Jan, The census records state that he was born in French Canada (1910) as were his parents. 1900 states he was born in Canada and father and mother in France. His oldest daughter in 1910 states her dad was born in French Canada. His youngest daughter lists her last name as Tasey when she marries and this name appears on the mother's death certificate.
The family story is that he was in some sort of trouble with the law and came to the US and changed his name. One story goes so far as to say it was a fur trading deal that was not quite on the up and up. Don't know if it was he or perhaps his father that was evading authorities.
His death certificate gives no info other than his age,84, and that he was a widower. No name of parents or place of birth are shown. Of course if he died there alone with no one to give info at the time this may account for the lack of info. He died at the Soldiers and Sailors home in Bath, Steuben Co., N. Y. When searching for his death certificate, I sent to NYC to the area repository for records that might come from this home. There were none. Cause of death was senility.
A newspaper clipping that refers to the lawsuit against the church in Montreal, lists three of his children as being heirs to this vast fortune. It states the money was left by a Major Tessier, the great great grandfather of these children. It also states that Major Tessier died in France. So if there is any truth to this, Major Tessier would be the great Grandfather of Michael Casey. (Buffalo Times NOV. 3,1929)
Now here is another thought that just occured to me. We have always assumed that it was he, Michael, that was a Tessier. What if somehow it came down through his wife who stated in the census that she was born in Missouri. Her father was born in French Canada and her mother in Virgina. She was Elizabeth Martin. Her father on her death certificate was said to be Charles Martin and her mother Adeline Kidd. These two were said to have married in Buffalo,(Elizabeth and Michael.)
One daughter's death certificate states that her father was born in Montreal and her mother in Louisville, Ky.
So this is what I have been mulling yea these many months. There is a great deal of differing info. I suspect they weren't the brightest bulb in the package but yet Michael could sign his name. They never seemed to own a home. No doubt due to the fact that he could not work, ever since his stint in the army. Yet all the census show him to be a ship's carpenter or caulker.
It begins to sound a soap opera of sorts.
Thanks for your input. It gives me some other lines of thinking to pursue. If you come up with any other ideas, I am open to anything at this point. Sara
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