Why there are two different spellings
At the cemetery walk last weekend in North Sutton, several folks were asking why there were two spellings of the name Kezar; Kezar and Keyser. Since I had no answer, I resorted to Jack Noon’s History of Sutton, Volume 2, where I found a possible clue. Back in the 1770’s, Ebenezer Kezar and his son Simon, bought and settled a large plot of land that laid between the farms of Matthew Harvey and Benjamin Wadleigh. Simon and his wife Mehitabel went on to have twenty children, the thirteenth of which was Jonathan Harvey Kezar, who along with his sister, Sarah, had important roles in the development of the tourist trade in Sutton. With Jonathan and his son, John Henry, came the first confusion about how to spell the name, Kezar. All the Kezars who moved to Kezar Falls, Maine and those who move to Hatley, in Quebec, never changed the spelling. But, it appeared that John Henry Kezar may have been the one to change the spelling. A Kezar descendant, Marguerite Rowe of North Sutton, suggested that one of her ancestors may have had trouble writing the letter Z, and therefore changed the spelling to Keyser. In any event, the lake is spelled Kezar and the road around it is spelled Keyser. The Boston and Maine tourist guide for 1891 lists “John Kezar” but by 1896 he’d become” John Keyser”. So I am guessing that it was that John Keyser who owned and operated the Prospect House on the corner of Harvey Road in 1887who decided to call the road directly in front of his home, Keyser Street.