To be continued…?

Reflecting this Sunday morning.


Reflecting on how someone must be overwhelmed when he finds all the information about his ancestors like Steve Myers.

I don’t annoy people with genealogy and I don’t sell anything like phoney coats-of arms.

phony coats of arms

The proof of the pudding…

I sent a reply to this post I found last week on This message was dated November 17, 2009.

Hello, I am looking for any information on ancestors of Arthur Joseph Myers, b. Nov. 1, 1883 in Waterbury, VT. I believe the family originally came from Bordeaux, France via Quebec, Canada. The surname was changed when they entered the US; the original name may have been ‘LeMaires’ or some variation thereof. Any information would be greatly appreciated.



I don’t do this often, but this time I could not resist the temptation since Steve posted this request in 2009, and the Arthur Joseph Myers he was looking for seemed to be a perfect match for Arthur J. Myers the son of Julian Myers and Agnes Lagasse.

Agnes Lagasse

I wrote this…

Still looking for Arthur J Myers son of Julian Myers and Agnes Lagasse?

Write to me.


Strangely enough I started this blog in September 2009.

Steve replied!

So I invited him to visit my Ancestry family tree to have a look.

Everything about his ancestor Arthur J. Myers is there.

Agnes Lagasse file

Pretty overwhelming stuff even for someone like me when I look back at it.

I can’t believe I have been researching all these people related to my grandfather Leo of whom I knew very little about until someone sent me this document. That document jump started all that I have been writing on this blog.

acte de deces leo lagace senior

This document was just the tip of the iceberg in my quest for other people’s ancestors.

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Some iceberg!

When I dig, I dig deep, and I have not stopped since.

So what’s all this excitement about a man called Arthur Joseph Myers?

Arthur Joseph Myers

Every clue leads to another… and another…


Even to San Diego in the 1920s.

To be continued…?

coat of arms 1

Of course, if Steve teams up with the A-Team like Sandy, Joe, Fran, Robin, Ed, and Frank did,… and of course Donna and a host of all other people who have been teaming with me since 2009.

The A-Team


Message from Ancestry…

Dear Pierre,

Good news gsdufresne has accepted your invitation to join your family tree.

Click here to visit your family tree

Great… but am I going to scare Gary away with my obsession with old pictures and other people’s ancestors?

Family  of Joseph Girard and Léocadie Neveu

Stay tuned.

Hi Gary…

Hi Gary,

I have tried to send a second invitation using Ancestry. I don’t know if the system sent you the invite. Usually the system will send me an e-mail telling me the person I invited has accepted.

I am not that closely related to the Neveus. Some of these people’s ancestors come from where I live right now.

Family  of Joseph Girard and Léocadie Neveu

How I came to add them in my family tree is a long long story that I have written on my blog Our Ancestors.

First post…

That blog was created to reach out for descendants of people having ancestors who lived in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

Crazy idea isn’t?

Not that crazy.


Sandy’s Contribution

I know I have a lot of favorite third cousins down South, but Sandy is at the top of the list with my third cousin Joe breathing down her neck.

Sandy’s middle name has to be Discretion…

She discretely added some information on my Ancestry family tree. I know she must have told me about it, but I kind of forgot since she is such a discrete person.


Marie-Anne Lagassa (Lagasse) married Herman Farmer on November 8 1880 in Waterbury, Vermont.

1880 marriage Mary Lagassa

Marie-Anne was still living with Stanislas Lagacé 1816 when the 1880 U.S. Census was taken.

1880 MaryLagassa

Censuses are so fascinating because of all the information you can find. Like Agnes Lagasse, Stanislas 1816’s other daughter, who married Julian Myers.

They are next-door neighbors and these two are next on the list for my next search!

1880 Agnes Lagassa

And I wanted to take a break this summer on this blog…

Maybe this fall… or when snow starts falling in Quebec.

Catch Me if You Can: Closing Chapter Young Myra Alexandre

Yesterday I posted something unintentionally.


It was a draft article about two sisters and how I found out who they were after a two-year search…

I had kept it in store for the right occasion to post it on the blog.


Having posted it by mistake, I have decided to follow-up on this unintentional post.

Since I won’t be posting anything new on this blog until next September, unless some of Arthur LaGasa’s descendants come forward, I have decided to reblog some old posts so new readers can see the scope of all the research I have done since September 2009 when I started to write this English version of my blog about genealogy.

This story is quite similar to the story of Delia Roch or Delia Roche that we think is on this old picture…

Eliza Jane Wilson

Koeni LaGasa started the whole thing.


I had nothing to do about it.

I think this woman is Delia, but I am not 100% sure, not even 50%, not even 25%.

Being 25% sure is just half the fun of searching for lost ancestors…


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

Well maybe spirits… and I can keep an open mind on reincarnation.

young Myra Alexandre

Myra Alexandre died in 1958 when I was 10 years old.

I have never met her. Myra was living in the United States and I was living in Montreal in 1958.

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault

22 October 1902

I had heard when I was a child that my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior once had lived in the U.S.

That was the only link between Myra and I.

I did not know Myra had ever existed before 2010 when my third cousin Sandy first contacted me on Ancestry. Since then I have found almost everything about Myra’s life, even met one of her grandsons and had breakfast with him.

So this is the closing chapter of young Myra Alexandre. 

Joe had this cabinet card in his collection when I met him last September. Joe and I went on a scanning frenzy.

Sandy had the same picture of Myra in her collection in 2010. We did not know it was her at that time.

We had few clues.

This is why we had called this young woman Bristol late 1890s.

Sandy had also these.

Phoebe (Flavie) Alexandre Lestage and Myra Alexandre Archambault

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

Boy was I wrong!

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

Look at those eyes…

Myra Alexandre 1877-1958

Frank Archambeault (the grandson I had breakfast with) 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.

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.


Now you know why I am addicted to old pictures and why I am trying to identify who is this young woman from the past, part of Joe’s collection of old pictures…

unknown young lady

and why I am so interested in that man… a deep sea diver in Alaska,

unknown maybe Joe

and finding all the excuses in the world to keep writing this blog…

Remember Sandy…?

I know I told you I was not going to write more articles until September, but I know Ron, Sandy, Joe, and Melissa will understand my passion for genealogy and for writing about it.

Sometimes I get carried away.

Last year Melissa wrote a comment on my blog and I never continued on with that story…

Melissa was someone who was stuck with her Lagacé lineage. She’s an 8th cousin once removed

Hi Pierre,

I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been so immersed in all the wonderful information you’ve found for me, that I’ve been neglecting nearly every other aspect of my life. I guess it would be a bit of an understatement to say I have a ‘bit’ of an obsession with genealogy!

I appologize for not getting back to you sooner. I’ve found some more info which you may be interested in checking out yourself.

Take a look.

Let me know if you find anything good.



You see, it’s very dangerous stuff when you answer one of my messages left on Ancestry… You don’t know what is going to hit you just like Keoni who left a message on Facebook about Mitchell LaGasa.

As for Sandy, she had been sending a lot of pictures since we first met on the Internet in 2010.

This was my favorite picture.


Sandy did not know the identity of the young women, so I saved that picture under the name “sisters”.

This picture was part of the collection someone gave her a long time ago.

My cousin Joe lives in the United States and he also wanted to share a picture with me two years ago.

La société Saint-Jean-Baptiste

You can zoom in by clicking on the image.

His grandfather Joseph Terrien is on the left top row. Joe thought my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse) was also on this picture.

Joe took the time to write me, just as I took the time to write to Melissa.

You see Stanislas Lagacé was Joseph Terrien’s uncle or Joe’s granduncle if you prefer. Joseph Terrien’s mother was Marguerite Alexandre the sister of Henriette Alexandre who was Stanislas Lagacé’s wife.

Dennis Lagasse II

Joe and I are third cousins!

I know very little about Henriette Alexandre and I would wish I had a picture of her.

I also know very little about “la société Saint-Jean-Baptiste”.

Last year someone who lives in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines sent me a picture. He had little information about it. I knew it was taken around 1906-1907 in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines because I could identify some men in the picture.

circa 1906

You can zoom in by clicking on the image.

Déjà vu?

These men are part of “la société Saint-Jean-Baptiste” in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines where I live. The medals are the same.

Small world.


I posted this article by mistake. It was a draft article written last year. I decided to keep it by editing it a little.

Tomorrow, more on Sandy and the unknown sisters.


Who Cares About Our Ancestors?

I hope Keoni LaGasa does.

Reuniting virtually with a distant relative up North of the border, that’s the fun part. Finding you have French-Canadian roots is also fun.

I never visited Port Huron in Michigan where we have found one of Koeni’s ancestors. Never heard of it for that matter.

I am sure Koeni never visited Ste-Anne-des-Plaines where I live, and I am pretty sure he had never heard of this place before, not even the province of Quebec. Maybe Canada…?

Canadian flag

Mitchell Lagassa had time to visit Port Huron.

He emigrated in the U.S. in 1836 if the 1900 U.S. Census is right about it. Censuses are not always a reliable source.

The same for Ancestry hints.

I am pretty sure Mitchell did not go to Michigan in 1836.

1900 Mitchell Lagasa and Delia Rock

Delia Roch or Roche or is it Larocque or Desrochers… emigrated in 1839. Mitchell Lagassa and Delia Roche must have felt madly in love because they got married on July 3rd, 1841 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

Their first child was born on March 7, 1841 if this document is correct. Joseph LaGasa is said to have been born in Michigan, but I doubt it. It’s a long and winding road from Michigan to Massachusetts and back to Port Huron with an infant.

Joseph Lagasa 1841-1920

Sometimes documents are not foolproof. Was Joseph Lagassa born out of wedlock 4 months before his parents’ marriage? and in Michigan?

It does not really matter in 2013 when and where Joseph Lagassa was born and we should not jump to conclusions when we try to get everything right about someone’s life.

Getting back to what began all this frenzy, we are now able to identify these people.

identification Lagassa family

 The search still goes on for this woman.

Eliza Jane Wilson

Catch me if you can…

And now for this man…

unknown maybe Joe

In the Navy…

So who cares about Our Ancestors?

Are We Getting too Excited Over All This?

Are we getting overly excited over all this?

I guess so.

Michel Lagacé was not a famous person even though he was from St-Ours.

Michel was just a little baby boy born on May 12, 1817. His father Joseph Lagacé was a farmer and probably poor like so many French-Canadians in those days.

That is why more than 900,000 French-Canadians emigrated to the United States in the 1800s and early 1900s instead of starving in Quebec.

1817 Michel Lagacé 12 mai zoom

So why are we getting all excited about Michel Lagacé aka Mitchell Lagassa? You should ask his descendant Koeni LaGasa or his cousin Dan Hebert.

Dan also asked for my help on Bob’s Facebook Group Page. I could not help myself to help him also with his ancestors since I am a proud descendant of Louis Hébert. I was curious and I wanted to know if Dan and I were even more closely related.

Louis Hébert?

This is the information I found in English on Wikipedia about Louis Hébert.

Louis Hébert (c. 1575 – January 1627) is widely considered to be the first Canadian apothecary as well as the first European to farm in Canada. He was born around 1575 at 129 de la rue Saint-Honoré in Paris to Nicolas Hébert and Jacqueline Pajot. He married Marie Rollet on 13 June 1602 at the Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

In 1606, he accompanied his cousin in law, Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt et de Saint-Just, to Acadia along with Samuel Champlain. He lived at Port-Royal (now Annapolis, in southern Nova Scotia) from 1606 to 1607 and from 1611 to 1613 when Port-Royal was destroyed by the English deputy governor of Virginia Samuel Argall.

In 1617, with his wife, Marie Rollet, and their three children, Guillaume (3 years old), Guillaumette (9 years old), and Anne (14 years old), he left Paris forever to live in Quebec City. He died there 10 years later because of an injury that occurred when he fell on a patch of ice. Statues of Louis Hébert, Marie Rollet, and their children are prominent in Parc Montmorency overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City.


At the beginning of 1800, Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet had 4592 descendents married in Quebec, according to the PRDH (Historical Demography Research Program) of the Université de Montréal, making the couple the tenth most important one in French-Canadian ancestry at that time. Given the migratory routes of French-Canadians, their descendents thus live mainly in Canada (especially Quebec and Manitoba), but also in communities in New England, upstate New York, and the midwest (especially Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota)….

Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet had only one son, Guillaume, who married Hélène Desportes, (as well as two daughters Guillaumette and Anne). Guillaume and Helene in turn had a daughter, Francoise Hébert (who married Guillaume Fournier, thus ending the surname Hébert with her line), and a single son, Guillaume, who in turn had a single son, Guillaume, who died as a small child thus ending the surname Hébert with his line. However, some descendants of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet may also share the name Hébert through marriage of female descendants with other men named Hébert since there were several other male Hébert immigrants to New France or Acadia with posterity.

See René Jetté, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730, Montréal, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1983, pp. 561–562. See also Robert Prévost, Portraits de familles pionnières, Montréal, Éditions Libre Expression, 1993, Tome 1, pp. 149–154. Louis Hebert was born in Paris in 1575, the son of Nicolas Hebert and Jacqueline Pajot. Nicolas was an apothecary with a practice in Paris. In the tradition of the day, Louis followed in his father’s profession. Louis was trained in medical arts and science, becoming s specialist in pharmacology. It was from this that developed what was to become a lifelong interest in plants and gardening. By 1600, Louis was established in Paris as an apothecary and spice merchant. In 1602, he married Marie Rollet.

In 1604, Louis’ cousin, Pierre de Gue, Sieur de Monts, led an expedition to L’Ile Sainte croix in hopes of making a fortune in the fur trade. The expedition’s first winter was very hard. There was a shortage of fresh water and firewood, and 36 to the 80 expedition members died of scurvy. The following summer 1605, the expedition relocated across the bay at Port-Royal (Today known as Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia).

In 1606, Louis joined the expedition, now located at Port-Royal. As a pharmacist he was interested in plants and enjoyed horticulture, seeming to possess a “green thumb” and grew hemp. He was highly regarded, and particular note was made of his knowledge and pleasure in cultivating the land. He participated in the construction of a grist-mill on the Allain River near present-day Annapolis Royal. Experimental farming activities were conducted, with various grains being seeded in the local fields. He looked after the health of the pioneers, and cultivated native drug plants introduced to him by the Micmac Indians. He returned to France in 1607, after the trade concession that had been granted to the de Monts expedition had expired.

In 1610, Louis Hebert returned to Port Royal with Jean de Biencourt de Poutrincourt. It has been claimed that a few months later his wife joined him and became one of the first French women to come to New France, but the claim has not been documented. Louis continued his agricultural interests, sowing wheat and planting vines. The colony at Port Royal seemed to take root, but in 1613 it was destroyed by the English coming up from Virginia. The French colonists returned to France, and Louis established a medical practice and apothecary (pharmacy) shop in Paris.

At this time, Quebec was a settlement of some fifty white men who were all transient soldiers, fur trappers, or missionaries. The economy of the settlement was dependent on some 20,000 beaver pelts that were annually returned to French merchants in exchange for supplies. The “Compagnie de Canada”, made up of merchants from Rouen, St. Malo, and La Rochelle, had a trading monopoly that controlled the fur trade in Quebec.

Champlain, who founded Quebec in 1608, saw a desperate need for medical service and agricultural self-sufficiency for Quebec. Champlain had met Louis Hebert during the earlier expedition to Port Royal, and had recognized Louis’ outstanding qualities. Champlain approached Louis with an offer from the “Compagnie de Canada”. He had met Louis when they were both in Acadie. They mutually respected each other.

Champlain is spending the winter of 1616-1617 in Paris searching for support for his colony of Quebec. Hébert is allured. He believes there is a good chance for him in the St. Lawrence Valley If Hebert would take his family to Quebec for three years and practice medicine in the settlement and establish farming, the company would pay him an annual salary of 600 livres (pounds) and grant him ten acres of land at the settlement on which to build his house and farm. Louis agreed to the terms and signed the contract. Louis sold his practice and his home, and proceeded with his wife, son, and two daughters to the port of Honfleur, France. When he arrived, Louis was told by the ship’s master that instructions from the Compagnie de Canada were that they could only board if Louis agreed to sign a new contract with the company. The new provision reduced his annual salary to 300 livres per year, required him to serve as the physician and surgeon at the settlement, and required him to farm ten aces of land and give the company exclusive right to buy all of his agricultural products at the prevailing price in France. Having already sold his house and left his practice, Louis reluctantly accepted and signed the new contract.

On April 11, 1617, they left Honfleur aboard the Saint-Etienne (captain Normand Morin) and arrived in Quebec on 15 July. Only five other French families were to follow them on similar voyages to New France in the next 10 years.

In the spring of 1617 Louis became the first private individual to receive a grant of land in the New World from the French Government.

Upon his arrival in Quebec, Louis selected ten acres on a site that is today located in the city of Quebec between Ste. Famille and Couillard Streets on the grounds of the Seminary of Quebec and Basilica of Notre Dame. Soon afterward, Louis started clearing out some old-growth forest so he could plant crops. This put him in conflict with the fur trading company, who was strongly opposed to deforestation for farming because of its adverse effect on the fur business. Louis had to work very hard, doing all the work by hand. The fur trading company wouldn’t even let him import a plough from France. On this land, Louis, his son Guillaume, and an unnamed servant with the help of only an axe, a pick and a spade, broke the soil and raised corn, winter wheat, beans, peas, and livestock including cattle, swine, and fowl. He also established an apple orchard and a vineyard. He overcame the hardships and became the first Canadian to support his family from the soil. He imported from France the first ox to pull a plough in Canada, but unfortunately, the first plough did not arrive until a year after his death.

By 1620, Louis’ hard work was finally recognized as having been of great service to the colony: for being the physician and surgeon; for being its principal provider of food; and, for having fostered good relationships with the natives. He was appointed Procurator to the King, which allowed him to personally intervene in matters in the name of the King.

In 1621, his daughter Guillemette married Guillaume Couillard who joined the family business.

In 1623, Louis became the first “Seigneur” of New France when he was granted the noble fief of “Sault-au-Matelot”. In 1626 he was further granted “le fief de la riviere, St Charles” in recognition of his meritorious service.

Louis died on January 25, 1627 from injuries suffered after slipping on ice. The colony holds a funeral for the first colonist. Louis is a respected by the Indians as the other Frenchmen. He is first buried in the cemetery of the Recollets. In 1678 his remains inside his cedar coffin were transported to the newly built vault of the Recollets with the remains of Peaceful brother Duplessis. They were the first to be laid to rest in this new structure. . Jacques Lacoursiere noted he had many firsts. He was the first colonist of Quebec, first colonist to live off the land, his daughter Anne’s marriage to Etienne Jonquet in 1617 is the first in New France, and he is the first lord of New France.

When English corsairs, the Kirke brothers, take possession of Quebec his family doesn’t leave. They wait out the three years until it is returned to France.

Louis Hebert did not leave any direct descendants bearing his name. His son Guillaume had a son Jacques who married Marie Despoitiers but was tortured to death by the Iroquois on the Island of Orleans before there were any children.

Marie Rollet quietly remarries Guillaume Hubou two years after Louis’ death. After the three year occupation by the English, Champlain asks her to move to Quebec and Louis’ house became an Indian youth hostel entrusted to the Jesuits for their education.

There is a monument to Louis Hebert in Montmorency Park. In seeing it you will understand the importance of Louis Hebert and his family in the beginnings of Quebec. On one side is Louis Hebert holding a sheaf of corn in one hand and a sickle in the other. On part of the base, Marie Rollet clasps her three children in her arms. On the other, son-in-law Guillaume Couillard has a plough in hand. The first plough was not imported to New France until one year after the death of Louis Hebert.

Quite an ancestor!

Guillaumette was my 9th grandmother. Her father Louis Hébert was my 10th grandfather.


I believe I have about a thousand or so 10th grandfathers.

Let’s count…

2 grandfathers

4 great-grandfathers

8 3rd grandfathers 

16 4th grandfathers

32 5th grandfathers

64 6th grandfathers

128 7th grandfathers

256 8th grandfathers

512 9th grandfathers

1024 10th grandfathers

Another famous ancestor is Jean Nicolet.



I got a little crazy over that fact. Just a little.

Click here.

Getting back to Mitchell Lagassa, he is only a 4th cousin four times removed. So why write about him on this blog?

Because he is the ancestor of thousands and thousands of Americans who one day will find this blog and get all excited about him and maybe have a picture of Michel or one of his famous descendant.

unknown maybe Joe

In the Navy…


I visited a few times Montmorency Park in Quebec City, but that was before I knew about my famous 10th great-grandfather.

Now going back to Quebec City will never be the same anymore…

Footnote to the footnote

I should have ask Dan if he knew all about his Hébert ancestors in the first place before I started searching.

Click here!

12 May 1817, St-Ours, Quebec, Canada

Updated August 6, 2019 with the name of the priest who was F. Hébert not A. Hébert. See comment section.

Time flies on this blog.

From 1817 to 2013, almost 200 years!


13 May 1817, St-Ours, Quebec, Canada.
That ought to be right on the button…

That’s when and where Mitchell Lagassa was born.

May 12, 1817 to be precise and his name was Michel Lagacé.

It’s all here for people to see.

1817 Michel Lagacé 12 mai

I know Koeni will be interested in learning French and watch out for hints found on Ancestry…

Ah those Ancestry hints!

1817 Michel Lagacé 12 mai zoom

I can help Koeni with this document since my mother tongue is French.

Le treize mai mil huit cent dix-sept par moi prêtre soussigné a été baptisé Michel, né hier, fils de Joseph Lagacé agriculteur en la paroisse de St-Michel et de Marie Julien en légitime mariage. Le parrain a été Michel Chapdelaine et la marraine Marie-Anne Montville qui avec le père présent ont déclaré ne savoir signer.

F Hébert p 

I am also a freelance translator. Koeni found the right distant cousin in Quebec.


May 13th, 1817, by myself priest who signed there after I baptised Michel, born yesterday, son of Joseph Lagacé farmer in the parish of St-Michel and of Marie Julien legally married. The godfather was Michel Chapdelaine and the godmother was Marie-Anne Montville who with the father present told they cannot signed.

F Hébert priest 

Here is some information I found on a Website about St-Ours…

Darn! It’s all in French.

Saint-Ours (municipalité de ville)

  • Superficie – 58,50 km2.
  • Gentilé – Saint-Oursois, oise.
  • Éphémérides –

1650 Fondation d’une mission catholique.
1672 (29 octobre) Concession d’une seigneurie (2 lieues de front sur le fleuve Saint-Laurent x 1 lieue (7 lieues ???) de profondeur par le gouverneur Frontenac et l’intendant Talon à Pierre de Saint-Ours, capitaine dans le Régiment de Carignan-Salières, qui lui donne son nom et qui la fait coloniser par des soldats de son régiment désireux de demeurer en Nouvelle-France ; la seigneurie et bornée par la seigneurie de Contrecoeur (79) et la seigneurie de Saint-Denis (79a) au sud-ouest, par la seigneurie de Saint-Hyacinthe (117) (117) au nord-est et par la seigneurie de Saurel (81) et Bourgchemin (132) au nord-est et par la rivière Yamaska au fond ; traversée par la rivière Richelieu et les ruisseaux LaPrade, LaPlante et Salvayle.
1674 (25 avril) La seigneurie de Saint-Ours est augmentée des îles situées en face dans la rivière Richelieu.
Construction d’une première chapelle dédiée à L’Immaculée-Conception.
1681 Fondation de la mission de l’Immaculée-Conception et ouverture des registres de la paroisse.
1688 Les Iroquois attaquent Sorel et Saint-Ours.
1691 Les Iroquois dévastent les installations de la seigneurie naissante.
1703 Mise en exploitation du premier moulin seigneurial.
1722 Établissement des limites de la paroisse de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours par édit royal.
1724 (21 octobre) Au décès de Pierre de Saint-Ours, la seigneurie passe à son fils aîné, Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Ours (6/10), à Gaspard Chaussegros de Léry, comme héritier de sa mère, Marie-Barbe de Saint-Ours (1/10), à Auguste LeRoy de la Potherie comme époux de Élisabeth de Saint-Ours (1/10}, à Pierre de Saint-Ours (1/10) et Claude-Pierre Pécaudy de Contrecoeur comme héritier de sa mère, Jeanne de Saint-Ours (1/10).
1726 Construction d’une église de pierre par le curé Jean-Pierre de Miniac.
1747 Au décès de Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Ours, sa part de la seigneurie (6/10) passe à Pierre-Roch de Saint-Ours.
1750 Nomination du premier curé résidant de la paroisse de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours. Inauguration du chemin entre Saint-Ours et Saint-Denis.
1761 Inauguration de l’église de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours construite par le curé Joseph-François d’Youville, le fils de la fondatrice des Soeurs grises de Montréal-s.g.m.*. Ouverture de la première école.
1765 Démolition de l’église de 1 726 abandonnée par ses paroissiens qui se dispersent le long de la rivière Richelieu.
1782 Au décès de Pierre-Roch de Saint-Ours, sa part de seigneurie passe à ses fils, Paul-Roch et Roch-Louis dit Charles de Saint-Ours.
1792 Construction du manoir seigneurial par Roch-Louis dit Charles de Saint-Ours au bord de la rivière Richelieu.
1800 Mise en exploitation d’une fonderie par Pierre Grégoire.
1806 Inauguration du chemin entre Saint-Ours et Sorel.
1818 Inauguration du chemin entre Saint-Hyacinthe et Saint-Denis.
1827 Ouverture d’un bureau de poste sous le nom de Saint-Ours.
1831 (23 novembre) Érection canonique de la paroisse L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours ; son territoire couvre la seigneurie de Saint-Ours.
1833 François-Roch de Saint-Ours épouse Catherine-Hermine Juchereau Duchesnay, la petite-fille de Antoine Juchereau Duchesnay et de Ignace-Michel-Louis-Antoine d’Irumberry de Salaberry.
1834 Au décès de Roch-Louis dit Charles, sa partie de seigneurie passe à son fils, François-Roch de Saint-Ours; ce dernier réunira les parties de seigneurie détenues par les autres descendants de Pierre de Saint-Ours.
1836 Saint-Ours est le chef-lieu du comté de Richelieu.
1837 (7 mai) Assemblée de Saint-Ours tenue sous la présidence de Côme-Séraphin Cherrier ; réunit 1 200 personnes et présente Wolfred Nelson comme principal orateur ; on y adopte des résolutions constituant le programme politique du temps; elles invitent le peuple à la résistance ; à la suite de cette assemblée, Archibald Atcheson, comte de Gosford, gouverneur du Canada, proclame séditieuses de telles réunions et ordonne aux magistrats et officiers de milice de les empêcher ; l’assemblée de Saint-Ours est suivie de l’assemblée de Saint-Charles. Voir Québec (province). Crises. Émeutes de 1837 et de 1838.
1839 (10 novembre) Au décès de François-Roch de Saint-Ours, la seigneurie passe en usufruit à son épouse, Catherine-Hermine Juchereau Duchesnay, et, en propriété, à ses filles Josephte-Louise Hermine, Carole-Virginie et Henriette-Amélie.
18441849 Construction, sur la rivière Richelieu, du barrage et des écluses comme partie des ouvrages permettant de relier Montréal et New York. Après le canal de Chambly, celui de Saint-Ours complète la voie maritime du Richelieu ; les travaux permettent l’installation d’un moulin à eau sur le barrage ; la farine y sera moulue et la laine cardée pendant au-delà de 100 ans.
1845 (8 juin) Constitution de la municipalité de la paroisse de Saint-Ours.
1847 (1 septembre) Abolition de la municipalité de la paroisse de Saint-Ours.
1849 Construction de l’écluse de Saint-Ours.
1854 (18 décembre) Abolition du régime seigneurial.
1855 (1 juillet) Constitution de la municipalité de la paroisse de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours. Constitution de la municipalité du village de Saint-Ours par détachement de celle de la paroisse de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours.
1857 Le siège social du comté de Richelieu quitte Saint-Ours pour Sorel.
1859 (12 janvier) La seigneurie appartient en usufruit à Hermine-Catherine Juchereau Duchesnay, veuve de Roch de Saint-Ours et en propriété à ses filles, Josephte-Louise-Hermine de Saint-Ours, Caroline-Virginie de Saint-Ours et Henriette-Amélie de Saint-Ours.
1865 Henriette-Amélie de Saint-Ours, fille de François-Roch de Saint-Ours, seule survivante des seigneurs de Saint-Ours, épouse le notaire Joseph-Adolphe Dorion.
1866 (15 août) Le village de Saint-Ours devient ville.
1868 Arrivée des Soeurs de la Présentation-de-Marie p.m.* qui prennent charge du couvent nouvellement construit.
1871 Ayant vendu à bon prix la seigneurie de Deschaillons (100), la seigneuresse, Hermine-Catherine Juchereau Duchesnay de Saint-Ours, entreprend la restauration du manoir familial de Saint-Ours auquel elle ajoute un étage.
1882 Démolition de l’église de 1761 et construction d’une nouvelle église.
1888 Relocalisation du couvent.
1891 Arrivée des Frères de l’Instruction chrétienne.
1894 Construction d’un collège par les Frères de l’Instruction chrétienne qui utilisent, pour le construire, la pierre du presbytère de 1750 et du couvent de 1868.
1897 (24 juillet) Incendie du couvent.
1900 Marie-Amélie-Catherine Dorion, petite-fille de François-Roch de Saint-Ours, épouse Joseph-Georges-Elzéar Taschereau, fils de Louis Taschereau, seigneur de la Beauce.
1916 (15 mars) Au décès de Henriette-Amélie de Saint-Ours Dorion, la seigneurie passe à sa fille Amélie-Catherine.
1923 La population de la paroisse est de 1 500 âmes.
1926 Hélène-Amélie Taschereau, arrière-petite-fille de François-Roch de Saint-Ours épouse Armand Poupart, avocat de Montréal.
1939 (22 mai) Fondation de la Caisse populaire de Saint-Ours.
1957 La municipalité de L’Immaculée-*Conception-de-Saint-Ours abrège son nom en Saint-Ours.
1982 Le manoir, le domaine et ses dépendances sont classés biens culturels ; il s’agit du seul ensemble intact et complet des assises d’une seigneurie québécoise.
1990 La population de Saint-Ours (ville) est de 622 habitants, celle de Saint-Ours (paroisse), 1 002.
1991 (17 avril) Regroupement des municipalités de la ville et de la paroisse de Saint-Ours.
2000 La population de Saint-Ours est de 1 649 habitants.
2010 La population de Saint-Ours est de 1 694 habitants.


I never set foot in St-Ours even though I have been living in Quebec since the day I was born (64 years ago). You can virtually visit St-Ours by visiting this Website though there is not much information on the history of St-Ours. In fact nothing at all. Nothing about Mitchell Lagassa born on May 12, 1817 who emigrated to the U.S. in 1836.

Curious? Of course you are curious because you would not be reading this blog.

1900 Mitchell Lagasa and Delia Rock

To be continued…

Of Course It Does Matter

Suzan commented on yesterday’s post in response to a reader.

You didn’t smile in pictures back then. It was a BIG event to have your picture taken and you didn’t play around (smile) and you wore your best or borrowed clothing at the studio. I do believe that is Elva. Her great-grandson inherited those eyes and her great-great-grandson too.

Does it matter if the little girl in the red circle is Elva Lagassa or not?

Elva Lagassa in family picture

It does because if she is Elva, then this is her big brother Arthur J. Lagassa.

Arthur J Lagassa

This is Arthur J. Lagasa’s obituary.

LaGasa, 1966 Nov 25

So much information like what I found in Dennis Lagasse III’s obituary.


Susan have been contributing a lot since Wednesday.

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Did I say a lot?

These pictures are only the tip of  the iceberg.

Speaking of icebergs, you should see Bob Barrette’s family tree on Ancestry.

Footnote to this post…

I wanted to take a breather on this blog for the rest of summer. I think I was caught by surprise when I visited Bob’s Facebook page and read Keoni LaGasa’s request for information on his ancestors.

Guess I got carried away.