I would love to find his son

My Sweet Alyce sent me this e-mail…

To the LaGassé, Lagace family historian and genealogist . . .

I have a little story for you.

Many years ago … 1998, perhaps, I received an email from a gentleman named Gabriel Menard. It was addressed to me yet, I had no idea who Gabriel Menard was.

It was a very sweet story he was passing along and I wrote back and told him I had received it instead of whomever he hoped would get it.

Another email from him soon followed and he told me he had gone to High School in Massachusetts in either Fall River or New Bedford. He knew many LaGasse’s there and thought that I was one of them.

Gabe lived in Rocky Hill at the time, which was right near where I had lived in CT. so we had a bit of connection, and emailed every so often.

Over the years, he continued to send me little ditties that he sent out to his friends – they were always thoughtful and sweet things.

When I went to France, in 2002, I told him I would look for Menards. And so I did.

In the depths of the Pantheon …. I saw the following stone . . right there along with Victor Hugo and Emile Zola ( Francois Menard must have been SOMEBODY!)

I emailed him this picture . . .

HE was so appreciative.

The next fall he passed away – one of his sons emailed me the obituary from The Hartford Courant …which I just found again in the newspapers archives.

In the email after Gabe died, his son filled me in…

He told me his dad had been very sick for many years and lived in the VA hospital in Rocky Hill.

Apparently, he looked forward to my letters and showed everyone the above picture. His son thanked me for contributing to his dad’s life.

Now, Pierre .. . . IF I HAD ANY IDEA . . . he was ill and alone, I would have bent over backwards, that man seemed so very kind. A complete stranger.

Today I read your email and there is MENARD . . . . as part of the LaGassé family history

How amazing it is to me that there may have been a connection. A real connection and not just happenstance and coincidence.

This is another contribution that your research makes – connecting names, faces & families – piecing together parts of the puzzle so that we are more whole as a human family.

I would love to find his son.

Gabriel Gilles Menard

Gabriel Gilles Menard, 69 of Rocky Hill died Tuesday (September 23, 2003).

Born in Quebec Canada, he was the son of the late Joseph Euclide and Gilberte (Poissant) Menard, he lived most of his life in East Hartford prior to moving to Rocky Hill.

He is survived by three sons, Dennis, Daniel and Kenneth Menard; two daughters, Denise Hart and Joanne Pettinato; a brother, John Menard and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 10 a.m at the Protestant Chapel, Rocky Hill Veterans Home. Burial; Col. Gates Cemetery. Brooklawn Funeral Home, Rocky Hill has care of arrangements.

All in the Family

This really made my day.

Family pictures are just awesome… for an amateur genealogist.

No problem this time with this picture…

Well sort of…

Lionel Lagasse, Dennis IV’s father, knows the guys but just some of the gals… He wrote some notes.

Here’s a cropped version of the scan Dennis IV sent me…

I had this picture of the same family taken later around 1917.

I had played with it a little in 2010 since I already had the names.

The little girl is Germaine Lagasse with her father Victor Philippe Lagasse in the left rectangle.

Pepere is Dennis III born in 1864.

His wife Amanda Ménard is behind her grandchild Germaine.

Alice Myers, Germaine’s mother is between Pepere and Amanda.

Levi Lagasse is on the right side looking very serious.

The lady beside Victor is unknown.

I would take a wild guess and say that she is Ida Lagasse who married a Mister Lamothe…

But that is pure speculation.

She could be Edna Lagasse married to a Mister Frank Ritchie.

And what about the daughter with the serious look on the porch…?


She has to be Rose Elmira Lagasse the eldest daughter born on January 20th 1889. 

On the baptisimal certificate we see Stanislas La gassé’s  (Dennis Lagasse  III) signature.

Who wrote the note?

We must assume that the person who wrote Grandpa Lagassy did not know that in 2011 someone would ask that question.

When searching for your roots, every clue is important.

Who wrote the note in the back of the photo?

And when did he or she write it?

Most probably the person who wrote that note was his or her grandchild.

And then maybe not.

Who was it?

Not Levi Lagasse because he would have written my father…

Not Lionel Lagasse because he would have remembered he wrote it…


Who wrote that note in the back of the photo?

I don’t think this is a picture of Dennis II (born in 1842).

Look at this picture…

We didn’t have anything written in the back.

It was sent to me by little Germaine Lagasse’s grandchild.

Compare the two pictures side by side…

At first, in 2010, I thought that we had Amanda Ménard with her husband Dennis Lagasse III (born in 1864) and two of her first children Harry and Mary Rose Elmira, but it did not fit because Harry was born before Rose Elmira.

And now…?

It’s still a mystery, but now Dennis Lagasse IV and I are getting closer and closer… to a solution.

Yes Dennis IV, there was also a Dennis I whose real name was Stanislas Lagacé born in 1816.

But now you already know this don’t you?

I told you.

Dennis IV and I would surely appreciate some help with these pictures.

Next time… another picture sent by Lionel Lagasse, Dennis IV’s father.

This time…

No problemo whatsoever…

On the back of the photo

Well Dennis… I am so glad you finally know who you are…

Lionel Lagasse, Dennis’ father, sent him this picture.

The note says it all or does it?

The man in the picture would be Dennis Lagasse 1842, the father of Dennis 1864 who is Levi Lagasse’s father who is Lionel’s father…


Well I’m not because I have been searching for this family since 2010. 

Dennis 1842 would be with his son’s two children Mary and…?

Well I am not sure about the info in the back of the photo… The problem is…

Who wrote the note in the back?


Dennis 1864?

Want to know more?

Dennis Lagasse… Who do you think you are?

Sometimes I think I scare people away with my passion for genealogy.

I hope I won’t scare Dennis away. If you pass the test and you are not afraid, then you are in for a big surprise…

I am a very serious person and I am very respectful of others. Joe and Sandy know that because they met me in person last month.

And they were not scared a wee bit…


Dennis Lagasse…Who do you think you are?

Dennis is a direct descendant of Dennis 1816, Dennis 1842 and Dennis 1864… He lives in Connecticut where these Dennises are buried.

Dennis put a comment on my blog about genealogy this week… I don’t think I scared him away because he sent me this e-mail… when I first replied to his comment.

Hello Pierre,

I just talked to my dad… and he’s sending me a copy of the pictures he has of his grandfather Dennis Lagasse with his 12 kids and wife Amanda on their front porch in Bristol CT. He also read to me the Bristol Press newspaper article where it describes the accident that killed Dennis in 1922, he is copying and sending me that also. It’s so exciting for me to see all this history coming together, I live in… CT and am only an hour away from Bristol and would love to help you in any way I can.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you’ve done so far.

Dennis Lagasse

His great-grandfather was Dennis Lagasse III who died in 1922.

Dennis knows that part.

He was married to Amanda Ménard and they had 12 children.

Dennis knows that part also.

Dennis’ great-great-grandfather was also named Dennis.

I don’t know if Dennis knew this.

This Dennis Lagasse whose real name was Stanislas Lagacé was born 9 August 1842 in Henryville, in Quebec. He died on June 5th 1927. He was 84.

He worked all of his life. His father, who was also named Stanislas (Dennis), died in 1900.This is his death certificate that Sandy found for me.

He was 84. He was born in 1816. He worked all of his life. He lived at 22 Conlon Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

So Dennis…

Who do you think you are?

Someone who will want to know more about his roots back to the first ancestor… André Mignier. He was a soldier who came with the Carignan-Salières regiment.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

Googling on Google

If you ever google this on Google…

our ancestors Lagasse

Then you will see this page…

Click here. 

If your name is Dennis Lagasse and you google Dennis Lagasse ancestors…

then you will get this…

Click here.

And then, if you put a comment on this blog…

Let’s say like this…

I have some information and would love to share…

Then you will get this reply…

Well Dennis, I just wrote you an e-mail…
Welcome aboard.

After that, it’s going to be a hell of a ride down the road to your ancestors.

So stay tuned because there is more to come if your name is Dennis Lagasse and you live in Connecticut.

Sometimes it won’t strike you the first time, but…

then, you start to wonder…

At first Sandy thought that the man on the right was Wilfred Lagasse… But then she started to wonder about his identity.

Sandy and I met for the first time on September 20th. She showed me another picture which she thinks is my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse 1842.

She will scan it a little later.

She thinks that the man on the right is Stanislas, the mysterious Dennis Lagasse…

This makes sense since he looks much older than Joseph. We would have a picture taken with Joseph, son of Pierre Lagacé who is Dennis’ brother.

You know Pete… That’s make sense…