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The Tardent Family  from Ormont-Dessous, Vaud, Switzerland.

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:

Tardents in Chabag - The Swiss Colony Saga

Ukraine and Russia family history page

Swiss family history page 

Australian family history page

USA family history page

David Tardent Schoolmaster of Vevey 1798
David Tardent
Pastel portrait 1798.

David Tardent was the much loved Headmaster of the Vevey College, who had in those days radical views,  on the way students learn. He refused to follow a regimen of disciplinary rote learning, particular when it came to the subject of grammar.  In fact he co-authored a French orthography, demonstrating the logic behind the rules of French grammar and spelling, at a time when orthodox wisdom dictated that a knowledge of Latin was a pre-requisite for the rules of French.

He encouraged and inspired his students to have a thirst for knowledge, and to acquire information in a way that they could understand and retain, by relating to the story behind the facts. These methods were very successful, he was greatly admired, and indeed venerated in his community, in Vevey where he spent his adult life.

Newspaper Accounts:  24 Hours (in French)  Translated into English 

The Tardent Chalet, Cergnat

To Belgium

David 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.

See Tardents in Russia

Within Switzerland

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.
Marie-Louise Perrod-Tardent Marc Louis Samuel Tardent

Marc Louis and Marie-Louise Tardent lived in Cergnat, a hamlet a few hundred metres above Le Sepey.  Louis fought in the Civil War of 1845, and led a Valley contingent as Captain. Subsequently he was the postmaster responsible for delivering the mail. Upon his death, Marie-Louise became the postmaster, which in those days, was not delivered by yellow van, but by these intrepid Tardents, on foot, trudging through the snow.  Marie-Louise paved the way for career women and equality in the Valley.

The progeny of these two, were eight boys , born in the mid nineteenth century, most of whom left the valley to seek fame and fortune. 

The family at Le Sepey

This photo of the family was taken in 1881, Louis was deceased, so it had to have been taken shortly after his death, as the family gathered for his funeral.   From back, and left to right, Charles, Alexis, Louis, Henry, Emile, Vincent, Louise, Henri's wife Hortense (Louis Vincent, founder of Chabag's granddaughter and the family's distant cousin), and the redoubtable Auguste. Did Marc Louis and Marie-Louise take a lively interest in world affairs?  Did this inspire so many of their sons to leave the valley forever to find their fortune?  I am sure they did, and that their perspective was international.  They almost emigrated to Australia in the 1850s. Vincent was a watchmaker and soldier, and he and his wife Adele (nee Tissot) moved to France where they founded the 20th century French branch of the Tardents. Charles was the one who remained. He had a career as a sawmiller in Le Sepey.  Auguste was the one to become famous for his courageous exploits with the Red Cross in the Balkans. He married a Russian lady, and his descendants emigrated to America. Concerning Auguste TardentHenri  sought fame and fortune in Russia, by coincidence found his distant relatives at the Swiss colony in Chabag,Bessarabia , falling in love with granddaughter of the founder, Hortense, and emigrating to Australia. Marc Alexis married Julie Burnier, and they too, emigrated to Australia to join Henri and Emile. Emile accompanied Henri to Australia, and became a stockman and bushman, remaining a bachelor. Louis Felix, progenitor of today's Swiss Tardents moved to Lausanne to pursue his career, having the good fortune to marry Louisa Jaques

To Australia

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.

To France

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.