John Bessant, one of the enterprising farmers on Base Line, three miles east of San Bernardino city, has a fine ranch and a neat residence in Warm Spring district, where, with his family, he is enjoying the pleasures of life as much, perhaps, as any man in the valley. By birth he is an Englishman. His father, Isaac Bessant, came to America at an early day and crossed the plains to California in 1853, when our subject was but two years of age. His boyhood was spent in hard work; hence his educational advantages were not of the best. May 1, 1869, he married Miss Melissa McCrary, a native of Salt Lake City. She was the daughter of John McCrary, who came to California when she was a babe but eight months old. They have two children: Lena L. and Mary E. Politically he affiliates with the Democratic Party and has held various township offices. Socially he is a member of the K. of P., Valley Lodge, No. 27.