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 Alma Cornelia <I>Berglund</I> Paulson

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Alma Cornelia Berglund Paulson

  • Birth 3 Aug 1882 Vellinge, Vellinge kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
  • Death 15 Apr 1912
  • Burial Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 18716

Disaster Victim. She was a passenger on the "RMS Titanic". She was found with the four third class tickets belonging to her children Torburg, Paul, Stina and Gosta. Her husband Nils had previously traveled to America to set up the families new home.

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

Alma was married to Nils Pålsson 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.

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.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18716
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alma Cornelia Berglund Paulson (3 Aug 1882–15 Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18716, citing Fairview Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .