JR,
I kind of suspected as much.  I know that my line descends from Damiao de 
Braga (as well you know).  But, working in Maia I have come across a line 
known as Braga Serra.  I've yet to see any connection between them and my 
own de Braga in Maia.

I've been moving around records filling in blank spots in my pedigree.  I 
spent a little time the last two weeks In the 1750s=1790s.  I noted there 
were very few de Braga's.  (There were a whole lot of Medeiros though! 
 Seemed like very page had a Medeiros!)

Mel

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:06:41 PM UTC-7, JR wrote:
>
> Many thanks for the information. In case you don't know, most, if not all 
> of the Braga's of Ribeira Grande are *not* related to the Braga's of 
> Achada or Maia, or Faial da Terra, or Povoacao or Ponta Garca. They are 
> independent branch(es) that link to the earliest nobles of Ribeira Grande. 
> The latter, on the eastern side of Sao Miguel, all *appear* to be related 
> and come from one or two branches that settled in Fenais da Ajuda. You may 
> find one or two Braga's from Ribeira Grande area that intermarried with our 
> branch, but I have yet to find one. You can surmise, that ultimately, they 
> are all related and come from the early Braga's of Santa Maria circa early 
> 1500's. But I cannot prove this. There are also many small branches of 
> Braga's strewn throughout Sao Miguel, such as Vila Franca and Ponta Delgada 
> that came with the later migration from Santa Maria to Sao Miguel. Most 
> came after 1700.
>
> JR
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:15:59 PM UTC-4, IslandRoutes wrote:
>>
>> John, 
>> I can't seem to find your email address right now.  I know that you and 
>> others are interested in Braga's of Sao Miguel.
>>
>> I was going through Estrela for another family.  I found this entry in 
>> 1754 that I thought might interest those researching the line.  I didn't 
>> see any other Braga's in the era in this village.
>>
>> It's on the right hand side, baptismal for Francisco.
>>
>> http://culturacores.azores.gov.pt/biblioteca_digital/SMG-RG-ESTRELA-B-1753-1757/SMG-RG-ESTRELA-B-1753-1757_master/SMG-RG-ESTRELA-B-1753-1757_JPG/SMG-RG-ESTRELA-B-1753-1757_0089.jpg
>>
>> Passing it on in case you haven't come across this in your research.
>>
>> Mel
>>
>

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