About Lillian Archambeault and Joseph Albert Hall

Our Ancestors

This picture was sent by Frank.

Frank’s granduncle John Archambeault is seen here with his grandchildren.

The caption reads Labeled Grandpa (John) Archambeault, Ernest, John Hall.

I believe this is John Hall (1901) on the left with his little sister Flora Hall (1905) instead.

This is their mother’s wedding picture.

Joseph Albert Hall’s best man is William Archambeault, Frank’s grandfather. The bridesmaid has yet to be identified.

Joseph Albert Hall and Lillian Archambeault had three children: John, Harry Ernest and Flora. We don’t have much information on them, but we have a lot of information for their descendants if they contact us.

This picture is quite interesting. It’s Lillian’s grandparents. This picture is taken late in their lives.

No mistaking here about the caption…

Home sweet home…

Jean-Baptiste Archambeault and Emilia Mercier are with a woman and a child. I have yet to identify who they are.

One day maybe…

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Four daughters – Redux

Posted in 2012 on Our Ancestors in the hope someone related to these people would write me one day… Well I got this message on Ancestry last night.

I am the great-great grandson of Joseph and Lillian Hall. I see that you have their wedding pictures. I would really love to see them and find out any more information you may have. Thanks for your help.

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John Archambeault had four daughters and one son.

John Archambeault

John Archambeault married Florence Boucher.

Florence Boucher

Before Frank Archambeault sent me a whole lot of pictures, I thought John Archambeault was the same man seen in this montage I made with one of pictures Ed had sent me.

With all the pictures Frank Archambeault sent me, now I know I was wrong, but at least I had a head start with John’s daughters…

I had their names!

Now, I have their pictures, and they are beautiful…

Four daughters

This is Flora Archambault Bull (1873-1912) with her sister Alice.

Flora and Alice

This is Lillie (Lillian) Archambault Hall (1877-?) with her sister Alice.

Alice and Lillian

This is Alice Archambault Brunt (4 July 1878-15 September 1953).


Now this is Nellie (Helen) Archambault McCann (1884-?) with her father John Archambeault.

Nellie and her father

I still believe John Archambeault is on these two pictures.

John Archambeault would be with his daughter Flora born in 1873.

Flora Archambeault was first married to Patrick J. Whelan, but then she was granted a divorce on cause of his intemperance and the way he treated her. She would remarried in 1906 with Samuel J. Bull.

Samuel J. Bull and Flora Shambo

Flora Archambeault died 100 years ago.

Source Find a Grave

I am sure Sam took good care of Flora.


More than a house – More than pictures

Linking with the past…

Our Ancestors

Posting once a week and only about How I found your ancestors might be harder than I first thought.


Our roots are deeper than we think.

Acadia House

Acadian House

Médard Myers

Medard Myers’ family

Medard Myers is a direct descendant of René Hébert.

Medard N Myers

So is little Germaine Lagasse.

Germaine Lagasse


Germaine’s mother, Alice D. Myers, is the little girl in front of her father Medard N. Myers.

Médard Myers


She was as such a descendant of René Hébert, and she probably never learned about her Acadian roots.

For more on Acadian House, click here.


In the past, there have been several articles written about the Acadians, who for a time resided in Guilford, Connecticut, but none of them have answered the question–“What are their names?”

That information can be answered, at least in part, but first; a little history is in order.

Britain had won Nova Scotia from the French in 1713, so…

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Love Story – Redux

A comment made on this post about the Acadian House…

I recently discovered I descended from John and Anastasie via my Remillard line (their daughter Cecile married Louis Marie Remillard).  In another small world circumstance, I live in the next town over.  I’m a cyclist and for over two decades rode past the Acadian House in Guilford, never giving it much thought.  Needless to say, I now often wonder what stories that home can tell. 

There’s a certain poetic justice to John and Anastasie’s story, and there’s something to be said about the type of men the Smith brothers were, leaving their lives in the British colonies with their Acadian brides for a land and culture no doubt foreign to them.   In another twist, John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Forbes, who I believe was the sister of Captain Samuel Forbes, the shipbuilder who captained the ship that brought the Hebert family to CT. 

A great story where love triumphed, and the world is much smaller than we sometimes realize!

More on the Acadian House

Acadian House

Final link…

Ensign E.R. Grinndal U.S. Navy – Course No. 35 No. 51 O.T.U. Cranfield

About Richard Grinndal

RAF 23 Squadron

Ensign Grinndal

collection Flight Lieutenant John Kelly U.S. Navy

51 OTU Ensign Grinndal

R.C. Harris log book

On 14 August 1944, Squadron Leader MacAndrew took off with Beaufighter I serial number 7775. Navigator R.C. Harris was the navigator radar operator instructor. Ensign E.R. Grinndal U.S. Navy was part of the crew.

What follows is something I found on the Internet in 2013. The Website does not exist anymore. Just in case I had copied the following…

I am so glad I did!


During October 68 Squadron made up for all the frustration of the two previous months as they shot down 13 Flying-bombs. The crews were as follows: Fg Off Haskell/Plt Off Bentley – three; Fg Off Humphrey/Fg Off Robertson – two; F/Sgt Bullus/Fg Off Edwards -one; W/O Lauchlan/F/Sgt Bailey – two; Fg Off Gibson/Sgt Lack – one; Sqn Ldr Wright/Fg Off McCullough – two; and Sqn Ldr Mansfeld/Flt Lt Janacek – two.

Part of…

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Richard Grinndal remembered

This is a sequel about someone I wrote a post on this blog.

Read the post first, then the comment made.


Probably not that important that I should write about this person.

I have learned since 2009 that everything I write on this blog is for a reason. I am the one who benefits the most from all this writing I have been doing since 2009.

I have learned so much about myself and others that I have a hard time stopping writing.

So what is all about Richard Grinndal who died on November 22, 1944 and probably left no descendants to remember him by.

I have started writing about him on my blog about No. 23 Squadron. If you have been reading that blog, you know why I wrote it in the first place.

If not click here.

So what about Richard Eric Grinndal?

1940 U.S. Census Richard Grinndal


You tell me because I know very little about him.



Richard Grinndal was my uncle whom I never knew. I was born two months after he died. My middle name is Richard, after him. I often wonder how my life would have been different had he lived. He held BS & MS degrees in engineering, a Phi Beta Kappa key & was well liked by many including his flying buddies. I am my family’s keeper of the many photos, letters & other mementos from him including his letters home, burial flag, etc. He & his pilot Sam Peebles shot down V-1 flying bombs & I have copies of action reports describing how they did it. Their Mosquito crashed on take-off flying one last mission after his requirement was fulfilled. The main point is that he was a good man, brilliant & well thought of, who would have made a much greater contribution to our society.