The "Bess" surname from this line was derived (most-likely from illiteracy) from its original spelling of "Best". This should suffice back before immigration.
William H. Bess*
Christopher Bess (sometimes spelled "Best")*
Thomas Best (Immigrated from Sussex, England circa 1631
* William H. Bess was a veteran of the War of 1812
** Christopher Bess/Best was a veteran of both French-Indian War and the American Revolution.
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