Tombstone Tuesday: Learning Melvin Medeiros’ Story

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My Pacheco and de Braga lines intersect with a family from Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii, who went by de la Cross (or de la Cruz), Medeiros, and Andrew or Andrew Medeiros–take your pick.  As our lines crossed a few times, I ended up documenting their descendants as well as mine. One of the descendants, Melvin Medeiros, … Continued

SNGF: Ancestral Tombstones

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Randy Seaver is at it again!  He’s got his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge posted for this week. This week the challenge is to see how far back I can go with my ancestry with tombstones.  This must be a continuous line.  This may be a very short post.  First, most of my ancestors were … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Maria Pacheco Iida, another Fearless Female

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Although Tombstone Tuesday is not on the Fearless Female calendar this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce you to another fearless female in my tree. This is the tombstone of Maria (Pacheco) Iida, daughter of Antonio Pacheco and Alexandrina Jose. It reads: Maria P. Iida July 13, 1891 Dec 27 1961 According … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Catharine Kelly’s Tombstone Found

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A month or so ago, I added some graves to  I only got through a few, added a couple of photos, then requested 3 photos. Last week, I was contacted by a volunteer.  He went to Holy Cross Cemetery but couldn’t find my graves.  I sent him what little information I had for his … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: A Baby Dies

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One of the saddest parts of walking through a cemetery is finding the tombstones of babies.  This stone is for Alexander Iida at St. Sylvester’s Catholic Cemetery, Kilauea, Kauai Co., Hawaii. Alexander was the son of Benedict and Maria (Pacheco) Iida.  He was born on the 18 of August 1912.  He died in February of … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Dean

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As far as it goes, this tombstone at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, CA, is pretty simple.  Only one person is buried here, my Great Uncle, Antao A. Souza. Antao was born 12 Feb 1890 in Kilauea, Kauai Co., HI.  He was the sixth child out of thirteen born to Francesca de Mendonca and Augusto … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Buried under the Name Cosma

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Do you believe everything you read on a tombstone?  This one from St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, Alameda County, California reads: COSMA 1875 John 1941 1876 Marie 1951 When I first started researching my Great Great Aunt and Great Great Uncle I thought this information was gospel.  It took several years of research before I … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Joana’s Tombstone


Joana (Gonsalves Cardoza) Fernandes is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California. The tombstone doesn’t tell you nearly enough about Joana. Though Joana’s life was long, it was not easy. Joana was born in 1875 in Magdalena do Mar, Madeira to Francisco Gonsalves Cardoso and Coleta de Jesus. At the age of 10 they … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: What’s in a Name?

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This is the tombstone of my Azorean Great Great Uncle and Great Great Aunt, Manoel Pacheco and Jacintha Rosa (Moniz) Pacheco at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, Alameda County, California: Did you notice that neither of those names are on this stone?  The surname Algravia was adopted by this family somewhere around 1910.  It’s been … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Antonio, the Mystery Man


When I first visited St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, California, I walked in two sections. It wasn’t until the second trip that I explored an older section of the cemetery and came across this tombstone: This is the grave site for my Great Great Uncle, Antonio Pacheco, and my Great Great Aunt, Alexandrinha (Jose) Pacheco. … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: His One True Love

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This is the tombstone for my Great Uncle, Theodore Pacheco a.k.a. Ted P. Smith, and his first wife, Angie (Margie) Smith.  The couple is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Oakland, California. Theodore was the son of Theodoro Pacheco and Maria de Braga.  He was born in Kilauea on 12 Mar 1901.  He migrated with his … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Willie P. Smith

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One of the strangest discoveries at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, California was coming across the tombstone of Willie P. Smith.  Willie was most likely born as Guilherme Pacheco but some how recorded as Wilhelm Pacheco by a 1900 Census enumerator who was obviously a little confused.  He is the third child of Theodoro Pacheco … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Who Left These Flowers?

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While walking through Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California, about ten years ago, I came across the grave site for my Great Great Aunt and Uncle, Jose de Braga and Maria Jacinto (aka Joseph DeBraga and Mary Camara).  Jose was the son of Jozimas de Braga and Maria da Conceicao de Mello, of Maia, Ribeira … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Ana Jacinta’s Crumbled Stone

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My Great Great Grandmother, Ana Jacinto de Melo Pacheco, came to Hawaii in 1882.  She was widowed bringing her children with her.  If I hadn’t seen her immigration records, I would have no evidence that Ana stepped on Hawaiian soil.  She isn’t listed in any census, vital records, or church records that I have come … Continued

Tombstone Tuesday: Jozimas de Braga and Sophie Guido

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This tombstone sits on the gravesite of my Great Great Grandfather, Jozimas de Braga at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, California.  His name is wrong and is age is off by a year.  At least they were close! Jozimas was a native of Maia, Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel Island, Azores.  He was born 17 Jul … Continued