Mr Johan Emil Pettersson

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.


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  1. James Morton-Robertson said:

    My Great-Uncle, John Paterson, drowned on the Titanic en-route to Chicago. This has been known within my branch of the family but with no independent verification, Recently, I discovered that his brother emigrated to Tasmania and his descendants have confirmed that they also know of this event. I see that there are lists for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers but were there no steerage passengers?

  2. Lester Mitcham said:

    Hello James, Welcome to E-T. - 3rd Class and Steerage were one and the same. Looking at the 3rd Class List although the name is spelt differently might you mean: Johan Emil Petterson, who is listed as being on his way from: Västermo, Närlunda, Stora Sundby, Södermanland, Sweden to 4947 Lincoln Ave. Chicago. - It is noted that he was travelling with his sister: Johanna Ahlin. In his book: Titanic The Great Lakes Connection, Cris Kohl, lists Pettersen, but not a John Paterson as: bound for Chicago.

  3. Mauro Zungri said:

    Welcome James: Lester is right as far as the data; in roadside ditch that nonserious stranger who by error the last name this badly written, soon deberian to agree the names of the cities. It is a very meticulous but rewarding task. I wish successes you in your search and any thing you do not doubt in contacting to any of the members of ET. From Argentina him shipment my respect

  4. Arne Mjåland said:

    In Claes Goran Wetterholm s book "Titanic" Johan Emil Pettersson is mentioned. According to the book he was from Vastermo as Lester mentioned. His parents were Per Larsson and Anna Lisa Larsdotter. He was the brother to Johanna Ahlin with whirh whom he travelled. He was travelling to his sisters home in Chicago. He was unmarried. According to Wetterholm the sister Johanna had her adress in Akeley, Minnesota, where her husband Johan Ahlin and her two sons lived. I have no knowledge of what bacame of the two sons. Janes Norton, are you related to one of the two sons? I hope this is a little... Read full post

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References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2015) Johan Emil Pettersson (ref: #1140, last updated: 7th July 2015, accessed 29th May 2020 13:15:17 PM)