This picture tells it all…

about how Eddy felt about the war…

Click to zoom in…

Eddy had written this caption.

My friends in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Birthday party for Cecil Sommes on my right.
Most of these boys were killed in the war.

I saw their names on the War Memorial near the Rideau Canal locks and felt sick at heart.

I felt like putting my brother Laurent’s name there as well.

Here’s a family picture taken in 1942…

Eddy in the center with Laurent on his left.
Their father Honoré is on the left.
Juliette Sauvé is in front with two daughters Gisèle and Honora

I wonder if someone could tell us more about Cecil Sommes…

These are the names Eddy saw on the War Memorial.

Smiths Falls War Memorial

How far does the Quesnel family tree go?

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 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: Georges de Quesnel did not have any descendants.

This is the link.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=D_wsAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22bre%2…

People have often linked Olivier Quesnel to Georges de Quesnel who was part of the French nobility.

I have found no official record on 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…

This is Eddy in 1945

We will go back in time and relive part of Eddy’s life starting in 1945.

I believe Eddy was ferrying a Mosquito to England in 1945.

Eddy and Billy

I believe but I am not quite sure.

I wanted to ask Eddy about it. Eddy is on the left. He is with his friend Billy.

I know Billy was his friend and he was from Ontario because Eddy sent me also this picture with a caption…

Billy and Harvard trainer. He lived in London, Ont.

But I can’t date that picture yet. Probably in the early 1940s.

We are now in 1945.

The war is over… I think.

Eddy was stationned in the Bahamas during World War II and moved to Toronto.

He shared many pictures with me.

He sent these about the Mosquito.

Eddy told me these airmen broke the record crossing of the Atlantic in this plane. He also shared these.


Eddy is the second on the left of the second row…

Click on the picture to zoom in

I would have liked to learn more about his years during these times.

I tried to find information about these airmen on the Internet, but I found nothing.

If you know anything, please contact me by writing a comment below.


Hi cousin!

This is how Eddy and I met…

Hi cousin!

Glad to hear from you.

I have lots of pictures of Laurent in my Picasa site and will send them to you. (We called him Larry or Joe mostly).

I have a copy of the letter from the Squadron Aumonier in French and will send a copy in another email as to how he died and names, etc. of  his mates.

My daughter Sharon found your sites and sent me links.

More later.

EDDY to my friends instead of Adelard.

Eddy had found my articles on his brother Larry.

I had found out, while I was conducting research on 425 Alouette Squadron, that Larry Dubois died on December 18, 1944.

This is how it happened as related by Jean Cauchy who was the pilot waiting on the tarmac just behind Larry’s plane.

Click here to read the article.

Next Monday I will introduce you to Eddy Dubois and tell you much more about his ancestors…

Meet Eddy

I just received permission from Eddy’s daughters to write about their dad.

Eddy Dubois

I know Eddy Dubois is up there with Larry and talking about the good old times. I know Eddy was very fond of his brother who died on December 18, 1944 in a plane crash.

Starting every Monday, I will write a series of articles to pay homage to someone I never met personnaly but who shared a lot of his memories with a distant cousin.

As Sharon wrote…

Pierre, you have our permission (Eddy’s Daughters) to write about our family or use his photos or info in your blogs and writings.

Thank you for this article.

My Dad would have loved it.

This is a sad day today

Eddy Dubois passed away peacefully on December 24, 2010.

His daughter sent me a message yesterday. Strangely enough I wanted to contact Eddy.

I never met Eddy personally.

Our path crossed when I conducted research on an airman, Laurent Dubois. Laurent was Eddy’s brother. Laurent’s mother was Juliette Sauvé and I went looking for any link between Laurent and me.

I talked about Laurent in this article on my other blog Lest We Forget.

Click here to read it.

Eddy found my article and wrote me. I wrote an article about our virtual meeting…

Click here to read it.

Eddy had invited me to visit him in Joliette. We had to postpone it because of his health. Eddy shared a lot of pictures of his ancestors with me.

I would have like to write articles on them. Now I can’t because I don’t have Eddy’s permission to go ahead. I am sure he would have given it, but I prefer not to post anything.

I have paid homage to Eddy in this article…

Click here to read it.

Happy New Year

I know someone in Ontario who enjoys reading my blog…

Also someone in Las Vegas trying to hook up to the hotel wi-fi with her I-Phone…

Also many cousins down in New England with Lagacé ancestors.

I know my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé, aka Dennis Lagasse, and his brother Pierre love it.

Great reading…!

I know Alyce in Seattle does to… so is Michael who was searching for his roots…

I know my maternal grandparents, Euclide Hormisdas Sauvé and Rosina Quesnel, enjoy it to…

Rosina Quesnel and Euclide Sauvé

married on 8 April, 1919

By the way, with all this search for Euclide Depatie, I found out that Euclide was the descendant of Angélique Martin dit St-Jean, the sister of Catherine Martin dit St-Jean, Honoré Sauvé’s mother .

It’s amazing isn’t it Pierre what one little piece of paper
may hold secret till someone takes notice.

What I did not know was that Euclide Depatie died when he was nine. Ron told me. His grandfather  Armand named his first son after Euclide.

When a story is over, there is always one right around the corner… 

It’s like with this picture… which is one of my most precious photograph.

Venance Paiement’s family