Mr Jan Viktor Bengtsson

Mr Jan Viktor Bengtsson was born on 7 July 1885 in Fagered, Halland, Sweden.1

He was the son of Bengt Karl Kaspersson (1846-1926) and Anna Brita Johansdotter (1853-1890) and he had three known siblings: Karl Algott (1877-1944), Johan Emil (1879-1966) and Per Alfrid (1881-1964).

For four years Jan worked in Lia sawmill, 4 km from his home, but he also took part in railway construction in Denmark in 1909 or 1910.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 347068 which cost £7, 15s, 6d) and was travelling to his brothers Karl Algott and Johan Emil who had emigrated around the turn of the century and settled in Moline, Illinois. His final intended address was to 607 5th Avenue, Moline.

Jan Bengtsson died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified. His family at first believed that he had been saved but after a few weeks the final confirmation of his death came from White Star.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875:52 Kr (£48) to his parents with an additional sum,  1366:50 Kr (£75) damage claims paid on 11 July 1914.

Both his brothers in America remained there for the rest of their lives, going by the name of Benson. His brother Karl and was married to Bertha Sophia Bengtsson (1877-1938) and had a daughter named Mabel (b. 1905). He died in Moline on 9 December 1944.

His brother Emil had been married in 1910 to Emily Andersson (b. 1889) and had three children: John Eric (1912-2004), Ruth (b. 1915) and Anna Dorothy (b. 1916). He died in Hobart, Indiana in 1966.


  1. Name as per baptismal records; frequently as Johan.


Johan Viktor Bengtsson

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References and Sources

Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklets and Minute Books
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2017) Jan Viktor Bengtsson (ref: #678, last updated: 30th June 2017, accessed 27th September 2020 16:35:46 PM)