Mary Elizabeth Conrad was born in Christiansted St. Croix to C.A Conrad and Sophia Amalia Frederica Andersen between 1860 and 1865. Mary was my great grandfather Andreas’ younger sister. The 1900 census lists her date of birth as February 1864. The other censuses (both US and St Croix) list only her age, and they don’t agree exactly. The earliest, from 1870, lists her age as 10. Her marriage record dates her birth at 1864 as well. Hopefully I will find primary evidence to settle the matter.
|1893 Passenger List - Mary Conrad|
ary travelled from St Croix to the US in 1893. This passenger list, dated November 14, 1893 shows that she travelled on the Pearl from St. Croix to New York. What is interesting about this is that there is only one passenger listed on the page, and the Ancestry.com collection shows that this is the only page in the passenger list for the Pearl on this trip. Why Mary Conrad was the only passenger is unknown.
|Simonsen Family - c. 1898|
Mary and Harold (Harald) apparently moved to Union Co, NJ where they started their family. By 1897 they had had three children, Lauritz (b. 1894), Dagmar (b. 1895), and Anna (b. 1897).
Either through visits or mail, the Simonsens maintained contact with the Conrad family back home. While going through the aforementioned “box of treasures”, I found this cabinet card, taken in Elizabeth, Union Co, NJ. Written on the back was: “Mr. and Mrs. Simonsen & children”. Given the age of the smallest child, Anna, this picture must date from about 1898. The 1900 census shows the Simonsen family living in Cranford, Union Co.
|Simonsen Family - c. 1903|
The family appears in the 1910 and 1920 census living in Bayonne, Hudson Co, NJ. Mary and Harold don’t appear in the 1930 census, although I did locate Lauritz and Dagmar, still in Bayonne.
According to the Bayonne Times Death Notices Index 1915-1945, Harold Simonsen died in 1928, and Mary Simonsen followed in 1929, just in time to miss the 1930 census.