Mary  (Bliss) Parsons

Mary (Bliss) Parsons (abt. 1628 - 1712)

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Categories: Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Mary (Bliss) Parsons migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Biography

Mary Bliss was born in 1628 at Gloucestershire, Canterbury, England.[1]Or her birth may have been in 1626 Belstone Parish, Devonshire, England since that was the home of her father, Thomas Bliss.[2]She was the daughter of Thomas Bliss[1][2]and his wife Margaret (Hulins) Bliss.[1][2]

The Bliss family immigrated to Hartford, Connecticut.[1]

Mary Bliss (Blisse) was married to Joseph Parsons[3]on November 26, 1646[3]at Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts[3] or at Hartford, Connecticut.[1]([citation needed] to clarify which city/state is correct.)

Joseph Parsons, Mary's husband, purchased a tract of land from the local natives in the area that would become Northampton, Massachusetts.[2]He also owned property in Springfield, Hadley, and Boston, Massachusetts.[2]

children of Joseph and Mary (Bliss) Parsons:[2]
  1. Joseph, also known as "Esquire," was born November 1, 1647 at Springfield and died at Northampton, Massachusetts, in November, 1729. He married Elizabeth Strong on March 17, 1669.

Timeline

1679 Family moves back to Springfield, Hampton, Massachusetts


Death date: 29 Jan 1711/12. Death place: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA

Mary was buried at the Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.[4]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. "Mary (Bliss) Parsons (1628-1712) was an American woman who was accused of witchcraft, but was exonerated, in 17th century Massachusetts."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Parsons, Henry. "Parsons Family, Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons Springfield, 1636 -- Northampton, 1655" Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, New York. 1912. pp. 40, 44 - 49.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 *"Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch Joseph Parsons and Mary Blisse, 26 Nov 1646; citing reference p 56; FHL microfilm 14,766
  4. Find A Grave Memorial #22828242
  • Burt, Henry M. "The First Century of the History of Springfield" Printed and Published by Henry M. Burt, Springfield, Mass. 1899. Vol. II. pp. 617-620.see at google books
  • Find A Grave Memorial #22828242.[link
  • Mass Moments. "Jury Finds Mary Parsons Not Guilty of Witchcraft, May 15, 1675."[*"Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch Joseph Parsons and Mary Blisse, 26 Nov 1646; citing reference p 56; FHL microfilm 14,766 link]
  • "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch Joseph Parsons and Mary Blisse, 26 Nov 1646; citing reference p 56; FHL microfilm 14,766.: link
  • Parsons, Henry. "Parsons Family, Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons Springfield, 1636 -- Northampton, 1655" Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, New York. 1912. pp. 40, 44 - 49. see at archive.org
  • Trumbull, James Russell. "History of Northampton, Massachusetts" Press of Gazette Printing Co. 1898. Vol. 1. Chapter IV pp 42-52, XVIII 226-237.see at archive.org
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. "Mary (Bliss) Parsons (1628-1712) was an American woman who was accused of witchcraft, but was exonerated, in 17th century Massachusetts."link
  • Weber, Dick, developer. "The Sprague Project, a Genealogical Database of Over 423,000 Individuals" link
  • Booth, Charles Edwin. "One Branch of the Booth Family in America" Privately printed in New York. 1910. p. 95-98.see at archive.org

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Event

Event:
Type: Fact 1
Place: See Note Page
Event: Family moves back to Springfield.
Type: Moves back to Springfield
Date: 1679
Place: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts[5]
Event: Court of Assistants has Mary imprisoned to await trial.
Type: Imprisoned
Date: MAR 1675
Place: Boston, Massachusetts[6]
Event: Mary and her son John are accused in relation to the sawmill death of John Stebbins. Accusations are delivered to Boston but no action is taken.
Type: Mary is accused of witchcraft a third time
Date: 1678
Place: Springfield, Massachusetts[7]
Event:
Type: Jury finds Mary innocent
Date: 13 MAY 1675
Place: Boston, Massachusetts[8]
Event: A magistrate finds Mary innocent of witchcraft and related charges. Bridgmans pay fine instead of apologize.
Type: Magistrate finds Mary innocent
Date: OCT 1656
Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts[9]
Event: The Bridgmans accuse Mary again. Mary is taken to Boston and her body is searched for "witch's teats" where "imps" suckle.
Type: Accused of witchcraft second time
Date: JAN 1675
Place: Springfield, Massachusetts[10]
Event: Neighbor Sarah Bridgman accuses Mary's "witchcraft" of killing Sarah's two week-old son. Others say Mary's witchcraft knotted yarn and killed a cow. Case is brought to Court in 1656.
Type: Accused of witchcraft
Date: 1654
Place: Northampton, Massachusetts[11]

In 1656 Mary was accused of witchcraft by some of her neighbors who were supposedly jealous of her wealth and wanted to disgrace her. In 1674 formal charges were made and she was sent to Boston for trial. She was acquitted and returned but when her son Ebenezer was killed, neighbors said it was God's judgement. It was said that she possessed great beauty and talent, but was "not amenable".

Notes

Note N43http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=salemwitches&h=157&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. "Mary (Bliss) Parsons (1628-1712) was an American woman who was accused of witchcraft, but was exonerated, in 17th century Massachusetts."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Parsons, Henry. "Parsons Family, Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons Springfield, 1636 -- Northampton, 1655" Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, New York. 1912. pp. 40, 44 - 49.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 *"Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch Joseph Parsons and Mary Blisse, 26 Nov 1646; citing reference p 56; FHL microfilm 14,766
  4. Find A Grave Memorial #22828242
  5. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  6. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  7. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  8. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  9. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  10. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  11. Source: #S15 Page: Database online. Data: Text: Record for Coronet Joseph Parsons
  • Source: S15 Ancestry.com Public Member Trees. The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006.
  • Source: S21 Ancestry Family Trees online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
  • Source: S22 Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Deaths. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
  • Source: S48 Ancestry.com. Salem Witches online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original information from surviving legal records from the towns and villages in question and appearing in Godbeer, Richard, comp. The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Rel...


Acknowledgements

  • Therese Schmidt, Information is taken from Taylor Family tree compiled by Coreen Traverzo, circa 2010 and Taylor Families 1592-1993, Roderic Alan Davis, 2nd compiler on freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com, 14 March 2005. Information has not been verified with primary sources at this point.




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Collaboration

On 14 Aug 2017 at 20:29 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hello PMs of Mary Bliss Parsons,

Elizabeth Scarlett-541 and I are making plans to collaborate and give Mary's profile a face-lift, with additional sources. We are working in behalf of the Puritan Great Migration Project.

We will do everything we can to retain information from the present bio, and give citations.

In the end, all information for which we cannot find a source will be at the bottom of the profile and you will have an opportunity for input.

We would be happy to have you supply any sources.

Enjoy your day, and contact me if you have any questions/objections/insights.

On 8 Nov 2016 at 18:32 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

Hello PM's of Mary Bliss Parsons. Please put me on the trusted list for this profile. She is my 9th great grandmother. I would like to work on a narrative for her profile. Thank you.

Cheryl (Aldrich-908) Skordahl



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