Santa comes earlier this year…

Santa comes earlier this year Dennis…
Yep… Sure looks that way Peter…

Each year I play Santa… on this blog about genealogy.

Click here for Chrismas 2009 and here for Christmas 2010. This year is not different.

Let’s say it’s a tradition of mine.

I like this little animated gif image of Santa… with his trusted mule.

Like my grandfather Leo Lagacé, I have a great sense of humour or humor if you live in the States like my grandfather did from 1889 through 1907. My grandfather’s parents moved to the U.S. in 1889, Bristol, Connecticut to be more precise, and Leo came back to Quebec the year his mother died.

Leo died on January 1st 1964.

I had just turned sweet 15.

Back in 2007, 100 years later after Leo came back from the U.S., I started being interested about my ancestors in general and about my grandfather. I knew very little about him then. A lot of hearsays and a U.S. silver dollar dated 1888.

Back in the 50s, Leo Senior never talked that much to his grandson. I think in fact he never spoke to me. Maybe he did, but I can’t recall. My grandmother Juiette did though. He would pass along some information to her on what was the name of the American President at the time…

Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Leo Senior had a poor health and he was quite poor. Little did I know then in the 50s that he had been rich in the 20s and the 30s and that he lost his fortune twice to gambling. So when I came into this world, my grandfather was 60 years old, in poor health and poor.

I don’t think he was that much interested about his new grandson Pierre.

Maybe he was?

He never told…

Anyway, time have changed… and now I have a new grandson and I will talk to him a lot. I was always curious and very patient by nature. I still am.

I wonder where I got it from.

So when I got interested about my ancestors back in 2007, I had what it took to go and look for them. And look I did and I looked a lot. I never found my grandparents’ marriage license.

The reason was simple… They were never married…!

Someone sent me my grandfather’s death certificate with his mother’s name on it…

H. Alexandre.

With this little piece of information, the floodgates opened wide.

I found Leo Seniorwas first married in 1912. I had his parents’ name: Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

I won’t go into the details because this is not the subject of this article.

So are you still interested about Lucille?

 

How is all this related to Lucille Lestage?

Quite simple.

Since I knew almost nothing about my American roots, I started writing this blog to help others find their French-Canadian roots and maybe learn more about my American relatives.

This is what I did with my distant cousins Alyce out west and Claudette down south back 2009, and with Odette, somewhere in the middle, another distant cousin back in 2010.

A few months ago, Dennis Lagasse found his roots reading my blog.

In a few minutes Dennis was transported back in time and became Dennis IV. He shared the few pictures he had with me which reunited me with my grandfather’s nieces and nephews.

This is what I am doing right now with Robin who lives in California and who is searching for her husband’s ancestors.

She found a picture of someone who meant nothing to her.

Nothing to her, but something to Sandy, Joe and I.

Well I guess you will have to come back on Monday for the end of this story…

I knew some of you would come back…

Still interested about Lucille Lestage…?

She has deep French-Canadian roots.

French-Canadians are proud of their roots, and it shows…

This blog is one living proof.

This young sixteen year-old teenager was the niece of Agnes Alexandre and David Nathanael Bleau. 

If you are related to the Bleaus and the Alexandres who once lived in New England in the turn of the 20th century, then you probably have found your ancestors.

Lucille Lestage was born in 1909.

Precisely on September 1st if the caption written in the back of this photo is correct.

Why would it be wrong?

Lucille was the daugther of Flavie Alexandre and Charles Lestage.

That’s not written in the back.

Flavie Alexandre was the daughter of Philomene Lagasse, my great-grandfather’s sister.

That’s not written in the back either.

Want to learn the rest of this story?

You will have to come back tomorrow.

Am I having fun do this…?

You can bet on it… and I am not alone.

You know Pierre, you’ll love this story…

Yep Dennis, I’m sure I will…

Call Them Distant Relatives…

I don’t mind if you call them distant relatives of mine…

This is yet another scanned picture of little Marie’s priceless collection.

This is the wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida.

I don’t know her maiden name yet.

Robin has been hard at work.

Call it passion on her part.

I would call it caring.

Caring for Marie who is interested in her ancestors even though she’s 93.

This is the edited version of that picture.

I love looking at wedding pictures.

My mother also did and I had fun looking at them when I was young.

I think I am still young deep inside.

Leo Combe and Ida are little Marie’s uncle and aunt.

What I know about Ida is only what I see in the pictures Robin has scanned me for us… 

71!

Call it passion…

I would call it caring.

I am sure Robin will ask Marie what was Ida’s maiden name so we can look for other distant relatives of ours.

In the wedding picture taken around 1918, we can see Marie’s mother beside Ida.

Just beside her mother Sylvia is my cousin Agnes Alexandre.

Agnes is the daughter of my great-grandaunt Philomene Lagasse (Lagacé). Back in 2007 when I started looking for my ancestors I did not know she had existed.

As I said, I don’t mind if you call these people distant relatives of mine…

Touching Lives Again

Will this blog ever end?

It’s everybody’s guess because the more we find with Robin’s pictures, the more we find more and more.

Robin coined the phrase opening the floodgates

Take this picture she sent me for instance.

Raymond was the first child of Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault.

I am sure Everybody Loved Raymond…

I wonder who might be interested in that picture and also this one.

This is the wedding picture of Raymond’s parents Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault.

It was taken in 1902!

This blog is how Sandy, Joe, Robin and I reach out for people who might be related to us.

This blog could also be touching their lives and ours too. 

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault had seven children.

Philip Archambeault was the youngest. 

I know he was the youngest of seven children because I found Philip’s obituary last weekend.

I also know that Philip Joseph Archambeault Senior touched a lot of lives in his life…

Just read what I found on the Internet.

Philip Joseph Archambeault Sr.

                                ARCHPHIL   ARCHAMBEAULT, Philip Joseph, Sr.,Philip Joseph Archambeault, Sr. of Birchwood Drive, Bristol passed quietly at the Bristol Hospital, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, (June 25, 2005). He leaves us to join his beloved wife, Elizabeth Gualtieri Archambeault in the life eternal.Phil was born February 9, 1921 in Plainville, to William and Myra (Alexander) Archambeault. He moved to Bristol at an early age and remained a life-long resident. He was a direct descendant of Jacques Archambeault, a founding father of the city of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.Phil was very proud of his distinguished heritage. Phil will be remembered for the love he shared with his family, his love of music and lastly, his sense of humor. The jokes and stories he so often told are cherished memories for all. Phil particularly enjoyed his visits with the famed comedian, Henny Youngman. Both his sense of humor and his musical talents are carried on by his children and grandchildren.Philip retired from Wallace Barnes in 1985. Phil was the very proud father of 11 children, all of whom survive him.

He leaves his sons, William A. Archambeault of El Paso, TX; Philip J. Archambeault, Jr. and his wife, Celine Petrie of Burlington, James J. Archambeault of Bristol, Frank J. Archambeault and his wife, Beth (Werzinger) of Avon, Joseph J. Archambeault of Bristol, Carl J. Archambeault and his wife, Patti (Bluma) of Avon; and his daughters, Elizabeth A. Richards and her husband, Jeffrey of North Conway, NH; Myra G. Malan of Plantation, FL; Veronica Colligan and her husband, Gary or Orlando, FL; Mary A. Flores and her husband, Edgardo of Bristol, and Carol Ann Archambeault of Burbank, CA. Phil is also mourned by his former daughter-in-law, Deborah (Greene) Archambeault of Bristol and 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews.

Phil was the youngest of seven children and he was predeceased by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters. Calling hours are Monday, June 27, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Avenue, Forestville. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church on School Street in Bristol, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28. Friends and family may meet at the funeral home one hour prior to the Mass. Phil will be buried next to his beloved wife at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol, immediately following the funeral.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 26, 2005

This memorial page I found is now inactive. You have to pay to restore it.

This blog is not inactive and you will never have to pay.

We can see some comments made by people who are related to us in a way but don’t even know Robin, Sandy, Joe and I exist. One of Philip’s daughter and one of his daughter-in-law.

Philip Archambeault Guest Book

“Dear Dad,

It was an honor to be there for your services. I didn’t realize just how powerful it would be to remember all the wonderful stories and jokes and mostly the sacrifices you made for…”

- Carol Archambeault

“Dad, On my wedding day I told you it’s been a long time since I had a father. I knew you longer than I knew my own father. I love you and miss you. You are irreplaceable. Thank you for my…” -

Celine Petrie

Louis Joseph Combe and his motorcycle

Louis Joseph  Combe is Sylvia’s father who is still living and has a lot of pictures of her family. Her daughter sent them to Robin who is in the process of scanning them all.

Louis Combe was a photographer by trade, but obviously he did not take this photo. 

Louis Joseph Combe

This is the original photo Robin had scanned two days ago.

I did a little editing just using Paint…

It was worth taking the time to do it since Robin took the time to scan 44 pictures.

I won’t be posting or editing all of them.

Only some that will be touching people’s lives so to speak.

I believe the motorcycle picture would have been taken around 1915, maybe earlier. Louis would have been 21 in 1912.

Louis Joseph Combe was born in 1891 in Custer, in South Dakota. He died in 1987.  

His father was Victor Combe who was a French immigrant. Victor Combe arrived in the U.S. in 1885 and in 1890 he married Virginia Grandbois who was French-Canadian.

Louis Combe married Sylvia Bleau who was the daughter of David Bleau and Agnes Alexandre who both had French-Canadian ancestors. Agnes is my first cousin twice removed. Her mother Philomene was my great-grandfather’s sister.

Robin has found a lot about her roots and her husband’s, but now she has a lot of pictures to go around and share them with all of us.

The Combe Family

She also found three people passionate about genealogy.

About 1915…?

In 1917…?

A little History Detectives…?

Where was that picture taken…?

Touching Lives

Robin, Sandy, Joe, and I are all touching lives with our passion for genealogy…

Sharing our passion so other people’s lives will be touched by what we find about their ancestors.

When you share a passion, nothing is asked in return.

Just the pure selfish pleasure of sharing…

Myra’s wedding

Myra Alexandre married William Archambeault on October 22, 1902 in St. Joseph Church, in Bristol, Connecticut. 

Last year we did not know she ever existed.

We only had a picture with no name.

What we thought was that we had Philomene Alexandre with her sister Agnes.

Now we know better with Robin’s pictures, and now with Sylvia’s pictures.

Myra is on the right.

We still think her older sister is Philomene on the left.

Now we have this new picture to get a clearer picture of Philomene Lagasse’s daughters.

And we have names to go along.

William Archambault is on the left and Mary Alexandre is on the right. We have no idea who is the other man in the back. What we know for sure is that Mary never married.

We also have a new picture.

This one is with the couple’s first child. He is a little boy.

His name is Raymond.

Myra has a serious look on her face.

I wonder why?

Maybe Raymond kept her awake all night.

Grandpa and his car…

Ron will love this one…

You see Ron loves cars, genealogy, and reading this blog.

In this picture sent by Robin we see David Nathanael Bleau visiting his grandchildren.

It had to be a great day for those kids seing their Grandpa and his car.

I have no caption but I can easily identified who are in this picture..

This is David Nathanael Bleau again in these pictures…

I know you are getting all excited about these old pictures, but hold your horses…

Here’a another one.

This is the original Robin sent me… We can see the horse’s name.

Jumping to conclusions again…?

Don’t you worry about me…

I have learned my lesson well with this picture.

the Alexandre family

At first I thought we had the Bleau family…

When people get all excited about genealogy they can hardly control themselves. I learned that lesson the hard way when I started looking for my ancestors in 2007, so I am more cautious now.

This is a good piece of advice.

As a carpenter would say…

Check twice, cut once…

Dennis Lagasse, my great-grandfather, was a carpenter by trade.

But cautious as a carpenter I was not with Robin’s pictures.

I was too excited to see them and I still am…

But looking at them more closely revealed something to be looked at more closely.

Take this original picture for instance.

which I edited a little…

This one is so very precious because the older woman is my great-grandaunt Philomene Lagasse, Stanislas’ sister. 

Agnes Akexandre is acknowledging this by placing her hands on her mother’s shoulders.

Most people are correcty identified… except Aunt Mary Alexander.

This woman does not look like the Mary Alexander seen in this picture taken in 1918 with Sylvia Bleau Combe, her daughter Sylvia and a man who has yet to be identified.

In this picture we see the proud parents with Aunt Mary.

The mystery woman looks more like this woman in this other picture taken in 1922 with Sylvia Bleau Combe and her children Sylvia, Louis-Joseph Junior and Lawrence Victor.

Who is that woman on the left if she is not Mary Alexander?

I would guess she is Myra seen here on the left with her father Jean-Baptiste Alexandre and her sister Agnes.

Well I think…

What do you think?

As for the woman with the child on her lap, I believe she is an older sister of Agnes and Myra.

That would see logical.

Most probably she is Helen Alexandre who by the way had married Joseph Bleau, David Bleau’s brother. 

But this is a wild guess on my part.

I guess that guessing sometimes is part of the game… just like guessing who’s who in Joe’s photo montage of Libbie’s daughters…