- Joseph LOOMIS
Loomis is a name signifying a place in an open field, being taken from the Welsh lom, bare, naked, exposed, and maes, a field. As a surname, first used in Lancashire, England, it was taken from Lomax, in the parish of Bury, that county. The home of the Loomis family in England was at Braintree, once known as Branetre, and also as Rayne-Magna. It is situated in County Essex, forty miles northeast of London, on the main highway to the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk. This locality is on the rising ground beside the Blackwater River, and was the scene of Roman and British occupancy, with medieval ruins abounding in the locality.
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