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Donais/Doner, Loya/Layan/Loyan, etc. Lucy and Thomas
Posted by: Heidi Agin (ID *****4095) Date: September 29, 2005 at 23:18:05
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I've been cohorting with Rodney .. and I really really believe, as does he, that "Luciae" is really Lucy/Louisa as found in several census records. I have copied below one of Rod's latest emails. I have followed Lucy's family from 1850, 1860, i lose *her* but have the family, in 1870, then pick her up again after her marriage in 1880 in the Census'. The name spellings change in nearly every document, but the essential information, years and place of birth, family members, etc, remain the same. If you accept that Louisa is Lucy, as I pretty much do at this point, then the Doner/Donais line is well documented. You can reference the website at "" for information. We are descendants of Antoine Donais and Marie Richard (one fo the filles du roi). Following is the last email from Rod:

"My name is Rodney Daunais and I see that you have been researching Luciae Doner. I would be very interested in any info you have on the doner family but it looks like there is some misinformation that hopefully I can clear up. I have not been able to find any info on Luciae but I think what is happening is a name problem. If you look in the 1880 census under Thomas Laya (loya) you will see that his wife is 40 years old that would have made her birth year around 1840. Andrew Doner was not born until 1848 in Schyuler Falls NY. He was my great grandfathers brother. None of the census records that I have found show a daughter Luciae plus the fact that they lived in VT not NY. Andrew had a sister Louisa born in 1839/1840 which I think is the person that married Thomas Loya SR. (the age matches the 1880 census. Confirmation on Louisa can be found in the 1850 NY census from Peru NY under the spelling Doner which lists Louisa, Andrew and my great grandfather Lawrence"

Heidi Agin

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