Could someone translate this French record for me?

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I just discovered that PRDH has updated the information on one of my ancestors that was born in Quebec, but then  migrated to Louisiana. I'd always figured he'd died in Louisiana, but had not been able to find a record. I do know that he was alive as late as Jan 1798,

PRDH now says that Joseph, born in 1723 died on 7 Aug 1809 in Lotbiere, Quebec. I found the record, which I've attached.  I don't speak French but generally can make out dates, ages, etc.  However, there seems to be a lot extra...what does it say?  I'm hoping there is something that will either support or conflict with him being a man who spent most of his life in Louisiana.

The section at the bottom is from the index in the back of the parish book.

Thanks in advance

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WikiTree profile: Joseph Gallien
in Genealogy Help by Donna Storz G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)

Update:  I e-mailed PRDH last night with details about Joseph Gallien and received the following message this morning:

The 1809 burial is for a Joseph GATIEN. It was misread as Galien, hence the mistake. I have added the information about his migration to Louisiana with you as the source.
It will show up on the site when we next update it. Thank you for your message.

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Hi Donna,

my translation (sorry for my not so good english) : "August the seventh 1809, by me the undersigned, parish priest of Lotbiere, was buried in the cemetery near church, the body of joseph galien, about 79 aged, of this parish, fortified with all the rites of the Church. Were present several persons, some of whom cannot sign.

Landriaux priest"

In the index, joseph galien is said to be 77 years old.

This Joseph Galien was living in lotbiere when he died et was born rather about 1730-1732. He doesn't match very well with the profile.

by Stéphane Wendlinger G2G1 (1.9k points)
selected by Donna Storz
Thank you.  I agree, I don't think there is anything to suggest this is the same person. I'm not all that concerned about the age variation as I've seen some pretty inaccurate age estimates...heck in this case it differs between the entry and index. LOL  But the name is just too common.....


Thanks again. I really appreciate it.

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