Alexina – Post 1230

Alexina Brault or Breault was Elmire’s niece.

This screen capture shows you how add Father, add Mother, add RELATIVES will lead you if you are not careful.

If I remember correctly it was Fran who had shared this photo of Alexina Brault and Zéphyr Choinière.

They had four children. At least that’s how many I found.

No one got married at least I found no wedding photos…

Fran had also shared these two photos. The first one is Albert George Choinière and Alice Louise Alexandre’s wedding picture.

Albert George Choinière and Alice Louise Alexandre

This one with the best man and the bridesmaid.

The best man looked familiar as well as the bridesmaid.

Next time, The End of the Line or click here.

After, click here, and finally click here.



Placenta praevia

I guess you all know by now how Elmire Brault died on May 3rd, 1890.

If not, click on the image below.


Elmire Brault was just a name that I had found in 2007 while searching for my lost ancestors. Little by little my obsession with finding distant relatives led me in 2009 to write Our Ancestors, then later  find Joe, and visit together an old cemetery in Bristol, Connecticut.

This is how I met Elmire a second time.

Joe’s foot is seen on the right. I owe so much to Joe, and Katie owes so much to him. Joe and I are third cousins. This is a photo of his great-great-grandmother Marguerite Alexandre.

Marguerite Alexandre was my great-grandmother’s sister. I have no pictures of Henriette Alexandre but several pictures of her husband my great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse II, pictures that were shared by Dennis Lagasse IV.

I still hope that one day someone will write me and share Henriette’s pictures.

Until then, I can wait.

Watch the blog Katie!

That what I told Katie the last time I wrote her.

Then complete silence.

Another reader who I had scared away with my obsessive writing?

I know most readers don’t have time to read comments, but this one is too good to be true not to share with you this early morning.

I’m very glad that I found you on Ancestry and on this wonderful blog!

My husband’s family trees named him as Frank – or since they knew he emigrated from Quebec, they assumed his full name had been François. Searching on either Frank Lupien or François Lupien with the approximate birthdate and known residence gave lousy results for most non-Census records. So that line stopped completely at that point.

Like others, I easily found “Frank” and the four children who survived past early childhood (including my husband’s great grandfather) in the same household in Bristol in the 1900 Census.

When I looked at the actual record image, I noticed that he and his wife Josephine had only been married for 8 years while the children ranged in age from 11-17, and that her listing said that 0 children had been born to her – so it was clear that the four children must have been born to “Frank” in a previous marriage. But there is no 1890 Census and none of the children from 1900 were old enough to have been alive in 1880, so I had to get very creative with my search parameters. Eventually I found Elmire (Brault) Lupien’s death record and that’s when things started to fall into place – every record I found seemed to add more evidence that the person called Frank Lupien in my husband’s family tree was actually Fanie Lupien.

This is the joy of genealogy; to find clues like this and make connections between them. All it takes is one “epiphany” to solve the puzzle!

Next time…

Placenta praevia


I have some information and would love to share…

This is how I met my second cousin once removed on October 10, 2011.

I have some information and would love to share.

Then Dennis wrote this two years later.

Pierre I can’t thank you enough for everything you’re doing, I really was lost when it came to family history. I saw photos when I was young and didn’t know much more than we came from Bristol CT. I heard once or twice about a Dennis before me that was killed at work in the 1920s but that was all I thought there was. To put names on the strangers smiling faces in the old photos gives me a sense of belonging that I’ve never felt before. I knew there had to be more than just “here I am”, now I have “where I’m from” thanks to you.

In a way, Dennis was born on October 10, 2011 since I did not know he had ever existed before. The only person who had existed since 2009 was his grandfather Levi Napoleon Lagasse seen here on an old picture shared by someone who never wrote back.

Levi Napoleon was on the extreme right in the first row. Little by little this puzzling picture became an obsession.

I just had to find out who were all these people from what was written on the original picture.

Levi was written on one of them as well as Pepere and Aunt Ida.

I have come a long way since 2009 when I first started writing Our Ancestors.

This is Post 1227.

I Give Up!

Do you really mean it when you hit a brick wall?

I don’t.

The story of that picture is on this blog which might be hard to find unless you use the search button on the right side.

Having written more than 1200 posts it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Fanie Lupien’s name did not give me any headache, just a little…

Elmire Brault’s name is what got me curious when I visited St. Joseph Cemetery with 3rd cousin Joe. Visiting that cemetery was sort of an epiphany…

An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realisation. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists[1][2] and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.[3][4][5]

Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally follow a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.[3][4][6][7] Famous epiphanies include Archimedes‘s discovery of a method to determine the density of an object (“Eureka!”) and Isaac Newton‘s realization that a falling apple and the orbiting moon are both pulled by the same force.[6][7][8]

Epiphany that was Fanie Lupien’s real first name… Well sort of…

Fanie was Épiphane. He was named after Epiphanius of Salamis which is found on Wikipedia.

Fanie is remembered on a list of families of St. Ann parish in Bristol that I posted here on this blog.

Here is it again in a PDF form.

(familles de la paroisse de Ste-Anne à Bristol)

Today’s post “I give up!” is just a pun because I know I will never give up unless people stop writing me like Kathy did.

This is pretty old, but I was wondering if anyone has more info on Fanie Lupien and his family/descendants.

About this addiction of mine…?

How did Elmire Brault died?

The story continues next Saturday with a picture.

Alexina Breault with Zéphir Choinière


This is one of the reasons why genealogy can become an addictive pastime…

Add Father, Add Mother… + ADD RELATIVE


Visiting cemeteries can also be addictive…

Fanie Lupien’s story began there and might stop here unless people share knowledge and old pictures.

Old pictures!

That another good reason to get addicted!

Update on a Mission Impossible

The Brault name struck a cord when I was searching for French-Canadian names with Joe in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. So I took three pictures just to be sure I could read the names later.

Elmire Brault’s name was easy to read, but her husband’s name was hard to clearly see.

I could make out Fanie Lupien, but it looked like Fannie, a woman’s name.

So I got thinking… and thinking, and looking…

Lo and behold Fanie Lupien’s name was somewhere on a list!

(familles de la paroisse de Ste-Anne à Bristol)


Hello Pierre,

I am working on my husband’s genealogy and have hit a bit of a brick wall, I was wondering if you have any additional information on Fanie Lupien or Elmire Brault Lupien of Bristol, CT? I believe Fanie might be my husband’s 2nd great grandfather but records are hard to piece together.


To be continued…?

Famous? Did I say Guy Bryant was not famous?

Guy Bryant was somewhat famous for something after all…


Our ginger ale started out in 1896, created by John Henry Bryant in Québec’s Eastern Townships. Mr. Bryant, who was originally a beer brewer with partner Seth Nutter at the Silver Springs Brewery on Abenakis Street in Sherbrooke, found there was too much competition for that type of beverage and so decided to come up with an original drink for his own family business. Inspired by his Irish roots and through much trial and error, he created a rich, Belfast-type ginger ale with an original flavour. His wife, inspired by her husband’s stubborness, suggested he call the drink Bull’s Head and the name stuck.

A 100 year old original recipe. Any company that’s been around for over a century can tell you; you don’t stay in business this long without a great product and outstanding customer service. After Bull’s Head’s regional success, the drink became so popular you could even find it in Québec City’s Château Frontenac between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Facing tough competition from major soda companies since having lost the Coca-Cola franchise in the 1970’s, Gerry and John finally closed down. Mr. Lucien Lavigne, a Sherbrooke bottler, revived the company when he purchased it. When Mr. Lavigne sold his Pepsi franchise in the early 1990s, he decided to stop producing Bull’s Head ginger ale, all the while keeping the rights to the secret recipe.

Then, in 1993, Dr. Peter O’Donnell, a Townships businessman looking for a challenge that he could also make use of his two sons’ expertise learn the ropes, expressed interest in Bull’s Head. After several attempts, Dr. O’Donnell finally bought the rights to Bull’s Head from Mr. Lavigne. Dr. O’Donnell and his sons are credited with giving Bull’s Head a new lease on life, backed by the Eastern Townships community who were eager to get their hands on their ginger ale. In 2006, the Husk brothers bought Bull’s Head and it’s in November 2009 that the Pearson brothers, Carl and Dominic, with our Sherbrooke partner, Charles Martel bought the rights and recipe for the legendary ginger ale. Absent from the shelves for almost a year, they worked hard to allow everyone to taste and savor Bull’s Head ginger ale. Bull’s Head is now available for everyone to enjoy!

In 2012, Bull’s Head developed a Ginger Beer based on the suggestion of one of their loyal customers. This product is now very popular, especially when making Shandy Gaff, a blend of our ginger beer and a blond beer, which is a very popular golf after-game drink.

In 2014, Bull’s Head innovated again with two new products, a Diet Ginger Ale and a Ginger Spruce Beer. These new products will allow the company to enter new markets in Quebec.

John Henry Bryant married Ida Wearne and they had four children:

James Guy Dixon Bryant 1893–1990
Albert Edward Bryant 1894–1972
Clifford Bryant 1897–1979
Florence Bryant 1901–1993

Guy Bryant followed on his father’s footsteps and had a Coca-Cola franchise also.

This is Guy Bryant again posing for posterity early 1943 with his wife Olive Marion Gunning, Gordon Hill who earned his wings, and farther right Elizabeth and June Bryant, Guy and Olive’s daughters.

Gordon is leaving for Boundary Bay, British Columbia, being posted there with 133 Squadron.

74 years later, Gordon Hill got a gift from Clarence Simonsen…

A four-pack of Bull’s Head.

Guy and Olive had a son:

John Hugh Bryant

BRYANT, John Hugh
Passed away peacefully at the Glengarry Hospital, Victoria, B.C. November 28, 2008. John was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, June 21, 1922. He is survived by his loving wife Joan and children: Jim (Gill), Ken, Patricia, Nancy (Guy), and grandchildren; Jack (Elizabeth), Noelle and Michael, as well as his sister Elizabeth Fleet in Montreal and her family.
Predeceased by his parents, Guy and Olive Bryant. Brought up in Sherbrooke, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and served in the North Atlantic during World War Two. He survived the torpedoing of the HMCS Alberni in August 1944.

After the war, John joined the family soft drink bottling business; J.H. Bryant Inc. He was an active member in both the Sherbrooke Regiment and the Yamaska Valley Power Squadron and was very much a part of the community of the Eastern Townships. John and Joan retired to Victoria and settled in View Royal in 1975 and have been an active part of the community. John continued with the Power Squadron, and participated in the Victoria Wine Maker’s Guild and the View Royal Garden Club. John loved his family and friends; he was passionate and fascinated by anything involving nature, science, and mechanics. He loved gadgets and tools and of course, a clever pun.


About Elizabeth…

Elizabeth (Bryant) Fleet


Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, died peacefully in the arms of her family on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Liz will be greatly missed yet fondly remembered for being ever positive and for her love of nature, art and architecture. Predeceased by her husband Garth Fleet. Survived by sons Gregory (Janine), Toronto, and Ian (Brigitte), Hull; grandchildren Vivian, Owen and Calder; Emma, Jessie and Aidan. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Montreal, for their excellent care. In commemoration of Liz, family and friends may make a donation to a charity of choice.

The Bryant Family – Winter of 42

I did not know a thing about that family until a veteran Spitfire pilot shared all the pictures he took in World War II.

Some pictures are about the Bryant Family like this one taken in the winter of 42.

Guy Bryant is with his wife and the young Gordon Hill. Guy Bryant and Gordon Hill are not famous people. This is the reason why I am writing about them on Our Ancestors. Maybe one day a descendant of the Bryant family will cherish all the pictures Gordon Hill took.


Like this one with a Navy man and a beautiful young woman posing with a dog for Gordon.

The date is May 9th, 1943. We are at the Bryant home in Sherbrooke.

I kind of adopted that family thanks to Clarence Simonsen’s research on a veteran Spitfire pilot.

Gordon Hill’s story is on another blog titled Preserving the Past. That’s the reason I was pretty quiet on Our Ancestors lately.

This is about to change.

This is post 1222.

Letters from the Past

You should start reading them before you have too much to read…

This is the introduction to the story.

My Uncle Charlie (Charles David Knight) was my mother’s brother. He served in World War II from 22 Dec 1942 – 14 Oct 1945. Born 14 Aug 1915 in Westbrook, Cumberland, Maine, USA; he was the oldest of five children in the Frank and Nina Knight household. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 27 hoping his younger brother, Eugene, would not be drafted. He did boot camp at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin and was deployed overseas beginning in Northern Ireland for 10 months training as part of Operation Overload, for the Normandy invasion. On June 7, 1944 (D Day +1) the division stormed Omaha Beach. His division liberated vital port city Brest on September 18, 1944 and seized Roer River Dam on December 11, 1944. His division held key roads leading to Liege and Antwerp during Battle of the Bulge. The last days of war his division spent moving across Czechoslovakia, and met Soviet allies in Pilsen
While serving his country, he wrote over 200 letters to his parents and they were saved. I have the great opportunity to read these letters and share with my readers my uncle’s feeling, fears, hopes, and concerns of a soldier while serving his country overseas in World War II in the European Theater of the war. I will use information obtained from several sources to determine where my uncle’s battalion was likely located on the day he wrote the letter I will be sharing on the specific post in my blog. The blog is entitled “World War II in the Words of My Uncle.” He will become a Sergeant during the war.