Who’s that girl?

Who is that girl


I got curious…

Take a look at Robert in 1954.

Similar features especially the jaw.

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan  10 October 1954

Did Robert and May Gertrude have another daughter?

The answer was no they didn’t when  we look at the 1920 census.

Census 1920

Only three children.


Dalton Miller 3


Ed Toni Miller

And Dorothy…

Dorothy Spina and unknown copy-1

Edwina Miller was born in 1924.

Aunt Jimmy

Joe shared one more picture.

Edwina Miller’s children.

Who’s that girl? – Summer of 22


This picture was probably taken around 1922. Probably on a Sunday morning in Waterbury Ward 1, in New Haven, Connecticut because no one is around.

My third cousin Dorothy Miller is on the left and her big brother Dalton is on the right. Dorothy  was born May 9, 1919 and Dalton  December  21, 1915 so I  figure this is summer of 22.

The girl in the middle is unknown, and we will never know who she is unless I post  that picture on Our Ancestors.

I wonder who took this beautiful picture? Maybe Robert did…

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan  10 October 1954

Joseph Lagassé – Epilog

This story really started 1014 posts ago with the story of Doris who wanted to visit Ste-Anne-des-Plaines in Quebec where her ancestors once had lived.

I acted as a guide. After her two-day visit, she wanted me to translate what I had written in French on my blog Nos ancêtres so the distant relatives she had in Louisiana could  read it.

Our Ancestors grew from there. I just continued with stories about my genealogical research in the hope of making contact with distant relatives living  in the United States since my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé emigrated there in 1889.

picture from Dennis 2

Stanislas Lagacé with two grandchildren

In 2009 or 2010, I knew Joseph Lagassé was my great-grandfather’s brother, but he was just a name on a census page.

1852 Census

Then I found his baptismal act.


20 August, 1848

Where he had lived in 1861…

1861 Census

In 1871…

1871 Census

Who he had married in 1878…


Where he had lived with Edwina in 1900…

1900 Census

with their only child, their son Robert on the next page…

1900 Census Robert Lagasse

Where the couple had lived in 1940…

1940 Census

In 1942…

1942 Directory

Source Ancestry

When they died…


source Find a Grave

Where they rest in peace…

Forestville Cemetery

source Find a Grave

That was what little I knew about my second great-uncle Joseph until last Friday when Joe wrote a comment on the blog, and wanted to upload old pictures.

Since he couldn’t I wrote him a personal  message…


Joseph Miller Lagasse?

I believe this is young Joseph Lagassé in 1869 when he reached 21.

I think  his wife Edwina Newcity is probably one of these three women, probably she is the one in the back since Edwina was the youngest daughter of Edward Villeneuve and Scholastique Aveline dit St. Jules.


We will probably never know for sure if Edwina Newcity is on that picture because my second theory is that it could be Joseph Lagassé’s sisters Elmire, Agnes and Marie-Anne on that picture.

Now if we could only find about that fishing trip Robert’s family knows nothing about…

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan 10 October 1954

Joseph Miller Lagasse I presume

I don’t know why I told Donna that 2016 would be a great year for ancestors… a kind of a premonition I guess.

I believe this old man is Joseph Miller Lagasse.

Dorothy Spina and unknown copy-1

The young woman in her 20s is Dorothy Miller, daughter of Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett.

Robert Gertrude Miller crop copy

Robert Miller was the son of Edwina Newcity and Joseph Lagasse.

Joseph Lagasse and Edwina Newcity

Robert Miller and Gertrude Barrett had three other children.

Ed Toni Miller

Edsen Miller

Dalton Miller 3

Dalton Miller

Aunt Jimmy

Edwina Miller

Why Joseph Lagasse my second great-uncle whom I had been looking for since 2009 had changed his name to Miller as well as all his descendants?

I had always wondered why he had done this until someone asked me this week the meaning of Miller.

Well I said: “A miller in French is meunier.”


Back in the old days some Lagacés had used that name in Quebec since the first Lagacé ancestor  was in fact named André  Minier dit La Gâchette which would evolved as Minier dit Lagacé, Mignier dit Lagacé or Meunier dit Lagacé…Some people would take the first name while others would choose the second one.

Lagacé  would  be  written  Lagassé, Lagafsé, Lagasse, Lagasser, La Gasse,  or… in  this case Miller (Meunier).

Joseph  Lagasse had decided along the way to change his  name using Miller the English  equivalent  of Meunier.

There were three more pictures part of Dorothy Miller’s collection that were shared…

Two are of people unknown. No captions, just faces.

One picture is not.

Robert Miller fishing - Michigan  10 October 1954.jpgRobert Miller went fishing October 10, 1954 in Michigan, but the family has no recollection whatsoever of such a fishing trip!