Mystery Photo Solved: Jose Medeiros and Bertha Pacheco

Mystery Photo Solved: Jose Medeiros and Bertha Pacheco

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I’m excited in a way that only genealogists will understand. In Mystery Photo of the Week, I posted a photo of an unidentified bride and groom. I am happy to say that the photo has now been identified!

It took a little detective work and a forgotten photo of two small children to sort it all out.

Let’s start with the evidence…

This is the groom in the wedding photo.

The groom is Jose Medeiros of Kilauea
Close up of Groom on Wedding Photo

We believe he is this man, Jose Medeiros aka Joseph Medeiros Andrews.

Could Jose Medeiros be our groom?
Could Jose Medeiros be our groom?

Through process of elimination, we believe this is his brother, Manuel Andrew Medeiros. We have photos of all the other siblings, Manuel is the odd man out.

manuel andrew medeiros
The Best Man was clearly related to the Groom

Now, it is possible we have the men reversed. The groom could be Manuel and the best man Jose, but I don’t think so. Let’s look at the next clue.

The bridesmaid is this woman…

She looks just like Angelina (Vierra) Borracco
She looks just like Angelina (Vieira) Borracco

We don’t have any photos to identify this woman, so we must use photos of other family members. She has a resemblance to this woman, Angelina (Vieira) Pacheco/Borracco.

Angelina Vieira was marred to Jacintha Pacheco
Angelina Vieira was marred to Jacintha Pacheco

Angelina was sister to Shandra Vieira who married Manuel Andrew Medeiros pictured above. It seems reasonable to me that Manuel and his wife would be in the wedding photo for his brother, Jose.

The connections go further. Angelina married Bertha’s brother, Jacinto “Jesse” Algrava Pacheco. A crisscross of connections between the families.

This photo clenched it for me. This one is positively identified as Raymond and Velma Medeiros, the children of Manuel and Shandra (Vieira) Medeiros. Notice, especially in the boy, how the children favor their Vieira Aunt and the woman in the wedding photo.

Raymond and Velma Medeiros are the children of Manuel and Shandra
Raymond and Velma Medeiros are the children of Manuel and Shandra

If we know who the groom is, then we must know the bride. She is Bertha Pacheco, daughter of Manoel Pacheco and Jacintha Rosa Moniz. Bertha and Jose were both born in Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii, but their families moved to the same street in Oakland, E. 25th around 1907. They were married 19 Dec 1913 in Oakland.

We’ve now identified all the children of Andrew Medeiros and Rosa Pereira who made it to adulthood. This collage shows the parents and their children.

A collage of the Andrew Medeiros family
From top left: Manuel, Maria, Jose, Jacintho, Julia, and Seraphine with parents on the bottom

We’ve also given Bertha Pacheco back her identify. This is the face that goes with the name.

The bride is Bertha Pacheco
The bride is Bertha Pacheco

This feels good!

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