Bertie who?

Update 9 June 2019

This is probably Bertie (Bertram) Lestage, not his father.


Original post

I will try to make this simple.

Bertie Lestage was another child of Phoebe Alexandre and Michel Charles Lestage. This is who I think is a picture of Michel Charles Lestage.

This cabinet card was scanned by Robin in 2011. It was part of more than 100 old pictures she had scanned for me. It’s Robin’s husband who is related to the Combe, the Bleau and the Alexandre family. Most of the 100 old pictures were identified except this one.

I find a ressemblance with the photo of Lucille Lestage you saw in the previous post.

Lucille Lestage

The Lestage family once lived in the New York City area so it makes sense this could be a photo of Michel Charles Lestage.

So this bring us to Bertie who was a female in the 1920 US census but a male in all the other censuses… 1900, 1910, 1915… I never got around to know if Bertie was a he or a she until last week when I got a call for help from Mary who got a DNA match with someone looking for her roots.


6 thoughts on “Bertie who?

  1. Pierre, your untiring gift of time and talent has not gone unappreciated! Thanks to you I now know my extended family…and it is growing daily. One of my many wishes is to find photos to go with the names I have come to love…especially that of Edgar J LeStage…son of Michael LeStage and Flavie Lagasse. Edgar is my grandfather.

  2. The only info I have was passed down by my paternal Grandmother, Vera Fleming, and by my father Edward LeStage.
    I can say that Edgar’s abandonment of his newborn son and young wife most likely led to a chain of events for him that were not desirable…things tend to happen that way…one poor decision leads to another and so on.
    I was amazed to find Edgar LeStage’s name on a list of survivors of a ship that was torpedoed during WWll…and this after being told he was killed in a mining accident in Nevada…they never found his body or the body of his friend who went on the “lamb” with him…
    I told my Grandma in 2000 that I found him when I was researching my family tree. She admitted that Michael, Edgar’s Dad, suspected as much when it happened. He had hoped that the marriage and birth of his son would help him settle down and straighten out…not so much I guess.
    I am glad Flavie was not alive to witness the travesty her son inflicted upon her grandchild.
    Anyway, there will always be a spot in my heart that wants to gather him in as my Grandpa…so many precious moments that could have been but were squandered through selfishness.
    I want to look into those eyes that my father never got a chance to look into…even if it is only a picture.
    My dad died in 1988 and he never knew the story…
    Maybe that was for the best…

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