Mr Erik Johansson was born 14 October 1889 in Vissefjärda, Kalmar, Sweden.
He was the son of Johan August Olausson (b. 1853), and Cajsa Botilda Olsdotter (b. 1853) and was brother to: Carl Hjalmar (b. 1881), Anders Robert (b. 1885), Axel Wilhelm (b. 1886), Axel Wilhelm (b. 1887), Selma Viktoria (b. 1888), Kerstin Gerda Botilda (b. 1894) and Bertha Ingeborg (b. 1896).
Erik Johansson probably lived with his parents at Frostensmåla, Vissefjärda and he worked as a labourer. He bought his ticket for the Titanic in Copenhagen and boarded the ship at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 350052 which cost £7, 15s, 11d). He did not announce his intentions to the authorities and was thus considered an illegal emigrant. It is believed he was bound for St Paul, Minnesota. His brother Anders had emigrated in 1907 and lived in Cherokee, Iowa.
Erik Johansson died in the sinking. His body (#156) was later found by the crew of the MacKay Bennett. He was probably identified by his ticket number 350052 that was found in his pocket and he was wearing a grey suit but no shoes. He was buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to parents with a further 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims paid on 16 June 1914.
References and Sources
Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#156)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland