1838–1876
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Bliss Home in Rome, Pennsylvania

Born: Ju­ly 9, 1838, Clear­field Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: De­cem­ber 29, 1876, Ash­ta­bu­la, Ohio.

Buried: Chest­nut Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Ash­ta­bu­la, Ohio.

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Bliss and his wife 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

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