All you wanted to know about your Morin ancestor but were afraid to ask…
Sunday, September 2, 2007
During the French Revolution from 1789-1799, thousands of political refugees left for the United States. Another immigration wave occured during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, when France lost its Alsace-Lorraine region. Many in this group settled in New York New Orleans and Chicago.
Following the American Civil War [1861-1865] the United States saw an increase in French Canadian immigration, most frequently into Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island. Our ancestors, Jean-Baptiste Morin and his wife Julie (Lareau) immigrated from Canada to Lee, Berkshire, MA in December 1871.
The 1930 census revealed that more than 135,000 US residents were French natives. The total French immigration from 1820 onward is about 750,000.
- 59-51 BC — Romans conquer Gaul
- 486 — Frankish king Clovis I captures Roman territory in Gaul
- 800 — Pope Leo III crowns Charlemagne emperor of the Romans
- 845 — Viking invaders ransack Paris
- 1152 — Henry IIs marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine gives England control of southwestern France
- 1348 — The bubonic plague arrives in France
- 1429 — Joan of Arc leads French forces to end English siege of Orleans
- 1562 — Religious wars start between Catholics and Protestants
- 1598 — Henry IV issues the Edict of Nantes
- 1685 — Louis XIV revokes the Edict of Nantes
- 1789 — The French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille
- 1804 — Napoleon is crowned emporer of France
- 1870 — France loses Alsace-Lorraine to Germany in the Franco-Prussian War
- 1914 — Germany attacks France as WWI breaks out
- 1944 — Allied forces march down the Champs-Elysees after the liberation of Paris