When Lydia Besse was born on 24 March 1826, in Hannibal, Hannibal, Oswego, New York, United States, her father, Elias Bessey, was 30 and her mother, Lois Fitch Ayers, was 27. She married Hiram Charles Collins about 1851. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Embarrass, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States in 1900 and Ellenburg, Ellenburg, Clinton, New York, United States in 1910. She died in 1913, in Edgar, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 87.
French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Occitan bès ‘birch tree’, or a habitational name from (La) Besse, the name of several places mainly in southern France, named from the same word (ultimately from Gaulish betu).
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