How I met Anna Campbell?

I can’t help myself writing about dead people…

close-up of Anna Campbell and Harry Lagasse

I met Anna in 2009 on this picture posing with her husband Harry Lagasse and his brother-in-law Victor Philippe Lagasse and his wife Alice Myers.

 Victor Lagasse and his brother Harry with their wives

This picture was taken probably in Bristol, Connecticut, at Pepere’s house.

original picture of the Lagasse family

I got curious in 2009 and I had found these notes on the Internet about the Campbells.

I am sharing them as I found them so some researchers might find them interesting to look at.

Anna’s name is not mentioned. But that’s besides the point of this post.

1. WILLIAM ALEXANDER1 CAMPBELL was born Abt. 1731 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and died March 15, 1811 in L’Acadie, Quebec. He married JOSEPHTE CHARTIER Abt. 1761 in St. Pierre de Becquet, Quebec. She was born Abt. 1744, and died October 22, 1799 in Lapairie, Quebec.

Notes for WILLIAM ALEXANDER CAMPBELL:William Campbell was born in Scotland and was most likely a member of Fraser’s 78th Highlanders. This Highlander regiment fought the French during the French and Indian War at some key battles: Louisbourg and Quebec. At Quebec, on the plains of Abraham, the 78th was directly on the front lines and took many casualties.

There are two William Campbell’s in Capt. Archibald Campbell’s company listed as privates. Neither William is listed as staying in Canada after the war. In addition, there is an Ensign Alexander Campbell who is listed as staying in Canada and purportedly went by the name William. The unit was disbanded in 1763 and many of the members received land grants in Nova Scotia and in the Montreal area.

There is an unsubstantiated story that William and his son Guillaume-Alexander may have moved across the border and fought for the American side during the American Revolution. This has yet to be researched.

The following details were given verbally by Annette Agnes Campbell (born 1885) as told to her by her great-uncle Benoni (born 1805) who knew William Alexander and his story:

“William came to Quebec with the Fraser Highlanders in 1759 to fight for the English against the French regiments of Montcalm at the plains of Abraham. It seems that after the war he was not allowed to return to Scotland having opposed fighting the French regiments possibly knowing that Scotsmen were on Montcalm’s side because of the Auld Alliance.

William married Josephte Chartier at a yet unknown site then settled at Laprairie, later at Ruisseau des Noyan (L’Acadie, Quebec) where he raised his family. He had adopted the Catholic religion.

William Campbell died at L’Acadie. The funeral was held on March 3, 1811. He was reported to be 80 years old, born possibly in Edinburgh in 1731. At his death, William lived with his son Alexander William”.

Also the following reference: One of the Campbells who chose to be discharged in Canada was William Campbell, who was born in 1731 in Edinburgh. He was a member of Captain Archibald Campbell’s company. He married Josephine Chartier from St Pierre les Becquets and settled first at Laprairie, Quebec and then at l’Acadie near St Jean Quebec. In 1992 one of his many francophone descendants is Dr Maurice Campbell of Trois Rivieres (Cap de la Madeleine) a member of the Quebec Chapter of the Clan Campbell Society of North America.”

The above has been extracted [p. 33] from “Lords of the North (1997) by James K. McDonell & Robert B. Campbell.

William is buried a Ste. Marguerite de Blairfindie in L’Acadie, Quebec. The grave is unmarked which his descendants hope to rectify soon. rev. 9/01/2001

Notes for JOSEPHTE CHARTIER:The ancestry of Marie-Josephte Chartier is subject to much debate. Several respected genealogists purport that Marie Josephte is the daughter of Jean Chartier ( ne John Carter) who was kidnapped by the Indians at the Deerfield, MA massacre and brought to Canada. This daughter was born 1729/32.

Marie-Josephte’s death record, however, indicates that she was 55 years old when she died suddenly in 1799 putting her date of birth to circa 1744. At this birthday, she would have ceased having children in her early thirties which would have been unusual.

The marriage contract of Hyppolite/Paul Campbell lists a Jacques Samoisette as “Cousin”, tracing this ancestry of the man, via his mother Angelique Gagnon and his grandmother Isabelle Chartier, wife of Pierre Gagnon, indicates that Marie Josette will PROVE to be the granddaughter of Michel Chartier II (who had children by three wives and was settled around St. Francois-du-Sud and Montmagny.

A daughter of Louis Chartier, Marie Josette was born 5 Dec 1732, Berthier-sur-Mer. Contrary to Tanguay, she did NOT marry 12 Nov 1770 at Longue-Point, Montreal, to Jean-Baptiste Archambault: that woman was a Chartier dit Robert. Jean Robert in his five Vols. on the Chartier family carries the Archambault marriage correctly on the Chartier dit Robert family but follows Tanguay’s error on pg 201 of his volume of Michel Charter’s descendents. With a birth year of 1732, she would have ceased bearing children at 44 which is reasonable. The death record age of 55 would then have to be an error as she would have had to been 67.

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM CAMPBELL and JOSEPHTE CHARTIER:The marriage record of William and Josephte has not been found but references note the location as Deschambault, P.Q.      Children of WILLIAM CAMPBELL and JOSEPHTE CHARTIER are: 2.i. JOSEPHTE2 CAMPBELL, b. November 17, 1761, Deschambault, Quebec; d. May 22, 1828, Laprairie, Quebec.3.ii. GUILLAUME-ALEXANDRE CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1763, L’Acadie, Quebec; d. February 25, 1849, Henryville, Quebec.4.iii. FELICITIE CAMPBELL, b. July 04, 1768, St. Philippe, LaPrairie; d. November 26, 1821, L’Acadie, Quebec. iv. MARGUERITE CAMPBELL, b. Abt. 1770, L’Acadie, Quebec; d. December 02, 1786, St. Philippe, LaPrairie; m. JEAN-BAPTISTE BOUTIN, February 21, 1786, St. Phillipe, Laprairie, Quebec.5.v. PIERRE JEREMIE CAMPBELL, b. October 12, 1770, L’Acadie; d. May 14, 1847, Henryville, Quebec.6.vi. PAUL CAMPBELL, b. October 18, 1774, St. Philippe, LaPrairie; d. Abt. 1847, St. Athanase.7.vii. MICHEL CAMPBELL, b. March 07, 1776, Laprairie, Quebec; d. L’Acadie.

CAMPBELL FAMILY

Background:

Michel Campbell (Guillaume Campbell and Marie-Josephte Chartier) m. 20 November 1797, Chambly

Marie-Desanges Dumas (Etienne Dumas and Marie-Josephte Piedalue)

Josephte Chartier, of this parish, wife of Guillaume Cambel, age about 55 years, buried 24 October 1799, Lacadie, P.Q., d. 23 October.

Guillaume Campbell, b. Scotland, d. 15 March l8ll, L’Acadie, P.Q., bur 17 March, widower of Josephte Cartier, aged about 80 years.

NOTE:  the marriage of Guillaume/William Campbell and Marie-Josette Chartier has never been located.  He was almost certainly a demobilized soldier of the Seven Years War.  The marriage probably took place about 1760/61 in the region of Deschambault.  The oldest daughter, Marie-Josette “Oiam”, was baptized 17 November 1761, Deschambault, of “Guillaume Ecossais” and Marie-Josette Chartier, Canadienne.  “William the Scotsman” was very probably William Campbell, of either Fraser’s Highlanders or Montgomery’s Highlanders.  There was also a William Campbell in the 47th British Regiment, Seven Years War.

If William Campbell was a soldier from Fraser’s Highlanders, the missing marriage was probably performed by the Rev. Robert MacPherson, Presbyterian chaplain of the regiment.

Contrary to the assumption of M. Jean Robert in his five volumes on the Chartier family, Marie-Josette Chartier, wife of Guillaume Campbell, cannot have been the daughter of Jean Chartier/John Carter and Marie Courtemanche, for their daughter Marie-Josette Chartier died unmarried at age 18, as recorded in the registers of both St-Denis-sur-Richelieu and St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu.

The marriage contract of Hypolite/Paul Campbell, son of the above couple, lists a Jacques Samoisette as “cousin”.  Tracing the ancestry of this man via his mother Angelique Gagnon and his grandmother Isabelle Chartier, wife of Pierre Gagnon, indicates that Marie-Josette Chartier will prove to be a granddaughter of Michel Chartier II (who had children by three wives and was settled around St-Francois-du-Sud and Montmagny).

Tanguay contains an error which will perhaps prove pertinent here.  Michel Chartier II and his second wife Anne Picard dit Destroismaisons had a son Louis, b. 24 January 1707, Berthier-sur-Mer, and buried 29 July 1748, St-Vallier.  He married 26 April 1728, Berthier-sur-Mer, to Madeleine Lefebvre/Boulanger (Pierre Lefebvre/Boulanger and Francoise Fournier).  She remarried 1 July 1748 at St-Vallier to J.F. Hayot.

A daughter of Louis Chartier, Marie-Josette, was born 5 December 1732, Berthier-sur-Mer.  Contra Tanguay, she did NOT marry 12 November 1770 at Longue-Pointe, Montreal, to Jean-Baptiste Archambault:  that woman was a Chartier-dit-Robert.  M. Jean Robert in his five volumes on the Chartier family carries the Archambault marriage correctly in his volume on the Chartier dit Robert, but follows Tanguay’s error on p. 201 of his volume on Michel Chartier’s descendents.

It is true that this daughter would have been twelve years older than Guillaume Campbell’s wife IF her death record is correct about her age.  However, there is one aspect of the Campbell family records which indicates that this woman may well have been older.  The children of Guillaume/William Campbell and Marie-Josette Chartier may be listed as follow:

1.  Marie-Josette Campbell, baptized 17 November 1761, Deschambault, and married 1783 at St-Philippe-de-Laprairie to Pierre Boutin [many descendents--this couple both buried at Napierville].

2.  Guillaume-Alexandre Campbell [b.c. 1763?], married 17 November 1788, Lacadie, to Josephte Bisaillon [many descendents].

3.  Marguerite Campbell [b.c. 1765?], m. 1736, Lacadie, to J.B. Boutin.  He m. (2) in 1789 at Lacadie to M. Mad. Tremblay, so she died young.

4.  Felicite Campbell [b.c. 1767?], m. 1791, Lacadie, to Francois Thiriac dit Laforest [many descendents].

5.  Pierre Jeremie Campbell, bap. 13 October 1770, Laprairie.  Godparents Paul Denault and Marie Charlotte Pinsonnault.  m. 1790, St-Philippe, to Marie-Anne Rondel/Dubois (Jacques at Catherine Babeux).  At least two daughters who married.

6.  Paul/Hyppolite Campbell [b.c. 1772?], m. (1) 1795 at Laprairie to Felicite Bourdeau and (2) 1834 at St-Athanase to Francoise Choquette [many descendents].

7.  Michel Campbell, bap. 8 March 1776, St-Philippe, born the preceding day.  Godparents:  Michel Surprenant and Clotilde Lapierre.  m. 1797, Chambly, Marie-Desanges Dumas [many descendents].

A search of the records of St-Philippe, St-Constant, Laprairie, and Chambly indicates no more baptisms for this couple after 1776, not even of children who later died.  Documents would indicate that Guillaume and Marie-Josette continued living together.  If she were 55 at her death, she would have ceased child-bearing at the age of 32.  This was NOT common for a French-Canadian woman.  On the other hand, if she were the daughter of Louis Chartier born in 1732, she would have ceased childbearing at the age of 44, which was about average.

Antoine Campbell (Michel Campbell and Desanges Dumas) m. 6 May 1822, Lacadie

Emelie Alexandre (Jacques Alexandre and Josette Bonneau)

Alexandre Campbell (Michel Campbell and Desanges Dumas) m. 9 October 1827, Lacadie

Josette Perron (Louis Perron and Olive Charland)

Zoe Campbell, age 21 (Alexandre and Jovite Perron) m. 7 May 1853, St. Joseph’s Corbeau, Coopersville, N.Y.

Louis Patnaude, age 23 (Louis Patnaude and Marguerite Bourque).

Bap. 10 September 1831, Lacadie, Josephte, born 22 March last of Antoine Campbell and Emmelie Alexandre of Halburg, U.S.

Bap. 3 September 1834, Lacadie, Marie Odille, dau. of Antoine Campbell and Emilie Alexandre of St. Albourn.

Bap. 6 July 1844, at St-Georges-d’Henryville, Abraham, age 3 years, of the legitimate marriage of Antoine Campbell and Emilie Alexandre of Alburg, U.S.

Bap. 2 July 1837, Lacadie, Joseph, b. 4 January 1836 of the legitimate marriage of Antoine Campbell and Emelie Alexandre of Albourg, U.S.

Bap. 25 May 1834, Lacadie, Alexandre Campbell, son of Alexandre Campbell and Jovite Perron.

Bap. 6 July 1844, St-Georges-d’Henryville, Jean Baptiste, born 20 June last of the legitimate marriage of Alexandre Campbell and Jovite Perron of Alburg, U.S.  Godfather Michel Bombardier; godmother Virginie Perron.

Emilie Campbell m. Antoine Bombardier and resided at Alburgh, Vt.  8 May 1846, buried at St. Joseph’s Corbeau, Coopersville, Clinton Co., N.Y., Antoine LaBombardie, d. day before yesterday at Alburge, spouse of Melie Cambel, aged about 25 years.  A son, Joseph Bombardier, bap. 1844, St-Georges-d’Henryville.

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1.  Antoine Campbell, b. 1822, Canada–d. 25 August 1903, Franklin Co., N.Y.  Civil War veteran.  Freeman 1858, Isle la Motte.  m. 1 May 1847, Isle la Motte, Vt., Caroline LaBombard, b. 1829, Canada–d. 25 July 1903, Franklin Co., N.Y., dau. of Michel and Therese/Sadie (Hall/Hale) LaBombard.

2.  Antoine Camel, b. c. 1793/97, Canada.  m. Mary     /Emilie Alexandre, b. c. 1804, Canada.

1850 census, Alburgh, Vt.; 1860 census, Isle la Motte, Vt., 1870 census, Alburgh, Vt.

2.1  Sarah Campbell, b. c. 1826, Canada.

2.2  Josephte Campbell, b. 22 March last, Alburg, U.S.  Baptized 10 September 1831, Lacadie.

2.3  Marie Odille Campbell, b. St. Albourn, bap. 3 September 1834, Lacadie.

2.4  Joseph Camel, b. c. 1836, Vt.  Joseph Campbell, b. 4 January 1836, Albourg, U.S., baptized 2 July 1837, Lacadie.

2.5  Pheba Camel, b. c. 1838, Vt.

2.6  Abraham Campbell, b. c. 1841/42, Vt.  Bap. 6 July 1844, St-Georges-d’Henryville, Abraham Campbell, age 3 years, parents of Alburg, U.S.Godparents:  Joseph Perron and Cecile Chatelle.  Possibly m. as a resident of Alburgh, Vt., Church of the Nativity, Swanton, Vt., 1 May 1865, as a son of Antoine Campbell and Marie Boneau, to Merentia Raymond, daughter of Nazaire Raymond and Flavia Coise(?) of Swanton, Vt.

2.6.1  Abraham Campbell, b. 22 July 1866, baptized 12 August 1866, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Hyppolyte Houle and Euphrosine Bricot dit Lamarche.

2.7  George Campbell, b. c. 1843, Vt.  Possibly m. Eulalie/Eudolie/Delia Dubois.  If so, he had the following children:

2.7.1  Martine Campbell, b. 28 March 1869, baptized 16 August 1869, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Michael Kelly and Angelique Dubois.

2.7.2  Mary Joanna Campbell, b. 18 March 1870, baptized 12 May 1872, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Alexandre Lavoie and Helene Lecourt.

2.7.3  Eugene Campbell, b. 15 May 1872, baptized 29 June 1872, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Gedeon Dubois and Marie Dubois.

2.7.4  Gertrude Campbell, b. 18 March 1874, baptized 17 February 1877, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Cheri Rocheford and Louise Defayette.

2.7.5  Alfred Campbell, b. 1878, bap. 12 April 1878, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents John Farrand and Marie Anne Gagnier.

2.7.6  Josephine Campbell, b. 15 March 1880, baptized 15 August 1880, Redford, Clinton Co., N.Y.  Godparents Antoine Pare and Emma Besset.

2.8  Ann Eliza Camel, b. c. 1841/45, Vt.

2.9  Albert/Arthur Campbell, b. c. 1846, Vt.  m. Angelina/Angelique Wood/Dubois, dau. of Jed and Lydia (Parot) Wood/Dubois.His widow m. (2) _____ Gaston and (3) Abram Wells.

2.9.1  Henry Campbell, b. c. 1872, Saranac, N.Y.  m. 1 December 1894, Grand Isle, Vt., Gertie Blow.

2.9.2  Maud Emma Campbell, b. c. 1877, Saranac, N.Y.  m. 24 July 1895, Grand Isle, Vt., Charles Blow.

2.10  Job Campbell/Jobe Camel, b. c. 1849/50, Vt.

3.  Alexander Campbell, b. c. 1804, Canada.  m. Zoa         /Jovite Perron, b. c. 1809, Canada.  1860 census, Alburgh, Vt.

3.1  Zoe Campbell, b. c. 1832.  m. at age 21, 7 May 1853, St. Joseph’s Corbeau, Coopersville, Clinton Co., N.Y., Louis Patnaude, age 23, son of Louis Patnaude and Marguerite Bourque.

3.2  Alexandre Campbell, bap. 25 May 1834, Lacadie.

3.3  Moses Campbell, b. c. 1841, Canada.  Moyse Campbell, son of Alex. Campbell and Zoe Perron of Princeville, m. 12 November 1861, St-Georges-d’Henryville, Florence Ledoux, dau. of Joseph(?) Ledoux and Marguerite Fontaine of the seigneury of St. Thomas de Foucault.

3.4  Jean Baptiste Campbell, b. 20 June last, Alburg, U.S., baptized 6 July 1844, St-Georges-d’Henryville.  Godparents:  Michel Bombardier and Virginie Perron.

3.5  Giles Campbell, b. c. 1848, Vt.

3.6  Henry Campbell, b. c. 1850, Vt.

3.7  Deby Ann Campbell, b. c. 1852, Vt.  Possibly the same as Celina, bap. 11 September 1852, St. Georges d’Henryville, age 1 year and 12 days.  Parents Alexandre Campbell and Zoe Perrault of Albourg, U.S.  Godparents:  Jean Baptiste Bombarbier and Zoe Campbell.  Celina Campbell, age 20 years, m. 22 October 1871, Alburg, Vt., St. Amadeus Church, John Bourret, 21 years, son of David Bourret and Adeline St. James.

3.8  Michel Cambel.  m. 24 June 1858, Church of the Nativity, Swanton, Vt., Aloysia Zavaria, dau. of Joseph Savaria and Olive Equit.

NOTE:  Joseph Savaria/Sabre (Jean-Baptiste Savaria and Catherine Dussault) m. 11 January 1825, Napierville, Olive Hethier/Ethier (Jean-Baptiste Ethier dit Quay dit Dragon and Agathe Dubeau).

3.8.1  Mathilda Campbell, dau. of Michel Campbell and Louise Savaria, m. 12 October 1874, Alburg, Vt., Geo. Breslt/Bristlo, age 26 years, of Texas.

4.  Flavie Campbell.  m. Baptiste Latour/Jean-Baptiste Noel dit Latour.  Resided at Alburgh, Vt.

4.1  Olive Latour, age 2 years, buried 23 July 1847, St. Joseph’s Corbeau, Coopersville, Clinton Co., N.Y.

4.2  Zoe Noel dit Latour.  m. 13 April 1863, Church of the Nativity, Swanton, Vt., Henry LaBombarde, son of Joseph LaBombarde and Aloysia Laberge of Alburgh, Vt.

4.3  Benjamin Noel, baptized 4 October 1842, St-Georges-d’Henryville, born 3 April.  Parents reside at Alburg.  Godparents:  Antoine Tetreau and Sophie Lavoie.

Next time Lovely Rita

Lovely Rita

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How I met Harry?

This is how I met Harry I have never met in person. But does it really matters I have never really met him personally?

original picture of the Lagasse family

Harry’s name was not on a caption on this picture. 

So I got curious.

Levi’s name was there as well as Aunt Ida. I knew nothing about them when I saw that picture in 2009. They were just captions on an old picture shared by someone’s mother. I knew who was Pepere and little Germaine. Little did I know where all this curiosity would lead me five years later, and how many rolled eyes I would get from some unsuspecting readers stumbling on this blog.

Being curious is what led me to this write a blog about genealogy in 2009. If you are still with me then the more I learn the more I write.

How can I let you down like my father did in the late 70s?

That I will never write on this blog.

Nobody is perfect not even fathers.  That’s the lesson I have learned since I got struck with GOD and BWD.

I just hope this is not contagious.

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse married Anna Campbell seen here on a picture also shared in 2009.

close-up of Anna Campbell and Harry Lagasse 

I know all about her ancestors and her two boys, Gerard and Lawrence… Well more about Lawrence than about Gerard whose grandson never wrote back.

article on Lawrence death

Oh my GOD! Flavie…

Sorry for breaking my promise to write only once a week, but Aquila, a loyal reader and a frequent commenter sent me these retouched pictures of Flavie Alexandre Lestage. He is also suffering from GOD and BWD. He also likes, as I do, to retouch old pictures and give them a new life.

This is the original picture which has a story of its own.

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version 3 HDR effect

I know all about Flavie now.

In 2010 I labeled her “about-late-1890s-bristol-conn.” Now I am wondering if what we see on her head is an ornament or just a blob on the original picture…

And Aquila is not even related…

I am sure this reader who sent me this message is not rolling his eyes when he reads my blog.

Hi Pierre,

I couldn’t resist. I copied your photo of Harry Lagasse and did a little retouch, it’s such a nice photo. I thought you might like having it cleaned up a bit. I’ve attached it to this note.

I’d be happy to do the same for others if you’d like.

All the best,

Aquila

harry-lagasse retouched

Harry Lagasse, father of Lawrence and Gerard, and grandfather of Gerard Junior

Aquila is not even related to Harry or even to anybody else in my family tree.

Now I would really wish if Gerard Lagasse reply to the last e-mail I sent, and tell me more about his Grandpa Harry who was in the army.

Alyce, Sweet Alyce: Redux

Pierre Lagacé:

If Google doesn’t work…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Not another redux post again!

Don’t worry, I won’t post more than one post a week for the time being on this blog. I don’t want to confuse you with the Cayos from Wisconsin.

I wrote this post before Steve Myers found out all about Chrétien Lemaire who deserted his post in 1780.

Steve added this interesting comment yesterday.

I can’t say I’m surprised he deserted. We Myers’ have always been too independent for our own good!

Steve Myers has some catching up to do on this blog, but I don’t want him to read all the 629 posts I wrote since September 2009.

At first I was a little bit afraid that I might have scared him away from all this research I have done on his Myers ancestors.

This post was to have been sort of a starter so Steve would have known that I am not a…

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Rolled eyes

I really like that expression Rosh had used in a comment.

Rolled eyes.

In fact I don’t care that much about rolled eyes. I bring people to life on this blog so those who don’t roll their eyes can see them.

Idala 1930

I know Alyce isn’t the one to roll her eyes when she reads my blog.

I hope her grandchildren will open them wide one day.

Identification of Idala's sons

Have you ever goggled Idala Lagasse?

Toodles.

Crystal!

Comments on this blog gets me going.

I guess How I met your ancestors? was a great idea after all, and it will come back later this fall which is just around the corner.

Rosh, whose a prime commenter, had replied last week to one of my comments I made on her blog about one of her ancestors. I wanted to know if she was sure about what she was writing.

We made some educated probability guesses based on DNA, which led us down a completely different path than we had originally thought we were a part of.

We have made some guesses based on others in the tree who had documentation. We pieced together a story which my aunt told me. They knew of an old maid who was my dad’s great aunt………etc. etc. and from there we started doing searches of census records, baptismal records etc. and we think we’ve come up with the closest matches that we can get. I don’t have a record that says who William Wallace’s parents are, but we’ve been able to piece together information based on ancillary people and records.

Yes, ancestry’s hints are definitely not fool proof, but we’ve done the very best we could with what we had and put what we thought would be the best picture for research purposes. I’m repeating myself and blabbing.

I hope you can understand partly what I’m trying to say anyway.

Crystal!

Educated probability guesses are what I have used before as well as old pictures to finally figure out who’s who on that 1912 picture.

family picture of Dennis Lagassey and Amanda Menard with children

Can we move on please…

Most of the captions for the girls are correct on that old picture: Alice is Alice, Tony is Toni, Ida is Ida, Bertha is Bertha.

This picture was part of Alice Lagasse’s collection of old pictures.

Michael, who has found who was her birth grandmother after a long search, has shared this picture with me two weeks ago. So my educated guess is whoever wrote the captions knew that Alice in 1912 was Alice, Michael’s birth grandmother.

But Gert in the white dress can’t be Gert since Donna had already identified for us her grandmother Odna. She should know who her grandmother Odna don’t we?

four generations Amanda Odna Doris Donna

 Amanda Ménard (sitting), Odna, Donna and her mother Doris

Odna would then be Gert or Gertrude who married Francis Spielman.

Still mixed up? Don’t worry I am mixed up sometimes with your ancestors.

The captions for the boys were a little mixed up, but I don’t want to take too much of your time explaining all this part.

As far as “Mary” on the porch, next to Dennis Lagassey III, she’s not Mary but his wife Amanda Ménard.

I just saw some rolled eyes out there.

I will be back later this week and tell you more about Harry who I did not know was in the army….

Harry Lagasse

Harry Lagasse