Frank’s Kitchen Notes

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.


Frank Archambeault once had wrote me in an e-mail that he was living not far away from Plainville. So when I planned my visit to Joe’s place three weeks ago, I wrote Frank about it. 

I figured Frank would be excited by the fact of meeting his two virtual 3rd cousins addicted to genealogy.

So here we are last Saturday morning sitting down at Liberty Diner for breakfast with our wives when Frank shows up by the door.

From that moment on, Frank could not keep from talking and talking, and excusing himself for talking too much.

Being this crazy Canuck who has been writing like crazy since 2009 about genealogy and who tries to find other people’s ancestors down in Connecticut, I could well understand all this excitement and I showed Frank a lot of empathy.

Try to imagine poor Frank cramming in 100 years or so of his ancestors’ stories and anecdotes over two eggs over easy. This was by no means a piece of cake.

So Frank kept talking and talking, drinking cup after cup of coffee… which I think did not help a wee bit…

After Frank ate his breakfast, which was most probably cold by now, all three third cousins proceeded to Joe’s place with our wives deciding instead to go shopping.


When we arrived and sat in the dinning room, Frank pulled a kitchen note out of his hat… a newspaper clipping.

It was something related to this picture, his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

Robin? Robin Who?
She’s not even a blood relative…


Little did Frank know that he had pulled more than one kitchen’s note out of his hat.

In his kitchen’s notes, Frank had the newspaper clipping of the wedding. We had the name of the bridesmaid, which I knew of course, thanks to Robin, and also the name of the best man who was still unknown.

Frank Lagassi!

William Archambeault’s best man was his nephew Frank Lagasse Junior who was his sister’s son.

Frank Lagasse Junior, born in 1883, was the son of Sophie Archambeault and Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé). 

You should know Sophie Archambeault by now.


Do you remember this unidentified couple from the tintype pictures Frank had sent me?

– Sophie, I am bit confused…

What about this montage?


François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank Lagasse Senior) died on January 1st, 1937, and he could well be here on this picture with two of his other sons: Edward and William.

I would go out on a limb and say that the little boy is the grandson of Frank Lagasse Senior. Alfred Lagasse was the son of Frederick Lagasse, another son of Frank Lagasse Senior.

Alfred was born around 1922 and he could be with his mother Aurore.

Frederick or Fred could be here on this other picture holding his son Alfred and having a cigar!

If I am correct, Sophie Archambeault could also be on that picture as one of the three old ladies in the back…

Finally, if I did not make a complete fool of myself, this picture could have been taken at Lake Compounce around 1927 since all these people were living around Bristol at that time.

Still confused?

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

I hope this will help.

I wonder if Frank is reading this having his morning cup of coffee?


Going out on a Limb

Sometimes I go out on a limb with some of the pictures my readers send me.

This is exactly what I did with this picture Ed had sent me a few months ago…

It was part of the lot of 31 unidentified ancestors.

Family 1

I got all excited and I was trying to match it up with a picture that Frank had sent me of John Archambeault, brother of Mary, Sophie and William Archambeault.

Frank Archambeault joined us last Saturday  for breakfast. He had brought a lot of pictures and what he called jokingly chicken notes.

Frank told me he did not think “Family 1” from Holyoke was John Archambeault, Florence Boucher and a daughter.

Then, Frank pulled a chicken out of his hat…

It was about this picture… his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

– Robin? Robin who? Do we know her dear?

– I don’t know… but I guess we’ll found out soon enough.

Frank Archambeault had the name of William’s best man in a newspaper clipping!

Frank Lagassi!

The name sounded pretty familiar…

Joseph Terrien, 89 of 12 North Street

Joseph Terrien is Joe’s grandfather.


30 March 1955

Joseph Terrien, 89 of 12 North Street, one of the oldest French residents of this city, died this morning at his home, following a lingering illness.

Mr. Terrien was born November 18,1865, at Alburg, Vt., a son of Gilbert and Margaret (Alexander) Terrien, and formerly resided at Adams, Mass. He came to this city 61 years ago and had always resided at the North Side. In 1944 he was retired from the New Departure Division of General Motors Corporation where he had been employed for 43 years in the coster brake department. Previously he had been employed for 18 years in the case shop of the E. Ingraham Company.

Mr Terrien was a member of St. Ann’s Church, of which he was one of the first members of the congregation which sponsored the church here, and was a charter member of the Good Fellows’ Club at New Depatrure. He is survived by a son, Superintendent of Public Charities Joseph D. Terrien of this city; a daughter, Mrs. Edna Christian of Torrington; six grandchildren three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held from the Dunn Funeral Home 191 West Street, Friday morning at 8 o’clock and in St. Ann’s Church at 9 o’clock where a solemn high Mass of requiem will be celebrated.

Burial will be in St. Joseph’s new cemetery. Friends may call this evening, and Thursday afternoon and evening.


In a way Joseph is still with us… through Joe’s pictures.

As well as his wife Exilda Grégoire…

And their daughters…


circa 1899

circa 1905

12 April 1920


circa 1905

And this little boy who I think could be David Joseph. 

circa 1908

Genealogical Expedition

I went to see my third cousin Joe last week after my wife and I went to Vermont to visit the Shelburne Museum.

While I was at his place, Joe and I scanned all the old pictures he had, and he had some very interesting pictures.

You saw the cabinet cards yesterday didn’t you?

Joe had more to show me…

Tintype photographs!

One person was easily identified: John B. Alexander II who fathered 18 children.

But this next one should have been easy. 

He is Joe’s grandfather who I am sure Joe had not recognized.

I did when I came back home to look more closely at the tintype pictures!

Next time we pay homage to Joe’s grandfather.