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Elizabeth Plazen


Elizabeth Plazen arrived in America on the steamship Hellig Olav. Also on board were Ansis Egle and his parents.

Elizabeth Plazen

Elizabeth Plazen (also spelled Platzin or Plezent) was born in 1892 in Novgorod, Russia, and arrived in the United States in June 1904, sailing on the S.S. Hellig Olav from Copenhagen to New York. Also on board were Christopher and Jennie Egle and their son, Ansis. All were bound for Philadelphia.1

According to the 1910 federal census, she worked as a servant in the home of Walter and Katherine Henry, who lived at 3931 Haverford Ave. in Philadelphia.2

Elizabeth Plazen married Christopher Iberg on April 22, 1924, in Media, Pennsylvania. The couple had a daughter, Alice Linda Iberg, born May 25, 1926.

The 1930 federal census found the family living at 16 W. Sharpnack St. in northwest Philadelphia.3

Christopher died in 1935.

Elizabeth became a U.S. citizen in 1942. At the time, she lived at 8525 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia and worked as a food inspector.4


1. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 2 March 2021), Elisbet Platzin, 1904.

2. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 June 2023), Elizabeth Plezent in household of Walter Henry, Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 509, sheet 8B, family 147, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1397; FHL microfilm 1,375,410.

3. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002.

4. Pennsylvania, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.