HEBERT FAMILY HISTORY from the Chippewa Falls History Center:

Augustine Hebert, the first ancestor, left Normandie with his wife, Adrienne DuVivier, in 1641.

M. De Maisonneuve had decided to come to establish the Ville-Marie Montreal post. In the spring of 1641 everything was ready for departure by the colonists for Canada. The men had been chosen with great care; they were all good Christians, vigorous, plying the sword and the musket as well as the axe and the hoe.

The first contingent of colonists left on three sailing boats; two left from LaRochelle, one carrying M. DeMaisonneuve with twenty five men; the third readied at Dieppe carrying ten men, of whom three were accompanied by their wives. From Dieppe, Augustine Hebert and his wife left at the beginning of August, 1641. After several days, the three ships approached Quebec. M. de Montmagny, who was the governor, learned the destination of these hardy men and nick- named them "heroes of the foolish undertaking." He strongly advised against going to the Island of Montreal, considering the upcoming season. M. DeMaisonneuve and his followers decided with precaution to winter at Sillery. They kept busy all winter making boats and necessary furnishings for the new colony.

They left Sillery May 8, 1642 and arrived in Montreal May 18th. Ville-Marie was an advance post in the middle of Iroquois country to protect the colony. The inhabitants were constantly exposed to the attacks of these barbarians. Not a week passed when one of them didn't have some adventure with the savages.

Augustine Hebert with his wife, Adrienne DuVivier, lived this uncertain life for nine years. Finally, during one of these skirmishes, our ancestor was wounded by the Iroquois and died. The Hebert family was esteemed by M. DeMaisonneuve.

January 15, 1649, he (DeMaisonneuve) was Paul's godfather, the second child of Augustine Hebert. The godmother was Madmoiselle Manee.

Adrienne DuVivier was twice a godmother with M. DeMaisonneuve. Leger, Augustine Hebert's third child, was held at the baptismal font by Charles Lemoine. Leger is our second paternal ancestor from that country. Seven years after his marriage, Leger Hebert left the Montreal area where he had lived, to establish himself at Comte d'Yamaska. He settled in this part of St. Francois-du-Lac (where the records were begun in 1715) which must have been the parish St. Michel d'Yamaska (where the first records date from 1727).

Although he was never a resident at St. Francois-du-Lac, Hebert baptised several children, all at different places; one at Boucherville, another at Varennes. Pierre, son of Leger, is our third ancestor; he was baptised at the Ile Dupas June 22, 1704.

Pierre and Agathe baptised eight children; four girls and two sons. His son, Joseph, was the father of our great grandfather, Joseph Hebert.

Our great grandfather, Joseph Hebert, married Angele Parenteau November 3, 1830. They had four sons and seven daughters. Joseph, our grandfather, married Mary Mayer, a German Catholic in Wisconsin, U.S.A. Gilbert married Marie Brouillard. Louis married Celina Brouillard. Narcisse married Emelie Leveillee. Angele married M. Valois de St.-Aime. Eliza married Joseph Pepin de St. David. Catherine married Olivier Desrorsiers. Delima married Joseph Desrosiers. Marie married Oneseme Caron. Elmire married Dr. Pierre Cartier.

Our grandfather, Joseph Hebert, left Canada when he was a young boy. He worked in logging camps all along the Mississippi River, and eventually, ran his own crew. He bought the farm at Eagle Point in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, which is still owned by the family. In 1884 he married Mary Mayer at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls. At the time he was fifty years old, twenty five years older than his bride. He died in 1895. They had seven sons and one daughter. Joseph married Hannah Letendre, William married
Lillian Trudelle, Louis married Emily Boos, Marie married Peter J. Murphy, Charles married Irene Casper, Gilbert did not marry, and Homer married Henrietta Gereaux.