To Reg, Jan et al, It tickles me that we are all still agaga about this land claim. I imagine Urbain is turning over a time or two in laughter as his descendants yet again try to sort out his many offspring. However, last night I got out some correspondence that went on between my Casey group and a lady by the name of Mae Keith. When she wrote most of this she was in Chicago tending to a sick mother. This was 1930. Amongst the stuff I have is a stock certificate made out to a William C. Casey. After many notes back and forth with admonishments to all she declares that they have nothing to worry about as they have been proven direct descendants. She mentions talking to a priest for a death and birth certificate etc. i don't know what sort of genealogy deal they had to come up with as everyone who I believe connected to this group from the Buffalo area has none in their possession.
I do have a copy of the article from the Montreal paper which probably was put out in 1930. I don't know where I got it from and there is no date on the copy. The article interviews Mrs. Keith. Her great grandfather was Jean Tessier who died in1854. Their great grandmother died in 1862. Their father was Francois Xavier Tessier who married Susan Girard in Plattsburg, NY. in 1834. She states that her mother, Sophia Emelina, was the oldest child of this marriage. Susan Elizabeth was the second oldest child. So I would imagine it is Sophia who is living in Chicago in 1930. In one of the letters she states that her mother is 84. Doesn't quite fit. However, since she addresses the Buffalo group each time as cousin I am wondering if anyone out there has any idea of other children born to Francis and Susan. My great great grandfather was Michael and his birth date is given as August 4, 1840.
This may be grasping at straws but I was hoping that someone may have some idea of other children born to this couple hoping agains hope that there may be some link.
I will also send a message to the group specifically about Francis and Susan. In the meantime everyone thanks for all your insight. Whether the whole deal was a scam or not it is most interesting reading. Sara Neeb Burkholder
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