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…

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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…

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Why are we searching for our ancestors?

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I am always thinking about stopping you know.

Why are we searching for our ancestors?

To link past generations to future generations…

At least this is what I have been doing since 2008, first on Nos ancêtres, a blog written in French, then this one you are reading right now.

I always reflect upon what I am doing here writing post after post after post on “dead” people.

Just linking past generations to present generations so they will in turn share what they know to future generations…

The problem is getting the right ancestors which is  not  always easy.

 

André Mignier dit la gâchette…?

Are you sure?

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

Was André Mignier’s nickname really La gâchette?

Gilles Tremblay who has done extensive research thinks otherwise.

Pierre-André faisait donc partie de la « compagnie de Alexandre(Isaac)  Berthier,  Sieur de Bellechasse et de Villemur qui avait été détaché à bord du Brezé du régiment de Laillié »[59],  André comme tous les soldats Français portait un surnom, donné généralement par un des officiers de la compagnie, qui correspondait soit à un trait de caractère, une caractéristique physique, une manie, un défaut ou une qualité etc. qui caractérisait un soldat par rapport aux autres.  Pierre-André semble être connu sous deux surnoms.  Du côté de sa descendance américaine  on lui attribue le surnom de La Gâchette[60] (trigger).  Cependant, rien ne permet de croire qu’il portait ce surnom.  Du côté canadien, Pierre-André portait le surnom de l’agacé.  Était-ce parce que tout le monde s’amusait à l’embêter ou est-ce qu’il se sentait embêter par tout le monde?  Ceci restera certainement un secret.  Or, ce surnom se retrouve sur une des cartes de Gédéon de Catalogne de 1709, qui montre la concession de la Rivière-Ouelle.

I had read his essay on André Mignier but never noticed that part until a distant cousin pointed out this week…

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Little Ethel

The Gosselins

Collection  the  Tillman  family

Little Ethel is the little baby girl on this picture.

Little Ethel is going to prove a point in all that I have been doing since 2009 on this blog. This is going to be quite long, but Jen can’t hardly wait.

Well I think she can’t…

Still looking you know…

And still trying  to  figure  out  who’s  who?

After five years!

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Libbie’s daughters

Trying  to  identify  people  on old pictures  isn’t that easy even if I know this is my great-grandaunt Philomène Lagacé. 

Libbie had six daughters: Philomène, Flavie, Agnes, Helen, Myra, and Marie Elmire. On that montage made in the late 1800s, I sure about three daughters: Helen, Myra, and Marie Elmire. But I just can’t positively identify Philomène, Flavie, Agnes.

Is that all important?

That’s the question I have been asking myself since I wrote  my first post  on this blog.

 

Lost Ancestors

That could have been the title of this blog I created back in September 2009.

There are so many lost ancestors out there to be reunited with.

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I have got little clues about this young man who might be related to Phoebe Alexandre.

Could he be her husband Charles Lestage?

Phoebe Alexandre

Phoebe was a lost ancestor back in 2010 on a picture of sisters taken in the late 1890s in Bristol, Connecticut.

Phoebe Alexandre and Myra Alexandre - sisters

Little by little lost ancestors came to life on Our Ancestors.

First with Myra Alexandre.

possible Malvina Lagasse late 1890's Bristol, Conn.

young Myra Alexandre daughter of Philomene Lagasse and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

Myra married William Archambault.

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault

Myra’s and William’s descendants connected and shared a lot since they had a lot to share.

My new found third cousin has very little to share about what she knows on her great-grandmother Phoebe Alexandre seen here from Joe’s collection.

Phoebe Alexandre

But that’s okay. People can’t share what they don’t have.

Maybe in five years from now someone related to Phoebe’s daughter Lucille will find my blog and start sharing…

Lucille Lestage

Sweet Sixteen Lucille Lestage

Lost Ancestors and New Found Third Cousins…

This is part of my third cousin Joe’s collection of old pictures.

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

The woman in the middle is Philomène Lagacé, my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé’s sister.

Dennis Lagasse II

Stanislas Lagacé (DennisLagasse)

Joe also had these pictures in his collection of old pictures.

Phoebe Alexandre

I knew who she was.

about-late-1890s-bristol-conn - Phoebe  Alexandre

He also had this one…

young Myra Alexandre daughter of Philomene Lagasse and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

Ditto… Myra Alexandre.

This old picture comes from Robin who isn’t even related, but shared more than 100 old pictures.

Aunt Phoebe and Aunt Myra

This is how I found out who Phoebe was when I compared a picture sent in 2010 by Sandy, another third cousin…

Phoebe Alexandre and Myra Alexandre - sisters

Phoebe (Flavie) Alexandre and her sister Myra Alexandre

There is so much more to this story…

Everything is written on this blog created in September 2009 which now has 1001 posts.

I know I will reach 2000 in a few years down the road because there are so many more third cousins looking for lost ancestors out there on cyberspace.

Time flies…

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Still active, but on my other blogs. I will only write from now on when someone wants to share old pictures or need my help with his or her ancestors.

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Band of brothers

I don’t intend to reach a thousand posts just to reach that goal.

I never intended to write that much in the first place.

The Samuel LaGasse's family

Guess I got carried away.

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Post 974…

Ripples

33 more before I hit 1000 posts.

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What is funny is that I never reflected on this.

This blog is all about ripples in space and time.

From this first picture on this blog…

Paul-Émile ChaumontTo this one.

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Incurable

Genealogy begins as an interest
becomes a hobby
continues as a vocation
takes over as an obsession
and in its last stages
is an incurable disease.

Someone once wrote that.

So true.

How would someone be writing a blog about dead people since 2009?

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Two blogs in fact, one in French which started in January 2008, and this one in English you are now reading.

I am getting closer to a thousand posts on this blog. This is not by all means a goal I am setting for moi

Yesterday, I received a notification from WordPress…

A 1000 likes on Souvenirs de guerre.

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Sailors going home

Being curious led me to find my ancestors and their descendants whenever possible. Some missions were impossible, others I believe were impossible.

These two pictures come from Michael who was searching for his birthmother in 2010.

wpid-img_1569-22.jpg.jpeg IMG_1566~3Michael had few clues, but I decided to have a look. Little by little I would give him updates on my search, and feed him some information on where to look or who he might contact.

And contact he did… finding his birthmother’s relatives who shared all these old pictures…

Writing blogs begins as an interest
becomes a hobby
continues as a vocation
takes over as an obsession
and in its last stages
is an incurable disease.

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