Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Children of George and Sarah BLISS, Yass and surrounds NSW

I've decided to start an entry string on the children of George BLISS and Sarah nee FURRILL (and spelling variations). Here is a list of the children with the fundamentals. Like my HALL list of siblings, I hope to find photos and headstones for each.

1. Eliza Jane BLISS (1852-1925). Baptised at Murrimbidgee 1852, married William HALL (1843 Cambridge England - 1912 Koorawatha NSW) at Yass River (probably their farm) in 1868. Had 15 children in Yass NSW where they farmed on a property. The HALL and BLISS properties were adjacent to one another. Family moved to Koorawatha around 1900-3, perhaps due to drought. There she ran a store, and died 10 Jan 1925 aged 72. Eliza is buried 'back-to-back' with her husband William in Koorawatha cemetery. Have picture of her.

Grave of Eliza Jane HALL nee BLISS
Koorawatha Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Died 10 Jan 1924
Aged 78 years

2. William BLISS (1854 - ?). Born and baptised in 1854 at Boambolo, Murrumbidgee. Probably died as an infant as a second William was registered in 1857.

3. John BLISS (1856-1909). Born Blackrange (near modern day Canberra) in 1856. Died 1909, aged 52, at Euralie (Bliss farm), a 'farmer and intestate' according to probate announcement of 9 Sep 1911 in the Sydney Morning Herald. No marriage record is found, however death of a Hannah BLISS (NSW BDM 7379/1905) is registered in 1905, father John and mother Margaret. Buried at Yass Cemetery with his parents.
Grave of Henry BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
In loving remembrance of
Who Departed This Life 31st Oct 1909
Aged 52 Years
At Rest
Died 3rd Nov 1915 Aged 96 Years
Wife of Above
Died 14th July 1919, Aged 87 Years

4. William BLISS (1857-1903). Birth registered in Yass in 1857. Only other information I have is that in 1878 Electoral Roll for NSW he was living at Devil's Pass, Yass (where the BLISS properties were situated). Death registered in 1903 in Queensland. Family (if any) not determined.

5. Joseph BLISS (1858-1927). Born Blackrange (near modern day Canberra) in 1858. Married Anne JACKSON (1872 Yass - 1946 Yass) in 1889 registered at Yass. They had at least 10 children from 1889 to 1915, all registered in Yass. One son (Claude Harwood Stanley BLISS) served in WW1. The youngest two sons of Joseph and Anne apparently changed their name ever-so-slightly to BLYSS after a family dispute. Joseph died in 1927, and Anne in 1946 (registered as BLYSS). Not determined where they are buried.

6. Susannah BLISS (1860-1934). Born Yass River (Bliss farm) in 1860. Married Edward George COBLE (1843 Camden NSW - 1923 Burrowa NSW) in 1884, registered at Goulburn. Susannah and Edward George share great grand-parents Michael FURRILL and Judea nee WATSON from Woodchurch, Kent. Susan(nah) and Edward had at least 11 children from 1879-1900 all born in the surrounding districts. Susan died in 1934 aged 74. Place of burial not known. Have picture of her.

7. Henry BLISS (1862-1897). Born Yass River (Bliss farm) in 1862. Died 189 aged 35. Bliss Yass Courier 24 Sep 1897: Mr Henry, son of George Bliss of Yass River, died Tuesday in Yass Hospital aged 35 years. Buried in Yass Cemetery, close to his parents.
Grave of Henry BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Beloved SonOf
George & Sarah Bliss
Died Sep 21st 1897
Aged 25 Years

8. Charles George BLISS (1864-1901). Born 1864 at Yass River, baptised Charles but registered as George (perhaps a NSW BDM transcription error?). Died 1901, registered as Charles in Granville (western Sydney) NSW. Buried in Anglican section MMM, Grave 143 at Rookwood Cemetery.

9. Judith or Julia Ann BLISS (1866-1951). Born 1866 at Yass River. Married Arthur Albert Hall (1851 Cambridge England - 1921 Narrandera NSW) in 1885 in Yass. They had 7 children from 1886-1897 registered mainly in Narrandera. She died died 3 May 1951 aged 81 years. Buried at Narrandera cemtery.

Grave of Arthur A. HALL and Julia A. nee BLISS
Narrandera cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Arthur A. Hall
Died Feb 10th 1921 Aged 71 Years
Frederick O. Hall
Died July 27th 1945 Aged 55 Years
Julia A. Hall
Died Mar 3rd 1951 Aged 81 Years

10. James Stephen BLISS (1870-1948). Born 1870 at Yass River. He married first Harriet Ellen Margaret OWEN (1878 Yass - 1905 Yass) in 1898, and had four children with her. After her death he married secondly Mary Ann GOWING (? - 1955 Junee NSW) in 1908 at Junee NSW. They also had four children. He died in 1948 at Junee.

11. Elizabeth Louisa BLISS (1872-1943). Born 1872 at Yass River. She married George Crew (1861 Bristol England - 1933 Canterbury NSW) at St Clements Church, Yass in 1891. They apparently met on Valentine's Day 1891, and hence their first son was named Valentine (1892-1969). They had 7 children, mainly in the Yass area, and later lived in Picton then Sydney. Elizabeth died in 1943, and is buried with her husband at Rookwood cemetery, Anglican section 12, Grave 498. My father visited this grave in May 2012, and found that the grave had no headstone.

12. Farrell BLISS (1874-1961). Born 1874 at Yass River, and named after his mother's maiden name (though misspelt from Furrill). He apparently inherited and ran the family farm 'Spring Valley' from his father. Married Rebecca PRIVETT (1880 Yass - 1967 Yass) in 1904. The couple had 10 children in Yass, including one son (Stanley) who enlisted in WW1 and one son (George Leonard Farrell) who was killed in PNG in WW2. Farrell died in 1961, and the couple are buried together at Yass cemetery. I have a photo of Farrell.

Grave of Farrell and Rebecca BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
Sacred to the memory of
Passed Away
22nd Nov 1961
Aged 87 Years
Passed Away

18th Jan 1967
Aged 86 Years
At Rest

 13. Mary Jane BLISS (1880-1916). Born 1880 at Yass River. Married WIlliam ARMOUR (1874 Burrowa NSW - 1958 Bowning NSW) in 1899 at Yass. They had 6 children in Yass and Bowning. Mary Jane died in 1916, registered at Bowning, and buried at Bowning cemetery with her son.
Grave of Mary Jane ARMOUR nee BLISS
Bowning Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Died 17th October 1916
Aged 36 years
Died 13th February 1915
Aged 3 years  

I am in interested in hearing from descendants of these BLISS children, including details, photos and headstones to add to this post. I count 68 grandchildren of George and Sarah BLISS so there should be plenty of descendants!!


Anonymous said...

I found your site and thought that I had better let you know that I am related to Farrel Bliss and also Mary Bliss.I have done some family research and have a few photos of the blisses

Matt Hall said...

Hi there!
I'd be very interested in seeing the photos! If you'd be willing to share them with readers e-mail me at - there are very few BLISS photos around so they may be really interesting!

Anonymous said...

I'm not real good at posting photos, will have to wait until someone can help me. Do you have a private email? What photos do you have of the blisses as some of the photos I don't know who they are.

Matt Hall said...

Send me an email at and we can work out the best way.