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 Lucy Jane <I>Young</I> Bliss

Lucy Jane Young Bliss

Rome, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 Dec 1876 (aged 35)
Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA
Burial Rome, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 81618597 · View Source
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Census of 1860 Rome, Bradford, PA
Oscar Young 43 PA
Rachel Young 41 PA
Allen Young 17 PA
Warren Young 15 PA
Ellen Young 9 PA
Clarra Young 7 PA
Robert Young 2/12 PA
Philip Bliss 21 Music teacher NY
Lucy Bliss 19 Music Teacher PA
Bessie Allen 66 PA
Anna Rolls 25 PA

Lucy & her husband P.P. Bliss, the renowned hymwriter, died in a train diaster in Ashtabula, Ohio. Their two orphan sons were committed with prayer to the care of Rev. John S. & Clara Elizabeth Young Ellsworth of Orwell, PA, (their aunt & uncle)following the death of their parents. Clara was Lucy's sister.
On July 9, 1877, a cenotaph was dedicated to the memory of Philip & Lucy Bliss in the Rome Cemetery with 10,000 people present. Dwight L. Moody, the famous evangelist, gave the message, & Ira Sanky lead the singing. The memorial stands as the tallest monument in the middle of the cemetery.
The railroad train (Pacific Express) on which Mr. and Mrs. Bliss rode to their death left Buffalo, New York, on Friday afternoon, December 29, 1876. At eight o'clock that evening, while approaching Ashtabula station, and crossing a ravine, the bridge gave way, and the train, with its precious freight of human lives, was precipitated to the bottom.
One hundred and fifty persons killed outright or burned to death, including Philip & Lucy Bliss. Fortunately, the dear children of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss had been left at Rome, and they were safe. The father and mother went before them into the valley of the shadow of death.
Five minutes after the train fell, fire broke out. Fanned by gale like winds, the wooden coaches were ablaze. Mr. Bliss succeeded in extricating himself and crawling to safety through a window. Finding his wife was pinned under the ironwork of the seats, he returned into the car, and bravely remained at her side, trying to extricate her as the flames took their toll. All that remained was a charred mass. No trace of their bodies was ever discovered.

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  • Created by: LDR
  • Added: 6 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81618597
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Jane Young Bliss (14 Mar 1841–29 Dec 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81618597, citing Rome Cemetery, Rome, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by LDR (contributor 47171969) .