If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you…

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you…

That’s what had ignited my passion for my distant relatives’ ancestors.

This is one of the numerous photos my third cousin had shared in 2010. Mathilde Leblanc was Pierre Lagacé’s first wife. Pierre Lagacé, born in 1844, was my grandfather’s uncle, and I believe my grandfather suggested that first name to my parents when I was baptised.

Mathide Leblanc died of cholera in 1884 and Pierre Lagacé remarried. Pierre is the old man second on the right. The woman on the left is Marie-Louise Côté his second wife.

The woman kneeling is Pierre and Mathilde’s daughter Agnes with her little girl Victoria. Her husband Joseph Lesperance is next to Pierre in the white shirt. He would die in a fire with his daughter-in-law Anna Demers and two grandchildren Robert and Therese Lesperance in 1943.  

I have learned a lot since my third cousin sent me this photo. However we both did not know when Pierre Lagacé had died. I found that out much much later…

Peter Lagasse died on March 17, 1926.

Our Ancestors is about remembering our lost relatives and sharing what we have learned about them.

This is why there will never be a final chapter…

How I first learned about Phoebe’s existence…?

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you.

Original post published in July 2010

My new found distant cousin Sandy posted a message on my new Ancestry family tree page. I had decided last month to migrate my family tree from My Heritage to Ancestry. Sandy must have been all excited when she found out that another Lagacé had information on her ancestors and that he wrote back so quickly.

Hi Pierre,

Thank you for getting back to me. With your information online. They match up to my family tree.

Last year a cousin gave me quite a few photos of the Lagasse line. And I have been researching them with where they were taken. They are from Bristol, Connecticut and Rhode Island. And I have just cleared up a mystery on the Dennis Lagasse  person as he changed his name from Stanislas Lagasse who married Henriette Alexandre. I have been going round and round with the name Dennis Lagasse.

I think the photos I have are from this family. Not sure of the names, but they are taken in Bristol, Connecticut. I have gotten all the way back on our line. Lots of information. I have researched the whole line that was in Fall River, Massachusetts and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Bristol, Connecticut on the Lagasse line.

My line from Stanislas Lagasse and Onésime Cadieux. Their child  Pierre Lagasse married Mathilde Leblanc.

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Pierre Lagasse and Mathilde Leblanc’s child was Julian Wilfred Lagasse.   I am sending a photo of him with brothers and one I am not sure of.

Sitting: left is Julian Wilfred Lagasse and Joseph Lagasse is to the right.

I received them from his son Edmond and his wife.  When she passed away then their children gave them to me. I also have a photo of Pierre Lagasse married to Mathilde Leblanc. If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you.


If you have been reading my blog, then you know how crazy I am about photographs… See you next Monday with more photos from Sandy’s collection and more about the mysterious Dennis Lagasse.

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Final Chapter? The Lestage Family

It seems that I always have a final chapter on Our Ancestors.

But I keep reuniting descendants with their ancestors. The woman above is Phoebe Alexander. Her real name is Philomène Alexandre.

Back in 2009 she was only an unknown woman in Bristol, Connecticut around the 1890s. Then someone came along with this old photo.

Aunt Phoebe was on the left with her sister Aunt Myra Alexander.

Phoebe was also on this photo in the same collection as the first one.

I just had to find more about Phoebe. It was like an obsession just like an obsession to find out more about young Myra.

I know this is not the final chapter since I always have a few readers who enjoy my obsession for old photos.

This unknown young lady could be Agnes Alexandre, Phoebe and Myra’s sister. I am still not sure she is Agnes and I am still looking for someone to find Our Ancestors and confirm she is.

Which brings me to Phoebe’s daughter Lucille who was 16 on this photo.

Lucille Lestage was only an old photograph in 2010…

Lucille left no descendants to look for her.

To be continued…