Joao Medeiros Estrella from Sao Miguel (St. Michael) of the Azores came to Massachusetts in 1884. He was married to Margarida Julia Prudencia and had the following children:
1.Maria Angel Estrella b.1884 m.Manuel Cardoza
2.Jacintha Estrella b.1889 m.Manuel Nascimento Mesquita
3.Manuel William Estrella b.1884 m.Mary Oliver
4.Frank Estrella b.1885 m.Maria Duarte Mello
5.John Anthony Estrella b.1888 m.Sarah Snyder
6.Margarida Medeiros Estrella b.1892 m.Manuel Soares, Amos Davignon, Paul Florio, Harry Henry Selzer
There was a large language barrier here. In "Our Portuguese Heritage" by Marianne Holmes the family is listed as two separate families. The Family of John M. Estrella and The Family of John Medeiros.
In MA vital records, The Census, and various other resources they have been referred to as "Estrella" "Medeiros" "Madeiras" "Maderios" "Star" "Starr" & once or twice "Marshall".
Problems/What I'm trying to figure out:
1. Maria Angel(b.1875) & Jacintha(b.1879) were born on Sao Miguel/St. Michael in the Azores. They are listed on an 1884 Passenger record of the Paladin landing in Charlestown, MA with their parents. Then supposedly Manuel(b.1884) was born in New Bedford, MA while Frank(b.1885) was born in Fayal/Faial and came here in 1887. John Anthony(b.1888) born in New Bedford. Margarida(b.1892) in New Bedford. I have speculations as to how this could happen, but I cannot find anybody traveling here with the baby in 1887.
2. Jose (Joseph) Medeiros is listed as part of the John Medeiros family, is this another child...is he an older sibling?
3. In 1906 Joao goes to the Azores to get his mother in law Anna Maxima, she is never found in any other record...