Putting the right name on a face…

Look at this picture.

Look at the older woman on the right.

Now look at this one…

Same person but different names.

I believe that the caption is wrong.

I am 100% sure Agnes Alexandre Bleau is in each photo.

Look at this montage…

If you look closely at the picture, you will notice someone tore it to leave someone out…


Sometimes captions are sometimes misleading and lead us in the wrong directions when looking for our ancestors.

Tomorrow another case of misleading captions.


Who do you think she is…?

With what we know now, some of Robin’s pictures are related to the Alexandres and not to the Bleaus.

This is who I believe is Marie Elmire Alexandre.

  This young woman could be another daughter of Jean-Baptiste Alexandre and Philomène Lagacé.

Could be?

We have some pictures of someone who is identified as Aunt Mary Alexander in Robin’s collection.

Mary was never married.

She was born Marie Elmire Alexandre on March 27, 1881.

This I know for sure.

I have her birth certificate.

I think Joe once told me that she went by the name of Mary.

Here are a few pictures of Aunt Mary in Robin’s collection. You decide if my presumption is correct.

If the captions are right, Mary is on the left in the back row.

Her sister Agnes Alexandre is in the picture with her daughter Sylvia Bleau and her granddaughter Sylvia Combe.

This is the original picture Robin had.

She said it was sad to have the names right on the picture.

So I did a little editing in my spare time…

Now maybe we have identified one more of Jean-Baptiste Alexandre’s daughter in Robin’s photo collection… Aunt Mary Alexander.

Mary never married so she had no descendants to search for her.

But that does not deter me a bit to talk about Aunt Mary.

As a footnote, Robin contacted some relatives.

One is 93 years old and she is elated someone is searching for her ancestors.

This is all it’s all about.

Sharing to make someone else happy… even if they are strangers.

Jumping to Conclusions…

Sometimes you have to jump to go somewhere, but I don’t mind tripping and landing flat on my face if I can find my way to where I am going when I go back in time searching for my ancestors.

This time they are not even directly related to me…

Robin sent me a lot of tin pictures.

I have to admit I had jumped to conclusions with her tin pictures.

This one and some more…

I was obvious from the start… but I was too mesmerized.

How could two sisters-in-laws be in a family picture with their sister-in-law and her children and her parents David Bleau Senior and Émilie Hébert…

Furthermore David Bleau Senior had died in December 1880!

Call it excitement on my part seeing so many tin photographs taken at the turn of the 20th century.

This tin picture would be in fact Jean-Baptiste Alexandre with his three daughters and his wife Philomène Lagacé who is my great-grandfather’s sister.

Now I can get all excited again for the right reason because I have a picture of a great-granduncle with his daughters Agnès and Myra, and an another daughter with her two kids whom I know nothing about.

The search is just beginning because we have more U.S.A….

Unidentifed Standing Still Ancestors…


As I said, it never stops.

Finally, what about the big picture…?

Here you go!

Click on it…

We Are All Assuming…

When it comes to old pictures with no captions.

Robin’s pictures are so precious even though we have very little clues about the identity of who are on them.

But that does not deter us one bit.

Take this picture Robin sent for instance.


I first assumed we had David Bleau Senior with his wife Émélie Hébert and their daughter with her two kids and Myra and Agnes Alexandre in the back. Myra is on the left and Agnes is on the right.



Why would would two sisters-in-laws be on a Bleau family picture?


David Bleau Senior died in 1880 so he can’t be in this picture and it can’t be him in this one also…

Nor this one…

I think.

So who is the middle-aged man in the middle of the back row?

Could he be Jean-Baptiste Alexandre with his two daughters Myra on the left and Agnes on the right…?


This is what Sandy is thinking.

What about the older woman?

Sandy think she is Philomène Lagacé, Jean-Baptiste Alexandre’s wife.

Since we have no caption, we can only assume.



This is why genealogy is such an interesting hobby…

Next time the big picture!

The Blou family

The Blou family living in Bennington in 1880 was in fact the Bleau family.

Robin had this information that she passed along in her e-mail as well as a “few” pictures.

I scanned all the tin types I had, only one had a name, David Bleau, now by the looks of the age and type of photo, I would guess that this is David Bleau born 29 Oct 1837 married to Emilie Hibert born 21 Oct 1839. They were married 21 July 1858 at St. Phellippe.

Their children were Amelia, Joseph, Olivine, Rosa, Louis, and lastly David Bleau. This last David is who married Agnes Alexander.

The 1880 Bennington, Vermont census shows David (Blou) at age 44 and had been out of work for 8 months due to asthma. He died 22 Dec 1880.

I wonder if Robin knew about Rosa Bleau…

Rosa was one of the daughter of David Bleau Senior and Émélie Hébert.

This is David Bleau Senior.

This is Émélie Hébert.

I am guessing, but I am pretty sure…

Rosa was 9 years old in 1880.

There is much more information in the census…

She worked in a woolen mill…!

name: Rosa Blou

residence: Bennington, Bennington, Vermont

birthdate: 1871

birthplace: Vermont, United States

relationship to head:


father’s name: David Blou

father’s birthplace: Canada

mother’s name: Amelia Blou

mother’s birthplace: Canada

race or color (expanded):White

ethnicity (standardized): American

gender: Female

martial status: Single

age (expanded): 9 years

occupation: Work In Woolen Mill

nara film number: T9-1341

page: 358 page

character: Aentry number:80

I wonder if this is Rosa Bleau with Agnes Alexandre…? Or is she with Myra Alexandre?