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Alma Cornelia Pålsson (Berglund)

Birthplace: Velinge, Skåne, Sweden
Death: Died in Titanic
Cause of death: Died in the sinking. Body recovered
Place of Burial: Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Anders Berglund and Maria Berglund
Wife of Nils Pålsson
Mother of Paul Folke Pålsson; Torborg Danira Pålsson; Stina Viola Pålsson and Gösta Leonard Pålsson

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About Alma Cornelia Pålsson

Mrs Alma Cornelia Pålsson (née Berglund)

  • Born: Thursday 3rd August 1882
  • Age: 29 years
  • Last Residence: in Bjuv Skåne Sweden
  • Occupation: Housewife
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 349909 , £21 1s 6d
  • Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
  • Died in the sinking.
  • Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 206)
  • Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia Canada on Wednesday 8th May 1912.

Mrs Nils Pålsson (Alma Cornelia Berglund), 29, was born on August 3, 1882 in Velinge, Sweden the daughter of Maria Berglund (neé Nilsson) and Anders Berglund (1). Alma had four brothers: Oskar Albert, Hilding Waldemar, Axel Ferdinand and Gustav Gabriel Berglund (2).

Alma was married to Nils Pålsson (3) who worked as a miner in Gruvan, Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden. Following a major strike Nils tired of mining and because the only professions available in Bjuv were miner, brickworker and farm hand he decided to emigrate. On 10 June 1910 he received his emigration certificate and travelled to Chicago. Having gained employment as a tram conductor Nils set about saving enough money for his family to join him. He lived at 938 Townsend Street, Chicago. Also living in Chicago were two of Alma's brothers: Olof (?Oskar) Berglund on 2304 North Spring St. and Axel Berglund, 1725 Kimball Ave.

Eventually enough money had been raised and Alma and her four children Torburg, Paul, Stina, and Gösta left Gruvan for Southampton, travelling via Malmö and Copenhagen.

On board the Titanic Alma got to know August Wennerström. When the ship was sinking it took a long time to prepare the four children and Alma came too late for the lifeboats. She met Wennerström on the Boat Deck near collapsible A. Wennerström tried to hold on to two of the children as she had asked him to but when water came up them Wennerström lost his grip and both disappeared.

Mrs Pålsson and the children boarded the Titanic at Southampton. They all perished in the sinking. Nils clung to the hope that stories about a rescued boy might refer to one of his children. He spent much money and time looking in vain for the boy but eventually Mr Pålsson was informed at the Chicago offices of the White Star line that his family was among the missing. The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to Alma's mother. Damages of 1366:50 Kr (£75) were paid to mother on 26 May 1914.

Nils remained in the USA. In the late 1920s he was joined in USA by Axell Tollof Kvist (a relative of Alma's, born: April 14 1896) from Gruvan, Bjuv. Kvist was to send for his wife to join him in America but he never made contact again. Nils died in 1962.

Notes 1. Maria Berglund (neé Nilsson), born on 22 December 1859 in Fleninge, Sweden. Anders Berglund (born 7 August 1852 also in Fleninge). 2. Oskar (?Olof) Albert Berglund (18 January 1881 in Velinge, Sweden) Hilding Waldemar Berglund (born 2 March 1884 in Velinge, Sweden) Axel Ferdinand Berglund (born 15 March 1886 in Velinge, Sweden) Gustav Gabriel Berglund (born 8 February 1898 in Bjuv, Sweden). 3. In America Nils changed his name to Nels Paulsson.

References Chicago Daily Tribune (Illinois), 20 April 1912 Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic White Star Line (1912.) Record of Bodies and Effects (Passengers and Crew S.S. "Titanic") Recovered by Cable Steamer "MacKay Bennett" Including Bodies Buried at Sea and Bodies Delivered at Morgue in Halifax, N.S. Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S., Manuscript Group 100, Vol. 229, No. 3d, Accession 1976-191, 76 pp., unpaged. (#206)

Acknowledgements Homer Thiel, USA Fredric Nilsson, Sweden Lars-Inge Glad, Sweden (grandson of Axell Kvist)

Travelling Companions (on same ticket) Master Gösta Leonard Pålsson Master Paul Folke Pålsson Miss Stina Viola Pålsson Miss Torborg Danira Pålsson

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Alma Cornelia Pålsson's Timeline

August 3, 1882
Velinge, Skåne, Sweden
December 19, 1903
Age 21
Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden
April 14, 1906
Age 23
Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden
June 19, 1908
Age 25
Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden
January 3, 1910
Age 27
Bjuv, Skåne, Sweden
April 15, 1912
Age 29
May 8, 1912
Age 29