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Maria Miranda and Antone Silva
Who we are:
We are the grandchildren of Maria and Antone's daughter, Flora.
That makes us the grandnieces and grandnephews of Alice Kelley, Flora's sister.
And the nieces and nephews of Alice Purinton, Flora's eldest child.
The three letters below were written by Alice Purinton in Portland, Maine to a niece in Brunswick, Maine.
This niece located correspondence from Alice Kelley's own search for Maria and Antonio in 1930.
Those are the baptismal certificates and letter from Westborough State Hospital below.
What we think we know:
Maria (aka Mary) Miranda came to California from Portugal at age 18, staying with an aunt.
She married Antone Silva, a fisherman.
They had 6 children in California, 4 boys & 2 girls.
Maria and Antone divorced.
Maria took the girls east.
The boys stayed with Antone and his second wife, Maria (Mary) Campbell.
Maria was admitted to the Westborough State Hospital on December 17, 1902.
The girls were placed in the Home for Destitute Catholic Children in Boston.
Maria was released for deportation April 7, 1903.
Alice was adopted by the Kelley family in Portland, Maine.
Flora was foster child to the Leonards in Brunswick, Maine.
What we're looking for:
Where did Maria and Antone originally come from - Portugal or the Azores?
What was their path to California?
When and where did they marry?
What was Maria's aunt's name?
What happened to Antone and the boys?
Where did Maria ultimately end up?
Where are the original baptismal certificates?
What you'll find on this site:
Baptismal certificates for William, Flora, and Alice (transcripts obtained in 1930's by Alice)
Correspondence from the Westborough State Hospital
Correspondence from the Home for Destitute Catholic Children
Letters from Flora's eldest child, Alice Purinton
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