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Re: Tessier-Tacy-Tacey, etc. Help needed
Posted by: Sara Burkholder Date: May 03, 2001 at 22:02:08
In Reply to: Tessier-Tacy-Tacey, etc. Help needed by Nancy Daddona of 1317

Hi, I too feel that my relatives were part of this Tasey, Tessier group. However, in my case the name was changed to Casey except when a daughter married she used the last name of Tasey. This was also the name used when the wife was buried. My gggrandfather was a Michael Casey. He married an Elizabeth Anna or vice versa, Martin. They had four girls and a boy. Their oldest was my ggrandmother. The rumor that came down through my family was that the name was changed to Casey from Tessier to escape the law for some mistake having to do with fur trading. It is also stated that my gggrandfather was born at sea. However, I have now determined that that probably meant the St. Lawrence or one of the Great Lakes. My family too or at least some of them made a jaunt to Montreal to check out this church and possible money owed. Of course this lawsuit took place in 1930 when a lot of folks could have used some extra cash. So it could be that it was a scam. But they did have to prove their link to the Tessiers before they could collect. Shares of stock were sold to help pay the cost of lawyers but who knows if it was on the up and up. Anyway the lawsuit was dropped and it would seem that no one was a winner. But to this day it has created a lot of mystique.
The fact that this branch has had a name change has also created a lot of mystique. I have just gone through several microfilms from Franklin County and Quebec and have found no mention of the Tasey, Taceys and only a few Tessiers. There seemed to have been a lot of Scotch and Irish families in the area so perhaps that is how my group came upon Casey. However, there were none of those mentioned in the microfilms either. I am at a loss and ready to let the thing rest for a while in hopes that someday it will all unravel itself.
I really think that my gggrandfather was the product of a family with at least two marriages. Why he settled in the Buffalo, New York area is a mystery. He lists his occupation as ship's caulker or carpenter and that may be a clue as to his origins but that is a wild guess. He served in the Civil War but his request for pension sheds no light on his background. His death certificate gives no hint of parents or even place of birth. However, the census show him to be French Canadian. So in effect there are no clues to his origins. If you or your cousin have any thoughts I would be most interested to hear any or all theories. This group is definitely a BRICK WALL!!!!!!. Thanks Sara Burkholder

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