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debk's note: In addition to the info attached below, Martin had emailed me with some brief DE FREITAS and FERNANDES info which I'll add here. I believe Martin said he already coordinated with David Hunt on past FERNANDEZ research.

Martin wrote: "I have some deFreitas info but it starts in Trinidad:
George DE FREITAS (abt 1870-1906) marrying Julia FERNANDEZ (1871-1961).
From the Presbyterian Church I imagine, as their son George Ernest deFreitas later converted in order to marry a Girod at St. Francis Catholic Church in Belmont."

I included this comment because it reminded me of Tian's similar story (available on the surname page).

Hello, I’m doing Trinidad genealogical research and these are my Portuguese ancestors:

Ollivierra, Correira, Romeo, da Mendanca, da Costa, Pereira, da Silva

John Ollivierra I (? - 1920), was born in Madeira Portugal and migrated to Trinidad (date unknown at this time). John had four brothers, Joseph, Stephen, Antonio, and Henry, and a sister Henrietta. John was a redhead and his picture is on page 95 of the “Photograph Album of Trinidad at the Turn of the Century” by Gerry Besson. John married Johanna Parsons in St. Kitts, then returned to Trinidad. Johanna and John had seven children; John Edward II who died as a baby, Agnes Dorothy, John O'Neil, Michael Vincelos, Henry Gregory, Theresa Matilda, and Ines "Rita" (Thomasina) Clarabella. John Ollivierra died in February 1920. His grieving wife Johanna, unable to make a living for herself and for her children in Trinidad, left for the better life in New York City (these immigration records have not been located), with the intention of later sending for their children one by one. She did send for the oldest son John O' Neil. John joined his mother Johanna in New York (about 1930), but life in the U.S. was not as expected. Johanna never sent for any of the other children. She eventually married William Turner and moved to Detroit, Michigan. So for the most part Johanna's mother, Robertha Bascomb originally from St. Vincent, brought up Johanna’s children in Trinidad.

John Ollivierra and Johanna Parsons children:
John Edward Ollivierra II (1907-1907)
Agnes Dorothy Ollivierra (1908-1984) married Cecil Fanovich.
John O’Neill Ollivierra (1910-1999) moved to Detroit, Michigan
Michael Vincelos Ollivierra (1912-1975) married Yoland Smith
Henry Gregory Ollivierra (1915-1981) married Louise Aird
Matilda Theresa Ollivierra (1917-living in Trinidad) married Fransico Guzman and Alick Reese
Inez Thomasino Ollivierra (1919-1987) married Kenneth Joseph Romeo

John Ollivierra’s siblings:
Joseph Ollivierra married Antoinette O’Farrel
Stephen Ollivierra
Henrietta Ollivierra married Joseph Correira
Antonio Ollivierra

Joseph Ollivierra and Antoinette O’Farrel children:
Claude Ollivierra married Dora Edgehill
John Ollivierra married Adell “Della” Wallace
Marie “Mimi” Ollivierra married a male da Mendanca
Balvani Ollivierra married Norman da Costa
Stephen Ollivierra married Julia Mendonca
Rosita Ollivierra married Joseph Correira, Jr.
Visita “Vee” Ollivierra married Joseph Correira, Jr.

Maggie Ollivierra was born in 1896. Maggie was an illegitimate daughter of one of John Ollivierra's brothers and Mary da Silva. Her mother Mary da Silva, also married a "da Costa". Maggie never married a male Perreira, but they had two children, Ena Rita and Louis Antonia. Her daughter Ena Perreira, married Conrad da Costa, a cousin. Maggie died in 1996.

If any of this information sounds familiar please write

Martin Nelson
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