Who is this man?

Who is this man on this picture found in the old Lagasse album that belongs to Lionel Lagasse?

Is he the same man with his grandchildren?

Or this old man on the left in the back with Dennis Lagasse III with his son Harry and his grandson Gerard?

I know who he is.

At first I thought this was Dennis Lagasse I.

But Dennis Lagasse IV put me on the right track.

Look again.

Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse (1842-1927)

This is my great-grandfather’s picture…

Isn’t this great! And he’s the ancestor of a lot of Americans who know nothing about him.

Isn’t that…! 

Pictures From the Lagasse’s Album

Last year Lionel Lagasse sent me these pictures via his son Dennis.

Lionel’s grandfather was Dennis Lagasse III.

Dennis Lagasse III is easily identified as well as on this picture of his family.

This is Dennis Lagasse II. He was Dennis Lagasse III’s father.

Dennis Lagasse II is my great-grandfather. His youngest son was Léo born on June 5, 1888. He was my grandfather.

Nothing to get too excited about…? 

Of course I was excited to see those pictures of my grandfather’s brother’s family!

Back in 2007 when I started getting interested in my ancestors I knew nothing about my grandfather’s family or his siblings.

That was before I decided to start writing this blog.

Well I had some information but I had no pictures. These people were only names in a family tree.

Yesterday, Lionel’s son, Dennis Lagasse IV, posted some more pictures on his Facebook page to share them with friends and family. He gave me the go-ahead to post them here… 39 in all!

Nothing to get too excited about…?

You will see.

Lionel’s old family album is full of pictures of the Lagasses and the Dubés. The Dubés were just names in my family tree.

Here Dennis Lagasse III is seen in the middle. I don’t know who are the other two… 

Yet! 

But I do recognize the house in the back.

On this next picture Dennis Lagasse III is again in the middle… under a hat! I believe he is wearing his son’s Joseph’s hat.

Joseph is on the right. Levi Napoleon, who is Lionel’s father, is on the left.

Here again we see them goofing around… Victor Philip is wearing a flower on his lapel. Did he just got married?

Dennis III is helping his son Harvey to climb up the tree while Victor is imitating a monkey.

Meantime Dennis’ wife Amanda Ménard Lagasse is doing the laundry…

I wonder what they are up to…

But is this woman really Amanda Ménard?

This could be Mary Lagasse, Amanda’s daughter… with her straight face seen on the porch on the left in this picture Lionel sent last year.

All the children of Dennis III and Amanda Ménard are pictured here. 12 in all.

This will help you out finding who’s who.

 

Next time, more pictures…

I hope you are all excited about all this.

Still Puzzled?

Now I am sure you did not stumble on this blog by chance.

I got your attention last time with these tin pictures didn’t I?

Pictures that might have found themselves in a garbage truck. Instead somone sent them to Robin who scanned all of them even if she did not know who these people were.

Thanks to Robin, Fran’s distant relatives now have pictures of their ancestors if they happened to stumble on this blog.

I believe I have found Helen Alexandre and two of her children. She had three boys: Joseph, David and Philip before her death in or before 1901.

Fran gave me some clues to look at after her meeting with distants relatives whose ancestor was Joseph Bleau. Joseph Bleau Senior married Emma Gallope on February 15, 1901. That would be after Helen’s death. 

Joseph Bleau was David Bleau’s brother who had married Agnes Alexandre who was Helen’s sister.

David Nathanael Bleau.

Who are these children?

Probably Joseph Bleau Junior, born on March 3, 1891, with his brother little David Bleau born on December 9, 1893.

David Nathanael Bleau is most probably little David’s godfather.

How do I know? Because it makes a lot of sense.

 

I am sure Helen Alexander is photographed here with her parents, Jean-Baptiste Alexandre (Alexander) and Philomène Lagacé (Libbie Lagasse), and her two sisters Agnes and Myra. This picture is taken in late 1894.

Now any distant relatives of Fran can benefit from our search and have pictures of their ancestors. 

Puzzled?

Did you stumble on this blog about genealogy by chance?

Genealogy attracts a lot of people searching for their ancestors.

Last year, Robin, who lives on the West Coast, scanned close to 100 pictures.  I was quite excited about them especially these tin-type photographs.

Robin is not even directly related to these people. Her husband is.

Only one person was identified.

David Nathanael Bleau.

Every picture Robin sent me about him and his descendants are on this blog. This is what we do.

We share all and try to identify every one. We ask for nothing in return and we don’t sell coffee mugs or phony coats of arm.

This picture remains a mystery concerning the two children.

Helen Alexander would be photographed here and she would be the mother. The children’s father would be Joseph Bleau, David’s brother, but he is not on this picture.

Their grandparents are on it though: Jean-Baptiste Alexandre (Alexander) and Philomène Lagacé (Libbie Lagasse) both of French-Canadian descent.

What about them…?

These documents Fran sent me two days ago tell a lot about them.

Jean-Baptiste Alexander’s death certificate

Philomene Lagasse’s death certificate

About this montage…

The man on the right, top row?

We did not know who he was a few months ago.

Now we know for sure and now we know a lot more about how John B. Alexander died,

Jean-Baptiste Alexander II’s death certificate

Still puzzled?

Genealogy Is Just Like a Big Jigsaw Puzzle

Want a proof of that?

These pictures Robin had scanned last year.

All tin-type pictures.

At first the only people I could identify were Myra Alexander and her sister Agnes on this picture. They are in the back wearing the big hats.

I always remind my readers that Robin is not a close relative of mine, but her husband is. Well not that close, maybe he’s a 3rd cousin.

When Robin scanned some (about 100) pictures, at first I thought David Bleau Senior was in the middle with his wife Emelie Hebert, but since David Bleau Senior died on December 22, 1880, he could not be on it.

One other clue, which became apparent after the fact, was why would Agnes Alexander and Myra Alexander be on this picture even though Agnes Alexander would eventually marry David Bleau Junior who, luckily, was identified as this man on this next picture.

Of course back then, I did not know that Helen Alexander had marry Joseph Bleau, David’s brother, and that she could be on this picture with her son Joseph on the left beside her mother Libbie Lagasse Alexander.

Who then was sitting on Helen’s lap…?

Of course if this woman is really Helen Alexander posing on this picture with her parents and her two sisters Myra and Agnes.

The answer to all this we will get from Fran this weekend after she meets with some distant cousins who could all be related to the children on this tin-type photograph.

Genealogy Is Just Like a Big Jigsaw Puzzle

To Write or not to Write…

Reflecting this morning…

To Write or not to Write…

To Post or not to Post…

Back in 2009, someone sent me a wedding picture of Frobe Caron and his wife Evelina Couet.

I can’t recall if he or she gave me permission to post it on this blog.

This is why I prefer not to post it here.

It is a beautiful wedding picture just like my maternal grandparents’s wedding picture.

Rosina Quesnel and Euclide Sauvé

My grandparents got married in 1919. Rosina was a widow with eight children. Her first husband had died in 1918.

I hope my distant cousin, who I sent a link to this blog, has not been scared away with this passion of mine for ancestors and old pictures.

I sure hope so.

I invited him also on my Ancestry site which is private. Sandy warned me back in 2009. People would take pictures and copy information without asking permission first.  Some were not even related to the people in the pictures.

Some people, when told politely, we even rude…

Go figure.

As a footnote to all this, I am now more careful with information I post on this blog so not to scare people away.

As a footnote to this footnote, this is what I found out by myself about Frobe and his lovely wife back in 2011.

I think I can post it here…

Frobe Evarist Rosario Caron
b. 29 Oct 1897, New Bedford, Bristol, MA
d. 10 Mar 1980, New Bedford, Bristol, MA

spouse: Evelina Couet
b. 2 Nov 1897, New Bedford, Bristol, MA
d. 4 Jul 1980, New Bedford, Bristol, MA 

Married: 
15 May 1922, St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, New Bedford, Bristol MA

Occupation: Tile setter
WWI Veteran
Member of Disabled American Veterans
Member The Blind Veterans Association

Both were born in 1897 and both died in 1980.

Frobe Lagasse and his sister Alice

This is just to set up the stage… because I found a distant cousin.

Maybe he’s a 4th or a 5th cousin, I don’t know, but that’s not the point.

I have copied a post from December 2009… That’s quite a long time ago.

This is the file of Frobe Lagasse.

Frobe is a second cousin.

His grandfather was Pierre Lagacé who was my great-great-grandfather’s brother.

Few people know Frobe’s ancestors  but I do.

Having found all my Lagacé’s ancestors, I am now looking for distant relatives.

Frobe married Valéda Forand in 1897. They had at least two children: Joseph Norman Lagasse and Blanche Lagasse.

There are two people who also have Frobe Lagasse in their data banks.

The problem is that they say that Frobe Lagasse died in 1964.

Frobe died in 1915 and this is his death certificate.

Click on the image it will appear in another window

Here are some information about Norman Lagasse.

He was born in January 1899 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Blanche was born around 1905.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, Valéda and Blanche are living together. I had found no traces of Norman.

There might not be any descendants of Frobe Lagasse who was the son of Adolphe Lagasse an undertaker in Massachusetts around 1909.

Okay, now light, camera, action…!

Only my very distant relative knows that this pun is intended.

He is related to this woman. She is Alice Lagasse, Frobe Lagasse’s sister. She’s a 2nd cousin.

I never got the time to post her picture on this blog because no descendants had ever wrote me about that branch.

Alice was first married to Olivier Caron.

My new found distant cousin knows little very about Olivier Caron.

So do I.

 

But at least I can try…

See you next time maybe, unless I scared away another distant cousin of mine…

We have come a long way on this blog…

We have come a long way on this blog since I posted that picture almost two years ago.

  

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre,
daughters of Philomène Lagacé and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

This was one of my favorite pictures…

It still is.

These two young women were unknown to Sandy and I in 2010. We just had a few clues. Bristol late 1890s.

We have found almost everything about them.

Flavie Alexander married Charles Lestage and Myra Alexander married William Archambeault. Some of Myra’s descendants have contacted me since then. Descendants of Flavie still have not seen this blog nor all the pictures I have of their ancestors.

I can sit and wait.

We all have our precious pictures of our ancestors… hidden somewhere.

We just have to find them.

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre

They are so precious because most people don’t have any.

This is a picture of my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé.

Stanislas Lagasse 1842-1927

Sandy, who is part of the A-Team, sent it in 2010 without knowing who this old man was. For my part, the only info I had of my great-grandfather was his birth certificate.

He was born August 9, 1842 in Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge.

1842… 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…

Four generations

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 still don’t have a picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagasse I who was born in 1816. Stanislas bears the same given name as Stanislas Lagacé. This is why I call him 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

Click on the image

Sandy sent it in 2011 as an early Christmas present!

I know that 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.

This is why Fran’s e-mail was Godsend.

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 who have no idea who he is.

I do.

Myra Alexandre’s descendants now know a lot about their ancestors. Helen Alexander’s descendants will soon find out. Stanislas Lagacé I, or Stanislas 1816, and Libbie Lagasse Alexander were their ancestors.

Helen Alexander Bleau is in this picture with her mother Philomène Lagacé and her lovely sisters…  


It’s Joe’s favorite picture. He sent it in 2010. We could not figure out who were these people. Joe is also part of the A-Team.

It took us two years to finally identify four of them: Flavie, Myra, Agnes and Helen. The other two should be Mary and Philomene but we can be 100% sure.  What I know is that Philomene Alexander married a man named Molloy and she died probably in 1906. We have pictures of Mary but the one we have here does not look like her in the other pictures.

This is another picture. A tin-type picture. 

Robin, from our A-Team on the West Coast, scanned it in 2011. She is not even directly related to us. Her husband is.

This is most probably taken around 1893 looking at the little boy’s age.

Myra Alexander, John Alexander, Agnes Alexander
Philomène Lagasse, Helen Alexander Bleau with two unknown children

Fran has now her little idea who the little boy is.

Enjoying all your entries to your blog. I may have info on Philomene Lagasse and JB Alexandre’s daughter, Helene. For some reason, which I can not explain, I had her down as Abeline (baptized on 24 June 1867, Notre Dame de Stanbridge). Today I received an invitation to a birthday party for  one of my Mother’s  Bleau cousin, who is the granddaughter of Joseph Henry Bleau and Helen Alexander. Her brother had told me ages ago that their uncle had married an Alexander. I did their line back around 2001 so I never made a connection until today when I checked my Family Tree and saw the names of their grandparents. He never gave me any other info on the Bleau line as he knew I was doing my maternal grandparents’ lines.
 
I will be seeing them August 4 and will discover if I am right. Remember the photo of JB Alexandre and Philomene Lagasse with two daughters and two children? If I am right, one of the children is their Dad, born 1891 in North Adams, MA. If so, we are related through my maternal grandfather and through my maternal grandmother’s side. I am hoping they might have some photos of the Bleau line. They have two great albums of their Mother’s family. I will get back to you when I get direct info from the Bristol Bleaus.

I have also my little idea.

Enticed?

BTW…

Robin, I got your e-mail yesterday. I could not reply. The message was filtered as a SPAM! Don’t worry I read all your messages.

Speechless in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines…

I had found another distant cousin last year…

Fran, who is related to me by her ancestor Caroline Ménard and John B. Alexandre,  gave me a lot of information about that family… and I mean a lot. John B. married twice and fathered 18 children.

Fran wrote more and more since then and she became part of our A-Team…

Then this.

Enjoying all your entries to your blog. I may have info on Philomene Lagasse and JB Alexandre’s daughter, Helene. For some reason, which I can not explain, I had her down as Abeline (baptized on 24 June 1867, Notre Dame de Stanbridge). Today I received an invitation to a birthday party for one of my Mother’s Bleau cousin, who is the granddaughter of Joseph Henry Bleau and Helen Alexander. Her brother had told me ages ago that their uncle had married an Alexander. I did their line back around 2001 so I never made a connection until today when I checked my Family Tree and saw the names of their grandparents. He never gave me any other info on the Bleau line as he knew I was doing my maternal grandparents’ lines.

I will be seeing them August 4 and will discover if I am right. Remember the photo of JB Alexandre and Philomene Lagasse with two daughters and two children? If I am right, one of the children is their Dad, born 1891 in North Adams, MA. If so, we are related through my maternal grandfather and through my maternal grandmother’s side. I am hoping they might have some photos of the Bleau line. They have two great albums of their Mother’s family. I will get back to you when I get direct info from the Bristol Bleaus.

Fran

P. S. Have you a definite identity the young ladies in the great photo of Philomene in the center and her daughters around her?

I was speechless in my living room as I was waiting for my morning coffee to brew.

If so, we are related through my maternal grandfather and through my maternal grandmother’s side. 

Well lo and behold!

Fran and I are not that distant cousins any more…

I quickly wrote back…

Speechless in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines…

Next article using what you just sent me. Simply speechless. I know Joe will love this post. Can’t wait to write it. Of course you will have the answer to the question about Philomene and her daughters… Sort of a recap of where we are in this dossier.

Thanks for your message.

I hope I won’t loose sleep over all this.

Just can’t wait for your next message.

You really know how to entice people…

Must be in your genes.

Pierre

Joe had given me a lot of information on Philomène Lagacé back in 2010

Her nickname was Libbie.

That’s a catchy nickname.

Joe also had sent me her obituary…


Philomene LAGASSE

Death (12 March 1920):

BRISTOL PRESS

13 March 1920

Mrs. Libbie Alexander widow of the late John Alexander died at the home of her son David Alexander 149 Park St. last evening as a result of complications due to old age.

She had been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Alexander was born in Quebec, Canada 79 years ago. She spent her early years there. She was married in 1869 to John Alexander. They moved to the state and lived for some time in North Adams, Mass. They came to Bristol twenty six years ago and made their home here. Mr. Alexander died in 1914.

Mrs. Alexander is survived by four daughters: Mrs. David Bleau, Mrs. William Archambeault and Miss Mary Alexander of Bristol and Mrs. Phoebe Lustrich of Brooklyn, NY. By three sons: John, David, and Peter Alexander all of Bristol, and by many grand children and great grand children. She was one of the well known French residents and was a member of St. Ann’s Church. The funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church at 9 o’clock Monday morning. Rev. Joseph P. Perreault will conduct the services.

This was the only thing I had on her back in 2010 before I found my distant cousin Joe…

1852 Canadian Census in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge, Quebec

Lagasse, Dennis Farmer Canada F Roman Catholic 37 M
Lagasse, Elizabeth Canada F Roman Catholic 30 F
Lagasse, Philomel Canada F Roman Catholic 12 F
Lagasse, Dennis Canada F Roman Catholic 11 M
Lagasse, Peter Canada F Roman Catholic 7 M
Lagasse, Almira Canada F Roman Catholic 5
Lagasse, Joseph Canada F Roman Catholic 3 M
Lagasse, Agnes Canada F Roman Catholic 1 F

Libbie’s name was entered as Philomel!

1861 Canadian Census

Name: Philemon Lagassy
Gender: Female
Census place: Stanbridge, Missisquoi, Quebec
Age in years: 20
Estimated birth year: 1841
Birthplace: B C
Marital status: Single
Religion: R C
Sheet number: 324
Line number: 5
Film number: 517397
Library and Archives Canada film number: C-1297
Digital GS number: 4108794
Image number: 216
Collection: Quebec Census, 1861

Nothing more.

That was not much to go on…

But Joe found this blog and he sent me her picture and what appeared to be Libbie’s daughters all aroung their mother.

Next time…

Where Helen fits in all of this?