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Where did the German Kesson family come from? When did the Kesson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kesson family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kassan, Kasan, Kassann, Kassane, Kassanes, Kassans, Kasans, Kasanes, Kaassan, Kaasanzi, Cassan, Gassan and many more.

First found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kesson research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Kesson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kesson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Catharina Kass, who settled in New York in 1710; Michael Casan, who came to Maryland in 1774; Charley Kasson, who came to Indiana in 1850; William Cassan, who came to St. John, N.B. in 1853.

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  • Jessie Kesson (1916-1994), born Jessie Grant McDonald, a Scottish novelist, playwright and radio producer


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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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