Tardent Emigration from Ormonts in the past 200 years
Members of the Tardent family emigrated to Belgium and France. They were anything but dull. The following links provide some interesting information about the following migrations:
To BelgiumDavid Tardent(1773 - 1820) , the schoolmaster of Vevey, was blessed with thirteen children , several of whom spent time in Germany, his daughters as governesses to courtly families, a son as a clergyman in Frankfurt, where he died prematurely at the age of 28. His two orphaned sons, Jacques and Philippe, were adopted by their grandfather, returned to Vevey, where they went in to the wine business. After a failure, they both sought fame and fortune abroad. Jacques tried to establish himself in Paris, where traces of him were lost, with a rumoured departure for America. Philippe after a stint in Frankfurt, established himself in Belgium, with a career in lace-making in Brussels, eventually marrying the daughter of the establishment, a partnership that was to prosper the lace business, and see the family diversify into art-bronze manufacture. Philippe Tardent was one of the founders of the zoological gardens in Brusells. now Leopold Park. They established a branch in Paris, where one son, Louis, taking over the Paris business, where he experienced mixed fortunes, while maintaining his links and feeling for Belgium, where his siblings were well-established.
To Chabag, Bessarabia
David was also the patron of another grandson, Louis Vincent Samuel, in whose welfare and education he took a great interest. Louis was sent to the Pestalozzi Institute at Yverdon, a leading European educational institution, and he commenced a career as a teacher in Vevey, prominent in the establishment of a Musical Society. Through General de la Harpe and his connection with Tsar Alexander 1 of Russia, Louis Vincent volunteered to fill the requirement to rescue the Russian vineyards from neglect. Gathering interest from a number of local vignerons, Louis drew up a Deed of Agreement to form the Swiss colony of vignerons, and on the recommendation of Pestalozzi, received the report of the Tsar.
Louis made a solo exploratory voyage to Bessarabia, keeping a 'route diary', which Henry presented to the archives of Chabag per Andre Anselme, now presumably lost. However, Louis's wife Uranie, kept a personal account of the subsequent adventure of all the colonists setting out in convoy.
Descendants of two of Louis Vincent Tardent, founder of the colony of Swiss vignerons at Chabag near Odessa on the Black Sea remain in Russia to this day.
See Tardents in Chabag page.
Domiciled in Lausanne, Louis Felix's sons were prominent Swiss citizens, made significant contributions in the fields of the military, as senior army commanders, and the arts, in the development of Langenthal porcelain. Various family members left Lausanne, some migrating to German speaking parts of Switzerland, earlier to Langenthal, later to Zurich. Read about their story on the Swiss family history page
The mid-nineteenth century
The generation of early twentieth century Tardents who were grandchildren of Marc Louis Samuel Tardent and Marie-Louise Perrod of Le Sepey, once again took up the challenge of writing the family history.
With limited opportunity in Switzerland during the end of the nineteenth century, three of the brothers emigrated to Australia. Information about their story can be read on the Australian family history page.
Vincent's descendants established themselves well and truly in France, a few of them working for Peugot. His grandson Paul, was riding a bike in Paris in his nineties, up till his death in 2007. The Tardents story in France can be read here.