My name is Jay Wright, my Father's family is originally from Swanton Vermont, my Grandfather George and his mother moved from Swanton to Connecticut around the turn of the 19th and 20th Centuries after his father was killed in a railway accident (he was a trackman). My Great Grandmother Louisa May was of French Canadian and Native American (Abenaki) descent and my Great Grandfather was also of mixed decent but much less so.
After he was killed, things being the way that they were, my Great Grandmother who was not classified as white although she could easily pass as such - though my Great Grandfather was - was basically forced off their property (she wasn't married to him) and she and my very young Grandfather suffered some very tough times trying to make it in CT (she worked in a celluloid collar factory).
Now, none of this is worth a hill of beans to anyone else, but I'm interested in Genealogy and I have easily located the family in the census records of 1900 and I was wondering if there were any Wrights left out there in Vermont of Abenaki descent?
My Father was proud of our native heritage (he always pointed out the hooked nose that all of us have)and we have some artifacts including a hunting knife/dagger, some beaded and worked leather, as well as a badly worn feather cap - I believe these are from Louisa's family.
If there are any of you out there, I'd love to hear from you and swap stories.