Philenzo Payne BLISS, Jr

Philenzo Payne BLISS, Jr

Male 1839 - 1923  (83 years)

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  • Name Philenzo Payne BLISS, Jr  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 16 Jun 1839  Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14
    Gender Male 
    Buried Feb 1923  Evergreen Cemetery/Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 14
    Died 26 Feb 1923  Age at Death: 84/Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 14
    Person ID I2730  Purdy Family Tree | Bliss Branch
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 

    Father Philenzo Payne BLISS, Sr,   b. 22 Oct 1813, Riga, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1839, Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Caroline Andrews GOODING,   b. 10 Oct 1816, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1888, Homer, Will County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1837 
    Family ID F902  Group Sheet

    Family 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) 
    Married 04 Oct 1860  Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Irene Carolyn BLISS,   b. 30 Jul 1861, Goodings Grove, Will, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1929, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +2. Winifred Catherine BLISS,   b. 31 Jul 1863, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1933, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Henry "Harry" Ward BLISS,   b. 04 Sep 1865, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1918, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    +4. Mabel Janette BLISS,   b. 17 Jan 1868, Lockport, Will, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jun 1958, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     5. Edith Sophia BLISS,   b. 14 Mar 1870, Adrian, Bates, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1905  (Age 34 years)
    +6. Alice Cary BLISS,   b. 26 Aug 1872, Adrian, Bates, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1956, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +7. Lester Philenzo BLISS,   b. 14 Feb 1875, Adrian, Bates, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1951, Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +8. Gooding Herbert BLISS,   b. 25 Dec 1878, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1956, Shortsville, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     9. Esther BLISS,   b. 30 Aug 1886, Bristol, Ontario, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886
    Last Modified 24 May 2014 
    Family ID F763  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    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)
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr
    Philenzo Payne Bliss and Catherine Louise Totman
    Philenzo Payne Bliss and Catherine Louise Totman
    Catherine Louise Totman and Philenzo Payne Bliss
    Catherine Louise Totman and Philenzo Payne Bliss
    Totman Daughters and Their Husbands
    Totman Daughters and Their Husbands
    Back: Nancy Totman, Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr, Sophia Totman
    Front: Henry Reed, Catherine Louise Totman, Benjamin Theopolis Luther

    Documents
    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
    1850 US Census, Homer, Will, Illinois, page 143 or 72
    1850 US Census, Homer, Will, Illinois, page 143 or 72
    Dwelling 127, family 128
    Samuel Blount
    Caroline Blount
    P. P. Bliss
    Rhoda Blount
    Jams G Blount
    George Blount
    Mary A Blount
    Caroline Blount

    Dwelling 129 Family 130
    James Gooding
    Alcinous Gooding
    Orestes Gooding
    Lucy Gooding
    Ruth Gooding
    Lucy A Gooding
    Julia Taylor
    1860 US Census Homer, Will, Illinois, page 92
    1860 US Census Homer, Will, Illinois, page 92
    Dwelling 790, Family 719
    Carrie Ingraham
    Lucy Ingraham
    James A Ingraham
    Nathan Ingraham
    Philenzo P Bliss

    Dwelling 791, family 720
    Samuel Blount
    Caroline Blount
    Rhoda Blount
    James Blount
    George Blount
    Mary Blount
    Caroline Blount
    Elva Blount
    Frank Blount
    Zuba Blount
    1865 IL Census, Homer, Will, page 32
    1865 IL Census, Homer, Will, page 32
    1870 US Census, Wilson, Audrain, Missouri, page 28
    1870 US Census, Wilson, Audrain, Missouri, page 28
    Dwelling 199, Family 185
    Philenzo Bliss
    Catharine Bliss
    Irene Bliss
    Winifred Bliss
    Henry Bliss
    Mable Bliss
    Edith Bliss
    1900 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 49, page 1A
    1900 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 49, page 1A
    Dwelling 8, family 8
    Philenzo Bliss
    Catherine Bliss
    Mabel Bliss
    Edith S Bliss
    Gooding H Bliss

    Dwelling 9, family 9
    Harlan M Fisher
    H Louise Fisher
    Harlan A Fisher
    Rex P Fisher
    Almeda L Fisher
    Marian E V Fisher
    Louisa Phillips
    1910 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 72/74, sheet 3B
    1910 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 72/74, sheet 3B
    Dwelling 77, family 79
    PHilenzo P Bliss
    Katherine Bliss

    Dwelling 78, family 80
    Gooding Bliss
    Ada Bliss
    Zilpha Bliss
    1915 NY Census, Bristol, Ontario, ED 1, page 8
    1915 NY Census, Bristol, Ontario, ED 1, page 8
    Philenzo P Bliss
    1920 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 60, Sheet 3B
    1920 US Census, Bristol, Ontario, New York, ED 60, Sheet 3B
    Philenzo P Bliss
    Catherine L Bliss
    Winifred C FLanders
    Myron Wilder
    Edna E Wilder
    Land Record 4500
    Land Record 4500
    Land Record 4501
    Land Record 4501
    Land Record 4502
    Land Record 4502
    Land Record 4503
    Land Record 4503
    1904 Bristol Map
    1904 Bristol Map
    Land Record 1956
    Land Record 1956

    Headstones
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr and Catherine Louise Totman Headstone
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr and Catherine Louise Totman Headstone
    Philenzo P 1839- 1923
    Catherine L Totman His wife 1839-1921

    Histories
    Stories about Totman and Bliss Families
Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
    Stories about Totman and Bliss Families Probably written by Helen Zilpha Corser (Herendeen)
    Aunt Rena [Irena Lester Joyner] practiced medicine and was always being called to doctor someone. She paid $10.00 for the privilege of practicing. She went to Virginia to care for her son, Levi Ward Totman when he had typhoid fever. She stayed and cared for other wounded boys when she saw the great need for nurses. She was supposed to have died of stomach ulcers or cancer of the stomach. She came from Jefferson County, NY and her maiden name was Joiner (or Joyner).

    Her son Lester [Totman], went to Canandaigua Academy and Ann Arbor, Michigan to study to be a doctor. He had to work his way through, writing essays for the others or tutoring. He worked so hard that he finally had to leave school. He started out to visit Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] but after leaving Aunt Nancy [Totman]’s he was taken sick on the way to Aunt Kate’s. He stopped at Henry Reed’s and perhaps a brother of James Reed who lived about 60 miles from Aunt Kate’s. He never arrived at his destination but died there with TB of the bowels. HE also had bad throat glands. Ward [Totman and his] wife [Irena Lester Joyner] came to his funeral.

    Thomas Lester was engaged to Ada Sears. The half sister of Hank and Alice, Alice was stuck by lightning and killed when she was 17. Ada is said to have been very beautiful, she later married someone else (after Lester’s death).

    Ward Totman was a really factual person. He has been known to take his liquor with the best of them until he came before his wife’s praying for him to stop. She made him promise then to stop all drinking and ward was out to keep a promise. He was a farmer by trade like his parents in Jefferson county, so after his marriage to Rena Joiner [Irena Lester Joyner] and his journey to Bristol he bought the Totman homestead, then only a log cabin, and built a much larger house.

    The place was about 100 acres, some of which was pasture and orchard, but for the most part the land was tilled to raise crops to feed livestock. He made the most of his money raising and selling livestock. He had 7 children, William Francis, who died young, Nancy, Sophia, Catherine, Levi, Lester, and Francis (the 2nd child same name as his brother and he died as a young boy.

    After Irena [Lester Joyner] died, Ward went back to Jefferson county and married Hannah Moore, aunt of Zilpha [Merenda Moore], Levi [Ward Totman]’s wife. It was Hannah who helped Lester as much as she could to get through school when Ward refused to waste his money on college, just a postponement to get out of working.

    That was the thing about Ward, he wasn’t one to waste his money, especially on such intangibles as that of an education. But perhaps the hard working man shouldn’t be blamed for not throwing his money away, they appreciated what it took to get money. It also has been said that grandfather Ward was rather selfish for when visiting Aunt Kate’s [Catherine Louise Totman], he had been known to say “Kate, save the top milk to put on my toast.” “I know” was his favorite expression.

    Once when Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] & Uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] were both busy off away for the day, Ward came down driving Harry [Henry Ward Bliss] at great speed. HE wanted a load of straw and since she was the only one home at the time Aunt Mabel [Janette Bliss] drew the load down the hill for him. AS they were coming down, Mabel driving and Ward working beside her, the load slipped off. What ward said “Honey, I never saw anyone get out from under anything as fast as you did.”

    His favorite spot was to sit behind the range by the window and read. He would also chew just a bit of tobacco or smoke his clay pipe, cleaning it out and throwing the ashes into the fire. He gave all his grandchildren names, Ella-Nancy, Grace-Dolly, (for his sister) Florence-Fley. Ward was also a builder and founder of the Methodist Church. It was said whiskey flowed freely as an incentive to the builders.

    Aunt Nancy [Totman] married (at 19 yrs) Henry Reed, whom she had met here and who was related to Jim Reed, Rurol’s father. Nancy was married at the farm and went west and settled at [Joliet], Ilinois. Hal lives in the same house today. William died quite young, Morse [Morris A Reed] Wallace [L Reed] and Frank [L Reed] were their children. Wallace’s first wife was daughter of Randall and when she died in childbirth, Wallace inherited the Randall house. Nancy came from the west & Stayed with Wallace to settle the estate. Inez Totman, age 9, came and stayed with her and enjoyed it very much.

    Aunt Nancy [Totman] was like Ella Case, being rather stout and quite friendly and cheerful. Children liked her and she liked them. She traveled to the Bristol hills many times from her western home. She loved her family and watched over them. People were kind to her in the west. Her husband had many relatives there who helped get started so the job of settling wasn’t such a hard one as many pioneers had to face and conquer.

    Mrs Bradley was cousin of Uncle Henry Reed. The Reeds lived where Leon Reed now lives, that was the Reed homestead.

    Aunt Kate [Catherine Louise Totman] and uncle Flen [Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr] met in Joliet, Illinois. For Aunt Kate had gone there to visit her sister, Nancy [Totman]. They were married in Aunt Nancy’s front yard on Oct 12th 1860. It was beautiful and the deep yard had pines bordering it, whose branches came clear to the grass. Ward and Rena came to the wedding also. Uncle Philenzo was born at Kankakee, Illinois. His father died when he was a few months old. His mother, Caroline Gooding, married Samuel Blount. He was always called Blount until one day he came home from school, about age 5, crying. When his mother asked him what was the matter he said someone had told him his name wasn’t really Blount. His mother told him that his real father was named Bliss and did he want to be called that? He said yes and from that time on he was called Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr.

    After the two were married, they settled on the outskirts of what now is called Chicago, although Chicago of that time was about 30 miles away. One time when Uncle Flen was coming home from marketing his produce there he suddenly looked around and saw a man crouched behind him in the back of the wagon. He told him if he wanted a ride to come up on the seat with him and the man obeyed sullenly. Though Uncle Flen watched him al the rest of the ride, he didn’t try anything else. If Aunt Kate and Uncle Flen had stayed where they were they would have owned very valuable property in a very few years, but Uncle FLen got the western urge again and moved to Missouri. There the family had some real work to build a house and tame 80 acres of land.

    Perhaps the worst terror to the people there were the prairie fires. When the grass got so dry that the fires seemingly were started by the sun’s rays, the danger of fire was very great. There was no stopping one once it got started. Livestock was turned loose and therefore couldn’t be caught when the fires were going so that the stock was either lost or burned usually. One fire started at the neighbors, 1 or 2 miles away. They were making sorghum and while they were eating dinner the fire under the kettles got into the dry sorghum and of course spread very quickly. The fire came to the next door neighbor’s (Mrs Koor) and the Bliss children being alone could see them beat out the fire around the house saving it, but losing the rest of the buildings and naturally they were frightened. Mabel rushed upstairs and got her red dress and button shoes to save them. She was also very sure that her friend Ransom, with whom she used to walk home from school, was being burned. That fire didn’t ever reach their place, but only because of the hard work of the grownups there about. Uncle Flen came home so tired that he fell on the floor and could not get up for a long while. Most of the farmers plowed around their buildings so that the fires wouldn’t get to them. The children would look out over the plains at night to see if there were any fires and quite often they would find them there glowing red against the dusty sky.

    At the time of another fire and things got so bad that Winnie [Winifred Catherine Bliss] and Rena [Irene Carolyn Bliss] decided to put Topsey the horse in the well to save her but just about that time Ick Bliss came riding up to tell the children that the fire wouldn’t reach them.

    Once when the children were quite small the girls used to sing a song their mother didn’t like and so that their mother couldn’t hear, they stuck their foot down the stove pipe hole through the floor. Mabel who was still small, stuck both her feet in and went right through. Luckily she landed on a coat which was on the floor and so she wasn’t hurt.

    One other time the children were walking up a plank, over a large barrel of soft soap. The larger children had no trouble doing this, but when it came to Mabel’s turn she fell in the barrel head first. Everyone helped her get out as fast as they could and her sister got most of the soap out of her eyes.

    Even at that time prairie schooners & covered wagons were still traveling for the west. For Mabel can remember being lifted in and playing in a covered wagon that belonged to some friends of her parents who were resting there a few days before pushing on west.

    Uncle Flen came to Bristol and Ward gave him a horse which combined with Topsey made a team. He started to Missouri, driving the horses till he got to Erie when he received a telegram saying that his brother Jim [James Gooding Blount] had been killed in the Civil War. This made him all the more homesick for Missouri and so he put the horses on the train at Cleveland, he had to get off the train to find some hay to feed the horses. He had such a time doing this that the train went on with the horses. So he waited and got on the caboose of the next train with the hay and caught up with the first train.

    The whole family suffered with malaria while they were in the west.

    When Mabel was 5 years old she was taken to her first circus. A Mrs. Carston from Mexico took her to the circus in Centralia, 12 miles away. While they were in the city, Mrs Carston bought her a pair of shoes, these it was decided after Mabel walked around for a while were too small. This was remembered by going back and exchanging them for a larger pair. Then they proceeded to the circus. The thing that impressed Mabel were 5 girls who performed on racing horses. When she went home and told the rest of the family about it. Riding on the hops of the horse and trying to perform the same stunts became the favorite past time. The girls used to get the horses going on either side of a hoop and jump from one horse through the hoop to the other horse. Another time she was riding Joe a pacer to the pond. Mabel decided that was a good time to practice, so she rode on the hops and everything was all right until she suddenly lost her balance and fell in the mud with her best clothes on.

    Aunt Kate and the children came back by train from Grandfather Blount’s. After they arrived, Morris Reed came to visit them and was very sick with rheumatism. Ward came to see them soon after that and made the children sleds. But because they had no hills, the kids hitched the horses to the sleds instead.

    When Mabel was 8 years old the family came back to Bristol. They arrived here in March. Aunt Kate refused to go back and wanted Uncle Flen to come to Bristol. This was asking a lot for Uncle Flen had to give all the land he had worked so hard to settle and the house he had built. Of course when he sold them he did so at a loss. He had so much out there and nothing here. He had to start all over. At one time he had 14 horses and many cows. These were sold at auction. This livestock roamed over the plains since there were no or few fences. On her 8th birthday, Mabel received a pair of red wool mittens so that day she rode out and kept the livestock in a certain field of flax. Since it was in January the day was cold and watching all day must have been a tiresome job.
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr Sketch
    Philenzo Payne Bliss Jr Sketch
    From the HISTORY OF ONTARIO COUNTY; compiled by Lewis Cass Aldrich; edited by George S. Conover; 1893;

    Philenzo P. Bliss, Bristol, was born in Kankakee county, Ill., June 16, 1839. He is a son of Philenzo P. Bliss, whose father was James Bliss, of Genesee county, N. Y., where he spent most of his life. He died in Illinois in 1839. Philenzo P. Bliss, father of subject, was born in Genesee county, October 22, 1813, and died in Kankakee county, Ill., August 30 1839. He went to Illinois when a young man, and married Caroline A. Gooding, who was born October 10, 1816, in Bristol, a daughter of James Gooding, who was born in Bristol, July 6, 1791. He was the third male white child born in the town of Bristol; his father was James Gooding, one of the pioneers of the county. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and educated in Rockford Academy. He married Catherine L. Totman, of Bristol, born in Jefferson county, N. Y., September 21, 1839. Her father, Ward Totman, removed from Jefferson county to Bristol in 1840. Mr. Bliss and wife have had the following children: Irene C., Winifred K., Henry W., Mabel J., Edith S., Alice C., Lester P., Gooding H., and Esther (deceased). He removed to Bristol in 1876, and in 1882 he purchased the farm on which he now resides. He is a Republican, and is a member of the Farmer's Alliance of Bristol. He and his wife are members of the Congregational church of that place.

    http://ontario.nygenweb.net/BLtoBZsurnamefamilysketch.htm
    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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