Re: Martha (-----) Ide WAS Thomas Bliss's Daughter
According to the Bliss Family History Society in England,
Martha was Thomas Bliss's daugter. Here is the article:
Descendants of Thomas Bliss (c1588-1647) of Rehoboth, Mass. will be delighted to hear that a long-standing problem about his relationship with Nicholas Ide has now been resolved.
For many years it was presumed that Thomas’s wife Dorothy (Wheatley) died shortly after arriving in New England and that Thomas remarried a widow Ide who had a son Nicholas. He was mentioned as 'son in law' in Thomas Blisse's will of 1647, but it was assumed that he was in fact Thomas's step son.
In February 1999, whilst comparing entries in Ty Bliss's Genealogy etc. with our own records, I discovered some discrepancies concerning the children of Thomas and Dorothy. All their known children were baptised at the church of Holy Cross, Daventry, England. It was obvious that there were errors, either in our transcripts of the parish register or the records on which Ty had based his genealogy.
I wrote to Northants Record Office requesting printouts of the doubtful entries in the Holy Cross PR. I also asked the archivist to confirm her interpretation of the entries in case the photocopies were difficult to read.
The photocopies were indeed almost illegible but, with the archivists confirmation of each event, we are satisfied that we now have true records of the family in Daventry. In this issue we only have space to mention the resolution of the major discrepancy.
The child of Thomas & Dorothy Bliss who was baptised Dec ? 1622 was Martha not Nathaniel.
Following the baptism, Nathaniel (no 19) disappears from Ty's genealogy. However, a footnote in Ty's book says Nicholas Ide was married 16th May 1647 at Springfield, Mass. to Martha, whose surname is supposed by some to have been Bliss. It now seems perfectly clear that Martha Ide was the child born to Thomas and Dorothy Bliss at Daventry. Nicholas Ide was therefore truly Thomas Blisse's son in law, as stated in his will.