Daisy Henderson1

F, #20762, b. 1915, d. 19 February 1994

Family

Isaac Leroy Bezanson b. 26 Nov 1898, d. 4 Apr 1976
Child
     Daisy Henderson was born in 1915 at Alford, Scotland.2,1,3 She married Isaac Leroy Bezanson.2,1 Daisy Henderson died on 19 February 1994.2,3 She was buried in Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Nova Scotia.3

     Obituary from The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 21 February 1994:
BEZANSON, Daisy Brownie - 78, Halifax, died February 19, 1994, at home.

Born in Alford, Scotland, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Brownie) Henderson. She came to Canada in 1950 and lived for many years in the Annapolis Valley. In her later years she lived with her daughter. She was an adherent of Knox Presbyterian Church, Roome Street, Halifax.

She is survived by a daughter, Peggy (Mrs. John McLeod), Halifax; a granddaughter, Alice; two grandsons, Eric, Ian; sister, Mary (Mrs. George Fyvie), Scotland.

She was predeceased by her husband, Isaac L; four sisters.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in Knox Presbyterian Church, Rev. L. George Macdonald officiating. A spring graveside committal service will be in Berwick.2
Last Edited22 Apr 2019

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84, 168.
  2. [S2] Daisy Brownie Bezanson Death Notice, The Halifax Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 21 February 1994.
  3. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, Berwick Cemetery, Section 10, Stone 156, "Isaac L. Bezanson, 1898-1976, his wife Daisy B. Henderson, 1915-1994."
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 168.

Margaret Virginia Bezanson1,2

F, #20763, b. 26 March 1947, d. 6 March 2021
Father*Isaac Leroy Bezanson2 b. 26 Nov 1898, d. 4 Apr 1976
Mother*Daisy Henderson2 b. 1915, d. 19 Feb 1994

Family

John McLeod
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Margaret Virginia Bezanson was also known as Peggy.3 She was born on 26 March 1947.1 She married John McLeod.3 Margaret Virginia Bezanson died on 6 March 2021 at age 73.1

     Obituary from The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 26 March 2021:
Peggy Mcleod

The family of Peggy McLeod sorrowfully announces her passing on March 6, 2021, at home in comfort and peace, with her family by her side. She did not suffer in her last days and was not alone. Born Margaret Virginia Bezanson on March 26, 1947, the only child of Isaac and Daisy (Henderson) Bezanson, Peggy is survived by her husband, John McLeod; children, Alice, Eric, and Ian McLeod; grandson, Callum McLeod; daughter-in-law, Debbie MacKenzie; son-in-law, Dave McLeod; and many more friends and family who loved her. A memorial will be held in later months when travel is easier, and she can be can be memorialized now by simply passing on a kindness to others or taking a moment to appreciate the new spring flowers. A much longer remembrance and celebration of her life is available at the following web address, but if you read only so far then know this: Peggy never wanted more in life than family and friends to love, a garden to tend, and a good book to read - and these things she had. We love you Mom, and we know you love us.1


     Obituary:
Peggy McLeod

March 26, 1947 – March 6, 2021

On November 9th, 2020, Peggy McLeod visited her garden one last time. Warm air blown in from the tropics gave the feeling of a spring day as she directed her youngest son Ian to take her around. They talked with each other and commented on what they saw and when Peggy was satisfied (but not before) with having seen enough she asked her son to take her to another section of the garden. When afternoon verged on evening and the sunlight turned golden Peggy stood up from her wheelchair and crouched among her plants. As she had done so many times before she gathered dried flowers, sticks, and grasses to bring into the house. The air outside turned cold but inside was warm and Peggy enjoyed a home cooked meal with her husband and son with two large vases of fresh-picked flowers set on the table. Four months later, peacefully and with family, she would pass on.

“If of thy worldly gifts thou art bereft,

and two loaves alone to thee are left.

Sell one and with the dole,

buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.”

Peggy was born March 26th, 1947, in a small town in Scotland, only child of Daisy (Henderson) Bezanson, a Scottish War Bride, and Nova Scotia Annapolis Valley North Mountain native Isaac Bezanson, then continuing his service in the wartime Forestry Corps, taking down a number of temporary Scottish sawmills for shipment to Europe's postwar reconstruction effort. “Ike” Bezanson had also served with distinction in the First World War.

In 1950 the little family shipped out to Canada, landing not at Pier 21 but the newly Canadian port of St. John's Newfoundland, then on to tiny Greenwood Square in the central Annapolis Valley, which was almost completely surrounded by the new CFB Greenwood air base. Peggy often talked fondly of her childhood there; of games played with the other children, of trips to the Bay of Fundy coast where Ike had a seaside cottage, and of colourful local characters at the Square. She treasured the mementos and memories she saved from this time.

After the Square was swallowed up by the air base Peggy and her parents moved to a little house on Ward Road, across from the Tasty Twirl and not far from the air base's main gate. She distinguished herself at the Independent Baptist Kingston Bible College Academy (primary to grade 12) on Bridge Street, which was only a five minute stroll cutting through the woods. Following her high school graduation, and more-or-less simultaneously, she took teacher training at the historic Provincial Normal School at Truro (now home to the Colchester East Hants Regional Library), taught at Middleton's Macdonald Consolidated School (where one of the other teacher's group violin lessons nearly drove her buggy over lunch hours; it’s now a museum), and completed a bachelor's at Acadia (Plant Biology with a minor in English, combining arts and science like her daughter did in her degree).

Peggy then accepted a one year teaching post with the Grenfell Mission on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula near Dear Lake, where she boarded with the local fisheries officer, occasionally passing on inscrutable complaints phoned in by the local fishers. He gifted her with an official seal hunting licence for that year which she always kept. No whitecoat seal pups were harmed.
The next year she spent teaching at a parochial high school sited at a former Bomarc missile base in southern Saskatchewan. That took her to around 1973, when she returned to Acadia and a job as library assistant at the Huggins Science Library, so as to be closer to her parents and Fahrenheit temperatures greater than Celsius ones.

Peggy was introduced to her future husband John by a mutual acquaintance in the summer of '75 and they started dating late that year, his last at Acadia where he was finishing a belated bachelor's. Unfortunately Ike died in early April at Greenwood only shortly before John would have met him but Peggy had John to comfort her and their whirlwind courtship continued. John's May '76 Acadia Convocation gave a chance for Peggy to briefly meet his parents, then he and Peggy drove to Lexington days after the American Bi-Centennial and she charmed his Massachusetts relatives and friends. Several of them made it up for the small private ceremony the next month, August, next door to the Ward Road home at the home of a couple who were Ike and Daisy's close friends. It was the hottest day Environment Canada had recorded in Nova Scotia to that time and the Best Man, one of John's brothers, was wearing a double-breasted wool suit.

Peggy moved with John the next month, September 1976, to a tiny apartment on Springvale Avenue in west end Halifax (golf balls from Ashburn's 17th tee hit the wall daily). Daughter Alice soon arrived and Daisy sold her Greenwood home to help the four of them — Peggy, mother, husband, daughter — live together on a quiet street near St. Stephen's School on Halifax peninsula's North End, starting in early 1979. Peggy dwelt on that street for the rest of her days.

“And meeting so many neighbours. We met so many neighbours! It was a marvellous afternoon.”

Peggy’s life could be talked about in terms of her loves. She loved her parents, husband, children, and grandson. She loved her daughter-in-law Debbie and her son-in-law Dave. She loved her best friend Valerie. She loved her other friends and neighbours. She loved her cats Princess Puss and the ferocious (so he thought) Pumpkin Feathers. Peggy loved teaching. She loved plant biology. She loved all books and especially mystery novels and scifi and non-fiction. She loved her garden and flowers and cats and birds and nature. She loved puttering about the house and walking around the neighbourhood, especially to look in on people's gardens over at the Hydrostone. Peggy loved charity and her community. She loved her since-consolidated tiny Knox Presbyterian Church on nearby Roome Street. She loved going to yard sales with her best friend. She loved getting a good deal. She loved her Scottish heritage. Peggy loved crafts and making things to give to friends and family. She loved her collections of “stuff” and antiques. Peggy loved her teddy bear Teddsy who was a comforting presence in her bed every night and who now stays in her son Ian’s bed. She loved more than could fill this page.

Most of all Peggy loved and was devoted to her children. She was determined that they would be safe and secure and well educated. She fought zealously for them and supported them always. They were the great joy of her life and she was so happy to welcome her daughter-in-law and son-in-law as well as her first grandson into the family. The frequent visits and conversations with her children (including her children-in-law and her grandson), as well as news and pictures from their lives, were always cherished by her.

“Little brother Eric was in the driveway with us having lots of fun riding his HotWheel back and forth through the puddle. The puddles worked even better to see the eclipse than the pinhole camera. It was indeed fascinating to see that succession. Alice may have learned more than she ever wanted to know! But she learned a lot about an eclipse. She enjoyed finding out so much about our solar system.”
Peggy had cared for her mother in Daisy's later years and Peggy’s love for her parents, her husband, her children, her friends, and her community was returned when she herself needed care. In 2014, much to Peggy’s joy, her son Ian returned from the west coast to stay with and care for her along with her husband John, who was with her throughout their marriage, seldom away for more than a few days at a stretch. With love and care from them and from other family and friends across the city and the world, Peggy lived the most comfortable life she could. She never had to spend a single night outside of her home in her final years and every day and night was spent together with her beloved family.

“Real love stories never have endings.”

Peggy’s last day was spent comfortably and in the company of her husband John and son Ian. It was an ordinary and peaceful day. She had slept well the night before and had a good amount to eat and drink during the day. Either her husband or her son or both were at her side at all times. She was told she was loved and had lots of hugs. Shortly before 7pm on March 6th, 2021, while she was sitting together with her husband and son, being held by her son and listening to some of her favourite music, with one of her favourite songs having just finished, Peggy McLeod passed peacefully and suddenly in the space of two quick breaths. Within the hour her home was filled with family and friends crying and reminiscing and comforting each other while celebrating the life of a beloved friend, wife, and mother.

“This cup is supposed to have belonged to Queen Victoria. A relative of my mother’s (an aunt, maybe?) had worked as a maid at Balmoral. Queen Victoria liked a big breakfast cup, but when this one got cracked, the Queen could no longer use it. So (with or without permission) a servant took it home.”

When a person dies one of the most important things their loved ones need, aside from hugs and food and baked sweets, are documents. Information that you could have asked a person for a week ago suddenly needs to be dug up from long untouched and half-forgotten storage spaces. This is an unexpected blessing, though, because it gives a chance to find the ephemera and nostalgic items of a loved one’s life.

John and Ian have written this notice together but I (Ian) would like to share something from the days following Mom’s passing. Looking for a copy of Mom’s will I found so many things that made me smile and brought me comfort. I found some mementos from dates her and Dad went on when they first met (a couple pins from a carnival, a menu from some event) as well as notes she had written and other things she had saved. Some of these I’ve included here: a poem she was trying to remember in 2017 that I looked up for her and saved because she liked it; an excerpt from a thank you note she wrote to a neighbour who hosted the end of summer block party she had so much fun attending; an excerpt from a 2018 letter to Dad’s cousin where she mentioned a recent eclipse and reminisced about one she helped her kids see (she helped her kids view more than one eclipse, in fact, including one where the school had wanted to keep all the students inside with the curtains shut); a page for the first full day of spring from a 2008 quote-of-the-day calendar that had presumably been a gift from her best friend which she had saved (in true Scottish fashion) to use as note paper years later (and which we had been using for grocery lists); a hand-written note Mom had left folded up in a tea cup which, according to family lore, had belonged to Queen Victoria and of which Mom was very proud; and a couple more, which I’ll explain as we come to them.

These items are comforting not only by their association with Mom but through the simple truth they remind us of: that a person’s life is not confined to their body because everything they touch and everyone they love carries a bit of their spirit and memory with them. Mom did so much in her life and she so deeply cared for and loved so many of us. As long as the gifted and wind-blown seeds of her garden still bloom, and as long as those she loved and who loved her carry her in their hearts, she will live on.

“If you wish to make a donation in memory of — please consider the — fund, or simply remember to pass on a kindness to others whenever you can.” (From handwritten notes attached to some clipped excerpts from newspaper obituaries, presumably to help with drafting one for someone else.)

I would like to end with another personal note and a poem, but first, I’ll list the details of one’s life that are traditional to include. Peggy McLeod was born Margaret Virginia Bezanson on March 26th, 1947, to Isaac and Daisy Bezanson. She chose the name Peggy out of preference (she never wanted to be called Margaret, and made sure to give her children simple first names that only had one form) and she acquired the name McLeod out of love. She is survived by her husband John McLeod; by her daughter Alice McLeod, her son-in-law Dave McLeod, and her grandson Callum McLeod; by her eldest son Eric McLeod and her daughter-in-law Debbie MacKenzie; and by her youngest son Ian McLeod. She passed away in comfort and peace with family by her side on March 6th, 2021, at the age of 73. A memorial will be held in later months when travel is easier.

Peggy was an only child of late marrying parents but had many distant cousins including two she frequently exchanged letters with, the late Margaret (Mrs. Wendell) Pineo of Kingston and MaryLee (Mrs. Roger) Eisnor of Wilmot, both towns close to Greenwood.

Some of her favourite charities include Phoenix House, Mission to Seafarers, and especially the food bank for the students at the Atrium, NSCC Institute of Technology campus in her neighbourhood. Donations to any of these in her memory or others of your choice would be appropriate if you so desire or, as Peggy said, “simply remember to pass on a kindness to others whenever you can.” Her husband John also adds that Peggy always loved wildflowers and if you want to bring some into your home in her memory, even just clover or dandelions (both much beloved by friend Valerie's rabbit in former years), that would be a thoughtful way to remember her.

I (Ian writing again) said I would like to add another personal note. I lived with and cared for Mom for more than six years from 2014 to 2021 and I’m thankful without reservation that I had the opportunity to do so. Mom, I would have cared for you every day of the rest of my life if you needed it and never for a day regretted that decision. You gave us so much love and support and I’m so happy that we all were able to return that love and support when you needed us most. In a life that led me to be able to care for you I can look back and regret nothing, and in my life ahead you support me now with the gifts of your love and of the wisdom and strength I gained in caring for you. You are so much more than can be captured in these few words.

I also said there would be another poem. For years now it had been Mom’s habit to pick up a small brown-leather gilt-edged century-old book of Tennyson’s poetry to read and memorize when she wanted comfort or to exercise her mind. The book was often to be found sitting on the small table between the couch and Alice's old piano, perhaps with her glasses placed on top of the book while she napped. Poetry is a comfort to family as well in a time like this and I wanted to find something appropriate from that collection that could be read aloud by Dad, as he had so often read to Mom before, whenever we needed it. At the time of writing Dad has read this poem aloud once when he, Debbie, Eric, and I viewed Mom one final time before her cremation. Lying peacefully, her childhood bear and security blanket resting on her chest, wearing her most comfortable clothes, Mom heard Dad read to her:

Not wholly in the busy world, nor quite

Beyond it, blooms the garden that I love.

News from the humming city comes to it

In sound of funeral or of marriage bells;

And, sitting muffled in dark leaves, you hear

The windy clanging of the minster clock;

Although between it and the garden lies

A league of grass, wash'd by a slow broad stream,

That, stirr'd with languid pulses of the oar,

Waves all its lazy lillies, and creeps on,

Barge-laden, to three arches of a bridge

Crown'd with the minster-towers.

(from The Gardener's Daughter)

We love you Mom, and we know you love us.4
Last Edited26 Mar 2021

Citations

  1. [S2] Peggy Mcleod Death Notice, The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 26 March 2021.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 168.
  3. [S2] Daisy Brownie Bezanson Death Notice, The Halifax Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 21 February 1994.
  4. [S2] Peggy McLeod Death Notice, Dignitiy Memorial (DignityMemorial.com), 26 March 2021.

John Milton Bezanson1,2

M, #20764, b. 1901, d. 1992
Reference: Bezansons from Nova Scotia ID # 275.4
Father*William C. Bezanson3 b. 6 Apr 1857, d. 14 Nov 1938
Mother*Ada Celestia Margeson3 b. 15 Oct 1859, d. 15 Dec 1904

Family

Grace Bell Gould b. 21 Aug 1906, d. 27 May 2015
Child
Relationship3rd great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     John Milton Bezanson was born in 1901.5,2 He married Grace Bell Gould.6 John Milton Bezanson was an heir to the estate of William C. Bezanson.7 John Milton Bezanson died in 1992.2

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1901
1910
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Death
1992

Census, Residence

Census1911John Milton Bezanson appeared on the census of 1911 at Garland, Nova Scotia, in the household of William C. Bezanson with Margaret Ella Bezanson, Lily N. Bezanson, William C. Bezanson and Isaac Leroy Bezanson.8
LivedJohn Milton Bezanson lived in Garland, Nova Scotia.6
Last Edited16 Sep 2004

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84, 169, which does not include his middle name.
  2. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, Berwick Cemetery, Section 10, Stone 159, "John Milton Bezanson, 1901-1992, his wife, Grace Belle, 1906-."
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84, 169.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84, 169, where the birth date is "1900."
  6. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 169.
  7. [S352] Family History Committee, Probate Records of Kings County, BEZANSON, William, Date=14 Nov 1938, PlaceOfDeath=Berwick, Residence=Garland, FileID=ADM B-271.
  8. [S5] 1911 Canadian Census; Kings, Nova Scotia; Family: 71; Page: 7.

Grace Bell Gould1,2

F, #20765, b. 21 August 1906, d. 27 May 2015

Family

John Milton Bezanson b. 1901, d. 1992
Child
Grace Belle (Gould) Bezanson
     Grace Bell Gould was born on 21 August 1906 at Garland, Nova Scotia.3,2 She married John Milton Bezanson.4 Grace Bell Gould died on 27 May 2015 at Wolfville Nursing Home, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, at age 108.3 She was buried on 3 June 2015 in Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Nova Scotia.3,2

     Obituary, 29 May 2015:
BEZANSON, Grace Belle, 108 of Garland passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Wolfville Nursing Home.

Born on August 21, 1906 in Garland, she was a daughter of the late Samual and Stella (Hiltz) Gould. Grace in her younger years enjoyed her love of walking in her garden and her passion for baking.

She is survived by daughter Thelma Parker, Calgary; sister Reta Rafuse, Wolfville; daughter-in-law Alice, Garland; grandchildren Julie Carole Vincent (Jason Lawrence), Ruth Ann Manganaro, Gaia Parker, Bradley Bezanson, Jeannette Bezanson (Robert Doyle); great-grandchildren Courtney Vincent, Alex Lingnau, Emillie Lingnau, Esti Manganaro, Joel Manganaro, Carly Weisner, Ashly Weisner and Ava Bernal.

Grace was predeceased by husband John, son William "Bill", sisters Cassie Daniels and Nina Dodge; brothers Carl, Clifford and Archibald. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11:15a.m. at the Berwick Cemetery. Pastor Christina Bigelow officiating.3
Last Edited30 May 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 84, 169, which does not include her middle name.
  2. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, Berwick Cemetery, Section 10, Stone 159, "John Milton Bezanson, 1901-1992, his wife, Grace Belle, 1906-."
  3. [S2] Grace Belle Bezanson Death Notice, Serenity Lindsay Funeral Home (Berwick, Nova Scotia).
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 169.

William Bezanson1

M, #20768, b. 22 May 1933, d. 27 April 2013
Father*John Milton Bezanson1 b. 1901, d. 1992
Mother*Grace Bell Gould1 b. 21 Aug 1906, d. 27 May 2015

Family

Alice Henderson Bell b. c 1936, d. 17 Sep 2018
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
William Bezanson
Image credit: From InMemorium.ca
     William Bezanson was born on 22 May 1933 at Garland, Nova Scotia.2,1 He married Alice Henderson Bell circa 1957.2,1 William Bezanson died on 27 April 2013 at Garland, Nova Scotia, at age 79.2 He was buried in Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Nova Scotia.2

     Death Notice:
BEZANSON, William John “Bill” - 79, Garland, Kings Co., passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Born on May 22, 1933, in Garland, he was a son of Grace B. (Gould) Bezanson, Wolfville Nursing Home, and the late John M. Bezanson. Bill had owned and operated a mixed farm for many years in Garland. He was a member of the Burlington Baptist Church and was the long-time caretaker of the Burlington Cemetery.

Besides his mother he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice H. (Bell) Bezanson; son, Bradley John Bezanson, Harbourville; daughter, Jeannette Marie (Robert Doyle) Bezanson, Kentville; granddaughters, Carly Louise Weisner and Ashly Grace Weisner, both of Kentville, and their father, Ron Weisner, Berwick West; sister, Thelma (the late George) Parker, Calgary, Alta; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bryce Johnstone of DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service (902-538-8317). There will be no visitation. Funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, in the Burlington Baptist Church, 27 Hall Rd., Burlington. Pastors Christina and Tim Bigelow officiating, with burial in the Berwick Cemetery, at a later date.2
Last Edited30 May 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 169.
  2. [S2] William "Bill" Bezanson Death Notice, InMemorium.ca, 27 April 2013.

Alice Henderson Bell1,2,3

F, #20769, b. circa 1936, d. 17 September 2018

Family

William Bezanson b. 22 May 1933, d. 27 Apr 2013
Alice Henderson (Bell) Bezanson
     Alice Henderson Bell was born circa 1936.1 She married William Bezanson circa 1957.2,3 Alice Henderson Bell died on 17 September 2018 at Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, Nova Scotia.1 She was buried on 20 September 2018 in Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, Nova Scotia.1

     Obituary, 19 September 2018:
BEZANSON, Alice Henderson – Age 82, of Berwick and former long-time resident of Garland, Kings Co., passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Blairgowrie, Scotland, she was a daughter of the late Michael Roderick and Catherine Bell.

Alice was an active and well liked member of the community of Garland, where she and her late husband raised their family and operated the family farm. She would always lend a helping hand and was known as the donut and creampuff lady. Alice was employed for 40 years at E.F.R. Enterprises, retiring from management and was an adherent of Burlington Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Jeannette Marie (Robert Doyle) Bezanson, Garland; son, Brad, Harbourville; granddaughters, Carly Louise Weisner, Lunenburg and Ashly Grace (Marc) Weisner, Alberta, and their father, Ron Weisner, Berwick West; sister, Florence Bell, Cambridge Ont; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, William John "Bill" Bezanson; sister, Mary Connolly; brothers, Roderick and William Bell.

There will be no visitation. All are welcome to attend a graveside service that will take place at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20, in Berwick Cemetery, Main St., Berwick, with Pastor Christina Bigelow officiating.1
Last Edited22 Sep 2018

Citations

  1. [S680] Alice Henderson Bezanson Death Notice, Middleton Funeral Home (Middleton, Nova Scotia), accessed 19 September 2018.
  2. [S2] William "Bill" Bezanson Death Notice, InMemorium.ca, 27 April 2013.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 169.

Mary Elizabeth Bezanson1

F, #20775, b. 11 June 1893, d. 30 June 1987
Father*George Wesley Bezanson1 b. 27 Jan 1868, d. 25 Aug 1905
Mother*Jessie Eldora Hopkins1 b. 5 Apr 1875

Family

Henry William Irish b. 1890
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Mary Elizabeth Bezanson was born on 11 June 1893 at Garland, Nova Scotia.2,1 She traveled to Hamilton, New York, with Jessie Eldora Hopkins, Anne Adele Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson and Viola Allen in October 1908.3 Mary Elizabeth Bezanson married Henry William Irish on 22 May 1912. She was 18.1 Mary Elizabeth Bezanson died on 30 June 1987 at Hudson Falls, New York, at age 94.1

Census Summary

1890
Birth
1893
1900
Census
1901
1910
Census
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
Death
1987

Census, Residence

Census1901Mary Elizabeth Bezanson appeared on the census of 1901 at Harbourville, Nova Scotia, in the household of George Wesley Bezanson and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Anne Adele Bezanson.4
Census1910Mary Elizabeth Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at State Street, Verona, New York, in the household of Robert Freeman Allen and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Anne Adele Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson, Viola Allen, Verta Allen and Verna Allen.5
LivedMary Elizabeth Bezanson and Henry William Irish lived in Glen Falls, New York.1
Last Edited10 Mar 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 165.
  2. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Bezanson, Mary Elizabeth; Registration Year: 1904; Page: 92202945, a delayed entry from 1 April 1943.
  3. [S692] National Archives and Records Administration, "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956", October 1908, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  4. [S350] Census Records of Kings County (published), 1901, Harbourville, Location=N, Page=4, Line=42-45, Family=43, but Jessie appears as "Hattie J." Other entries match well, however, so I believe that Jessie may have been "Hattie Jessie" or there is some other error. Perhaps Jessie died early in the marriage and George remarried.
  5. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Verona, Oneida, New York; FHL Film: 1375066; Roll: T624_1053; ED: 0169; Page: 8B; Lines: 66-75.

Anne Adele Bezanson1

F, #20776, b. 20 January 1898, d. 18 July 1987
Father*George Wesley Bezanson2 b. 27 Jan 1868, d. 25 Aug 1905
Mother*Jessie Eldora Hopkins2 b. 5 Apr 1875

Family

Albert W. Himmelman
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Anne Adele Bezanson was also known as Anna Adelia Bezanson.2 She was born on 20 January 1898 at Garland, Nova Scotia.1,2 She traveled to Hamilton, New York, with Jessie Eldora Hopkins, Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson and Viola Allen in October 1908.3 Anne Adele Bezanson married Albert W. Himmelman on 10 January 1919. She was 20.2 Anne Adele Bezanson was the informant listed on the death certificate of Arthur Leroy Bezanson who died 16 February 1947.4,2 Anne Adele Bezanson died on 18 July 1987 at Lunenburg at age 89.2

Census Summary

1890
Birth
1898
1900
Census
1901
1910
Census
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
Death
1987

Census, Residence

Census1901Anne Adele Bezanson appeared on the census of 1901 at Harbourville, Nova Scotia, in the household of George Wesley Bezanson and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Mary Elizabeth Bezanson.5
Census1910Anne Adele Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at State Street, Verona, New York, in the household of Robert Freeman Allen and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson, Viola Allen, Verta Allen and Verna Allen.6
Last Edited11 Mar 2014

Citations

  1. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Bezanson, Anne Adele; Registration Year: 1898; Page: 99000108; a delayed entry recorded 31 December 1946.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 165.
  3. [S692] National Archives and Records Administration, "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956", October 1908, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  4. [S14] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Death Registrations", Bezanson, Arthur Leroy; Registration Year: 1947; Page: 1999.
  5. [S350] Census Records of Kings County (published), 1901, Harbourville, Location=N, Page=4, Line=42-45, Family=43, but Jessie appears as "Hattie J." Other entries match well, however, so I believe that Jessie may have been "Hattie Jessie" or there is some other error. Perhaps Jessie died early in the marriage and George remarried.
  6. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Verona, Oneida, New York; FHL Film: 1375066; Roll: T624_1053; ED: 0169; Page: 8B; Lines: 66-75.

Arthur Leroy Bezanson1

M, #20777, b. 1 May 1902, d. 16 February 1947
Father*George Wesley Bezanson1 b. 27 Jan 1868, d. 25 Aug 1905
Mother*Jessie Eldora Hopkins1 b. 5 Apr 1875
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Arthur Leroy Bezanson was born on 1 May 1902 at Garland, Nova Scotia.2,1,3 He traveled to Hamilton, New York, with Jessie Eldora Hopkins, Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Anne Adele Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson and Viola Allen in October 1908.4 Arthur Leroy Bezanson died on or before 16 February 1947 at Garland, Nova Scotia, at age 44 when "he became lost returning home to Garland from the Valley, and was found several days later by searchers." His death certificate states that he was last seen alive on 26 December 1946 and that his body was found on 16 February 1947. The informant on his death certificate was Anne Adele Bezanson.5,1 The cause of death was exposure to the elements and his death certificate also says that he froze to death.5 His estate was probated at Kings County, Nova Scotia.6 Arthur Leroy Bezanson was buried in Burlington Cemetery, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.3

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1902
1910
Census
1910
1920
1930
1940
Death
1947

Census, Residence

Census1910Arthur Leroy Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at State Street, Verona, New York, in the household of Robert Freeman Allen and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Anne Adele Bezanson, Emma May Bezanson, Viola Allen, Verta Allen and Verna Allen.7
Last Edited15 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 165.
  2. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Bezanson, Arthur Leroy; Registration Year: 1904; Page: 71100747; a delayed entry recorded 12 August 1931.
  3. [S351] Family History Committee, Cemetery Records of Kings County, Burlington Cemetery, Cornwallis, Section 1, Stone 70, "Arthur L son of George W Bezanson, 1902-1947."
  4. [S692] National Archives and Records Administration, "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956", October 1908, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  5. [S14] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Death Registrations", Bezanson, Arthur Leroy; Registration Year: 1947; Page: 1999.
  6. [S352] Family History Committee, Probate Records of Kings County, BEZANSON, Arthur Leroy, Date=16 Feb 1947, PlaceOfDeath=Berwick, Residence=Berwick, FileID=ADM B-313.
  7. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Verona, Oneida, New York; FHL Film: 1375066; Roll: T624_1053; ED: 0169; Page: 8B; Lines: 66-75.

Emma May Bezanson1,2

F, #20778, b. 1 May 1902
Father*George Wesley Bezanson2 b. 27 Jan 1868, d. 25 Aug 1905
Mother*Jessie Eldora Hopkins2 b. 5 Apr 1875

Family

Carl Welling Travis
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Emma May Bezanson was born on 1 May 1902 at Garland, Nova Scotia.1,2 She traveled to Hamilton, New York, with Jessie Eldora Hopkins, Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Anne Adele Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson and Viola Allen in October 1908.3 Emma May Bezanson married Carl Welling Travis on 20 June 1922. She was 20.2

Census Summary

1900
Birth
1902
1910
Census
1910
1920
Census
1921

Census, Residence

Census1910Emma May Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at State Street, Verona, New York, in the household of Robert Freeman Allen and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Anne Adele Bezanson, Arthur Leroy Bezanson, Viola Allen, Verta Allen and Verna Allen.4
Census1921Emma May Bezanson appeared on the census of 1921 at York Street, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, in the household of Robert Freeman Allen and Jessie Eldora Hopkins with Viola Allen, Verla Allen, Verna Allen and Roy Allen.5
Last Edited17 Mar 2014

Citations

  1. [S12] Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM), "Birth Registrations", Bezanson, Emma May; Registration Year: 1904; Page: 69000188; a delayed entry recorded 20 August 1927.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 165.
  3. [S692] National Archives and Records Administration, "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956", October 1908, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  4. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Verona, Oneida, New York; FHL Film: 1375066; Roll: T624_1053; ED: 0169; Page: 8B; Lines: 66-75.
  5. [S5] 1921 Canadian Census; Glace Bay (Town), Cape Breton South and Richmond, Nova Scotia; Sub-District: 28; Page: 4; Lines:.