Too precious a comment to be left in the comment section

From Carol…


Hi Pierre,

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.

Carol Valentine

4 thoughts on “Too precious a comment to be left in the comment section

  1. The rebellion in 1838 by the Patriotes and their defeat could be a reason for leaving L’Acadie. I know David Alexandre was involved. He was the father of Jean-Baptiste, Marguerite, and Henriette my great-grandmother. She married Stanislas Lagacé. Life was hard in Quebec and finding work in Connecticut was probably the only alternative. All these people are related, but you already know that.

  2. After having worked on my Acadian genealogy for the past eight years to complete my family line, I believe the migration of the Acadian people to be as such. Up to the time of the expulsion in the mid 1750s the Acadian people were content in their lands along the Bay of Fundy. They had then very little to no reason to travel away to the USA and very few if any could be found there. History tells us with the coming of the expulsion that there were small groups of Acadians that left Acadia to go hide in the bush in New Brunswick, and when they knew they were being sought out from their hiding places, those that were not caught then moved farther up into the bush and hid in Quebec. Then the expulsion took place and the Acadian people were spread along the US seaboard down as far as the Carolinian’s. Then with as little as two years had passed and by 1768 the vast majority of the Acadian people who wanted had returned to Nova Scotia, but still many had decided to stay where they had been exiled to make their homes till this day. This left many Acadian families split with ties on three borders being New Brunswick, Quebec and the USA.

    Now speaking from experience this today makes Acadian genealogy a nightmare to research. Nonetheless wether it be our French or French Acadian families we have remain close knit and in contact with one another, and like from time to time when things are tough, and we have to make changes so we migrate to better ourselves. For those people I believe it was no different. Thru the last eight years of my studying the Acadian people I see where the lure for these families on hard times were welcomed by their families and relatives who stayed in the US and to where it always seem to be more prosperous in the northern settlements of the USA.

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