Such a Touching Comment

Dennis Lagasse IV sent this comment about this post.

Pierre I can’t thank you enough for everything you’re doing, I really was lost when it came to family history. I saw photos when I was young and didn’t know much more than we came from Bristol CT. I heard once or twice about a Dennis before me that was killed at work in the 1920s but that was all I thought there was. To put names on the strangers smiling faces in the old photos gives me a sense of belonging that I’ve never felt before. I knew there had to be than just “here I am”, now I have “where I’m from” thanks to you.

Dennis had this picture of my great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse II…

Dennis Lagasse II1842-1927

He brought him from the dead and so many people who are yet to be identified…

Dennis Lagasse wedding picture


9 thoughts on “Such a Touching Comment

    • All worthwhile.
      Dennis and I teamed up to reach out for more descendants.
      He shared more thant 100 pictures with me.
      One day we will find more descendants.

  1. I’ve been reading up on the île de Ré and its history to learn more about Dennis 1 and his parents. What an amazing history the area has, from the Romans collecting salt there to Knights Templars passing through. I’m reading now about the Revolt of Soubise (1625) and the connection to the novel The Three Musketeers. For André Mignier to leave Ré through La Rochelle with the Carigan Regiment to fight a holy war in New France in those days, survive and marry one the “Kings Daughters” to settle the New World is one I can now pass on to my daughters. The world was opening up back then and La Rochelle was the place to be, I can only imagine the background of André’s dad and how it must have helped shape the choices he made. What an amazing story of how we came to be, unlocked by the work of Pierre Lagacé.

    • I have edited your message somewhat. Dennis I was born in 1816. Our ancestor André Mignier was born in 1639. He was the one who came to New France with the Carignan regiment,

  2. William of Orange of the Netherlands had a base in the port of La Rochelle in 1569. He was the leader of the Sea Beggers and their 84 ships. The army of Louis XIII battled the Huguenots on Ré in 1625, and the Royal fleet under Charles de Guise fought there also. Then there’s Toiras, the Governor of Ile de Ré after forcing the Duke of Buckingham from the island. I’m sure there were soldiers, sailors, farmers and fisherman, weavers and carpenters, everything need for Ré to supply and support a large port like neighboring La Rochelle.

  3. Thank you Pierre, yes André Mignier. I just saw this :
    ANDRE MIGNIER was a French Soldier belonging to the Carignan regiment (Compagnie de l’Allier), which was created by Alexandre de Prouville, Lord of Tracy, and lieutenant general of the New World territories. Andre was sent by King Louis XIV to protect the early Quebec settlers from the marauding bands of Iroquois Indians. Since he was 24 years old when he came to Canada on June 30, 1665, he most likely was not a raw recuit.In the army, he was called by the nickname of La Gachette* which became eventually Lagacé/Lagassé later on. *(“La Gachette” means someone who can shoot with abilities). Hence the name ANDRE MIGNIER DIT LAGACE. Andre was the son of Michel Mignier & Catherine Masson of Ile de Re, France. During the winter 1665-1666, Andre was stationed in Quebec City. Between 1666-1667, his regiment joined in the famous campaign against the Iroquois. Discharged in 1668, André Mignier was authorized to settle in the country. On october 14, 1668 in front of Leconte, lawyer, our ancestor received a piece of land from Miss Guillemette Hébert, daughter of Louis Hébert and widow of Guillaume Couillard. That land was located in Charlesbourg. On october 23, 1668 in Notre-Dame Church of Québec, Father Henri de Bernières blessed the marriage of André Mignier & Jacquette Michel widow of Jean Cardin. A few days earlier (october 7th) André had signed his marriage settlement with Jacquette in the office of Mr. Becquet, lawyer. Our ancestor worked busily to clean his land; so in 1672 he received 15 more acres of land and his only duty about that land, was once a year, on the Martin’s day, to give a chicken and a small amount of money (fifteen “sol en argent” and three “deniers”). In 1685, André Mignier and his whole family moved to Rivière-Ouelle.


    • Almost dead on except this part…

      In 1685, André Mignier and his whole family moved to Rivière-Ouelle.

      He moved elsewhere before settling in Rivière-Ouelle.

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