Meet the Turcottes

French-Canadians emigrating to the U.S. would sometimes change their names to integrate in their new country. I know my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé became Dennis Lagasse when he emigrated to the U.S. in 1889.


Dennis and two of his grandchildren Harvey and Rose

I believe most people did changed their names most of the time. Lemaires became Myers, Alexandres became Alexanders, Dufresnes became Ashleys, Saurettes became Laroses , Villeneuves became Newcitys, etc…

Adelard Wilcox’s name was in fact Adélard Turcotte. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1893. Don’t ask me how I know he emigrated in 1893, you can trust me with this information…

I know he did.

Adélard is seen here with his wife Éva Croteau. 


Jason had more pictures of the Wilcoxes or should I say the Turcottes.

The Turcottes are seen here with Arthur Myers, a descendant of Chrétien Lemaire, and his wife Rose Alma La Rose, a descendant of Jacques Saurette and Catherine Laporte dit St-Georges.



I wonder if Rose Alma knew about her ancestor.

Rose Alma is dancing here on the next picture with Jack Wilcox who I suspect is Jack Turcotte, the son of Adélard and Eva.




Because people changed their names is the reason why it is so hard for people living in the U.S. to make sense of their roots when they start looking for them.

How about this old man?

He is with Agnes Myers one of the daughters of Arthur and Rose Alma.

Try to find Arthur and Rose Alma in this group picture just for fun.


I had lots of fun looking for Irene Wilcox whom we see here with Exeurie Myers on a picture taken on May 10, 1929.

I love those captions!

They enabled me to find Irene Wilcox’s husband, George Morse.


Such a lovely couple who I believe got married that day. I am not 100% sure, but I would bet a Canadian dollar which is losing value again the U.S. dollar.

During last weekend I had a good look at Jason’s pictures and I found several headstones on Find A Grave. I wrote some people about the Wilcoxes or the Turcottes to let them know I had pictures to share with them if interested.

You never know when someone will get crazy over Jason’s old pictures.

I know I will have to stop one day…

I know I will have to stop writing this blog one day…

But that day is not coming soon though.

There is a lesson in all this.

Genealogy is addictive as well as looking at old pictures or searching for French-Canadian names in cemeteries in Bristol, Connecticut.

You have to know my paternal grandfather was addicted to gambling.

I don’t gamble, but I write like crazy.


Post No. 678

Every picture has a story to tell.


Like this one…

Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers


Where to begin in all this new search for Jason’s ancestors?

Jason is not putting any pressure.

You can trust me, he is not.

Except Jason talked about the obituary card of Louis Lagasse, husband of Rose Myers who I think is the old lady beside Exeurie Myers.

Rose and Exeurie were siblings.


This makes sense.

Why would he asked the next door neighbor to have her picture taken with him. But then it could be his second wife… or Irene’s grandmother.


Could be…

It could be anyone related to Irene. But I would bet the old lady is Rose Myers.

I never did write that much about Rose Myers except about her grandson Harvey Louis Lagasse, a bombardier on a B-24 in the U.S. Airforce during WW II.


You know how much I like WW II and airplanes.

Harvey Lagasse 2

Harvey Lagasse

You now know how precious is my great-grandaunt Rose Myers.


Do you remember how this neverending story first started?

A headstone I almost missed.

Agnes Lagasse

Agnes Lagaser (Lagasse) had married Julien Myers whose brother was François-Xavier (Exeurie) Myers seen here with Irene Wilcox.

Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers

This picture belonged to Jason.

He had so many pictures he shared with me!

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And so many names in the captions to help me find how all these names are linked to ancestors.

May 10, 1929

I told you I was excited…

Second post of the day. It’s like a second cup of coffee to calm yourself.

Need we say more about this picture?


Exeurie Myers and Irene Wilcox

Need we say more about this picture?

Yes there is more when you click on it for a larger view!


Irene Wilcox and Exeurie Myers

Exeurie Myers and Irene Wilcox

I just love this picture of Irene.

May 10, 1929.

Life was so beautiful then.

Everyone was happy.


Irene Wilcox

Irene Wilcox

Next time, I will tell you more about Irene.

I usually get excited…

I usually get excited when I see old pictures, but last winter here in Quebec had a dampening effect on all this excitement about old pictures.

I am sure all my American distant cousins will understand since they were hit pretty hard also…

Well not those who live in sunny California, or Florida for that matter…

This being said, I want to present you with more picture of Exeurie Myers whose name was in fact François-Xavier Lemaire, Juliens Myers’ brother who had married Agnes Lagaser whose name was in fact Agnès Lagacé, the sister of my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé who later became known as Dennis Lagassee.

Agnes Lagasse


You should not be.

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Something to ponder upon…

More than 2000 images on this blog since I started it in September 2009…

People keep sending them, and I keep posting them.

Pure and simple. You share and I share, and people find them and go crazy!

No famous people, just ordinary folks.

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I never plan before I post something new.

There is a surprise just around the corner. Jason is going to surprise me because his Aunt Aggie has more pictures to share.

Arther Myers, the only son of Xavier Myers – Redux

I am reposting this article.


I have made many loyal friends since 2009.

This is why I was thinking about posting only once a week during this Christmas season.

I know Christmas is a good time to reflect upon our ancestors, but I want to give you more time for others chores and easy up a bit on the story of the ancestors of little Exeurie Myers.

Just like Jean-Baptiste Lemaire was the only son of Chrétien Myers, Arther Myers was the only son of Xavier (Exeurie) Myers.

Arther and Rose 6

Arther Julien Myers and Rosealina Alma LaRose

This beautiful picture was shared by Jason.

Jason is linked to Exeurie Myers.

It is almost impossible to link Exeurie Myers to Xavier Myers, a direct descendant of Chrétien Lemaire, a rifleman in the Hesse Hanau regiment.


But I did, and I probably found a link with the past history of the American Revolution.

This is where I came in handy to link Jason to Exeurie Myers and Exeurie with his ancestor Chrétien Lemaire. Being French-Canadian, I have come across some funny spelling from people who had copied parish registers for Ancestry.

Exeurie Myers was in fact Exeuvie Myers seen here on this marriage certificate. If you say Exeuvie out loud several times, you will hear Xavier if your mother tongue is French.

That’s how I found the missing link!

That spelling carried on through time when Xavier’s son Arther Myers married Rose Alma Larose in Springfield on April 22, 1907.

Exeurie Myers spelling

I have asked Jason permission to post this beautiful old picture.

Arther and Rose 6How can I be sure Arther Myers was the son of Exeurie Myers aka Xavier Myers, who was the brother of Julien Myers who married Agnes Lagasse, my great-grandaunt?


How can you trust someone who has been writing this blog since September 2009 with this?


You’ll just have to come back on Boxing Day!

I’ll show you more old pictures of that young couple madly in love.

Arther and Rose 2


I will continue on with this story because Jason has shared so much and I don’t want to let him down. I know we had a hard winter, but that’s no reason NOT to share what Jason has so generously shared.

Thanks for rekindling the passion

Jason just wrote…

Good morning Pierre!
I hope all is well.  I know I sent the two pictures attached but I forgot to pass along some info from my great Aunt.  She was’t sure who the woman in the white polka-dot dress was.  Please read the email from her below.  She believes this woman may be Mrs Louis Lagace, Exuire’s sister.  :)
Have a good one!
thanks for rekindling the passion 1 thanks for rekindling the passion 2
Sorry took so long getting back to you. Notice you need dates on Obits,I have so many and will send you info when I sort it all.out. I found Exurie Myers Obit card and with it was a Mass card  from his sister (which I never knew he had one) Mrs Louis Lagase.  So the picture I already sent you to ask Pierre if he knew who the lady was with Rose Alma Myers could possibly be Exurie’s sister.
My Mother — Rose Alma Myers is the correct name, not  Rosealina Alma. She had a sister Rosalina Alma who died near the age of 3.        


The curious case of Paul America

Pierre Lagacé:

Such a sad ending…

Originally posted on Above The Field:

Paul America

An image from Paul America’s screen test, circa 1965.

I’ve done a lot of research on distant cousins up and down my family tree over the years, uncovering some fascinating stories and learning a lot about ancestors dating back centuries. I’ve written about a few of those stories here on this blog (see links at end of this post), and I’m sure there are many more to find. However, it was pretty striking to learn about a much more recent story, involving a much closer connection.

The story of my late cousin Paul Johnson, aka “Paul America,” is straight out of the movies, both figuratively and literally, and involves none other than ‘60s icon Andy Warhol and other characters from the wild decade in which I was born. I had only heard bits and pieces over the years, tales of a wayward teen with matinee-idol looks who spiraled downward in a…

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