Finding my lost roots

If you have been reading this blog, you know I have ancestors who were living in Sault Ste. Marie in the 1700s.

Ojibwe woman

Kenogenini Mentosaky look alike…

This is an interesting Website where we can learn more about my lost roots.

Excerpt (in fact the whole page!)

The Anishinaabeg (which can mean ‘Original People’ or ‘Spontaneous Beings’) have lived in the Great Lakes area for millenia. Some of the oldest legends recall the ice packs breaking on Lake Nipissing and archeologists have found Anishinaabeg sites from 3000 B.C. Legends speak of immigrations to and from the Great Lakes over the centuries.

Sault Tribe’s ancestors were Anishinaabeg fishing tribes whose settlements dotted the upper Great Lakes around Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, throughout the St. Marys River system and the Straits of Mackinac. Anishinaabeg gathered for the summers in places like Bahweting (Sault Ste. Marie) and broke up into family units for the winter.

They hunted, fished and gathered and preserved food for the winter. They were respectful to their elders and treasured their children. They conducted ceremonies for good health, thanksgiving, war, funerals and other things and strove to conduct their lives in a good way.

Anishinaabeg lived this way for hundreds of years until the arrival of European settlers in the 1600s. The Anishinaabeg had dealings with first the French, then the English, then the United States. The Anishinaabeg lifeway began to deteriorate as the people were placed on reservations, sent to boarding schools, along with other attempts to matriculate them into American mainstream society.

Enjoy the visit…

Footnote

1861 Canadian census

1861 Sault Ste Marie

Wife of Antoine Trudeau…

Marie Dufault, 89, born in Sault Ste-Marie.

A Nation of Immigrants

Pierre Lagacé:

Such a beautiful post…

Originally posted on Tribute to Veterans:

United States Declaration of Independence Signed by the Continental Congress July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence
Signed by the Continental Congress
July 4, 1776

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Thomas Jefferson A Founding Father  Principal Author  Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson
A Founding Father
Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence

In 1886, a gift from the people of France to the United States would become a beacon of hope for immigrants to this country.  The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Statue of Liberty Liberty Island New York City, New York Circa 1900 Statue of Liberty
Liberty Island
New York City, New York
Circa 1900

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me…”

Sonnet by Emma Lazarus –…

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Clue No.1: 1850 U.S. Census

Pierre Lagacé:

Closing the book on Françoise Trudeau…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Are you ready for this?

You will have to bear with me because I am going to go step by step in all this search for Anton Cayo’s ancestors even if it takes the whole year. I will focus only on the Cayos unless someone related to Aldéi Lord’s ashtray contacts me.

Levi ashtray 2

This being said let’s have a close look at clue numero uno. These Cayos are not Spaniards, nor Mexicans…

They were French-Canadians!

Clue no. 1

September 19th, 1850, Colchester, Vermont.

1850 U.S. Census Peter Kayou

There is a family on this census page.

It’s Peter Kayou’s family.

1850 Peter Kayou family

All the family members were born in Canada according to this census. Censuses are not always a reliable source, but in this case, I will use them and proceed cautiously.

The wife of Peter Kayou is Frances. She’s 45 years and thus would have been born around 1805.

1850 Frances Kayou 1805

She is probably Françoise Trudeau. I can’t think…

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http://genforum.genealogy.com/lagasse/messages/243.html

Pierre Lagacé:

The sequel to my previous reblogged post a few minutes ago…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

I feel like Nostradamus this morning.

An urge to write again.

This is precisely when Dennis left his message on Gen Forum

February 25, 2004 at 17:37:06

10 years ago!

Click here.

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?

I replied on June 17, 2010 at 19:08:24…

Dennis (Stanislas) Lagasse married Harriet (Henriette) Alexandre in 1862.

They had 13 chridren (typo!).

My grandfather Léo Senior is their son. He was the last child.

He was born June 6, 1888.

I know all…

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Mary Evelyne Cayo, candy maker

Pierre Lagacé:

How looking for my ancestors got me looking, and looking, and looking…

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Post 657

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…

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154 years ago…

Antoine and Marie were living in Beloeil, Quebec, with their daughter Lucie Trudeau and her husband Urbain Aubé.

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135 years ago…

In the 1880 U.S. Census, in Lincoln, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, Urbain and Lucie are there.


Urbain Aubey Self M 65 Canada
Lucie Aubey Wife F 67 Canada
Adolph Spaulding Son-in-law M 45 Canada
Lucie Spaulding Daughter F 40 Canada
Albert Spaulding Grandson M 19 Canada
Wallace Spaulding Grandson M 17 Canada
Albertine Spaulding Granddaughter F 15 Canada
James Spaulding Grandson M 14 Canada
Mary Spaulding Granddaughter F 12 Canada
Carolina Spaulding Granddaughter F 10 Rhode Island, United States

Joseph Spaulding Grandson M 8 Rhode Island, United States
Rosanna Spaulding Granddaughter F 0 Rhode Island, United

Antoine Trudeau and Marie Dufaut are not living with them anymore. Marie would have been 106 and Antoine 104. Urbain and Lucie probably emigrated to the United States around 1870 since Carolina was born in the U.S.

I could go on and on with this search, but I prefer to wait for someone to write me like Rose did in search of her ancestors.