Mr Johan Emil Pettersson was born in Västermo, Södermanland, Sweden on 19 November 1886.
He was the son of Per Larsson, a farmer, and Anna Stina Larsdotter (b. 1842) and had nine siblings: Anna (b. 1869), Johanna (b. 1871), Emma Sofia (b. 1873), Carl Oscar (b. 1875), Augusta (b. 1877), Charlotta (b. 1879), Emma Christina (b. 1883), Olof Arvid (b. 1884) and Hulda Maria (b. 1889).
Johan Emil Petterson was an unmarried labourer and lived with his parents in Västermo. His sister Johanna Ahlin had emigrated in 1905 and settled in Chicago. For her return to the city Johan would accompany her and they boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers (he on ticket number 347076 which cost £7, 15s, 6d) and was destined for 4947 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.
Petterson died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
On 2 July 1912 the his father received 1000 Kr from his life insurance. The Mansion House Fund paid 874.08 Kr (£48) to his parents with a further 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims paid on 31 May 1914.