Stanislas Lagasse 1842-1927

My not so far distant cousin went to Bristol and she found out a lot about the Lagacés. You always want to know more about your ancestors.

The more you know, the more you want to find out. I knew when Stanislas Lagacé was born. I had his birth certificate.

I knew everything except when he died.

Sandy found out.

Dennis Lagasse aka Stanislas Lagacé

10 August 1842 – 5 June 1927

There is a lot more…

I will tell you all about it next Monday.

Wednesday is Ron Depatie’s Day!

Make my day…


The Chaumont house… Final answer…?

You have to read this article first to understand what’s going on, then you can go ahead with your reading.

Toussaint Bélisle built that house in 1884.

la Maison Chaumont 1884

Final answer?

Not so fast…

Toussaint Bélisle did indeed built la Maison Chaumont.

The proof is the pudding…

Click on the pudding

The problem is that you have three Toussaint Bélisle living in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines in those days.

One was born in May 1857 and two in October 1858.

One Toussaint was born on Halloween’s Day and the other one the day before.

Why am I telling all this?

One of the relatives of one of those Toussaint Bélisle wrote me a comment on the French version of this blog.

This is what he wrote…

Hi from Ron Roture dit Belisle (known today as Ron Depatie)

This reply comes from reading an old blog I found on your site dated March 18, 2008 THE HOUSE OF CHAUMONT STE- ANNE-DES-PLAINES.

Just wanted to let you know that there is an old family from Saint-Anne-des-Plaines coming out of the closet for the first time in over a hundred years today…

In this article you speak of Toussaint Belisle as being the local custom contractor to have built this house. I would just like to add, for any one who might be interested in knowing, that Toussaint Belisle an entrepreneur had three other brothers also, Léon, Élie, Frederick Belisle seen named as entrepreneurs in the area of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines and Montreal. They were the sons of Jacques Belisle and Elmere Therrien of Ste Anne’s. Leon Belisle also known as Leon Despatie was my great-grand-father.

Thru your blog that I just read today, I found out something I never knew and that was Toussaint was a home builder in Ste-Anne’s and it would be neat to know if his brothers helped him on this one.

Well that’s all from me for now. I thank you for taking the time to read this and hope it gave some information that might be helpful to others.

Thank you.

Ronnie Roture dit Belisle dit Depatie

I told you it was going to be an interesting story.

See you next Wednesday.

The mysterious Dennis Lagasse

The Dennis Lagasse saga is still going on… with Sandy’s help.

Sandy had been searching for her roots since 1985.

Genealogy can become quite obsessive you know.

I have been at it only since 2007 and I hardly can control myself.

I was also searching for this Dennis Lagasse when I stumbled on that name in the 1900 U.S. Census.

Dennis was living in Bristol, Connecticut, with Harriet Lagasse and their sons Adlore and Leo. Dennis’ real given name was Stanislas. He had married Henriette Alexandre in 1862 in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge.

Everything made sense.

Even Eugène Dubé and his wife Lily Lagacé (Stanislas’ daughter) were neighbors.

I have never met my great-grandfather of course, but I wish I did.

Dennis probably died in 1929 before the Great Depression.

Sandy is working very very hard to help me find when he died…

She has been looking into the Bristol directories. She has not found him after 1929.

Sandy sent me this picture last week… She did not know who these people were.


This picture came from Julian Wilfred Lagasse’s collection.

Julian Wilfred Lagasse

It took me just a few seconds to recognize the man with the little boy. Sandy told me it was a boy by the way his hair were parted.

I used this picture Carol sent me last month because I thought I had recognize someone.

I had identified these people in that picture for Carol.

This is a close-up of Harry Lagasse born in 1887. I know all about him now.

When Harry met Anna…

Harry’s father is Dennis Lagasse born in 1864. Dennis is the son of Dennis Lagasse who is my great-grandfather born in 1842.

 So the old man on the left must be my great-grandfather Dennis.

Stanislas Lagacé 1842-1927

What can I say to show my appreciation to Carol and Sandy?

Who built la Maison Chaumont?

Now that’s a valid question?

But what’s la Maison Chaumont anyway?

Another valid question.

This is la Maison Chaumont…

I took this picture last year when I did a little sightseeing in my hometown of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines.

You see this house is an historic place as recognized as such by the Quebec government.

Once a small museum, the former town administration emptied it of its furniture and leased it for $200 a  month to le Cercle des Fermières.

The reason given was that it was unoccupied… Go figure.

So what’s the reason to talk about this house anyway?

One of the relatives of the man who built this house sent me a comment.

He said he was related to the man who built this house.

Which brings us back to our first question… Who built la Maison Chaumont?

If you want to know, then come back next Wednesday.

This is going to be quite an interesting story.

Now that was a good move…

I moved from My Heritage to Ancestry, and boy what is a good move on my part.

This is how I met my cousin Sandy who is as passionate as I am about genealogy. She is also passionate about old photographs.

She started getting interested with genealogy in 1985.

I only started in 2007.

Sandy told me how she started…

I just talked to my cousin Andre Lagasse he is 80 years old and very much with the program.

He helped me in 1985 to get started. That was when there was no computer with information. I had to do everything the old fashion way. Go to where they lived  and ask family. Now it is easier. I told my cousin about our Stanislas Lagasse. He was so happy to get more information on him through you and Alyce.

I am seeing him this weekend and show him some new things I found from you in the 1880 Census Vermont.
He is excited to know more. He loves it too. All though he does not own a computer he loves history.

Sandy has a lot of pictures of the Lagasse family.

This is one of the most interesting…


This is Mathilde Leblanc, she is Pierre Lagasse’s first wife.

She was born in 1848.

Click to zoom in

Mathilde died in 1884.

This is another picture of Mathilde or Domithilde.

We see both given names.

Mathilde had 10 children.

Sandy told me all about them… and I will tell you all about them also in future articles.

Sandy left me this comment on Mathilde’s page on my Ancestry website page…

Born: April 1, 1848 Stanbridge, Canada

Death: June 2, 1884 Winooski, Vermont

Died five days after the birth of her last child.

Child died July 23, 1884

Born: May 28, 1884

I knew the names of Mathilde Leblanc and Pierre Lagacé, but I had no pictures of them or their descendants and knew nothing about them.

Now I have lots of pictures thanks to Sandy who preserved them.

Next time, I will show you a picture of Pierre Lagasse who is my great-grandfather’s brother, the mysterious Dennis Lagasse.