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Volume 2001 - Issue 2  

Abbeville, Louisiana    July, 2001

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President’s  Corner
Woody Hébert

  Our general meeting on March 31-April 1 in Lafayette was well received by those who attended.  The reception on Saturday evening, March 31, was particularly enjoyable.  At the meeting we discussed the preparations that are being formulated for the 2003 Louisiana Purchase Celebrations.  We will keep you informed of the activities as they finalize.

  The reception on Sunday, June 10, in Grand Pré was a welcomed stop and well covered by the press and the television network CBC. 

  The Hébert reunion in Grande-Digue, New Brunswick, on June 16, 2000, was a great success.  The bus load of cousins who left Louisiana on June 3 for the Maritime Provinces enjoyed the tour and were well received everywhere we visited.  We arrived in Dieppe, New Brunswick, the evening before the day of the reunion and participated in the reunion activities the next day.  Some 500 Hébert family members participated.  We enjoyed the excellent food and music that was prepared for the reunion. The Louisiana group was warmly received by the local people.

  I am reminded of a quote by someone who said during the 1999 CMA reunion here in Louisiana - “They are not like us - they are us.”  We certainly felt at home and part of the “family.”  While at the reunion, the officers of the Louisiana Association and the Acadie Association met to coordinate plans for the 2004 reunion in Nova Scotia.

  We continue to build our data base of Héberts and again ask that you send in your family data to Joe Hébert or to me. 

  Joe Hébert has recently revised and re-printed his book, “The Héberts, Cajuns, and Louisiana”. The book is a well researched work on the Héberts - the ancestors, their history, their exile, their journey to Louisiana and their adaptation to the “New Acadie.”  I highly recommend this book to all Héberts who want to learn more about their heritage. 
                                        
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The Héberts, Cajuns and Louisiana
by Dr. Joseph P. Hebert, Jr.

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The Héberts, Cajuns, and Louisiana

Joseph P. Hébert, Jr. (PhD)

  With Joe Hebert’s permission, we will include some excerpts from his book, The Héberts, Cajuns, and Louisiana, in several future issues of LaGazette.  Joe’s book has such great Hébert history that we feel we should share a little of it with you. We recommend this book to all Hébert families in Louisiana and especially descendants of Etienne because of the  genealogy that is included on Etienne.  L’Association des Hébert du Monde will receive all the profits from the sale of each book.

  Our first series begins:

“The Sojourn in Maryland”

  The Acadians in Maryland are of significant importance to us because that colony was the source of many of those whose journey ended in Louisiana. The Héberts and other Acadians from Grand Pré and Pisiquid figure in that part of the story.  The Héberts of Grand Pré and Pisiquid were mainly the descendants of Etienne Hébert, specifically the children and grandchildren of Jacques and Guillaume Hébert, who were the sons of Emmanuel Hébert and (wife) Andree Brun.

   ...The reaction of the authorities and the Marylanders to these unwelcome strangers in their midst was varied.  The governing body had no real direction on how the exiles were to be treated or how they were to be integrated into the community.  Were they displaced English settlers with a French accent or were they prisoners of war as they and some of the exiles in the other colonies proclaimed?  Of some concern to the Marylanders was the expectations of the Acadians to be treated with full rights and religious freedom.

   ...With the resolution of the French and Indian War, a change was also found in the attitude of the Maryland officials.  Since the Acadians had behaved themselves reasonably well during the past 8 years, Governor Sharpe of Maryland and General Thomas Gage, English commander-in-chief in North America, considered the possibility of resettling the Acadians in the Gaspe peninsula.  This was not acceptable to the governors of Canada and Nova Scotia.  ...The choice of Louisiana was not a decision made only by French and Spanish officials.  The Acadians in Maryland had been in contact with the Acadians already in Louisiana under the leadership of Joseph Broussard, who urged them to relocate in the territory.  The Marylanders, in releasing them, thought the Acadians were leaving for French territory.  By September 1766 about 200 of them, mostly from Oxford and Snow Hill, arrived in Louisiana and settled on the Mississippi in St. Jacques de Cabanocey, the present St James Parish.

   A second group petitioned the authorities for a travel subsidy on 24 March 1767 and left shortly thereafter.  This group included about two-thirds of the Baltimore group, almost half of those in Georgetown and Upper Malboro as well as a few from Newtown, Oxford and Port Tobacco.  By 12 July 1767, the boatload of 210 exiles arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi and about two weeks later were in New Orleans for a 12-day stay.  This group was assigned to the Fort St. Gabriel area, upstream from where Bayou Manchac joined the Mississippi.  It was this group that included most of the Hébert families, among them Ignace Hébert and the orphan Joseph Hébert.  Ignace was the son of Guillaume and great-grandson of Etienne and Marie Gaudet.  The orphan Joseph Hébert, being on the same petition, was probably of the same line.  It was also on this trip that Amand Hébert died, leaving his widow and four children, Anne Genevieve, Marie Josephe, Charles, and Marguerite to carry on.

    A third group of 29 families...  It is believed that Paul Gaston Hébert, a son of Guillaume and brother of Ignace, was in this group.  Most of his descendants remained in the Iberville area and became successful in raising sugarcane.  It is from this line that the Acadian governor, Paul Octave Hébert, came.

   The last significant group from Maryland...  After a fifteen-month ordeal the Acadians arrived among their kin about May, 1770.

   The Maryland Acadians who stayed behind eventually integrated into Maryland culture and economy.  A number of Acadian names anglicized were Leblanc, Dupuis, Doiron, and Aucoin became White, Wells, Gold, and Wedge.  Other names changed but still retained some resemblance to the original with Babin, Boudreau, Daigle, Foret, Gautreau, and Hébert becoming Barbine,  Budrow, Deagle, Forest, Guthrow, and Ebert.

Why Louisiana?

   Why were the Acadians so intent on going to a colony controlled by the Spanish?

Later!!
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Le Coin Français
Barbara H. Hebert
 

  Le 3 juin plusieurs membres de l’Association des Hébert du Monde, accompagnés d’autres personnes de descendance Acadienne, sont partis d’Abbeville, Lafayette, et La Nouvelle Iberie pour un voyage de trois semaines à travers l’est du Canada.  Je devrais peut-être dire plutôt un pèlerinage parce que le but principal du voyage était de decouvrir leurs souches de famille et de marcher où avaient marché leurs ancêtres.  Loin d’avoir ètè complètement anéanti, ce peuple Acadien eparpillé aux quatre vents au  dix-huitième siècle a survecu!  Ajuourd’ hui on trouve de leurs descendants non seulement au Canada:  au Quebec, dans les provinces maritimes, mais en Louisiane, en Mississippi, au Texas, et en Nouvelle Angleterre, en Belle-Isle-en-Mer, et dans beaucoup de petits villages dans l’ancienne province de Poitou en France.

  On avait déjà voyagé en France pour trouver des traces de nos ancêtres Antoine et Etienne Hébert, qui ont quitté la France environ 1640.  Nous avons visité Martaizé, dans le département de la Vienne, la région de leur naissance, et La Rochelle, d’où il sont partis pour L’Acadie, aujourd’hui la Nouvelle Ecosse.  Nous avons aussi trouvé des traces des Acadiens dans les ports de St. Malo, Morlaix, et Nantes, aussi bien qu’à Belle-isle-en-Mer et la Ligne Acacienne près de Chatelleraut, où le gouvernement français sous Louis XV avait fait des efforts d’intégrer les exilés dans la société française.  Pendant ce voyage au Canada nous allons chercher leurs traces dans la région qui a donné naissance à ce peuple distinct des Français:  les Acadiens.

  Nous avons pris le bac de Bar Harbor, Maine, à Yarmouth, la Nouvelle Escosse, une distance assez courte qui sépare les deux pays.  Nous avons visité l’Habitation, la reconstruction authentique de l’implantation des Français de Monts et Champlaign en 1605.  L’original a été brulé par les colons de la Nouvelle Angleterre en 1613.  Un moment très émouvant et memorable êtait de regarder le coucher du soleil sur le Bassin d’Annapolis et de voir dans la distance le passage dans les montagnes (le Digby Gut) d’où le navire “La Verve” a apporté Etienne et Antoine Hébert et d’autres colons à leur nouveau pays, l’Acadie. Les rivières et la mer ont joué un rôle très important dans la vie des Acadiens.  La vallée d’Annapolis aujourd’hui est composé de petits villages et fermes.  Nous avons cherché des villages  français et des voix francaises, mais il y en avait peu dans cette région aujourd’hui.  Nous avos aussi cherché des traces des Acadiens dans le Bassin Minas:  les noms et les places qui raconte l’histoire des Acadiens, mais les noms et les places on repri des noms anglais. L’historique Grand Pré avec son église reconstruite et la statue d’Evangeline et son beau musée, porte encore son nom, mais Pisiquid est aujourd’hui Windsor, Cobéquid est Truro, et Beaubassin s’appelle Amherst.  Rivière Hébert et Isle Hébert sont maintenant Bear River et Bear Island. 

  On a été reçu à Grand Pré par l’Association des Hébert d’Acadie.  Grand Pré est partout le symbole de l’expulsion et l’exile des Acadiens dans la memoire des Acadien d’aujourd’hui.

  Notre voyage nous a apporté aux petits villages près de la Baie St. Marie et au Cap Breton et Isle Madame ou nous avons visité avec des membres du College d’Acadie. On a continué a l’Isle du Prince Edouard, Nouveau Brunswick, et la vallée du Memramcook jusqu’à Moncton ou se trouve le Centre des Etudes Acadiennes à l’Université de Moncton.  Leur  centre de documentation est probablement le plus important en ce qui concerne l’histoire et généalogie des Acadiens.  Nous avons vu le drapeau Acadien devant plusieurs maisons le long de la route.  On a trouvé des villages Acadiens dans de très jolis endroits:  les plages de Bouctouche (le village natal d’Antonine Maillet, l’écrivain qui a écrit les romans “Peliage la Charette”, dont elle a gagné le prestigieux prix Goncourt à Paris en 1977, et “La Sagouine”), les rives entre Shediac et Cap Pélé, les anse de la Nouvelle Ecosse, Cap Breton et l’Isle du Prince Edouard.  En visitant les villages de pêche on s’est rendu compte que beaucoup d’Acadiens d’aujourd’hui gagnent leur vie en faisant la pêche.  Autrefois l’image de l’Acadien était celle d’un fermier; aujourd’hui cette image est liée à la mer.  Surtout en Nouveau Brunswick les Acadiens sont responsables pour la plupart de la production de crabes, crevettes, et morue.

  On a passé deux jours à Grand Digue en Nouveaux Brunswick avec nos cousins Acadiens pour la Réunion des Hébert. C’était très émouvant de recontrer et parler avec ces gens du même sang que nous, de parler la même langue, et de regarder des visages semblable aux nôtres.  Nous les remercions de leur hospitalité leur amitié, et d’avoir partagé avec nous beaucoup d’information généalogique sur les familles, et de leur succès en gardant vivant le langage et l’esprit de l’Acadie.

  Notre Hébert “superstar” de football américain Bobby Hébert a fait parti du voyage pendant quatre jours. Lui et ses parents son devenus VIP très populaires.

  Nous avons eu la chance de gouter des spécialities culinaires de la région comme la poutine rapé (faite avec pomme de terre et viande du palourdes) et le dessert poutine à trou.

  Nous avons visité Caraquet et le Village Acadien.  Ensuite les belles grandes villes de Montreal et Quebec.

  Pendant le long voyage de retour en Louisiane on a eu le temps de réflechir sur les experiences qu’on a eu et les émotions que nous avons eprouvée au cours de notre voyage.  Nous sommes retournés chez nous tres fiers de faire parti de cette grande famille des Acadiens, de ce peuple qui a refuser de disparaitre, malgré les efforts de les anéantir, et aprês la dispersion qui les a separés et exilés de leur chère Acadie, ils ont réussi à survivre.  Ce qui est le plus important en pensant aux Acadiens et leur triste histoire ce n’est pas quils, ont été exiles de leur patrie mais qu’ils se son regroupés et qu’ils on survecu comme un peuple avec leur joie de vivre, leur langage, leur culture et leur foi en Dieu.  Qu’ils se soient installés en province maritimes du Canada, du Quebec, ou en Louisiane, ils ont preservé leurs memoires et leurs liens familiaux.  Même si on habite loin de ses rives, une partie de nos coeurs rester a toujours en “Acadie.”
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A Pilgrimage
Barbara H. Hébert

  In the early morning of June 3, members of the Hébert Family Association, accompanied by some other Acadian descendants, left Abbeville, Lafayette, and New Iberia for a three- week bus trip through eastern Canada.  Perhaps instead of a trip, I should say a pilgrimage, because the main reason for the trip was to discover our family roots and to walk where our ancestors had walked.  Far from being completely destroyed, the Acadian people who were scattered to the four winds after the deportation in the 18th Century have survived!  Today we find some of their descendants not only in the maritime provinces of Canada and in Quebec, but in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, New England, in Belle-Isle-en-Mer (France), and in some small villages in the old province of Poitou in France.

  After spending two nights in Bar Harbor, Maine, we took the ferry The Cat to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia—the short distance that separates the two countries.  We visited the Habitation, the authentic reproduction of the first settlement by the French led by de Monts and Champlaign in 1605. The original structure was burned by the New England colonists in 1613.  A very emotional moment we remember was watching the sunset over the Annapolis Basin and seeing in the distance the Digby Gut, the gap in the mountains which was the passage through which the ship “La Verve”— which carried Etienne and Antoine Hébert and other colonists to their new homeland, Acadie. The rivers and the sea still play a very important role in the life of the Acadians. The Annapolis Valley today has many small villages and farms.  We looked for French faces and French voices, but found very few in this region.  Also in the Minas Basin,  we looked for the names and places that tell the story of the Acadians, but the names and places now have taken English names!  Historic Grand Pré with her reconstructed church and the statue of Evangeline, and the museum of Acadian life still bears its name, but Pisiquid  is now Windsor, Cobequid is Truro, Beaubassin is called Amherst, Hébert River and Hébert Island are now Bear River and Bear Island.  We were welcomed to Grand Pré by the Hébert Family Association of Acadie.

   Grand Pré is everywhere known as the symbol of the expulsion and exile of the Acadians.  Our trip brought us to the small villages near the Bay St. Marie and to Cape Breton and Isle Madam.  At Isle Madame we visited with members of the College of Acadia.  We continued on to Prince Edward Island, to New Brunswick and the Memramcook Valley, then to Moncton and the Center for Acadian Studies at the University of Moncton.  The center is probably the primary resource for the study of Acadian history and genealogy. 

  Along our route we noticed the Acadian flag proudly displayed before several houses.  We found Acadian villages in many beautiful and scenic places:  the beaches of Bouctouche (the native village of the writer Antonine Maillet, who wrote the novels “Pelagie la Charette,” for which she won the prestigious Goncourt Prize in Paris in 1977, and “La Sagouine”), the shores between Shediac and Cape Pele, the lovely sheltered coves of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Prince Edward Island. Visiting fishing villages we realized that many Acadians today earn their living in the fishing industry.  Formerly the image of the Acadian was that of the farmer; today that image is linked to the sea.  Especially in New Brunswick, the Acadians are responsible for most of the production of crab, shrimp, cod, and bluefish.

  We spent two days in Grande Digue, New Brunswick, with our Acadian cousins for the Hébert Reunion. It was very moving to meet and speak with people of the same blood, to speak the same language, and to look into faces similar to our own.  We thank the Hébert Family Association of Acadie for their hospitality, their friendship, for having shared with us much information of family genealogy, and for their success in keeping the language and spirit of Acadie alive.

  Our Hébert “superstar” of American football, Bobby Hébert, joined our group for four days. He and his parents Bobby and Paula became instant celebrities.

  We had the chance to taste some culinary specialties of the region like poutine rapé (made from potatoes and meat or clams) and a dessert called poutine à trou.

  We visited the Acadian Village at Caraquet, and then the beautiful cities of Montreal and Quebec.

  During our long return trip, we had time to reflect on the experiences we had and the emotions we felt on our pilgrimage. We returned home very proud to be a part of that large extended family of Acadians.

  That which is most important in thinking of the Acadians and their tragic history is not that they were exiled from their homeland, but that they eventually survived as a people with love of  life, a unique language, and culture and their faith in God intact.  Even if we live far from its shores, a part of our hearts will always be in “Acadie.”

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Text Box: Will the Héberts return to Abbeville, Louisiana in 2003 for the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the  LOUISIANA PURCHASE?  -   What say you!!