Mr Nils Hilding Jönsson

Mr Nils Hilding Jönsson, 27, was born on 5 February 1885 in Vinberg, Halland, to Jöns (b. 10 August 1838, d. 20 June 1927) and Olivia Christina (nee Carlsdotter; b. 20 August 1850, d. 29 August 1936) Nilsson. His parents had married 28 March 1873.  

His brothers and sisters included Eleonora Sofia, b. 8 April 1879, Carl, b. 20 June 1883, Hilma Andrea, b. 26 June 1888, Johan Oscar Napoleon, b. 18 November 1890, Maria, b. 31 October 1892, and Helena Olga, b. 9 April 1894.  

He was a farm hand and lived in Tågarp No. 6 in Falkenberg, Halland.

Nils was not married and had no children. According to Church books Nils Hilding Jönsson was a former leaseholder (of a farm). He left his home on 22 March 1912 and travelled with Carl Robert Carlsson from Vessingebo outside Falkeberg for an unknown destination, possibly to the brother, who had emigrated in 1907 to Huntley, Illinois. They travelled via Copenhagen and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.

Both men died in the sinking, their bodies were never recovered.

When the parents later asked for money from the fund, the "Halland County Sheriff" wrote that they weren't in need of any aid. They then probably wrote a letter straight to the Fund in London and got paid anyway, but the low sum of damage claims paid can be explained by the authorities' earlier actions. Mansion House Fund paid 874.08 Kr (£48) to father on 23 January 1913. 455.50 Kr (£25) damage claims were paid to the father on 3 June 1914.

 

Credits

Peter Engberg, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm

References and Sources

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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