Biography of Frank M. Silvia
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Silvia, Frank M., son of Francisco Machado and Mary Claudina (Pacheco) Silvia. was born in the Azores, on the Island of St. George, March 2, 1850. His father was a seafaring man and he early manifested a desire to follow the same calling, but attended the public schools until he was twelve years of age and then made his first voyage. Subsequently he visited England, Germany, France, Brazil and adjacent islands, Australia, New Zealand, and in fact circumnavigated the globe. His father had meantime made his headquarters in this country, being captain of a coasting vessel, and he having been injured and placed in a foreign hospital was sent to America upon his recovery by the American Consul. He was landed in New Bedford in 1871, and soon after came to Fall River and found employment as a laborer. In 1874 he engaged in the trucking business, buying his outfit with money which he had saved by industry and economy. In 1880 he sold his business to engage in the retail liquor trade, first locating on Ferry street and later removing to his present location at the corner of Ferry and Washington streets, which property he purchased. Here he conducts a wholesals and retail liquor business, and also is extentensively engaged as a ship, railroad and emigrant agent. Mr. Silvia is one of the leading representatives of the Portuguese race in Bristol county and is actively interested in all that will promote the best interests of the people of his nationality. He organized and secured the charter of the St. Joseph Benevolent Society and also was instrumental in the purchase of the old First Baptist chapel on Columbia street, which is now used as a Portuguese church. He is an honorary member of many fraternal organizations and a member of the American Order of Druids and the Order of Foresters. In August, 1874, he married Mary Emcarnacao Dutra, and they had nine children, of whom seven survive: Annie, Catherine, Frank, jr., Manuel Joseph, Stephen and John.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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