7 June 2002
The 1930 Federal Census for Groton Township,
New London County, Connecticut was taken 15-16 April 1930. Mary A. Sullivan, age 89 is listed owning a home on the
Military Highway just outside the U.S. Navy Submarine Base worth $2000.
She is listed as an immigrant alien having been born in the Irish
Free State of unnamed parents also from the Irish Free State.
(From this entry we can derive that she was born before April 1841
and that she must have died after April 1930).
She reported having immigrated to the United States at age 14 in
1855. For what it is worth,
she stated that she did not own a radio.
Living with her is her niece, Mollie
O’Sullivan, age 50 born in the Irish Free State of a Mother and Father
also born in the Irish Free State. She
reported that she had immigrated to the US in 1891 (she would have 11
then) and lists her occupation as Owner of a Retail Merchandise Store.
Beyond that, she stated that she was a widow (indicating that John
Sullivan had died before April 1930) and that she was a naturalized
It is interesting that she had resumed using
the surname O’Sullivan (her maiden name instead of her married name,
Living next door and renting a house for $10
is her daughter Kathleen Carberg, age 24 along with husband Forrester H.
Carberg, age 25. They did
have a radio. Also of
interest, is the notation that Kathleen Sullivan Carberg’s father was
born in Ireland indicating that John Sullivan was an immigrant.
John Sullivan would have been eligible for US Citizenship based on his
service in the US Navy. By
marrying him, Molly Sullivan would have become naturalized.)
|10 January 2002
a recent visit to the New London, CT area I visited the Groton Town Hall
and New London Town Hall to examine marriage and death records. At
Groton, I located the marriage certificate for Forrester
H. Carberg and Kathleen F. Sullivan and the Death Certificate for Mary
"Mollie" O'Sullivan. The former allowed me to correct
a mistake on their actual date of marriage. The latter provided new
information identifying Molly O'Sullivan's parents as Maurice O'Sullivan
and Mary Ellen Shea, both of Ireland. I was unable to locate a
marriage certificate for John Sullivan and Mary O'Sullivan in the Groton
In New London, I examined the Death
Certificates for both Daisey
Swanson and her mother, Margaret
Carruthers. Margaret Carruther's Death Certificate identified
her parents as George Carruthers and Jean Creighton, both of Scotland.
On a case by case basis, I will be annotating
the death dates of family members with the cause of death as listed on the
death certificate. I have personally benefited from being able to
provide my own physician with detailed medical information concerning the
ailments of my grandparents. I am sensitive to the privacy concerns
of the rest of the family and welcome your opinion on this practice.
|19 September 2001
W. Carberg, son of Clinton W. Carberg has joined this project and
contributed information from his personal research specifically adding
details on both the children of William
G. Carberg and Lorenzo Carberg.
|7 September 2001
Axel Bolle sent along the following email from
"......Today I got an answer
from the „Deutsche Auswanderer Datenbank” German Emigration Database
regarding Lorenz Karberg.
On 23 July 1864, a Lorenz Karberg
arrived at Boston from Antwerp, Belgium on board the vessel BELLONE,
Ship’s Master Zammer. Age 28, Occupation: Miller and Baker, last
residence unknown, last country Hannover. Source: National Archives, USA,
manifest number: 12044.
far as I know from his letter, he went to Sweden in March 1864 and left
I don’t know whether this is the right Lorenz(o) C/Karberg, but the date
arrival is just in time to join the 35th Mass. Infantry.
Antwerp is not unusual for emigration from Germany, as far I have heard
it was easier to leave Europe from Antwerp then from any other port
without the legal permission of emigration and I can’t believe that CFR
Fiedler had the time to request those papers.
Europe for the USA at the end of May so when should he have asked for
those papers? I can’t believe that those papers where available within a
|5 September 2001
Added a webpage that shows the entire Swanson-Vealie-Carberg-Sullivan
|4 September 2001
Regarding the Friedrich Karl
Robert Fiedler - Lorenzo Carberg mystery. We know that both men
existed. Are they the same man or different men? If they
were different men: was Lorenzo Carberg pretending to be F.K.R. Fiedler
or vice versa. Not sure we will ever really know. DNA tests
are expensive and require alot of cooperation.
One of three circumstances must
Carberg really was Friedrich Karl Robert Fiedler
Carberg thought he was F.K.R. Fiedler but really wasn't
Carberg was not F.K.R. Fiedler and knew that he wasn't.
For whatever reason, Lorenzo
Carberg claimed to be F.K.R Fiedler in his request for pension increase.
My guess is that he really was since why else would he have written to
the Fiedler children in Germany in 1876. His claim to have been
adopted at age 2 by Lorenzo Carberg is curious however since his age 10
baptism apparently indicates that his Fiedler parents were alive.
Also, his 1858 wedding certificate indicates that while his father was
deceased that his mother was alive. Even if he had been adopted by
Lorenzo Carberg as a baby, he saw fit to get married in 1858 using his
Fiedler name. Why would he have reverted back to or initiated use
of the Lorenzo Carberg name after he came to the United States.
Maybe there is some mysterious reason for all these name swaps or
perhaps it was simply a matter of preference.
For now, I have amended the
webpage to make it clear that we really don't know if Lorenzo Carberg
and Friedrich Karl Robert Fiedler were the same man. For the
record though, I think that they were.
|29 August 2001
I received scanned images of a huge collection
of Carberg Family photos. They appear in several places throughout
the website but the entire collection can be viewed in a single place
here: Carberg Family Photographs
|27 August 2001
William "Bill" Carberg, youngest son
of Warren C. Carberg contacted me with the results of his father's own
genealogical research. What you will find here is the touching
narratives of a loving son and skilled writer. I have updated the
Carberg pages extensively using this material. We are fortunate to
be able to share in the generosity of the Warren Carberg side of the
No.34, Range 41", A Narrative written by Warren C. Carberg
"Those Who Have
Gone Before Us", A Narrative written by Warren C. Carberg
|26 June 2001
to add photos to the Carberg Family
|13 June 2001
and updated most of the pages over the last week. Most exciting is
the addition of a photo of Molly
Sullivan taken when she was most likely still in her twenties.
|19 Dec 2000
Created this Website as a place to publish the Family History of my wife's
family. Here you will find information about her grandparents: Kathleen Sullivan;
Forrester Carberg, Sr.; Robert William Swanson and Daisy Vealie. They all lived in the
Groton, CT area during the 20th Century but are now deceased. The site takes it name
from a comment by Mary "Mollie" O'Sullivan, mother of Kathleen Sullivan and an
immigrant from Ireland. When questioned about her name change from O'Sullivan to
Sullivan she remarked that she "Dropped the O in the ocean" when she came to
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