Sarah Mathias Evans Bake

Sarah Mathias was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales on January 9, 1824, the daughter of Daniel and Rachael Mathias. In about 1837, Daniel left for America. The rest of the family followed in 1839, when Sarah was 15 years old. They arrived in New York on September 5, 1839.


The family eventually settled near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, Sarah met David Evans, a shoemaker, who was also born in Wales. They were married on January 31, 1843. Sarah was 19 years old.

David and Sarah had four children: Anne, Daniel, Rachael and Sarah. David and Rachael died of cholera in September 1849. (Accounts differ on this. Some say that Rachael died as an infant in 1847.)

In 1851, Sarah married Henry Bake. They eventually had six more children. Sarah and Henry joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1856. They and their family traveled west in 1861.

After arriving in Salt Lake City, the family moved to Goshen, then Cache Valley and then to Bear Lake. They settled in Bloomington, Idaho, being among the first settlers there.


Sarah died on March 2, 1868. She was 44 years old.

The connection between Mom and Sarah is as follows: Lucile Brimley –  Lola Samantha Nelson – Heber Christian Nelson – Anne Josephine Evans – Sarah Mathias Evans Bake



The Truth about Thomas Bliss (Maybe)

Thomas Bliss was probably born about the year 1580. He may have been born in Gloucester in England. He was, at least, in Gloucester when he married his first wife, whose name was probably Margaret Snowe, in 1614. They probably had two children. The first Margaret Bliss died in 1621.

Thomas married his second wife, Margaret Hulins, in October 1622. They seem to have had nine children.

Thomas and his large family left England for America in approximately 1638. They originally settled in an area of Boston now known as Braintree. Thomas, supposedly, was a weaver both in England and in America.


In about 1640, Thomas moved to Hartford, Connecticut. His name is included among the original settlers of Hartford on the Founders Monument, located in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford.



Thomas Bliss died, for sure, in Hartford in 1650.

One of the most reliable sources of information about the Blisses is The Bliss Family History Society. Tom Bliss, one of the officers of the society, has made some very informative comments on Ancestry boards.

Another good source seems to be Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America, by Aaron Tyler Bliss. This three volume history, published in 1982, has been cited by researchers as the most accurate Bliss family history available. It is, reportedly, accessible at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is not, however, available as part of that library’s digital collection, nor any other library’s digital collection. It is also not at my library, so I have not seen it.

The connection between Dad and Thomas Bliss is Eric Eastman – Blanche Savilla Jones – Edwin Hyrum Jones – Seth William Jones – Stephen Chapman Jones – Hepzibah Chapman – Levi Chapman Jr – Levi Chapman Sr – Joseph Chapman – John Chapman – Ann Bliss – Thomas Bliss