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 Norman Ingles Bliss

Norman Ingles Bliss

Hartwick, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 12 Dec 1882 (aged 64)
Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 145628 · View Source
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Son of Jesse Bliss and Fanny Tuttle

Married Mary Elizabeth Cole, abt 1838, Oswego, New York

Children - Orley Dwight Bliss

Married Elizabeth Ann Bird, 12 May 1848, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Daughter - Mary Ann Bliss

Married Sariah Lewis, 17 Feb 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Nathan Henry Stevens, Eliza Sariah Bliss, Almeda Bliss, Henry Bliss, Frank Bliss, Edgar Francis Bliss, Wilford Norman Bliss

Married Lydia Maria Fisk Stout, 30 Apr 1871, Toquerville, Washington, Utah

Children - Fanny Melvina Bliss, Norman Ingles Bliss, Lillie Cecelia Bliss, Stanford Bliss, Alfred Fisk Bliss

History - Norman Ingles Bliss Sr. was born to Jesse Bliss and Fanny Tuttle in Hartwick, Otsego, New York. His father was a farmer and a blacksmith and taught him both. When Norman was about 23 years old he married Mary Elizabeth Cole. They had one son, Orley Dwight, who was born 25 July 1837 in Hartwick. He and his wife joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which they believed was the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His parents disowned him, and he and Mary left for Nauvoo, Hancock County Illinois, to be with other members of the church. Family records indicate that Mary Elizabeth died on their way to Nauvoo.

When their Prophet was killed by a mob the members of the church were faced with mobbings and murder. They were forced to flee, in the winter, across the Mississippi River, beyond the borders of the United States They escaped only with their lives and whatever they could carry in their wagons. Norman had two strong wagons and eight oxen so he must have done well while in Nauvoo.

There were many people who didn't have means to escape and so Norman gave one of his wagons to a family didn't have one, and he and his young son moved west. Orley was only about eight years old and drove the wagon while his father drove a supply wagon for the company.

When the "Saints", as they were called, arrived in what is now Florence, Nebraska they settled for a time to regroup, plant crops for those who were yet to follow and prepared for the remainder of their journey. It is here in around 1845 that Norman married Elizabeth Ann Bird, the daughter of Charles Bird and Mary Ann Kennedy. They had a daughter Mary Ann, who was born 19 November 1846 in Florence, but the marriage does not last and Elizabeth left him with the baby.

Besides raising his two children alone, Norman made several trips east to help rescue people who had been stranded for want of the monetary means to travel. He was later paid for this service, in gold, by President Brigham Young.

Upon arriving in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake Norman built a home and established a blacksmith shop. On 17 Feb 1854, he married Sariah Lewis, the daughter of Timothy and Nancy Lewis. He was 22 years older than Sariah. He and his young wife are asked by Brigham Young to with other families to Southern Utah and establish what was called the "Cotton Mission". This was a difficult time, the land was hard to cultivate and there were many hardships, including, hostile Indians who stole their cattle and killed some settlers. He eventually settled in Toquerville.

The hardships were hard for Sariah and she left Norman taking with her their three youngest children. Norman married Lydia Mariah Fisk Stout on 30 April 1871. She was recently divorced with a young son, Allen Joseph Griffith. She was 22 and he was 57.

Norman was killed in an accident at Toquerville, 12 December 1882, when he was thrown off a load of hay and crushes to death under the wagon wheels when the mules pulling the wagon bolted and ran. He is buried in Toquerville, Utah.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Brigham Young Company (1848)

Gravesite Details Headstone death date incorrect. Norman's death date comes from 2 newspapers accounts, journal of his father-in-law Allen Joseph Stout & Toquerville Ward records. Youngest son Alfred Fisk Bliss was born 3 days after his father was killed.




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 145628
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Norman Ingles Bliss (19 Aug 1818–12 Dec 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 145628, citing Toquerville Cemetery, Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .