This is the final resting place of Alice Jeanne Luce, wife of Armand Arseneault. She died On December 26th, 1912 in Bathurst Mines. Alice Jeanne was the daughter of a George Luce and Clementine Silva. I presume – but can’t be 100% sure – that these are my maternal great-grandparents George Hl Luce (son of Philippe Luce and Anne Ward) and Clementine Desilva (Dassylva).
Until now I have only had the following offspring in my database: my grandmother Eveline Melvina, Francois Guillaume, thomas William, Albert Warren, George Lorrain, Charles William, Francois Lamain, Arthur and Lydia Luce.
For her 13th Edition of Smile For The Camera, footnoteMaven of Shades of the Departed invites us to share a photograph of a beloved family pet from our childhood – but since this is Mother’s Day in Canada, I’ve decided to share a photograph of a creature connected to my own mother’s mother!
This is a photograph of my maternal grandmother Eveline Melvine Luce standing in front of the Adelard Lagace family home in Bathurst, New Brunswick. I believe it dates from the late 1940s. There’s a notation on the back from my mother Golda Lagace where she says that “This is the home where I was born“.
This home was actually at the center of a very small, but very busy, family farm. My grandparents raised chickens and hogs, as well as a cow to keep the family supplied with milk. All 14 children had chores to do and so did the cats!
This is why my mother doesn’t view cats quite like I do. When she was growing up the cats on her farm were fairly wild. They lived in the barn and in the fields. They were there to keep the rats at bay! According to my mother they weren’t very friendly and it took a brave child to approach their sharp teeth and claws. Yet if you take a look at this photograph you’ll see a cat brushing up against my grandmother’s leg and I have to think – since she knew the cat was there – that she wanted the cat in the photograph.
My grandfather Adelard Lagace worked long hours, six days a week, at the Bathurst Paper Mill, so my grandmother’s life must have been very tough as she managed the family farm while bearing and raising 14 children. I can only imagine what solace this cat might have provided throughout the long depression years.
Philippe Luce (son of Elie Luce and Elizabeth Sorsoleil, husband of Anne Ward) was not the only Channel Islands Luce who settled in Quebec. Here are some other early Luces that I know of.
Luce, John M. | Agnes Frances Hyman
July 25th, 1873
Luce, Walter George | Julia Ann Edith Mauger
October 4th, 1916 Cape Cove/Perce (Gaspe, Quebec) Continue reading
History and Places
Families Allied To The Luces In My Family Tree
Our Luce Family History
OUR LAGACE DIRECT LINEAGE IN CANADA
* 1640 – 2008 *
Andre Mignier dit Lagace m. Jacquette Michel
Michel Lagace m. Angelique Thibault
Michel Lagace m. Marguerite Pelletier
Basile Lagace m. Catherine Dube
Louis Lagace m. Madeleine Levesque
1805 – Kamouraska, Quebec
Louis Francois Lagace m. Matilda Boudreau
1830 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Joseph Lagace I m. Tharsile Pitre
1862 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Joseph Lagace II m. Elisabeth Doucet
1894 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Adelard Lagace m. Eveline Melvina Luce
1924 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Generations 10, 11, 12 (Private)
Note: Over the next week I will post extensively about the Lagaces, allied families and Northern New Brunswick.
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An M-line is a lineage built by beginning with a woman and tracing her line back mother-to-mother. As a result, the surname changes with each generation. This is a big trend right now, especially with the advent of genetic genealogy which allows both men (through their mothers) and women to trace their bloodlines through their mtDNA.
Eveline Melvina Luce’s M-Line
First Named Generation
Marguerite Caplan m. Francois Larocque
About 1729 – Acadie
Catherine Larocque m. Jean Chapados
1750 –Gaspesie, Quebec
Anne Chapados m. Jean Baptiste Anglehart
1787 – Gaspesie, Quebec
Marie Anglehart m. Alexandre Huard
1826 – Gaspesie, Quebec
Marie Huard m. Paul Hypolite Blais
1849 – Gaspesie, Quebec
Marie Blais m. Clement Desilva
1871 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Clementine Desylva m. George H. Luce
1896 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Eveline Melvina Luce m. Adelard Lagace
1924 – Gloucester, New Brunswick
Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh Generations