Pelagie: A Rose By Any Other Name

Pelagie Roussin Saucier Reunion

Mesdames et Messieurs – I present to you Pelagie Roussin Saucier, born about 1815 – died 1902.  In her youth, Pelagie was described as little, black-eyed, and redheaded.  As far as I can tell, I didn’t get but one of my great-great grandmother’s genes… the black eyes.  What about you?

Another Saucier cousin – a grandson of Anthony Wayne Saucier – stumbled across this site a couple of weeks ago and generously shared the photo from his files.  The image is from a cabinet card, a larger photographic portraiture than the popular cartes de visite that were in wide use until the 1860s.  The cabinet card was given to him by his aunt, my father’s cousin, Louise Theresa Saucier, before her death in January, 2012.

I took the liberty of digitally cleaning and doing a little restoration work on the photograph, but I left the reverse of the cabinet card untouched.  Wondering about the possible date of the photograph, I went on a side trip to uncover some information on the photographer, Charles F. Meier.  As it turned out, he was prominent in the world of 19th century St. Louis, Missouri photography, and from 1875-1887, he operated a studio at 1406 Carondelet Avenue.  About 1892, the address on Meier’s cabinet cards changed when the studio moved to a location on S. Broadway.  Meier continued in the photographic business on S. Broadway until at least 1900.

Pelagie Roussin Saucier Reverse Side of Cabinet Card

I find it somehow reassuring to see Benjamin Harrison Saucier’s Woodland, California address scrawled on the back of Pelagie’s photograph.  Both images are a treasure, and I can’t begin to express my thanks to another newly found cousin.

Don’t Touch That Dial!

I still have a little more information to share that I hope interests at least some of you.  Save the date: there will be a Saucier Family Reunion on July 19, 2014 in Taos, Missouri – southeast of Jefferson City, Missouri – at the St. Francis Xavier Hall (otherwise known as the school cafeteria), from Noon to 4pm.  Lunch will be served at 1pm.  We’re all invited – the more the merrier!

I was told that more details will follow… so stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted as soon as I learn more.

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19 thoughts on “Pelagie: A Rose By Any Other Name

    1. Jo Post author

      Um… I know his name, but I don’t know if he wants me to put it “out there” or not. Will have to get back to you on that question. [Psst – if you hover over the photos, you’ll see who got the photo credit.]

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      1. Tom Saucier

        I do not mind … My name is Tom Saucier. My father was William Eugene Saucier from Washington MO. His father was Anthony Wayne Saucier and mother was Theresa Barbara Walz. I have 1 brother (David Wayne) and 3 sisters (Claire Marie, Ann Marie and Jean Marie). My wife and I will try our best to attend the reunion and I will forward this to my brother and sisters to see if the are able to attend. Many years ago, before I was a teenager (mid 1960s) my father took the family to visit cousins in the Jefferson City area. Unfortunately all that I can remember of those times is this city boy being on a farm with what seemed like endless boundaries. Hoping to see and meet more cousins….

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        1. Jo Post author

          Okay – I guess that settles that question. Glad to hear from you again, Tom, and I hope to see both you and your wife in July!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Good morning, Katell! Acadians? No… Quebecois, and before that, the 1st Arrondissement, Quartier des Halles, Paris – Charles Saucier was an organist at Ste. Eustache. Other ancestors that came to North America from France were Marguerite Gaillard dite Duplessis, a fille du roi, and Marie Gabrielle Savary (Savarit), a “Pelican Girl”.

      It’s such a small world, perhaps we can find a family connection somewhere, but if not I’d still be proud to call you cousin!

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      1. Katell, Quilteuse Forever

        I have just had a look on the Net about the Pelican Girls, from which I knew nothing. So many incredible things happened to populate new lands…
        I am honored and take for granted that you are now my cousin Jo!

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  1. Mary Roling

    Walter Saucier wrote a book called “Gabrielle’s People” he printed and sold the book on his own. Unfortunately he has passed away and there are no more books to buy. Gabrielle would have been one of the Pelican Girls. Betty Saucier Willmeno was my mother.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Hey Mary… so Betty Jo was your mom? Good to hear from you. I’ve got a well worn copy of Gabrielle’s People – it’s such a wonderful source of information, and I’m glad I got my copy before it went out of print!

      Are you thinking about attending the reunion this year? Would love to meet you.

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      1. Mary Roling

        Yes Betty Jo was my sweet mother. I have wanted to read that book for years and I keep an eye out for it on the internet and anywhere else that has used book but so far no luck. I will try to get to the reunion, I live near Kansas City, but my brothers and sisters are in Jefferson City.

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        1. Jo Post author

          If I dangle the opportunity to browse my copy, will that give you more incentive go to Jeff in July? 🙂 My husband and I lived in KC for many years, beautiful city that.

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            1. Jo Post author

              Shame on me – I’ve never been one to back down from any form of persuasion, not even bribery. But I know what you mean about books… we have that in common.

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  2. Claire Saucier

    I have a number of pictures from Louise that you might find interesting. After reading Aunt Hattie’s Story I believe I have answers to some of your question marks based on Louise’s version of the family history.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Oh, I was sure there would be someone out there with some further family data. Wish you could see me smiling. I will contact you soon.

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