Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham…


I had written this earlier this week. It was to be posted after my intermission. I am not making this up.



Never think for a second that you know everything about ancestors and how to find them.

I could not find how Abraham Duby was linked to the first Dubé ancestor to set foot in America.

Mathurin Dubé

Now I think I know why.

I knew everything about Mathurin Dubé and some of his descendants, but I still couldn’t find Abraham Duby’s parents.

Abraham Duby

I really tried. Throwing the towel is not what I do usually. But in Abraham’s case I was thinking I should.

Throwing the towel is the hardest part when you are searching for your ancestors.

It’s much easier to keep looking.

This is what got me going again…

Judi’s interest.

Hi Pierre,  

You are so right. START SMALL-START SLOW.

I tried to connect with Dan Hrlic but he no longer is with Yahoo.
But by doing so I have found out that Peter Dubia is supposed to have married a Canadian Indian Princess named Laura Barney. This just seems bizarre to me.
How about you?  
Also the first names that were given to children in these two families (Dague-Dubie) are repeated over and over again by brothers and sisters, with an occasional odd name thrown in.  
They also seem to have been a close group because when I track a Dubie to a place a Dague relative shows up there too. It truly is a small world.  

Were Dubés also living in Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish around the same time period as the Daigles in the early 1800s?

Is there any information about a Abraham Dubé born around 1797 in St-Hyacinthe where the Yamaska river flows?

Is the calculated birthyear found on Abraham Duby a valid information?

Abraham Duby

1884 – 87 = 1797

We know we can’t rely on information even on “official” documents.

Stephen Dague death certificate


Is this a…

mission impossible


End of original draft post


Judi found him last night!

Yes Judi, you really did!

Abraham Dubé (Abraham Duby) married Geneviève Ballard dit Latour (Olive Jeanne Bear) in 1827 in l’Île-Dupas, one hour-drive from where I live.

Now I am the one who’s all excited…




Where did I get this funny idea about an intermission on this blog?

Who needs an intermission on Our Ancestors?

Maybe Judi needs a little intermission before the next Mission Impossible mission: going on the search from Abraham Duby…

mission impossible

Mr. Phelps got another message…

Soap operas on TV have been keeping people sitting on the edge of their sofas since the early sixties.

The 60s, that’s when I got hooked on Mission Impossible and secretly fell in love with Barbara Bain.


I was around 18 and I would never miss an episode.

So in a sense this blog is a sequel to the Mission Impossible episodes I was intensely watching.

But where did I get this idea of intermissions?

A fellow blogger whom at first I thought was a he.

She was a she!

Not that it did matter to me because she writes beautifully about her father a paratrooper in the Pacific during WWII. Now she writes posts she titles intermission stories before going back in time.

That’s where I got the idea of letting the world know about some of the best bloggers in the world in my book. Let’s say a kind of blog awards bloggers sometimes find in their comment sections.

I don’t have time to fill out all the required information, and I don’t believe in awards.

I don’t even watch the Oscars.

So what about the best blogs around?

Next Monday Intermission (1)

Parish registers…

The only way to go…

1786 Étienne Daigle

One of the index pages taken from Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish

This could be the last post on the Daigle or Dague family.

It was a draft post I had written before I found Stephen Dague’s real name in this document also taken in the same parish registers.

1830 Étienne Daigle zoom

Draft post

Taken from this…

I don’t have the exact image to show you of the baptism of Étienne Daigle in 1789 who was the father of who I think is Stephen Dague who died in 1923. However we have definite proof of Étienne Daigle Senior’s birthdate: 23 September 1786, on page 25.

1786 Étienne Daigle

But is he “THE” Stephen Dague who had married Margaret LaFrance from Moscow, Quebec?

This message was left on a forum in 2001, and is probably where Judi got her information  about Moscow.

From: Gloria Reynolds
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 7:08 PM


I am trying to find a marriage of Stephen/Etienne Dague and
Margaret/Marguerite LaFrance. They may be from the Moscow, Quebec area.

Had son Stephen/Etienne Dague, b. 2 March 1827.
Family migrated to Vermont in the 1830s.
Thank you for any help. 


I also found this on the Internet…

Étienne Daigle’s parents

  • Étienne Daigle 1759-
  • Charlotte Racicot

Union(s) et enfant(s)

  • Marié le 8 août 1808 , Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire, St-Hyacinthe, avec Marguerite Messier dont
  • Jean-Baptiste Daigle

Frères et sœurs

  • Pierre Daigle
  • François Daigle
  • Jean-Baptiste Daigle


  • Union: Dictionnaire historique Drouin

So the search is on again…

End of the draft post.

The search is all but over and I have tried to reach Gloria Reynolds by sending her an e-mail using the e-mail address she left on the forum.

I hope she is still interested.

It has been thirteen long years.

In Which There Are Ten

Part one of more to come…

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I started writing this blog in 2009 as a college class assignment.  I didn’t know I’d keep writing.  I didn’t have a clear purpose for the blog.  I don’t even have a fancy name.  I like the fact that the blog name still has the word “blog” in it, because, people, this is just my opinion and random facts knitted together.  If you want hard news and current events, this is not your place to be.

If you want news about cats and yarns and dead people, step right up.  And comment, please, ’cause bloggers are needy and we love comments.  Of course, out of the three, cats cause the most controversy because everyone has an opinion about cats.  Yarns, not so much.  Dead people are in a category by themselves.  If I’m not writing about your particular dead people, you just might not be interested.

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Who ever said Start small, start slow?

I am closing this chapter in the life of Stephen Daigue who left this earth on March 2nd, 1923.

No pictures to show you, just a name on a death certificate.

Stephen Dague death certificate

That’s always the saddest part in a search for someone’s ancestor.

Disease Causing Death  Cancer of Spleen

Contributing Disease Cancer of left side of face

As a footnote to all this search for Étienne Daigle, son of Étienne Daigle and Marguerite Messier dit St-François…


What is above is part of my search that led me to this as I was just trying to find more clues in the Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire parish registers.

B 84

Étienne Daigle

Le vingt huit mars mil huit cent trente nous prêtre soussigné avons baptisé Étienne né ce jour du légitime mariage de Étienne Daigle journalier du lieu et de Marguerite Messier. Le parrain a été Pierre Daigle, la marraine Charlotte Fontaine qui le père absent n’ont su signer.

Arsenault ptre


1830 Étienne Daigle zoom

How can you trust someone who said Start small, start slow?

It was worth all the efforts.

Maybe someday someone will write me and have old pictures of people he or she does not have a faintess idea who they were.

Laying bridges

That’s mainly my mission on this blog.

Finding how to connect people to lost ancestors with just your few clues like the story of Calisto Who.

mission impossible


Then after the mission is accomplished I say farewell. Not that I don’t want to help anymore, but the fun part is finding all by yourself.

I am not a selfish person and I don’t want to have all the fun.

The irony in all this is that I always find new ancestors when I help people. A case in point, Judi’s distant ancestor Michel Messier is also one of my ancestors.

Michel Messier’s story is worth reading.

Both in English and in French.

My mission is just to strike the match that will lead you to find more about your ancestors…

mission match

The rest is up to you…