Bliss Origin: English First found in Leicestershire and Worcestershire, where
they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066
of Arms: Red with a blue bend.
Crest: An arm holding a bundle of four arrows.
Virtus sola felicitas.
nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse joy. Compare
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the village of
Blay in Calvados, France, recorded in 1077 in the form Bleis and of unknown origin.
The village of Stoke Bliss in Worcestershire was named after a Norman family de
Blez, recorded several times in the county from the 13th century.
Death: 1635 in ,England
Change Date: 31 DEC 1999
"Fullers, Sissons and Scotts" by Carol Clark
Johnson - Page 12
"1. Thomas Bliss, a prosperous landowner of the parish
of Belstone near Okehampton in Devonshire, England, about 195 miles from London,
was born 1550-60 and died ca 1635, perhaps th e same year his sons came to America.
Thomas Bliss was a Puritan. For years he tilled his valuable farm and the family
was happy and prosperous. This ended with the wave of persecution o f the Puritans
by civil and religious authorities, and Thomas Bliss was maltreated and imprisoned,
finally reduced to poverty by Archbishop Laud, and his health ruined by the persecution
Children born in Devonshire
2. i. Jonathan.
3. ii. Thomas-1.
Elizabeth (Betty); m. Sir John Calcliffe and remained in England. She returned
to th e Episcopal faith, enabling her to be of help to her family later.
iv. George-1, b. in 1591
v. Mary (Polly); d. in England Suggested Next Step:
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Mary "Polly" BLISS b: in England
Elizabeth "Betty" BLISS
b: in England
Jonathan BLISS b: in Devonshire
Thomas BLISS b: ABT. 1580
in Belstone, Devonshire, England
George BLISS b: 1591 in England
Birth: in Devonshire
Death: 1635 in Daventry,
Change Date: 31 DEC 1999
Reference Number: 14732
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"1. Thomas Bliss,
a prosperous landowner of the parish of Belstone near Okehampton in Devo nshire,
England, about 195 miles from London, was born 1550-60 and died ca 1635, perhaps
th e same year his sons came to America. Thomas Bliss was a Puritan. For years
he tilled his val uable farm and the family was happy and prosperous. This ended
with the wave of persecution o f the Puritans by civil and religious authorities,
and Thomas Bliss was maltreated and impris oned, finally reduced to poverty by
Archbishop Laud, and his health ruined by the persecution .
Children born in
2. i. Jonathan.
3. ii. Thomas-1.
iii. Elizabeth (Betty); m.
Sir John Calcliffe and remained in England. She returned to th e Episcopal faith,
enabling her to be of help to her family later.
4. iv. George-1, b. in 1591
Mary (Polly); d. in England
2. Jonathan Bliss suffered
with his father from Archbishop Laud's persecution. After heavy fi nes and ill
treatment, he died of fever contracted during his long imprisonment. He resided
i n Daventry, England, and had about six children including Thomas and Mary. Jonathan
had inten ded to come to America with his brothers Thomas and George, but his
illness and death on 163 5 left Thomas and George to emigrate without him in the
autumn of 1635.
One authority states that name originated at Blois, a location
in Normandy but more likel y it was a nickname given to an individual with a blithe
disposition. Records show a John Bli sse living in Buckingham County, England,
5. i. Thomas-1, born circa 1590.
1 Spouse Unknown
Thomas BLISS b: in Daventry, England
BLISS b: in Daventry, England
Birth: in Daventry, England
Death: 7 JUN 1648
in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA
Change Date: 31 DEC 1999
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- Page 17
Thomas-1 Bliss was born circa 1590 in Daventry, England, and married there Nov.
22, 161 4 Dorothy Wheatley, daughter of John Wheatly. She died in England, mother
of four children. T homas married (2) the widow of Nicholas-1 Ide and mother of
Nicholas-2 Ide who was born in En gland circa 1624.
Thomas brought his family
to New England in 1636 and took up residence with or near his un cle Thomas Bliss
who lived on the south shore of Boston Bay. His other uncle, George Bliss, w as
then living in Lynn Mass. on the north side of the Bay. They arrived too late
in the yea r to build new homes and they had to buy houses where they were available.
About 1639 Thoma s the son of Jonathan moved to Weymouth and on May 18, 1642,
took the freeman's oath there. I n 1643 the family left Weymouth with the first
group of settlers for Seekonk which in time wa s renamed Rehoboth. Thomas, a blacksmith,
held Commonage Rights of L153 there and participate d in the early land divisions.
He d. there in 1649, his will proved at Plymouth June 8, 1649 . The will was dated
Dec. 7, 1647.
Thomas bequeathed to his son Jonathan his house and homelot,
the tools of his trade as wel l as two oxen named Spark and Swad, a calk and a
heifer named Traveler. To his "eldest daught er" Elizabeth and Thomas
Willmore he gave two oxen called Quick and Benbo, a heifer, and a co w named Damson,
and all his wearing apparel. To daughter Mary and Nathaniel he left three ste
er calves. He named Nicholas Ide; and left his store of leather hides to his four
children. H is beloved friends Richard Wright and Steven Payne were asked to be
overseers. His inventor y was appraised by Payne and Richard Boweb ar L117.16s.4d."
Birth: 19 SEP 1615 in Daventry, England
FEB 1675/76 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA
Change Date: 31 DEC 1999
Father: Thomas BLISS b: in Daventry, England
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its
variants were: Henry Wilmot a fisherman, settled in Bay de Este, Newfoundland,
in 1871; Edward Wilmott settled in Virginia in 1635; Thomas and Susanna Wilmot
settled in Virginia in 1648. Motto Translated: What he wishes, he fervently
BRIGGS (1680 - 1750), married HANNAH ROCHET or ROCKETT (b. 14 Dec 1683), daughter
of JOSEPH ROCKETT and MARY WILMARTH (b. @ 1649), who were married on 5 January
1681 in Rehoboth, Bristol co., Massachusetts. Mary
Birth: Abt 1649 in of Rehoboth,Bristol,Massachusetts
!Source of Information:
Records of Rehoboth
Marriage date to Joseph Rocked, page 403
Thomas WILLMARTH b: 1620 in England
Mother: Elizabeth BLISS b: 19 Sep 1615
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"1. Thomas-1 Wilmarth, Ensign, was born circa
1620 in England and came to New England befor e 1645 in which year he was living
in Braintree, Mass. About 1657 he took his family to Rehob oth and purchased Isaac
Martin's land. He was sworn a freeman in Plymouth Colony in 1658 an d documents
carried his name as an ensign. He married (1) Elizabeth Bliss, the elder daughte
r of Thomas-1 Bliss of Rehoboth. When Thomas Bliss died in May of 1649 (buried
May 13), his w ill mentioned property for his "son-in-law Thomas Willmore"
and for his elder daughter Elizab eth, wife of Thomas Willmore". (Plymouth
Colony Wills, v. 1, p. 67)
All eight of Thomas Wilmarth's children may have
been born in Braintree. His first wife di ed at Rehoboth and was buried in Feb.
1676/7. He married (2) Rachel Reed in Rehoboth June 27 , 1678. Thomas died there
and was buried May 13, 1694. His will was drawn Dec. 10, 1678 and i s recorded
in Bristol Co. Prob. Bk. 1, p. 82; prov. May 28, 1694. He named in his will his
wi fe Rachel, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and sons Thomas, John and Jonathan.
As his son Thoma s had died in October 1690, his share went to his widow Mary.
Thomas' wife Rachel died Nov. 1 2, 1710.
The Wilmarths had substantial land
holdings in the Palmer river area of Rehoboth, some pro perties adjacent to Fuller
holdings. Rehoboth of today has a street named Wilmarth Bridge Roa d, running
from the turnpike (Route 44) to Summer street, and passing through what was once
W ilmarth property.
The surname originated as a pet name for a child of William,
as William-ot or Wilmot and i s recorded in that form in 1273: Henry Wilmot, Co.
Cambridge. Wilmarth is just one of the num erous spellings and pronunciations.
Others are Willmire, Wilmart, Willmarth and Willmouth.
b. Apr. 4, 1647 in Braintree Ma.; m. Dec. 14, 1664 Jonathan Fuller, the f irst
son of Robert and Sarah (Bowen) Fuller. See Fuller Family.
2. ii. Thomas, b.
3.iii. John, b. ca. 1649.
iv. Timothy, b. ca 1652; d. young.
Mary, b. ca 1654; m. (1) Jan. 5, 1680 Joseph Rocket who d. July 27, 1683; had
1 chil d who d. yg. She m. (2) Oct. 28, 1686 in Taunton, Giles Gilbert as his
2nd wife; 2 chil.
4. vi. Jonathan, b. ca. 1656.
vii. Nathaniel, b. ca 1658;
bur. Nov. 12, 1676.
viii. Daniel, b. ca 1660; bur. Nov. 23, 1676.
and Hannah had the following children:
OF JOHN BRIGGS AND HANNAH ROCHET
BRIGGS b: 21 Aug 1713 in Taunton, Ma. She married Jonathan Burt on 24 May 1739
in Norton, Ma.|
BRIGGS, b: 1710-1715 in Taunton, Ma. Married ESTHER FINNEY. Family listed below.|
BRIGGS b: 30 DEC 1717 in Taunton, Ma. No further information.|
BRIGGS b: 15 Jul 1720 in Norton, Ma. He married Lydia Finney (b: 1 Oct 1722 in
Norton, Ma) on 12 Mar 1740/41 in Norton, Ma. They had the following children:
Nathaniel, John, Rufus, another Rufus, Lydia and Chiloe.|
BRIGGS b: 29 Jun 1723 in Norton, Ma. On 11 Nov 1761 he was endowed as a deacon
in Norton Church. Married Tabitha Babbitt (b: 29 Oct 1728 in Easton, Ma) on 21
SEP 1751 in Norton, Ma. He fought in 1777 in the American Revolution under Capt
Silas Cobb. They had the following children: Timothy, Mary, Sarah, Tabitha, Jabez
Jr., Timothy, Sela and Rachel.|
BRIGGS died on 4 Nov 1724 (guess: the death date would be sometime in the 1720's
the last number on the year is unreadable).|
BRIGGS married William Bassett on 25 Aug 1739. No further information.|
BRIGGS b: 1711 in Norton, Ma. She married Timothy Briggs (grandson of Richard
Briggs; They were both great-grandchildren to John, the first Briggs in America;
Timothy was b: 3 Jan 1712/13 in Norton, Ma to Richard Briggs, Jr., [b: 12 Jan
1678/79 in Taunton, Ma] and Mercy Kingsbury) on 13 Jul 1738 in Norton, Ma. They
had the following children: Deborah, Timothy Jr., Marcey, Susannah and Jonathan.|
BRIGGS (b. @1595) married ANNE THAYER and begat...
BRIGGS (b: @1649), who married SARAH MACUMBER (b: @1643) and begat...
BRIGGS (1680 - 1750), who married HANNAH ROCHET and begat...
BRIGGS (1710 - 1754) who married ESTHER FINNEY, and begat...
BRIGGS JR. (1750 - 1835) who married SARAH or RHODA WATTLES (1759 - 1845) and
BRIGGS (b. 1773), who married CONTENT CLINTON and begat...
BRIGGS (1811 - 1867) who married DAVID SANDERSON
(1804 - 1884) and begat...
SANDERSON (1839 - 1921) who married LABAN HAUSE (1831 -
1906) and begat...
HAUSE (1867 - 1951) who married FLADELLA RAYMOND
(1869 - 1961) and begat...
HAUSE (1891 - 1972) who married MARJORIE MARCHANT
(1892 - 1939) who begat...
MARCHANT HAUSE, SR. (1917 - 1983) who married JEANNE
BRUNNER (1918 - 2000) and begat...
MARCHANT HAUSE, JR. (b. 1939) who married MARTHA
WENK (b. 1940) and begat...
JEFF (who married LORI ANN DOTSON), KATHY (who married HAL
LARSEN), ERIC (who married MARY
MOONSAMMY), and MICHELE HAUSE (who married JOHN SCOTT HOUSTON).