Born: July 9, 1838, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Died: December 29, 1876, Ashtabula, Ohio.
Buried: Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Ashtabula, Ohio.
Philip was son of Isaac Bliss and Lydia Doolittle, and husband of Lucy Jane Young.
He and Lucy died in a train wreck caused by a bridge collapse. He survived the initial impact, but went back into the flames in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue his wife.
The remains retrieved from the Ashtabula disaster were placed in a common grave marked by a cenotaph in the Ashtabula Cemetery. A cenotaph in memory of the Blisses was erected in the cemetery at Rome, Pennsylvania, July 17, 1877.
The night before that terrible railroad accident at Ashtabula…he said to his audience,I may not pass this way again; then he sang a solo, I’m Going Home Tomorrow. This indeed proved prophetic of his own home going.
Crosby, Chapter XVII