Miss Jenny Lovisa Henriksson

Miss Jenny Lovisa Henriksson was born on 21 December 1883 in Österplana, Skaraborg, Sweden.

She was the daughter of Per Henrik Larsson (b. 1855) and Mathilda Charlotta Gustafsdotter (b. 1855) and her known siblings were: Carl Adolf (b. 1881), John Birger (b. 1887) and Augusta Vilhelmina (b. 1889). The family lived in Axvall, Västergötland.

Jenny had been working as a  maid to a senior accountant at the National Bank C. Påhlson in Stockholm but she had earlier been housekeeper to the Lustig family in Skara and thus knew the siblings Kurt Arnold Gottfrid and Dagmar Bryhl. She may have lived with her cousin Elin Pettersson and the two had reportedly been enamoured with the idea of settling in America and it was not until the Skoog family, with whom they were related, came back to Sweden from that country but were deciding to return that the two young women elected to travel with them.

Jenny and Elin, along with the Skoog family, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (she travelling on ticket number 347086 which cost £7, 15s, 6d). They were travelling to Olaus Rask, 805 East 2nd Street in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Jenny died in the sinking. Her body was later recovered (#3) but remained unidentified for many years. The clothes had the mark "J H" and Jenny was the only female passenger onboard with those initials. The description includes a cholera belt, she seem to have been afraid of that sickness and carried such a belt. The belt was made of cloth, had pockets for cash and was impregnated with an ill-smelling fluid to keep cholera away. Her body was taken to Halifax and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to her parents and a further 911 Kr (£50) damages were paid on 4 May 1914.

Henriksson grave
Photo: © Bob Knuckle, Canada.


References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#3)
List of Bodies Unidentified and Disposition of Same (#3)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0

Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland

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