I and some of my cousin’s would like to learn more about a NILS A. BERGE!The only thing I know about him is that he is reported to have been born in Norway.Nils and ANNA or ANNIE (nee JOHNSON) BERGE are my Great Grandparents.They are the parents of my Grandmother: MARTHA JOSEPHINE BERGERSON, or BERGE, a.k.a. JOSEPHINE M. (nee Nelson) NORRIS.
We are looking for genealogy information / documentation on my Great Grandfather, NILS A. BERGE!He is reported to have been born in Norway, but we have no proof documentation that verifies the accuracy of this statement.
KNOWN FAMILY DATA:
A Baptism Record for my grandmother, extracted on May 4, 1942, by Rev. C. G. Naeseth, Spring Prairie Lutheran Church states: "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:I, C. G. Naeseth, pastor of the Spring Prairie Lutheran Church, Town of Leeds, Columbia County, Wisconsin, and custodian of the records of said church, hereby certify that according to these records MARTHA JOSEPHINE, a daughter of Nils A. Berge and his wife Anna nee Johnson, was born July 25, 1876, and was baptized in the Spring Prairie Lutheran Church February 25, 1877.Witnesses were: Knud N. Fadnas; Jorgen N. Fadnas; Guro E. Fadnas; Ingeborg N. Fadnas."Signed C. F. Naeseth Morrisonville, Wis. May 4, 1942.Underneath, at the bottom of the page my grandmother wrote the following:"I took my father First name, Nels," (note spelling) "and went through life ‘till married as Josephine M. Nelson.Please Send this Back to me."
Father= Nels A. BERGE, also identified as Nils A. Berge
Mother = Anna JOHNSDATTER/JOHNSON, b. Jan 01, 1853, (At Sea, North Atlantic).
Child 1 = (M)Alexander Gjertinus Bergerson, b. a.1874 Leeds Columbia Co, WI., also identified as Alick Burgerson and Elick Bergerson.Died a. Apr 1909 in Rio, Columbia Co., WI, buried in Rio Cemetery per his obituary.
Child 2 = (F)Martha (Jo) Josephine Berge:Nelsen, b. Jul 25 1876 (my Grandmother)
Child 3 = (F)Gertena / Gjertena (Tena) Elizabeth Berge, b. Aug 07 1878 Nampden, WI.
On the 1875 Wisconsin State Census there is a N. A. Berge listed under (HEADS OF FAMILIES) in the town of Leeds, Columbia County.The entry shows that there are 3 males and 1 female in the family.No other information is available from this state census.If this is my Berge family, I am unable to identify the extra male in the family.
The only other information that I have on Nels is that I "may" have found his family group in the 1880 U.S. Census.But I have some doubts!In subject census for Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Ref: T9-1437, ED, 117, sheet 19, line 24, lists a Nils Borge, age 42, with wife: Anin age 31, son: Alixander age 6, daughter: Martha 4, and daughter, Louisa, age 2.The location of the family and the age of Anin doesn’t fit my mental picture of the family.I estimate that the family should be near Columbia County, Anna’s age should be 27, and the name "Louisa" is not compatible with my Aunt Tena’s name!All the rest of the names and ages are compatible with my family information. Could this be an example of census padding by a census enumerator?
Note. There is a Nels A. Berge in the area where my grandmother was born, but his family, as listed in State, Federal, and Vital records, do not match the baptism or census records listed above!Hummm...!I Wonder?
Mr. Herbert S. Norris
236 NW Wildwood Lane