Sunday Morning – Just notes about William Cartwright…

To drive on a point about what I just wrote earlier.

William Cartwright is on this photo with his son George, his wife Betsey, and a young mother with her child. I can’t figure out right now who she is. I know that’s a four generation photo. She has to be George’s daughter, but whose daughter?

About William Cartwright
Company D
5th Wisconsin Infantry
Union Army
He enlisted from Portland, WI, on 25 Aug 1864 and mustered out on 28 Jun 1865.
Four of his brothers also served in the war; two of them, Alvin and Washington did not come home. Alvin died of wounds received at the battle of Perryville, and Washington died of meningitis in Nashville, TN.
William first married Emeline Vaughn (1847-1873), who was from Stevens Point – and they lived there after the marriage. When she died in 1873, he moved to Colby, Marathon County.
He next married Betsy Smith with whom he had one son, George. They also had an adopted daughter, Mable.
From: “Standard History of Waupaca County, Wisconsin” Edited by John M. Ware 1917.

The career of Mr. Cartwright has identified him with the City of Waupaca for a great many years, and he has been one of the leading business men of the town. He represents some of the old and honored family names in the early annals of this county.
His father is William Cartwright, an old soldier and now a retired resident of Waupaca. William Cartwright was born in St. Lawrence County, New York, in 1841, a son of John and Eliza (Sweet) Cartwright, who were also natives of New York State. During the decade of the ’50s the family came west to Waupaca County, first buying land in Waupaca Township near the city of that name, and later securing a farm near Sheridan in Farmington Township. John Cartwright died there about 1876, while his wife passed away in Waupaca County in 1891. They were the parents of the following children: Louis, Samuel, John, William, Alvin, Washington, Henry, Charles and one, Calvin, who died in infancy. Few families sent more of their manly sons to bear the brunt of the War of the Rebellion. There were five Cartwrights in the army, Samuel, John, William, Alvin and Washington.
William Cartwright enlisted in Company D of the Fifth Wisconsin Infantry and was in active service for about two years. After the war he returned home and married for his first wife Emeline Vaughn. She was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in 1847, a daughter of Eliphalet Vaughn, who was one of the pioneers of Portage County. After his marriage William Cartwright lived in Stevens Point, but in 1873, after the death of his wife, he removed to Colby, in Marathon County, and acquired a homestead farm. In 1880 he returned to Waupaca County, rented land for some years, and then moved to the City of Waupaca, where he now resides. In politics he is a republican and a. member of the Grand Army of the Republic. By his first marriage there were the following children: Eliphalet, Luella, now deceased, Grace and Alvin E.
In 1873 William Cartwright married Miss Betsy Smith. She was born at Lind Center in Waupaca County October 15, 1855, daughter of Griffin and Lorinda (Lamphier) Smith, both of whom were born in New York State. Lorinda Lamphier was the daughter of Sebulon and Betsey (Hirer) Lamphier, who were among the earliest pioneer settlers of Lind Township. The Lamphier family is one that is frequently mentioned in the early annals of the township. Griffin Smith came to Lind Township in the early fifties and he afterwards volunteered his services as a Union soldier and died at Jackson, Tennessee, in 1865. His widow survived him for a great many years and died at Amherst, Wisconsin, December 2, 1906. Griffin Smith and wife had the following children: Betsey, Mary, Elwood, George, Harriet and Griffin, the last three now deceased. Mrs. Lorinda Smith afterwards married Caleb Harris, and by that marriage she had three daughters, Hattie, Laura and Eva, all of whom are still living.
Mr. William Cartwright by his second wife had a son George, who was born April 23, 1874, and has been a resident of Waupaca since 1882. George Cartwright was educated in the Waupaca country schools and for a number of years has been employed by the Fish & Tallgate firm of millers at Waupaca. He married Jessie Miller of Waupaca and they have five living children, George, Edwin, Eunice, Eva and Edith, and they lost two named Philip and Edna.
Mr. Alvin E. Cartwright was born at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, August 31, 1872, and when an infant was brought to Sheridan in Waupaca County and later to the City of Waupaca. He grew up in the family of Judge C. S. Ogden, and obtained his early education in the public schools. When a young man he engaged in the business of house moving as a teaming contractor, and for twenty-seven years has conducted a large business as a cartage and teaming contractor. It is noteworthy that he hauled the first load of lumber for the original buildings of the Soldiers Home. He has won financial independence by close attention to business and enjoys the comforts of a good home. In 1895 he bought his home on East Royalton Street, and has lived there now for more than twenty years. In politics Mr. Cartwright is a prohibitionist. For nine years he served as chief of the police force of Waupaca. Fraternally he is affiliated with Waupaca Lodge No. 208, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World, the Knights of the Maccabees, being a charter member of the two latter organizations at Waupaca. He and his wife attend the Baptist Church.
In May, 1894, he married Miss Clara M. Davies. She was born at Madison, Wisconsin, in 1870, a daughter of John Davies, who for twenty three years was a professor of physics in the University of Wisconsin and was also an expert electrical engineer. Professor Davies died about 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright are the parents of four children. John died in infancy. William Eugene, born December 24, 1899, is a member of the junior class of the Waupaca High School. Earl Elwood was born September 7, 1901, and is in the first year of the high school. Harold LeRoy was born June 3, 1907, and is in the fourth grade of the public schools.

Father:John A Cartwright

Spouse:Betsey A. Cartwright

Children:Della V. Cartwright

Twin Boys Cartwright

George Ellwood Cartwright

Alvin Elwood Cartwright


Sunday Morning – Only on Sunday Morning?

This is the reason I really want to post only on Sunday mornings from now on…

It’s about Lorinda Lamphear’s parents.

Keeping still…

The more I am looking for Laura’s ancestors, the more ancestors I am finding. This next old photo was shared on Ancestry in 2007. In 2007 I had only started to get interested with my own ancestors.

I wonder if this is Lorinda Lamphear?

Lorinda Lamphear Smith

This other woman I am sure is Lorinda Lamphear or Lamphier.

She is with three of her daughters: Betsey Smith, Laura Irene and Hattie Belle Harris. Lorinda Lamphear is one of Laura’s ancestors as well as this soldier who I found on Find A Grave last week.

Griffin L Smith

Griffin L Smith was Lorinda’s first husband who died of typhoid fever in Jackson, Tennessee, during the Civil War. Searching for our ancestors can be an endless occupation as Laura will find out. Writing on Our Ancestors is also an endless occupation.

My youngest son once told me…

There are not enough dead people around to satisfy your curiosity…

That was 10 years ago!

Finally, this is what I found also on Find A Grave last week… I have permission to share them.

Andrew Alton Fenton and Hattie Belle Harris

Laura Irene Harris with her husband Hans Magelund

Another of Lorinda’s daughter, Mary Ellen Smith with her husband Oliver Brown

I wonder who’s the baby?

There are not enough old photos around to satisfy my curiosity…

Again found on Ancestry…

group photo

Mary Ellen Smith, Betsey Smith, ?, Hattie and Laura Harris

Too be continued…

Sunday Morning – Search no more!

I know this is Wednesday, but I could not wait until Sunday.


Thanks to Jason West you don’t have to search no more for one of your ancestors.


Louise Beaugrand dit Champagne, seen here with his brother-in-law Exeurie Myers, was born in St-Norbert, Quebec, on June 9th, 1852.


It was Jason West, and not Steve Myers as I first thought yesterday who had shared that photo of Exeurie and his sister-in-law Louise. Jason had a lot of photos of the Larose family to share in April 2014.


His photos were also of the Myers and Wilcox families.



Wilcoxes were in fact Turcottes. Thanks to Jason West, I was able to document even more families along the way.


See you Sunday morning…


Monday Morning – My dearest 2nd cousin once removed

I know I won’t be able to post only on Sunday mornings… maybe in 10 tears from now.

Things are picking up lately about a family I have researched since 2011 when Robin started sharing old photos shared by Sylvia Marie Bleau’s daughter.

Sylvia Marie was still living then. Her mother was Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau. Our Ancestors owes so much to her, her daughter, and granddaughter for preserving old photos so future generations will be able to enjoy those.

Original draft written on July 18, 2015

Her name is Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau.

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I wrote a lot about her on this blog even if I have never met her in person. All our meetings were virtual thanks to Robin. Robin as you well know is part of “our” A-Team.

The A-Team

A-Team members share all their research on “our”ancestors, and other people’s ancestors even if those are total strangers who appear on wedding pictures.

wedding Henry Combe

Original picture scanned by Robin

Unidentified women


Ida Ashley, the bride


Leo Alphonse Combe, the groom


Mary Archambault, Ida’s mother


Joseph Ashley, Ida’s brother


Lawrence Ashley, Ida’s younger brother

What’s interesting is that the Ashleys were in fact Dufresnes. That’s what my third cousin Joe T. told me. French-Canadians emigrating south of the border in the 1800s, and later on would change their names to integrate into the American society… Lagacés would become Lagasses or Lagasseys, Alexandres would become Alexanders, Archambaults would become Shambos (for some, not all).

Need I continue…?

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All original pictures scanned by Robin

End of the original post… This is what I kept in my files to remember Robin’s first virtual encounter.

Thank you for inviting me to view tree. I had no info on her parents, where she was born etc. My husband’s line comes through Silvia their daughter.Silvia and Louis are my husband’s grandparents.

I am hunting for a family picture that I have that has the names Myra and Phoebe Alexander. Have no idea who they are, but photo has no dates. I am guessing well before 1880.

Aunt Phoebe and Aunt Myra

I am new to adding photos to tree, where you able to see any?

I have a postcard photo of David N. Bleau in uniform in front of trolley, I must find it as well, when I do I will scan and add to tree.

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Thanks for the info and let’s keep in touch.


My Nana Freida Redux

Sometimes an old picture goes a long way…

I got a message on Ancestry yesterday. It was about someone looking for information about Pauline Chagnon, Isabel Chagnon’s sister

Original post (January 24, 2013)

I had found Freida’s maiden name back in 2012.

Freida was Freida Kaminski. Then she married Harry Bleau and became Freida Bleau.

Freida Kaminski and Harry Bleau

I had a hunch…

The 1920 U.S. Census. This was the proof I needed. Harry Bleau, son-in-law of Frank Kaminski.

Fredrica Bleau, daughter of Frank Kaminski.

Frank Kaminski was born in Germany.

I was then able to put some names on these people.

Freida Kaminski Bleau on the far left was with her brother Peter Kaminski, then Peter Kaminski‘s wife Isabel Chagnon, their child Pauline Kaminski, and Isabel Chagnon’s sister.

In this next picture Pauline Kaminski had grown up to be a beautiful little girl. She was on the left. Her little brother Peter Kaminski Junior was on Freida’s lap.

Pauline Kaminski was 6 and Peter Kaminski Junior was 4 years old. But what about the girl on the right. She was John Kaminski’s daughter. I had no name until I got this comment on my blog this week.

Wow! These photos are my family! My mother, Pauline Kaminski and her brother, Peter are with my Nana (Freida Kaminski Bleau) and their cousin, Joanie. I would like to know more about your search and our connection.

End of the original post

What about the comment (edited)?

I am the son of Pauline B. Chagnon. I joined and recently found you Family Tree for the Chagnon family. After Marie Rose Bleau Chagnon died, my mom was a boarder at St. Ann’s Orphanage in Worcester Ma. and later ( ?) lived with her aunts Amelia and Levine. I don’t have dates. Do you have any information regarding Pauline’s life around 1907 to 1933 when she married my dad? I appreciate any input you can provide.



Amelia and Olivine Bleau, sisters of Marie-Rose Bleau Chagnon

Seven years ago…

After Suzan’s urge of touching up old photos yesterday, I went back and took a look at how I got those tintype photos.

This tintype picture was sent by Robin on the West Coast in November 2011. Her husband is a descendant of Agnes Alexandre seen behind her sister Helene holding up her baby boy.


Robin is part of the A-Team as well as Sandy, Joe, Dennis IV, Susan, Ed, Fran, Suzan, Susan…, and lately Luanne.

The family photo was part of this collection which belonged to Sylvia Bleau Combe the daughter of Agnes Alexandre.

I had to look up for the date I posted them on this blog because I have posted many old pictures on this blog to get people’s attention.

What about this picture?


Who’s the woman holding up a baby? I always thought it was Helene Alexandre (Nellie Alexander) with her two sons Joseph Bleau (1891) and David (1893). But now I am not sure anymore. It made sense in 2011. Myra Alexandre was there, so was Agnes. The “old” man had to be Jean-Baptiste Alexandre and the old lady Philomene Lagacé.

Could it be that Philomene Alexandre is there with her two sons Thomas James Malloy (1887) and John Malloy (1890)? Could be… but I doubt it.

When to stop searching for your ancestors even if they are not mine per se, but an extended family? If you are still reading my blog you have the answer.

Footnote to this post…

A few years ago I had this note about Helene on my Ancestry family tree.


Enjoying all your entries to your blog. I may have info on Philomene Lagasse and JB Alexandre’s daughter, Helene. For some reason, which I can not explain, I had her down as Abeline (baptized on 24 June 1867, Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge. Today I received an invitation to a birthday party for one of my Mother’s Bleau cousin, who is the granddaughter of Joseph Henry Bleau and Helen Alexander. Her brother had told me ages ago that their uncle had married an Alexander. I did their line back around 2001 so I never made a connection until today when I checked my Family Tree and saw the names of their grandparents. He never gave me any other info on the Bleau line as he knew I was doing my maternal grandparents’ lines. I will be seeing them August 4 and will discover if I am right. Remember the photo of JB Alexandre and Philomene Lagasse with two daughters and two children? If I am right, one of the children is their Dad, born 1891 in North Adams, MA. If so, we are related through my maternal grandfather and through my maternal grandmother’s side. I am hoping they might have some photos of the Bleau line. They have two great albums of their Mother’s family. I will get back to you when I get direct info from the Bristol Bleaus.


PS Have you a definite identity of the young ladies in the great photo of Philomene in the center and her daughters around her?

Philomene Lagasse and her daughters

Final answer?

Libbie's daughters

Could this be Philomene Alexandre with her sister Myra?Picture 085

Facial recognition

I am not an expert on facial recognition.

But now I am sure this is Malvina, my grandfather’s sister. People who commented all agreed with me that there is a strong resemblance with this young woman and the older one on this wedding picture.

Malvina’s great-grandchild contacted me last November and she shared the wedding picture and lots of information about her great-grandparents Joseph Dubé and Malvina Lagasse, and her grandparents Joseph Dewey Dubé and Blandine Lamothe.

I had found Susan on Find a Grave and I wrote her a message. I don’t usually do that.

That time it paid off BIG!

Malvina is somehow a very precious person to me since she took care of her father, the man with the mustache and the suspenders.  Stanislas Lagacé, aka Dennis Lagasse II, is my great-grandfather. His wife Henriette Alexandre, my great-grandmother died in September 1907. She is not on this group picture taken before October 1922, because that’s when Malvina’s brother Dennis III who is hiding in the back died in an accident while at work.

Malvina’s husband Joseph Dubé had died the same year as her mother leaving Malvina to raise her five children alone. They were Joseph Dewey, Irène, Alice, Béatrice, Marie-Louise. Her son Joseph married Blandine Lamothe.

Susan had this wedding picture of her grandparents.

The Section Man

5 years ago I had found this poem while I was researching the Malmaison Hamlet and the Malloy family. It was about…

The Section Man

by Edna Jacques

We passed him there, knee-deep in snow,

Standing to watch the train go by,

A lonely man in overalls,

Outlined against the snowy sky.

Along by Field, where peak and heigh

Make ghostly shadows in the night.

His face was bitten by the cold,

His mittened hands were stiff and hard

Yet there he stood as staunch and true

As any soldier standing guard,

Keeping his trackage swept and bare

That we might pass in safety there.

Oh, unsung heroes of the land,

The lowly knight of mawl and spade,

His home a lonely section-house,

His trust a curving mile of grade.

Seen through the dusk, a tired wraith

Knee-deep in snow…he still keeps faith.

Source: Canadian Pacific Railway, Factors in Railway and Steamship Operation.