Month: July 2012
I previously wrote about how I was a bit uncertain on when my great grandmother, Joana, was born. On some documentation, she is listed as having been born in the 1886. Her obituary reads that she was 75 years old when she died in 1961. But her headstone says that she was born in 1876! In doing more research, I actually saw paperwork that … Read More Follow-up on my Great-Grandmother, Joana Fortes Lima Gomes
Independence Day is here and most Americans reflect on the birth of this great nation with backyard barbecues and fireworks. As an American of Cape Verdean ancestry I think it’s important to point out what most of knew about but maybe didn’t know the details. Cape Verdeans have been a part of the United States of America since its inception and we truly represent … Read More Cape Verdeans and America’s Independance Day; Just as American as Apple Pie.
I became very interested in the Gomes Family of Harwich and Onset, MA while researching my Great Grandmother’s life in Onset after she immigrated to the US in 1916. Joana Fortes Lima arrived in New Bedford, MA in 1916 and was able to save and send for one of her sons, Daniel Fortes Lima, in 1918. Daniel was 5 years old when he traveled … Read More The Gomes Family of Pleasant Lake, Harwich and Onset, MA