Birds of a feather flock together…Remember?

I know I might be very hard to follow sometimes.

Poirot at the beach

Effectivement Monsieur Lagacé vous êtes dur à suivre…

Birds of a feather flock together…?


On a beach…?

At the beach 2

at the beach

In census pages…?

In 1880, Joseph Langevin and his wife Cordelie were listed on a census page…

Joseph Langevin, 30 years-old, was a carpenter born in Canada. His father and mother were also born there. Cordelie, who was also 30, was keeping house and was taking care of Cordelia and Regina.

The census tells us that both these little girls were born in Rhode Island.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux

My little grey cells began working again as usual when I saw the name Joseph Cadieux as the next door neighbour.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux with neighbours

Could he have been Cordelie’s brother?

And what was his wife Armeline’s maiden name?

And who was the little boy Athanase 5 months-old born in January?

So many questions!

But the other neighbour Nazaire Bessette had all the answers!

Nazaire Bessette

Nazaire Bessette was married to Osithe Lanoue.

Both are now resting in peace with two daughters Azilda and Delia…

headstone Nazaire Bessette

Nazaire’s mother was Théotiste Cadieux, the sister of Étienne Cadieux. That I know.

They were both children of Laurent Cadieux and Catherine Gilbert.

Laurent Cadieux

I found an Étienne Cadieux listed as the father of a Joseph Cadieux in the 1891 Canadian census. This Étienne Cadieux was living with his son Joseph. Joseph Cadieux’s wife was Hermeline with their son Athanase 11 years-old.

1891 Étienne Cadieux and his son Joseph mod

I had found the missing links.


Hermeline was Hermeline Bessette, Nazaire’s daughter.

file Hermeline Bessette

Cordelie Cadieux, wife of Joseph Langevin, was the daughter of Étienne Cadieux and Marie Jasmin married 27 February 1843 in Marieville, Quebec.

file of Cordelie Cadieux 1850

I was not able to find Cordelie Cadieux in the 1852 Canadian census, nor in the 1861 or the 1871 Canadian censuses. Étienne Cadieux and Marie Jasmin probably emigrated to the United States in the 1840s.

That I will never know for sure…

What I am sure though is that Étienne Cadieux, 65 years-old, was a boarder in 1885 in someone’s family…

Étienne Cadieux as a boarder 65

and had also a son named Étienne married to Catherine Desmarais…

1900 census Étienne Cadieux and Catherine Desmarais

1910 Étienne Cadieux and Catherine Desmarais

This search for “dead people” could go forever you know…

Find A Grave Étienne Cadieux

Find a Grave

How many ancestors do you have?

Very interesting…

The Wild Peak

Many of us are interested in where our families come from as well as who our ancestors were. What and where are our ‘roots’? Some of you might even have researched your genealogy or family history. Yet have you ever seriously considered how many direct ancestors you really have? Obviously it’s a lot, but how many? You might have even heard statements to the effect that all Europeans are descendants of Charlemagne in the eighth century or that all people of English ancestry are descended from 86% of the people living in England at the time of William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago. If you live in North America and have English or European ancestors the same questions apply. Indeed wherever you live and whatever your ethnic ancestry the questions of descent and ancestry are the same. This short article attempts, in a non-mathematical way, to answer or at…

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Genealogy is much more than just searching for dead people…

People in fact die when nobody remembers them by. This is one reason we place headstones to remember them like this one…

headstone Nazaire Bessette

I try hard to remember all my ancestors. I try even harder when I look for strangers’ ancestors like Cordelia Cadieux. I am sure I have found  who she was.

A second cousin four times removed.

file of Cordelie Cadieux 1850

Call it luck if you want, I call it presumption.

I have  used  a  lot of presumption in this  mission starting by who were listed  on that census  page taken from a census done in 1880.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux

Joseph Langevin, his wife Cordelie, their two daughters Cordelia and Regina, the people I presume François is looking  for.

Having no marriage certificate to know who were the parents of Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux, I tried to find some clues by looking at who were their neighbours especially Joseph Cadieux and Nazaire Bessette…

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux with neighbours

Remember Birds of a feather flock together?

Poirot at the beach

Of course, je m’en souviens très bien Monsieur Lagacé…

This headstone was what led me among other clues to Cordelie Cadieux’s ancestors.

headstone Nazaire Bessette

Find a Grave

Nazaire Bessette

My Ancestry file on Nazaire Bessette

group sheet Nazaire Bessette


Stopping? Mission Impossible…

mission possible

Good morning  Mr. Lagacé,

This is the 1880 census  page  taken in Lincoln, Providence, Rhode  Island.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux

We are  trying  to  make  sense  of all the information  about some people  listed  there  namely one Cordelia Langevin, Joseph Langevin’s  spouse, who we believe is Cordélie Cadieux, a distant cousin of yours. This couple has two daughters, Cordelia and Regina both born in Rhode Island according to the census.

Your  mission, should  you decide to accept it, is to reunite these long lost ancestors with François Davignon who is desperately searching for his ancestors.

Great work!!! Mrs Cordelia Cadieux was she married with Joseph Langevin? If so, “rumours” has it she was Abenaki Indian anything on that ?


As usual, if you don’t succeed, Ancestry  will  disavow any knowledge of your  actions…

This message will self-destruct in a few seconds.

mission match


Forget André Mignier dit La Gâchette!

Urban legend if you ask me.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back


No one has yet to come forward to contradict my findings from my research about the dit name of André Mignier. Mark was the one who was questioning the dit name La Gâchette on Facebook which got me searching.

Nowhere the dit name La Gâchette is found in official parish records except in someone’s transcription of André Mignier and Jacquette Michel’s marriage contract in front of notaire Becquet who was in my own humble opinion famous for his bad handwriting.

notaire Becquet

The dit name L’Agacé means annoyed, and Mark and I are living proof we get annoyed when something is not right.

Case closed?

We are always open for discussion…

You can click here to get someone’s opinion.


In 17th century Nouvelle France (Quebec) our first ancestor’s name had several variations including: Andre Megny / Mignier / Minier “dit Lagacé”.  Many websites also refer to him as  “Lagachette” instead of Lagace on the theory that he was a “sharpshooter”. The word “gachette”  does translate as “trigger”  so it certainly could have been a nickname (just like Mack the Knife!) but I haven’t seen that name on a primary document  – nor do I see it in traditional references such as Drouin, Tanguay, the BMS2000, or documents such as the seigneurial land grants, or Father Casgrain’s history of Riviere-Ouelle. Nevertheless, I’d love to know where this theory originated.

How I met your ancestors? – Episode One: Montreal 1964

How hard it’s hard to stop isn’t?

Our Ancestors

13 or 26 episodes?

I still don’t know if I should go that far and risk boring you to death about how I met your ancestors.

How I met your ancestors?

With this death certificate!

 acte de deces leo lagace senior

Honest! My grandfather Leo Lagacé’s death certificate.

This is exactly how I met your ancestors in 2009. Before I saw this death certificate I knew nothing about my grandfather’s family, his father, his mother, his siblings,…let alone how I could link him with his famous ancestor André Mignier dit la gâchette.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

soldier from the régiment de Carignan
artist Francis Back

The only thing I knew was that he had a brother named Adélard.

famille Adélard Lagacé

Adélard Lagacé with his wife Émilienne Côté and their three daughters

Author’s personal collection via an old aunt

The death certificate was sent to me in 2009 by Val d’Or Lagacé, who at that time was the secretary of the Association…

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Looking for ancestors?

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I have  written  so much  that  sometimes  I  have a hard time  to link your  comments with  my previous posts.

But I  always  try my hardest  to answer back.

Case  in point…

Great work !!!Mrs Cordelia Cadieux was she married with Joseph Langevin ? If so “rumours” has it she was Abenaki Indian anything on that ?


This was a comment left yesterday about a Cordélia Cadieux. It was left here on a post I had written in February 2014.

To make a story short this Cordelia was not the same Cordelia Cadieux, but I got curious, and connected the dots using information from censuses.

1880 Joseph Langevin and Cordelie Cadieux