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Jonathan Bliss, Sr.

Birthplace: Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bliss, of Rehoboth; Thomas Bliss; Dorothy Bliss and Margaret Lawrence
Husband of Rachel Bliss; Miriam Harmon and Miriam Bliss
Father of Elizabeth Thurber; Dorothy Bliss; Ephraim Bliss (twin); Experience Chaffee; Mary Bliss and 7 others
Brother of Elizabeth Wilmarth; Mary Harmon (Bliss); Jane Bliss; John Bliss and Martha Ide
Half brother of Amity Bliss and Thomas Bliss

Occupation: blacksmith/farmer
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About Sgt. Jonathan Bliss Sr.

baptized April 2, 1626 at Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.  was admitted as a freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1655, and of Rehoboth in 1658. He was appointed way-warden (surveyor) in a town meeting at Rehoboth May 24, 1652 and was appointed grand-juryman May 17, 1655, and again on June 3, 1668 and May 26, 1681.   after the Great Indian War was appointed Sergeant in the town's militia. On May 16, 1682 he was chosen a constable of the town.

Born in Mar 1625/6 to Thomas & Dorothy (Wheatley) Bliss in either Daventry, Northamptonshire or Belston, Devonshire, England. The parish register of Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, records his baptism as having occurred on 2 April 1626 (birth records were not kept). Married before 1649, probably to a daughter of George Puffer named Rachel. Rehoboth vital records contain no entry for Jonathan2's death, only his burial (two separate records), on __ June 1687. One of their children was our ancestor: Experience (Bliss) Chaffee. See Eugene Cole Zubrinsky,'To Say it Doesn't Make It So': Clues to the Probable Identity of the Wife of Jonathan Bliss of Rehoboth MA," New England Historical Genealogical Register, 151, Jan. 1997

Find A Grave contributor Brenda J. Masters Charles adds: "Fact" 1 - Millennium File: Jonathan Bliss Birth Date: 11 Mar 1626 Daventry, Northampton, England Death Date: 11 Jun 1687 Rehoboth, Bristol, MA Fact 2 - Family Data Collection - Deaths: Jonathan Bliss Death Date: 11 Jun 1687, Fact 3 - American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970: Jonathan Bliss Died: 1687. This Jonathan's tombstone appears to be lost or illegible, the two Jonathans whose tombstones can be read are his descendants.

Son of Thomas Bliss Sr. (of "The Rehoboth Line") (about 1588 - 1647), and his wife Dorothy Wheatlie/Wheatley. --- Note: Seven children were born to Thomas and Dorothy Bliss prior to coming to America about 1638, of whom only three are known to have come to the U.S. (Elizabeth, Mary, and Jonathan Bliss Sr.). --------------------------------- Note: His father Thomas Bliss had a brother George Bliss (1591-1667), who settled in Newport, Rhode Island ("The Newport Line"), and a possible cousin named Thomas Bliss (about 1590 - 1650-51), who settled in Hartford, Connecticut ("The Hartford Line"). -------------------------- Jonathan Sr. was the sixth, of seven known children. ----------------------------- Jonathan Bliss Sr., blacksmith and farmer, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Jonathan was born March 11, 1626, and he was baptized April 2, 1626, at Daventry, Northamptonshire, England (the son of Thomas Bliss and Dorothy Wheatlie, of Preston Parva, and Daventry, Northamptonshire, England).

He was admitted as a freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1655, and of Rehoboth, Massachusetts in 1658. On May 24, 1652, he was appointed way-warden (surveyor) in a town meeting at Rehoboth. On May 17, 1655, and again on June 3, 1668, and May 26, 1681, he was appointed grand-juryman. On Feb. 22, 1658, he reasserted his freeman's oath of fidelity. On June 22, 1658, he drew a lot in the meadows on the north side of the town. On May 26, 1668, he was one of eighty who received land in the Rehoboth North Purchase, and drew a lot for additional land in the North Purchase on March 18, 1668-69. Jonathan was appointed, after the Great Indian War, Sergeant in the town's militia. On 5/16/1682, he was chosen a constable of the town. On 5/1684, "Sarjant" Bliss was made a member of the committee "to seate the meeting house", or determine the assignment of pews to Rehoboth's families. ------------------------------------- The "Genealogy Of The Bliss Family In America", Volume 1, page 44, states: "Jonathan Bliss Sr. was married in about 1648, to Miriam Harmon, a sister of the husband of his sister Mary, and possibly the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Harmon". --- Note: "The Harmon Genealogy, Comprising All Branches In New England", by Artemas Camfield Harmon, Washington, D.C., 1920, states on pages 251-252, that Jonathan's wife Miriam (Harmon) Bliss died on May 21, 1706 [this date is incorrect], and that her brother Nathaniel Harmon was married to Jonathan's sister Mary Bliss. Note: May 21, 1706, is the date that Miriam (Carpenter) Bliss died (according to her headstone), NOT the date of death for Miriam (Harmon) Bliss. --- Note: Eugene Cole Zubrinsky states that the wife of Jonathan Bliss Sr. was not Miriam Harmon, as stated in several Bliss genealogies, and in the Harmon genealogy, but was actually a daughter of George Puffer, of Braintree, Massachusetts ("possibly" named Rachel). See his articles published in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register", 1997, titled "To Say It Doesn't Make It So", Volume 151, pages 31-37, and also "Additions and Corrections", 2005, Volume 159, pages 361-362. ------------------------------------ Jonathan Sr. died and was buried in June of 1687 at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, age 61. His estate was inventoried at 99 pounds, 15 shillings, and 9 pence, sworn to by his son Jonathan, before Sir Edmund Andros at Boston, Massachusetts (who was the unpopular Governor of the Dominion of New England, from 1686 to 1689). ----------------------------------- Children of Jonathan Bliss Sr. and his wife are: --- 1. Experience Bliss. b. Feb. 5, 1649, at Rehoboth, Mass. m. Nathaniel Chaffee, on March 8, 1669. d. Sept. 21, 1721.

Note: Some records "incorrectly" lists the eldest child as "Ephraim" Bliss, when it should be "Experience" Bliss. See: "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Volume 62, page 203. Also see: "The Berkshire, Vermont, Chaffees, and Their Descendants, 1801-1911", page 128. --- 2. Rachel Bliss. b. Dec. 1, 1651. m. Thomas Mann, on Oct. 28, 1674, in Swansey, Bristol County Mass. (His first wife). d. She and an infant daughter were brutally murdered early in (June) 1676, during the Great Indian War, age 24. --- 3. Jonathan Bliss. (1653-1653). --- 4. Mary Bliss. b. Sept. 30, 1655. d. 1655. --- 5. Elizabeth Bliss. b. Jan. 29, 1657. m. June 25, 1684, to James Thurber Sr. d. July 25, 1723. --- 6. Samuel Bliss. b. June 24, 1660, at Rehoboth, Mass. m. # 1. Mary Kendrick, on April 15, 1685. m. # 2. Rebeckah Polley, on Sept. 1, 1711. d. Aug. 28, 1720, at Rehoboth, Mass. --- 7. Martha Bliss. b. April 16, 1663. m. # 1. Nathaniel Toogood. m. # 2. Benjamin CARPENTER, on Nov. 27, 1706, at Swansea, Mass., the son of Joseph Carpenter and Margaret Sutton. d. March 22, 1735, at Swansea, Mass. --- 8. Jonathan Bliss Jr. (Sometimes recorded as Timothy). b. Sept. 17, 1666, at Rehoboth, Mass. m. June 3, 1691, at Rehoboth, Mass. to Miriam CARPENTER (the daughter of William Carpenter and his 2nd wife Miriam Searles/Sale). They had eight children. Miriam is buried in the Newman Cemetery, in Providence County Rhode Island, near her parents, and at least seven of her siblings. (Jonathan later married Mary French, and they had four daughters). d. Oct. 16, 1719, at Rehoboth, Mass. Buried: Palmer River Churchyard Cemetery (with second wife Mary). --- 9. Dorothy Bliss. b. Jan. 27, 1668. m. June of 1690, to James CARPENTER Sr., the son of Samuel Carpenter and Sarah Redway. d. Oct. 28, 1694, age 26. --- 10.(?) Bethia/Bethiah/Bithiah Bliss. (Headstone appears to read "Bithiah"). b. Aug. 1671. m. April 15, 1695, to Daniel CARPENTER (the son of William Carpenter and his 2nd wife Miriam Searles/Sale). She was the "1st" of his four wives. d. Feb. 27, 1702. Buried: Newman Cemetery, Providence, Providence County Rhode Island. _________________________________

SOURCE: "Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America", Compiled by Aaron Tyler Bliss, 1982 (a three-volume set), Volume One, page 44. _________________________________

Also, see: "The History of Rehoboth, Bristol County Massachusetts", by Leonard Bliss Jr.

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Sgt. Jonathan Bliss Sr.'s Timeline

November 12, 1620
March 11, 1626
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
April 2, 1626
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, (Present UK)
April 2, 1626
Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
April 2, 1626
April 2, 1626
Holy Cross,Daventry,Northamptonshire,England
April 2, 1626
Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
April 2, 1626
Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
February 5, 1648
Age 21
Rehoboth, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)