Alyce has been searching hard… and sharing a lot

Alyce has been waiting for ten years to learn more about her father. Now it is her turn to help me in my search for André Mignier’s descendants.

Alyce went on the trail of other descendants of Idala Lagacé. She sent me an e-mail. She thinks she has found another descendant living in Nashville.

This is going to be fun… if he replies to my e-mail.

Speaking of fun… I have a lot of fun with Alyce’s pictures…

This one tells it all about her father…

This picture was taken in October 1935.

There is always a sad side to a beautiful story.


Band of Brothers…

Alyce who lives in Wonderland, U.S.A., sent me this picture…

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His father is photographed with his brothers.

David is the young man on the left in the second row.

Here is what I had in my genealogy data files one year ago. At that time I knew nothing about Alyce in Wonderland.

Idala Lagacé had these children:

Rose (1894)
Parmelia (1895)
Diodore (1898)
Anthony (1902)
Samuel (1903)
Florence (1905)
David (1906)

Alyce gave me this supplementary info about Idala’s children…

Anthony’s son is Randolph (Randy).  I think his wife is Mary and they lived in Nashville…
Rudy  – Rudy’s sons are Richard and Russell.    We think they live in New Jersey
Cecilia (dec. )

Come back tomorrow for more…

Alyce is getting addicted to genealogy.

I should have warned her. There is no cure…


Alyce, Sweet Alyce

This is no horror story…

In fact I don’t like watching horror movies.

“Sweet Alice” reminded of something so I checked on the Internet just to be sure.

You find a lot of things on the Internet… like my blog on genealogy.

By the way, if you are Tammy Middleton, I know you have been searching also for your children’s roots just like Sweet Alyce did.

Alyce has won the jackpot and she won big.

In my search for descendants of Pierre Lagacé and Marcelline David, Tammy and Alyce were the only two persons to ask for help in finding their roots.

Alyce is the granddaughter of Idala Lagacé who goes also by the name of Idala Lagassé.

Both Idala and Ambroise are Pierre Lagacé’s sons. Idala is Alyce’s grandfather and Ambroise is Tammy’s children’s great-great-grandfather.

Pierre Lagacé married Marcelline David on February 4, 1850 in Notre-Dame-des-Anges church in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, a village in Missisquoi county just north of Lake Champlain.


I knew all about him with the help of parish records and censuses.

1871 Canadian Census

Name: Idola Lagassé
Gender: Male
Age in years: 1
Estimated birth year: 1870
Birthplace: Quebec
Marital status:
Origin (Ancestry): Francaise
Religion: Catholique
Census place: 02, Stanbridge i, Missisquoi 125, Quebec

1901 Canadian Census


Lagossi Idala     M Head          M  Mar 1     1870     31
Lagossi Albina     F Wife          M  Mar 24     1872     29
Lagossi Rose     F Daughter    S  Jan 1     1894     7
Lagossi Parmilias     F Daughter    S  Dec 3     1894     6

1920 U.S. Census

Name: Idala A Lagasse
Residence: Part Of Precinct 9 New Bedford Part Of Ward 3, Bristol, Massachusetts
Estimated birth year: 1871
Age in years: 49
Birthplace: Canada
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White
Marital status: Widowed

Alyce told me she had a picture of Idala with his sons.

I just can’t wait to see how he looks.

Alyce in Wonderland

Alyce knew very little about her father’s roots.

David LaGasse 1935

57 years later, Alyce is now in Wonderland because she found her 3rd cousin Pierre who had her father’s file in his genealogy data bank.

Pierre is just amazing.

This is what Alyce told him.

Alyce does not know that three years ago Pierre was the one who knew very little about his father’s ancestors.

Not that his father had died at an early age like Alyce’s father. Léo Lagacé Junior had lived to be 69, but he had never talked that much about his parents Léo Senior and Juliette Métayer.

Léo’s parents

What Léo had told his son was sometimes confusing for little Pierre.

Pierre’s father died on August 27, 1995.

Strangely, he did not want to see his children before he died. He wanted to die alone. The doctor and the chaplain tried to convince him but to no avail. When his former girlfriend told him she was going to call his children anyway, he showed her his fist…

This is what Pierre was told when he came to the hospital in the afternoon to see his dying father.

Around 11 p.m., when his father was just about this leave this Earth to meet saint Pierre, he turned his head towards Pierre and looked at him.

Léo was blind because of his diabetes.

Pierre never knew if his father was still mad at him or not.

14 years later, Pierre’s sister, while visiting him, told Pierre that when she first arrived at the hospital on August 27, she told her father that his son Pierre was coming to see him.

With these words his father let out a sigh of relief.

Pierre’s sister thought she had told him that on the fateful day…

Sometimes it takes time to find things out.

Next time, Alyce will find out about her father’s roots.

Idola or Idala Lagacé or Lagasse

If you are not familiar with the Lagacé family, then you must be asking yourself…

What is that crazy canuck talking about?

All the Lagacés are descendants of André Mignier, a French soldier sent by King Louis XIV to protect the Nouvelle-France against the Iroquois.

No… I’m not André Mignier, I’m King Louis XIV

A soldier of the régiment Carignan Salières

Of course André Mignier was not alone to protect la Nouvelle-France… He was part of the régiment Carignan Salières.

After peace was restored in la Nouvelle-France, André stayed here and married une du Fille du Roy. Her name was Jacquette Michel. Jacquette in English is nightgown sort of…

They lived happily ever after and they left numerous descendants.

André Mignier died in Rivière-Ouelle a village in Québec.

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Source :

One branch of the Lagacé family almost never saw the light of day.

One of André’s descendants, my ancestor Antoine Nicolas Lagacé dit Mignier, had 10 children with his wife Marie-Josephte Corbin dit Lacroix, but only two survived: Antoine and Angèle.

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Angèle Lagacé married Joseph Chouinard and Antoine married Ursule Cordeau dit Deslauriers.

Antoine and Ursule had six children. Three boys and three girls:

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Stanislas is my great-great-grandfather while his brother Pierre Lagacé is the one who married Marcelline David.

Pierre and Marcelline are the parents of Idola or Idala Lagacé… Lagasse, Alyce LaGasse’s ancestor…

I do hope Alyce is still alive and well because I am doing all this for her.


Merry Christmas to all specially to my dear friends James in Memphis and Jim in Manitoba and also all the Lagasse… LaGasse… Lagace… in the U.S.

Alyce LaGasse

I am still searching for distant relatives…

This is what I found on a forum on the Ancestry site.

It is dated 21 July 2000!


Alyce LaGasse

Posted: 21 Jul 2000 11:19PM

I have no idea where to begin!

My father was David Joseph LaGasse, born May 24, 1906 in New Bedford, MA. I believe that he had six brothers, amoung them were Marc, Sam, maybe a sister Rose Alice… his father was Idala LaGasse. I have never met anyone on that side. My, what a gift to know if there are relatives!

Thank you so much for any information.

Well Alyce, this is it.

Almost ten years later, a distant relative can answer all of your questions about your family tree…

Write me a comment.


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