|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1876|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1952|
John Pereira Azevedo passed away on a Friday evening, April 18, 1952, at a Sonora hospital following a lingering illness.
He was born near Tuttletown in the family ranch house on June 12, 1876. He was the fourth child of Joseph Pereira Azevedo and Mary Katrina Bettencourt Silva Azevedo, pioneer residents of the Tuttletown district.
When he was less than four years old, his mother passed away from consumption. From that time on, he and his brothers and sisters helped their father work in the fields, helping to build walls from rocks taken from the fields of the family ranch. Some of those walls still line Highway 49 near Tuttletown.
John attended Tuttletown School on what is now Wilcox Ranch Road. In the 1940s when the old Tuttletown School was no longer suitable, he donated a section of his property for the new Tuttletown School, now a home on Tuttletown School Road.
Once his schooling was completed, John chose to continue living in the house where he was born while his brothers moved on. He continued working on the ranch but also on the Jamestown-Angels Camp spur of the Sierra Railroad Company where he promoted to foreman.
A small house was brought by train from Summerville (now Tuolumne City) and set up near the tracks on the Azevedo ranch. It was the section house for that seven miles of railway to keep supplies and a place for the workers to eat. When John married Mary Oliveira in 1908, she took over the task of cooking for the workers.
When the Jamestown-Angels Camp spur was discontinued and torn away, John transferred to the logging railroad line of the West Side Lumber Company at Tuolumne City. From that point until his retirement, he and his wife lived in Tuolumne City, the only time he lived away from his birth home. Upon retirement, they returned to the ranch.
John was survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Azevedo, Tuttletown; daughter Madeline Lera Azevedo Machado, Tranquility, Fresno County; a son, Joseph Francis Azevedo, Tuttletown; a sister, Mrs. Mary Souza, Carson Hill; two brothers, Faustino Azevedo of San Leandro and Manuel Azevedo of Vallejo; two nieces, Mrs. Emily Tofanelli of Vallejo and Mrs. Mary Alexander of Carson Hill; 5 and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Antone and Domingo Joaquin; and one sister, Leonore Ann.
John was of medium height and build. He had brown eyes and dark hair.
Joseph Pereira Azevedo (1833 - 1925)
Mary Katrina Bettencourt Silva Azevedo (1848 - 1880)
Mary Oliveira Azevedo Freitas (1885 - 1967)
Joseph Francis Azevedo (1910 - 1972)*
Madeline Lera Azevedo Machado (1912 - 2001)*
Antone Pereira Azevedo (1870 - 1917)*
Mary Adeline Pereira Azevedo Souza (1871 - 1954)*
John Pereira Azevedo (1876 - 1952)
Leonora Ann Pereira Azevedo (1877 - 1894)*
Joaquin or Domingo Pereira Azevedo (1879 - 1880)*
Faustino Pereira Azevedo (1879 - 1971)*
Columbia Public Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
Record added: Mar 24, 2003
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The ranch is no longer as it was when you were alive, but many of the fruit trees are still there.|
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Added: Aug. 7, 2010