John Silvia Cunha Sr. is my Great Grandfather. He was born on July 1905 to Joseph Silvia Cunha and Margaret “Maggie” Silvia, both immigrants from Portugal. He had six brothers and sisters, Joseph, Manuel, Mary (died young), John (died young), Mary (also died young), and Antone.
John’s mother died when he was two from Splenic Leucaemia. In the 1910 census I found him living with his brothers at his Aunt’s (his mother’s brother’s wife as his Uncle had also died by this time) house.
As of right now I have still been unable to locate him in a 1920 census and a 1930 census.
He married Olive Dias in 1926. Together they had seven children Margaret, Clarence (Buster), John, Russell (died young), Gilbert, Roger, and Carol.
In 1940 him and his family lived at 16 Pratt Street in Taunton, Mass. At that time John worked as a Laborer, by the late 1940’s he worked as a Moulder and then in the 1950s as a Machine Operator, by 1963 John was working as a Flatener.
John died on May 28, 1964 at the age of 58 in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
**The Cunha family has been hard to trace. This post will update when I come across more information.**