Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Joseph Benjamin Blissit

Male 1868 - 1948  (79 years)


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  • Name Joseph Benjamin Blissit 
    Born 2 Jul 1868  Grandview, Hardin County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jan 1948  Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21614  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father William Christopher Blissit,   b. 6 Sep 1837, Hardin County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1922, Oak Grove, Carroll County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Anne Armes,   b. 5 Apr 1845, Hardin County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1921, Oak Grove, Carroll County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 Sep 1867  Hardin County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14155  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hattie Jane Eaton,   b. 16 Nov 1878, Otto, Jefferson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1963, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1894  Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Beulah Beatrice Blissit,   b. 8 Feb 1896, (Hurley probably) Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1951, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [natural]
     2. Mamie Priscilla Blissit,   b. 7 Oct 1897, Hurley, Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1960, Perry, Noble County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
     3. Anna May Blissit,   b. 2 Jun 1900, Aurora Township, Lawrence County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1975, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [natural]
     4. Virgil Richard Blissit,   b. 16 Jul 1903, (Hurley probably) Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1960, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)  [natural]
     5. Blanche Ellen Blissit,   b. 22 Mar 1905, (Hurley probably) Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1993, Claremore County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     6. Raymond Jackson Blissit,   b. 13 Oct 1907, (Hurley probably) Stone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1983, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F14152  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph Benjamin Blissit Notes:

      Occupation Carpenter (in 1900 Aurora Township, MO he is listed as a miner -
      probably lead)

      In 1900 Federal Census, Aurora Township, Lawrence County, MO your grandmother
      Mamie P. was 2 years old
      family 279 Joseph B. Blissit July 1869 -30 yr Male born KY occup Miner
      Hattie J. Nov. 1878 21 yr 3-3 born MO
      *Julia B. (f) feb. 1896 4 yr born MO
      Mamie P. (f) Oct. 1897 2 yr born MO
      Martha J. Andia Mar 1883-17 yr (servant)

      Here briefly is what my Aunt Blanche told me about the early years of the Joe Ben Blissit family. She had heard that her mother Hattie Jane 's mother died when she was 4 years old. I believe my grandmother said she lived with her father John and an uncle. She may have lived also with her grandmother Martha Jane Eaton. Blanche said all the children were born in Hurley, Missouri, but as per the census above my mother stated she was born in Aurora, MO. They moved all over Missouri as their dad moved every time the rent came due. They moved to Tahlequah, Indian Territory (now State of Oklahoma) in 1910. They traveled from MO to Tahlequah in a covered wagon.

      (My cousin Richard, Virgil's oldest son, said there was not enough room in the wagon and the boys had to walk along side the wagon.) The house Joe Ben rented had been lived in by colored people. Hattie Jane (her mother) would not let the kids in the house until she boiled water in her black boiler and scrubbed all the walls and floors. Joe Ben mined silicate and Hattie Jane did laundry for other people.

      Aunt Blanche remembers that her Grandpa John Eaton would drop by unannounced, and they were always glad to see him. Her mother Hattie Jane would take Raymond to visit with him while everyone else was in school.

      In 1917 the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma close to 15th and Lewis in a trailer on the Gillette place. Their dad was afraid of storms and would make them dress and sit on the edge of the beds until the storm was over. Later they moved to a farm house 2 block west of Lewis. They had to walk from Lewis to Peoria to attend schools (about 2 miles). The roads were not paved--just graded. My mother (Anna) was always sickly and could not walk that far to school. She she "dropped" out of school at that time. Only Blanche and Raymond finished high school.

      In 1923 they moved to 1111 S. Lewis. They moved to Collinsville, OK later in 1923. In 1944 they moved to 217 E. El Paso, Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma were they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1944. After my grandmother died, my mother and father purchased the house at 217 and lived there until my mother died.

      When Blanche and Anna were young girls they were good friends. Anna and Virgil were both shy. Virgil would hide when the others had friends over. I believe my mother said her mother would hide when she was pregnant so guess it was natural to have shy children. When their mother would go to Sunday School, they would roll up the rug and dance. They would keep checking to see when she was coming, and the rugs would be rolled back when she came in the house. Hattie Jane loved to read her Bible and listened to radio preachers. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma when she died. In the last years of his life Joe Ben was baptized at home by the pastor of the First Methodist Church of B.A.

      Grandmother Hattie Jane would sit in her wood rocker and listen to the radio.
      I also remember the afternoon radio programs (the first soap operas) and later she did have a TV to watch. Grandpa Joe Ben liked to tease me and make me cry. He raised roosters and chickens in the yard in Broken Arrow and I was really afraid of them. In Collinsville he had a German Shepherd chained in the yard. You had to know how far that chain would go and never go past that point. He especially hated men in overalls. Joe Ben retired early in life saying he was too ill to work. It was only in his last years the doctors found he did indeed have a bad heart. I was partial to my grandmother so I know more "tales" about her.

      I remember going to your Grandmother Mamie's home but only vaguely. Your dad and Beverly were too old to play with me so I never knew them as well as them

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