They had their greatest expansion after the death of ann lee.
ann lee, an English woman, came to this country in 1774, and founded the Shaker societies.
It is known that a part of the worship of the believers in mother ann lee, as the Shakers call themselves, consists in dancing.
ann lee was the wife of a blacksmith in Manchester, England, and had been the mother of several children.
And something like this, we understand, is claimed by the Shakers in regard to ann lee.
Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (cf. Old Norse hle, Danish læ, Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). No known cognates outside Germanic; original sense uncertain and might have been "warm" (cf. German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), which might link it to PIE *kele- (1) "warm." As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun.