West Coast Region ~ Bay St. George District
THE JESSO FAMILY This Newfoundland family in all probability originaed with Joseph Jessome of Petit Bras D 'Or, Cape Breton ( Name variations: Joseaume, Jesson, Jessom. Jassome, Jusseau, Josseau ) He arrived at Bay St. George sometime between 1826-38 although 1826-30 would constitute a more reasonable assumption. One point of absolute certainty was his presence at Sydney, Nova Scotia on September 2, 1826, a date on which he delivered a land petition to the Cape Breton Government on behalf of his brother-in-law, Jacgues LeJeune or James Young. James had emigrated to Newfoundland in the spring of 1825. In 1838 we find Joseph living at or in the vicinity of Sandy Point with a family of 20. There was also a single man named Louis Jesson who was likely his son. Some other Cape Breton families of the 1838 report were: March, (Marche) Renouf (Renaud) Madore Bernard Haynes(Hynes) Lucaw (Lucas) During his visitation of Newfoundland 's Western Shores, the Anglican Clergyman, the Reverend Edward Wix reported in 1830 that a contingent of 54 Acadians had recently arrived from Cape Breton and again 1835 Rev. Wix reported that a large group of French Acadians had arrived at Bay St George since his visit (1830) while the possibility exists that Joseph Jessome's arrival was coincidental with the influx of some Cape Breton group between 1830-38, it is felt he joined his brother-in-law at Bay St. George shortly after the loss of the latter's property in the autumn of 1826. An 1858 rep on lists Alexander and Diasley (Didier?) Josseau each with a family of nine members, excluding selves. This report, somewhat inclusive, fails to recognize the following were also early residents of Bay St. George: Alexander (Jr), Henry, Joseph. Peter, and William. The following were almost certainly daughters of Joseph Jessome: Catherine who married Luke Benoit, Marie who married Jules Benoit, Genevieve who married Desire Alexander, Ursula who married Eugene Gallant. The Alexander name in 1858 not only may be the same individual listed at Indian Head (Stephenville) in 1871 in Lovell's Directory, but may also be the same person who eventually settled at Lower Cove on the Port au Port Peninsula. Lovell's Directory similarly points out that Daniel and William Jesso were residents at Bay of Islands in 1871. Were they a branch of the Bay St George group? Almost assuredly.
The above information was originally written by Allan Stride and published in the Newfoundland Ancestor, Vol. 3 no. 3, Summer 1987. The information was subsequently sent by Glenn MacDonald and Rick Gaudet to Cyril DuBourdieu who converted it to electronic form. The information was then transcribed and posted to the Internet in August 1998 by Stephen Baker.
Bay St. George District