Richard Blysse
Mrs Richard
Richard Blysse
William Blysse Sr.


Family Links

1. Alice Roaffe

2. Elizabeth Oliphant

William Blysse Sr. 1

  • Born: 1530, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
  • Marriage (1): Alice Roaffe
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Oliphant on 20 Sep 1561 in Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
  • Died: 20 Jul 1574, Eascote, Northamptonshire, England at age 44
  • Buried: Holy Cross Churchyard, Daventry, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England 2

bullet  General Notes:

" A true Regyster of the churche Holy Cross Maryges --
1561 Willm smith Blisse
Elizabeth his wiffe the XXth of Septe"

(Elizabeth was his second wife.)

"1574 Willm. Blisse bur. ye XX of July"
"Twenty-eight days before the burial of the said daughter Joyce her father was buried.... The last testament of William Blysse, blacksmith, written the day before he died. -- Registered at the Probate Registry, Peterborough.) Archdeaconry Court of Northampton. Liber 4, folio 230 (abstract). 19 July 1574 Willm Blysse of Daventry Northton, black smythe. Body to be buried in the churche yarde of Daventry. I doo owe as folloithe flyrst to Henrye Blisse xliiijs s xi d. To Nicolas Sherwood xxs: to Alice Deakes xii s viii d; to Lawraunce batte xiii s iiii d. Debtts owinge unto me are these...."

Children mentioned in his will:

John "1562 John Blisse baptized the second of februarye"
Anne "1573 Anne Blysse bap. ye XIX of July"
Agness "1564 Agnes Bliss, bap. xv of March"

*George Blysse was a witness. (George Blisse, the eldest son, witnessed his father's will in 1574, but received no bequest by that instrument. He was then of legal age and self-supporting. What his father had done for him had been done before 1574.)

The son William was the father of Thomas Blisse, the emigrant to America, cira 1638, who settled at Rehoboth, Massachusetts." p. 137)

Sons George, William and John succeeded their father at the forge in Daventry and at Staverton.

John was the father of two emigrants to America: Thomas and George.

Source: Register of Holy Cross Church, Daventry, Burial Records: Reprinted in The Bliss Book by Charles Arthur Hoppin, Hartford, Connecticut, MCMXIII. 3


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Owner of a Blacksmith business.


William married Alice Roaffe. (Alice Roaffe was born in 1524-1530 in Daventry, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England and died about 1560 in Daventry, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England.)


William next married Elizabeth Oliphant, daughter of Lord Alexander Oliphant of Kellie, Baillie of Perth and Katherine Leslie, on 20 Sep 1561 in Holy Cross, Daventry, Northamptonshire, England. (Elizabeth Oliphant was born in 1535 in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, died on 4 Sep 1596 in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England and was buried in Holy Cross Churchyard, Daventry, Daventry District, Northamptonshire, England 3.)



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