The above encased lists contain the names of the Acadian men and boys, ten years and up, who were summoned to the St-Charles-des-Mines Church at Grand-Pré in September 1755. The Proclamation of the Deportation Order by Lieutenant Colonel John Winslow, was read to them and they then remained prisoners in the church for one month until the ships arrived to that would take them into their long exile.
While imprisoned, British soldiers made a list of their names. These lists that tell us if they were married or single, how many sons and daughters they had, how many animals including horses and guns.
When I first began my visits to Grand-Pré, these lists were framed and hung on a wall behind the interior of the Memorial Church which would have been the location of the sacristy in the original church. Today, an exhibit is in that place and the names have all been entered into a ledger for viewing. The ledger is to the right of the entrance to this room.
The very first time my eyes fell on this list of four hundred names, I was quite overwhelmed and so this photo I took that day is kept as a remembrance to our Acadians Ancestors who lived through untold misery as a result of being deported from their homeland.
List source: The Collection of the Nova Scotia Historical Society 1879-1884 ~ Journal of John Winslow ~ Volume 1-4As Ordered Written By Colonel Winslow
The names of the Acadians imprisoned in the Church were written by Colonel Winslow and/or his soldiers. This is the list of names contained in the photographed framed lists at the top of this page. The British did not speak French so the names were written by sound. The spellings were usually incorrect. For the most part, this list does allow us to know the names of those imprisoned in the church of St. Charles.