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


From Fran…

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


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.

Harvey William Lagasse

Harvey William Lagasse was known as Big Harvey. I did not know that.

But I am sure he had a big heart.

I made this little montage for my two new found second cousins twice removed.

Big Harvey is the little boy with his grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagasse II.

Stanislas Lagacé is my great-grandfather who is fast becoming a well-known celebrity on the Internet.

I am sure Stanislas had also a big heart.

He was born in 1842 in the province of Quebec. Big Harvey was born in 1892 in Connecticut. So the picture on the left was probably taken around 1896, more than 116 years ago.

Last year Big Harvey was just a name in my family tree.

Now with the help of my two new found second cousins twice removed Big Harvey is also fast becoming a well-known celebrity on the Internet just like his grandfather.

Stanislas Lagacé’s family

I have learned a lot since 2007 and I have written a lot on this blog since September 2009.

I had some catching up to do since I knew pratically nothing about my ancestors.

I have learned to control this passion of mine for my ancestors as well as other people’s ancestors.

People could be easily scared away.

So I have learned to control myself now.

I am more careful about what I write to people when I found that they are related to me.

This is why I use the phrase in my blog sometimes…

The crazy guy up north in Canada.

As a matter of fact, I live in Quebec where people are most of the time friendly and will most of the time help you the best they can…

Well most will.

I guess people are like that everywhere.

This being said, let me introduce you to Stanislas Lagacé’s family.

This family was easier to identify than the Alexandre family because I had many pictures to go around helping me identify who was who in most of the pictures.

Take this one for instance sent by Dennis Lagasse IV last October.

Dennis knew nothing about his roots.

His father Lionel had some pictures and he had that one where he jotted down his recollection of who was who.

I knew most of these people from the start.

The father was Stanislas Lagacé III, son of Stanislas Lagacé II, son of Stanislas Lagacé I. His wife was Amanda Ménard.

When Stanislas Lagacé II moved to the U.S. in 1889, he changed his name to Dennis Lagasse. His son became also Dennis Lagasse. All the little Lagacés became little Lagasses like my grandfather Léo Lagasse who was Dennis Lagasse III’s brother.

Before 2010, Dennis Lagasse III was just a name and Dennis Lagasse IV did not even existed.

The first son of Dennis III and Amanda Ménard was Harry, followed by Rose who was baptized Marie Rose Elmira on January 20, 1889.

I believe this is her beside her parents.

 I don’t think she is the maid…

If I am telling you all this, it’s because of this picture Robin scanned last week. It comes from little Marie’s collection.

No caption just people.

Who are these people…?

Brothers and sisters with their cousins?

Your guess is as good as mine.

I have another picture of this family. It belongs to someone I might have scared away back in 2010…

Santa comes earlier this year…

Santa comes earlier this year Dennis…
Yep… Sure looks that way Peter…

Each year I play Santa… on this blog about genealogy.

Click here for Chrismas 2009 and here for Christmas 2010. This year is not different.

Let’s say it’s a tradition of mine.

I like this little animated gif image of Santa… with his trusted mule.

Like my grandfather Leo Lagacé, I have a great sense of humour or humor if you live in the States like my grandfather did from 1889 through 1907. My grandfather’s parents moved to the U.S. in 1889, Bristol, Connecticut to be more precise, and Leo came back to Quebec the year his mother died.

Leo died on January 1st 1964.

I had just turned sweet 15.

Back in 2007, 100 years later after Leo came back from the U.S., I started being interested about my ancestors in general and about my grandfather. I knew very little about him then. A lot of hearsays and a U.S. silver dollar dated 1888.

Back in the 50s, Leo Senior never talked that much to his grandson. I think in fact he never spoke to me. Maybe he did, but I can’t recall. My grandmother Juiette did though. He would pass along some information to her on what was the name of the American President at the time…

Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Leo Senior had a poor health and he was quite poor. Little did I know then in the 50s that he had been rich in the 20s and the 30s and that he lost his fortune twice to gambling. So when I came into this world, my grandfather was 60 years old, in poor health and poor.

I don’t think he was that much interested about his new grandson Pierre.

Maybe he was?

He never told…

Anyway, time have changed… and now I have a new grandson and I will talk to him a lot. I was always curious and very patient by nature. I still am.

I wonder where I got it from.

So when I got interested about my ancestors back in 2007, I had what it took to go and look for them. And look I did and I looked a lot. I never found my grandparents’ marriage license.

The reason was simple… They were never married…!

Someone sent me my grandfather’s death certificate with his mother’s name on it…

H. Alexandre.

With this little piece of information, the floodgates opened wide.

I found Leo Seniorwas first married in 1912. I had his parents’ name: Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

I won’t go into the details because this is not the subject of this article.

So are you still interested about Lucille?


How is all this related to Lucille Lestage?

Quite simple.

Since I knew almost nothing about my American roots, I started writing this blog to help others find their French-Canadian roots and maybe learn more about my American relatives.

This is what I did with my distant cousins Alyce out west and Claudette down south back 2009, and with Odette, somewhere in the middle, another distant cousin back in 2010.

A few months ago, Dennis Lagasse found his roots reading my blog.

In a few minutes Dennis was transported back in time and became Dennis IV. He shared the few pictures he had with me which reunited me with my grandfather’s nieces and nephews.

This is what I am doing right now with Robin who lives in California and who is searching for her husband’s ancestors.

She found a picture of someone who meant nothing to her.

Nothing to her, but something to Sandy, Joe and I.

Well I guess you will have to come back on Monday for the end of this story…

Meet Levi Napoleon Lagasse

In 2010 when I was searching for my roots, Levi Napoleon Lagasse was just a name. His father whose name was Dennis also was just a name.

It took some time, but I finally found Dennis III’s descendants.

Now Levi is my new found first cousin.

His son Lionel is my second cousin and his son Dennis IV is my third cousin just like Sandy.

Like her, Dennis is sharing what he knows about his family and I share with his relatives like Nicole.

This has been a wonderful trip down genealogy lane…

Levi died in 1964 just like my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior.

Like Levi Napoleon Lagasse, my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior liked cigars…

Levi was Léo’s nephew.

I don’t believe they ever met.

Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé’s parents

Time flies doesn’t it?

Last day of July.

Is time spent looking for our ancestors a waste of time…?

Of course it’s not.

Brian LeGacy told me he could not get to sleeep after I gave him a helping hand and he started digging for himself.

Is it worth losing sleep over our ancestors…?

Of course it’s worth.

Some psychologists say that we can find strength when we discover our roots.

I am no psychologist but I think we might have something there.

Pierre Lagacé and his brother Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse) on a park bench probably in Connecticut probably around 1905

You see back in 2007 when I started getting interested in genealogy I did not know Stanislas Lagacé had ever existed.

Of course I knew I had a great-grandfather but I knew nothing of my grandfather’s parents.

Four years later, I am helping people find their roots.

Joseph Mignier dit Lagacé was the son of Michel Mignier dit Lagacé. You will find some information on the Internet and some also on Ancestry.

But beware!

Some information that are suggested might be erronous down the road.

I just found out on Ancestry that some people have “discovered” André Mignier’grandparents!

Wow that is quite a big surprise…!


I don’t mind some little errors on dates, but this couple got married in 1802! André Mignier came in New France in 1665 with the Carignan Salières  regiment.


I won’t lose any sleep over this, but I find it a little annoying when some people put such wrong information about their ancestors or other people’s ancestors….

This reminds me of a distant 3rd cousin of mine who had my mother’s birthdate wrong on his family tree.

I told him politely.

He never changed it!

Go figure…

Finally, the final link to Brian’s roots…

Now Brian can get some sleep.

Now it’s Bonnie’s turn to get all excited.