Where do I start…? Well in good old Holyoke of course!

Ed sent me this message along with his 31 pictures of unidentied 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 do not ring a bell at all when I look at them closely, so, in point of fact, this should ring a bell.

Could these people be related in some way to the Courchesnes. Odila Courchesne (Courchaine) was George Alexander’s mother? 

None of these people has any facial ressemblance with the Alexanders I have pictures of.

And I do have a lot!

So let’s go full speed ahead with the three family pictures Ed sent and let’s try to find some clues. This will be quite a fascinating journey into the unknown.

Family 1

This is Family 1, for now that is. A man, a woman and a young lady. Daughter, mother and father? Most probably.

I don’t have a faintess clue how they are related to the Alexanders. Also nothing on the Internet about Welcome & Covey photographers. They seemed to have been established in 1894. So this picture is taken in or after 1894 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

That’s not a lot to go on.

In my search, I found that this picture is called a cabinet card. I like to learn new things. It must be evident if you have been reading this blog from the start.

Now let’s turn our attention to Family 2.

Family 2

Again Welcome & Covey… 1894… 175 High St., Holyoke, Mass.

My 3rd cousin told me once that very youngs boys were dressed like girls in those days. So the girl could be a boy with his father and mother. Notice that the little boy puts his hand on his father’s shoulder.

Still no clue though, but I am sure you would like to put on name on these faces.

Last family picture…

Family 3

New photographer!

I found information about B. F. Ogden on this site, the same one I found the information about cabinet cards

WHAT IS A CABINET CARD?

Welcome to the Cabinet Card Gallery. Cabinet card photographs were first introduced in 1866. They were initially employed for landscapes rather than portraitures. Cabinet cards replaced Carte de visite photographs as the popular mode of photography.  Cabinet cards became the standard for photographic portraits in 1870. Cabinet cards experienced their peak in popularity in the 1880′s.  Cabinet cards were still being produced in the United States until the early 1900′s and continued to be produced in Europe even longer. The best way to describe a cabinet card is that it is a thin photograph that is mounted on a card that measures 4 1/4″ by 6 1/2″. Cabinet cards frequently have artistic logos and information on the bottom or the reverse of the card which advertised the photographer or the photography studio’s services. Enjoy your visit.

Fascinating site!

Getting back to Ed’s cabinet cards, I have no idea who this family is.

This could take years you know…, but I am patient like Ed.

Next time women’s pictures if you’re still interested.

As a footnote to all this, click here.

I will be back on Monday.

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Thank You for Getting Back to Me… Take Two

This was part of Sandy’s  message on my Ancestry Message Boards back in 2010.

Hi Pierre,

Thank you for getting back to me.

With your information online. They match up to my family tree.

Last year a cousin gave me quite a few photos of the Lagasse line. And I have been researching them with where they were taken. They are from Bristol, Connecticut and Rhode Island. And I have just cleared up a mystery on the Dennis Lagasse  person as he changed his name from Stanislas Lagasse who married Henriette Alexandre.

I have been going round and round with the name Dennis Lagasse. I think the photos I have are from this family. Not sure of the names, but they are taken in Bristol, Connecticut. I have gotten all the way back on our line. Lots of information. I have researched the whole line that was in Fall River, Massachusetts and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Bristol, Connecticut on the Lagasse line.

My line from Stanislas Lagasse and Onésime Cadieux. Their child  Pierre Lagasse married Mathilde Leblanc.

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Sandy had pictures that made it possible to reach out to distant relatives like Carl yesterday and many more.

If you have been reading my blog, then you know I won’t sell you any coats of arms or coffee mugs.

In fact I don’t sell nothing. However I am quick to react when someone ask for my help… I just can’t help this addiction of mine.

Hello Pierre

My grandfather Charles Henry Lagasse is from Falls River MA and I believe his father is from RI. Henry C. Lagasse RI/1892 M. Edith Mullane. Perhaps you can help me in my search for family history?

Thank you

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I just found a new fourth cousin once removed.

She, in turn, found a whole lot more than a fourth cousin.

Back to square one…?

Not quite to square one.

Remember this couple I was talking about last Monday?

I thought in 2009 that they were the newly-weds in a picture taken around 1910 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

I still thought so until Wednesday night when someone sent me a picture.

Here’s the “big picture” of this big picture.

I thought in 2009 that this picture had been taken in 1910.

Think again because someone told me that her relatives had this picture also.

It was taken probably on April 14, 1909 when Bernadette Levasseur, sister of Ida Levasseur, married Joseph Phaneuf.

The woman I had identified as Bernadette Hogue is probably Bernadette Levasseur.

Is this what they will call a soap opera in the future?

 

Look at this picture someone sent me.

Joseph Brière’s family

It does not belong to her.

She found it on Ancestry.

I still don’t have permission to use it, but I think you will understand why I am posting it.

 

Compare with this…

1909, Marlborough, Massachusetts

 

And this montage…



I will try to get permission to post the picture I posted without permission.

Then, I will tell you more, a whole lot more next Monday.

Joseph Brière’s family

Remember when I said…

Not to jump to conclusions in this article…

Well I did just that with that picture in 2009.

Now it’s haunting me and giving someone a headache in the U.S.


April in Marlborough, Massachusetts

I was assuming that Jean-Marie Hogue III had married his daughter Bernadette.

Well I think I was… dead wrong.

Before jumping again to conclusions I will wait for my new found reader to digest all that I found yesterday.

I don’t want to appear like a nut.

 

On the other hand, with all this searching around, I found that Jean-Marie Hogue III had two other sisters: Mélodie and Marie-Louise.

Mélodie Hogue was born in 1851.

Mélodie Hogue married Orphir Levasseur on December 25th. 1876 in Montreal.


She is probably the bride’s mother…

– Joseph, my beloved husband, I think this guy is nuts…

– Don’t jump to conclusions Bernadette
Stand still and watch the birdie…

Marie-Louise Hogue was born on January 5, 1854. She died 23 days later.

Genealogy begins as an interest
becomes a hobby
continues as a vocation
takes over as an obsession
and in its last stages
is an incurable disease.

Extra inning: Louis Robitaille

This was a draft article written on October 25. It was supposed to be a follow-up on my articles where Sandy and I played genealogy baseball…

So here goes…

Extra inning: Louis Robitaille

Remember when I talked about Blanche Lagasse in this article. There was a guy in left field who was searching for Louis Robitaille’s parents.

I am looking for ancestors of Louis Robitaille (b. 1902?), husband to Marie Blanche Lagasse (b. 1904?), and father of Edward Robitaille (b. 1922?) and Marie Delores Robitaille (b. 1924).

All four were born in Massachusetts.

According to Census, Louis’ parents were both born in French Canada. In 1920, he was a lodger at a boarding house in New Bedford MA. His soon to be wife was the daughter of Frobe Lagasse and Valida M. Forand, the operators of the boarding house.

I have no information on Louis’ parents or family and would like to trace them to Canada.

Well Mister Leftfielder, I found your answer.

This was on the Mormons’ site…

We are in 1920.

Frobe Lagasse died in 1915 from tuberculosis and Valéda has a boarding house and lives with Blanche and 47 lodgers!

**Household** **Gender** **Age**
Valida Lagassè  **F** 45y
Marie Blanche Lagassè  **F** 15y

Joseph Enos Martin  **M** 29y
Michal Jos Mccormack  **M** 34y
John Costa  **M** 28y
Manuel Sylvia  **M** 25y
Alfred D S Hilton  **M** 41y
Celina Coden  **F** 34y
Aurelie Bussiere  **F** 64y
Mary Blanch Bussiere  **F** 15y
Bertha Mitchell  **F** 48y
Josepha Delpee  **F** 44y
Joseph O Delpee  **M** 43y
Ali Nick Adams  **M** 36y
Harry Bilo  **M** 19y
Edith Thomas  **F** 19y
Frank Thomas  **M** 19y
Paul L Donahue  **M** 21y
Rose D’Ayolk  **F** 26y
William Hamel  **M** 35y
Oliver Ormerall  **M** 57y
Mora Adanerka  **M** 45y
Memhet Riza  **M** 38y
Sophia Saulnier  **F** 33y
Napoleon Saulnier  **M** 30y
Aurelie Leverquer  **M** 44y
Kismet Salo  **M** 23y
Elizabeth A Drew  **F** 40y
Joseph Robinson  **M** 57y

Louis E Robitaille  **M** 18y

Jerry Robitaille  **M** 73y
Xavier Morel  **M** 26y
Charles H B Ellis  **M** 59y
John Meljacik  **M** 35y
Joseph F Donohue  **M** 27y
John Morency  **M** 46y
Octane Bibeau  **M** 37y
Arthur Sylvester  **M** 31y
Annie Larue  **F** 45y
Wilkibal Poirier  **M** 35y
Daniel J Reddie  **M** 30y
Ida Reddie  **F** 30y
Lillian Perreault  **F** 21y
William Ed Broderick  **M** 34y
Alice Webb  **F** 37y
George Edward Crowther  **M** 36y
Thomas T Nichols  **M** 44y
Joseph Gagnon  **M** 40y
Joseph Roy  **M** 43y

This is Louis’ file…

Name Louis E Robitaille
Residence New Bedford Ward 6, Bristol, Massachusetts
Estimated Birth Year 1902
Age 18
Birthplace Massachusetts
Relationship to Head of Household
Gender Male
Race White
Marital Status Single
Father’s Birthplace
Mother’s Birthplace
Film Number 1820686
Digital Folder Number 4301082
Image Number 00725
Sheet Number 14

Louis is 18 and Blanche is 15.

A beautiful love story yet to be told…

Yet I wonder who is this Jerry Robitaille living in the boarding house…

Top of the ninth inning: Frobe Lagasse

I had written something on Frobe Lagasse in 2009.

I never thought someone would write me about him. Alice, Frobe’ sister, named one of her children after him.

This is the file of Frobe Lagasse.

file Frobe Lagasse

Frobe is a second cousin. His grandfather was Pierre Lagacé who was my great-great-grandfather’s brother.

Few people know his genealogy but I do and someone else does now.

Having found all my Lagacés ancestors, I had been looking for distant relatives and this is how I found one whose husband is related to Frobe and Alice.

Frobe married Valéda Forand in 1897. They had at three children: Joseph Norman, Laurent and Blanche. Laurent probably died young.

There are two people who also have Frobe Lagasse in their data banks on Ancestry.

The problem is that they say that Frobe Lagasse died in 1964.

Frobe died in 1915 and this is his death certificate. He died from tuberculosis.

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Here are some information about Norman Lagasse.

He was born in January 1899 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Blanche was born around 1905.

In the 1920 U.S. Census, Valéda and Blanche are living together. I had found no traces of Norman.

There might not be any descendants of Frobe Lagasse who was the son of Adolphe Lagasse an undertaker in Massachusetts around 1909, but now I know that there are Alice’s descendants in the United States.

Next time…

Bottom of the ninth.

It’s not over till it’s over.

Eight inning

This is the message I got about Pierre Adolphe Lagassé…

Hi Pierre,

Alice (Mary Elizabeth) Lagasse’s parents were Adolphe Pierre Lagasse and Melanie Berthiaume. What made me start the search was my husband’s grandfather’s name, Frobe Evariste Rosario Caron. We always wondered where Frobe came from and I felt it maybe was not a “common” name.

I have learned that Alice had 5 siblings and one was a brother, Frobe. (I guess she liked him since she named a son after him – not sure where Evariste Rosario fits in, though.)

Alice married Olivier Caron, 3 Sept 1895, New Bedford MA (Mass vital records 1841-1910, Vol 451, pg 241) and had 4 children, one died.

Then she married (Frederick Joseph Hudon) on marriage record: Freddie Hudon, (Mass Vital Records, Vol 554 Pg 287 ) 15 Nov 1905 New Bedford MA. They had no children.

Searching for Adolphe Lagasse, I came across your cemetery stone on Ancestry. It caught my eye with Alice’s name on it.

We do not know where Alice was buried and from the stone, it looks like maybe Fred Hudon is not buried with her?

 Is this in New Bedford?

 I know from the 1920 census, her father Adolphe was living with them in New Bedford.

The Carons had Wilfred, Frobe, Anita and Amanda. They have all passed away.

Wilfred had 3 children, Frobe had 5 children, Anita – died 1 yr., Amanda had 2 children.

Is this line related to you at all? I know there are a many Lagasses out there.

You can email me directly.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

I told her that Sandy sent me this picture and that I was going to ask her where she got it.

The bases are now loaded with Adolph Lagasse’s descendants and they can stop wondering about the name of Frobe.

Next time…

Top of the ninth…

What happened to Frobe Lagasse…

Seventh inning stretch…

Someone else has joined our team.

She is related to Pierre Adolphe Lagasse. Her husband is a descendant of Alice, Pierre Adolphe’s daughter.

Hard to believe.

She saw Pierre Adolphe’s tombstone on my Ancestry site and she wrote me about it…

Sandy had sent it to me along with Pierre Adolphe’s picture.

Pierre Adolph Lagasse

Carole was looking for Alice Lagasse, Pierre’s daughter.

Now she has her husband’s ancestor’s picture.

I knew a lot about Pierre Adolphe’s family but I knew little about his daughter Alice.

Now I know a whole lot more and Carole and her husband are on base.

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There is someone who should wake up in left field…

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Thank you for getting back to me…

My new found distant cousin Sandy posted a message on my new Ancestry family tree page.

I had decided last month to migrate my family tree from My Heritage to Ancestry.

Sandy must have been all excited when she found out that another Lagacé had information on her ancestors and that he wrote back so quickly.

I’m quick on the trigger…

Hi Pierre,

Thank you for getting back to me.

With your information online. They match up to my family tree.

Last year a cousin gave me quite a few photos of the Lagasse line. And I have been researching them with where they were taken. They are from Bristol, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

And I have just cleared up a mystery on the Dennis Lagasse  person as he changed his name from Stanislas Lagasse who married Henriette Alexandre.

I have been going round and round with the name Dennis Lagasse.

I think the photos I have are from this family. Not sure of the names, but they are taken in Bristol, Connecticut.

I have gotten all the way back on our line. Lots of information.

I have researched the whole line that was in Fall River, Massachusetts and New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Bristol, Connecticut on the Lagasse line.

My line from Stanislas Lagasse and Onésime Cadieux.

Their child  Pierre Lagasse married Mathilde Leblanc.

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Pierre Lagasse and Mathilde Leblanc’s child was Julian Wilfred Lagasse.   I am sending a photo of him with brothers and one I am not sure of.

Sitting: left is Julian Wilfred Lagasse and Joseph Lagasse is to the right.

I received them from his son Edmond and his wife.  When she passed away then their children gave them to me.

I also have a photo of Pierre Lagasse married to Mathilde Leblanc.

If you would like to see the photos I have then I will send them along to you.

Sandy

If you have been reading my blog, then you know how crazy I am about photographs…

See you next Monday with more photos from Sandy’s collection and more about the mysterious Dennis Lagasse.