William Cooley Bliss, Jr.

Born: September 16, 1855, Hatfield, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Farmer

Source Citation: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worchester County vol.2. The Lewis Publishing Company. New York. 1907, and Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America.                                     

WILLIAM COOLEY BLISS. The Bliss family of Coldbrook Springs, represented in this work by William C. Bliss, went there from Hampshire county, some eighteen years ago. William C. is the son of William and the grandson of Abijah Bliss. William Bliss, who was a well-known resident of Hatfield, married Laura Monson, and those of his children whose names are at hand are: Mary A., died July 17, 1899; she was the wife of C. H. Jones, of Northampton; Martha J., died November 4, 1883; married Dr. Montville, of Hatfield; William C., see forward; Amelia L., died April 19, 1874; she was the wife of Levi L. Pease, of Hatfield.

Born in Hatfield, September 16, 1855, William Cooley Bliss studied preliminarily in the common schools of his native town, and completed his education at the academy in Hadley. Prior to his majority he entered mercantile pursuits as clerk in a general store in Northampton, and going to Amherst, Massachusetts, about the year 1878, he was engaged in the hat business there for the succeeding ten years. In 1888 he settled in Coldbrook Springs, where he established himself in business as a dealer in hay, grain and coal, and has built up an extensive trade. In connection with his regular retail business he operates a grist mill and also acts as local agent for several varieties of fancy stock foods. In politics he acts with the Republican party and is at the present time serving as constable. He is chief of records in the local tribe, Improved Order of Red Men; has occupied all of the important chairs in the local lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is now a member of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; and is also a member of the local Grange, Patrons of Husbandry. He attends the Congregational church.

In 1877 Mr. Bliss was united in marriage with Alice F. Pierce, daughter of John A. Pierce, of Amherst, Massachusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss have two children, namely: Mildred F., born November 15, 1879; and Edward L., born October 26, 1883. Mildred F. is residing at home and Edward L. is now employed as a traveling salesman for the National Biscuit Company in Worcester.

#1 Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins of Rodborough, England and Hartford, CT
#6 Nathaniel Bliss and Catherine Chapin of Springfield, MA
#31 Samuel Bliss and Sarah Stebbins of Longmeadow and Springfield, MA
#94 Ebenezer Bliss and Sarah Colton of Longmeadow and Enfield, MA
#249 Ebenezer Bliss and Sarah Cooley of Longmeadow, MA
#674 Abijah Bliss and Orinda Herrick of Hatfield, MA
#1783 William Cooley Bliss and Laura Munson of Hatfield, MA
#4032 William Cooley Bliss, Jr. and Alice F. Pierce (2 children)