How to search this blog?

I know it must to hard to find your ancestor on Our Ancestors or one of your ancestor’s photo.


Courtesy Dennis Lagasse IV

This is why I posting this image so you can find the search button under the comment section.

If you type a name into the search box, you might find 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…

You can always write a comment or use this contact form. Make sure your email address is entered correctly. No need to have a Website.

Célestine Sauvé

I don’t have a photo to show you of Célestine Sauvé. I wish I had one.

Célestine Sauvé was a devout person. That’s what Lucie told me in an email she sent after she first made contact by writing a comment on Our Ancestors about a closed case.

Célestine Sauvé and her children had built a shrine.

This is what Lucie wrote me.

Célestine and her children built a shrine to the Virgin Mary and it still stands today. They were an extremely devout family and probably prayed for a better life for all of them. That was not to be. On February 18, 1921, Ovide Neveu passed away (he was only 24!), leaving the elderly mother, two sons and two daughters to keep the farm going. Dominique was the only one to marry and naturally he had to fend for his own family. Célestine sold the big farm and purchased a much smaller one, 50 acres, one that she could handle with her son Edmond and daughters Fabiana and Antonia.

The shrine must have been quite something back then. It is in ill repair now as the attached picture shows; you probably can’t make it out, but it says Notre-Dame de Caledonia Springs at the top. People stopped by frequently, including some who prayed for their sick family members to recover from various ailments. Some expressed an urgent need for respite, so Célestine took their sick ones in. She and her daughters cared for them, fed then nutritious food fresh from their garden, and perhaps even made them drink the various types of water from the springs. I am quite sure they prayed a lot. So fresh air, calm surroundings and good care may well have had a positive effect on some of those sick people. The rumors about some recoveries started; the folks around here claimed miracles were occurring on Ritchance Road… I think not.

Célestine rests in peace with her husband and three of her children: Ovide, Edmond and Antonia.

Zotique Neveu, Célestine’s husband, was related to the Neveu family who emigrated to the United States. Lucie is now in the process of finding more about them, so in a sense, a case is never closed on Our Ancestors.


Sunday July 7, 1822

This is one of the most important days in my life. July 7, 1822 was the day my maternal great-great-grandfather was born.

Honoré Sauvé was the son of Joseph Sauvé and Catherine Martin. I had found that out in 1979 when my daughter was born. It was a few days after she was born that I started to get interested with my daughter’s ancestors by filling out her baby book.

My mother was still living so I could ask her who was her paternal grandfather and some more information on her mother Rosina Quesnel’s parents.

My interest was rekindled in July 2007 when my brother brought me some old photos from the past that our aunt Evelyne had.

This is one of them… Honoré Sauvé with his wife Julie Leroux. My mother had written a caption on the back… grand-père du père, grandfather of father.

Léon Sauvé’s photo was also in group of photos brought by my brother.

Léon Sauvé died on September 8, 1918 from pneumonia. I think it could have been from the Spanish Flu, but I am not certain.

This is another photo brought by brother at that time. He is Joseph Sauvé who married three times.

I don’t think I have ever been in contact with his descendants nor that I have shared my research on him.

Which brings me to this comment I got last week on Our Ancestors. It was about a post I had written on a closed case…

Good morning! I just stumbled upon your info and my jaw dropped. Célestine Sauvé married Zotique Neveu in Lefaivre Ontario on 1895-02-11.He was the son of Louis Neveu and Euchariste Leblanc. Louis died on 1926-05-01 whereas Euchariste passed away on 1933-02-23; both are buried in the St-Victor (catholic) cemetery in Alfred, plot Q5. Célestine was my great-grandfather’s sister. Zotique Neveu passed away on 1927-11-20 in a hospital in Montréal and was buried in Alfred two days later. Célestine died on 1937-08-29. Both their remains were buried in the Alfred cemetery. plot K7. Célestine was a very devout catholic to the point of building a grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The grotto is currently in poor repair, but still stands on Ritchance Road.

To be continued…

Friday, December 25th, 1907

Old photos…

Sometimes this is how I will get addicted again to old photos and start writing about them on Our Ancestors.

I still don’t know when I will stop doing it…

I had this message earlier in June.

Hello Pierre

Edgar Hamilton was my great uncle. I was pulling some info off Bonnie Ellis’s tree…. Harold Ellis’s mother was the sister of my great grandmother, Cora (Alvord) Hamilton. Anyway, I saw your name and that you have an interest in Eva (Dube) Hamilton.

May I ask what the connection is? Thank you,


This photo was shared in 2015 by Bonnie Ellis on Ancestry, and I never wrote about it until today.

Grandma and Grandpa Alvords Golden Wedding Anniversary

Grandma and Grandpa Alvord’s Golden Wedding Anniversary 25 Dec 1907

Bonnie Ellis had added this caption.

As written by the hand of Marion Ellis: Great Aunt Mary Carpenter, Buela, Cousin Wilfred Hamilton’s 1st wife, Cousin Wilfred-Reverend Hamilton, Fanny, Newton’s wife, Father, Aunt Mary, Grandpa. Grandma, Mother holding Earl, 9 months old, Cousin Newton, Clarence, Marion, Oliver, Cousin Edgar.

Last year, Bonnie Ellis and I had exchanged several messages on Ancestry about this photo and then some more.

Alvord sisters

Florence and Mary Alvord

Florence Alvord Ellis

Florence Alvord

Brockton Fair Dining Tent

On this last photo, Marion Ellis had written…

Mother no 5, Mrs Florence Beals No.8, Marion No.9.

How is all this related to me?

Edgar Hamilton is the little boy, front row on the right, on that family picture taken on Christmas Day in 1907.

Edgar Hamilton married Eva Dubé, daughter of Eugène Dubé and my grandaunt Lillie Lagasse who I believe are on this old photo with two of their children.

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Eva Dubé could be the little girl…

Here Eva Dubé is seen with her friend Marion Ellis.


Eva Dubé Hamilton is the one who had answered all of Jennette Rockwell Hamilton’s questions about the Hamiltons, first by sending her a postcard.

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Please be patient. Sincerely and love to all

Aunt Eva.

This is part of what Eva sent in 1978…

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The other pages have personal information on living people so they won’t be posted here.

Sharon had shared these pages last week and I have added all the information I did not have on the Hamiltons. Sometimes this is how I get to enter new information about your ancestors on my family tree which has now more than 53,000 names.

Why have I been keeping doing this since 2010?

Maybe because of this?

I don’t know why I will keep on doing this…

Have you started digging for old pictures…?

This post was written more than 9 years ago.

You should because they are not going to be around forever you know…

Remember this one I had posted?

Does not mean much to you…

But there is a story behind this photograph and this one also…

It’s about little Simonne. She’s the little girl on her father’s lap.

Venance Paiement, the father on the left, died in 1918 and Rosina Quesnel was left with eight children to care for.

End of post

This is how I started to write about my maternal grandmother Rosina Quesnel’s ancestor Antoine Quesnel. Writing about Rosina Quesnel was how I was contacted by Amy who then shared pictures of her ancestors and brought them from the grave.

So anytime you want to know more about the Quesnels, just write a comment below.

Until then…

Meet Florence Alvord on this mysterious old photo.

Florence Alvord Ellis



When to Stop Searching…and Writing About People’s Ancestors?

Reminiscing about what I had written a few years back on this blog last May, I got thinking that some people only have a passing interest about those who passed away a long, long, long time ago…

I still can’t believe I was doing all this on Our Ancestors since September 2009 like getting excited with old photos like this one.


I know Amy is still reading this blog and that’s the reason I will keep on writing even when people only have a fleeting interest.

This being said…

I found someone whose interest isn’t fleeting.

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Saturday Morning June 27, 2020 – Little Eva

I have written a lot about your ancestors on Our Ancestors.

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This is post 1565.

This time I will be writing about what Eva Dubé wrote Jennette Rockwell Hamilton in 1978.

Above is what I believe were Eva’s parents Eugène Dubé and Lillie Lagasse. I am still not 100% sure they are Eva’s parents.


What I am sure of is that this is Eva Dubé with her friend Marion Ellis on the left on this montage I had made a year ago trying to figure out who was the little girl with her parents.

Eva Dubé montage

The mother would be my grandaunt, the sister of my grandfather Léo.

Léo Lagacé Senior

Our Ancestors is always about sharing information on your ancestors, and this post is about sharing what Eva Dubé wrote Jennette Rockwell Hamilton in 1978.

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To be continued…

Ignace Martel or When to Stop Searching…and Writing about him? Update

Written a few years back…

I can’t believe I was doing this!

Remember these old framed pictures sent by a far far away distant cousin?



Do you remember how I ended my last post?

This is the fascinating search in the past of the history of descendants of Pierre Quesnel, one of the founding father of Montreal or descendants of Ignace Martel who I have not the faintest idea who he was when I started looking.

In my almost obsessive search last Friday for someone’s ancestors who is related to Anna Martel married to Archie Quesnel, I found an Ignace Martel who finally led me to Anna Martel’s parents?

Anna Martel and Archie Quesnel’s wedding picture

The Ignace Martel whom I found in my obsessive research was the son of Salomon Martel and Josephte Leveque. I was not sure if I had the same Ignace Martel that I had found on a 1900 census page listed as the father of Joseph Martell.

I just had to find out.

This Ignace Martel married Melina Janson dite Lapalme on July 12th, 1853 in St-Esprit, in Montcalm county, in the province of Quebec.

While I was looking at some Ancestry hints which appeared when I entered his file, I stumbled upon this image from someone’s Ancestry tree who might be one of my very distant relatives since Archie Quesnel’s sister was married to a DeLagasse.

Ignace Martel

The same person had also this picture of a woman named Mary Masta.

Mary Masta

And a man named Joseph Martell.

He also had a Mary Martell…

And a John Martell…

Déjà vu?

There has to be a connection somehow isn’t?

Mary Masta I now believe has to be Mary Martell in Joseph Martell’s household on June 11th, 1900, and Ignace Martel the father of Joseph.

Everything fits perfectly…

Joseph Martell 45, born in 1854 (according to the census), and Mary Masta 32, born in 1867 (according to the census), got married on January 1st, 1881 in Michigan according to this marriage document.

Joseph is said to be 24 and Mary… 14!

With this information I went looking for someone with the name Joseph Martel born around 1854 in the 1861 Canadian census.

Lo and behold!


The Martel family and the Masta familie were neighbours and there was a little Joseph Martel born in 1856 (according to the census)! 

Could this be a break in my investigation?

How about finding a four year-old Mary Masta in the 1871 Canadian census?

I thought you would never ask…

Now who could be the lady on that wedding picture with the best man John Martell?

So many unanswered questions isn’t?

Before I forget here is the marriage certificate of Mary Masta’s parents Toussaint Masta and Odile Martinet.

And Mary Masta’s birth certificate. We now know she was born on October 21st, 1867 in St-Esprit.



I believe this is Anna Martel

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The Quesnells and the Martells Revisited

Written a long time ago on Our Ancestors

A far and far away distant cousin sent me these old pictures and told me I could post them here on Our Ancestors with the hope of putting a name on these unknown people.


She and her distant cousins back in the United States have no idea who they are. For all they know they might be related to the Martell family or the Quesnell family who emigrated in the U.S. in the 1800s. Here is the wedding picture of Archie Quesnell and Anna Martell.

Fascinating search in the past of the history of descendants of Pierre Quesnel, one of the founding father of Montreal, or descendants of Ignace Martel who I have not the faintest idea who he was.

To be continued…

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