Wedding Chapel Wednesday: First Pacheco Married in California

Wedding Chapel Wednesday: First Pacheco Married in California


My Portuguese Hawaiian relatives started flowing into California around 1905.  The couple above has the distinctive of being the first Pacheco marriage in California.

Jacinto “Jesse Algarva” Pacheco was the son of Manoel Pacheco and Jacinta Rosa Moniz.  He was born in either 1885 or 1886 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Angelina Vierra was the daughter of Jose Vierra and Alice ???.  She was born in 1888 in Hawaii, but the island is unknown.

Chance would have it that their parents would move to California.  Most likely they had completed their sugar plantation contracts, had saved up a considerable amount of money, and wanted to try their hand at California.  The Pacheco’s and the Vierra’s ended up in Oakland in Alameda County where Jacinto and Angelina would meet.

They were married on the 19 of December 1909.  I’m not sure what church they were married in but it’s very likely that it was St. Joseph’s which was the Catholic church that served the Portuguese community.

Jacinto and Angelina may also have the distinction of being the first Pacheco couple to get a divorce in California. Jacinto contracted tuberulosis in the late 1920s.  He died on the 11th of May 1930 at about the age of 44.  The mortuary records were signed by Angelina Boracco–Angelina’s surname by her second marriage.  Angelina also appears in the 1930 census under this surname.   They’re divorce occured after 1921, when their last child was born.

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