(Courtesy of Michael A. FIndlay, USA)
Mrs Adolf Fredrik Dyker (Anna Elisabeth Judith Andersson)
Mrs Anna Dyker was born as Anna Elisabeth Judith Andersson in Worcester, Massachusetts 1 on 24 November 1889.
She was the daughter of Swedish immigrant parents Carl Alfrid Dyker (b. 1847) and Johanna Mathilda Gustafsdotter (b. 1858). She had two known siblings: Carl (b. 1885) and Gustav (b. 1892).
She was married around 1909 to Adolf Fredrik Dyker (b. 1888), a native of Stockholm who worked as a tram conductor. They lived at 468 Washington Street, New Haven, Connecticut and appeared on the 1910 census living at the home of Anna's parents in Orange, New Haven. By late 1911 it is believed they were building their own house in New Haven but the death of Adolf's father on 1 December 1911 compelled the couple to travel back to Sweden to settle his estate.
It was on their return from Sweden that they boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passengers (ticket number 347072 which cost £13, 18s).
After the accident Adolf placed Anna into lifeboat 16, kissed her and stepped aside. Dyker died in the sinking. His body if recovered, was never identified.
From New York she sent a telegram to New Haven, "Liza saved, Fred lost". To ministry of foreign affairs in Stockholm she wrote:
"I lost my husband and everything I owned, I was wounded when I was brought from Titanic, that together with sorrow and worries has completely broke me down. My health have not recovered, I have tried to done some work to earn my living, as I'm now living in my parents home and my father is old and cannot earn too much, I cannot fully be a burden to him, but my strength doesn't allow me to do further work."
Elisabeth received $1200 from the Red Cross Fund in New York, $300 from "The Women's Relief Committee", New York. No papers on damage claims paid exists, but she sued White Star for $4000 for lost luggage and $14000 for loss of husband.
After the disaster Elisabeth Dyker continued as a music teacher, she remarried a few years later to John Alfred Josephson (b. 1889), a native of Finland, and settled in New Haven, Connecticut where she and her husband had two sons: Kenneth (1917-1999) and John W. (b. 1920). The family later resettled in East Orange, New Jersey sometime before 1930 and Anna was made a widow again when her husband died in 1937; she was not remarried and later lived in Fort Lee, Bergen, New Jersey for many years.
Anna spent the last twelve months of her life living at 3 Seneca Place, Haworth, Bergen, New Jersey. She died at her home on 19 February 1961 aged 71 and was buried Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, Essex, New Jersey with her second husband.
Brian Meister, USA
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
Phillip Gowan, USA
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Leif Snellman, Finland
- The 1910 census erroneously states that she had been born in Connecticut.
State Department of Health of New Jersey Certificate of Death
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Articles and Stories
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1912)
Bergen Record (1961)