Isabella Pacheco de Braga Ventura was one of my Grandfather’s cousins. Isabella was born to Joao Pacheco and Joanna Gonsalves Cardoza. When she was a young girl, he father died and her mother had no financial capacity to take care of her children. She gave Isabella away to a relatives who were unable to conceive, Jose de Braga and Maria Jacinto.
As the story goes, Isabella did not know that she was adopted. Though, since she grew up with her siblings and they all had red hair, I suspect she might have guessed. But, it was on her wedding day that her adoptive parents chose to tell her who her real mother was. I wish I had been able to talk to Isabella when I started my tree. She was old and feeble by that time. I would have liked to ask her what that was like. Did it cause problems or did she accept it easily?
Isabella was well liked. Mention “Bella Ventura” to relatives and they all seemed to know who you were talking about.
This photo shows her on her wedding day. My great uncle and aunt, Jose and Minnie (Ventura) Pacheco Smith are in the photo. Isabella’s husband, Manoel Ventura, is on the right.
Name: Isabella “Bella DeBraga” PACHECO-4111
Father: Jose de BRAGA-40 (1874-1936)
Mother: Maria de Jesus JACINTO-63 (1876-1947)
Father: Joao PACHECO Sr.-115 (1869-1906)
Mother: Joanna GONSALVES CARDOZO-150 (1875-1952)
Birth 18 Oct 1903 Kilauea (Hanalei), Kauai Co., HI
Emigrated on 8 May 1907 (age 3) SS Mongolia (in steerage); Honolulu, Honolulu Co., HI
Immigrated on aft 8 May 1907 (after age 3) SS Mongolia; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence 1920 (about age 17) Third St.; Spreckels, Monterey Co., CA
Residence 1930 (about age 27) 235 E. 17th St.; Oakland, Alameda Co., CA
Residence 1942 (about age 39) 19 Carr St.; San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Alt. Name 1942 (about age 39) Mrs. Isabel VENTURA
Alt. Name 1947 (about age 44) Isabel VENTURA
Residence 1947 (about age 44) San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Residence bet 1960 and 1982 (between about age 57 and about 79) San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA
Alt. Name Mar 1976 (about age 72) Bella VENTURA
Residence Jun 1993 (about age 89) Menlo Park, CA
Death 22 Jun 1993 (age 89) CA
Alt. Name Bella DeBraga; Miss Isabella Pacheco
1. Manuel VENTURA-59 (1895-1986)
Marriage bet 1917 and 1921 (between about age 14 and about 18) CA
Children Virginia B. VENTURA
Mary Louise “Marylou” VENTURA
Stanley W. VENTURA
Richard Arnold “Dick” VENTURA
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