George Bezanson

M, #2, b. 16 May 1781, d. after 7 June 1821
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 005.2
FatherJean Jacques Jacob Bezanson1 b. 1754, d. 1806
MotherAnna Maria Ley1 b. 27 Aug 1758, d. c 1835

Family

Mary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844
Children
RelationshipGrandson of Jean George Bezanson
     George Bezanson was also known as John George. He was born on 16 May 1781.1 He was baptized on 24 May 1781 at Lunenburg.3 He married Mary Millet on 10 June 1804 at Chester, Nova Scotia. He was 23. She was 28. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.3,4,5,6 George Bezanson probably died after 7 June 1821.7
Last Edited11 Jan 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 5.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  4. [S184] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Marriages", June 20, 1999, George's surname is spelled "Baysanson" and Mary is entered as "the Widow Mary Vaughan". Recorded December 20th, 1804 by Ebenezer Fitch, Town Clerk.
  5. [S193] John Wesley Houghton, Houghton Genealogy of 1912, 363 (ID #776).
  6. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 116, where the groom's name is "George Bezantson" and the bride's name is "Mary Vaughan."
  7. [S10] John Cardinal, assumption based on the birthdate of his last child.

Mary Millet

F, #3, b. 20 December 1775, d. 1844
FatherGeorge Millet b. c 1753, d. 28 May 1800
MotherMary Annabelle Houghton b. 23 Dec 1753

Family 1

James Jackson Vaughan b. 26 Jan 1777, d. Jan 1804
Children
  • David Vaughan+ b. 22 Jan 1795, d. 7 Mar 1888
  • Mary Compton Vaughan b. 16 Oct 1798
  • Anne Vaughan b. 2 May 1800
  • James Vaughan b. 11 Oct 1802

Family 2

George Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
Children
     Mary Millet was born on 20 December 1775 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2,3 She was christened on 16 September 1776 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Chester, Nova Scotia.4 She married James Jackson Vaughan on 5 May 1796. She was 20. He was 19. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.5,6 Mary Millet became a widow at age 28 upon the death of her husband James Jackson Vaughan in January 1804.7 Mary Millet married George Bezanson on 10 June 1804 at Chester, Nova Scotia. She was 28. He was 23. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.7,8,5,9 Mary Millet died in 1844.10
Last Edited11 Jan 2016

Citations

  1. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  2. [S159] Don Shankle and Kim Stevens, "Lunenburg Births, Marriages and Deaths", June 19, 1999.
  3. [S193] John Wesley Houghton, Houghton Genealogy of 1912, 363 (ID #776), but the date given is "12, 29, 1776" which conflicts with the Chester Township book.
  4. [S18] International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch Number K534091, Source Call Number 1376192.
  5. [S193] John Wesley Houghton, Houghton Genealogy of 1912, 363 (ID #776).
  6. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 113, where the groom's name is "James S. Vaughan."
  7. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  8. [S184] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Marriages", June 20, 1999, George's surname is spelled "Baysanson" and Mary is entered as "the Widow Mary Vaughan". Recorded December 20th, 1804 by Ebenezer Fitch, Town Clerk.
  9. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 116, where the groom's name is "George Bezantson" and the bride's name is "Mary Vaughan."
  10. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 5.

Eunice Whitcomb Bezanson

F, #4, b. 29 January 1806, d. 1873
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 033.1
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family

Henry Cross b. 25 Jul 1798
Children
RelationshipGreat-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Eunice Whitcomb Bezanson was born on 29 January 1806 at Chester, Nova Scotia.2,3 She married Henry Cross on 19 April 1825. She was 19. He was 26.4 Eunice Whitcomb Bezanson and Henry Cross were founding members of the Tancook Island Baptist Church in 1855.4 Eunice Whitcomb Bezanson died in 1873 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.3
Last Edited16 Jan 2003

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  2. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, 28.
  4. [S591] Linda Mason Pirie, "Eunice Whitcomb Bezanson," e-mail to John Cardinal, January 2, 2003.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 28.

Sarah Elizabeth Etter Bezanson

F, #5, b. 22 January 1808, d. before 1864
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 034.1
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844
RelationshipGreat-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Sarah Elizabeth Etter Bezanson was born on 22 January 1808 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2 She married David Crandle Vaughan on 9 September 1828. She was 20. He was 23. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.3,4 Sarah Elizabeth Etter Bezanson died before 1864.1
Last Edited24 Apr 2004

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  2. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  3. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 127.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, 28, where the groom is named "David Wilbur Vaughan", but that record cites Dimock, who doesn't include the groom's middle name.

John George Bezanson

M, #6, b. 11 February 1810, d. 29 November 1894
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 035.1
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family

Margaret Margeson b. 7 Mar 1818, d. 12 Feb 1914
Children
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     John George Bezanson was born on 11 February 1810 at Chester, Nova Scotia.2,3 He lived at Harbourville, Nova Scotia. He was a farmer.4 He married Margaret Margeson. John George Bezanson died on 29 November 1894 at age 84.2,5 He was buried in Burlington Cemetery, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.2,5

Census Summary

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Census, Residence

Census1871John George Bezanson and Margaret Margeson appeared on the census of 1871 at Harbourville, Nova Scotia, with Hannah Church Bezanson, George Edward Bezanson, John W. Bezanson, Margaret Ann Bezanson, Benjamin Bezanson, William C. Bezanson, Guilford Bezanson and Alberta Bezanson.6
Census1881John George Bezanson and Margaret Margeson appeared on the census of 1881 at Harbourville, Nova Scotia, with William C. Bezanson, Guilford Bezanson, Alberta Bezanson, William Hallett Wright and George Wright.7
Census1891John George Bezanson and Margaret Margeson appeared on the census of 1891 at Canada Creek, Nova Scotia, with Benjamin Bezanson, Guilford Bezanson, Annie Love Bezanson and William John Bezanson.8
Last Edited23 Apr 2003

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, 29.
  3. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  4. [S143] Marriage Records of Kings County (published), Vol. 1, 75, 53, in the marriage record of his son John W. Bezanson.
  5. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, Burlington Cemetery, Cornwallis, Section 2, Stone 103, "In memory of George Bezanson, died 29 Nov 1894, aged 83 yrs. 9 mos. 18 days."
  6. [S350] Census Records of Kings County (published), 1871, Harbourville2, Location=k2, Family=55.
  7. [S350] Census Records of Kings County (published), Year=1881, Location=Harbourville, Code=n-2, Family=41, Page=9.
  8. [S350] Census Records of Kings County (published), Year=1891, Location=Canada Creek, Code=n-1, Family=76, Page=19.

Nathaniel Millett Bezanson

M, #7, b. 20 February 1813, d. 12 October 1890
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 036.1
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family 1

Mary Susannah Webber Pulsifer b. 30 Jan 1817
Children

Family 2

Mary Ann Christopher b. c 1821
Children
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Nathaniel Millett Bezanson was born on 20 February 1813 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2 He was also known as Benjamin Bezanson.3 He married Mary Susannah Webber Pulsifer.1 Jane Pulsifer, a 20 year old female, was enumerated in the same household with Nathaniel and Susannah in the 1850 Census. Jane is a possible sister of Mary Susannah.4 Nathaniel Millett Bezanson married Mary Ann Christopher after 25 August 1857.3 Nathaniel Millett Bezanson died on 12 October 1890 at Hillsborough, New Brunswick, at age 77.1,5,6

Census Summary

1810
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1890

Census, Residence

ResidenceNathaniel Millett Bezanson lived at Moncton.1
Census1850Nathaniel Millett Bezanson and Mary Susannah Webber Pulsifer appeared on the census of 1850 at Lubec, Washington County, Maine, with Susanetta Bezanson and William Bezanson.4
Census1861Benjamin Bezanson and Mary Ann Christopher appeared on the census of 1861 at Hillsborough, New Brunswick, with Susanetta Bezanson, William Bezanson, George Kenneth Bezanson and Elizabeth Bezanson.7
Census1871Nathaniel Millett Bezanson and Mary Ann Christopher appeared on the census of 1871 at Hillsborough, New Brunswick, with William Bezanson, Kossuth Bezanson, Henry Bezanson, Elizabeth Bezanson and Annie Bezanson.8
Census1881Benjamin Bezanson and Mary Ann Christopher appeared on the census of 1881 at Hillsborough, New Brunswick, with Annie Bezanson, Elizabeth Bezanson and George G. Edgett.9
Last Edited29 Apr 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  2. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 30.
  4. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census; Lubec, Washington, Maine; Roll: M432_272; Page: 175; Image: 345, found via search for "Nathaniel Branson."
  5. [S683] Daniel F. Johnson, "Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers", Volume 77, Number 1104, from The Maple Leaf, October 16, 1890, "d. Hillsboro (Albert Co.) Oct. 12, Benjamin BEZANSON, age 79."
  6. [S683] Daniel F. Johnson, "Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers", Volume 79, Number 1384, from Messenger and Visitor, November 5, 1890, "d. Hillsboro (Albert Co.) Oct. 12, Benjamin BEZANSON, age 78. Our brother about a year ago moved to Moncton with his son. He came back a few days before he died to visit his old friends, where he had spent so much of his life. He leaves a wife, three sons and four daughters."
  7. [S5] 1861 Canadian Census; Hillsborough, Albert, New Brunswick; Page: 51; Sheet 2.
  8. [S5] 1871 Canadian Census; Hillsborough, Albert, New Brunswick; Roll: C-10394; Family: 46; Page: 11.
  9. [S652] Library and Archives Canada, Canada Census, 1881, Census Place=Hillsborough, Albert, New Brunswick, FHL Film=1375813, NA Film=C-13177, District=23, Sub-district=B, Division=2, Page=51, Household=216, Name=Benjamin Bezanson.
  10. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 30, 86.

Hannah Church Bezanson

F, #8, b. 7 March 1815
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family 2

Perez Martin
RelationshipGreat-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Hannah Church Bezanson was born on 7 March 1815 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2 Hannah Church Bezanson was probably named for her maternal aunt, Mrs. Hannah (Millet) Church. Hannah Church Bezanson married Jonathan Graham.3 Hannah Church Bezanson married Perez Martin in 1861.3
Last Edited10 Jun 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, 18.
  2. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.

Charles Anthony Bezanson

M, #9, b. 14 August 1818, d. 1871
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 037.1
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family

Esther Graham
Children
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Charles Anthony Bezanson was born on 14 August 1818 at Chester, Nova Scotia.2,3 He married Esther Graham.3 Charles Anthony Bezanson was owner or part owner of a sawmill on Black River in the 1840s. The mill has since become known as "Davison's Mill" after a subsequent owner. This mill may have been operated at one time by his brother-in-law Jonathan Graham.4 Charles Anthony Bezanson was a ship's carpenter in 1867.4,5 He died in 1871 at sea.3

Census, Residence

ResidenceCharles Anthony Bezanson and Esther Graham lived at Horton or Gaspereaux, Nova Scotia, starting around 1840 to about 1860.4
Lived1864Charles Anthony Bezanson lived in Oak Point, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, in 1864.4
Last Edited16 Jan 2002

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.
  2. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, 31.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 31.
  5. [S143] Marriage Records of Kings County (published), Vol. 1, 17, 76, in the marriage record of daughter Hannah.
  6. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 31, 87.
  7. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 87.

Isaac Whitman Bezanson

M, #10, b. 26 May 1820
FatherGeorge Bezanson b. 16 May 1781, d. a 7 Jun 1821
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844
RelationshipGreat-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Isaac Whitman Bezanson was born on 26 May 1820 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2
Last Edited12 Nov 2001

Citations

  1. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.

James Jackson Vaughan

M, #11, b. 26 January 1777, d. January 1804
FatherAnthony Vaughan1 b. 6 Apr 1751, d. 18 Apr 1835
MotherAnne Armstrong

Family

Mary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844
Children
  • David Vaughan+ b. 22 Jan 1795, d. 7 Mar 1888
  • Mary Compton Vaughan b. 16 Oct 1798
  • Anne Vaughan b. 2 May 1800
  • James Vaughan b. 11 Oct 1802
     James Jackson Vaughan was born on 26 January 1777 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1 He married Mary Millet on 5 May 1796. He was 19. She was 20. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.2,3 James Jackson Vaughan drowned in January 1804.4
Last Edited24 Apr 2004

Citations

  1. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  2. [S193] John Wesley Houghton, Houghton Genealogy of 1912, 363 (ID #776).
  3. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 113, where the groom's name is "James S. Vaughan."
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5.

David Vaughan

M, #12, b. 22 January 1795, d. 7 March 1888
FatherJames Jackson Vaughan b. 26 Jan 1777, d. Jan 1804
MotherMary Millet b. 20 Dec 1775, d. 1844

Family

Sarah Bezanson b. 10 May 1802, d. 7 Jun 1886
Children
     David Vaughan was born on 22 January 1795 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2 He married Sarah Bezanson on 24 February 1822 at Nova Scotia. He was 27. She was 19. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.3,4 David Vaughan died on 7 March 1888 at age 93.5
Last Edited9 Jun 2011

Citations

  1. [S41] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Births", June 20, 1999.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 5, where the date appears as 1796/7.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 15, where the date is "1821, Dec. 7."
  4. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 124, where the date is "Feb. 24th 1822."
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 15.

Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson

M, #16, b. 1754, d. 1806
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 002.1
FatherJean George Bezanson b. c 1708, d. 1755
MotherCatherine Boutilier b. 7 Jan 1723/24, d. 26 Oct 1796

Family

Anna Maria Ley b. 27 Aug 1758, d. c 1835
Children
RelationshipSon of Jean George Bezanson
     Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson was also known as John James Bezanson.2 He was born in 1754 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.3 He was baptized on 17 June 1754 at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia.4 He married Anna Maria Ley on 29 October 1776 at Dutch Reformed Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was 18.5 Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson left a will on 20 May 1800.6 He died in 1806 at Middle River, Chester, Nova Scotia.7,3

     Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson's will dated 20 May 1800:
1804. Will of John James Bezanson, of Chester, #106, Dated 20 May 1800. Probated 9 March 1804 at Lun. pg. 203, by John Creighton, Judge of Probate; Executors Anthony Vaughan and Peter Corkum, wit. Anthony Vaughan, John Prescott and Joseph Dimock.

After discharging my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses, I Give and Bequeath to my loving wife, Anna Mary, the Use of 1/3 of all my Real Estate, with all the privileges and appurances thereto belonging while she lives and likewise the Free Use of the House and Lot on which I now live, with the Use of the Meadow up at Still Water, while she Lives and Remains my Widow, and if she marries a man that can agree with my children and they with him, he shall with her share, in all the above demised priviledges: but if they cannot agree together, he shall leave the house, but the improvement of 1/3 of my real estate shall be her dowry while she lives. After my youngest child is of age, the lot on which I now live may be let to either of my sons, with whom she choose to live, but still she shall have the government of the place.

I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved son, Joseph, all the land or lands I have possessd of on Oak Island in this Township, likewise an Equal Share with each of his brothers hereafter named, in the 500 acre Lot I, Draughed ? in this Township to him and his heirs and assigns forever, likewise what he stands indebted to me, he shall be discharged of at my death.

I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons, Alexander, John George, Gideon, John, John Casper, John William, Peter and Benjamin, to each of them an Equal Share of all the Estate, Real and Personal, I Stand possessed of not other ways disposed of in this my Last Will and Testament, to them, their Heirs and Assigns forever. Yet it is my will that they keep together with their mother and sisters and peacefully submit to the ruler of the family and to exert themselves jointly in paying my lawful debts till they are paid, and if any one of them shall refuse to comply with those conditions, he shall have no share of my estate until my youngest child is of age.

Not withstanding, if any one of them shall choose to marry and settle himself before my debts are paid, they shall choose what place they will, of my land on the Main, except the place on which I now live, and there by the judgement of my Executors shall have their portion set off to them, but still to assist in discharging my debts, but if any of those settled shall refuse to assist in paying my debts they shall loose all the profits of the Mill and Stream on which it stands.

If they two [?] First of them, that shall settle, shall choose the place I bought of John Pennals, if is thought by my Executors, to be more than their Portion of my Estate then shall they pay the value of the overplush[?] to him or them that is deficient.

It is likewise My Will that the Meadow up at Stillwater shall be Equally Divided among my eight sons, last mentioned, after their Mother hath done with it, according to this My Last Will and Testament.

I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved daughters, Ann Mary and Barbara, all the land I possessed on the Gooseberry Island, to be delivered to them when they marry or are of age on the same conditions as my sons last mentioned, to them, their heirs and assigns forever, but if they leave my family and refuse to assist in paying my debts then they are not to receive any of my estate till my youngest child is of age, or if after they have their portions set off to them, they refuse to assist in the same they shall lose all the profits arising from the Mill. But if they shall carry it well toward their mother and submit to my wishes as here expressed, they shall have each of them a cow and a bed after my debts are paid or when they shall get married, but if the land on the Gooseberry Island shall be thought by my executors to be worth more than £100 currency the over plush shall be paid to my sons last mentioned.

It is my will those of my children that have not got education, shall have as good given, as those that are grown up.

I likewise Constitute, Make and Ordain Mr. Anthony Vaughan and Mr Peter Corkum of this Town, to be the Executors of this My Last Will and Testament and Do Hereby Disallow, Revoke, and Disannul, all and every Former Will and Legacy Testament Bequests and Executors by me in any way wise named, Willed or Bequeathed heretofore ratifying and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament, in Witness whereof I have Set My Hand and Seal hereunto this 20 th. day of May in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred.

John J. Bezanson, made his mark.2


     From Bezansons from Nova Scotia:
It would appear that after Jean Jacques Jacob's death his family remained in the Chester area for about 15 years, and possibly did not go their separate ways until after their mother died. Alexander remained on the homestead. He bought out the interests of several of the others.8


     From Bezansons from Nova Scotia:
The career of Jean Jacques is remarkable. His religious zeal was more than matched by his business acumen. His father died when he was about a year and six months old. He had no schooling, and remained illiterate all his life, yet the land transactions in his name, all properly drawn up, witnessed and "signed" with his "X" far outnumber those of any other man in the settlement and make up a large part of Book#2 of the Land Records, kept at Bridgewater. He also ran a lumber mill and a grist mill, farmed, and engaged in shipbuilding.

He made several moves, the final one being to the homestead at Middle River, just beyond Chester. In 1791 tax records his address is given as "The Islands" and he paid 5 sh. tax (the highest). At his death he owned property on Oak Island, Gooseberry Island, and Mark Island, as well as 20 other lots varying from 4A to 500A, several of the 4A lots being in Chester.

He made a good marriage. His wife was the daughter of Jacob Loy, a German- speaking Swiss. In his early business Jean Jacques was associated with her brother Alexander. None of J.J.'s eleven sons equalled his achievement.

His descent was French, and probably his mother tongue was also French. But Pattersons says (PANS, MG1, 743): "The inhabitants of Montbeliard were ethnologically more German than French, having been annexed by the latter only a little over half a century before their emigration. (This refers to the Montbeliard families in general, not specifically to Bezanson). They spoke a corrupt dialect of French, with a German intonation. From their sufferings which they had endured for their religion after their annexation to France, they had a strong antipathy to the French and Romanists, which has continued among their descendants to this day. In fact, they do not wish to be called French, but speak of themselves as Swiss." But Bezansons, through many generations, insisted on their French heritage. It is certain that Jean Jacques spoke German and English as well.

He and Anna Mary Loy were married in the Dutch Reformed Church at Lunenburg (afterwards the Presbyterian --MG4, 86). The clergyman was Bruin Romkies Comingo, who preached and kept records in German. For the Germans in his congreations (e.g. Eisenhauers) this meant a proper spelling of their name. But it is probably from Comingo's records that the name Besancon began to be spelled with a 'z'. However, the land records indicate that Jean Jacques did indeed have papers, for the land transactions all give the spelling Besancon. 1792 Land Petition, unused (i.e. not granted): "Besancon, John Jacque...lately moved to Chester with his family, wife & 8 children, built a Grist Mill on Middle River...at his own expense...and has also purchased a Saw mill and has been at considerable expense in repairing of it..adjacent to said mill there is a tract of land (formerly surveyed to one Griffin) which tract he always understood was intended for such persons who might erect Saw and Grist Mills...but since his arrival in Halifax has been informed it is reserved by your Excellency for His Majesty's use tho' of material benefit to him and his poor family." Recommended by J.W. Schwartz, Halifax, 30 Dec., 1792. Wentworth refused saying it was required for His Majesty's use.

Evidently, from the baptismal records, the first five children of Jean Jacques and Mary were born at Lunenburg, the next four probably on The Islands - or at least some distance from Lunenburg, because of the time that elapsed between birth and baptism. The last four were born at Middle River and are recorded in the Chester Township Records.

Jean Jacques made his Will before his youngest son was born, which may explain why, on his sudden death in 1806, he was declared intestate. Later Bezansons carried on the shipbuilding business in Chester.9
Last Edited12 Jul 2018

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 1, 2.
  2. [S233] Catherine Di Pietro, "Lunenburg Will Extracts."
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 1.
  5. [S159] Don Shankle and Kim Stevens, "Lunenburg Births, Marriages and Deaths", June 19, 1999.
  6. [S233] Catherine Di Pietro, "Lunenburg Will Extracts", Chester, #106.
  7. [S36] Karen Farmer, citing Elaine Hoare.
  8. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 9.
  9. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia.
  10. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 5.

Anna Maria Ley

F, #17, b. 27 August 1758, d. circa 1835
FatherJoseph Ley b. 1703, d. 27 Aug 1758
MotherAnna Barbara Eve (?) b. c Jun 1726, d. 26 Apr 1803

Family

Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson b. 1754, d. 1806
Children
     Anna Maria Ley was also known as Ann Mary Ley. She was born on 27 August 1758 at St John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.1 She married Jean Jacques Jacob Bezanson on 29 October 1776 at Dutch Reformed Church, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was 18.1 Anna Maria Ley died circa 1835.2
     Bezansons from Nova Scotia has her parents as Jacob & Catherine Loy. The birth date source includes the names of her parents as recorded here. That source seems more reliable to me at this point as it is a reproduction of county records.3
Last Edited9 Feb 2002

Citations

  1. [S159] Don Shankle and Kim Stevens, "Lunenburg Births, Marriages and Deaths", June 19, 1999.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, where her death date is "1830's."
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 5.

Joseph Bezanson

M, #18, b. 1777, d. 26 January 1849
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 003.1
FatherJean Jacques Jacob Bezanson b. 1754, d. 1806
MotherAnna Maria Ley b. 27 Aug 1758, d. c 1835

Family

Sarah Garish Pulsifer b. 7 Jun 1781, d. 23 Sep 1865
Children
RelationshipGrandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Joseph Bezanson was born in 1777 at Chester, Nova Scotia.2 He was baptized on 28 November 1777 at Lunenburg.3 He married Sarah Garish Pulsifer on 16 April 1799 at Chester, Nova Scotia. She was 17. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.4,5,6 Chris Fretwell has the date of marriage as April 17, 1797. Joseph Bezanson died on 26 January 1849 at Chester, Nova Scotia.2,7 He was buried in Old Burial Ground, Chester, Nova Scotia.7

     Obituary from The Christian Messenger (Halifax), 9 February 1849:
Died, at Chester, in the 72nd year of his age, Mr. Joseph Bezanson. Although Mr. B. was advanced in years, he was very healthy and active until shortly before his death, which was very sudden and unexpected. He took his breakfast on Thursday, 25th inst., in his usual health, after which he took his axe and went to the woods to work as was his custom. About two hours after, a young man who was passing near where he had been at work, heard a call from some one as though in want of help. He followed the sound, and found Mr. B. in a state of great weakness, and without the power of helping himself. He soon obtained assistance, and got him to his home. In a few hours, however, he lost the use of all his faculties.

He continued to breathe until Friday morning, the 26th, when, as we humbly hope, his emancipated spirit was borne by angels to Abraham’s bosom. Mr. B. professed religion a number of years ago in connection with the Baptist church, and continued a zealous supporter of the gospel, and advocate for the truth, till the time of his death. He has left a widow and large family of children and grand children to mourn their loss. Mr. B. was among the oldest inhabitants of this township, and was esteemed by all as a respectable member of the community. - Communicated by James Mosher, Esq. Chester, Jan. 31, 1849.8
Last Edited8 Oct 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 3.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 3.
  4. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 113.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 3, where the date is given as 16 Apr 1799.
  6. [S184] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Marriages", June 20, 1999, Joseph's surname is spelled "Bayzanson", and the date is given as 10 Nov 1799. That is the same date as Joseph's brother Gideon's marriage to Mary Pulsifer, and there are at least two other dates reported for the marriage. Recorded 29 Mar 1806.
  7. [S330] George Newbury, "Old Burial Ground, Chester, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia", January 16, 2000, Surname=BEZANSON, Givenname=Joseph, Dates=d Jan 26, 1849, Age=71 yrs.
  8. [S2] Joseph Bezanson Death Notice, Christian Messenger (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 9 February 1849.

Alexander Bezanson

M, #19, b. 10 July 1779, d. between 1825 and 1826
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 004.1
FatherJean Jacques Jacob Bezanson b. 1754, d. 1806
MotherAnna Maria Ley b. 27 Aug 1758, d. c 1835

Family 1

Catherine Sweinhammer
Children

Family 2

Anna Barbara Lantz b. 2 Mar 1786, d. 17 Jun 1865
Children
RelationshipGrandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Alexander Bezanson was born on 10 July 1779.2 He was baptized on 18 July 1779.3 He lived at Middle River, Nova Scotia. He married Catherine Sweinhammer on 17 May 1803. He was 23.3 Alexander Bezanson married Anna Barbara Lantz on 8 November 1808 at Chester, Nova Scotia. He was 29. She was 22. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.3,4,5 Alexander Bezanson died between 1825 and 1826.6

     From Bezansons from Nova Scotia:
It would appear that after Jean Jacques Jacob's death his family remained in the Chester area for about 15 years, and possibly did not go their separate ways until after their mother died. Alexander remained on the homestead. He bought out the interests of several of the others.7
Last Edited24 Apr 2004

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  2. [S40] Karen Farmer, citing Chris Fretwell, 2, 4.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 4.
  4. [S184] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Marriages", June 20, 1999.
  5. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 118.
  6. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2, 4.
  7. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 9.

Gideon Bezanson

M, #20, b. 4 February 1783, d. before 1818
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 006.1
FatherJean Jacques Jacob Bezanson b. 1754, d. 1806
MotherAnna Maria Ley b. 27 Aug 1758, d. c 1835

Family

Mary Pulsifer b. 4 Apr 1789, d. 23 Nov 1854
Children
RelationshipGrandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Gideon Bezanson was born on 4 February 1783 at Chester, Nova Scotia.1,2 He was baptized on 5 February 1783.3 He married Mary Pulsifer on 29 October 1805 at Baptist Church, Chester Basin, Nova Scotia. He was 22. She was 16. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Joseph Dimock.4,5 Gideon Bezanson died before 1818.1,6
Last Edited24 Apr 2004

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 2.
  2. [S40] Karen Farmer, citing Chris Fretwell.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 6.
  4. [S184] Lunenburg County GenWeb Project, "Chester Township Book - Marriages", June 20, 1999, Gideon's name is spelled "Gedion Bayzanson". The date is given as 10 Nov 1805. That is the same date as the entry for Gideon's brother Joseph's marriage to Sarah Garish Pulsifer. Recorded 29 Mar 1806.
  5. [S630] George E. Levy, Diary of Joseph Dimock, 116, where the marriage date is "Oct 29th 1803" but the entry also includes the note, "was published for the last time 20th of Oct 1805" and the entry appears sequentially between other entries in October of 1805, not 1803.
  6. [S36] Karen Farmer, citing Elaine Hoare, 2.