The HEBERT Family
How HEBERTs Arrived in the New World 
HEBERTs Arrive in Canada

     The first HEBERT to come to the new world was Louis HEBERT in 1604. Louis was born about 1575 in the vicinity of Paris. He worked as an apothecary, as did his father. Louis was the son of Nicolas HEBERT and Jacqueline PAJOT. Nicolas was married to Jacqueline about 1564 in Paris. Nicolas worked as an apothecary at St-Germain-des Pres in Paris. Nicolas died around 1600, and Jacqueline passed away between 27 June 1579 and 15 July 1580 in Paris. Jacqueline's father was Simon PAJOT. he was "maitre chandelier de suif, bourgeois de Paris, paroisse St-Gervais. His inventory is dated before 9 Nov 1553 in Paris. Jacqueline's mother was Jeanne GUERINEAU. Her testament is dated after 3 OCT 1572 in Paris.

     Louis married Marie in Paris. Marie ROLET (or ROLLET) was from Paris and had a brother named Claude. After Louis' death, Marie (sister of Claude) married Guillaume HUBOU in 1629.
     He first came to help explore the land to be settled. He was the apothecary of Acadia (at Port Royal) in 1696-1697 and 1611-1613. After spending some time exploring the New World, he moved there (arriving at Quebec on 15 July 1617) with his wife, Marie ROLLET, and three children (Guillaume, Guillemette, and Anne).
     Although there are descendants who can trace their ancestry back to Louis, none of them get their SURNAME from him. Louis passed away on 23 Jan 1627. His only son, Guillaume, married (b. 1634) Helene DESPORTES. Their union produced only one son, who left no surviving son. Of Louis & Marie's daughters ... Guillemette (b. 1608) married Guillaume COUILLARD in 1621, and Anne married Etienne JONQUEST in 1618. More information the family of Louis HEBERT can be found in Rene Jette's Dictionary ... the source of much of the above information. Jette also lists where he obtained the information, so you can find more if you're willing to do some research.

     Michel HEBERT dit LAVERDURE (b. 1643) came to Canada sometime before 1670. On September 1, 1670, he was married to Anne GALAIS (b. 1646) in Quebec. Michel was the son of Antoine and Jeanne LEROY, of St. Mederic de Paris. Anne was the daughter of Pierre and Marguerite LASERRE, of St. Pierre, of the Burg Genesse, of Paris. 

     Another HEBERT to travel to Canada was Jean Augustin HEBERT (Jolicoeur dit La Poussiere), a soldier and native of Caen, Normandy, who came to Montreal in 1641. He and his wife, Adrianne du VIVIER had three children ... Jeanne, Leger (b. 1650) , and Ignace (b. 1652).
     Leger married Marguerite GAMELIN (b. 1664) and they had seven children ... Marie (b. 1/27/1692 at Boucherville), Leger (b. 6/11/1698), Charlotte (b. 6/18/1702), Pierre (b. 6/22/1704), Louis (b. 2/17/1708; d. 6/4/1708), Leger (b. ; d. 5/2/1710).
     Ignace married Jeanne MESSIER (b. 1661) and produced four sons ... Joseph (b. 4/21/1687), Francois (b. 4/18/1689), Ignace (b. 6/8/1694), and Etienne. Ignace married a second time to Therese CHOQUETTE on May 10, 1700 and had four more children ... Anne (b. 6/12/1701), Jean Baptiste (b. 5/22/1709), Gabriel (b. 11/15/1710), Lambert.
     Many of the French-Canadian HEBERT's descend from this line. See Tanguay V. 4 for more information.

   Another HEBERT who traveled to Canada from France was Thomas HEBERT dit LAROSE, son of Thomas HEBERT and Elisabeth L'HOMME. He was from St. Omer (diocese of Bayeux) in Normandy. He married Barbe BENOIT (b. 1665) on Feb. 7, 1679 in Boucherville and they had 5 daughters (Barbe, Jeanne, Marie, Genevieve, Marie Marguerite) and one son ... Jean Baptiste (b. 10/21/1697). Barbe was the daughter of Paul and Isabelle GOBINET. Again, more information can be found in Tanguay, V. 4.

     There was also a Francois HEBERT dit LECOMPTE de ROUSSY (b. 1622). He was married to Anne FAUCONNIER (b. 1621) at Mont Saint Aignan, near Rouen, France, on September 18, 1643. They came to Canada in 1654 with one son, Nicolas. Anne is buried (Nov. 30, 1676) in the church of Ange-Gardien. 

Richard Hebert has a couple of more listed at his website, but I haven't had a chance to document them yet.

  • Antoine HEBERT dit Minfret-L'Esperance, m. to Marguerite GONTIER in Quebec in 1701 (from Bourg de Creully, Diocese of Bayeux, Normandy)
  • Pierre Paul HUBERT dit Hebert, m. to M.-Suzanne LAPORTE about 1715 (unknown origin)
  • Jean GUIBERT dit Hebert, m. to Therese BOUTIN in 1671 (from Lande de Roue, Diocese of Coutances, Normandy)
  • Jean was sent to Canada by the King in 1645 for tax evasion
  • Jean HEBERT, m. to Louise BOULAGUET in Montreal in 1757 (Chatillon-sur-Loing, Diocese of Sens, Champagne);  He was a soldier in the Languedoc Regiment
  • Joseph HEBERT dit LaRose, m. to Marie Charlotte DAME in Boucherville in 1762 (he was a soldier from St. Jean Parish, Perpignan, Roussillon)
  • Gilles HEBERT, m. to Marthe GUIGNARD in Cap-St. Ignace in 1764 (Boisroger, Diocese of Coutances, Normandy)
     Over the years, a number of other HEBERTs immigrated to Canada, but these mentioned were among the first, therefore they have the most descendents. For the genealogy of some of the names mentioned above, please go to French-Canadian HEBERTs

     Most "Cajun" HEBERTs and many Canadian HEBERTs are descended from two brothers, Antoine and Etienne HEBERT, who left France to settle in Acadia around 1640. Etienne produced the most descendants. He had 10 children (including 6 sons), while Antoine only had two children ... one son and one daughter, who produced children. These two brothers and their Acadian lineage are covered more thoroughly on the Antoine and Etienne HEBERT page.

HEBERTs Arrive in the American Colonies

     Robert HEBERT (or possibly HEBART) settled in Salem, Massachusetts around 1639. His children were Mary, John, Sarah, Joseph, Robert, Johanna, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Samuel. He was probably an English HEBERT. His descendants took the names HEBERT, HEBARD, and HIBBERT.

     In the 1700's, some HEBERTs began immigrating to the American colonies to escape British oppression. When the British exiled the Acadians in the 1750's, large numbers of Acadians were sent to the British colonies, especially America. Some places refused to take them (i.e. Virginia), some tried to settle them (i.e. Maryland), and others did a bit of both. Some Acadians did try to settle down in the colonies, but many tried to return to their Acadian homeland or traveled to find family and friends in Canada or Louisiana.
     Louisiana had been a French colony for quite a while and appealed to the Acadians. Beginning in the mid 1760's, they began migrating to southern Louisiana. 

HEBERTs Arrive in Louisiana

     But the Acadian HEBERTs were not the first HEBERTs to show up in Louisiana. There was a Louis HEBERT, age 1720, who is listed as being in Louisiana [Louisiana Colonials: Soldiers and Vagabonds (DeVille, 1963)]. There is also a Francois HEBERT who arrived in Louisiana in 1756 [Louisiana Recruits: 1752-1758 (DeVille, 1973)]. It is not known if they stayed or returned to France. Louisiana became Spanish property a few years later ... they (as soldiers) probably returned home. It is known that at least one non-Acadian HEBERT came from France to settle in Louisiana ... and there probably were a few more.

     A non-Acadian HEBERT arrived around Pointe Coupee parish in the mid 1700's. I have the information on him ... I'll post it when I can find it!

     The first Acadian HEBERTs arrived in Louisiana in 1765. They came from Santo Domingo, where they had been sent. The tropical climate was literally killing them. After a handful of Acadians had made it to Louisiana early in the year, the Acadians from Santo Domingo soon followed. Over the next few years, other exiles made their way to Louisiana. In 1785, over 1500 Acadians came to Louisiana from France. On those 7 ships, there were 104 HEBERTs. For more on these HEBERT 're-arrivals' in the New World from their exile, go to HEBERTs in Louisiana.

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