Lester Philenzo BLISS

Lester Philenzo BLISS

Male 1875 - 1951  (76 years)

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  • Name Lester Philenzo BLISS  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Born 14 Feb 1875  Adrian, Bates, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Buried Jul 1951  Baptist Hill/Evergreen Cemetery/Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died 31 Jul 1951  Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I2143  Purdy Family Tree | Bliss Branch
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Father Philenzo Payne BLISS, Jr,   b. 16 Jun 1839, Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1923, Age at Death: 84/Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Catherine Louise TOTMAN,   b. 21 Sep 1839, Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1921, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 04 Oct 1860  Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F763  Group Sheet

    Family Ada Esther FISHER,   b. 17 Sep 1878, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1962, Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1898  Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Lester Kenneth BLISS, Sr,   b. 08 Feb 1900, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1956, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +2. Helen Louise BLISS,   b. 22 Nov 1902, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1977, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Ruth Catherine BLISS,   b. 24 Jun 1904, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1988, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +4. Harlan Philenzo BLISS,   b. 15 Jan 1909, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1972, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +5. Elton Gooding BLISS,   b. 05 Sep 1920, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 2002, Rutherfordton, Rutherford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F597  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Lester Philenzo Bliss Family
    Lester Philenzo Bliss Family
    Standing: Lester Kenneth Bliss Jr, Helen Louise Bliss
    Sitting: Harlan Philenzo Bliss, Lester Philenzo Bliss, Ada Esther Fisher, Ruth Catherine Bliss
    Lester Philenzo Bliss
    Lester Philenzo Bliss
    Ada Esther Fisher and Lester Philenzo Bliss
    Ada Esther Fisher and Lester Philenzo Bliss
    Lester Philenzo Bliss
    Lester Philenzo Bliss
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Family
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Family
    Back: Winifred Catherine Bliss (daughter), Lester Philenzo Bliss (son), Irene Carolyn Bliss (daughter), Gooding Herbert Bliss (son)

    Middle: “Harry” Hendry Ward Bliss, Catherine Louise Totman (wife), Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr (husband), Edith Sophia Bliss (daughter)

    Front: Alice Cary Bliss (daughter), Mabel Janette Bliss (daughter)

    Documents
    1910 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, NY, sheet 1b
    1910 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, NY, sheet 1b
    Dwelling 19, family 19
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada E Bliss
    Kenneth L Bliss
    Helen L Bliss
    Ruth C Bliss
    Harlan Bliss
    Almeda Fisher
    Marion Fisher
    1915 NY Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, page 4
    1915 NY Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, page 4
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada Bliss
    Lester K Bliss
    Helen Bliss
    Ruth Bliss
    Harlan Bliss
    1925 NY Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, page 20
    1925 NY Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, page 20
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada E Bliss
    Helen L Bliss
    Ruth C Bliss
    Harlan P Bliss
    Elton G Bliss
    1880 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, page 24
    1880 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, page 24
    Dwelling 245, family 262
    Philenzo Bliss
    Catherine Bliss
    Irene Bliss
    Winifred Bliss
    Mabel Bliss
    Edith Bliss
    Alice Bliss
    Lester Bliss
    Gooding Bliss
    1892 NY Census, Bristol, Ontario, ED 1, page 8
    1892 NY Census, Bristol, Ontario, ED 1, page 8
    Philenzo P Bliss
    Catherine L Bliss
    Edith S Bliss
    Alice E BLiss
    Lester P Bliss
    Gooding H Bliss

    Edgar N Fisher
    Evaline A Fisher
    Alphonso B Fisher
    Nathaniel J Fisher
    Hazale A Fisher

    Almeda L Fisher

    Harlan M Fisher
    Helen L Fisher
    Ehtel L Fisher
    Ada E Fisher
    Harlan A Fisher
    Rex P Fisher
    Almeda L Fisher
    Marion E Fisher
    1900 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, Sheet 10A
    1900 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, Sheet 10A
    Dwelling 252, family 255
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada Bliss
    Lester K Bliss
    1920 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, sheet 4A
    1920 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, sheet 4A
    Dwelling 81, family 82
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada Bliss
    L Kenneth Bliss
    Helen L Bliss
    Ruth C Bliss
    Harlan P Bliss
    1930 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, ED 75-19, Sheet 9B
    1930 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, ED 75-19, Sheet 9B
    Dwelling 222, family 222
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada E Bliss
    Harlan P Bliss
    Elton G Bliss
    1940 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, ED 35-16, sheet 4A
    1940 US Census, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, ED 35-16, sheet 4A
    Household 76
    Lester P Bliss
    Ada E Fisher
    Elton G Bliss
    Lester P Bliss WWI Draft Registration Card
    Lester P Bliss WWI Draft Registration Card
    Age 43, DOB February 14 1875
    Farmer
    Ada Ester Bliss, wife
    Height Tall
    Build Slender
    Blue Eyes
    Brown Hair

    Histories
    For descendants of Thomas and Rachel (Rice) Totman
    For descendants of Thomas and Rachel (Rice) Totman
    According to the family tradition the Totman family came to America from Wales. They are probably all descendants of John Totman who arrived in Boston September 6, 1632 on the ship “Lion.” Our Thomas would have been his great-great-great-grandson and was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts on August 22, 1763, second son and third child of Joshua and Elizabeth Ward Totman.

    During the Revolution the family moved inland from the coast to what is now Colrain, Massachusetts. Thomas Totman enlisted from Deerfield, Massachusetts and served in the Hampshire Company Militia from July 13 to Occtober 10, 1780 when he was 17 years old. His father Joshua was a “minute man” in Plymouth in 1777 before going to Colrain.

    Thomas married Rachel Rice, daughter of Samuel and Dorothy (Martin) Rice on September 22, 1783. She was the great-great-great-grandchild of Edmund and Tamazine (Frost) Rice who came to America in 1638. Thomas and Rachel had ten children born at Charlemont, Massachusetts, Luzerne, Warren County, New York, and Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York. Thomas Totman died at Lorraine on April 16, 1815 at 52 years. Their children were:

    1. Samuel: born March 29, 1784 who married Naomi McCartney of an early Bristol family. He was the first Totman in Bristol, [Ontario County,] New York, coming here about 1813. He died suddenly of pneumonia on June 6, 1824 leaving seven small children all under 14 years- Ira, Linda, Deloss, Eliza, Jonathan, Caroline, and Adeline who was not born until December 1, 1824.

    Ward Totman told of bringing his mother from Lorraine to Bristol to visit Samuel’s family after his father died, probably about 1819 or 20. They made the trip by oxcart.

    Decendants bear the names: Case, Reed, Steen, Head, Bell, Gilchrist, Kingsbury, Tiffany, Briggs, Brockelbank, Phinney, Waldorf, Hunn, Longwort, Rhodes, Church, Field, Monroe, Stevens, Cohlson, Thayer, Coats, Walrod, Wilde, McKinney, Loveridge, Austin, Sharp, Hepp, Frank, Sheets, Hallman, Grindle, Dress, Morrison, Buchen, Coleman, Gunderson, Mason, Ryan, Andrews, Allen, Lenhart, Fredin, Stewart, Thomas, Lane, Sutton, Hanson, Jones, Burgess and others – most of them in the west.

    2. Thomas: born June 16, 17786, married Sally Gleason, had 9 children, Asahel, Clark, Zeva, Eli, Squire, Mary Jeremy, Calvin, Harriet, and Sally. Some of these children settled in East Bloomfield and Bristol [Ontario County, New York]. Some named French, Nichols, Hart, Bryan, Fisher, Cook, Sebring, Martin and others.

    3. Relief: born September 5, 1788, married Eli Moore – Lived near Glens Falls – had a son Richard Moore. Descendants named Gourley, Oatman, Fox, Saunders, Grimshaw, Brace, Linder, Beebe, Moore, Lester, Gifford, Garloc.
    4. Dorothy: born May 5, 1791, married John Fletcher, lived in Bristol [Ontario County, New York]. Had John and George – children bear the names – McGory, Quayle, Haskell, Green, Peck, Conrow.

    5. Calvin: born October 11, 1793, married Charlotte Washburn. Children – Relief, Eliza, Charlotte, Sarah, Calvin, Monroe, Laura – descendants also named Trafton, Lee, Cameron, Mack, Brownell, Kenyon, Manning, Gilbert, Rice, Rohr, Bickle, Offen.

    6. William: born January 26, 1796, married Triphena Curtis. Joined migration to Athens, Ohio in 1815 (Amesville). Children: Isaac, Almira, Polly, Hiram, Lurana, Lucinda, Harriet, Phillip; descendants also named Mercer, Randolph, Au, Robinson, Gorham, Vaner, Carpenter, Everett, Wetherby, Dorr, Rathburn, Foutch, root, Sharkro, Spindler.

    7. Rachel: born May 30, 1798, married 1st Jessie Rice, a cousin, son of Asa and Lucy (Smith) Rice – also a grandchild of Samuel and Dorothy (Martin) Rice. Married 2nd Michael Berg. Children – Rosetta, Ward, Eli, Richard, John, Caroline, and Jane. Descendants also named – Simpson, McPherson, Seidntoph, Pelton, Wood, Morenda, Domance, Sanger, Reynolds.

    8. Ward: born October 26, 1800 died 1803 in Luzerne, New York.

    9. Ward: born August 12, 1803 – Luzerne, New York married Irena Joyner, came to Bristol about 1840. Children: William, Nancy, Sophia, Katherine, Levi, Lester, and Francis. The last three children were born in Bristol. Descendants named Reed, Ormsby, Luther, Bliss, wilder, Andrews, Henish, Nudd, Wright, Breckenridge, Marble, Case, Corser, Voit, Purdy, Morse, Henrendeen, Methorell, Hemenway, Hicks, Pratt, Cooke, Appleton, Clisbee, Bishop, Bennett, Gladding, Bily, Governale, Gaza, Fox, Culver, Livingston, Steel, Croocker, McKenzie, Barnet, Lynn, Fuller, Hudson, Strapp, Derby, Stonewall.

    10. Sylvester: born August 22, 1805, Lorraine (Also lived in Michigan) children – Boyd, Rosewell, Stigner, and Will. This family has the most Totmans, most of whom are in the west. Sons: Lorenzo, Calvin, and daughter Diane.

    There are many Totmans in the west but it has been impossible to get complete records of the families. We do know that Sylvester came to Bristol to visit and on one occasion he stayed all summer to help Ward build his house, the Ward Totman homestead. Lorenzo was with him because the last time the hall in the home stead was papered when it was removed, scratched in the plaster was found the names of Lorenzo and Nancy and Sophia, the latter two Ward’s two oldest daughters.

    Levi W. Totman: born April 7, 1842. His father was Ward Totman, a son of Thomas Totman who was born August 22, 1763. Ward Totman was born August 12, 1804 in Warren County (Luzerne). They moved to Jefferson County. He married Irena Joiner of Sullivan, Madison County, daughter of Benjamin Joiner. 4 sons and 3 daughters were born. They came to Bristol in 1840. Mrs. Totman died July 1863 and Mr. Totman married Hannah M. Moore of Watertown. She died in 1887. Members of M. E. Church. Mr W Totman died March 23, 1892.

    Levi enlisted in 1862 in Company K First NY Mounted Rifles and served until June 1865. He was in the following battles: Williamsburg, Suffolk, Deserted Hill, Weldon Road, and others. Married first Zylpha Moore of East Waterton – children – Inez (deceased), Morris (deceased), Ella M, Florence L, Grace A, and Joel W. Mrs Totman died February 6, 1883. November 7th of the same year he married Julia Woodworth of East Watertown. Two children Ruth and Roger died in infancy.

    Philienzo P Bliss [Jr]: born June 16, 1839 in Kankakee, Illinois, son of Philenzo Bliss whose father was James Bliss of Genesee County (died in Illinois 1839). Father of subject was born on Genesee County October 22, 1813 and died August 30, 1839 Illinois.

    Married Caroline Gooding born in Bristol October 10, 1816. Bliss (subject) married Catherine L Totman of Bristol, born Jefferson County September 21, 184? Mr and Mrs Bliss have these children: Irene C, Winifred K, Henry W, Mabel S, Edith S, Alice C, Gooding H, Lester P, and Estehr (deceased). Moved to Bristol in 1876 and bought farm in 1882. Members of Congregational Church. Mrs Bliss is daughter of Ward Totman who came to Bristol in 1840.
    Lester Philenzo Bliss Obituary
    Lester Philenzo Bliss Obituary
    The Daily Messenger
    Tuesday July 31, 1951
    Page 3 Col 3

    Deaths
    Lester P Bliss
    Lester P Bliss, 76, of Bliss Road, retired Canandaigua farmer, died in Thompson Hospital this morning, July 31, 1951, of a heart ailment following an operation. He had been hospitalized since July 18.

    Son of Philenzo P and Kate Totman Bliss, he was born February 4, 1875, in Audrain County, Missouri, then unsettled country, but returned to Ontario County with his parents when a year old.

    52 years ago in December he was married to Miss Ada FIsher, and they have resided in the town of Canandiagua 45 years. Mr. Bliss served as a Canandaigua tax collector for 12 years, was a Canandaigua Grange representative on soil conservation board at the time of his death, and was a member of the Congregational Church of Bristol Valley.

    Besides his wife he leaves three sons and two daughters, L. Kenneth Bliss, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Elton G. Bliss, Peoria, Il, Harlan P Bliss, Mrs. John Purdy, and Mrs. Stuart Purdy, all Canandaigua, two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Mabel Henish, Bristol, Mrs. Alice Wilder, Cleveland, Oh, and Gooding Bliss, Naples, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
    Catherine Louise Totman Obituary
    Catherine Louise Totman Obituary
    ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL
    November 4, 1921

    PAGE 5 COL 2
    DIED
    BLISS
    At Vincent October 29, 1921, Mrs. P. P. Bliss aged 82 years. Interment at Bristol.

    PAGE 8 COL 4
    BRISTOL
    On Saturday morning occurred the death of Mrs. P. P. Bliss at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Winifred Flanders after a serious illness of six months.

    Mrs. Bliss was the daughter of Ward and Irene Totman, of which family her sister, Mrs. Sophia Luther of California is the only survivor. She was 82 years old and was married to Phelan P. Bliss when she was 21. Eight children were born to them, six of whom survive.

    She is also survived by her husband and 25 grandchildren. She was a member of the Congregational church and until her heart failed was an active worker.

    The funeral was held from her old home, now occupied by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hennish. C. A. Paile officiated at the services by her request and he read many passages of scripture eloquently expressing her life. Among the many beautiful floral tributes was one from the parish to which she belonged.

    The children who survive her are, Mrs. William Andrews, Mrs. Winifred Flanders, Mrs. Alfred Hennish, of Bristol, Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, Ohio, Lester Bliss of Canandaigua, and Gooding Bliss of Rushville.

    The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family, especially to the husband who has lost his companion of 61 years. Burial Evergreen Cemetery, Baptist Hill. Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland has been with her people here the past week called here by the illness of her mother, Mrs. Bliss.

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      Bliss, Lester P (1875 - 1951)