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ISLAND of SÃO MIGUEL

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Below you can see the map of the island of São Miguel, Azores archipelago and the concelhos that comprise it.
You can click on each concelho to go to that specific page or, if you prefer, use the links below.

Ponta Delgada Ribeira Grande Lagoa Vila Franca do Campo Nordeste Povoação

[Lagoa] [Nordeste] [Ponta Delgada] [Povoação] [Ribeira Grande] [Vila Franca do Campo]


 

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Genealogists who know only that their ancestor came from somewhere on São Miguel (no location is known)
It would be best to include comments about these ancestors so that others might be able to help determine the original parish.)

Joanne Northrup, 409 41st Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Tel.: (507) 280-9670
Email: kirkland@millcomm.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown (somewhere on San Miguel)
Surnames: Medeiros, de Ponte (da Ponte)
Comments: Recarda (surname unknown, born 1843, died Nov 20, 1938) married Joseph Medeiros. Had at least one child, Gemara(Mar 24, 1868 - June 19, 1949), who married Joe de Ponte (da Ponte?, born 1877, died Feb 19, 1930). Two children, Mary (Oct 4, 1904-Oct 28, 1983) and Kathrene (Apr 2, 1906-Nov 29, 1978), born before emmigrating to Hawaii in 1906. Settled in Kalopa (Fishtail) area of the Big Island. Had six more children Manuel (born 1908), Georgina (born 1910), Helen (also called Erenna, Sep 6, 1912-Sep 13, 1977), Recarda (born 1913), Christina (Oct 22, 1915-Aug 23, 1969), and Adeline (my grandmother, Apr 2, 1920-Feb 10, 1987). Mary married Manuel Rapozo of ??? (Jan 10, 1892-Nov 19, 1952). Kathrene married twice - Vivencio Pacheco of ??? (Jan 13, 1902-Jan 3, 1991) and ?Echavez. Manuel married Josephine Ferreira of Honokaa, HI. Georgina was married three times (surnames Hamora / Miguel / Marquez). Helen married twice - Sotero Mexia of ???(Apr 17, 1905-Mar 7, 1964) and Andres Sanchez of ???(Nov 6, 1912-July 27, 1984), gravestone names her as Erenna Sanchez. Recarda married Sabino Bautista of ???. Christina married Estefanio Embernate of ??? (Apr 22, 1897-Mar 31, 1980). Adeline married Deogracio Panilo of the Philippines (Mar 24, 1903-Apr 11, 1984). Would appreciate any information concerning village(s), dates, names.


Carol Lido, 220 NE 30 Street, Pompano Beach, FL. 33064
Email: Clido@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Lido, Rosa (Rose), Ferreria, Rivera
Comments: The only thing I know about my grandfather is his name and that he came from São Miguel in the Azores. His name was Joseph Tavares Lido. He had a brother Manuel and they immigrated to Fall River, MA in the 30's or 40's. My family names also include Rose, Ferreira and Rivera. I have intended all my life to visit the Azores and I am going this coming year. If anyone can let me know who my relatives are over there, I would be more than delighted.


Kathi Frampton, 1660 Woodland Road, Forked River, NJ 08731
Email: frmptn@shorenetworks.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Inacia, Machado.
Comments: Little is known about these families. My grandmother, Belmira Viverios Enos of Georgiaville, RI does not remember much about this family. They lived in Fall River, MA. Then Manville, RI and later settled in Georgiaville, RI. Manuel Enos was formerly named Manuel Inacia, it could be Ignacio. When he came to this country, the family was encouraged by the schoolteacher to change the last name because it was too hard to pronounce and it was changed to Enos. Manuel married Mary Machado and immigrated to the US with sons Joe and Morris around 1919? Can anyone help with these names. Any idea what village, I was told the island was São Miguel.


Jeannette Budlong, Middletown, RI
Email: JEANmst@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Columberia
(Note: Columberia is not a parish, but is probably a small settlement within a parish, a lugar. Can someone identify which parish it belongs to? Perhaps it is really Candelária - Doug)
Surnames: Cabral, Mendes.
Comments: I am looking for any information on Cabral or Mendes. They lived in Columbeira, São Miguel and any info on that town and the name of the parish would be appreciated. My family may have come from this area in the 1590's.


Mike Vandiver, (no address submitted)
Email: mikev@jps.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Pereira (Perry), Barboza
Comments: August Perry born 1886-1896? Married to Gloria Mary Barboza born 1886-1896? Immigrated to Bristol, RI 1886-1915? Had daughter Christine Mary Perry born Dec 07, 1916 in Bristol RI


Richard Brazil, 4308 Olive Hill Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Email: rhbrazil@sdcoe.k12.ca.us
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Amarino, DeCosta.
Comments: My grandmother, Maria DeCosta Amarino Brazil, was born in about 1873, in São Miguel, Azore Islands. She sailed to the Hawaiian Islands from Gibralter on April 17, 1912 aboard the ship SS Harpalien, along with my grandfather, João Brazil and four children: Maria, Antonio, Jose, and Elias. They lived in Honolulu for about three years, then moved to Humbolt County, California then to Pescadero, California, where they resided until their deaths. If anyone can help, please E-mail me. Thanks.


Virginia Motta Speakman, 11503 South Lowell Road, Bahama, N.C. 27503
Tel.: 919-477-4157
Email: xchp19a@prodigy.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surname: Motta or possibly Mota, my father's name and grandfather's name. Aguiar, my grandmother's name.
Comments: My father was raised on the island of São Miguel, probably in the village of Povoação. Both my father and his mother came to the U.S. in the early 1,900's and settled in Seekonk, Mass. My father eventually moved to East Providence, R.I.


Paula Pimentel, 4480 Foster Ct. Murphys, CA 95247
Tel.: (209) 728-8713
Email: phoxie@goldrush.com
Date submitted: Sun, March 14 2004
Village: Unknown
Surnames: de Jesus, Pimentel,Simas,Va (Violante)


Gayle Erickson, (address: not submitted), Los Banos, CA 93635
Email: gaylesbill@ce112000.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Bonitas, Mello.
Comments: Looking for info on Mary Rose Mello (or deMello) who married Joseph Nobriga in Hawaii. I believe Mary's parents to be Marion Mello and Mariana Bonitas.


Geri Giafis, 4104 24th Street, #107, San Francisco, CA 94114
Tel.: (415)824-1914
Email: Yorkiegurl@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Medeiros.


Darrel Gray, 33601 Via De Agua, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Email: deg2@ix.netcom.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Correia, de Simas, Santos.


George W. McLaughlin, 97 Whippoorwill Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371
Tel.: (860) 434-5927
Email: geomcl@ibm.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Curvino or DeCosta, Jacouse, Parrone, Prada, Souza.
Comments: I know only that my great-grandparents came from São Miguel.


Ray Motha, 13483 Edge Rock Court, Chantilly, VA. 20151, USA
Email: RPM007@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown (possibly Ponta Delgada)
Surname: Mota/Motta.
Comments: Francisco Botelho Mota arrived in Boston, MA on June 1, 1891 at the age of 18 aboard the "Bark Sarah". He was born in March, 1872 on São Miguel, likely in Ponta Delgada. In February, 1892, he married Julia Constance Freitas in New Bedford, MA. They owned a farm in Dartmouth, MA. I am trying to trace my family roots back to the Azores.


Michael Louis Fernandes, 4335 Bordeaux Dr., Oakley, CA, USA, 94561
Email: michael@ecis.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Avellar, Fernandes, Frates.
Comments: My lineage is Azorean from San Miguel. My great-grandparents' names: João F. Fernandes, married Mary E. Frates. They migrated to the eastern USA around 1899-1910. They had at least two sons move to CA in 1913, Carlos F. and Frank. If familiar please respond.


Woodrow Danley, 626 Coral St. #1310, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel.: (808) 545-1662
Email: None
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Cravalho Santos, Branca, Cabral, de Mello.
Comments:


John Sousa, 1555 Purple Sage Ct., Colorado Springs, CO, 80906, U.S.A.
Email: jackfrw@pcisys.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Magano Sousa, Sousa Magano.
Comments: Name could also be spelled as SOUZA. Born in Fall River, Mass. on Aetna St.


Charles Smith, 760 W. Lomita Blvd. #183, Harbor City, CA 90710-2513
Email: SACHEM1945@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: unknown
Surnames: Medeiros Quarenta, Rego, Pereira.
Comments: My Grandmother Mary Isabelle Medeiros came to Fallriver, MA, via Boston; Sept 1906 on S.S. Romanic. She came with her mother Philomeina (Rego) Medeiros and three siblings. Her father Manuel Medeiros Quarenta came some time earlier on S.S. Peninsulor. He was born near a Lagoa, St. Michael (São Miguel), Azores. Mary later married Manuel da Pontes Pereira in Fallriver, MA. Manuel left her some time in 1931-1932 and she never saw him again. He was beleived to be from San Miguel also.


Alan (No name or address submitted)
Email: Alan9555@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Gomes, Francisco.
Comments: I am trying to research my great grandfather, Joseph Francis. All I know of him is that he came from São Miguel. He was born in 1848, died April 5, 1930 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He married Rosa Gomes who was from Portugal and was born in 1853. I do not know where they were married but they married in 1878. I do not know when he emigrated to Massachusetts. I know his name was not Francis and I do not know what his birth name was. He had a son named Manuel Charles Francis, born June 17, 1881 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Any information would be greatly appreciated (D.O.B., place of birth, parents, children, siblings).


Virginia Lavina Baptiste-Usman, 3501 14th Ave S #10, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tel.: 612-724-7686
Email: FavFunk@aol.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Baptista, Camara, Martins, Ferreira, Reis, Neves, Branco, Santos.
Comments: Manuel Jose Martins, spouse Maria Das Neves Da Santos from São Miguel - children, Manuel Santos, Carlos Santos, Augustino Manuel Martins, Minnie Martins, John Martins and Mary Martins, settled in Honokaa, Hawaii. Manuel Enos Ferreira, spouse Antonina Branco from ???-children, Virginia, Antone, Frank, Alfred, Manuel, Joe, Helen, Josaphine, settled in Honokaa, Hawaii. Antone Baptista, spouse Virginia Ferreira from ???-children, Joseph, Manuel, Rodney, Alice, Wilbert, Mary, Franciline, Evelyn and Abraham, lived in Honokaa, Hawaii, I don't think they came from Portugal, but not sure.


DeWanna Lindo, 270 Fairview Dr., Vacaville, CA 95687
Email: dew@communityonline.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: DeLima, Creivello.
Comments: I am looking for any information on the DeLima or Creivello families. Manuel DeLima was born 1865. He married Mary Creivello who was born in 1870. The DeLima family settled in Hawaii.


Daniel Eleuterio, (address not submitted)
Email: dpeleute@nps.navy.mil
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Eleuterio, Pimental.
Comments: My grandparents came over from San Miguel and settled in New Bedford. My surname, Eleuterio, is very uncommon in the U.S. so I am curious about its origins and alternate spellings.


Glenn Woods, 151 Lomor Spur Longview, WA 98632
Email gwoods@pacifier.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Parish: Unknown.
Surmane: Morano (Morana).
Comments: Antonio (Antone) P. Morano with wife Antonia (Antona) Isabella migrated to Hawaii 1881. Cowboys and ranch hands on Big Island.


Louis Pimentel, (no address submitted), San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
Email: Lou-Skywalker@worldnet.att.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Unknown.
Surnames: Pimentel, Silva Correia.
Comments: I live in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I am interested in Pimentel, Corrie and Silva. My Grandfather Joseph Pimentel, came from São Miguel in the late 1800's as a whaler. He met my grandmother Mary Silva Corrie in Hawaii where they were married before coming to the San Francisco area at about the turn of the century. My Grandfather had several brothers and one sister. Most of them lived in the Oakland and San Leandro area of CA. My grandfather was a dairyman in the Moraga and Mantica areas of CA. His childrens' names were Amilia, Ernie, Ben and Louis. Ben and Louis were twins. All the children were born before 1912. Any info re: Pimentels in the Oakland, CA. area at around the turn of the century and later would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Lou.


Scott Oliver, (no address submitted)
Tel.: 209-722-1705
Email: saoliver@inreach.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Monish / Moniz / Monice
Comments: July 14, 1882, The Steamship "Hansa" left Ponta Delgada, St. Michael, Azores. My Great Great Grandfather Antonio Moniz, his wife Barbara De Jesus or Regent and two kids were on board. The two children were: Maria, Manuel Noel. They arrived in Honolulu on September 9, 1882. In Hawaii they had six more children: Thressa, Mary Constance (my Great Grandmother), Thomas A., Antonina, Rosalie Nettie and Francis. After 1910, it is unknown what happened to Antone. Antonio's parents were Francisco Moniz and Antonia (De Jesus). Any information on this family, especially the elder Moniz's, would help me out greatly.


Lothrop, Arthur (no address submitted)
Email: apljr@msnhotmail.com
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Hickling, Faulder
Comments: Seeking information on the second wife of Thomas Hickling, first vice-consul to the Azores, based in St. Michaels, who was my great, great, great grandfather. His family was American, from Boston, and his first wife was Sarah Green of Boston. His second wife was thought to be Sarah Faulder, daughter of a Philadelphia sea captain of that name. I've been unable to find any record of the name "Faulder." Samuel Eliot Morison, historian, says Hickling's second wife from "an old Portuguese family," but he does not give the name of the family. There is evidence that Sarah couldn't speak English; and some of her 16 children married Portuguese people and had families with Portuguese names. I live in Fall River, probably very close to cousins I do not know. Would appreciate any information on Portuguese Hickling descendants


Robin Trinidade, 170 Wright Ave. #17, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tel.: 408-782-7066
Email: robin726@gte.net
Date submitted: before 1998
Surnames: Trinidade (Trindade), Piva (Paiva), Souza ( from Sao Miguel), Lawrence (island unknown).


William Steele, (no address submitted)
Email: mcstar@primenet.com
Date submitted: Wed, 2 Sep 1998
Surname: Joseph A Alves
Comments: Looking for any information on Joseph A Alves, born in San Miguel, Portugal, Azories Island


No name submitted
Email: MCASW37334@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 3 Sep 1998
Comments: My grandfather was born Manuel Francisco Ferreira de Melo on April 8, 1894 and came from San Miguel to the United States at the age of 12 (1916). He lived in Fall River, MA (USA) and then went to Newport, RI where he died on February 22, 1973. He married his wife, Christina (Cristina on birth certificate) Silveria (born April 13, 1898) on April 12, 1915. She died on March 13, 1985 in Waldorf, Maryland. She came from the island of Pico.


Brenda Lynn Martin-Ching, 98-029 Hekeha St. #13, Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Tel.: 808-484-9331
Email: chingb002@hawaii.rr.com
Date submitted: Mon, 1 Mar 1999
Surnames: Martin, Borges, Medeiros, Vierra
Comments: My Great-Grandparents on my fathers side were Manuel Martin Sr. 1854 - 1935 buried in Hawaii at Diamond Head Cemetery married Augusta Borges I have no other info on her as yet. My Grandparents were Manuel Martin Jr. born in Washington State 3/17/1885 (one of the ports through immigrants was through Canada) he died 9/11/1932 in Hawaii and also buried in Hawaii at Diamond Head Cemetery he married Emilia aka Emily Rodrigues 11/17/1888 - 1/18/1965. Emily's parents were John Rodrigues 1853 - 1928 married Mary E. Medeiros 1854 - 1932. All of the above are buried side by side in Hawaii except Augusta Borges. My Grandmother on my mother's side is Olimpia Moniz died September 1957 in Hawaii buried at the Punchbowl National Cemetary. Any advice or help you can give me to obtain information on the above surnames will be greatly appreciated. Mahalo


Antonio Severino, 329 Oregon Ave., New Castle, Delaware 19720
Email: Tonyseve@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 6 Apr 1999
Comments: Looking for information about my grandfather Manuel Severino who lived in the Freguesia Matriz his wife`s name was Capitulina They had three sons Ernesto, Antonio and Manuel. They also had two daughters names unknown. Also looking for information on my grandfather and grandmother on my mother`s side Joao Viveiros his wife Maria Adelaide who had two daughters Corinna, one other daughter and a son Manuel they lived in the Freguesia Sao Jose. Anyone having information please contact me.


Kathy Schwartz, 6556 Ethel Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91606-1016
Email: schwartzfam@earthlink.net
Date submitted: Fri, 23 Apr 1999
Surnames: Carreiro and Soares
Comments: I have just recieved a copy of the death certificate of my grandmother Mary T. Carreiro. She was born in 1898 and died in 1939 in New Bedford, MA. She was married to William Hurd. Mary's parents were Manuel Carreiro and Francis B. Soares from St Michael (San Miguel) Azores, Portugal. Thanks. KNS


Shannon Jordan, 3230 Friar Lane, Garland, Texas 75044
Tel.: 800-364-3270
Email: southsummit@topher.net
Date submitted: Mon, 10 May 1999
Comments: My Great Grandfather was AUGUST PAVAO, Born: 5 Dec 1898 in St. Michael, Azores. He married MARY M. MARTIN from Fall River, Mass. on 18 May 1915. His father was MANUEL PAVAO who married MARIA CAMARA, and this is all the information I have on the family. Any information on the PAVAO or CAMARA line would be appreciated.


Monique Medeiros, (no address submitted)
Email: smacreno@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 20 May 1999
Comments: grandfather was born in Sao miguel in the late 1800s came the USA in the early 1900s around 1920 lived in Reno Nv for awhile owned a dairy ranch, then moved to sonoma ca., where him and his family own 2 more dairies. He died in 1963 in Sonoma Ca. His wife my grandmother was Florence, his sons included Jai, Alli, Germone, Walter(my dad), Frank, Anthony, and Earl and a daughter Lorrinda. By the way my grandfather name is Francisco Medeiros. The only surviror left is my uncle Earl who currently lives in Fresno, Ca. My sister is very interested in the family as I am she knows alot more about them though. Nice talking to you maybe between my sister and I we can get something going and find the rest of our family still in the Azores. Thank-you. Monique (Medeiros) Macdonald


Lisa Wagner, 8237 Inskip Drive, Sacramento, CA 95828
Tel.: (916)812-4408
Email: lmalbalos@aol.com
Date submitted: Mon, 14 Jun 1999
Surnames: DeMello (Sao Miguel), Amaral (unknown)
Comments: I know that my Great Grandfather was named Anibal Moniz Amaral and came to the United States in 1912. He resided in Massachusetts. His wife came over later. Her name was Olympia Bothello (or Botello) DeMello and she was from Sao Miguel. Her family was considered to be wealthy so she was outcast for marrying too low.


Karen Medeiros, 25 Watson St., Seekonk, Ma 02771
Email: Padimae71@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Aug 1999
Surname: Medeiros, Cabral, Mello
Comments: Joseph J. Medeiros born in Reo Dijinaro Brazil, moved to San Miguel. Manuel M Vincent Born in the Azors, also moved to San Miguel. These are members of my family. Sorry about the misspelling of some names.


Sean Beneveds, (no address submitted)
Email: veeds98@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 8 Aug 1999
Comments: I need help on finding any info about the history of my great grandfather. Manuel Benevides de Costa (born 1864) he married Luiza Gloria Leal (born July 2, 1874) at Saint Mary's Church, in Bermuda in 1892. He had at least one son (my grandfather) Frank Robert Beneveds (born Oct. 11 1906). I believe they were from Sa'o Miguel in the Azores. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.


Peggy Stevenson, 4410 Twinkle Ct., Houston, Texas
Email: peggy126@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 3 Sep 1999
Sao Miguel (Village unknown)
Surname: Souza
Comments: Antonio Joseph Souza, born about 1878 married Marie Souza (same surname) born about 1892. They probably came to the US between 1908 and 1924. Their son, Eugene was born in 1924 in New Bedford, MA. At that time they lived on Division Street. Their place of birth is given as St. Michael, Azores. They had a daughter, Hilda Judith, born 1925. They were living in Providence, RI, by 1940. I would like to locate a marriage record for this couple. I don't know if they married before coming to the US or if they married in MA. Thanks so much for any information.


Ernest Pacheco Medeiros,Jr., 12595 Cresthaven Dr., Groveland, Ca. 95321
Email: Ern@sunset.net
Date submitted: Wed, 08 Sep 1999
Village: Povoacao, Sao Miguel
Surnames: Medeiros,Pacheco and de Conceicao
Comments: I am searching the ancestry of my father: Ernest Pacheco Medeiros, born on Sao Miguel (I believe in the village of Povoacao) on Oct.10.1902, he passed away on Oct.14, 1992. My grandfather, Mariano Pacheco de Medeiros, was born in the year 1866 (I believe on the island of Sao Miguel) and passed on in the year 1912. My grandmother, Mary de Conceicao Pacheco, was born in Brazil(town unknown at this time) in the year 1875 and passed on in the year 1957,(I believe) in the village of Povoacao. They raised a family, one girl and six boys listed as follows, Mary Pacheco Medeiros,born 1896, Julio Pacheco Medeiros, born 1898, Ernest Pacheco Medeiros,(father) born Oct.10.1902, Mariano Pacheco Medeiros, born 1904, Francisco Pacheco Medeiros, born 1906, Joseph Pacheco Medeiros, born 1908, Fernando Pacheco Medeiros, born 1910. The three oldest, migrated to the USA. My aunt Mary and Dad migrated to New Beford, Massachusetts. My uncle Julio migrated to Ohio, USA. I believe one of my uncles migrated to Brazil, (town unknown). The remaining uncles, I believe lived in Povoacao. Uncle Francisco worked for the goverment, (I believe in the village of Povoacao). There is a very good possibility that I have cousins that reside in the village of Povoacao. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Gail Hendrickson, 2056 Stonybrook Dr. Red Bluff, Ca. 96080
Email: geh@tco.net
Date submitted: Sat, 9 Oct 1999
Surnames: Pereira de Ponte
Comments: Does anyone know which parish the village of Sanging (sp.) belongs? I think it is in the south east of San Miguel. My grandfather, Manuel Pereira dePonte came from there. Also his brothers Anthony, Frank, Joe and John.


E. Leech, 4701 Young St., Metairie La. 70006, USA
Tel.: (504) 455-0029
Email: eksfl@bellsouth.net
Date submitted: Mon, 01 Nov 1999
Surnames: Davis, Figuerado, and Borges
Comments: Arrived in New Orleans early to middle of the eighteen hundreds. Family in New Bedford, Mass. who were whaling fishermen. Davis family from San Miguel, Azores. Need more info, willing to share. Thanks.


Tammy Nevis, 302-9945-93 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Canada
Email: laskey@rogers.com
Date submitted: Thu, 18 Nov 1999
Comments: I know my fathers family originated in the Azores Islands so far are Faial, Sao Jorge and Sao Miguel looking for Nevis(Neves), Marshall(Machado) and Curry(Correia or Cura). Family settled in California.
My father's name is Carl Nevis, his father Joseph W. Nevis, grandfather John Curry Nevis married Isabelle Williams(Portugal descendent) great-grandfather Manuel Pimential Nevis married Rose Curry both immigrated from Portugal. I find it interesting that John has as middle name his mothers maiden name could be a custom. Possibly Pimential is name of Manuel's mother. I have located some information concerning the Williams side.


Lori Taylor, 64 Brewster St., New Bedford, MA 02745
Tel.: (508) 998-9419
Email: Heavnlee@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Sun, 28 Nov 1999
Surnames:Botelho, Imancio, Corriea, Branco, Macy
Comments: I am searching for any information on my Great grandparents. Francisco Botelho born on 1/6/1882 and Georgianna Imancio (or Macy) born on 7/12/1902. They were both born on Soa Miguel but I have no idea what village they cam from. They had at least one daughter Georgianna Botelho, I am not sure if she was born in the United States or Sao Miguel. Please respond with any information. Thank You so much.


Samantha Hart, (no address submitted)
Email: samiam170@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Wed, 1 Dec 1999
Islands: Santa Maria, S. Miguel
Surnames: Cabral, Sousa, Bettencourt
Comments: The name Cabral is from the island Santa Maria, and the names Sousa, and Bettencourt are from S. Miguel. I am not sure of the villages they are from.


Susan Tait Porcaro, 16 Tamarack Dr. Windsor, CT 06095
Tel.: 860-243-3975
Email: suetaitporcaro@home.com
Date submitted: Fri, 17 Dec 1999
Surnames: Bento, Da Silva, Medeiros
Comments: My husband's great grandparents were both from the Azores, John Bento being from Sao Miguel. His wife is listed as Mary Medeiros, daughter of Antonio Medeiros, although she is listed as Maria De Silva on her daughter's birth cert. (?) John Bento was born abt. 1877, came to Cambridge, Mass. Mary Medeiros (or De Silva) was born abt. 1883, both died in Cambridge.


Bob Gouveia, (no address submitted)
Email: Sigbde52@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 11 Feb 2000
Surname: Gouveia
Comments: Gouveia is the family name that came here to America back in 1916, from Acores, San Miguel I think. Looking for information on cities or towns that are named Gouveia, in Portugal or in former colonies. Thank U, Bob Gouveia


Marvin Arruda, P.O. Box 962, Sumner, WA 98390
Email: GmArud@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 28 Mar 2000
Surname: Arruda
Comments: Family lives on Kauai, Hawaii. Paternal grandfathers name Joaquin Arruda married Lucille (do not know maiden name) Lucille's father full portugese. Grandfathers brother Manuel Arruda. Know very little history.


Elaine Vezinho Bonaccorsi, (no address submitted)
Email: cirrus@dancris.com
Date submitted: Sun, 09 Apr 2000
Surnames: Medeiros, Vezinho, Visinho
Comments: Father migrated to the US sometime in the early 1900's... between the years 1906 - 1915 from Sao Miguel. Naturalization name was Manuel (Medeiros) Vezinho. He was born in 1898. He landed in New Bedford, MA., then moved to Providence, RI around 1915. Two sisters, Rosa, Maria who remained in Sao Miguel, one brother, Francisco. Francisco (Frank) migrated around 1930 to Providence, RI. Maria came to the US and stayed a short time, returned to Sao Miguel a few years later and died in the 1940's. Rosa migrated to the Providence, RI and lived in the Fox Point section until her death. She left many children back in Sao Miguel who subsequently moved to Providence, now married and scattered throughout the state.


Evelyn Facha, 12A Pheasant Run, Smithfield, RI 02917
Tel.: 401-232-3684
Email: eveyontherun@aol.com
Date submitted: Wed, 12 Apr 2000
Comments: I am looking for the surname Facha. I think my mothers family came from St. Miguael. My grandfather and grandmother was Antonio and Mary Facha. All their children have the middle name Ventura. They lived in Providence, Rhode Island. I appreciate any help. I do not know my family roots at all. Thank you very much, Evelyn Facha.


Stela Calio, P.O. Box 354 Waialua, HI 96791
Tel.: 808 637-8533
Email: stella.calio@hickam.af.mil
Date submitted: Fri, 21 Apr 2000
Comments: Hi! My name is Stella Dias-Calio, I am trying to locate any family from my grandmother side. She once mention that she left Portugal when she were 12 yrs old, her maiden name Raposa, 1st name Virginia, she came to Hawaii on a store-a-way and married a John Baker he was 40 something, I heard she was 12. I don't know where in Portugal to tell you, I would love to know, I think her family were fishermans. She was born on March 17, 1888, she has no birth certificate here. She die in 1966 age 82. I know she has family there I used to hear her talk about her sisters and mom, don't remember any names she once told me she would like to go back to see her mom and sisters.
Other Family: My father side from St Miguel Portugal, last name Dias the family arrived here on 26 Jan 1880, ships name "High Flyer", his name John Sousa Dias, DOB Nov 24, 1892. No one knows where the Sousa name came from, all his brothers and sister carried that middle name "Sousa" and my Aunties, Uncles and cousins. He married my grandmother here in Hawaii, who is from Portugual she was born on her way here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean her maidan name Oliveria her 1st name Mary and her mother's maiden name Minnie Oliveria, they arrived here in Honolulu on 4 Apr 1895 on the Braunfels. I would really appreciate any information you could hand out to me.


Dave Walsh, (no address submitted)
Emai: da.walsh@gateway.net
Date submitted: Sun, 23 Apr 2000
Surnames: Russell/Cabral
Comments: My granfather Joseph Russell (Cabral) arrived in New London Conn from San Miguel in the Azores in 1860-1870 - he finally settled in Newport Rhode Island where he married Marie Sanchez and there he had a Paint Contracting Business - raised 5 children - died 1941 at age of 72.


Rebecca Camara, (no address submitted)
Email: rcamara@dunmorehomes.com
Date submitted: Friday, May 12, 2000
Surnames: Camara, Cambra, Arauja (not sure of spelling)
Comments: My great-grandparents immigrated from San Miguel in the early 1900's. My great-grandfather was Manuel Camara and he married Brezalina Arauja. They moved from New Bedford, Mass. to California. Resieded in Gustine, Turlock and San Leandro. They sold their dairy and became full-time missionairies for Assemblies of God. They had two daughters, Irene and Hilda and one son Lesle. Looking for any connections.


Fabiani Silveira Medeiros, Rua Juá, 264, ap. 62, Saúde, São Paulo, SP, CEP 04138-020, Brazil
Email: fabiani.medeiros@terra.com.br or fabiani@editoravida.com.br
Website: http://geocities.yahoo.com.br/silveira_medeiros
Date submitted: Sat, 6 Mar 2004
Surnames: Silveira, Mello, Costa, Barcellos, Borba, Medeiros
Comments: José Inácio de Medeiros came from the island of S. Miguel c. 1778. He was settled in Povo Novo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Then he went to Herval do Sul (this is where my parents were born). He came with his wife (whose name I do not have) and at least with a daughter called Rosa Medeiros. José Inácio de Medeiros was the father of many children. Three of them - José Inácio de Medeiros, Sebastião Inácio de Medeiros e Zeferino Inácio de Medeiros - are the most prominent. I happen to know people who descend from the three of them. My father is the great-grandson of Zeferino. I would like to get information about the arrival of José Inácio de Medeiros in Brail, the ship that brought him and his ancestors. A site from Passos, Minas Gerais, Brazil, about the Medeiros family tells us that at this time three brothers came from the Azores in the same ship. One of them went to the state of Rio Grande do Norte, another one went to the state of Minas Gerais and yet another one went to the state of Rio Grande do Sul.


Deborah Botelho Butler, 23 Wesleyan Avenue Warwick RI 02886
Email: Setigirl13@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 23 Jul 2000
Surnames: Botelho, Arruda
Comments: any info on these families in East Providence or Barrington RI greatly appreciated.


Brenda Howard Mason, 5016 Alto Ct., La Mesa, CA 91941, USA
Tel.: (619) 698-4884
Email: marie@scubadiving.com
Date submitted: Mon, 02 Oct 2000
Island and Village(s): Sao Miguel Island, Ponta Delgada, and Unknown
Surnames: ANTONE, CODEIRO, CARLOTA, JAQUINTA, DeFONTES, DaPAIXO, ROSA, and RAPOSA.
Comments: I have done some searching on my mother's side. Both her parents were Portuguese whose parents and grandparents migrated between1870-1890 to Hawaii. They were fisherman. Later, much of the family moved to California. I am stuck on two lines in particular:
My GGrandfather Jose Joseph Enos ANTONE, was born 1850, SaoMiguel Isl., Portugal. He was married 1886, Hawaii, Hawaii to Maria Angelica CODEIRO. And he died the 4 of Jun. 1907 in Olaa, Hawaii, Hawaii. (His wife Maria was born May 1868, San Jose, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, and she died after 1907 in ,, Hawaii.)
I am also stuck with my GGrandmother, Maria RAPOSA. I have that she was born 1875, Portugal. She married Antonio FONTES in 1893 in Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii. (Antonio was born 1872 Conceicao,,Sao Miguel Isl., Portugal.)
The other surnames listed are the parents of CODEIRO and FONTES. If there is anyone who could help me, please let me know where to go. Also if anyone is interested in the other surnames listed, I'd be happy to provide you with the other information I have.


Perry/Fidalgo Family, 107 Whitlow Street New Bedford, MA 02740
Email: auntcathyf@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 29 Oct 2000
Comments: My grandparents came from St. Michael, Azores. There names are Manuel S. Pereira married Antonia de Lima in New Bedford, MA on October 1, 1910. They had 5 sons Manuel [my father] Jose, Dennis, Michael, George, all born in MA. My grandfathers parents names are Julio Pereira, Maria R.de Jesus I believe are from St.Michael as well. Well, my grandmothers parents names are Miguel de Lima/Rosa Linhares also from St. Michael. Can anybody help me please. Thank you again. Mary


Frank B. Perry, (no address submitted)
Email: golf98@gateway.net
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Nov 2000
Comments: Grandmother Hortense Sousa-San Miguel, Azores. My grandmother travelled by ship to New Bedford, Mass.somtime around 1900.Father was Joseph Sousa born around 1863. Father was born on the Island Madeira Name: Joseph Bernardo Periera-His Father Antonio Periera.


Kathleen Noah, St. George, Utah
Email: jknoah@infowest.com
Date submitted: Sat, 2 Dec 2000
Comments: Researching Lewis family. Don't know parish just Sao Migual Island. The family originally came from Wales during the late 1700's.


Cathy Eluziario, P.O. Box 1657, Westport,MA. 02790
Email: msam4@excite.com
Date submitted: Thu, 7 Dec 2000
Island: Sao Miguel
Village: unknown
Surnames: Eluziario/Luziario
Comments: Husband's g grandfather came to the United States in 1906. Would like to know more about this surname.


Frank A. Rapoza, 1065 Blue Sands Court, Henderson, Nevada 89015
Tel.: 702-436-6200
Email: frank@da-kind.com
Date submitted: Thu, 07 Dec 2000
Surnames: Raposo, Ignacio Pavao, Furtunato
Comments: Francisco Raposo & Maria Emilia Pavao left S.Miguel around the 1880's headed for Hawaii, they may have went to California first? Also need to find Manuel Ignacio Pavao & Maria Rosa Furtunato or any relatives to them. This is as far back as we could ever go, they are my great grand parents.


Geri Willems, 8565 Silver Shores Dr., Reno, NV 89506
Email: GWillems@aol.com
Date submitted: Sat, 6 Jan 2001
Surnames: Cabral, Mendonca, Botelho
Comments: My great grandfather was Joseph Botelho--married Mary Cabral in Alameda County, Calif. (date unknown). Joseph was born in Sao Miguel, Azores; Mary was from Sao. Jorge (cities unknown). Joseph lived in Hawaii for two years and worked in the sugar cane fields. I don't know how Mary got to California or when yet. They lived in Oakland until the California earthquake of 1906 and then immigrated to Brazil. Returned in 1912 or so and settled in San Jose. They had 12 children: Mary Constance (my grandmother 1890-1986); Adeline 1896-1997); Joseph, Anthony Emmalia, Emma, Frank (1890-1943); Carrie (1896-1958); William, Manual *(1882-1943)' John and Ida (died infancy). Mary Cabral married Joseph Mendonca in Brazil and then came back to California with Marin, Arnold, and Victor. In California they had four more children: Edna, Walter, Marie and Victor. Lived in San Jose. Seeking information on Mary Cabral and Joseph Mendonca's history. Joseph was an only son and had two sisters who remained in Brazil. I have no information on Mary Cabral. Thanks!


Deise Molnar, (no address submitted)
Email: DeiseCivita.Molnar@clariant.com
Date submitted: Thu, 18 Jan 2001
Comments: My mother' grandfather MARIANO MUNIZ came to Brazil begining of century from Ilha de S. Miguel, Açores, Portugal.


Antonio and Mary Gloria Medeiros, (no address submitted)
Email: MADLPOET@aol.com
Date submitted: Thu, 22 Mar 2001
Comments: My Grandfather, Antonio Medeirtos, was born in San Miguel, Azores on August 1, 1899. My Grandmother Mary Gloria (or vice versa) maiden name Medeiros, born March 1, 1900 came to San Miguel at age 10 from another island. She claimed her father put her on this ship that sailed to San Miguel, Azores and was put to work in a work camp. There is chinese/polynesian characteristics in the grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am trying to find out what island my grandmother came from. I also understand that they immigrated to Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, USA in the year of 1921. Thank you.


Name and address not submitted
Email: Vcoppermoney@gateway.net or vonecent@juno.com
Date submitted: Thu, 5 Apr 2001
Village: unknown
Surname: Botelho
Comments: My grandfather and grandmother were Joseph and Isabell Botelho they imagrated to northern california. My fathers name was John H.(just an initial) Botelho. My grandfather was Joseph Botelho he was married to Isabella Botelho. My parents and grandparents are deceased. Trying to research family history of the Botelho's.


Janet Handfield Long, Millersville, Maryland, USA
Email: leximaxlong@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 17 Apr 2001
Surnames: Oliveira, Correia
Comments: I am searching for information re: Joseph Oliveira born Feb.1900 in San Miguel. Son of Gloria Maria and Joseph Oliveria. He came to the U.S. at the age of 15 in 1915. He settled in Rhode Island. Other siblings included Maria, Gloria, Manuel, Anthony and two other brothers. We had been told that two of these brothers left San Miguel and relocated to Brazil. Joseph married Sophie Correia. He was a carpenter and died in East Providence, Rhode Island in 1938.


Keith Dagsaan-Bremerton, WA
Email: keith1207@home.com or kdagsaan@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Wed, 25 Apr 2001
Island: Could be Sao Miguel or Terceira
Comments: Grandmothers name was Mary Arruda Botello-(sic)Pacheco, first born of Rose Candida(Conditi?) Pacheco and Pedro(Peter) d'Arruda Botello. Brothers include Peter, Anthony, Joseph. Sisters are Rose and Ann. Grandmothers parents emigrated and settled in Newport, Island in early 1900's


Cyndee Arruda, Providence, RI
Email: cyndeelee2@yahoo.com
Island: San Jorge and San Miguel
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Jul 2001
Surnames: Pacheco, Arnoldo, DaSousa, Machado
Comments: Looking for information on my great grandparents. They came from both island listed above to NY and New Bedford ports and moved to Fall River, Mass to Providence, RI. I don't have the name of the towns they were from and would like any info as to where to write for additional info.


Patricia Rapozo Bilby, Oroville, Washingon
Email: misterybuff@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 13 Jul 2001
Surnames: Rapozo, De Pont, Mederios.
Comments: My mother was Mary De Pont, My father was Manuel T. Rapozo, Went as children to Hawaii, with their families to work for the Sugar Plantations. Family in Big Island of Hawaii. Grandmother was Megada( closest spelling possible) Medeiros De Pont. Grandfather was Joseph De Pont. Other Grandparents were Mary and Joseph Rapozo. If you have any info please e-mail me. Any info will be much appreciated.


Mary, (no address submitted)
Email: dobiegirl@mediaone.net
Date submitted: Wed, 3 Oct 2001
Surnames: Pereira de Pereira
Comments: manuel de souza pereira born 1873 in st. michael, azores. parents names are julio pereira and maria R. de jesus. they had manuel, lawrence, mary julia, cecilia. i know my grandfather was married in the azores, but my grandmother said that he lost his wife to child birth. can anybody help me thank you mary


Bob and Kathy Gregory, 2750 W. Acacia Ave. # E-3, Hemet, CA. 92545
Email: KMdalgreg2@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 4 Jan 2002
Surnames: Carreiro, Amaral
Comments: My husband Bob Gregory has Azores Islands ancestry. He is researching 2 surnames known at this time: Carriero and Amaral. His family immigrated to the Hawaiian Islands in 1892, then later removed to the mainland abt 1910, settling in San Jose and other parts of the San Francisco Bay area. We have fairly good info. on his immigrant ancestors Jacinto "Jesse" Carreiro (later Carrera) b. 1856 on the island of San Miguel; m.1874 in Azores to Jacinta "Jessie" Amaral b. 1854, also on San Miguel. We believe Jacinto's parents were Antonio and Rosa Carreiro, but would like further documentation. Would like to prove Jacinta's parents, as we believe they were Antone P. Amaral and Mary Angel. That is as far as we have been able to go with this. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


John Brazil, Janesville, WI
Tel.: 608-754-3697
Email: John.and.Cailyn.Brazil@ticon.net
Date submitted: Mon, 7 Jan 2002
Surnames: Brasil (Brazil) and Lopes
Comments: I guess I am a 3rd generation as my grandmother, Mary Lopes left Sao Migeul in 1906, settled in Rhode Island, USA and married Joseph Brazil Sr.(also Portuguese). My Grandmother is still alive, but isn't much help. My dad was a baby when they divorced and Grandmother never told him much other than what's here. My Mother's family are all good stout Germans. Thanks.
P.S. My dad traced the name Brazil back to the Celts. I can't understand why the name "Brazil" for a name and a country unrelated to me). Thanks.


Claire Higginbotham, 12 Pine Rd. Westford, MA.
Email: cmh01886@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Tue, 15 Jan 2002
Surnames:Miranda, Mendosa, Silva, Andrews
Comments: My great-grandparents came from Sao Miguel, Village, UNKNOWN. My great-grandmother, Ricalina Gloria Miranda (dob 1/20/1870) came to Boston, MA with her married sister, Eliza (Miranda) Jesse in 1891. Eliza's husband was dead and she was coming to live with her husbands family in Somerville, MA. My great-grandfather, John Mendosa (dob 3/6/1871) came to Boston, MA as a stowaway in 1879. He came with his uncle, Manuel Silva, and took Silva as his last name, for a while. Later, John Mendosa's mother, Mary Augusta (Andrews) Mendosa came to Boston with her other 2 sons, Augustus and Joseph. She had three more sons in the Boston area; Frederick, Benjamin, and Manuel. Her husband was a sea captain and died at sea. Mendosa was Americanized to Mendum.


Heavenly Fire (no name or address submitted)
Email: Heavenlyfire3@cs.com
Date submitted: Thu, 17 Jan 2002
Surnames: Enos/Inacio/Ignacio
Comments: my grandfather came from Sao Miguel, Acores. he settled in Providence, RI. i am trying to trace our geneology, and i see several people with the same surname. can any of them shed light on the heritage of this name? i have found it listed in the papers of king john of England, during the 16th century. it is not that common a portuguese surname, according to what i have read. iam also interested in the jewish connections to portuguese names. i have located the name Inacio in the letters of the court of King John III, of England. any info would be appreciated.


Donna (Macek) Cash, (no address provided)
Email: DC1MASS@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 1 Mar 2002
Surname: VELHO
Comments: I am doing research on my grandfathers family. Nicholas Antone Velho was from St. Michaels. He came to the USA and dropped the Velho. He had 4 children, John, Frank, Lydia, and Rosie(would died at age of 16). They lived in New Bedford. Any information would be appreciated.


John F. Chaves, Ph.D., 1121 West Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tel.: 317-278-1935
Email: jfchaves@optonline.net
Home Page: http://php.iupui.edu/~jchaves/index.htm
Date submitted: Sat, 6 Mar 2004
Island: São Miguel
Village: unknown
Comments: My grandparents were Joao and Maria Chaves. They probably came to the USA around 1900. He died around 1935, she predeceased him. They settled in the Greater Boston (Massachusetts) area (including Cambridge and Lexington). They had 5 children, all now deceased, including my father John M. (1912-1963), Anthony, Irene (Lima), Hilda (Lima) and Tina (Feeney). Irene and Hilda married two brothers--George and Manual Lima. Irene, who died in 1968, used to send clothes to relatives in São Miguel. I am interested in identifying any relatives who may still live on São Miguel.


Carla Viveiros de Oliveira, Brasil
Email: carla.viveiros@bol.com.br
Date submitted: Fri, 12 Apr 2002
Comments: I am looking for informations about my grand grand father Manoel do Rego Viveiros, he was born in somewhere in Sao Miguel Portugal in the year 1854 or 1853 and his wife Maria Pereira Viveiros, she was born in the year 1865 or 1866 somewhere in Azores. thanks for any information.


Carol Beane, Frenchtown, NJ
Email: cbeane@rider.edu
Date submitted: Sat, 20 March 2004
Location from Azores: San Miguel
Surnames: Boston, MA Area: Neves, Rogers, Cardoso
Comments: Frank Rogers b. Oct. 4, 1849, San Miguel, Azores; Marianna Neves [Frank's 2nd wife] b. Nov. 22, 1866, San Miguel, Azores. Frank Rogers probably came to California as a baby as he was in the "Gold Rush." Perhaps his father came to California as a whaler. Frank's first family was in California; he was a widower when he took Marianna as his 2nd wife. Frank had a daughter "Rose" who had a daughter "Irene", both lived in California. Frank and 2nd wife lived in Boston, Massachusetts where Frank worked nights at the Sunshine Biscuit Company. Anna Charlotte Rogers Beane was my grandmother, born 1890, Boston. The Rogers surname was probably Rodrigues originally. I think this list is my best hope for obtaining more information. Thank you.


Anita Silva, 3210N.Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, Florida
Email: nitabeater@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 31 May 2002
Surnames: Simoes, De Almeda, DeCosta
Comments: Ermalinda and Tiagloda(Gloria) Simoes were sisters married to Francisco Silva (last name given to him in usa). Tiagloda died and then he married her sister Ermalinda. They arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in the early 1900s from Sao Miguel. Both sisters had children. Any info would be much appreciated.


Andrea Braga, 10 Kennedy Drive, North Providence, RI 02904
Email: a_braga@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sat, 1 Jun 2002
Surnames: Braga (Unknown), Serra (Maia), Martins (Ponta Delgada), Reis (Capelas), Frias (Unknown), Castro (Unknown)
Comments: I am first generation born American. My entire family, as far back as I can trace it, is from Sao Miguel. Does anyone have any information on any of these surnames?


Dutrey, (no name or address provided)
Email: Dutrey@aol.com
Date submitted: Mon, 3 Jun 2002
Comments: I am looking for info on fathers family, my father Everett Costa was born feb of 1919 in RI his parents are Anthony Costa or de Costa and Anna J Bicho. From what I know Anthony was born in the Azores maybe san miguel in 1895 his father would be Manuel de Costa born in 1863. Manuel's children are: Mary b-1889, Manuel b-1891 John b-1893 Anthony b-1895 Joseph b-1897 Marion b-1909. Anthony Costa and Anna's children are Bernice, Mary, Florence, Walter, Lawrence and Everett. If you have any info all i know is from word of mouth and my father passed a few years ago thank you....


Ida (Aida) Freitas, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Email: martinsfam@golden.net
Date submitted: Fri, 14 Jun 2002
Island: Sao Miguel
Surnames: Castro, Martins, Vieira/Vierra


Debbie Maquet, Austin, Texas
Email: dmaquet@mcginnislaw.com
Date submitted: Mon, 24 Jun 2002
Surnames: Reis, Caverro (sp?)
Comment: I'm trying to do some research on my grandparents, Joseph Reis and Adeline (Caverio/craveiro/ craveiro-spelling unknown) Reis. They came from Sao Miquel to Fall River, MA in the early 1930's or late 1920's.


Ruby Eaton, (no address submitted)
Email: eatonruby@qwest.net
Date submitted: Tue, 9 Jul 2002
Comments: My grandfather John Borge Silva was an early settler in Mission San Jose. He had two families. My gandmoher was Rose Concecion Rose his second wife. My father was George Borge. He a his brohers dopped the name Silva because they thought there were too many Silvas around. My grandfather died in 1925 at the age of ninety. I am interested in sources in the Bay area, Salinas, Manteca and Newark. I need infomation on Borge Silva, da Borge da Silva, da Rose and Rose, and Bettencourt. Both my grandparents were born in Sao Miguel. I would appeciate a contact in the east bay area. Also some of the boys from the first mariage moved to Manteca or that area. I am very excited about collecting more information. I have delayed my reseach too long.


Sharon Smith, 8552 Williamsburgh Court, Newburgh, IN 47630
Email: MSMYTH@SIGECOM.NET
Date submitted: Thu, 13 Jun 2002
Surnames: Ferriera, Amaral, Mello, Luis, De Carma
Comments: My great grandfather Joseph (Jose?) Ferriera was born in the Azores in 1850 and immigrated to the U.S. around 1876 and was married Rosalind Veronica Mello. (LDS has her as Mello Luis, others as Luis Mello). Joseph's parents were Manual Ferreira and Anna De Carma, information unknown. The mother of Manual Ferreira was an Amaral. Can anyone help me? Joseph Ferreira changed his name to Smith after arriving in the U.S.


Robert Alan Martins Sr., 52 Royal crest, Rochester, NH 03867
Tel.: 603-330-0293
Email: p1rose2@aol.com
Date submitted: Sat, 7 Sep 2002
Village: unknown
Parish: unknown
Surnames: Martins, Martin, Souza
Comments: Looking for any one that might have some information about my family in Sao Miguel... I do know alittle, like my father and grandfather and my Aunt came from there my grandfathers name was Joseph Martin(s) and my father was Arthur Martins and my Aunts name was Mary Martins and that we still have family there and that someone was an Attorney over there and our family has wine vineyards and water crest bogs... I think the wine that our family makes or sell the grapes to make is the matus wine. My grandmother is also from there and she married a souza from there...they came into New Bedford, Mass...in 1933 where they settled... and are still there today.


Lori Bugado Ornellas, (no address submitted)
Email: lorio@ilhawaii.net
Date submitted: Wed, 2 Oct 2002
Comments: Aloha. My grandfather migrated to Hawaii from Mederia. I would like to know who my relatives are in Portugal. His name was Manuel Rodrigues Bugado. This is my paternal side. In a book of Portugues Memories in Hawaii he was listed as Bogado. He was iliterate and the name may have been distorted. He came to Hawaii around 1878 in the ship Pricilla. Any information you could give me would be appreciated. Also, my great grandmother came from Sao Miguel (Azores). Her name was Mary Gloria Araujo Carreira. I think her married name was Carreira. This is on my maternal side. Any information you could give me would be most helpful. Also, I'm doing a research paper at the University on the Portugues culture. Any information on the culture would be appreciated. In my geography class I have to do a research on the population and migration of Portugal. I have the Portuguese who migrated to Hawaii, but now I need the population and migration of Portugal. Please help. Aloha, Lori Bugado Ornellas


Edmund Soares, (no address submitted)
Email: jesoares@msn.com
Date submitted: Thu, 3 Oct 2002
Comments: My real father's name is Renato Silva, born 10/15/1945 came from St Miguel and lived in Fall River prior to his death on April 18, 1992. I am trying to find my aunts and uncles. I have some information but do not know where else to look. One of my Uncles is Osvaldo Silva, which return and is still living now in St Miguel, the other uncle is Lionel Silva, which reside in Somerset MA, USA. If you can provide me with other information that would be great. My two Sister and I are trying to locate them, so we can meet them. Thank you. Edmund Soares


Victor Caton, Atwater, California
Email: skatincaton@yahoo.com
Date updated: Sun, 12 Mar 2006
Comments: I don't know which village my grandfather was born in, but he is from Sao Miguel. They came over around the turn of the century, 1899-1904? Our last name then was spelled CAETANO. My grandfather and great-grandfather were Manuel Jr. and Manuel Sr., with no middle name. Manuel Sr's father was supposidely called Jack. Manuel Sr's was married to Ermalinda Angel. Manuel Jr was born June 21, 1897 and was about 5 years old when they came over. If anyone can add some information, I and a number of relatives would greatly appreciate it.


Carlos Alexandre, Recife, PE, Brasil
Email: caalex@hotlink.com.br
Date submitted: Wed, 23 Jul 2003
Comments: Sou descendente de José Ignácio Ferreira Rabello e Ignácio José Ferreira Rabello, que teriam vindo da Ilha de São Miguel para o Brasil (também com Bernardo Ferreira Rabello e outros parentes) para Pernambuco-Brasil entre o fim do século XVIII e o início dos anos 1800`s; Gostaria de saber dados adicionais sobre esses ancestrais. Onde obter.


Obadiah, (no address submitted)
Email: Obadiah1915@aol.com
Date submitted: Tue, 9 Sep 2003
Surnames: Vital, Bizzarro (or Bizarro), Oliviera, Fragoza, Costa, Souza. All these folks were born on St. Michael, Azores. Immigrated to New Bedford, Mass., USA. Any links out there? Would like to know if there are any family connections particularly in Calif., or Hawaii.


Starr, (no address submiited)
Email: curlytru1@frontier.net
Date submitted: Fri, 16 Jan 2004
Surname: estrela, estrella, de estrella da estrella etc. The name was anglecized upon entry at Ellis Island in 1901 to Starr
Comments: Through my father's military records, which I just acquired, I found a cousin in Bridgewater. Mass. And in turn have learned a great deal about the paternal side of my family. My father died about 20 years ago and I just didn't pay attention to the history of his parents and thier immigration to the U.S. from San Miguel, Azores. Now I am sorry and am trying to find out all the information I can to pass down to my daughter. Here is the information I already have through my cousin Joseph, whom I have not met in person yet, we have exchanged letters(he does not have a computer) and we have spoken on the phone. My grandparents were born in the village of St. Michael on San Miguel Island in the Azores. In and around 1877. My grandfather's first name was William, born on April 10, 1877. My grandmother's maiden name was Sousa or Souza. Also born in St. Michael. They immigrated to America on the Penninsular out of the port of Pontu Del Garda, Azores. They arrived at Ellis Island on Sept. 6, 1901. They lived in Bridgewater, Mass. up till 1929 or 1930, they had owned a grocery store and lost it in the depression and then moved to California for jobs. My grandfather built a house on Crapo St in Bridgewater and had 7 sons and 1 daughter: Their names were: Alfred, Joseph, Frank, John, George, William, Lewis(my father) and Mary Starr. If anyone has information on my family or their decendants or ancestry, please notify me through my email.


Maria Cassilda Machado Campiglia, São Paulo, Brasil
Email: cassildacampiglia@terra.com.br
Date submitted: Sun, 27 Jun 2004
Surnames: Medeiros, Pacheco
Island: São Miguel, Açores
Comments: I'd like to have some information on Manuel Medeiros Pacheco who lived in São Miguel by the end of the 19th century. He was a "luthier",i.e. he made "guitarras, violões, cavaquinhos " and the like. He was my husband's Oswaldo Roberto Pacheco Campiglia maternal great grandfather. His son Joaquim Medeiros Pacheco came to São Paulo, Brazil around the turn of the century (20th century!) where he married twice to Italian-origin young ladies, namely: Elisa Angela...(can't tell her maiden name) and Adelaide Toschi. Joaquim had six daughters the eldest being, Elisa Pacheco Campiglia, my mother-in-law, still alive -age 91- but now very sick. Back to Manuel Pacheco Medeiros, he was called by the nickname of "Sr. Medeirinhos",and I would like to know wether he lived at Ponta Delgada, as well as know wether we still have any living relatives in São Miguel. Thanks in advance.


Kathlene Marie Lima, 124 19th Ave, N., St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Email: Klimapowell@aol.com
Date submitted: Fri, 2 Jul 2004
Comments: My Grandfather, Manual Josph Lima was from Sao Miguel, as was my Grandmother. We are not sure of her surname but believe it may have been Rodrigues as she often went by "Rogers". I belive he came in via Ellis Island, late 1800's and was a peddler in Cambridge Mass. He eventually bought a farm in Lexington Mass and died in 1956. I was born in Lexington and have relatives in New Bedford area with last name of "Corey", which was Coreia.


Jessica Hurtubise, 59 Whidah Way Centerville, MA 02632
Email: xenachik420@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sat, 3 Jul 2004
Island: Sao Miguel
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Medeiros, Soarse, Souza, Thomas
Comments: I know very little about my ancesters but would be very interested to know more. My great grandfather Manuel Medeiros (?) was born on Sao Miguel around the year 1900. He immigrated to the United States with his family (mother,father,one? brother Joesph?) in 1904/1905 via Ellis Island. The family checked in at Immigrations by the name Soarse. Acording to family legend this is because Manuel's father(name unknown) was wanted for the murder of his mistress's husband. I am not sure how factual this information is. The name Soarse was naturalized to Souza and the family settled on Cape Cod. Manuel maried Isabell Thomas on or about 1921. Isabell was then 15 years old. She was the daughter of Portugues immigrants, possibly also from Sao Miguel. Isabell and Manuel lived in West Barnstable and raised their children, Louis, Eddie, Edmund, Doris,Irene, Arlene, Josie, Alfred, Connie. If anyone has any information, or can point me in the right direction it would be greatly apriciated.


Vannessa Cruz, 11109 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley, CA, USA
Email: SumCruz@aol.com
Date submitted: Sun, 1 Aug 2004
Surnames: Isidoro, Correia
Island: São Miguel
Comments: I am researching both my maternal and paternal grandparents both of which were born in St Michael's Azores. I do not know which villages they came from. Surnames are Isidorio (Izadore) 1840's and Gray (stories say it was originally Correia) 1880's.


Patricia Gomes, Husb. Russell Arthur Gomes, Franklin, MA
Email: mrspgomes@comcast.net
Date submitted: Fri, 15 Oct 2004
Surnames: Almeida, from St. Michael, Gomes, from Fayal
Comments: Henry Lacerda Gomes b. Oct. 01, 1901 married Anna Almeida b. April 9,1905 in Jan. 1921. Children are Henry Gomes Jr., Helen Gomes, Lester Gomes all of East Prov., RI. Just started looking for ancestors.


Anmarie Cote, Saugus Ma
Email: rieandg@comcast.net
Date submitted: Fri, 28 Jan 2005
Surnames: Mendonça, Pacheco
Island: St. Michaels, Azores
Comments: João Mendonça and Jacintha Pacheco-Mendonca lived in the early 1900’s in New Bedford on Acushnet Ave. They had three children Maria, Augustine and Georgina.


Jessica Perry, (no address submitted)
Email: jlperry76@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Wed, 16 Feb 2005
Surnames: Fraga, Jason, Perry
Comments: I am looking for more information on my father's family. I have heard that they were from the Azores, possibly Sau Miguel. Names were Joseph Fraga, Philomina Jason, parents of Mary Fraga, born 1876 and also Joseph G. Perry, born 1872. Their children eventually emigrated to New Bedford, MA. Any information that anyone might have further would be wonderful. Thanks!


Audrey A. Lapointe, 400 Cornerstone Dr., Ste. 325, Williston, VT 05495
Tel.: 802-872-3200x214
Email: aannlapointe@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 11 Mar 2005
Comments: Looking for grandfather’s and grandmother’s lineage: Charles Perry Rose (originally Rosa), his ancestors were from Lisboa. Theresa (Soares) Rose, her father’s name was Botelho and her ancestors from San Miguel. Thanks - Audrey


Lisa Brooks, (no address submitted)
Tel.: 803 466-7952
Email: LBrooks9@sc.rr.com
Date submitted: Fri, 13 May 2005
Comments: I have ancestors who migrated form Sao Miguel in 1888 to Kauai, Hawaii. I have a Consuldo Geral De Portugal em Hawii roster showing Manuel Raposo and Francisco Raposo both arrived from Sao Miguel in 1888. I am descended from Francisco and his wife Maria Emilia Pavao. I know Francisco was born in 1839 and Maria in 1846, both in Sao Miguel. Any information about their ancestors or a reference to look would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lisa.


Cathleen Elizabeth Myrick, 1827 S. Streamline Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Tel.: 757-425-0525
Email: cmyrick@myway.com
Date submitted: Tue, 15 Nov 2005
Surname: Pasquale
Comments: I'm trying to gather information on my grandmother who was from Portugal. I was told St. Charles, but I'm not sure of that. Her given name at birth was Amelia Freitas Pasquale. She changed her name when she came to the states to Emily Pasquale. Her sisters names where: Silvia Pasquale, Mary Rosard Pasquale, and Doris Pasquale. I believe most of her sisters are deceased. My granny was born on June 11, 1900 and died on December 7, 1989 in Bessmer Alabama. She moved from California after her oldest daughter Mary died to live with her youngest daughter Rosie. My granny died from a broken heart when my daddy died, he was her only son and the baby of the family. I had to lie to her until they found him. He was murdered on her birthday and missing. I had to hide it from her. She knew something was wrong when he did'nt call like he'd done for years before. So if there is anyone with information our family is trying to piece together a family background for our mother. Please help!!


Shari Mari Moore, San Antonio, TX - Born, Merced, CA
Email: smoore79@satx.rr.com
Date submitted: Fri, 25 Nov 2005
Island: Unknown - possibly Sao Miguel or Sao Jorge
Surname: Souza, Silva
Comments: Not too much info - my mother's family is Souza - her father is Manuel Peary Souza - he has at least one uncle I know of, named Joseph Souza - Manuel Souza is 1st generation American, was fluent in Port. - beyond that I do not know much more off hand.. any info or relatives to that side would be great - I did live on Terciera for 2 years when in high school, but did not research too much while there, unfortunately...


Penny Polyzos, San Ramon, CA 94583
Email: gerakarisp@msn.com
Date submitted: Wed, 22 Feb 2006
Surnames: Moniz, Tavares
Comments: I am looking for any information about my Portuguese descendants. My mother, now deceased was born in Oakland, CA to Maria Adelina and Gervais Telles. My grandfather was also known as Jerry Telles or Tels and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He died at a young age. I am looking for information on his family. All I know is that his family is from San Miguel but that his family first emigrated to Brazil. He came to California from Brazil. My grandmother came here with her mother and at least one sibling. I do not know what year they came here or on what ship. I have been told by a cousin that they came in through Rhode Island and I know it had to be prior to 1908 (probably several years) because my mother was born that year in Oakland CA. Maria Adelina's maiden name was Moniz, or Moneze or Monez. Her little brother was Henry Moniz. My grandmother's maiden name was Tavares. They came from a town called Raab de Peixe (Spelling may be incorrect, but it supposedly means tail of the fish). Other Moniz, or Monez relatives arriving from San Miguel, were Cornel and Giles (pronounced Jill), and sister, Carolina. Thanks to anyone out there who may have information regarding any of the above.


Katherine Farias, Atlanta, Georgia
Email: KLF@RANLAW.com
Date submitted: Mon, 27 Mar 2006
Comments: My father was Edward Alves Farias [Fall River, Mass] [died 1992]. His mother was Angela Amaral Farias[died 1988] [that is how it is written on her SS application, however, she went by the maiden name "Moniz" [she remarried and became Angela Farias Pacheco]. Her mother was Rose Emily Rebello [from Sao Miguel the Azores]. Her father was Manuel Moniz Amaral [that's how she wrote it on her SS application] [from Sao Miguel the Azores]. My dads father was Manuel Alves Farias [died 1960]. His grandfather was Manuel Alves Farias. His grandmother was Antonia Aguiar both from Sao Miguel, Azores. I am having some problems with the names, everyone says the maiden was Moniz, but she wrote it differently on her Social Security Application in 1940. The application says to married women to write your maiden name as your middle. So, my grandmother wrote Angela Amaral Farias - however her Obit says her maiden was Moniz. My greatAunt whom I have recently located claims that the name Moniz was used by her father [my grandfather] and his brother. My great uncle used the name Amaral, because he didn't want to use Moniz - it would be difficult trace them back to the Azores unless I knew for sure the true surname, Moniz? or Amaral?


Teresa M. Baclaan, 98-250 Kanuku Street, Aiea, Hi 96701
Tel.: 808-222-3207
Email: baclaant@gmail.com
Date submitted: Fri, 22 Sep 2006
Surnames: De Ponte (Enos), Ferreira, Robello, Silva
Island: Azores
Village: Unknown (possible from Sao Miguel)
Comments: I am looking for information on My Great-grandfather his name is Henry Coelho Robello, Sr., he married Antonia (Antoinette) De Jesus and they had 5 children: Adeline, Anthony, Theresa, Henry Coelho Robello, Jr., George. They migrated to the Hawaiian Islands Oahu to be exact in the 1900’s. Unfortunately, my great-grandmother died in 1921 possible later after giving birth to her youngest son George.


Melissa Pedrick, 2714 Kingsmill Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32934
Email: hippiechick4@earthlink.net
Date submitted: Sun, 15 Oct 2006
Surnames: Mauricio/Morris, Martin
Island: St. Michael, supposedly the town of Santa Maria?
Comments: Both my Grandfather's (Antone Morris) parents came from the Azores, but both tragically died when my grandfather was a very young age (1 year old when his father died and 6 when his mother died). It would be wonderful to have more information. My Grandfather's father was Frank Morris. According to some family history, his name might have been Mauricio before coming to the U.S. He came to New Bedford, Massachusetts around 1890. He was born between 1869 - 1873. My Grandfather's mother, Maria C. Martin came to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1900. She was born between 1883 - 1884. Frank and Maria were married in New Bedford in September 1900. They had 5 children, 4 who survived: Mary Angel born in 1901 who supposedly married Paul Amado from Lisbon and lived in Rio de Janiro and Portugal. My Grandfather used to write her regularly. They had three sons: Frank, born in 1902; Manuel Joseph, born in 1907; and Antone Morris, born in 1912. They had another daughter, Regina, born 1910/11 who died when a baby. Both Frank and Maria once in the United States worked in the textile mills. Frank died of TB in 1913 and Maria in the flu epidemic in 1918. Maria's brother Manuel eventually took in the kids after Maria died, but they did have to spend time in a St. Joseph's orphanage until they were old enough to work so they could help out the family. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Jeff Estrela, (no location submitted)
Email: estrelaj@rogers.com
Date submitted: Mon, 16 Oct 2006
Island: Sao Miguel
Surnames: Estrela, De Silva, Maia, De Sousa
Comments: I've been able to collection information from Family members going back 4 generations, my mother's side of my family is native to the island of Terceira, my father's side migrated from the island (both my grandfather and grandmother after marriage) of Sao Miguel. I'm looking to go even further back in my family tree if anyone has any information, I would gladly share of my current tree. If the surnames above in anyway reference your own. Thanks


Barry Veillette, Hebron, CT
Email: barnmar2@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Nov 2006
Comments: I'm looking for information on my great grandparents who came from St Miguel Azores. It seems I need to know more about what area and or town that they came from. Their names were Manuel Baptiste and Maria Amaral. What I do know is that Manuel was born around 1869 and Maria was born aroung 1878. They had a child named Alfred about 1902 when they migrated to Oak Bluffs, MA, USA. As of the 1910 Federal census they were still listed as Aleins. If anyone can help...please.


Eileen Souza, Eldersburg, MD
Email: eileen.souza@verizon.net
Date submitted: Sat, 17 Feb 2007
Surnames: Souza, Barbeiro
Comment: According to the 1920 US Census, my husbands paternal grandfather, Joseph Souza b. abt 1897, and his paternal grandmother, Adeline Barbeiro b abt 1900, came to New Bedford from Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. He in 1911 and she in 1913. We do not know location or origin for either in S. Miguel. Any information would be welcome.


Robin Meigs, (no location submitted)
Email: rob_mei@srvinet.com or robinmeigs@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Sat, 10 Mar 2007
Surname: DePonte Comments: my great grandfather John DePonte born in Sao Miguel married my great grandmother Julia Perry born 03-04-1878-1888 in Sao Miguel. They came to California had several children, and Anthony Deponte was the one that became my grandpa born 01-13-1904 in Decota California, died July 17 1969 in Oakley California, buried in Hayward California. Looking for great grandparents dates and info before.


Collette Newton, Hampshire, England, UK
Email: robertnewton@ntlworld.com
Date submitted: Fri, 1 Jun 2007
Surnames: Maderious
Comments: My great great grandmother was Jessie MADERIOUS born in San Miguel, Azores c.1874 (I have this spelling on her son’s marriage certificate). I think she married someone called Fernandez (or Fernandy) and had 8 children of which 6 survived. They were born in Hawaii and California (Georgina, William, Adeline, Winfred, Jolinda – 1910 Hawaii census, Hilo Town) and she had a lodger, David Hurst, who was French Canadian. It appears that Jessie was widowed from Mr Fernandez and married David Hurst, as his name was passed down via William, my great grandfather. David and Jessie emigrated to the US (she was nationalised in 1880, he in 1894) and in 1919 lived in Berkeley, California. William went into the merchant navy where he met my great grandmother in Scotland, UK, and had a daughter, Elizabeth. William returned to the US on his ship the USS Panaman and Elizabeth sadly never knew her father. It appears Jessie lived in San Francisco with her nephew and neice, Laura Howard in 1930. Her grand daughter (my grandmother) Elizabeth, married at age 15 at Gretna Green in Scotland and lived into her 70’s. I would be interested in anyone who thinks they may have a family connection. Kind Regards. Collette Newton


Nicole Greene, Fayetteville NC
Email: nagreene4@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Tue, 18 Sep 2007
Surname: Pereira Carvalho
Comments: I am looking for any information on my ancestors. I don't know that much but what i do know is that my Grandfathers name is Manuel C Pereira he passed away in 1985 he was married to Susan Pereira living in Fall River Ma. His family immigrated to Fall River from Sao Miguel Azores. his mothers name is Marguarida or Margarida Carvalho Pereira i am unsure of his fathers name at this time. My grandfather was in the us navy aboard the USS Kittson during WWII


Marco Alessandro Pavao Tavares, (unknown location)
Email: marcotavares7@hotmail.com
Date submitted: Mon, 24 Dec 2007
Surnames: Pavao
Comments: My family comes from Sao Miguel, I don’t know much of their history. My grandfather Fernando Pavao, along with my grandmother and their two children Philippe and Maria (my mother) moved to Winnipeg Manitoba in the 1970’s. The Pavao name is not very common and all I can gather from my grandfathers stories is that it originated from a nickname for my Great Great Grandfather whom never knew his father…so you can see my investigation of my family is very limited. If anyone has any information please email me.


Debbie Tavares Valentine, Pawtucket, RI
Tel.: 401-475-0212
Email: D1val57@cox.net
Date submitted: Thu, 17 Jan 2008
Island: Sao Miguel
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Benevides, (De) Medeiros, Lorenda, Miranda, Tavares, Souza, and Viveros
Comments: My Grandfather (Avô) was Francesco Tavares, [b. Jan 18, 1986 in San Miguel, Azores]. He came to the USA before 1911 and settled in Fall River, MA. He married my Avó on the 8th of May 1911 in Fall River, MA. His parents were Joao Tavares and Helena De Medeiros they lived somewhere in San Miguel. They had at least one other son, my brother thinks it was John or Joao Tavares, and he had at least 3 kids, I remember a Cousin Tony Tavares (wife Mary) from Portsmouth, RI., a Mary Tavares Mendes from Fall River, Ma and a Brother Emmanuel (who was possibly born Francesco Tavares before joining the Jesuit Order). Unfortunately none of my aunts and uncles are alive any longer so I don’t have any more information on this branch of my family. My Grandmother (Avó) was Maria Miranda who came here with her family aboard the vessel CANOPIC. It departed from St. Michaels, Azores, Portugal, and arrived at the Port of Boston, Boston MA. on the 13th of NOV 1905. Her parents were Manuel Viveros Miranda and Alminda (or Arminda) Souza, I think they were married on Feb 2, 1891 in BRETANHA, ST. MIGUEL, AZORES. They came here with 2 sons and 2 daughters, my Avó, Manuel D., Francisco (Frank), and Gilda. While here they had another daughter Demontina. They came to Fall River and stayed with a brother-in-law listed as Manuel Carvahlo at 94 Alden St. Fall River MA on the ships manifest. Alminda Souza’s parents were Francisco Benevides Souza and Maria Lorenda also both listed as being from the Azores. My Grandparents had 8 children. From oldest to youngest they are: Manuel Antone, Francisco (Barney) Jr, Benjamin (died as infant), Benjamin (He was my Father), Maria Rosa, Antonio, John, and David. If anyone has these people in their genealogy PLEASE, PLEASE let me know, this is a dead end for me and I would truly appreciate it.


Paul Boyle, 5452 Antrim Court, Columbia, MD 21045
Te.: (301) 596-4210
Email: PBoyle6@Verizon.Net
Date submitted: Wed, 06 Feb 2008
Surnames: Menezes (San Miguel, Azores), Santos (San Rogue, San Miguel, Azores)
Comments: I am considering a trip to the Azores this summer and my son has taken an interest in researching his ancestors. Here is what I know about my Grandparents: Manuel Jacinto Menezes, born in St. Miguel, Azores on March 20, 1888; Marie (or Maria) Adelaid (Santos) Menezes, born in San Rogue, San Miguel, Azores, Portugal on June 27, 1891. They came to America in the early 1900's and were married in Cambridge, MA on Dec. 28, 1911. Thank you so much for any information you may be able to provide.


Danielle Marie Angelina Silva, Wauwatosa, WI
Email: daniellemarie72002@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Wed, 10 Dec 2008
Island: Sao Miguel
Surnames: Silva, Sousa or Souza
Comments: I'm looking for information on my greatgrandparents, and relatives still over in Sao Miguel, Azores. My greatgrandmother came to the United States when she was 16yo. My greatgrandfather came over about the same time, we are guessing around the 1910s or 1920s. They immigrated to Plymouth and New Bedford, Massachusetts my greatgrandfather's name was Manuel Silva and my greatgrandmother's name was Marie(a) (Sousa) Silva. They had one child, his name was Manuel Silva and he moved to Wisconsin and had 11 children, but he didn't marry a Portuguese. My vovo (Angelina) died in 1996 and was about 90years old. Any information would be most welcome. Thank you!


Breten Bryden, Dennisport Ma. USA
tel.: 508-760-2892
Email: bretenb@yahoo.com
WEB: www.brydenart.com
Date submitted: Thu, 11 Dec 2008
Surnames: Pereira, Medieros, Perry, Tasha, Amaral, Cabral, Joseph
Comments: My great grandfather's name we Jose Jacento Pereira. He changed it to Joseph Perry when he and his wife and kids moved to Provincetown Ma. His wife; Mary Perry (Maria Candida Medeiros Perry) had 13 kids, all born in St. Michael except the youngest who is still alive today in Provincetown at 103! (5 of those kids died before they came to America.) Mary Medeiros Perry lived to be 96yrs but I have no information on her whatsoever and my great aunts memory is fading. I can't seem to go back any further than the United States on either side of the family. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


James Francis, Australia
Email: galaxy@iinet.net.au
Date submitted: Sun, 14 Dec 2008
Comments: My great grandfather's name was Antonio FRANCISCO born ? 1799 in Sao Miguel. He committed a crime in ? Gibraltar 1826 and was sent to the colonies (Australia) via Deal, England in 1827. Sailed on the Prince Regent. He arrived in 1827 in NSW,Australia in 1827, was pardoned in 1848. Married to ? Jessie Bovier/Bouvier. Had a son ANTONIO FRANCISCO who had a son James Gerard FRANCIS. I am his son. Any information would be appreciated. Need a birth certificate/marriage certificate or any information whatsoever. Thanks. Jim


Trinity Buie, Dos Palos, CA 93620
Email: trinnybuie@yahoo.com
Date submitted: Tue, Mar 03, 2009
Surnames: Rego Miranda
Island: São Miguel
Village: unknown
Comments: My great Grandfather and [great Grand]mother were first cousin that were married and moved the United States. They are from the São Miguel, Azores Island. They were moved to Los Banos, CA where they were able to purchase land & started a family; in which most of us still reside. I don't know when he passed away but my Grandmother passed in the 1970's. My grandmothers' name is Rose and her husband, my grandfather’s name is Augustine. Their names may have been Rego-Miranda.


David Fratus, Hiram, Ohio
Email: fratusdj@roadrunner.com
Date submitted: 3 Oct 2009
Location: Azores: Flores or Sao Miguel
Surname: FRATUS (FREITAS)
Comments: Robert Fratus , b. 1821, was orphaned and placed on a whaler as a cabin boy at about age 12. Sailed with the fleet until the late 1840s. Settled in Fall River, MA or Providence RI then moved to Iowa where he became a prosperous farmer and died in 1899. He married the daughter of the family with whom he immigrated to Iowa and had six children. Only two have descendants alive today. He was supposed to have a brother who also was put on a ship but who ended up in Brazil. No contact between them after the Azores. Would like to know if anyone has any information about his origins or clues as to where to look.


Carlann DeFontes, Waianae, Hawaii
Email: carlannd@hotmail.com
Date submitted: August 15, 2010
Location: Sao Miguel
Surnames: De Fontes, Perreira
Comments: I am looking for information on my Family that emigrated from Sao Miguel, in ~ 1882, to Hamakua, Hawaii (the Big island). I believe my Great grandfather was Manuel and married Maria Isabella ( ? maiden name- maybe Perreira) in Sao Miguel before they emigrated. The 1910 Hawaii Census show them in Hamakua with 5 children, Joseph, Jessie, Georgina, James ( my grandfather) and Angelina. I believe they may have worked at the Hamkua Sugar Mill/ Plantation. My grandfather had two boys: James ( my dad ) and Dean. Thank you for any assistance you can give.


Marjorie Mathias Mello, Livermore, California
Email  rired43@comcast.net
Date submitted:  7 Sept 2010
Location:  St Michaels, Azores
Surnames: MATHIAS, CORDEIRO, CABRAL
Comments: My Paternal Grandparents Manuel F Mathias 19 years old arrived at Ellis Island 4/19/1902 on the ship REPUBLIC. He married Sarafina Cordeiro also from the Azores. My Maternal Grandfather also of the Azores married Florence Sweet. They all resided in Providence, Rhode Island.  Would appreciate any information pertaining to them.   Thanks, Marjorie


Edward J. Donnell III, Aurora, Nebraska
E-mail: eddonnell@hotmail.com
Date submitted: 16 Oct 2010
Location : Sao Miguel (village unknown)
Surnames: Coute, Medieros, De Silva, Pimental, Vera
Comments:   Fall River Mass Area.   My great  grand father Zephran Coute ( often spelt different, and sometimes called Joseph)  was born in 1874 (died abt 1931) in Sao Miguel , Azores, He immigrated to the US in 1891 or 95, and became a citizen in 1906. His wife was Mary Vera (was told she was the first Portuguese girl born in US and her name was on a plaque in a a church in fall river??, but that doesn't seem logical since she wasn’t born until 1885, maybe first of that congregation ?)  She was the daughter of Frank and Hannah Vera,  both born Sao Miguel,  Hannah had  come to US in 1851 (Hannahs census records ) . My grandfather Jesse Coute (1905-1978)  has sisters who married Medieros, De Silva and Pimentals . And brothers Manuel and Anthony . I cannot find any info on Zephran prior to coming to the US,  only census records for the birth location, arrival US info etc. Family history passed down is that his father was Zepherano DeCoute, and that he was mariner who died frozen to the rigging of ship, but don't know if that was in US or Azores, and may be Vera family story, as they seem to get very mixed up on many such stories.  Anyone got a family contact with these families, and most interested in the Coute family.

Lynn Paul Sullivan, no address submitted
Email: lynnpauls@yahoo.com
Date submitted: 19 Feb 2012
Location: Sao Miguel (village unknown)
Surname: Furtado
Comments: I am helping my sister-in-law find her relatives from St. Michael, Azores. Her maternal grandfather and grandmother were Joseph Jacinta (changed to Jesse or Jessie upon arrival in the New England area of the United States in 1909) born 8 June 1889, and Maria Rosa Furtado. Born in 1886.  They had a child Manuel in 1908 while still in the Azores. I find all of the names listed in the Master List but not a good match to all of the people and dates, therefore I have no good information about their roots.


Paul Banister, Hagerstown, MD, no street submitted, Hagerstown, Maryland
Email: paul.banister@myactv.net
Date submitted: 22 Mar 2013
Location: Sao Miguel
Surname: Francis, Pedro
Comments: My great grandmother, Maria Lucia, was born in Sao Miguel on 28 Feb 1875 to Joseph Francis and his wife. Believe her maiden name was Pedro. She had a sister Rosa born in 1878. The family migrated to Hawaii around 1880. The sisters moved to San Francisco around 1900. Don't know what became of Joseph and his wife. Any help is appreciated.



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