In Search Of Marie-Anne…

Why not go on a search for Marie-Anne’s descendants?

Sandy sent me a message yesterday about Marie-Anne Lagasse. She had entered some information on my Ancestry tree.

I have no picture of Marie-Anne nor of her father, my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé (1816) who bears the same given name as my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé who I call Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas who I call Stanislas 1864.

This is all I have of Stanislas 1816… his certificate of death and some census pages.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900

If I write that much about my ancestors and also ours, it’s because there are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 hidden somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in the U.S. that some of Marie-Anne’s descendants have and can’t figure out who is who on those old pictures…

I can!

 

There Is not Much that Can Stop Me… Redux

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Another Redux Post so you don’t have to read the whole blog with more than 500 posts…

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When I was looking for my grandfather Leo’s ancestors, I found to my big surprise that he was living in Hartford, Connecticut with his father Stanislas, who called himself Dennis, and his mother Henriette Alexandre, who was Harriett.

 

Censuses are so precious to find clues about your ancestors if you know how to use them.

Léo was living with his older brother Adlore (Adélard) born in 1880. Léo was born in June 1888 and he was the last of the children.

In the 1900 U.S. census, I found out that Harriett (Henriette) had 13 children with 6 still living. That I did not know.

I had only found 12!

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Friday morning, while looking into the register of Notre-Dame-des-Anges parish in Notre-Dame de Stanbridge, I found the 13th child.

Her name was Marie-Angélique Lagacé born on November 10, 1871. She died on September 15, 1872.

This closes  the chapter about the children of Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

You can ask me to visit my genealogy site and see the file of Stanislas Lagacé. From there you can access all of his children’s files.

Next time, I will tell you about Pierre Lagacé, Stanislas Lagacé’s granduncle.  Some of his descendants went to the United States.

See you…

THE END

Almost three years later I have climbed all the way up on some branches of my family tree.

The first child of Dennis and Harriett was Anthony Lagasse born in Vermont in 1863. He was named after his grandfather Antoine-Nicolas.

Anthony could be on this picture with his first wife Delia Bertrand.

Bristol, Conn. about 1908-1909

I say could be because I don’t know for sure. 

All I know is that the picture was taken around 1905 plus or minus a few years. At first I thought it was Dennis II with Harriett. Now I know this is not the fact.

The man looks very much like a Lagacé and he ressembles the man on this picture.

 

picture from Dennis 2

Dennis Lagasse II is seen here with Harvey and Marie, two of Dennis Lagasse III’s children.

Back in 2009 the only picture I had of these people was this…

Happy New Year Dear Descendants…

Back in  2010, Joe was only a virtual relative of mine.

He sent me this picture via e-mail he had of Marguerite Alexandre. She was Henriette Alexandre’s sister.

Marguerite Alexandre 1836-1897

Marguerite Alexandre is part of Joe’s very long list of ancestors.

That picture is as close as I can get to have a picture of Henriette Alexandre who is my great-grandmother married to Dennis Lagasse II, our superstar ancestor on this blog.

Dennis Lagasse II

Stanislas Lagacé 1842-1927

This is Henriette’s file on my Ancestry family tree.


I am very lucky photo wise because I have pictures of all my 8 great-grandparents. All except Henriette’s photograph.

Pierre Lagacé tree

I am still waiting…, but I am very patient. We have to be when we look for our ancestors.

I know all about Henriette Alexandre: she had 13 children.

Six were still living in 1900. That’s what the 1900 U.S. census said.

famille Lagacé 1900

Thank God for Censuses.

I knew when she was born thanks to the image of her baptisimal act found on Family Search.

6 April 1845 Henriette Alexandre

Thank God for Family Search.

I did not know when she died until I found out Joe had found out a way back then and thought I knew.

I didn’t…

Click here.

Henriette’s sister, Marguerite Alexandre, is Joe’s great-great-grandmother which makes us bonafide third cousins.

Joe told me back in 2010 he could use all the living cousins he could get.

I think I could also…

I have visited Joe twice since 2010.

Together we visited cemeteries to find the resting place of Dennis and Henriette. First in September 2011. I wrote about these little outings here and here.

In 2011, we visited again the same cemeteries bringing another cousin of ours who was also looking for his ancestors’ graves. We had our share of senior moments.

Just couldn’t find the headstones…

Last Sunday, while visiting Joe’s family tree on Ancestry, I found out he had put these images he had found on the Internet.

Emmanuel Therien, Joe’s great-great-great-grandfather…

headstone-5

Emmanuel Therien 1800-1886

Gilbert Therien, Joe’s great-great-grandfather… 


headstone Gilbert Therien

And Marguerite Alexandre Therien, Joe’s great-great-grandmother…

headstone Marguerite Alexandre

Thank God for finding our ancestors’ headstones even though sometimes the inscriptions are a bit off. Marguerite was born on August 11, 1836 and Gilbert was born on May 7, 1837.

May they rest in peace from now on. I know they will always be with us as long as we live.

Happy New Year Dear Descendants…

Aurilie Moquin

Aurélie Dubé has been resting in peace since 1920 in St. Thomas cemetery.

Take a closer look.

Closer…

AURILIE MOQUIN

Né le 12 Juillette 1889
 Morte le 30 janvier 1920
Age le 30 ans

Judy sent me this picture a few weeks ago, but since she can’t read French, she asked me to translate.

The headstone should read…

AURÉLIE MOQUIN

Née le 12 Juillet 1889 
morte le 30 janvier 1920

à l’âge de 30 ans

Even though there are some typos, we are able to understand who is buried there.

AURÉLIE MOQUIN

Born July 12 1889
Died January 30 janvier 1920
at the age of 30

But…

Moquin is her married name! Aurilie is in fact Aurélie Dubé, daughter of Napoléon Dubé and Mary Emmons (Émond?).

Napoleon fathered four  children: Aurelia, Arthur, Laura and Lillian. Mary died and Napoleon remarried in 1899 Pamela, maiden name unknown. They had a daughter Catherine.

Napoleon and Pamela are buried next to Aurelia, but not Mary.

Where is Mary Emmons buried?

Most probably in the same cemetery as my great-grandparents Dennis Lagasse and Harriet Alexander who are in fact Stanislas Lagacé 1842-1927 and Henriette Alexandre 1845-1907. Their headstones are yet to be found.

This might seems trivial to someone reading this unless you know I knew nothing about my grandfather’s parents back in 2007 and started to write about it in 2009 on this blog.

As a footnote to all this…

Do you remember…?

Hi,
I have been working on my family tree since 2007. found your name in your mother’s obituary yesterday as I was searching for Dubé relatives. The Dubés are related to my Lagacé lineage. Your father George was the son of Lillie Lagasse who was my grandfather’s sister. I have all the Lagacé lineage as well as the Dubé lineage. You can contact me if you want. I also have pictures of Lillie’s siblings and her father Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse) who emigrated to the U.S. in  1889.
You can pass this message along to relatives who might be interested.

Well I have a found myself a new first cousin interested in genealogy.

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…

Frobe Lagasse and his sister Alice

This is just to set up the stage… because I found a distant cousin.

Maybe he’s a 4th or a 5th cousin, I don’t know, but that’s not the point.

I have copied a post from December 2009… That’s quite a long time ago.

This is the file of Frobe Lagasse.

Frobe is a second cousin.

His grandfather was Pierre Lagacé who was my great-great-grandfather’s brother.

Few people know Frobe’s ancestors  but I do.

Having found all my Lagacé’s ancestors, I am now looking for distant relatives.

Frobe married Valéda Forand in 1897. They had at least two children: Joseph Norman Lagasse and Blanche Lagasse.

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

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

Frobe died in 1915 and this is his death certificate.

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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.

Okay, now light, camera, action…!

Only my very distant relative knows that this pun is intended.

He is related to this woman. She is Alice Lagasse, Frobe Lagasse’s sister. She’s a 2nd cousin.

I never got the time to post her picture on this blog because no descendants had ever wrote me about that branch.

Alice was first married to Olivier Caron.

My new found distant cousin knows little very about Olivier Caron.

So do I.

 

But at least I can try…

See you next time maybe, unless I scared away another distant cousin of mine…

We have come a long way on this blog…

We have come a long way on this blog since I posted that picture almost two years ago.

  

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre,
daughters of Philomène Lagacé and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

This was one of my favorite pictures…

It still is.

These two young women were unknown to Sandy and I in 2010. We just had a few clues. Bristol late 1890s.

We have found almost everything about them.

Flavie Alexander married Charles Lestage and Myra Alexander married William Archambeault. Some of Myra’s descendants have contacted me since then. Descendants of Flavie still have not seen this blog nor all the pictures I have of their ancestors.

I can sit and wait.

We all have our precious pictures of our ancestors… hidden somewhere.

We just have to find them.

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre

They are so precious because most people don’t have any.

This is a picture of my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé.

Stanislas Lagasse 1842-1927

Sandy, who is part of the A-Team, sent it in 2010 without knowing who this old man was. For my part, the only info I had of my great-grandfather was his birth certificate.

He was born August 9, 1842 in Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge.

1842… That was quite a long time ago!

Together Sandy and I manage to find who he was by looking at this picture and comparing it to pictures sent by someone else…

Four generations

I knew who were three of the four people. The baby was little Gerard Lagasse.  His father Harry Lagasse is holding him and his grandfather Dennis Lagasse III is having a cigar. It was easy to figure out who was the tall and serious man on the left.

I still don’t have a picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagasse I who was born in 1816. Stanislas bears the same given name as Stanislas Lagacé. This is why I call him Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas whom I call Stanislas 1864.

This is all I have of Stanislas 1816…

No picture just his certificate of death.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900

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Sandy sent it in 2011 as an early Christmas present!

I know that there are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest hidden behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in Bristol, Connecticut in 2012.

This is why Fran’s e-mail was Godsend.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816, aka Dennis Lagasse 1816, died on March 26, 1900. He missed the 1900 U.S. census by only two months  and five days. If he had been around in June 1900, I would have known with whom he was living back then.

Stanislas died from mitral insufficiency because of his old age. That’s what Doctor Desmarais wrote 112 years ago. He also wrote my great-great-grandfather’s home address: 22 Conlon street, Bristol, Connecticut…

Stanislas Lagasse I is the ancestor of thousands of Americans who have no idea who he is.

I do.

Myra Alexandre’s descendants now know a lot about their ancestors. Helen Alexander’s descendants will soon find out. Stanislas Lagacé I, or Stanislas 1816, and Libbie Lagasse Alexander were their ancestors.

Helen Alexander Bleau is in this picture with her mother Philomène Lagacé and her lovely sisters…  


It’s Joe’s favorite picture. He sent it in 2010. We could not figure out who were these people. Joe is also part of the A-Team.

It took us two years to finally identify four of them: Flavie, Myra, Agnes and Helen. The other two should be Mary and Philomene but we can be 100% sure.  What I know is that Philomene Alexander married a man named Molloy and she died probably in 1906. We have pictures of Mary but the one we have here does not look like her in the other pictures.

This is another picture. A tin-type picture. 

Robin, from our A-Team on the West Coast, scanned it in 2011. She is not even directly related to us. Her husband is.

This is most probably taken around 1893 looking at the little boy’s age.

Myra Alexander, John Alexander, Agnes Alexander
Philomène Lagasse, Helen Alexander Bleau with two unknown children

Fran has now her little idea who the little boy is.

Enjoying all your entries to your blog. I may have info on Philomene Lagasse and JB Alexandre’s daughter, Helene. For some reason, which I can not explain, I had her down as Abeline (baptized on 24 June 1867, Notre Dame de Stanbridge). Today I received an invitation to a birthday party for  one of my Mother’s  Bleau cousin, who is the granddaughter of Joseph Henry Bleau and Helen Alexander. Her brother had told me ages ago that their uncle had married an Alexander. I did their line back around 2001 so I never made a connection until today when I checked my Family Tree and saw the names of their grandparents. He never gave me any other info on the Bleau line as he knew I was doing my maternal grandparents’ lines.
 
I will be seeing them August 4 and will discover if I am right. Remember the photo of JB Alexandre and Philomene Lagasse with two daughters and two children? If I am right, one of the children is their Dad, born 1891 in North Adams, MA. If so, we are related through my maternal grandfather and through my maternal grandmother’s side. I am hoping they might have some photos of the Bleau line. They have two great albums of their Mother’s family. I will get back to you when I get direct info from the Bristol Bleaus.

I have also my little idea.

Enticed?

BTW…

Robin, I got your e-mail yesterday. I could not reply. The message was filtered as a SPAM! Don’t worry I read all your messages.

Late 1890s sisters Bristol, Conn

We have come a long way on this blog since I posted that picture almost two years ago.

These two young women were unknown to us in 2010. We just had a few clues.

Click here to go back in time and to get a sense of what we knew at that time.

Late 1890s sisters Bristol, Conn…

This was one of my favorite pictures…

It still is.

Late 1890s sisters Bristol, Conn

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre,
daughters of Philomène Lagacé and Jean-Baptiste Alexandre

Flavie married Charles Lestage and Myra married William Archambeault.

We all have our precious pictures of our ancestors.

Flavie Alexandre and Myra Alexandre

They are precious because most people don’t have any.

This is my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé.

Stanislas Lagasse 1842-1927

Sandy, who is also part of the A-Team, sent it without knowing who the old man was. The only thing I had of my great-grandfather was his birth certificate.

He was born August 9, 1842 in Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge.

That was quite a long time ago!

Together Sandy and I manage to find who he was by looking at this picture and comparing it to pictures sent by someone else…

Four generations

I knew who were three of the four people. The baby was little Gerard Lagasse.  His father Harry Lagasse is holding him and his grandfather Dennis Lagasse III is having a cigar. It was easy to figure out who was the tall and serious man on the left.

I don’t have a picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagasse I born in 1816 who bears the same given name as Stanislas Lagacé whom I now call Stanislas 1842 since he also named one of his sons Stanislas whom I call Stanislas 1864.

This is all I have of Stanislas 1816… No picture just his certificate of death.

Stanislas Lagacé 1816-1900

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Sandy sent it last year as an early Christmas present!

There are probably some pictures of Stanislas 1816 somewhere in an old dusty wooden chest hidden behind a pile of old objects in a dark attic somewhere in Bristol, Connecticut in 2012.

You see Stanislas Lagacé 1816, aka Dennis Lagasse 1816, died on March 26, 1900. He missed the 1900 U.S. census by only two months  and five days. If he had been around in June 1900, I would have known with whom he was living back then.

Stanislas died from mitral insufficiency because of his old age. That’s what Doctor Desmarais wrote 112 years ago.

He also wrote my great-great-grandfather’s home address:

22 Conlon street, Bristol, Connecticut…

Stanislas Lagasse I is the ancestor of thousands of Americans.

Myra Alexandre is one of them. Stanislas Lagacé I, or Stanislas 1816, is her grandfather, her mother’s father.

This is Myra again in this picture of her mother Philomène Lagacé and her lovely daughters…  


It’s Joe’s favorite picture. Joe is also part of the A-Team.

It took us two years to finally be able to identified four of them: Flavie, Myra, Helen, and Agnes. The other two are Mary and Philomene but I can’t identify them. 

This is another picture. A tin-type picture. Most probably around 1893 looking at the little boy’s age.

Myra Alexander, John Alexander, Agnes Alexander
Philomène Lagasse, Helen Alexander Bleau with two unknown children

Robin, from our A-Team on the West Coast, scanned it just a few months ago.

Together again, we could identified all the people in this picture except the two children who are probably Helene (Hélène) Alexandre’s children. She got married in 1889 with Joseph Bleau who was David Nathanael Bleau’s brother.

This is David.

David Nathanael Bleau

David would later marry Agnes Alexandre in 1891.

Agnes Alexandre

We are still in the process of identifying the people on some tin-type pictures. I am sure down the line we will be able to do it.

Helen Alexandre ? and Myra Alexandre

About the 1940 U.S. Census I told you about… Click here

FOOTNOTE

From Fran…

An obituary in the May 31, 1927 (p.5c.4) issue of The Bristol Press reads:

“MRS. DAVID BLEAU

Mrs. Agnes Bleau, aged 56 years, wife of David Bleau, motorman for The Bristol and Plainville Electric Company, died this morning at her home in Wolcott, following an illness since Friday. She had not enjoyed good health for the past several months.

The funeral will take place at St. Ann’s Church at 8 o’clock Thursday morning, Rev. J. P. Perreault will celebrate the requiem. Interment, in charge of Undertaker James J. Dunn, will be in the new St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Bleau was born in Stanbridge, Canada, fifty-six years ago, daughter of John and Libbie Alexander. Her early life was spent in her native place. She came to this country as a young girl and was married at Blackinton, Mass., in November 1891. She moved to this city with her family fourteen years ago, and for the past five years had been living on the farm in Wolcott, just over the Bristol line. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Combe: one son, Harry Bleau, of this city: two sisters, Miss Mary Alexander, of this city and Mrs. Myra Archambeault of and Peter Alexander of this city, and Plainville: three brothers, John B. David Alexander of Plainville: and six grandchildren.”

March 26, 1900

This has been a long but interesting journey into the past since I started searching for my roots in July 2007.

Many people have found theirs since with the help of this blog about genealogy.

This is post No. 258.

March 26, 1900

My great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé was born on February 16, 1816 in St-Louis-de-Kamouraska.

On March 26, 1900 Stanislas went for his last journey and got reunited with his ancestors.

Stanislas was 84. The death certificate says mitral insufisency (mitral insufficiency).

He was living at 22 Conlon Street in Bristol, Connecticut. He was probably a boarder in that house.

I don’t have a picture of my great-great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé, but I know some pictures would have been taken since I had a lot of pictures sent to me by Lagasses living in the United States.

Maybe someday someone will find some more pictures and send them to me.

I took this next picture last September when I visited my third cousin Joe who lives near Bristol, Connecticut.

22 Conlon Street, Bristol, Connecticut

Joe took me on a tour of St. Thomas cemetery. Stanislas is most probably buried at  St. Thomas cemetery where his two grandchildren Anthony and Dennis III are buried.

 Anthony Lagasse

Dennis Lagassey III

We never found Stanislas Lagacé’s headstone.

Stanislas Lagassé was a French-Canadian, the son of Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé another French-Canadian.

The story about Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé is interesting and sad at the same time. All of Antoine’s brothers and sisters died at a very early age except one:  his sister Angèle.

Antoine Mignier dit Lagacé was born on September 22, 1797 and baptized under condition meaning he could have died anytime soon after his birth. 

He is the one who has perpetuated this branch of Lagacés that have descendants all over the United States with his two sons Stanislas, born in 1816, and Pierre who was born in 1825.

Stanislas Lagacé would married Onésime Cadieux in 1840.


Together they had 11 children.

Pierre would marry Marcelline David in 1850.

Together they had 12 children.

What happened to Angèle, Antoine’s sister ?

Angèle Mignier dit Lagacé married Joseph Chouinard in 1818. I found 11 of the couple’s children.

Strangely enough I have not looked that much on that side of my family. Probably because no one has contacted me to talk about it.

It is always an interesting journey when you write to me.

To learn how this blog about genealogy all started, click here to read Post No. 1.

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.