My sister in Idaho has been trying to remember the name of Mary's aunt. Earlene is three years older than I so she may be able to come up with it. A problem is, that eastern indians were not well tracked through any government agency. From what I've seen, they only show up on census records if they were living with a white family. And then, there was no info given, not even a name or tribe.
I too don't know how there would be Abenakis in RI. They would not be native there. But, doing all this research, I have found that many, many French Candian families from NY, Vt., N.H. and Me. moved into RI. It may be that some of the Abenaki tagged along with them because they were also family. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the Abenaki were of the Algonquin language group and were native to Me., north central N.H. and Vt. and a smallish area (relative to the size of the state) of north eastern N.Y.
Pat mentioned that he thought the "blood" was Iroquoi. When I was younger, I also thought that. But, that seems improbable in that the Algonquins (most) were allied with the French while the Iroquoi sided with the Brits. Brings to mind the mixing of oil and water. Mike,if we don't solve this mystery soon, all the rest of the Loya family will join you as historians.-------Cuz Dick