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Re: Tessier - Urbain Tessier
Posted by: Jerry Lesperance Date: January 05, 1999 at 18:41:06
In Reply to: Re: Tessier - Urbain Tessier by Don Messer of 1317

Aloha Don,
As stated at the beginning of my posting, the source is Rene Jette's "Dictionnaire genealogique des familles du Quebec." This is a well-known record of all the Quebec families from the origin (c.1620) up to 1730.
Subsequent to that posting, I located in my files some additional material on Urbaine including:
a. The earliest mention of Urbain in New France 10 January 1648 when he was the first to have been conceded land by Monsieur de Maisonneuve.
b. Mention of the plaque on the facade of the Royal Trust Company on rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal stating that this building is constructed on part of the concession of land made to Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne." Urbain had received this concession of land in 1651. It covers a major part of the present Place d'Armes which is a commerecial area in downtown Montreal. (I can't locate it now but I recall reading an article where in recent years a large group of Urbain's ancestors had sued the government because they wanted compensation for the taking of this land.)
c. Mention that one day in March 1661, as Urbain was arduously working with 15 men on their landoutside of the walls of the city (Ville-Marie, the original name for Montreal, more than 250 Iroqouis pounced on them.The struggle was violent, and very disproportionate. After the conflict, four Frenchmen remained on the field (apparently dead).Urbain was amongst all the others who were taken into captivity. The captord had blindfolded their catives and made them march a long distance. They weren't able to say where they had been takenbbut it was amongst barbarians. They were tortured. A person reporting later told of a man named Lavigne who had one of his fingers detached by the Iroqouis. The release of the Frenchmen was negotiated by Father Simon Lemoyne, a Jesuit.
I no longer have it but I recall reading another account of Urbain when he rescued several of his peers from the Iroquois with an audacious attack.
Earlier this century the president of La Societe Genelogique de Montreal (the granddaddy of all French-Canadian genealogical societies), said that Urbain was one of the most important citizens of Ville-Marie in this early period.

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