The Esteves Family

Portugal

My maternal grandparents, Domingos Esteves and Domingas de Pinho pictured here in their homeland of Murtosa, Portugal circa 1963. Domingos was 14 years old in the early 1900s when he immigrated to the United States on a ship bound for New York City. He entered via Ellis Island with millions of other immigrants fleeing rural poverty in southern Europe. After four years working and living in Newark, New Jersey with fellow Portuguese immigrants from the same small town, he decided he was too homesick to make a life in the US and returned home at the age of 18. He never returned, but his eldest daughter, my mother, found her way back to the same city of Newark, New Jersey almost half a century later.