|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1674|
|Death: ||Jul. 21, 1758|
On July 27,1694, during the attack on Groton where most of her family were killed, Lydia was taken captive, along with brother John and sister Betty, and marched to Canada.
From "Dictionnarie Genealogique des Families Canadiennes depusis la fondation de la Colnis jusq's nos jours" par l' Abbe. C. Tanguay, A. D. S., Quebec, Canada, MDCCCLXCXI, p. 623:
She was separated from her brother and taken to Villa Marie (Montreal), where she was offered for ransom to the French. Lydia's ransom was paid by Jacques LeBer, a distinguished, wealthy resident of Montreal, in whose household she was gently cared for and treated with kindness and consideration. For two years she lived and moved in a world so foreign to any she had ever known, and then, by her own decision, reversed her principles, and united with the Catholic Church. On April 24,1696 shortly after her twenty-second birthday, she was baptized into that faith and given the name of Lydia Madeleine.
Within the year Lydia was admitted to the Congregation as a novice and on Sept. 19, 1699 took her final vows, and as Soeur Madeleine de la Congregation de Notre Dame, became the first girl of United States birth to become a Roman Catholic nun. In 1722, she was living on the Isle of Orleans, near Quebec, in the convent of the Holy family, of which it was supposed she was the Mother Superior.
On July 21, 1758, almost sixty-four years after her capture, Lydia Longley de Ste. Madeleine, Englishwoman of the Congregation of Notre Dame, died in her eighty-fifth year, and was buried in the Chapel of the Infant Jesus in the parish church in Montreal. Monique Lanthier, Montreal historian, states: The first church was demolished in 1830. The bodies were then buried under the new church and remained there until 1855 when they were moved to the new cemetery on Mount Royal, Notre-dame-des-Neiges-Cemetery. This is the largest cemetery in North America. There are almost 1,000,000 buried there.
William Longley (1640 - 1694)
Deliverance Crisp Longley (1650 - 1694)
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Record added: Oct 20, 2009
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