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  • ID: I1342
  • Name: *Thomas Bliss
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1588 in Preston Parva, Northamptonshire, England
  • Note:
    THOMAS, blacksmith, farmer and surveyor, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, was born in about 1588 probably in the village of Preston Parva, Northamptonshire, England (the son of John Blisse of Daventry, and later of Preston Parva, Northamptonshire). He learned the blacksmithing trade and practiced it at Daventry. He was married November 22, 1614 at Holy Cross Church in Daventry, by Thomas Mariott, minister, to Dorothy Wheatlie (dau. of Frank Wheatley and Mary Fienes of Tingsboro, Somerset, England). Frank Wheatley was born in about 1562 (son of Capt. John and Mary Wheatley). He was married to Mary Fienes of Maiden Newton, Dorset, England and had seven children: Dorothy (baptized August 22, 1591 at Maiden Newton and married Thomas Blisse), John (born 1593 at Maiden Newton and married Leah Sanders), Richard (baptized January 4, 1595 at Maiden Newton and married), Edward (born about 1598, resided at Maiden Newton and married Elizabeth Piper), Precilla (born about 1600, married Alden Mervin and resided at East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England), Zachariah (born about 1602, married and resided at East Knoyle) and Magdalen (born about 1604, married Charles Polden and resided at Hastings, Sussex, England

    Seven children were born to Thomas and Dorothy prior to their immigration to America in about 1638, of whom only three are known to have come to America with their parents. At that time Thomas was by no means a poor man. He was ''wealthier" than his cousin, Thomas of Hartford (# 1 in this genealogy), but it appears that the cost of transporting his family to the New World took the greater part of his means. And yet Thomas was a skilled worker, not wholly dependent on the fortunes of a harvest. Though he farmed consistently, his blacksmithing expertise proved to be the foremost of the assets he was able to bring from England.

    The family landed at Boston, settled at Braintree, Massachusetts, and then removed to Rehoboth.

    The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Bliss of Rehoboth

    The last Will and Testament of Thomas Blise being sick in body but in perfect memory made the seventh Day of the eighth month; 1647 the said will allso Exhibbited unto the Court holden at new Plymouth the eighth of June 1649, upon the oathes of Steven Payne Edward Smith

    Imprimus I give in the name of the father sonn and holy Goste my soule into the hands of god yt gave it and my body to the earth

    It I give unto my soon Jonathan my house and home lot Conditionally yt hee shall give unto my sonninlaw Thomas Willmore his lot wh hee now hath and allso the one half of my broken up ground for two yeares and shall healp him to build him an house and let him peacably and quietly live in the house with him untell they shall bee able to set up a house for him

    It I give unto Jonathan two of my oxen Called Spark and Swad and my heifer wh is Called traveler and my heifer Calfe at the Iland and all my beding and all my tooles Conditionly yt hee shall use them in my trade or els they shalbee Devided to my fouer Children

    It I give unto my eldest Daughter and her husband Thomas Willmore my other two oxen Called quick and benbo an my broad headed heifer and my Cow Called Damson and all my wearing aparrell

    It I give to my Daughter Mary and her husband Nathaneill harmon my three two yeare ould steers and ten bushells of wheat

    It I give unto Nathaneell the sonn of my sonninlaw Nicolas Ide my browne heifer and my two steere Calves wh are at the Iland

    It I give unto Nicolas Ide ten bushells of Rye

    It I give unto my sonn Jonathan and my sonninlaw Thomas Willmore the Resedew of my Corn and allso the Rye now sowne on the ground and my Coult and all my tackling and Implements as plowes Cart and Chaines all these to be equally Devided between them allso my pot and ketell; and I Doe make them exequters Joyntly of this my will and Testament; and I Doe Intreat my trusty and wellbeloved frends Richard Wright and Steven Payne to bee overseers of this my Will yt it bee Dewly and Justly performed in Wittness heerof I have set to my hand the Day and yeare first above written; I give unto my fouer Children my hide of leather which is in William ffeilds hand to be equalli Devided between them; and if any of my Children shall seeck to Defraude the others of any pt of theire Right or shall bee any wayes troublesom and it bee Justly proved hee shall forfeite all his part heer menssioned to be equally Devided between the Rest

    In the prsence of Thomas Blise
    Steven Payne
    Edward Smithe

    An Inventary of the goods and chattells of the late deseassed Thomas blise takein The 21 of the eight month [October] 1647.
    Item s d
    Impri his wearing aparell 3 0 0
    It one fether bede 2 bolsters one blanked and one
    coverlid and 2 sheets 4 0 0
    It one Iron pot one brasse kittle 0 10 0
    It 3 payls one tube 0 6 0
    It in bookes 0 5 0
    It 3 axsses one throw one hatchet one adds one wimble 0 12 0
    It 2 sithes one how 0 6 0
    It one ould muskate one pistoll one pistollbarell and
    one barell of a peece and 2 ould swords 1 10 0
    It 3 pitchforks one mukeforke . 0 5 0
    It Iron and Steelle 0 9 0
    It 2 beetleRings one wedge one mortising axe 0 6 0
    It one warming pan one pot crooke one paire of pot
    hooks one frying pan 0 10 0
    It one payer of stillyards 0 3 0
    It one horse harnesse one Sadle tree 0 7 0
    It 2 meale troughs tow old hoggsheads 0 6 0
    It one ould bagg 0 10
    It in oattes pilcorn and peasen 0 12 0
    It all the tooles belonging unto the Smiths trade 22 0 0
    It one hyde of soallether 1 4 0
    It 2 sives 0 1
    It 2 oxen 12 0 0
    It one Cow 5 5 0
    It 2 oxen 22 0 0
    It one Cow 5 0 0
    It one heaifer 4 15 0
    It 3 young Steers 8 0 0
    It one Cow 5 5 0
    It one court 7 0 0
    It 3 calves 4 0 0
    It 2 swyne 2 10 0
    It haye 8 0 0
    It wheat 6 15 0
    It Rye 1 0 0
    It in chaynes 0 12 0
    It 2 plows and plow Irons 1 0 0
    It one cartrope 0 4 0
    It 2 yookes 0 5 0
    It one cart 1 0 0
    It Indian corn 1 6 0
    It hempe 0 1 0
    It one ould Sawe and other ould lumber 0 10 0

    117 16 4
    Aprised by Steven payne and Richard Bowin
    at a generall court holden at neu plimouth the 7th of March 1647 Johnathan Blise and Thomas willmore testified Upon oath before the said court yt this is a true Inventory of the goods and chattels of thomas Blise above written

    Sources include: Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss

    THOMAS BLISS blacksmith of Rehoboth, Mass., son of JOHN of Preston Parva, Co. Northants. Married 22 Nov 1614 at Daventry, Co. Northants. DOROTHY WHEATLEY. Children: ELIZABETH bap Daventry 19 Sep 1615 MARY bap Daventry 16 Mar 1617 JANE bap Daventry 14 Jan 1618 (buried 16 Sep 1621) JOHN bap Daventry 21 Nov 1620 MARTHA bap Daventry 8 Dec 1622 (Note Martha not Nathaniel!) THOMAS bap Daventry 19 Sep 1624 (buried 14 Aug 1628) JONATHAN bap Daventry 2 Apl 1626

    Father: *John

    Marriage 1 *Dorothy Wheatley
    • Married: 22 NOV 1614 in Holy Cross Church, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
    1. Has Children *Elizabeth Bliss b: 1615 in England
    2. Has No Children Mary Bliss b: 1617
    3. Has No Children Jane Bliss b: 1618
    4. Has No Children John Bliss b: 1620
    5. Has No Children Nathaniel Bliss b: 1622
    6. Has No Children Thomas Bliss b: 1624
    7. Has Children **Jonathan Bliss b: 1626
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