Sharing… That’s What It’s all About

If I found the missing link it’s because someone sent me an e-mail.

He had this document…

The name was right so was the birthdate and the date of my grandfather’s death.

I also had his obituary card in my files.


My grandfather was not someone who talked a lot, but I manage to find his first mariage in 1912 because I had his mother’s name on his death certificate:  H. Alexandre.

mariage leo et maria 1912

1912 marriage 2

She was Henriette Alexandre, daughter of David Alexandre and Marguerite Marchand.

But I could not find his second marriage, and you know why because Antonio Landry told us Léo disappeared in the 1920s after his father Omer chased him out of the house. They lost track of him…

Almost 90 years later a descendant shows up in Acton Vale.

To be continued…

My Second Trip to Acton Vale

I went back to Acton Vale.

There I went to see the house where Maria Landry lived.

Gérard, Antonio and Bernard Landry

The house now belongs to Bernard. He is the son of Wilbrod Landry, Gérard’s uncle and Antonio’s brother.

My wife, my daughter and I visited the farm.

Quite impressive…

Then I went to the cemetery…

Maria is buried there with her sister Renelda.

Even though my grandfather left here in the 1920s, his name is on the headstone.

No one knew what had happen to my grandfather after Antonio’s father chased him away until I came along…

After lunch, Antonio wanted to me to meet someone.

It was Dorilla Landry, Maria’s youngest sister, born in 1913. I told her I was Léo Lagacé’s grandson.

Then her eyes lit up and she said…

“Ah Léo Lagacé… He was a nice man. He was fun person to be with… He sang and danced and told jokes.

Dorilla died in October 2009.

Gérard sent me this.

The end

Gérard Landry

In genealogy, all is about sharing.

When I went to see Antonio Lamdry, I also met this man… who wanted to meet me also.

Gérard Landry

Gérard had some photos of his ancestors and he wanted to share them  with me.

Only a few though.

He told me Louis Landry had a lot of pictures of his family. These pictures were in the possession of one of Gérard’s aunt when Louis Landry died. She gave them away to someone who liked old pictures and he did not want to give them back to the family…

Here are some of Gérard’s pictures. He made some photocopies just for me.

Louis-Jacques Landry and Alexina Grenier

The man is Louis Landry with his second wife Alexina Grenier. Alexina is the sister of Oliva Grenier, Louis’ first wife…

It happened a lot in those days where the widower would marry his first wife’s sister.

Louis or Louis-Jacques Landry had four children with Oliva: Maria, Omer, Louisa and Rénalda. He had seven children with Alexina: Lauria, Lauza,  Lauziana, Philippe, Philiza, George and Dorilla.

All the children appear in this picture…

The youngest daughter was Dorilla born in 1923.

Gérard invited me again to Acton Vale because he wanted to show me the cemetery where Maria was buried. He also wanted to meet someone…

I will talk about it next time.

Before leaving here is one picture that Gérard gave me.

Georges Landry and Appoline Poissant, Louis-Jacques’ parents

Georges and Appoline were married in 1853. They are Maria Landry’s grandparents.

Antonio Landry

Antonio Landry wanted to see me and I wanted to see him.

I phoned him around 10:45 and after a two-hour drive I arrived in Acton Vale.

Omer Landry, Antonio’s father, was Maria Landry’s brother.

Omer is in the medaillon on the bottom left. Above him is his father Louis Landry. Maria Landry is the woman on the extreme left.

She was my grandfather’s first wife. Léo Lagacé and Maria Landry were married in 1912.

mariage leo et maria 1912

1912 marriage 2

What Antonio told me was that my grandfather was quite someone: a singer, a dancer, a comedian. He was a real party guy.

Antonio never saw my grandfather, but he had heard a lot about him. He told me everybody liked him… and then my grandfather disappeard in an around 1920-1925. His father Omer Landry threw him out of the house because of the way he was behaving… drinking and gambling.

He and Maria were living at the hotel in St-Hyacinthe. They had a textile manufacture, but Leo lost everything to gambling. Maria’s father who had lend him money lost his farm.

They never saw him after Omer chased him away.

Almost 90 years later, Léo Lagacé’s grandson met Maria Landry’s nephew.

But I also met someone else…

I know a lot for someone who did not know a lot about his ancestors…

Two years ago I knew very little about my ancestors.

I wanted to know the reasons that led my father to cut all ties with his immediate family and also with his children.

While I won’t go into that subject, I can say that I now understand why my father acted the way he did.

His father Leo Lagacé Senior married Marie Landry in 1912. I thought she had died and that he had remarried Juliette Métayer in on around 1926 since my father was born in August 1927.

I tried desperately to find this marriage in several data banks but to no avail…

Guess what?

They never married… And this was in 1927!

How did I came across this information?

I met the nephew of Maria Landry this spring.

How did I contact him?

Since I entered Maria Landry’s file and all her ancestors on my Heritage genealogy site, I got a Smart Match. Someone had the file of one of Maria’s family members. I wrote this person and she gave me a phone number to call.

I picked up the phone and talked to a 84 years old man.

This man wanted to see me so he could tell me what he knew of my grandfather Leo Senior though he had never met him in person.

Next time, you will meet Antonio Landry, Maria Landry’s nephew.

Just to tease you, here is a picture of Antonio Landry.

Antonio Landry

Eugène Dubé

Maria Landry is my grandfather’s first wife. What’s the connection with Eugène Dubé?

Leo Lagace Senior and Maria Landry Landry were married on September 16, 1912.

In this page of the parish registers of Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur church it is said that Leo Lagace was the son of Stanislas Lagacé and Henriette Alexandre.

This is the bottom part of the page…

Stanislas is said to be a contractor living in Bristol, Connecticut, and Henriette Alexandre is deceased.

What about Eugène Dubé?

Now take a look at the other page…

The witness is Eugène Dubé.

At that time I did not know about the 1900 U.S. census available on the Mormons’ site. It’s only after that I connected the dots. Eugène Dubé led me to the U.S. censuses and this is how I found my grandfather…

Eugène is my grandfather’s brother-in-law. He married Lilie Lagacé one of Henriette Alexandre’s 13 children.

I managed to find 12 of her children. The one I did not find probably was born in the U.S. like Antoine and Stanislas II because I could not find any information in Notre-Dame des Neiges’ parish register where most of her children were baptized.

In the 1911 Canadian census I found both Eugène and Léo. Eugène was living with his wife and kids while Léo was a boarder in Léandre Gervais’ house.

Who is Léandre Gervais? Well we won’t get into that. Let’s just say he was living in the parish of Notre-Dame-des-Anges in 1881.

Next time who is Marie Landry? This is quite a story.