Jonathan Bliss was born 11 March 1626 in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England to Thomas Bliss (1582-1650) and Dorothy Wheatley (1591-1621) and died 11 June 1687 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Miriam Harmon (1628-1706) 1648 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.


Blacksmith and farmer

He was admitted as a freeman of Plymouth Colony in 1655, and of Rehoboth, Massachusetts in 1658. On May 24, 1652, he was appointed way-warden (surveyor) in a town meeting at Rehoboth. On May 17, 1655, and again on June 3, 1668, and May 26, 1681, he was appointed grand-juryman. On Feb. 22, 1658, he reasserted his freeman's oath of fidelity. On June 22, 1658, he drew a lot in the meadows on the north side of the town. On May 26, 1668, he was one of eighty who received land in the Rehoboth North Purchase, and drew a lot for additional land in the North Purchase on March 18, 1668-69.

King Philip's War

Jonathan was appointed, (after King Philip's War), Sergeant in the town's militia. On 5/16/1682, he was chosen a constable of the town. On 5/1684, "Sarjant" Bliss was made a member of the committee "to seate the meeting house", or determine the assignment of pews to Rehoboth's families.

Death and Estate

Jonathan Sr. died and was buried in June of 1687 at Rehoboth, age 61. His estate was inventoried at 99 pounds, 15 shillings, and 9 pence, sworn to by his son Jonathan, before Sir Edmund Andros at Boston, Massachusetts (who was the unpopular Governor of the Dominion of New England, from 1686 to 1689).


Offspring of Jonathan Bliss and Miriam Harmon (1628-1706)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ephraim Bliss (1649-1721)
Experience Bliss (1649-1721) 5 February 1649 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts 17 September 1721 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Nathaniel Chaffee (1638-1721)
Rachel Bliss (1651-1675)
Jonathan Bliss (1653-1653)
Mary Bliss (1655-1749)
Elizabeth Bliss (1657-1723)
Samuel Bliss (1660-1720)
Martha Bliss (1663-1735)
Jonathan Bliss (1666-1719) 17 September 1666 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts 16 October 1719 Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts Mariam Carpenter (1674-1706) Mariam Carpenter (1674-1706) Mary French (1683-1743)
Dorothy Bliss (1668-1694)
Bethia Bliss (1671-1702)



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