Emma Ingeborg Bursley

17 July 1861–24 June 1953 (Age 91)
Mansfield Township, Freeborn, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Emma Ingeborg

When Emma Ingeborg Bursley was born on 17 July 1861, in Mansfield Township, Freeborn, Minnesota, United States, her father, Johannes Olson, was 24 and her mother, Anna Aslaksdatter, was 21. She married Johannes Botholdsen on 20 December 1878, in Winnebago, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Norway Township, Winnebago, Iowa, United States for about 40 years. She died on 24 June 1953, in Winnebago, Iowa, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Winneshiek, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Johannes T Kinden
Emma Ingeborg Bursley
Marriage: 12 April 1892
Nickolai Kinden
Ingebrigt Kinden
Maria Kinden
Selma Kinden
Anna J Kinden
Sarah Kinden

Spouse and Children

12 April 1892
Winnebago, Iowa, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Johannes Olson


    Anna Aslaksdatter





    Andrew Bursley


    Andrine Josephine B. Olson



    Aase Bursley


+11 More Children

World Events (8)

1862 · The Dakota Conflict/War

Age 1

The Dakota War was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota Native Americans. It began along the Minnesota River four years after Minnesota was admitted as a state. The Dakota made attacks on hundreds of settlers, which resulted in their deaths. A military tribunal sentenced 303 Dakota men to death for their crimes but 264 of them were exonerated. The remaining 38 were apart of a mass hanging on December 26 that same year. It was the largest mass execution in United States history.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 6

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English: probably from a variant of Burslem in Staffordshire, which is named from the Old English term burgweard ‘castle keeper’ (or the same word as a personal name) + Lyme, the ancient Celtic name of the district in which the town is situated.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Story Highlight

History of Freeborn County

There was a legend on our family that Emma was the first white child born in Freeborn County, Minnesota. A book on the history of the county claims that the birth of a white child occurred there in 18 …

Sources (3)

  • Ingebar Kinden in household of John I Kinden, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Emma J Butler in household of John Butler, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Emma Kinden in household of John I Kinden, "United States Census, 1920"

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