Anecdotal from their daughter, Thelma: Gerda born 27 Jan 1863 in Sweden (Grebbestad & Goteborg both mentioned.) Came to NYC Oct 1885, married Hans Adolf Hansen from Norway 28 Dec 1885 in NYC. Hans and Gerda had corresponded by letter prior to this; she came to NYC to marry him. A shipmate of Hans was Charles Christensen, who was married to Gerda's older sister, Hilda. Charlie told Hans about Hilda's sister still in Sweden. There were 4 Nilsson siblings: 1)Hilda 2)Gerda 3)Tekla 4) Albert. The 3 girls all went to NYC, Albert maybe not. Their father was 6'4" tall. Their mother was Marguerite Hellman. Her people were from the Schleswig-Holsteiner area and owned a brewery. Hans & Gerda raised 8 children in NYC. Gerda spent her latter years in Englewood, NJ. Died 29 Sept 1948.I have more information on Hans & Gerda's children.