A Strange Thing Happened On The Way To Lewiston, Maine
Peter Lagasse is joining us once again today to share his information on a line of Lagaces who descend from Basil Mignier/Lagace and his first wife Madeleine Leclerc/Francoeur. This time the accent is on the Lagasse/Ross connection!
Guest Post 4: Peter Lagasse
A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to Lewiston, Maine
As I have shared in an earlier post my father, Roland Paul Lagasse, was not born in the United States as he had thought. He had been born in St-Paul-des-Capucins, Les Mechins, Quebec, Canada and had been given the name Joseph Gaudiose Rolland Lagacé. At the age of 8 months his parents decided to return to the United States. However, instead of going to Manchester, New Hampshire, where they had been married, they decided to go to Lewiston, Maine, in July of 1910.
Before I continue I must share some information about my grandmother’s Marie Agnes Ross, grandfather Jean Baptiste Ross. Jean had married Zoe St Amant 7 November 1848 in St Luce, Quebec. After Zoe’s death Jean Baptiste married Marcelline Savard 27 Oct 1909 in St-Jerome, Matane, Quebec.
From the “Manifest of Alien Passengers” entering the United States on July 1910 via Newport, Vermont, we found my father and his parents (named Joseph, Albertine [another name for my grandmother] and Joseph) . Directly above their names were Marcelline Ross, her daughter, Mary (Marie) Ross, another daughter, Marcelline (Ross) Dion, and her 6 month old granddaughter Emma Dion. On the Manifest it stated they were all going to Lewiston, Maine to see Baptiste Ross. It stated Baptiste Ross was the husband of Marcelline Ross, father of Mary Ross and Marcelline Dion, and the grandfather of Emma. Apparently, since Marcelline Ross would have been my grandmother’s step-grandmother and since my grandfather, Joseph Guadias Lagacé, would have been the one asked how Baptiste Ross was related to him, he answered that Baptiste was a friend instead of some relationship like grandfather-in-law.
Heading from the left side of the double page of the Lists/Manifest of Alien Passengers …
Extract from the left side of the double page of the Lists/Manifest of Alien Passengers …
Extract from the right side of the double page of the Lists/Manifest of Alien Passengers …
All sounds quite reasonable until you search for Jean Baptiste Ross coming to Lewiston, Maine earlier to prepare for his wife and family. A strange piece of information was discovered during my research with the help of Evelyn (Yvonne Theriault). Jean Baptiste Ross had died nearly nine months earlier in St-Edouard, Les Mechins, Matane, Quebec on 27 October 1909. There was no Jean Baptiste Ross even in Lewiston, Maine waiting for his family. Everything is not always what it appears to be. Research needs to be done carefully and supported with as many sources as possible.
This story that began nearly 100 years ago had one more strange event. It just happened this month. Yes, this month! Once I discovered that Marcelline Ross and her daughters had come to Lewiston, Maine, I needed to find if there were any descendants still living in Lewiston. It is only a 40 minute drive from my home. Though I couldn’t find any descendants, I discovered that Marcelline Ross had been buried in St Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine. I went to the cemetery and found her grave site! But there was something else. Something that kept the trip that started nearly 100 years ago still alive. There were flowers on the grave site!! Someone from her family was still in the area. But how would I ever find this person? Where did they live and what was her/his name?
I came home excited but with this nagging desire to find the other person who had also visited Marcelline Ross’ grave site. In just a week I received an email from the state of Georgia from someone who had found the information about Marcelline Ross on my ancestry site very intriguing. Through a few emails I discovered a relative related to Marcelline was living in Georgia and she knew the person who had placed the flowers on the grave site! It was the last living granddaughter of Marcelline Ross. She lives in Lewiston, Maine. We have spoken over the phone and will soon meet each other.
Strange coincidence? Maybe. But definitely exciting.
- Evelyn in Montreal: Some Lagasses of Maine/Massachusetts/New Hampshire
- Some French Canadian Lagasses (Lagace) from Quebec to New Hampshire
- My Grandfather’s Unexpected Train Ride by Peter Lagasse Guest Post 1
- Gaudiose Lagace (Lagasse) and Agnes Ross of Manchester, New Hampshire (USA) GP 2
- The Grave Could Not Keep His Real Place of Birth by Peter Lagasse Guest Post 3
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