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Louis Hébert

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Birth  1575  St-Germain-L'Auxerrois, Paris, Île-de-France, Kingdom of France 
Sex  Male 
Died  1627  Ville de Québec, Canada, New France 
Person ID  I1225  Default Tree 
Last Modified  11 Jan 2010 
Father  Nicolas Hébert, b. 1543, Paris, Île-de-France, Kingdom of France 
Mother  Jacqueline Pajot, b. 1551, Paris, Île-de-France, Kingdom of France 
Group Sheet  F408  Default Tree 
Notes  Louis Hébert
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis Hébert (c. 1575 – January 1627) is widely considered to be the first Canadian apothecary as well as the first European to farm in Canada. He was born around 1575 at 129 de la rue Saint-Honoré in Paris to Nicolas Hebert and Jacqueline Pajot. He married Marie Rollet in 1601 or 1602 in Paris. In 1603, he accompanied Pierre Dugua Des Monts to Acadia. He lived at Port-Royal in what is now southern Nova Scotia from 1606 to 1607 and from 1611 to 1613 when Port-Royal was destroyed by the English deputy governor of Virginia Samuel Argall. He was joined by his wife, Marie Rollet, and their three children, Guillaume, Guillaumette, and Anne at Quebec City in 1617. He died in 1627 because of an injury that occurred in 1626 when he fell on a patch of ice. Statues of Louis Hébert, Marie Rollet, and their children are prominent in Parc Montmorency overlooking the St. Lawrence River in Quebec City.

By 1800, Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet had 4592 descendents married in Quebec, according to the Historical Demography Research Program of the Université de Montréal, making the couple the tenth most important one in French-Canadian ancestry. Given the migratory routes of French-Canadians, their descendents thus live mainly in Canada (especially Quebec), but also in communities in New England, upstate New York, and the midwest (especially Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota).

Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet had only one son, Guillaume, who married Hélène Desportes. They in turn had a single son, Joseph, who in turn had a single son Joseph who died as a small child thus ending this Hébert line. However, some descendants of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet may also share the name Hébert through marriage of female descendants with other men named Hébert since there were several other male Hébert immigrants to New France with posterity.

See René Jetté, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730, Montréal, Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1983, pp. 561-562. See also Robert Prévost, Portraits de familles pionnières, Montréal, Éditions Libre Expression, 1993, Tome 1, pp. 149-154.

George Goulet and Terry Goulet (2007). Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet, Canada's Premier Pioneers. FabJob, Calgary. ISBN 1-897286-15-5. A history of Canada's first permanent colonial settlers.

External links
Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
Picture of statue at Montmorency Parc in Quebec City, Quebec.
Drawing of Hebert and photo of his statue.
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