Catherine de Baillon

It’s a well-known fact that Dennis Lagasse IV is very proud of his ancestor André Mignier since 2011 when we connected for the first time in October 2011.

Dennis being very proud of his ancestor is a well-known fact if he is your friend on Facebook of course…

Dennis posted this on a forum in February 2004.

I’m the son of Lionel Lagasse and the grandson of Levi N. Lagasse and Marie Louise (Dube) Lagasse. Levi was one of twelve children born to my great-grandfather Dennis, and the Lagasse name was spelled with a “y” at the end for a time. My great-grandfather Dennis was killed in 1921 in an industrial accident while working in Bristol CT. U.S.A. Are there any others with a great-grandfather Dennis in their family tree?

In 2004 I was not interested a bit about genealogy, but in 2011 when he contacted me after Googling something on Google it opened many doors.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back


Going back to Catherine de Baillon, it’s a well-known fact she came from a well-known family. She has no Facebook page though, but she has a lot of descendants.

Most of her descendants don’t know that fact.

What is not well-known, and probably will never be, is why she came to New France in the first place.

I used to be a little sarcastic when I wrote about Emeril, my 8th cousin.


When people know they are linked to the Lagacés or the Lagasses, they get all excited and they want to know if they are related to Emeril.

I am not.

I get excited only when I discover new things about your ancestors whether they are related to Emeril…

EmerilLagasse caricature


Celine Dion…

or Brad Pitts.

Brad Pitts!

Brad Pitt

That’s a joke.

I know nothing about his genealogy.

Getting back to Catherine de Baillon, she was une fille du Roi.


That’s how people called unmarried women leaving France to get married in New France. They were not the real daughters of the king.

Here are Catherine de Baillon’s ancestors… She has a few kings as direct ancestors.

Ligne ascendante de Catherine Baillon à Charlemagne

  1. Catherine Baillon & Jacques Miville dit Deschênes, m 12 novembre 1669 Notre-Dame de Québec
  2. Alphonse Baillon, sieur de La Mascotterie, & Louise de Marle, m vers 1630/1640, région de Chevreuse (Yvelines)
  3. Renée Maillard & Adam Baillon, seigneur de Valence, m vers 1580
  4. Miles Maillard, seigneur du Breuil et de La Boissière & Marie Morant, cm 25 juin 1555…
  5. Bénigne Le Bouteillier, dame de La Boissière & Jacques Maillard, seigneur de Champaigne, cm 16 avril 1516 Montivilliers (Seine-Maritime)
  6. Jean Le Bouteillier, seigneur de La Bouteillerie, de Roquemont, de Vaux-sur-Orge et de La Boissière & Marie de Venois, m vers 1480/1490
  7. Guy II Le Bouteillier, seigneur de La Boiuteillerie et de La Roche-Guyon & Isabeau Morhier, m vers 1450
  8. Catherine de Gavre d’Escornaix, dame de Vaux-sur-Orge et de La Boissière & Guy I Le Bouteillier, seigneur de La Bouteillerie et de La Roche-Guyon, m après avril 1419, vers 1425
  9. Isabelle de Ghistelles & Arnould VI de Gavre, baron d’Escornaix, m vers 1380/1390
  10. Roger de Ghistelles, seigneur de Dudzeele et de Straten & Marguerite, dame de Dudzeele, m en ou peu avant 1357
  11. Jean IV, seigneur de Ghistelles & Marie de Haverskerke, dame de Straten, m peu après juin 1337
  12. Marguerite de Luxembourg & Jean III, seigneur de Ghistelles, m 1284 avant juin 1289
  13. Mathilde de Clèves & Gérard de Luxembourg, seigneur de Durbury, m 1253
  14. Élisabeth de Brabant & Thierry de Clèves, seigneur de Dinslaken, m 19 mars 1233 Louvain
  15. Maire de France & Henri I, duc de Brabant, m 8/22 avril 1213 Soissons
  16. Philippe II Auguste, roi de France & Agnès d ‘Andechs de Méranie, m juin 1196
  17. Louis VII, roi de France & Adèle de Blois de Champagne, m 18 octobre 1160
  18. Louis VI, roi de France & Adélaïde de Savoie, m 1115
  19. Philippe I, roi de France & Berthe de Hollande, m 1071/1073
  20. Henri I, roi de France & Anne de Russie, m 19 mai 1051 Reims
  21. Robert II, roi de France & Constance de Provence, m 1003/1005
  22. Hugues Capet, roi de France & Adélaïde N…, m été 968
  23. Hugues le Grand, duc de France & Hedwige de Saxe, m 9 mai/14 septembre 938 Mayence ou Ingelheim
  24. Béatrice de Vermandois & Robert I, roi de France, m vers 895
  25. Héribert I, comte de Vermandois & N…
  26. Pépin, comte dans la région de Paris & N…
  27. Bernard, roi d’Italie & Cunégonde N…, m vers 815
  28. Pépin I, roi d’Italie & N…, m vers 795
  29. Charles Ier dit Charlemagne, roi des Francs et empereur d’Occident & Hildegard N…, m 771
Sources: René Jetté, John P. DuLong, Roland-Yves Gagné, et Gail F. Moreau.   1997.  “De Catherine Baillon à Charlemagne.” Mémoires de la Société généalogique canadienne-française 48 (Automne): 190-216.  Figure 2, pp. 195-196.

Catherine married Jacques Miville dit Deschênes on November 12, 1669. They had these children:

I MIVILLE Marie-Catherine (1670-1715)

II MIVILLE dit Deschesnes Charles (1671-1743)

III MIVILLE dit Deschênes Jean (1672-1711)

IV MIVILLE dit Deschênes Marie (1675-1677)

V MIVILLE dit Deschênes Charles (1677-1758)

VI MIVILLE dit Deschênes Marie-Claude (1681-…)

Charles Miville dit Deschênes dit le jeune, born in 1677,  is Dennis Lagasse IV’s ancestor on the Dubé side thanks to his grandmother Marie-Louise.

Daily and Dubé family

That’s not a joke Dennis…
Charlemagne is your direct ancestor.

Dennis IV lineage

Now, are you related somewhat to Dennis Lagasse IV?

If you are, then Merry Christmas, and may God bless all your descendants.

See you in 2013.

I Can’t Talk About It…

That’s why I reblogged somebody’s post yesterday after I posted my usual article about genealogy and wishing my distant cousin Dennis Merry Christmas.

Being a former teacher and a new grandfather so many emotions raced through my mind that I could not talk about what happened in Connecticut on December 14,2012.

Still can’t.

Reading comments made by some people about arming teachers was too much. But still, I could not talk about it on this blog.

Many people whom I tried to talk to about it can’t talk about it also.

This is so unreal. It feels like the end of the world…

People who can’t talk about it want their leaders to act now!


I hope they are listening.

So… Can we talk?

My thoughts exactly…

Above The Field

I rarely post ‘political’ commentary, either on blogs or on Facebook posts or anywhere else. I’ve become so disturbed by so much of the rhetoric I see, particularly during the recent electoral cycle that seemed to go on forever, that I prefer to educate myself on specific issues and candidates and vote my conscience without necessarily sharing it, debating it, and fighting with others about it.

However, the events of these past few days, both the Connecticut school shooting and the aftermath, have left me unable to focus on everyday life this Christmas season…yet thankful that’s my biggest issue and that I’m not a resident of Newtown.

Like millions of others, I was stunned and shaken as news of the Sandy Hook shootings broke, and it only got worse as we learned the details…the ages of the children…the heroics of the school staff, both survivors and, sadly, those who perished…the…

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Merry Christmas Dennis

Dennis is a very nice guy.

How do I know if I never met him personaly?

Through his comments, his e-mails and more than 100 pictures he shared with me and all my readers since Christmas time last year.

Dennis, who is a second cousin once removed, and I have this in common.

We like to share information about our common ancestors and old pictures…

Emma Sévigny

This is a picture of Pierre Dubé and Emma Sévigny, the parents of his  grandmother Marie-Louise. He found it a few months or so ago and he sent it.

He did not have to do it…, but he did.

Last year before he contacted me, this is the only picture and information I had about Marie-Louise.

Levi headstone

This picture was taken in 2012. Dennis did not send it. Someone else did.

Aurelia Mquin 1889-1920

Judy offered her help after I had helped her with her family tree. Part of the story is here and here.

This headstone was a kind of Rosetta stone that guided me to Georges Dubé, Pierre Dubé’s father.

I only had George in my database. With this headstone I was able to link all the Dubés I had in my database, and of course Dennis’ grandmother Marie Louise Dubé seen here with two of her sisters on a picture also sent by Dennis.

Daily and Dubé familyMarie-Louise is in front with her two nieces.

Eugène Dubé, Napoléon Dubé and Joseph Dubé were all related to Marie-Louise. Her husband was Levi Napoleon Lagasse, grandson of Dennis Lagasse II.

Eugène had married Lillie Lagasse and Joseph had married Marguerite, Lillie’s sisters. These two were daughters of this man seen here on a picture also sent by Dennis.

Dennis Lagasse II

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

Birds of a feather stick together…

Some Dubés are probably on this picture from Dennis’ collection.

Who's Who Eugene Dube and Lillie Lagasse

I will probably never know.

About people wanting to share…

Someone who is a Lillie Lagasse’s descendant wrote me once. He seemed genuinely interested. I manage not to get to excited about finding a new virtual relative. 

He never wrote again. 

It’s a pity because I would have told him he was related to Catherine de Baillon.

Catherine de Baillon?

Stay tuned…


Merry Christmas Judy!

Are you related to François Froebe?

Sometimes I start something and I never know where it will lead me. It happened so many times since 2009.

Just like this  translation of the comment I got  two weeks ago on my other blog Nos ancêtres also about genealogy. The original was posted on this blog with the title Sometimes

Good morning Mr. Lagacé,

I am starting my family tree, and I have some problem making sense of all this. I was born in Montreal and my father Yvan Frobe comes from the Mont-Joli region. I know we are of German descent (of what I can remember about my father’s history lessons when I was young), but I also know that my father said that the name Frobe had been modified – a sort of a scission for Freve or something of that kind. – My grandfather Wilfred Frobe was the son of Obeline Ross and Alphonse George Frobe who got married July 28, 1887 in Ste Flavie – he was probably the son of François Frobe and Honorine Langlais or Langlois who got married in 1856 in Cacouna. My great-grandfather had the surname Freve??? and a half-brother named Gédéon –

I know there are not a lot of Frobes in Quebec, but my father is the last male of our branch. He only had girls. My grandfather’s brother, Fortunat Frobe, also only had daughters.

Can you tell me where to look to help me in my search so I can visit the country where my ancestors lived?

With this comment, I started to get a little curious about François Froebe.

This is the story behind this ancestor.

I found it on the Internet from a reliable source… so I thought.

François Froebe, son of archduke Germain Froebe and Louise Rupelle, was born in 1759 in Mulhausen, Alsace. He was enlisted by force in the Anhalt regiment. He managed to escape from the frigate Delight anchored near Rivière-Ouelle in 1780 with four other soldiers, including Dickner, Phristern and Hurst.

He was sheltered by Antoine Lizotte. After, he worked for Joseph Francoeur, a farmer in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and after, he worked for Jean-Baptiste Pelletier who had a boat used for cabotage.

Renuncing his religious faith on January  2, 1786, he then married Marie Dépau on February 20, and legitimized  his son Joseph-François‘ birth, born on January 1784.

With this is mind I started looking a little more and stumbled on this amazing Website where the name Lizotte was mentioned. I got more curious and I found that Antoine Lizotte’s ancestors were among the 13 Rivière-Ouelle’s heroes.

This little step back in time opened a new door  for more interesting facts about some of our ancestors like my cousin Dennis Lagasse who now has roots going back to Charlemagne!

I don’t know if Dennis is reading this… or his father?

Art Purcell

Jim L’Esperance sent me this picture of his father with this message. 

Pierre, I finaly located the picture of my uncle Art Purcell. He is with my dad in Halifax in 1941.
Art was killed in Holland right near the end of the war.

Art Purcell and Jim L'Esperance

We see Art Purcell and Jim L’Esperance. Jim’s father came back from the war but not Art Purcell.

If I am writing about Art Purcell, it’s because of the comments sent about this post. You have to read it first to fully understand why I am writing this blog and all the others I have been writing.

Here are the comments…

  1. Jim L’Esperance
    My mother’s brother was killed in Holland, I believe it was around the same time. His name is Art Purcell.

    He was buried in Holland and my niece found his gravesite when she was an exchange student in Holland.


  2. Pierre Lagacé

    In memory of
    who died on April 7, 1945

    Military Service:

    Service Number: F/10013
    Age: 25
    Force: Army
    Unit: South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.

  3. Pierre Lagacé

    I think it’s him.
    He died one month before the end of the hostilities.

  4. John Newton

    My wife’s father is related to private Arthur Frances Purcell, died in Holland 7 april 45, shot by a sniper . He is buried at Holten. Arthur was the uncle of Joseph Purcell, my father-in-law, who is still alive today (age 84). Joseph was asking about Arthur today so we got looking on line. Photos would be appreciated.

Simply amazing

Simply amazing…

Just simply amazing!

While searching for information on the Frève family I have stumbled on this Website… 

Click here.

This is the last paragraph on the Home Page…

If you have an interest in French-Canadian genealogy or belong to that group of people, I welcome you to step in and look around. It is quite likely you will find an ancestor or two. 

Just simply amazing!