Margaret Bliss, p. 531-2
"The husband of Widow Margaret
Bliss, Thomas Bliss, was a son of Thomas Bliss of Belstone Parish, in
Devonshire, England. (Note: Belstone Parish, Devonshire is an
error. Thomas Bliss was probably from County Gloucester.) He
was married in England and several of his children were born before he
and his wife emigrated to this country. The date of marriage is not
known (Note: the Bliss Family History Society identifies the date as
18th October 1621), nor the family name of his wife, although the
compiler of the Bliss Genealogy states that there is some reason to
believe that her maiden name was Margaret Lawrence. (Note: Her maiden
name is Hulins.) It is also stated that they embarked at Plymouth,
England, and sailed for New England in the autumn of 1635. After
arriving in Boston they went to Braintree, and subsequently to Hartford,
Conn., where Thomas died in 1640.
Their children were:
Ann, b. in England, m. April 29, 1642,
Robert Chapman and never came here.
Mary, b. in England, m. November 26,
1646, Joseph Parsons of Springfield.
Thomas, b. in England, went to
Norwich, d. April 15, 1688.
Nathaniel, b. in England, m. Catherine
Chapin, November 20, 1646.
Lawrence, b. in England, m. Lydia
Wright, October 25, 1654, d. in 1676.
Samuel, b. in England, 1624, m. Mary
Leonard, November 10, 1665, d. March 23, 1720.
Sarah, b. at Boston Mount, 1635-6, m.
at Springfield, July 20, 1659, John Scott.
Elizabeth, b. at Boston Mount, about
1637, m. February 15, 1670, Miles Morgan (second wife) and had one
Hannah, b. at Hartford, 1639, d.
single, January 25, 1660
John, b. at Hartford, 1640, d.
September 10, 1702.
Hester, b. ó, m. Edward Foster. See
Longmeadow Centennial, page 187."
(According to the Bliss Family
History Society, THOMAS BLISS of Hartford Connecticut was probably a
native of Co. Gloucester, England. He married Margaret Hulins of
Rodborough in that county at Gloucester St Nicholas 18th Oct 1621. Their
son Nathaniel was baptised at Rodborough 28th Dec 1622. It is probable
that Margaret was his second wife and that Thomas had children by his
The children of Thomas Bliss of Hartford were:
By first wife? THOMAS born c 1618 ANN born c 1620.
By Margaret NATHANIEL born 1622 MARY born c 1625 LAWRENCE born c 1628
HANNAH born c 1633 JOHN born c 1635 SARAH born c 1638 (America?) HESTER
& ELIZABETH twins born c 1640 (Hartford?) SAMUEL born c 1642
"Thomas, son of Thomas and
Margaret, went to Saybrook, Conn., after his fatherís death.
Nathaniel, Lawrence, Samuel, and John came to Springfield and were among
the early settlers. Their mother, Margaret, died here, August 28, 1684.
The compiler of the Bliss Genealogy states that Widow Margaret removed
from Hartford to Springfield in 1643, and that two of her sons,
Nathaniel and Samuel, preceded her and had prepared a dwelling for her.
The first mention of any member of the family in the Town Records is
under date of 1646, and it is somewhat doubtful about their having come
here long before that year. It is evident that she was a woman of
more than ordinary force of character. Her homelot was on what is
now generally termed South Main Street, between the present Fremont and
Margaret Streets. She died in 1684, outliving two of her sons,
Nathaniel and Lawrence. Samuel and John survived her."