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This page is for people who don't know the exact island in the Azores from which their ancestor came. If the island is known, they will be posted on the page for that particular island.

In case you don't know the original Portuguese surname, there is a list of Portuguese surnames in California which were Anglicized. Click here to see these Anglicized names.

Arlys R. LaFehr (Mrs. Thomas R.), 1997 S. Broadway, Grand Junction, CO 81503
Tel.: (970) 241-4541
Date submitted: before 1998
Island: (Unknown, could be Azores or Madeira)
Surname: Enos.
Comments: Joseph C. Enos (according to the 1900 Census) was born 1858, came to the US in 1882 at age 18 [sic] and worked as a day laborer and sharecropper in the Taunton-Rehoboth area. He also worked as a horsewrangler for the Waterman drayage company in Providence, RI. He married Catherine (see under Azores, Flores, Lomba), my husband's great-grandmother, in about 1886, had six children, and died sometime after 1901. His father may have been a teacher and his sister Teresa was also a teacher.

Tim Riley, 209 Wethersfield St., Rowley, MA
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Azores (island unknown)
Surnames: Viator, Bettencourt, Silva
Comments: Looking for ancesters and geographic location of individuals who immigrated to Gloucester, MA around 1900.

Donna Dostal (maiden name: DeFrates), Route 2, Box 213, Roseau, MN 56751
Tel.: (218) 463-3142
Date submitted: before 1998
Island: Unknown (prob. Flores)
Surnames: Freitas, Serpa
Comments: I am just beginning my search for any relatives and information on ancestors. The only information I have is this: My grandfather's name was Anton DeFrates. His father's name was Anton F. DeFrates and his mother's name was Francis A. Serpa. My grandfather was born in Martha's vineyard here in the US, but as far as I know his parents were not born in the US. My father, Edward Emmett DeFrates, is still living, but for some reason unknown to my siblings and me he will not give us any information on his family other than they originally came from the Azores. I hope someone can help me in my search. I know there are a few other DeFrates in the US, but I'm not sure if were are related.

Antonio Dutra Jr., Rua Padre Chagas, 79 cj. 802, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, CEP: 90570-080
Date submitted: before 1998
Island & village: (unknown)
Surname: Dutra.

Sharon Merrick, 3717 Tortosa Ct., San Ramon, CA 94583
Tel.: (510) 830-8982
Date submitted: before 1998
Island & village: (unknown)
Surnames: Gomes

Wesley Cedros, 701 S. Henry St. #708B, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Date submitted: before 1998
Island: unknown-Faial suspected
Village: unknown
Surname: Cedros.
Comments: I'm not actively researching at this time but thought my information might help others. I'm on the East Coast going to school but am originally from West Coast. My father, Richard (no siblings), moved to S. Oregon but the rest of the family is in N. California esp. Weed, Yreka, Gazelle, and Bay Area. My great-grandpa, Albert, was postmaster of Gazelle for many years (now deceased). His father (parents?) arrived from the Azores. If you have any info, or questions you'd like me to ask my dad or grandpa, pass them along.

Denise Enos, 2336 Corbin Lane, Lodi, CA 95240
Date submitted: before 1998
Island and Village: (unknown)
Surnames: Enos (Ignacio)
Comments: I need information linking John Enos to the Azores. He was born in the 1800s and resided in the San Joaquin Valley of California, before moving to Livermore.

Alvaro Rocha Vargas, Pedro Vargas 1083, Carazinho, RS, Brazil, CEP: 99500-000
Date submitted: before 1998
Island and Village: (unknown)
Surnames: Vargas, Rocha.

Pedro Silva Inácio, Milton Campos, 247 - Coqueiros, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, CEP: 88080-110
Date submitted: before 1998
Island and Village: (unknown)
Surnames: Ignacio, André, Silveira, Silva.
Comments: João José Ignacio e Maria Henrique André, Manoel José Ignacio e Perpétua Maria Silveira, Honorato Silva----All of these people have lived in the south of Brasil during the nineteenth century. Some of them were Portuguese and others were sons of Portuguese people.

Sérgio de Borja, Rua Conde D'Eu nº8 apt.204, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, CEP: 90620 020
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Açores
Island & village: (unknown)
Surname: Borja (maybe the original was Borges).
Comments: Meu pai Orlando de Carvalho Borja , filho de Francisco Procópio de Borja que era filho de Francisco Thomé de Borja Neto me dizia que sua família era originária dos Açores. Nunca fez menção de saber qual a ilha ou cidade. Referia também o sobrenome Vieira (uma possível transformação deste nome em Borja ???!!!) Não sei se há possibilidade de encontrar alguma coisa assim. Estes meus ascendentes foram povoadores da Costeira do Pirajubaé, na ilha de Santa Catarina, e ainda, conforme meu pai, vindos dos Açores. Calculei que se meu bisavô é Francisco Thomé de Borja Neto, não sei o nome de meu trisavô, mas dá para deduzir que meu quadrisavô seria também Francisco Thomé de Borja (sem o neto). Um abraço

Claudia Rumberger, 8513 Silverdale Road, Lorton, VA 22079
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: (unknown)
Surnames: Freitas
Comments: My great grandfather born September 20, 1858 on the Island of Faial came to the US between 1871-75 with his older brother. I don't know what port of entry they arrived but travel to Pennsylvania. There they split company never to see each other again. My GGFather settled in Conneaut, Ohio changed his name from Manuel Sylverstor Freitas to Frank S. Smith. There he worked for the railroad and raised a family. He married 3 times his first wife Sarah (Sadie) Mayhue gave him 6 children. My grandfather was the third. Looking for lost cousins!!

Lupe Williams-Lujan, P.O.Box 234, La Puente, CA, 91747
Date updated: Thu, Nov 18, 2004
Surnames: Laureanno, Williams, Azevedo
Comments: I am researching the WILLIAMS name. My grandfather, Joseph WILLIAMS AKA Joseph Laureanno d'Azevedo was born in São Jorge in July 1872. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1887. In 1893 he married my grandmother, Mary ALBERT, she was born in Delano, California in Feb. 1874 to Charles and Mary ALBERT. They lived most of their life in Fresno County, Tulare Co., and Kern Co. My grandparents, Joseph and Mary WILLIAMS had 9 children all born in the same area. Their names and dates of birth follow. Frank 9 Aug. 1886; Clara (married John Enos) Dec. 1899; Flora (married John Cardoza)1904; Louise 1908; George 1898; Annie 1 June 1911; Joy 1912; Gertrude 1915; Ed, no date. I am also looking for my g-grandparents Charles and Mary Albert also from The Azores. Charles date of birth 1839 and Mary P.O.B. 1849. They were living in Contra Costa Co in the 1880's.

Vivian Hultz, P.O. Box 41, Helotes, Texas, 78023, U.S.A.
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Western Islands
Surnames: Monish (must be Moniz), Fratus (Freitas).
Comments: This is the only information gotten from my father's birth certificate. His mother was listed as Sarah Monish (Moniz) from the Western Islands and his father was Dominick Fratus (Domingos Freitas?) from Portugal.

Michael Espindle, 675 West End Ave, 10-C, New York, NY, U.S.A., 10025
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Azores (Island & village unknown)
Surnames: Arabalhadores, Espindle, Sousa Vieira.
Comments: Just starting the research. Great grandfather b. Azores, married in Azores (Frank Espindle to Julia Sousa Vieira). His parents b. Azores, d. Azores (José Espindle and Izabel Arabalhadores).

David Placido, (no address submitted), Brookings, Oregon, U.S.A., 97415
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Azores (Probably island of São Miguel)
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Mello, Placido, Silva.
Comments: Migration from the Azores to Brazil - civil war ended plans of settling in Brazil around to the Hawaiin Islands, Georgina Mello or deMello married ________ Placido, after Placido died she married _______ Silva. She bore 14 children all in the Hawaiin Islands. One ancestor is told of dying while holding up a bridge during a flood. All I have is word-of-mouth so far.

Debra Kelly, 9535 Questa Pointe, San Diego California, 92126
Date submitted: before 1998
Region: Azores Islands (Island and village unknown.)
Surnames: Cordeiro, Furtado, Moniz.
Comments: Joseph Furtado and Jacintha Moniz immigrated to Massachusetts in the early 1900's. They had 2 children, William and Josephine.

Brecc Keith Avellar, Thunderstruck Road, Floyd, Virginia 24091
Tel.: (540) 745-3574
Date submitted: before 1998
Village: Island & Unknown.
Surnames: Avellar, Soares.
Comments: I don't know where the Avellars are from. I've been told they're from the north of Flores, but I have not been able to confirm it.

Jannette Cochran, 27985 Manzanita Trail, Colfax, CA 95713
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: before 1998
Island & Village: Unknown
Surnames: Gomes, Fonseca.

Bill Lonergan Atkinson, NH
Date submitted: before 1998
Island & Village: Unknown
Comments: My grandparents were Delphino da Silva Aguiar (1870-1948) and Marie Eugina Costa (1877-1946). They both came from the Azores to Massachusetts. I am looking for any information on Delphino da Silva Aguiar's parents who were Joao da Silva Aguiar and Maria Ricardo.

Linda Ganz, PO Box 523, Benton City, WA. 99320
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Fri, 30 Apr 1999
Surnames: Brazil, Pimentel
Islands: Flores, unknown
Comments: My great-grandparents came from the Azores. They came from different islands, one may be Flores. I was told they met in SanFrancisco and were married there. The were shepherds. My Great-Grandfathers name is John Pimentel and my Great-Grandmothers name is Lucy Brazil. I was told that her brothers came to america before her and she was sent for. Her father did not want her to go and would not let her mother say goodbye to her. She and my Great-Grandfather were divorced when my mother was a small child. I would guess early 1940's. Since then there was no contact with my Great-Grandfather. They had three children, Henry, Joe and Elsie. She died in Manteca, California.

Karen Heines, 2032 Manorhaven, Ortonville, MI 48462
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Tue, 15 Jun 1999
Maiden Name: Mello
Island and Village: unknown
Comments: I am looking into the family history of my grandfather, Jacintho Mello. All that I know is that he was born in the Azores on 2/29/07.

Barbara Dean, 225 Lakeside Dr. Levittown, PA 19054-3905, USA
Sate submitted: Thu, 24 Jun 1999
Island & Village: Unknown
Surname: Perry
Comments: My search is just beginning, but am hoping to find some specifics on my Great-grandfather Manuel Perry. Born sometime in the 1870s. Not sure when he emigrated to the United States, but located in Massachusetts. Married Mary Wood date unknown. Had three sons one of which was my maternal grandfather.

Sam Koester, 5635 Oak Creek Place, Granite Bay, Ca 95746
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 28 Jun 1999
Surname: Fraga (Island unknown, possibly Faial)
Comments: My grandfather Anthony Fraga was born on the east coast in 1876. Most probably Rhode Island. I have been unable to locate birth record. His parents were Jose Manuel Fraga and Anna Emilia Fraga. I do not know which island they were from. My grandmother was from Faial and though they married in Rhode Island, I know many times these families knew each other in "the old country" so perhaps my grandfather also came from Faial. Any help would be most appreciated. Thank you, SammyK

Carolyn Goulart Cothran, 10431 Rosser Rd., Dallas, TX 75229, USA
Tel.: 214-358-4631
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Fri, 16 Jul 1999
Surname: Goulart
Comments: My great grandfather was Manuel Goulart. He came over from the Azores I think in the late 1800's to learn photography. His plan was to move back, but he met my great grandmother and stayed in New Bedford. My grandfather is Joseph Goulart. Am looking for any more information.

Diane Rojas, 100 Las Americas Villas NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T1Y 6Y6
Tel.: (403) 247-5733 x 513 or (403) 293-4212
Date submitted: Tue, 27 Jul 1999
Comments: I have just recently begun my geneological search and I ran across your internet site. Maybe someone out there will have "clues" that can help me along the way.
I am trying to trace the origins and geneology of my great grandfather. His name was Francisco Cardoza, although in the past, there was also reference to his name as Francisco Cardoza Silveira or Francisco Silveira Cardoza. He sailed for the U.S., and landed in California sometime around 1883, although this is only an estimate. He later sent for his fiance (who, by the way, was his second cousin) and they were then married in California. Her name was Rosa (don't have a last name). They had at least one child: his name was Frank Peter Cardoza (born in Oakland? around 1908 and died in Vallejo in 1947). Frank Peter Cardoza married Hazel Brown and they had two sons: Laurence Cardoza (my father), and Donald Cardoza. Any suggestions on how I can proceed would be appreciated. Thank you. Diane Rojas

Holly Nunes, Tulsa, OK, USA
Tel.: (918)583-4283
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Wed, 18 Aug 1999
Comments: I am looking for my father or family. They are brother and sister, julio is my dad. Last know place was califoria.I was born in modesto cal. All i know is that he was from the islands and was sponored to came here from the galio wine people. I know that nina roberts married a cop in los angeles CAL. please help me. Thank you. Holly

Sandra Anderson, POBox 5159, Woodbridge, VA 22194, USA
Date submitted: Fri, 20 Aug 1999
Surname: Freitas
Comments: Need info on my gr grandmother Mary/Maria Jesus Freitas from uknown island. She married Francesco Ferola from Avellino Italy in Boston Ma around 1892. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Gail Temple, 912 Rose Dr, Benicia, Ca 94510, USA
Tel.: (707)745-9172
Date submitted: Tue, 14 Sep 1999
Island: Unknown
Surname: PERRY - RENAS
Comments: Perry, Charles F. b:1849, married Margaret I. Renas b:1863. My Aunt believes the name Perry was changed from Perreili or Perreina? We were also told that Charles or his Father may have been a Captain of a ship. We do not know which Island they came from or much else. They did end up in California by 1879/1880, as their first(?) child was born here. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Douglas W. Rodrigues, 143 Cour De La Carabe, Sparks, Nevada, 89434-9515
Date submitted: Sun, 26 Sep 1999
Comments: Attempting to locate relatives of Jose Monseba Rodrigues, born 1849 in unknown town in the Madeira Islands, arrived in Hawaiian islands 1865 as a Portuguese sailor. Married Emilia Furtado, born about 1880 in unknown town in the Azores. All the male descendents (all dead of old age) used the middle name of Monseba, but a couple of them spelled it Monsebo. Trying to locate information of unknown family in the Azores or Madeira Islands.

Jody Garcia, San Jose CA., USA
Date updated: Wed, 10 Aug 2005
Comments: My Grandparents immigrated from the Azores to New Bedford Mass. My GF name was George John Garcia. My GM name was Maria Maciel Gallego. My GF came first and then sent for my GM. They lived in New Bedford until approx. 1920, when they moved to Hanford, CA to a Dairy Farm. They also lived in San Gregorio and then later to Santa Clara County. My father's name was Joseph John Garcia. His siblings were Rosaline (Sardinha), Mary (Azevedo), Manuel, Emily (Medeiros) George, John, Anthony, Edward, Eva Jane (Circo), Elvira (Da Vico). All the children were born here in the U.S. I have been that my Grandparents may have immigrated from Pico, but I am not certain. My Aunt Emily's middle name was GRAVANCE, so I believe this may have been a family name also.

Michael Dennis Sanders, 467 Joost Ave, San Francisco,Ca 94127-2405
Tel.: 415 586 2189
Email (invalid email) or
Date submitted: Tue, 9 Nov 1999
Comments: My grandfather Manual Sanders and his brother Julius came from somewhere in the Azores, about 1897 to 1899.My uncle Julius I don't know where. My grandfather Manual married Rose Hughes and they had 2 children in Lakevew Father Julius Manual Sanders and my aunt Mary Douglas. My grandfather had a sister somewhear in Portugal who was a nun. She wrote a letter to dad sometime during WII. We are suposed have relatives in the Azores and in Sault St. Marie Ontario Canada. If you know of him, feel free to call,write or e-mail me.
Also, does anybody know of any SANDERS Portugal or what more likely it was before the SANDERS left Portugal? Maybe Sandoze or Sandose? Thank You.

Alberta Silva, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Thu, 11 Nov 1999
Surname: Silvas, of Benicia California
Comments: Ancestors of Manuel F. Silva born 1870 in Benicia Calif; Married to Mary Dondrado. Born in Benicia Calif; 1875. We believe Manuel F. Silva's father (mother?) came from one of the Azores. We also believe they changed their name, maybe from Machael ???? to Silva. We love to get any info on this family. Thank's Alberta Silva.

Tony Matthews, 16a Basley Road, Owhata, Rotorua, New Zealand
Date submitted: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 (updated 15 Sep 2012)
Comments: I have recently found out that I had a GG Grandfather who was Portugese. Apparently, from the Azores. His name was Francis JOSEPH, b1829 died N.Z ?. I believe he was a Whaler and jumped ship in New Zealand. He married an English woman Elizabeth Unthank HAYNES in New Plymouth, New Zealand. I would be interested in contacting any family in AZORES of this man. Thanks.
2012 Update: The name he used in New Zealand having anglicised it was;  Francis Joseph, born 1833 in Azores, son of Antonio (a carpenter), Mother’s name not listed.  He died in August 1917,  aged 84 years old in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.  He married an English woman Elizabeth Unthank Haynes in New Plymouth when he was 50 years old.  They had 3 children.  The story was that he was a whaler and jumped ship.  Although he lived here since 1864, he never became a naturalised NZer.  Several years ago, someone apparently from the USA , came looking for him.

Darlene Barkman, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Tue, 7 Mar 2000
Surname of relative: Jose Santos
Comments: The only information that I have is that he and his wife Attionette Medieros Santos came from the Azores in the early 1900's and settled in Fall River, Mass.

Robert Venezio, 7977 Becky Ct., Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Date updated: Tue, 6 Dec 2005
Island and Village: Unkown
Surnames: Gaspar, Henriques.
Comments: Don Pedro Henriques II, and Maria Henriques of Hayward were my GGG...? Grandparents. I would like to learn more about researching my family background. I have an uncle in San Jose, Ca., Manuel Gaspar. I don't know all of the village surnames, however, great grandfather several times removed was Don Pedro Henriques IV. Great grandmother, Maria Henriques of Hayward. Also, Faial Island is mentioned, surname Gaspar. Pedro Miguel Village, Vargas and Henriques. Fayal (Faial?) Antone Vargas Henriques, son of Dom Pedro IV. Pedro Miguel Village, Tomasia.

Rietta Costa, (no address submitted)
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Wed, 19 Apr 2000
Island and village unkown
Comments: looking for info on my grandparents and their histories. would like to track down originating island and village. grandfather Manuel? Costa, grandmother Mary F Samanaca. My grandmothers family immigrated to Mass. First, my grandfather came over later.They were first cousins. they had 5 girls and 1 son. My father Manuel Edward Costa (Buzzy) has numerous cousins in Mass. he was born in Tauton. perhaps someone has more info on our history? My grandmothers mothers surname was Fitado or something like that. if you hear from a Nancy Neuhoff, she is my aunt.

Rose Braz, 556 -61St Street #A, Oakland, CA 94609
Tel.: 510-595-3638
Date submitted: Wed, 3 May 2000
Surnames: Rodrigues (??)
Comments: My great grandmother Barbara Rodrigues came to Hawaii in 1912 with her children including my grandmother Celesta jesus Rodrigues (born 1909). They worked on a sugar plantation and then came to California.

Francis Campos, Jr., 6921 E. Nichols Place, Englewood, CO 80112, USA
Tel.: (303) 220-0835
Date submitted: Fri, 19 May 2000
Island & Village: Unknown
Comments: My grandfather (Joseph Campos) and grandfather (Irene Perry Campos) came from the Azores before 1910. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts where my father (Francis Campos Sr.) was born on October 12, 1910.

Rachel Croston, (no address submitted), Australia
Date submitted: Thu, 25 May 2000
Comments: We are trying to fine out something about our Greatgrand father who was born in Portugal. We believe it was Azores (Westen Inlands) maybe?.) His name was Emanuel King his father name Joseph mother Anna Maria or Maria Anna Emanuel left Portugal when he was about 13 yrs old as a cabin boy on a ship one of his grand daughters told me it was a fishing boat possibly a whaling ship and he jumped ship in a Australia. Where he later married a Rachel Gedling and they had 14 children one who was my Grandmother. We would love to know about his family and home land. Thank you hope some one can help us.

Brent Richards, Australia
Date submitted: Wed, 07 Jun 2000, updated 14 Jun 2010
Island and Village: Azores, Western Islands, Portugal
Surnames: Joseph/Josephs, Francis/Francisca, d'Alvarez
Comments: I'm looking for information about my ancestor, Inez Joseph. His first name has been spelt variously as Inez, Enos, Ennis and Ernest.  He was a mariner born c1835, birthplace has been variously listed as Azores, Western Islands and simply Portugal.  His parents were Inez Joseph, mariner, and Maria Francis perhaps Francisca.  He married in 1858 at Sydney to Irishwoman Mary Tremble/Trimble, they had six children, and he died in 1876 at Sydney. 

Jackie Moreno-Williams, Po Box 143, Maricopa, Ca. 93252, USA
Date submitted: Sun, 27 Aug 2000
Surnames: Escobar, Mello, Vieira
Comments: My great grandfather was Joseph Mello Vieira b. 10/27/1870 or 1868 in the Azores, but do not know which one or who his parents were. I have recently started on my family history. He married Rose Trinidad Escobar, don't knowwhen yet, but their 1st child was born in 1905 or 1906. Rose's parents were Anton and Anna Escobar, Anna is from Azores also, but do not know her maiden name yet. Joseph and Rose both are buried in San Luis Obispo, Calif. But they lived in the northern part of California at one time. Their children are Mary, Joseph, Angelina, and Evelyn Elizabeth (my grandmother). Any help would be greatly appreciated. I do know that there are grandchildren in the Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont, and Hayward area of California.

Andrea Hawkins, (no address submitted)
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 25 Sep 2000
Region: Azores (Island Unknown)
Comment: Looking for information on Joseph Enos Furtado born July 31 1895 married Rose who died in December 1960. Son Andrew died July 1963. son Joseph Jr and son Edward. thanks for any help. They died in California

Diana Cullison, 28 N Edwards St Worthingon, IN 47471, USA
Tel.: 812 875 2625
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 25 Sep 2000
Surnames: Medeiros/Machado
Comments: grandfather - John Medeiros approx birth yr 1896 born in Providence RI. grandmother - Mary Machado Medeiros approx birth yr 1906 born in Azores Island. Address in June of 1935: 1330 West Main Rd Portsmouth RI.
My mother was Muriel Theresa Medeiros dob/6-28-1935. Any information would be helpful

Mark L. Anderson, (address not submitted)
Date submitted: Sun, 27 Aug 2000
Subject: Manuel Enos (Ignacio?)
Comments: Looking for information about Manuel Enos, born in the Azores, who emigrated to US. Is listed in 1870 as a resident of Cape Elizabeth ME (with wife Mary, origin unknown). Son George Enos married Bridget Foley in Portland ME in 1885. My available information prior to George is very sketchy.

Darlene Mitchell, 613 Mohegan Ave Quaker Hill, CT 06375
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Oct 2000
Comments: The family search we conducted with much travel has proven very helpful. We traveled to Cohassett Mass. First we where looking for information on my great-great grandfather John Marie Smith born Jan 1843. this search produced the following surprising results. It appears that John Marie Smith was a well known sea captain there are books and information available on him. But the surprise was he changed his name we found name change records for both he and his wife. John Marie Smith was born we believe John Marie Ferreira. Or that was his father who is listed as Gukin Ferreira born 1821. John Smith Married my great-great grandmother Lucy Enos Frates who also changed that maiden name to Lucy Enos Fancis. I have no idea why she would change a maiden name but she was born in 1848 all that is listed for any of this info. is Azores. There was a story in the Newspaper here about a Statue being made for her safe travel and the building of a famous church there and it delayed her travels until both the church and statue where finished. There is much more detail about this marriage. Anyway I am searching for anyone who has info. on these names. Gukin Ferreira born 1821 wife may have been Rita? Lucy Enos Frates Born 1848 her parents were Enos Frates (Francis) and Francis no birth dates for them but you could estimate about...1810-1830?. thanks...

Lisa Darling, New London, CT
Date submitted: Sat, 21 Oct 2000
Location: unknown
Surname: DAYS/DIAS
Comments: Searching for any information on my great grandparents, Julia and Joseph DAYS/DIAS. They emigrated to the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Any information on how to begin this search is of great assistance. Thank you!

Ellen Mendoza, (no address submitted) Portland, Oregon, USA
Date submitted: Tue, 31 Oct 2000
Name: Francisco Mendoza
Comments: I would like to add my inquiry to the general Azores page. I am looking for any information on Fransisco Mendoza (probably changed from Mendonca), who settled in New Bedford around the first part of the 1900's. His son Maurice was my grandfather. Please email me. Thanks.

Marlene Carrass, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Fri, 10 Nov 2000
Comments: My family immigrated from somewhere in the Azores in the early 1900's. The family name was DeMello. It may have been Da, instead of De. He married Maria Rita Braga. They settled in Rhode Island and had 11 children. For some reason unknown they changed the family name to Perry. All of the children used that name throughout their lifetimes. Any information would be appreciated.

Christine Neighbour, Australia
Date submitted: Fri, 10 Nov 2000
Comments: I am looking for relatives of my GGGgrandfather Emmanuel da Silveria who came from the Western Isles of Azores(possibly Flores). Born approx 1810 left for America 1849 arrived Mass. left for Australia Victoria arrived approx 1850. Jumped ship "White Swallow" at place Blairgowrie in Victoria near Melbourne. Married Irish woman Katherin Brogan had approx 12 children. Changed name to Silva but this could have been his name as I believe names were altered for one reason or another ie-religion Went to goldfields in Victoria and planted vineyard in Moonlight Flat Vic.Australia. Please contact me if you have any comments or information which would be greatly appreciated.

Also I am seeking information about my GGG grandfather named Joseph de Silvia From the Western Isles Born 1830. Parents Joseph and Louisa Francesca. He immigrated to Australia via Boston and landed in Australia 1855 -jumped ship called "The White Swallow" married Catherine Brogan in 1870 had approx 13 children. Married 1870 Died 1896.
I suspect he came from Flores. Can you tell me how to search Marriage and Birth records on Flores and Corvo. I am coming to Azores in September 2001 and would like to know if there are any living relatives. I would be grateful for any responses. Regards

Gloria Santos Eperthener and Louis Eperthener, Pittsburg, PA
Date updated: Thu, 27 Apr 2006
Village: Unknown
Surname: Santos
Comments: Any information on the Santos family from Azores, Portugal and then a few of them moved to New Bedford and Plymouth Rock, MA? First names were Manuel, Calerous and Gloria, children of Alvenia. Manuel ended up in Pittsburgh, PA, Calerous in Montreal, Canada and Gloria Santos lived in Rhode Island, Alvenia was the mother of Manuel, Calerous and Gloria. Gloria had some sort of illness and died in Rhode Island around age 45, and Alvenia died in the Azores around 55. Mr. Santos father of the children died somewhere around Plymouth, MA at about the age of 56. Presently some family live in Pittsburgh, PA and Florida

Sunni Rose, Salt Lake City, UT
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Sun, 03 Dec 2000
Island and Village: Some on Pico, some on Graciosa, elsewhere?
Surnames: Maclena, Silviera, Ramos, Correia, De Mello (de Meio?)
Comments: Here is the information I have: Mary Maclena, b. approx. 1815, had daughter Francis Silviera. Francis Silviera married John C. Ramos, they had Mary Isabel Ramos in 1861 on Flores or Pico. Mary Isabel Ramos married Domingo Correia De Mello (who was born on Graciosa in 1851) in 1876 in Half Moon Bay, California. They had 10 children, one was my great-great grandmother Mary de Mello who was born in 1878 in Half Moon Bay. The family has continued to live in the Bay Area ever since. I would really appreciate meeting relatives or hearing information you may have on any of these families.

Lavinia McEwan, 21 Mountjoy Terrace, Wynnum 4178, Queensland, Australia 4178
Tel.: 61 7 33966170
Date submitted: Wed, 27 Dec 2000
Village: Unknown
Surname: Silveira
Comments: Searching for Jose Silveira - born around 1830 - parents Joseph or Jose Silveira -farmer and Luisa Francisca. Boarded merchant ship the White Swallow from Boston in 1854. I don't know how he got to Boston and have not been able to find him on any ships immigrating from the Azores so far. Jumped ship in Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Australia in 1855. Can trace movements from then onwards but not prior to arrival in Australia.

Sue Stone, Michigan, USA
Tel.: 248-875-7533
Date submitted: Sun, 4 Feb 2001
Village: Unknown
Surname: Avila
Comments: I'm the grandaughter of joe avila that came from the azor island in the early 1920's i think, married mary maidera had 3 children Emily Mary, and Dimas Avila. lived in Visialia California.

Gina Dutra, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Wed, 7 Mar 2001
Surname: Dutra
Comments: I am 1/4 portuguese married to a 100% portuguese. My husbands parents immigraged here to California. I know very little of their history and pretty much none of mine. Thanks.

Eileen Cordeiro Averill, 5355 Sweetwater Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46235
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Tue, 8 May 2001
Region: Azores (Island and Village unknown)
Surnames: Cordeiro, Costa
Comments: I am just beginning my research for my ancestors in Portugal. The only information I have is this: My ggrandfather was Joseph Cordeiro b. 25 Jan 1879 in the Azores. His wife was Antoinette Costa. Their oldest daugher was supposedly born on the ship coming to the USA in 1901. They settled in Dighton, MA. They also resided in Taunton, New Bedford, Fall River, MA. and Hollywood, FL. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Jennifer Hardie, 11 Selwyn Court, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Tel.: 0064 6 355 1767
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 18 Jun 2001
Surname: VALLEDO
Comments: I am trying to find out about my great-grandfather. His name was Antonio Francis Valledo. He was born in the Azores about 1845 and emigrated to New Zealand at some point. The only other information I have is that he was naturalized here in 1893, and died in 1910. I may have the spelling slightly wrong but am going by the records here. Any help greatfully received. I am awaiting on his death certificate but don't hold out too much hope of a lot of information.

Michael Vieira, 211 Beecher Ave., Palacios, TX 77465
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Tue, 3 Jul 2001
Island and Village: Azores, Madiera (village unknown)
Surnames: Vieira
Comments: I am looking for information regarding my grand-father John Vieira. I am told that he was born in Madiera. I don't know when he was born but, my father was born in 1918 in the U.S. So, I believe John Vieira came to the U.S. some time before or after 1900 where he married my grand-mother.

Diane Dove, (no address submitted), San Jose, CA., USA
Date submitted: Thu, 6 Sep 2001
Island and Villiage: unknown
Comments: Manuel A. Machado came to California in 1882 according to his death certicate. He died in Gustine, CA. Oct. 26, 1920. Manuel was born March, 1862. His father's name was John Azevedo Machado, his mother was Marie Conceciao. Manuel had a dairy business. He also lived in Turlock, 1914 Castroville in 1906 and possibley San Juan, 1903. His wife's name was Mary Lieberman.

Lisa Porria, (no address submitted)
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Sat, 8 Sep 2001
Region: Azores Is.
Surnames: Gracia and Silva
Comments: I am looking for birth information for Joseph Gracia. His son's death certificate indicates his father Joseph Gracia was born in Azores, Is. and his mother, Mary Silva born in Portugal. I'm guessing birth years could have been between 1850-1860.

Ku`ulei Sarah Mello, 2620 Ainaola Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 17 Sep 2001
Name: Manuel DeMello
Comments: He was born and raised on one of the Azore Islands. He moved to Massachusettes then dropping the De- latter having just Mello.

Barbara Zumstag, 25 Cartright St., Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Date updated: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 (updated again 12 Mar 2009)
Surname: Enos
Comments: I am looking for anyone related to my great grandfather, Emanuel Enos/Ignacio who resided in New Bedford, MA.  His wife’s name was Bridget. They had a daughter Katherine Enos who married a George Zumstag in Connecticut.  There may possibly be a relative with the name of Martinez who worked in Connecticut at Fairfield Hills Hospital.  I would appreciate any information at all. Thank you so much.

Cecilia E. Longoria, 58 Martin Dr. N.W., Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635 USA
Date submitted: Tue, 6 Nov 2001
Comments: I am looking for my g grandmother who was born in the Azores, island unknown and region unknown. I believe she was born between 1850-1880, Her name Maria Luisa Cordero.

Kathleen Nevis, Connecticut, USA
Date submitted: Fri, 30 Nov 2001
Village: Unknown
Surnames: Nevis, Souza, Mello
Comments: My name is Kathleen Nevis and I am doing some research on my fathers side of the family. I have traced part of my ancestry back to Sao Jorge and the name that comes up is Joseph Souza Nevis Mello Miller born March 6, 1822 and he married Josephine Paravagna. Joseph's parents are Joseph and Mary. Joseph and Josephine had 10 childern (Miller's). But that is about all the information I have on them. I also have another branch of my family that starts with Nevis. I have come to a stump on Manuel Nevis born around 1861 in Sacromento,Ca. Their may have been a name change somewhere in this lineage. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Sincerely, Kathleen Nevis.

Jamie Gravelle, 6005 226th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Tel: 425/673-1630
Date submitted: Fri, 28 Dec 2001
Island: unknown
Village: Unknown
Comments: Family lore (through my grandfather, a first-generation American) has them from the Azores. I'm just not sure which one. Jamie

Laurie Allen, 8851 Nimbus Way, Orangevale, CA 95662, USA
Tel: 916-988-5103
Date submitted: Sat, 29 Dec 2001
Surname: THOMAS (William Thomas)
Island: unknown
Comments: William was born in 1868. Immigrated 1888-1890 to US.

Ed Miller and Luis Garcia, 19110 Dagmar Dr, Saratoga, CA. 95070-5157 USA
Date submitted: Sat, 5 Jan 2002
Island: Unknown, but probably PICO
Comments: I am researching for my friend, Louis. The 1920 US Census for Gustine Twp, Merced Co., CA lists a family, hoh Manuel T. GARCIA w/wife named Olinda, both born in Portugal (Azores) and immigrated in 1912. Five children, first two born in 1912 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara Co., CA. Manuel's death certificate and cemetery headstone reads "Manuel Garcia THOME, born 1890 and died 1962." His mother's maiden surname listed as "PERPETUA" and father's surname as "THOME." He and his sons were employed as dairymen in the California Central Valley, Gustine and Los Banos. His wife, Olinda A. Garcia Thome, nee RODRIGUES was born in 1891 in Azores and died 1978 in Los Banos, Merced Co., CA. Uncertain as to whether or not they became naturalized. If anyone recognizes these names, would like to contact/collaborate. Would like to find village and island where they originated and thus, more documents and family history.

Nate Johnson, Salinas, Ca., USA
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Sat, 26 Jan 2002
Region: Azores Islands (Island and village unknown.)
Surnames: Rogers
Comments: Looking for Frank Rogers born in "Azores Islands", as per a legal document found in San Jose, Ca. c.1909. He was married to Louise "Rogers". I believe this IS a mistake and her real maiden name is not known. They had at least one daughter named Minnie Evangeline Rogers born in Newark, Ca. which is adjacent to San Jose. Minnie married William Anthony Hartnell Johnson, my grandfather. Thanks in advance for any help.

George Rainha, (no adress submitted)
Date submitted: Fri, 1 Feb 2002
Comments: My grandfather, Joseph Furtado Rainha,married Mary Fraters in 1908 in Hudson Massachusetts in 1908, at which time she was 19. She was from the Azores, but which island is unknown. He I am not sure of, but maybe from same. Some of my relatives may be going by Queen. Thanks.

Roberta Burkett, Seattle, WA, USA
Date submitted: Sun, 28 Apr 2002
Island and village: Unknown
Comments: Searching for info on John ALVAREZ who arrived South Australia about 1854, (b. abt 1828 in Portugal, d. 1885 Australia). Married Margaret McCaughey (b. Ireland in 1856) and had first child John ALVES in 1857 in Gawler, South Australia. Name was ALVAREZ on marriage certificate and shortened to ALVES at birth of first son. Interested in information on emigration from Azores to Australia in the 1850 s.

Linda Garcia Mosca, (no address submitted)
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Thu, 2 May 2002
Name: Maria Pimentel
Comments: Looking for town my Grandmother was born in. She was from the Azores. She married my Grandfather John Sanchez Garcia (from Borgus, Spain )probably between 1900 to 1906. My grandfather left Borgus, Spain and went to the Azores. There, he met my grandmother. He married her in the Azores (I think) Then took her to Massachusetts, either to Fall River or New Bedford. Any help you give me would be helpful. Thank you.

Paula Zigouras, PO Box 595, North Carver, MA 02355, USA
Date submitted: Fri, 17 May 2002
Surnames: Cruz, Dunn, Gloria
Comments: My grandfather's name is Alfred Cross. He was born in Cambridge MA on Sept 21, 1896. His father was Manuel Cruz; his mother Isabella Dunn. I am trying to find information about Isabella. She died 8/1/1918 in Plymouth, MA and the death record reads: Isabella Cruise; father Joseph A. Gloria; mother Marianna; place of birth Azores, approx 1870. Her husband, Manuel Cruz was from Lisbon, Portugal; but I don't know where they were married or when. Some of the old papers that my father has say --Isabella Gloria Dunn--. We have no pictures. There is a possibility that Isabella may have been born in Scotland, even though her death records states the Azors. I would appreciate any information on Isabella Dunn, Joseph A. Gloria, Marianna Dunn, or Manuel Cruz.

Jean Holland, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Sun, 4 Aug 2002
Island: unknown
Family name: Bernardo
Comments: Family first settled in New York, traveled to California. Grandfather born in Brownsville, CA. 1880 census show family in Yuba, CA. Names are Manuel Ventura Bernardo and Maria De Silveire Bernardo. Census listed their birthplace as Portugal, Azores. 1880 ages would have been 52 for Manuel and 40 for Maria. Children: Manuel, Maria, Joseph, and John (my grandfather). Only link I have for NY is an old family clock with NY listed as place of purchase, been in the family for years and a final gift from grandfather's home.

Debra Watson, Waterville, ME, USA
Email: (invalid email)
Date submitted: Mon, 12 Aug 2002
Village and Island unknown
Surnames: Pais, Cardoza
Comments: My greatgrandmother, Palmyra (Cardoza) Pais, b 12/28/1884, in the Azores, settled in Oakland, CA, then came to MA, I am not sure where her port of entry was or if she came with her husband, Anthony Pais, don't know if they married here or in the Azores. She had sisters that came with her Sabina, and some others, Sabina and Palmyra married brothers, Pais. I believe she was married at 18. My grandmother, Caroline was born in Oakland, CA. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks, Debra Watson

Louise E. Smith, 28 Robert FD Rd, Watertown Ma 02472, USA
Date submitted: Thu, 5 Sep 2002
Comments: Looking for grandfather Paul Enos from Azores Portugal. I feel he ran away very young on a whaling ship, and ended up in Canada, Campobello Island, New Brunswick. All my relatives were at one point born or buried at Campobello and I knew Paul Enos worked at the sardine factory and lived with an Nehemiah and Sarah Mitchell on the island. My father Charles Alfred Smith was also born there. No one knows anything about Paul and I will keep looking until I find my heritage.
I feel something is wrong as no one will give me any info on Paul Enos one of his sons Norman Enos was well known and married into the Wilson Family on Campobello Island and Paul married my grandmother Agnes Mitchell and still no one will say a thing about Enos. Paul is buried in Campobello. I know my Dad was of Mic MAC decent and was shunned as a child so that may have a great deal to do with it. Thank You Louise

Madeline Kight Pima, (no address submitted) Arizona
Date submitted: Tue Sep 24, 2002
Island and village not known.
Comments: I am looking for anything on my father that came here to live. He went by Candado Costa Lawrence and was borned in March of 1897. His mother's name was Madelina Marie Cardozo.

Taís Silveira de Souza, Rua Otto Boehm, 1039, Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Website: (invalid address)
Date submitted: Sun, 27 Apr 2003
Surname: Silveira de Souza
Comments: Estou pesquisando a família Silveira de Souza, que é provável que tenha vindo dos Açores, não sei a ilha. Minha pesquisa não está muito adiantada, pois cheguei ao meu bisavô paterno, Etelvino Silveira de Souza, sem saber data de nascimento ou morte. Ele casou com Generosa Nunes e teve de 7 a 8 filhos, José, João, Pedro, Etelvino, Mercedes, Arnoldo (Dodô), e Thomaz Silveira de Souza, meu avô, nascido em 22/02/1897 em São José, SC. Thomaz casou com Maria Francisca Vieira em 11/05/1918 e faleceu em 21/06/1963 em Joinville, SC. Thomaz e Maria Francisca tiveram 12 filhos, Etelvino, Mário, Odete, Irene, Eunice, Zilda, Zenir, Ondina, Ita, e Ary Silveira de Souza, este último, meu pai. Tenho encontrado informações truncadas, mas qualquer tipo de informação será bem-vinda, obrigada.

Gwyn Paterson, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Sun, 22 Jun 2003
Researching: Antonio daVarga born 12/1/1824 Azores
Comments: In the next few months family are hoping to travel to the Azores for family history research. I am helping my brother in law find his grandfathers birthplace and other family in the Azores. Antonio daVarga was born 12/1/1824. His father was Matheu daVarga and his mother Maria Felicia(na). Place of birth Western Isles. Said to be "taken "on board an American whaler "The Noble" early 1840's bound for Antartica.Also taken was his cousin or friend Emanual daSilva. Arrived in New Zealand mid 1840's (whaling ship wrecked 1846off New Zealand coast). Changed name to Martin by deed poll in 1851 in New Zealand. Married in Auckland New Zealand 1849. Died in Auckland 27/7/1882. Many descendents in New Zealand. Some reference to "Farilhoes" in family writings, but think this could be either Faial or Isle of Flores. Can anyone please help?

Gouveia, (no aaddress submitted)
Date submitted: Fri, 11 Jul 2003
Village: unknown
Surnames: Fereira, Gouveia, Pereira, Souza.

Carlos Alexandre Fonseca Lima, Recife-PE Brasil
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.

Roberta Rosa, 2913 Dain ct, Rancho Cordova, Ca 95670
Tel.: 916-369-0937
Date submitted: Sun, 31 Aug 2003
Surname: Rosa, deRosa
Comments: My grand father was Manuel Peter Rosa From Azores. He lived in San Francisco, born Nov 1, 1870 and died Aug 6,1921. He came to USA in 1889. He was first married to Bella B. (Hunt) they had four boys Manuel, Leslie or (Steve), Herbert and Charlie. Then he married my grand mother Clara B. (Mock) and My father Francis or (Frank) and William. He has to brothers Joseph Rosa who lived in Sunnyvale and a Frank P. Rosa. Frank Pereira Rosa last name is deRosa he was from Azore Island, Portugal. He died July 2, 1921. He married Minnie Nunes Duarte and has three Daughter Minnie, Mary and Anna deRosa who lived in Mountain View, Santa Clara. There parent are Anthony P. Rosa and Elizabeth. On Manuel death record their birth place is Portugal.

David Mattas, 7227 Pritchard Rd, Altus, AR 72821, USA
Email: (work) and (home)
Date submitted: Mon, 15 Dec 2003
Surname(s): Matos, Mattos, Mattas, Nunes, Rapoza - all from the Azores (specific island is not known at this time)
Comments: I've just recently started tracking my geneology. Here are the specific names and information I've gotten from one of my uncles in Colorado: Dinatos Mattos was born January 23, 1915 in Fall River Mass. (Notice Mattas was spelled with an "O".) to Maria Nunes and Manuel Mattos. Both Maria & Manuel was born in the Azores, (according to the birth certificate). Also, a Portuguese friend of mine told me that Mattos my have ben spelled Matos, which is a very common Portuguese name, like Jones in the US. Dinatos Mattas had two brothers and two sisters. Their names were Louis, John, Hilda, and Irene. My Great Grandfather died of a heart attack April 10, 1936 (Manuel Mattos). His father was Albert Mattos and his mother was Lauisa Rapoza, both born in the Azores.
This is all the information I have at this time. Any help in tracking down legal documents or getting pictures of anyone of these people would be greatly appreciated.

Merrily Ann (Nunes) McCarthy, 916 South Chance Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702
Tel.: (559) 453-2563 Cell# (702) 300-6842
Web Site:
Date submitted: Thu, 25 Dec 2003
SURNAMES: Rodrigues, Nunes
Location: Somewhere on the Azore Islands
Comments: My Grandfather was brought to America as an indentured servant, from somewhere on the Azore Islands, by an attorney. His name was Rodrigues. The attorney changed his name to Nunes, according to the legend my Father passed on to me. My Father's name was Joseph R. Nunes. He was born in, I believe Irvington, California and lived on Roberts Ave. He recieved confirmation at St. Joseph's Cathedral at Mission San Jose, February 12th, 1928. He had a sister, now deceased who was married to Manuel Gianandrea, who had Gilbert and Diane. He had an older brother named Johnny who lived in Santa Barbara area and married to Aneva. They had Freddie, and JT, and I believe, one more son. I want to know more about our early family gneaology from the Azore Island, or relatives such as Dayne Taylor Boring of Colorado. Please.

JacQue Howard, PO. Box 145, Rock River, WY 82083
Date submitted: Wed, 7 Jan 2004
Surnames: Alexander
Comments: My grt. grandparents are listed as Manuel F. Alexander from Azores, Portugal...unknown which island. Immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1880's, lived in Fall River, Mass.

Rita Rhoads Maury, 369 Broad St., Waverly, NY, USA
Date submitted: Sat, 17 Jan 2004
Surnames: Freitas, Fratis
Comments: My great grandmother Anna Agusta Dorothea De Fratis was born in Philadelphia, PA 1882 and died in Corning, Steuben County, NY 1944. Her husband was John E. Rhoads born 1884 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA and died in Corning, NY in 1936. Family lore has it that Anna was part Portuguese and part Native American. I cannot verify this. Her father was William b. 1848 and mother was b. 1851 Mary Price both born in PA. Possible that an Andrew (Andreas) was a sailor and jumped ship in Phila. John Rhoads and Ann Fratis married February 12, 1905 in Philadelphia. Anna had a brother named Sammy whose son is a navy man and made a career of it. My dad says that Sammy must be about 75 or so years old. Does anyone have connections with this family?

Fred Banks, PO Box 159, Casino NSW 2470, Australia
Tel.: (61) 2 66622411
Date submitted: Sun, 8 Feb 2004
Island and village: unknown
Comments: Grandfather Joseph Silviera De Brum b Azores around 1858. His parents, Joseph Silviera De Brum and Maria Lopes. All migrated to New Zealand before the mid 1880s. Does anyone have any information.

Beverly (Thayer) Yarborough, 2474 62nd ave, Oakland, Ca. 94605
Date submitted: Thur 25 Mar 2004
Comments: I am looking for Beverly Ann Rezente, born 12, 20 1950 Oakland California. Her Mother's name was Helen, surname not known. Father was George. She had an older brother and sister, Robert and Diane. When her mother passed away she was taken away to live with an Aunt. Her father had passed away a few years before. Beverly was 9 or so when I last saw her. We were very close friends when we were children and I have thought about her often. We lived on 62nd ave in Oakland Calif and I still do.

Joe Eleshio, Corona, CA
Date submitted: Thu, 25 Mar 2004
Surname: Eleshio
Island and Village: Unknown
Comments: I have very limited knowledge of my family's history, but once stateside they seemed to take root in Monterey, CA. My great uncle was a Sheriff in Monterey by the name of Albert Eleshio (changed his name to Elasho). My grandfather was a marine in World War I, by the name of Tony Eleshio.

Rozita F Leoni, 169 Carrington Road, MT Albert, Auckland, NZ
Tel.: (09) 846 0245, (0212) 663 3001
Date submitted: Mon, 31 May 2004
Surname: Sylva / Silves / Silva
First names: Joseph / Jose / Elfon / Elfonse
Comments: B. approx 1846 Isle of St Michael?? Arrived in NZ approx 1865. Married in NZ approx 1866 Raiha (Eliza) Te Mahia. Died: 1920

Jayleen Morris, Hatward, CA
Date submitted: Sat, 19 Jun 2004
Surname: Moriaz or Morias
Island: I have no idea.
Comments: I'm looking for my grandfather. He was born in 1901 and according to family story on the boat bring them to the U.S. I know they came through Hawaii. The name was changed to MORRIS when they came here. Anothy Morris (my grandfather lived most of his life in Oakland, CA. He married Della Paiva and had 5 children.

Cecilia Elias Longoria, 58 Martin Dr. N.W., Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA
Date submited: Tue, 20 Jul 2004
Surname: CORDERO
Island/village: unknown
Comments: My grandmother, MARIA LUISA CORDERO was b. approx. 1870-1890, place unknown. Her parents, it is said were portuguese from the Azores. I don't have nor does any one know what their names were or birth dates were. We have no other information on my grandmother. MARIA LUISA CORDERO may have migrated to Mexico, where she met and married: Frank (Francisco) Elias, approx. 1900-1911. They lived in California. They had two children, Frank Cordero Elias b. 1911 in California, and Demesia b. 1912-1915 probably in Mexico. They settled in Tucson, Arizona. No one knows what happened or where MARIA LUISA died. The story is, that she went back to the Azores and maybe died there in the 40's. This is all I have on MARIA LUISA CORDERO ELIAS. I'm hoping to find something on her somewhere and complete my research on her. Thank you.

Lynn Pritchett, Oro Valley, AZ, USA
Date submitted: Sun, 01 Aug 2004
Surnames: CATON, SILVA
Island: Santa Maria (maybe)
Village: unknown
Comments: Some family stories tell me that some Caton ancestors in America, are not of that surname, but gave it upon entry into the USA, as many were smuggled in on fishing boats? "Perry" is a possible origin of Caton name? Has anyone else heard such a story in their family history search? Anxious to exchange family history with any/all Caton or Silva descendants. My oldest Caton/Silva ancestors: Manuel Caton, born in 1862 on Santa Maria Isle to Manuel and Isabela, who married Ida Silva, born in 1864 to Joseph and Rosa in Provincetown, Mass.

Colin d'Oliveira, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Tue, 14 Sep 2004
Family name: d'Oliveira
Comments: I am endeavouring to trace my direct line of ancestry and would be delighted if you are able to guide me. My earliest starting point is Captain Manuel Joas d'Oliveira, born 1756, who was in command of the vessel: 'St.Josef' or possibly spelt ' Joseph', which ran aground in Table Bay, at the Cape of Good Hope in 1793. Is there any way of finding information about his roots? On 11th May 1795 he married Gezina van Blerk who was of Netherlands ancestry. She was the daughter of Niklaas van Blerk of Venlo, Netherlands and Katerina van Blerk, who came from Nijmegan. Her mother had the surname Magetsky. Captain d'Oliveira died at the Cape of Good Hope on 11th May, 1795. Thanking you

Roberta Bratti, 94 Main St. Ext., Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-8322
Date updated: Thu, 28 Oct 2004
Comments: All I know is that Jose/Joseph DeSilver came from Portugal, no village added. His birth was 19 January 1829, died West Yarmouth, MA, 19 March 1898. He married Amanda Robinson 19 Oct 1854, in South Dennis, MA (All of these towns are on Cape Cod.) He was in the Civil War, but only Portugal on it for birthplace. His Civil War papers had information from affidafits from people that knew him (to get a pension). One said he knew him since "he was a boy of 15". He is listed as a Master Mariner. Perhaps he jumped ship. I cannot find anything about him. New Bedford records don't go back that far. Amanda and their son, Joseph, Jr. died within days of each other, and had a double funeral. My father's mother also died when he was 10 and he was adopted and name changed. Out of 5 children, my father was the only one adopted. I don't know who brought up the other children.

Diane Koanui, Hawaii
Celular phone: 55102032
Date submitted: Wed, 8 Dec 2004
Surname: Souza
Comments: I am looking for my relatives. I was born in Hawaii but my relatives came from Portugal. My dad was Allen Lawence Souza and he married Mabel Gouviea from Kapahulu. There were three of us Diane, Lavrene, Sandra. My dad's mom was Louise Fernandes Souza she married Manuel Souza. My mom's mother was Theresa Rego she married Joe Gouviea had 9 sibblings. My grand parents came on the ships from Portugal. One name of the ships I remember is Catherine. Steve Souza moved from Hawaii in the 1970s. My uncle Steve married a girl named Carmen, they have three kids Steve, Cecilia, and MIchale. They last lived in California. Eddie had 1 son his name was Dennis and they lived in Ewa Beach. He married Peggy Rapoza. My dad and his family lived up Aiea Hts. Dr. He was working at Price Concrete Co. for many years. Anyone with any information is welcome to call me or write. Aloha and Mahalo, Diane Koanui

Robert Perry Frates, 9 Unicorn Ave, Stoneham MASS 02180
Date submitted: Sun, 1 May 2005
Village: unknown
Surnames: Frates, Fratas, Fratus, and Sylvia
Comments: my grandparents were from the Azores and not sure what island. They settled in Mattapoisett, mass. Their names on my parents marriage certificate are: Antone Frates,(writing and could be Fratus, Fratas) and Jennie Sylvia. They had six boys, Antone, Alfred, Walter, Henry, Arthur, Charles, and a girl Florence. Antone, Alfred, Walter and Florence died in Gilroy, Calif. Henry, Arthur and Charlie died in Massachusetts. Any information on the family would be appreciated.

Michele McKinley, 825 Santa Clara St, Fillmore, CA 93015
Date submitted: Sun, 24 Jul 2005
Comments: I would appreciate some help in getting some information about the roots of my grandfather's family. I have the following information:
Name: Alfred Costa Amarino later changed to Moreno
Place of birth: Hawaii, Date of birth: April 8, 1902
Parents Names: Manuel Amarino (father) and Augusta Amarino (mother)
Brothers and sisters: Frank Amarino, Benjamin Amarino, Antone Amarino, Lyda Amarino, Lucille Amarino, Bella Amarino, and Marie Amarino.
We are not sure if Manuel and Augusta were born in the Hawaiian Islands, or if they were born in the Azores. I would like to find out what island they were from, my greatgrandmother maiden name we believe it is Suash (not sure of spelling), would like to trace the family back to the Azore Islands and know what their parents names were. Also would like to know what type of ship and possible route was taken to get from the Azores to Hawaii. I would appreciate any help you would have to offer. Thank-you

Kenneth Leroy Mattos, 132 Linden Avenue, Apt. #1, Rutledge, PA 1907014
Date updated: Wed, 1 Aug 2007
Village: unknown
Surnames: Bettencourt and Mattos
Comments: my great grandparents were from the Azores; I am not sure what island. They settled in California. My great grandfather’s name was Manuel. As was common he and his wife (maybe from France herself or her ancestors?) joined their family names. One was Bettencourt and the other Mattos. What I have been told was that they settled on Mattos upon moving to California. Bettencourt became my grandfather’s middle name (Joseph Bettencourt Mattos, born and grew up in California: Gustine and Napa). I do not know how many children my great-grandparents had, but my grandfather Joseph and his wife Ruth Gray had two sons (Edward Bettencourt Mattos and Alfred Leroy Mattos (my father, born in 1923)). My uncle Edward died several years ago. Any information on the family would be appreciated. I am deafened so I do not include a telephone number but I check my email everyday.

Jan Bettencourt, 2975 4th Street, Clearklake, CA. 95422
Date submitted: Wed, 10 Aug 2005
Surnames: Bettencourt, Faustino(Foster), Cunha
Comments: Antone J. Bettencourt immigrated in 1891. His wife Mary Foster also. I think Antone's father's name was Manuel but I have not been able to find out much else. All we know is that he said he was from the Azores Islands. We have hit a brick wall

Diane Tovar, Ventura, CA
Tel.: (805)653-1959
Date submitted: Wed, 7 Sep 2005
Surname: MARIA
Village: unknown
Comments: I am looking for any info on my GG grandfather, FRANK MARIA (born apporx. 1850 in AZORES), who came over on a whaling boat (possibly landing in Northern California) from Azores. He married Mercedes Nava (b. 6-17-1892 in Mexico) and lived in Oregon. They had two children (now deceased) born in Oregon, Frank Maria Jr and Irene Vivian Maria. After Frank Maria Sr died, Mercedes married John Antonio Silveria (possibly a relative of Frank Maria Sr.) and they lived in Oxnard, CA. I am looking for info on FRANK MARIA, his death date, place of death (probably Oregon), the ship he came over on and where in Azores he is from. If anyone has info on how I can obtain the passenger lists of the whaling boats from Azores to California,please let me know.

Shelly (Chulata) Mommens, Gresham, Ne.
Date submitted: Wed, 23 Nov 2005
Island: Unknown--believed to be Flores
Comments: Just getting started, having difficulty finding much outside of the 27 family members alive today. No one has much info to go on. Grandfather = Albert Abrue-Chulata, (b and d) San Leandro, Ca. Uncles = Walter, Mal (guessing Manuel), Jessie all used just Chulata - dropped the Abrue. HELP!!! I feel lost.

Edward Klaymeier, 5141 Ile de France Dr., Tallahassee FL 32308
Tel.: 850-656-7449
Date submitted: Sat, 26 Nov 2005
Surnames: DaCambre, Gomes, Gonsalves
Place: Georgetown British Guiana
Comments: Mothers name was Leonilda Louise Gomes b:10/26/1907 her parents were Manoel R Gomes b:3/13/1875 her mother was Jesuina DaCambre b:2/16/1881 both I think were born in Georgetown, BG Any additional info will be greatly appreciated.

Vincent E. Summers, (no location submitted)
Date submitted: Sat, 31 Dec 2005
Comments: I seek to find if anyone knows of the history of Manuel COURANT who came to Massachusetts and was found in the Manchester Town, Essex County area of that state in the 1900 census. He had emigrated in 1889. His place of birth is listed as Portugal, but the only other family of COURANTs I see (a bit earlier) is said to have been from Azores. Email me at the above address, please.

Justin Parris, New Zealand
Date submitted: Mon, 9 Jan 2006
Surnames: Parris, Parez
Place: unknown
Comments: were looking for any leads that can help solve the mystery we have all we believe is. Innez Parrez a 13yo boy from Portugal was rescued by Joseph Hodgson in the Hauraki Gulf Auckland "Innez" as he gave his name told of the miss treatment aboard a ship from the captain and crew. He and another boy jumped ship but the other boy drowned. This was in the 1850`s (no official date). His English was very poor so when he was not needed to work on the farm on Waiheke he sat in on the school lessons with the Hodgsons 10 children. He married 1861 (his name now written as Innes Parris) * we have a copy of this marriage certificate which he has signed and his age is stated as 21* it may be nothing but he named one of his sons Dolphe or Adolphus seems to stand out whether this may be an indication to someone we don't know. Dolphe (Adolphus) Parris - B 1879. Details on death Certificate are: Name as "Innes parris", he died on 08 December 1924, Born - Unknown Age - 87, Parents Unknown, age married - 23, length in New Zealand 70 Years. We don't know where to start finding information on this young lad.

Albert Beebe, 388 Hawkeye Ln. Haines City, Florida 33844 USA
Tel.: 863-4394721
Date submitted: Wed, 18 Jan 2006
Comments: I need your help, my great-grandfather Joseph Lima came from the Azores, Western Islands. He was a whaler on ships out of Hawaii, the Brig Victoria 1865, the schooner William H. Allen 1868, and the Bark Paiea in 1870. He became a Hawaiian citizen in 1873, married my great-grandmother Zelie Bal, on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii, 1876. Any information would be most appreciated, Thank You. Albert

Glenys Dix, Owenga Road, Chaltham Islands, New Zealand
Date submitted: Sat, 11 Feb 2006
Comments: I am seeking any information that anyone may have in regard to a man named Joesph Dix we understand he came from the Azores, but we have no information in regard to village or parish. He arrived in the Chatham Islands about the 1850, he arrived on a whaling boat called the "Triumph". He is believed to have jumped ship and hid on the Chatham Islands. Later marring a women name Ngahiwi. At present there is a dispute on the Island in regard to Ngahiwi's ancestory. However a recent report gave a list of at least 15 names that Joesph was known by. The only information that I have in regard to Joesph is that his father was English and his father's brother had gone to France. Joesph's dad married a portugese lady I have no information in regard to her. Any help would be much appreciated.

Evelyn Thomas, Saegertown, PA 16433
Date submitted: Sat, 11 Feb 2006
Surname: Armando Sousa Fidalgo
Comments: my grandfathers name was Armando Sousa Fidalgo. When he immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900's he came through Ellis Island. They changed his name to Armando Fidalgo Sousa. He married Ida Marie Smitti. He had a daughter Jean Marie and we believe a son, who died in infancy. We know he was originally from Portugal. Before he came to the United States, we think he traveled to South America. He was an avid fisherman. We know he passed away while living in a nursing home in Erie, Pa. If anyone knows anything about his past life in Portugal, or his family roots, we would love to hear from you.

Renee Gander[nunes], 21000 w winfield, topanga, ca
Tel.: 310 455 2802
Date submitted: Thu, 16 Feb 2006
Comments: casta nunes antonio father of francisco father of joseph born oct 26 1858 who was father of oliver [al] whos brothers where manuel and carl oliver left home because of problems w/ step mother. was father of oliver wallice who was my father.

Orietta Frame, 706 E. 56th Street, Savannah, GA 31405
Tel: (912)355-4969
Date submitted: Fri, 17 Feb 2006
Surnames: Martinez de Frade, Alencastre
Location: Unknown
Comments: I am trying to locate ANY information on Ana MARTINEZ de FRADE who married an individual whose name has appeared as all three of these in different documentation. I believe the name changes for the same individual may be accounted for in the differences in spanish and portuguese...Jose Antonio de Lancaster, Josef Antonio Alencastre and Joseph Antonio Alencaster. Ana Martinez de Frade (as stated in the mexican docuementation) had 11 children starting in 1777 in Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, but there are no records of her or him in Mexico and the Alencastre name as well as the Frade name are portuguese in origin. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Teresa M. Baclaan, 98-250 Kanuku Street, Aiea, Hi 96701
Tel.: 808-222-3207
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.

Vivian L. Hubbard, P.O. Box 408, Sublimity, OR 97385
Tel.: 503-364-4572
Date submitted: Wed, 18 Oct 2006
Surname: Borba
Comments: The best information that I can come up with is that his name was Frank Borba, born in 1871 in the Azores and married Louisa who was born 1/11/1871 in the Azores. They came to Calif. about 1879 and settled in the Bay Area. Louisa died 10/1/1953 in San Leandro, CA. Frank and Louisa were my husband's grand-parents on his mother's side. Unfortunately Louisa never learned to speak english and my husband could not communicate with her very well. I don't know if this will help at all but appreciate your efforts. I will keep digging.

Keri (Peck) Johnston, (locarion not submitted)
Date submitted: Sat, 11 Nov 2006
Region: Azors (island unknown)
Surnames: Fratas, Freitas, Frates (not certain of the spelling)
Comments: My G-Grandparent(s), or GG-Grandparent(s) came from the Azors, guessing in he early 1800's, though little is realy known. My G-Grandfather was Theodore M. Rogers (name changed from Fratas). It may have been his father, Theodore Fratas that came for the Azors. My grandfather married Ida M. Rogers and had 2 daughters, Lucille and Dorothy. They grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. I believe my g-grandfather had a sister named Cora. Any info would be very much appreciated.

Tamara Maguire, (no location submitted)
Date submitted: Wed, 06 Dec 2006
Comments: Great Grandmother BETTENCOURT: Anna E. Bettencourt born 10/12/1895 died 10/03/1974. It's been stated she was born in Watsonville Ca. However we do not know this to be true. Her Maiden name was ...FIELDS but I have been told there may have been a differnt spelling portuguese version. Siblings: brother Frank and sister Ida. It is known that her parents did come from the Azores I have the hand made truck that carried there belongings with them. Our family does not know the names of her parents.
GREAT GRANDFATHER BETTENCOURT: Antonio Bettencourt, Antonio T. Tony Bettencourt. Born 10/13/1890 Died 08/07/1972. Theses are the three ways I have seen his name written. He was born in the Azores and it's listed as he's laid to rest in Capitola ca. The family lived in the the areas of Aromas, Coralitas, Watsonville on San Jaun Rd. During my Grandmother's (Helen "Bettencourt"Roberts) childhood and throughout her lifetime.
GRANDMOTHER Helen" Bettencourt"Roberts: born 02/25/1917 died ?/?/1982. She was a only child and was raised single handed by her mother for the majority of her life. The family "story" is that my grandmother's father had sufferd an head ingury and had been institionalized my aunt recalls hearing aprox for 50 yrs. of his life. My Grandmother Married Ben F. Roberts Sr. of Watsonville ca. My Grandparents had two children Marlene Ilene "Roberts" Antinio 5/4/1939, Ben F. Roberts Jr. 07/06/1940. My aunt Marlene did not have children and my father( Ben F. Roberts Jr.) has 2 children: William B. Roberts 10/12/1962. No children, Tamara J. "Roberts" Maguire 01/29/1969, 5 children. I have 3 biolgical children that I hope to some day share our ancenstry with. And most importantly at this time My Aunt and Father. Our Family is so very small It would be wonderful to be able to make connections with others who may have known of our family or even better yet be distant relitive. I have a few names that appeared in the funeral memory books of my Great Grandparents under relitives and friends: Clara Bettencourt, Mary L. Silva, M. J. Silveria, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J Silva and Daughter Karen Everett Dias, Ed and Margaret Silva, Mary C. Silva of Newark Ca., Manuel M. Affonso Jefferson Ave Los Bannos Ca. Also appearing on the back of an old post card photo of my grandmother at 6Mo. old is the name G. S. Barros. Next to the name was P O Box #193 card was never propery addressed so I'm unsure if this was the box for G.S.Barros nor is there a city. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Liz Lacey, Ontario, Canada
Date submitted: Wed, 20 Jun 2007
Surname: Da Maia
Comments: Looking for family members of Manuel Celestino Da Maia. I have found new information that he came from portugal via ship on Fer 7, 1920 to New York ships name was the Mormugao, he is listed as 20yrs old. The ship sailed from the following ports in portugal Lisbon and Algiers Ports, he also could be from Terceira or the Azores. I believe he left either via the US or Canada and headed back to Portugal and then to England or went straight to England. Can anyone tell me where I could find ships lists leaving the US or Canada going either to Portugal or England between 1920 -1924. Also can anyone tell me where I could look up birth records in those areas? Is there anywhere online? My father in law remembers going to Lisbon at a very young age after his father died, so he very well be from Lisbon. Thank you. Liz Lacey

Marilyn, Australia
Date submitted: Wed, 18 Jul 2007
Surnames: Joseph Fraites/Frantite Dias/Diaz
Comments: My great great grandfather b.1837 'Western Isles". Father Emanual - Mother possibly Isabelle. Immigrated to Australia in 1854. Rumoured to be Flores but no proof. Any information would be great.

Amanda Kennedy, Anaconda, MT 59711
Date submitted: Sept 2, 2007
Island: Azores
Comments: I am willing to share my .ged files in trade for additional information on the families I am researching. The majority of the information I have is parental. I am particularly looking for sibling information. My files go back to the early 1700s.

Jessie Lang, Spokane, WA
Date submitted: Tue, 4 Sep 2007
Region: Azores (Island unknown)
Surnames: Silva, Costa, Lewis
Comments: I am looking for any information on my great grandmother, Flora Silva Costa. Born around 1860 +/- and came to California no later than 1882. She married Anton Lewis, divorced him, and later married Manuel Costa. Died in late 1930s in northern CA, although I have been unable to find her death certificate.

Maryann Grace Cole, Caldwell ID 83607-2557
Tel.: 208 459-3281 or 208 850-2379
Date submitted: Sat, 8 Sep 2007
Comments: My great great grandfather: Antone Grace married to Mary. My great grandfather: Joseph Enos Grace born in the Azores on 1-10-1857, married Mary Gloria Davila born in the Azores on 2-15-1861. Children: Mary Elizabeth, Ferdinand and Joseph Francis (3-16-1882-9-26-1936)(my grand father). Family settled in Cambridge, Mass. Came to California in 1901. My father: Joseph Francis Grace born in San Diego 6-23-1922. died in 1986. Please any information on family in America or the Azores.

Deborah Brice, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: Wed, 12 Mar 2008
Comments: I do not know much about my family at all. I do know that my great-grandfather came from Madeira – Azores Portugal to Honolulu, Hawaii to work for pineapple fields. The name that I have is John Pestana (Ddassumpcao). I have the name of another family member, not sure who she is to me. Mathilda Rapoza Furtado. I believe she comes from St. Micheal, Portugal. Seriously, these seem to be very popular names. My grandmother’s name is Lucy Sommers daughter of John Pestana. Sommers is her married name, she met my grandfather on the island of Honolulu while he was serving in the military. I would simply love to know more of my families ties and history.

Margaret J. Brunette, (no address submitted)
Date submitted: 5 Apr 2009
Surname: Matoza
Comments: I am looking for Emmanuel "Manuel" Matoza b: c. 1840 in Portugal. However, I don't know where in Portugal as I can't find his California death record. He immigrated in 1887 -or- so he stated on the 1900 census record. Sorry that I can't find any further information.

Katherine Beltran, P.O. Box 1021, Pinedale Wyoming  82941
Tel: 307-537-3103
Date submitted: 3 Jun 2009
Island: unknown
Searching for family information by the name of Machado, from the Azores (island unknown). Great Grandfathers name was Antonio Machado. Children were Maria Machado,Georgina Machado, Irene Machado and Hilda Machado, there were other siblings that died in the spanish influenza. Thank you for all you help.

Cari Walker, 13520 Night Star Lane Bakersfield, CA 93314
Telephone: 661-333-3814
Date Submitted: 31 May 2014
Island & village: unknown, but possibly Topo, São Jorge
Surnames: Silva
Comments: I am looking for my 3rd generation grandfather John Emmanuel Silva born about February 1837, Topo, St. George, Azores, Portugal. Died 1943 Vallejo, CA married to Mary Gotham born about August 1864 in California, died July 1902 Table Bluff, Humboldt, CA
Children: Joseph , William, Louisa , Andrew , Mary A , frank, Etta Mae ( my 2 generation grandmother) , Rose , Johnnie, Lena , Emma, Charles, Alice, & Mildred 

Merry Carter (no address submitted)
Date submitted: 9 June 2014
Surnames: Da Silveira, Chrysostomo, de Cuhna, Calhoun
Island: Faial and unknown
Comments: I am searching for information about my ancestors from the Azores. My great great grandfather was Jose Da Silveira born October 5, 1858 at Flamengos, Faial, Azores. It is my understanding he served as the mayor of Horta, Faial and was on the board of directors of the Santa Casa da Misercodia hospital. He immigrated to the US in 1892 and changed his surname to Chrysostomo. He had five children and I only know the names of four: Antonio, Mary, Helen, and Joseph (my great grandfather). My assumption is that their names first names were Americanized when they arrived in the US. His daughter Helen was the first Portuguese mayor in the US and first female mayor of San Leandro, CA. I do not know his parents names or the surname of his wife Maria (changed to Mary) who was born October 18, 1850 on Faial, I believe.
Another great, great grandfather was born about 1829 in the Azores. I am uncertain which island. We believe his name was Francisco de Cuhna, but we have been unable to confirm that. He changed his name to Frank Calhoun when he arrived in the US. He died in 1900 and is buried in Hayward, CA. My grandfather told me he worked on a whaling ship and jumped ship and swam ashore in the San Francisco area. He was married to Loriana also from the Azores. Loriana was born in 1839 and died in 1899. We believe her surname was Enos, but again, we have been unable to confirm her name was Loriana Enos. 
I would appreciate any information or leads to additional information that anyone can provide. 

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