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.

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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.

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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

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