Parents
  760 John Le Gros Bisson Jeanne Le Cras
1731 - 1812 1703 - 1747
 
Parents
  765 John Gale Susannah Dennis
1704 - ? 1710 - ?
HUSBAND
680 Richard Le Gros Bisson (Richard Besom)
bp. 24 Feb 1731
Jersey Island, Channel Islands, England
d. 4 Feb, 1812
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Sarah Gale
b. 30 Mar 1732
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 17 Sep 1802
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
31 July 1753 Marriage Richard Le Gros Bisson (Richard Besom) to Sarah Gale in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
     
     
     
26 Nov 1774
CHILDREN:
  Sarah Besome bp. 5 May 1754 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 30 Jul 1821 in Marblehead.
m.
William Caswell in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA 26 Nov 1774Nine Children: Sarah, Remember, Mary, Jenney, William, Susannah, Hannah, Betsey, and Thomas Proctor Caswell
Ancestor Leaf 530 Jane Besome bp. 16 may 1756 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 10 Feb 1828 in Marblehead
m.

1. Peter Sawins 2 Jun 1778

2. Thomas LeMaster 11 Dec 1781 both in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Thomas and Jane - Eight Children: Thomas (1), Thomas (2), Jenny, Mary, Polly, Sarah, George, and Tabitha Lemaster
  Mary Besome (1) bp. 8 Jan 1758 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died Young  
  Richard Besome (1) bp. 23 Dec 1759 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died Young  
  John Besome (1) bp. 1 Nov 1761 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died Young  
  Mary Besome (2) bp. 5 Jun 1763 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1812.
m.
Joseph Pedrick 28 Jan 1787 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
?
  John Besome (2) bp. 25 Aug 1765 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died Young  
  Susanna Besome (1) bp. 28 Aug 1768 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died Young  
  John Besome (3) bp. 9 Sep 1770 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
.m.
Hannah Laskey 29 Dec 1793 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Nine (at least) Children: James Laskey, Jonas, Nicolas, Unnamed, Elizabeth, Mary, Philip, Harriot (Harriet) Besom
  Susannah Besome (2) bp. 13 Sep 1772 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 12 Oct 1829 in Marblehead
m.
Philip Ramsdall 3 Jun 1792 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Twelve Children: Susannah, Mary, Philip, John, Richard Besome, Jonas Besom, Sarah Gale, Remember Caswell, Jane Caswell (1), Elias Hendley (1), Jane Caswell (2) and Elias Hendley (2) Ramsdall
  Richard Besome (2) bp. 5 Feb 1775 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1812.
m.
1. Hannah Bowden 15 May 1796 and 2. Hannah Le Craw Maley 18 Dec 1814, both in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Five Children with Hannah B: Richard, Michael, Sarah, Child 1, Child 2 Besom

Three Children with Hannah L: John C., William, and Frank Besom

  Jonas (or John) Besome bp. 15 Sep 1776 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
?
 
What We Know

 

Richard Besome was born in the Channel Islands. His birth name was Richard Le Gros Bisson, and he came to Marblehead, a popular destination for emigres from Jersey. He arrived with two of his brothers,Phillipe and Josue (Joseph) in 1749. The Le Gros Bissons changed their name to Besome (sometimes spelled Bessom, Bessome) when they arrived in the Colonies. His profession in his probate record is listed as a "yeoman."

The Guernsey Society wrote on article on the Besom brothers (and their nephew), complete with a descendants tree which can be found in the chapter for their parents, Jean Le Gros Bisson and Jeanne Le Cras. Richard's brother was a mariner at Marblehead and owned a few vessels during his lifetime.

Richard married Sarah Gale, a fifth-generation descendant of Ambrose Gale, one of the original settlers in Marblehead. Together they had twelve children, at least five of whom died before they reached adulthood.

According to the Guernsey Society history, Richard and Sarah had four sons named John, although when I examined the Massachusetts Vital Records for Marblehead Births before 1850, I discovered that they had three sons named John. The fourth "John" was named Jonas. I could find no marriage record for Jonas. It's possible that he too died before reaching adulthood or he may have relocated to another area.

Richard and Sarah's oldest child Sarah married Richard Caswell in Marblehead, and together they had nine children.

Our direct ancestor Jane married first Peter Sawins, who died soonafter. She married our direct ancestor and her second husband Thomas LeMaster in 1781, and together, they had eight children.

Richard Besome married first Hannah Bowden, the daughter of Elias Henry and Mary Chinn Bowden. They had five children, two of whom died as infants, and then appararently his wife died. He married for the second time Mrs. Hannah Le Craw Maley, the widow of Nicolass Maley. The Maleys were married 14 Feb 1808, and Hannah Maley's second marriage was in 1814. I could find no record of children that Hannah had with Nicholas Maley, but she had three with her second husband, Richard Besome.

 

 

As far as can be determined, John married Hannah Laskey in 1792. The first record of a birth for a child of theirs was in 1803, and as they had eight between 1803 and 1815, it seems likely they had others from 1793 - 1802.

There are two records for Richard Besome indicating service in the Revolutionary War. It is presumed that at least one of these is for our ancestor, the Richard who came from Jersey.

We know that Richard died in 1812. The LDS record shows that his wife Sarah died sometime after he did. However, a record for Sarah, the widow of Richard, appears in the Massachusetts Vital Records with a date of death in 1802. Her age at death is listed there as well, and this Sarah would have been the correct age.

Richard died intestate according to his Probate Record. Five of his children survived him.

 

VITAL RECORDS:

 

LDS Record for Richard BesomeLDS Record for Sarah Gale

The marriage of Richard Besome to Sarah Gale

Richard Besome and Sarah Gale Marriage Record

 

Records of the Births of Their Children:

Records for the Weddings of Their Children from :

 

Death Records that Can Be Found for Richard, Sarah, and Their Children:

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