Vieira Family - Seek relatives on Madeira - saile to Hawaii 1909
Vieira-VierraOn December 4, 1909, the S.S. Swanley, chartered by A.J. Campbell, arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii. On the ship were Antonio Vieira, age 26 (born 7/9/83 died 7/1/41), Julia Vieira, age 23 (born 1/19/87 died 4/20/65) and Antonio Jr., age 6 months (born 4/1/09 died 5/30/42). (Antonio Jr. came down with polio at 9 months.) The Swanley had left Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, the Azores on October 18, 1909 with 758 people. From there it steamed into Funchal, Madeira and left with another 111 people. The Vieiras were among the 869 people on the ship as it left Funchal on October 26. The Swanley landed in Honoluluon December 4 with 337 men, 221 women and 310 children. Total was 868 people. We believe the Vieiras were from Gaula near Santa Cruz, Madeira and that Julia’s maiden name was Fereira. They left their daughter Maria (born 6/23/03 died 7/7/85) with Julia’s sister, Justine Correia. Maria later came to California and married Sylvester Goies.
The 1910 Census of Hawaii (9026) showed Antone and Julia Vierra and son Antone living in Kahuku, Oahu. A Record of Birth #2054, in the County of Maui, Camp 10, Pu’unene, shows a male, Francisco Vieira was born on April 23, 1915. The parents were Antonio Vierra, age 36 and Julia Vierra, age 27. He was a laborer and she a housewife. The Record of Birth states that Francisco is their 3rd child. No record of another child birth can be found. Could this 3rd child have been Julia, or did they know Maria was still in Madeira? Probably Julia. (See later 1920 census.)Francisco must have died, although no records have been found. His God-parents were Antone Fernandez and Julia Rodrigues.On March 27, 1917, the Wilhemina sailed into San Francisco. On the ship were listed Antone (age 33), Julia (age 30) and Antone (age 7 yrs.) Vierra. They were to live in San Jose. George Vierra was born in the Bay Area on September 24, 1917 (died 2/19/91).The 1920 Census shows the Vierra family lived at 1274 Alviso, Santa Clara, CA.
The Vierra family included:
Name (age) Family Member Birthplace Citizenship
Tony (37) H Portugal Al
Julia (35) W Portugal Al
Tony (10) S Portugal N.R.
Julia (8) D Hawaiian Is. N.R.
George (2-1/2) S California N.R.
We have no Record of Birth nor ship record of landing in San Francisco, for their second oldest daughter, Julia Vierra (born 1/21/13 died 1983) She married Frank Gardin.