Before we look at the famous Lamothe dossier, I want to share some thoughts that might explain what I am doing although most of my readers already know this.
This is how my second cousin once removed Dennis Lagasse and I met on October 10, 2011. Dennis had commented on this post about Emeril Lagasse…
I have some information and would love to share.
Dennis would comment two years later…
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 more than just “here I am”, now I have “where I’m from” thanks to you.
In a way, my second cousin Dennis was born on October 10, 2011 when he first wrote since I did not know he had ever existed before. The only person who had existed in 2009 on my family tree on Ancestry related to Dennis was his grandfather Levi Napoleon Lagasse.
Levi was seen here on an old picture shared by someone who never wrote back.
Levi Napoleon was on the extreme right in the first row with his hands behind his back.
I got curious when I saw that photo…
Little by little this puzzling picture became an obsession. I just had to find out who were all these people starting from what was written on the original picture.
I knew one of them was my paternal grandfather’s brother Stanislas. Besides that there was little to go on until Dennis wrote.
Levi’s name was written as well as Pepere’s and Aunt Ida’s. Pepere was Stanislas.
Pepere a well known carpenter died in 1922. He was instantly killed.
I hope you read the obituary since it gave me so many clues about his children and who were the two witnesses of the accident. I have come a long way since September 2009 when I first started writing Our Ancestors.
Every picture shared by Dennis has its own story to tell.
To be continued…