Lena Jacobsen Solvang was born Gunhilde Oline Johannesdatter on 21 December 1848 and christened 31 December in Skaare (Haugesund), Rogaland, Norway.
She was the daughter of Johannes Torstensen Fedjedal/Teigadahl, a farmer and fisherman b. 1813 at Skaare and christened 3 April 1814, and Gonnel/Gunnild Christine Hansdatter, b. 7 February 1817 at Avaldsnes, who had married 11 April 1844 at Avaldsnes, Rogaland County, Norway.
Her siblings were Berthe Christine, b. 18 June 1844, Osmund, b. 12 April 1846, Anna Henrikke, b. 6 September 1851, and Marthe Mallene, b. 4 April 1854.
She seems to have had four children, a son Ole, two daughters Berthe and Ragna, and a step-daughter Elizabeth1,2,3
In 1875, Lena (listed Gonnel Oline Johannesdatter) lived at Feidjedal, Skåre, Torvastad, Utsira, Rogaland County, Norway, with her parents and two daughters, and she was listed as being unmarried.
At some point she married Rasmus Jacobsen, a general labourer b. 14 April 1833 at Udsire/Utsira Torvastad, Rogaland.4
In 1900, she lived at Sørhaug, Skåre, Norway, with her husband Rasmus Jakobsen, b. 1833, son Ole, b. 1881, and daughter Ragna, born 11 January 1895 at Skaare.5
Her husband passed away between 1900 and 1910, for in 1910, she still lived at Sørhaug, now a widow and her occupation noted as a seamstress, with her daughter Ragna.
Lena Jacobsen Solvang was travelling to her married daughter Berta Berg in Centerville, South Dakota, when she perished in the sinking of the Titanic. It is reported that Bernt Johannesen, a survivor who knew her, helped her to the boat deck and escorted her to a lifeboat on the port side of the ship, purportedly No. 10 or No. 12, but left her there, thinking she would enter the lifeboat. For reasons unknown she stayed on the ship and was lost. It is not known why she went by the name 'Solvang' in the White Star Line passenger list.