Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings.com blog is based on a school children challenge called the 100 Word Challenge. You start with the prompt “The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have” and fill in the rest.
The most interesting ancestor I have is Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith. Born in the Azores, she migrated to Hawaii as a child in 1882.
She helped smuggle her husband to Oakland, California around 1907 when he contracted leprosy. 9 months pregnant, with a sick husband and 4 children, she gave birth on the ship.
Her husband and son, Willie, died within a year of each other. She took her children to Spreckels to live with her brother.
A widow and illiterate, she navigated America as best she could.
She returned to Oakland living with her daughter until she died.
Who is your most interesting ancestor? Tell us about the person in the comments or write a blog post and share it over at Randy’s blog.
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