I recently posted this on the Azores genealogy group on Facebook
To which I got this reply,
Doug had found a baptism record for Francisco who was born in April 10, 1799 in Quatro Ribeiras in the parish of Santa Beatris, Terceira. Franisco was the son of Jacinto Coelho de Mello and Joaquina Luiza, who was a natural of Biscoitos, in the parish of Sao Pedro. Francisco’s paternal grandparents were Joam Coelho de Mello and Francisca Marianna and his maternal grandparents were Joam Machado da Rosa and Agostinha da Rosa.
I am only beginning my research of records from the Azores but I have found that the Coelho’s were among the first families to settle in the Azores and the island of Terceira, specifically. There are two branches of the family, descendants of Joao Coelho and Luis Afonso Coelho.
The donatorio, Jácome de Bruges, gave land to these first families. João Coelho was given Porto Judeu.
João Coelho married Catherine Rodrigues da Costa in 1456 , after her husband settled in Porto Judeu . They had the following children:
1 – Salvador Coelho, who was married to D. Catarina Martins.
2 – Baltazar Coelho, who married twice, the first with Dona Ana Cabeceiras and the second with D. Violame of Valadão.
3 – Gaspar Coelho married Violante Nunes.
4 – António Coelho, married in Angra do Heroismo with F. Mourato.
5 – Fernao Coelho, who died as a child.
6 – Bartolomeu Coelho, married in Belo Jardim, Victoria Beach Agnes Bridge.
7 – Francisco Coelho, married Maria de Barros.
8 – Margarida Coelho also married Diogo da Ponte.
9 – Nicolau Coelho.
Francisco, Antonio and Nicolau are all common first names in my Coelho family tree.