Pierre Lagasse (1844- ?) reunited with Dennis Lagasse (1842-1927).
Pierre and Dennis reunited with Joseph Miller Lagasse.
Joseph Miller Lagasse (1848-1947)
After thinking about it for awhile, I think Edwina Newcity is most probably in the back row of this picture with two of her sisters.
Why would this picture have been kept all these years by Dorothy Miller, daughter of Robert Miller Lagasse, granddaughter of Joseph Lagasse and Edwina Newcity?
And this one?
And this one…?
I got curious…
Take a look at Robert in 1954.
Similar features especially the jaw.
Did Robert and May Gertrude have another daughter?
The answer was no they didn’t when we look at the 1920 census.
Only three children.
Edwina Miller was born in 1924.
Joe shared one more picture.
Edwina Miller’s children.
This picture was probably taken around 1922. Probably on a Sunday morning in Waterbury Ward 1, in New Haven, Connecticut because no one is around.
My third cousin Dorothy Miller is on the left and her big brother Dalton is on the right. Dorothy was born May 9, 1919 and Dalton December 21, 1915 so I figure this is summer of 22.
The girl in the middle is unknown, and we will never know who she is unless I post that picture on Our Ancestors.
I wonder who took this beautiful picture? Maybe Robert did…
This story really started 1014 posts ago with the story of Doris who wanted to visit Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec where her ancestors once had lived.
I acted as a guide. After her two-day visit, she wanted me to translate what I had written in French on my blog Nos ancêtres so the distant relatives she had in Louisiana could read it.
Our Ancestors grew from there. I just continued with stories about my genealogical research in the hope of making contact with distant relatives living in the United States since my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé emigrated there in 1889.
Stanislas Lagacé with two grandchildren
In 2009 or 2010, I knew Joseph Lagassé was my great-grandfather’s brother, but he was just a name on a census page.
Then I found his baptismal act.
20 August, 1848
Where he had lived in 1861…
Who he had married in 1878…
Where he had lived with Edwina in 1900…
with their only child, their son Robert on the next page…
Where the couple had lived in 1940…
When they died…
source Find a Grave
Where they rest in peace…
source Find a Grave
That was what little I knew about my second great-uncle Joseph until last Friday when Joe wrote a comment on the blog, and wanted to upload old pictures.
Since he couldn’t I wrote him a personal message…
Joseph Miller Lagasse?
I believe this is young Joseph Lagassé in 1869 when he reached 21.
I think his wife Edwina Newcity is probably one of these three women, probably she is the one in the back since Edwina was the youngest daughter of Edward Villeneuve and Scholastique Aveline dit St. Jules.
We will probably never know for sure if Edwina Newcity is on that picture because my second theory is that it could be Joseph Lagassé’s sisters Elmire, Agnes and Marie-Anne on that picture.
Now if we could only find about that fishing trip Robert’s family knows nothing about…
I don’t know why I told Donna that 2016 would be a great year for ancestors… a kind of a premonition I guess.
I believe this old man is Joseph Miller Lagasse.
The young woman in her 20s is Dorothy Miller, daughter of Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett.
Robert Miller was the son of Edwina Newcity and Joseph Lagasse.
Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett had three other children.
Why Joseph Lagasse my second great-uncle whom I had been looking for since 2009 had changed his name to Miller as well as all his descendants?
I had always wondered why he had done this until someone asked me this week the meaning of Miller.
Well I said: “A miller in French is meunier.”
Back in the old days some Lagacés had used that name in Quebec since the first Lagacé ancestor was in fact named André Minier dit La Gâchette which would evolved as Minier dit Lagacé, Mignier dit Lagacé or Meunier dit Lagacé…Some people would take the first name while others would choose the second one.
Lagacé would be written Lagassé, Lagafsé, Lagasse, Lagasser, La Gasse, or… in this case Miller (Meunier).
Joseph Lagasse had decided along the way to change his name using Miller the English equivalent of Meunier.
There were three more pictures part of Dorothy Miller’s collection that were shared…
Two are of people unknown. No captions, just faces.
One picture is not.