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Re: Bettencourts in Biera, Sao Jorge, Azores
Posted by: William Wallace Forester (ID *****8554) Date: September 21, 2002 at 23:17:56
In Reply to: Re: Bettencourts in Biera, Sao Jorge, Azores by Joćo Goulart de Bettencourt of 436

Dear Joao,

Check my new posting about brothers Manuel Miguel da Bettencourt and Hyacinth da Bettencourt of S. Jorge. I may have heard the name of the town... in which was located the house... of Hyacinth da Bettencourt. If so, I failed to make a written notation. I forgot the name.

My beliefs are based on passing comments by Wm. H. Miguel [da Bettencourt]. I think Hyacinth died on/in Sao Jorge no earlier than the 1930s.

As Manuel [Manoel? in Portuguese] came to New Bedford MA in 1860 at age 13, I think he surely came with, or joined [and resided there with], kin in New Bedford... until 1867 when [independently] Manoel came to the gold mines of CA.

If a S. Jorge family link can be established with Manuel Miguel da Bettencourt and/or Hyacinth da Bettencourt, I can put you in touch with some cousins in the US and Australia, who perhaps know as much or more than I. Alfred Miguel's widow still lives in Australia, I think. Manoel Miguel da Bettencourt is her father-in-law [sogro]. The widow may recall some da Bettencourt history.

What is the Portuguese orthography of Miguel, the same as Spanish?

One possible key to finding records of Hyacinth da Bettencourt: He grew hemp [canhamo] for a living early in the 20th C. Is hemp [canhamo] grown in all parts of S. Jorge or in special place(s)?

Do you know anything of one of my clan, Barao J.J. Forrester? He had something to do with promoting vintage Port wine as an export industry in the 19th C. At gatherings of Clan Forrester in Scotland, the ceremonial drink is Offley vintage port. The drink celebrates the happy connection of my family with Portugal.

Bill Forester
Ashland OR USA

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