|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1715|
|Death: ||May 11, 1764|
Burial location supplied by Phillip Fazzini
The following is the full inscription on the grave stone provided by fellow find-a-grave member spencer57.
The .... indicate where the stone had chipped away a word.
Here lies Interred the Remains of the Rev'd Daniel Bliss Pastor of the Church of Christ in Concord, who Deceased the 11th day of May Ammo Dom 1764, Attatis suae 50.
Of this beloved Disciple and Minister of Jesus Christ, tis justly observable, that in addition to his natural and acquired abilities, he was distinguishedly favored with those eminent Graces of the Holy Spirit (Meekness, Humility & Zeal) which rendered him pecularly fit for, and enabled him to do thru the great and arduous work of the gospel Ministry, upon which he entered in the 25th year of his age.
The Duties of the various characters he sustained in Life were performed with great Strictness, & Fidelity. As a Private Christian, he was a bright Example of the Holiness in Life & Purity in Conversation, But in the Execution of the ministerial offices, he shone with peculiar Lustre, - a spirit of Devotion animated all his performances: - his Doctrine drop'd as a Rain & and his Lips distilled like the Dew: - his Preaching was powerful & Searching: - he who bless'd ..... and uncommon Talent in a particular Application to Consciences of men crown'd his skillful Endeavors with great Success. As the Work of the Ministry was his great Delight, so he continued fervent & diligent in the performance of it, till his divine Lord called him from his Service on Earth to the ....Glorious Recompence of Reward in Heaven, where, as one who has turn'd many unto righteousness, he shines as a Star forever and ever.
His soul was of evangelic Frame
The same ingredients and the mould the frame
When the Creataors make us a uniform of Flame.
Rev. Daniel Bliss, First Parish Church Concord, was a "New Light" minister and one of the authors of the First Great Awakening, stirring the Puritanical religious establishment and dividing the church of New England. He was the son of Thomas Bliss and Hannah Caldwell of Springfield, MA, the tenth of thirteen children. He graduated from Yale in 1732. ordained March 7, 1739 was paster of the Congregational Church of Concord from 1738 to 1764. He received a second degree from Harvard and married Phebe Walker of Stratford,Connecticut on July 22, 1738. His last and most powerful sermon was delivered March 11, 1764 in the presence of George Whitefield and made such an impression on his mind that Mr. Whitefield remarked: "If I had studied my whole life, I could not have produced such a sermon".
I have a long but wonderful addition to your memorial written by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Waldo was the great grandson of Daniel Bliss. Also the epitaph on Daniel Bliss' stone was written by his son-in-law, William
Emerson, the next minister of Concord and grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
(from HISTORICAL DISCOURSE, at Concord, on the second centennial anniversary of the incorporation of the town, september 12, 1835. - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Mr. Whiting was succeeded in the pastoral office by Rev. Daniel Bliss, in 1738. Soon after his ordination, the town seems to have been divided by ecclesiastical discords. In 1741, the celebrated Whitfield preached here, in the open air, to a great congregation. Mr. Bliss heard that great orator with delight, and by his earnest sympathy with him, in opinion and practice, gave offence to a part of his people. Party and mutual councils were called, but no grave charge was made good against him. I find, in the Church Records, the charges preferred against him, his answer thereto, and the result of the Council. The charges seem to have been made by the lovers of order and moderation against Mr. Bliss, as a favorer of religious excitements. His answer to one of the counts breathes such true piety that I cannot forbear to quote it. The ninth allegation is "That in praying for himself, in a church meeting, in December last, he said, ‘he was a poor vile worm of the dust, that was allowed as Mediator between God and this people.'"To this Mr. Bliss replied, "In the prayer you speak of, Jesus Christ was acknowledged as the only Mediator between God and man; at which time, I was filled with wonder, that such a sinful and worthless worm
as I am, was allowed to represent Christ, in any manner, even so far as to be bringing the petitions and thank-offerings of the people unto God, and God's will and truths to the people; and used the word Mediator in some differing light from that you have given it; but I confess I was soon uneasy that I had used the word, lest some would put a wrong meaning thereupon."1 The Council admonished Mr. Bliss of some improprieties of expression, but bore witness to his purity and fidelity in his office. In 1764, Whitfield preached again at Concord, on Sunday afternoon; Mr. Bliss preached in the morning, and the
Concord people thought their minister gave them the better sermon of the two. It was also his last.
submitted by Lois Bliss Herbine, ninth generation niece of Daniel Bliss
Thomas Bliss (1668 - 1733)
Hannah Cadwell Bliss (1677 - 1756)
Phebe Walker Bliss (1713 - 1797)*
Daniel Bliss (1739 - 1805)*
Phebe Bliss Emerson Ripley (1741 - 1825)*
John Bliss (1743 - 1743)*
Thomas Theodore Bliss (1745 - 1802)*
Hannah Bliss (1747 - 1768)*
John Bliss (1749 - 1749)*
Samuel Bliss (1750 - 1803)*
Martha Bliss Hoar (1752 - 1789)*
Joseph Bliss (1757 - 1819)*
Hannah Bliss Hubbard (1699 - 1781)*
Samuel Bliss (1701 - 1771)**
Thomas Bliss (1702 - 1750)*
Martha Bliss Parsons (1703 - 1760)*
Ichabod Bliss (1705 - 1766)**
Rachel Bliss Sikes (1707 - ____)*
Abel Bliss (1708 - 1762)*
Mary Bliss Sikes (1710 - ____)*
Timothy Bliss (1713 - 1769)*
Daniel Bliss (1715 - 1764)
Aaron Bliss (1717 - ____)*
Edward Bliss (1719 - 1802)*
Elizabeth Bliss Flagg (1722 - ____)*
Old Hill Burying Ground
Created by: Shari
Record added: Jan 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46788612