I have been researching my family tree for a few years and have collected quite a bit of data, with help from family members, books, family records and the internet. I would like to hear from others interested in the Gesner family and will share my information.
My full name is Lottie Elizabeth (Bette) Gesner Law. I am a descendent of John Henry Gesner, whose parents, Johann Hendrick Gesner (1681 - 1745) and Anna Elizabeth Smith, came from the Rhineland area of West Germany and settled in Tappan, Rockland County, New York, USA, in 1710.
John Henry Gesner (1725 - 1811) m. Femmetje (Famitcha?) Brouwer (Brower?/Brauer?)(1723 - 1788); their son, Abraham (1756 - 1851) m. Elizabeth Steadman (1767 - 1848); their son, George Provost (1812 - 1882), m. Phebe Young (1818 - 1882); their son, George Rowland (1851 - 1916), m. Annazetta Hazelwood (1856 - 1910); their youngest child, Willard Rowland Hamilton (1894 - 1959), m. Jessie Beatrice Lewis (1922 - ). "Willie" (aka 'Bill' to those outside the family) and Jessie are my parents.
I was born in Middleton, Annapolis County, in 1945 and grew up in Belle Isle, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada. I am the eldest of 6 children: myself, Ruth, (Linda , Gail, Patricia - triplets), David. I married Norman Alstair Law (1938 - ), born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, in 1962. Norm was a member of the RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force, as it was known then). We have 2 sons, one of whom is a member of the Canadian Military, and 4 grandchildren.
Norm and I are retired and live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with our cats, Amber & Kira. We are both gathering genealogical information about our families and enjoy doing so. I have had contact with members of my Gesner family, adding to my database, and now have about 1600 names. My names include Hazelwood, Pineo, Covert, Sabean/Sabin/Sabine, Lewis, and many more.
- Bryan (1805 KB)
Our son, Bryan, is in the CAF and is currently stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. We are very proud of him and support him wholeheartedly.
- My family (74 KB)
This photo of the family was taken on the occasion of our son, Bryan's, wedding in September 1995. L to R are Scott, myself, Bryan and Norman
- Home (1425 KB)
This is our home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- Norm & Bette - May 1997 (47 KB)
Our 35th wedding anniversary! We were surprised by the family at my sister, Linda's, home. We thought we were going to be celebrating her daughter's wedding anniversary and my other sister, Ruth's, retirement. We did that as well - what a time we all had!
- Ruth and her husband, Wayne (518 KB)
I took this picture at the reception following the wedding.
- The Gesner School (69 KB)
This was my first school (grades 1 - 6). I remember the outhouses (1-girls; 1-boys) and there was no water - we had to carry it from a nearby farm. There was a girl's entry (left) and a boy's entry (right) and huge blackboards on the walls. The teacher's desk was on a raised platform at the front of the room - she could see the whole roomful of pupils that way. A huge wood stove stood in the middle of the room with the desks arranged in three rows around it. The younger pupils sat at the front while the Grade sixers sat in the back of the room.
- Willard R.H. Gesner Family in December 1946 (18 KB)
My father, Willard (Willie) Gesner, with my sister Ruth on his knee. Our mother, Jessie (Lewis) Gesner with me on her lap.
- Ruth (L) and Bette (211 KB)
This is Ruth and Bette - before Mom had to cut our long hair.
- Willard & Jessie about 1943 (164 KB)
A recently found picture of my parents, taken just before they were married.
- Kira (554 KB)
This is our wee Kira. She's a bit larger now, very inquisitive, Cuddly, and intelligent. She has learned how to open the screen door to our deck.
- Amber (15 KB)
This is our Amber. She loves to cuddle and travel. She always goes camping with us.