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Apr 7, 2009

GENEALOGY: Louis Hebert


Louis Hebert was a very important man in the early history of New France (Quebec). He was my 11th. Great Grandfather and here is what I know about him.
Louis was born about 1575 in St. Germain, d'Auxerre, France apparently living in a house near the Louvre. He was also married in France but came to New France without his family.
Louis Hebert was an apothecary. This would be like a herbalist/pharmacist at the time.
In 1606 Louis Hebert sailed with Samuel Champlain to Port Royal, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. There is a river and an island named for Hebert. In the summer of that same year they sailed to the southwest looking for suitable sites for settlement. The area they were attracted to is now Gloucester, Massachusetts. Louis was known for cultivating land and they planted a clearing there to test the soil fertility. He planned to bring his family there.
At one point in this expedition Louis, Samuel Champlain and others leaped from their ship in the middle of the night to aid some of the men from the ship who against orders did not stay on board and were now being attacked by the inhabitants of the area. They returned to France in 1607. I will continue this story with the return of Louis to New France in 1610 in another post.

7 comments:

christian Fleming said...

Louis Herbert is also an ancestor of mine through my mothers line, Guilliam Fornier. I just got back from Quebec City and saw the monument and Cap Diamond were his property was. Do you know were the house would have been placed?

Anonymous said...

Hello Louis Hebert is also an ancestor of mine from my mothers side, her maiden name is Hebert. I know that i am related to Louis Hebert because we did some geneology and we found proof. I am from alberta and there is actually quite allot of Heberts here there are also some in Brittish Columbia. Anyways hopfully we can get back to eachother!

sincerely anonymous

Lori E said...

Hello Anonymous,
It would be great to go over family history with you. I suggest two things.
1. have a look at my actual genealogy site for more info. It is at www.storiesofmyancestors.blogspot.com
2. leave me some way to contact you. You can email me directly from either site. My email link is at the top right of this blog with the @ symbol on the envelope. Otherwise I have no way of getting back to you as I don't know if you will be reading this at all.

Neil Fuller said...

I too am a descendant of Louis Hebert through Gilliaum Fournier. Our family name was changed from Fournier to Fuller 6 generations ago and have lived in northern New York State for about 150 yrs. via Vermont.

Lori E said...

Neil you should have a look at my genealogy blog www.storiesofmyancestors.blogspot.com to see more on our history.

Pam said...

Hi Lori!
Louis Hebert is also my ancestor. He is my 10th great-grandfather via his son Guillaume-->Francoise Hebert m. Guillaume Fournier.

Jackie said...

I also am descended from Louis and Marie through their daughter Guillemette and her grand-daughter who married Louis Joliet the explorer. My husband who is a Hebert is not a descendant of Louis but rather from the Acadian Antoine. I also have both Antoine and Etienne in my ancestry. Jackie Girouard Hebert

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