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Nathaniel Bliss, Sr.

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, , England
Death: November 8, 1654 (31)
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bliss, (Sr. in US, Jr. in UK) and Margaret Bliss
Husband of Catherine Marshfield Gilbert Bliss
Father of Samuel Bliss; Margaret Foote; Mary T. Holcombe (Bliss) and Nathaniel Bliss, Jr.
Brother of Thomas Bliss (Jr. in US, III in UK); Mary Parsons; Jonathan Blisse; Sarah Terry; Ann Chapman and 7 others

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About Nathaniel Bliss, of Springfield

  • '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.
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Nathaniel was baptized on December 28, 1622 at Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England. He came to America with his parents and removed from Hartford to Springfield, Massachusetts with his mother in 1643, about seven years after that place was purchased from the Indians by William Pynchon. His homelot was ten rods wide and was the second below the present William Street. Three years later on November 20, 1646, after he was well settled, Nathaniel married Catherine Chapin at Springfield. Nathaniel died in Springfield on November 8, 1654.


Nathanial was baptized on 28 Dec. 1622 in Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England and he immigrated: 1637/38.

Seal to Parents: 5 Feb 1982 PROVO - Provo Utah

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!".


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December 8, 1622
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Manchester, Lancashire, , England
December 28, 1622
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Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Gloucester, England
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December 28, 1622
Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Gloucester, England
December 28, 1622
Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Gloucester, England
December 28, 1622
Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Gloucester, England
December 28, 1622
Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Gloucester, England