Somewhere in Time

I really enjoyed that movie in 1980.

Click here to know what I am talking about.

I am like a time traveler when I see old pictures. This is why I was stunned to find a site about cabinet cards.

Here’s one old picture for the Gipper

Another one…

Just ordinary people until you can put a name on a smiling face.

Intrigued?

Come back next time.

Agnes Alexandre

Agnes Alexandre is not a mystery woman.

But she was back in 2007 when I began searching for my Lagacé ancestors and all those who were related to them.

Agnes in fact did not even existed.

The Alexandre family was related to me in two ways. This is why I found Agnes along the way. Her mother was my great-grandaunt Philomène Lagacé who had married Jean-Baptiste Alexandre. My great-grandmother Henriette Alexandre was Jean-Baptiste’s sister. 

So when Fran found an obituary last month and wrote this comment, I just had to write something about it.

“This is an obituary in the May 31, 1927 (p.5c.4) issue of The Bristol Press…:”

“MRS. DAVID BLEAU

Mrs. Agnes Bleau, aged 56 years, wife of David Bleau, motorman for The Bristol and Plainville Electric Company, died this morning at her home in Wolcott, following an illness since Friday. She had not enjoyed good health for the past several months.
The funeral will take place at St. Ann’s Church at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, Rev. J. P. Perreault will celebrate the requiem. Interment, in charge of Undertaker James J. Dunn, will be in the new St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Mrs. Bleau was born in Stanbridge, Canada, fifty-six years ago, daughter of John and Libbie Alexander. Her early life was spent in her native place. She came to this country as a young girl and was married at Blackinton, Mass., in November 1891. She moved to this city with her family fourteen years ago, and for the past five years had been living on the farm in Wolcott, just over the Bristol line.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Combe: one son, Harry Bleau, of this city: two sisters, Miss Mary Alexander, of this city and Mrs. Myra Archambeault of Plainville: three brothers, John B. David Alexander of Plainville and Peter Alexander of this city: and six grandchildren.”

Now if we put with this obituary some pictures we have in our collection… most coming from Robin on the West Coast.

“MRS. DAVID BLEAU

Mrs. Agnes Bleau, aged 56 years, wife of David Bleau, motorman for The Bristol and Plainville Electric Company,

 

David Bleau as a young man

died this morning at her home in Wolcott, following an illness since Friday. She had not enjoyed good health for the past several months.

Agnes Alexandre as a young woman

The funeral will take place at St. Ann’s Church at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, Rev. J. P. Perreault will celebrate the requiem. Interment, in charge of Undertaker James J. Dunn, will be in the new St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Bleau was born in Stanbridge, Canada, fifty-six years ago, daughter of John and Libbie Alexander.

Her early life was spent in her native place.

She came to this country as a young girl and was married at Blackinton, Mass., in November 1891. She moved to this city with her family fourteen years ago, and for the past five years had been living on the farm in Wolcott, just over the Bristol line.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Combe:

 

Sylvia Bleau Combe

one son, Harry Bleau, of this city:

 

Harry on the right

two sisters, Miss Mary Alexander, of this city

 

Mary Alexander on the left in the back

and Mrs. Myra Archambeault of Plainville:

 

Myra Alexandre Archambeault

three brothers, John B.

 

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

David Alexander of Plainville and Peter Alexander of this city:

David or Peter

and six grandchildren.

 Click on the image to see the grandchildren

Mystery wowen

Welcome back… I hope you have visited this blog a few times. 

Back to this blog, Robin, a member of the A-Team, said in her comment she posted…

What a challenge! Are we up to it?

I answered back…

We won’t know until we try.

You never thought how addictive cabinet cards were didn’t you?

They become more addictive when you can put a name on someone’s face.

Mother and daughter? That’s for sure, but no names, just the photographer’s name.

B. F. Ogden, from Springfield, Massachusetts.

That the only clue unless my cousin Sandy takes a look at the women’s clothing and tells me when it was in style.

Another one. Again from Springfield, Massachusetts.

I sent all the 31 pictures to Sandy. She wanted to take a look. I am sure she will get hooked and give me some clues on when the pictures were taken just by looking at the women’s clothing.

See you around. Until then, subscribe to the other blog about cabinet cards.

You could find your ancestors.

I’m sure that the man featured in this photo is my great great grandfather Per Ambjorn Sparre. He was an inventor amongst other things and actually created the first perforated postage stamps in Stockholm. He married an Italian woman and spent much of his life in Paris. There is a wealth of information about him in Swedish. He was Louis Sparre’s (My great grandfather) father. It was a pleasure seeing this photo for me! I have a painting that looks exactly the same.

Where do I start…? Well in good old Holyoke of course!

Ed sent me this message along with his 31 pictures of unidentied ancestors.

After our little discussion of the Alexander family and from what little research I have done, I believe I have some old photographs that might be from their family.  When my aunt died in 1963, her mother, my grandmother, brought back to Georgia a steamer trunk containing some of my aunt’s things.  In that trunk was a group of old photographs.  They were in my grandmother’s things in 1975 when she died and they have finally come to rest with me. 

No one was ever able to tell me anything about the pictures (I never even thought to ask Uncle George).  They are of babies, children, families, and individual men and women, all dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

None have any names indicating whom the pictures are of, however some do have photographer’s marks.  There are 31 photographs and 16 have Holyoke, Massachusetts labels, 2 have Quebec labels, and 1 has a label from Bristol, Connecticut.  These are all places associated with the Alexanders.  In 1920 and 1930, Jean-Baptiste and his family were living in Bristol, CT; in 1910, they were in Holyoke, MA and prior to that, they were in Quebec.   

All of Ed’s 31 pictures do not ring a bell at all when I look at them closely, so, in point of fact, this should ring a bell.

Could these people be related in some way to the Courchesnes. Odila Courchesne (Courchaine) was George Alexander’s mother? 

None of these people has any facial ressemblance with the Alexanders I have pictures of.

And I do have a lot!

So let’s go full speed ahead with the three family pictures Ed sent and let’s try to find some clues. This will be quite a fascinating journey into the unknown.

Family 1

This is Family 1, for now that is. A man, a woman and a young lady. Daughter, mother and father? Most probably.

I don’t have a faintess clue how they are related to the Alexanders. Also nothing on the Internet about Welcome & Covey photographers. They seemed to have been established in 1894. So this picture is taken in or after 1894 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

That’s not a lot to go on.

In my search, I found that this picture is called a cabinet card. I like to learn new things. It must be evident if you have been reading this blog from the start.

Now let’s turn our attention to Family 2.

Family 2

Again Welcome & Covey… 1894… 175 High St., Holyoke, Mass.

My 3rd cousin told me once that very youngs boys were dressed like girls in those days. So the girl could be a boy with his father and mother. Notice that the little boy puts his hand on his father’s shoulder.

Still no clue though, but I am sure you would like to put on name on these faces.

Last family picture…

Family 3

New photographer!

I found information about B. F. Ogden on this site, the same one I found the information about cabinet cards

WHAT IS A CABINET CARD?

Welcome to the Cabinet Card Gallery. Cabinet card photographs were first introduced in 1866. They were initially employed for landscapes rather than portraitures. Cabinet cards replaced Carte de visite photographs as the popular mode of photography.  Cabinet cards became the standard for photographic portraits in 1870. Cabinet cards experienced their peak in popularity in the 1880′s.  Cabinet cards were still being produced in the United States until the early 1900′s and continued to be produced in Europe even longer. The best way to describe a cabinet card is that it is a thin photograph that is mounted on a card that measures 4 1/4″ by 6 1/2″. Cabinet cards frequently have artistic logos and information on the bottom or the reverse of the card which advertised the photographer or the photography studio’s services. Enjoy your visit.

Fascinating site!

Getting back to Ed’s cabinet cards, I have no idea who this family is.

This could take years you know…, but I am patient like Ed.

Next time women’s pictures if you’re still interested.

As a footnote to all this, click here.

I will be back on Monday.

All Unidentified Ancestors

Ed sent me these pictures on Monday night. 

31 pictures in all that are dated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before he sent them I thought I would recognize someone…

Nope.

All are unidentified ancestors, but most are probably all Americans except 2…

Happy 4th of July from the guy up North!

Next time, how to get started with all these unidentified ancestors.

The A-Team

The A-Team has got a new member and he does not even know it yet…

Interested?

Ed is from the South, so we now cover all of North America.

He told me he had many pictures all related to the Alexandres and he asked me Monday night if I was interested.

Interested?

I don’t think Ed has read all my articles on this blog. Almost 300 since September 2009.

In point of fact, this is post 294!

Interested?

Of course, I was interested, especially when I still have unidentified people on some pictures I have, like young man 2 who I believe is David Alexandre, John B. Alexander brother’s

young man 2

David Alexandre never married. He was a bartender and he was deaf and mute. People back then would say deaf and dumb. I don’t think David was dumb.

David and John were very close to each other.

David is listed in the 1930 U.S. Census.

He was living with John, Odila and their children. I have a feeling Ed will find the answer in the pictures he has, just like Robin, Sandy and Joe did.

Tomorrow…? Post No. 295.

You will see what Ed has in store for us.

About David…

Of course young man 2 could also be Peter Alexander, another brother. Just let’s say I have a hunch…

Type this

On Google search…

george roland alexander ancestors

This is probably what you will get

Yesterday’s post on this blog Our Ancestors about someone who wrote a comment.

George Roland Alexander is not my ancestor. In fact I never knew he had ever existed before someone sent me the descendants of John B. Alexander… 

This is John B Alexander. 

I had temporarily identified him in 2010 as  young man 1 in my files on my hard disk. Sandy, my 3rd cousin, had his picture amongst a whole lot more with people still being unidentified.

Since 2010, we have managed to find the identity of some.

Flavie (Phoebe) Alexandre and Myra Alexandre and lately their brother…

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre…

I could go on and on and on with the ancestors of that family… I wrote everything on this blog about genealogy.

Thanks to Ed Duke, whose uncle was George, Jean-Baptiste Alexandre has now been reunited with three of his children…

Henry…

Irene…

And pf course George.

All three are the children Jean-Baptiste Alexandre had with Odila Courchesne (Courchaine), his second wife. There are seven more to find pictures of.

Jean-Baptiste or John B., aka young man 1, was this man’s and this woman’s son… seen here with their daughters Myra, Agnes and Helen...

Still intrigued? Click here then.

Most probably amazed. I would.

I am since 2010 when my 3rd cousin Sandy started sharing the pictures she saved from destruction.

Now you can understand why I write so much about Our Ancestors even if they are not that closely related to me just like Ed.

From now on, I will just sit and wait for someone to Google someone’s name and find this blog.

Intrigued?

I would if I were you… because I was.

Hi,
I was searching for information on my uncle, George Roland Alexander, and found your blog. My father’s older sister, Edith Elizabeth Duke, married George R. Alexander on 05 Feb 1944 in Bristol, CT. I have a picture from their wedding day – – Uncle George’s brother Henry was his best man and his sister Irene was my aunt’s maid of honor. I don’t remember Aunt Edith that well; she died when I was quite young, however I do remember Uncle George and their son, George Jr. Uncle George and Aunt Edith are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT. There are photographs of their graves on the Pine Grove website (www.pinegrovecemetery.org)
If you would like, I would be glad to share a copy of their wedding photograph.

Ed Duke

I will give you a hint… Click here.