Rosalia (Rosalie) SAELENS m Ferdinand Felix GODFIRNON October 24, 1874 Schaerbeek, Province of Brabant Belgium.
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I have some information on Rosalia:
THE BRIG PHOENIX sailed from Antwerp Belgium arrived New York August 29, 1854, C. Dervers, Captain.
Partial passenger list:
Passenger: # 051 Charissa (S)AELLEMS 38 M Germany to US, # 052 Charlotte (S)AELLEMS 16 F Germany to US, # 053 Rosalie (S)AELLEMS 15 F Germany to US, # 054 Cath (S)AELLEMS 13 F Germany to US, # 055 Pauline (S)AELLEMS 12 F Germany to US, # 056 Edward (S)AELLEMS 8 M Germany to US, # 057 Cathilda (S)AELLEMS 5 F Germany to US, # 058 Palidor (S)AELLEMS 4 M Germany to US
Cathilda is actually Mathilda.
According to information noted, Rosalia had made as many as seven voyages to Belgium and back to the US between the years 1854 and 1877 as her daughter Fernande Rose was born in Belgium 1875 and son Louis Prosper was born in Falls City Richardson County Nebraska 1877.
OBITUARY OF ROSALIE SAELENS GODFIRNON:
Mrs. Rosalie Godfirnon died at her home in this city (Falls City, Richardson Co., Nebraska USA) Saturday, January 14, 1908, aged 72 years, 4 months and four days.
Deceased was born July 7, 1838 in Ghent Belgium where she lived until 13 years of age, when she came with her parents to America. After a few years her parents died, and being left on her own resources, acted as an interpreter for persons crossing the ocean, making the trip seven times. She enjoyed the distinction of having at one time been maid of honor to the Princess Murat and went with her to the courts of France, England, Belgium and Italy.
She was married in Brussels, Belgium, October 24, 1873. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Fernande Keim and Louis Godfirnon, both living in this city. Her husband preceded her to the grave only a few years ago. In 1876, she with her husband and daughter came to Falls City and had resided here continuously until her death.
Her's was a eventful life made up as it was of more than the usual experiences of the ordinary person, it was always a great pleasure for her friends to listen to her pleasant reminiscences of the trips across the water, and this, together with her friendly manner, made her a welcomed guest in any home among her wide circle of friends.
She had been in poor health for about three years, and a great sufferer, but through it all bore her burdens with a true Christian spirit.
The funeral was conducted from the Episcopal Church Monday afternoon, Rev. G. L. Neice officiating, using the beautiful burial service of that church, in which faith she died. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery.
All united in extending sympathy to the bereaved son and daughter, who have nothing now but the memory of a loving mother, and the hope that reunion which is promised to the faithful in the great beyond. (copy of obituary news article)
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