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Re: Tessier land in downtown Montreal
Posted by: Jan Nearing Date: January 14, 2000 at 17:02:58
In Reply to: Re: Tessier land in downtown Montreal by Sheryl Ellis-Gentray of 1317

Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne (Tessier being his father's surname, dit meaning "called", Lavigne being the alternate surname he would often use...as was the common practice of the day. So Tessier dit Lavigne means Tessier also called Lavigne in common terms. The alternate usually comes when people try to figure out how to put it in their databases.)

Urbain was not a royal, but does hold a warm place in French Canadian history. He was a sawyer by trade, and something of a farmer by necessity. His wife, Marie Archambault, was brought to New France through a program entitled "Filles du Roi", meaning daughters of the king. Less than a group of young royals, these were young girls brought over at the expense of the crown in the mid-1600s. A few, such as Catherine de Baillon, did really have some royal ties, but they were either minor royals or from families who were unable to provide sufficient dowry for a good marriage.

One problem for Urbain was that he was illiterate. Many authors summize that it was a real hold back for him, keeping him from assuming more of a leadership role in the young settlement. He was a very colorful character, and I'd invite you to read some of the biographies written about him.


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