Thomas/1 Bliss

M, #42213, (circa 1590 - circa 1650)
Last Edited:28 Jul 2017

Children with Margaret/1 Hulins:

  • Thomas/2 Bliss7 b. circa 1618, d. 15 Apr 1688
  • Ann/2 Bliss4 b. circa 1620, d. 20 Nov 1685
  • Nathaniel/2 Bliss+8 b. 28 Dec 1622, d. circa 17 Nov 1654
  • Samuel/2 Bliss+9 b. circa 1624, d. 23 Mar 1719/20
  • Mary/2 Bliss+10 b. circa 1625, d. 29 Jan 1712
  • Lawrence/2 Bliss+11 b. circa 1628, d. 8 Nov 1676
  • John/2 Bliss+12 b. circa 1635, d. 10 Sep 1702
  • Sarah/2 Bliss2 b. circa 1638, d. 27 Sep 1705 or 27 Sep 1706
  • Elizabeth/2 Bliss b. say 1645
Thomas/1 Bliss, born in Gloucestershire, England circa 15901,2, there married, circa 1617, Margaret/1 Hulins, daughter of John/a Hulins and Margaret (–?–).3,4 He died circa 1650 at Hartford, Connecticut, where the inventory of his estate was dated 14 Feb 1651.5,2
     "Thomas Bliss, farmer, of Hartford, Connecticut, was born most probably in County Gloucester, England in the approximate year of 1590. The particular location of his birth within Gloucestershire is not known. It was not the place of his birth nor the place of his ancestors. The reason for his presence was one Margaret Hulins (or Hulings) of Rodborough. She was born in about 1595, and they were married in about 1617."5
     "Came to America in 1635. Whether or not the Blisses accompanied the party headed by Rev. Thomas Hooker, consisting of Gov. John Webster, Mr. Samuel Stone and others, is not certain; they were however, among the original land proprietors of that place. In the settlement of Hartford, the land was laid out in 'lots' and 'tiers' and apportioned to the settlers; 'lot No. 58 was assigned to Thomas Bliss, Sr., and lot No. 59 to Thomas Bliss, Jr., both on 'tier' 10, south side of the little river.' The present Trinity street, was one of the original streets of Hartford, and was known as Bliss street, from the first settlement until 1855.
     "As evidence of Mr. Bliss' presence at Hartford prior to 1640, the following excerpt from the Hartford Book of Distributions is offered (the date being in Old Style Calendar):

     Febr: Anno Dom: 1639
     Severall Parcells of land in Hertfor vpon the River of Connecticott belonging to Thomas Blisse sen & to his heires forever
     One parcell on which his dwellinge house now standeth with yards or gardens therein being Contaynige by Estimation two rood (more or lesse) Abuttinge on the highway leading from John Barnard land toward the North on the west & on Thom Richards land on the North & on Thom Blisse jun: land on the South & on Paul Pecks land on the east.6

     "Thomas and his son, Thomas, Jr., were mentioned in a few other land records. At the division of the lands of the east side of the Great River in 1641, 'Thomas Blysse Senior' was given six acres and 'Thomas Blysse Junior' was given four acres. In 1647 (new style calendar) we find the elder man fined for being absent from military training: 'March the 4th, 1646. Tho: Blisse for not trayneing, is fyned 2 shillings, 6 pence.' From this account we note that he was probably then under 60 years old, but from the apparent ages of his older children, we must assume that he was over 50. Thomas died very late in 1650 or early in 1651 at Hartford. He was possessed of 58 acres of land and the house lot was on a highway west of the present Lafayette Street in Hartford.
     "His estate was inventoried at a meager 86 pounds, 12 shillings and 8 pence on February 14, 1650/51, but since four older children were already married, it is likely that their portions of the estate had already been distributed. Thomas had not written a will, but instead recited it orally to his wife, with his daughter, Mary Parsons, as a witness. As recorded and witnessed by John Pynchon and Henry Smith at the time of his estate's inventory, his will was as follows:

     feb: 14th 1650/51 mary parson of Springfield the daughter of Thomas Bliss late of Harford deceased, doth testifie, that when her father lay on his death bed Shee heard her mother Aske him, how hee would dispose of his estate, hee Answered hee would giue it to her, who should haue it elce, her mother asked him if hee would not dispose of it to his Children, her father Answered againe no, her mother Should haue it, this Shee Shall be ready to testifie if Called therevnto. wittness John Pincheon Hen: Smith. [Vol. II, p. 28, Probate Records of Hartford Co., Conn.] Page 28 - 29 lists the inventory of the estate of Mr. Bliss, as found in the records of the Particular Court of Connecticut. The inventory was witnessed by Natha: warde and Joseph mygatt. Value: 86 pounds, 12 shillings, 8 pence.

     "On February 20, 1650/51, the Particular Court gave Margaret full power to administer the estate 'if Shee So long Continue a widdow.' Some of the children had already settled at Springfield at the time of Thomas' death and Margaret wasted no time taking over the management of her husband's estate, and removing with her younger children to Springfield."6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:27.
  2. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 58, Thomas Bliss.
  3. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29-30.
  4. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 58, Thomas Bliss, quoting Bliss Family in America.
  5. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, 1:23-24.
  6. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:28.
  7. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:31.
  8. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, 1:24.
  9. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, CT, 1:23-34.
  10. [S269] George Sheldon and J.H. Temple, History of Northfield, 511.
  11. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29-30, will of Margaret Blisse.
  12. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:42.

Margaret/1 Hulins

F, #42214, (circa 1595 - 28 August 1684)
Father*John/a Hulins2,1 b. s 1565
Mother*Margaret (–?–)1,2 b. s 1567
Last Edited:17 Aug 2017

Children with Thomas/1 Bliss:

  • Thomas/2 Bliss7 b. circa 1618, d. 15 Apr 1688
  • Ann/2 Bliss1 b. circa 1620, d. 20 Nov 1685
  • Nathaniel/2 Bliss+8 b. 28 Dec 1622, d. circa 17 Nov 1654
  • Samuel/2 Bliss+9 b. circa 1624, d. 23 Mar 1719/20
  • Mary/2 Bliss+10 b. circa 1625, d. 29 Jan 1712
  • Lawrence/2 Bliss+11 b. circa 1628, d. 8 Nov 1676
  • John/2 Bliss+12 b. circa 1635, d. 10 Sep 1702
  • Sarah/2 Bliss4 b. circa 1638, d. 27 Sep 1705 or 27 Sep 1706
  • Elizabeth/2 Bliss b. say 1645
Margaret/1 Hulins, born in England circa 15952, was of Rodborough, Gloucestershire when she married, circa 1617, Thomas/1 Bliss.3,1 He died circa 1650 at Hartford, Connecticut, where the inventory of his estate was dated 14 Feb 1651.2,4 She died 28 Aug 1684 at Springfield, Massachusetts.5
     The will of Margaret Blisse of Springfield, dated 25 Jun 1684, and proved 30 Sep following, gives to son John £20 in cattle or corn ("haveing given Something Considerably formerly"), and forgives him the purchase of 4 acres of land in the Long Meadow for which he has never paid; to son Lawrence's son Samll. Blisse, 7 acres of land on the neck across the river, he to pay each of his sisters £2; to grandson Nathaneel Morgan, £3 at age 20; to daughters Parsons and Scot my wearing clothes, bedding & household Stuffe; to son Samuel's daughter Hannah, my Bason; to daughter Scot £5, & if my Cowes doe live, & I be not foreced to sel them for my necessity, I then give one of them to my Grandson John Scot; the residue to loving son Samuel Bliss, who is named sole executor. Witnesses, Benjamin Parsons, John Pynchon, Samll. Marshfield.3
     "On September 30, 1684, her son Samuel, of Springfield, presented her last will and an inventory of her estate to the Hampshire County Court. Margaret proved to be an able manager of her husband's estate. The estate was inventoried at 278 pounds, more than three times the amount left to her by her husband."6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 58, Thomas Bliss, quoting Bliss Family in America.
  2. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, 1:23-24.
  3. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29-30.
  4. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 58, Thomas Bliss.
  5. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29.
  6. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:27.
  7. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:31.
  8. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, 1:24.
  9. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Hay, Martin Genealogy, Descs. of Lieut. Samuel Martin of Wethersfield, CT, 1:23-34.
  10. [S269] George Sheldon and J.H. Temple, History of Northfield, 511.
  11. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29-30, will of Margaret Blisse.
  12. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:42.