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Posted by: Jo Date: January 19, 1999 at 19:36:50
In Reply to: Re: CHAFFEE/BLISS/HARMON - NOT! ? by Paul Vincent Chaffee of 1205

Yes sir, I have seen both of these books and it is where I got my information. I believed it, also. Nathaniel Harmon and Jonathan's sister Mary Bliss were married. There are many problems apparantly with the Harmon books, according to the article researched in New England Historical Society. I have only have two pages of the entire article. They were trying to correct some of the mistakes the Harmon Books had made. I have the full article, however, I am building a house, living in an apt., and have four storage units and don't know where anything is right now. Part of the articles reads as follows:

(just before what I have already written)
"Of previous attempts to identify William Hammond Sr. and his origin, none is satisfactory. Dr. John Erhardt asserts that "William Harmon who was buried on 29, June 1675...was probably the uncle of Rachael (Bliss) Mann, whose mother was a Harmon." This proposition, neither supported nor referenced, undoubtedly derives from a more tentative remark by R. L. Bowen that William Hamon "may" have been "a relative of Rachael Mann.

I have thought and re-thought this since I type out this article.......and I think that I would rather put a footnote in the genealogy and say "Marian Harmon's & Jonathan Bliss's marriage record has not been located to proove the marriage as of 1999.") and leave it like that. Some people married in front a clergy and didn't get it recorded in those days. We just don't know for sure what actually happened. Perhaps they married elsewhere and it is not recorded; perhaps they were "just living together". Perhaps they married in England...... Lot's of things could of happened along with a clerk NOT doing his job correctly. There are alot of "maybe's" one could dream up......but we can alway leave her name in with a footnote and perhaps in our time they may find something. If it not in our time, perhaps one of our loved ones will pick it up and see it in our genealogy and either put a date in or correct it. Just a thought..........



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