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Manuel immigrated with his parents and brother to Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1875.
(His maternal half-brother had settled there in 1870.) His brother Antonio and 3 baby
sisters had died in Ponta Delgada. According to family legend, his parents stowed my
14-year-old great-grandfather Joao/John Cabral away aboard ship to save money after he was
passed over for a deck assistant job, and 20-year-old Manuel (posing as 21) then proceeded
to gamble away their grubstake playing cards during the crossing. (This was told to me by
a son of John's youngest daughter Theresa, keeper of the family mementos). They
stayed in Fall River for two years, working in the mills, then came to California.
In 1880 Manuel was up in Amador County on his own, and his parents were herding sheep near
New Idria, above Hollister (mistakenly entered in the census under the surname Carvel).
He married Mary Mattos de Silva on 26 Jan 1887 in Watsonville. He lived to 80, his wife
to 97. One of my mother's cousins, Louis Brazil, still resided near their farm ten
years ago. He gave me a 1966 newspaper article about Manuel and Mary Cabral and their
farm. Prior to that, I had assumed that what my mother referred to as "Cabral
hill" had belonged to her grandparents -- I'd never heard of Manuel, though my
grandfather was named after him, and though I'd helped my grandmother make donuts with
his daughter Annie Brazil.
Please tell Tony to email his cousin Barbara, bbharrell, at qwest.net
I have piles of
info for him, gleaned (with helpful hints from Theresa's son) from weeks spent
scanning Portuguese records available on microfilm from the LDS. He can view photos of
Manuel Cabral's birthplace, taken two years ago, at
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