WEST CARTHAGE — Thesier Park, Zecher Road, just outside of the village along the Black River, was invaded by 143 members of the extended Thesier family for their annual reunion Aug. 5.

It was the 90th consecutive family reunion of the descendants of Mose [1854] and Roseanna Thesier [1865], Lowville. The first of these annual events was held at Haas Park in Antwerp July 4, 1927.

The reunion has been held at Thesier Park, most years since 1994. Some of the reunions were held in Hermon, where Edith Tessier Brunet, daughter of Mose Thesier, settled.

Mose Tessier’s name was changed to Thesier when he moved to Northern New York in 1888 from Bourget, Ontario, Canada, after moving from Clarence Creek, Ontario.

“This reunion was really special” said Will Thesier, president of the Thesier Reunion Association.

T-shirts with the picture of the first family reunion imprinted on them, were given to everyone. The T-shirts were designed and arranged by Patte Lemieux, Carthage. There was music throughout the afternoon presented by the Thesier Family musicians. The musicians were Pat Thesier of Granger, Ind., Francis Thesier of Scotia, Jay Thesier, Canoga Park, Calif., Patte Lemieux, Carthage, Penny Zeller, Bristol, Va, Joyce Thesier of Lake Bonaparte and Leesburg, Fla., Tom Gaebel, Long Beach, Calif., and Will Thesier, Pelham, N.H.

Family came from throughout the state and from all over the country — California, Alabama, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

A very special presentation was made by Jan Phillips, Marlene Rosno, Lisa Reynolds and Cherie Pape. They gave a heart-rendering poem about the family’s ancestry and they spoke about each of the children of Mose and Roseanna Thesier giving an account of their life and accomplishments. Then they gave a roll call of each of the families of the children of Mose and Roseanna Thesier. There was a loud cheer from each of the descendants of those families as their ancestors were named. The entire presentation was very well done. It was a highlight of the day and well received by everyone.

The officers of the Thesier Family Reunion Association are: president, Will Thesier, of Pelham, N.H.; secretary, James Babcock of Orange, N.J. and treasurer, Jean Thompson, of Edwards.

Special Activities: historian, Rita Thesier of Carthage, coordinator, Patte Lemieux of Carthage and coordinator Linda Stowell Scott of York, S.C.

Prizes were given out for the following categories:

Oldest man: Leonard Richer, 84, Liverpool

Oldest woman: Joyce Thesier, 86, Lake Bonaparte and Leesburg, Fla.

Youngest boy: Wyatt Labrosse, 3, Massena

Youngest girl: Rileigh Buckley,1, Croghan

Newly married: Sean and Kristin Johnson, Beaver Falls [two week]

Oldest man never married: Eugene Thesier, 81, Copenhagen

Oldest woman never married: Mary Richer,63, Tupper Lake

Jan Phillips, 68, San Diego, Calif., boycotted the award

Longest married: Thomas and Elaine Barr, Tijeras, N.M. [57 years]

Farthest traveled: Marni Rosno and Jan Phillips from San Diego, Calif.

There were prizes for the children.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and venison was provided and everyone brought a dish to share. There was plenty of food for everyone.

The day was filled with laughter and conversation and catching up with the events of family members not seen for at least a year or more.

There was a genealogy table hosted by Rita Thesier, Carthage, where everyone could see pictures of past reunions back to 1927 and family pictures and reunion pictures of all the years since 1927 through last year. Booklets of the genealogy of the Thesier family were available. There were scrolling pictures on digital picture frames put together by Tom Gaebel of Long Beach, Calif.

The Thesier genealogy dates back to the birth of Urbain Tessier, born in 1624 at Angers, France, of Artus Tessier dit Lavigne, and came to the site of Montreal, Canada, where he married Marie Archambault in Quebec on Sept. 28, 1648. He died March 21, 1689, in Montreal, Canada. He came to the Americas with Maissoneuve, the founder of Montreal.

The weather took a break from the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday evening and the reunion was spared from the rain.

Everyone is looking forward to next year to another great Thesier Family Reunion.


As reported Saturday August 19, 2017 online in The Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York.