Closing Chapter: Young Myra Alexandre

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

Well maybe spirits…

But I can keep an open mind.

Myra died in 1958 when I was 10 years old.

I never met Myra Alexandre. She was living in the United States and I was living in Montreal. I had heard that my grandfather once had lived in the U.S. That was the only link.

I did not know Myra had ever existed before 2010 when my third cousin Sandy first contacted me on this blog. Since then I have found almost everything about Myra’s life.

So this is the closing chapter.

This is young Myra Alexandre.

 

Joe had this cabinet card in his collection when I met him last September. Sandy had the same picture in her collection in 2010.

We had few clues then… this is why we had called this young woman Bristol late 1890s. Sandy had also these.

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre

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

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

Look at those eyes…

Myra Alexandre 1877-1958

Frank Archambeault 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 Théo and Iris.

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.

Frank’s Kitchen Notes

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

Anyway…

Frank Archambeault once had wrote me in an e-mail that he was living not far away from Plainville. So when I planned my visit to Joe’s place three weeks ago, I wrote Frank about it. 

I figured Frank would be excited by the fact of meeting his two virtual 3rd cousins addicted to genealogy.

So here we are last Saturday morning sitting down at Liberty Diner for breakfast with our wives when Frank shows up by the door.

From that moment on, Frank could not keep from talking and talking, and excusing himself for talking too much.

Being this crazy Canuck who has been writing like crazy since 2009 about genealogy and who tries to find other people’s ancestors down in Connecticut, I could well understand all this excitement and I showed Frank a lot of empathy.

Try to imagine poor Frank cramming in 100 years or so of his ancestors’ stories and anecdotes over two eggs over easy. This was by no means a piece of cake.

So Frank kept talking and talking, drinking cup after cup of coffee… which I think did not help a wee bit…

After Frank ate his breakfast, which was most probably cold by now, all three third cousins proceeded to Joe’s place with our wives deciding instead to go shopping.

Anyway…

When we arrived and sat in the dinning room, Frank pulled a kitchen note out of his hat… a newspaper clipping.

It was something related to this picture, his grandparents’s wedding picture that Robin had scanned last year!

Robin? Robin Who?
She’s not even a blood relative…

Anyway…

Little did Frank know that he had pulled more than one kitchen’s note out of his hat.

In his kitchen’s notes, Frank had the newspaper clipping of the wedding. We had the name of the bridesmaid, which I knew of course, thanks to Robin, and also the name of the best man who was still unknown.

Frank Lagassi!

William Archambeault’s best man was his nephew Frank Lagasse Junior who was his sister’s son.

Frank Lagasse Junior, born in 1883, was the son of Sophie Archambeault and Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé). 

You should know Sophie Archambeault by now.

Confused?

Do you remember this unidentified couple from the tintype pictures Frank had sent me?

– Sophie, I am bit confused…

What about this montage?

Anyway…

François-Xavier Lagacé (Frank Lagasse Senior) died on January 1st, 1937, and he could well be here on this picture with two of his other sons: Edward and William.

I would go out on a limb and say that the little boy is the grandson of Frank Lagasse Senior. Alfred Lagasse was the son of Frederick Lagasse, another son of Frank Lagasse Senior.

Alfred was born around 1922 and he could be with his mother Aurore.

Frederick or Fred could be here on this other picture holding his son Alfred and having a cigar!

If I am correct, Sophie Archambeault could also be on that picture as one of the three old ladies in the back…

Finally, if I did not make a complete fool of myself, this picture could have been taken at Lake Compounce around 1927 since all these people were living around Bristol at that time.

Still confused?

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes.

I hope this will help.

I wonder if Frank is reading this having his morning cup of coffee?

Le 22 Sept 1853

When  Frank sent me this, he never realized he had opened up a lot of doors in his search for his ancestors.

Le 22 Sept. 1853, nous ptre sousf avons reçu le mutuel consentement de mariage entre J. Bte Archambault,  fils de Joseph Archambeault et de Marie-Anne  Hugoaud, de la Grande Ile, d’une part; et Emilie Mercier  fille d’Augustin Mercier et Marie-Anne Janvier, aussi de la Grande Ile, d’autre part, ne s’étant découvert aucun empêch nous leur avons la bénéd nuptiale en présence de Fidèle Blin et Jean Labry.

J. Quevillon ptre 

This is the same entry with the modifications I have made…

Le 22 septembre 1853, nous prêtre soussigné avons reçu le mutuel consentement de mariage entre Jean-Baptiste Archambault,  fils de Joseph Archambeault et de Marie-Anne  Hugueron, de la Grande Ile, d’une part; et Emilie Mercier  fille d’Augustin Mercier et Marie-Anne Janvier, aussi de la Grande Ile, d’autre part, ne s’étant découvert aucun empêchement nous leur avons la bénédiction nuptiale en présence de Fidèle Blain et Jean Labrie.

J. Quevillon prêtre

Now the translation Frank wanted…

The 22nd of September 1853 we priest undersigned have received the mutual marriage consent between Jean-Baptiste Archambault, son of Joseph Archambeault and Marie-Anne  Hugueron, from Grande Ile, on the one part; and Emilie Mercier  daughter of Augustin Mercier and Marie-Anne Janvier, also from Grande Ile, on the other part,  having found no objections we gave them the nuptial  blessing in the presence of Fidèle Blain and Jean Labrie.

J. Quevillon priest

We now have the names of Emilie Mercier’s parents, Augustin Mercier and Marie-Anne Janvier, thus opening the door to look for the Merciers’ ancestors.

I wonder if Frank is interested in all this?

What about the three sisters marrying on the same day?

Since some people back in the 1800s did not have access to priests, they were married by someone in authority with the promise of marrying when a priest could officiate a marriage. 

That’s the explanation I gave Fran who is still addicted to this blog.

We Are Not Alone

We are not alone dear…

That’s what Emilie Mercier might have said to Jean-Baptiste Archambault in St. Joseph Church in Burlington, Vermont, on their wedding day, on September 22, 1853.

Her sisters Mathilda and Rosella were also getting married…

I don’t have a lot of readers on this blog, but it does not bother me that much.

Just the pure selfish pleasure of finding about your ancestors and sometimes mine is enough.

Just the pure selfish pleasure of looking at Frank’s old tintype pictures or Ed’s unidentified photos is enough to make my day.

So when Frank sent me this e-mail with an attachment I just felt another dopamine rush.

Cher cousin Pierre,

Souhaitez-vous s’il vous plaît m’aider?

Attached is an 1853 record of my great-grandfather’s marriage to Emilie Mercier. It is in cursive French and I would like to know what it says. There are three entries; would you translate the entry for Jean-Baptiste into English. I personally went to the church (years ago) and the rectory office clerk was gracious enough to make a copy from the marriage journal.

As a side note, would you speculate as to why two of Emilie Mercier’s sisters (shown on same page) were also married on the SAME day as Emilie. What the heck: Three sisters getting married on the same day?! What a good day for the Mercier father; getting rid of three daughters, all at once.Was that common, perhaps because of a shortage of nearby priests? Was it because of some political reason (i.e., three Canadian men to marry in America for citizenship reasons — Bienvenue aux États-Unis!)? Were these (God forbid/Dieu nous en préserve!) “shotgun” weddings? Or — most likely – because we Americans are such nice people?? (Especially the French ones!)

Avec nos remerciements, 

Frank

Here is the attachment…

It’s in French.

Next time I will tell you more… and a whole lot more.

By the way, are you addicted to this blog?

You are not alone…

Footnote…

If you have not click on this link yet St. Joseph Church in Burlington, Vermont, you should. You will learn a lot about the history of St. Joseph Church in Burlington, Vermont.

Remember Good Old Holyoke?

Ed had sent me this message along with his 31 pictures of unidentified 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 did not look familiar at first glance.

Even Robin had this comment…

What a challenge! Are we up to it?

All were unidentified ancestors until Frank sent me this picture of  John Archambeault.

He is Jean-Baptiste Archambeault’s and Emilia Mercier’s son. John Archambeault married Florence Boucher. He could be the same man seen in this montage I made with one of Ed’s pictures.

I had this picture identified as family 1.

Family 1

You have to start somewhere don’t you…

Anyway, this Family 1 could be John Archambault with his wife Florence Boucher and a daughter. I know they had at least four daughters… because Frank told me.

Flora Archambault (1873)

Lillie (Lillian) Archambault (1877)

Alice Archambault (4 July 1878)

Nellie (Helen) Archambault 1884

Nellie could be the daughter on the picture.

Now if we turn our attention to Family 2.

Family 2

Could this family be also related to the Archambeault family…?

How about his one then and all other 28 pictures sent by Frank that were all unidentified ancestors?

Family 3

 I have no idea.

About John Archambeault…

I believe it’s him on these two pictures.

If this is John, then this could be John with his daughter Flora born in 1873.

I know sometimes I might be hard to follow…

I am still wondering…

I am still wondering if this is Sophie Archambeault and the man beside her is her husband Frank Lagasse (1858-1937), another descendant of Stanislas Lagacé I (1816-1900) whom we still don’t  have a picture of.

I have his dead certificate though, but that’s not enough.

Frank is the brother of Stanislas Lagacé II (Dennis Lagasse II, 1842-1927) seen here on another picture Dennis IV sent me last month.

The mustache is a dead giveaway.

There is another mustache I want to show you.

I wonder if this could be Frank Lagasse’s mustache on the old man on the right.

The mustache  is seen again here.

I always thought the old man was Dennis Lagasse II. Now I am sure he is not.

The old man could be Frank Lagasse because one of his son was Bill Lagasse, and the caption with this picture says Bill Lagasse is on it.

One thing for sure, we will know for sure one of these days as well as all the names of all those people on that picture.

As a footnote to all this crazy mustache search.

I am still searching for whose mustache this is.

You know dear, one day he will find out who we are…

Unidentified Couple

This is going to be interesting.

This tintype picture was part of the lot Frank Archambeault sent me two weeks ago.

I started wondering who was this unidentified couple…

The young woman posing here seemed a bit familiar.

Sandy had sent me this picture of Sophie Archambeault in 2011.

She told me that Sophie Archambeault was married to Frank Lagasse (François-Xavier Lagacé) one of Dennis Lagasse II’s  brother. We already have a picture of Peter Lagasse and Dennis Lagasse on a park bench.

Now I am starting to wonder… if we have the same woman on both pictures since Frank told me that all the pictures he sent me were Archambeaults.

I am wondering…

I am still wondering…

Touching Lives Again and Again Take Two

Many people have helped me since 2010 to touch lives over and over again.

I had posted this tintype picture in March 2012 with this post.

Carl J. Archambeault Sr., who is Frank’s brother, found my blog before his brother did and he wrote me this e-mail.

Hello….

I just came across this blog… 

Where are you located? 

Philip Archambeault (whose obituary is listed above) is my father. I’m the baby of 11 children of Philip and Elizabeth Archambeault.

He had that tintype picture and he said it was probably taken around 1880.

It was Jean-Baptiste Archambeault aka John Shambo, aka John Shambeau…

I thought I had recognized his son William Archambeault on that picture, but Frank set me straight about his grandfather on that picture.

It was taken before William’s birth in 1873!

Furthermore that person was a she…

She had breasts!

Since then, I have gathered more information about the Archambeault family thanks to Frank.

Slowly but surely Frank and I are on the road to identify more people…

See you on Monday. 

Frank’s Tintype Pictures

Twelve pictures…

More if you count this one.

All the pictures are related to Jean-Baptiste Archambault who we see here in front of his house. This is not a tintype picture of course.

His wife Emélie Mercier is on the left. On the right is probably one of his daughter and a grandchild. I just can’t get enough of old pictures especially when I can identify who is on them.

There is always a story behind each picture even if it is reversed for unknown reasons.

This one I am sure is Mary Archambault.

Everyone related to her can enjoy this beautiful picture of a beautiful young lady. Everyone also can see her brother William who married Myra Alexandre in 1902. He is the little boy on the left on the top row and on the left in the middle row.

I could be wrong, but he looks a lot like William in other pictures people sent me.

So when all this search is going to stop?

Probably not in the nearest future.

Miss Mary Archambeault… I Presume…

Frank Archambeault, a distant cousin of mine, scanned and sent me two weeks ago several tintype pictures of the Archambeault family to share with you.

Frank has fond memories of his grandmother Myra Alexandre who, back in 2010, was that unidentified young woman on the right on this picture sent in 2010 by Sandy, another distant cousin. Back then they were known as Bristol late 1890s’ sisters.

Flavie  (Phoebe) Alexandre Lestage and Myra Alexandre Archambeault

There is another young woman on this tintype picture who is just begging to be identified.

She is on the left in the first row.

I presume all these young women are Archambeault sisters.

This is another picture Frank sent me. The young lady had a very familiar look.

Could she be Mary Archambeault, one of several daughters of Jean-Baptiste Archambeault and Emilia Mercier whom we see here in another tintype picture with their children?

circa 1873

Mary would be on the right side just under the young man in the last row with his hand on her shoulder.

By looking at this next picture Robin had scanned last year, I think I recognize Mary.

Mary Archambault and Arthur Ashley were Ida Ashley’s parents. Ida is the bride on this picture. Leo Combe is the groom.

Someone once told me that tintype pictures were a mirror reflection, but I don’t remember who told me that.

So this would be the real Mary Archambeault…

Whether my theory is correct or not, where do you think Arthur Ashley was on this picture taken on Ida Ashley’s wedding day?

1917

The answer is…

Arthur Ashley is probably the man in the back on the right side because the man on the left side is Victor Combe, the groom’s father. The old man in the second row on the extreme left is Jean-Baptiste Archambeault, the bride’s grandfather.