James Bessant

5 November 1847–9 March 1925 (Age 77)
Bartley, Hampshire, England

The Life Summary of James

When James Bessant was born on 5 November 1847, in Bartley, Hampshire, England, his father, Isaac Bessant, was 28 and his mother, Mary Ann Paice, was 27. He married Elsie Jane Cline on 6 December 1874, in Chino, San Bernardino, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1853 and lived in San Bernardino, California, United States in 1860 and San Bernardino Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1900. He died on 9 March 1925, in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Bessant
Elsie Jane Cline
Marriage: 6 December 1874
Sarah Teresa Bessant
Walter James Bessant
Joseph Ustice Bessant
William Robert Bessant
Rosa Bessant
Martha Permilla Bessant
Susan Elmira "Susie" Bessant
Fred Eugene Bessant
Jack Daniel Bessant
Isaac Bessant
George M. Bessant

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 December 1874Chino, San Bernardino, California, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 1
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    Age 16
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1868 · Impeach the President!
    Age 21
    Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Bessent .

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

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    Sources (31)

    • James Besant in entry for Besant, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • James Bissant in household of Isaac Bissant, "United States Census, 1860"
    • James Bessant in entry for Geoge M Bessant and Elsie M Capfer, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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