Jan, Yes, the story is a little convoluted. It would seem that Mae Keith went to Chicago to care for her mother who was Sophia-Emelina, the eldest daughter of Francis Tessier and Susan Girard. Now the gal who sent me all of the correspondence(copies thereof) never stated her mother's name in the letters. However, one of the envelopes had a Mrs. H.K.Clarke, 324 S. Hamlin Ave., Chicago,Ill. in the return address area. The post mark was Nov. 15th 1929.
The father of Sophia-Emmelina, Francis Tessier was said in the article to have died in Chicago in 1888. His second oldest child was Susan Elizabeth, the mother of Nellie Finn. Nellie and Mae were cousins who it seems acted on their own to gather evidence to pursue this suit against the church or whoever. The two cousins according to the article lived together in Montreal.
Some of the correspondence I have is signed your loving cousin, Mae Keith. Others is signed with a simple May. I wonder if these are the same or different person.
I don't know when Chicago started keeping records of deaths but if you know I would be happy to send for a death certificate for Francis Tessier. Or what would be a bit more definitive would be an obituary if one exists. The article does not say when his wife Susan died.
Francis'father was Jean Tessier who died in 1854 at Grey Sisters. Would that have been a hospital? In Montreal? or where. This all comes from the article that was published in the The Standard. I am assuming this is or was a Montreal paper. But as I said previously there is no date of publication on the copy I have.
This is about it. I know I tend to ramble but hopefully I have given you some fuel to go on. If you need more info, let me know and I will see what I have. Sara
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