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Thomas Bliss

Male - Bef 1651


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  • Name Thomas Bliss  [1, 2
    Born of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death 1649  [2
    Died Bef 14 Feb 1651  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I3503  Nielsen Hayden genealogy
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2016 

    Family Margaret Hulins,   b. Abt 1595, of Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1684, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1621  Rodborough, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Mary Bliss,   b. Abt 1628, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1712, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2017 18:38:48 
    Family ID F2056  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated about 1638.

      From the Bliss Family History Society:

      "One widespread and completely erroneous idea about the English roots of Thomas Bliss of Hartford, Connecticut should be laid to rest. The false genealogy is becoming ever more widely spread by the power of the internet and the trust still placed in the veracity of a hired researcher in Victorian times. BELSTONE IN CO. DEVON WAS NEVER THE HOMETOWN OF THOMAS BLISS OR ANY OTHER BLISS. ALL GENEALOGIES BASED ON BLISSES AT BELSTONE ARE MISTAKEN. [...]

      "THOMAS BLISS of Hartford Connecticut was probably a native of Co. Gloucester, England, and we now think he lived his adult life prior to emigrating in the city of Gloucester. First wife, ?Margaret, wife of Thomas Blisse was buried 4 Jun 1621 at St. Nicholas Church in Gloucester. Thomas had children by his first marriage to Margaret (maiden name unknown): THOMAS born c 1618, ANN born c 1620, Sarah christened 23 Apr 1620 at St Nicholas. Thomas then married Margaret Hulins of Rodborough at Gloucester St Nicholas 18th Oct 1621. Their son Nathaniel was baptised at Rodborough 28th Dec 1622. Other children by Margaret Hulins were MARY born c 1625, LAWRENCE born c 1628, HANNAH born c 1633, JOHN born c 1635, Samuel christened 4 Feb 1637/8 St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, HESTER & ELIZABETH twins born c 1640 (Hartford?)."

      From Michel L. Call and Gary Boyd Roberts, "Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library Acquired by NEHGS," 1985:

      "According to [Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library] projections, the largest family in America today is the posterity of Robert White (b. ca. 1560) & Bridget Allgar, with a Mormon posterity of 430,000 and an American posterity of 29 million. The next five families are Edward Griswold and Margaret, Joseph Loomis and Mary White (daughter of Robert and Bridget above), Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread, Thomas Ford and Elizabeth Charde, and Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins, each with a Mormon posterity of 270,000 and an American posterity of 18 million."

  • Sources 
    1. [S682] Gerald James Parsons, "The Early Parsons Families of the Connecticut River Valley." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148:215, July 1994.

    2. [S899] The Mary Bliss Parsons Trial, website developed by Historic Northampton and the Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology (now the UMass IT Center for Educational Software Development [CESD]) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    3. [S171] The Bliss Family History Society.

    4. [S387] Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, by Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952.