Robin’s pictures – Final answer?

Now I know all about Mary thanks to Robin my A-team member.

The A-Team

There were so many pictures Robin scanned to look at that some were left to be identified later… much later.

This one is directly related to my distant relatives.

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cousin Mary Malloy

Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau, Agnes Alexandre’s daughter, wrote the caption when we compare both handwriting.

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At first I thought I was no expert at people’s handwriting, but now I am sure this is Mary Malloy with Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau’s handwriting.

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Mary Malloy or Molloy is the daughter of Philomène Alexandre and Thomas Molloy. Philomène would be at 2 o’clock.

Philomène Lagacé and her daughters

 Now what about Mary Malloy?

Who did she marry?

Did she have any descendants?

Will any descendant write me a message like Patricia did last month?

And what about this man’s picture?

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Could he be Mary’s brother?

Robin’s pictures – Redux

This is a post I wrote back in 2013 after Robin shared more than 100 old pictures with me in 2011. It was about what I called then the A-Team.

The A-Team

Start reading…

There were so many pictures Robin scanned to look at that some were left to be identified later.

This one I think is directly related to my distant relatives.

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cousin Mary Malloy

We have to assume that Sylvia Elizabeth Bleau, Agnes Alexandre’s daughter, wrote the caption if we compare both handwriting.

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I am no expert, but it seems that way.

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Mary Malloy or Molloy would be Bertha Molloy the daughter of Philomène Alexandre and Thomas Molloy. Philomène is related to this family. These are her parents with her sisters Myra, Agnes and Helen.

the Alexandre Family

Jean-Baptiste Alexandre’s family

Mary was born 23 April 1893 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts.

Here’s another picture also scanned by Robin.

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Agnes Maloy… Same handwriting. Different persons?

Agnes Maloy

Not that important unless you are related to her.

Thomas Molloy and Philomène Alexandre had these children:

James Thomas Molloy 1887 –
Jean-Baptiste Molloy 1890 –
Agnes Marie Rose Molloy 1892 – 1894
Bertha Molloy 1893 –
Eva Molloy 1895 – 1896
Albert Molloy 1897 – 1897

The only possible Mary Malloy or Agnes Maloy is  Bertha Molloy born in 1893.

As for Philomène she died in 1906.

information on Philomene Malloy

Philomene was the sister of Agnes Alexandre who was Sylvia Elizabeth’s mother.

Agnes Alexandre

Agnes Alexandre

So this makes sense. Agnes was Mary Malloy’s aunt and Sylvia was her cousin.

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I never could find much more on Thomas Molloy. Sometimes you hit a dead end, but sometimes someone write a comment and the floodgates open.

Now there was one more picture without a caption.

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?

 

Sweet Sixteen – Redux

The original post written on December 14, 2011 is here if you want to read the sequel after.

It’s about this picture scanned by a stranger on the West Coast of the United States whose husband is a very distant relative. I won’t write about it so if you are interested you will have to read the sequel which has three posts.

Most interesting!

How do I know she is Sweet Sixteen?

Simple…

Who is she?

Simple.

Come back next time and I will explain everything…

Odna Lagasse Ritchie Redux

Two years ago I thought this woman was Odna Lagasse on a picture that was in little Sylvia Marie’s collection of old pictures. 

Robin who lives on the West Coast scanned a few pictures for me in 2011 even if she had never met me before.

A few pictures? More than 100! 

Since there was no caption with the above picture I had to try guessing who was on it and I thought at first it had to be Odna and I began a little search on her just for fun.

Robin had also scanned this group picture below also without a caption. I believed rightfully that Odna was on the right in the third row with her brother Levi Napoleon Lagasse on the left.

When I saw that picture, I did this montage trying to make sense of all this and who was who.

There were many ressemblances.

Then there was this obituary sent in October 2011 by my 3rd cousin Dennis Lagasse IV whose grandfather was Levi Napoleon Lagasse.

It told us a lot about Odna’s life…

Since 2011 I have found out more about her two boys who were both killed during WWII with the help of my good friend and 3rd cousin Joe from Plainville, Connecticut.

Robert J. Ritchie was an EM3c (Electrician’s Mate Third Class) aboard SS 332 Bullhead.

William H. Ritchie was a sergeant in Company G in the 327th Glider Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division.

The submarine SS 332 Bullhead was the last American ship sunk in WWII. Most probably it was sunk by a Ki-51 Japanese aircraft on August 6, 1945. Robert J Ritchie’s body was never found. The news of the sinking came on August 15, 1945, when another submarine SS Capitaine sent this message…

“Have been unable to contact USS Bullhead by any means since arriving in area.”

Robert J Ritchie 1925?-1945

William H. Ritchie was killed in Holland on September 22, 1944, during Operation Market Garden.

In 2011 I didn’t have a picture to show you. Only this.

William H. Ritchie

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Service # 31271954

327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division

Entered the Service from: Connecticut Died: 22-Sep-44 Buried at: Plot J Row 10 Grave 6 Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Then I started looking and looking for William and I contacted someone related to the Ritchie family who had posted Robert’s picture on a memorial paying tribute to the sailors of SS 332.

He sent me this…

William RitchieI kept looking for more information about William and his unit 327 Glider Regiment and I found these two pictures on the Internet…

eindhoven2 eindhovenWilliam Ritchie died in Operation Market Garden. They made a movie out of it.

A Bridge Too Far!

Bridge Too Far

William never came back.

William Ritchie

Call Them Distant Relatives… Rita Hazel

Someone just informed me in a comment just made that Rita Hazel has passed away.

Diane wrote this…

thought I would let you know that my aunt Rita Hazel, only daughter of Leo and Ida Combe passed away about a month ago. I think she was 91 or 92. The only sibling left is Henry Combe, my wonderful father.

This is the wedding picture of Leo Combe and Ida Ashley.

Leo Combe and Ida are Rita Combe Hazel’s parents.

Sylvia Bleau Combe is besides Ida who is next to her mother Agnes Alexandre. Agnes is the daughter of my great-grandaunt Philomene Lagasse (Lagacé).

Back in 2007 when I started looking for my ancestors I did not know she had existed.

These people became a big part of my family since then. There are no more distant relatives of mine…

Rita Combe 1Rita Combe Hazel
1922-2013

Chocolates and Genealogy

More tomorrow on Alexander Bennett because today is Valentine’s Day.

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This is last year’s post on Valentine’s Day.

What’s the connection between chocolate and genealogy?

It’s like something you miss a lot like your lost ancestors. 

 


Even more when you just have names to go around. This is why old pictures are so important.

Genealogy without pictures is like an empty box of chocolates.

With pictures it’s not the same anymore.

With names it’s pure delight.

All the people here are unknown to Melissa who sent them last year. She nevertheless took the time to scan and she sent them so I could post them here.

I know one day we will start finding who these people are like this couple and the same woman in the other picture. You know how patient I can be don’t you…

Meantime, Happy Valentine’s Day.

By the way there is no connection between this and Teresa’s ancestors.

Bertha Lagasse Austin

Note

Since this was posted earlier this year, we have found the identify of the young woman on the picture. She’s Bertha’s sister Odna Lagasse.

Bertha

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Well the time has come…

Teresa had posted a comment this week after reading my post Out of Gas?

Good Evening,
  
My name is Teresa Brooks Pease.  
I am a descendant of Bertha Lagasse Austin.  My Grandmother is Elizabeth (Betty) Austin DeWick.  I dont have very much information about the Austin/Lagasse and as my grandmother just passed December of 2012. 
I’m not sure I will be able to provide you with any futher information other than what my grandfather may have.  
Please feel free to contact me.  
I would love to learn more about my family history.

“Please feel free to contact me.  I would love to learn more about my family history.”

I was all excited.

Now I should be able to get confirmation if Bertha Austin née Lagasse is really on this picture because Teresa wrote again.

And I thought that I had scared her away!

I also found out that Teresa and I are 2nd cousins twice removed which means we share this common ancestor

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

and this one…

Dennis Lagasse II

Stanislas Lagacé 1842-1927

Stanislas Lagacé is her great-great-great-grandfather while he is my great-grandfather. That’s the twice removed thing. Her great-great-grandfather is Dennis Lagasse III, Bertha’s father.

He is this man under the hat with four of his five sons. Harry Lagasse is not on the picture.

Dennis Lagasse III and some of his sons

Napoleon Levi, Harvey, Victor Philip, ? (a cousin?) and Joseph

Priceless picture isn’t for someone who has no pictures of their ancestors…

Dennis Lagasse III is my grandfather’s brother Léo Lagacé Senior. Dennis (his real given name is Stanislas) was born in 1864 and Leo in 1888. 24 years apart. Dennis died in 1922 and my grandfather died in 1964.

acte de deces leo lagace senior

Priceless document…

That’s the clue that got me here writing this blog. I knew nothing about my grandfather’s ancestors back in 2007 when I got addicted to genealogy. 

Curious?

Click here.

Getting back to Teresa who knows very little about her ancestors, she told me about her grandaunt Dorothy Austin and her granduncle William Austin who are still living. They are Bertha Lagasse’s children. They should be able to identify their mother on the picture, and they should have more pictures to share.

At least I hope so.

I just have a few notes on Bertha, and last month, while checking my family tree, I found her in the 1940 U.S. Census.

That’s a great place to start looking for clues when you know what you are looking for.

1940 William Austin family

William Austin was an electrician and he was living at 235 Union Avenue in West Haven, Connecticut.

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We don’t have pictures of these people in the censuses. Luckily for us we had Lionel Lagasse’s family album. He brought it with him when he visited his son Dennis last fall. Back in 2011 Dennis Lagasse did not know much about his roots. He found my blog or I found him on a genealogy forum, can’t recall…

In a split second he became Dennis Lagasse IV and he found all about his French-Canadian roots right up to André Mignier.

Soldier of the Régiment Carignan-Salières Illustrator Francis Back

soldier of Carignan-Salière regiment

I think he was elated to find his virtual 2nd cousin once removed from Quebec.

This is a picture he first shared with me. I was all excited. I call it my Rosetta stone.

I knew who these people were. 

His great-grandfather Dennis Lagasse III is seen her with his wife Amanda Ménard and their family. 11 children, 5 boys and 6 girls.

Last September Dennis sent me lots of new pictures with lots of people photographed… but Bertha was nowhere to be seen.

Anyway…

Since I had found everything on Bertha’s roots, I had focused my search on William Austin.

Well lo and behold! His real name was not Austin after all.

Curious?

Out of gas?

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I know some people down South who are hoping I don’t run out.

Dennis Lagasse wedding picture