Post 1050 – Remembering Elusive Dennis

That’s quite a lot of posts for a blog about genealogy, a blog remembering this man and his descendants.

Dennis Lagasse II

Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

I can only guess his character by the pictures that have been shared by my distant cousins.

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

I’m sure he was a family man.

Dennis Lagasse wedding pictureCollection Dennis Lagasse IV

Elusive Dennis

Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

Someone once called him Elusive Dennis. His real name was Stanislas Lagacé son of Stanislas Lagacé and Onésime Cadieux.

This next picture made him famous, at least on Our Ancestors, as well as his son Dennis Lagassey III, his grandson Harry Lagasse and his great-grandson Gerard Lagasse born June 9, 1916.

 

four generations of Lagasse

Dennis Lagassey III is seen here with his five sons: Levi Napoleon, Harvey, Victor Philippe, Harry, and Joseph.

Dennis Lagasse III and some of his sons

Collection Dennis Lagasse IV

I know all about Dennis Lagassey III and his five sons. I also know all about his daughters: Rose (beside her father), Ida, Bertha, Odna, Gertrude, and in front Antoinette, and Alice.

picture from Dennis 1.1

I know all about his wife Amanda Ménard.

AMANDA MENARD

So what about Elusive Dennis on this group picture?

27 people.

Elusive Dennis

I know where Elusive Dennis is, but with Amanda Ménard on the extreme left in the third row I can’t positively identify anyone else. I have a hunch though we have a bunch of Dubes…Dubés…Dubeys on this group picture.

2 out of 27, that ain’t much!

Post 1050…

That’s the reason I have been posting so much since 2009, and have replied to every comment left on this blog about remembering this man.

Dennis II and Dennis III

I should ease up a bit don’t you think?

Hard to believe?

André Mignier first ancestor

What about this clue I found on the Internet among the other clues? Is it valid information or just information copied from someone’s else research?

One clue tells all!

Michel Mignier born around 1610 died in 1727!

117 years old!

Suspicious enough not to trust everything I found yesterday in my search for George Lagasse who married Albertine Deschênes.

I have learned not to trust everything I find on the Internet, or people who say they know it all. Having been hooked on genealogy since 2007 because of old pictures like this one…

Honoré Sauvé et Julie Leroux

I have learned more than just who were my ancestors. Always check first, then check again, and again.

This being said…

This information seems valid though.

Napoléon Lagacé

I can corroborate this information with this.

1901 Joseph L Lagassé

Joseph L. Lagassé’s family is seen here. Joseph’s wife is Ellen Lagassé who was in fact Helen Grant whose daughter was Anna Ellen Lagassé born in 1900 whose real name was…

record-image (28)

Mrs. Lejeune was the mid-wife.

In 1901, Joseph was a carpenter. Ernest Thibeault was a lodger, and I suspect he was related somewhat to Joseph’s first wife Marie Thibault, Napoléon’s mother.

Napoléon Lagacé

Marie Thibault probably died when she gave birth to Marie Julia in 1896.

Joseph Lagace

Joseph had to remarry, and he found a new wife living not far from where he lived…

1891 James Grant

About André Mignier…

This is my file on him.

 Pierre André Mignier dit La Gâchette

 I hope you trust me when I write something on Our Ancestors.

The puzzle

The puzzle  started  in 2010 when I wrote  this post. 

Two interested people commented, one in 2011, and the other in 2015.

Holly (Legasse) Dube says:

My name is Holly (Legasse) Dube.
I stumbled on your site while trying to find my ancestry.
My father is George Philip Legasse.(originally Lagasse, but was misspelled in the military).

My Grandfather was George A Lagasse. From there I am stumped. I do not have info on my Grandfather’s family.
George was married to Albertine (Deschenes) Lagasse and lived in New Britain, CT.

I was reading your site.
You posted about one of Idala’s sons, George (1908-1985).
He was one of the sons sent to an orphanage.
Did you or Alyce ever get more information on that George???

I don’t know much about that part of my family.
I was just reunited with my father 2 years ago.

My father and my Uncle Gene may have more information on my Grandfather George.

skilmer1969 says:

I would love to be in contact with Holly from above comment or anyone in relation to “George was married to Albertine (Deschenes) Lagasse and lived in New Britain, CT”.

Albertine is my 1st cousin 2x removed and she has a sister who is currently still living in the same home that Albertine was in at the time of her death. Looking forward to hearing from family members.

I can’t recall if Holly replied to my e-mails, but the next one surely did, and gave me enough clues to look further in the past.

Obits for life

To be continued in Belledune, New Brunswick, Canada in 1901.

1901 Joseph L Lagassé

Another piece of the puzzle

Albertine (Deschene) Lagasse, 91, of New Britain, died Saturday (Oct. 16, 2010) at the Jerome Home in New Britain. Born in Baker Lake, Canada, the daughter of the late Dennis and Agnes (Boutot) Deschene, she lived most of her life in New Britain. She had been employed at a watch factory in Waterbury and retired from the Fafnir Bearing Co. (now Textron) in New Britain. She was the wife of the late George Lagasse.

Albertine is survived by three sons Robert Blouin of Florida, Gene Lagasse of Rhode Island and Florida, and George Lagasse of Colorado; a sister Martha Roy of Bristol, several nieces and nephews including Cynthia Tenan and numerous grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons Larry Lagasse and Maurice Lagasse.

Funeral services were held privately.

I was searching everywhere for my ancestors…

I was searching everywhere for my ancestors but I had reached a dead end…

dead leaves on the ground

I was not going anywhere. I could not find my paternal ancestors, but I kept on looking, and looking, and looking.

detective

 

I was searching for all the Lagasses I could lay my hands on.

This is where I found this Pierre Lagasse who was married to Marceline Davies.

She died in 1906 from a heart disease.

death certificate Marcelline David

I felt like an adopted descendant.

So I got curious.

Little did I know back in 2008 that this Pierre Lagasse (I have the same name except at the end), born in 1825, was my great-great-grandfather’s brother.

He had married Marcelline David not Davies.

Curious?

marriage Pierre Lagassée

Looking at her death certificate I wondered who was that A. P. Lagasse, the undertaker.

I got curious some more and I found this picture on the Internet.

Adolphe Lagasse

 

That was the picture of Adolphe Pierre Lagasse, the undertaker who did the embalming of his mother Marcelline David…

Then I got even more curious when I found out that Adolphe Pierre Lagasse’s brother was Idala Lagasse. This is how Idala Lagasse led me to his granddaughter Alice who was looking for her roots since 2000…

Idala 1930

Our ancestors, they are not dead, they are just waiting to be found…

Who remembers this peasant?

peasant-lifting-potatoes-2-1885.jpg!Blog

Vincent Van Gogh did.

He also wanted for us to remember how people lived in the Netherlands in 1885.

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 What’s all this got to do with Jonathan’s ancestors?

Stay tuned. I know Jonathan will,…

I would most definitely like to see it continue on!