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Updated 26 August 2022

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Courtesy Dennis Lagasse IV

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If you type a name into the search box, you might find some lost ancestors I wrote about. Of course if the name is “Sorel” then you might find articles I wrote on the town of Sorel in Quebec also…

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Remembering Harvey Louis Lagasse Jr

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A day in the life of… Part 3 – Waterbury, Vermont

This is Part 3 of A day in the life of my great-great-grandaunt Marie Anne Lagassé…Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Still no contact with Marie Anne’s descendants… In 1880 Marie finds herself living on Main Street in Waterbury, Vermont, alone with her father Stanislas when the census man knocks on the door […]

A day in the life of… Part 3 – Waterbury, Vermont

A day in the life of… Part 2 – Stanbridge, Missiquoi

This is part 2 of A day in the life of my great-great-grandaunt Marie Anne Lagassé… It’s not that important after all if there are no photos of Marie Anne. I just want to share my obsessive research with people still following me. I still don’t know when she left this Earth. This is where […]

A day in the life of… Part 2 – Stanbridge, Missiquoi

We will never be eternal…

Well at least in our lifetime…

Maybe one day science will make people eternal, but maybe they will eventually get bored to death having an eternal life.

I am not yet bored to death searching for photos of our ancestors. I have no idea who are these children in Lionel Lagasse’s collection of old photos.

But I know this one… Little Harvey.

On this one I know four of them.

This camera probably belonged to Levi Napoleon Lagasse, Lionel’s father.

Dennis took that photo and used it for this…

I believe his grandfather Levi Napoleon Lagasse was taking most of the pictures Dennis has shared since 2010.

Here are some samples.

Big Harvey…

On this one my grandfather is on the left with his nephew Philippe Lord.

Both were born in 1888!

Next one…

Levi Napoleon Lagasse taking a selfie…

Maybe we are eternal when someone takes a picture.

Lionel with his mother Marie-Louise Dubé



A day in the life of… Part 1 – Stanbridge, Missiquoi

A day in the life of my great-great-grandaunt Marie Anne Lagassé… Marie Anne was born in Stanbridge on December 15th, 1862. This baptismal certificate is proof of who were her parents. I have no photos of Marie Anne, although I might have one and I am not able to identify her on some. I am […]

A day in the life of… Part 1 – Stanbridge, Missiquoi

Setting goals

This is post 1618…

I am numbering my posts now to remember how long I have been writing about our ancestors.

I am not setting any goals on Our Ancestors like how many posts I have published since 2009.

I had slowed down quite a bit in 2022 having found almost all of Stanislas Lagassée’s descendants…

Last week, strangely, I was thinking of Stanislas Lagassée who is my great-great-grandfather.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a picture of him to show his descendants? I know there has to be a picture somewhere like this montage of pictures of his daughter Philomène with her six daughters.

That’s not Stanislas on this next photo but his two sons, Pierre on the left and my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé (aka Dennis Lagasse II) on the right.

I have dozens of Dennis Lagasse II’s photos that have been shared by his great-great-grandson Dennis Lagasse IV since 2010.

However this next photo wasn’t shared by Dennis but rather by someone who found his birth mother through Alyce back in 2010.

Dennis Lagassey (aka Stanislas Lagasse III) is on the left. I figure Joseph Dubé is on the right. You know who is in the middle don’t you?

A goal I still have since 2010 is finding descendants of Marie Lagasse. I found her with her father Stanislas Lagassée II on a 1880 census page. Both were living in Waterbury, Vermont.

To be continued…?

He never spoke…

Post 1617 on Our Ancestors

This photo of my paternal grandfather Léo Lagacé Sr. was found in 2020 and shared by Dennis Lagasse IV.

Léo Lagacé Sr. (1888-1964)

My paternal grandfather never spoke that much about himself, neither did my father…

Léo Lagacé Jr. (1927-1995)

To think of it I don’t remember my grandfather had ever spoken to me once.

He was an old man with a heart condition and was suffering from asthma…

Montreal, 1933

I know my father’s paternal grandfather Dennis Lagasse II never spoke to my father.

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

Dennis Lagasse II died a few months before my father who was born on August 31st, 1927.

The only the thing my father had told me about my paternal grandfather was that his father Léo Sr. was born in 1888 and that he had once lived in the United States.

I would have wished my father and my grandfather had spoken to me when I was younger, but then if they had done so, I would have never found my second cousin once removed Dennis Lagasse IV, nor my third cousin Alyce, nor my second cousin once removed Donna, nor my third cousin Joe from Plainville, Connecticut… and for that matter, many more distant cousins south of the border.

Each cousin has contributed to my addiction, starting in 2010 when some found Our Ancestors created in September 2009.

If you ever feel the urge to look for your ancestors, you can always write a comment below. I am always glad to help. You can just say hello…

Last week, I wrote that I am not making fun of people who only have a fleeting interest about their ancestors.

Keeping our ancestors alive by writing about them is what I enjoy to do through old photos and whatever precious memories you are willing to share with my readers like Dennis Lagasse IV who found this other photo of my paternal grandfather.

Dennis even did this montage with it.

When Alyce made contact back in 2010, it was a wow moment for her, and with her help we brought her father and her paternal grandfather back to life on the blogosphere.

But there was much more Alyce found out about her grandfather Idala seen above with his children, his second wife Olivine Poupart and two granddaughters…

There was something Alyce had never known before about her grandfather which had tormented her most of her life…

This is a beautiful letter written by Idala to his son David.

Letter written on January 2, 1947

Alyce told me that when her father died in 1953, she didn’t understand why her mother with four children at that time had little help from Idala.

Sixty years later I found the reason and I told her why…

When Alyce’s father died in 1953, her grandfather Idala had already passed away.

Idala Lagasse 1870-1947

Click here.

On August 27, 1995, around midnight, just before my father died, he turned his head to look at me, even if he was almost blind.

He never spoke a word…

Don’t get me wrong…

I am not making fun of people who only have a fleeting interest about their ancestors.

I understand…

Being addicted since 2007 to your ancestors and mine is all the fun I need.

My third cousin Stephen is still following this blog and I have valued the comments he has made since.

Keeping our ancestors alive is what I enjoy to do through old photos and whatever precious memories you are willing to share with my readers like Dennis who found this photo of my paternal grandfather.

When Alyce made contact back in 2010 it was a wow moment for her, and, with her help, we brought her father back to life on the blogosphere.

There was even proof of his birthdate!

But there was much much more Alyce found about her grandfather Idala…

Something she never knew…

She brought to life a whole lot of people…

To be continued…?


This was a draft I had since April 18, 2021…

Melanie does not know it, but she made my day yesterday when she found her grandmother on Our Ancestors

Omg of course?

Fast forward… August 22, 2022

Fleeting interest?

The definition of fleeting is passing by quickly. An example of fleeting used as an adjective is the phrase a “fleeting interest,” which means an interest that a person only has for a short period of time. 

Source Internet

This third cousin is still interested and commented on my latest post…

22 Conlon Street, Bristol, Connecticut…

Living to an age of 84 in 1900 is excellent. My Pepe, Samuel LaGacé (LaGasse) passed away when I was 4 years old in 1974. I believe he was only 68 years old.
I still have distinct memories of me smoking my bubble pipe while he smoked his real pipe on his rocking chair, indoors! I also clearly remember my mom, Dolores, coming home, kneeling in front of our couch in the living room with her hands over her face crying and praying.

I have known about Samuel Lagacé since 2010 when I made contact with Alyce, Stephen’s cousin. I don’t think Alyce and Stephen ever met nor if they knew they had ever existed.

Samuel Lagacé was on this family picture…

Alyce had some old photos and once thought of getting rid of them. She could only identify her father David.

Then Alyce found me on the Internet, a complete stranger addicted to old photos.

As they say, the rest is History and on Our Ancestors.

To be continued?

22 Conlon Street, Bristol, Connecticut…

Twelve years ago I had written this post…

Sandy put me on hold with my favorite picture…

We all have our precious pictures of our ancestors.

This is my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé.

Stanislas Lagasse 1842

Sandy sent it to me without knowing who he was. I only had my great-grandfather birth certificate. Together we manage to find who he was by looking at this picture…

Four generations

I have no picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas 1816 who bears the same given name as Stanislas Lagacé who I now call Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas who I call Stanislas 1864.

This is all I have of Stanislas 1816… his certificate of death.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900

Click on the image

Sandy sent it last week as an early Christmas present!

There are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest hidden behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in Bristol, Connecticut in 2010.

You see Stanislas Lagacé 1816, aka Dennis Lagasse 1816, died on March 26, 1900. He missed the 1900 U.S. census by only two months  and five days. If he had been around in June 1900, I would have known with whom he was living back then.

Stanislas died from mitral insufficiency because of his old age. That’s what Doctor Desmarais wrote 110 years ago.

He also wrote my great-great-grandfather’s home address:

22 Conlon street, Bristol, Connecticut…


Found on Find A Grave

Dennis LaGasser, an aged French resident, died Sunday night after an illness of over five months. He had been in fairly good health for a man 84 years of age until a comparatively short time ago, when Bright’s disease appeared. He died at the home of a son. The funeral will be held at St. Jseoph’s Church this morning at 9 o’clock, Father Roddan officiating. He was born in the Province of Quebec, February 16, 1816. When 54 years of age, he removed to Vermont where he remained for about thirteen years, and then came to Bristol where he had since resided. He leaves several sons and daughters all of whom are living.
-The Hartford Courant, 27 Mar 1900, Tue, page 12 –

The funeral over the remains of Dennis Legasser who died on Monday, was held at 9:30 yesterday morning at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church on Queen street. The Rev. M.B. Roddan officated and the interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.
-The Hartford Courant, 28 Mar 1900, Wed, page 13 –

Individual PRDH record #777934
birth: 1816-02-16
baptism: 1816-02-17 Kamouraska


How far does the Quesnel family tree go? – Redux

I got this comment yesterday on a post that I had published on January 28, 2011. This is what Matt Kinnell had written… 

Hi there. I recently discovered that Quesnel was the original spelling for my family name, which knocked around from Quesnel to Canell to Canal and finally to Kinnell as ancestors of various degrees of literacy moved back and forth between the US and Canada. The best I can tell I descend from the Dominique Quesnel (1776-1849) line, so it seems we may be cousins of some form.

Thanks for sharing this article!

This is the original article Matt is talking about.

Click here.

I have modified it a little.

Rosina Quesnel is my maternal grandmother, and as many people looking for their roots, I found much valid information on the Internet. Rosina is a direct descendant of Olivier Quesnel who was a gunsmith in the 1600s.

In this picture Rosina Quesnel is seen with her first husband Venance Paiement. Venance was baptized “Valence” by the priest who was thinking his given name was Valence… like Valencia a town in Italy. Sometimes such errors are found in the parish registers.

On the Internet Georges de Quesnel is often linked to be the father of Pierre de Quesnel who married Marie Poulard, these two being Olivier Quesnel’s parents. Olivier Quesnel is known to be the ancestor of the Quesnel descendants in North America. As I searched for Rosina Quesnel’s roots, I stumbled on this information posted on Ancestry…

This information is supposedly taken from this book: Les Quesnel 1488 – 1983 Du Château de France à l’Amérique, Volume 1, aux Éditions Quesnel de Fomblanche, éditeur Albert Aimé Quesnel.

Olivier Quesnel is linked to French nobility…

IV PIERRE NICOLAS DE QUESNEL seigneur des seigneuries Du Fresne et des Brosses, chevalier de l’Ordre du Roi, capitaine de 50 chevaux légers, épousa Barbe Le Blanc, veuve d’Estienne Le Prévost, qui était fille d’honneur de Catherine de Médicis, qui épousa d’Henri II, 3 enfants:
1. Georges
2. Anne
3. Helene

I searched for more information and found that Georges de Quesnel was married to Charlotte Malvoue who was a widow…

I found this information in a book dated 1879. On page 230 it says Georges de Quesnel did not have any descendants.

Modification done on March 31, 2022

Transcript of part of  page 230

Louis de Quenel fut créé chevalier en 1519; il était mort avant le 18 août 1524. Françoise Le Boeuf, veuve de Louis de Quenel, chevalier, rendit hommage pour Le Fresne en 1532 (1).

Jean de Quenel, fils de Louis, fut après lui seigneur du Fresne.

En 1568, Pierre de Quenel, sieur du Fresne, chevalier de l’ordre du Roi, gentilhomme de sa maison, gouverneur de Conches pour Henri III, épousa Hélène de Beaumaître, fille d’honneur de Catherine de Médicis.

La postérité masculine des de Quenel, s’éteignit en la personne de Georges de Quenel, esc., seigneur du Fresne, marié a Charlotte Malvoue. Cette dame était veuve, sans enfants, lors de la maintenue de noblesse de la famille, le 13 janvier 1668.


The male descendants of the de Quenels ended in the person of Georges de Quenel, esc, lord of Le Fresne, married to Charlotte Malvoue. This lady was a widow, without children, at the time of the maintenance of nobility of the family, on 13 January 1668.

Quenel: bandé d’or et de gueules; au franc quartier d’or, à la croix de gueules, chargée de cinq coquilles d’argent.

Anne de Quenel, soeur de Georges, porta la seigneurie de Fresne dans la famille de Sarcilly, par son mariage avec Claude de Sarcilly, esc., seigneur et patron d’Ernes (2).

Pierre de Sarcilly, esc., fils de Claude, épousa Catherine d’Alençon et fut après lui seigneur du Fresne; sa fille et son héritière, Catherine Claire, épousa Guy de Marguerit, esc., sieur d’Aisy, dont elle eut Philippe-Auguste de Marguarit qui épousa, le 25 novembre 1714, Marie-Anne Edeline, dont il eut cinq enfants.

Charlotte – Elisabeth du Fresne, hériliere de Guy Philippe-Auguste de Marguerit, était en 1780, dame du Fresne; elle épousa le 28 mars 1797, Louis-Alexandre de Gueroult.

End of the modification

This is the link to the book.…

People have often linked Olivier Quesnel to Georges de Quesnel who was part of the French nobility.  I have found no official record of a link between Olivier and Georges.

Pierre Nicolas Quesnel, who supposedly married Barbe Leblanc, can’t be Olivier Quesnel’s grandfather as seen in many family trees which took that info from Mr. Quesnel’s book. 

I don’t know where Mr. Albert Quesnel took this information about Georges de Quesnel’s descendants because I don’t have a copy of his book and I can’t verify  his source.

I also found that Hélène Beaumaistre, not Barbe Leblanc, was Catherine de Médicis’ lady in waiting as found in the excerpt. I don’t know where the name Barbe Leblanc came from except in Mr. Quesnel’s book.

If you can shed some light on all this, I would appreciate it very much…

Next time on Our Ancestors II more about more descendants of Olivier Quesnel.