Touching Lives Again and Again

This blog will never end soon because it keeps touching people lives.

Someone wrote a comment Sunday.

His name is Carl J. Archambeault Sr. and his comment was about the article I posted in December 2011.

I can tell you about it.

Hello….

I just came across this blog… Where are you located? Philip Archambeault (whose obituary is listed above) is my father. I’m the baby of 11 children of Philip and Elizabeth Archambeault.

I had put this article on purpose. I wanted to share some of the pictures Robin sent me. She had scanned close to 100 pictures.

She had coined the phrase opening the floodgates… 

Robin sent these.

This is Carl J. Archambeault Sr.’s grandparents.

Raymond is the little child on Myra Alexandre’s lap. William Archambeault is standing beside Myra. Raymond was their first child and Philip, Carl’s father, was their last child.

I am sure Carl J. Archambeault Sr. is very much interested in that picture and also this one.

This is the wedding picture of Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault taken on October 22, 1902, almost 110 years ago!

Sandy and Joe, who both live on the East Coast, Robin, who lives on the West Coast, and I, who is living in Quebec, wanted to share these photos and to reach out there to people who might be related to us, even distant ones.

Carl J. Archambeault Sr. is now one of them and everyone whose life Carl is touching right now for that matter. Maybe those who wrote comments on the memorial site to pay homage to Philip Archambeault.

“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

As a footnote to all this…

This is a tin picture of Myra.

Myra Alexandre sitting on a park bench with her sister Helene

This is another tin picture.

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre with his three daughters (Myra, Agnes and Helene)
and his wife Philomène Lagacé

This blog will never end soon because one day someone will write a comment about Helene Alexandre and the little girl sitting on her lap or the little boy in front of his grandmother Libbie Lagasse Alexander.

Another footnote…

Carl sent me this picture.

 

He also  sent this tin picture probably taken around 1880.

Jean-Baptiste Archambeault’s and Emilia Mercier’s family

I am sure you will be able to find William Archambeault in that picture.

Harvey William Lagasse

Harvey William Lagasse was known as Big Harvey. I did not know that.

But I am sure he had a big heart.

I made this little montage for my two new found second cousins twice removed.

Big Harvey is the little boy with his grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse II.

Stanislas Lagacé is my great-grandfather who is fast becoming a well-known celebrity on the Internet.

I am sure Stanislas had also a big heart.

He was born in 1842 in the province of Quebec. Big Harvey was born in 1892 in Connecticut. So the picture on the left was probably taken around 1896, more than 116 years ago.

Last year Big Harvey was just a name in my family tree.

Now with the help of my two new found second cousins twice removed Big Harvey is also fast becoming a well-known celebrity on the Internet just like his grandfather.



More Information about Ste. Anne parish

Joe sent me this…

Frank Ritchie was Odna Lagasse’s husband
Isodore Menard was Zephirin’s son.

First families of Ste. Ann parish  Bristol, Connecticut

Jean Baptiste Alexandre Joseph Gervais Aime Millette
Pierre Allaire Joseph Giguère Jules Moquin
Joseph Auclair David Girard Steven Moquin
George Bachand Henri Gosselin Jean-Baptiste Monty
Rodolphe Beaudoin Louis Grenier Jean-Baptiste Myers
Joseph Béchard David Grisé Jean-Baptiste Paré
Moise Beloin Ernest Guimond Didyme Pelletier
William Benoit Emile Hamel Oscar Perreault
Joseph Bleau Eustache Jodoin Joseph Phaneuf
Joseph Boucher Alfred Joyal Philippe Pion
Alexandre Boutot Léon Lacourse Jean-Baptiste Pratt
Leandre Breault Octave Lacourse Frank Ritchie
Napoléon Breault Frank Lagasse Oliva Roberge
Joseph Carignan Louis Lagasse Philimon Rondeau
Arthur Choinière Stanislas Lagasse Joseph Rondeau
Zéphir Choinière J. Albert Lamoureux Adrien Taillon
Emilien Côté Joseph Lamoureux Odilon Taillon
Louis Côté Jean-Baptiste Landry Zoël Taillon
Joseph Courville Joseph Landry Joseph Terrien
Joseph Couture Napoléon Landry Philias Thibault
Albert Daigneault Louis LaPierre Joseph Turcotte
Gilbert Desrosiers Elzéar LaRocque Alfred Valentin
Eugène Dubé Alfred Lebeau Édouard Valentin
Joseph Dubé Honora Lebeau George Vanesse
Napoléon Dubé Joseph Lebeau Louis Vanesse
Télesphore Dufresne Osias Lebeau
Edmond Duquette Didace Lebrun
Napoléon Duquette George Lessard
Alfred Duval Charles Letoumeau
Arthur Duval Bruno L’Heureux
Joseph Faucher Philippe L’Heureux
Albert Fontaine Anthony Lupien
Lévi Fournier Fanie Lupien
Joseph Galipeau Philippe Marchand
Gédéon Gamache Ephrem Marcotte
Wilfred Gauthier Maxime Maynard
Emery Gaudreau Zéphirin Maynard
Pierre Gaudreau Omer Melançon
Isidore Ménard
He also told me…
Time for our walk. 73 degrees and breezy.
I said to watch for sunburn…

Louis Lagasse

Who’s Louis Lagasse?

He’s Dennis Lagasse II’s brother. I don’t have a picture to show you.

Maybe I have one photo in my files, but since I can’t identify him, I can’t show it.

Maybe it’s him in this picture…

I did this little montage in 2010 because I thought I had a picture of the elusive Dennis Lagasse II.

Now I am sure the mystery man is not Dennis.

He could be Pierre or Peter Lagasse who was Dennis’ brother.

Could be?

This is the original picture.

I have two photos in my files.

These people are at a beach.

Louis died in 1928. He was the father of…

Dora Lagasse (1882 –)

Oscar D Lagasse (1884 –)

Louis H Lagasse (1884 –)

Wilbur G Lagasse (1888 –)

Joseph William Lagasse (1890 –)

Harvey Louis Lagasse (1894 – 1971)

Walter D Lagasse (1901 –)

Well that’s what I could find… in the U.S. censuses and on Family Search.

Louis Lagasse married Rose Myers.

The Lagasses and the Myers are all related to each others. I know a lot about the Myers who were Lemaires back in the 1800s.

Since these pictures come from a descendant of Alice Myers who married Victor Philip Lagasse, then Louis could possibly be in these photos.

I can’t follow up on all this because the person who sent me these pictures has stopped sending me pictures in 2010. I have tried to rekindle the interest but to no avail.

I undertand that my passion for genealogy is scaring some people away.

I will have to get use to this.

First families of Ste. Ann parish

Joe gave me this when I went to see him in September.

It’s the list of the First families of Ste. Anne parish in Bristol, Connecticut. 

Click on the link below to the PDF file.

(families of Ste. Anne in Bristol)

It is also all here.

First families of Ste. Ann parish  Bristol, Connecticut

Jean Baptiste Alexandre Joseph Gervais Aime Millette
Pierre Allaire Joseph Giguère Jules Moquin
Joseph Auclair David Girard Steven Moquin
George Bachand Henri Gosselin Jean-Baptiste Monty
Rodolphe Beaudoin Louis Grenier Jean-Baptiste Myers
Joseph Béchard David Grisé Jean-Baptiste Paré
Moise Beloin Ernest Guimond Didyme Pelletier
William Benoit Emile Hamel Oscar Perreault
Joseph Bleau Eustache Jodoin Joseph Phaneuf
Joseph Boucher Alfred Joyal Philippe Pion
Alexandre Boutot Léon Lacourse Jean-Baptiste Pratt
Leandre Breault Octave Lacourse Frank Ritchie
Napoléon Breault Frank Lagasse Oliva Roberge
Joseph Carignan Louis Lagasse Philimon Rondeau
Arthur Choinière Stanislas Lagasse Joseph Rondeau
Zéphir Choinière J. Albert Lamoureux Adrien Taillon
Emilien Côté Joseph Lamoureux Odilon Taillon
Louis Côté Jean-Baptiste Landry Zoël Taillon
Joseph Courville Joseph Landry Joseph Terrien
Joseph Couture Napoléon Landry Philias Thibault
Albert Daigneault Louis LaPierre Joseph Turcotte
Gilbert Desrosiers Elzéar LaRocque Alfred Valentin
Eugène Dubé Alfred Lebeau Édouard Valentin
Joseph Dubé Honora Lebeau George Vanesse
Napoléon Dubé Joseph Lebeau Louis Vanesse
Télesphore Dufresne Osias Lebeau
Edmond Duquette Didace Lebrun
Napoléon Duquette George Lessard
Alfred Duval Charles Letoumeau
Arthur Duval Bruno L’Heureux
Joseph Faucher Philippe L’Heureux
Albert Fontaine Anthony Lupien
Lévi Fournier Fanie Lupien
Joseph Galipeau Philippe Marchand
Gédéon Gamache Ephrem Marcotte
Wilfred Gauthier Maxime Maynard
Emery Gaudreau Zéphirin Maynard
Pierre Gaudreau Omer Melançon
Isidore Ménard

I have added this part…

Parish History
St. Ann Church
Established 1908
French

Almost 1400 households

During the late 19th century, waves of French Catholics migrated to Connecticut from Canada and Maine. With 200 French families in Bristol by 1905, three representatives met with Bishop Michael A. Tierney to request a separate parish for French-Canadians. As a result, Father Joseph P. Perreault was appointed first pastor on November 28 at the old Town Hall on Main Street.

By January 1908, the liturgical celebrations were moved to the second floor of the J.H. Sessions and Son factory on North Main Street.

A site for a parish church was selected in July at the corner of West and Gaylord streets. A basement church was erected and hosted its first Mass on Christmas Day 1908.

Father Perreault next planned a school and convent to fulfill the desires of his parishioners for a Catholic education for their children.

St. Ann School opened on September 4, 1918, staffed by the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On December 20, 1953, Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien dedicated a new St. Ann Church on top of the old basement church.

In 1982 the Sisters of the Assumption departed, and the school became lay-staffed, eventually closing in June 1989.

St. Ann Church

215 West Street, Bristol CT 06010
Mailing Address: 180 Laurel Street, Bristol CT 06010
Telephone: 860-582-8169   Fax: 860-585-7139
Email: saintann180@comcast.net
Deanery: Bristol
Vicariate: Waterbury

I am related to the Lagasses in that list: Frank, Louis and Stanislas. Most people in that list are related somehow. The Dubés, the Lagasses, the Alexanders, the Maynards, the Myers…

Frank Lagasse’s real name was François-Xavier Lagacé, Louis Lagasse was Louis Lagacé and Stanislas Lagasse… well he was Stanislas Lagacé, the well-known celebrity among Our Ancestors: Dennis Lagasse II