I don’t know why I told Donna that 2016 would be a great year for ancestors… a kind of a premonition I guess.
I believe this old man is Joseph Miller Lagasse.
The young woman in her 20s is Dorothy Miller, daughter of Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett.
Robert Miller was the son of Edwina Newcity and Joseph Lagasse.
Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett had three other children.
Why Joseph Lagasse my second great-uncle whom I had been looking for since 2009 had changed his name to Miller as well as all his descendants?
I had always wondered why he had done this until someone asked me this week the meaning of Miller.
Well I said: “A miller in French is meunier.”
Back in the old days some Lagacés had used that name in Quebec since the first Lagacé ancestor was in fact named André Minier dit L’Agacé which would evolved as Minier dit Lagacé, Mignier dit Lagacé or Meunier dit Lagacé…Some people would take the first name while others would choose the second one.
Lagacé would be written Lagassé, Lagafsé, Lagasse, Lagasser, La Gasse, or… in this case Miller (Meunier).
Joseph Lagasse had decided along the way to change his name using Miller the English equivalent of Meunier.
There were three more pictures part of Dorothy Miller’s collection that were shared…
Two are of people unknown. No captions, just faces.
One picture is not.