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Re: Airoso Bertão Martin/Martins Vieira
Posted by: Rick Bart (ID *****9244) Date: December 05, 2002 at 23:07:09
In Reply to: Airoso Bertão Martin/Martins Vieira by Deanne Baker of 222

Deanne, my wife's paternal grandmother was a Bertao:
Jose Goncalves Bertao, son of Manuel Goncalves and Maria (do Socorro) Bertao; b. 1866 in Terceira, Azores; d. Apr 03, 1921 in Taunton, MA; m. Delfina Candida Martins Fraga; b. Dec 01, 1869 at six AM; bpt Dec 02, 1869 at the Church Parish of St. Bartolomeu in the Diocese of Angro do Herosismo; d. Apr 05, 1956 in Taunton, MA; bur. Apr 07, 1956 in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Taunton. She was the daughter of Bento Coelho and Maria (Jose) Fraga. Jose was a farmer on the island on a plot of land between his father and sister’s home. He grew vegetables and fruits, potatoes to be sold to alcohol makers, and beets to sugar makers. His farm was on the edge of the village of St. Bartolomeu near the fishing village of St. Matthew. His sister, Mrs. Joaquim Ferreira had previously moved to Taunton, MA in the United States, and wrote to him to move in with her family. After deciding to emigrate, on the day of departure, Apr 01, 1910, he had to leave behind the four youngest of his twelve children, as they were not old enough to work in America. Relatives took care of the children and his property until his planned return. Two months later, they sent for one of the daughters (Etelvina), and a year later the others. Jose worked for the railroad, cleaning engines at the High Street depot. He used a horse and buggy to visit relatives in New Bedford until about 1920. Children of Jose Goncalves and Delfina Candida Martins (Fraga) Bertao, all but the youngest, born in St. Bartolomeu, Terceira, Azores, Benny in Taunton, Massachusetts:

1 Mary Bertao; b. Nov 27, 1889; d. Oct 13, 1968 in Taunton
2 Delphina Augusta Bertao; b. Jan 28, 1892; d. Feb 19, 1974 in Taunton
3 Alexandria Bertao; b. Feb 26, 1893; d. May 12, 1987 in Taunton
4 Geronima Bertao; b. Dec 1894; d. in Brazil
5 Serafina Bertao; b. Mar 10, 1898; d. Dec 18, 1986 in Taunton
6 Maria Jose Bertao; b. Mar 01, 1900; d. Apr 10, 1984 in Milton, MA
7 Joseph Goncalves Bertao; b. Jul 1901; d. Apr 27, 1993 in Taunton, MA. Joseph also was known as Joe Bartel.
8 Luiz Bertao; b. Apr 08, 1903; d. Feb 28, 1976 in Taunton
9 Etelvina de Jesus Bertao; b. Apr 08, 1903 on the Street of the Church, St. Bartolomeu; d. Jul 19, 1972 in Fall River, MA (my wife's grandmother)
10 Manuel Bertao; b. Feb 21, 1905; d. Nov 05, 1969 in Norfolk, MA
11 Belmira Bertao; b. May 06, 1907 (Still alive)
12 Evangeline Ida Bertao; b. Apr 22, 1909; d. Sep 08, 1976 in Taunton
13 Benny Bertao; b. Mar 01, 1911; d. Feb 14, 1978 in Taunton

Rick in Taunton, MA

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