George Victor Bezanson1,2

M, #8887, b. 15 January 1871, d. 14 May 1965
FatherGeorge Bezanson2 b. 1846, d. 1870
MotherElizabeth Mason2 b. c 1850


Annie M. White b. Oct 1876, d. Aug 1961
Relationship2nd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     George Victor Bezanson was also known as Josh Mason. He was born on 15 January 1871 at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.1,3,2 He married Annie M. White on 26 June 1895 at Boston, Massachusetts. He was 24. She was 18.4,5 George Victor Bezanson was a paper hanger according to the census of 1900.5 He died on 14 May 1965 at Massachusetts at age 94.6,7 He was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, 145 Boston Street, Lynn, Massachusetts.6
     According to Dorothy Evans, after George Victor Bezanson's father died in an accident, his mother remarried and George was raised by his maternal grandparents. During that time he was known as Josh Mason. He later moved to the U.S. and lived there under his birth name.2

     George Victor Bezanson was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) on 25 August 1893:

Then Teresa Hyson Let the Vitriol Fly.

Recreant Lover the Object of Her Attack.

His Silence Goaded Her to Desperation.

Attacked Him While He Was on His Knees.

Lynn Treated to a Story of Ill-Requited Affection.

LYNN, Aug 24--Becanse he refused to marry her, Teresa Hyson threw vitriol in the face of George V. Bezanson this afternoon. marking him for life.

Bezanson is a paper hanger, and was at work in the new residence of James F. Manning., 26 Beacon Hill av. The assault was committed as he was on his knees sawing moulding, the fiery liquid striking the left side of his face, running down his neck and spattering on his arms and hands.

Wherever it struck it burned the flesh white. A quantity fell on his right knee, burning through the clothing and scorching the flesh beneath.

Fortunately for Bezanson his eyes escaped injury.

The Hyson girl came to the house between 2 and 3 o'clock. She rang the bell and Bezanson went to the door.

The house is a new one and everything was ready with the exception of wall finish for the Manning family's residence.

For over an hour Miss Hyson remained In the room where Bezanson was at work, upbraiding him for his desertion of her. Finally she asked him what time it was, remarking that she wanted to take a train for Boston, and then in a breath, she cried:

"I'll fix you for not answering my question."

Her right band, in which the vitriol bottle was firmly grasped, flew out and its contents

Fell on the Kneeling Workman.

The girl turned and fled from the house, disappearing down the steep incline of Beacon Hill av to Washington st.

John W. Calef, a fellow-workman of Bezanson's and with whom he boards at 58 Tremont at, was in the next room, and hear-ing a scream of pain went to Bezanson's assistance.

Councilman William F. Goldsmith was driving by when she two men emerged on the street, and took them to the police station in his carriage. Bezanson was removed from the station to the hospital, where his burns were dressed. He was then sent to bis boarding place.

The police at once instituted a search for the girl. She was found at 6 o'clock in the house of a family named Eaton on Denver st, East Saugus, by patrolman Ed Smith of Lynn, who was accompanied be chief Frank Joy of the Saugus police and Mr Calef, who identified Miss Hyson.

At the Lynn station she gave the reasons for her act and matters that led up to it to a Globe reporter.

Teresa in 25 years of age, of slight build, with sallow face in which two great blue-gray eyes shone with self-confidence and traces of lingering anger during the interview. She wore a pretty pearl-gray cloak over a figured dress, and a hat to match the cloak in color.

"We are both natives of Nova Scotia," the said, referring to her backward lover. "I was born In England River and be in Hammonds Plains.

"I became acquainted with him in Halifax three years ago. I met him there several times, and when he came on to the states I followed him, going to work in the family of his uncle. Phineas Moxcey of 16 Dudley st, Haverhill.

"He made love to me and promised to marry me. His aunt objected to the match because I was a servant girl. He asked me once to elope with him, but I refused.

"Last March I left the Moxceys and went to a family at 15 Summer st, Haverhill. George came there fremently to see me. He told me he was going to Lynn.

"After he arrived here lie wrote me to come to Lynn. I have two of his letters in my trunk, in which he said: 'Let Haverhill go to the deuce and come to Lynn.'

"I came here, as he requested, and went to work in his boarding place, the Calefs. I noticed no change in his feelings toward me until after I returned from Halifax.

"I went to Halifax July 25. George saw me off on the train and

Kissed Me Goodbye

"I came back Aug 4 and went to the Calefs. I got a very cool reception from George. When I asked him if he would walk out with me that evening he said I had better get some other man to go with me.

"After tnat he refused to marry me, tough he knows I am in trouble. I went to work in Saugus, and every time I saw George I pleaded with him to marry me, but he would either give we no answer or would refuse every time.

"I made up my mind to see him today. I bad souse vitriol that I used to clean my hands, mixed with sawdust. I took the bottle along, hardly knowing whether I would use it or not.

"When I got to the house where George was at work he acted so, refusing even to notice me or answer my questions, that I could not control myself. I told him the fix I was in and begged him again to marry me or give me money so that I could go to Boston. He wouldn't answer me at all and I threw the stuff at him.

"I am sorry for it now," said the young woman, who had preserved a calm and tearless demeanor throughout the interview.

To the marshal she gave more minute facts concerning her condition, the responsibility for which she directly charged upon Bezanson.

The injured man was seen at his boarding place. Eie was bound up in cotton wool and bandages, but was free from smarting pain. He has the assurance of the hospital doctor that his burns are not severe and little or no scar will remain.

Bezanson is 28, tall and good-looking, with black eyes and hair. He told the story of the throwing as related above, saying that it came so suddenly that he had no time to avoid the fluid. He said that at no time had be ever offered marriage to Teresa or promised an alliance with her, though she had often pressed him to do so.

"She has threatened to use vitriol on me several times." ho said. "When that account of the Boston fireman being burned came out, she said to me. 'That is what I will do to you, George, if you don't marry me.'"

Regarding the cause of the coolness which Teresa observed after her return from Halifax, Bezanson referred the reporter to his boarding mistress, Mrs John W. Calef.

That lady made the remarkable statement that Teresa on the day of her departure to Halifax, said to her that if George did not agree to marry her she would "get herself into such a fix before she came back that he would have to."

Mrs Calef was prepared to swear to this an the stand in behalf of her boarder.

Miss Hyson was locked up tonight under the care of the police station matron to answer to the charge of felonious assault. She will appear before Judge Berry this morning, and Bezanson will appear also.8

     George Victor Bezanson was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) on 25 August 1893:

Theresa Hyson Pleaded Guilty of Charge.

She Threw Burning Acid in the Fac of Paper Hanger Bezanson.

He Said They Kept Company Two Years Without Any Impropriety.

LYNN, Aug 25 -- Theresa Hyson, the domestic who last night threw vitriol into the face of George Bezanson, a paper hanger, who was in front of Beacon Hilt av, Lynn, was arraigned in the local police court this morning on the charge of assault and battery with malicious intent to burn with vitriol.

She pleaded guilty, and then the evidence was heard by Judge Berry. He held the girl in bonds of $300 until tomorrow, when he will pass sentence.

Dr Parcher of the Lynn hospital was the first witness. He stated that the man had been burned by vitriol on the left side of the face, neck and also on the knee.

He could not state positively whether or not he would be scarred for life, or whether the burn would be a serious one.

Bezanson testified that be had known the Hyson girl for about two years.

"I might have been considered as keeping her company all that time, but not improperly. Yesterday I was at work papering a house on Beacon Hill av, owned by Mr Manning., when Miss Hyson called.

"She told me what her condition was, and asked me what time it was, and I told her it was 4 o'clock.

"Before I was aware of any movement on her part she had thrown the vitriol into my face.

"I was standing to the left of her, and the fluid struck the left side of my face and body.

Miss Hyson then left the house, as I supposed, to go to Boston to obtain medicine."

Miss Hyson had no evidence to offer in her defence, and postively refused to tell her story. The judge then continued the case for sentence.

Mrs Lizzie F. Bent of the Essex county Helping Hand society went bail for Miss Hyson, and the latter will remain in her charge until tomorrow. She said the girl had informed her that she had tried to take her own life a short time ago.

It is hinted that tomorrow the girl will secure a warrant for the arrest of Bezanson, charging him with responsibility for her condition.

Throughout the hearing Miss Hyson sat in the prisoner's corner as one in deep thought, never raising her head to see who was about her.

Bezanson sat on the opposite side of the room, his head and wrists done up in white bandages, and nearby was the Lynn hospital physician.

Miss Hyson was given an opportunity to tell her story, but said she did not care to talk.9

     George Victor Bezanson was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) on 26 August 1893:

Theresa Says She Meant to Drink Vitriol.

Doesn't Know Why She Threw It at the Nan She Claimed.

"He Has Taken Carbolic Acid Away from Me."

Refused to Have Their Union Legally Ratified.

Lynn Case Continued Three Weeks for Sentence.

LYNN, Aug 26 -- The vitriol throwing case was called in the local court again this morning, when it was expected that Theresa Hyson, the assailant, would be called for sentence, she having pleaded guilty yesterday.

George V. Bezanson, the victim, was present, and was represented by lawyer E. K. Phillips. Miss Hyson was represented by James H. Fiske.

The court room was crowded with spectators, who were anxious to get a glimpse of the interested parties.

The case was called about 9.30, and Berganson, the victim. was the first witness called.

He said: "I did not know her to speak to in Halifax.

"When I went to Haverhill she followed me and came to my aunt's house, where I was.

"My aunt formerly lived in Halifax, and Miss Hyson knew her there. Both of us lived with her two years.

"When I came to Lynn she followed me and came to my boarding house. I wrote to her to come at the time."

In cross-examination he said, "I was keeping company with her all this time.

"I came from Haverhill to Lynn the latter part of March. I am 32 years of age."

Miss Hyson, the assailant, was next called, and said:

"I am 22 years of age, and have known Bezanson two years, I lived in the same house at Haverhill with him for 10 months.

"We afterward lived at 65 Walnut st, Lynn, and then I went back to Halifax.

"He had improper relations with me all this time.

"Aug 15 I went to see him about my trouble, and told him that I had been true to him as any girl could be, I also told him he had no principle.

"I said this because he would not marry me.

"I went to the house where be was at work again last Thursday. I said circum-stances brought me there. Stayed there an hour.

"I intended to drink the vitriol if be did not marry me.

"Several times before he has taken car-bolic acid away from me when I have attempted to take my life.

"I have had a child by him.

"I don't know what made me throw the vitriol at him."

Lizzie Dodge Bent of the Helping Hand society testified that since yesterday the girl had been staying at her house and sobbed bitterly throughout the day.

"Last night she became hysterical and I almost thought of sending her to the Danvers asylum."

The judge then continued the case for sentence for three weeks, and it will be called again Sept 16.

It was thought that the judge did not have jurisdiction in the case, but from later reports it is said that she will be sentenced by that court. It will probably be a light sentence.10

     George Victor Bezanson was mentioned in an article that appeared in The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) on 9 September 1893:

Miss Teresa Hyson, the young woman who threw vitriol in the face of her lover while he was at work carpentering, has been sent to an insane asylum.11

Census Summary


Census, Residence

Census1871George Victor Bezanson appeared on the census of 1871 in the household of George Mason and Elizabeth Melvin at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.3
Census1881George Victor Bezanson appeared on the census of 1881 in the household of George Mason and Elizabeth Melvin at Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.12
Census1900George Victor Bezanson and Annie M. White appeared on the census of 1900 at 45 Tudor Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, with Elizabeth May Bezanson, George Victor Bezanson and Nelson Luther Bezanson and also with Herman C. Thompson (M, 20), a boarder.5
Census1910George Victor Bezanson and Annie M. White appeared on the census of 1910 at 97 Eutaw Ave, Lynn, Massachusetts, with Elizabeth May Bezanson and George Victor Bezanson.13
Census1920George Victor Bezanson and Annie M. White appeared on the census of 1920 at 34 Pacific Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, with two step-sisters of Annie, Blanch R. White (F, 17) and Elizabeth White (F, 5.)14
Census1930George Victor Bezanson and Annie M. White appeared on the census of 1930 at 187 Andover Street, Danvers, Massachusetts.15
Census1940George Victor Bezanson and Annie M. White appeared on the census of 1940 at 187 Andover Street, Danvers, Massachusetts.16
Last Edited26 Feb 2019


  1. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Bezanson, George Victor; Registration Year: 1871; Book: 1810; Page: 80; Number: 206.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 53.
  3. [S5] 1871 Canadian Census; Hammonds Plains, Halifax West, Nova Scotia; Roll: C-10553; Family: 46; Page: 14.
  4. [S7] New England Historic Genealogical Society, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910", Bezanson, George V; White, Annie; Boston Marriage Register; Year: 1895; Volume: 453; Page: 153.
  5. [S4] 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Lynn Ward 4, Essex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1240644; Roll: 644; ED: 0374; Page: 15A; Lines: 6-11.
  6. [S836] Various Contributors, "Find A Grave", George V. Bezanson, Pine Grove Cemtery, Lynn, Massachusetts; Memorial Number: 34632491.
  7. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 53, "1962."
  8. [S898] ""I'll Fix You."", The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 August 1893, p. 6.
  9. [S898] ""I'll Fix You."", The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 August 1893 (Evening edition), p. 4.
  10. [S898] ""Unwedded Wife."", The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 26 August 1893, p. 8.
  11. [S898] ""LYNN"", The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 9 September 1893, p. 8.
  12. [S5] 1881 Canadian Census; Hammonds Plains, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Roll: C_13169; Family: 8; Page: 2.
  13. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Lynn Ward 3, Essex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1374597; Roll: T624_584; ED: 0380; Page: 9A; Lines: 18-21.
  14. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Lynn Ward 3, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_693; Image: 1034; ED: 156; Page: 7B; Lines: 90-93.
  15. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 2340630; Roll: 895; Image: 638.0; ED: 0029; Page: 18A; Lines: 14-15.
  16. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1579; ED: 5-57; Page: 16A; Lines: 18-19.
  17. [S7] New England Historic Genealogical Society, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910", Bezanson, Elizabeth May; Lynn Birth Register; Year: 1896; Volume: 457; Page: 498.
  18. [S7] New England Historic Genealogical Society, "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910", Bezanson, Nelson Luther; Lynn Birth Register; Year: 1900; Volume: 496; Page: 519.