The elusive Mrs. Flanders

There are a few ancestors on my family tree that I feel a special connection to. My 2nd great grandmother Aimee is one, but Mrs. Flanders even more so.

Mrs. Flanders was born Louisa Marie Bergen on 25 May 1837. Her birth place as listed in her death record is England. However on the three census records I have from her married years she’s listed as coming from Ireland and her parents are from England. On one of her children’s marriage record it also states she’s from England. She married Uriah Flanders and had her first child in 1853.

Where do I go from here? I’ve searched on both Ancestry and Family Search for any kind of immigration papers or birth record, marriage record, anything on her besides the death and census records I have. The problem is that I have no idea when she came to the US or from where. I am almost certain that her last name was not Bergen, but possibly another spelling sounding the same. There is a page from the book “The Flanders family from Europe to America” that says her last name is listed as Bergenbeth in the NH vital records. Since I don’t live in the Northeast I have no way of getting the truth of that statement.

What I do know is that if she did in fact come from the United Kingdom sometime in the mid 1800s that was around the time of the Great Potato famine. I am very interested in knowing her story and whether she got out before and if she traveled with her parents. For now the elusive Mrs. Flanders has gotten the best of me, but I will find out her story one day and I have a feeling it will be a great one!

Below are the Death Record and the excerpt from the book. If you have any tips on where I can go from here please let me know.




2 responses

  1. Welcome to Genabloggers! I love mysteries like this. Do you have the death records for her children? Sometimes the birth place of one or both the parents will be noted on those records. Good luck!

    1. You know that didn’t even occur to me to be honest. I looked at marriage and birth records but not the death. Don’t I feel like the ditz. Thank you!

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