Re: Tom Hanks' Great Uncle Antone Bettencourt
Thank you for getting back to me.I have been at this genealogy thing for about a year now.While I have had tremendous luck finding most of my relatives, I have been utterly frustrated again and again when it comes to my Azorean ancestors.
The Bettencourts in my family have long talked about Mr. Hanks being a relative.I am still uncertain as to how exactly how he fits in.
This is what I know:
My Great Great Grandfather was Joseph S. Enos (B. 1859).He left Topo, Sao Jorge in 1874, along with his brother, John (B. 1860).They ended up in Novato in 1876 and worked on a dairy ranch.
In 1877 they moved to Concord, rented several hundred acres of ranch land (Which he eventually bought), and raised cattle.Joseph was married to Mariana Nunes, from the island of Corvo, in 1890 in Pleasanton, California.They had nine children while living on the ranch in the Mt. Diablo area.
These are the names of the children:
Mary Enos b. 1891
Manuel Enos b. 1892
Emily Enos b. 1894
Rose Enos b. 1895
Ann Enos b. 1896
Anthony Enos b. 1898
John Enos b. 1898
Joseph Enos, Jr. b. 1900
Louise Enos 1903
In 1904, they moved to the Livermore area where they purchased a ranch so that they could be closer to the Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
They had three other children while living on the Livermore ranch:
Margaret Enos b. 1905
Frank Enos b. 1907
Dan Enos b. 1909
Their first child, Mary Enos, married my Great Grandfather Antone Bettencourt (B. 1882, Sao Jorge, Azores).They eventually moved to the San Joauqin valley and purchased a ranch in Ceres, California.They had four children together.
I do know there is a street in downtown Livermore named after our Enos family.But, I am uncertain as to what happened to Joseph's brother, John.
It is probable that Tom Hanks is related to my family through one of Joseph Enos and Mariana Nunes twelve children.Perhaps you can help clear this up for me.
Again, thanks for getting back to me.
I hope we can stay in touch.