Charles Peter Besançon (1835-1918)


Map Indicating Brognard, Doubs, Franche-Comté, FranceCharles Peter Besançon (1835-1918)Charles Peter (or Pierre) Besançon was born in Brognard, Doubs, Franche-Comté, France, in March of 1835. (His Besançon ancestors moved to Brognard from the city of Besançon in, I believe, the 1400s or 1500s.)

Charles came with his father and mother, Peter Besançon (1807-1895) and Susanne "Susan" Donze (1799-1871), to the United States in 1852. He served in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War; in civilian life, he operated a family farm.

Charles, or "pépé" (French for "grandpa") as he was known, married Clementine Louys on September 13, 1862. The couple lived in Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, U.S.A.

Charles Besançon died in Stryker on January 15, 1918. He is buried in the French Cemetery along County Road 1950, just outside of Stryker, Ohio.

Charles Besançon and Clementine Louys had six children:

  1. Harmon D. Besançon (1863-1940), husband of Marie "Mary" Capdeville (1868-1940)
  2. Alice Besançon (1865-1945), wife of Victor Wickey
  3. Lydia Besançon (1868-1946), second wife of Oscar S. Tressler (1876-1968)
  4. Paul Napoleon Besançon (1870-1951), husband of Lena Susan Grisier (1890-1968)
  5. Eunice Besançon (1873-1956), wife of Benjamin F. Kniffin, Jr.(1872-1925)
  6. Timothy Besançon (1877-1955), husband of Martha (or Marthe) Emilie Louys (1875-1956)
Paternal Grandfather
Peter Besançon (1807-1895)
Paternal Grandmother
Charles Peter Besançon (1835-1918)
Pierre Donze (Unknown-Unknown)
Susanne "Susan" Donze (1799-1871)
Catherine Marguerite Megnin (Unknown-Unknown)
Besançon Family Farmhouse in Stryker, Ohio, U.S.A.
Besançon Family Farmhouse in Stryker, Ohio, U.S.A.