Jean-Baptiste Lemaire, the only son of Chrétien Lemaire

Finally the intermission is over!

During that intermission I was able to validate my information about Chrétien Bracmaer aka Chrétien Lemeyère aka Chrétien Lemaire, and arrive at the conclusion that he is Steve’s ancestor.


Chrétien, tell me more about your family roots…

His only son Jean-Baptiste Lemaire, born around 1784, married Marie Paquet on November 7, 1808 in Chambly, Quebec. Both his parents are listed as late Chrétien Lemeyère and late Josephte Lagarde.

marriage Jean-Baptiste Lemaire Marie Paquet full page

Josephte had died in 1785.

1785 burial Josephte Vincent 30 November 1785

I looked for Chrétien’s burial act in the parish registers but I could not find it.

We will now take a look at the marriages of the children of Jean-Baptiste Lemaire and Marie Paquet: three sons, Jean-Baptiste, Julien, Médard, and one daughter, Onésime.

Jean-Baptiste Lemaire married Clarisse Masson, Julien Lemaire married Léocadie David, Médard Lemaire married Émilie Therrien, and Onésime Lemaire married Napoléon Brault.

Remember that name.


Médard Lemeyer, born on November 2, 1813, became known later in life as Medard Myers and he is Steve’s ancestor.
1813 Médard Lemayer 2 novembre


1813 Médard Lemayer 2 novembre zoom

To be continued next Monday.

We are not there yet…

Chrétien Lemaire and his descendant Steve will have to wait a little more because I have some unfinished business with my great-grandfather’s older sister Philomene Lagasse whose little sister was this woman resting in peace since 1901.

Agnes Lagasse

This next picture was scanned in 2011 by Robin. Everyone on it was identified with a caption.

1913 Philomene Lagasse

Great-grandmother Alexander has to be Philomene Lagasse in 1913 or maybe a little later.

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

Philomene’s two daughters are with her: Agnes and Marie Elmire. Agnes’ daughter Sylvia Bleau is also on this picture.

1913 Philomene Lagasse

I know who wrote the caption…

Sylvia Marie Combe.

scan0019She is the same little girl with her mother holding her on this picture.


And this is her mother Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau when she was a baby.


Someone sent these pictures to Robin so she could scan them and share with me. Robin is not related, her husband is although he is a very very distant cousin living in California.

Robin never told me if her husband reads my blog.

Getting back to my unfinished business…

My great-grand-aunt Philomene Lagasse died in 1920. This is her obituary.

Philomene LAGASSE

Death (12 March 1920)

BRISTOL PRESS 13 March 1920

Mrs. Libbie Alexander widow of the late John Alexander died at the home of her son David Alexander 149 Park St. last evening as a result of complications due to old age.

She had been an invalid for several years.

Mrs. Alexander was born in Quebec, Canada 79 years ago. She spent her early years there. She was married in 1869 to John Alexander. They moved to the state and lived for some time in North Adams, Mass. They came to Bristol twenty six years ago and made their home here. Mr. Alexander died in 1914.

Mrs. Alexander is survived by four daughters: Mrs. David Bleau, Mrs. William Archambeault and Miss Mary Alexander of Bristol and Mrs. Phoebe Lustrich of Brooklyn, NY. By Three sons: John, David, and Peter Alexander all of Bristol, and by many grand children and great grand children, she was one of the well known French residents and was a member of St. Ann’s Church. The funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church at 9 o’clock Monday morning. Rev. Joseph P. Perreault will conduct the services.

Obituaries are a great source of information even if there are some errors sometimes.

Mrs. Phoebe Lustrich of Brooklyn, NY


Phoebe was married to a Charles Lestage and she was not a divorcée in 1920!

Phoebe Alexandre

Death certificates are also a great source of information.

1920 death certificate Philomene Lagasse

Peter Alexander, Philomene’s son, is the informant. I know all about Peter, but I won’t go into this.

This is Philomene on another picture Robin sent. We had a hard time figuring out who these people were at first.

We now know who these people are, even the little boy in front of Philomene.

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre I family

Robin also sent this one.

Picture 087

I figure all three are pictures of Philomene Lagasse who has thousands and thousands of descendants in the U.S just dying to have old pictures of her.

Robin has been a great help putting this whole jigsaw puzzle together, and the more we find, the more we know about our ancestors, yours and mine.

I know Steve will share what he knows.

He told me.

You haven’t lost me Pierre, I’m still here, and finding all of your research very interesting.

Both my grandfather and great-grandfather were career Navy men. I have some pictures of the destroyers and troop ships my grandfather commanded during WWII, if you’d like to see them. Sadly we don’t have many pictures of people. No old aunts left; the Myers’ family is very small.

Who is on the right?

Three more posts before I get to Steve’s ancestors.

The woman on the right must have been a funny lady.


You tell me.

She is not Aunt Mary Alexander as the caption says, but this beautiful young bride Amelia Alexandre, Sylvia E. Combe’s cousin.


Here is Amelia Alexandre again at her sister’s wedding…


Fran is the person who sent me this picture in 2012. Her grandmother is Alice Louise Alexandre sitting next to Albert Choinière.

Both Alice and Amelia are this man’s daughters.

Déjà vu?

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre II

John B Alexander II

JB Alexander II

This man was unknown in 2010.

He was on a picture sent by Sandy along with a few other unidentified people.

young man 1

The search was on until Ed contacted me. He had read my posts on this blog and sent me this…

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre II

And this…


Writing about all these people is a way to reach out for their descendants.

No one contacted me about Amelia Alexandre and her husband Ernest Sorel yet.


I can  wait.

Marie Elmire Alexandre

This all started because of this…


Steve will have to wait a little more because I have a lot of pictures to share with my readers.

Marie Elmire is Phoebe’s sister. She never married so no one is looking for her as his or her ancestor.

This is why I am posting these pictures of Marie Elmire sent to me by Robin in 2011.

It’s about time don’t you think?

Marie Elmire must have been a nice lady.



Beautiful old pictures with captions that are right on the button.

These two pictures are part of this lot…

That’s a lot of old pictures isn’t it?

Most people are identified though some captions are wrong like this one.


Aunt Mary Alexander is not on the right…

To be continued…


Adoption papers

One of my readers would like to know more about her roots.

Her father was a paratrooper in the Pacific campaign.


She has her own blog.

She has been writing about her dad and I have seen in her posts all the love and admiration she had for her dad.

She told me that her father’s father left his family so she can’t go back in time to search for her ancestors.

Here is a picture of her father and one of his mother Anna.

Everett A. Smith with mother

GP, that how she wants us to know her by, always read this blog about our ancestors and she adds comments.

This latest one is most interesting.

Outstanding work here, Pierre. It’s getting to be one huge family reunion – I’m jealous, I’m not related.

To which I replied…

I can adopt you if you want…

While I was searching for some images on adoption papers to make her adoption papers, I found this blog.

It’s about the adoption about two Korean children.

Phoebe Alexandre

This has been a long intermission.

I wonder if Steve is still with us on all this.

This is how Phoebe Alexandre looked like in 2010 when Sandy sent me a picture of an unknown young woman in the late 1890s in Bristol, Connecticut.


I am sure now this is Phoebe on this picture Joe had.

Phoebe Alexandre

I used to mixed up Phoebe and Philomène who I now know is not this young woman.

unknown young lady

Sandy wrote me two days ago.

She thinks she might be Agnes Alexandre instead and this would be her wedding picture.

about late 1890's Wedding , Bristol, Conn.

So back to the drawing board… with this montage in Joe’s collection. It was made in the 1900s trying to figure out who is who on it.

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

This is a montage I made in 2011 showing Phoebe Alexandre with her daughter Lucille Lestage.

Montage Lucille and Phoebe

I know Lucille was her daughter born on September 1st, 1909.

Lucille is seen here alone.

Lucille Lestage

Lucille Lestage back

These two images are from Robin who scanned more than 100 images. She sent them in 2011. These images validated all my research on Phoebe Alexandre and also on Marie Elmire.


I know a lot about Phoebe and I would like to share it with her descendants.

Phoebe was born on March 5th, 1874. Her real given name was Flavie.

1874 Flavie Alexandre

Flavie or Phoebe married Charles Lestage. She had these children that I know of:

Albert J Lestage     1901 – ?

Edgar H Lestage     1903 – 1951

Bertie V Lestage     1908 – ?

Lucille M Lestage     1909 –  ?

I know also about her husband Michel Charles Lestage through his 1918 registration card.

Charles Lestage Registration Card

People have been sharing a lot since 2009 and I am not letting anyone down when they contact me.

All these posts written since 2009 so people who are looking for their ancestors can find them someday like Steve Myers who must be dying to learn more about his roots if this long intermission is to ever end.

I know very little about Steve’s parents nor about his grandfather who was a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1940…

1940 Arthur Joseph Myers midshipman U.S. Naval Academy

Or his great-grandfather who was on DD-114 in 1920…


I hope Steve can find old pictures to share with us or stories about his ancestors.

The more the merrier.

Usually an old aunt has pictures in an old shoe box in a dusty attic. Maybe this old aunt also has pictures of my ancestors I have no pictures of.

Who knows?

Sandy is right

I am glad I did not argue with my third cousin Sandy.

I had a good look last night at some of my collection of old photos sent by the A-Team.

The A-Team

This was the most mysterious one.

It still is.

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

This montage was done in Bristol by the Gale Studio around 1900. These are all of Philomene Lagasse’s daughters around her.

Philomene Lagasse is my great-grandfather’s sister.

Dennis Lagasse II

Philomene Lagasse had these children:

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre     1862 – 1936

Joséphine Alexandre     1863 – 1868

Philomène Alexandre     1864 – 1906

Siffroid Alexandre     1866 – ?

Helene Alexandre     1867 – ?

David Alexandre     1869 – 1933

Agnes Alexandre     1871 – 1927

Phoebe Alexandre     1874 – ?

Peter Alexandre     1875 – ?

Myra Alexandre    1877 – 1958

Marie Elmire Alexandre     1881 – 1957

Anonyme Alexandre     1883 – 1883

I always thought this was Agnes Alexandre in the montage.

Agnes Alexandre

Look again!

Marie Elmire

This montage was made last night with pictures sent by three persons who never met in person: Joe, Robin, and Sandy. 

Joe sent me this one early in 2011…

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

Robin sent me this one late in 2011…


Aunt Mary Alexander

Sandy sent me this one in the fall of 2010.

1890's Bristol, Conn.

In 2010, when Sandy and I met virtually for the first time on the Internet, we had not idea who this young woman was.

Sometimes it takes time to figure out who are people on old pictures.