Joy Ann Richards Peterson has shared some Bezona family history. Joy’s great grandfather, Albert Peter Bezona, is the child described in the Civil War article from 1862. That article may be found on this web page here. Joy also included some intersting history that links her “Bezona” family to Robert E. Lee. An interesting read! Thank you, Joy, for sharing. I welcome others to add their information (and photos)about the family history. Jeannie
After doing some more research, my great grandfather was Albert Peter Bezona, twin to Alfred T. Bezona.
Born June 9, 1857 in Niagra Falls, NY. Therefore, as you said, George Albert Bezona was my G G grandfather.
Albert Peter Bezona (1857-1906) married Mary Alice Carter (1865-1905) in 1878 in Roubidoux, Missouri.
Diverting FYI: Mary Alice Carter, descended from Anne Hill Carter of the famous Shirley Plantation in Virginia, who in 1793 at the age of 20, married the celebrated General Henry Lee III ( also known as “LightHorse Harry Lee”) governor of Virginia (1791-1794)…their known children include Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Story handed down: Anne Hill Carter in life had a serious illness and was layed in a vault for dead. The caretaker passing by heard a noise. He opened the vault and found Anne was alive. She regained her health and 15 months later she gave birth to Robert E. Lee on January 19, 1807.
Charles Carter, grandfather of Robert E. Lee, was the largest slaveholder and cattle raiser in the State.
In 1934, almost 130 yrs. after the event in the vault, the details were printed in The Washington Post.
Getting back to Bezonas: Albert Peter Bezona & Mary Alice Carter had 14 children of that union:
4th Generation Bezona:
Rose Etta Bezona (1879), Virgie Bezona (1880), Fred W. Bezona (1881-1927), Francis Oma Bezona (1883), Bertha Bezona (1884), John E. Bezona (1886), Albert Wayne Bezona (12/15/1887), Eunice Bezona (1889), Opal Bezona (1892), Alfred Anson Bezona (1894), Alta Faye Bezona (6/12/1897), Glen A. Bezona (1900), Leah Bezona (1901), Mildred Louise Bezona (1904).
My maternal grandmother, Alta Faye Bezona, was born June 12, 1897 in Roubidoux, Texas County, Missouri. She died on Jan. 14, 1964 in Houston, Harris Co., TX
Alta Faye Bezona married Zeno T. Thomas on June 13, 1913 in Wagoner, OK. They had 6 children:
5th Generation Bezona:
Denver Lee Thomas (1914-1960) Houston, TX….4 living children…..16 grandchildren….more g grandchildren
Marguerite Bernice Thomas (1917-2002) Houston, TX….2 living children…5 grandchildren…6 g granchildren
Violet Virginia Thomas (1916) Warren, Montana – (1918) Bearcreek, Montana
Jack W. Thomas (1919) Warren, Montana – (1987) Fullerton, Calif.
Mary Jo Thomas (1921) Okmulgee, OK – (1939) Oklahoma City, OK
Frances Catherine Thomas Richards (1922) Okmulgee, OK…2 living children…5 grandchildren…6 g grandchildren
My mother, Frances Catherine Thomas Richards, is 89 yrs. old and the last living of her siblings in Houston, TX.
My Father Dr. Fred Adams Richards died March 14, 1991 in Houston, TX
6th Generation Bezona:
Sue Zan Richards Carrizal (1945) w/2 children & 4 grandchildren of Houston, TX
Joy Ann Richards Peterson (1947) w/3 sons & 2 grandsons of Houston, TX
Next time I’ll share some interesting info w/you about Alta Faye Bezona’s brother, Fred W. Bezona (1881-1927), who was a famous Fur Trader with Eskimos in the Arctic.
Hope all this info helps you with your genealogical history.
Your new 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th Cousin? Joy