The Acadian branch of the Hébert family stems from two brothers. Etienne Hébert (brother of Antoine) was born in France.  His birth date is unknown as he died before the 1671 Census. His brother was born around 1621. The brothers are often believed to be the sons of Jacques Hebert and Marie Juneau, but this is most likely false. See discussion below.
Around 1650, Etienne married Marie Gaudet, daughter of Jean and an unknown mother. According to depositions from his descendents, Antoine came to Acadia with his wife from France. However, the language does not necessarily mean that they came together. Between 1651 and 1670 the couple had 10 children: Marie, Maguerite, Emmanuel, Etienne, Jean, Françoise, Catherine, Martine, Michel, and Antoine.
Etienne died between 1669 and 1671. His wife is listed as a widow in the 1671 Census.
Parentage. There is a debate about the parents of the Hébert brothers. According to Godbout, the Hébert brothers may have been the children of Jacques Hebert and Marie Juneau. The evidence supporting this claim is a link between: a) the presence of a Jacques Hébert in Acadia 30 years before the presence of the brothers Etienne and Antoine; and b) the April 15 1688 marriage contract at Quebec (Notary Lecompte; witness Louis Hebert's daughter Marie-Guillemette Hébert) between Francoise Chevalier and a Jacques Hébert from Le Haye in the Touraine parish of Balsesne, who was the son of Jacques and Marie Juneau. Stephen White argues that the connection is tenous. The name of the Jacques in the aforementioned contract had a surname Habert. Moreover, the presence of the witness Marie-Guillemette Hébert was likely due to the fact that Francoise Chevalier was her servant.
Location of Birth. Stephen White remains silent presumably due to the lack of birth records. In contrast, Massignon  argues that a number of famillial alliances that existed among the first Acadian settlers PRIOR to their arrival from France points to a common French origin. She believes they lived in the Acadian Governor d'Aulnay's seigneury in France near Loudun (comprising of the villages of Angliers, Aulnay, Martaizé and La Chausée). In the case of the Hébert family, it was allied with the Gaudet through Antoine's marriage to Marie. Marie's sister Francoise was also allied with the LeBLanc family through her marriage to Daniel. Evidence of their marriages in France is found in the Belle-Isle-en-Mer declarations in 1767. Morevoer, a certain Jean Gaudet, was censistaire in 1634 on land at Martaizé (Vienne) in the Seigneurie owned by the mother of Acadian governour Charles d'Aulnay. However, Massignon's research failed to find any relevant baptismal or marriage records.
DNA. The French Heritage yDNA project, including Acadian lines, is posted here. Validated ancestral signatures for Acadians including brothers Etienne and Antoine Hébert are found here. As of June 2014, there were results from ten of their descendants including four family trees of Etienne and two family trees of Antoine.
Arrival in Acadia. I have not found any evidence supporting the couple's arrival in Acadia. It was certainly before 1671, as Etienne's widow is listed there. Therefore it is not clear how the historical events in Acadia, provided in the timeline below, may have affected Etienne and his family.
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