock, Potter Davis.

Edward married Isabel MACOONE, daughter of John MACCOON and Mary, on 31 Oct 1691 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. Isabel was born 1670 in of Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island. She died 1753 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island.

RHODE ISLAND ROOTS, MARCH 1987, by Rosemary Canfield, page 7.

   Unrecorded, but probably children of John-1:
   ISABEL, b. c1670, d. ?; m. 31 Oct. 1691, Westerly RI, Edward Bliven.

THE BLIVEN GENEALOGY, 1643-1991, by Lee A. Bliven, 1991. Westerly Library. page 7.

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Edward Bliven of Westerly's Timeline

Scotland, United Kingdom
May 1, 1692
Age 27
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
August 5, 1694
Age 29
Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
March 19, 1697
Age 32
Westerly, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
October 27, 1702
Age 37
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
January 22, 1706
Age 41
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
April 30, 1718
Age 53
Westerly, Washington County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
First settled in Salem, Massachusetts.