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I am looking for the grave of my Uncle Henry Avila. He was burried in Terceira in the 1960's. He was a Priest there. He also had a sister named Amelia. We called her Aunt emily. I am hoping that other family members are buried near by. My email is Thanks for your help. (18 Dec 2007)

Jose Elfon Sylva/Silva b. approx 1845 Sao Miguel Acores or... Lisboa Portugal
Parents Jose Elfon & Lavinia Sylva/Silva
He arrived in NZ approx 1865.
Really need to find my roots. Please help.
Rozita dei Leoni (18 Dec 2007)

Searching for any info on Joseph/Joaquin VERA, b. abt. 1883, in Faial, Azores, son of Joaquin VERA and Mary/Maria CELESTINA. Any info on his siblings would also be very helpful. Thank you.

Virginia Vera (10 Dec 2007)

Looking for info on Augestine Bertao MENDES from Terceira, Azores, born around mid to late 1800's, died in azores, but his wife (Angelica {CRACZON DEJESUS}maiden name) and children immigrated to California via Rhode Island 1913 on the SS Roma. Any Info would be appreciated. Thanks, Misty MENDES Nov 2007)

Looking for information on Manuel CORREIA. Born in St. Jorge, Azores in 1856. Came to U.S.A. in 1871 by himself. Lived in Montana. I know nothing of the family. Thanks for any (1 Nov 2007)

Looking for my ggreatgrandfather Paul Enos from the Azores .Paul was born 6-29 1850 d;12-24-1924 in Cmpobello Island Cananda Paul came to Canada in 1879 he marreid ndmother Sarah Annie Mitchell he was a baptist member at Wilsons Church Campobello.I have no ther data Thank You (1 Nov 2007)

In preparation for a trip this winter, I am beginning a search for the town or village that my g.g. grandfather came from on Sao Jorge. His name was Victor Joseph LEONARD. He used the name Victor JOSEPH at various time in the early years of living in Provincetown ,Mass. He arrived in Provincetown somewhere between 1870 and1880; the documents I have are not consistent. His wife was Henriquette ALVES LEONARD also of Sao Jorge. They were most likely married in the Azores ; our local church has no record of their marriage here. I am assuming that his name was originally LEONARDO. There is a strong possibility that he was of the MACHADO lineage as we are among the families here in Massachusetts which have the inherited disorder Machado Joseph Disease. Is there a village or parish of Sao Jorge where the Leonardo Family predominates? His parents are listed as being
Richard R. LEONARD and Barbarie LEONARD.

Thank you for your help,
Susan Leonard (18 Oct 2007)

Looking for Joao Vieira CABECA b. about 1874 Sao Miguel, Azores He immigrated to New Bedford MA in the 1890’s. Parents are Joao V. CABECA and Cerubina de L. He died Apr. 27 1943 New Bedford MA. He married Oct. 22 1894 in New Bedford to Maria Jose de Frietas RAMOS b. about 1876 Flores, Azores. Her parents were Jose C. RAMOS and Pulcenia de C. She died Jan. 16 1948 in New Bedford. Her fathers last name may have been DE FRIETAS and Mother’s RAMOS. She had a sister that lived in CA Isabel MONIZ d. 26 July 1951 in Alameda CA. Joao and Maria had 7 Children in New Bedford. I am looking for any information about these families. Thanks for your help. Steven McNamara (18 Oct 2007)

Im looking for information regarding my grandmother, Maria Isabel Cristo born Pico 1910

Philippa Auton (18 Oct 2007)

I am looking for John Alto Sylvester who was born 31 Dec 1834 in Sao Jorge. We are looking for his parents. Anyone with any ideas? Thank you. He came to California for the gold rush by ship around the Cape Horn. Please notify me. Terri Wentzel (24 Sep 2007)

Researching Manuel Silveira RODRIGUES(Anglicized Rodgers) born: 1854/55 in Flamengos or Feteira, Faial. Died in Hayward, CA 1932. Have old photos,marriage cert. married to Maria de Luz Garcia from Faial (traced back). (18 Sep 2007)

Thank you,
Margaret Garcia Holt

We are looking for any information on my Great Great Grandparents. Their names are Antonio PEREIRA GOULART(E) who was married to Ricarda FRANCISCA(O?) and lived in Faial. They were parents to Jose PEREIRA GOULART(E) who emigrated to the US in the late 1890's. Jose was believed to have been born in 1883. He married Maria Thereza SOUSA in Providence, RI in 1904. We are also looking for her parents. Her fathers name is Mariano SOUSA. We are unclear of her mothers name, though we believe Maria is her first name. Her last name looks as though it may start with and I, L or T and seems to end with cao, however the middle is illegible. They lived in Sao Miguel. The only record we have of her mothers name is a photocopy of the handwritten marriage license for Maria Thereza and Jose. Maria Thereza was born about 1890 and emigrated to the US around 1901. We believe Jose came alone while we believe Maria Thereza came with her parents or relative. Jose and Maria Thereza married in 1904, but by 1905 (the birth of their first daughter) they were going by the names Joseph and Theresa Perry and moved back and forth from Onset, MA, USA and Bristol, RI, USA before finally settling in Cambridge, MA, USA. They are impossible to track from any point before their wedding because they changed their names back and forth often. We cannot find their immigration information, and are not sure which port either one came into. We do not even know their exact birth dates. They both have listed July 28, but the years for both of them vary depending on the documents. We know this may be a total shot in the dark, but if anyone has any information on any of the people mentioned above, please contact us~, thank you! (17 Sep 2007)

Looking for William Serpa, born in Faial, Azores, circa 1887. Immigrated to United States in 1906-1907. Married Mary? (whose parents were also from the Azores). Resided in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts during his lifetime in the United States. Had 9 children Massachusetts, Margaret R., Mary R., Laura R., Mable R., William R., Alice R., John R., Albert R., and Dorothy R. Any information would be appreciated. Please email me at sunsider@AOL.COM (21 Aug 2007)

looking for a manuel janeiro born 1880? From Riberiea Grande (21 Aug 2007)

I am looking for information about my two grandfathers: Manuel Machado SOARES born in Vila das lajes do Pico, Azores in 1874,illigetimate son of Anna Francisca Machado and married to Marcelina GASPAR Soares, the illigitimate daughter of Maria Jacinta Silviera. Manueal was a whaler. They immigrated to the US in 1903 (according to census data). I am looking for information on the ship they immigrated on and the year and any information concerning their parents.
I am also looking for information on my maternal grandfather Jesse FERREIRA, birthdates are unclear since he lists different dates in 1920 census (June 5, 1879) and the 1930 census (dec 1881). He was married to Mary Conception SOUZA, born 7 July 1875. Census data places her birthdate at 1883. They were married at Santa Clara Church in Faial, San Miguel. I would like to know where Jesse came from, his real birthdate, his mother's maiden name and the date of their marriage, believed to be abt 1900.
thank you
Gordon Soares (29 Jul 2007)

Four CATON fishermen immigrated from Azores to Provincetown, MA; birthdates a few years of each other.
Looking for any possible family connection between them: (few Caton fishermen in Massachusetts - all related?)

Manuel R. CATON, b. 1863 in Azores, immigrated & m.1883 Provincetown to Ida SILVA
John CATON, b. 1869 in Santa Maria, Azores, immigrated 1889 Provincetown; m.1891 Ameila/Amelda CARLOS
John CATON, b. 1870 in Azores, immigrated 1893 Provincetown; wife Phoebe immigrated 1894 Provincetown
John F. CATON, b. 1865; wife Justine S. b. 1875 (immigration dates unknown)

Much research information already gleaned. Family historian with information to share on Portuguese American family SILVA to trade/correspond with also at:
Please type "Azores Query" in subject line so email is not mistaken as spam. - thank you. (29 Jul 2007)

Joseph Freitas DIAS born 1837-1838, son of Manuel Freitas DIAS and of Isabel Maria de Sousa could have been baptised in the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios council of Lages of Flores OR the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição council of Santa Cruz in the Island of Flores both habitants of this village living in the Rua da Fazenda. Joseph Immigrated to Australia in 1854.

I am trying to find details of his date of birth plus Manuel and Isabel's marriage, birth and death details. (21 Jul 2007)

I am looking for information on the MARTIN family from Flores, Azores, Portugal. Caton MARTIN had at least one son named John Charles MARTIN. John Charles was born 7 Aug 1862 Flores, Azores, Portugal. He married Maria <DE JESU>. Their daughter, Mamie, was born in Portugal in 1855. They came to Half Moon Bay, California before 1895 when their son, Frank, was born. Their son, John Lewis MARTIN was born 11 Sep 1900 in Fresno, California. Maria died 11 days after John L. was born (22 Sep 1900). John C. then married Mary SILVA/SILVIA in Fresno. She is also from the Azores. Her parents were Manuel and Victoria “BISPO” SILVA. The children of John C. and Mary are: Manuel, Elvera Delores, Matilda Madge, Albert, Daniel R. and Edward E. If anyone has information on this family, please contact me at Thank you. (10 July 2007)


Looking for Ueaheurra CLEARCA (CLEAVES) b. ~1853 in Azores. He immigrated to the Provincetown, MA, USA.  His wife was Beuto F.?  Looking for Mary J.  CLEARCA (CLEAVES) b. ~1873 in Pico, Azores (born at St. Mary's). She immigrated to the Provincetown, Barnstable County, MA, USA.  Married there in 8/15/1892 to Ferdinand J. Oliver, born ~1870 in Terceria, Azores.   I would like to correspond with anyone having information on these people.
Carolyn Murray (18 Jun 2007)

I am looking for help, please. My Gr-Gr-grandfather was born in Santa Cruz, Flores, Azores Islands. All the info I have his name is listed as Joseph Freitas FRAZIER (think he changed it) He was born in 1840, had 3 brothers they were all sailors on whaling ship, and apparently jumped ship to come to the gold rush. His brothers were Antone, Frank & Jason. Mother Catherine SANTA, father John FRAZIER. Joseph married Marian NUNES her birth 11-25-1841, Azores, they married June 9, 187?. They lived in Sawyers Bar, CA and had 3 children, Joseph, Mary Josephine, and John Evangelist. Please any help will be very much loved. Keep in mind I don't believe last names same as when left Azores.

Suzanne Bullock NEVILLE (20 Apr 2007)

Searching for information on MANUEL THOMAS and his wife MARIA FELICIA from Fayal, Azores.
Interested in knowing of other children they might have had as well as their ancestors.

What I know so far:
Their son - MANUEL FRANCISCO THOMAS was born September 20, 1866 in Fayal, Azores, and died January 14, 1918 in Oak Bluffs, MA. He married MARIA JOSE D'ANDRADA daughter of JOSE IGNACIO D'ANDRADA and LUCRETIA MELLO of the Azores on 11 November 1890 in Oak Bluffs, MA. (5 Apr 2007)

Looking for ancestors of Francisco Garcia DA SILVA, born 1824 in fayal, died 1908 Stonington, CT. Also, his wife, Helena Clara DE CASTRO, born 1832, was a school teacher in Fayal, died 1808 in Stonington, CT. Will be visiting Horta hotel do Canal April 14-16, 2007. Any advice on where to look while in Horta will be appreciated. Many thanks, Jeanne Sylvia-Hartley (3 Apr 2007)

I am looking for information on John Simas MELO, Jr from St. John, Pico, Azores. Date of Birth: 11/16/1890. He came to USA 11/1/1907. Lived in Hayward, California from 1915 - 1928 and then left the area. (28 Mar 2007)

Looking for Beirnadino SILVEIRA and his wife Mary L. who lived in St. Miguels. (1 Mar 2007)

Seeking information about Joao Maria OLIVEIRA b. 4-23-1857 and Umblina NUNES b. 7-23-1858, both in TOPO, S. Jorge. They are my great-grandparents, the first of my family to come to California. Would like to connect with others from searching TOPO families. (28 Jan 2007)

I am searching for TEIXEIRA's from S. Jorge, Azores. Mostly in Manadas and Ribeira Seca. I need ancestors and descendents of Francisco Luis TEIXEIRA, b. about 1794 and died 20 Oct 1876 in Faja dos Cubres, Ribeira Seca. And also Jorge Jose TEIXEIRA from Manadas, b. 1765 d. 1840. he married Teresa Joaquina BETTENCOURT of Urzelina, S. Jorge, b. 1826 d. 1831. Would like to connect with others searching these families. (28 Jan 2007)

I am searching for ancestors and descendents of my great-grandmother Maria Laura MESQUITA of Sao Roque, Pico. She was born 4-13-1863, her parents were Ponciano da ROSA (CAMACHO) and Maria da Gloria do Coraco de Jesus MESQUIA. Ponciano's parents are Joao da Rosa (GOULART) CAMACHO and Perpetua Felicia PEREIRA Dda SILVEIRA, and Maria Gloria's parents are Francisco Silveira de MESQUIA and Ana Rosa. I have collected all Maria Laura's descendents, she immigrated to California in 1916. I hope to find her earliest Azores ancestors, and from where they came from. & would like to connect with others searching the same family. (28 Jan 2007)

I am looking for my great grandfather, Francisco NICOLAU born in the Azores May 1842. I don't know which island. His father is Manuel NICOLAU; his mother is Sabastiana CONSTANTINA. He immigrated to New York about 1862 and lived in Brooklyn, NY. He was a sailor. He married Mary Pettit in 1866 in Brooklyn, NY. If anyone knows about the surnames NICOLAU or CONSTANTINA, or if the surname NICOLAU or CONSTANTINA is commonly found on any specific island, I would like to know. This would give me a place in the Azores where I could begin to research the records. Thank you, Patricia (16 Jan 2007)

I am trying to locate information on my grandfather JOSEPH DAVILLA. He came to the United States on a whaling ship and settled in New Bedford,Ma his DOB is 1885 and died 6/22/1930 married Emiline Dumus and her DOB is 5/10/1885 and died 12/17/1918. He changed his last name to VILLA. Parents I believe are Jacintho DAVILLA and IGNACIA PEADADE and I believed lived in Asors or Lisbon, Portugal. They had 2 sons (Joseph & Vincent) and 2 daughters (Bertha & Rose. Grew up in New Bedford, MA. Could you try to help me find family members.

Thank you (2 Jan 2007)

I am looking for information about my ggggrand father Antonio Goularte RAPOSO born around 1720, gggrandfather Manuel Goularte RAPOSO born around 1751, both born in Lajes do Pico, Azores.

George Goulart (2 Jan 2007)

I am looking for information on my grandmother. She was born with the name ESCOLASTIEN CABRAL in the chruch of San Jose of the town of Ponta Delgada in the diocese of Angra on the thirteenth day of July 1899.

She was the child of Anancio Cabral and Maria Da Gloria Dias.

Paternal grandaughter of Jacinto Cabral and Ana Ricardo and Maternal grandaughter of Julio Dias and Escolastien de Jesus.

The Godfather was Manuel Dias and Emilia De Jesus.

Anybody out there researching these names or where to get info..............

Thanks, Geneva Cook (2 Jan 2007)

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