John Bliss, of Preston Capes

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John Blisse

Birthplace: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
Death: before September 8, 1617
Preston Parma, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William "Blysse" Blisse, Sr and Elizabeth Blisse
Husband of Agnes or Annes Bliss and Alice Smith
Father of Thomas Bliss, of Rehoboth; George Bliss; Elizabeth Bliss; Agnes Alice Harding; Joane Bliss and 2 others
Brother of Robert Blysse; William Bliss, Jr.; Thomas Bliss (Sr. in UK); Agnes Blisse and Anne Blisse
Half brother of George Blisse, Sr.; Nicholas Bliss; Joane Blysse and Joyce Blysse

Occupation: blacksmith
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About John Bliss, of Preston Capes

2-JOHN BLISSE. of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire (the son of William Blisse), was baptized February 2, 1562 at Daventry. He was a blacksmith at Preston Parva (a small village near Preston Capes) and was buried September 8, 1617 at Preston Capes.

His first wife, by whom he had all but one of his children, is unknown.

The children from his first marriage:

  1. THOMAS (the emigrant),
  2. GEORGE (the emigrant),
  5. AGNES (who married in 1629 to John Harding) and
  6. JOANE (who married in 1632 to John Payne).

Thomas Blisse of Rehoboth may possibly have been born as early as 1585, but the weight of the evidence places his birth at about 1588. He appears "second in the ensuing genealogy because the compiler felt it more reasonable that his descendants appear throughout the genealogy next to the descendants of his brother George, who was born in 1591.

His second wife, who he married in 1614, was Alice Smith. Alice was buried March 26, 1625 at Preston Capes. and she was the mother of

  1. JOHN (born 1615-6).

from updated March 29, 2015:

BLISS, John (1562-1617)

Northamptonshire Record Office Northamptonshire Record Office - 273p/218 Northamptonshire Record Office - 273p/218

The son of William and Elizabeth BLISS, John was baptised at Daventry on 2 Feb 1562. He became a blacksmith and moved to the parish before his first marriage, which is not recorded. After the death of his wife, he married Alice SMITH at Preston Capes on 6 Aug 1614. John was buried in the churchyard on 8 Sep 1617.

Children: BLISS, Thomas ~1588-1640 BLISS, George ~1591-1667 BLISS, Agnes ~1593-1629 (married John HARDING at Preston Capes on 7 Jul 1629) BLISS, Joan ~1595-1652 (married John PAYNE at Preston Capes on 11 Feb 1632. Joan was buried in the churchyard on 10 Jan 1652) BLISS, Constance ~1597-1617 BLISS, Elizabeth ~1599-1617 BLISS, John ~1615-1617

Residence: From To 1562 ~1612 Daventry 1612 1617 Little Preston

Will: In his will, signed on 8 Sep 1617, John made the following bequests: - 6d each to his children Thomas, George, Agnes, Joan, Constance, Elizabeth and John - that his brother-in-law, Peter SMITH and his son Thomas be overseers of his will - the residue to his wife whom he also named as sole executrix of his estate Probate: Granted to Alice BLISS on 11 Oct 1617

Sources: Daventry Baptisms Register Northants Wills and Administrations Preston Capes Marriage Register Preston Capes Baptisms Register Preston Capes Burials Register BLISS, John Northamptonshire Record Office Northamptonshire Record Office Northamptonshire Record Office - 273p/218 Northamptonshire Record Office - 273p/218 Northamptonshire Record Office - 273p/218"Burials

1617 John Blisse, blacksmith, buried the 8th of September" Source: Register of St. Peter's Church, Preston Capes, Burial Records: Reprinted in The Bliss Book by Charles Arthur Hoppin, Hartford, Connecticut, MCMXIII. Contributed by Linda.

Thomas Bliss

Birth: circa 1560 Belstone, Devon, England Death: 1639 (79) Belstone, Devon, England Son of William Blysse and Elizabeth Bliss Husband of Elizabeth Father of Elizabeth Bliss, Mary Bliss, George Bliss, Jonathan Bliss and Thomas Bliss Thomas Bliss, Sr. Progenitor of the American Bliss Family

b. abt 1560, Belstone Parish, Devonshire, England - d. abt 1638, Springfield, Hampden Co, MA age 80 m. Margaret LAWRENCE abt 1582, Devonshire, England.

Thomas Bliss, progenitor of the American family, lived at Relstone parish, Devonshire, England. Little is known of him except that he was a wealthy landowner, and was a Puritan, persecuted on account of his faith, by civil and religious authorities, under the direction of the infamous Archbishop Laud, that he was maltreated, impoverished and imprisoned. He was reduced to poverty and his health ruined by the persecution of the Church of England. He is supposed to have been born about 1555-60, and he died about 1635. When the parliament of 1628 assembled, Puritans or Roundheads, as they were called by the Cavaliers or Tories, accompanied the members to London. Two of the sons of Thomas Bliss, Jonathan and Thomas, rode from Devonshire on iron-grey horses, and remained for some time-long enough, anyhow, for the king's officers and spies to mark them, and from that time they, with others who had gone on the same errand to the capital, were marked for destruction. The Bliss brothers were fined a thousand pounds for their non-conformity, and thrown into prison, where they lay for weeks. Even their venerable father was dragged through the streets with the greatest indignities. On another occasion the officers of the high commission seized all their horses and all their sheep, except one poor ewe, that in its fright ran in the house and took refuge under a bed. At another time the three sons of Thomas Bliss, with a dozen Puritans, were led through the market place, in Okehampton, with ropes around their necks and also fined heavily. On another occasion Thomas was arrested and thrown into prison with his son Jonathan, who eventually died from the hardships and abuse of the churchmen. At another time the king's officers seized the cattle of the family and most of their household goods, some of which were highly valued for their age and beauty, and as heirlooms, having been for centuries in the family. In fact, the family being so impoverished, by constant persecution, was unable to pay the fines and secure the release of both father and son from prison, so the young man remained and the father's fine was paid. At Easter the young man received thirty-five lashes.

After the father died, his widow lived with their daughter, whose husband, Sir John Calcliffe, was a communicant of the Church of England, in good standing. The remnant of the estate was divided among the three sons, who were advised to go to America to escape further persecution. Thomas and George feared to wait for Jonathan, who was ill in prison;, and they left England in the fall of 1635 with their families. Thomas, son of Jonathan, and grandson of Thomas Bliss, remained in England until his father died, and then he also came to America, settling near his uncle of the same name. At various times the sister of the immigrants sent to the brothers boxes of shoes, clothing and articles that could not be procured in the colonies, and it is through her letters, long preserved in the original but now lost, that knowledge of the family was handed down from generation to generation.

The wife of Thomas Bliss, Sr. was Margaret Lawrence. She is said, by good authority, to have been a good looking woman, with a square chin, indicating great strength of character. After the death of her husband, which took place about 1638, she managed the affairs of the family with great prudence and good judgment. She was energetic, efficient and of great intellectual capacity. Her eldest daughter married Robert Chapman, of Saybrook, Connecticut., April 29, 1642, and settled in Saybrook, where Thomas Bliss Jr. also settled, removing to Springfield, Massachusetts, on account of the malarial fevers then prevalent in Connecticut. She sold her property in Hartford and purchased a tract a mile square in Springfield, in the south part of the town, on what is now Main street. Margaret Bliss died August 19, 1684, full forty years after the death of her husband, and nearly fifty after she emigrated.

Aaron Tyler Bliss, in his "Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America", does not support that Thomas Bliss of Belstone, Devonshire, England is the father of Thomas Bliss of Hartford. Anyway, the use of the title "Sr." applies to England only, because in America Hartford property documents list his son Thomas with "Senior" or "Sen" or "Sr." in modern uses, so the son Thomas is "Jr." only in England. Similarly, the grandson Thomas Bliss would be called Thomas Bliss "III" in England and called Thomas Bliss "Jr." in America according to the Hartford property documents.

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John Bliss, of Preston Capes's Timeline

February 2, 1562
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
February 2, 1562
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
February 2, 1562
Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
February 2, 1562
Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
March 20, 1582
Age 20
Preston Parva, Northamptonshire, England
April 1591
Age 29
Preston Capes, Northampton, England
Age 30
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
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Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
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Age 37
Preston Capes, Northampton, England