Mr Gustaf Joël Johansson

Gustaf Joël Johansson

Mr Gustaf Joël Johansson, 33, was born 2 March 1879 in Åker, Jönköpings County, Sweden to Johan, a minor landowner born 11 October 1834 at Åker, Jönköping County, and Emma (nee Johannisdotter; b. 22 November 1844 at Åker) Magnusson. His parents had married 31 December 1874. His brothers and sisters were Anders Magni, b. 20 December 1875, Alma Kristina, b. 4 October 1881, Jenny Matilda, b. 7 January 1885, Gothard, 19 April 1888, Gertrud Magdalena, b. 18 July 1893, and Agda Elin Josefina, b. 11 June 1901.

His occupation is unknown, but he seems to have been a farm hand.

Gustaf was on his way from Bockebo, Småland, Sweden1 to Emil Andersson, Sheyenne, North Dakota. He got his ticket from acquaintances in North Dakota (an illegal but not unusual practice), where he was to become a farmer. Gustaf travelled with Malkolm Johnson, they boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.

Johansson died in the sinking, his body was later recovered (#285). Among the effects was a diary with Emil Anderson's name and address; the consulate in New York wrote to him and asked for details. He answered, among other things,

"Johanson had no relatives here in US and he had never been here before. He was on his way to Sheyenne N.D. I have sent him the ticket myself. Malkolm Johnson, who also died was also acquainted".

His belongings, which were sent back to the father, included $26, an empty wallet and a pocket comb with mirror. Gustaf was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, N.S. on 10 May 1912.

Gustaf Johanson grave

The Mansion House Fund paid 874.08 Kr (£48) to the father on 23 January 1913. 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claim was paid to the father 17 August 1914.




Gustaf Joel Johansson


Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland


  1. Bockebo and Åker are only 2 miles apart.

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#285)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Photo courtesy of Günter Bäbler, Switzerland (Ref: C324m)
Grave photo courtesy of Bob Knuckle, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.

Link and cite this biography

(2018) Gustaf Joël Johansson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #901, updated 24th February 2018 16:04:17 PM)

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