Mary Evelyne Cayo, candy maker

Post 657

This might be the most important post on this blog about our ancestors.

Maybe someone out there on cyberspace is looking for his or her ancestors like Dennis Lagasse was in 2011. I had seen Dennis Lagasse’s message on a genealogy forum that Dennis had left in 2008 if I don’t have these senior moments once again.

I’m the son of Lionel Lagasse and the grandson of Levi N. Lagasse and Marie Louise (Dube) Lagasse. Levi was one of twelve children born to my great-grandfather Dennis, and the Lagasse name was spelled with a “y” at the end for a time. My great-grandfather Dennis was killed in 1921 in an industrial accident while working in Bristol CT. U.S.A.
Are there any others with a great-grandfather Dennis in their family tree?

Luckily I had kept his message in my files so I can share it again with you.

This morning I just got the urge to write again on my blog as I was taking my shower. I always get my ideas for this blog while taking my shower or while I am doing the dishes.

I have learned that when I get an urge to write about our ancestors on Our Ancestors I do so…

So what is this all about a candy maker whose name was Cayo?

Mary Evelyne Cayo was born in June 1880 according to the 1900 U.S. Census in Burlington. The census says she was a candy maker and her father was a mason.

I got curious because I am not sure Peter Cayo is a descendant of Pierre Cadieux and Françoise Trudeau who got married in February 1822. Their first child was Onésime, a little girl born just three months after their marriage. Children born out of wedlocks in those days were often abandonned.

Luckily for me she was not and became my lost great-great-grandmother. She was of course Dennis Lagasse’s ancestors. I will continue with this story later…

The urge has just left me momentarily.

See my comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Mary Evelyne Cayo, candy maker

  1. This is what got me to write my story this morning…
    This documentary.

    Evelyne did not work there, but I felt she must have endured the same working conditions.

    • My wife Nicole does all the cooking and I do a lot of dishes.
      I never complained though I am always in awe at the amount of dishes her cooking generates…

  2. Wikipedia…

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. It was also one of the deadliest disasters that occurred in New York City – after the burning of the General Slocum on June 15, 1904 – until the destruction of the World Trade Center 90 years later. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men [1] – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three;[2][3][4] of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was Providenza Panno at 43, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and “Sara” Rosaria Maltese.[5]

    Because the owners had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits – a common practice at the time to prevent pilferage and unauthorized breaks[6] – many of the workers who could not escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.

    The factory was located in the Asch Building, at 23–29 Washington Place, now known as the Brown Building, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark.[7]

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