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Date:10/26/2014 12:07:36 AM
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Listening to Your Elders, Part II
I've alluded to the accuracy of oral history. Here's a prime example. (Which I've discussed before in my blogs.") The wisest woman I've ever known was my grandmother, Emma (Lessor) Truckey. The Truckeys (Trottiers) came to New France around 1645. The Lessieurs (Lessors) came to Quebec the same year. Now Julie Murphree had said that she would not re-post from earlier blogs. I, however, have not made that promise, so now I re-post from an earlier post (If this disqualifies me from our "challenge", I here now cheerfully admit defeat, in the interests of good reading.)

"Grandma Truckey had been born into the Lessor family, also called Lessieur. It was an important family in Canada during the French Regime. Grandma had told us grandchildren that the cathedral of St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec was built on land that had been donated by her family. The family legend says the two Lessieurs were out fishing on the St. Lawrence when a fog rolled in and they couldn't see anything. The two men prayed to St. Anne, a patron to the French from Brittany, that if they got home okay, they would give up land to build a church to her. They made it home, donated the land, and the cathedral was built. It makes for a nice story, but 35 years later, when I was doing research at the Brown County Library in Green Bay, I found a book on noteworthy French-Canadian families. Under the Lessor/Lessieur name the book related how that family had donated the land for the cathedral of St. Anne. As a lifelong student of history, I have always been amazed at how accurate the oral histories remain as they are handed down from generation to generation. This is just another example, all the more delightful because it's so close to home." Please scroll up for Part III --Gary
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