Lydia Boutilier1

F, #26292, b. circa 1886
Father*David Boutilier1 b. c 1841, d. b 16 Dec 1886
Mother*Sophia Harnish1 b. 7 Aug 1853, d. 13 Jan 1911
     Lydia Boutilier was born circa 1886 at Nova Scotia.1
Last Edited19 Mar 2014

Citations

  1. [S5] 1891 Canadian Census; Mill Cove, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Roll: T-6318; Family: 45; Page: 11; Lines: 21-25; Page: 12; Lines: 1-3.

Rainetta Marshall1,2

F, #26295, b. circa 1882, d. 1964

Family

Stanley Oliver Bezanson b. 12 Nov 1879, d. 15 Feb 1973
Children
     Rainetta Marshall was born circa 1882 at New York.2 She married Stanley Oliver Bezanson circa 1904.3 Rainetta Marshall died in 1964 at Needham, Massachusetts.1

Census Summary

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Census, Residence

Census1910Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall appeared on the census of 1910 at 98 Morris Street, Everett, Massachusetts, with Paul Marshall Bezanson.3
Census1920Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall appeared on the census of 1920 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, with Paul Marshall Bezanson and Walter Everett Bezanson.4
Census1930Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall appeared on the census of 1930 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, with Paul Marshall Bezanson and Walter Everett Bezanson.2
Census1940Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall appeared on the census of 1940 at 213 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, with Paul Marshall Bezanson and Walter Everett Bezanson.5
Last Edited16 Mar 2021

Citations

  1. [S806] Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, "Massachusetts Death Index, 1901-1980", Bezanson, Rainetta (Marshall); Year: 1964.
  2. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 2340670; Roll: 935; Image: 475.0; ED: 0071; Page: 8A; Lines: 28-31.
  3. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Everett Ward 3, Middlesex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1374610; Roll: T624_597; ED: 0808; Page: 7B; Lines: 89-93.
  4. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_723; Image: 125; ED: 212; Page: 4B; Lines: 62-65.
  5. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1628; ED: 11-148; Page: 3B; Lines: 75-78.

Paul Marshall Bezanson1,2

M, #26296, b. 9 June 1909, d. 15 October 1976
Father*Stanley Oliver Bezanson2 b. 12 Nov 1879, d. 15 Feb 1973
Mother*Rainetta Marshall2 b. c 1882, d. 1964

Family

Dorothy E. Cann b. 5 Oct 1908, d. Dec 1969
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Paul Marshall Bezanson was born on 9 June 1909 at Everett, Massachusetts.3,4,2 He registered for the military service draft on 16 October 1940 while living at Needham, Massachusetts, and was described as dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, 5ft 11, 160 pounds. Next of kin was Mrs. Stanley O Bezanson.1 He married Dorothy E. Cann.5 Paul Marshall Bezanson died on 15 October 1976 at age 67.6,5,7

     Obituary from The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 October 1976:
BEZANSON -- Of Ouincy, formerly of Hingham, October 15, Paul M., husband of the late Dorothy (Cann) Bezanson, in his 68th year; father of Polly Hasklns of Hingham, Barbara DeSantis of Quincy, Sue Leery of Weymouth and Lowell Bezanson, formerly of Kingston; brother of Walter Bezanson of N.J. Also survived by 4 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday. October 17 at 2 p.m. at the United First Parish Church, Unitarian, 1306 Hancock St., Quincy Sq. Arrangements by the Downing Cottage Chapel, Hingham, Mass.5

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Census, Residence

Census1910Paul Marshall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at 98 Morris Street, Everett, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall.4
Census1920Paul Marshall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1920 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Walter Everett Bezanson.8
Census1930Paul Marshall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Walter Everett Bezanson.2
Census1940Paul Marshall Bezanson appeared on the census of 1940 at 213 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Walter Everett Bezanson.9
Last Edited16 Mar 2021

Citations

  1. [S879] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), "U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947", Paul Marshall Bezanson; Registration Date: 16 October 1940; Registration Place: Needham, Massachusetts, USA; Birth Date: 9 June 1909; Birth Place: Everett, Massachusetts; Local Board: 106; Serial Number: 1183.
  2. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 2340670; Roll: 935; Image: 475.0; ED: 0071; Page: 8A; Lines: 28-31.
  3. [S939] New England Historic Genealogical Society, "Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840-1915", Paul M Bezanson; Date: 9 June 1909; Everett, Massachusetts; Father: Stanley A Bezanson; Mother: Nettie Marshall.
  4. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Everett Ward 3, Middlesex, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 1374610; Roll: T624_597; ED: 0808; Page: 7B; Lines: 89-93.
  5. [S2] Paul M. Bezanson Death Notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 October 1976, p. 28.
  6. [S742] Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, "Massachusetts Death Index,1970-2003", Paul M Bezanson; Death Date: 15 October 1976; Death Place: Braintree; Certificate: 045285; Birth Place: Massachusetts.
  7. [S3] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Paul Bezanson; Birth: 9 July 1909; Death: October 1976; Last Residence: 02169, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA; Issue State: Massachusetts; Issue Year: Before 1951.
  8. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_723; Image: 125; ED: 212; Page: 4B; Lines: 62-65.
  9. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1628; ED: 11-148; Page: 3B; Lines: 75-78.

Walter Everett Bezanson1,2

M, #26297, b. 19 June 1912, d. 5 February 2011
Father*Stanley Oliver Bezanson2 b. 12 Nov 1879, d. 15 Feb 1973
Mother*Rainetta Marshall2 b. c 1882, d. 1964

Family 1

Beryl F. Briggs

Family 2

Jean Maxwell

Family 3

Gail Coffler
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
Walter Everett Bezanson
Image credit: From Legacy.com / The Boston Globe
     Walter Everett Bezanson was born on 19 June 1912 at Needham, Massachusetts.2,1 He married Beryl F. Briggs on 15 June 1940 at Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He was 27.3,1 Walter Everett Bezanson married Jean Maxwell.1 Walter Everett Bezanson married Gail Coffler circa 1989.1 Walter Everett Bezanson died on 5 February 2011 at Minnesota at age 98.1

     Obituary from The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 27 February 2011:
BEZANSON, Walter Everett A former resident of Brookline and (earlier) of Needham, Massachusetts, Walter died peacefully in Minnesota, on February 5, 2011, at age 98, with his wife at his side.

He had an unparalleled zest for life.

Born in Needham, Mass, on June 19, 1912, to Stanley and Rainetta Bezanson, Walter graduated from Needham High School; he received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, where he studied under Sidney Cox, and his Ph.D from Yale. His doctoral dissertation was on Herman Melville. Mentored at Yale by Stanley Williams (English) and Ralph Gabriel (History), Walter was one of a group of formative scholars of Melville's writings, which had been newly re-discovered. During WW II Walter was a lieutenant and an instructor in the U.S. Naval Air Force, 1943-46, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid in the Pacific; in August they were off the coast of Japan, preparing for invasion, when the war was officially ended. Walter taught English three years at Harvard and then taught 35 years at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he had a double appointment as Professor of English and Professor of History; he instituted a new program there in American Studies. He was a Fulbright Professor for one year in Liege, Belgium. He was also a visiting professor at several Mid-western colleges, including Macalester College in St Paul and the University of Minnesota. In the 1950s, Walter originated several courses in the new discipline of American Studies, including Urban Studies, Film Studies, and African-American Literature. He was recognized as a scholar-writer-critic of the first rank in the study of Herman Melville, and was honored as President of the Melville Society three separate times for outstanding critical writing on Moby-Dick and other works, and for his groundbreaking scholarly edition of Clarel, which still stands as the definitive edition. A born teacher and lecturer, Walter enchanted legions of students with his love of literature and his charismatic ability to engage an audience. After retiring from Rutgers at age 70, Walter continued to lecture in New Jersey. Upon marrying Gail Coffler, a professor at Suffolk University in Boston, he moved with her to Brookline, Massachusetts; he taught many courses at the Boston Center for Adult Education on Commonwealth Avenue. After the couple moved to Minnesota in 2006 to be near family there, he continued to teach short courses in the works of Dickinson, Frost, Faulkner, Hawthorne and Melville.

In addition to his wife of twenty-two years, Gail Coffler, he leaves two sons (from his first marriage) Mark Bezanson (Tricia) of Frenchtown, NJ, and James Bezanson (Laurie) of Portland, OR; his step-son, Douglas Coffler (Kara) and two step-granddaughters, Samantha and Jocelyn, of Minneapolis; his step-daughter, Janna Coffler, of Rockford, Illinois; three nieces in Massachusetts: Polly Bezanson of Hingham, Susie Leary (John) of Scituate, and Barbara DeSantis of North Weymouth; and three Maxwell step-children (from his second wife) and their families. Preceding him in death, besides his parents, were his only sibling Paul Bezanson; his first wife, Bett Briggs Bezanson, and his second wife, Jean Maxwell Bezanson. Walter will be deeply missed by many for his wit and wisdom and his great heart.

A private ceremony was held on Feb 6, and a celebration of Walter's life will be held in the spring at Parkshore Apartments in St Louis Park, Minnesota, Walter and Gail's home for five golden pond years. Memorials in honor of Walter Bezanson may be given for a Melville Prize in his name; checks may be made to The Melville Society , designated for "Bezanson Prize," c/o Dr Tony McGowan (Treasurer), Dept of English, Bldg 607, West Point, NY 10996 or to the Audubon Society.1

Census Summary

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Census1920Walter Everett Bezanson appeared on the census of 1920 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Paul Marshall Bezanson.4
Census1930Walter Everett Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 at 167 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Paul Marshall Bezanson.2
Census1940Walter Everett Bezanson appeared on the census of 1940 at 213 Warren Street, Needham, Massachusetts, in the household of Stanley Oliver Bezanson and Rainetta Marshall with Paul Marshall Bezanson.5
Last Edited30 Mar 2016

Citations

  1. [S2] Walter Everett Bezanson Death Notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 27 February 2011.
  2. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; FHL Film: 2340670; Roll: 935; Image: 475.0; ED: 0071; Page: 8A; Lines: 28-31.
  3. [S898] "Marriages", Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts), 29 January 1941.
  4. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_723; Image: 125; ED: 212; Page: 4B; Lines: 62-65.
  5. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1628; ED: 11-148; Page: 3B; Lines: 75-78.

Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson1

M, #26300, b. circa 1908, d. 15 January 1965
Father*Captain Peleoman Bezanson1 b. 19 Nov 1867, d. 23 Jan 1945
Mother*Janet Maud O'Brien1 b. c 1874, d. 15 Dec 1948

Family

Aleta Linwood Flanders b. 9 Mar 1904, d. 12 Jul 1970
Relationship4th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson was born circa 1908 at Connecticut.1 He was a draftsman for a shipbuilding company in 1930.1 He married Aleta Linwood Flanders on 22 April 1934 at Chilmark, Massachusetts. She was 30.2 Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson died on 15 January 1965 at Quincy, Massachusetts.3,4

     Death Notice from The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 January 1965:
BEZANSON -- Suddenly, at his late residence, 292 East Squantum st., North Quincy, Jan. 15, Peleoman C., husband of Aleta (Flanders) and father of Jeffrey C. Bezanson. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the service at the Russell Funeral Home, 644 Hancock st., Wollaston, Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 o'clock. Friends may visit at the Funeral home Saturday evening 7-9. Interment at Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Monday at 11 o'clock.3

Census Summary

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Census1910Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson appeared on the census of 1910 at 56 Bellevue Place, New London, Connecticut, in the household of Captain Peleoman Bezanson and Janet Maud O'Brien with Alda Maud Bezanson, Kathleen Bezanson, William B. Bezanson and Edith Coralie Bezanson.5
Census1920Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson appeared on the census of 1920 at 21 Greenough Place, Newport, Rhode Island, in the household of Captain Peleoman Bezanson and Janet Maud O'Brien with Alda Maud Bezanson, Kathleen Bezanson, William B. Bezanson, Edith Coralie Bezanson and Janet Ada Bezanson.6
Census1930Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson appeared on the census of 1930 at 21 Greenough Place, Newport, Rhode Island, in the household of Captain Peleoman Bezanson and Janet Maud O'Brien with Kathleen Bezanson, William B. Bezanson and Janet Ada Bezanson.1
Last Edited8 Feb 2020

Citations

  1. [S4] 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; FHL Film: 2341903; Roll: 2169; Image: 983.0; ED: 0021; Page: 7B; Lines: 71-76.
  2. [S840] Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts, "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988", Peleoman Carlisle Bezanson; Aleta Flanders; Chilmark Marriage Register; 22 April 1934.
  3. [S2] Peleoman C. Bezanson Death Notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 January 1965, p. 2.
  4. [S806] Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, "Massachusetts Death Index, 1901-1980", Bezanson, Peleoman C; Year: 1965.
  5. [S4] 1910 U.S. Federal Census; New London Ward 5, New London, Connecticut; FHL Film: 1374155; Roll: T624_142; ED: 0524; Page: 8B; Lines: 86-93.
  6. [S4] 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Newport Ward 3, Newport, Rhode Island; Roll: T625_1670; Image: 865; ED: 50; Page: 9B; Lines: 65-72.