Erik Johansson was born 14 October 1889 in Vissefjärda, Kalmar County, Sweden. His parents were Peter Magnus, a minor landowner b. 13 July 1850 at Långasjö, Kronoberg, and Anna Maria (nee Olausdotter; b. 12 April 1850 in Vissefjärda) Johansson. His parents had married 3 April 1880.
His known brothers and sisters were Hulda Serafia, b. 2 December 1882 in Kronoberg County, Carl Uno (1887-1891), Ernst Walfrid, b. 10 November 1884 at Långasjö, Kronoberg County, and Enoch, Erik's twin, b. 14 October 1889.1
The family had moved from Långasjö in Kronoberg County to Vissefjärda in Kalmar County 26 September 1885.
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. Erik's destination in the USA is, as yet, unknown. It is possible 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.