Yes, my mother has always said she is part Indian. She knew and visited her grandmother Mary Loya in Shoreham, Vt. On some occasions, Mary's aunt was there smoking her corncob pipe. The aunt was full-blood and lived in the woods nearby with her Indian husband. That means, the aunt's siblings were also full-blood. The way I see it, Mary Loya (and her siblings) were "half-breeds"; making my mother's father(Harry Merritt) 1/4, my mother 1/8th and moi 1/16th. Now, the question is, did the Indian blood come down through Thomas, Sr. or through his wife Lucy Doner? One of the two had to have been a "full-blood". Thomas moved down from Quebec. Was the aunt his sister and move from Quebec with her husband also? If that's the case, then how did they come by the very uncommon name of Loya? Or, was Lucy Doner the "full-blood"? Doner is a fairly common French Canadian name that was already established in upstate NY and Vt. Nancy Patnode Loya was probably a Patnode that married a Loya. Patnode is a strange surname that I had never heard of until I started this research. There were other Patnodes in the area. I can find none anywhere else, but haven't spent much time looking for them. To me, the most logical "guess" to the source of the "blood" is the Doner and Patnode families.
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