Hi Patty and Jan, Can I insert my two cents which of course may not be worth that amt. at all. But I wonder if the family story about the Cathedral doesn't relate to the law suit in 1930. That seemed to be a biggie in my group. I have copies of letters that passed between different cousins regarding the procedure of suing the church. People bought shares to help cover the expense of lawyers etc. One of my Casey's granddaughters was married to a lawyer and she and he and her mom and an aunt traveled to Montreal at the time to look into this. Of course it was the beginning of the Depression and so most in my group could have used the extra cash. The article in the Tonawanda,NY paper said that folks would share 8 million dollars. Besides the locals there were heirs in Michigan and Illinois. The article stated. Because of this law suit my family did manage to trace their line back to Urbain but it is just the basics. However, in one of the letters it chastises a branch for not getting their genealogy in order. If it didn't happen soon, then they would be ineligible for any pay out.
For many years later it was the talk of the group and people often took trips to Montreal hoping to find the Holy Grail so to speak. My family went in 1947 when I was ten and the lawsuit was still mentioned then.
Another story I just came across is that the name Casey came about during the Civil War. Was it easier to spell for the authorities? Were they trying to dodge service? Was it easier to be Irish amongst the other troops? Also it seems that the name was at some time spelled Tischere.
Is it possible,Pat, that your Alexander could have been a brother to my Jean Maxime? Max was born in about 1838-40 depending on the record. I found a brother Charles born in 1853 and a sister Mary born in 1844. I am sure there must have been other births but where they are recorded remains a mystery. The Buffalo births I have found were at St. Pierre's Roman Catholic Church now our Lady of Lourdes. However, there is a period where the records are missing and then some of the writing is so bad that it is hard to decipher. I will see if this film is still at our FHL after the holidays and give it another look if it is here.
Marc Tessier was able to find mention of the birth of Jean Maxime at the Notre Dame Church in Montreal. However, as you know he was reputed to have been "born at sea". Maybe the family was moving from Canada to Michigan or Michigan to New York or whatever.
The family lore I have comes from folks whose memories I value but who knows how many times it was changed to romanticize the story. Anyway I saw your post Jan and had to put my 2cents in. I suppose it is good to rule out nothing. Sara
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