Wednesday November 3rd, 1824 – A day in the life of Stanislas Lagassée

Thanks to Dennis whose research led me to uncharted waters, I just had to browse more through church records this week. I had been searching for so many years for my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagassée’s siblings beside his brother Pierre (1894-1892) and four others: Antoine (1814-1815), Geneviève (1817-1817), André (1818-1818) and Ursule (1827-1845).

My great-great-grandfather Stanislas was born on February 16, 1816 in St-Louis-de-Kamouraska parish, but not his younger brother Pierre and several of his other siblings.

siblings of Stanislas

Pierre Lagacé, born on November 3rd, 1824, was baptised on November 4th under the name of Pierre Minier, son of Antoine Minier, cultivateur (farmer) and Ursule Cordeau.

His godfather was Pierre Bourgeois and his godmother was Marguerite Paradis. Marguerite had signed the document Mtte Paradis Paradis. Why she wrote Paradis twice I do not know. Pierre Bourgeois had declared he did not know how to sign.

When Stanislas was 5 years-old his mother Ursule Cordeau gave birth to Émelie, a baby girl. On November 3rd, 1824 Stanislas was 8 years-old and Émelie 3 years-old.

Since Pierre was baptised at St-Antoine-de-Padou parish in St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, the family had obviously moved from Kamouraska to St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu. The move took place most probably after harvest time in the fall of 1818 after André’s death in April 1818.

Justine was born on May 18, 1819 in St-Antoine-sur-Richelieu as well as Tharsile, Émilie, and Antoine-Cyriac. Tharsile and Antoine-Cyriac died as infants and Stanislas was old enough to witness the two infants who died one after the other.

So on Wednesday November 3rd, 1824 Stanislas must have been quite apprensive for an 8 year-old boy as well as at Christmas time when little Émelie died on December 18.

Five more children would be born after Pierre, but with only Ursule surviving.

NEW siblings of Stanislas

His sister Ursule would die in Henryville on March 31, 1845 just a few weeks after her husband’s death on February 26, 1845. Ursule was just 17. No information about how they died was found in the church records.

1845 décès Damase David

1845 déces Ursule Lagacé

As you can see deaths had always been a big part of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagassée’s life. Stanislas Lagassée living on 22 Conlon Street in Bristol, Connecticut, died from mitral insufficiency on March 26, 1900.

He was 84 years-old.


Final note

In the marriage records Ursule Cordeau was said to be une fille mineure (a minor daughter) as well as Stanislas when she married him in 1813.

1813 marriage Ursule Cordeau Antoine Mignier

However the only possible Ursule Cordeau dit Deslauriers I could find with the same parents was born on June 8, 1789 in Kamouraska. In 1813 she would have been 24 years-old not a minor and be under 21.

Searching for another Ursule born after 1789 or one who had died young in the parish records proved fruitless. However as I was giving all hope of finding out when Ursude had died…

burial Ursule Cordeau

Le vingt-cinq février mil huit cent soixante et deux, nous prêtre soussigné avons inhumé dans le cimetière de cette paroisse le corps d’Ursule Desloriers épouse d’Antoine Lagassé de cette paroisse, décédée depuis deux jours, à l’âge de soixante et treize ans. Étaient présents à l’inhumatio Michel Morin et François Moreau qui n’ont pu signer.

Ursule 23 février 1862

On the twenty-fifth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, we, the undersigned priest, have buried in the cemetery of this parish the body of Ursule Desloriers, wife of Antoine Lagassé of this parish, who died two days ago, at the age of seventy-three. Present at the burial were Michel Morin and François Moreau who were unable to sign.

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