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An American Family History

Esther Griswold Bliss

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Esther Griswold Bliss was born on July 7, 1785 and christened on the same day as her sister Flavia, July 7, 1785 in Keene. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Powers Davis Griswold and her second husband Captain Stephen Griswold.

She married Jonathan Bliss, Jr. on December 15, 1805. Jonathan was the son of Jonathan Bliss and Sarah Preston. He was born on June 7, 1873 in Gilsum, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

Esther and Jonathan's children included:
Harriet Bliss Ball (1810, maried Orlando Ball),
Stephen Bliss (1811, married Rebecca J. Carr),
Esther Bliss (1816),
Marah Bliss (1818), and
Charles Henry Bliss (1824, married Josephine M. Williamson).

Harriet and Stephen were born in Clinton County, New York and the younger children were born in Scioto County, Ohio, thus they relocated to Ohio about 1814. They were early pioneers in Ohio.

Esther died on June 7, 1826 in Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio. She was buried in Wheelersburg Cemetery.

After Esther died, Jonathan married Anna Ellis on January 25, 1829.

Jonathan died on April 4, 1842 in Scioto County, Ohio.

Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire was settled after 1736 and was a fort protecting Massachusetts during the French and Indian Wars. It was called Upper Ashuelot. When New Hampshire separated from Massachusetts in 1741 it became Keene, New Hampshire. During King George's War, the village was attacked and burned.
Children of Isaac Davis
and Lucy Osborn
  • Jonathan Davis
  • Lucy Davis
  • Jemima Davis McMichel
  • Jacob Davis
  • Samuel Davis
  • Isaac Davis
  • of Isaac Davis and
    Elizabeth Powers
  • Susannah Davis
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Olive Davis
  • Joel Davis
  • Susannah Davis Shattuck
  • Eunice Davis Dwinnell
  • Lydia Davis
  • Hannah Davis
  • Abigail Davis Stephens
  • of Stephen Griswold
    and Elizabeth Powers
  • Mary Griswold
  • Clara Griswold Rockwood
  • Flavia Griswold Hendrix
  • Esther Griswold Bliss
  • New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.
     

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