Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet, the first French colonists to New France (Canada) are my 10x great-grandparents. This year, 2017, marks the 400th anniversary of their family’s arrival in the New World. And, on the site of the home they built there, a new exhibition featuring them just opened up at the Musée de l’Amérique francophone, in what is now modern-day Québec City.
The exhibition only runs until October 29, 2017, so I’d better get a move on if I intend to see it before it closes.
Louis and Marie are related to me through my Nana Keene, my father’s mother, a tiny, 100- pound bundle of pure French Canadian fierceness. You might remember her from this photo:
I know this connection only through the amazing work of my cousin, Peter, whose grandfather, Eli, was my grandmother’s brother. In other words, we share the same great-grandparents, Osias Bergeron and Marie-Amelia Gaumond, making us second cousins.
I never knew these great-grandparents, but looking at the photo, and their happy faces, I think I sure missed out, don’t you?
Peter researched through an astounding number of records, in French mind you, to document each generation back to Louis and Marie. (And, that’s just the work he did on one line!) Then, he unselfishly shared it with our family. I must confess that I didn’t truly appreciate his astounding work until I began to do research, too.
Here’s the line, from Louis and Marie to me:
Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet,
their son, Jean-Guillaume Hébert,
his daughter, Marie-Françoise Hébert Fournier,
her son, Simon Fournier,
his son, Simon-Philippe Fournier,
his daughter, Brigette Fournier Buteau,
her son, Basile Buteau,
his daughter, Marguerite Buteau Mercier,
her daughter, Agnes Mercier Gaumond,
her daughter, Marie-Amelia Gaumond Bergeron
her daughter, Perpetue Bergeron Keene,
her son, my father, Charles Lawrence Keene,
and finally, 12 generations later,
If I make it to the exhibit, I’ll be sure to report back!