A comment made on this post about the Acadian House…
I recently discovered I descended from John and Anastasie via my Remillard line (their daughter Cecile married Louis Marie Remillard). In another small world circumstance, I live in the next town over. I’m a cyclist and for over two decades rode past the Acadian House in Guilford, never giving it much thought. Needless to say, I now often wonder what stories that home can tell.
There’s a certain poetic justice to John and Anastasie’s story, and there’s something to be said about the type of men the Smith brothers were, leaving their lives in the British colonies with their Acadian brides for a land and culture no doubt foreign to them. In another twist, John’s maternal grandmother was Mary Forbes, who I believe was the sister of Captain Samuel Forbes, the shipbuilder who captained the ship that brought the Hebert family to CT.
A great story where love triumphed, and the world is much smaller than we sometimes realize!
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