Some fled to New Brunswick, Maine and Quebec. These people suffered because of weather and lack of the basic necessities of food and housing. There was always the fear that British troops would capture or kill them.
Others were boarded onto ships and sent to the East coast of the United States. Remember that this was 1755-1758 before there was a United States and the colonists were still under British rule. The colonists did not like the British rule and certainly did not like to be overwhelmed by so many French speaking refugees. For example, upon arrival, the Acadian population was over 50% of all people living in Baltimore! Virginia would not let the Acadian refugees disembark the ships-an event for which the current gov- ernor recently apologized.
Other Acadians were deported to England where after a short stay they were sent to France. The recent tour to France to visit these lands taught us that life there was not peaches and cream either.
The generalized stories above become more meaningful when it becomes the story of your direct ancestors. This can be done only after you find your lineage and therefore what specific individuals were your ancestors. The names, birthdates, locations of your ancestors can then be used to find their stories especially during the trying times of the odyssey as they were sent to various parts of the world and finally settled in Maine, New Brunswick, France, Louisiana and other locations
Three of these stories are illustrated on page three. These are stories of the ancestors of Joyce Hebert Lege of Abbeville , Lona LeBlanc Bourque of Youngsville and John Hebert of Prairieville.
Joyce’s and Lona’s story occurred during the deportation from Prince Edward Island where their ancestors were boarded onto the ship Ruby to be sent to France. This ship sank and many deportees were lost at sea. Fortunately some survived and luckily for Joyce and Lona their ancestor survived. Two of the survivors were the wife (Marguerite Josephe Bourg Hebert) of Charles b1725 and their son Charles b1750. As noted on page 3 all of the rest of this family died at sea when the Ruby sank.
My story (John) is during the refugee time in France where many siblings of my ancestor died probably of disease and poor living conditions. Jean Baptiste Hebert and his wife Madeleine Dugas had 12 children. Whatever the cause, 5 of these children died.
The husband died in 1784 but before he died he had impregnated his wife who bore Etienne b1784. This “baby” Etienne, his moth- er now a widow and the other six children came to Louisiana.
The surviving ancestors of Joyce, Lona and John came to Louisiana on the same ship at the same time. They were all aboard the ship named La Bergere.
Maybe some of your ancestors were also passengers on the La Bergere. Your ancestors may be part of this same group which you can determine once you know your lineage.
Remember that half of the deported Acadians did not survive the effects of the deportation. Obviously your direct ancestors sur- vived or else you would not exist! Many of your potential cousins do not exist due to the deportation.
The stories above and the specific names below were made possible because we found our lineages and now have a sad but important story to tell about our ancestors to others.
WHAT’S MY LINE ?
Stories are often found once a lineage is completed. Below is the story associated with three lineages—Joyce H. Lege, Lona LeBlanc Bourque and John Hebert
A tragedy to this family was that many members were lost at sea when the ship they were deported on (Ruby) sank in the Atlantic. Two brothers (Francois and Charles) from the line of Antoine Hebert had the following children aboard.
- Isabelle Hebert b1752
- Isaac Hebert b1754
- Derial Hebert b1755
- Infant Hebert b1758
- Charles b1750*
- Athanese Hebert b1752
- Anonyme Hebert b1752
- Marie Hebert b1754
- Theodore Hebert b1758
*All of the above died at sea in 1758 except Charles.
Charles 1750 did not die at sea.
Charles Joseph 1770
Joseph Charles 1806
____Elisea 1853 _______
Adam 1880 – Firmin
Emile 1913 – Hippoline
Clara Joyce H. Lege – Lona LeBlanc Bourque
John Hebert…line of Etienne
Jean Baptiste Hebert b1732 in Nova Scotia. His mother and three siblings died at sea on the ship Ruby but he sur- vived, married Madeleine Dugas but died in 1784 and was buried in St. Similien church in Nantes France.
They had 12 children:
- Jean Bapiste b1760 – died age 17
- Marie b1761 – died age 15
- Francois b1775 – died age 10 months
- Alexis b1777 – died age 7
- Firmin b1782 – died age 1
- Etienne b1784 (born after father died).
The above were refugees. Living was hard. Many died young from disease. Above 5 of 12 children died in Nantes France while refugees.
The mother (Madeliene Dugas) and her remaining seven children left Nantes for Louisiana on May 14, 1785 on the ship La Bergere and arrived in Louisiana. The infant (#12 Etienne) is the ancestor of John Hebert—President of the Hebert Association and lucky to be here! Also on that ship were the ancestors of Clara Joyce H. Lege and Lona LeBlanc Bourque.
Joyce and Lona are members of the Hebert Association board.