Where to begin in all this new search for Jason’s ancestors?

Jason is not putting any pressure.

You can trust me, he is not.

Except Jason talked about the obituary card of Louis Lagasse, husband of Rose Myers who I think is the old lady beside Exeurie Myers.

Rose and Exeurie were siblings.


This makes sense.

Why would he asked the next door neighbor to have her picture taken with him. But then it could be his second wife… or Irene’s grandmother.


Could be…

It could be anyone related to Irene. But I would bet the old lady is Rose Myers. I never did write that much about Rose Myers except for her grandson Harvey Louis Lagasse, a bombardier on a B-24 in the U.S. Airforce during WW II.


You know how much I like WW II and airplanes.

Harvey Lagasse 2

Harvey Lagasse

You now know how precious is my great-grandaunt Rose Myers.

Something to ponder upon…

More than 2000 images on this blog since I started it in September 2009…

People keep sending them, and I keep posting them.

Pure and simple. You share and I share, and people find them and go crazy!

No famous people, just ordinary folks.

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I never plan before I post something new.

There is a surprise just around the corner. Jason is going to surprise me because his Aunt Aggie has more pictures to share.

Do you believe everything I write?

I hope you are still following me in this neverending story about a visit I made to a cemetery in the fall of 2013.

Agnes Lagasse

Agnes Lagaser
wife of
Leon Saucier

Agnes Lagacé had married Julien Myers, then she became a widow. She remarried with Leon Saucier afterwards. Writing about the Myers family led me to contacf two of Chrétien Lemaire’s descendants who both shared information.

Jason had a lot a pictures to share, and this one was the most intriguing.


That picture led me to this…

1871 Canadian Census Boisjoli family

1871 Canadian Census page

Do you believe everything I write?

You should, even if we are April 1st.

Even if it does not look that way, I take genealogy quite seriously.

The proof is the pudding.

1871 Urgel Boisjoli

close-up of Urgel Boisjoli’s and Marcelline Bonneau’s family

1871 Canadian Census page St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan

Little Oscar, 7 years-old, is seen here with this family on a close-up of the census page.

The Oscar on that page is Oscar Boisjoli’s father.

Oscar Boisjolie

Oscar Boisjoli

Little Oscar could have looked a little like his son.

Oscar Boisjoli married Delia Gaudet in 1885. Delia was the daughter of Delphis Gaudet and Melina Germain dit Bélisle. I won’t go into this maternal lineage because this story will never end and probably end up in Acadia where the British deported the Acadian in 1755.

Now do you remember how all this started in the first place?


Visiting a cemetery behind a church in Bristol, Connecticut, with my 3rd cousin Joe.


We got snow yesterday where I live.

St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan is about a 20 minute drive from where I live. Yesterday driving there would have been somewhat treacherous. The weatheman calls for more snow on Sunday.

Genealogy is not only about names, but also about places where our ancestors once lived.

St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan is where Oscar’s father, was born around 1864.

Click here.

Saint-Jacques est la plus ancienne municipalité de la MRC de Montcalm. Fondée en 1772 par une trentaine de familles acadiennes, Saint-Jacques compte aujourd’hui une population de plus de 4000 habitants. Le trait acadien demeure très vivant chez-nous.

Saint-Jacques is the oldest town in the MRC of Montcalm.  Founded in 1772 by about 30 Acadian families, Saint-Jacques now has a population of more than 4,000. Acadian roots are still present here.

I don’t have a picture of Oscar’s parents or grandparents to show you, just this picture of Oscar Boisjolie.

Oscar Boisjolie

Oscar Boisjolie

Oscar Boisjolie, or Oscar Woods, or Urgel Joseph Boisjolie, was born in 1888 in Minnesota according to Roland. I could not validate this information with a birth certificate, but I am sure Roland is right, and I will take his word for it.

With Roland’s information I now know all about Oscar’s ancestors, and I even have a group picture of Oscar’s father when he was around 7 years-old with his parents Urgel Boisjoli and Marcelline Bonneau taken in St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan in 1871.


I am sure you will come back later to see it.

About St-Jacques-de-l’Achigan…

Passing through this town, will never be the same anymore.

Click here to read something someone wrote about that town…


Every time I want to ease up a bit on writing on this blog there is always something popping-up like this ashtray which rekindled my interest in our ancestors.

Levi ashtray 2

Lésime was my great-great-grandmother’s first name, but that’s not what she was named all her life.

She was once named Elizabeth in the 1852 Canadian census!

1852 famille Stanislas Lagacé

This shows you how difficult it is to find who your ancestors were when you are looking for them in the 21st century.

Lésime was Onésime Cadieux born in 1822. Onésime can also be a man’s name.

That’s what I told my wife yesterday.

Lésime married Stanislas Minier dit Lagassé in 1840. Stanislas would later become Dennis Lagasse when he emigrated to the U.S.

Dennis Lagasse would become later on Dennis Lagasse I. He had a son who he named Stanislas who became Dennis II. In turn Dennis II also had a son he named Dennis. Dennis III had a son Levi Napoleon who had a son Lionel who had a son he chose to name Dennis.

This last Dennis Lagasse is Dennis Lagasse IV who sent me this picture of an ashtray given as a gift by Aldéi Lord to his grandfather Levi Napoleon.

Levi ashtray 2

That story of an ashtray will be written later after I have written the story about the Cayos which is going to be very long indeed.

Mary Evelyne Cayo, candy maker

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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.

How I met my great-grandfather’s sister?

That would be a great sequel to How I met my great-grandfather?

the Alexandre Family

Philomène Lagacé, Philomene Lagasse, Libbie…

That’s the title of the post I wrote back in 2010 when Joe and I got to know each other well. Joe is a third cousin also addicted to genealogy. Joe did not have that old tintype picture you see on top. Someone else had it and scanned it.

People who stumble on this blog are probably wondering why someone would write about his ancestors or other people’s ancestors on a blog.

This is a post I wrote back in 2010 about…

Philomène Lagacé, Philomene Lagasse, Libbie…

I know I should be talking about my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagasse this morning… but Joe gave me a lot of information on Stanislas’ sister Philomène.

Her nickname was Libbie.

That’s a catchy nickname.

Joe sent me this obituary…

Philomene LAGASSE

Death (12 March 1920):


13 March 1920

Mrs. Libbie Alexander widow of the late John Alexander died at the home of her son David Alexander 149 Park St. last evening as a result of complications due to old age.

She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Alexander was born in Quebec, Canada 79 years ago. She spent her early years there. She was married in 1869 to John Alexander. They moved to the state and lived for some time in North Adams, Mass. They came to Bristol twenty six years ago and made their home here. Mr. Alexander died in 1914.

Mrs. Alexander is survived by four daughters: Mrs. David Bleau, Mrs. William Archambeault and Miss Mary Alexander of Bristol and Mrs. Phoebe Lustrich of Brooklyn, NY. By three sons: John, David, and Peter Alexander all of Bristol, and by many grand children and great grand children. She was one of the well known French residents and was a member of St. Ann’s Church. The funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church at 9 o’clock Monday morning. Rev. Joseph P. Perreault will conduct the services.

The only thing I had on her was this…

Notre-Dame de Stanbridge

36 Lagasse, Dennis Farmer Canada F Roman Catholic 37 M
37 Lagasse, Elizabeth Canada F Roman Catholic 30 F
38 Lagasse, Philomel Canada F Roman Catholic 12 F
39 Lagasse, Dennis Canada F Roman Catholic 11 M
40 Lagasse, Peter Canada F Roman Catholic 7 M
41 Lagasse, Almira Canada F Roman Catholic 5 F
42 Lagasse, Joseph Canada F Roman Catholic 3 M
43 Lagasse, Agnes Canada F Roman Catholic 1 F


Name: Philemon Lagassy
Gender: Female
Census place: Stanbridge, Missisquoi, Quebec
Age in years: 20
Estimated birth year: 1841
Birthplace: B C
Marital status: Single
Religion: R C
Sheet number: 324
Line number: 5
Film number: 517397
Library and Archives Canada film number: C-1297
Digital GS number: 4108794
Image number: 216
Collection: Quebec Census, 1861

That was not much…

Now I have her picture and the picture of her daughters.

End of the post…

Little did I know back in 2010 that someone living on the West Coast had more than 100 old pictures from her husband’s family with some pictures of Libbie and some of her daughters’ descendants.

The floodgates opened wide!

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I could go on and on and on with all these sequels, but I think you get the picture.

If you don’t,  well you just have to read this blog from the start.

How I met my great-grandfather?

View this blog as a sitcom.

How I met my great-grandfather?

This is what Dennis sent me with a lot of old pictures in 2012.

Dennis Lagasse II

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

It was in the old family album.

Dennis sent me the whole old family album!

I could have asked Dennis to write about all of those pictures he sent me, but Dennis is a hard-working family man with a lovely wife and two lovely children.

That’s all you need to know about Dennis, and that I will share about his personal life. I don’t need to tell you how nice a man Dennis is. You just have to look at his great-great-grandfather with two of his grandchildren in a picture Dennis sent me, and read between the lines.

This picture is one of the first pictures he sent.In fact it was a photocopy I think.

Boy did I get all excited.

picture from Dennis 2

I wrote a lot about that picture and how my great-grandfather was a family man. Family is all that is important in life, and that’s the message I am trying to convey on this blog.

Once you realize this, your life will forever change.

How I met my great-grandfather?

How you met your great-grandfather?

Dennis took the time…

This is how I met Dennis.

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?

That was back in 2011 I believe.

I had never been that excited in my life, genealogy wise I mean. Then Dennis shared a few pictures of his father which I never posted on this blog. I don’t post pictures of living people, and I hope Lionel will live a long long time.

People whose name is Lagasse, or Lagassey, or Lagacé, or La Gase live a long long time. Dennis Lagasse I died in 1900 at the age of 84 years-old and his son Dennis Lagasse II died in 1927 at the same age.

Dennis III died in an industrial accident in 1922. Dennis IV thought it was in 1921. That does not matter, the fact is that he died.


His lost was terrible I am sure to his family.

Dennis Lagassey family

Collection Donna Salsbury

Since 2011 Dennis has shared more than 100 pictures. He had two more this week.


Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

You see his grandfather collected ashtrays. I never posted this picture before. I think the time is right.

Levi with collection

Levi died in September 1964. I don’t think Dennis IV got to know his grandfather well.

He never told me, but I am so excited Dennis took the time to write in 2011.

Merry Christmas

Santa’s coming…

You’d better watch out!


Santa’s coming with more Myers ancestors in store…

Arther and Rose 2Of course I never expected I would find more second cousins once removed along the way, but I did. Second cousins with children, adding second cousins twice removed to my expanding family.

These second cousins once removed who I managed not to scare away are all descendants of Alice Rose Lagasse.


Now I know who she is on this picture sent by Donna this year.

siblings (2)

Santa’s really coming to town in 2014!

To all of you, distant relatives or not…