Lost ancestors?

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Are you lost when you are looking for your lost French-Canadians ancestors?

Well look no more because I probably wrote about them on my blogs Our Ancestors and Our Ancestors II. I have written more than 1,000 posts on both blogs. So if you want to know more about François-Xavier Métayer who became F.X. Meteyer when he emigrated to the U.S and also about his wife Clara Niquet also spelled Niquette, then this will give you the scope of my research on these two ancestors.

First I will start with Clara Niquet. This is Marie Rose Clara standing besides her husband François-Xavier on a photo taken in 1916.

This is the original photo most probably taken in Rochester, New York.

This is Clara again seen on a family picture taken in Rochester, New York in 1938.

I am good with comparing faces and I am sure this is Clara Niquet with her son Ernest Darius Meteyer, seen behind her, his wife Josephine Munding and all their children. I could go on and on about who’s who on that picture, and in fact I did go on and on when I wrote about them here on Our Ancestors II.

The Meteyer Family – Season I, Episode 1 – Summer of 38

Getting back to Clara, she was the daughter of Pierre Niquet and Rose-Délima Montmarquet…

This is her family tree with some missing branches. It goes back to the first Niquet ancestor. Clara has a tiny drop of royal blood, but another long story.

A closer look to Clara’s family tree…

Now what about F.X. Meteyer whose brother was Édouard-Elzéar Métayer seen in the middle in the first row and who had a twin brother?

In fact, his mother had two sets of twins. Édouard-Elzéar and Alfred born on June 10, 1844, and then Geneviève and Étienne born on September 2, 1857.

Who were F.X. Meteyer’s parents?

I will tell you more next time on Our Ancestors II because this might become much more confusing to follow.

Getting addicted to facial recognition

I am using this I had written a few years ago after I had helped Michael to reunite with his birthmother’s family.

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I thought the man on the right might have been related to one of Henriette Alexandre’s brothers since the man on the left was Henriette’s son Dennis Lagassey.

This is what Suzan, one of my readers, has edited.

You know I just had to try an adjustment. I think her features are a little more clear.

It’s easy to get addicted to editing old pictures. All of our ancestors need to be well taken care of. That’s the reason I am trying to identify ancestors on old pictures when I see one.

There is a story behind the original photo. It was sent by Michael who, with my research, found his birthmother as well as her grandmother Alice, and his great-grandparents Dennis Lagassey III and Amanda Ménard.

Dennis Lagassey III and Amanda Ménard are seen on the left.

They have to be with two of their relatives.

A few years back Michael found new cousins who had old pictures. He then shared some with me, and I shared them with you. This is Michael’s birthmother Penelope.

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And this is what I think is Penelope when she was a young girl.

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Now getting back to this photo Michael sent…

I thought this week that the woman on the right could have been the lady on the right.

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The man behind her would have been her husband Napoleon Alexandre, Henriette Alexandre’s brother…

That made sense.  But that hypothesis did not last long as a quick search revealed that Napoleon Alexandre was married to Flavie Provost who died in 1899 in Minnesota.

Or was that hypothesis right on the button, and Flavie Provost was on the photo with my great-grandmother Henriette?

Henriette had no other brother who could have been on a picture taken with his nephew Dennis. Which led me to ponder if the woman could be instead Albina Ménard, Amanda’s sister…

Sometimes you have to stop making hypothesis…

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Today marks the 176th anniversary of H. Alexandre and she could be the woman on the left with her older sister Marguerite.

Robin’s pictures

The first time I came across the Malloy name…

Our Ancestors

There were so many pictures Robin scanned to look at that some were left to be identified later.

This one I think is directly related to my distant relatives.

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We have to assume that Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau wrote the caption if we compare both handwriting.

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I am no expert, but it seems that way.

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Mary Malloy or Molloy would be Bertha Molloy the daughter of Philomène Alexandre and Thomas Molloy. Philomène is related to this family. These are her parents with her sisters Myra, Agnes and Helen.

the Alexandre Family

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre’s family

Mary was born 23 April 1893 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts.

Here’s another picture also scanned by Robin.

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Agnes Maloy… Same handwriting. Different persons?

Agnes Maloy

Not that important unless you are related to her. Thomas Molloy and Philomène Alexandre had these children:

James Thomas Molloy 1887 –
Jean-Baptiste Molloy 1890 –
Agnes Marie Rose Molloy 1892 – 1894
Bertha Molloy 1893 –

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If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you… Take 2

I know this might not be important, but everytime I look at an old photo I am always asking myself… Pierre have you identified the right people?

Case in point…

I am sure this is Mathilde Leblanc who died of cholera in 1884.

 

After Mathide Leblanc died of cholera, my great-granduncle 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 always thought the man holding a baby boy was Alphonse Meunier married to Eugénie Lagasse daughter of Pierre Lagacé and Mathilde Leblanc.

But there is a problem with this. Eugénie was born in 1879 and Alphonse was born in 1886. They were married in 1907. This photo has to be taken around 1910 since Joseph Adelard L’Esperance was born in 1909. Eugénie and Alphonse would be respectively 31 and 24 years-old.

There is no way Alphonse Meunier is holding a baby boy.

It took me 10 years to realise this error which makes this so exciting since I have to find out who these two really are and maybe Eugénie Lagasse is the woman in front with her hands folded.

To be continued…