Beverly' I had posted a much longer response, but my connection was lost and I lost the whole thing.Briefly, thanks for your response. Your timing is providential, this week I was planning to send my book to the printer, and your information is important.
To this effect, I have done extensive research on our family group, and although the Loya you know are Roman Catholics, not all Loya from New York are in fact Catholics.Although we all come from a common family group and a common ancestor a few hundred years ago, not all Loya in the United States came immediately from the same place, specially not in the area of New York. I found two waves of migration, an early migration dating to the very first days of American HIstory, that migration came from Navarre, both from the French and the Spanish sides of Navarre to where the Loya had migrated from Tuscany, where pre-Reformation Italianevangelicals known as Waldensians existed and to whom the Loya who left Italy at that point, judging by several factors including the pattern of dispersion, belonged. The king of Spain invaded French Navarre and split it in half in the year 1512. Navarre was a hotbed of "heretics", the king of Spain conducted military campaigns against the "Navarrese heretics" and Calvinism was the state religion of French Navarre. From French Navarre issued the colonizing efforts of Samuel de Champlain, after whom Lake Champlain is named, and, consequently, most of the first French Navarrese immigrants to the area of New York State and Vermont were Hueguenots, that is, French Protestants. Those that came with the Spanish came to Texas and have been there since very early times. The Chihuahua Loya came from the Texas Loya and not the other way around, as some incorrectly assume.This week I was going to send to the printer my book "The Continuos Presence of Italians and Spaniards in Texas as Early as 1520", 104 pages that serve as a synopsis of my "History of the Loya (Including the Essential Role of Texas and Louisiana in the American Revolution)" which is much longer. Because all the Loya are one and the same family group, I include some history of the Loya from New York and Vermont.
The second wave of migration was much later in the 19th century including Loya from England, Wales, Norway, Ireland, Italy of course,and many other countries which reflect the earlier dispersion of Loya.
I would be very interested in hearing from you before this week is over. Could you tell me all that you know about your Loya from New York? I can tell you that the Loya are present in New York State from the very beginning of American History, including one Jonathan Loya from Middleburgh who appears in the second US Federal Census ever held, and a couple of Loya from Massachussets that appear in the lists of soldiers of the American Revolution. would you please respond and tell me all you know, not only the religion, but the national identity, the time your branch has been here, any old stories, if you can email me any old pictures of New York Loya with history attached to them to include in my book, I would be very grateful! My book is going to several important places like the Italian American HIstorical Society, The Texas Historical Commission etc. I look forward to your response and to any old pictures with history you may email me to include in my book, but I need that today because I am sending my book to the printers this week, I'll hold off for you a little bit. Thanks AlexLoya