I spent a day last week in Montreal at the new National Archives building trying to find the files on the lawsuit so that I can pick up the trace on a Tessier ancestor (Marcelline, born around 1840, married Louis Edouard Paye and moved to NY and then VT).
The research librarian tried to be helpful, but we didn't find any files on the lawsuit. He mentioned that other patrons had visited and become very angry when the archives couldn't produce "the file" on the lawsuit, and threatened new lawsuits because they believed the files were being withheld.
We reviewed the microfilms of the Montreal courts for civil claims for 1930 through 1933, and didn't find anything clearly related to the famous case. Some one had gone into the old books before they were photographed and underlined every single case listing where a Tessier was the demandeur. They were almost all against other individuals, and I didn't see any against a religious order or the Bank of Canada. One case was filed against Sun Oil, so I looked at another group of records to search for judgements and the Sun Oil case came up numerous times. Unfortunately, I exhausted the entire day getting to that point, and wasn't able to send for the old books themselves to read about it.
So if anyone has actual case file numbers, it would be very helpful for my next trip. And of course, if anyone has information on Marcelline, that would be even better.
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