To answer your questions about the Potugal ancestry, my research show that the Manuels Migrated from the islands through Canada. I have found a lot of information through the church records where I grew up as a child. My research goes back to 1811 with my GGgrandfather and mother. My family history according to chruch records that I was able to obtain to include baptismal and marriage records dating back to 1845, 1853, and 1900's are all written in French. We are presently having all the information translated into English. Although it is written in French, we can identify the names of the Manuels on the certificates. We have also received some records on my GGgrandmothers family from the same church. My GGgrandmother was a Fusilier or sometimes spelled Fusellier or Fusillier or Fuselied. On her side of the family it is white, black and Spanish. The dialect was strictly French or Canadian French. Her name was Marie Modeste Fusilier and her fathers name was Andre Aristoiles Fuselier and her mothers name was Bridgette Comeaux. My GGgrandfather was Joseph Calliste Manuel and his parents were Celestin Manuel and Eliza Scott. This information was found in the Louisiana 1870 Census. At that time Celestin was 59 and Eliza was 48. Andre was 60 and Bridgette was 50. I hope this information will help you. If additional information is needed please let me know. This information was obtained from the Church in Grand Coteau Louisiana - St. Charles Church.
Shirley Manuel Ackerjsks4846@aol.com