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Descendants of Manuel Jose Bettencourt

Generation No. 3

3. JOAO DE SOUZA3 BETTENCOURT (MATEUS JOSE2 DE BETTENCOURT, MANUEL JOSE1 BETTENCOURT) was born March 28, 1837 in Luz, Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, and died in Graciosa, Azores. He married MARIE EMILIA DE SANTO ANTONIO April 26, 1872 in Luz, Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, daughter of UNKNOWN and ADRIANA DE JESUS. She was born October 05, 1841 in Luz, Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, and died in Graciosa, Azores.

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                  How The Bettencourt Family Started In The Azores

The Bethencourt family came from the region of Caux, located in Picardy, France not far from the site of the 100 year war with England "The Battle Of Agincourt" were almost all the Bethencourt men died in the battle. Family members served as councillors to the King of France and baillif of Amiens and also held other notable position. The second son of the 14th century generation of this ennoble family [ Jean de Bethencourt 1360-1424] accompanied by his two nephews, Maciot and Henri Bethencourt entered the service of Enrique the 4th of Castille. He organized an expedition which sailed from La Rochelle, France on May 1, 1402 He landed on Lanzarote one of the Canary Islands and was in controll of the Islands and built a fort and govern the Islands in name of Castille. He divided the administration among French families that he brought with him and a few native families who had surrendered allegiance to him. He eventually returned to France where he died in Grainville la Teinturiere in 1425. When Jean departed the Canary islands, he left his nephew Maciot in charge. His elder nephew Henri was in control of the family business in Avila, Castille. Maciot shortly thereafter passed on his claims to the Canaries, but when Henry of Portugal offered to purchase Maciot's claims to the Islands he accepted this offer , and as part of the contract Maciot was given property in Medeira where he founded the Portuguese Bettencourt lineage. Members of the Madeira family became early settlers in the Azores when the Azores Islands were settled. At an even later date, descendants of Maciot's brother Henri, entered the Azores as Avila Bettencourt family. The Avila Bettencourt's sometimes used the full name, and sometimes shortened it to just Bettencourt, whether arriving from Madeira or Castille,the Bettencourts on the Azores trace their origins to Maciot and Henri, the two brothers who by mere chance escaped massacre in the great battle of Agincourt. The Azores were discoved Jan.7, 1430.
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4. i.   JOSEPH4 BETTENCOURT, b. January 12, 1874, Luz, Graciosa, Azores, Portugal; d. March 13, 1929, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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