Acadian Refugee Households at Camp d’Esperance 1756-1761 – 52 Ancestors #338

Anybody with Acadian ancestors is aware of that the Acadian households had been forcibly deported from Nova Scotia starting in 1755 by the English army in retaliation for refusing to signal a loyalty oath to the British king. This occasion was referred to as the Grand Derangement or Expulsion, together with different phrases, I’m certain. You may learn extra about the expulsion, here, and view an Acadian timeline, here.

The expulsion started with the destruction of farms, burning of properties, and homicide or “arrest” and deportment of the Acadian residents. Households had been deliberately and cruelly separated, typically completely with no concept the place different relations had been taken, or even when they had been nonetheless alive. Questions on what occurred to their relations and the place they had been taken haunted the survivors for the remainder of their lives. It’s solely by combing by historic information, and DNA in fact, that we will post-humously reunite a few of them as we speak.

What Did Occur to the Acadians?

Lots of the roughly 13,500 Catholic Acadians whose households had lived on this area for nearly 150 years had been merely killed outright.

Ships with captive Acadians had been despatched to the 13 American colonies, Britain, France, and the Caribbean. Folks had been deposited a couple of at a time in unfamiliar locations – damaged and left on the mercy of people that didn’t need the burden of refugees who had nothing and couldn’t help themselves.

Different households hid in Quebec, the place about one-fifth of these refugees died throughout a smallpox outbreak within the winter of 1757-1758.

Some discovered at the very least a short lived reprieve in New Brunswick or on Prince Edward Island.

Some hid within the woods among the many Native Mi’kmaq folks with whom that they had a superb relationship and in lots of instances, had been associated.

One other group discovered their approach to little-known Camp d’Esperance the place roughly one-third would perish from hunger.

A decade later, some households made their approach to what’s now Louisiana, founding the Cajun culture. Others melded into the communities the place they discovered themselves or by some means, miraculously made their approach to Quebec. 

The Ancestor Hunt

For descendants, determining what occurred to our ancestors throughout this era of upheaval is sort of difficult.

  • In some instances, we will hint our genealogical strains again to our ancestors had been the place they resettled a decade later. That’s how we uncover now we have Acadian ancestors.
  • Generally we all know who their dad and mom had been in Acadia – however we don’t know what occurred to the remainder of their household, or the place they lived throughout the decade or so between 1755 and 1765.
  • In different instances, we all know who their dad and mom had been, however don’t know what occurred to the ancestors present in Acadia. The path merely goes chilly which suggests they could have been killed or died throughout the 10+ years they had been in exile.
  • In but different cases, we will solely discover one or a couple of of their kids. Households had been typically scattered, so discovering their kids may not inform us the place these ancestors had been, assuming they lived previous the unique depredations. Nevertheless, it may additionally be a breadcrumb.

It might be one other decade earlier than the Acadian households may resettle in different areas. Some returned to completely different parts of Canada. Some stayed the place they had been, and but others set sail for brand new horizons like Louisiana.

Should you’re pondering to your self that Acadian family tree is complicated and complicated – you’d be proper! Plus, there’s that very same identify factor happening together with these “dit” nicknames.

Let’s have a look at an instance of tracing our approach backward.


In one in all my Acadian households, the dad and mom had been “remarried” by the priest after they ultimately made their approach to Ste. Marguerite de Blairfindie, a small village referred to as L’Acadie in Quebec.

Acadians had been Catholic and didn’t have had entry to a priest in “New England” the place numerous information state that this household was residing earlier than arriving again in Canada.

The excellent news is that combing by the kids’s information tells us that they had been born in “New England.” The dangerous information is that not one document tells us the place.

The dad and mom’ information typically inform us once they had been born and generally determine their dad and mom – permitting us to search out their baptism information again within the Acadian homeland.

The Forgotten Refugees

One group of Acadian households left Nova Scotia, however settled, at the very least for some time, on the Miramichi River, north about 250 miles overland however a lot additional by water. On the map under, as we speak’s Annapolis Royal was Port Royal throughout the expulsion.

Just lately, the weblog of the Affiliation des Acadiens-Metis Souriquois printed an article accompanied by an inventory of identified refugees who sought shelter to the north.

  • The Acadian Refugee Camp on the Miramichi, 1756-1761” by Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc (January, 2018)
  • “Checklist of Refugee Acadian Households at Camp Espérance on the Miramichi, 1756-1757,” appendix to “The Acadian Refugee Camp on the Miramichi, 1756-1761” by Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc English translation & glossary of place names by John Estano DeRoche, printed with the writer’s permission.

Please click here to view the article, record, and weblog.

The primary hyperlink is the historical article authored by Ronnie-Gilles LeBlanc. I strongly advocate studying this well-written and closely sourced paper in case you have historical past anyplace on this area.

The second doc lists households in index format for straightforward entry. They’re in alphabetical order, however looking out together with your browser search finds spouses surnames and such.

By Lesfreck (discuss) (Uploads) – Personal work, CC BY 2.5,

The group of Acadians who spent the winter, hungry and chilly at Camp d’Esperance (Camp Hope) numbered about 1,700. About 400-500, together with “all of the (nursing) kids,” perished because of the grim challenges they confronted – the first of which was meals and shelter, adopted by the scourge of smallpox that ravaged the survivors once more the next 12 months.

The Acadians and their Native allies ate moccasins, hides of deer, cattle, beaver, and canine. The meat had already been consumed months earlier. They had been all the way down to something that might be digested. Many nonetheless succumbed to hunger.

The winter of 1759-1760 ushered in one other meals scarcity as extreme because the winter of 1756-1757 had been.

This bay the place the camp was positioned certain seems peaceable as we speak. It was a lot completely different throughout these horrific winters.

Acadian Ancestors

In Acadian analysis, now we have a saying, “Should you’re associated to 1 Acadian, you’re associated to all Acadians.” The Acadian group was based by a small group of French households who settled on the Island of Nova Scotia starting in 1603. They intermarried for the subsequent 150 years, with one another, the native Native inhabitants, French households and troopers who arrived later, and doubtless with a couple of English troopers stationed on the fort.

Thankfully, for essentially the most half, the Acadian households have been efficiently reconstructed, due to Catholic church information, tax lists and a few very devoted researchers.

Karen Theriot Reader, knowledgeable genealogist, has compiled an in depth family tree, full with sources, and made it free to all researchers on Geneanet, here.

You’ll find Y DNA and mitochondrial details about Acadian ancestors on the Acadian Amerindian project at FamilyTreeDNA, here. One in every of our targets is to doc every Acadian paternal Y DNA and mitochondrial DNA line. Each of these are vital to figuring out which ancestors are Native American. For European ancestors, these checks assist monitor the strains again to their origins abroad. 

Should you don’t carry the Y DNA or mitochondrial DNA of Acadian ancestors, that’s nice. We need to reunite all Acadian descendants. Everybody, men and women, can take the Family Finder test or transfer an autosomal test from another vendor and be a part of the venture. Please do! You most likely have numerous cousin matches ready!

Making a Chart

I created a chart of my identified Acadian ancestors who would have been alive in 1755 when the expulsion started or born throughout the shadow decade or two following the expulsion. I accomplished as a lot as I learn about the place they lived in Nova Scotia, throughout the deportation purgatory decade (or so), and the place they resettled later.

The deported Acadians wouldn’t have traveled on to L’Acadie up the St. Lawrence River as drawn on the map above. They had been first deported to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and different locations additional south. I added reference areas on the map which might be talked about within the chart, under.

Please be aware that my analysis just isn’t in depth, so I like to recommend confirming this info if these are your ancestors too.

After finishing the chart, I then checked to see if they’re on the Camp d’Esperance record.

Notice that Acadia means someplace within the Acadian area on or close to Nova Scotia, however the precise location is unknown. L’Acadie, famous as a resettlement space, is barely southeast of Montreal and about 25 miles north of the Vermont border.

Title Start-Loss of life Remark Nova Scotia Deportation Location Resettlement Location
Jacques dit LaMontagne Lord (Lore, Laure, L’Or) 1678-1786 Born Port Royal, NS, died Nicolet, Quebec Port Royal New York in 1755 Quebec about 1766
Marie Charlotte Bonnevie 1706-1758 Born Port Royal, died at sea, married to Jacques Lord Port Royal Died at sea (I can’t assist however marvel the place they had been taken from and to in 1758.)
Francoise dit d’Azy Mius Circa 1683-? Born Acadia, mom Native, demise unknown, mom of Marie Bonnevie Port Royal Unknown, demise not proven earlier than 1755
Honore Lord 1742-1818 Born Port Royal, died St. Luc Parish, Quebec, father of Honore Lord born 1766 Port Royal Married c 1765 in New England, probably New York St. Our, Quebec earlier than 1771
Appoline dit Hippolyte Garceau 1742-1788 Born Port Royal, died L’Acadie, married to Honore Lord born 1742 Port Royal Married c 1765 New England St. Our Quebec earlier than 1771
Daniel Garceau 1707-1772 Born Port Royal, died Yamachiche, Quebec, father of Appoline Garceau Port Royal Apparently, New England the place Lore household was residing Yamachiche, Quebec, most likely earlier than 1768
Anne dit Jeanne Doucet 1713-1791 Born Port Royal, died Sorel, Quebec, married to Daniel Garceau Port Royal Apparently New England St. Our, Quebec earlier than 1771
Rene dit Laverdure Doucet Circa 1678-? Born Port Royal, demise unknown, father to Anne Doucet Port Royal Unknown demise not proven earlier than 1755
Marie Anne Broussard Jan 1686 – ? Born Port Royal, demise unknown, married to Rene Doucet Port Royal Unknown demise not proven earlier than 1755
Honore Lord 1766-1834 Born New England, died L’Acadie, father of Antoine Lord (Lore) New England New England St. Ours by 1771, then L’Acadie by 1777
Marie Lafaille 1767-1836 Born New England, died L’Acadie, married 1789 L’Acadie, to Honore Lord born 1766 New England New England L’Acadie by 1788


Francois Lafaille (Lafaye, Lafay) 1744-1824 Born Acadia, died L’Acadie, father of Marie Lafaille Acadia?, dad and mom unknown Pledged their troth on Nov. 10, 1767, within the colonies L’Acadie by 1788 when kids baptized by a priest
Marguerite Forest (LaForest, DeForet, Foret, Forais) 1748-1819 Married to Francois Lafaille 1767, remarried in 1792 in L’Acadie by a priest, died in L’Acadie, married to Francois Lafaille Port Royal Pledged their troth on Nov. 10, 1767, within the colonies L’Acadie by 1788 when kids baptized by a priest
Jacques Forest 1707-? Born Port Royal, demise unknown, father to Marguerite Forest Port Royal In 1763 on Connecticut census
Marie Joseph LePrince 1715-? Born Port Royal, married in 1734, demise unknown, married to Jacques Forest Port Royal Husband on 1763 Connecticut census
Jean LePrince Circa 1692-after 1752 Born in Acadia, died after July 3, 1752, father of Marie Joseph LePrince Acadia Unknown, died after July 3, 1752
Jeanne Blanchard Circa 1681-? Born Port Royal, probably deceased Port Royal, married to Jean Leprince Port Royal Unknown, could have died in Port Royal

Please be aware that the folks listed as born in “Port Royal” had been baptized there. They may have been born elsewhere. I do know the monks did journey, however I don’t understand how extensively, or how typically.

Properly, crumb, none of my ancestors are on the Camp d’Esperance record. Nevertheless, I ought to verify their kids or siblings who aren’t my ancestors – particularly if their siblings/kids had been sufficiently old to be married.

Clearly, my ancestors may need been separated from the remainder of their household, however then once more, possibly not. Gathering each shred of proof is all the time a superb factor and the hassle isn’t wasted – even adverse proof. Now I at the very least know the place they weren’t.

What about you? Do you’ve gotten Acadian ancestors? The place had been your ancestors throughout and after Le Grand Derangement? Are they discovered at Camp d’Esperance?



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