Four generations

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Standing, Corad David Gosselin, seated left, Corad’s son Henry Alphonse Gosselin, holding his son, Henry Anthony Gosselin, seated right, Henry Alphonse Gosselin, father of Corad.

Picture taken about 1940.

How I met Little Ethel?

How I met Little Ethel and your ancestors?  

With a family  picture shared in 2014.

The Gosselins

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Henri Gosselin and Emma Leblanc with their children

How I met your ancestors?

The urge to find  about  my roots at first and then the pleasure  in discovering distant cousins, uncles, aunts along the  way.

How  I  found  out about  Little  Ethel is first  thanks  to Chris who shared this picture.

Rose and Alphonse

Rose Maynard and Alphonse Gosselin

Then Jen found out about Our Ancestors and she shared these but said in 2014 to wait  before  posting them.

The wait  is over.

Henri and Emma

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Henri Gosselin and Emma Leblanc

family picture

 Rose Ménard and Alphonse Gosselin’s wedding
17 September 1907

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Alphonse and Rose's wedding identification


Little Ethel

The Gosselins

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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…

The Gosselins

The Gosselins

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Sitting from left to right

Corad (Jen’s great-grandfather), Henry Alphonse Gosselin (Jen’s great-great-grandfather), Ethel, Emma Leblanc Gosselin (Jen’s great-great-grandmother).

Standing from left to right are Arthur, Ernest, Alphonse, Rose, and Harold.

A day in the life of Alphonse and Rose

July 6th 1944

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This picture is much more than just a picture.

Rose and Alphonse

I have more pictures to show you if I get the permission to show them.

This I can show you though.

It’s a picture of a granddaughter.

I can’t recall who sent it.

Ann Bérubé

Ann Bérubé



I know Alphonse and Rose must have been devastated when they broke the news about Ann.

article about Ann Bérubé


Commercial break – Lest We Forget – Edward Webb Gosselin

This sailor was a direct descendant of Alexis Gosselin.

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Ensign Edward Webb Gosselin (1 May 1917 – 7 December 1941) was an officer of the United States Navy who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


Gosselin was born on 1 May 1917 at Hamden, Connecticut, and educated at Yale University. He was the son of Edward Napoleon and Florilla Helena (Webb) Gosselin. He enlisted as an Apprentice Seaman 30 September 1940 and was commissioned 14 March 1941.

Ensign Gosselin’s first duty station was the battleship USS Arizona (BB-39). He reported on board on 3 May 1941 as an Engineer, and was on board the ship when she was sunk at Pearl Harbor. Ensign Gosselin was officially declared dead as of 7 December 1941.


A ship was named after Edward.



USS Gosselin (APD-126)

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Name: USS Gosselin
Namesake: Edward W. Gosselin
Ordered: 1942
Builder: Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan
Laid down: 1944
Launched: 17 February 1944
Commissioned: 31 December 1944
Decommissioned: 11 July 1949
Struck: 1 April 1964
Honors and
1 battle star (World War II)
Fate: Sold for scrap 23 March 1965
General characteristics
Class & type: Rudderow-class destroyer escort / Crosley-class high speed transport
Displacement: 1,450 long tons (1,473 t)
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
Draft: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Combustion Engineering DR boilers
Turbo-electric drive with 2 × General Electric steam turbines
2 × solid manganese-bronze 3600 lb. 3-bladed propellers, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m), 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) pitch
12,000 hp (8.9 MW)
2 rudders
359 tons fuel oil
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Range: 3,700 nmi (6,900 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
6,000 nmi (11,000 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4 × LCVPs
Troops: 162 troops
Complement: 204 (12 officers, 192 enlisted)
Armament: • 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
• 6 × 40 mm guns
• 6 × 20 mm guns
• 2 × depth charge tracks

USS Gosselin (DE-710/APD-126) was a Crosley-class high speed transport of the United States Navy, named after Ensign Edward W. Gosselin (1917–1941), who was killed in action on the battleship Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Gosselin was laid down at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan and partially completed as a Rudderow-class destroyer escort with the hull number DE-710. Gosselin was launched on 17 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. E. N. Gosselin, mother of Ensign Gosselin. On 17 July 1944, the Navy decided that Gosselin would be completed as a Crosley-class high speed transport, with the designation APD-126. Since she was so near to completion, Defoe completed her as a destroyer escort, and then when she reached New Orleans prior to commissioning, she was converted in a shipyard to the APD configuration. She was commissioned on 31 December 1944, with Lieutenant Commander Joseph B. Fyffe in command.

Commercial break – Alexis Gosselin

Yes folks, there will be commercial breaks during these episodes of How I met your ancestors?.

Alexis Gosselin…

Just a name in the 1852 Canadian Census?

Think again.

1852 Census Alexis Gosselin

First name on the list…

Alexis Gofselin, cultivateur, lieu de naissance Chambly, âge 65 ans.

Of course this is Alexis Gosselin, 65 years-old, a farmer from St-Damase, Quebec, the ancestor of this man.

Alphonse Gosselin 1

Alphonse Gosselin

And a whole lot more down the road to St-Damase, Quebec!

Stay tuned.