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 yours, 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!

 

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Catch Me if You Can: Closing Chapter Young Myra Alexandre

Yesterday I posted something unintentionally.

Really!

It was a draft article about two sisters and how I found out who they were after a two-year search…

I had kept it in store for the right occasion to post it on the blog.

sisters

Having posted it by mistake, I have decided to follow-up on this unintentional post.

Since I won’t be posting anything new on this blog until next September, unless some of Arthur LaGasa’s descendants come forward, I have decided to reblog some old posts so new readers can see the scope of all the research I have done since September 2009 when I started to write this English version of my blog about genealogy.

This story is quite similar to the story of Delia Roch or Delia Roche that we think is on this old picture…

Eliza Jane Wilson

Koeni LaGasa started the whole thing.

Really!

I had nothing to do about it.

I think this woman is Delia, but I am not 100% sure, not even 50%, not even 25%.

Being 25% sure is just half the fun of searching for lost ancestors…

START OF THE OLD POST (EDITED VERSION)

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

Well maybe spirits… and I can keep an open mind on reincarnation.

young Myra Alexandre

Myra Alexandre died in 1958 when I was 10 years old.

I have never met her. Myra was living in the United States and I was living in Montreal in 1958.

Myra Alexandre and William Archambeault

22 October 1902

I had heard when I was a child that my grandfather Léo Lagacé Senior once had lived in the U.S.

That was the only link between Myra and I.

I did not know Myra had ever existed before 2010 when my third cousin Sandy first contacted me on Ancestry. Since then I have found almost everything about Myra’s life, even met one of her grandsons and had breakfast with him.

So this is the closing chapter of young Myra Alexandre. 

Joe had this cabinet card in his collection when I met him last September. Joe and I went on a scanning frenzy.

Sandy had the same picture of Myra in her collection in 2010. We did not know it was her at that time.

We had few clues.

This is why we had called this young woman Bristol late 1890s.

Sandy had also these.

Phoebe (Flavie) Alexandre Lestage and Myra Alexandre Archambault

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

Boy was I wrong!

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

Look at those eyes…

Myra Alexandre 1877-1958

Frank Archambeault (the grandson I had breakfast with) 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.

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.

END OF THE OLD EDITED POST

Now you know why I am addicted to old pictures and why I am trying to identify who is this young woman from the past, part of Joe’s collection of old pictures…

unknown young lady

and why I am so interested in that man… a deep sea diver in Alaska,

unknown maybe Joe

and finding all the excuses in the world to keep writing this blog…

Remember Sandy…?

I know I told you I was not going to write more articles until September, but I know Ron, Sandy, Joe, and Melissa will understand my passion for genealogy and for writing about it.

Sometimes I get carried away.

Last year Melissa wrote a comment on my blog and I never continued on with that story…

Melissa was someone who was stuck with her Lagacé lineage. She’s an 8th cousin once removed

Hi Pierre,

I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been so immersed in all the wonderful information you’ve found for me, that I’ve been neglecting nearly every other aspect of my life. I guess it would be a bit of an understatement to say I have a ‘bit’ of an obsession with genealogy!

I appologize for not getting back to you sooner. I’ve found some more info which you may be interested in checking out yourself.


Take a look.
http://cjutras.org/CJ0H0000.html

Let me know if you find anything good.

Best!

Melissa

You see, it’s very dangerous stuff when you answer one of my messages left on Ancestry… You don’t know what is going to hit you just like Keoni who left a message on Facebook about Mitchell LaGasa.

As for Sandy, she had been sending a lot of pictures since we first met on the Internet in 2010.

This was my favorite picture.

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Sandy did not know the identity of the young women, so I saved that picture under the name “sisters”.

This picture was part of the collection someone gave her a long time ago.

My cousin Joe lives in the United States and he also wanted to share a picture with me two years ago.

La société Saint-Jean-Baptiste

You can zoom in by clicking on the image.

His grandfather Joseph Terrien is on the left top row. Joe thought my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé (Dennis Lagasse) was also on this picture.

Joe took the time to write me, just as I took the time to write to Melissa.

You see Stanislas Lagacé was Joseph Terrien’s uncle or Joe’s granduncle if you prefer. Joseph Terrien’s mother was Marguerite Alexandre the sister of Henriette Alexandre who was Stanislas Lagacé’s wife.

Dennis Lagasse II

Joe and I are third cousins!

I know very little about Henriette Alexandre and I would wish I had a picture of her.

I also know very little about “la société Saint-Jean-Baptiste”.

Last year someone who lives in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines sent me a picture. He had little information about it. I knew it was taken around 1906-1907 in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines because I could identify some men in the picture.

circa 1906

You can zoom in by clicking on the image.

Déjà vu?

These men are part of “la société Saint-Jean-Baptiste” in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines where I live. The medals are the same.

Small world.

Footnote

I posted this article by mistake. It was a draft article written last year. I decided to keep it by editing it a little.

Tomorrow, more on Sandy and the unknown sisters.

sisters

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

Lawrence Lagasse Redux

This is about the same article I posted two years ago. I was writing about someone who wrote a comment on this blog. 

Let’s go back in time…

START

I knew Harry Lagasse had a second son whose name was Laurent or Lawrence. His first son was Gerard H. Lagasse seen here with his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather.

Dennis IV broke the news about Lawrence when he sent me these newspaper clippings.

The plane that crashed as a WACO 10.

I don’t know if Harry Lagasse had any other children beside Lawrence and Gerard. It must have been a terrible news for Anna Campbell, Lawrence’s mother.

close-up Anna Campbell and Harvey LagasseAnna Campbell and Harry Lagasse

I don’t have any more information about this family.

Maybe someday someone will write me a comment like this person who said Gerard H. Lagasse was his father.

This is what he wrote…

Hi Pierre
I am the first son of Gerard H Lagasse and would be glad to share info. with you.

Thanks
Gerard

He never wrote back.

END

I probably scared him away with all this genealogy thing or his computer broke… or this person tried to be funny and tried to pull a prank. but I am not sure about it.

He could not have made up such a story.

Click here…

Dennis Lagasse II… A Family Man Take Two

I have posted something similar last year when Dennis Lagasse IV sent me more than 100 family pictures to share with you.

I know I might be hard to follow sometimes, but this is not my fault if my great-great-grandfather  Stanislas Lagacé I, born in 1816, chose to name one of his sons  Stanislas II, born in 1842, my great-grandfather, who, in turn, in 1864, named one of his sons Stanislas III aka Dennis Lagasse III.

picture from Dennis 4.2

Dennis Lagasse III and four of his five sons:
Napoleon Levi, Harvey, Victor Philip, Dennis III, Harry.
The guy in front is still unidentified

Dennis Lagasse III, who wrote also his name Stanislas Lagassey, was Bertha’s father.

cemeteryStanislas Lagasse

All this to say that I believe my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé II aka Dennis Lagasse II was a family man and that he must have loved a lot his grandchildren just like I do.

picture from Dennis 2

Dennis Lagasse II with Harvey and Rose Elmira, children of Dennis III

Stanislas Lagacé II was born on August 9, 1842, in Henryville in the province of Quebec.

Sure I knew back in 2007 that I had a great-grandfather like everybody else, but I knew nothing about him. 

Everything I have found out since about Stanislas Lagacé I, Stanislas Lagacé II and Stanislas Lagacé III is because some people cared and were willing to share what little information they had about Stanislas I, II, and III.

Dennis Lagasse II

I’m a bit confused my great-grandson…

Bear with me please…

My 3rd cousin Sandy had been looking for Stanislas Lagacé II since 1985 when her uncle got her interested in genealogy. She always wondered who was that elusive Dennis Lagasse she had in her notes and who were these people on this picture she once thought throwing it away.

four generations of Lagasse

Dennis II, Dennis III, Harry Lagasse and his son Gerard

Dennis Lagasse was just a name in her database. Then she found me on Ancestry in 2010. Dennis Lagasse, who was his great-great-grandfather’s brother, was not elusive anymore and he quickly became even more famous than Emeril Lagasse…

Well at least on this blog that is…

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As easy to follow as my recipes…

Lionel Lagasse who a descendant of Dennis Lagasse III had these three pictures of Dennis Lagasse II (Stanislas Lagacé), my great-grandfather. I recognized him easily. He’s the old man in the white hat and Levi Napoleon, Lionel’s father, is shooting at something with a stick.

BAM!

On this next picture, Dennis Lagasse II is the old man with the big mustache on the far right in the last row. Dennis III is in front of him. I can’t identify who are the other people.

Sorry about that.

Guess where Dennis II is now…?

A wedding?

To be continued…

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

START

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.

grandma_berts_house

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?

man with car

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

Dennis Lagasse wedding picture

Bertha? Now We Will Find out

I wrote this post a few months ago.

Start

Why am I writing so much about Our Ancestors?

It’s because of your ancestors like Bertha Lagasse seen here, first row on the left. Well I think she is Bertha Lagasse.

This picture was sent by Robin last year. It was part of more than 100 pictures she scanned even though she is not directly related to us.

She shares the same passion.

I had quickly identified Levi Napoleon, Ida, and perhaps Bertha Lagasse thanks to this other picture Dennis IV had sent me which is, in a way, a kind of Rosetta stone.

Dennis sent me last September a lot of new pictures with a lot of people photographed…

Levi Napoleon and Ida are seen on almost each one, but Bertha is not anywhere to be seen. Most of these people should be related to Dubés or Dubes as seen on U.S. censuses.

One day someone will write a comment like Judy did and the floogates will open wide.

End

Well the time has come…

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.

More than a Wedding Picture

This is more than just a wedding picture.

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It’s fond memories of a loving aunt who made the best apple pie in the world.

I have edited Freida’s wedding picture a bit.

Freida and Henry Bleau's wedding

I have more pictures that Robin scanned.

This one where Paul and Pauline are with Harry Bleau.

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This is not Pauline Kaminski but another Pauline. She is with her twin brother Paul and their uncle Harry. Not sure about Harry being their uncle. The kids look like they are related to the Combe family. That’s the only clue I have.

Harry and Freida had two daughters Fredrica and Marion. Both died as infants.

 Frederica Bleau

So Freida and Harry left no descendants to remember them.

Until Linda Marie searched the Internet for one of her cousins. Then as Robin once said the floodgates opened.

I still wonder who is the best man and who is the bridesmaid.

Sometimes I find out.

wedding Myra Alexandre

Click on the image

Amazing Alyce

This post was written back on May 24, 2010. I never got around to post it.

I am posting it because Stephen Dawson, a 4th cousin, wrote a comment yesterday on my blog. I have never him, but Stephen is the reason why I write this blog just like Alyce LaGasse was the reason back in 2010.

In my book she is as famous as Emeril Lagasse…

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She said once I was amazing with all my research about her roots.

I told her she was amazing also.

Alyce is the one who found some of Samuel LaGasse’s descendants. Samuel was her father’s brother.

She went on the Internet and she found a clue, then she acted on it.

With that information I could identify the people on this picture…

Back in 2010, I contacted the son of the little girl on the left, and he sent this on his Facebook to give his mother…

Claudette is the little girl on the left on this picture.

Dorothy, Stephen’s mother, is on the right.

 Stephen is the reason why I will keep on writing this blog and keep sharing.