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(and other religions)

Religion has been an ongoing issue in this family.  Families have disowned others in the family over the generations as they go from Roman Catholic to Protestant or from Protestant to Roman Catholic.

There is no doubt that religion has been an important part of the makeup of the families who come down to the present generations.  We have had Jesuits scalpedby Iroquois, brothers who didn't come to New France because they joined the clergy in France, Priests and Nuns.

On my side of the family, the Lardie who didn't move to Michigan, we became Protestant when Louis Lardie married Jeanette DeLong in 1886.  His half-brother, George's son, became Father Philip Lardie.  Two of Father Philip's sisters became Nuns.  Our whole family knew them but weren't acknowledged.  They lived a couple of streets from each other in Hamilton and didn't speak to each other.  When I contacted him, just before his death, Father Philip denied any knowledge of my grandfather's family.  This is said without malice at all as I knew before contacting him this was how it would be.  Not being of the Catholic faith I can only assume it has to do with excommunication.

I understand that certain members of the Lardie family in Michigan have had similiar experiences.

Here are some examples of how religion has played a part throughout the history of this line.

All of the Bisson or Buisson descended from Gervais, because the paternal line of Florent stopped with his son Michel, the father of Abbots Jean-Francois and Michel.  Only Julienne, the youngest girl, took a husband, but her married life was of short duration.  Married at the beginning of 1701, she died at the end of 1702, after having given birth to two children.

Paul Vachon son of Paul and Marguerite Langlois became one of the first native priests in Canada.  Born before 1630.

Also Alexandre Vachon was archbishop of Ottawa and Louis-Albert Vachon was vice-chancellor of the Laval University and archbishop of Quebec.

Charles-Amador was the only son of Abraham Martin who survived him, he was the second Canadian raised to the priesthood;  he was also a memeber of the foreign missions of Quebec and canon of the cathedral.

There are lots more to come and will be added as taken from the biographies that are still in progress.