Re: RE: SILVA/SYLVA/SYLVIA & LOPES in CALIFORNIA
Subject:Re: SILVA/SYLVA/SYLVIA & LOPES IN CALIFORNIA
What a nice surprise hearing from you!Yes, I'm still listed; however, I have not done much on my genealogy project for the last two years due to some serious health problems.
My cousin, Frank Lopes, was Chief of Police of Grass Valley, California for several years.I do not know the date of his death.I remember visiting he and his wife with my father, Lawrence Sylva, around 1939.My father was born in Rough & Ready, California which is a few miles from Grass Valley.
I do not know much about my father's side of the family because at the age of six years old I had to go to live with foster parents.My father died in 1947 at the age of 52 years old.At that time I met a sister, Josephine Sylva, of his (my aunt) who lived in San Francisco.I learned some information about my father's side of the family from her.She told me that there were 17 children in my father's family, and that my father was the youngest.Other known siblings were named:Elaine Sylva, Gloria SYLVA Nunes, Mary SYLVA Lehan or Lehand, and Manual SYLVA-ALAMEDA.
I also met my great aunt Annie, Anna Lopes, who lived in San Francisco in the Haight-Asbury District in a large three story victorian.Aunt Annie was the mother of Frank Lopes (mentioned above) and Elizabeth LOPES Shalk who also resided in San Francisco.
My Aunt Josephine "Dodie" passed away at the age of 73 in San Francisco in the early 1960's.Aunt Annie passed away a few years earlier.
I will scrounge for some more info and send to you later.I have a huge blood clot in my left leg (it goes from my ankle all the way up to 4" above my knee in the groin area)which developed after knee surgery on Sept. 17, 2003, and I cannot sit too long.
Awaiting more information from you