Miss Karen Marie Abelseth

Miss Karen Marie Abelseth, was born on 14 September 1895 in Örskog, Nilsgård, Romsdal County, Norway, and was christened 6 October the same year1.

Her parents were Iver Kristian Martinus, b. 31 December 1863 at Örskog, and Nikoline Petrine Asmundsdatter (b. 19 November 1866 at Örskog) Nilsen, who had married 25 April 1887 in Örskog. Her brothers and sisters included Lisa Petrine, b. 18 February 1891 (she may have died young), Nils Peter, b. 14 January 1897, Bergitte Andrea Nilsine, b. 26 February 1899, Lisa Olivia, b. 3 November 1900, and Anna, Louise, and Laurits.

Anna, Lisa, and Bertha emigrated to the USA. The brothers remained in Norway.

Miss Abelseth was travelling with Olaus Abelseth (who, being a family friend, accompanied her but was no relation), Anna Salkjelsvik, Peter Søholt, Sigurd Hansen Moen and Adolf Humblen. They all set sail from Ålesund to Newcastle via Bergen and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. Karen's destination was 848 East Adams Street in (Inglewood) Los Angeles, California. where her sister Anna lived.  She shared a cabin with Anna Salkjelsvik and some Swedish girls.

She slept through the collision but was woken up by Adolf Humblen. When she went out in the corridor the people had risen "and came dragging their trunks". She became very scared. Sigurd Moen had to hold on to her because she was shaking with fright. Up on deck she was escorted by Olaus, Moen and Søholt to a lifeboat (probably lifeboat 16). Moen said to her to be brave, all would be well in the end. Then the boat was lowered.

Karen was some time at St. Vincent Hospital before she was able to continue to Minneapolis.

Karen married to Harry Sylvester Little and had two sons Norman and Francis and three daughters, Phyllis, Wanda and Iris. In 1956 she was living in Los Angeles. She died in Inglewood, California on 27 July 1969.  She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery, California.

 

Articles and Stories

Inglewood Daily News (1969) 
Chicago Daily News (1912) 
 

Credits

Trevor Baxter, UK
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Dan Martin
Arne Mjåland, Norway
Per Kristian Sebak, Norway
Leif Snellman, Finland

Notes

  1. Her last name was listed ''Nilsen.'' The name Abelseth seems to have been added later.

References and Sources

Inglewood Daily News (California), 28 July 1969, Death Notice
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Names and Descriptions of Alien Passengers Embarked at the Port of Southampton, 10 April 1912 (PRO London, BT 27/780B).
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183
Find a Grave (Nils M. Solsvik. Jr)
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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