Carolina Beata Andersson/Andersdotter, 54: Karolina Beata Andersdotter was born in Glömminge, Öland, Sweden on 12 October 1860 to Anders, a crofter born 23 February 1828 in Glömminge, and Ingrid Stina (nee Olofsdotter; b. 3 October 1829 at Ryd) Jonsson. They had married 21 December 1855. Her brothers and sisters included Johan Gustaf, b. 27 November 1858, Maria Christina, b. 30 September 1856, Helena Sophia, b. 9 May 1864, Pehr Olof, b. 29 July 1868, and Ida Carlotta, b. 22 December 1873. She had left Sweden on 24 June 1881 and her destination was Boston. She had come to England a few days later and had taken passage on the steamship Marathon and had arrived in Boston 11 July 1881. Her brother Johan had already emigrated to the USA, and apparently her sister Maria as well. In 1900, she lived in Nahant Town, Essex, Massachusetts, and was listed as a servant, born in October 1860 in Sweden. She had declared her intention of becoming a US citizen 18 October 1910 and stated she was 5’3’’ tall, had brown hair and grey eyes. She described herself as a domestic and at the time lived at 46 Cabot Street in Boston. She was a niece of Jonas P. Anderson. She lived at 12 Pierce Street in Malden, Mass. She had been a domestic servant in several families, and had passed the winter in Malden with relatives. She had made several trips across the ocean and this was to be her last; she had planned to stay in her native Öland, Sweden for the rest of her life, according to contemporary press. She had been to Sweden in 1904 and in 1908 and it was stated she was 5’5’’ tall, had brown hair and brown eyes. Caroline Beata Andersson did not survive the sinking of the Lusitania.
”Friends of Miss Caroline Anderson today verified, through the Cunard agents, the fact that she was a passenger. Miss Anderson was 54, and for many years was in the employ of various Back Bay families. Her only relative in this country is an uncle, Jonas P. Johnson of 12 Pierce st., Malden, at whose home she has been living since November. Poor health caused her to arrange to return to her home in Oeland, Sweden. This is on the east coast of that country, on the Baltic Sea. Miss Anderson had made several trips across the Atlantic.” (The Boston Daily Gloce, 8 May 1915, p. 19) In later newspapers, her uncle was Jonas P. Anderson rather than Johnson.
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