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Ancestors of Jerome Hébert

Updated August 3, 2003

Jerome Hebert

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As a descendant of Acadian pioneers, of French colonists of Québec, and of Native Americans who befriended and were befriended by both, I am most actively interested in uncovering the history, events and circumstances surrounding my family's migration from France and its presence in the New World. While names and dates are indisputably essential in pursuing this quest, to me they are only a necessary framework for the real events which affected (and were influenced by) my ancestors and their friends, neighbours and countrymen: the settlement and building of Acadie; the years of suffering and stubborn survival under the English yoke -- which was brutally punctuated both by the Deportations from Acadia and the subsequent conquest and subjugation of Nouvelle France; the founding and settlement of the parish of Lacadie in the Haut-Richelieu by valiant refugees; the courageous but ill-starred rising known as the Papineau Rebellion and the subsequent "Exile"; and -- most of all, far overshadowing any passing misfortune -- the centuries-long success and tenacity of the families of all French Canadians, including my own, who not only survived but have prospered and flourished. And who, despite all odds and adversity whether inflicted by the harsh hand of Nature or the harsher and far more brutal hand of man, have maintained and continued to build that glorious civilisation which is and ever shall be "The French Fact in North America."

CAVEAT: I have elected to take Bona Arsenault's side in the "Father of François Savoie Controversy." Although some modern gainsayers of the "Father of Acadian Genealogy" heartily dispute Arsenault's statement that François Savoie was the son of Thomas François Savoie, I have heard no argument to convince me that they are somehow better informed or more prescient in their own conclusions. Thus, you will find much of the famous (or infamous) "Aristocratic Line" ascending from Thomas François Savoie included in my Internet Tree. I suggest that each individual decide for him- or herself whether this line of ascent is likely or unlikely, probable or improbable, worth pursuing or simply a genealogical wild goose chase. For my part, it has been both enjoyable and educational to pursue this link. I have utilized many historical sources, and compared an array of Internet resources in attempting to prepare as logical and plausible line of ascent as I possibly can. Thus, I have rejected a large number of possible links which may appear on other trees but which, to me, seem unlikely or ill-informed. Furthermore, going on the assumption that François Savoie was an illegitimate son of Thomas François, born before the latter's marriage to Marie de Soissons de Bourbon, I have not pursued Marie's lineage at all. Knowing that this link has not been definitely proven -- but certainly not convincingly disproven either -- I invite browsers to enjoy the trip back through history which the link provides. I, for one, have learned more about history and historical personages while researching this controversial line than I ever did in school. I hope that others will profit from it equally and, whether they accept the line or reject it, will use it to learn a little more about our European heritage, and about the men and women who made our civilisation -- and quite likely our own family -- the rich and wondrous treasure that it is.

In closing, I emphasise that new data are heartily welcome, as are annotations, comments of any sort, and *especially* corrections, as I am constantly trying to update and improve this genealogy, eliminate errors and resolve areas of question. (But please check any notes that I may have included on specific individuals before reading me the Riot Act about any particular disagreement, as these are occasionally important -- and sometimes even interesting, at least in my opinion.)

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