André Mignier dit La gâchette…?

Are you sure?

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

Was André Mignier’s nickname really La gâchette?

Gilles Tremblay who has done extensive research thinks otherwise.

Pierre-André faisait donc partie de la « compagnie de Alexandre(Isaac)  Berthier,  Sieur de Bellechasse et de Villemur qui avait été détaché à bord du Brezé du régiment de Laillié »[59],  André comme tous les soldats Français portait un surnom, donné généralement par un des officiers de la compagnie, qui correspondait soit à un trait de caractère, une caractéristique physique, une manie, un défaut ou une qualité etc. qui caractérisait un soldat par rapport aux autres.  Pierre-André semble être connu sous deux surnoms.  Du côté de sa descendance américaine  on lui attribue le surnom de La Gâchette[60] (trigger).  Cependant, rien ne permet de croire qu’il portait ce surnom.  Du côté canadien, Pierre-André portait le surnom de l’agacé.  Était-ce parce que tout le monde s’amusait à l’embêter ou est-ce qu’il se sentait embêter par tout le monde?  Ceci restera certainement un secret.  Or, ce surnom se retrouve sur une des cartes de Gédéon de Catalogne de 1709, qui montre la concession de la Rivière-Ouelle.

I had read his essay on André Mignier but never noticed that part until a distant cousin pointed out this week…

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About Lillian Archambeault and Joseph Albert Hall

Our Ancestors

This picture was sent by Frank.

Frank’s granduncle John Archambeault is seen here with his grandchildren.

The caption reads Labeled Grandpa (John) Archambeault, Ernest, John Hall.

I believe this is John Hall (1901) on the left with his little sister Flora Hall (1905) instead.

This is their mother’s wedding picture.

Joseph Albert Hall’s best man is William Archambeault, Frank’s grandfather. The bridesmaid has yet to be identified.

Joseph Albert Hall and Lillian Archambeault had three children: John, Harry Ernest and Flora. We don’t have much information on them, but we have a lot of information for their descendants if they contact us.

This picture is quite interesting. It’s Lillian’s grandparents. This picture is taken late in their lives.

No mistaking here about the caption…

Home sweet home…

Jean-Baptiste Archambeault and Emilia Mercier are with a woman and a child. I have yet to identify who they are.

One day maybe…

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Four daughters – Redux

Posted in 2012 on Our Ancestors in the hope someone related to these people would write me one day… Well I got this message on Ancestry last night.

I am the great-great grandson of Joseph and Lillian Hall. I see that you have their wedding pictures. I would really love to see them and find out any more information you may have. Thanks for your help.

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John Archambeault had four daughters and one son.

John Archambeault

John Archambeault married Florence Boucher.

Florence Boucher

Before Frank Archambeault sent me a whole lot of pictures, I thought John Archambeault was the same man seen in this montage I made with one of pictures Ed had sent me.

With all the pictures Frank Archambeault sent me, now I know I was wrong, but at least I had a head start with John’s daughters…

I had their names!

Now, I have their pictures, and they are beautiful…

Four daughters

This is Flora Archambault Bull (1873-1912) with her sister Alice.

Flora and Alice

This is Lillie (Lillian) Archambault Hall (1877-?) with her sister Alice.

Alice and Lillian

This is Alice Archambault Brunt (4 July 1878-15 September 1953).


Now this is Nellie (Helen) Archambault McCann (1884-?) with her father John Archambeault.

Nellie and her father

I still believe John Archambeault is on these two pictures.

John Archambeault would be with his daughter Flora born in 1873.

Flora Archambeault was first married to Patrick J. Whelan, but then she was granted a divorce on cause of his intemperance and the way he treated her. She would remarried in 1906 with Samuel J. Bull.

Samuel J. Bull and Flora Shambo

Flora Archambeault died 100 years ago.

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I am sure Sam took good care of Flora.


More than a house – More than pictures

Linking with the past…

Our Ancestors

Posting once a week and only about How I found your ancestors might be harder than I first thought.


Our roots are deeper than we think.

Acadia House

Acadian House

Médard Myers

Medard Myers’ family

Medard Myers is a direct descendant of René Hébert.

Medard N Myers

So is little Germaine Lagasse.

Germaine Lagasse


Germaine’s mother, Alice D. Myers, is the little girl in front of her father Medard N. Myers.

Médard Myers


She was as such a descendant of René Hébert, and she probably never learned about her Acadian roots.

For more on Acadian House, click here.


In the past, there have been several articles written about the Acadians, who for a time resided in Guilford, Connecticut, but none of them have answered the question–“What are their names?”

That information can be answered, at least in part, but first; a little history is in order.

Britain had won Nova Scotia from the French in 1713, so…

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Love Story – Redux

A comment made on this post about the Acadian House…

I recently discovered I descended from John and Anastasie via my Remillard line (their daughter Cecile married Louis Marie Remillard).  In another small world circumstance, I live in the next town over.  I’m a cyclist and for over two decades rode past the Acadian House in Guilford, never giving it much thought.  Needless to say, I now often wonder what stories that home can tell. 

There’s a certain poetic justice to John and Anastasie’s story, and there’s something to be said about the type of men the Smith brothers were, leaving their lives in the British colonies with their Acadian brides for a land and culture no doubt foreign to them.   In another twist, John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Forbes, who I believe was the sister of Captain Samuel Forbes, the shipbuilder who captained the ship that brought the Hebert family to CT. 

A great story where love triumphed, and the world is much smaller than we sometimes realize!

More on the Acadian House

Acadian House

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