Joseph Lagassé – Epilogue

Updated 25 July 2021

This is post 1588…

In 2016 I did not know Joseph Lagassé had died on January 17, 1947. He was 99 years-old.

Five years ago this is what I had written on this blog…  

This story really started 1014 posts ago with the story of Doris who wanted to visit Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec where her ancestors once had lived.


I acted as a guide. After her two-day visit, she wanted me to translate what I had written in French on my blog Nos ancêtres so the distant relatives she had in Louisiana could  read it.

Our Ancestors grew from there. I just continued with stories about my genealogical research in the hope of making contact with distant relatives living  in the United States since my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé emigrated there in 1889.

picture from Dennis 2

Stanislas Lagacé with two grandchildren

In 2009 or 2010, I knew Joseph Lagassé was my great-grandfather’s brother, but he was just a name on a census page.

1852 Census

Then I found his baptismal act.


20 August, 1848

Where he had lived in 1861…

1861 Census

In 1871…

1871 Census

Who he had married in 1878…


Where he had lived with Edwina in 1900…

1900 Census

with their only child, their son Robert on the next page…

1900 Census Robert Lagasse

Where the couple had lived in 1940…

1940 Census

In 1942…

1942 Directory

Source Ancestry

When they died…


source Find a Grave

Where they rest in peace…

Forestville Cemetery

source Find a Grave

That was what little I knew about my second great-uncle Joseph until last Friday when Joe Palladino wrote a comment on the blog, and wanted to upload old pictures.

Since Joe couldn’t, I wrote him a personal  message…


Joseph Miller Lagasse?

I believe this is young Joseph Lagassé in 1869 when he reached 21. I think  his wife Edwina Newcity is probably one of these three women, probably she is the one in the back since Edwina was the youngest daughter of Edward Villeneuve and Scholastique Aveline dit St. Jules.


We will probably never know for sure if Edwina Newcity is on that picture because my second theory is that it could be Joseph Lagassé’s sisters Elmire, Agnes and Marie-Anne on that picture.

Now if we could only find about that fishing trip Robert’s family knows nothing about…

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan 10 October 1954

To be continued with what Joe Palladino has shared about his ancestors since 2017 and never told you.

Joseph Miller Lagasse I presume

I wrote this post exactly five years ago on January 16, 2016. I have edited it just a little…

I don’t know why I told Donna that 2016 would be a great year for ancestors… a kind of a premonition I guess. I believe this old man is Joseph Miller Lagasse.

Dorothy Spina and unknown copy-1

The young woman in her 20s is Dorothy Miller, daughter of Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett.

Robert Gertrude Miller crop copy

Robert Miller was the son of Edwina Newcity and Joseph Lagasse.

Joseph Lagasse and Edwina Newcity

Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett had three other children.

Ed Toni Miller

Edsen Miller

Dalton Miller 3

Dalton Miller

Aunt Jimmy

Edwina Miller

Why Joseph Lagasse my second great-uncle whom I had been looking for since 2009 had changed his name to Miller as well as all his descendants?

I had always wondered why he had done this until someone asked me this week the meaning of Miller. Well I said: “A miller in French is meunier.”


Back in the old days some Lagacés had used that name in Quebec since the first Lagacé ancestor  was in fact named André Minier dit L’Agacé which would evolved as either Minier dit Lagacé, Mignier dit Lagacé or Meunier dit Lagacé…

Some people would choose the first name while others would choose the second one.

Lagacé  would  be  written  Lagassé, Lagafsé, Lagasse, Lagasser, La Gasse,  or… in  this case Miller (Meunier). Joseph  Lagasse had decided along the way to change his  name using Miller the English  equivalent  of Meunier.

There were three more pictures part of Dorothy Miller’s collection that were shared. Two are of people who are unknown. No captions, just faces.

One picture is not.

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan  10 October 1954.jpgRobert Miller went fishing October 10, 1954 in Michigan, but the family has no recollection whatsoever of such a fishing trip!

End of the original

Now if I can remember who Donna was…

Just kidding. Donna first comment on Our Ancestors in 2013.

Thank you for this blog. Odna Ritchie was my grandmother. My mother Doris was the youngest of her 6 children. William and Robert were the Uncles I never got to meet. My mother talked of them often.


To be continued tomorrow on January 17, 2021 because you are dying to know where I got Joseph Lagasse’s photos…


You have to start somewhere…

This is how I started in 2007 or 2008 to look for my great-grandfather’s little brother.

Name: Joseph Lagassy

Gender: Male

Census place: Stanbridge, Missisquoi, Quebec

Age in years: 13

Estimated birth year: 1848

Birthplace: B C

Marital status: Single

Religion: R C

Sheet number: 324

Line number: 9

Film number: 517397

Library and Archives Canada film number: C-1297

Digital GS number: 4108794

Image number: 216

Collection: Quebec Census, 1861

That was the first time I found Joseph Miller Lagasse had once lived on this Earth.

Later in September 2009 I decided to start a blog I named Our Ancestors.

This is post 1586.

Tomorrow Joseph Miller Lagasse will be brought to life.

Joseph Lagasse and Edwina Newcity