The Levasseurs revisited

There is no picture of the wedding of Sylvain Levasseur and Aglaé Béland. Everything surronding this wedding is shrouded in mystery.

Aglaé Béland married Sylvain Levasseur around 1890 in Ste-Cécile-du-Bic. Denise worked very hard to find everything about that marriage and why Aglaé left St-Cuthbert for Ste-Cécile-du-Bic.

We will never know.

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I know…

She was around 19 when she married and her first child was born late 1889. Seven children followed, then she became a widow on December 7, 1904, a day that will live forever in her heart.

Aglaé was lucky and she remarried Norbert Vandal in 1908. We know the precise date. It was added in her baptisimal certificate.

1871 Aglaé Béland baptême zoom

27 October 1908 a épousé Napolé Vandal, St-Louis-de-Gonsague, Woon.

We know “Woon” is Woonsocket in Rhode Island. “Napolé” is Norbert.

Louis-Albert Napoléon Vandal, to be more precise, married Aglaé Béland. He was a 43 years-old bachelor and she was a 37 years-old widow with 7 children to feed.

Here comes the bride…

Norbert et Aglaé à Woonsocket, RI

All that family moved back to Québec in 1909.

This information is taken from the 1911 Canadian Census.

1911 Norbert Vandal

Many French-Canadians emigrated to the U.S. and then came back later to Canada. So in a sense this a typical French-Canadian family around 1900-1910.

French-Canadians went to work in the U.S. just like Mexicans did and still do today. I wonder what reception the French-Canadians got when they emigrated down South. At least the weather was nicer.


This story has only one purpose. To link someone whose name is Levasseur or Vasser or Vassier or Le Vasser or whatever, and could be related to either George or Roland Levasseur.

This is what I promised Denise I would try to do.

See you next time. I have something to show you once more. It’s about the Kaminskis!

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The Levasseurs

Robin and Susan will like this comment I got yesterday…

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.

It’s about this post. 

One more reason to continue on with this blog about Our Ancestors.

Now getting back to our new celebrity…

Aglaé Béland married Sylvain Levasseur around 1890 in Ste-Cécile-du-Bic. We don’t have a wedding picture to show you not even a marriage certificate. Denise worked very hard to find it.

Aglaé was probably more beautiful then than on this picture taken around 1904. We will never know for sure.

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She was around 19 when she married. Why she left St-Cuthbert for Ste-Cécile-du-Bic will probably remain a mystery for ever.

Ste-Cécile-du-Bic is not just around the corner from St-Cuthbert. About 300 miles.

St-Cuthbert au Bic

 Aglaé was born in St-Cuthbert on August 27, 1871.

1871 Aglaé Béland baptême zoom


Hormidas was her first child. He was born probably on October 20, 1889. That’s what we have in the 1911 Canadian Census. It’s just a clue since this kind of information is sometimes not reliable.

Aglaé’s husband, Sylvain Levasseur, died on December 7, 1904. That I am sure of. I found that information on Family Search while looking for clues to help Denise with her search for Levasseur relatives down South. 

According to Denise, from what people told her, this picture was taken around 1904.

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She thinks she was a widow then. If it is then it was taken after December 1904.

I have been able to find Sylvain Levasseur’s lineage up to Noël Levasseur dit Lavigne.

Sylvain’s father was Jacques Levasseur and his mother was Florentine Parent. He was born around 1868 in Ste-Cécile-du-Bic. When Florentine died, Jacques Levasseur married Julie Gagné. That is not important information unless you are related to some Levasseurs and you are wondering if you are related to this branch of Levasseurs.

I know someone who wrote me once and who is related though.

Remember this wedding picture.

section photo de 1909

Well I won’t go into this for now or maybe never. Maybe Tonia will be interested.


Sylvain Levasseur and Aglaé moved to the U.S. in 1893 to work in the textile mills. He fathered 8 children from 1890 to 1904. In 1905, seven were still living  in Woonsocket, Rhode Island with Aglaé who was now a widow. Their last child Janet would died on July 26, 1905. We can easily imagine Aglaé’s distress in 1905 as well as her children’s.

Hormidas Levasseur, 14 

1905 Hormidas Levasseur

Hormidas died in Montreal in 1933.

Napoléon Levasseur, 13 

1905 Napoleon Levasseur

We don’t know Napoleon Levasseur’s whereabouts after 1911.

Aurore Levasseur, 11 

1905 Ora Levasseur

Emilie Blais, Aglaé, Aurore et son garçon 4 générations

Aurore Levasseur 1893 – 1955

She came back to Canada with her parents in 1909. She married Napoléon Monette in 1913.

George Levasseur, 9 

1905 George Levasseur

We don’t know his whereabouts after 1911.

Roland Levasseur, 7 

1905 Roland Levasseur

Roland enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on April 1st 1916.

Roland Levasseur enlistment

Roland died in 1973 in Staten Island, Richmond, New York. We don’t know if he got married and fathered any children. 


Lorenzo Levasseur, 4

1905 Lorenzo Levasseur

Lorenzo married Alma Ouellette in 1926 in Montreal.

Janet Levasseur, 1 

1905 Janet Levasseur

She died in 1905.

We can easily imagine all of Aglaé’s distress…

So that’s all folks… well there is more later.

Norbert et Aglaé à Woonsocket, RI

Until then… 

If you are related to one of these people and you would like want to share pictures or information with Denise, just do what Linda Marie did and write something like this…

Wow! These photos are my family! My grandfather was Aglaé’s son Rollin Levasseur. He was a soldier in the First World War. I would like to know more about your search and our connection.

Just Kidding

I was just kidding yesterday about this being my last story on this blog.

Here is Aglaé Béland once again.

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This was taken around 1904 according to her grandchild who sent it.

This is also her.


It’s a close-up of this picture.

Emilie Blais, Aglaé, Aurore et son garçon 4 générations

Four generations!

Now I think I have got your attention right.

Finding your ancestors is more fun when you have pictures and when you want to share them… even with complete strangers. This is what Denise did when she asked for my help in finding descendants of Aglaé Béland.

On the above picture Émilie Blais, Aglaé Béland’s mother is on the left. Aglaé’s daughter  Aurore is in the middle. The little boy is Aurore Levasseur’s son. I don’t have his given name yet, but don’t worry I will find it.

Aurore was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but came back to Canada in 1909 with Aglaé and her stepfather Norbert Vandal.

Norbert et Aglaé à Woonsocket, RI

Before Denise sent me more pictures, this is the only information I had before on Aurore or Ora Levasseur.

1905 Ora Levasseur

The 1905 Rhode Island Census.

I was lucky to find it on Family Search with a wealth of information. 

I think I have just got your attention once again.

Next time, the Levasseur family.

Aglaé Béland Might Be Your Great-Grandmother

This woman might be your great-grandmother.

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If I don’t write about her then you will never know. This is probably the last story I will write on this blog which is the English version of another blog about genealogy.

The original blog was written in French. This version was a way to link to some of my distant relatives in the United States.

It has been quite a journey.

Dennis II and Dennis III

My last attempt to link to a distant relative failed. He was the grandchild of Lillie Lagasse, my grandfather’s sister. His great-grandfather is on this picture sent to me by Dennis Lagasse IV.

Ray wrote once but he never wrote back.

That’s okay I can live with that.

Someone asked me for my help last week on my blog Nos ancêtres. Her grandmother was Aglaé Béland. She told me a lot about her and her family, even some family secrets.

She wants to know if I could help her find relatives in the U.S. I can understand why she wants to. She wants to share this picture and maybe find someone who has more pictures and who is willing to share.

I told her that it could be Mission Impossible, but I was willing to try.

So here goes.

Next time, I will start my last story. It will be about a little girl born on August 27, 1871, in St-Cuthbert, in Quebec.

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Not your run-of-the mill celebrity…

This is probably the last story I will write on this blog…?

I would not bet on it.