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The Besse Family
Posted 22 Sep 2011 by Christine Mercer
BESSE Family. The founder of this family in Canada was Arthur P. Besse, who was b. in Maine, in 1810. When a young man he went to New Brunswick, near St. Andrews, and emgaged in the lumber business, and there m. Johana Hanson, who was of English parentage. Issue: John, Cynthia, (d.); George, Hannah, (d.), Reuben, Arthur P., Jr., and Truman. The late Arthur P. Besse came to Ontario with his family in 1856, and assumed the management of T. P. White's saw mill at Whitevale, and continued in this position until his death in 1876, at the age of 66 years. His wife d. in 1878, age sixty-two years. He was a man of strong personality, a member of the Baptist Church, active in church matters and highly respected. His eldest son, John, was successively a farmer in Pickering, interested in saw milling with his brother George, and a hotel keeper in Whitevale, for some years.
Arthur P., Jr., owned a farm in Pickering and ran saw mills in Scarboro and Whitevale.
Trueman was also in the lumber business. Reuben was a farmer in Pickering. George, b. in NB.. in 1842, came to Ontario with his parents when fourteen years old. When twenty-four years of age he, in company with his brother John, rented T. P. White's saw mill, which they ran successfully for some years. They also purchased a farm in Pickering, which they rented. In addition they owned and operated a saw mill at Goodwood for eight years. In 1890 they sold out their joint interests and George came to Maryborough Tp., and purchased 100 acres, lot 16, con. 8, where he has since resided, and carries on mixed farming. Outside of being secy-treas. of the School Board, he has never held office. In politics he is a Liberal, and while brought up in the Baptist Church, he and his family now attend the Christian Church. He m. Mary A. Sawden in 1865. Issue: Mrs. Judson Bucknam, Mrs. Wm. Fletcher, Mrs. Laughlin McLean, Reuben G., Mary, George, Jr., William F., Mrs. Wm. Ingram, and Gordon T.
William R., m. Hattie Hughes, and assists in running the home farm.
George, Jr., m. Annie C. Scarr, and owns 91 acres, lot 16, con. 9, where he resides. Issue: Blanche, and Floyd.
The Besse family were a leading one in Pickering, and occupy a prominent and respected place in Maryborough.
From: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906