So, why would I write about the Cardinal anyway? For one, he helped to found Montreal through the Compagnie des Cents Associes and supported Samuel de Champlain in establishing colonies there. Further to that, there are many indications that the family Beauchamp were caught up in the Seige of La Rochelle, as below.
Once again, we note that the brothers, Pierre, Jacques and Jean’s maternal grandparents were married at the Great Temple of La Rochelle. It is unlikely that Catholics would marry into Protestant families. Next, the boys father, Michel, was gardener at the New Town (on the original record as Villeneuve. After the seige, the Protestants were given land for a new church by the King outside La Rochelle. Would a Catholic work there? After the siege it is unlikely. In 1630, after the Huguenot temple is demolished, the grandparents Jean and Louise disappear from the records, they are listed as burials at sea or in unknown graves.
The name of Jean Beauchamp is registered with the National Huguenot Society as a Huguenot ancestor, so we know that the surname Beauchamp was associated with the dissenters.
This is a record from Emigration Rochelais en Nouvelle France.
We see the name Deschamps used by the older ancestors which is switched out to Beauchamp by Michel. So, his parents die rather mysteriously and he changes his name. There is a record of Jean Deschamps as sitting on the Council of La Rochelle under Jean Guiton the mayor of the city during the Seige.
This is from the book by A.M.Paul Marchegay ” Le Seige de La Rochelle”. The previous records state that Jean died in Nantueil so how he got onto the list of unknown burials one can only imagine. The facts remain to be seen, but we can be certain that whatever their religion, the family would indeed have suffered by being at La Rochelle during the seige. However, since the Jacques and Marie Beauchamp arrived here as recruits of Jeanne Mance, we will assume they were Catholic by 1659 the year of their arrival at Montreal on the Saint Andre.