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Portuguese Joe Silvey; Azores to British Columbia Canada
Posted by: Rocky Sampson (ID *****0839) Date: December 11, 2005 at 02:58:55
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Any British Columbia, Canada Silveys;

This book has been out for a year and a half now. It tells the story of British Columbia, Canada, Silvey's. Our family started out on Pico Island in the Azores (Portugal).
The Remarkable Adventures of portuguese Joe Silvey
January 17 "Portuguese Joe" Silvey (born Joseph Silvia Simmons), storekeeper, died in Vancouver. He was a Granville pioneer, perhaps the first settler there. He was born in 1836 in Portugal to a Scottish father, Portuguese mother. In some sort of squabble with angry Musqueam natives, he was saved by Chief Ki-ap-i-lan-o, and subsequently married the chief’s granddaughter, Khaat-tin-aht. Archivist Major Matthews described it as the first formal marriage ceremony on the site of the present city of Vancouver. Joe and Khaat-tin-aht set up a saloon at what is now the north foot of Abbott Street, competition for Gassy Jack Deighton. Because there were other "Portuguese Joes" in early Vancouver, Matthews dubbed him No. 1.

There are more sites about the Silvey's and Portuguese Joe in a "Google Search", from British Columbia, Canada.

We are a large family on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

Kind regards; Rocky Sampson

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