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Getting addicted to facial recognition

I am using this I had written a few years ago after I had helped Michael to reunite with his birthmother’s family.

Original post

I thought the man on the right might have been related to one of Henriette Alexandre’s brothers since the man on the left was Henriette’s son Dennis Lagassey.

This is what Suzan, one of my readers, has edited.

You know I just had to try an adjustment. I think her features are a little more clear.

It’s easy to get addicted to editing old pictures. All of our ancestors need to be well taken care of. That’s the reason I am trying to identify ancestors on old pictures when I see one.

There is a story behind the original photo. It was sent by Michael who, with my research, found his birthmother as well as her grandmother Alice, and his great-grandparents Dennis Lagassey III and Amanda Ménard.

Dennis Lagassey III and Amanda Ménard are seen on the left.

They have to be with two of their relatives.

A few years back Michael found new cousins who had old pictures. He then shared some with me, and I shared them with you. This is Michael’s birthmother Penelope.

Penelope Shirley

And this is what I think is Penelope when she was a young girl.

montage Penelope and little girl

Now getting back to this photo Michael sent…

I thought this week that the woman on the right could have been the lady on the right.

unsmiling women.jpg

The man behind her would have been her husband Napoleon Alexandre, Henriette Alexandre’s brother…

That made sense.  But that hypothesis did not last long as a quick search revealed that Napoleon Alexandre was married to Flavie Provost who died in 1899 in Minnesota.

Or was that hypothesis right on the button, and Flavie Provost was on the photo with my great-grandmother Henriette?

Henriette had no other brother who could have been on a picture taken with his nephew Dennis. Which led me to ponder if the woman could be instead Albina Ménard, Amanda’s sister…

Sometimes you have to stop making hypothesis…

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Today marks the 176th anniversary of H. Alexandre and she could be the woman on the left with her older sister Marguerite.

Robin’s pictures

The first time I came across the Malloy name…

Our Ancestors

There were so many pictures Robin scanned to look at that some were left to be identified later.

This one I think is directly related to my distant relatives.


We have to assume that Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau wrote the caption if we compare both handwriting.


I am no expert, but it seems that way.


Mary Malloy or Molloy would be Bertha Molloy the daughter of Philomène Alexandre and Thomas Molloy. Philomène is related to this family. These are her parents with her sisters Myra, Agnes and Helen.

the Alexandre Family

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre’s family

Mary was born 23 April 1893 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts.

Here’s another picture also scanned by Robin.


Agnes Maloy… Same handwriting. Different persons?

Agnes Maloy

Not that important unless you are related to her. Thomas Molloy and Philomène Alexandre had these children:

James Thomas Molloy 1887 –
Jean-Baptiste Molloy 1890 –
Agnes Marie Rose Molloy 1892 – 1894
Bertha Molloy 1893 –

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If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you… Take 2

I know this might not be important, but everytime I look at an old photo I am always asking myself… Pierre have you identified the right people?

Case in point…

I am sure this is Mathilde Leblanc who died of cholera in 1884.


After Mathide Leblanc died of cholera, my great-granduncle Pierre Lagacé remarried. Pierre is the old man second on the right.   

The woman on the left is Marie-Louise Côté his second wife.

The woman kneeling is Pierre and Mathilde’s daughter Agnes with her little girl Victoria. Her husband Joseph Lesperance is next to Pierre in the white shirt. He would die in a fire with his daughter-in-law Anna Demers and two grandchildren Robert and Therese Lesperance in 1943.

I always thought the man holding a baby boy was Alphonse Meunier married to Eugénie Lagasse daughter of Pierre Lagacé and Mathilde Leblanc.

But there is a problem with this. Eugénie was born in 1879 and Alphonse was born in 1886. They were married in 1907. This photo has to be taken around 1910 since Joseph Adelard L’Esperance was born in 1909. Eugénie and Alphonse would be respectively 31 and 24 years-old.

There is no way Alphonse Meunier is holding a baby boy.

It took me 10 years to realise this error which makes this so exciting since I have to find out who these two really are and maybe Eugénie Lagasse is the woman in front with her hands folded.

To be continued… 

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you…

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you…

That’s what had ignited my passion for my distant relatives’ ancestors.

This is one of the numerous photos my third cousin had shared in 2010. Mathilde Leblanc was Pierre Lagacé’s first wife. Pierre Lagacé, born in 1844, was my grandfather’s uncle, and I believe my grandfather suggested that first name to my parents when I was baptised.

Mathide Leblanc died of cholera in 1884 and Pierre Lagacé remarried. Pierre is the old man second on the right. The woman on the left is Marie-Louise Côté his second wife.

The woman kneeling is Pierre and Mathilde’s daughter Agnes with her little girl Victoria. Her husband Joseph Lesperance is next to Pierre in the white shirt. He would die in a fire with his daughter-in-law Anna Demers and two grandchildren Robert and Therese Lesperance in 1943.  

I have learned a lot since my third cousin sent me this photo. However we both did not know when Pierre Lagacé had died. I found that out much much later…

Peter Lagasse died on March 17, 1926.

Our Ancestors is about remembering our lost relatives and sharing what we have learned about them.

This is why there will never be a final chapter…

How I first learned about Phoebe’s existence…?

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you.

Original post published in July 2010

My new found distant cousin Sandy posted a message on my new Ancestry family tree page. I had decided last month to migrate my family tree from My Heritage to Ancestry. Sandy must have been all excited when she found out that another Lagacé had information on her ancestors and that he wrote back so quickly.

Hi Pierre,

Thank you for getting back to me. With your information online. They match up to my family tree.

Last year a cousin gave me quite a few photos of the Lagasse line. And I have been researching them with where they were taken. They are from Bristol, Connecticut and Rhode Island. And I have just cleared up a mystery on the Dennis Lagasse  person as he changed his name from Stanislas Lagasse who married Henriette Alexandre. I have been going round and round with the name Dennis Lagasse.

I think the photos I have are from this family. Not sure of the names, but they are taken in Bristol, Connecticut. I have gotten all the way back on our line. Lots of information. I have researched the whole line that was in Fall River, Massachusetts and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Bristol, Connecticut on the Lagasse line.

My line from Stanislas Lagasse and Onésime Cadieux. Their child  Pierre Lagasse married Mathilde Leblanc.

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Pierre Lagasse and Mathilde Leblanc’s child was Julian Wilfred Lagasse.   I am sending a photo of him with brothers and one I am not sure of.

Sitting: left is Julian Wilfred Lagasse and Joseph Lagasse is to the right.

I received them from his son Edmond and his wife.  When she passed away then their children gave them to me. I also have a photo of Pierre Lagasse married to Mathilde Leblanc. If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you.


If you have been reading my blog, then you know how crazy I am about photographs… See you next Monday with more photos from Sandy’s collection and more about the mysterious Dennis Lagasse.

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Final Chapter? The Lestage Family

It seems that I always have a final chapter on Our Ancestors.

But I keep reuniting descendants with their ancestors. The woman above is Phoebe Alexander. Her real name is Philomène Alexandre.

Back in 2009 she was only an unknown woman in Bristol, Connecticut around the 1890s. Then someone came along with this old photo.

Aunt Phoebe was on the left with her sister Aunt Myra Alexander.

Phoebe was also on this photo in the same collection as the first one.

I just had to find more about Phoebe. It was like an obsession just like an obsession to find out more about young Myra.

I know this is not the final chapter since I always have a few readers who enjoy my obsession for old photos.

This unknown young lady could be Agnes Alexandre, Phoebe and Myra’s sister. I am still not sure she is Agnes and I am still looking for someone to find Our Ancestors and confirm she is.

Which brings me to Phoebe’s daughter Lucille who was 16 on this photo.

Lucille Lestage was only an old photograph in 2010…

Lucille left no descendants to look for her.

To be continued…

How far does the Quesnel family tree go?

Ten years ago I wrote this post on Our Ancestors. Creating Our Ancestors was meant to link up with distant relatives elsewhere in the world. I knew that most of them would be descendants of immigrants who left Quebec to settle in the United States. Little by little I found distant relatives who shared stories but mostly old pictures. With their permission I wrote about their ancestors and shared what old photos they had. Lately I was contacted by two people, one related to the Quesnel family and the other one related to the Sauvé family. In 2011 I wanted to write about my grandmother Rosina Quesnel who died on February 4, 1955. I should have posted this last week as a reminder.


I did not intend to write more than one article a week on this blog. I had postponed talking about my Quesnel roots after my articles on Eddy Dubois. This is the article I posted sometime ago… Click here. Rosina Quesnel is my maternal grandmother, and as many people looking for their roots, I found […]

How far does the Quesnel family tree go?

Joseph Lagassé – Epilog

This is post 1588…

In 2016 I did not know Joseph Lagassé had died on January 17, 1947. He was 99 years-old.

Five years ago this is what I had written on this blog…  

This story really started 1014 posts ago with the story of Doris who wanted to visit Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec where her ancestors once had lived.

I acted as a guide. After her two-day visit, she wanted me to translate what I had written in French on my blog Nos ancêtres so the distant relatives she had in Louisiana could  read it.

Our Ancestors grew from there. I just continued with stories about my genealogical research in the hope of making contact with distant relatives living  in the United States since my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé emigrated there in 1889.

picture from Dennis 2

Stanislas Lagacé with two grandchildren

In 2009 or 2010, I knew Joseph Lagassé was my great-grandfather’s brother, but he was just a name on a census page.

1852 Census

Then I found his baptismal act.


20 August, 1848

Where he had lived in 1861…

1861 Census

In 1871…

1871 Census

Who he had married in 1878…


Where he had lived with Edwina in 1900…

1900 Census

with their only child, their son Robert on the next page…

1900 Census Robert Lagasse

Where the couple had lived in 1940…

1940 Census

In 1942…

1942 Directory

Source Ancestry

When they died…


source Find a Grave

Where they rest in peace…

Forestville Cemetery

source Find a Grave

That was what little I knew about my second great-uncle Joseph until last Friday when Joe Palladino wrote a comment on the blog, and wanted to upload old pictures.

Since Joe couldn’t, I wrote him a personal  message…


Joseph Miller Lagasse?

I believe this is young Joseph Lagassé in 1869 when he reached 21. I think  his wife Edwina Newcity is probably one of these three women, probably she is the one in the back since Edwina was the youngest daughter of Edward Villeneuve and Scholastique Aveline dit St. Jules.


We will probably never know for sure if Edwina Newcity is on that picture because my second theory is that it could be Joseph Lagassé’s sisters Elmire, Agnes and Marie-Anne on that picture.

Now if we could only find about that fishing trip Robert’s family knows nothing about…

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan 10 October 1954

To be continued with what Joe Palladino has shared about his ancestors since 2017 and never told you.