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Re: Tessier land in downtown Montreal
Posted by: Jerry Lesperance Date: July 25, 1999 at 18:49:49
In Reply to: Re: Tessier land in downtown Montreal by Gerry Tessier of 1317

Aloha Gerry,
I found the following Urbain from a book about the early Montrealites. "Ne doutant pas leur appartenance au sol de Ville-Marie (Montreal), des descendants du pionnier, avons-nous dit, ont tente de faire reconnaitre par les tribunaux qu'il avaient des droits sur la place d'Armes. Il existe la-dessus dans les archives judiciares du district de Montreal un imposant dossier intitule: >. "
Loosely translated: "Not doubting their belonging to the Montreal soil, some descendants of the pioneer, have we said, have tried to make recognized by the courts that they have rights on the Place d'Armes. There is in the judicial archives of the District of Montreal an impressive file entitled: 'Inventory of the notary acts and other documents concerning the immovable property (real estate??)of Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne and his descendants as well as the buildings?? of the Place d'Armes and the Notre Dame Church.'"
I invite a bilinguilist to improve on my translation because my French is admittedly weak.
A plaque (bronze as I recall) on the exterior wall of the Royal Trust Company in the Place d'Armes reads: "This building is erected on part of the original concession to Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne being the 8th grant made to an individual on the Island of Montreal." (A concession refers to a grant of land.)
Best, Jerry

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