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From: Kim Gawlak <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Boston Passenger Lists -- Olaf ANDERSON & familyvia Liverpool - late 1800's...
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:19:51 -0400
Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone can assist me with my ANDERSON family mysteries.
My great-grandmother, Mary Ann ANDERSON, was born in Liverpool, England in the 4th quarter 1875.
Her parents were Olaf ANDERSON (b. Sweden, about 1844) and Sarah Jane (TYSON) ANDERSON (b. Liverpool in 1847).
I recently uncovered information about Mary Ann's previously unknown (to me!) siblings, and I am confused!
Olaf and S.J. married in Liverpool in July 1865.
I just discovered that their eldest of the 5 children who were alive (of 9 S.J. said she gave birth to) in the 1900 census was Andrew ANDERSON - born in Chelsea, MA on 19 December 1870. Olaf was a carpenter then, and they resided in Chelsea.
Next comes my Mary Ann, born 1875, as above, in England!!
Next sibling (who survived) was Isabella Elizabeth, born in Liverpool on 1 March 1881.
Next surviving sibling was Margaret E., born 25 January 1886, back in Chelsea, MA.
SO! My confusion --- when did Olaf, Sarah Jane, and little Andrew first arrive in Boston?? Somewhere between the marriage in 1865, and Andrew's birth in late 1870.
AND -- why (unlike ALL of my other ancestors) would they have gone back to Liverpool -- only to return to Mass. in time to have Margaret in Chelsea in 1886 (and youngest son, Joseph Francis, born in Boston on 15 April 1890).
I'm presuming they must appear on 2 separate Boston Passenger lists --- one between 1865-1870; the other between 1886 and 1890 -- but I have not yet been able to find them.
Can someone with access to the Boston Passenger Lists please assist me??
Also --- has anyone else experienced this --- ancestors going back to old country, only to return to USA???
I have some folks who went from Ireland to UK before coming to America, but this ANDERSON branch has me quite perplexed!!
I'm looking forward to some input from the vast expertise of the folks on this list.
Many, many thanks!