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Philip Anthony Bessellieu (abt. 1747 - 1795)

Philip Anthony Bessellieu
Born about [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died at about age 48 in Charleston, South Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Jan 2019
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Philip was born the son of Mark Anthony Bessellieu and Martha Chicet (Chiche). Apr. 10, 1771, Philip married Susannah Mason at St. Phillips. In 1790 Philip headed the orphan house in Charleston, SC with 36 males under the age of 16 in residence. Children: Susannah Elizabeth Bessellieu married Abraham Joy; Capt. Mark Anthony Bessellieu IV married Maria Williams; Charles Bessellieu married 2nd Mary Riley (5 of his sons served in the CSA army); Johannah Martha Bessellieu married Joseph Purdy of NY (their daughter Maria Susannah Purdy married William Milligan Frazer); Philip Anthony Bessellieu died an infant; Lewis Bessellieu born 1779; Mary E Bessilleay married David Maull of Jacksonborough; Martha Catherine Bessellieu married Joseph Dilgar; and Philip John Bessellieu became well known in Cooswatchie and lived amongst the native Americans.


Unsourced family tree handed down to Judy Brown (Brown-10716)

  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 25 February 2022), memorial page for Philip Anthony Bessellieu (30 Mar 1747–9 Jan 1795), Find a Grave Memorial ID 33579218, citing French Protestant Huguenot Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Rodney Bond (contributor 46819258)
  • The Annals and Register of ST. Thomas and ST. Denis Parish, pa, Charleston, South Carolina, page 50[1]

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