As you know, I am related to many of the folks on the St. Ann’s Parish page. I just now realized that many of the families were descendents of Acadian exiles who established the parish of L’Acadie in Quebec after they were not allowed to return to Nova Scotia. St. Anne’s had been their church in Nova Scotia, and then when they founded the parish of L’Acadie in Quebec, they of course constructed a new St. Anne’s.
By the mid 1800s, many of the families had migrated south to Stanbridge East in Canada, where they stayed for a generation or two, before migrating down south to Bristol, CT. Of course they would once again establish a St. Ann’s church. I’ve aways wondered what caused so many of the families to leave L’Acadie, Quebec for Stanbridge East. I think many of the men may have fought in the war of 1812 and been given land grants.
If anyone can explain that leg of the migration, please let me know…. but it is certainly fascinating to watch the families hang together for hundreds of years.