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The surname Kesson was 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.

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


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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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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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