The Levasseurs

Robin and Susan will like this comment I got yesterday…

Wow! These photos are my family! My mother, Pauline Kaminski and her brother, Peter are with my Nana (Freida Kaminski Bleau) and their cousin, Joanie. I would like to know more about your search and our connection.

It’s about this post. 

One more reason to continue on with this blog about Our Ancestors.

Now getting back to our new celebrity…

Aglaé Béland married Sylvain Levasseur around 1890 in Ste-Cécile-du-Bic. We don’t have a wedding picture to show you not even a marriage certificate. Denise worked very hard to find it.

Aglaé was probably more beautiful then than on this picture taken around 1904. We will never know for sure.

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She was around 19 when she married. Why she left St-Cuthbert for Ste-Cécile-du-Bic will probably remain a mystery for ever.

Ste-Cécile-du-Bic is not just around the corner from St-Cuthbert. About 300 miles.

St-Cuthbert au Bic

 Aglaé was born in St-Cuthbert on August 27, 1871.

1871 Aglaé Béland baptême zoom


Hormidas was her first child. He was born probably on October 20, 1889. That’s what we have in the 1911 Canadian Census. It’s just a clue since this kind of information is sometimes not reliable.

Aglaé’s husband, Sylvain Levasseur, died on December 7, 1904. That I am sure of. I found that information on Family Search while looking for clues to help Denise with her search for Levasseur relatives down South. 

According to Denise, from what people told her, this picture was taken around 1904.

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She thinks she was a widow then. If it is then it was taken after December 1904.

I have been able to find Sylvain Levasseur’s lineage up to Noël Levasseur dit Lavigne.

Sylvain’s father was Jacques Levasseur and his mother was Florentine Parent. He was born around 1868 in Ste-Cécile-du-Bic. When Florentine died, Jacques Levasseur married Julie Gagné. That is not important information unless you are related to some Levasseurs and you are wondering if you are related to this branch of Levasseurs.

I know someone who wrote me once and who is related though.

Remember this wedding picture.

section photo de 1909

Well I won’t go into this for now or maybe never. Maybe Tonia will be interested.


Sylvain Levasseur and Aglaé moved to the U.S. in 1893 to work in the textile mills. He fathered 8 children from 1890 to 1904. In 1905, seven were still living  in Woonsocket, Rhode Island with Aglaé who was now a widow. Their last child Janet would died on July 26, 1905. We can easily imagine Aglaé’s distress in 1905 as well as her children’s.

Hormidas Levasseur, 14 

1905 Hormidas Levasseur

Hormidas died in Montreal in 1933.

Napoléon Levasseur, 13 

1905 Napoleon Levasseur

We don’t know Napoleon Levasseur’s whereabouts after 1911.

Aurore Levasseur, 11 

1905 Ora Levasseur

Emilie Blais, Aglaé, Aurore et son garçon 4 générations

Aurore Levasseur 1893 – 1955

She came back to Canada with her parents in 1909. She married Napoléon Monette in 1913.

George Levasseur, 9 

1905 George Levasseur

We don’t know his whereabouts after 1911.

Roland Levasseur, 7 

1905 Roland Levasseur

Roland enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on April 1st 1916.

Roland Levasseur enlistment

Roland died in 1973 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York. We don’t know if he got married and fathered any children. 


Lorenzo Levasseur, 4

1905 Lorenzo Levasseur

Lorenzo married Alma Ouellette in 1926 in Montreal.

Janet Levasseur, 1 

1905 Janet Levasseur

She died in 1905.

We can easily imagine all of Aglaé’s distress…

So that’s all folks… well there is more later.

Norbert et Aglaé à Woonsocket, RI

Until then… 

If you are related to one of these people and you would like want to share pictures or information with Denise, just do what Linda Marie did and write something like this…

Wow! These photos are my family! My grandfather was Aglaé’s son Rollin Levasseur. He was a soldier in the First World War. I would like to know more about your search and our connection.

Just Kidding

I was just kidding yesterday about this being my last story on this blog.

Here is Aglaé Béland once again.

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This was taken around 1904 according to her grandchild who sent it.

This is also her.


It’s a close-up of this picture.

Emilie Blais, Aglaé, Aurore et son garçon 4 générations

Four generations!

Now I think I have got your attention right.

Finding your ancestors is more fun when you have pictures and when you want to share them… even with complete strangers. This is what Denise did when she asked for my help in finding descendants of Aglaé Béland.

On the above picture Émilie Blais, Aglaé Béland’s mother is on the left. Aglaé’s daughter  Aurore is in the middle. The little boy is Aurore Levasseur’s son. I don’t have his given name yet, but don’t worry I will find it.

Aurore was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but came back to Canada in 1909 with Aglaé and her stepfather Norbert Vandal.

Norbert et Aglaé à Woonsocket, RI

Before Denise sent me more pictures, this is the only information I had before on Aurore or Ora Levasseur.

1905 Ora Levasseur

The 1905 Rhode Island Census.

I was lucky to find it on Family Search with a wealth of information. 

I think I have just got your attention once again.

Next time, the Levasseur family.

Aglaé Béland Might Be Your Great-Grandmother

This woman might be your great-grandmother.

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If I don’t write about her then you will never know. This is probably the last story I will write on this blog which is the English version of another blog about genealogy.

The original blog was written in French. This version was a way to link to some of my distant relatives in the United States.

It has been quite a journey.

Dennis II and Dennis III

My last attempt to link to a distant relative failed. He was the grandchild of Lillie Lagasse, my grandfather’s sister. His great-grandfather is on this picture sent to me by Dennis Lagasse IV.

Ray wrote once but he never wrote back.

That’s okay I can live with that.

Someone asked me for my help last week on my blog Nos ancêtres. Her grandmother was Aglaé Béland. She told me a lot about her and her family, even some family secrets.

She wants to know if I could help her find relatives in the U.S. I can understand why she wants to. She wants to share this picture and maybe find someone who has more pictures and who is willing to share.

I told her that it could be Mission Impossible, but I was willing to try.

So here goes.

Next time, I will start my last story. It will be about a little girl born on August 27, 1871, in St-Cuthbert, in Quebec.

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Not your run-of-the mill celebrity…

This is probably the last story I will write on this blog…?

I would not bet on it.

Pun Intended…

Before I forget…

From cousin Joe again…

Pass this along…

It’s not a chain letter by no means.

Got to Post This…

From my cousin Joe…

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?
Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what’s known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

Thank goodness for studies like this. It’s not our age, it’s that stupid door!

Did I post this before?

Thanks for sharing Joe…

Amazing Alyce

This post was written back on May 24, 2010. I never got around to post it.

I am posting it because Stephen Dawson, a 4th cousin, wrote a comment yesterday on my blog. I have never him, but Stephen is the reason why I write this blog just like Alyce LaGasse was the reason back in 2010.

In my book she is as famous as Emeril Lagasse…


She said once I was amazing with all my research about her roots.

I told her she was amazing also.

Alyce is the one who found some of Samuel LaGasse’s descendants. Samuel was her father’s brother.

She went on the Internet and she found a clue, then she acted on it.

With that information I could identify the people on this picture…

Back in 2010, I contacted the son of the little girl on the left, and he sent this on his Facebook to give his mother…

Claudette is the little girl on the left on this picture.

Dorothy, Stephen’s mother, is on the right.

 Stephen is the reason why I will keep on writing this blog and keep sharing.

Happy New Year Dear Descendants…

Back in  2010, Joe was only a virtual relative of mine.

He sent me this picture via e-mail he had of Marguerite Alexandre. She was Henriette Alexandre’s sister.

Marguerite Alexandre 1836-1897

Marguerite Alexandre is part of Joe’s very long list of ancestors.

That picture is as close as I can get to have a picture of Henriette Alexandre who is my great-grandmother married to Dennis Lagasse II, our superstar ancestor on this blog.

Dennis Lagasse II

Stanislas Lagacé 1842-1927

This is Henriette’s file on my Ancestry family tree.

I am very lucky photo wise because I have pictures of all my 8 great-grandparents. All except Henriette’s photograph.

Pierre Lagacé tree

I am still waiting…, but I am very patient. We have to be when we look for our ancestors.

I know all about Henriette Alexandre: she had 13 children.

Six were still living in 1900. That’s what the 1900 U.S. census said.

famille Lagacé 1900

Thank God for Censuses.

I knew when she was born thanks to the image of her baptisimal act found on Family Search.

6 April 1845 Henriette Alexandre

Thank God for Family Search.

I did not know when she died until I found out Joe had found out a way back then and thought I knew.

I didn’t…

Click here.

Henriette’s sister, Marguerite Alexandre, is Joe’s great-great-grandmother which makes us bonafide third cousins.

Joe told me back in 2010 he could use all the living cousins he could get.

I think I could also…

I have visited Joe twice since 2010.

Together we visited cemeteries to find the resting place of Dennis and Henriette. First in September 2011. I wrote about these little outings here and here.

In 2011, we visited again the same cemeteries bringing another cousin of ours who was also looking for his ancestors’ graves. We had our share of senior moments.

Just couldn’t find the headstones…

Last Sunday, while visiting Joe’s family tree on Ancestry, I found out he had put these images he had found on the Internet.

Emmanuel Therien, Joe’s great-great-great-grandfather…


Emmanuel Therien 1800-1886

Gilbert Therien, Joe’s great-great-grandfather… 

headstone Gilbert Therien

And Marguerite Alexandre Therien, Joe’s great-great-grandmother…

headstone Marguerite Alexandre

Thank God for finding our ancestors’ headstones even though sometimes the inscriptions are a bit off. Marguerite was born on August 11, 1836 and Gilbert was born on May 7, 1837.

May they rest in peace from now on. I know they will always be with us as long as we live.

Happy New Year Dear Descendants…