Eliza Bessey

28 October 1848–9 August 1941 (Age 92)
Repps, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Eliza

When Eliza Bessey was born on 28 October 1848, in Repps, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, her father, Benjamin Bessey, was 35 and her mother, Lettice Flatt, was 18. She married William Everett on 5 May 1879. She died on 9 August 1941, in Manassa, Conejos, Colorado, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Old Manassa Cemetery, Freedom, Conejos, Colorado, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Everett
Eliza Bessey
Marriage: 5 May 1879

Spouse and Children

5 May 1879
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Parents and Siblings

    Benjamin Bessey


    Lettice Flatt




World Events (8)

1854 · The Crimean War

Age 6

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 27

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

French: habitational name from places in Côte-d'Or and Loire named Bessey, from the Romano-Gallic estate Bassiacum, from the Roman personal name Bassius + the locative suffix -acum.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Story Highlight

The Old Lady

"The Old Lady" liked Hazel to drive her into Alamosa each week where she'd buy lunch for the 2 of them. Then they'd go grocery shopping and finish by sitting in the drugstore visiting with the pharmac …

Sources (3)

  • Eliza Everett Bessey Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
  • Eliza Bessey, "England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941"
  • Eliza Everett Bessey Smith, "Utah, Marriages, 1887-1966"

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