Dennis Lagasse… Who do you think you are? Redux

I like to take a trip down memory lane sometimes on this blog, and reflect upon what I have been writing since 2009.

This post was written on October 16, 2011.

That’s when Dennis wrote me again and I got excited all over again.

Start reading the post…

Sometimes I think I scare people away with my passion for genealogy. I hope I won’t scare Dennis away.

If you pass the test and you are not afraid, then you are in for a big surprise…

I am a very serious person and I am very respectful of others. Joe and Sandy know that because they met me in person last month. And they were not scared a wee bit…

So… 

Dennis Lagasse…

Who do you think you are?

Dennis is a direct descendant of Dennis 1816, Dennis 1842 and Dennis 1864… He lives in Connecticut where these Dennises are buried.

Dennis put a comment on my blog about genealogy this week…

I don’t think I scared him away because he sent me this e-mail… when I first replied to his comment.

Hello Pierre,

I just talked to my dad… and he’s sending me a copy of the pictures he has of his grandfather Dennis Lagasse with his 12 kids and wife Amanda on their front porch in Bristol CT. He also read to me the Bristol Press newspaper article where it describes the accident that killed Dennis in 1922, he is copying and sending me that also. It’s so exciting for me to see all this history coming together, I live in… CT and am only an hour away from Bristol and would love to help you in any way I can.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you’ve done so far.

Dennis Lagasse

His great-grandfather was Dennis Lagasse who died in 1922.

Dennis knows that part.

He was married to Amanda Ménard and they had 12 children.

Dennis knows that part also.

Dennis’ great-great-grandfather was also named Dennis. I don’t know if Dennis knew this.

This Dennis Lagasse whose real name was Stanislas Lagacé was born 9 August 1842 in Henryville, in Quebec.

He died on June 5th 1927.

He was 84.

He worked all of his life.

His father, who was also named Stanislas (Dennis), died in 1900.
This is his death certificate that Sandy found for me.

He was 84.

He was born in 1816.

He worked all of his life.

He lived at 22 Conlon Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

So Dennis…

Who do you think you are?

Someone who will want to know more about his roots back to the first ancestor… 

André Mignier dit La Gâchette.

He was a soldier who came with the Carignan-Salières regiment.

Stop reading…

Why am I retelling all this?

Just to say I don’t write this blog after all, people who write me do, and anything they share is important, even pictures of ashtrays.

Levi ashtray 2

Now if someone related to Aldéi could contact me and tell me he or she has old pictures like Dennis had, I will start to get all excited again.

In Search Of Marie-Anne…

Why not go on a search for Marie-Anne’s descendants?

Sandy sent me a message yesterday about Marie-Anne Lagasse. She had entered some information on my Ancestry tree.

I have no picture of Marie-Anne nor of her father, my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé (1816) who bears the same given name as my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé who I call Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas who I call Stanislas 1864.

This is all I have of Stanislas 1816… his certificate of death and some census pages.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900

If I write that much about my ancestors and also ours, it’s because there are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 hidden somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in the U.S. that some of Marie-Anne’s descendants have and can’t figure out who is who on those old pictures…

I can!

 

Remembering William Lagasse

Dennis IV sent me this link… 

10 Remarkable Facts About World War One

It reminded me of William Lagasse who was my grandfather’s nephew.

I don’t believe they ever met.

Maybe they did.

I don’t believe he ever knew what happen to William either.

Maybe he did.

I never knew anything about William Lagasse.

He was just a name in my genealogy data bank.

William Lagasse was the son of Antoine Lagacé (Anthony Lagasse) and Délia Bertrand.

This is who I believe are Antoine and Délia.

This photo was sent to me in 2010 by my not so distant cousin Sandy who lives in the United States.

Sandy does not know who they are, but we think it could be them.

Maybe we could be wrong.

The man looks a lot like a Lagacé (Lagasse).

On the left is Stanislas Lagasse born in 1842 and on the right is his son Stanislas born in 1864

Antoine was Stanislas’ first son and he was born in 1863.

William is Antoine’s first son and he was born in 1888 the same year as my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior.

I am sure my great-grandfather Stanislas learned what happen to his grandson William in 1918.

I am sure he did because he lived till 1927.

If you want to know what happen to William, click here I have something to share with you.

If you are somewhat related to William Lagasse or his father Anthony Lagasse, please write me a comment below and I will get in touch.

What About Lilie Lagasse?

I hope I did not mislead you with this picture last time.

It was not deliberate.

Lillie, Lily, or Lillian is on this picture.

This is a very rare picture of workers at the Ingraham factory in Bristol, Connecticut at the turn of the century… Twentieth that’s is.

Try Googling to see if you can find more pictures about workers at the Ingraham factory.

What about Lilie Lagasse?

Lillie Lagasse is NOT  on this picture, but Lilie Archambeau is, with her  sister Alice. Unfortunately we don’t know who the two men are, but we have a lot of pictures of Lilie and Alice to share thanks to Frank Archambeault.

Lilie and Alice Archambault

Alice and Lilie Shambo

Lilie Archambo’s wedding

Opening a New Chapter: Lilie Lagasse (1873- ?)

I wish I knew more about Lilie.

She was my grandfather’s sister.

Back in 2007, I knew nothing about my Lagacé lineage. I knew of course about André Mignier dit la Gâchette, but I could not link up with him.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières
Illustrator Francis Back 

Five years later I am quite skillful at finding other people’s ancestors since I have been able to find almost all about my grandfather’s parents and his siblings.

Quite a challenge because he was never married to my grandmother since he was already married.

Lilie, or Lillie or Lillian, is the also the sister of Anthony Lagasse and Stanislas Lagassey who are both buried in St. Joseph cemetery. I don’t know where Lilie is buried though. What I know is that she was married to Eugene Dube.

Last week I knew not that much about her and her husband. Judy was a great help without ever realizing it when she posted this comment.

Not sure if I can help.
Jules Moquin was my great-grandfather.
He was born in Canada, married Marie Dube.
I believe there are Lagaces somewhere in the family line, but I’m not sure where.
Can you, or anyone else offer any insights on Jules and Marie?

Jules Moquin, her ancestor, was marrried to Marie Dubé. 

While looking for Marie Dube I found she was the sister of Eugène, Napoléon and Pierre.

Remember Birds of a feather stick together. 

Well, I was stuck (pun intended) with Eugène’s and Napoléon’s parents. The only clue I had was the given name of their father: George.

Not much to go on hey…

Remember Birds of a feather stick together.

Ingraham factory in Bristol, CT

Come back next time I have a lot to show you thanks to Frank.

When Joseph Comes Marching Home

I had a senior moment yesterday as I posted two articles.

It does not matter…

Joe gave me this newspaper clipping last week when I paid him a visit.

He said: “Remind me not to forget to  give you  something else before you leave.”

I forgot and he forgot.

It does not matter…

Before I forget, I have to tell you about this true story. In fact everything I write on this blog is true.

I never make something up to be entertaining.

What about Joseph Lagasse, William Lagasse’s brother who died at Seicheprey?

You remember William Lagasse don’t you?

Now do you remember the pictures Dennis Lagasse IV sent me?

Bristol

Bristol

I don’t know if there is a link also with these other pictures he also sent.

Bristol (Ida Lagasse is on the left)

?

Somewhere in France

?

Someday I will find out…

Footnote…

This is Joseph Lagasse’s burial place in St. Thomas Cemetery.

He is buried just behind his mother’s grave…

Senior Moments

I did not know that expression until I visited Joe…

I had a lot of senior moments during my trip to Connecticut trying to remember some of the names while I was visiting cemeteries with Joe and Frank.

We visited St. Thomas and St. Joseph cemeteries if I remember the names correctly.

As usual I took a lot of pictures.

You never know when these will help in further research.

We started first at St. Thomas cemetery which I had visited last year.

Frank Archambeault was looking for some of his ancestors buried there, but he could not find any headstones that would lead him to them. I took this picture where some of his ancestors would be buried.

My great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse (1842-1927) and his father Stanislas Lagacé (1816-1900) have to be also buried at St. Joseph’s, but I only found two of Dennis Lagasse’s sons’ headstones:

Stanislas Lagassey… who died in 1922.

And Anthony Lagasse… who died in 1934.

William, one of Anthony’s son, died in 1918, but he is not buried there. In fact nobody could ever find his burial place.

Even if I had senior moments while visiting the cemeteries, I can never forget how, when, and where William Lagasse died.

Click here to know where he might be buried. 

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Next time, more on this story.

A Little Help From My Friend

Joe knows Bristol well and helped me yesterday with some pictures.

He told me this parade did not take place in Bristol.

I would guess the parade was “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” coming to town, but the town is not Bristol.

After a little Internet research I believe we have the same Buffalo Bill as on this picture.

About these soldiers…

Joe said…

The soldiers on parade looks like it is in Bristol in front of the old train station.

Could this be their return?

The soldiers in the 2nd picture are coming down Main Street and turning on to North Main Street headed to the National Guard Armory.

The train station is gone. The stone wall is gone. But the railroad overpass remains.

Fascinating input from someone who is certainly not bored by Our Ancestors.

Tired of reading this blog about Our Ancestors?

Then try this for a change…

These pictures found in the old Lagasse album.

one of our lighter than air ships

Try finding information on Google about this airship… a U.S. Army OA-1 observation blimp and its sleeping quarters.

Good luck!

They were also called Pony blimps.

where our little blimp sleeps

Priceless pictures!

Try finding information on when and where this parade took place?

Most probably in Bristol, Connecticut.

And were these soldiers from Bristol going to war, coming back, or just parading?

So many questions we don’t have answers to…

Yet!

I know Joe is going to help me on this…

I hope you are not bored to death about all these old pictures in the old Lagasse album…

Unknown soldier

Unknown soldier

Ida Lagasse on the left

As I said before, this is a never-ending blog…

I don’t know if Marie Rose Elmira Lagasse was driving the bus…

If this is not enough, try figuring out when and where this picture was taken…

This is certainly not taken in Bristol, Connecticut!

Pictures From the Lagasse’s Album

Last year Lionel Lagasse sent me these pictures via his son Dennis.

Lionel’s grandfather was Dennis Lagasse III.

Dennis Lagasse III is easily identified as well as on this picture of his family.

This is Dennis Lagasse II. He was Dennis Lagasse III’s father.

Dennis Lagasse II is my great-grandfather. His youngest son was Léo born on June 5, 1888. He was my grandfather.

Nothing to get too excited about…? 

Of course I was excited to see those pictures of my grandfather’s brother’s family!

Back in 2007 when I started getting interested in my ancestors I knew nothing about my grandfather’s family or his siblings.

That was before I decided to start writing this blog.

Well I had some information but I had no pictures. These people were only names in a family tree.

Yesterday, Lionel’s son, Dennis Lagasse IV, posted some more pictures on his Facebook page to share them with friends and family. He gave me the go-ahead to post them here… 39 in all!

Nothing to get too excited about…?

You will see.

Lionel’s old family album is full of pictures of the Lagasses and the Dubés. The Dubés were just names in my family tree.

Here Dennis Lagasse III is seen in the middle. I don’t know who are the other two… 

Yet! 

But I do recognize the house in the back.

On this next picture Dennis Lagasse III is again in the middle… under a hat! I believe he is wearing his son’s Joseph’s hat.

Joseph is on the right. Levi Napoleon, who is Lionel’s father, is on the left.

Here again we see them goofing around… Victor Philip is wearing a flower on his lapel. Did he just got married?

Dennis III is helping his son Harvey to climb up the tree while Victor is imitating a monkey.

Meantime Dennis’ wife Amanda Ménard Lagasse is doing the laundry…

I wonder what they are up to…

But is this woman really Amanda Ménard?

This could be Mary Lagasse, Amanda’s daughter… with her straight face seen on the porch on the left in this picture Lionel sent last year.

All the children of Dennis III and Amanda Ménard are pictured here. 12 in all.

This will help you out finding who’s who.

 

Next time, more pictures…

I hope you are all excited about all this.