A good friend of mine with a German name once proudly stated that his ancestor was an immigrant who came to Connecticut in the late 1700's. My reaction to this... laughter... quite startled him. You see... prior to 1776 there were relatively few folks of German ancestry here in New England but that changed more or less overnight. Following the official cessation of hostilities between the Colonial Congress and Britain, a large contingent of captured Hessians (German mercenaries hired by the crown) was marched through this region enroute to points of embarkation to be deported back to their homeland. At that particular moment in history here in Connecticut, there was a serious lack of men. Females outnumbered males three to one! With labor intensive family dairy farms being the primary business around these parts, many a father was looking at their plots going to an unwed daughter and were quite distressed. So... something had to be done and the convenient entourage of healthy Christian men was a heck of an opportunity. Kidnappings on a massive scale occured and fully two thirds of the Hessians found themselves of choosing between marriage to a farmer's daughter or being hanged as an escaped prisoner. Not a surprise that many chose domestic bliss over the noose... So... my buddy, eyes wide, was shocked to discover his celebrated German ancestor was more than likely a male war bride! LOL!