Ann Bill Wed
Ann Bill Wed

The year, 1946, and so begins this website...
...THIS is the merger of two families!

Lachance & Bussell

Welcome to the Lachance & Bussell Families

I am Larry Lachance, your host and, paternally, a direct descendant of Antoine Pépin dit Lachance and Marie Teste of New France (aka Québec) who married in 1659 at Québec.
On my mom's "Bussell" side, a descendant of
Benjamin Bussell and Susannah Hare who married in 1757 at Pitminster, England and descendants of whom (in particular, my ancestors) arrived at  the Port of New York on the Ship "Brig John" on Oct. 6, 1820.

The search for ancestors as well as researching their lives certainly offers up some insight as to how I became who I am.  It is my hope that anybody who visits these pages will find them useful and, perhaps, enlightening. 

Moreover, I'm really hoping those who come here will help me continue "the search" and offer their knowledge to help build this family.  Finally, I hope the information you find here might cause you think about "from whence you came" and help you think about what the future may hold.

THINK WE ARE RELATED?
Say something - Please! - Write, Call, Text, Knock at the door, just do it!
Ties That Bind
L'Île d'Orléans, a picturesque little island between the banks of the St. Lawrence River, is the "cradle" of our Pépin dit Lachance roots. Antoine, was one of the 300 founding families. It is home to many of us who can trace our roots back to its fertile soil.
Newsboy Notice
One evening in late winter of 1945, a transplanted young woman from Washington, DC, Anna Elizabeth BUSSELL, left the apartment she shared with her mother at 297 Lincoln Ave in Orange, NJ to go out with a few friends. The destination was a couple of blocks away, a place with adult flavored potable libations. There, she met one Wilfred Joseph Bernard LACHANCE (aka Bill), recently returned to his mother’s apartment in Newark from "the war" (WWII).

The details of that first encounter aren't important (nor are they really known) but needless to say, they hit it off!   With "la chance" (pun intended) meeting, came a short period of dating, a subsequent engagement and ultimately a marriage on August 18, 1946 at Grace Episcopal Church in East Orange, NJ.
The marriage lasted almost 16 years and the result, as they say, is history, not to mention...two sons; Paul, Larry (me) and, of course, this website.

More about the ancestors and descendants and ancestors of Wilfred (Bill) Lachance and Anna (Ann) Bussell can be found by clicking on the respective surname links in the menu at the top of this page.  If you want to view the results of my research on these two families, at least thus far, head over to "Names Database" listed on the menu.
Sandra Lachance

DEDICATION

To my neice, Sandra LaChance, I thank you for the inspiration to begin this journey. A simple school assignment (for which I was ill prepared in 1994) prompted Sandra to ask about our family. Her dad said "call your uncle!"

AND, to all of the ancestors of all of OUR families without whom, we wouldn't be here reading this today.

I want thank my family, (those I know and those I don't know) for their stories, pictures, memories and information all of which help to make this website more meaningful.
Brayden Lachance

MY GOAL

Some people have goals and others, like Brayden Lachance pictured, strive to protect their goals.

My ultimate goal (I suspect this will probably take the rest of my life) is to put together as much as I can find, including permanently digitized images, put it here on the web site or simply make it available to any member of our family that wants the information.

I am doing this with the intent of allowing both present and future generations to know
"from whence they came".

Tipping Cows

TIPPING? (Donations?)

That's right, tipping isn't just for cows anymore!

There's nothing here for profit, there are no ads, the site is NOT a non-profit organization. I am just a guy that enjoys (read "addicted to") genealogy and trying to help others find out their own family history.

If this site has helped, please consider supporting my efforts.  Besides cash, there are other ways to help too!

Click the link below for more information.
Database Information Notice

PREREQUISITE NOTICE

Much of the information found in my database is documented and some is not.

The facts about any given individual may have recently been changed or could very well be incorrect.   Should you find errors...please, tell me so I can correct them.

If you have personal knowledge of, or documentation about, any of the individuals in this family please help by allowing me to copy or include your information.

Use the "Contact Me" link, or, use one of the other means listed in the "About Me" page.

Navigation - Getting Around


Find your way around using the menu at the top of the page
.  I have some other links at the bottom of the page BUT, everything I've got on the site is in the menu up top.  Questions??  Just let me know.

Use your browsers "back button" to return to previous pages. If you've gotten lost and want to return to this page, simply click on the TREE at the top left of this page.  Your current location will be listed just under the family photos banner at the top of this page.

Photos/Links - How They Work


PHOTOS -
MOST, not all, photos will open in a new browser window. Photos of individuals may NOT be saved without permission from the rightful owner.

LINKS - All of the links to other web sites open in a "New Browser Window". This site will remain open in another window or tab until you close it.  I don't necessarily endorse the products or views of sites that are linked from here...they are here for your convenience.

The Tree - Names Database


On the site is a redacted "internet viewable" family names database.  It is updated with my local data as often as practical.
It should not contain dates or personal information about living persons or for any person born after 1920 with a few exceptions.

View the database by clicking on "Names Database" link in the top menu.  You will go to the, the "Database Introduction" which  tells you both the date of the last update AND the number of people currently in the database and includes other information.  From here you can get to the database.
Any Commercial, religious, or other use, without the consent of the compiler (Larry Lachance) is prohibited!
If you use information or data from this site, you must give proper acknowledgement and credit. 
Contact me with your comments and corrections.
Copying expressly forbidden except for your PERSONAL (not-for-profit/non-commercial) Family History/Genealogy.