My dad, Oscar Lawson Chesser (born Texas '02, died Texas '85) always said the name was originally French--the French word for hunter is very close to Chesser, I am uncertain of the spelling-- but that the Chessers immigrated to the United States from Ireland. He was the grandson of Lum (Christopher Columbus) and Docie (Mandosha or Mandocia Lockwood) Chesser. His relatives were mostly in Texas and some came from the South before the Civil War. I know of no direct Irish connection but I am fairly new at this. There was supposed to be a Chesser Valley in Texas where they first settled, but I don't know where it is.
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