Bliss Cemetery, Town of Nelson, Madison County, NY
Field Check by Daniel H. Weiskotten, April 11, 1994
MNI = 4, names = 4, 1818 - 1834
(old lists include Owen Evans 1949 and c.1960 list, Robert V. Moyer,
May 19, 1963)
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NOTE - the list of those buried here is complete but I have more historical
information on this cemetery.
This cemetery is much damaged with only one stone remaining intact,
and one may be missing. It appears that the damage was done while
plowing snow, road construction, and or farming. The cemetery was
originally about 15 x 30 feet, but is now an irregular patch on the east
side of Bliss Road.
The old lists are pretty screwy. Evans (1949) may have drawn some
of his information from an earlier list, he had most of the transcriptions
wrong, and he missed the only intact stone in the cemetery! The work
of Robert V. Moyer was generally correct.
Those buried in the Bliss Cemetery include:
Lord, Henry Martyn, died 1834, age 8 years, (only a small fragment
of this stone was found).
Listed by Evans but not found in the field check April 11, 1994:
Lord, Saralo, daughter of Ephraim and ______ Lord, no death date or age
Lord, John, Deacon, born in Lyme CT, May 18, 1739, died March
12, 1831, age 92 years, (stone broken and hard to read, fragmentary data
matches with c.1960 list).
Lord, Sarah, Mrs., wife of Deacon John Lord, born at New London
CT, July 27, 1742, died August 10, 1818, age 75 years 14 days, (stone broken
and hard to read, fragmentary data matches with c.1960 list).
Paulk, Sarah, consort of Ephraim Paulk, died November 17, 1833,
age 49 years, foot stone "S.P." (this is the only intact stone but it was
not noted by Evans unless he thought it was "Saralo Paulk" next mentioned!).
(This data is suspicious, it may be that there was no stone here for
Robert V. Moyer made these additional notes, May 19, 1963:
From the tombstone of Deacon John Lord:
He was a professor of religion about 70 years. His eulogy is
already written on the hearts and memories of all those who witnessed his
devotion to the calling he loved and headed his pious admonitions (very
little of this is readable in 1994).
From the tombstone of Mrs. Sarah Lord:
She was benevolent and sincere, her whole heart was formed on principles
of generosity and Christian charity. Like her Great Master, she delighted
in doing good, all which received lustre from strong intellectual powers
and on acute understanding. Her life and death were lasting testimonies
of the sincerity of the religion she early embraced (all of this is still
somewhat readable on the stone in 1994).
Genealogical notes by Robert V. Moyer:
John Lord Jr,. was the son of John and Hannah Rogers Lord, born May
18, 1739, in Lyme CT. Married 1st, July 1764 to Sarah Way, daughter
of Thomas and Sarah Lovell Way, born July 27, 1742, in New London, CT,
died August 10, 1818, in Nelson, NY.
END of Bliss Cemetery list compiled by Daniel H. Weiskotten
Sarah Way Starr Paulk, daughter of John and Lucy C. Lord Way (John Way
was Sarah Way Lord's brother), born February 26, 1773, in CT. Married
1st, July 8, 1804 to Capt. Richard Douglass Starr, born July 19, 1775 in
New London, CT, died at sea, son of Daniel and Lucy Douglass Starr.
Married 2nd to Ephraim Paulk. Sarah Paulk died September 17, 1833
(genealogical records), or November 17, 1833 (tombstone).