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Re: Loya, Thomas, Chazy NY
Posted by: Michael W. Bruce Date: January 27, 2001 at 00:12:02
In Reply to: Re: Loya, Thomas, Chazy NY by Heidi Agin of 543

Hello Heidi,
My name is Michael Bruce, another one of the Chazy Loya clan. I can't offer you any proof, but your Elizabeth has to be part of the same family. All of the names that you mentioned are the same ones that we have all been running across in our research. My gggrandmother was Ellen Loya. One clue that she perhaps was not as shunned from the family as we might think is that Ellen (who married Frank LaPine) had a daughter who she named Elizabeth -- my ggrandmother. Ellen and Frank lived on Forest Street in Rutland,as it seems that your Elizabeth did at one time as well (she died there?) Also, Ellen's older sister Mary lived across the street from her for awhile and various other members of the family seem to have lived with Frank and Ellen from time to time. This has been the most frustrating branch of my family tree. I have run into dead ends at every turn. I have death and marriage certificates for Ellen and a marriage certificate from Mary, but I can't locate anything on their parents -- Thomas Loya Sr. and Lucy Doner (Donner)? Perhaps this is due to the Native American blood that we have all heard about. My theory is that these families (e.g. the Loyas, Doners, Swenors) were part of a clan of people with Native American heritage who intermarried extensively and may have kept to themselves to the extent that many vital records were never recorded. I have even made a trip to the State University of New York in Plattsburgh to try to locate Thomas and Lucy in the census records from the late 1800's, but I had no luck. We need to find a death certificate from Lucy or a birth certificate for one of her children from Chazy. I have been unable to find out when the family came to Vermont, but they all seemed to end up here in the towns of Orwell, Benson, Shoreham, Middlebury, Rutland, Whiting, etc. I have searched many local records and graveyards in these towns to try to locate where Lucy and Thomas Sr. were buried, but have had no luck. Hopefully, with all of us on the trail somebody will track something down. I haven't been visitng the forum as much as I used to because I have been so busy lately -- But I have NOT given up! I hope to hear from you soon. I have more info. if there is anything in particular that you want to know -- maybe I can help.
Take care,
Michael W. Bruce


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