Remembering a Little Flower Girl

Old pictures have always mesmerised me especially wedding pictures.

This is Sam’s wedding. I all but forgot to talk about the little flower girl on the wedding picture.

Senior’s moment I guess.

In my search for who was who on that 1932 wedding picture, I had to use some “clever” deductions. 

First, the bride Marie-Anne Lepage had three sisters… Jeannette, Bertha, and Beatrice. She also had four brothers but that’s another story…

Jeannette Lepage, in the purple dress, was born on April 7th, 1902, and she died on February 23rd, 1996.

This is her on Find a Grave

Jeannette would have been 30 years old in 1932 when her sister Marie-Anne Lepage married Sam Lagasse, so the bridesmaid can’t be her on the wedding picture in my own humble opinion. 

Second, Bertha Lepage, who was born in 1904, would have been 28 years-old in 1932 so I don’t think the bridesmaid was Bertha. 

Which leaves us only with Beatrice Lepage, who was born in 1908, being the bridesmaid. She would have been 24 years in 1932.

Is that all important to know who’s who on old pictures and keep writing about it?

What about the little flower girl?

Jeannette Lepage had married Henri Valois in the early 1920s. Her first child was Pauline Valois born on August 7th, 1925. Pauline would have been 7 years-old in 1932.

Bertha Lepage married Forrest Ivan Ashley. Their first child was Beatrice Ashley born in 1928. Beatrice would have been four years-old in 1932.

Beatrice Lepage married Harry Ward and they had a son, Harry. 

So we are left with only two plausible answers…

What do you think? Pauline Valois or Beatrice Ashley?

At first I thought la petite bouquetière was Pauline Valois, but I am not sure anymore.


Remembering Little Claudette

I was looking this morning at my Ancestry tree and was checking Amazing Alyce’s family tree. I was also looking at the pictures Alyce had sent in 2010, pictures she only could identify her father David. She had no idea who were the other people.



Together we were able to identify who were all these people.

That was seven years ago…

Then I started remembering Little Claudette and her cousin Eugene Albert Moreau.

We once talked about him on the phone then Claudette started crying…

Claudette thought Eugene had died in World War Two. I told her I was going to find out.

That was seven years ago…

This morning I started looking for more information on Ancestry which led me to this on Find a Grave


Since Claudette was on Facebook I wanted to write her a message, but before doing so, I looked at her Ancestry file and then I found this on the Internet…

Which led me to this…

Obituary for Claudette Jean Stackpole

Claudette Jeanne Lagasse Stackpole, 79, of Palatka passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Crescent City under hospice care. She was born October 4, 1936 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Claudette was the daughter of Samuel and Marie Lagasse and the sister of Dolores T. Lagasse Dawson.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford in 1955. Claudette married Richard Bradford Stackpole(deceased), a graduate of Tufts University in Civil Engineering. Richard was a Civil Engineer in U.S.

Navy and his private career in Engineering lead Claudette to live and travel worldwide. In her younger years, Claudette, who was affectionately known as “C.J.” to her friends, was a homemaker and owned a small tennis shop in Miami, called C.J’s Sportswear and Boutique. She was second generation French Canadian and spoke French fluently. She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

She loved to minister to people in the nursing homes, prisons and through food giveaways. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her three children and daughter-in-law, Richard B. “Rick”Stackpole, Jr. of Palatka, Lisa Marie Stackpoleof Atlanta, Georgia and Pastor Theodore B. “Ted” and Angie Stackpole of Palatka. Claudette has 5 beautiful grandchildren, Victoria, Skyler, Jaycee, Emilie and Baylee-Anne.

A memorial service will be held at First Assembly of God in Palatka on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Assembly of God, 3111 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.

Little Claudette will always be remembered…


Seven years ago…

I had written this…

A day in a life…

The wedding of Samuel Lagasse and Marie-Anne Lepage

Claudette, Sam’s little girl, sent me this on Tuesday. If you don’t know who Claudette is…

Click here.

There is someone else who is playing ball with us…

He is Claudette’s nephew who sent me this picture and a whole lot more.

Stephen and I are fourth cousins. He lives in Texas. He identified all the people on the photo except the woman on the right. I knew who she was…

Marie Michaud.

Claudette had this picture of Marie Michaud and her two sons Albert and Roger.

Double play…


Who’s the bridesmaid and who is the flower girl?

Hercule Poirot

This will be all presumptions from my part. Since the best man is Sam’s brother David, I figure the bridesmaid to be Marie-Anne’s sister.

But who could she be? Marie-Anne Lepage had three sisters…

Megaman, Faxanadu, and old pictures

Getting addicted to video games is easy. You just have to defeat the final boss like in Megaman II.

Or in  Faxanadu…

I have done so a few years back when my children were old enough to get addicted to video games. 

In 2007 I almost stopped playing getting instead addicted to old pictures and writing blogs. First one was Nos ancêtres, then its spin-off Our Ancestors, then another one and another one about World War Two, and the list went on and on, enough to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records I guess. 

Enough to scare people away I guess also. If you have been following me from the start you know how addictive writing Our Ancestors can be. 

I understand also when people stop following or are not interested anymore. 

C’est la vie…

Looking for Olsime Lagasse?

Search no more because Olsime, or Alcime, or Onésime is my 5th cousin twice removed.

It was not easy to find him in my private family tree on Ancestry. In fact he was not there at all except for his ancestors Basile Mignier dit Lagacé and Catherine Dubé.

I just had to find him after I got a request on Ancestry this morning.

Hi Pierre,

My grandmother was the daughter of Olsime Lagasse. Olsime’s parents appear to have been Julien Wilfred Lagasse and Clarisse Lagasse. I’ve noticed you have a Julien Lagasse in your family tree. Perhaps it’s the same one? I’m trying to figure out how Olsime’s wife had the same last name as him, I can not find a different last name on her and I haven’t been able to find any information past Julien and Clarisse. If we do in fact have a relative connection would you mind sharing pictures and information you have, please?

I just can’t resist such a request…

Happy Birthday Dennis

Found  on a Facebook page

Focus: French regiment, Carignan-Salières Regiment defended and fortified New France. There 1,200 soldiers overwhelmed the 3,000 residents of New France in 1665.


IMAGE – Illustration ‘Unibroue’ régiment de Carignan-Salières by Charles Vinh

The Carignan-Salières Regiment (1665-1669)

The Carignan-Salières Regiment was the only one to be deployed in full to Canada during the French Regime. To establish a sustainable presence in the colony, the colonial authorities provided a variety of incentives, such as distributing seigneuries to officers in the regiment or marrying soldiers off to the Filles du roi to persuade them to settle in the colony at the end of their service. Of the 1,300 soldiers and officers from the regiment sent to New France, more than 400 settled permanently in the North American territory.

The Carignan-Salières Regiment arrived in New France in 1665, 57 years after Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608.


In view of the fact that there were only 3,200 people of French ancestry in Canada, of whom about 500 lived in or near the town of Quebec, it is easy to guess the emotions raised in that little colony by the announcement that such a large force was arriving. There was enough commotion just trying to find lodgings for all 1,200 soldiers and 80 officers! It was not long before the troops were deployed. By the end of August, eight companies had been sent to build strongholds all along the Richelieu. These became the forts of Sorel, Chambly, Saint-Jean, Sainte-Thérèse and Sainte-Anne. The four companies from the West Indies were attached to the Carignan-Salières Regiment but not incorporated into it, retaining their identification with their respective regiments.

The presence of so many troops radically altered the colony’s military position, which had previously been so precarious. At last the towns could be defended by suitable garrisons, and forts built to block the Richelieu, the traditional path of the Iroquois. Enthusiasm was such that numerous Canadians volunteered to provide support to the Carignan-Salières Regiment. In just a few weeks, the small French colony, which had been huddling defensively for a quarter of a century, changed its outlook from that of besieged to that of aggressor. A new tactic of attacking the Iroquois in their own villages emerged.