Letita Matilda Ellicott Bliss

By Patrick Kavanagh
History of Women in Forest Lawn Lawn Cemetery

Section 12, Lot 29
Date of Death: 4/21/1864 - at Erie, PA
(Daughter of Andrew Ellicott/Wife of Capt. John Bliss)

Letita was the daughter of Andrew Ellicott, Joseph's brother, who among many surveying accomplishments, finished laying out Washington, D. C. on January 1, 1793.

Letita married Captain John Bliss at West Point, NY,on April 21, 1819, while Captain Bliss was Commandant of Cadets and Instructor of Infantry tactics at the Academy. Captain Bliss was a veteran of the Niagara Campaign of 1814, under Major General Jacob Brown, and was wounded at the battle of Lundy's Lane, July 25, 1814. He died at St. Augustus, Florida, on November 22, 1854.

Andrew Ellicott had been appointed a mathematics instructor to the Academy in 1814. He died in 1820 and is buried in the West Point Cemetery. His wife, Sarah, Letita's mother, is buried in the Shelby, NY, Cemetery located just south of Medina, New York

Captain & Mrs. Bliss were first buried at the old North Street Cemetery, located where the Masten Avenue Armory now stands. They were then moved to this location at Forest Lawn.

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