Aglaé Béland Might Be Your Great-Grandmother

This woman might be your great-grandmother.

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If I don’t write about her then you will never know. This is probably the last story I will write on this blog which is the English version of another blog about genealogy.

The original blog was written in French. This version was a way to link to some of my distant relatives in the United States.

It has been quite a journey.

Dennis II and Dennis III

My last attempt to link to a distant relative failed. He was the grandchild of Lillie Lagasse, my grandfather’s sister. His great-grandfather is on this picture sent to me by Dennis Lagasse IV.

Ray wrote once but he never wrote back.

That’s okay I can live with that.

Someone asked me for my help last week on my blog Nos ancêtres. Her grandmother was Aglaé Béland. She told me a lot about her and her family, even some family secrets.

She wants to know if I could help her find relatives in the U.S. I can understand why she wants to. She wants to share this picture and maybe find someone who has more pictures and who is willing to share.

I told her that it could be Mission Impossible, but I was willing to try.

So here goes.

Next time, I will start my last story. It will be about a little girl born on August 27, 1871, in St-Cuthbert, in Quebec.

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Not your run-of-the mill celebrity…

This is probably the last story I will write on this blog…?

I would not bet on it.


Merry Christmas Dennis

Dennis is a very nice guy.

How do I know if I never met him personaly?

Through his comments, his e-mails and more than 100 pictures he shared with me and all my readers since Christmas time last year.

Dennis, who is a second cousin once removed, and I have this in common.

We like to share information about our common ancestors and old pictures…

Emma Sévigny

This is a picture of Pierre Dubé and Emma Sévigny, the parents of his  grandmother Marie-Louise. He found it a few months or so ago and he sent it.

He did not have to do it…, but he did.

Last year before he contacted me, this is the only picture and information I had about Marie-Louise.

Levi headstone

This picture was taken in 2012. Dennis did not send it. Someone else did.

Aurelia Mquin 1889-1920

Judy offered her help after I had helped her with her family tree. Part of the story is here and here.

This headstone was a kind of Rosetta stone that guided me to Georges Dubé, Pierre Dubé’s father.

I only had George in my database. With this headstone I was able to link all the Dubés I had in my database, and of course Dennis’ grandmother Marie Louise Dubé seen here with two of her sisters on a picture also sent by Dennis.

Daily and Dubé familyMarie-Louise is in front with her two nieces.

Eugène Dubé, Napoléon Dubé and Joseph Dubé were all related to Marie-Louise. Her husband was Levi Napoleon Lagasse, grandson of Dennis Lagasse II.

Eugène had married Lillie Lagasse and Joseph had married Marguerite, Lillie’s sisters. These two were daughters of this man seen here on a picture also sent by Dennis.

Dennis Lagasse II

Dennis Lagasse II (1842-1927)

Birds of a feather stick together…

Some Dubés are probably on this picture from Dennis’ collection.

Who's Who Eugene Dube and Lillie Lagasse

I will probably never know.

About people wanting to share…

Someone who is a Lillie Lagasse’s descendant wrote me once. He seemed genuinely interested. I manage not to get to excited about finding a new virtual relative. 

He never wrote again. 

It’s a pity because I would have told him he was related to Catherine de Baillon.

Catherine de Baillon?

Stay tuned…


Merry Christmas Judy!

Are you related to François Froebe?

Sometimes I start something and I never know where it will lead me. It happened so many times since 2009.

Just like this  translation of the comment I got  two weeks ago on my other blog Nos ancêtres also about genealogy. The original was posted on this blog with the title Sometimes

Good morning Mr. Lagacé,

I am starting my family tree, and I have some problem making sense of all this. I was born in Montreal and my father Yvan Frobe comes from the Mont-Joli region. I know we are of German descent (of what I can remember about my father’s history lessons when I was young), but I also know that my father said that the name Frobe had been modified – a sort of a scission for Freve or something of that kind. – My grandfather Wilfred Frobe was the son of Obeline Ross and Alphonse George Frobe who got married July 28, 1887 in Ste Flavie – he was probably the son of François Frobe and Honorine Langlais or Langlois who got married in 1856 in Cacouna. My great-grandfather had the surname Freve??? and a half-brother named Gédéon –

I know there are not a lot of Frobes in Quebec, but my father is the last male of our branch. He only had girls. My grandfather’s brother, Fortunat Frobe, also only had daughters.

Can you tell me where to look to help me in my search so I can visit the country where my ancestors lived?

With this comment, I started to get a little curious about François Froebe.

This is the story behind this ancestor.

I found it on the Internet from a reliable source… so I thought.

François Froebe, son of archduke Germain Froebe and Louise Rupelle, was born in 1759 in Mulhausen, Alsace. He was enlisted by force in the Anhalt regiment. He managed to escape from the frigate Delight anchored near Rivière-Ouelle in 1780 with four other soldiers, including Dickner, Phristern and Hurst.

He was sheltered by Antoine Lizotte. After, he worked for Joseph Francoeur, a farmer in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and after, he worked for Jean-Baptiste Pelletier who had a boat used for cabotage.

Renuncing his religious faith on January  2, 1786, he then married Marie Dépau on February 20, and legitimized  his son Joseph-François‘ birth, born on January 1784.

With this is mind I started looking a little more and stumbled on this amazing Website where the name Lizotte was mentioned. I got more curious and I found that Antoine Lizotte’s ancestors were among the 13 Rivière-Ouelle’s heroes.

This little step back in time opened a new door  for more interesting facts about some of our ancestors like my cousin Dennis Lagasse who now has roots going back to Charlemagne!

I don’t know if Dennis is reading this… or his father?

Art Purcell

Jim L’Esperance sent me this picture of his father with this message. 

Pierre, I finaly located the picture of my uncle Art Purcell. He is with my dad in Halifax in 1941.
Art was killed in Holland right near the end of the war.

Art Purcell and Jim L'Esperance

We see Art Purcell and Jim L’Esperance. Jim’s father came back from the war but not Art Purcell.

If I am writing about Art Purcell, it’s because of the comments sent about this post. You have to read it first to fully understand why I am writing this blog and all the others I have been writing.

Here are the comments…

  1. Jim L’Esperance
    My mother’s brother was killed in Holland, I believe it was around the same time. His name is Art Purcell.

    He was buried in Holland and my niece found his gravesite when she was an exchange student in Holland.


  2. Pierre Lagacé

    In memory of
    who died on April 7, 1945

    Military Service:

    Service Number: F/10013
    Age: 25
    Force: Army
    Unit: South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.

  3. Pierre Lagacé

    I think it’s him.
    He died one month before the end of the hostilities.

  4. John Newton

    My wife’s father is related to private Arthur Frances Purcell, died in Holland 7 april 45, shot by a sniper . He is buried at Holten. Arthur was the uncle of Joseph Purcell, my father-in-law, who is still alive today (age 84). Joseph was asking about Arthur today so we got looking on line. Photos would be appreciated.

Simply amazing

Simply amazing…

Just simply amazing!

While searching for information on the Frève family I have stumbled on this Website… 

Click here.

This is the last paragraph on the Home Page…

If you have an interest in French-Canadian genealogy or belong to that group of people, I welcome you to step in and look around. It is quite likely you will find an ancestor or two. 

Just simply amazing!


Sometimes someone writes a comment on my other blog about genealogy.

Bonjour M. Lagacé,

Je débute la généalogie et j’ai quelque peu de difficultés à me retrouver dans tout cela. Je suis née à Montréal et mon père Yvan Frobe vient de la région de Mont-Joli. Je sais que nous sommes de descendance allemande (ce que j’ai pu retenir des cours d’histoire de mon père dans mon jeune âge), mais je sais aussi que mon père disait que le nom Frobe avait été modifié – qu’ il y aurait eu une sorte de scission pour Freve ou quelque chose du genre. – Mon grand-père Wilfred Frobe était le fils d’Obeline Ross et d’Alphonse George Frobe dont le mariage fut célébré le 28 juillet 1887 à Ste Flavie – il était semble-t-il le fils de François Frobe et d’Honorine Langlais ou Langlois qui s’était épousé en 1856 à Cacouna. Semble-t-il que mon arrière grand-père portait le nom de Freve??? et qu’il avait un demi-frère Gédéon –
Je sais que les Frobe ne sont pas chose courante au Québec, mais mon père a terminé je crois la lignée car nous ne sommes que des filles et le frère de mon grand-père, Fortunat Frobe, a lui aussi eu des filles seulement.

Pourriez-vous m’indiquer vers quel endroit orienté mes recherches afin de faire un voyage au pays de mes ancêtres?

Vous pouvez me répondre à l’adresse courriel…

Je vous remercie de l’attention que vous apporterez à ma demande et merci à l’avance de m’aider dans ce beau méli-mélo.

It opens new doors to link people who are related but don’t know it.

When they can’t read French, I am not able to share what I have found.

This is why I have been writing this English version since 2009.

Call it addiction if you want.

Next time, are you related to François Frobe? 

François Froebe, fils de l’archiduc Germain Froebe et de Louise Rupelle, est né en 1759 à Mulhausen en Alsace. Enrôlé de force dans le régiment d’Anhalt, il réussit avec quatre compagnons dont Dickner, Phristern et Hurst à fuir la frégate Delight ancrée près de Rivière-Ouelle en 1780.

Recueilli par Antoine Lizotte, il s’engage chez Joseph Francoeur, cultivateur de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière et par la suite s’engage sur le bateau de Jean-Baptiste Pelletier qui fait du cabotage sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent.

Abjurant le 2 janvier 1786, il épouse Marie Dépau le 20 février suivant et reconnaît son fils, Joseph-François, né le 10 janvier 1784.

Judy’s help

I hope you don’t think I am making up all this

Judy is not one of the Dubé descendants I wrote a message to on Facebook last time, but she is the one who is responsible for all this and more…

Things on my blog always start with something like this…

A comment left by one of my readers, in this case Judy who wanted to help me.

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?

I always take the time to answer back.

I have not scared Judy away and I am sure she’s glad she wrote me. She now has a clearer picture of her ancestors and the problems you are faced with while using Ancestry.

Too many hints and too many false leads can lead you to wrong ancestors.

I am fixing all that… in my spare time.

One of Judy’s ancestors is Marie Dubé. She married Jules Moquin. That’s what made me look into my Dubés’ files just in case I could link Marie Dubé to the Dubés I had and, of course, Lillie Lagasse Dube.

I am glad I did because Judy was a great help since her Moquin ancestors were Dubés’ neighbors.


I finally found the missing link to my grandaunt Lillie Lagasse’s husband, Eugène Dubé who was Marie Dubé’s brother.

Georges Dubé and Angèle Miville-Deschênes are the parents I was not able find before Judy led me to them.

Now I have all their children 

Euphémie Dubé 1853 –
Pierre Dubé 1855 – 1943
Marie Dubé 1856 – 1935
Angèle Dubé 1859 –
Herminie Dubé 1861 –
Napoléon Dubé 1863 – 1942
Joséphine Dubé 1865 –
Séraphine Dubé 1867 –
Joseph Dubé 1870 –
Eugène Dubé 1872 –

and the link to the Dubé ancestor: Mathurin Dubé.

Furthermore, Joseph Dubé, Eugène’s brother, married Malvina Lagasse, Lillie’s sister… 

I think that guy has more feathers in store for us…

At last this picture is more and more interesting to look at…

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.