Written in 2014, and never published before…
Five years later I have all the reasons in the world to revisit Malmaison. I had found this image on the Internet and I got all excited, but I had no one to share my excitement with.
Then came along Luanne whose maternal ancestors were Malloys, Molloys or Moloys depending on how people were hard of hearing. This image is in French, but I can translate what you see.
Cimetière is cemetery. This is probably where some of my granduncles and grandaunts were buried around 1880. Site ancienne église is where the old church was located around 1880. This is probably where some children of Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre were baptized.
In 2008 I had found all of their 13 children. Number 13 was my Léo, my paternal grandfather. I had a few photos of my grandfather and his brother Adélard.
My grandfather with two of his sons in Montreal
Number 1 was Antoine or Anthony Lagasse 1863 – 1934 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 2 was Stanislas or Dennis Lagassey III 1864 – 1922 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 3 was Marguerite Lagacé 1868 – (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 4 was David Lagacé 1869 – 1873 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 5 was Angélique Lagacé 1871 – 1872 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 6 was Jean-Baptiste Lagacé 1872 – 1876 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 7 was Lillie Lagasse 1875 – (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 8 was Malvina Lagasse 1877 – 1930 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 9 was Adélard Lagacé 1879 – 1959 (born in Colchester, Vermont)
Number 10 was Odila Lagacé 1882 – 1882 (born in Malmaison)
Number 11 was Joseph Aldéi Lagacé 1883 – 1897 (born in Malmaison)
Number 12 was Anonyme Lagacé 1886 – 1886 (born in Malmaison)
Number 13 was Léo Lagacé 1888 – 1964 (born in Malmaison)
I think my grandfather was born in Malmaison. I know that his parents were neighbors in 1881 of the DeRivières family who had the manoir, the mansion or the manor house.
1881 Canadian census page
End of the line…
The Malloys or Molloys were also living around Malmaison because Thomas James was a section man and his brother Patrick was a section foreman.
There is little left of Malmaison now except for what some people have been working together since 2010 to preserve the past. I will tell you more about it next Sunday morning unless you start googling and get a jump start.