The Delorey's weren't the only ones from Antigonish county to emigrate en masse to New England. The following is taken from "Soil Survey of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia," the chapter on early settlement and agriculture:
"In the 50 year period between 1881 and 1931, population decreased by 54 percent and the number of farms 30 percent....Several reasons could be given for this decline. Early settlers were largely self-sufficing and food could be easily obtained from the forest and stream as well as from the sea. As industries developed and opportunities for employment in larger centres were attractive, more people were drawn from the hard labor of the farm to more remunerative employment. Many of the farming areas were located on poor soil, rough topography or were a considerable distance from market. Such areas were abandoned first and are now reverting to forest. Increase in the number of occupations and decrease in the non-farm rural population such as blacksmiths, shoemakers, tanners and carpenters or builders are given as reasons for the decline. The rural population of Antigonish county has decreased more than any other county in the Maritime Provinces. Soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have probably played a part also."
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