There may be a connection. But I am not sure. My grandmother Noemia Almeida Lopes Travassos was the youngest of many children. The oldest were already in the states by the time she was born. Her father is Manuel De Almeida Lopes and mother is Maria De Estrala (Piemental) I believe. Her parents were married in 1890.
I will get more information. Did you mother have siblings who stayed in the Azores. Does the Lopes name have any revelence to you. Let me know.