Sunday, September 25, 2011

Acadians and Britons

At sunrise on October 1710 was raised for the last time in Port Royal Nova Scotia. Later that morning Francis Nicholson’s men fell into ranks to watch Daniel Subercase formerly surrender. Then the French marched out and the British and Americans marched in, to hoist the Union Jack, drink to Queen Anne’s health and to give the town the queen’s name to be known as Annapolis Royal. The French officials, and the garrison and their families total of 258 boarded ships and sailed home. Nicholson sailed at the end of October leaving Vetch in command of 200 royal marines and 250 New Englanders. They were a big force but not big enough for the job they had to do. By 1710 there were almost 2000 Acadians. They were a well settled, widely scattered independent minded and surpassingly stubborn people. They had seen Britons come and they had seen them go. Vetch had urged an expulsion for the French inhabitants in Canada. In a letter sent to Queen Anne, Nicholson and Vetch proposed that in order to bring the native Indians under her majesty’s subjection and to convert them to the protestant religion it would be necessary to transport all the French from the country except those who wanted to convert to protestant . Again the next January Vetch recommended expulsion. He would have sent the Acadians to Newfoundland or the Caribbeans. But no one in London was willing to take responsibility and later when it seemed they might leave of their own free will, Vetch had second thoughts” the departure would leave emptiness where now there were men and women, farms and cattle. Without them ,Britain’s new province would be nothing but trees. Someone had to raise crop, care for the cattle and chop the wood. They might not be the most trustworthy population he thought but they were better than no population at all. And so began a half century of coexistence. The Acadians coped by interacting as little as possible with the Britons who governed them, the Britons would also keep to themselves in forts or enclaves and the Indians would not admit to being anyone’s subjects.

The Micmacs who were freedom loving had gone their separate way, trying to maintain their way of life in the face of alien intrusion. They got along well with the French. But things were different now, Nicholson and Vetch brought a new set of rules and the Indians knew they had to fight them. They knew that the Britons were not like the French, they grabbed their lands, had no respect for their customs and rights. The micmacs were never strong enough to throw the Britons out but when their Acadian friends marched to reconquer Acadie ,they marched at their side.

So as you can see, the expulsion or deportation of 1755 was already being mentioned in the ealier part of the 1700s. For more on this story I would suggest you read A Land of Discord Always by Charles D Mahafee Jr. It is very interesting and goes into a lot of details. Thanks for reading my blog and I would now just like to change the subject and invite you to check out my Acadian items and genealogy items at* and check out what I have done at*


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered about what kind of lives your ancestors had? Take for instance long ago, how did they get around? They had to travel from place to place. We all know that many of our ancestors came to their new countries by ships or some kind of vessel. They could not cross the oceans by cars, there were no planes back then either. Imagine that you are back in the time of your ancestors who came to the new country. You are boarding some kind of ship or boat. You have a few personnel belongings with you. You are either leaving your homeland with your parents or with some friends. What is going through your mind at this time? Could they have thought to themselves hurray I am getting out of here? Or I wonder if there are any wild beasts there? They had to have been thinking about their new homes. Remember some of our ancestors were very young when they came to this country. Arriving at their destinations, it would have been all new to them, the people, the climate, the sceneries. Were they afraid? Or were they curious? If we think about these things, we have to also appreciate their courage in leaving their homeland to make new homes in mostly uncivilized lands. Once they arrived most of their travelling would have been by water and through beaten down paths in the woods. There were no paved highways trains back then. They also would have had to rely on horses, oxen, mules to use in their travels. And can you imagine an ancestor coming over from a warmer climate into some harsh winters? Can you imagine then surviving in blizzards? Many of them did not survive but those who did, learned ways to survive. They also learned to survive by using plants, and hunting and fishing for their food and growing gardens was a must. They raised animals for both work and for food. Back then Pork was their main meal,, and fish and shellfish . Now we cannot just go to the ocean or beaches and dig for clams or oysters or quahawgs, but back them can you imagine all the shellfish they would gather for their families and I am certain there were plenty of fish and shell fish around. Now many shellfish areas are polluted or contaminated it is such a shame. I remember when I was young, my family would all go to the beach and dig for clams, and it was so much fun, we would look for a hole like a pin hole and then we would dig and be careful not to break the shell of the clam and fill our pails. Then my Mom would steam the clams, mmm they sure were good. As the population grew our ancestors were learning survival, they helped each other build houses ,barns ,fences. Togetherness was very important back then, and sometimes I imagine the neighbors were quite far from each other. I wonder what they did when they first saw a bear or a coyote ? Can you imagine them seeing a big moose for the first time? They may have said “ Boy things grow big around here!” grin. Getting back to travelling during the winter many of our ancestors travelled on the frozen rivers and when the rivers thawed they travelled by boats. The native americans (once called Indians) were there way before our ancestors and they survived very well in the winters and summers. They taught a lot of their methods to many of our ancestors who then probably passed them down. Now the summer time, think about the summer time, the heat ,the black flies ,the mosquitoes? And our ancestors were surrounded by woods and water. Can you imagine the bites? I am itchy just thinking about it. I read somewhere that they used to put cold ashes all over their faces and hands and that protected them from the flies, mosquitoes etc. Can you imagine with our ancestors met their first red man? What was going on in their minds?I wonder. And can you imagine how happy our ancestors were when they were shown the many uses for plants, and trees and easy ways to fish? If you have never wondered about these things, then think about it, I have always wondered and like the saying goes " Enquiring minds want to know". I hope you enjoyed todays blog. I would like to end this blog by changing the subject, I am not adding any photos just two urls I would like you to stop by and see, they are two stores of mine, my regular store is at*  and my newest store which I am working on as often as I can is called Boot _EEK, you can view it at*   Have a great day and if you are on Facebook you can join my new site Aline I Cormier. chow for now.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Who were the Acadians.

Acadians are descendants of French Colonist who settled in Acadia which at first was Nova Scotia in the seventeenth century, later they settled in parts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. I say they were French Colonist but there were also Melanson who were English marrying into the Acadians and thus they were Acadians and an Irish man called Roger Kuessy who married an Acadian girl thus their children would become Acadians too. Later on we had the 1755 Deportation of the Acadians, (French and Indian War) . Around 11500 Acadians were deported to different parts of the world. About one third of these Acadians died from diseases ,starvation and drowning. It sure must have been some tragic during this event. We saw the movie Titanic seeing all those people panicking, jumping overboard ,the Acadians on these over crowded vessels must have been so afraid , it makes me sad just thinking about it.

Some of the Acadians were deported to Massachussetts ,Carolina, Virginia ,Hawaii, ,France etc. Later on some Acadians who were deported were offered land in Louisiana and they accepted, these Acadians were later known as Cajuns. Now think about the Acadians later known as Cajuns, they went to a place they had never been, and many of them lived in the Bayous, they had to deal with the alligators and snakes and whatever else they came across. I think it must have been scary especially their encounters with the alligators. But they had to learn to survive any way they could. Of course that can be said for the Acadians who escaped the Deportation by fleeing in the woods. Just take a walk in the woods today when the little black flies or horse flies are in full force, we can’t stand it. It sure must have been miserable for the Acadians. They were survivors or at least fought to survive as many died in the woods of starvation and cold. The cold can you imagine staying out all night in the really cold weather? Now the Acadians were not all perfect I am sure, just like any other culture, there are some bad ones and some good ones. There were some unsung heros that we never heard about, there are so many stories that we will never know about the Acadian people . We read about their hardships and tragedies, but what about their good times? Wouldn’t it be nice to hear how something made them laugh, or sad? How did the Acadians really get along with their neighbours? Were the women mad at one another? Was their husband making eyes at the neighbours wife? Did they play jokes on one another? What about the children? We have read that they helped with the chores around the house and barn but what else did they do to pass the time? I sure would love to know.

Alex Haley wrote a story about his Roots and he spanned many generations, it would be nice to write a story about the Acadian families or about a certain one. We have lots of love stories, besides Evangeline it would be nice to write a love story about an Acadian couple. I believe I told you my Mom was only fourteen when she married my Dad. And she told me that he never proposed to her but asked her aunt to ask her if she would marry him. Can you imagine? Then my father sold his bike for two dollars then went to the city to get a marriage license which he was refused because she was too young and someone had to sign for her. Her father was away at the time, (It was a good thing because when he found out he was fit to be tied) so my grandmother signed for Mom. Mom took the train , met my father in the city and went to get married in the Catholic Church, of course the priest didn’t want to marry them, Mom was too young, but that didn’t stop my father he said to my Mom, then we’ll get married at the justice of the peace but instead they went to the Baptist Church and the minister married them. Such is what we call determination. But their marriage was short lived because the parish priest went to their door told Mom to go home, and he wrote to the bishop for permission to marry them Catholic. Permission was granted and the got married. My Dad often told Mom you are lucky I married you twice. Grin. See what I mean about stories? I sure wish I could have heard stories from the time of my ancestors. I am pretty sure they had some interesting tales to tell.

Now getting back to Acadians, through the generations the Acadians married into other cultures, such as the Iriish, Scotts, English, Native Americans and perhaps many other cultures. Nevertheless , most of us have a mixture but we should always remember we are part Acadians and should never be ashamed of it.

Now changing the subject (I am known for doing so grin) Many of you know I have a store and in my store I have some Acadian and Cajun stuff and also lots of surname products plus lots more , you can check it out if you have time at* Now I would like to introduce you to a few stores belonging to others that I like, check them out too just in case I don’t have what you want at the moment.


Chow for now.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Stories plus Genealogy

Today I would like to talk about things I think is important for anyone who is interested in their family tree. As you know family trees is the in thing today, genealogy is the in thing today. You see advertising about it on television. is advertising it. They have a show called “Who do you think you are”. They have a similar show in Britain too. They have a movie on TV way back about Alex Haley’s “Roots”. How many of you watched it night after night? Remember there was Kinto or Kinta, and there was Chicken Little I think. Anyway it was long ago and I remember being glued to the TV enjoying it so very much.

It wasn’t just about born a certain date, married a certain date, and died a certain date. There was the in between time which was important. So this is why I believe in getting all the stories and information down about each ancestor of mine that I am able too. If I could go back in time and speak to my ancestors ,what a tale they would have to tell me. But that is impossible, all I can do is read what is written about them, and I am sure there would have been lots more stories they would have been able to share. What they did for entertainment for example or how and where they met their spouse and how they felt when their first child was born and did they come in contact with a wild animal and how did they handle the situation. I know they killed the animals but could there have been a bear for example that they came in contact with ?

We read in the newspaper about bear encounters, and crocodiles and alligators ,it is sad to read but it is the truth so how many of our ancestors had similar stories? We will never know unless we find some old newspapers well preserved hidden somewhere. So how can we make it better for the people coming after we are gone? Well gather stories for them. If your parents or grandparents are living I bet they would love to share some of their stories with you. Aunts and Uncles sometimes know more than we think. Stop by the nursing homes, or hospitals ,spend a day with your relatives, ask them questions, once they start talking you might get a lot of information about their parents or grandparents. Start looking through older newspapers in your area or where your grandparents lived, you can find these newspapers at your local library or archives. I have done this, I spent hours looking though newspapers, sometimes I found nothing, other times I hit pay dirt. I even found my birth announcement in the local paper. Sort of neat to see. So if you are thinking of doing your family tree, make it into a story, make it enjoyable for others to read, make it into a book, but most of all Just Make It.

Now changing the subject as I usually do, I have been creating new items in my store at* such as calendars, iPhone Cases, iPod Touch Cases, Mugs, and much more I do hope you will stop by. Have a great day