With that said, the ONLY family in Lewiston I haven't mentioned or written about are the Lachances. We all know there are a good number of Lachances in the Lewiston / Auburn / Brunswick / (oh hell, let's just call it Maine) area. While many are distant 5th or 6th cousins, there is one family that IS close (by relationship). At some point in the future, I will get pages up on THIS Lachance family (meaning the descendants of my 2X great-grandparents). In the meantime, I find myself bewildered by the fact that my great-grandfather had a brother with a family in the same town at the same time and yet the two families, it seems, led separate lives and I have to assume they didn't even talk each other. My own grandfather never mentioned cousins in town! And my dad, he never said anything either! What's up with that!? Then again, this seems to be par for the course.
ANDY and JEANNE LACHANCE
In 2004, almost 100 years after my great-grandparents set foot in Lewiston, I finally had a chance to meet the relatives I didn't even know I had. Here is Andy Lachance with his wife Jeanne (Laroche) Lachance at the front of their home in Lewiston. I was, to say the least, ecstatic to meet them. Now, some almost 15 years later, I can tell you that they make for one really great couple. When we first met, I think we knew we were closely related immediately... just from talking.
Andy introduced me to another cousin, Muriel who married Gaston Vachon. Yet again, I'm so happy to know I have such good people in my family!
I don't get to Maine very often but at least I know parts of my family and we do, at least, stay in touch albeit not nearly enough.
THE RELATIONSHIP EXPLAINED
Andy and Larry share close common ancestors; Joseph Lachance and his wife Marie-Zoé Beaudoin. This couple had 15 children. As you already know, two brothers, Joseph and Théophile, headed off to Lewiston and decided to stay. Ludger, a third brother also went to Lewiston but for reasons unknown, returned to Québec, settling in the Stanstead area. Both Joseph and Théophile made their lives and raised their families in Lewiston.
Joseph, the husband of Marie-Zoé Beaudoin is the 2X-great-grandfather of Larry Lachance and the great-grandfather of Andy Lachance. And so, wherever you go, there you are!