La Gazette HEBERT
Next Hebert Association Meeting
(Members & non-Members invited)
Saturday, March 13, 11:00 a.m.
Golden Corral Restaurant
(Hwy 14 By-pass, Abbeville)
Dutch treat: lunch buffet. $7 (includes drink & tax)
seniors eat for less
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Proud Sponsors of the 1999 Hébert Reunion
A Partial History of the DESCENDANTS OF JOSEPH dit PÉPIN HÉBERT
(by Woody Hébert is continued from La Gazette 10)
The whereabouts of Joseph Pépin in Acadia can only be speculated by following the census of his parents. He is first listed in Louisiana in the 1766 census of The Militia and Inhabitants of the Colony of Louisiana at the District of La Pointe, which was located near present-day Breaux Bridge. Many of these settlers quickly dispersed after the death toll from an epidemic began to mount in June, 1765. By March, 1766, thirty seven refugees established themselves at Cotê Gelée (the area between present day Pilette and Broussard). Joseph Pépin may have later joined these settlers, because records show the land he first owned was on nearby Vermilion River.
On February 25, 1765, the first Acting Governor of Louisiana, Charles-Philippe Aubry, dispatched official correspondence to the Duke of Choiseul-Stanville, Secretary of the French Navy, that 200 Acadians—men, women, and children repelled by the climate of Saint-Domingue (Puerto Rico)—had just disembarked here. These Acadians, led by Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, had departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, in November, 1764, for Saint-Domingue and had changed ship at that sugar island and sailed to New Orleans, Louisiana. The correspondence of April 17, 1765, orders Louis Andry, the royal engineer and surveyor, to leave the city with the Acadian families and go to the district of the Attakapas. Mr. Andry would then let the Acadians choose the most suitable site for the establishment of a village where they wished to be reunited. The group settled in the St. Martinville-Loreauville area along Bayou Teche, the center of “la Nouvelle Acadie,” as it was designated by the curé of the “Post des Attakapas,” Fr. Jean-Francois de Civray, in the parish register of his mission church.
Joseph Pépin and some of his family and relatives may have been included in the first group that came to Louisiana with Joseph Beausoleil. The Hébert group has been traced as living in the same communities from the time of the Memramcook census of 1752 through the Attakapas census of April 9, 1766. Louise, Joseph Pépin’s sister, married Beausoleil’s son, Claude Broussard.
In the 1771 census of the Attakapas, Joseph Pépin is listed as 23 years of age and living with his sister Theotiste (m. 1753-Jean-Baptiste dit Cobit Hebert), his brother Jean-Charles 19, and his sister Louise 17. He must have married shortly after, because on April 25, 1771, he married Madeleine Trahan, daughter of Jean Trahan and deceased Marguerite Broussard, in St. Martinville by Fr. Irenee of Point Coupee. Witnesses: Jean Berard, Grevemberg (probably Augustin), Gaignard, and Mercier (probably Francois). (SM Ch.: Folio A1, p. 10)
In the census of 1774 Pépin is listed with his wife, Madeleine Trahan, with one son, Joseph, and one daughter, Adelaide. Four years later in 1777, Pépin is listed as 28 years of age, with his wife Madeleine, also 28, along with two sons, Joseph 5, Agricole 1, and one daughter, Adelaide 3. In the census of 1803 Pépin is listed without Madeleine (she died on January 27, 1803). To be continued in La Gazette #12.
Note by Russell Gaspard: Joseph Pépin was a soldier in the Attakapas Militia on May 1, 1777. His descendants may qualify for membership to the DAR or SAR. His name can be found on page 290 of the Churchill Book. (For more information on membership to the SAR & DAR contact Sue Butaud 318-937-5296).
Le Coin Français -Barbara Hébert
Les projets sont bien en marche pour la réunion des Hébert qu aura lieu à Abbeville le 6 et 7 Août, 1999. Les membres de l’administration et les différents Comités se sont réunis le 23 janvier pour discuter leurs projects et de mettre en place le programme pour la réunion. On espère d’avoir en place le programme definitif par le mois de mai.
L’Association des Hébert du Monde aura une vente de Jambalaya le 11 avril pour une collecte de fonds pour amasser assez de fonds pour aider à couvrir les frais de la réunion. Les billets son $5.oo par dîner. Ils seront servis (il faut passer les prendre) de 11 heures à une heure (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) à la place du K. C. Hall, 202 West Vermilion, Abbeville, Louisiana. Les membres locaux qui voudraient vendre des billets doivent contacter Gary Hébert. Si tous nos membres locaux vendent des billets à leurs familles et à leurs amis, on pourra réaliser un beau profit.
Un grand merci à nos sponsors de la Réunion des Hébert: Fred Broussard—Plomberie, Paul Hébert—Avocat, Shucks—Restaurant, Vermilion Chemical and Janitorial Supplies—(Produits Chimique et de Nettoyage), Robies—Supermarche, Hébert Specialty Meats—Boucherie, Wayne Hébert—Assurance “State Farm,”Larry’s—Supermarche, et Weldon Granger—Avocat.
Pour renseignements pour devenir un de nos sponsors, veuillez téléphoner (318-893-2381).
Il y avait une reception au Café Comeaux (CC’s) après la célébration à l’Alliance Culturelle.
Abbeville est très fiëre de cette Alliance, et pendant l’année l’Alliance a eu environ 3.000 visiteurs, parmi eux beaucoup de visteurs des pays francophones.
“Gateway to the Gulf”
“the Most quaint town in Acadiana”
“some Place Special on the Bayou”
Abbeville, which hugs the Vermilion
Bayou, is a curious mixture of French, Acadian, Spanish, and American Culture.
History of Vermilion Parish Louisiana
“The Most Cajun Place on Earth”
Statistics from the 1990 census
state that Vermilion Parish is the most “Cajun place” on Earth. Authentic
Cajun culture can be witnessed through the daily activities of its residents.
La Gazette HÉBERT
Official Newsletter of The Association of Héberts of the World
c/o Russell Gaspard, Editor P. O. Box 375 Abbeville, LA 70511-0375 Fax: 318-893-4119
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