Frobe Lagasse 1875-1915

This is the file of Frobe Lagasse.

Frobe is a second cousin.

His grandfather was Pierre Lagacé who was my great-great-grandfather’s brother.

Few people know his genealogy but I do.

Having found all my Lagacé’s ancestors, I am now looking for distant relatives.

Frobe married Valéda Forand in 1897. They had at least two children: Joseph Norman Lagasse and Blanche Lagasse.

There are two people who also have Frobe Lagasse in their data banks.

The problem is that they say that Frobe Lagasse died in 1964.

Frobe died in 1915 and this is his death certificate.

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Here are some information about Norman Lagasse.

He was born in January 1899 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Blanche was born around 1905.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, Valéda and Blanche are living together. I had found no traces of Norman.

There might not be any descendants of Frobe Lagasse who was the son of Adolphe Lagasse an undertaker in Massachusetts around 1909.

Next time, I will tell you about Idala Lagasse another son of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David. He also has descendants in the States.

 

 

George Lagasse Undertaker… in Massachusetts in 1909

As I told you before I found a lot of ancestors and descendants of the Lagacé family. Some Lagacés went to the United States and changed their name to Lagasse. Most were the descendants of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David.

Pierre Lagacé was the son of Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé and Ursule Cordeau dit Deslauriers. Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David had a lot of children:

Adolphe

Henri

Isidore

Marie-Anne Émilie

Damase

Joséphine

Adélia

Clara

Marie

Idala

Ambroise…

Maybe more because at that time women were expected by the Church to bear a child every year!

I will start with Adolphe whom I never met of course.

I know he was born on March 14, 1851 in Notre-Dame-de-Standbridge, Missiquoi, Québec, Canada. He was christened at in Notre-Dame-des-Anges church.

Adolphe married Mélanie Berthiaume on August 22, 1873 in Bedford, Missisquoi, Québec, Canada. They were married in St-Damien church.

I found four children :

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Frobe

Alice

Eva

George.

I had already found Frobe and Alice.

Frobe married Valéda Forand and Alice married Olivier Caron.

This information was found on the Internet quite a long time ago during my research on my ancestors.

But I found Eva and George only this morning on the Mormons’ site.

Eva married Rodolphe Le Clair and George married Élizabeth Roy.

George is listed as being an undertaker.

The Mormons’ site has the images of the Massachusetts marriages and we can find a lot of information.

While I was adding these new files on my Heritage site, I found a match.

Bob LaGasse has the same people. I wrote him several times but he never replied to my messages.

Maybe someday he will read this blog and figure out who this Pierre Lagacé amateur genealogist is.

On the other hand, it would be great if you found your ancestors as you are reading this…

Next time I will talk about Frobe Lagasse.

Sometimes Only One Clue Is Enough

With that one clue,

I searched in data banks for the marriage of a Léo Lagacé.

What I found was his first marriage.

That was quite a shock.

My grandfather was married in 1912 and I believe no one knew about it at the time. With this info I had his parents’ names: Henriette Alexandre and Stanislas Lagacé.

Someone sent the image of the marriage taken from the parish register of Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur.

There I found out that my great-grandfather was still living but that my great-grandmother was dead. Stanislas was a contractor living in Bristol, Connecticut, and he did not attend Léo’s marriage.

I found who were the parents of Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre by using data banks.

I could then link Stanislas Lagacé with the first Lagacé: André Mignier dit La Gâchette.

This nickname was given to him because he was carrying a musket.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

La Gâchette became Lagacé.

There is an expression in French…

Être vite sur la gâchette…

To be quick to react to something.

I can tell you that it’s in my genes.

See you.

Sharing… That’s What It’s all About

If I found the missing link it’s because someone sent me an e-mail.

He had this document…

The name was right so was the birthdate and the date of my grandfather’s death.

I also had his obituary card in my files.

1888-1964

My grandfather was not someone who talked a lot, but I manage to find his first mariage in 1912 because I had his mother’s name on his death certificate:  H. Alexandre.

mariage leo et maria 1912

1912 marriage 2

She was Henriette Alexandre, daughter of David Alexandre and Marguerite Marchand.

But I could not find his second marriage, and you know why because Antonio Landry told us Léo disappeared in the 1920s after his father Omer chased him out of the house. They lost track of him…

Almost 90 years later a descendant shows up in Acton Vale.

To be continued…

There Is not Much that Can Stop Me…

When I was looking for my grandfather’s ancestors, I found he was living in Hartford, Connecticut with his father Stanislas, who called himself Dennis, and his mother Henriette Alexandre, who was Harriet.

Léo was living with his older brother Adélard born in 1880. Léo was born in June 1888 and he was the last of the children.

In the census, I found that Harriett (Henriette) had 13 children. I had only found 12.

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Friday morning, while looking into the register of Notre-Dame-des-Anges parish in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge, I found the 13th children.

Her name was Marie-Angélique Lagacé born on November 10, 1871. She died on September 15, 1872.

This closes  the chapter about the children of Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

You can ask me to visit my genealogy site and see the file of Stanislas Lagacé. From there you can access all of his children’s files.

Next time, I will tell you about Pierre Lagacé, Stanislas Lagacé’s granduncle.  Some of his descendants went to the United States.

See you…

Now That Was Fast…

I have decided to go on…

And this is the reason.

I have put about two years putting the pieces of the Lagacé puzzle together.

I think I owe it to myself and the Lagacé descendants to continue talking about that branch of the Lagacé family.

So next time, I will talk about our first ancestor.

See you

Should I Go On…?

I wonder if I should go on writing my English blog about genealogy.

I will think about it and get back to you soon.

It was mainly a spin-off of my blog on wartime veterans and keeping their memories alive.

I also wanted to give Lagacé descendants living in the U.S. a chance to link up with their past.

Maybe I will get a message from a descendant wanting to know more… and since I know a lot…

Montreal circa 1954

See you around…

My Second Trip to Acton Vale

I went back to Acton Vale.

There I went to see the house where Maria Landry lived.

Gérard, Antonio and Bernard Landry

The house now belongs to Bernard. He is the son of Wilbrod Landry, Gérard’s uncle and Antonio’s brother.

My wife, my daughter and I visited the farm.

Quite impressive…

Then I went to the cemetery…

Maria is buried there with her sister Renelda.

Even though my grandfather left here in the 1920s, his name is on the headstone.

No one knew what had happen to my grandfather after Antonio’s father chased him away until I came along…

After lunch, Antonio wanted to me to meet someone.

It was Dorilla Landry, Maria’s youngest sister, born in 1913. I told her I was Léo Lagacé’s grandson.

Then her eyes lit up and she said…

“Ah Léo Lagacé… He was a nice man. He was fun person to be with… He sang and danced and told jokes.

Dorilla died in October 2009.

Gérard sent me this.

The end