Friday, May 22, 2009


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.

addendum: this post has been previously published on my other site Family Trees May Contain Nuts


Anonymous said...

This is going to be really interesting Lori. I know that my people ended up in Massachusetts as well.

lindalee said...

That terrible attorney husband's kin also were in Massachusetts! In fact, he is from Plymouth Colony stock....baa humbug!!!!

lindalee said...

Forgot to say.....nice beginning to this new blog.

Gini said...

Love your new blog Lori, I will be adding it to my Rss feeds and google reader! You did a great job with the layout, colors and design. Very nice, looking forward to all of your posts