Mrs. Abigail Bliss, wife of Alexander Bliss, died at Springfield on July 6, 1807 (town records).
The reason why this is particularly interesting is because, as a parishoner of First Church in Springfield, Abigail would have most likely been buried in the old burying ground, at Elm St, west the First Church down to the river. Though established in 1841, Springfield Cemetery's first burials weren't until 1843 (the year of Alexander's death). By that time, much of the cemetery had fallen into neglect. So, where's Abigail.
Between 1843 and the summer of 1848, there were 227 private removals from Elm St. to Springfield Cemetery...a common practice, at the time. Those 227 private removals have yet to be fully accounted for at Springfield Cemetery. But in 1848 the Elm St. burying ground (2, 404 burials) was MOVED to Springfield Cemetery. Of those, approx. 2,00 were unmarked or otherwise unidentified and were placed in a mass grave. The 400 or so that were identified were placed, with original headstone, along the Pine St. fence. There are memorials for all 400 or so on Findagrave.
So, again I ask, WHERE IS ABIGAIL?
It is not an easy question to answer because the burial records at Springfield Cemetery between 1843 and 1848 (indeed, between 1843 and July 1868) are extant and many early burials were unmarked or now have buried, lost or unreadable gravestones.
NOTES: "Thomas Williams Bliss son of Allex[an]der Bliss and Abigail Bliss died May 7th Anno Domini 1802 aged 8 months." And "Elijah Williams Bliss Son of Mr Alexander Bliss and Mrs Abigail Bliss decd died Sept. 13th 1807 in his 12th year."
Mrs. Abigail Bliss, wife of Alexander Bliss, died at Springfield on July 6, 1807 (town records). Records of First Church give date of July 7, 1807, with the note, "…childbed. aged 39".
ANOTHER Alexander Bliss from Springfield married Margaret Warner at First Church in that town (Springfield) on Nov. 18, 1784 (town records).
QUESTION: WHICH, if either, Alexander Bliss died in 1873?
Alexander Bliss Photo Hello! I received your photo request tonight. As a matter of fact, this is one of the many memorials I uploaded along with John O'Connor, the Family Historian at the Museum of Springfield History. As you can imagine, there's a bit of snow around here! As soon as there's a possibility to take a ride over there, I'll see what I can do about getting the photo for you! The cemetery is about 2 blocks froom where I grew up... not a nice neighborhood any more...
Are you a descendant? I'll send you the death record I have for him from the Springfield Vital Records.
Thanks! Dave Robison www.oldbone.co (website) www.oldbonessearch.wordpress.com (blog) 12 year Find-A-Grave Volunteer
Warren ancestry Hi...I, too am a descendent of Jacob Warren, he is my 9th great grandfather...I am always hoping to meet other folks who share ancestral ties with me I can be contacted here on this site or at my email ..firstname.lastname@example.org JR Sullivan