The Bliss Family in Newport,
|George Bliss, brother of Thomas
Bliss of Rehoboth, was born in 1591 in Preston Parva,
Northamptonshire, England. He married Ann Shaw on May 30, 1635 at
Holy Cross Church in Daventry. He and his wife joined Thomas and his
family in their crossing to America, landing probably at Boston around
1638. George may have resided a short time at Lynn, then Sandwich,
Massachusetts. On April 16, 1640, George was granted 1.5 acres of
land. He later removed to Newport, RI where he practiced his trade
as a blacksmith. In 1650, George was appointed (along with others)
to make and mend all arms in Newport. In 1657,
Benedict Arnold described George Bliss as one of the original
purchasers of the Island of Quononicut. Later, Gov.
Arnold's daughter, Damaris,
married George's son, John.
George is listed in the Colonial Records as a freeman in 1655-56 and as a
land purchaser in Newport on March 22, 1660. George Bliss died
August 31, 1667 at Newport. [source: Genealogy of
the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss]
First Five Generations of Blisses in
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