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Origins of the Bliss Family in England

 

 

The American Bliss families can trace their roots mainly to two counties in England, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire. Contrary to the information erroneously reported by many, the Bliss lines are NOT from Belstone, Devonshire.  Belstone, Devonshire was never the home of Thomas Bliss or any other Bliss.  Genealogies based on Blisses from Belstone are incorrect. 

The (George Bliss) Newport and (Thomas Bliss) Rehoboth lines link back to their father, John Blisse of Daventry, and later, Preston Capes and Preston Parva. 

The (Thomas Bliss) Hartford line is traced to County Gloucester, probably to Painswick, an old Cotswold wool town. We know that Thomas Bliss resided in Rodborough, Gloucestershire for a time, and that his wife, Margaret was born there.  Thomas's father is unknown.  According to the research of Aaron Tyler Bliss, Thomas is undoubtedly a descendant of John Blisse of Tyringham, a feudal serf.

The earliest Blisses are described by Aaron Tyler Bliss in Genealogy of the Bliss Family in AmericaClick here for a summary.

The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford, Northants, was endowed with income from lands in the will of William Bliss.  William Bliss, a wine merchant living in Southwark, died in 1674. William had been born and brought up in Nether Heyford, later moving to London. In his will, William left 400 to the village: 100 to buy a Schoolhouse and 300 to buy land, whose rent would pay for the Schoolmaster and the upkeep of the School. (See the school's page to continue the history and the Nether Heyford link to see pictures.)The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford, Northants, was endowed with income from lands in the will of William Bliss.  William Bliss, a wine merchant living in Southwark, died in 1674. William had been born and brought up in Nether Heyford, later moving to London. In his will, William left 400 to the village: 100 to buy a Schoolhouse and 300 to buy land, whose rent would pay for the Schoolmaster and the upkeep of the School. (See the school's page to continue the history and the Nether Heyford link to see pictures.)

Here are some links to images and information about these counties.

Gloucestershire Northamptonshire
  Church of St. Nicholas, Gloucester

Althorp House

  Cotswold Picture Gallery

Genuki Northamptonshire

Genuki Gloucestershire

History of Daventry

  Gloucestershire Map

Holy Cross Church, Daventry

Gloucestershire Photo Library

Northamptonshire Look-up Exchange

Painswick - GenUKI

Preston Capes Virtual Tour

Painswick - Things to See and Do

Website of Northamptonshire Council

Parish Registers: Gloucestershire

 

South Cotswold Genealogical Guide

The Visitation of the County of Gloucester, 1623