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Who Were My Maternal Great Grandparents?

Moving over to the maternal side...
The parents of Joao Pacheco (aka John P. Smith) were Theodoro Pacheco and Maria de Braga. Theodoro was born in the town of Achada, Nordeste, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. He migrated with his mother and siblings to Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii in 1882 on the SS Hansa to work the sugar plantation.

Maria was born in Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores. She migrated to Kauai, HI in 1882 on the SS Monarch with her parents and siblings for the same reason.

They were married in 1895 at St. Sylvester's Church in Kilauea, Kauai, HI. They lived and worked on the Kilauea Sugar Plantation until Theodoro contracted leprosy (now known as Hansen's Disease). Theodoro was ordered to deport to Molokai, the leper colony. The family contrived a way to smuggle him off the island. Theodoro, Maria (who was very pregnant with my grandfather), and their three small children got aboard a ship and arrived in San Francisco as the Smith family ca 1907. They settled in Oakland, Alameda County, California on E. 25th Street with the rest of the family.

It was a secret they took to their graves. I did not learn it until I was in my 30s and only found out by find Theodoro's death certificate confirming he had leprosy and then talking to distant cousins. My Mom and her cousin knew nothing about the smuggling!

Theodoro died in 1914 at the age of 38. He left Maria with 4 children to raise. Maria moved around after that. She spent some time in Spreckels, Monterey County, CA living next door to her brother and his family. Sometime after 1920, they all moved back to Oakland.

Maria became ill soon after that. She ended up living with her daughter, Maria, and her family through her later years. For the most part she was bedridden. She died in 1938 at the age of 61.

The parents of Anna Hazel Jackson were Harry Kenneth Jackson and Margaret Mary Jones. Harry was born in Bristol, England. His story is a bit muddled. He stowed away at the age of 10 or 11. He worked on various ships and ended up in San Francisco around 1895. He married and divorced quickly. So far, no records of his parentage or any other names of relatives have surfaced. He worked for Key System for many years. His daughters believe that he applied for US citizenship and was refused. They do not know the reason why.

Margaret was born in San Francisco. She was considered an old maid at the age of 20 and many relatives felt she would never marry. In 1900, she was working as a japaner and she was taking care of her widowed father.

Who knows how Harry and Margaret met. But, they married in 1904 in San Francisco. The 1906 earthquake and fire wiped out everything they owned. They stayed in San Francisco until 1908 then moved to Oakland. They had 5 children.

Their marriage was filled with strife. Sometime in the late 1920s Margaret filed for divorce. Harry was so furious that he tried to burn down the house just so she wouldn't get it.

Harry became exiled from the family. His grandkids only met him once before he died at the age of 79 in 1950.

Margaret went on to live a full live. There are some colorful stories about her that I won't repeat today ;) She is better known for taking care of her grandchildren and getting her daughters through some rough patches.

She died in 1965 at that age of 84.

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Comment by Melody Lassalle on August 14, 2009 at 9:12pm
I have not searched the Sugar Planters Association Records for Hawaii because the Kilauea Sugar Plantation was not included in their records. I have Ana Jacinta de Mello's Azorean passport entry, the consulate log records for the family arriving in Honolulu, plus the 1900 US Census (Kilauea, Kauai). I have a photo of Ana Jacinta's tombstone in Kilauea Catholic Cemetery (aka St. Sylvester's Cemetery) and an entry in the book by Susan Remoaldo which gives the inscription (the stone has long crumbled).

I have similar records for the de Braga's as well as a copy of the sugar plantation contract.

I also have most of the baptismal and marriage records for these people including those for Sao Miguel Island.
Comment by Unknown Ancestor on August 9, 2009 at 6:31am
As with your other great-grandparents, can you post your research log?
For example, have you searched the immigration and Sugar Planter's Association records for Hawaii? Some are so detailed they include fingerprints.

Also, even stowaways and workaways were recorded on immigration manifests, especially after the Act of 1882.

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