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Jakob Alfred Wiklund

Jakob Alfred Wiklund was born 15 September 1890 in Munsala parish, Vasa County, Finland the son of Jakob Mattsson Wiklund (whose birth name was Jakob Mattsson Hvit, but he changed the last name to Wiklund at some point), a farmer b. 24 December 1847 at Monå village, Munsala parish, near Nykarleby, Vasa, Finland, and who in 1912 still lived at Monå village. His mother was Maria Sofia, née Nilsdotter, who had been born 20 August 1850 in Munsala parish. His parents had married 26 June 1872 in Munsala. He had become a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church in 1907. Jakob and his brother Karl Johan had another ten siblings, including Anna Sanna, Maria Sofia, Jakob, b. 1876 (died in infancy), and Nils Wilhelm, b 1884 (d. 1928).

Mr Jakob Alfred Wiklund, 18, lived and worked on his parents' farm in Nikolaistad (modern-day Vaasa), Vasa county, Finland. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his brother Karl Johan and Anna Sjöblom an old school friend, they were travelling to Montreal, Canada. During the trip they were accompanied by fellow Finn Jakob Alfred Johanson.

Jacob died in the sinking, his body was found by the Minia (#314) and brought to Halifax. His belongings were sent back to his parents and he was buried in Fairview Cemetery on May 11, 1912.

© Bob Knuckle, Canada.

His parents later received £50 in compensation.

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew SS Titanic (#314)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Jakob Alfred Wiklund
Age: 17 years 7 months (Male)
Nationality: Finnish
Last Residence: in Nikolaistad, Vaasa, Finland
Occupation: General Labourer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 3101267, £6 9s 11d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body recovered by: Minia (No. 314)
Buried: Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Saturday 11th May 1912

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