When James Bliss was born on 18 January 1762, in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Bliss, was 35 and his mother, Mary Throop, was 17. He married Mahettable Johnson on 26 March 1789, in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He registered for military service in 1831. He died on 12 August 1831, in Harrison, Indiana, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Central, Heth Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States.
English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse ‘joy’. Compare Blissett .
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the village of Blay in Calvados, France, recorded in 1077 in the form Bleis. The village of Stoke Bliss in Worcestershire takes the second part of its name from a Norman family de Blez, recorded several times in the county from the 13th century.
German: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German blīde ‘happy, friendly’. It is also found in France.