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Saturday December 15th, 2007 9:51 pm

Randy wrote:

I am looking for information on my gggg-grandfather, Stephen Bless and family. His daughter, Nancy, married George Dunn Caley. She died in childbirth with their last child and is buried with him, along with several Bless/Bliss family members in the Stites (Locust Grove) Cemetery. Stephen's sister, Elizabeth, was married to Thomas McKenzie (who was a brother to Stephen's wife, Anna). Elizabeth and Thomas lived in Farmers Twp. They were both still alive as of the 1870 census. Does anyone know where they were buried, or what happened to any of their children: Thomas Jr., Columbia, Elizabeth? Stephen and Anna both died in 1875, and were the last of their family--all of them buried in Stites. Stephen and Elizabeth's mother is also buried in Stites. Her stone says "Mary Bless." She was Maria Magdelena Regenstein Bless, and is said to have danced in a parade honoring the inauguration of George Washington. Another brother, John Bless/Bliss was apparently in business in Lewistown for many years. Any information on either of these families would be greatly appreciated.