Portuguese Family Histories

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The following people will be added here very soon. For now, only the ones in blue are ready to go now. The red text indicates new information about a person's origin or something not in the original text, either discovered by me or one of the visitors to these pages. I encourage everyone to help correct any inacurracies or typos. I have an ongoing project to identify the native village of each person mentioned in the book Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area. I would be happy to learn more from what each visitor knows.

Francisco Bothello, of Arrifes, São Miguel

Joe Enos, descendant of São Miguel

Antone Rose, descendant of São Miguel & Flores


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These are the stories of people from São Miguel:

From page 198 of Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area:

FRANCISCO BOTHELLO was born April 3, 1857 in Arrifes, São Miguel, and went to work building roads in Santa Cruz, Flores. There he met EMELIA RODRIGUES, born the same year in Santa Cruz. When he was 23 and she 21 they married in Santa Cruz. They had 11 children, but only six were raised to adulthood: Jose, John, Fernando, Maria, Joaquina, and Filomena. Their mother, Emelia, died April 28, 1905, at age 48, in Santa Cruz, Flores. Joaquina had married the day before her mother died.

Sons Joe and John, with brother-in-law Constantine Lopes, went to the U.S. first, going to Nevada initially. John then went to Fresno to milk cows before moving to Placer County in 1913. Constantine worked in Milpitas.

Daughter FILOMENA BOTHELLO, who was born June 21, 1901, in Santa Cruz, and her father went to Placer County in 1921, Filomena staying with her sister and brother until she married ANTONE ROSE. (See ROSE.)

There were very hard times during the Depression. Filomena worked hard, raised a pig, cow, chickens, had a garden, baked bread and made soap from pig lard and lye. She packed fruit in the summer, worked all day and then at night packed pears for Joe Machado for about three hours. It took 18 years for Filomena and her husband, Antone Rose, to pay $5,000 for their ranch. She sold eggs at nine cents a dozen during the Depression. The fruit prices were down and some years the frost and hail ruined the crops. A lot of people lost their ranches.

Her sister and brother-in-law bought a ranch for $13,000. They owed $7,000 when they lost it during the Depression. She made 15 cents an hour picking cherries in 1930, and was paid 20 cents to pack a box of cherries. Both 1939 and 1940 were bad years, with no profit being made.

Francisco Bothello died July 14, 1936, and is buried in Auburn.

[Filomena Bothello Rose]



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