Bertha was supposedly born in Worcester, Massachusetts but there is no record there. Her brother John Wilhelm Benson was born in Worcester in 1907.
Bertha is in the top row, fourth from the left
After the death of her father, her mother took the children to Sweden. They returned to the United States in the summer of 1917 and early 1919. After the visits they went back to Sweden.
Passport Photo January 30, 1919
Taken for trip to Sweden from New York
The children wanted to return to the United States. They stowed away on the Shortsville in Gothborg, Sweden. They arrived at Ellis Island on December 18, 1919.
They planned to stay with their father's brother Charles (or Carl) in Rhode Island. He had died on June 18, 1919. There was no place for them to go. You can read about their plight here.
The children were separated. Bertha was taken in by a family to help with the housework. She slept on the kitchen floor.
Bertha May 9, 1925 at St. Elizabeth's side lawn
St. Elizabeth's, Bertha is in the top row, second from the right
Bertha married Leo Regis Roy on November 25, 1926, Thanksgiving day. Below is the wedding picture with the groom's brother Napolean and sister Dora.
Bertha and Leo had 5 chilcren. One day when Bertha was hanging out the lanudry, the milkman drove by. That man turned out to be Bertha's brother and they were reunited.
Bertha and Mrs. Keig
Bertha died April 3, 1951 of congestive heart failure as a result of diabetes. She is buried in St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island.