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  (b. 29 March 1744 Sorel, Canada, New France   d. 6 December 1806 Sorel, Lower Canada )  

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Joseph TESSIER dit MAJOR was born 29 March 1744 in Sorel, Canada, New France . Joseph TESSIER dit MAJOR was the child of Pierre TESSIER   and   Catherine-Marie VACHER dite LACERTE and the grandchild of: (maternal)  Jean-Charles VACHER dit LACERTE and Marie-Claire BERGERON

Marriage(s) and Child(ren):

He married  Marie-Catherine HUS COURNOYER MILLET 28 September 1767 in Sorel, Province of Québec, Canada .  The couple had (at least) 12 children. Marie-Catherine HUS COURNOYER MILLET  was born 4 May 1749 in Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre).  She died 14 May 1831 in Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre).  She was the daughter of Jean-Baptiste HUS COURNOYER MILLET and Marie-Geneviève PELLETIER dite ANTAYA.

Joseph TESSIER dit MAJOR died 6 December 1806 in Sorel, Lower Canada .

Occupation: Soldier in 1760 Company of Sorel Militia

Father: Pierre Tessier b: 1712 in Charlesbourg, Québec, Nouvelle France
Mother: Catherine Marie Vacher b: 1712 in Trois Rivières, St-Maurice, Québec, Nouvelle France

Stepson of Jean Bourdais dit Lebourdais

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Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - Over time, Québec has gone through a series of name changes
From its inception in the early 1600s until 1760, it was called Canada, New France.
1760 to 1763, it was simply Canada
1763 to 1791 - Province of Québec
1791 to 1867 - Lower Canada
1867 to present - Québec, Canada.

Thanks to Micheline MacDonald for providing this information.
Did You Know?Québec Généalogie - Did you know? Children in New France had many chores. Small children might bring in the wood for the fireplace....Read MORE... ON/ LakeheadUniversity/ NewFranceWQ/ wqr6.aspx
Did You Know? Québec Généalogie - What is a 'dit/dite' name?  When the first settlers came to Québec from France it was a custom to add a 'dit' nickname to the surname. The English translation of 'dit' is 'said'. The Colonists of Nouvelle France added 'dit' names as distinguishers. A settler might have wanted to differentiate their family from their siblings by taking a 'dit' name that described the locale to which they had relocated. The acquiring of a 'dit' name might also be the result of a casual adoption, whereby the person wanted to honor the family who had raised them. Another reason was also to distinguish themselves by taking as a 'dit' name the town or village in France from which they originated. This custom ended around 1900 when people began using only one name, either the 'dit' nickname or their original surname.

Source: American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket, Rhode Island (

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