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Bertha Edna Swan

Female 1889 - 1956


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  • Name  Bertha Edna Swan  [1, 2
    Born  16 Sep 1889  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Birth  16 Sep 1890  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • This is apparently one year off. 1900 census recorded her birth as September 1889. Kossuth cemetery information lists her birth on the headstone simply as "1889."
    Alt. Birth  Abt 1891  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bertha Swan, age 5, female, single, born in Louisa County
    Census  1910  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Bertha Swan, daughter, female, white, age 18, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, English at home, no occupation, could read, could write
    Census  1920  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Bertha Swan, daughter, female, white, age 26, single, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none
    Census  1930  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Bertha E. Nelson, wife-H, female, white, age 39, married, first maried at age 34, did not attend school during the past year, could read and write, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, state code 65, could speak English, no occupation
    Died  16 Dec 1956  Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried  18 Dec 1956  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Obituary  20 Dec 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • MRS. BERTHA NELSON, MEDIAPOLIS,IS DEAD

      Mrs. Bertha Edna Nelson, 66, of Mediapolis, died in Burlington hospital at 10:30 a.m. December 16. She had been ill for several weeks.

      The daughter of George and Jennie Swan, Mrs. Nelson was born at Newport on September 16, 1890 (sic: probably 1889), and was married to the late Adolph Nelson at Mediapolis in 1924 (sic: 1925).

      Surviving are a son and a daughter, Paul Robert Nelson and Mrs. Jane Cary, both of Mediapolis, and nine grandchildren.

      A brother and five sisters also survive: Paul Swan and Mrs. Lilly Johnson, both of Mediapolis; Mrs. Jessie Moyers, Morning Sun; Mrs. Maude Owens, Mt. Union; Mrs. Oma (sic: Ona) Nordstrom, Cedar Rapids; and Mrs. Leah Brekke of Cicero, Illinois.

      Last rites were held at the Mediapolis Presbyterian church of which Mrs. Nelson was a member, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Reverend Gordon Reif officiated and burial was in Kossuth cemetery.
    Person ID  I10008  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  George Laury Swan,   b. 14 Jun 1859, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1920, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Samantha Jane "Jennie" Gregory,   b. 8 May 1861, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1918, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Sep 1880  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Swan, George L.; Spouse: Gregory, Jennie; Marriage Date: 8 September 1880; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Residence  1889  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Family ID  F1546  Group Sheet

    Family  Gustav Adolph Frederick "Adolph" Nelson,   b. 29 Mar 1889, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943 
    Married  28 Nov 1925  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Gustav Adolph Frederick Nelson; Groom's Birth Date: 1889; Groom's Birthplace: Mediapolis, Iowa; Groom's Age: 36; Bride's Name: Bertha Edna Swan; Bride's Birth Date: 1891; Bride's Birthplace: Morning Sun, Iowa; Bride's Age: 34; Marriage Date: 28 November 1925; Marriage Place: Mediapolis, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Andrew Frederick Nelson; Groom's Mother's Name: Hilma Amanda Frederickson; Bride's Father's Name: George Lowry Swan; Bride's Mother's Name: Samantha Jane Swan; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Groom's Previous Wife's Name: (nothing); Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Previous Husband's Name: (nothing); Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02679-4; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1547824; Reference Number: cn 8417; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992;
    Children 
    >1. Paul Robert Nelson,   b. 15 Jun 1926, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1995, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Beverly Jane "Jane" Nelson,   b. 22 Jan 1928, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 2010, Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F3824  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello Township; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California; Sutro Microfilm Roll #553, Reel 67 of 121

    2. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa, Supervisors District 15, Enumeration District 29-32, Sheet 3B, page 222 2751, taken April 4, 1930; Sutro Library Microfilm 2128, Reel 652

    4. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Mediapolis, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Enumeration District 26; Supervisor's District 1; Sheet 5A; Page 204 4137 April 18, 1910

    5. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 4).

    6. [S8686] Nelson, Bertha Edna (Swan) - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, December 20, 1956; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Mediapolis town, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 28; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12A, page number: 281; enumeration date: January 1920

    8. [S33] Conwell, Joy Lynn (Ferguson) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    10. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889) (Reliability: 3).
      Reprinted online at the Louisa County, Iowa GenWeb site, URL: http://iagenweb.org/boards/louisa/biographies/index.cgi?read=182882

    11. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889) (Reliability: 3).