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fifteen people lived here…

In 1930, our new house was pretty full. The census shows that Emanuel and Maria lived there with their eight daughters. Eight daughters. And, in the west wing (which back then boasted a separate street number) Ezra and Marian, renters, lived with three more daughters.

Eleven girls. Maybe their ages & surnames were faked, and it was a bordello.


  1. joey066 wrote:

    You’d think it would be easy to find such a large family in the 1925 RI Census. Or the 1920 Federal Census. Or the 1915 RI Census. Or the Rhode Island Birth/Baptism Record Index.

    (But it appears the answer is No on all counts)

    Maybe you are right..

    Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 07:30 | Permalink
  2. joey066 wrote:

    Manuel immigrated April 1887, Naturalized Oct 1904. Went back to the Azores in 1914 with a passport he applied for. Unfortunately, no photo attached to the passport application. He stayed alone on that 1914 trip for 4 months without any wife or children.

    Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 07:49 | Permalink
  3. Nat Taylor wrote:

    Thanks for this on Manuel & family; they really did exist! I’ve found they owned the house, and a few adjacent parcels, from 1908 down to 1951 (when Maria, by then widowed, sold it). Manuel was a carpenter by trade, and I expect that he built the house that stands on at least one adjacent parcel. It’s cool that this house has an Azorean-Portuguese episode to its history, as well as its older Yankee farmer past.

    Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 14:25 | Permalink

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