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Acadian Expulsion


Starting in 1755, about 6,000 Acadians were forcibly removed from their colonies. The British military ordered the Acadians' communities to be destroyed and homes and barns were burned down. The people were dispersed among the 13 American colonies, but many refused them and sent them on to Europe. Families were torn apart and many lost everything they owned.

As a result of the deportation and the subsequent migrations, the Acadians ended up in the New England States and all along the eastern seaboard, as far south as Georgia. Many were put in jail, and many died at sea. Others ran away to Quebec, hid with the Mi'kmaqs in Nova Scotia, or went to present-day New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island.

Source:www.cbc.ca/ acadian/ timeline.html

Approximately 6,000 Acadians were deported from mainland Nova Scotia in 1755 and several hundred more after the fall of Louisbourg in 1758. If they were not demolished or burned by British troops, churches and chapels gradually disappeared from the landscape,. In some cases, accidental discoveries or archaeological digs have revealed the location of former parish cemeteries. Saint-Charles-des-Mines cemetery, for example, is located in Grand-Pré National Historic Site, although the exact dimensions are still not known. In the year 2000, when excavation work was being done for a housing development in Falmouth (formerly Pisiquid), several graves belonging to the old Sainte-Famille parish cemetery were unearthed by chance.

Of that 6,000+, approximately 1,500 were deported to Virginia, 450 were deported to Pennsylvania, 2,000 were sent to Massachusetts, 1,027 bound for South Carolina (some stayed in Boston), 900 were sent to Connecticut, 250 to Maryland and 450 to Georgia.
There is no proof that the Acadians who lived in Port-Royal, Grand-Pré or elsewhere, used stone monuments to mark their graves. The same is true with regard to the thousands of French men and women who inhabited the fortress town of Louisbourg on Isle Royale (known today as Cape Breton Island) in the 18th century. A 1686 map of Port-Royal provides the only known visual representation of a 17th century Acadian church and cemetery. The cemetery is surrounded by a fence which served to keep animals out and to delineate the sacred ground. Inside the fence, one can see seven small wooden crosses and a central cross mounted on a base of stones. Very few 18th century documents refer to the appearance of Acadian cemeteries, but those that do indicate that Acadians before the Deportation marked their graves with wooden crosses.

Source: http://www.ameriquefrancaise.org/en/article-333/Acadian_Cemeteries_in_Nova_Scotia.html#1

These ancestors were likely a part of the Grand Derangement which took place in 1755. NOTE: This is not a complete list. As we find more, we will continue to add them.

Acadian Surnames at the Time of Deportation, 1755:


Allain, Allard, Amirau, Arostegny, Arsenault, Aubin, Aucoin, Babin, Babineau, Baguette, Baptiste, Barrios, Barnabe, Bastarache, Beaudoin, Beaulieu, Beaumont, Beauregard, Bellefontaine, Bellineau, Belliveau, Benoit, Bergeron, Bernard, Berthelot, Bertrand, Bideau, Bisson, Blanchard, Blondin, Blou, Bodart, Boisseau, Bodin, Bonneville, Bonvillain, Bourque, Bouche, Boudrot, Bourg, Bourgeois, Boutin, Boye, Brasseaux, Breau, Broussard, Brun, Bugeau, Cadet, Cahouet, Cailler, Carre, Cathary, Celestin, Chamagne, Chauvert, Chiasson, Clmenceau, Cochu, Colars, Comeau, Cormier, Caperon, Cotard, Coussan, Crosse, Daigle, Darbone, Darois, David, De Bellisle, De Foret, De La Tou, Denis, D’Entremont, Deraye, De Saulniers, Deslauriers, Deveau, Donat, Douaron, Doucet, Druce, Dubois, Dubreuil, Dugas, Duon, Dumont, Dupont, Dupuis, Durocher, Emmanuel, Estevin, Fardel, Forest, Foret, Galant, Garreau, Garso, Gaudet, Gauthereau, Gentil, Giasson, Gicheau, Gilbert, Girouard, Godin, Goudeau, Gousille, Granger, Gravois, Gros, Guerin, Guidry, Guilbeau, Guillot, Hache, Hamon, Hebert, Henry, Heon, Herpin, Houel, Hugon, Jasmin, Jeansonne, Kuessy, Labarre, Labasque, Labauve, Lacroix. Lafont, Lagosse, Lalonde, Laliberte, Lamarquis, Lambert, Lamontagne, Landry, Langlois, Lanoue, Languepee, Laperriere, Lapierre, Lariche, Laurier, Laurent, Lavallee, Lavergne, Lavoye, LeBlanc, Lebreton, Lefranc, Leger, Lejeune, Lemaistre, Leonard, Leprince, Lesperance, Lessoile, Levron, Lort, Lounais, Maillard, Maillet, Maisonnat, Marceau, Martel, Martin, Mathieu, Maurice, Mayer, Melanson, Mercier, Michel, Mignault, Mirande, Mire, Monnier, Morvant, Morin, Mouton, Moyse, Nuirat, Ondy, Olivier, Parisien, Pellerin, Perinne, Petitpas, Pinet, Pitre, Poirier, Poitier, Pothier. Prejean, Primeau, Prince, Provencal, Raymond, Rembaud, Richard, Rivet, Robichaud, Rosette, Roy, Saint-Scene, Saint-Martin, Samson, Saulnier, Sauvage, Savary, Savoye, Sendou, Simon, Sire, Surette, Surot, Theriot, Thibeau, Thibodeau, Tournageau, Toussain, Trahan, Usez, Veco, Vigneau, Villatte, Vincent, Voyer, Yvon
Source: umaine.edu
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Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marguerite CELESTIN dite BELLEMÈRE (1735, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - , )
(Jacques CELESTIN dit BELLEMÈRE & Marie LANDRY)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Joseph CELLIER (1706, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 24 October 1757, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
(Pierre CELLIER dit NORMAND & Marie Josephe Aimee LEJEUNE dite BREILLARD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Joseph CELLIER (1748, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 2 July 1818, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)
(Joseph CELLIER & Anne HEBERT)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marie Charlotte CHAUVET (1700, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 13 November 1758, St. Sauveur de la Rochelle, Aunis, France)
(Charles CHAUVET & Agnès Edmee JOSEPH)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marie Josephe CHENET (1726, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 13 December 1758, Atlantic Ocean / Pacific Ocean (at sea)*)
(Pierre CHENET & Marie Anne DENIS dite JEAN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Abraham CHIASSON (1703, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 1763, , South Carolina, USA)
(Gabriel Pierre CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Marie SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anne CHIASSON (1689, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 11 November 1772, Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada)
(Gabriel Pierre CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Marie SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  François CHIASSON (1697, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 14 February 1759, St-Malo, St-Servan, France)
(Gabriel Pierre CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Marie SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  François CHIASSON (1705, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 1760, St-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France)
(Gabriel Pierre CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Marie SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Jacques CHIASSON (1694, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 1775, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France)
(Sebastien CHIASSON & Marie BELOU)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marguerite CHIASSON (1728, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 14 July 1820, Havre-Aubert, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Canada)
(Jacques CHIASSON & Marie Josephe ARSENAULT)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marie CHIASSON (1696, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 13 December 1758 , Atlantic Ocean / Pacific Ocean (at sea)*)
(Sebastien CHIASSON & Marie BELOU)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marie Josephe CHIASSON (1694, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 1759, Atlantic Ocean / Pacific Ocean (at sea)*)
(Gabriel Pierre CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Marie SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marie Madeleine CHIASSON (1691, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 28 August 1759, Cherbourg, Tres-Sainte-Trinité, Manche, France)
(Guyon CHIASSON dit LAVALLEE & Madeleine MARTIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Paul CHIASSON (1746, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada (Beaubassin, Acadia) (Fort Lawrence) - 2 December 1790, , Louisiana, USA)
(Abraham CHIASSON & Marie POIRIER)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Jean Baptiste CHIASSON dit GIASSON (1732, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 14 October 1790, Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada)
(Abraham CHIASSON & Marie POIRIER)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Marguerite CLEMANCEAU (CLEMENCEAU) (21 January 1717, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 24 November 1756, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean))
(Jean CLEMANCEAU (CLEMENCEAU) & Anne ROY dite LALIBERTE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Dominique CLOUATRE (11 May 1729, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 16 January 1770, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité))
(Pierre CLOISTRE dit CLOUATRE & Marguerite LEBLANC)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Madeleine CLOUATRE (1731, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 10 March 1800, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie))
(Pierre CLOISTRE dit CLOUATRE & Marguerite LEBLANC)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Alexandre COMEAU (21 November 1707, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - bef. 16 October 1764, )
(Pierre COMEAU & Suzanne BÉZIER dite JOAN LARIVIÈRE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anastasie COMEAU (1747, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 4 July 1817, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada (Three Rivers))
(Francois COMEAU & Marie-Anne LORD (LAURE))

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anastasie COMEAU (1748, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - , )
(Jean Baptiste COMEAU & Marguerite Brigitte SAVOIE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anne COMEAU (15 November 1708, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 30 August 1772, , France)
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anne Judith COMEAU (1 August 1705 , Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 22 July 1777 , , France)
(Jean COMEAU & Françoise HÉBERT)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Anne Suzanne COMEAU (14 May 1744, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 7 September 1799, Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada (Pointe-Olivier))
(Alexandre COMEAU & Marie Anne Josephe BLANCHARD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Augustin COMEAU (6 December 1749, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 17 December 1806, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie))
(Jean Baptiste COMEAU & Anne BOURGEOIS)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Catherine COMEAU (1741, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (Petitcodiac, Acadia) - 8 May 1817, Bonaventure, Québec, Canada (Saint-Bonaventure))
(Ambroise COMEAU & Marguerite CORMIER)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Cécile COMEAU (1726, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - , )
(François COMEAU & Marie Madeleine LORD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Claire COMEAU (23 September 1710, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - bef. 27 June 1763, , Canada)
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Edmond Armand COMEAU (1730, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 10 April 1811, Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse, Québec, Canada )
(François COMEAU & Marie Madeleine LORD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Elisabeth COMEAU (10 March 1716, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 18 May 1785, Saint-Jacques, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm) (Saint Jacques de l’Achigan))
(Abraham COMEAU & Marguerite PITRE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Elisabeth Isabelle COMEAU (6 August 1728 , Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 25 December 1806, Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly))
(Augustin COMEAU & Marie Jeanne LEVRON)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Étienne COMEAU (1680, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - June 1758, Medfield, Massachusetts, USA (Harding))
(Jean COMEAU & Françoise HÉBERT)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Étienne COMEAU (1706, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 1756, Bristol, England)
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Félicité COMEAU (22 December 1749, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 21 February 1831, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre))
(Guillaume COMEAU & Isabelle Élisabeth BLANCHARD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Francois COMEAU (1699, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 28 April 1758, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
(Pierre COMEAU dit L'ESTURGEON & Jeanne BOURG)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  François COMEAU (1701, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 28 April 1758, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
(Pierre COMEAU dit DES LOUPS-MARINS & Jeanne Marie BOURGEOIS)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  François COMEAU (1742, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 28 December 1826, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Becancour) (Saint-Edouard-de-Gentilly))
(François COMEAU & Marie Madeleine LORD)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  François COMEAU (1746, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - , )
(Ambroise COMEAU & Marguerite CORMIER)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Francois Dit Maza COMEAU (1731, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 28 December 1820, Comeauville, Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada)
(Pierre COMEAU & Suzanne BÉZIER dite JOAN LARIVIÈRE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Françoise COMEAU (21 November 1720, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - , )
(Jean COMEAU & Catherine JOSEPH)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Guillaume COMEAU (27 May 1723, Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 17 December 1757, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))
(Pierre COMEAU & Suzanne BÉZIER dite JOAN LARIVIÈRE)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Jean Baptiste COMEAU (14 November 1712, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 29 October 1764, Somerset, England)
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Jean Baptiste COMEAU (21 February 1724 , Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada (Port Royal, Acadia) - 27 February 1797, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie))
(Augustin COMEAU & Marie Jeanne LEVRON)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Jeanne Françoise COMEAU (1695, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 6 July 1763, St Malo, Nievre, Bourgogne, France)
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Joseph COMEAU (1725, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 3 April 1785, )
(Jean Baptiste COMEAU & Anne Marie THIBODEAU)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  male ancestor  Joseph COMEAU (1747, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 7 June 1801, L'Acadie, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Marguerite-de-Blairfindie))
(Francois COMEAU & Marie-Anne LORD (LAURE))

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Madeleine COMEAU (1697, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - 26 April 1783, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis) (La Nativité))
(Jean Augustin COMEAU & Catherine BABIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Madeleine COMEAU (1747, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - 1772, , France)
(Jean Baptiste COMEAU & Marie AUCOIN)

Acadian Exile - Grand Derangement  female ancestor  Madeleine COMEAU (1748, , Acadia, Canada (Acadie) - , )
(Étienne COMEAU & Marie Josephe LANDRY)

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