Alpheus Bliss

1 May 1795–1863 (Age 67)
Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Alpheus

When Alpheus Bliss was born on 1 May 1795, in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Elijah Daniel Bliss, was 35 and his mother, Melatiah Packard, was 21. He married Mercy Johnson on 11 May 1817, in Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. He died in 1863, at the age of 68.

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Alpheus Bliss
Mercy Johnson
Marriage: 11 May 1817

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    Mercy Johnson


11 May 1817
Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 7

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 24

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse ‘joy’. Compare Blythe 1.2 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the village of Blay in Calvados, France, recorded in 1077 in the form Bleis and of unknown origin. The village of Stoke Bliss in Worcestershire was named after a Norman family de Blez, recorded several times in the county from the 13th century.3 German: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German blīde ‘happy’, ‘friendly’. Compare 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alpheas Bliss, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Alphens Bliss in entry for Samuel F. Bliss and Marian M. Howe, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Alphens in entry for Alpheus Bliss Jr and Lydia A Fearing, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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