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Posted by: Jan Nearing Date: August 19, 1999 at 20:57:56
In Reply to: Re: URBAIN TESSIER dit LAVIGNE by Charlotte Blinn of 1317

The Corporation in your message was the front organization for the lawsuit by the descendents of UTdL against the Sulpician priests, the Roman Catholic Church and the Banc d' Montreal. Their product was greed.

The gist is that the land originally granted to Urbain was divided and redivided in each successive generation. Through time, most of it was willed to the Sulpician priests, who built the Basilica de Notre Dame on the land. Some was also sold off commercially, which is where the Banc of Montreal now stands in the Place' d' Armes.

For $1, each legit heir to UTdL could purchase 1 share in this "corporation" which would bring suit to recoup all of the money which the land was deemed to be worth in current (1930) Canadian dollars. The "genealogist" employed was an heir himself, and he would doctor up the documents to make them look legit if you didn't have the documentation to prove your lineage. The court threw out any claims which were not properly documented by Church the "genealogist" was a figurehead, really, who would make things pretty but wouldn't really do any research for you.

Keep the stock certs. They're not worth any case value on the market, but they'll trade for a couple hundred dollars total at an antique auction if there's a knowledgeable collector around.


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