JOSEPH/JAMES A. and MATILDA AVILLA

Parents Immigrated from Portugal to Hawaii

Updated October 2012

 

First Generation - James A. Avilla & wife Matilda LNU Avilla,
who were children of Portugese-born parents

Joseph (James) A. Avilla m. Matilda Freitas

1) Dau: Dorothy Genevieve Avilla (1915)
Son: Albert J. Avilla (1919; died young)
Son: William Avilla (1923)
3) Dau: Marie Nina Avilla (1928-1997)
 

1) Dau: Dorothy Genevieve Avilla (1915) m. Toshio "Richard" Karasaki

3 sons:
One son is Richard Joseph S.
 Karasaki
 b. Nov 14 1934;
m. Genevieve Catherine Freitas
 d. May 11 1996


3) Dau Marie Nina m. Joseph DeMattos

Sons: Albert Rocha, Joseph Jr, Michael
Daus: Deborah, Toni
 

JOSEPH (OR JAMES) AUGUST AVILLA was born October 9, 1891 in Hawaii, a natural born citizen.  He married a Matilda F. (Freitas?)  who was born at sea, likely on her parents' immigration journey from Portugal to Hawaii in 1899.  She was "naturalized" per the 1930 Census. Note: Some websites list them as Joseph August Avilla, Jr. and Matilda Freitas, and that they married on 24 February 1915.

Per his WWI Registration Card:  Below is his WWI Registration Card listing as Joseph August Avilla.  He was medium build and height and had black hair and eyes.  He was working as a chauffeur and was married.

Per the 1920 Census for Honolulu taken on January 16th, they lived at 1764 Luso Street and he was employed as a chauffeur.  "James" was 29 and his wife Matilda was 21.  They had two children; daughter, Dorothy (Genevieve) Avilla was 4 (born  10 days before Christmas in 1915) and her brother Albert J. Avilla* was 8 months (born 1919).

*Note: Albert J. Avilla passed away before the next census, when he sustained a leg injury but refused to tell anyone. It was discovered too late and he died of gangrene that could not be treated.

 

 

 

Per the 1930 Census for 3041 Brokaw Street, Oahu, Honolulu County, Honolulu City taken on April 9th, "Joseph" is now 39 years old and  married to Matilda who is 31. Joseph is working as a truck driver for an express company.   They have the following children, all living with them and all born in Hawaii:

Dorothy (Genevieve) Avilla, age 14 (born 15 December 1915)
William Avilla, age 7 (born 1923)
Marie "Nina" Avilla, age 2 (born March 30, 1928; died June 2, 1997).  She became Mrs. Marie DeMattos, wife of Joseph DeMattos.   Nina is buried at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery (Plot: Section 93-E Site 16); click on blue box for more info on this.

 

 


There are several important websites on Marie Nina and Joseph DeMattos, Sr.

1)  From Daily Celebrations:  "My Great Uncle Joseph DeMattos Sr. (1925-2012) was born on this day. Uncle was married to my Grandma Dorothy's sister, Nina."  Click here for the rest of this story:  http://www.dailycelebrations.com/040606.htm

2)  A MUST SEE!  See also Joe DeMattos own blog:  http://joedemattossr.blogspot.com/

       
 

Second Generation - Dorothy Genevieve Avilla & husband
 Toshio "Richard" Karasaki

DOROTHY GENEVIEVE AVILLA eloped to Kamawela HI with a Japanese man, Toshio Karasaki, also known as "Richard."  Toshio was born in Hawaii around 1911.  They had three sons together, one of whom is still living.  Their son Richard Joseph S. Karasaki is below as the Third Generation for this webpage.  Ultimately Toshio and Dorothy divorced and he later died in 1956.  Meanwhile Dorothy married a second time to a George Goeas, with whom she had a wonderful daughter.

Dorothy was a very loving, very intelligent woman.  One of her favorite sayings to express her overflowing love of family was "love you to pieces!"  Nice.

Dorothy A. Goaes died in July 1991 in Honolulu and is buried at Diamond Head Memorial Park in Honolulu, Plot: AAm-6-20. 
 

Third Generation - Richard Joseph S. Karasaki & wife
Genevieve Catherine Freitas

Dorothy and Toshio's son, Richard Joseph S. Karasaki was born in 1934 and died in 1996 in Hawaii.  Richard Joseph married the 20-year old Genevieve Catherine Freitas in 1954, just two years before his father Toshio passed away.    His wife, Genevieve Catherine, died January 30, 1985. 

Richard worked for the Pearl Harbor Naval Base as a Group Superintendent, from where he ultimately retired.

See Also:     Karasaki

See Also:      Freitas

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