Do you live in Maine? How did that happen? 


In the spring of 1845, my 19-year-old great-great-great-grandfather left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He was looking for work and Biddeford was booming. Two mills started production that year and new buildings and roads were transforming downtown. He found work as a brick maker, and several months later walked back to Canada to convince his parents to move the family to Maine. They did in 1846. My ancestor’s name is Israel Shevenell and he is recognized as Biddeford’s first permanent French Canadian settler and first French voter.