Sometimes I wonder about myself. Sometimes it seems like I’m more than just a little slow.
A few weeks ago Tom Saucier sent me the cabinet card of Pelagie Roussin Saucier. Attached to his email, Tom included a bonus, a photograph of a lovely but unknown woman. I’ve marveled over the details in the portrait, the silk dress, ear-bobs, wedding ring, and brooch; this well-dressed woman was posed with her right hand resting gracefully on a book that perches on a side table draped with a piece of tapestry.
But the woman’s name written at the bottom… I read it as Mrs. Zoeda Beaumer or perhaps Beaumen. I’ve been through my files over and over again, confirming what I already knew – there is no Zoeda in my family tree.
My aha! moment came this morning while staring at the writing – it’s not a “D”, it’s an “L”. Not Zoeda… Zoe La. Seriously. Imagine an old Disney animation, maybe something along the lines of Snow White… the clouds parted, the sun beamed forth, the air was filled with trilling and tweeting birds – all of that happening around me when I realized who the lovely woman was.
Mrs. Zoe La Beaume, wife of George Hammond La Beaume, born Zoe Pelagie Saucier in 1839. Daughter of Eugene Frederick and Pelagie Saucier, older sister of Eugene Felix Saucier, my great-grandfather… which makes her my very own great-grandaunt.
I recalled that there was a La Beaume mentioned in the 1943 Roussin Roundup Bulletin, where Madeline Roussin writes of Zoe (La Beaume) Steffen, whose sons Jack and Paul were serving in the armed forces during WWII. Zoe Clotilda Steffen was Zoe Pelagie La Beaume’s daughter.
I think that I’ll need to start my own gallery soon, a collection of family photos seen at-a-glance. For now, there’s Kith & Kin, where I’ve begun indexing links to specific posts containing family photos.
Toodles for now… I’m off to work on the next mystery.