Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé’s parents

Time flies doesn’t it?

Last day of July.

Is time spent looking for our ancestors a waste of time…?

Of course it’s not.

Brian LeGacy told me he could not get to sleeep after I gave him a helping hand and he started digging for himself.

Is it worth losing sleep over our ancestors…?

Of course it’s worth.

Some psychologists say that we can find strength when we discover our roots.

I am no psychologist but I think we might have something there.

Pierre Lagacé and his brother Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse) on a park bench probably in Connecticut probably around 1905

You see back in 2007 when I started getting interested in genealogy I did not know Stanislas Lagacé had ever existed.

Of course I knew I had a great-grandfather but I knew nothing of my grandfather’s parents.

Four years later, I am helping people find their roots.

Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé was the son of Michel Mignier dit Lagacé. You will find some information on the Internet and some also on Ancestry.

But beware!

Some information that are suggested might be erronous down the road.

I just found out on Ancestry that some people have “discovered” André Mignier’grandparents!

Wow that is quite a big surprise…!


I don’t mind some little errors on dates, but this couple got married in 1802! André Mignier came in New France in 1665 with the Carignan Salières  regiment.


I won’t lose any sleep over this, but I find it a little annoying when some people put such wrong information about their ancestors or other people’s ancestors….

This reminds me of a distant 3rd cousin of mine who had my mother’s birthdate wrong on his family tree.

I told him politely.

He never changed it!

Go figure…

Finally, the final link to Brian’s roots…

Now Brian can get some sleep.

Now it’s Bonnie’s turn to get all excited.

Benjamin L’agacé

Always nice to help someone with his family tree even if they are not related to me.

In this case Brian is.

This is the translation of the document Brian LeGacy sent me…

On 18 December 1817, Louis Mathurin born the same day of the legitimate marriage of Benjamin L’agacé farmer of this parish and of Marie-Émilienne Gagnon.

Godfather Louis Bérubé and Godmother Marguerite Ouellette who are unable to sign…

Father absent

Priest F. Painchaud

These acts are so interesting because more information is found when you have access to them.

Thanks to the Mormons’ site Family Search you have access to the Quebec parish registers.

In this case the father was absent.

Not that he was drinking and smoking cigars at a local tavern. No. That’s the way it was. The father was probably working on his farm and could not leave work to attend.

So Benjamin L’agacé, who was in reality Benjamin Lagacé, could not be there to his son’s baptism.

You also have information about the parents and the godparents of Louis Mathurin, who later became known by the name Lewis Legacy.

I found out on a database that Benjamin Lagacé was first married to Charlotte Ouellette in 1805. I found two children, Marie and Nazaire. Marie married Magloire Castonguay.

In 1852, according to the census, they are living with two children and a Benjamin Lagacé, 74 years old, who is a widower.

This is most certainly Benjamin Lagacé, Lewis Legacy’s father. 

Émilienne Gagnon was  Benjamin’s second wife. They got married on February 12, 1817.

So Louis-Mathurin, born 18 December 1817, has to be their first child. Benjamin must have been elated.

With this information, you want to know more about the first marriage of Benjamin.

So you start digging some more.

Great landscaper too…

I found out that Benjamin’s parents were Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé and Catherine Bérubé. These are the names seen on the marriage act.

Catherine Bérubé…?

Does that surname sound familiar?

Catherine Bérubé must surely be related to Louis Bérubé the godfather of Louis-Mathurin…

With this new information, you want to know more about the Bérubé family and you start digging some more…

Catherine was the daughter of François Bérubé and Marie-Angélique Lévesque.

And all this searching can go on and on and on until you can’t get no more sleep… or start writing articles on a blog about genealogy about someone’s ancestors in Quebec.

I hope Brian is elated about all this…

Next time…

Who are Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé’s parents?

You will learn not to believe everything  you find on some genealogy sites.

Sleepless in Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatière

It’s hard to fall asleep when you want to find out about your roots.

This is what Brian sent me yesterday morning after a sleepless night…

He was burning midnight oil to find his ancestors…

I can understand because I have been there.

Louis Lagacé or Louis Legasse or Lewis LeGacy arrived in the U.S. in November 1835 according to this document.

He was naturalized in 1856.

He was born in 1819 in Ste.Anne, Lower Canada, which is most probably Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatière.  

But is he the real Lewis who is related to Brian LeGacy?

We will have to look in the parish registers for the year 1819.

That’s a good place to start. But then the birthyear might be off… a little. This is almost always the case.

Brian was quick on the trigger and he searched the registers.

Probably losing sleep.

Before falling asleep, he found this document.

He can’t read French…

He thought it was about a Louis Matthieu L’agacé.

Since I have 100% French-canadian roots… I can read French… and offered a helping hand.

Well not 100%… because I am also a direct descendant on my mother’side of Josiah Rising and Abigail Nims taken captives in 1704 in a raid on Deerfied, Massachusetts… 

Click here… for information about the Deerfield massacre.

“I wished they had invented photography before 1840… my descendants would have a picture of their ancestor.”

Searching for Brian’s roots

Brian LeGacy wants to find out the link with André Mignier. I told him we were distant cousins.

I asked Brian to give me more info. He is quick on the trigger just like André Mignier…

“Call me the Trigger…”

Hi Pierre,

I did some research on and found a few more generations for you. 

Grandfather –  George W. LeGacy born 11 Feb 1919 Princeton, Maine
Great Grandfather – Albert “Bert” Legacy born abt 1891 Maine
Great Great Grandfather – Wallace “Wallie” Legacy born abt 1862 Maine
Great Great Great Grandfather – Louis Legacy (sometimes in census as Lewis Legacy or Legassie) born about 1815 Canada

That’s what I was able to gather from an existing Family Tree project by as Cousin’s Wife on 

Hopefully this will help! 

Thanks! (Merci!)


This is what I found on Family Search

We have the 1880 Census and Wallie is there all right.

And he is not alone.

name:  Walace Legacy
residence:        Princeton, Washington, Maine
birthdate:        1862
birthplace:       Maine, United States
father’s name: Louis Legacy
relationship to head:   Sonfather’s birthplace:      Canada
mother’s name:           Mary Legacy
mother’s birthplace:    Canada
race or color (expanded):       White
ethnicity (standardized):        American
gender:            Male
martial status: Single
age (expanded):          18 years
occupation:     Works On Farm

**Household**          **Gender**    **Age**

**parent**      Louis Legacy  **M**            65
**parent**      Mary Legacy  **F**  57

Pauline Legacy           **F**  25
Frank Legacy  **M**            22
Walace Legacy           **M**            18
Willis Legacy  **M**            16
Amanda E. Legacy    **F**  16
Stephen Legacy          **M**            14
Maud G. Legacy        **F**  12
Albertis Legacy          **M**            10

From that we know that Louis Lagacé and Marie (maiden name unknown) were born in Canada.

Now we are getting somewhere…

Well I think so.

Come back for more next time.

It’s like watching History Detectives.


Of course you are…

Brian wrote this comment…

I have the surname LeGacy and I’m curious to learn whether or not my family is linked to Andre Mignier “La Gåchette”.

My father’s family owned land in Princeton, Maine and likely migrated through New Brunswick.
The family has since settled in Massachusetts a bit later than 1900. I’ve done limited research, but “LeGacy” is not a common name in France, though is quite common in Quebec & New Brunswick.

Is it possible that another variation of the name is connected to Andre??

Not André, but dressed like that back then…

Anybody here seen my old friend… Abraham

Abraham Martin that is.

He was known as Abraham Martin dit l’Écossais.

He owned the plains of Abraham. Do you know someone who is related to him?

Well guess what?

I met one of his descendant in Ste-Anne cemetery.

Ron Depatie is a descendant of  Madeleine Martin, one of Abraham’s daughters. Madeleine married Nicolas Forget-Despatis.

Ron made the trip to Ste-Anne just to meet Paul Dauphin… and also to buy some strawberries.

He could not resist visiting the cemetery after we had supper.

You see, Ron knows his great-great-grandfather Jacques Bélisle was buried here in 1892, but there is no headstone to be found. Both Ron and I figured the plot was given to someone else since no one was left to pay for its maintenance.

So he looked for clues and I tagged along.


I told Ron that even though we could not find the grave, Jacques Bélisle was here allright and watching over our shoulders…

Click here to learn more about Abraham’s descendants…

Paul is coming home…

Paul wrote me this morning.

All systems are go.

I even gave him an alternate route to drive to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

There is a lot of road construction in Quebec.

The most direct route would be using Mercier bridge.

But that’s a big NO NO…

There is only one lane open.

Click here for more information on the Mercier bridge.

You see there has been a lack of maintenance on Quebec roads and bridges for about 20 years or so.

It took the death of some innocent motorists crushed under an overpass to serve as a wake-up call.

Too many people to blame so nobody got the blame.

That’s a shame…

Click here to learn more about the overpass collapse.

Anyway Paul is going to come here by Autoroute 30 and crossing the St. Lawrence using  the Hippolyte-Lafontaine tunnel.

That tunnel is due for refection in 2014 so everything should be fine.

I have invited Paul, his wife and his brother for lunch after their trip from Burlington, Vermont.

They will probably go by Winooski, Vermont.

That’s the place Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse was in 1880. He was working in a lumber yard.

This information does not seem to be much of interest until you find out that I knew nothing about Stanislas’ son Leo Senior born June 5, 1888.

Now I know everything about my Lagacé ancestors.

As I said, Paul will bring his wife and his brother along to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and have lunch at my place.

He does not know it yet but he will also bring all these people along…