Hi there Mary,
Homer Joseph Peloquin was my uncle. That makes you my father's cousin and thus my cousin once removed doesn't it? It is unlikely that Boston was the place where Homer was born. Fall River is more likely the place.
Incidently, our roots are from Wisconsin too. Homer's grandfather, Edward Felix (Eloi Eduoard Felix), lived in Wisconsin around the 1850's. He may very well have been the Edward Felix listed as a recipient of 80 acres on the 1854 treaty with the Chippewa. This is supported by several family stories. One told to me by my father is that my dad's aunt (half aunt? who was born in Flambeau WI- a major encampment of "civilized" Chippewas at that time) would often come to visit my grandfather's (Joseph Peloquin) home in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin and that the two would speak "indian" according to my dad (Wilfred Alexander Peloquin). My dad could understand French Canadian, so he would have definately known the difference between "indian" (presumably Chippewa) and French Canadian. The fact that my grandfather and my great aunt spoke a native language at that time in our nation's history would have been quite unusual for white people for there was a great deal of predjudice and racism against indians- and by extension French Canadians who often had native ancestry.
I'm trying to collect more information about Edward Felix (Peloquin) in the hopes of determining where his parents were born. There is some information collected by Ray Peloquin of Little Falls Minnesota, but it is not necessarily consistant with some other materials I have seen- the dates of various events in the lives of the people don't necessarily make sense.
Joseph Peloquin (your great grandfather) had at least two brothers too, who used Felix as their surname. Their descendants are largely in Minnesota. There are many Peloquins in and around Chippewa Falls and the surrounds to this day.
If someone else has information on this matter, I'd be happy to hear it and share what little morsels I have.
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