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Re: Tessier Lavigne connection
Posted by: Bob Lalonde Date: November 25, 2000 at 20:32:23
In Reply to: Tessier Lavigne connection by Richard Lavigne of 1317

The reason for the name "Tessier dit Lavigne" is possibly lost in the mists of time. One source suggests the connection to raising grapes, while another connects it to the place of an attack by the Iroquois. You can check out these sources: "Medaillons d'Ancestres", by Julien Deziel (in French, found in Public Library, Cornwall, Ontario). Also check: "Histoire de la colonie francaise au Canada", by Etienne-Michel Faillon.

Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne "L'historien Faillon le décrit comme étant un homme redoutable de part sa force et son endurance il le décrit de cette façon. dans ce domaine il fit ses preuves lors d'une rencontre avec un grand nombre d'iroquois lui et 3 autres français défendirent la colonie entre le fort et la pointe st-Charles le 11 juin 1651 l'endroit de cette rencontre est indiqué sur les vieilles cartes sous le nom de bastion Lavigne le désignant alors toujours comme Tessier dit Lavigne."

My poor attempt at a translation: "The historian Faillon describes him as being a formidable man both in his strength and his endurance. He describes him in this way: "this characteristic was proven at the time of a meeting with a large number of Iroquois. He and 3 other Frenchmen defended the colony between the fort and Point St-Charles, on the 11th of June 1651. The place of this encounter was indicated on the old maps under the name of Bastion Lavigne (part of the forts defences); he has always been designated since then as 'Tessier dit Lavigne'. )

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