Bessons of Alabama
Could someone familiar with the origin and progression of the name tell me whether or not "Besson" and"Bessant" arevariations of the original French name?I am researching the Lucius H. Bessant family of Phoenix City, Alabama, whose grandfather was called "Johnny" and came to this country from France. In the Alabama censuses of 1850, 1860 and 1870, I have run across the name of Jno. A.B. Besson whose birthplace is given as France. Except for the spelling of the surname, the information fits. My theory so far, based on limited information, is that the grandfather of Lucius Bessant is most likely Jno. Besson and that the surnames were spelled differently for one of two reasons - either the census takers spelled the name the way they heard it, or the spelling was Besson to start with and later changed for whatever reason to Bessant. Any help would be appreciated.