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Posted by: Michael W. Bruce Date: June 25, 2000 at 20:36:24
In Reply to: A COUSIN A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY by Richard (Dick) LaCoe of 543

To all descendants of Thomas Loya Sr.;
Hello all! My name is Michael Bruce. Dick, I was so happy to receive your e-mail! I hate to say that I had forgotten about the forum since I first exchanged info. with Patrick back in '98. When I got your message and rediscovered the site I was blown away by all the info. that had been posted since I last visited. Especially the info. that our Native American ancestry is Abenaki! I have been trying to find what native group we descended from for most of my life. I had long suspected that it was the Abenaki because of the geographic location but never had any proof. I am very anxious to learn more about the evidence supporting Abenaki heritage. Forgive me if this is long but I love to talk and tend to ramble ...and I'm so excited right now! God I love the internet! By the way, there is more family out there. I am not the only descendant of Ellen Loya that is still around. My paternal grandmother, Ellen Mae (Petty) Bruce (grandaughter of Ellen Loya and named after her), is alive and lives around the corner from me in Fair Haven, Vermont. She also has two children, Wayne Bruce (my father) of Wallingford, Vermont and Theresa (Bruce) Longtin of Fair Haven. I also have an older sister, Sofia Bruce of Palmer. Mass. In addition, I have two children of my own, Jefferey and Kristian, who are ggggrandchildren of Ellen Loya. Let me tell you about what I know about my Loya ancestors. Thomas Loya Sr., born in Province of Quebec, Canada yr?, married Lucy Doner, born in Champlain, NY. They had a daughter, Ellen Loya (my gggrandmother)who was born 1877 in East Chazy, NY. Ellen married Frank LaPine Sept. 21, 1899 in Rutland, VT. They lived at 117 Forest Street in Rutland for years. Together they had 13 children, 8 of which survived to adulthood (by the way, I believe at least one of their children, Raymond, is still alive and in my area - I'll keep you posted if I find him). One of their children was Elizabeth LaPine, who was my ggrandmother. Her daughter was Ellen, my grandmother, who I already told you about. That is all I know to this point. However, I was overjoyed to hear that our native ancestry may be Abenaki. I just recently received my Bachelor's degree in History and Sociology. My concentration is in American History and my passion has always been Vermont History. Since I have always been told of our native heritage, I have also studied Native American History quite extensively. Since the Abenaki were the original Vermonters I have studied them extensively as well. My senior thesis in college was on the Abenaki, so if anyone would like any info. about their history and culture I will be happy to try my best to oblige. There are several good books that I could recommend as well. Sorry to ramble on so long! I will definitely be visiting the site daily now and I'm overjoyed that we have such a large and growing extended family. In would also be glad to go to Swanton (which is the tribal headquarters of the Abenaki in Vermont and is incidently directly across Lake Champlain from Chazy New York!) if members of the family who are farther away can't make it. It's a relatively short trip from my house. I hope to hear from all of you soon. Mike


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