We have come a long way on this blog since I posted that picture almost two years ago.
These two young women were unknown to us in 2010. We just had a few clues.
Click here to go back in time and to get a sense of what we knew at that time.
Late 1890s sisters Bristol, Conn…
This was one of my favorite pictures…
It still is.
Late 1890s sisters Bristol, Conn
Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre,
daughters of Philomène Lagacé and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre
Flavie married Charles Lestage and Myra married William Archambeault.
We all have our precious pictures of our ancestors.
Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre
They are precious because most people don’t have any.
This is my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé.
Stanislas Lagasse 1842-1927
Sandy, who is also part of the A-Team, sent it without knowing who the old man was. The only thing I had of my great-grandfather was his birth certificate.
He was born August 9, 1842 in Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge.
That was quite a long time ago!
Together Sandy and I manage to find who he was by looking at this picture and comparing it to pictures sent by someone else…
I knew who were three of the four people. The baby was little Gerard Lagasse. His father Harry Lagasse is holding him and his grandfather Dennis Lagasse III is having a cigar. It was easy to figure out who was the tall and serious man on the left.
I don’t have a picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagasse I born in 1816 who bears the same given name as Stanislas Lagacé whom I now call Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas whom I call Stanislas 1864.
This is all I have of Stanislas 1816… No picture just his certificate of death.
Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900
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Sandy sent it last year as an early Christmas present!
There are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest hidden behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in Bristol, Connecticut in 2012.
You see Stanislas Lagacé 1816, aka Dennis Lagasse 1816, died on March 26, 1900. He missed the 1900 U.S. census by only two months and five days. If he had been around in June 1900, I would have known with whom he was living back then.
Stanislas died from mitral insufficiency because of his old age. That’s what Doctor Desmarais wrote 112 years ago.
He also wrote my great-great-grandfather’s home address:
22 Conlon street, Bristol, Connecticut…
Stanislas Lagasse I is the ancestor of thousands of Americans.
Myra Alexandre is one of them. Stanislas Lagacé I, or Stanislas 1816, is her grandfather, her mother’s father.
This is Myra again in this picture of her mother Philomène Lagacé and her lovely daughters…
It’s Joe’s favorite picture. Joe is also part of the A-Team.
It took us two years to finally be able to identified four of them: Flavie, Myra, Helen, and Agnes. The other two are Mary and Philomene but I can’t identify them.
This is another picture. A tin-type picture. Most probably around 1893 looking at the little boy’s age.
Myra Alexander, John Alexander, Agnes Alexander
Philomène Lagasse, Helen Alexander Bleau with two unknown children
Robin, from our A-Team on the West Coast, scanned it just a few months ago.
Together again, we could identified all the people in this picture except the two children who are probably Helene (Hélène) Alexandre’s children. She got married in 1889 with Joseph Bleau who was David Nathanael Bleau’s brother.
This is David.
David Nathanael Bleau
David would later marry Agnes Alexandre in 1891.
We are still in the process of identifying the people on some tin-type pictures. I am sure down the line we will be able to do it.
Helen Alexandre ? and Myra Alexandre
An obituary in the May 31, 1927 (p.5c.4) issue of The Bristol Press reads:
“MRS. DAVID BLEAU
Mrs. Agnes Bleau, aged 56 years, wife of David Bleau, motorman for The Bristol and Plainville Electric Company, died this morning at her home in Wolcott, following an illness since Friday. She had not enjoyed good health for the past several months.
The funeral will take place at St. Ann’s Church at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, Rev. J. P. Perreault will celebrate the requiem. Interment, in charge of Undertaker James J. Dunn, will be in the new St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Mrs. Bleau was born in Stanbridge, Canada, fifty-six years ago, daughter of John and Libbie Alexander. Her early life was spent in her native place. She came to this country as a young girl and was married at Blackinton, Mass., in November 1891. She moved to this city with her family fourteen years ago, and for the past five years had been living on the farm in Wolcott, just over the Bristol line. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Combe: one son, Harry Bleau, of this city: two sisters, Miss Mary Alexander, of this city and Mrs. Myra Archambeault of and Peter Alexander of this city, and Plainville: three brothers, John B. David Alexander of Plainville: and six grandchildren.”