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Elie Godin

Male 1621 - 1672  (51 years)

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  • Name Elie Godin 
    Born 1621  LaRochelle (?), France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jan 1672  Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre, P.Q., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00274  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Family Esther Ramage,   b. 1624, LaRochelle (?), France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1639  LaRochelle (?), France, Calvinist Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Anne Godin,   b. 18 Oct 1639, LaRochelle, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1678, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Family ID F0172  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Rene LaVoy, Jr.'s Parents-in-Law: Elie Godin and Esther Ramage

      Rene's parents-in-law were Elie Godin and Esther Ramage. Elie was born in 1612 in the archdiocese of Saintes, Saintonge, France, and married Esther Ramage, born about 1617, in the Calvinist Church in LaRochelle, France, on 22 March 1639. Rochelle at this time was a stronghold for the Huguenot, or French Protestant Church. Their daughter, Anne, was baptized in the Calvinist Church in LaRochelle, as well.

      Elie and Esther both have an entry in the Jesuit Relations and Alied Documents, 1666-67, Vol. 51, pp. 89-91 and 93-95. (The Jesuit Relations are the published Journals of the Jesuits who sought to christianize the Indians and administer to the religious needs of the French colonies in Canada.

      "In the year 1662, Marie-Esther Ramage, age 45 years, wife of Elie Godin, of the parish of Ste-Anne-du-Petit-Cap, after being eighteen months all bent over so that she could by no means straigten herself again, and was obliged to drag herself around as best she could with her cane, hopeless of ever recovering her health by human remedies, remembered that her husband had told her that in his presence, Louis Guymond of the same parish, had been cured of a severe pain in his loins, by laying, in the spirit of devotion, three of the foundation stones of St. Anne's Church, the building of which had already begun.

      "Thereupon she invoked ths Saint's assistance, praying her to work a miracle in her, as she had done in the man. At that very time-- forgetting her cane, which disapppeared-- she found herself erect on her feet, walking as easily as she had ever done. Quite astonished by so sudden a change, she began to return to Ste. Anne thanks for the benefits she had just received; and since then she has remained in perfet health. This miracle helped greatly to confirm the faith of all that family which had long lived in the pretended reform religion."

      Similarly, the Jesuit Relations report a miraculous event for Rene's father-in-law, Elie Godin:

      "Elie Godin, fifty years of age, of the parish of Ste-Anne, being ill of dropsy (congestive heart failure) in an advanced stage, for which the usual remedies could afford him no relief, though he would prpare for death, and had me called to give him Holy Viaticum. Then I told him to have recourse to the Blessed Virgin and Ste. Anne; and, after preparing him to die, I went away to the Church to say Holy Mass for him.

      "Upon my returning thence to give him Holy Communion, he said to me with a serene countenance: 'Monsieur, I am cured. Permit me to rise. While you were at Church, as I was saying my rosary, I fell into a deep sleep in which I saw two venerable Ladies who approached me. One of them held in her hand a box, which she opened, and in which I saw a road, very long and very narrow, leading to heaven. At that sight I felt my heart overflow with consolation and I was entirely relieved of my suffering.' As a matter of fact, after Holy Communion, he returned thanks to God, rose and went to the Church; and, before completing his novena, he was in a condition to work the same as before his illness."

      (In congestive heart failure the limbs and body cavities swell with fluids.)

      Elie Godin died at the age of 60 and was buried 5 January 1672 at Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre. Esther Ramage was still living in 1676.