The Founders of Hartford
Thomas Bliss, Sr., was born (according to the Bliss Genealogy) in Okebampton, in the village of Belstone,
Co. Devon, son of Thomas Bliss, of Belstone. He settled first at the "Mount, afterward Braintree, now Quincy ;
rem.to Hartford, where he was one of the proprietors by courtesie of the town in 1639-40; his house-lot was
on a highway west of the present Lafayette Street, and he possessed fifty-eight acres. He d. in 1650 ; inv. Feb. 14,
1650, £86. 12. 8. His widow, Margaret, removed to Springfield after a time with the larger part of her family ; d.
there Aug. 28, 1684.