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Seek Caroline Nilsson b 1880 Skane to USA 1904 m BURGESS
Posted by: J Christiansen (ID *****5526) Date: February 06, 2013 at 16:50:46
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Hi all. I'm a volunteer helping a woman in Sweden who posted on an Ancestry message board (link below). I'm feeling ill equipped to evaluate what we're finding.

Looking in USA for Caroline Nilsson b 25 Feb 1880 in Sweden, imm 1904. Married name Burgess. Sister Hilda Nilsson Johnson b 1874 (to USA in 1898 per 1920 census) and cousin Otto Jonsson b 1872 (to USA in 1893 per family, not found).

Records (below): Do they prove "our" Caroline married Paul A. Burgess and lived in Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts? If not .... help!

Can't find 1930 census or death record. Caroline missing in 1920 census. Also many details are a little "off."

Your expertise would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

(A different person, not me, has Genforum login jchristianson)


25 Feb 1880 Carolina Nilsson born in Kärragård, Hovs, Kristianstad, Skane, Sweden.

Parents Nils Peter Hansson and Elna Jönsson (Churchbook)

1890 move to Segeltorp and then 1900 move to Båstads, Kristianstads (Churchbook)

14 Sep 1904 Emigrated to Amerika (Churchbook)


1904 Emigration on Ancestry (Göteborg Sverige passanger list)
Name: Carolina Nelson
Born: 25-2-1880, Skane, Sweden <----her birth date
Going away: 14-9-1904 dest. Grimsby
image nr. 68 - Karolina Nelson

Name: Carolina Nelson
Ethnicity: Sweden, Swedish
Last Place of Residence: Thorhaum <--- where is this?
Arrival: 25 Sept 1904 <-----fits w departure 14 Sep 1904
Age at arrival: 24 years old
Gender: F
Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel:       Celtic
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Manifest Line Number: 0001

This Carolina, 24, seems to be traveling to USA with Amelie Nelson, 16. Do you agree???

Carolina is traveling to Sophia NELSON, 12 Washington Place, East Orange, New Jersey.


BURGESS is Caroline's married name. (Source: Caroline's brother Albert died in Sweden, 1954; an inventory of his estate found an unexpected reference to "money from his sister Carolina Burgess i USA.")

24 April 1915 MARRIAGE in Massachusetts (Family Search)
Carolina Nelson
parents Nils P Nelson and Elna Burgeson
Spouse: Paul A Burgeson

Burgeson name changed to Burgess (source: Genforum post by a descendant). LINK:

World War I Draft Registration (Ancestry)
01 September 1918
Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Paul Albin Burgess, age 38
Birth Date: 25 Aug 1880
BIrth place: Sweden
Address: 958 Warren Avenue
Nearest relative: Carolina Burgess, wife


Orange, Essex, New Jersey
Mateldia Nelson 34 sister born August 1865 in Sweden to USA 1890
Sophia Nelson 36 sister born June 1864 to USA 1890
[Matches Sophia Nelson mentioned in the 1904 Ellis Island record, to whom Caroline was traveling]

Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Otto Nelson 32 born 1878 in Sweden
Dagmar Nelson 33 born about 1877 in Swede
George W Nelson 5
Caroline Nelson 30 lodger b abt 1880 Sweden to USA 1904 <---
Mary Cullen 23

Brockton Ward 4, Plymouth, Massachusetts
John Enquist 33 b 1877 Sweden
Carolina Enquist 38 b 1872 Sweden
Jennie Enquist 12
Agnes Enquist 10
Hilma Enquist 3
Paul Burgess 31 lodger, single, b abt 1879 Sweden <-----

Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Paul Borgers, 39, male, married, born about 1881 Sweden, to USA 1905
Maybe Paul = Paul Burgess [Ancestry user suggestion]

1922 Brockton, Massachusetts, City Directory
Paul A Burgess at 958 Warren Avenue (same as WWI Draft card)
Caroline Burgess at 958 Warrren Avenue

1927-1935 Paul A Burgess and Caroline Burgess in City Directories


Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
33 Grove Street
Caroline Burgess 56, widow, born about 1884 in Sweden, housekeeper



Caroline's SISTER Hilda Nilsson b 28 Sep 1874 in Olastorp Hovs församl, Skåne, Sverige married 20 Feb 1904-02-20 to Gustaf Emanuel Jansson (JOHNSON) b 27 Jan 1878. Hilda immigrated ca 1898; in 1920 in Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada with children Nels, Andrew, and Nevada.

I mention Hilda because I'm surprised we're not finding a sister Carolina near her.

Otto Jönsson born 02 July 1872 in Skåne said to immigrate to USA 1893. There's an Otto Johnson in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, in 1920, born about 1872. Unknown if any connection.

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