The Hotte Family

I have not written about the Hotte family on Our Ancestors. I have only written on Nos ancêtres, the French version of Our Ancestors.

It does not help much unless you can read French.

In my search for an old college friend’s ancestors I had stumbled upon the strange case of a woman who was only known by her first name.

She was Geneviève who married Joseph Tassé on February 17, 1817. They had a girl Élisabeth Tassé born on November 14, 1817, and a son Joseph born on October 8, 1819. Joseph died 20 days later. His mother Geneviève died the week before on October 14. Élisabeth’s father would remarried on November 13, 1820 with Marguerite Valiquette. Marguerite would most probably have adopted little Élisabeth, but that I don’t know.

What I know is that Élisabeth would marry Zéphirin Hotte dit Lafeuillade on January 28, 1834 in St-Martin-de-Laval, Île-Jésus, in the province of Québec. Zéphirin and Élisabeth had seven children.

At least that’s what I found.

Zéphirin Hotte 1835–1903 (my friend’s maternal great-grandfather)
Rose-de-Lima Hotte 1836–1910
Césaire Hotte 1837–1918
Gédéon Hotte 1844–1920
Salomé Hotte 1848–
Marie Hotte dit Lafeuillade 1851–1851
Alphonse Hotte 1853–1915

Some children later in life emigrated to the United States. This is why I will write about the Hotte family on Our Ancestors in 2020 starting with Césaire Hotte and a search on Find A Grave if someone writes a comment.


Sunday Morning – Remembering Amanda Menard

From the personal collection of Lionel Lagasse
Many people have been remembering Amanda Ménard through old photos on Our Ancestors since 2009.


Amanda was my grandfather’s sister-in-law.

My grandfather Leo Senior never talked to me about his sister-in-law Amanda Ménard nor about his older brother Dennis who had died in 1922.

Dennis Lagasse III
In fact, I can’t recall my grandfather ever spoke to me about his family. I can’t even recall he ever spoke to me once when I was a child.

Maybe that’s the reason I have been writing to much on Our Ancestors.
My grandfather died on January 1st, 1964.

Léo Lagacé Senior
This is how he spoke to me about his family for the first time in his life back in 2009.
acte de deces leo lagace senior
That document was shared by Val d’Or Lagacé who, at that time, was the secretary for L’Association des familles Lagacé et Lagassé. L’Association has now a Facebook page. They still use La Gâchette as André Mignier dit l’Agacé’s nickname.

Last week I wrote them about it on their Facebook page.

Getting back to Amanda, I wrote a lot about her and her 12 children since 2009.
Dennis Lagassey family










Alice Rose






Levi Napoleon










Amanda Ménard


Dennis Lagassey III

I intended to be posting only on Sunday mornings, thus the title of this post.

However there are so many stories to be told like the story about this other Amanda Menard.

headstone Amanda Menard Plante

And how I met Pamela Dubé in 2012.
Pamela Dubé 1863-1946

How I met the Dalys in 1937…


And how I met Georges Dubé and his wife Angèle Miville-Deschênes on Facebook.


About Délia, Élise and Joséphine Dubé

It has been quite a busy week genealogy wise. First it was about Pamela Dubé

Pamela Dubé 1863-1946

Then a request about Firmin

Then Sadie Burby

Then a descendant who wrote a comment about his great-grandfather on the French version of this blog.

These are five photos from Lionel Lagasse’s collection of old pictures. The young woman is his mother Marie-Louise Dubé.

Lionel’s son Dennis had shared more than 100 old photos on Our Ancestors since 2011. This next photo is not from him, but from Claude Leblanc who last week saw my French version of Our Ancestors.


Collection Claude Leblanc

He wrote a comment telling me his great-grandfather was Pierre Dubé and his great-grandmother was Emma Sévigny. They were Marie-Louise Dubé’s parents.

Claude did not know about Marie-Louise, but he knew all about Pierre Dubé and Emma Sévigny seen on the left with Olive Dubé on one of Lionel’s collection of old pictures.

But is the young woman really Olive Dubé or could she be Diana Dubé?
Olive Dubé with her mother Emma Sévigny

Collection Lionel Lagasse

Délia, Élise and Joséphine Dubé were Marie-Louise Dubé’s sisters seen here in the middle of this next photo with two unidentified young women.

Marie-Louise Dubé and sisters

Collection Lionel Lagasse

In Lionel’s collection there was this photo where he had identified Diana as the woman holding up the child, his mother Marie-Louise sitting and Olive behind a little girl.

Daly and-Dubé family

Collection Lionel Lagasse

He had also this one photo showing what he told me were John Daly and Diana Dubé in Val-Racine.

John Daly and Diana Dubé

Collection Dennis Lagasse

I am no longer sure that Diana Dubé is the woman holding a small child in her arms and Olive is Olive.Daly and-Dubé family

Instead the sister holding the child would be Joséphine Dubé who is seen here sitting on the right with her sisters Délia on the left and Élise in the middle.Dubé-3soeurs

Behind Joséphine is her husband Arthur Dupuis. The little guy with the cap would be Joseph Dupuis. His younger brother Alphonse would be on the left with the white hat. Alphonse Dupuis was the son of Arthur Dupuis and Joséphine Dubé. He later  married Annette Dumoulin, born in Notre-Dame-des-Bois in 1914.

Annette Dumoulin I found her last week on Find a Grave.

Annette A. Dupuis 1914 -2010 Brunswick – Annette A. Dupuis 96, of Sunny Brook Village, 340 Bath Rd. Brunswick, Maine; formerly of Rumford, Maine died. She was born in Notre Dame des Bois, Canada. She was the daughter of the late Hermidas and Sara Lussier Dumoulin and was married to Alphonse Dupuis who was deceased in January of 1977. She was also the sister of Armand Dumoulin formerly of Rumford. Mrs. Dupuis was a former member of St. John’s and St. Athanasius Parish and enjoyed cooking, knitting, quilting, playing cribbage, and loved cooking for large family gatherings.

She was the bookkeeper for the family logging company and cook for the log crew. She also did the accounting for Mount Zircon Spring Water Company, Inc. which was purchased by she and her husband in 1941 and owned until 1986.

Annette will be remembered for her loving and caring ways; and her devotion to her family, and the catholic religion. She prayed continuously for all of us. She is survived by 4 daughters, Huguette and husband Eugene of Bethel, Maine; Claire and daughter Kimberly of Bowdoinham, Maine; Diane and husband William of Bedford, New Hampshire; MarieLouise and her son Pete of Bath, Maine.

She was predeceased by her daughter Jacqueline Stone and her son Richard Dupuis.

The family wishes to thank Sunnybrook Village staff for their loving care during her last several years and Hospice volunteers for the care and support during her last hours. We are all very appreciative for all you’ve done!

Burial at Saint John’s Cemetery.

Donations in Mrs. Dupuis memory may be made to CHANS Hospice Volunteers in Brunswick, Maine.

To be continued…


Collection Claude Leblanc

Who’s Who?

Who’s who on this picture?

Valéry Forand Blanche and Frobe

You have to start with this one.

Blanche and Edward

Edward Robitaille, his mother Blanche Lagasse,
his maternal grandmother Valeda Forand,

and his great-grandmother Philomène Lussier

Hercule Poirot

I wonder where all this will lead us to…?

Descendants of Pierre Lagassé and Marcelline David

Very few people know they are descendants of Pierre Lagassé and Marcelline David.

I am not one of them…

Strange isn’t to have searched for these people’s descendants since 2009?

Blanche and Edward

Blanche Lagasse is holding her son Edward Louis Robitaille born in 1921. Her mother Valéda Forand is behind her. The other women is Philomène Lussier,  Valéda’s mother.

Not much interesting unless you know who these people are on a picture dated around 1922…

Who was Edward Louis Robitaille?

Edward Louis Robitaille

Find a Grave

Here’s Edward with his sister Dolly.

Edward and Dolly

Dolly and Edward

Here’s Dolly with her father Louis Robitaille.

Dolly and Louis Robitaille

This is Louis’ father…


Jerry Robitaille

This is my file on Blanche Lagasse.

Blanche Lagasse's file

Blanche’s father was Frobe Lagasse.

Here’s Frobe with his family.

Frobe Lagasse's family

Blanche, Frobe, Laurent, Joseph Norman, Valéda Forand

Blanche is the little girl on the left. Blanche, born March 15, 1902, left this world on January 9, 2002.

But did she really leave us?

Valéry Forand Blanche and Frobe

Blanche in the summer of 1903 with her mother Valeda Forand holding her…

The Dash

By Linda Ellis

​I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand ​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?

​Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis


Courtesy Gracie Ann Matisyn


Collection Steve Myers