An American Family History

Daniel Bloss


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Bloss is also spelled Blose, Bloß and Bose, Bloz, Blos, Blotz, Blows, Bloce, Blois, Blass, Blaas, Plose.
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Daniel Bloss (Blose) was born in Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Johann Conrad Bloss and Anna Magdalena Reber.

Daniel married Sarah Elizabeth Brazil who was born in 1748 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Her father was Michael Brazil.

Daniel and Sarah's children included:
Anna Maria Bloss (May 26, 1775),
George Bloss (1778, married Sarah Walton),
Michael Bloss (June 9, 1781, married Sarah Waugaman),
Anna Magdalena Bloss Walton (May 6, 1783, married Joseph Walton),
Daniel Bloss (August 13, 1787, married Martha Walton),
Bernhard (Bernard) Bloss (August 30, 1789, died at 4 months), and
Elizabeth Bloss Schuster (December 9, 1792, married Isaac Schuster).

The Lehigh County tax list of 1781 showed that he was a property holder. In 1781 they were in Heidelberg Township.

During the American Revolution, in 1780 and 1782, Daniel served as a private in the Third class of the Sixth Battalion of the Northampton county militia.

In the 1785 Lehigh County tax list, he was assessed one pound and four shillings on fifty acres, one horse, and one cow. In 1786 he was listed in Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County.

According to The History of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

about 1790 Daniel Blose came to Westmoreland Co., with Boaz Walton, and he and his family lived in a round log house without any floor in it except the ground. . .

On April 21, 1795 he bought two tracts of land consisting of 421 acres, together with a grist-mill and a saw-mill located on Mahoning Creek, in Penn Township, Carbon County. William Blose Reed in Byberry Waltons wrote that Daniel's

first mill was at a place known in 1939 as Oswald's Mill, near Best Station, about three miles west from Slatington Pa.,

Daniel and Boaz Walton owned adjoining properties in a part Northampton County that became Mahoning Township, Carbon County. William Blose Reed also recalled that

and the mill owned by Daniel Blose and Boaz Walton was in the Mahoning Valley west from Lehighton and later known as Garber's Mills. . .

The families were so closely related that George, Daniel and Magdalena Bloss married Sarah, Martha, and Joseph Walton who were children of Boaz Walton.

He sold his Carbon County property on January 1, 1802.

Daniel died on March 15, 1803 and Elizabeth followed in 1835. They both died in Manor, Armstrong County, Pennsyvania.

Children of
Johann Conrad Bloss and
Anna Magdalena Reber Bloss
  • John George Bloss
  • Eva Elizabeth Bloss Seidel
  • Maria Margaretha Bloss Brandstetter
  • Daniel Bloss
  • Peter Bloss
  • Henry Bloss
  • Sonia Bloss
  • Conrad Bloss
  • Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania originally included Washington Township and Slatington. It is located on Trout Creek and Jordan Creek.

    Northampton County, Pennsylvania is on the eastern border of the state in the Lehigh Valley. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. Easton is the county seat.

    Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.




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    from "Bloss Family" from History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania compiled by Clinton J. Bloss.

    Daniel Bloss, son of Conrad, was born in Washington township, this county. The Tax list of 1781 shows him to be a property holder. Again in the Federal Tax list of 1785, he was assessed one pound and four shillings on fifty acres of land, one horse, and one cow.

    On April 21, 1795, David [???] Bloss bought from John Longstreth, Joseph Longstreth, and Abraham Duffield two tracts of land consisting of 421 acres, together with a grist-mill and a saw-mill located on Mahoning Creek, Penn township, Carbon county. After residing here six years he sold this property Jan. 1, 1802, to Joseph Mathews and Benjamin Mathews.

    On June 20, 1809, there was surveyed unto Daniel Bloss 176.166 acres of land, located in Westmoreland county. Daniel Bloss took an active part in the military affairs of Northampton county during the Revolutionary War. In the years 1780 and 1782 he served as a private in the Third class of the Sixth Battalion of the Northampton county militia. Daniel Bloss was married to Elizabeth.

    The records of the Heidelberg Church record the birth of the following children:

    Anna Maria born May 26, 1775.
    Michael born June 9, 1781.
    Anna Magdalena born May 6, 1783.
    Daniel born Aug. 13, 1787.
    Bernhard born Aug. 30, 1789.
    Elizabeth born Dec. 9, 1792.

    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania was first settled about 1730 and officially constituted in 1812 with the division of Northampton County.

    Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.

    Genealogy by William James McKnight, Troy Genealogical Research Associates, Summerville, Pennsylvania

    The family name originally was spelled Bloss, in which form it appears in the Pennsylvania Archives. Daniel Blose is the first of the family that the descendants have been able to trace. He came from Germany, and was living in Northampton county, Pa., Sept. 13, 1778, when George Blose, the grandfather of George Ament Blose, was born.

    A number of families of this name came prior to the Rev. Conrad in 1752, etc.; but no Daniel. This shows that Daniel came as a minor with his parents. Northampton county is full of Blosses.

    About 1780 Daniel Blose came to Westmoreland county with Boaz Walton, and he and his family lived in a round log house, without any floor in it except the ground, with Boaz Walton and his family, about eight miles north of Greensburg. Daniel Blose, whose wife's name was Elizabeth, was the father of seven children: George; Michael; Barney; Mary, married to Joseph Walton; Daniel; Ann, married to Isaac Shuster; and a daughter born in 1783, whose name was Magdalena.

    George Blose, son of Daniel, was married to Sarah Walton previous to 1800. and to them were born ten children: Polly and William died in infancy; Josiah died in his youth; John George was the father of George Ament Blose; Boaz was next in the family; Emily married George Schrock; Sarah married Thomas Sharp Mitchell; Daniel and Elizabeth were twins, the latter marrying Charles Redding and moving to near Elizabeth, in what is now West Virginia, where she lived till her death; Rachel Maria married John Niel.

    According to the most recent information obtained. George Blose, the grandfather of George Anient Blose, came to Westmoreland county with his father, who located some eight miles north of Greensburg about 1780. He continued to live in Westmoreland county till 1831, when he removed to Perrysville. Jefferson county, residing there to the time of his death, Aug. 31, 1849. His widow, who died in Jefferson county July 10, 1860, was born in Northampton county. Pa., Jan. 3, 1779. She was descended from an old American family which came to America from Scotland but had been of English origin. . .

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