The Gosselins

The Gosselins

Collection the  Tillman family

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.

It is well

Find a  Grave

Find a Grave

A reader just replied to a comment made on this article I had written  in 2011

This is the article  in question.


Louis Joseph  Combe is Sylvia’s father who is still living and has a lot of pictures of her family. Her daughter sent them to Robin who is in the process of scanning them all.

Louis Combe was a photographer by trade, but obviously he did not take this photo. 

Louis Joseph Combe

This is the original photo Robin had scanned two days ago.

I did a little editing just using Paint…

It was worth taking the time to do it since Robin took the time to scan 44 pictures.

I won’t be posting or editing all of them.

Only some that will be touching people’s lives so to speak.

I believe the motorcycle picture would have been taken around 1915, maybe earlier. Louis would have been 21 in 1912.

Louis Joseph Combe was born in 1891 in Custer, in South Dakota. He died in 1987.  

His father was Victor Combe who was a French immigrant. Victor Combe arrived in the U.S. in 1885 and in 1890 he married Virginia Grandbois who was French-Canadian.

Louis Combe married Sylvia Bleau who was the daughter of David Bleau and Agnes Alexandre who both had French-Canadian ancestors. Agnes is my first cousin twice removed. Her mother Philomene was my great-grandfather’s sister.

Robin has found a lot about her roots and her husband’s, but now she has a lot of pictures to go around and share them with all of us.

The Combe Family

She also found three people passionate about genealogy.

About 1915…?

In 1917…?

A little History Detectives…?

Where was that picture taken…?


Now the comments…

First Ryan’s comment

I love the picture of my Great grandfather Louis on the Harley! Such a cool picture, and you did a great job cleaning it up. I’m going to print that one and hang it in my office at home! I also love the pic of my grandpa Louis and great uncle Larry and will print and frame that one also. Great stuff!

Glee’s  comment

Hi my name is Glee Moureen Combe Judson. I believe the great uncle Larry mentioned above is my father, Lawrence Victor Combe (Sr.) b. 10/29/1921 d. 06/24/2003. Louis Joseph Combe, Sr.was my dad’s father. His oldest daughter referred to above as Sylvia, was known to her nieces and nephews as Aunt Marie. It would be nice to receive this information, if possible. Our son just happens to live in New Haven, Ct and is interested in knowing more about our family history. Grandpa (Louis Combe) moved his family from Connecticut in 1927 to Southern California.

Thank you for sharing this information and photos.


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.


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?

Remembering Honey

Helena Ritchie passed away on January 8th 2016.

Donna sent me this last Saturday…

Helena “Honey” M. (Ritchie) Arel, 97, of New Britain, widow of George R. Arel, passed away peacefully Friday (January 1, 2016) at Jerome Home in New Britain. Born March 10, 1918 and was native and lifelong New Britain resident, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Odna (Lagasse) Ritchie. She was a graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1936, and of the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. Helena was a registered nurse at New Britain General Hospital followed by working for Doctors Kaplan, LaCava and then Dr. Harold Bosco. During her tenure at NBGH, she attended to a young man who turned out to be the love of her life (George R. Arel) and they married in November of 1939. She later was an industrial nurse for 17 years at Fafnir Bearing Company, retiring in 1981. Helena was a member of St. Maurice Church in New Britain. Surviving are three sons, Roger Arel and his wife Dorothy of McKinney, TX; William Arel and his wife Judith of Unionville; and George Arel Jr. of Hebron; 2 daughters, Judith Grasso and her husband Louis of Plainville and Janice Melechinsky and her husband Mark of New Britain. She also leaves behind her loving grandchildren, Audrey Duncan, Cindy Coats, Gary Grasso, Joseph Grasso, Andrew Arel, Nathan Arel, Jocelyn Hall, Timothy Melechinsky, Robyn Melechinsky, Allison Arel, Sarah Arel, Jessica Arel; beloved great grandchildren Brandon McDonnell, Nick McDonnell and Dylan Duncan; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband George, she was predeceased by two sisters, Irene Varhol of Bristol and Doris Decker of Southington; three brothers, Francis Ritchie of Bristol; and William and Robert Ritchie, both who lost their lives in WWII. The family would like to express their thanks for the excellent care that Jerome Home had provided Helena over the past seven years. A special thanks to the day staff of the North Wing.

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I have never met Helena except on old family pictures shared by Dennis Lagasse IV in 2011.

Child- Odna - Frank - Ida - ? - ? - Levi Napoleon - Dubé? - Hector Lamothe

Helena was born March 10th 1918. Odna is holding her little girl. Helena would be around 7 months-old. Helena is “Honey” and her mother is Odna Lagasse who was a Gold Star Mother twice.

Donna pictures 6

Collection Frank Richie and Odna Lagasse family

Odna & Frank 1913

Frank Richie and Odna Lagasse

Collection Frank Richie and Odna Lagasse family

Helena is seen here once more on this montage I had made trying to figure out who her mother was in old pictures back in 2011.


I have stopped guessing.

Child- Odna - Frank - Ida - ? - ? - Levi Napoleon - Dubé? - Hector Lamothe

 Helena M Arel

Helena Ritchie 1918-2016

Helene and Ferdinand

Hercule Poirot

Par où commencer?

Where to start before I end this investigation?

I had found earlier this week who was Helene Roy’s husband.

group picture of Helene Lagasse and the Roy family identification

On August 9, 1897, Helene Roy married Ferdinand Lagasse (1868-1935), son of Louis Lagacé  and Caroline Lavoie. Ferdinand Lagasse is a distant cousin, a 6th or a 7th  cousin. I found three daughters, Anna (1906) Agnes (1913) and Clara (1905). Clara Lagasse married Eugene Riel (1906) in 1926. I found two sons Eugene Riel (1927) and Gerard (1929) according to the 1930 census in Amesbury.

Not much to go on to look for descendants isn’t?

In closing I have  found more information on most of the people on that picture.

group picture of Helene Lagasse and the Roy family identification

Leda Roy (1869-1951) married Calixte Arsenault. Rosa Roy (1886-1979) married Joseph Lemieux, Mary Roy  (1884-) married  Theodore Émond, Ida Roy (1893-) married Arthur Bélanger, Derilda Roy (1876-1969) married Ulric Fournier, Sarah Roy (1871-1919) probably never married, and Annie Roy (1879-) married William Ducharme.

Hercule Poirot

Now the question  is mes amis

Was the caption dead on?