Sometimes you need to pause when you have received so many gifts and start reflecting on those 91 gifts sent by Susan…
I can’t remember who sent me this picture of Eugene Moreau and Rose Marie Louise Bernadette Lagasse who was Idala Lagasse and Albina Quintin’s daughter.
I met Idala in 2008 for the first time. We met on the Internet on a page of the 1901 Canadian census.
Census information are often misleading especially with dates and how names were spelled. Idala Lagassé was there with his wife Albina and two children, little Rose and Parmilias who I would find out later was Parmelia who died on December 30th, 1903.
I thought I might be somehow related to Idala.
Back in 2007 I did not know who were my paternal ancestors so I was looking everywhere for every little bit of information I could find. Idala was one of the sons of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David.
Could Idala and I be related?
Then in 2010, Alyce, one of Idala’s granddaugthers, and I connected through the Internet. That story started here if you want to read it. This is how two 3rd cousins met virtually to remember lost ancestors.
Last week, Alyce shared these small pictures her sister had found. I got all excited. Idala was smack in the middle.
But I could not figure out who were the woman on the left and the young lady on the right. I thought first Albina Quintin was on the right. Albina died December 1st, 1914 leaving Idala with seven children to care for.
Looking at the children’s birthdates I was able to identify who were these people.
Little Rose was there with all her younger siblings!
I know some of my readers are Samuel’s descendants. I hope they will be excited to see young Samuel Lagasse.
I know I would be thrilled to see my grandfather with his family in the 1900s. To be thrilled one day is why I have been writing this blog since 2009.
Making other people happy is another reason.
This is post 1245.
Nothing made by hand will last
I understand the truth
That all must die, both clerk and lay
And the fame of men now dead
Will quickly be forgotten
Unless the clerk takes up his pen
And brings their deeds to life again.
Syracuse, New York 1942
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 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?
Find a Grave
Here’s Edward with his sister Dolly.
Dolly and Edward
Here’s Dolly with her father Louis Robitaille.
This is Louis’ father…
This is my file on Blanche Lagasse.
Blanche’s father was Frobe Lagasse.
Here’s Frobe with his family.
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?
Blanche in the summer of 1903 with her mother Valeda Forand holding her…
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.
Are you sure?
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 », 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 (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…
And still trying to figure out who’s who?
After five years!
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.
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.
I have got little clues about this young man who might be related to Phoebe Alexandre.
Could he be her husband Charles Lestage?
Phoebe was a lost ancestor back in 2010 on a picture of sisters taken in the late 1890s in Bristol, Connecticut.
Little by little lost ancestors came to life on Our Ancestors.
First with Myra Alexandre.
Myra married William Archambault.
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.
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…
Sweet Sixteen Lucille Lestage
This is part of my third cousin Joe’s collection of old pictures.
The woman in the middle is Philomène Lagacé, my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé’s sister.
Stanislas Lagacé (DennisLagasse)
Joe also had these pictures in his collection of old pictures.
I knew who she was.
He also had this one…
Ditto… Myra Alexandre.
This old picture comes from Robin who isn’t even related, but shared more than 100 old pictures.
This is how I found out who Phoebe was when I compared a picture sent in 2010 by Sandy, another third cousin…
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.