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.


Sandy wrote me…

And I thought I had figured it all out…

montage unknown couple

Hi Pierre,

I think that the photo you posted is of Agnes Alexander and David Bleau’s  wedding photo. By her dress it is the right time frame when I looked at all the dates it could be of everyone getting married in that family. Her clothes date the photo. And if you look at the other photo of David Bleau it is him.


about late 1890's Wedding , Bristol, Conn.

 What do you think?

David Bleau Junior mod

I still think this is Philomène Alexandre and Thomas Molloy, but I will never get into an argument with Sandy.

about late 1890's Wedding , Bristol, Conn.

Philomene Alexandre

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I know Fran saw this coming…

I believe this is Philomene Alexandre with her husband Thomas Molloy.

This picture was sent to me in 2010 by my third cousin Sandy. We had no idea who this couple was.

about late 1890's Wedding , Bristol, Conn.

This is from Joe’s collection of cabinet cards I scanned when I visited him in 2012.

unknown young lady

I believe we have the same woman on both pictures.

I know everything about her except how she looked.

I know when she was born…

1864 6 November Philomène Alexandre

I know when she married Thomas Molloy…

1880 31 August marriage Philomene Alexandre Thomas Molloy 1 1880 31 August marriage Philomene Alexandre Thomas Molloy

I know how many children she had…

James Thomas Molloy     1887 –

Jean-Baptiste Molloy     1890 –

Agnes Marie Rose Molloy     1892 – 1894

Bertha Molloy     1893 –

Eva Molloy     1895 – 1896

Albert Molloy     1897 – 1897

I even have a picture of one of her daughters I believe is Bertha Molloy even if the caption on the back says Agnes…

Bertha Molloy

I even know when Philomene Alexandre died…

and how she died.

1906 Philomene Alexander death certificate

Now you know how addictive a picture can be.

Did I need to ask?

Another Virtual Family Reunion

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That’s a lot of posts since September 2009 on this blog about our ancestors and genealogy.

I never got around to post this one.

I wrote it in November 2011. I believe Fran, who is this man’s descendant, is the person who wrote me.

JB Alexander II

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre from Joe’s collection

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre or J. B. Alexander Junior is the brother of these two beautiful young women seen here on Joe’s collection of cabinet cards.

young Myra Alexandre

 Myra Alexandre

Phoebe Alexandre

 Philomene (Phoebe) Alexandre

J. B. might be also this other young woman’s brother.

unknown young lady

I will probably never know who she is even I try to figure out how she is related to the Alexandre family.

montage unknown couple

Start reading…

Another far away distant relative of mine has just appeared out of the blue.

She had this picture among many others and what she wrote is this interesting comment…

I looked at the photos of Agnes and the third one from the left, the two sisters, this is the picture I have that say Myra and Phebe. When I looked at the attachment that Joe sent on these women I see that the birth ages are not consistent with the  names on the photos. So my photo is the same as yours, I shall now get out all the pictures I have on this family and see if I can match any. I look forward to more of the same.

Fran’s picture

 She said she had those names in the back… Myra and Phebe.

Sandy had her own theory about who those two were, and I concurred.

You can read it here…

We thought we had Philomene Alexandre and Agnes Alexandre correctly identified  according to Sandy’s theory.

Everything made sense back then…

But is what is on the back of my new found far away distant relative’s picture correct?

Could it be Phebe on the left and Myra on the right instead?

Sometimes what is on the back of pictures is written backwards…


Also, could Philomene had gone by the name  Phebe?

So many questions have now arisen… from another far away distant relative of mine who has just appeared out of the blue.

Just like Dennis Lagasse IV last month.

This is going to be another great virtual family reunion.


End of the intermission…


Chrétien, tell me more about your family…


I know it is addictive.

I can’t stop being addicted to old pictures.

montage unknown couple

I know this woman is related to me.

unknown young lady

The problem is how.

This is another picture of someone who has to be also related.

young woman Bristol

Same photographer…

These two pictures are part of Joe’s collection of cabinets cards.


You tell me…

Old pictures

A little intermission in our search for Chrétien Lemaire’s descendants.

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.


Sometimes it takes time to find all about your ancestors.

We have to be patient.

I still have pictures in my collection that beg to be identified.

This young woman is still unknown.

unknown young lady

That picture was taken in Bristol probably in the late 1890s. My cousin Joe had it in his collection of old pictures when I visited him in 2012. He also had this one without a name.

young Myra Alexandre

Myra Alexandre

I knew who she was!

The unknown young woman could be related to Steve, but I doubt it. She could be related to Myra Alexandre.

Sandy had a lot of old pictures in her collection back in 2010 when she first contacted me through Ancestry.

She had this picture.

possible Malvina Lagasse late 1890's Bristol, Conn.

And this one.

Myra and Phebe

Both were unknown sisters back in 2010.

Things have changed a lot since then.

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This picture in Joe’s collection of old pictures was taken around the same time.

young Myra Alexandre

Myra Alexandre

Same photographer, same place…

I took me all this time to figure out what the unknown young woman might be related to Myra Alexandre and her sister Phoebe.

Aunt Phoebe and Aunt Myra

collection of Robin’s old pictures

But I could be wrong, and that young woman might be related more to Steve.

unknown young lady

These old pictures from Sandy’s collection could also be related to Steve.

about late 1890's Wedding , Bristol, Conn.

Someday I am sure we will find out who was who on these pictures.

montage unknown couple

And also this one.

Lagasse -Maybe

Chrétien Bracmaer!

This is Chrétien Lemaire’s wife burial act.

Chrétien Brackmaer



Well that’s another way to spell Lemaire isn’t?.

That’s how monsieur le curé Mennard of St-Joseph parish in Chambly, Québec, spelled Chrétien’s surname with a few other typos in the burial act.

Josephte Lagarde

Le trente novembre mil sept cents quatre vingt cinq a été inhumée josette Lagarde décédée le jour précédent agée denviron dixneuf ans femme de Chrétien Bracmaer étaient présents Nicolas demers et autres

Mennard  curé



Josephte Lagarde

On November 30th 1785 was buried josette Lagarde who died yesterday at the age of about 19 years-old wife of Chrétien Bracmaer were present Nicolas Demers and others

Mennard  priest

Even if monsieur le curé Mennard spelled it wrong, I think I can safely assume that Chrétien Bracmaer aka Chrétien Lemeyère is Chrétien Lemaire, Steve Myers’ ancestor.


Chrétien Lemaire got married, but his lovely wife died young. Only one son was born: Jean-Baptiste Lemaire.

With that being settled, for the time being, I can now concentrate on the descendants Jean-Baptiste Lemaire, the son of Chrétien Lemaire and Josephte Vincent dit Lagarde who died in 1785 at the age of 19.

Jean-Baptiste Lemaire would go on in life and marry Marie Paquet in 1808. He would father at least four children:

Jean-Baptiste Lemaire
Julien Lemaire
Médard Myers    November 2, 1813 – 19 May, 1866
Onésime Lemaire    1835 –

To be continued…