The identification of those in the photo is Rosa St. John LeSage, Fred St. John, Lewis Alexander St. John
Seated are Luella St. John, Theophilus or Theodore St. John, wife Mary Dora Bottger St. John, Julienne St. John Lanoue.
Rosa LeSage, Lewis Alexander St. John and Julienne Lanoue were long-time residents of your area. Lewis Alexander was a Civil War Veteran. They are buried at the Catholic Cemetery in L"Erable, Illinois. The photo was taken in 1908. I have copies of Julienne's obituary.
This is copy of the daguerreotype of John Baptiste St. John and daughters; Rosa, Julienne and perhaps Marie.
It is my understanding that their name was Laperche in Canada but was changed to St. John when they moved to the US.
It is my understanding that they came from Ste. Cesaire, Quebec, Canada prior to 1850 as I found the family in Mexico, Oswego, New York in 1850.
My husband's grandfather was Theophilus or Theodore and I have been doing genealogical research on this family.
Do you have a pamphlet or a short history of why some many French from Canada moved to your area?
I would be interested in what information you may have.
From Louisa St. John Durkin and Jim Durkin