And then along came Mary a direct descendant of Phoebe Alexandre…
It’s with Mary’s help and resilence that I could connect the dots.
Lucille Lestage was Phoebe and Charles’ only daughter. I never had to search very far for her identity thanks to Robin…
Everything was on the back of the photo.
Lucille was 16 years-old on September 1st, 1925. She had sent her photo to her Aunty Freida and Uncle Harry Bleau.
I knew Lucille was the daughter of Phoebe Alexandre and Charles Lestage, but that was all I knew. I had found everything about Phoebe Alexandre whose photo had been shared in 2010 by Sandy a third cousin.
At that time Sandy did not know who these two young ladies were, and she even thought of throwing their pictures away as well as other old pictures she had.
Then Robin came along on Our Ancestors in 2011 and she shared with me more than 100 photos. Most were about the Comes, the Bleaus, and the Alexanders.
This one had a caption on top.
It was the photo of Phoebe and her sister Myra Alexander. This is how I was able to find everything about Myra’s descendants, but little about Phoebe and her daughter Lucille’s descendants.
Phoebe also went by the name Flavie. In fact this was her given name when she was baptized.
Undetered, I left no stones unturned. Later I found Flavie’s birth record, but I did not know when she had died until last Thanksgiving Day. Phoebe had died on June 1st, 1922.
The day before Thanksgiving I had just learned what had happened to Lucille. She had married Amat Yusup and had a stillborn male child.
Lucille died in 1943, and there were no descendants to eventually write me about her. Phoebe had three sons: Albert, Edgar, and Bertie. Bertie was somewhat a mystery since a census taker had once written female instead of male.
Bertie was in fact Bertram Victor Lestage who married Diane Page in 1932. They had three children: Charlotte, Bertram, and… Constance.