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It appears that the FL/GA Chasons are descended from a member of the Chesson family of Washington and Tyrrell Cos, NC. The spelling was altered in the late 1700's. Our progenitor, Joseph Chason/Chesson, was born in 1735 and was a son of (I believe this is right as I am going on memory) Johnson Chesson. The name according to a Chesson family website is found in the records of 16th century England (Buckinghamshire or Cheshire - I think.) Of course, England in that time period was a sanctuary for European Protestants, so they could well have emigrated from France, since the name seems like it could be French. I have read that many Jews of that time felt that conversion was the lesser of two evils (as opposed to, say, death) and French Huguenots included converted Jews among their ranks. So, it is quite possible that the Chason/Chessons were Jews at one time, but as I understand it, Ashkenazic Jews are from the Caucausus area of Russia, and not the Middle East, so this would seem to raise as many questions as it might answer as far as ethnicity, and so on...