Joćo Ignacio Silva leaf Forever Fernwood Cemetery
originally
leaf Sausalito Cemetery
Mill Valley, Marin County, California
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JOĆO IGNACIO
SILVA
NASCEU A, 25 DE
AGOSTO DE 1845, E
FALLECEU A. 23
DE MAIO DE 1907
ERA NATURAL DE
ILHA DE S. JORGE
ACORES
E. MEMBRO DO
CONSELHO
MARQUEZ DE
POMBAL NO.14
DA
U.P.E.C.
PAZ A SUA ALMA

SILVA

JOĆO IGNACIO
SILVA
WAS BORN, 25 OF
AUGUST OF 1845, AND
DIED 23
OF MAY OF 1907
HE WAS NATIVE OF
ISLAND OF SAO JORGE
AZORES
AND MEMBER OF
COUNCIL
MARQUEZ DE
POMBAL NO.14
OF THE
U.P.E.C.
PEACE TO HIS SOUL

SILVA

U.P.E.C. Emblem
U.P.E.C. Emblem
     The earliest Portuguese came to Marin County to work in fishing, farming, dairying, commerce, industry (such as boat building in Old Town Sausalito), and even the lumber industry.
     Take a ride down Caledonia Street in Sausalito. The modern building at 511 Caledonia is modestly marked I.D.E.S.S.T. (Irmandade Do Dovino Espirito Santo E Da Santissma Trinidade, or the Brotherhood of the Holy Ghost and Blessed Trinity). It is sometimes called the Holy Ghost Hall. It began with the Festa do Espķrito Santo (Festival of the Holy Ghost) in 1887. In 1888, the Portuguese immigrants built a chapel and meeting hall on Filbert Street, then in 1954, the hall moved to Caledonia Street. This I.D.E.S.S.T. hall is the direct cultural descendent of the original Portuguese immigrants to southern Marin County.

     When Joćo (John) Ignacio Silva died, his wife purchased the Lot for John's burial, John already belonged to U.P.E.C., a Portuguese fraternal benefit society. The U.P.E.C. probably paid for the monument. That monument displays the U.P.E.C. emblem. From The Portuguese in the United States;
"1880...Council No. 1 of the Unićo Portuguesa do Estado da Califórnia (Portuguese Union of the State of California, U.P.E.C.) was established in San Leandro. U.P.E.C. grew tremendously over the years and became one of the most prestigious and largest associations of its kind."
     Many Portuguese names can be found on the gravemarkers in Sausalito Section of Forever Fernwood, especially in the northwest part of the ridge. Some of these Portuguese immigrants often came from St. George Island, Azores and a few gravemarkers so state the homeland of the immigrant in the Portuguese "Ilha de S. Jorge." The religious the affiliation of those immigrants would be Catholic.


Portuguese Monuments
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Frank A. Battencourt,
1876-1902
Frank A. Battencourt
John Perry Gerivazio, died 1911.
His Wife Mary
[Mary Perry Gerivazio]
died 1931.
Mary
John Perry Gerivazio
Jose F. Souza,
1853-1935
Jose F. Souza
Maria L. Nunes, age 6, died 1902 Maria L. Nunes Manuel I. Silveria, 
1875-1905
Woodsman Emblem
Manuel I. Silveria




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Notes ::
  • Just because a name may look as if it is Portuguese, that may not always be the case. Many Portuguese immigrants to the United States chose to "Americanize" (anglicised) their surnames. Pereira became Perry, Martinez beacme Martin, etc.
  • The Portuguese in the United States, Library of Congress.

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