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, 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.

Closing Chapter: Young Myra Alexandre

I don’t believe in spirits, ghosts nor do I believe in reincarnation.

Well maybe spirits…

But I can keep an open mind.

Myra died in 1958 when I was 10 years old.

I never met Myra Alexandre. She was living in the United States and I was living in Montreal. I had heard that my grandfather once had lived in the U.S. That was the only link.

I did not know Myra had ever existed before 2010 when my third cousin Sandy first contacted me on this blog. Since then I have found almost everything about Myra’s life.

So this is the closing chapter.

This is young Myra Alexandre.


Joe had this cabinet card in his collection when I met him last September. Sandy had the same picture in her collection in 2010.

We had few clues then… this is why we had called this young woman Bristol late 1890s. Sandy had also these.

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre

I first thought the picture of Myra was that of either Malvina Lagasse or Lillie Lagasse, my grandfather’s sisters.

I have come a long way since 2010 haven’t I. 

Look at those eyes…

Myra Alexandre 1877-1958

Frank Archambeault told me his grandmother had quite a strong character.

He did not have to tell me.

Frank  also told me about little Raymond, Myra’s first child.

When Frank, Joe and I visited St. Joseph cemetery I did not know little Raymond Archambeault was resting in peace beside his daughter Marian.

Marian died when she was only 12.

Little Raymond must have been devastated by her death.

I know I would have been.

Myra Alexandre died in 1958 at the age of 81. Marian was four years old.

Myra probably played with her granddaughter Marian sometimes like I do with my two grandchildren Théo and Iris.

I love to play with my grandchildren probably like Stanislas Lagacé  seen here with his grandchildren Marie Rose Elmira and Harvey Lagasse when they were young.

 I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I think I am the reincarnation of Grandpa Lagassy…

Just a thought.

Going out on a Limb

Sometimes I go out on a limb with some of the pictures my readers send me.

This is exactly what I did with this picture Ed had sent me a few months ago…

It was part of the lot of 31 unidentified ancestors.

Family 1

I got all excited and I was trying to match it up with a picture that Frank had sent me of John Archambeault, brother of Mary, Sophie and William Archambeault.

Frank Archambeault joined us last Saturday  for breakfast. He had brought a lot of pictures and what he called jokingly chicken notes.

Frank told me he did not think “Family 1” from Holyoke was John Archambeault, Florence Boucher and a daughter.

Then, Frank pulled a chicken out of his hat…

It was about this picture… his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

– Robin? Robin who? Do we know her dear?

– I don’t know… but I guess we’ll found out soon enough.

Frank Archambeault had the name of William’s best man in a newspaper clipping!

Frank Lagassi!

The name sounded pretty familiar…

Cabinet Cards

For your eyes only…


Remember Good Old Holyoke?

Ed had sent me this message along with his 31 pictures of unidentified ancestors.

After our little discussion of the Alexander family and from what little research I have done, I believe I have some old photographs that might be from their family.  When my aunt died in 1963, her mother, my grandmother, brought back to Georgia a steamer trunk containing some of my aunt’s things.  In that trunk was a group of old photographs.  They were in my grandmother’s things in 1975 when she died and they have finally come to rest with me. 

No one was ever able to tell me anything about the pictures (I never even thought to ask Uncle George).  They are of babies, children, families, and individual men and women, all dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

None have any names indicating whom the pictures are of, however some do have photographer’s marks.  There are 31 photographs and 16 have Holyoke, Massachusetts labels, 2 have Quebec labels, and 1 has a label from Bristol, Connecticut.  These are all places associated with the Alexanders.  In 1920 and 1930, Jean-Baptiste and his family were living in Bristol, CT; in 1910, they were in Holyoke, MA and prior to that, they were in Quebec.   

All of Ed’s 31 pictures did not look familiar at first glance.

Even Robin had this comment…

What a challenge! Are we up to it?

All were unidentified ancestors until Frank sent me this picture of  John Archambeault.

He is Jean-Baptiste Archambeault’s and Emilia Mercier’s son. John Archambeault married Florence Boucher. He could be the same man seen in this montage I made with one of Ed’s pictures.

I had this picture identified as family 1.

Family 1

You have to start somewhere don’t you…

Anyway, this Family 1 could be John Archambault with his wife Florence Boucher and a daughter. I know they had at least four daughters… because Frank told me.

Flora Archambault (1873)

Lillie (Lillian) Archambault (1877)

Alice Archambault (4 July 1878)

Nellie (Helen) Archambault 1884

Nellie could be the daughter on the picture.

Now if we turn our attention to Family 2.

Family 2

Could this family be also related to the Archambeault family…?

How about his one then and all other 28 pictures sent by Frank that were all unidentified ancestors?

Family 3

 I have no idea.

About John Archambeault…

I believe it’s him on these two pictures.

If this is John, then this could be John with his daughter Flora born in 1873.

I know sometimes I might be hard to follow…

Family Guy

If you are reading my blog for the first time, then you have to go back in time and read this article first and then proceed from there… If you don’t, it’s like watching only the last 5 minutes of a great classic movie.


I don’t watch much television these days. Well, in fact, I have not been watching television a lot since 2007 when my brother brought me some old pictures to scan. I had no idea who those people were.

Speaking of television, my family watches this TV program and they seem to enjoy it.

I don’t enjoy that kind of humor, but I don’t mind others watching it.

I am more of an “extended” family guy since 2007 when I started searching for my roots. It all started with a lot of pictures my aunt had, especially this one.

Honoré Sauvé

Now I know how you call these kind of pictures…

They are called cabinet cards. I didn’t back in 2007.

I have come a long way since 2007 haven’t I?

Me in 1954 on Mentana street in Montreal

My mother had written in the back of the old picture père du grand-père (grandfather’s father). I am sure about the source since it was my mother’s handwriting. 

I figured that if that man was her grandfather’s father then he had to be my great-great-grandfather Honoré Sauvé, and the woman beside him had to be his wife and she had to be my great-great-grandmother.

Strolling along…

I went on searching for her name which I easily found of course.

Julie Leroux.

I also found out that one of Julie’s direct ancestors was Anne-Marie Von Zeigt whose father, Christian Von Zeigt, was a cavalry captain in Hamburg, Germany. Anne-Marie was a Fille du Roy and she had to prostitute herself later in life when her first husband died, and her second maltreated her…

Trotting along…

There was also this other picture my aunt had. It was my mother’s grandfather.

Léon Sauvé

Léon was Honoré’s son. That one was easy to identify.

I don’t have a picture of Léon sitting beside his wife Aldina Paiement with her hand on Léon’s shoulder.

But I have her mortuary card…

Léon Sauvé died in 1918 and Aldina died in 1925. Aldina Paiement Sauvé never remarried.

There was also this picture in the plastic grocery bag full of precious pictures my aunt had. 

The woman on the right looked familiar, but I was not 100% sure who she was for almost four years. I knew who was the woman on the left because I had, you guessed it, her mortuary card.

Hermine was living in Sprinfield, Massachusetts.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because sometimes you can’t be 100% sure when you are searching for your ancestors and distant relatives.

I am not 100% sure, but I believe this is my great-grandmother Aldina Paiement on the right with her sister Hermine.

Aldina looks like my mother.

Getting back to Hermine Paiement, she was married to Joseph Olivier Vézina. She had a lot of children… 16 in all! That info is in the 1900 U.S. Census.

Click on the image

I found out she had three more…

Yvonne Vézina 1904 –
Corinne Vézina 1905 – 1908
Joseph A. D. Vézina 1906 – 1906

Hermine is probably the ancestor you are looking for a picture of.

So this could be the start of a big extended virtual family reunion.

Before I leave…

What’s all this has to do with Marie?

Just that I am an extended family guy and the guy next to Marie is Raoul Vézina, Hermine’s son.

See you tomorrow.

Mystery wowen

Welcome back… I hope you have visited this blog a few times. 

Back to this blog, Robin, a member of the A-Team, said in her comment she posted…

What a challenge! Are we up to it?

I answered back…

We won’t know until we try.

You never thought how addictive cabinet cards were didn’t you?

They become more addictive when you can put a name on someone’s face.

Mother and daughter? That’s for sure, but no names, just the photographer’s name.

B. F. Ogden, from Springfield, Massachusetts.

That the only clue unless my cousin Sandy takes a look at the women’s clothing and tells me when it was in style.

Another one. Again from Springfield, Massachusetts.

I sent all the 31 pictures to Sandy. She wanted to take a look. I am sure she will get hooked and give me some clues on when the pictures were taken just by looking at the women’s clothing.

See you around. Until then, subscribe to the other blog about cabinet cards.

You could find your ancestors.

I’m sure that the man featured in this photo is my great great grandfather Per Ambjorn Sparre. He was an inventor amongst other things and actually created the first perforated postage stamps in Stockholm. He married an Italian woman and spent much of his life in Paris. There is a wealth of information about him in Swedish. He was Louis Sparre’s (My great grandfather) father. It was a pleasure seeing this photo for me! I have a painting that looks exactly the same.

All Unidentified Ancestors

Ed sent me these pictures on Monday night. 

31 pictures in all that are dated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Before he sent them I thought I would recognize someone…


All are unidentified ancestors, but most are probably all Americans except 2…

Happy 4th of July from the guy up North!

Next time, how to get started with all these unidentified ancestors.