A HISTORY of REHOBOTH
MASSACHUSETTS

Its History for 275 years
1643 - 1918.

In which is incorporated the vital parts of the
original history of the town, published in
1836, and written by Leonard Bliss, Jr.

By REV. GEORGE H. TILTON, A. M.
Founder of the Rehoboth Antiquarium Society
Minister in Rehoboth, 1877-1902 [last date blurry].

Boston, Mass.
Published by the author.
1918.

Biographies - BAKER to BLISS

[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]




EMMA M. BAKER

Daughter of John F. and Abby M. (Allen) Baker, is descended from a long line of sturdy ancestors. Beginning with the first Rehoboth residents of the family, we have the following record:

John (1), married June 17, 1714, Susanna Wood, both of Barrington but settled in Rehoboth. He died in 1767.
Nathaniel (2), born July 9, 1725; married Sept. 13, 1750, Experience Hix, both of Rehoboth.
Samuel (3), born in Rehoboth Dec. 13, 1754; married June 6, 1777, Bethany Mason of Swansea. Died Oct. 20, 1838, in his 85th year.
Nathaniel (4), born in Rehoboth Aug. 16, 1781; married about 1806, Nancy Croswell who was born in 1783.
M. Allen (5), Sept. 15, 1849. Died Feb. 28, 1893, in his 80th year.
Emma M. (6), born at the paternal homestead in Rehoboth.

Her early educational advantages of the district schools were supplemented by further study at East Greenwich Academy, and at Wheaton Seminary, now Wheaton College. Her home life was closely interwoven with that of her beloved and only sister, Saraphene, who was destined to an early death. Miss Baker speaks of her as "the gentle, warm-hearted girl with a keen love of the beautiful and the good." She gratefully recalls her father's deep interest in having his children thoroughly educated, ever seeking to instill into their minds the importance of careful reading and study. In her mother she realized those noble qualities which were a never failing delight. "MY mother," she says, "was my ideal. I thank God for her as for no othr gift of his bestowing." For many years this cherished mother was an invalid, and no one ever received more tender and devoted care than she. The two spent a year together at the Vendome in Boston, and no pains were spared in the fruitless effort to recuperate the mother's health.

In various social and religious activities Miss Baker ranks among the first, having filled with acceptance the highest positions in temperance and church affairs, and in many charitable organizations. She has traveled extensively both in this country and in Europe with an ever eager and receptive mind. Her benevolence may be judged by the fact that she has always given one-tenth at least of her income to charity. The Congregational Church of her native town is indebted to her for various gifts, including its present pulpit. Other churches too are recipients of her bounty. Her private gifts are many and the blessings of the needy are her ample reward.
After spending three years at Beaconsfield in Brookline, she was called in 1909 to look after the household of her brother, whose children were bereft of a mother's care, and she has devoted herself to these domestic duties with unfailing faithfulness. Her life is rich in service for others. Even when a child she was pleased to teach the ex-slaves, employed by her father, to read and write and to fill their minds with high ideals. In brief, Miss Baker's well-known qualities of efficiency and refinement render her worthy of a high place among the excellent women of her native town.

GEORGE PEASE BAKER

Son of Nathaniel and Nancy Croswell Baker, was born in Rehoboth, Sept. 8, 1817. He received his early education in the public schools of his native town, and later entered a private school. He went early into business, and at the age of thirty crossed the continent and settled in California. He purchase a ranch at Red Bluff and became interested in real estate in San Francisco. The last ten years of his life were spent abroad, and after tow years of travel through every country in Europe he made his home permanently in Paris. He became familiar with the language and customs of the French people and established pleasant relations with many notable personages. He was presented at the Royal Palace.
His death occurred March 13, 1869, while on a visit to Pau, Southern France. His funeral was solmenized on the 2d day of May in the Rehoboth Congregational Church, and he was buried in the Village Cemetery. His monument bears the following epitaph:
"He is not dead whose body fills
This melancholy house of clay;
He lives in brighter glory still
Than ever cheered his earthly way,
Full beaming round his head."

GEORGE PIERCE BAKER

Eminent physician, son of Samuel Baker Jr. and Patience (Pierce) Baker, was born in South Rehoboth, Jan. 27, 1826. On his mother's side he was descended from Capt. Michael Pierce who was killed in the Indian fight near Pawtucket:
Patience (7), Preserved (6), Nathan (5), Miall (4), Ephraim (3), Ephraim (2), Michael (1).
He received the rudiments of an education at the district school in Oak Swamp and studied further at the Seekonk Classical Seminary. As he grew up he desired to become a doctor. Having heard of Dr. Thompson of Boston, he visited him with the hope that he might be allowed to study medicine according to the Thompsonian School. "Study this book, " said Dr. Thompson to him, "and in three weeks you will be a Thompsonian doctor ready to practice." The idea appeared so ridiculous to the young man that he decided to go to college and study medicine in the regular course.
He entered Amherst College in the class of 1850 and remained through the Freshman and Sophomore years, when he made a trip to Labrador in a fishing schooner for his health.
He graduated at the Harvard Medical College in 1851, and spent a year in the hospital at South Boston. He commenced practice on High Street, Providence, where several doctors had failed from lack of patronage. "How long do you want this office for?" asked the landlord. "For five years at first," said Dr. Baker. He had come to stay. Business came slowly, but there was a gain from year to year, until from 1860 to 1875 he had all he could do and nearly broke down.
For fourteen years he was medical and surgical doctor at the State Prison at $500 a year. He was a volunteer surgeon for a short time in hospitals in Hampton, Va., during the war. In 1888 a cancer developed on his lip, which was removed by Dr. J. C. Warren, his former instructor at the Massachusetts General Hospital. But a year afterwards the disease reappeared on his chin, and spreading to his throat caused much suffering and ended his life in August, 1890.
Dr. Baker married, Aug. 9, 1859, Lucy Daily Cady of Providence. Three children died in infancy.
One son, Prof. George P. Baker, instructor in Harvard University, survives.

Dr. Baker was a quiet man, gentle in manner, strong in his convictions, witty in conversation. In his profession he was prompt and methodical. He was too generous to press the poor for payment, and many never paid. On his own part he was scrupulously honest, owing no man anything, Like his father, he was a man of rugged character, and wise in judgment. With him each case had its own treatment and there was little of mere routine in his practice. His brother physicians often turned to him for professional help in their sickness. Although he knew, months before, the inevitable outcome of his malady, he bore his great trial with Christian faith and courage, and died with a large hope in a future life.

IRA STILLMAN BAKER

Man of affairs, was born on the Baker homestead in South Rehoboth, Mass., July 20, 1812. He was the son of Samuel Baker, Jr., and Patience (Pierce) Baker. Through his father he was descended from Samson Mason of Swansea, Mass., and through his mother from Capt. Michael Pierce of Scituate, the famous Indian fighter.
He married:
(1) Sarah Ann Allen, by whom he had Otis Allen (see sketch) and Andrew.
(2) Harriet Wheaton Horton, daughter of James Horton 2d, by whom he had Josephine L., Adelaide F. (married Joseph A. Arnold), Seth W. (married Nancy W. Lake), Angeline N. (married David H. Bosworth), Isadore S. (married Hiram W. Kingman), H. Lenora, and John B.

Mr. Baker was prominent in town affairs for many years, and in 1860 was representative to the General Court. He was repeatedly chosen to the office of selectman, and was also Town Clerk and Town Treasurer, a series of honors seldom falling to one man.
He at the same time carried on the farm which his father and grandfather had tilled before him, and like them owned and managed a saw-mill and grist-mill. He possessed a large fun of vitality and his judgment was excellent. He was very fond of music, and for many years taught singing-school. Hymns of praise were his delight, and his children recall with pleasure the songful hours at the home.

JOHN FENWICK BAKER

Son of Nathaniel and Nancy Croswell Baker, was born in Rehoboth, June 14, 1843. He was a descendant in the fourth generation from Joh Baker, one of the early settlers of the town. In his boyhood he attended the distrcit schools of Rehoboth and later received private instruction. His early advantages were limited, yet he made the most of the broader opportunities afforded by experience. Although he made his home on the Baker farm in Rehoboth, he was for many years engaged in mercantile pursuits in Canada.
On Sept. 15, 1849, he married Abby M. Allen, daughter of Sylvester and Hannah (Carpenter) Allen, a descendant of William Carpenter, one of the proprietors and Town Clerk of Rehoboth from 1643 to 1649.
The children were Emma M., Saraphine A., and George S.
Mr. Baker removed with his family to Rhode Island in 1882, and died Feb. 28, 1893.

OTIS ALLEN BAKER

Son of Ira Stillman and Sarah Ann (Allen) Baker, was born at the ancestral home on Brook Street, Rehoboth, April 23, 1838. He received his education in the common schools.
He was twice married:
(1) Mary E. Bliss, daughter of George and Elizabeth Bliss of Rehoboth, of whom was born a daughter who died in infancy.
(2) Harriet L. Martin.

When quite young he learned the mason's trade and later was a contractor in Boston. Love of country and loyalty to the same were his strong characteristics, and when the Civil War broke out he was one of the first to enlist - April 16, 1861. He distinguised himself as a soldier and officer, and served his country until the close of the war, being mustered out May 12, 1865. He was wounded at Bull Run and carried the bullet in his arm to the day of his death.
It is worthy to record that he served as captain in two different companies, one of which was the notable Company H of the Third Mass. Infantry. Sergeant William H. Luther, who served under him in both companies, thus voices the universal esteem in which he was held by his men:
"He was one of the noblest men I ever met with, a character above reproach. He asked no man to go where he would not go. His one idea of life seemed to be to do his duty. While commanding strict obedience, he rendered the same to his superior officers. Quiet, unassuming, he never pushed himself but let others advance him."

He traveled quite extensively and for several years made his home in Colorado. He was a member of the G.A.R., and at one time commander of John A. Rawlins Post in Lake City, Colorado. He was also a member of the I. O Oldd Fellows.
He died in Swansea, Mass., June 14, 1910. At his funeral he was honored by the presence of every living man in his company, save one who failed to get word in time. Many were present also from other companies. This noble patriot was buried with full G.A.R. service at the Village Cemetery in Rehoboth.

PATIENCE PIERCE BAKER

Daughter of the Rev. Preserved Pierce, she was one of the family of ten children and was born March 31, 1792. When a small girl she went to live with her aunt, the wife of Deacon Hezekiah Martin, who was settled on a farm near Rocky Run, where it is crossed by the road running west across the "Plains" to the Hornbine.
She was the second wife of Samuel Baker, Jr., and on her marrige, March 11, 1810, went to live in the old red house (Elder Jacob Hix house), where she lived for 88 years, or until her death in 1889.
Her children were:
Ira Stillman, Nelson Orrin, Nancy (Nichols), Emeline (Horton), Dr. George P. and Electa Ann (Howland).
In person she was short and thick-set and had coal-black eyes. Her health was always robust and her last illness was her first serious one.
She was very religious and was a member of the Christian Church of the town for 57 years. She had a good voice, and sang the treble part, and loved to sing with others in the neighborhood.
She was well preserved physicially to the last year of her life, and when 98 years old appeared not over 70 years. Her eyesight was good, her hearing acute, her cheeks always red, and she resented the assistance of grandchildren in getting in or out of the carriage. To her, as well as other women of her time who lived in the sparsely settled country, fear was unknown, and any show of feeling was carefully repressed and hidden. For her, death had no terrors, for these old-fashioned people approached the end without a tremor. She was buried in the Hix Yard on the "hill" in plain sight of the house in which she lived so many years.

SAMUEL BAKER, Jr.

Successful farmer, born in Rehoboth, April 12, 1787; died April 16, 1872. The town of Rehoboth in early days had men running farms who at the same time were gifted artisans, - note the mills, furnaces, textile mills. Samuel Baker Jr., besides being an extraordinary farmer, had a genius for mechanics, and built and operated two saw-mills and a gristmill on Rocky Run. The grist-mill was operated as late as 1870. As a farmer, Mr. Baker, when measured by the standards of today, would be called unusual. New England produced a race of farmers which still felt the English influence - men who knew more of husbandry than their descendants who were farming in the early 70's. On the Baker farm were large barns and outbuildings comprising blacksmith shop, cooper, shop, cider press, dairy for cheese and butter. There was a large collection of spinning wheels, looms for weaving cloth, and several sets of implements for producing flax-fibre. On the farms were the apple orchards and numbers of pear trees and quince bushes. Ship timbers were cut, cordwood hauled to Providence and Warren, birch hoops shaved. When Manwhague Swamp froze, cedar to run the shingle-mill was cut and hauled out.

Mr. Baker made farming a financial success and at the same time he knew the art of living. He was very musical and played the bass-viol, clarinet and fife. He was very fond of singing. On his father's side he was descended from the English yeoman class. His mother was a Mason, descendant of Sampson Mason who was with Cromwell at the battle of Marston Moor. He married Patience Pierce, daughter of Rev. Preserved Pierce, a descendant of Capt. Michael Pierce of Scituate, Mass.

REV. DAVID BENEDICT, D.D.

son of Thomas and Martha (Scudder) Benedict, was born at Norwich, Conn., Oct. 10, 1779. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a shoemaker in New Canaan, Conn., and was afterward employed a short time as a journeyman.
In 1802 he entered the academy at Mt. Pleasant, Sing Sing, N.Y., where he was prepared for college. In 1806 he graduated from Brown University, and soon after was ordained to the Baptist Ministry. In 1804 he became a resident of Old Rehoboth, now Pawtucket, where he later gathered a church, and where he remained until about 1831, and to which place he afterwards returned to spend his last years.
He devoted much time to historical research relative to the Baptist denomination. He was a Trustee of Brown University from 1818 to the time of his death. He was a writer of force and originality, and his books had a wide circulation. Among these are: "General History of the Baptist Denominations in America, and all parts of the world" (1813), "Abridgment of Robinson's History of Baptism" (1817), "History of All Religions" (1824), "Fifty years among the Baptists" (1860), etc. He was also the author of several poems.
He died in Pawtucket, R. I., Dec. 5, 1875.

AMELIA D. BICKNELL

Youngest of five children of Christopher and Chloe (Carpenter) Blanding, was born at the Blanding homestead in Rehoboth, Oct. 3, 1830. Her home education was that of a farmer's daughter. Her school education was primarily in the district school of the neighborhood, supplemented by academic studies at Attleboro Academy and Norton Female Seminary, all of which, coupled with excellent natural abilites, fitted her for teaching, to which she devoted herself very successfully, for at least five years in the district shools of Rehoboth and Norton. She joined the Congregational Church of Rehoboth in 1855.

Miss Blanding married Thomas W. Bicknell, Principal of the High School at Rehoboth Village, Sept. 4, 1860. They resided four years at Bristol, R.I., where Mr. Bicknell was Principal of the High School and where their daughter Martha Elizabeth was born. After residing for some years at Providence and West Barrington, R. I., the home of the family was at Harvard St., Dorchester, Mass. from 1875 to 1894.

Mrs. Bicknell died at the family summer home at Linekin, Maine, Aug. 13, 1896. Her life was fruitful in good works; generous by nature, she gave herself and her possessions to help all in her power. As a teacher she was faithful and thorough. As a Bible teacher she was a winning instructor, having large classes at Bristol, Barrington and Dorchester.
She was deeply interested in Foreign Missions and was President of the Dorchester Branch of teh W.B.F.M. She instructed classes of young ladies in mission studies and cheered the hearts of missionaries in China and Africa by sending them letters and boxes of useful articles. At home no needy cause or person went from her door unaided. In the founding of the Harvard Congregational Church at Dorchester she gave generously of time, labor and money, and her home was the center of many charitable undertakings.
A memorial rose window in the Harvard Street Meeting-house was her contribution in honor of her daughter Martha, dying at the age of five years.
The Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth was founded by Mrs. Bicknell in honor and memory of her parents. She was buried in the Bicknell family ground at Princes Hill, Barrington, R. I.

THOMAS WILLIAMS BICKNELL, L.L.D.

Distinguished author, educator and mastger of assemblies, was born in Barrington, R.I., Sept. 6, 1834, son of Allin and Harriet Byron (Kinnicutt) Bicknell; studied in Barrington schools till 1850; Thetford Academy, Vt., to July 1853; Amherst College, Freshman years, 1853-4, graduated at Brown University 1860, with degree of A. M.

Mr. Bicknell is a born teacher. At the age of nineteen he distinguished himself in the public schools of Rehoboth, teaching three winters in the "Old Red Schoolhouse," 1853-4-6, and three terms in the Village High School, closing in December, 1857. Also at the High School, Bristol, R. I., and later three years in the Arnold Street Grammar School in Providence, the two covering the period from May, 1860, to May 1869. He was for six years (1869 - 1875) Commissioner of Public Schools in Rhode Island, during which time he brought about vast improvements in the schools throughout the state, extending the term of office of School Committees from one to three years, establishing evening schools and school libraries, creating a State Board of Education, and re-establishing the State Normal School at Providence on a permanent basis, together with many other helpful changes.

Mr. Bicknell is a prolific author. Born in Old Wannamoiset, within the Sowams limits, he early caught the historic spirit of the place, associated with the names of Massasoit, King Philip, Miles Standish, Winslow and Hampden, and having as his neighbors descendants of John Brown and Thomas Willett. No man is better informed than he of the localities of doings of the Plymouth and Rhode Island colonies from the beginning until now.
Three monumental historical works have sprung from his pen:
"The History of Barrington," 1898;
"Sowams," 1903;
"The Story of Dr. John Clarke," 1915.
"The Bicknell Genealogy," in 1913.
These, with other volumes form his pen, will fill one-half of Dr. Eliot's five-foot shelf, and if all his printed pages were bound in books they would fill a ten-foot shelf.

In 1875 the various monthly educational journals of New England were united in The New England Journal of Education, of which Mr. Bicknell became editor as well as owner and publisher. He also established The Primary Teacher in 1878, The Bureau of Education in 1876, and the magazine Education in 1880.
Mr. Bicknell has been president of various state and national institutions and conventions; of the American Institute of Instruction in 1876-8, of the International S.S. Convention at Louisville in 1884, and was a Massachusetts delegate to the Raikes Centennial in 1880, etc. etc.
He represented the 24th Suffolk district, Boston, in the State Legislature in 1888-9, serving two years. His executive ability appears in the founding of the Harvard Congregational Church, Boston; also the town of New England in North Dakota with its Congregational Church. By the gift of a library of one thousand volumes, a town in Utah has been named Bicknell, and another has been named Blanding for a similar gift. He has traveled extensively both in this country and abroad.

On Sept. 5, 1860, he married Miss Amelia D. Blanding, daughter of Christopher and Chloe (Carpenter) Blanding, who in 1886 gave $500 for the foundation of the Blanding Library in her native town, to be named in honor of her parents.
Mr. Bicknell resides in Providence, R. I. He is now engaged, in his eighty-fourth year, in writing the "History of the State of Rhode Island."
He stands six feet three and one-half inches tall, straight as an arrow, neigher is his eye dim nor his natural force abated. "The only doctor I emply," he says, "is Nature; my only nurse is righteous living; I worship the All-Good. The sun shines on my horizon three hundred and sixty-five days and six hours every year."

JOHNSTONE BLACK

Merchant, was a son of Ralph and Elizabeth (Erwin) Black and grandson of William and Rebecca (Hamilton) Black. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1832, and came to America in 1851.
Mr. Black resided for several years at Lowell, and later at Nashua, N. H. He came to Rehoboth in 1866 to set up machinery at the Orleans Mill, and liking the place, he soon returned and opened a variety store, distributing goods in a wagon to the people round-about, in which enterprise he was successful. On the establishment of the new postal route he was appointed postmaster at Harris. After twenty-five years he sold out his business in Rehoboth and removed to Warren, R. I., where he established a grocery business in company with his two sons, Robert and David.

Mr. Black was a man of irreporachable character, a constant attendant with his household at church, and highly respected by all who knew him. On Jan. 23, 1891, he was ordained deacon of the Congregational Church at Rehoboth. He died at Warren, R. I., Nov. 27, 1908, and lies buried in the family lot at Rehoboth Village.

Mr. Black married Isabella MacIntosh in 1856. A daughter was born to them who died at the age of four. They had three sons:

William Alexander, born Nov. 19, 1857, who married Emma Chaffee of Seekonk, Nov. 6, 1889. They had two children: (1) Isabella Johnson, born June 2, 1891, and (2) Jennie Chaffee, born Nov. 29, 1893. He died Jan. 20, 1913, aged 55 years.

Robert, born Jan. 12, 1860, died Sept. 25, 1912, in his 53d year.

David, born Dec. 18, 1867, married Mary M. Allen of Warren, R. I., Aug. 18, 1897. They have two children:
(1) Florence Allen, born July 6, 1898, and (2) Gertrude Johnstone, born May 7, 1902.

Mr. Black's wife, Isabella, died July 10, 1883, aged 51 years.
His second wife was Ada Aldrich, to whom he was married Nov. 20, 1884. She died Nov. 1, 1906.

COL. ABRAHAM BLANDING, L.L.D.

Son of William and Lydia (Ormsbee) Blanding, was born at Rehoboth, Nov. 18, 1775, graduated at Brown University and studied law with Judge Brevord of Camden, S.C., where he commenced the practice of law; removed to Columbia, S.C., and became eminent in his profession.
He married (1) Betsy Martin of Camden, who died in 1812.
(2) Mary Caroline Desaussure of Columbia, S.C.

ABRAM BLANDING, M.D.

Son of James Blanding, Esq., and Elizabeth (Carpenter) Blanding, was born in Rehoboth, April 28, 1823; graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College in Philadelphia, 1850. Began the practice of his profession in the West in 1856; surgeon in the 22d Iowa Infantry, 1861 - 65; went to Florida and resided at Palmer until his death July 31, 1892, in his 70th year.
He joined the Congregational Church in Rehoboth in 1843, in the pastorate of Rev. John C. Paine.
Dr. Blanding was twice married:
(1) to Elolen Cressy of Newark, N. J., Feb. 21, 1855.
(2) to Sarah A., daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Alter) Nattinger, Jan. 20, 1876.
They had issue:
Albert Hazen, Elizabeth Nattinger, and John William.
Albert Hazen is a Brigadier-General in the new National Army, and John William is major in a Florida regiment.

WILLIAM BLANDING, M.D.

Fifth generation from William, the New England ancestor, and son of William and Lydia (Ormsbee) Blanding, was born in Rehoboth, Feb. 7, 1773 {"Vital Record"). Graduated at Brown University 1801; studied medicine and practiced at Attleborough, Mass. and Camden, S.C.
Married Susan Carpenter, daughter of Capt. Caleb Carpenter of Rehoboth, who died in 1809; afterwards, Rachel Willett of Philadelphia.
He made a large collection of natural history specimens which are now in Brown University.
Died Oct. 12, 1857, in his 85th year.

WILLIAM WILLETT BLANDING

William Blanding, the New England ancestor, came from Upton, County of Worcester, England, in 1640, and settled in Boston.
The lineage is traced as follows:
William (1), married Bethia Wheaton, Sept. 4, 1674.
William (2), married Elizabeth Perry, October, 1708.
William (3), married Sarah Chaffee, Dec. 25, 1740.
William (4), married Lydia Ormsbee, July 5, 1772.
James (5), married Elizabeth Carpenter, April 24, 1811.
William Willett (6), the subject of our sketch, umarried.

William Blanding the first owned a section of land south of what is now Summer Street, Boston, Mass., in the vicinity of Hovey's dry-goods store. William the second came to Rehoboth about 1660 and settled on Rocky Hill. The farm seems to have remained in the family for several generations, for William Willett was born here Nov. 1, 1820, but when he was about two and a half years old his parents moved to the farm since associated with the Blanding name, where William grew up and which he cultivated until past seventy years of age, making it one of the finest fams in town.

Mr. Blanding was educated in the common schools, with a few terms at private school. His ambition was to be a first-class farmer, and his active membership in the Rehoboth Farmer's Club was a great advantage to that organization. He was no office-seeker, yet his fellow citizens have honored him with the public trusts of selectman, assessor, and town and church treasurer.
He was deeply interested in the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society and its treasurer for many years. He is an active member and liberal supporter of the Congregational church, and although now in his ninety-eighth year, he keeps pace with the progressive movements of the time, while his fellow citizens hold him in the highest esteem.

ABIAH BLISS, JR.

Descended from Thomas, of Devonshire, England, whose son Thomas emigrated to this country in 1636, and became one of the pioneers who settled in Rehoboth in 1643.
Thomas (1) (Rehoboth ancestor), Jonathan (2), Jonathan (3), Ephraim (4), Abiah (5), Col. Abiah (6), Abiah Jr. (7).
He was born March 6, 1800, at Rehoboth. His mother was Rebecca Kent, daughter of Ezekiel Kent. Abiah Jr. married, Nov. 11, 1834, Julia A. Sturtevant, daughter of Francis Sturtevant of Pawtucket. Mr. Bliss took his bride to the ancestral homestead where he was born and where he resided until his death, March 31, 1887.
Mrs. Bliss died four days later in her 81st year. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Nov. 11, 1884.

Mr. Bliss was a wide-awake, progressive farmer, a pioneer in agricultural improvements. He was an enthusiastic member of the Farmers' Club and participated freely in the discussions. In his prime he spent a part of each year in collecting cattle from various New England states, particularly Vermont and New Hampshire, and driving them into the Boston markets. In this way he came to know these states quite throughly, as it was before railroads were common.
He was a man of genial temperament and thoroughly reliable. For many years he was a trustee of the Congregational Society and was prominent in the building of the Village Church in 1839-40.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bliss:
Rebecca, born Oct. 27, 1835.
Francis A., born Nov. 18, 1837; died Oct. 17, 1914; Civil War veteran.
Albert Henry, born Feb. 27, 1840; died Aug. 31, 1842.
Thomas, born May 21, 1842; died in the army, May 20, 1862.
William, born Jan. 23, 1844.
Adaline, born Aug. 28, 1846; died July 11, 1856.

DEACON ASAHEL BLISS

Was born Sept. 6, 1771, was the son of Jonathan Bliss and Lydia Wheeler, both of Rehoboth. He became a devout Christian in early life, and was a prompt and regular attendant at church on the Sabbath. For more than fifty years he was an honored member of the Congregational Church at Rehoboth Village; was chosen deacon in 1808 and re-elected in 1827.
Deacon Bliss lived on a farm beside the Taunton turnpike, erecting the house in 1794, which is still standing (1918). On his land was the famous Annawan Rock at the border of the great Sqannakonk Swamp, where King Philip's last chieftain was captured. It was his pleasure to point out this historic spot to visitors who came from far and near to see it.
The farm since his day has been in the Noah Fuller family, except a piece of land including the famous rock, now the property of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, a gift from three of the daughters of Dea. Bliss during their lifetime.

During the long and trying controversy between the church and Rev. Otis Thompson, Dea. Bliss was chairman of the church committee, which position he sustained with much patience and discretion. When the church was re-dedicated after a thorough rennovation, Dec. 5, 1906, two of Dea. Bliss' great-great-grandchildren were present, and his grandson, Rev. William J. Batt, preached the sermon. A memorial window had been placed in the church in honor of Dea. Bliss by another grandson, Cornelius N. Bliss Sr., of New York.

On the 16th of October, 1794, Mr. Bliss married Deborah, daughter of Edward Martin of Rehoboth. She was born Jan. 30, 1774, and died June 8, 1858. He died May 22, 1855. Eleven children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy.

(1) Lois Martin, born Dec. 23, 1795, married George Bliss of Rehoboth, son of Dr. James Bliss, Jan. 14, 1916. She died Nov. 24, 1838, leaving six children, three having died in infancy.
(2) Edward, born June 24, 1799, married Lemira, daughter of Peter Carpenter of Rehoboth, March 19, 1820. He was a builder of cars and locomotives and resided in Taunton. He and Mrs. Bliss celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage March 19, 1880. They had four children. (3) Mary, born July 17, 1803, died Dec. 11, 1838.
(5) Laura, born Nov. 5, 1805, married May 28, 1833, Richard W. Batt, a native of Bristol, R. I., but a resident of Fall River, Mass. She died Jan. 1, 1895. Of their five children five died in infancy. William J. Batt is a Congregational clergyman and resides at Concord Junction, Mass. He has held pastorates in Stoneham, 1859; Bedford, 1861-65; Leominster, 1865-74; Stoneham again, 1875-86; then chaplain at the Massachusetts Reformatory, Concord Junction. Charles R. Batt was the President of the National Security Bank of Boston. Henry B. Batt, a New York merchant, died at sea, Nov. 12, 1874.
(6) Asahel Newton, born Feb. 29, 1808, married Irene B. Luther of Fall River, Thanksgiving day, 1831. He died at Rehoboth July 24, 1833, of consumption. Of this union was born Cornelius N. Bliss, Jan. 26, 1833, who was a merchant in New York, and Secretary of the Interior under President McKinley, and who, it is said, refused to be a candidate for Vice-President at McKinley's second nomination. Had he been nominated, he would have been President instead of Theodore Roosevelt.
(7) Deborah Ardelia, born Jan. 11, 1810; died July 22, 1837.
(8) Lydia, born Jan. 15, 1812, married Nathan Pratt, a farmer of Taunton, Mass., Nov. 27, 1831; died Jan. 1, 1907. Five children.
(9) Martha Washington, born Jan. 6, 1814; married Dea. Samuel Jones of Raynham, Mass., April 3, 1838; died May 6, 1901. Seven children.
(10) Harriet, born Feb. 9, 1817; married Dea. Josephus B. Smith of Rehoboth, May, 1837; died March 7, 1848. They moved to Illinois. She left four children.

CYRUS WHEATON BLISS

Son of Cyrus Bliss and Sukey Jarvis (Harding) Bliss of Rehoboth, Mass., was born in Rehoboth, April 14, 1823, and died in Rehoboth April 4, 1883. He was sixth in descent from Thomas Bliss, one of the proprietors and founds of Rehoboth.
He was educated in the public schools of his native town and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was highly esteemed for his industry and for uprightness in all his relations in life, of sturdy and upright character and purpose. Devoted to his home, his family and his business, he led a successful life, beloved and respected.

He married Jan. 1, 1851, Hannah T. Munroe of Rehoboth, whose parents lived on the adjoining estate. She was born in Rehoboth, Feb. 1, 1828, and died in Boston, Mass., Nov. 9, 1910. She was seventh in descent from Richard Warren who came over in the Mayflower, and fifth in descent from Captain Benjamin Church and Alice Southworth. She was a prominent and active member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. She was educated in the public schools and private schools of her native town and in the Friends' School of New Bedford, Mass., and throughout her long and happy life of usefulness she took a lively interest in public, religious and social matters. A woman of remarkable intellectual endowments and character, strong in ambition and purpose, full of hope and courage, ever seeking the higher attainments in life, a loving, devoted wife and mother, beloved and admired, whose life furnished a brilliant example of a noble woman.
Two children were born of this wedlock:
Frederic W. Bliss, a lawyer of Boston.
Dr. George D. Bliss, a physician of Boston.

ELMER JARED BLISS

Son of Leonard C. and Eliza C. (Fischer) Bliss, was born in Wrentham, Mass., Aug. 11, 1867. He prepared for college at the Edgartown High School and at once entered the employ of the Brown-Durrell Co. of Boston, going on the road as a salesman.
In 1893, Mr. Bliss with Charles J. Cross opened a retail shoe-store on Summer Street, Boston, under the name of the Regal Shoe Company. It was Mr. Bliss' aim to do away with the independent middleman in trade and sell directly to the consumer, thus creating a business of international scope. His motto, "Sell directly from factory to foot" was applied with energy and skill. In 1894 his firm was consolidated with that of L. C. Bliss & Co., retaining the name Regal Shoe Company, and making the elder Mr. Bliss its President. The younger Mr. Bliss was known among his associates as "the human dynamo," and largely through his energy and enthusiasm the firm opened a chain of stores extending througout the larger cities of America and other countries. This immense trade is supplied from four large factories owned and controlled by the company of which Mr. Bliss is the managing director, whose conspicuous ability is seen and felt in every branch of the vast enterprise.

Mr. Bliss has effectively served the Boston Chamber of Commerce as its president and also the Massachusetts Society of Industrial Education. He is a prominent member of several wellknown clubs, an enthusiastic horseman and yachtsman, and in his taste for out-of-door sports his wife and children fully share.
When asked what has given him his greatest personal gratification, he replied, "To live to see my father and mother enjoy the sunset of their lives traveling over the world in ease and comfort."
In 1901, Mr. Bliss married Lena Harding, daughter of Philander and Lena (Tinker) Harding, a lineal descendant of Abraham and Elizabeth Harding, who landed at Salem on the ship "Abagail" in 1635. They have two children, Elmer Jared Jr., and Muriel Harding.

FRANCIS A. BLISS

Son of Abiah and Julia Ann (Sturtevant) Bliss, was born in Rehoboth, Nov. 18, 1837, on the Bliss homestead on Agricultural Avenue, where several generation of the family have lived. He died Oct. 17, 1914, in his 77th year.
He attended the district school and later the select school in the Village taught by Thomas W. Bicknell, through whose influence he was induced to study for a year at the Thetford Academy in Vermont. He also attended the Providence Seminary at East Greenwich, R.I. He then taught in the Hornbine and the Annawan districts in Rehoboth. This was in 1860 and 61.
In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, First Massachusetts Cavalry, under Col. Robert Williams. His regiment was stationed at Hilton's Head and the adjoining island of Beaufort, S.C., where he spent the greater part of three years. He was in several small engagements, but saw his first hard fighting at the battle of Pocotaligo, S.C. In this battle, while attempting to cut the railway between Charlestown and Savannah, Mr. Bliss was severly wounded in his right arm and was off duty for two months. After three years of service he re-enlisted with many of his comrades and they were ordered to Florida, where they fought under Gen. Seymour in the disastrous battle of Olustee. In describing this battle Mr. Bliss writes:
"We had 6,000 men against 15,000 of the enemy. They were entrenched behind breastworks and we in the open. For more than an hour I had to ride back and forth in rear of the line of battle, with a revolver in my hand to keep the men in the ranks. A cannon-ball struck the ground just in front and covered me over with dirt. The next instant a cannon-ball tore through the branches of a tree over my head and the branches of the tree fell on the horse; then the recall sounded."
Then came to fierce battle of Palatka, Fla., after which his battalion was ordered to Virginia, where they arrived in time to participate in the battle of the Wilderness and witness the surrender of Lee.
Mr. Bliss was appointed quartermaster sergeant, and served until his discharge in December, 1865, his regiment having been kept at Petersburg, Va., several months after the close of the war. Here he contracted malarial fever which troubled him for many years.

On his return home he arranged for the purchase of his father's farm, which was greatly improved under his careful supervision. He was one of the founders and first president of the Farmer's Club, which was organized Feb. 11, 1874. He was recognized as one of the most progressive farmers in the state, keeping abreast with modern improvements in agriculture. He was a strong advocate of temperance, the principles of which he rigidly practiced. For a number of years he was an efficient member of the school committee of the town.
He joined the Congregational Church in Rehoboth Village, July 4, 1858, and was ordained one of its deacons in 1877, which office he adorned for thirty-seven years. At the time of his death he had been treasurer of the Church for thirty-two years, and for eighteen years he was superintendent of the Sunday-school.

Mr. Bliss married Frances M., daughter of Ira and Mary Ann Carpenter of Rehoboth, Dec. 25, 1867. She was born Nov. 16, 1840; died Aug. 27, 1914. Six children were born to them:
Albert Abiah, born Nov. 4, 1868.
Martha Bird, born Aug. 28, 1871.
Adaline Hall, born Oct. 26, 1874; died July 4, 1909.
Mary Carpenter, born Sept. 26, 1879; died Oct. 16, 1899.
Thomas Kent, born Nov. 2, 1881.
Charles Sturtevant, born Dec. 6, 1884.

FREDERIC WRIGHT BLISS

Lawyer and legislator, born in Rehoboth, Mass., Oct. 14, 1852; son of Cyrus W. and Hannah T. (Munroe) Bliss; seventh in descent from Thomas Bliss, one of the proprietors and founders of Rehoboth; sixth om descent from Capt. Benjamin Church and Alice Southworth; eighth in descent from Richard Warren who came over in the Maylfower in 1620.
Educated in the public schools of Rehoboth, East Greenwish Academy, Rhode Island; PhB. Brown University 1787; Ph. B. Boston University 1878; L.L.B. Boston University 1881. Unmarried.

Practiced law in Boston since 1881. Member Mass. House of Representatives 1891-4. Author of Rapid Transit and Railroad legislation. Director of Hunt-Spiller Manufacturing Corporation. Director of Mount Pleasant Home. Trustee of Mass. Homeopathic Hospital. Chairman of John Brown Memorial Mass. Commission, 1914. Delegate to the Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1904. Member Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. Beta Theta Pi. Masonic Knight Templar. Past Master of Saint John's Lodge, Boston. President Masonic Masters' Association, Boston. Clubs: Boston City; Economic. Recreations: travel and out-door life. Home, 508 Washington Street, Dorchester, Boston, Mass. Office, 89 State Street, Boston, Mass.

GEORGE DANFORTH BLISS, M.D.

Born in Rehoboth, Mass., Dec. 9, 1855; son of Cyrus W. and Hannah T. Munroe Bliss; seventh in descent from Thomas Bliss, one of the proprietors and founders of Rehoboth; sixth in descent from Capt. Benjamin Church and Alice Southworth; eighth in descent from Richard Warren who came over in the Mayflower in 1620.
Educated in the public schools of Rehoboth; graduated at Providence, R.I., High School in 1877; East Greenwich Academy, Rhode Island; Boston University School of Medicine in 1881, with degree of M. D.; post-graduate work Harvard Medical School; attended surgical clinics in hospitals of London, Berlin, Vienna and New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston; Fellow of American College of Surgeons. Unmarried.

Practiced Medicine and Surgery in Boston since 1881; Obstetrician, Mass. Homeopathic Hospital; Surgeon, Mass. Homeopathic Dispensary, and physician in the departments of diseases of women and diseases of the skin; Asst. Surgeon Boothby Surgical Hospital, Boston. Member Mass. Medical Society; Mass. Homeopathic Medical Society, and various other medical and surgical societies; Delegate from Mass. Surgical and Gynecological Society to the International Homeopathic council held in London, 1914.
State Trustee Mass. Homeopathic Hospital; Director of Dorchester Savings Bank; Member Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants; Boston City Club; Masonic Societies - Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery of Knights Templar.
Contributions:
Numerous papers on Medicine and Surgery to medical magazines and reviews.
Recreations: Travel and out-door life.
Residence, 508 Washington Street, Dorchester, Boston, Mass.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BLISS, M.D.

Son of Capt. Asa and Mary (Emerson) Bliss, was born in Rehoboth, one mile north of the Orleans Factory, Feb. 22, 1791; received his medical diploma from Brown University in 1822; commenced practice in Seekonk in August, 1823; died March 29, 1829, aged 39 years; unmarried.
George W. (7), of Asa (6), and Mary (Emerson), of Elisha (5), of Elisha (4), of Jonathan (3), of Jonathan (2), of Thomas (1).

CAPT. GEORGE WILLIAMS BLISS

Of Asaph (6), of Jacob (5), of Daniel (4), of Jonathan (3), etc.), was the son of Capt. Asaph Bliss of Rehoboth, and Abigail, daughter of George and Mercy Williams. He was born Sept. 3, 1810, on the Bliss homestead, one of five children who lived to grow up (Abby Williams, Asaph Leonard, George Williams, Nelson Smith, Rosina).
He attended the district school of his neighborhood, supplemented by a course at the Pawtucket Academy. As he grew up he worked summers on the farm and taught school in the winter. This continued ten years, during which time he gained a high reputation as a teacher, and ever after manifested a genuine interest in the Rehoboth schools.
At the age of twenty-nine he left his native state and went to Florida, where he engaged in the lumber business, building a saw-mill in co-operation with his brother-in-law, Caleb Bowen. After Mr. Bowen's death, Mr. Bliss sold out his business and returned to Rehoboth, after which he spent several winters in the forests of North Carolina, cutting and working up pine timber into shingles for the northern market. Buying out the other heirs to his father's estate, he conducted a meat-market in Pawtucket. He was upright in his dealings, genial in temperament, and successful in business. He was a militiaman of the old school, and at the age of twenty-two was chosen captain, and after six years was promoted to major in the First Massachusetts Regiment. The title of Captin always clung to him, as in the case of his father, Capt. Asaph.
For eight years he was one of the selectmen of the town, and for forty years justice of the peace.

He married (1) Betsey, daughter of Uriah and Sally (Carpenter) Bowen of Attleborough. She was born July 30, 1812, and died Jan. 23, 1853. Their children were:
(1) George Williams, born Oct. 18, 1835. He married, Sept. 8, 1859, Mary K., daughter of Jefferson and Hannah Daggett of Pawtucket. Children: Susie P., Eva W., George Edwin, and Mary Williams.
(2) Wheaton Leonard, born Dec. 22, 1837, married April 21, 1867, Laura A. P., daughter of Noah and Olive (Medbury) Bliss of Rehoboth. Served two years in the Civil War, Co. A. 17th Mass. Infantry. A farmer in Attleborough. Died November, 1910.
(3) Warren Smith 1st, born June 9, 1840. Died in childhood.
(4) Warren Smith 2d, born Jan. 1, 1845, married in Nantucket, July, 1872, Mary F., daughter of George W. and Mary Jenks. Died at Gainesville, Fla., Aug. 1, 1876. Two children, one who died in infancy, and Mabel Warren.
(5) James Walter, born Jan. 27, 1847. Married April 19, 1883, Cleora M. Perry, daughter of Ira and Emily (Read) Perry. Children: Richard Perry, Mildred E., and Warren Edgar.
(6) Henry Winslow, born Oct. 29, 1849. Married Oct. 10, 1873, Annie Goff of Providence.

Capt. Bliss married (2) Julia Ann Carpenter of Rehoboth, Oct. 20, 1853. She was born March 30, 1808, and died Dec. 15, 1865. They had one child, Betsey Ann, born March 20, 1856. Married, Feb. 20, 1879, William B. Colwell of Johnston, R. I. Three children: Elmer Warren, Ernest, Raymond Carpenter.

Capt. Bliss married (3) Julia Ann Tiffany of Attleborough, June 4, 1867. She was born April 16, 1825, and died Feb. 21, 1917, in her 92d year. Capt. Bliss died Nov. 20, 1892, in his eighty-third year.

JAMES BLISS, M.D.

Son of Daniel and Sarah (Allen) Bliss, born in Rehoboth, April 19, 1757; studied medicine with Doctors Brownson and Blackinton; married Hannah Guild of Attleborough, by whom he had twelve children.
At the age of nineteen he was for several months surgeon's mate in Col. Carpenter's regiment in the War of the Revolution, and was at the battle of White Plains. "He was a man of sound judgment, strict integrity, and great industry and economy." As a physician he united gentleness with skill.
He was prominent in the affairs of the Congregational Society and was for many years clerk of the trustees. He owned the Readway farm just west of the Village Cemetery, where he resided and where he died, Sept. 29, 1834, in his 78th year. In the Bliss Genealogy, Dr. Bliss' descent is traced to Thomas, the English ancestor thus:
Dr. James (9), Daniel (8), Daniel (7), Jonathan (6), Jonathan (5), Thomas (4), Jonathan (3), Thomas (2), Thomas (1).

LEONARD BLISS, JR.

Was the eldest son of Leonard and Lydia (Talbot) Bliss and grandson of Dr. James Bliss of Rehoboth and Hannah (Guild) Bliss of Attleborough. His mother was a daughter of Josiah Talbot of Dighton. He was born Dec. 12, 1811, probably at Savoy, Mass., his parents removing about this time to Truxton, N. Y.
He was a bright, active boy and was proud of having won the first place in a spelling match at the age of twelve. When he was fifteen he was converted in a revival and joined the Congregational Church at Truxton.
In 1828, he came with his parents to Rehoboth to live.
Dr. James Bliss, his grandfather, owned a large farm just west of the Village Cemetery. Oppressed by the cares of his profession and the weight of increasing years, he desired his son to take charge of the farm. This he did until the Doctor's death in 1834, when he mvoed to the adjoining farm, afterwards owned by Dr. Royal Carpenter and his son DeWitt. The house was built by Dr. Bliss for his son Leonard in 1815.

Leonard Jr., being ambitious for an education and encouraged by his parents and his pastor, Rev. Thomas Vernon, fitted for college at Mr. Colton's Academy (Mount Pleasant), at Amherst in 1830, where he met and became intimate with Elias Nason, who afterwards wrote "The Gazeteer of Massachusetts." They entered Brown University together as room-mates in 1831. Mr. Nason writes of his old chum: "He was a great reader and his brain was full of literary schemes. His scholarship was good, but he had rather spend time in reading and writing poetry than over the pages of Le Croix's Algebra."
Straitened for means, young Bliss began in his Junior year to write the History of Rehoboth. He found the task difficult; his health became impaired, and he was unable to return to college to graduate with his class. Consumptive tendencies developed and he suffered from a hemorrhage of the lungs. In the summer of 1834, having taught the previous winter at Bridgewater, Dr. Parsons, his physician, said he "must go home to die."
He still worked on his history, and in August of that year he had two hundred and sixty-five subscribers for it. The book was published in 1836, and was well received, but like town histories generally, it brought its author more fame than money.

Having in measure regained his health, he taught school at Plymouth, Mass., and other places; then bought and edited for a time the Boston Republican. He contributed articles to the North American Review and The Christian Examiner.
His fiancee was Miss Caroline M. Carpenter, daughter of Lemuel C. and Lucinda (Wheaton) Carpenter of Seekonk, daughter of Capt. Joseph Wheaton of Rehoboth. Their engagement was destined to a sad enging through his untimely death by the bullet of a murderer.

In 1837, Mr. Bliss left Rehoboth with his brother, afterwards the Rev. James Bliss of Bloomington, Ill. At Louisville he met George D. Prentice, editor of the Louisville Journal, and assisted him on the paper. He was chosen professor of history and genearl literature in the Louisville Institute, just then started; but this enterprise failed for lack of endowment, and in 1840 he became editor of the Louisville Literary News Letter. Bliss wrote several books, including an English grammar. His life was one of intense activity, his greatest incentive being, as he said, not "the love of fame, but the love of achievement."
On reporting for the Louisville Journal a political speech made by Henry C. Pope, he was hunted through the streets by Godfrey Pope, a cousin of the latter, and shot down as he was coming out of the Galt house with Dr. Dinneford the actor. This shameful murder by a hot-blooded Southerner occurred on the 28th of September, 1842.
Pope was tried for murder, but having money and influence was acquitted on the ground of self-defence, as Mr. Bliss had a revolver in his pocket. After ten days of suffering he passed away, surrounded by scores of friends, evidencing forgiveness to all and hope in God. He was followed to the grave by three hundred young men as personal friends and mourners. Godfrey Pope was practically ostracised. He enlisted in the Mexican war and was shot by a sentinel on failing to give the countersign. Henry C. Pope was killed in a duel. Truly "Evil shall hunt the violent man and overthrow him."

The qualities of Mr. Bliss were of a high order. He was fond of poetry and held the pen of a ready writer. Elias Nason says of him: "He was sanguine in temperament and his imagination vivid. He read and wrote incessantly, and his writings, if collected, would fill many volumes. He gave lectures publicly on History, Archery, Temperance, etc. He corresponded with Jared Sparks, James Savage, and other distinguished men." No finer tribute can be paid to his memory than the following from the pen of his fiancee, Miss Carpenter:
"He was ambitious and high-spirited, genial in temperament and generous to a fault; with a wealth of affection to mankind that led to his putting forth his best efforts for the uplifting of humanity."

LEONARD CARPENTER BLISS

Was born in Rehoboth, July 10, 1834. His father was Captain James Bliss, born in Rehoboth Nov. 7, 1787, the son of Mary Carpenter of Rehoboth. His mother was Peddy Peck, born in Rehoboth March 20, 1805, the daughter of Cromwell Peck, who was of the sixth generation of Pecks in this country. His ancestors, Thomas and George Bliss, came from Devonshire County, England, to Massachusetts in 1635. His mother was descended from Joseph Peck of Yorkshire County, England, who came to America with his family in 1638. They settled in Hingham, but soon removed to Rehoboth. Mr. Bliss' father was a well-to-do farmer. Earlier relatives on his mother's side conducted in Rehoboth an iron forging business on the eastern branch of Palmer's River near Great Meadow Hill.

When Mr. Bliss was ten years old, his family moved from Rehoboth to Wrentham, Mass., where they lived until he was about sixteen and where his schooling was continued and completed. Then there occurred the incident which, as Mr. Bliss described it, "shaped the course of my future life." At the suggestion of his school teacher he took charge of a general store and postoffice at Walpole, Mass., for a short time, and so began his business career. He next took a position in Calvin Turner's general store in Sharon, Mass. Oliver Ames of Boston, one of his customers, observing his efficiency, offered him a position as clerk in the store of the Oakes Ames Shovel Manufactory in North Easton, Mass., which he accepted and soon after became manager of the business at the age of nineteen. After ten years of faithful service, he purchased a large grocery business, including floud and grain, at North Bridgewater, Mass., now Brockton, receiving a loan of $2,000 from Mr. Ames. Here he built up an extensive business and acquired a good reputation as a large merchandiser.
After some years he sold out his business, to enter the retail dry goods and shoe business at Foxborough, Mass., and later opened a store at Edgartown. These too he disposed of, and in 1880 he purchased a small shoe manufacturing plant in Brockton, Mass., under the firm name of L. C. Bliss & Co., where he began manufacturing men's shoes of a high quality for the retail trade.
In September, 1893, Mr. Bliss' son, Elmer J. Bliss, formed in Boston the firm of Bliss & Cross, under the name of the Regal Shoe Company, and opened a chain of stores in several large cities. In 1894 this firm was consolidated with that of L. C. Bliss & Co. and did business under the latter name, removing its plant from Brockton to Whitman, Mass. In 1903 the business was incorporated under the name of the Regal Shoe Co. with L. C. Bliss as President. Thus Mr. Bliss lived to find himself the senior officer of a vast and flourishing industry, with a chain of stores established from the Atlantic to the Pacific and in Europe. In his later years he took no active part in the business, and had abundant leisure for travel and other wholesome recreations.

Mr. Bliss' benevolences were numerous and generous. His name in honored in the "Bliss Union Chapel" of Wrentham and the Congregational Church of Rehoboth, where he placed five Memorial windows, and secured the placing of three others by Cornelius N. Bliss of New York, who was also of Rehoboth ancestry. One of these decorative window contains the first prayer said on the ship "Mayflower."
Referring to his career, Mr. Bliss said, "I attribute my success in life to a strong-minded, strongly religious mother." He was united in marriage on October 20, 1863, with Eliza C. Fisher, daughter of Capt. Jared and Desire A. Fisher. He is survived by his widow and also by Elmer Jared Bliss, Bertha Leonard (Bliss) Hinson, and Fannie Agnes (Bliss) Thayer.

ZENAS BLISS, A. M.

Son of Zenas and Keziah (Wilmarth) Bliss, grandson of Jonathan and Lydia (Wheeler) Bliss, was born in Rehoboth, June 11, 1806; graduated at Brown University in 1826; married Phebe Waterman Randall of Johnstone, R. I., intention, Dec. 29, 1827; read law, but became a manufacturer at Johnstone, R. I.
His son, Zenas Randall Bliss of Providence is a graduate of West Point Military School, 1854, and for a time was acting Brigadier-General in the U. S. Army, usually spoken of as "Col. Bliss," being Lieut.-Colonel by brevet.

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