Thank you for sharing

Dennis Lagasse II

Collection Lionel Lagasse via Dennis Lagasse IV  

This is just one of the many pictures Dennis has shared. He has shared more than 100 old pictures, and each one has its own story to tell.

Dennis III and his five sons

I know Dennis is enjoying the blog as well as those who write comments once and awhile. You don’t  have  to  comment every time  I  post  something.

Sharing  is what fuels Our Ancestors.

I had written about the A-Team who are all the people who  have shared so much since 2009.

The A-Team

I like to add a touch of humour to Our Ancestors.

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Genealogy is a serious business. People make a lot of money. I don’t.

I  never cut corners and make you believe things like who was Hector Philias Lamothe in old pictures.

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This  week  I posted  this  beautiful  picture. A lovely pregnant wife with her nice  looking husband.

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909

At first I believed  the man  was young Dennis Lagasse II with his pregnant wife Henriette Alexandre. Maybe I thought my grandfather Leo was also on this picture.

But I was wrong.

Dennis II and Dennis II 1916

The time frame was all wrong. It could not be winter 1887 in Notre-Dame-des-Anges in Quebec. The only possible couple was his first son Antoine (Anthony) and Délia Bertrand whom I first met on a visit to St. Thomas Cemetery  in 2011 with 3rd cousin Joe.

Anthony Lagassse

I had written about that visit to St. Thomas Cemetery where Anthony rests in peace since 1934 surrounded  by two of his children Aurore and Joseph.

Aurore Lagase

I had also written about Joseph in 2012.

Joseph Lagasse August 16, 1968

And about his brother William…

It’s  a  long way  to  Tipperary…

 

Tip of the iceberg

My blog Our Ancestors is just the tip of the iceberg when you know that I have more than 36,000 files on Ancestry and close to 6000 pictures of all kind.

My family tree is like a big jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces seem to fit in well, then when I look at them another time, they don’t.

So I make hypotheses to identify people on pictures without captions

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Case in point…

You all know the Odna case.

Odna & Frank 1913

Odna Lagasse and Frank Ritchie

Later in life…

Odna and Frank 1941

Odna and Frank

Frank Ritchie can’t be who I first thought he was on these pictures.

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I first thought this was Frank Ritchie, Odna’s husband.

We see this man several times in pictures shared by readers.

Ida Lagasse and sisters

Frank Ritchie - Hector Lamothe - Levi Napoleon Lagasse - ? - ? - Ida and Odna Lagasse

Then I looked more closely at this picture, and I saw the light.

Hector Philias Lamothe, Ida Lagasse’s husband!

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Levi Napoleon Lagasse, mystery woman, Hector Lamothe and his wife Ida Lagasse

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Here we have little Helen Ritchie with her mother Odna Lagasse Ritchie, then Hector Lamothe, his wife Ida Lagasse Lamothe, two mystery ladies, Levi Napoleon Lagasse, God knows who she is, and also no idea who he is but not what I think he was…

East Bristol 1915

Hector is again on this picture.

Levi - ? - Frank Ritchie - ? - Hector Lamothe

Brothers-in-law?
Cousins?
Brothers-in-law and cousins?

Puzzling isn’t?

One final note…
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Meet Bill and Edward

So easy to write more than a thousand posts on Our Ancestors…

You just need a comment like what one of Amelia Lagasse’s descendants wrote yesterday…

Greetings Pierre,
I’m a descendant of Amelia Lagasse (born 1858), daughter of Pierre Lagasse and Marcelline David. She is my 2nd Great Grandmother. I guess that makes us cousins of some sort. I just stumbled on your blog several days ago and I’ve been feasting ever since! The photos you’ve gathered are amazing. I haven’t been through everything, but I wondered if you’d ever posted a photo of Amelia? Thank you for your family history efforts!

or some people on a beach in Connecticut…

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

This is why genealogy is so addictive. One day you know  nothing…

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Then the floodgates  open wide when you least expect it.

Edward Lagasse never married, but his brother Bill did. 

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Ed is on the left and Bill next to him smiling since 1925.

Bill Lagasse

We’re in 1925 because now I know the little boy is Alfred, son of Fred Lagasse and Aurore Lagasse.

Afred Lagasse 1921

Alfred was born April 22, 1921. I only had his mother’s first name: Aurore. That was until last week.

Aurore and her son Alfred

Then I found out who she was: Fred Lagasse’s first cousin.

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I had Aurore Lagase somewhere in my databank with this stone…

Aurore Lagase

It was next to her parents’ headstone. But I never made the connection when I  took those two pictures  in St. Thomas Cemetery in 2011.

Anthony Lagassse

This unidentified couple would  be  Aurore’s parents.

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909

Délia Bertrand and Anthony Lagasse?

Not 100% sure yet, but I can wait for six more years.

About William Lagasse…

William Lagasse

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Amelia’s descendant

From this comment just made…

Greetings Pierre,

I’m a descendant of Amelia Lagasse (born 1858), daughter of Pierre Lagasse and Marcelline David. She is my 2nd Great Grandmother. I guess that makes us cousins of some sort. :)

I just stumbled on your blog several days ago and I’ve been feasting ever since! The photos you’ve gathered are amazing. I haven’t been through everything, but I wondered if you’d ever posted a photo of Amelia? Thank you for your family history efforts!

This  is  the only thing I  have  on Amelia.

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Not much.

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Little  to go on…

1861 census in Canada

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Amelia’s death certificate

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With her husband’s name Hector Gagner…

But no picture.

How to go on with this search ?

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Pun intended…

Sometimes  there are mysteries  even Hercule Poirot won’t be able to solve…

But not  this  one.

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Goodie  goodie Pépère, another  mystery  solved!

I just can’t stop looking for who are in old pictures.
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Dorothy Miller, unknown, Dalton Miller

The beach pictures were always in the back of my mind since 2009.

True story!

Now I have some expert help.

Poirot at the beach

This might  be  une  longue histoire  you know…

Hercule Poirot – The man with the cigar

 

Hercule Poirot in Hammonasset Beach

Ah oui! L’homme  au  cigare on Hammonasset  Beach  in Connecticut. Bien  sûr  mon  ami that I remember that case  very  well.

This was one of the most intriguing  cases  I had came  upon since the wedding  in 1909.

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The wedding of Bernadette Hogue with Joseph Phaneuf in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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But you don’t want me to talk about that case don’t you?

Now, what about the man with the cigar holding  un petit  garçon on a beach in Connecticut in les États-Unis in 1925.

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Watch the little birdie  Alfred…

L’homme au cigare has to be his father Fred, and on this next photo the woman has to be his mother Aurore.

Regarde le petit oiseau Alfred…

On the  first  picture the mother, now  holding le petit garçon, took  the picture, and the second picture was taken by the father.

Simple  déduction mon ami…

Première photo, le  père  tient  le petit  garçon.

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Deuxième  photo, it’s  the  mother.

The man with the  cigar has to be Fred Lagasse seen here with someone  I think is his uncle.

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But he could  also  be  his father…the old man on the left with the fedora!

Smile!

See you next Monday.