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Documentary chronicles walk from Quebec to Biddeford

In 1845, Israel Shevenell walked from Quebec to Biddeford, Maine, in search of a better life. (WGME)

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- A father and daughter embark on a journey made by their ancestor, one of the first Franco-American settlers in Biddeford.

Their story is being told in a new documentary.

In 1845, Israel Shevenell walked from Quebec to Biddeford, Maine, in search of a better life.

He was just 19. He went on to become a bricklayer in the town, eventually moving his family from Canada to Maine.

The story of his journey is family lore in the Shevenell family, and when 76-year-old Ray Shevenell, then 74, decided to retrace Israel’s steps, his daughter Tonya decided to go along, and film her first documentary.

The Shevenell's averaged 16 to 17 miles a day.

There are several upcoming screenings of the movie, "The Home Road," and you can also watch it online.

For more information visit www.thehomeroad.com.

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