Take the time to go back in time with me this Sunday morning

original picture of the Lagasse familyEast Bristol, Spring 1916

This is the original picture shared by someone in 2009. At that time, I knew nothing about these people except for Pépère whom I  knew  was my granduncle Dennis  Lagasse  III, my grandfather’s brother.

See what was  missing.

East Bristol 1915

East Bristol, Spring 1916

I modified the original picture on April 25th, 2015.

This next old family picture was shared in 2011 by a complete stranger, a fourth cousin, Dennis Lagasse IV. 

Germaine Lagasse

Germaine Lagasse is the first child of Alice Myers and Victor Philippe Lagasse.

She’s David Victor Lagasse’s grandaunt.

Germaine Lagasse

Spring 1915

Gallipoli: Tom’s Story

Pierre Lagacé:

Honouring the Fallen

Originally posted on History Geek:

This post is dedicated to the memory of my great great uncle Thomas Alexander Gillanders, who was killed in action one hundred years ago today, and to those who fought alongside him at Gallipoli.

Tom was a native of Inverness and the eldest of eleven children. He was a much-loved brother of my great-grandmother who fondly recalled the time he took her on a trip to Edinburgh when she was thirteen years old. He had recently spent some time working on a farm owned by cousins in Winnipeg but had returned announcing that he did not want to face another Canadian winter and had decided to try New Zealand. His father decided that the whole family would emigrate, as the other sons would likely follow Tom eventually anyway.

Thomas Alexander Gillanders (8 April 1881 - 25 April 1915) Thomas Alexander Gillanders (8 April 1881 – 25 April 1915)

The family left for New Zealand in 1908 and in 1910 they…

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Who remembers Edsen Miller?

Robert J. Miller Sr.


My third cousin I never knew  about

WATERBURY — Mr. Robert J. Miller Sr., age 62, of Perkins Avenue, passed away Sunday,

Oct. 26, 2008, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the former husband of Carol (Martone) Miller.

Mr. Miller was born on Sept. 18, 1946, in Waterbury, a son of the late Edsen R. and Antoinette (DiPietro) Miller Sr. A graduate of Croft High School, he owned and operated Robert Miller Carpeting for many years and also worked at Triangle Pacific Cabinets. He was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed his 1961 Harley Sportster.

Robert is survived by his son, Robert J. Miller Jr. of Wolcott; his daughter, Danielle G. Miller and her husband, Stephen Polsinelli, of Carlsbad, Calif.; his brother, Edsen R. Miller Jr. and his wife, Patti, of South Kingston, R.I.; four grandchildren, Kevin R. Miller, Carolyn, Ava G. and Stephen M. Polsinelli; his aunt, Dorothy Spina of Waterbury; his longtime friend and companion, Linda Shea; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Who  remembers  his father Edsen Miller?

Susan does.


Miss Mary Archambeault… I Presume…

Pierre Lagacé:

While I am waiting for David Victor Lagasse’s old pictures that he promised in a comment he made this week.

Originally posted on Our Ancestors:

Frank Archambeault, a distant cousin of mine, scanned and sent me two weeks ago several tintype pictures of the Archambeault family to share with you.

Frank has fond memories of his grandmother Myra Alexandre who, back in 2010, was that unidentified young woman on the right on this picture sent in 2010 by Sandy, another distant cousin. Back then they were known as Bristol late 1890s’ sisters.

Flavie  (Phoebe) Alexandre Lestage and Myra Alexandre Archambeault

There is another young woman on this tintype picture who is just begging to be identified.

She is on the left in the first row.

I presume all these young women are Archambeault sisters.

This is another picture Frank sent me. The young lady had a very familiar look.

Could she be Mary Archambeault, one of several daughters of Jean-Baptiste Archambeault and Emilia Mercier whom we see here in another tintype picture with their children?

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Miller Time!


That was the only picture  I could find  on the  Internet  on Joseph  M. Lagassee.

The  M stands  for  Miller. I  had  no idea where  he got that middle  name. I still don’t.

I could not find anything more about his only son Robert Lagasse. Until Susan broke the news.

Joseph’s middle name was  used  on this…


Robert was Edwina Newcity’s only child. I thought back in 2012 he never married.

Think again.


Will David Victor Lagasse become our new A-Team member?

Hello Pierre, I now live in the American Southwest, but my family is from Bristol, CT. My paternal grandfather was Victor Phillippe (sp?) Lagasse of Prospect St., married to Alice Myer from Mass. I believe Victor was born in the province of Quebec, and moved to Bristol in the early 1900s. He had at least 7 children, one of whom was my dad, Paul Roger Lagasse. Any information you have is most appreciated.

Thank you !

Or will I scare  him away?

East Bristol 1916

Another cliffhanger…