Just One Clue…

Just one clue was enough to guide me to Étienne-Émilien Lagasse.

This is again the obituary that linked Noel Lagasse, son of Joseph Lagasse and Emelina Jalbert, to his Lagacé ancestors.

The clues are in red.

One of County’s First Pioneers Passes Away

E. Lagasse, Resident since 1884, Is Called Monday Morning

Emilien Lagasse, head of the third white family to come to this community, passed away at his home in Rolla early Monday morning. Mr. Lagasse, father of a large family, is survived by descendants to the fifth generation. He had been in excellent health until two years ago when his health began to fail, and the past two weeks had seen him failing rapidly. He was 89 years and seven months of age at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held in St. John Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Catholic church and burial was made in the St. John Catholic cemetery. It was expected that all his daughters and sons would be present for the services. His grandchildren were the pallbearers. Father Ouellet officiated at the funeral service.

Mr. and Mrs. Lagasse and their family moved to a homestead seven miles north and one mile east of Rolla, April 23, 1884. They were one of the very first white families in this community. The homestead still belongs in the Lagasse family. Mr. Lagasse spent his life farming in this community, retiring to Rolla in October, 1925.

Native of Quebec

The deceased was born February 25, 1851, at L’Acadie, Province of Quebec. October 17, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Zenaide Lussier at L’Acadie. To this union eight daughters and six sons were born. Two daughters and four sons preceded their father in death. The mother died January 6, 1928. Mr. Lagasse was married a second time to Ezilda LeBlanc at Rolla, October 28, 1930, who survives her husband.

The surviving children are Joseph, Glentworth, Sask; Virginia, Mrs. Albert Jalbert and Arthemise, Mrs. Thomas Jalbert, both of Fir Mountain, Sask; Mathilda, Mrs. Hubert Lussier and Delia, Mrs. Joseph Desrocher, both of Mariapolis, Man.; Rosalie, Mrs. Burt Burley; Emilina, Mrs. August Turcotte, and Dosithe Lagasse of Rolla.

He is also survived by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Charles Frigon, Montreal, P. Q., Mrs. Julien Benoit, Montreal, P. Q., Mrs. Leander Breault, Kankikee, Ill.; and Amedee Lagasse of Cohoes, N. Y. He has 73 grandchildren, also great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

- Turtle Mountain Star
October 10, 1940 

All those names meant something.

In my search I had found out that  a Virginia Lagasse and an Arthemise Lagassse had married Jalberts.

Marilyn had told me about two of her Dad’s cousins: Omer and Zenon. She added they were living in North Dakota. That was the clue.

This information then led me to the 1900 U.S. Census…

Dosithée was there with “Emelin” Lagsse.

This led me to Find A Grave and to the newly available U.S. 1940 Census.

Dosithée Lagasse was there with his two sons Omer and Zenon and a bunch of other children and a whole lot of potential descendants of André Mignier dit La Gâchette.