It’s going to be intéressant…
It’s going to be intéressant…
A Pricilla Lemieux just posted a photo in one of my Facebook groups of a Lemieux-Roy family from Amesbury, Massachussets area. On the list of names was Helene (Lagasse).
Thought you might be interested.
To be continued… if interested…
I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.
Frank Archambeault once had wrote me in an e-mail that he was living not far away from Plainville. So when I planned my visit to Joe’s place three weeks ago, I wrote Frank about it.
I figured Frank would be excited by the fact of meeting his two virtual 3rd cousins addicted to genealogy.
So here we are last Saturday morning sitting down at Liberty Diner for breakfast with our wives when Frank shows up by the door.
From that moment on, Frank could not keep from talking and talking, and excusing himself for talking too much.
Being this crazy Canuck who has been writing like crazy since 2009 about genealogy and who tries to find other people’s ancestors down in Connecticut, I could well understand all this excitement and I showed Frank a lot of empathy.
Try to imagine poor Frank cramming in 100 years or so of his ancestors’ stories and anecdotes over two eggs over easy. This was by no means a piece of cake.
So Frank kept talking and talking, drinking cup after cup of coffee… which I think did not help a wee bit…
After Frank ate his breakfast, which was most probably cold by now, all three third cousins proceeded to Joe’s place with our wives deciding instead to go shopping.
When we arrived and sat in the dinning room, Frank pulled a kitchen note out of his hat… a newspaper clipping.
It was something related to this picture, his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!
Robin? Robin Who?
She’s not even a blood relative…
Little did Frank know that he had pulled more than one kitchen’s note out of his hat.
In his kitchen’s notes, Frank had the newspaper clipping of the wedding. We had the name of the bridesmaid, which I knew of course, thanks to Robin, and also the name of the best man who was still unknown.
William Archambeault’s best man was his nephew Frank Lagasse Junior who was his sister’s son.
Frank Lagasse Junior, born in 1883, was the son of Sophie Archambeault and Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé).
You should know Sophie Archambeault by now.
Do you remember this unidentified couple from the tintype pictures Frank had sent me?
– Sophie, I am bit confused…
What about this montage?
François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank Lagasse Senior) died on January 1st, 1937, and he could well be here on this picture with two of his other sons: Edward and William.
I would go out on a limb and say that the little boy is the grandson of Frank Lagasse Senior. Alfred Lagasse was the son of Frederick Lagasse, another son of Frank Lagasse Senior.
Alfred was born around 1922 and he could be with his mother Aurore.
Frederick or Fred could be here on this other picture holding his son Alfred and having a cigar!
If I am correct, Sophie Archambeault could also be on that picture as one of the three old ladies in the back…
Finally, if I did not make a complete fool of myself, this picture could have been taken at Lake Compounce around 1927 since all these people were living around Bristol at that time.
I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.
I hope this will help.
I wonder if Frank is reading this having his morning cup of coffee?
I was wrong on Lake Compounce around 1927.
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.
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.
I like to add a touch of humour to Our Ancestors.
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.
This week I posted this beautiful picture. A lovely pregnant wife with her nice looking husband.
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.
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.
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.
I had also written about Joseph in 2012.
And about his brother William…
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
Case in point…
You all know the Odna case.
Odna Lagasse and Frank Ritchie
Later in life…
Odna and Frank
Frank Ritchie can’t be who I first thought he was on these pictures.
I first thought this was Frank Ritchie, Odna’s husband.
We see this man several times in pictures shared by readers.
Then I looked more closely at this picture, and I saw the light.
Hector Philias Lamothe, Ida Lagasse’s husband!
Levi Napoleon Lagasse, mystery woman, Hector Lamothe and his wife Ida Lagasse
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…
Hector is again on this picture.
Brothers-in-law and cousins?
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…
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…
This is why genealogy is so addictive. One day you know nothing…
Then the floodgates open wide when you least expect it.
Edward Lagasse never married, but his brother Bill did.
Ed is on the left and Bill next to him smiling since 1925.
We’re in 1925 because now I know the little boy is Alfred, son of Fred Lagasse and Aurore Lagasse.
Alfred was born April 22, 1921. I only had his mother’s first name: Aurore. That was until last week.
Then I found out who she was: Fred Lagasse’s first cousin.
I had Aurore Lagase somewhere in my databank with this stone…
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.
This unidentified couple would be Aurore’s parents.
Délia Bertrand and Anthony Lagasse?
Not 100% sure yet, but I can wait for six more years.
About William Lagasse…
From this comment just made…
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.
Little to go on…
1861 census in Canada
Amelia’s death certificate
With her husband’s name Hector Gagner…
But no picture.