The Acadian Hébert family stems from two brothers. Antoine Hébert (brother of Etienne) was born around 1621 likely in France. The brothers are often believed to be the sons of Jacques Hebert and Marie Juneau, but this is most likely false.
Around 1648, Antoine married Geneviève Lefranc. Between about 1649 and 1656 the couple had three children: 1. Jean born c1649; 2. Jean born c1653 who married Marie-Anne Doucet c1676 and died before 1707; and 3. Catherine born c1656 who married Jacques LeBlanc c1673.
Antoine's brother Etienne married around the same time (1650). It is not clear when Antoine arrived in Acadia.
At the time of the first Acadian Census in 1671, the family was living in Port-Royal, Acadia (Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada). Fifty year old Antoine and 58 year old Geneviève were living with their four children. Antoine was a cooper. Six arpents  of their land (in two places) was cultivated and they had 15 cattle and 18 sheep. It is not clear where their homestead was situated, although their nephews' farms were on the south bank of the Dauphin (Annapolis River) east of the fort.
Antoine probably died by 1693, since he does not appear in that 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 Loudon (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 Antoine and Etienne Hébert are found here. As of June 2014, there were results from ten of their descendants including two family trees of Antoine and four family trees of Etienne.
Arrival in Acadia. I have not found any evidence supporting the couple's arrival in Acadia. It was certainly before 1671, as the family is listed there. Therefore it is not clear how the historical events in Acadia, provided in the timeline below, may have affected Antoine.
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On 5 May 2016 at 17:30 GMT André Vachon wrote:
As mentioned earlier, you should think of merging them. Take a good look before doing it, just in case...
On 13 Aug 2014 at 21:40 GMT Nina Pyne wrote:
On 30 Jul 2014 at 15:19 GMT Annette Cormier wrote:
Antoine is 19 degrees from Chet Atkins, 20 degrees from Edie Kohutek and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.