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Tessier-Tacy-Tacey, etc. Help needed
Posted by: Nancy Daddona Date: April 30, 2001 at 19:40:58
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I've spent the entire evening on this list reading most of the messages....cutting and pasting. I'm trying to help my cousin in re' to her Tessier genealogy. Her ancestor's name was Tacy, but she knows that it was changed to that, for whatever reason, from the name Tessier. Her grandmother, Estella/Stella b. Chateaugay, NY., in 1882 told her several stories about "Indian bloodlines", and a trip she took to Montreal with her father in re' to the prospects of "coming into some money".
I'm hoping that someone can give me just some general information on the:
1. Surname - Tessier/Tacy/Tacey etc.

2. Were Urban/Urbain Tessier dit Lavigne and his brothers (?names) the ancestors of most Tessiers/Tacys in the region of northern NY, mainly in Franklin County - Chateaugay?

3. Briefly what the law suit re' reparations was about.

I read on the list that it was in the 30's. However, if Ruth's (my cousin) grandmother b.1882 remembers going to the bank in Montreal with her father as a child, then something must have started earlier in the 1900's.
I realize that I'm asking for quite a bit of information, but your answers could be brief and they would be greatly appreciated.
Also, what does "dit" mean? Does it mean "of"? And, if so, what does Tessier dit Lavigne mean? Where does the Lavigne come in. Is it a place or a surname? You've got to forgive me; I've been researching in Scotland for the past 3 years and "dit" has me confused. I'm used to Mc and Mac.


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